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Christ Church Frederica, St. Simons Island, GA
Christ Church Frederica

Homes (for Haiti) for the Holidays

 

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Homes (for Haiti) for the Holidays!

 

SSI After MatthewOn Friday, October 7th and into the morning of Saturday, October 8th, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made its presence known on St. Simons Island. Mercifully, the storm shifted to the east and arrived between tides, which kept the wind forces and storm surge much lower than they were predicted to be. When residents were allowed to return to their homes on the island, on October 11th, they found damage and destruction, but not the total devastation they had feared. The general feeling was one of great relief and sincere thankfulness that the island had been largely spared.

Haiti DevastationOne thousand miles to the south of St. Simons, the island of Hispaniola, where the country of Haiti is located, was not so fortunate. Hurricane Matthew pummeled the western end of the country, claiming the lives of over 1,000 Haitians and leaving 1.4 million people in dire need of humanitarian aid. Homes that were not totally swept away were reduced to rubble.

Now the people of Haiti need a hand up, after this most recent natural catastrophe, not a hand out.  One of the people who has offered that hand is St. Simons resident and co-founder of Christian Light Ministries, Emory Wilson. He has gone to the areas of destruction, seen the desperate need for housing and shelter and has organized an effort to assist in rebuilding at least 100 houses for and with the families who lost their homes. The cost per home: $400.

On Thursday, December 15th, a musical benefit concert, “Homes (for Haiti) for the Holidays!” took place at Christ Church, which raised enough funding to rebuild 44 houses. Local musical favorites, Michael Hulett and Phil King performed at this great evening of music and fun, and were  joined by the Vi Fluentis Children’s Choir and our own Brad Hamil. (Click here to see photos from the event.) Edward’s on St. Simons  donated beautiful table arrangements, which were sold to raise more funds. It was a tremendous night of giving and the generosity continued into the next week, when donations continued coming in. To date, enough funds have been raised to rebuild 60 houses! Many thanks to all who have contributed to this desperately needed work. Donations are still being gratefully accepted, if you would like to help.

To donate to help rebuild the houses in Haiti, please click here and then select Benefit for Haiti under the FUND drop-down menu. If you would like to make a donation as a gift, please contact Julie Hancock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain a gift card that you may send to the recipient.

For more the most up-to-date information about the work Christian Light Ministries is doing in Haiti, click here. To see a video of the destruction in western Haiti, to better understand the need for housing and shelter, click here.

Emergency Assistance Ministry

Formed in fall 2013, the Emergency Assistance Ministry consists of four teams of dedicated interviewers who sit down with the folks who call Christ Church seeking financial assistance. The interviews are conducted on Monday mornings, and once they complete the interview process, the interviewers make a recommendation to clergy as to whether or not Christ Church should provide assistance to the interviewee. From that recommendation, clergy provide up to $250 every six months from their discretionary funds to help those in need.

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care by Our Clergy

The care of our parishioners at Christ Church is shared by our clergy and other specially trained laypersons in our parish. Our priests are especially available to visit you in the hospital, to pray with you, to offer Sacraments and the rites of the Church, and to lend a listening ear and pastoral presence at times of acute crisis.

Notifying Clergy of Needs & Emergencies

The best way to ensure our clergy team is aware of your pastoral need or emergency

THE BEST WAY TO NOTIFY ONE OF OUR PRIESTS OF YOUR PASTORAL EMERGENCY IS TO CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE OR 912-230-7362 or THE PRIEST'S CELL.

is to call one of our priests via the church office, or by cell phone if after hours. Please do not rely on email or social media to communicate emergency information, and remember, privacy policies now prohibit medical facilities from contacting churches on your behalf. We do not publish clergy cell numbers on the website, but they are available upon request from the church office and are printed in the church directory. Or, you may call the pastoral care line at 912-230-7362 to reach the priest on call.

Pastoral Counseling

Our priests, although skilled in many ways, are not licensed therapists. For this reason, they are not equipped to offer counseling or “talk therapy” in the traditional sense, nor are they able to enter into longterm standing appointments around chronic issues such as depression or serious, ongoing marital conflict. They can, however, provide spiritual guidance and support by praying with you, teaching you to pray, helping you to look for God in your life, and offering you the strength and Sacraments of the Church. If you find yourself in need of a professional therapist or counselor, our clergy have excellent contacts in the area and are happy to help connect you with a trusted professional.

When to Call Your Clergy

  • Near Death: When someone in your family is near death, call one of our priests, day or night. When death is imminent, we Episcopalians gather around our loved ones, say our prayers, share in the Sacraments, make our goodbyes, and anoint our loved ones as they transition. This is one of the holiest and most important things your priest is able to offer you, and it is appropriate regardless of whether your loved one is conscious or not. We also have an important and helpful rite for when the decision is made to remove life-sustaining treatment. Please do not hesitate to call in these moments, regardless of the time.
  • Ill or Hospitalized: When you or someone in your family is ill or hospitalized, call the church office. Our clergy will visit as soon as possible.
  • Before Surgery: When you or someone in your family is going to have surgery, call the church office in advance. Our clergy are happy to visit you beforehand, share in healing prayers, and bring Communion, if you wish.
  • Crisis of Faith: When you are having a crisis of faith, call and make an appointment to come and sit down for a conversation. We can pray with you and help you in your search for God and meaning.
  • Significant Loss: When you lose a job, or experience the death of a friend, or any significant loss, call the church office. Your clergy will pray with you and may be able to connect you with helpful resources.
  • Birth or Adoption of a Child: When a child is born, call the church office. Your clergy love the opportunity to make a visit to bless parents and child; there’s even a liturgy in the prayer book for this.
  • When It’s All Good: When something wonderful is happening in your life, call. Clergy are often called upon to share in the saddest times, but we want to rejoice with you and help you give thanks to God in the best of times, too.

Adapted with gratitude from http://www.calvarymemphis.org/pastoralcare

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Missions & Outreach

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Outreach

Christ Church is engaged in a great deal of outreach, working and supporting local organizations in the community that serve the common good. We regularly participate in Manna House, serving meals to the homeless and those in poverty in Brunswick. We provide local school children who struggle with food insecurity with food to get through the weekend until their school meals begin again on Monday. We have helped get an emergency temporary shelter program started. We provide financial assistance for utilities and rent on an emergency basis as we are able. We support many non-profits in the County that help the poor and the outcast. We raise funds through the Episcopal Church Women and we give way a portion of our operating budget because outreach is a ministry of mercy to our neighbors is a central part of our faith. Contact us to find out how you can get involved and serve alongside us.

Backpack Buddies

Backpack Buddies is a program provides elementary school students who are on free and reduced meal assistance, with nutritious food for the weekends. This is two weekends worth of food for children in need at St. Simons Elementary, Oglethorpe Elementary, and Burroughs-Molette Elementary.

Each bag includes wholesome nutritious food items to help a child through the school year weekends. Each bag has contained 2 milks, 2 juices, 2 proteins, 2 fruits/veggies, 2 breakfast items and 4 snacks.

In total, this adds up to 2,940 food items weighing 1100 -1200 pounds that we packed. No need for the gym! Susan Shipman coordinates this effort including shopping for and gathering all the food, and delivering the packed bags to the schools. She has become an expert in where to get the best deal on each food item and is serving as an excellent steward of resources.

You can help by contacting Susan to join a packing team or by donating money to the program. All donations of any amount are welcome and $100 would feed a child on the 38 weekends throughout the school year.

Make your checks payable to: Christ Church, Frederica and mark them: Backpack Buddies.

This is Christ Church in action as we reach out to the community and we meet the needs of children. To God be the glory!

Mission

Part of our identity as followers of Jesus, is to get outside our comfort zone and our regular context. We are all called to take the Gospel with us beyond the places where we and the Church live. Mission is about sending people, as Jesus sent his disciples, into the places of the world where the church isn't already present in some way. This is the work that we do when we go on mission trips; in doing ministry in the public arena; through youth ministry out in the community; by offering public worship outside of our buildings. Mission is different than outreach, which is reaching out within the communities and contexts we find ourselves in. Supporting local organizations with money is a good form of outreach; mission involves relationship. When we form a relationship with someone outside our comfort zone and the day to day parts of our lives, we're probably engaged in mission.

For more on mission: http://archive.episcopalchurch.org/79425_130201_ENG_HTM.htm

Contact

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Christ Church, Frederica
6329 Frederica Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

(912) 638-8683