Outreach Opportunities at Christ Church Newton
The Helping Hands program at Christ Church Newton gives parishioners of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to help local senior citizens with household maintenance, yard work, light construction projects and other needs. Candidates for assistance are screened by the Sussex County Division of Senior Services. Seniors meet with representatives from the parish to identify their needs and to set a date for the work. A brigade of parishioners armed with paint, brushes, brooms, rakes, clippers, weed whackers, hammers and power tools work until the project is completed. The assistance is provided free of charge to eligible seniors.
The Helping Hands program allows parishioners of all ages to work together towards a common goal: To be the presence of Christ in our community. Those who are interested in accessing the services provided by the Helping Hands program at Christ Church are encouraged to contact the Sussex County Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Diocese of Panama
Christ Church, Newton, has partnered with the Diocese of Panama with the goal of creating mutual understanding, and assisting each other with achieving our shared mission of being Christ's presence in our respective communities.
The support provided by Christ Church, Newton, has helped the Diocese of Panama to build a new church in the village of Lajas Lisas, add a new roof and purchase pews for the church in San Jose in La Chorerra, and assist with other construction projects in the diocese. Recently, a group of parishioners constructed a new home for a disabled member of the Embera tribe.
A new church constructed for the mission of Santiago was completed on time and under budget, with funding provided by Christ Church, Newton. Parishioners in the village of Lajas Lisas and the surrounding area provided all of the labor. The Reverend Canon Robert Griner, Rector of Christ Church Newton, was on hand to consecrate the new church building in January, 2011.
The church of San Jose in La Chorerra has established a companion relationship with Christ Church, Newton. Boasting about 100 active parishioners, the church is located in a small city, about 45 minutes to the west of Panama City. The congregation is one of several led by Father Eliadio Rodriguez.
To contribute to the outreach currently underway within the Diocese of Panama, write out a check to "Christ Church", and note "Diocese of Panama" on the memo portion. All donations are tax deductible.
Sunday Brunch in a Bag
The Sunday Brunch in a Bag program offers a bagged meal to those in need on Sundays, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Volunteers prepare sandwiches, cookies, fruit and bottled water in the Christ Church kitchen immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service. Meals are distributed in the church.
Christ Church Blanketeers
The mission of the Christ Church Blanketeers is to provide support and comfort to those in need, within our parish as well as to local organizations, through the gifts of prayer shawls, blankets, scarves and hats. Anyone who enjoys crocheting, knitting, and sewing, at any level, is welcome to join. The group meets monthly on Saturdays, January – May and September - November. Meetings take place on the patio; masks are required.
Contact Johanna Osborne (201-788-6361) with suggestions for those who might need a gift of comfort. To join Blanketeers, contact Dawn Charlton (email@example.com) or Karrie Miller, Church Administrator (973-383-2245)
For approximately five weeks throughout the year, Christ Church houses and feeds homeless women and children affiliated with the Family Promise program. Volunteers sign up for various duties including providing companionship, preparing and serving the evening meal, and staying overnight. For more information about volunteering, contact Kathy Hoyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office.
Christ Church supplies volunteers on the fourth Wednesday of each month to serve lunch to low-income families at Manna House. To volunteer, contact the church office at 973-383-2245.
Space is made available at Christ Church Newton for use by several community organizations, including:
NORWESCAP's Pathways to Prosperity Program;
For information about using space at Christ Church Newton, call the church office at 973-383-2245.
Parishioners of Christ Church Newton strive to be Christ's presence in our community, whether that community is right here in Sussex County or as far away as the Diocese of Panama. Children, teens and adults are encouraged to participate in ministries as they are able. To volunteer, contact Pastoral Associate Terry Syberg at email@example.com or call the church office, 973-383-2245.