As we fulfill our mission to offer hospitality, healing and hope in the name of Jesus Christ, our parish engages in a number of activities that provide assistance and comfort to those in need. Highlights of our outreach programs include:
Mission Grants Program – Funded from the Christ Church endowment, annual grants are awarded to worthwhile community initiatives. Applications must be sponsored by a church member. The application review process is conducted by the Missions Committee, which recommends awards for Vestry approval. Recipients are notified by November.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Since 1992, Christ Church has hosted a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that is open to everyone in the Corning community. The meal is prepared and served by volunteers from the parish.
Giving Tree – Each year, the Missions Committee identifies a number of needy families in our community who need extra help to make a traditional Christmas possible. Our church members donate gifts for children, baked goods and other requested items for these families who otherwise would be left wanting at this special time of year.
Seeds of Compassion – In response to requests from organizations serving the impoverished in the Corning area, Christ Church issues email communication to alert parishioners of specific needs. These requests are typically require an immediate response for donations of household items and other material goods. Church members consistently and generously answer the call.
Ready Set Grow Child Care Center at Christ Church – This is an independently operated, fully accredited child care center located in the Christ Church facility. It serves children from infancy through the pre-school years. A sliding fee scale and scholarships are available.
Stewart Park Apartments – This 118-unit, low-income housing facility was established in 1973, largely through the efforts of the then-rector of Christ Church and its Vestry. Over the last 40 years our parishioners have maintained a close interest in its activities. Today its board of directors consists mainly of Christ Church members.
Facility Usage – Christ Church welcomes persons who wish to use our facilities for special programs and activities, including weddings. Contact the church office for details. Among other organizations using our space are Alcoholics Anonymous, Al Anon, Boy Scouts, 171 Cedar Arts Center and the Youth, Overeaters Anonymous, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes.