In Christian tradition goodness is never just a private possession or a personal virtue. The good is something always shared, worked for with others, sought out in community. Neighbors and neighborhood are essential to our life. At Christ Church, we’re actively asking what it means to be an urban church, responsive to and welcoming of the particular gifts and needs, the character and the characters of downtown Little Rock.
At Christ Church, we believe that everyone should have access to fresh, local produce. So we created Green Groceries, a food pantry without the cans. Members pick up free, local produce supplied by the Arkansas Local Food Network to help feed their families. In addition to helping households in need, this program also supports local farmers and helps to build the local food economy.
MERCY COMMUNITY CHURCH OF LITTLE ROCK
Christ Church serves as host to Mercy Community Church of Little Rock. Each week people housed and homeless gather in the Christ Church Undercroft to sing, pray, and study the scriptures together. During the coldest nights of the winter months, Christ Church supports Mercy Church in hosting an emergency shelter by providing food and resources. We value having this dynamic community in our space and many Christ Church members join in the life of Mercy Church to build relationships with those who live on the streets of Little Rock.
The Parish house and the Sixth Street Library
The Parish House is open to the community — we host everything from community groups, to basketball, to AA meetings. The Sixth Street Library in the Parish House is part gallery, part gathering space, part bookstore, part collaborative space. The exhibits and a few carefully curated bookshelves focus on ideas of urban ecology, public space, art and architecture, and transportation. We believe re-imagining a neighborhood can be a sacred offering for the common good.
Go forth into the world to love and serve
As we leave church each week, we’re charged by a deacon to go and serve. Christ Church partners with local and worldwide agencies, such as Stewpot and St. Francis House, Our House, Episcopal Relief and Development, and others, to feed those who are hungry and house those who are homeless, and to help heal addictions. We’re striving to make a difference.