Christ Church has many diverse ministries. Every ministry is open to all, part of our fully inclusive ministerial design.
1) Feeding Ministry - seven days a week, we feed those who are hungry. We ask no questions and have no restrictions. Six days of the week, the meals are hot and on Sunday, they are bagged lunches. Additionally, we give generously of donated food from local bakeries and grocery stores. We have a staff of nearly 80 volunteers each week. We also have a commercial kitchen with six ovens, two stoves, five refrigerator freezers and four additional freezers, including one that is a walk-in. It is headed by Kitty Nash.The costs of food, supplies, utilities, maintenance and cleaning are covered by various organizations and community support by individuals. In particular, we thank Episcopal Charities, The Masonic Trust of Suffern, Retired Teachers of Ramapo Cental and JPMorganChase. Donations may be sent directly to the Church. In addition we get significant contributions from the employees of Macy, Macy's Foundation.
We appreciate the generosity of all contributors to our Feeding Ministries, but especially to the generosity of the following major donors:
Charitable Trust Mason Guild of Suffern
Retired Teachers of Suffern Schools
Macy’s Foundation and employees
Suffern Lions Club
Rotary Club of Suffern
We always are looking for enthusiastic, flexible volunteers to prepare food, cook, serve, clean and offer friendly service to our guests. If interested, please contact Kitty Nash.
2) Exceptionally Large Thrift Ministry - under the able direction of Kitty Nash, we have dedicated most of the education Building and part of the Parish Hall to this exceptionally important ministry. We have rooms stocked with first-rate clothing, housewares and furniture available at extremely low cost to those who are in need. In desperate cases, we give them materials that they might need. The Thrift Ministries are open from 9 - 1 Monday through Saturday and are served by dedicated volunteers.
We are always in need of friendly, honest people who want to donate time to assist in the Thrift Ministries. We have positions for those who would like to sort, price, distribute and sell clothing and housewares. Kitty Nash is our new Manager and is outstanding in design and execution. Lorraine Hayes is our Vestry Liaisons who oversee the entire operation.
3) Animal Ministry - each week we collect food, blankets, leashes, paper towels, bleach and anything that our local no-kill shelter can use. Donations are always welcomed.
4) Alcoholics Anonymous - our local group meets Mondays at 7 PM in the Parish Hall.
5) Worship Opportunities - we always need and encourage to serve God in his Sanctuary by joining the choir, ushers, readers, acolytes or studying to become a Eucharistic Minister, assisting the Rector in Home and Hospital Communions.
6) Building and Grounds - with three and a half acres of prime city real estate and a huge plant plus two additional houses, much always needs to be done. Our grounds and gardens are gorgeous but in need to cultivation, pruning, trimming, etc. This is done by members of the parish who have worked hard to make it such a lovely spot in Suffern.
7) Office Assistance - perfect for someone who is retired, we need people to staff the phones, type, fold, staple and above all direct people to their destination as they enter the office entrance.
8) Tomorrow's Workplace - as an extension of NYS employment, we take in people who are between jobs to train them in an area where they may have no skills. We have been lucky in having wonderful people sent to us and to see them find jobs in the private sector, using Christ Church as their "springboard".
9) English as a Second Language - Classes will resume as quickly as we can find a replacement teacher. Normally, they are held on Saturday mornings, starting at 9 AM.
12) Senior Computer Basic Training. We are teaching primarily seniors, the basics of using both a PC and a MAC in our computer training Center located on our property. If you have never really gotten into a computer and want to participate to learn the basics, please call the church at 845-357-1615 x 12; feel free to leave a message and we will return your call.
Christ Church of Ramapo
65 Washington Ave
Suffern, NY 10901