Faith in Action is just what it sounds like – an opportunity to put our faith into action in the Greenville community. Some churches call this outreach, but at Christ Church we’re doing so much more than simply outreach. We’re extending our faith community out into the local area and internationally, too.
In Greenville and the Upstate, we partner with local agencies who provide everything from basic necessities of living, food, clothing, & shelter to continuing education, a safe place to recover, and chances to hit reset on life.
Internationally, our church has been a legacy partner of agencies who
provide clean water, education, and disease prevention where it’s
needed most with a special focus on Haiti. Learn more about our outreach in Haiti.
Would you like to get involved but you’re not sure where to start? Check out our volunteer opportunities page where we can plug you in with our ministry in the community and also in the church.
Meet Our Partner Agencies
Need more information? Contact Kevin Mertens or call 864.282.3100.
Faith in Action Projects
Christ Church partners with local agencies to complete projects for the church and community. Some take place directly on campus, and others out in the community. Some of our projects are listed below.
Christ Church in Haiti
Christ Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina
(EDUSC) have partnered with Eglise Bon Saveur (Episcopal Church) and the
people of Cange, Haiti for more than 30 years. During this time, our
parish has helped provide fresh water, food, healthcare, and education.
Please contact us if you’d like to participate in an annual team trip to
United Thank Offering (UTO)
One Sunday each Spring and Fall the offering is collected in all services. The collected funds are sent to the National Episcopal Church Women’s organization to fund projects around the world. Twice in the last two years, grants have been awarded to local organizations in the upstate. The most recent went to Jasmine Road to help fund the ministry for trafficked women.
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)
“Company Comes to Christ Church!” We’re a part of a network of local churches that takes turns welcoming families in crisis to stay on our campus for a week at a time, while they look for housing. Volunteers are needed to provide evening meals, serve as evening/overnight hosts, and work on clean-up and set-up.
Join us for a transformational 24-week journey of compassion that invites you to learn how to care for our community and our world through social justice. Classes meet September - March. Click here to learn more about the current JustFaith offerings.
We partner with Loaves & Fishes to provide weekend food for needy children and families through two local schools. Volunteers are needed to shop, pack and deliver food. Contact Christine Von Wyl or at 954.649.4541 for details.
United Ministries Winter Food Drive
The United Ministries food pantry is especially low during the winter, and our food drives help to restock their supplies.
Continuing our partnership with READ GREENVILLE/FIRST STEPS, we are excited to announce that in addition to a huge delivery of books. We also distribute ESSENTIAL CLASSROOM SUPPLIES (PPE: masks, wipes, gloves, disinfectant) to childcare centers and schools so needed during the pandemic. We wear masks, limit the number of volunteers per shift, and practice social distancing. Email Kerry Rathbun or call at 864.297.0292 for details.
The Sterling Community Partnership
Habitat Builds: Joshua's Way and the Bridge Builder Series
Over the past few years, Christ Church teamed up with agencies to help build 11 homes in the
A number of Christ Church members contributed to the purchasing of a
piece of land in the Sterling Community on Jenkins Street in the hopes
of building a school. We soon realized a school was not necessary as
public schools were built in the area. A team of volunteers researched
what this land could become and stay in line with the Sterling Community
Master Plan as well as the intended mission of the land to be for the
betterment of the community. In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity
Greenville, Christ Church has developed a pocket neighborhood that is
becoming a cornerstone in the community for healthy revitalization that
also preserves the integrity of the historic community.
There are other builds to come. We hope you'll join us.
Anne Arrington, Chair
Mary Beth Cross
Sam Erwin (Vestry Representative)
Kay Jenkins (Vestry Representative)
Laura Halter Sardone
Kevin Mertens, Staff
Chantal Smith, Staff