works of justice and mercy are essential to the Christian Life

One reason we keep the doors open at Christ Church is because we have neighbors in need in downtown Little Rock. We don’t want to lock our buildings down, and thereby lock out people Christ would have us serve. James said that faith without works is dead. And Jesus taught that whatever we do for the least of his brothers and sisters, we have done to him. Below you will find some of the ways Christ Church is putting faith into action, responding to needs in our community and around the world. 

 

In the Community

St. Francis House

Since 1970 The St. Francis House, a ministry of The Diocese of Arkansas, has been serving on behalf of people in need in our community. St. Francis House provides groceries, clothing, and other social services, a veterans re-entry program, and a health clinic. St. Francis House is an essential partner to Christ Church as we seek to serve the people in our downtown neighborhood. For more information go to www.stfrancisministries.com.

Stewpot

Once a month, a team of Christ Church volunteers serve lunch at Stewpot, an ecumenical meal minstry located at 1st Presbyterian Church, our neighbor two blocks to the south. For more information, or to join the Christ Church Stewpot team, contact The Rev. Joyce Hardy.

Disaster Response Team

Natural disasters have been all to common in Arkansas over the past few years. In response, parishioner Ginger Bailey has organized a disaster response team. Team members work with VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) groups across the state ministering in everything from the logistics of transportation to cleaning up brush and downed trees in the wake of a tornado. For more information contact Ginger Bailey.

Children’s Activity Fund

Some families simply don’t have the resources to enroll their children in sports leagues, dance or swimming lessons, and other basic extracurricular activities that can be so important in a child’s life. The Children’s Activity Fund helps address these needs by paying activity fees for qualifying children. In the summer of 2011, the CAF even hosted its first sewing class for participating families. To find out how you can be involved and what else the CAF is up to contact Ardelle Walters.

Arkansas Sustainability Network

The Arkansas Sustainability Network office is located at Christ Church. Each week you may order locally grown produce online from ASN’s Local Food Club and pick it up at Christ Church on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Join the Local Food Club by going to littlerock.locallygrown.net, and then send an email to emailasn@gmail.com telling them that you’ve signed up. Check out all of ASN’s programs at www.arnetwork.org. If you have any questions, contact The Rev. Scott Walters.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Christ Church serves as the meeting place for Little Rock’s downtown Alcoholics Anonymous meetings each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00 noon. Meetings are held in the undercroft beneath the Witsell Chapel. Entry is either through the red street-level door beneath the chapel at 205 E. Capitol Avenue or park on our 6th street parking lot and ask someone in the church office for directions to the AA room.

Harmony Health Clinic

Harmony Health Clinic provides free medical and dental care to people in need of these services. Our deacon, Joyce Hardy, was involved in the planning process to make Harmony Health a reality, and our Daughters of the King group provides supper to Harmony volunteers once a month. For more information about Harmony Clinic, contact The Rev. Joyce Hardy, or go to www.harmonyclinicar.org.

Christ Church Green Team

We are a group of parishioners and staff members dedicated to finding ways for Christ Church to be “greener” and to be a place of learning about environmental concerns and ecological stewardship. New members are welcome. For more information contact The Rev. Kate Alexander.

In the World

Heifer International

The headquarters of Heifer International are located in downtown Little Rock. Every Sunday at Children’s Chapel, the kids’ offering goes into a Heifer Peace Pipe to raise money for Heifer’s ministries. Next time you’re downtown, give Heifer’s certified green building and the Heifer Village a visit.

United Thank Offering

Twice a year our Episcopal Church Women’s group receive donations for the United Thank Offering, an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Church. Click HERE for a sampling of the ministries UTO funds. 

Millennium Development Goals

A study by the United Nations and endorsed by the Episcopal Church indicated that if individuals and organizations in more prosperous countries designated .7% of their income to the alleviation of extreme poverty and hunger, such tragedies could be eliminated. Christ Church has accepted the Millenium Development Goal challenge. We hope you will too.

Episcopal Relief and Development

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is at work around the world, wherever people are in need. Christ Church has supported the work of ERD with youth fundraisers and more. For more information about the ministry of Episcopal Relief and Development click HERE.