"And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord."
The Book of Common Prayer
The Outreach Commission at the Church of the Holy Comforter provides a framework for social justice that combines support of traditional Episcopal services and our own congregation's response to an evolving world outside church walls. We seek to minister to local, national, and international need, according to the unique gifts that our faith community can share. Through discernment, prayer, and relationship with the surrounding community,our congregation continually seeks and finds new places and new people to love. The success of our outreach lies within generous volunteer enthusiasm, the supportive dedication of parishioners and friends who fund our endeavors, and the prayerful approach to accepting new challenges. A growing church reveals itself in many ways. We hope that within the following list of opportunities, you might be attracted to join us as we search for ways to show the love of Christ within the arms of our outreach ministries.
The following list includes our many outreach ministries. For more information on a specific ministry, please follow the link when available. If you have more questions or would like to provide assistance in one of these areas, please contact the church office at 410-252-2711.
As a founding member of ACTC, Holy Comforter collects food throughout the year; however, July is our special month when we work to fulfill a specific food need. This past July, we collected more than fifty bags of tuna and soup.
There are more than 3000 homeless children attending Baltimore County Public Schools. Although these children will receive one or two daily meals at school, they often go hungry when schools are not in session. CHC has adopted several local families in desperate need and will provide supplemental food each Friday. Follow the link above for more details about this important outreach program.
To read a Baltimore Sun article on this effort, click here.
FLOW supports projects that bring clean water and sanitation to rural communities and schools in developing countries and those that preserve the purity of water on the local level, such as the Chesapeake Watershed.
Join us in October for the Blessing of the Animals. In recognition of St. Francis' love for all God's creatures, we invite you to bring your pet(s) to meet and greet each other and be blessed by our clergy. The celebration of St. Francis continues after Sunday worship with a parish-wide community service project. Follow the link above for more details about both events.
Twice a year, in the fall and spring, we sponsor a community blood drive, coordinated through the American Red Cross. It goes without saying the need for blood is ongoing. Consider donating blood, and know that you have saved possibly three other lives.
A new tradition for CHC is to recognize and support a different charity in our community for each week in Advent. Please join us during Advent as we gather gifts in the name of the Christ child and share them with those less fortunate.
On the second Wednesday of each month, our rector Chris+ travels to our neighbor College Manor to offer an 11:45 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist for the residents. With the help of parishioners, College Manor residents are also brought to the church for special services such as Ash Wednesday.
Mt. Calvary AME Church - Feeding the Homeless
Since June, CHC has been feeding the homeless and hungry at Mt. Calvary AME Church in Towson on the 4th Wednesday of the month. This has been incredibly fulfilling for those who are participating, so please consider joining our team, even if you can only come once in a while. From 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm we need servers, and from 6:30-7 pm we really need cleanup help. It takes a lot of hands to make short work. You will get much more out of the experience than those who come for food.
CHC supports and/or participates in these additional ministries.