Opportunities to Serve
English as a Secnond Language
Christ Church is launching an ESL program to serve the needs of adult English language learners in our community. Contact Christine Knoll-Finn for more information on registering or to volunteer. Sessions will take place on Tuesday mornings.
Newark Shared Ministries
As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors wholly. At Christ Church, we are committed to loving our neighbors in the immediate area, in the diocese and in the wider church. Our Diocese includes the city of Newark, an area where homelessness and poverty abound. Many churches in Newark do not have the financial resources to do the ministry so desperately needed there. In response to Jesus’ call for us to love one another, we have partnered with several other churches, The Episcopal Diocese of Newark, The General Theological Seminary and The Apostle’s House to care for the people of Newark.
All The Way Up
As an mission of Newark Shared Ministries, All The Way Up serves adult learners in Newark through Adult Basic Education, job training, pre-GED, computer literacy and GED prep courses. All The Way Up meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the House of Prayer Epsicopal Church in Newark (407 Broad St., Newark). For more information or to get involved, contact Chris Whitaker or visit their website.
Interfaith Food Pantry
The InterFaith Food Pantry of the Oranges is stocked and staffed by parishioners from Christ Church in Short Hills, in cooperation with three Jewish Temples in Short Hills and South Orange. Located at the Church of the Epiphany in Orange, the pantry supplies groceries and food to more than 100 families each week. Volunteer opportunities abound, and we welcome you to join our dedicated pantry team to bag groceries, stock shelves and deliver leftover food donated by area food establishments. To donate groceries or volunteer, contact Peggy.
Annual Rummage Sale
For one hectic Saturday in February, every room at Christ Church in Short Hills overflows with treasures and toys, clothing and kitchen goods, baby items and bikes as we host our annual Rummage Sale. The church Youth Group and dozens of hardworking volunteers delve into a week long effort preparing for this much-anticipated, community-wide event. The annual sale traditionally takes place the first Saturday in February. The popular “Preview Party” for parishioners is held the Friday evening before the big day.
The sale is a vital activity to support our outreach ministry. The donated items provide gently used goods and clothing at very low prices for shoppers attending from all over the region. Sale proceeds support a variety of outreach causes.
Bridges is a non-profit agency located in Summit, New Jersey, which provides much needed food and supplies to the homeless population in area communities. Since its inception in 1988, when one couple fed a small community under the Brooklyn Bridge, Bridges has grown into an outreach ministry of over 1,500 volunteers delivering thousands of meals, toiletries and clothing to people living in Newark and Irvington, New Jersey and in New York City. To volunteer or learn more about Bridges, contact Sarah Rosen.
Embrace a Family
Help make the Christmas holidays a little brighter for mothers and their children. Parishioners select personal, meaningful Christmas gifts of food, clothing, linens and toys for families residing at The Apostles’ House. For more information, contact Adrianne Surgeon.
Episcopal Relief and Development
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is the Episcopal Church response to human suffering in the world. ERD administers funds received from the Episcopal Church and other sources to provide relief for those in need during times of distress and to promote the advancement of humanitarian efforts underway to address fundamental causes of human suffering.
On the Sunday leading up to Thanksgiving, Church Christ in Short Hills parishioners and their families volunteer for a range of hands-on duties and site visits around our wider community. Projects involve everything from baking desserts for the local soup kitchen, to creating Christmas cards for our troops overseas, to sorting and transporting collected donations for North Porch, a Newark-based mission for mothers and infants in need.