Outreach & Service
Christ Church is committed to living out the gospel commandment to help those in need. In our efforts to be faithful disciples, we engage in ministries that touch people in the Rockville community, the greater Metropolitan Area, and overseas.
Christ Church outreach activities include operation of The Bargain Box thrift store and partnering with other organizations to alleviate poverty, hunger and homelessness. We are currently focused on the following outreach areas, with new directions always a possibility:
Community Support and Development
The church is an active and longstanding partner with Community Ministries of Rockville, a cooperative agency that provides housing, healthcare, education, and eldercare to the most vulnerable local residents. In addition, we support Rockville HELP, an all-volunteer organization that offers food, referrals, and limited financial aid to Rockville residents facing emergencies.
English Conversation Club is a weekly discussion group designed to help nonnative speakers of English improve their command of the language. It meets most Mondays, mid-September through mid-May.
The Bargain Box is a thrift and consignment shop located in downtown Rockville and operated since 1957 by volunteers who are members and friends of Christ Church. All profits from sales of the shop’s affordably priced goods are donated to organizations that help feed, clothe, and house area residents in need.
Visit the store at 398 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
The Bargain Box
Hunger is prevalent but often hidden in our community. Christ Church puts a priority on feeding those who lack enough to eat. One of the most visible elements of our hunger relief program is Serving Others Sunday, held on the third Sunday of each month. Our children and youth sponsor a multigenerational activity during the coffee hour in which church members pack sandwiches for the homeless in D.C. and weekend sacks of food for low-income school children. The Bargain Box holds a mini-sale in the dining room on those Sundays. Also on Serving Others Sundays, a contingent of volunteers sets off from the church to serve lunch at Loaves and Fishes, a weekend meal program located in an Episcopal church in D.C. Every Sunday presents an opportunity to donate non-perishable food items to Manna Food Center. A collection cart is located in the narthex
On fifth Sundays of the month, Christ Church volunteers spend the afternoon cooking a meal to serve at Sophia House, a transitional shelter for women dealing with mental health and addictions issues. In October, we gear up for the Diocesan Hunger Fund’s annual Hunger Walk. The Hunger Fund provides grants to soup kitchens and food pantries throughout the Diocese, allowing us to join with other parishes and extend our reach. Stop Hunger Now is a popular international feeding program in which members of the congregation gather once a year to pack as many as 20,000 dehydrated meals. These meals are shipped to schools, orphanages, and community centers in the developing world.
Homelessness and Unemployment
Christ Church partners with Samaritan Ministry, which provides step-bystep support for people who want to change debilitating behaviors that lead to homelessness and unemployment. Every other year the church furnishes an apartment provided to a homeless family by the Transitional Housing Corporation. Church members donate all of the furniture and household goods, which the family keeps when they move to permanent housing. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in Christ Church outreach programs.