Christ Episcopal Church
PO Box 67 413 West Evesham Road
Magnolia, New Jersey 08049
Phone ~ 856.783.4270
Fax ~ 856.783.4281
9:15 a.m. Christian Education
10:00 a.m. Service

Social OutReach Committee 

 

During 2014, the Social Outreach Committee (SOC) continued to deliver the message of God’s love to the world beyond the walls of Christ Church.  That message was delivered to the local community of Magnolia, to children in Camden and the region, to the homeless in Camden and other local communities and to all those touched by members of our spiritual community.

 

The SOC continued to sponsor the following programs:

  • Food Pantry Program - Initiative providing food and toiletries to members of the community in need of assistance.  The FPP is based on the premise of accepting help when needed, being thankful for all that we have, and “paying it forward” by supporting the program with prayer and donations.
  • Participation in Food Packing Day for Feed My Starving Children (http://www.fmsc.org)
  • Prayer Shawls - hand-crafted shawls that contain prayers for those facing life challenges
  • Back-to-School Backpacks - filled backpacks that ensure children have the school supplies they need to enable success
  • Coat Drive for Urban Promise (http://urbanpromiseusa.org)
  • Toiletries for New Visions (http://www.lsmnj.org/how-we-help/community-outreach-services/new-visions-homeless-day-shelter)
  • Toy and Gift Card Drive for Urban Promise (http://urbanpromiseusa.org)
  • Distribution of Shop Rite Cards for Homeless and Food Pantry Program
  • Development of a Resource List to assist Homeless Visitors to Christ Church
  • Collection of socks, blankets and sleeping bags for New Visions / Joseph’s House (http://josephshouseofcamden.org)

 

During 2014, the SOC was actively involved in running the programs and projects listed above.  A large number of the Congregation, both adults and young people, participated in the various programs.  The following list provides some of the SOC’s exciting highlights for the year.

 

Food Pantry Program (FPP) - Using the signs in front of the Church to publicize the FPP, 124 packages of food and toiletries were distributed to brothers and sisters in need.  In addition, 15 $10 Shop-rite gift cards were distributed to those in need. During each food distribution recipients are encouraged to have a cup of coffee and some refreshments with the members of our parish family.  The FPP has been and continues to be sustained through the generous support of Parishioners, the local Community and organizations such as Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, Pennsauken, and KokoFit Club of Cherry Hill.

 

Back-to-School Backpacks – In August, school supplies were collected and loaded into  backpacks, which were delivered to Urban Promise  The backpacks were provided to children in need to ensure a successful start to the new school year.

 

At our Ministry Discernment workshop in February it was decided that we would not host Breakfast with Santa this year.  If there is interest in 2015 we may revisit this discussion.

 

Coat Drive- In October, in conjunction with Boscov’s Day we collected Coats to be donated to Urban Promise.  The vestry approved $400 to be used to purchase coats for the drive.  Twenty-six coats were purchased.  The members of our parish family matched the number of coats purchased with vestry funds and close to 60 coats were delivered to Camden.

 

We welcomed three visitors to our parish to help guide our efforts to assist those in need.  Geri Rice from Feed My Starving Children, Kevin Moran from New Visions and Jennifer Giordano from Urban Promise offered meaningful suggestions to organize our efforts.  We are grateful for the partnerships that came from these meetings.

 

For the holidays we focused on the continuation of our coat drive and providing gift cards and toys for Urban Promise.  The vestry approved $250 to be used to purchase gift cards.  Once again the members of our parish family matched the generosity of the vestry.  Christ Church donated 23 gift cards and more than 25 toys which were delivered by our elves.

 

The donations from our sock tree, blanket and sleeping bag drive were delivered to Joseph’s House early in January just before the extreme weather was upon us.

 

Many thanks are in order to the members of our congregation and the members of the Social Outreach Committee.  Thank you to all who have donated their time and talent for this important ministry.  The drivers who deliver our offerings, the faithful few who pack the food, the shoppers, those who keep us and those whom we assist in their prayers and all those who have offered suggestions for programs and hospitality to our guests are essential for this ministry to continue.  Thank you. 

 

Operation Backpack

One of the defining marks of a Christian is compassion. That the parishioners of Christ Church possess a compassionate spirit was well evidenced in the response to our backpack drive.


Our goal was to collect twenty-five filled backpacks to deliver to the Volunteers of America. In an incredible display of generosity, thirty seven filled backpacks were delivered on Wednesday, August 22nd. Not only were the bags filled with necessary school supplies , but many of the donors included special items knowing that their bag will be given to a child in need.


A heartfelt thank you to all of you who generously worked to make this effort a success.

“ ….. Whatever you did for one of these , the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for Me “.

Christian Band 4/26/12

Proceeds to Social Out Reach Committee

Breakfast with Santa