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Faith in Action

People of faith working in community to be a catalyst and conduit for ministry.

The Faith in Action Ministries are designed to help members and visitors to put their faith into action through a variety of opportunities, offered to help engage individuals and groups through service to each other and the larger community. Faith in Action's impact ministries offer a wide range of routine and accessible service opportunities. These opportunities for individuals and families help us keep loving engagement with our neighbors. Christ Church encourages involvement in the Sterling Community, a historic African-American community on the west side of Greenville, particularly with community activities, education, tutoring and farming. Christ Church has also been involved in the village of Cange, Haiti for over 35 years and has helped build a school, hospital and water system, with continued support of the vocational school and 100 acre farm.

In addition to the keystone ministries listed above, Faith in Action is charged with the annual allocation of over $250,000 to support Partners in the community and develop new projects in Greenville that will help to address current unmet need of the community. For more information on how you can be a part of the Faith in Action Ministry, contact Debbie Rice.

Upcoming Events

Applications are open for the 2020 Faith In Action Community Grants!
Download the Application Here.
Each year the Christ Church Faith in Action Team engages in creative partnerships to use the parish's time, talent, and treasure to promote the Kingdom of God. Organizations are invited to be part of our work as we would love to be part of yours.  Return applications to Kevin Mertens with the subject line "FIA Community Application Grant" by Saturday, August 31. 

United Ministries School Uniform Drive: Thursday, August 15 - Sunday, September 15
United Ministries is collecting school uniform clothing items for students in IHN. Donations could be in the form of new or gently used clothing or gift cards to Target, Walmart, Old Navy, etc where Greenville County School District school uniform compliant clothing is sold. Donations can be brought to the Parish House lobby. For more information, contact Kevin Mertens, 864.282.3100.

JustFaith: Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:45 AM, Parish House, Room 217
Tuesday, September 17 - Tuesday, November 19

Join parishioners and interested community members in learning more about the call for social justice and ways to get more involved in Greenville ministries and nonprofit organizations. The class begins with Phase 1 “Living Compassionately - Caring for the Poor” and will include an immersion, half day retreat, a speaker, plus reading and discussing three books: The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist, Barking to the Choir by Gregory Boyle, and Prayer Seeds by Joyce Rupp. JustFaith is a national program that has enriched and inspired all those in the past who have participated. Please contact Debbie Rice, 864.271.8773, for more information. 

Bridge Builder Series Build - The Abraham Build:
Thursday, August 8 - Saturday, November 2
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Directions to the build site: As the house is not yet built, the closest address to use for your GPS is 502 Jenkins Street, Greenville, SC 29601.

The great work of Christ Church and Habitat for Humanity continues with our Bridge Builder Series. On Thursday, August 8th the wall raising for our latest build will take place in the Sterling Community. The Abraham Build focuses on fostering conversation and developing unity and good will between the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic communities. Like the original build, each eligible build day will have two shift opportunities for parishioners and their friends and families to contribute to a new house! Come and build, share your faith and learn about the other faiths in our community with whom Christianity shares its roots. Below are dates for which we need builders:
Original Build:

    • August 9 - 10
    • August 15 - 17
    • August 23 - 24
    • September 13 - 14

The Abraham Build (New Build):
  
  • August 8 - 10
    • August 15 - 17
    • August 22 - 24
    • September 20 - 21
    • October 3 - 5
    • October 11 - 12
    • November 1 - 2

The Bridge Builder Series Story:
The Bridge Builder Series is the result of a discussion between Christ Church Parishioner and Habitat Greenville Executive Director, Monroe Free, and our rector on the critical role the faith community and non-profits can play in uniting people in a common and noble purpose.

In keeping with our mission of faith in action, Christ Church opted to donate the land for the project in the Sterling neighborhood, where we have built several houses and continue to have an active outreach ministry, and provide volunteers.

“Throughout all of our ministries in the Greenville area, we recognize an ever-increasing need for connection and greater empathy. Christ Church places a strong emphasis on community involvement, engagement and service to establish these connections, as well as a deeper understanding and respect for others. The Bridge Builder Series and this build specifically are so important to our entire community and will establish ties that bind and will continue to bear fruit well into the future.”

The wall raising ceremony took place this past Thursday, bringing together representatives from each group, plus the Greggs family, for whom the house is being built. The build will last approximately 12 weeks. Volunteers from each group will be present each day, working together and learning from one another. Volunteers will also share a meal each day and participate in thought-provoking discussions on topics ranging from why they chose to be involved with this project to what each group can do to encourage stronger relationships.  

Leadership Team

If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. - Isaiah 58:10 

Christ Church Faith in Action Ministries are led by parishioners and supported by staff members Kevin Mertens, Director of Faith in Action, Debbie Rice, Outreach Coordinator, and Holly Melton, Volunteer Coordinator.

Members of the Outreach Committee:
Perry Gilreath (Faith in Action Committee Chair)

Anne Arrington (Vestry Representative)

Reg Brooker (Haiti Representative)

James McKissick
Christine VonWyl
Sam Erwin
Josh Hudson
Carolyn Beiers
Kristin Bennett
Worth Burns