Outreach Ministries

Christ Church and its parishioners have been involved in a number of ministries in the wider church and in the community. We give our time and treasure to many worthwhile efforts including the Episcopal Fund for Human Need (fomerly United Thank Offering), The Church in Jerusalem, and Episcopal Relief and Development.  We also have provided funding support to the Diocese for disaster relief.

The Ulster Project 

The Ulster Project of Madison is part of an international organization that works to bring peace in Northern Ireland and to instill respect for others, tolerance, and inclusiveness in all participants. The Ulster Project works by bringing groups of fifteen-year- olds from cities around Northern Ireland and pairing them with groups of fifteen-year-olds in cities around the United States. The combined groups then spend the month of July participating in service projects, attending various religious services, engaging in peace education called “Time of Discovery,” and having fun with their new friends and families. The Ulster Project was founded in 1974 in Connecticut and has grown to over thirty participant cities in the United States. Madison has been involved since 1999, with Christ Episcopal Church holding a central role in initiating and continuing it.  We host a special Evensong for the Ulster Project each year with Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows. 


The Clearinghouse is a Jefferson County non-profit, multi tenant facility which is now a collaboration of over 100 Partners working to provide economic benefit to southeastern Indiana. The goals of the Clearinghouse Partners are to help low-income families or families living in poverty make a positive, sustainable change in their lives and decrease their overall demand for assistance by enabling them to become self-sufficient.


The Jefferson County House of Hope Food Pantry is also located in the Clearinghouse building. The House of Hope is a faith based food pantry sponsored by area church partners, including Christ Episcopal Church, and is managed and run completely by volunteers. The pantry provides food assistance for food insecure families of Jefferson County as needed and refers guests to other non-profit agencies for additional services.

Our congregation became a leader in building a coalition of churches and social service agencies and members are involved in the planning and execution of several of the Clearinghouse programs, including the House of Hope.


The Greater Madison Ministerial Association 

The Greater Madison Ministerial Association, an organization of Jefferson County clergy, meets monthly to address community hunger and other issues. They are active in the Clearinghouse project and coordinate the Lenten Community Worship and Luncheon Series.

Other Community Activities

We participate in our church and community events in other ways, too. Christ Church and its gardens are lovingly prepared and opened to the community to enjoy as part of the Madison in Bloom Garden Tour. Our parishioners have walked in Madison parades, including the Fourth of July / Regatta parade.  In celebration of the feast day of St. Francis of Assissi, Christ Church holds a “Blessing of the Animals” in the church garden in early October.  Several parishioners help cook and serve meals at the Salvation Army, or deliver summer meals to area children, volunteer with the Red Cross or Habitat, and many other organizations.  We hold quarterly "Fun-Raisers" to strengthen our community ties and raise funds for area ministries.  Every fall, we host the St. Cecilia Festival in November with a program of music (sung and instrumental, folk and classical, contemporary and ancient) and featuring the works of one or more local artists from our region, followed by a reception. It is a gala event, and all are welcome.


  March 2020  
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