Project Hospitality Men's Shelter

Christ Church is a member of Project Hospitality's "Interfaith Bed Network." The Project Hospitality Drop-In Center on Center St. (near the Library) oversees the emergency faith-based shelter program providing overnight beds in churches and synagogues throughout Staten ISland. Other local churches in the network include Olivet Presbyterian, St. Andrew Episcopal, Our Lady of Mt. Loretto, New Directions Baptist, Unitarian Church, St. Philip's Baptist, and Holy Rosary.

Between twelve and fifteen men who currently do not have a permanent residence use our downstairs gymnasium as a shelter. We provide them with folding cots and fresh linens, a small kitchenette, bathrooms and showers, and an area to sit and watch television or socialize. The sleeping area is heated during the summer and cooled in winter.

Our guests generally arrive around 8:30pm and depart by 7:00am, leaving the gym available for church and community activities during the day. Shelter guests occasionally attend evening church services and breakfasts sponsored by the parish.Christ Church is a member of Project Hospitality's "Interfaith Bed Network." The Project Hospitality Drop-In Center on Center St. (near the Library) oversees the emergency faith-based shelter program providing overnight beds in churches and synagogues throughout Staten ISland. Other local churches in the network include Olivet Presbyterian, St. Andrew Episcopal, Our Lady of Mt. Loretto, New Directions Baptist, Unitarian Church, St. Philip's Baptist, and Holy Rosary.

Between twelve and fifteen men who currently do not have a permanent residence use our downstairs gymnasium as a shelter. We provide them with folding cots and fresh linens, a small kitchenette, bathrooms and showers, and an area to sit and watch television or socialize. The sleeping area is heated during the summer and cooled in winter.

Our guests generally arrive around 8:30pm and depart by 7:00am, leaving the gym available for church and community activities during the day. Shelter guests occasionally attend evening church services and breakfasts sponsored by the parish.

Community Supported Agriculture

Staten Island Community Supported Agriculture is a group of Staten Islanders who buy shares in a farmer's vegetable and fruit crop for the growing season. We support Starbrite Farm and John Krueger, the farmer, and share the risks and benefits of food production with him.

Staten Island Community Supported Agriculture logoThere are dozens of other community-supported agriculture (CSA) groups in the New York metropolitan area, all coordinated by Just Food. Typically, members or "share-holders" of the farm or garden pay for a share in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer's salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production.

Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. However, by direct sales to community members who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.

Another benefit of the program is that farmers can continue to make a living on their land and pass their farms to their chilcren rather than be forced to sell to developers to pay for retirement. CSAs, therefore, help maintain open land near metropolitan areas. They also reduce members' reliance on vegetables and fruit trucked across the U.S. and from other countries.

For more information about the Staten Island Community Supported Agriculture program, follow this link.

Hunger Task Force

The Staten Island Hunger Task Force is a coalition of dozens of soup kitchens, community service centers, houses of worship, food pantries, and other organizations that have banded together to fight hunger on Staten Island. The Task Force works with City Harvest to collect food resources and distribute those resources to the people that need them.

It is the mission of the Staten Island Hunger Task Force to advocate for the needs of food-insecure families and individuals and not-for-profit emergency feeding programs in order to ensure that hunger needs are met in the borough of Staten Island.

The Hunger Task Force is committed to bringing awarness to the issue of hunger in our borough in order to muster the will of community leaders and members to fight for an end to hunger on Staten Island.

We will support the work of our local emergency feeding programs through education, advocacy, and coordination of services as well as support the sity, state, and federal positions that advance both sufficient anti-hunger resources as well as an end to hunger itself.

Holiday Baskets

Christ Church provides 200 holiday dinners three times a year – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter – to needy families on Staten Island. Each dinner contains a turkey, ham, or chicken and at least ten additional items, such as pasta, cornbread, canned vegetables, canned fruit, and dessert. The program is operated by Christ Church and is funded by Councilwoman Rose, Councilman Oddo, former Councilman Mitchell, Episcopal Charities, Episcopal Church Women, and private donations.

Second Saturday

Christ Church has taken part in the Saturday Feeding Program at Trinity Lutheran Church since at least 1993. On the second Saturday of each month a group of Christ Church parishioners prepares enough food to feed about 120 people.

For the year beginning in January 2014 we have updated all of our recipes for this program with the aim of providing more nutricious and healthy food for our clients. Staten Island has an alarmingly high number of people who are considered "food insecure," meaning that they are not sure where their next meal is coming from. Some believe the number may be as high as 20% of all Islanders, which basically translates to one in five people. Spend one Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Soup Kitchen and you'll be convinced that perhaps that estimate is too small.

Community Youth Choir

Music literacy has long been thought to be an integral part of a well-rounded education. Many of us remember when schools routinely offered choral and instrumental music programs.

Regrettably during this era of declining revenues, many schools have been forced to drop their music programs. The Christ Church Community Youth Choir fills that void by engaging young people in a comprehensive choral music program.

The goals of the Christ Church Community Youth Choir are:

  • To learn musical rhythms
  • To learn to read music
  • To learn basic music theory
  • To learn traditional vocal production
  • To gain poise in performance

Who is eligible? Any child ages 7-14 who has a treble voice and is living on Staten Island.

How much does it cost? There is no charge. Your child will receive a small monetary allowance for participating in rehearsals and performances.

What training will my child receive? We offer practical professional training to create excellent singers. Your child will be performing while learning how to read and interpret music with sensitivity.

What kind of music do they sing? Choristers experience some of the world’s finest music in a wide range of classic styles and periods.

What is required of us? That your child commit to the full schedule of rehearsals and practices, and that you support the Community Choir in a volunteer capacity, such a bringing a healthy snack, caring for vestments, or serving on the board.

When are the rehearsals and performances? The choristers rehearse once a week usually in the afternoon for about 2 hours at Christ Church. The Community Youth Choir performs once a month, usually on a Sunday at Christ Church. A complete rehearsal and performance schedule is published each year.

What are the rehearsals like? During our two hour session, we will explore many different aspects of music appreciation and performance. The first 45 minutes will be filled with waking up the body through stretching and breathing, followed by rhythm exercises, ear-training and instruction in healthy voice production. Choristers will be introduced to recognizing and reading rhythm and melody to promote confidence in sight-singing. After a 15 minute break with a healthy snack, choristers will use their new skills to rehearse music for performance.

Do we have to join Christ Church? No. Musicians have a long history of crossing religious boundaries. We offer an opportunity to perform some of the world’s greatest music in the context for which it was written. Many parents wish their children to have this experience for cultural reasons. Since performances are often in the context of a church service, the children receive practical training so they can function, but we respect each child’s religious background.

To contact the Community Youth Choir: cccommunityyouthchoir@gmail.com

Knitting Group

It's not cast in stone. You don't have to sign anything. There are no dues, it's free. No one takes attendance, you can show up or not, it's up to you. Sometimes there's only a couple of people, sometimes we're crowded round the table like the close-knit group we are (snicker).

Contrary to popular belief, the Christ Church Knitting Group is NOT a bunch of "70-years-old-plus" people sitting around eating pastries, drinking tea and other soft beverages, and yakking away about this and that and everything in between, all the while knitting scarves for seamen and hats and other clothing for infants (including blankets and pillows). It's not like that at all, no siree. There's a couple forty-year-olds there, as well. And sometimes a nine-year-old.

The knitting group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month in the Vestry room. As indicated above, there's usually a pastry available and coffee, tea, juice, or other light refreshments. The Christ Church Knitting Group is open to the following:

  • People who have never before in their lives knit.
  • Experienced knitters.
  • People who want to learn to knit.
  • People who are knitters, but not so experienced.
  • People who know how to macramé, but not knit.
  • People who used to knit all the time but haven't lately and would like to get back into the knitting-saddle.
  • Bad knitters who want to improve.
  • Good knitters who want to excel.
  • Excellent knitters who want to poke fun at the rest of us.
  • People who like pastries and tea but are not so partial to knitting, but maybe have a good joke to share.
  • Fat kids, skinny kids, kids who climb on rocks.
  • Tough kids, sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox.

If you fit into any of the categories above, or several categories, or no categories at all, you are welcome to join the Christ Church Knitting Group. We do not discriminate based on race, creed or color. We discriminate based on shoe size, so no ducks, clowns, or sasquatches, please. Everyone else is welcome. We hope to see you there. Actually, we wouldn't mind having a duck there. Or a sasquatch. But we're afraid we're going to have to draw the line at clowns.