... special ministries from Christ Church to the community
Several ministries at Christ Church are directed towards the wider community and world in which we live - these include:
The Church is also open from 12-2pm every week day for visitors to browse or to pray, or just to have some quiet time within the beauty and splendour of our church building.
the Christ Church Community Meals Program (CCCMP) - meals and emergency food relief
The Meals and Emergency Relief Programs at Christ Church have needed to make some changes to meet the health requirements made necessary by the Covid 19 pandemic - all meals are now provided as take-away whether for breakfasts (daily) or evening meals.
Christ Church provides free breakfast seven days a week throughout the year and an evening meal every Monday and Wednesday (as detailed below). The Community Meals Program is well known and is a respected contribution to welfare in Geelong. Our guests come from a range of backgrounds - street kids, homeless people, schoolchildren, people who need company as much as food, the unemployed, stranded travellers and families. Those who come for a meal are welcomed regardless of their circumstances and, for some, the meal at Christ Church may be their main meal of the day; for others it is their only meal.
The Meals Programme is run entirely by volunteers, including many community organisations, businesses, St John of God Hospital, St John of God Lighthouse Faoundation, Barwon Health, and several Anglican, Catholic, Uniting, Orthodox and other Parishes, service clubs, sometimes with the assistance of students from different local schools. The evening m,eals program is supported by several local businesses, including Glyn Harvey (vegetables) and Tasman Meats. The Program is registered with the Anglican Benevolent Society Inc., and so donations made to the Program when accompanied by the appropriate paperwork are tax deductible. A Thanksgiving Service for the Meals Program is held each year - an opportunitry to acknowledge and thanks all those who have been involved in and support the Program. Some of these Thanksgiving Services feature amongst Photos and Celebrations (see menu for the link).
BREAKFAST 7.30-9.00AM EVERY DAY - is available to any person, every day of the year.
MONDAY & WEDNESDAY - EVENING MEAL 5.00-6.30pm - On these evenings a take-away main meal is provided, along with takeaway tea and coffee. Both breakfasts and the Monday/Wednesday evening meals are served from the Parish Hall at the corner of Moorabool and Lt Myers streets.
EMERGENCY FOOD RELIEF During the hours when Christ Church is open for visitors each week day (usually Monday-Friday 12.00-2.00pm), emergency food parcels are available for anyone in need, though levels of demand usually mean that parcels are available only once per month for each person. Volunteer parishioners from the Parish are available whenever the church is open to assist with food enquiries.
If you are interested in volunteering to help at either the Breakfast or evening Meals Programme, or in supporting the Emergency Food Relief program, contact the Meals Program Coordinator via the Parish Office.
music at Christ Church
From time to time Christ Church becomes a focus for music in Geelong. Various community groups have used the church as a concert venue - by such varied groups as the Sudanese Chollo Choir from Melbourne, the Melbourne Singers, the Choir of St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne, performances of Stainer's "Crucifixion" at several Easter celebrations, the Vox Angelika Vocal Ensemble, and more recently the Acabellas Community Choir (which recorded a CD in the church in January 2018) - you can see some details and photos of some of these events via the Photos and Celebrations link from the main menu. Our contribution is to provide a venue to local and Melbourne musicians who love to perform in an historic and unique ambience. For the Parish it provides enjoyment and the opportunity to invite outsiders to experience our Church and its magnificent acoustics.
Further concerts are planned and will be advertised in the local press, via this Web site, and in Parish newsletters.Watch this page for details!. We'll let you know as events are planned.