As followers of Jesus, we want to participate in the work that he has given us to do here in our neighborhoods. Our goal is to make a difference every day in the lives of people who are in need in our community by sharing the love of Christ in words and deeds. We do this through the development of strategic partnerships with local social service agencies in our community. We support these agencies by raising up advocates that act as liaisons between their agency and the church, educate our members of the needs, and provide opportunities for people to become involved.
The Rev. Susan Freeman on August 11, 2015
Following The Call update on our partnership with Meadows Elementary two weeks ago, great progress...
The Rev. Susan Freeman on July 28, 2015
If you recall in May, we announced our partnership with Meadows Elementary in east Plano to...
Christ Church has developed partnerships with local social service agencies that have a proven track record of effectively serving those in need in our community. They provide expertise in their respective fields and we come alongside them to provide resources and the love of Christ.
We partner with Meadows Elementary School in Plano to provide practical needs and mentoring for children.
Meadows contends with extreme poverty and racial division in Plano. We are building a response plan in conjunction with BridgeBuilders, an experienced urban mission organization, to help the children of Meadows and ultimately address poverty in Plano as a whole.
Most recently we partnered with local families and teachers to construct an irrigated garden on the property of the school. It serves two purposes: teachers will instruct children on how to care for the plants and grow their own food, and the garden itself will yield food for children.
Christ Church partners with Plano Community Homes, a housing development serving low-income senior adults, by providing on-site worship services for the residents once a month. These services are led by a volunteer team from Christ Church and supported by our clergy.
All of the elements of a Christ Church service can be provided to the residents: a bulletin, scripture readings, a homily, the prayer for birthdays, Holy Communion, and beautiful music provided by our volunteers (or, on occasion, by the residents themselves!). After the service, our team provides food and fellowship to the residents, many of whom have few family or friends who visit.
The volunteer ministry at Plano Community Homes is looking to expand to new locations and offer more services each year. To do so, they will need to double their current volunteer base. If you find joy in bringing companionship and hope to seniors below the poverty level, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Bob Gehbauer, to get involved.
Our goal is to get every person in the congregation involved in reaching out to others in our community. Throughout the year we organize events that will allow our members to share their giftedness and resources with others. For more information on any of the events listed below, contact The Rev. Toni Brown.
Each Thanksgiving Christ Church collects food for the needy in our community. This involves a large number of people, from the monetary donors to the volunteers who sort and distribute the food to the folks who coordinate the entire event.
Many individuals, families, and small groups use the Angel Tree Project as a way to express Christ’s love during the Christmas season, through the donation of time and effort and gifts. Local agencies supply us with gift wishes of children and adults in our community. The wishes are then written on small paper angels and hung as Christmas decorations on Christmas trees located around the campus.
This is a big project that involves a lot of people of all ages: people who coordinate with the individual agencies on gift wishes, volunteers who decorate the angel ornaments, participate in tree set-up and trimming, staffers at each Angel Tree at all worship services, gift sorters and deliverers, and administrative helpers.
Each July, we collect school supplies for children in our community whose families are economically struggling. Local agencies distribute the supplies and provide our congregation the opportunity to help sort and distribute these supplies in late July and early August. In addition, we provide lunch, crafts and games for students of Boyd Elementary in Allen for a week in the summer for children who would qualify for free lunch program during the school year. Participating in a network of churches that provide meals each week throughout the summer, our volunteers help prepare and serve lunch, as well as do crafts and games with the children.
The Rev. Susan Freeman
Welcome Minister, Adult Discipleship
The Rev. Toni Brown