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We are members of Habitat for Humanity (HFH) of Northern Ocean County. HFH is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world. Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families.
Church Christ parishioners and members belong to Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey. This ministry helps homebound seniors to remain in their homes in Ocean County, and now the Monmouth communities of Freehold, Howell, and Farmingdale. Among other things, we provide medical transportation, grocery shopping for them, give respite care relief, provide socialization in the form of friendly visits and caring phone calls and canine therapy visits. There is never a charge for help provided.
Some members of our parish are Hospice Volunteers. They serve as members of the hospice team by sharing skills and interests in a manner that provides comfort and enriches the quality of life for those served. Each hospice provides its own volunteer training.
Each year many members of our parish donate to and/or join the Ocean County Crop Walk. A Crop Walk is neighbors walking together to take a stand against hunger in our world. The purpose is to raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as local hunger-fighting.
Both clergy and members of Christ Church are involved with Toms River Workforce Housing. This is an informal affiliation of like-minded clergy and citizens whose goal is to address the workforce housing shortage in Toms River. It seeks to facilitate new construction, rehabilitation, purchase, and rental of homes and apartments for moderate income people.
The Pipes & Drums of Barnegat Bay is sponsored by Christ Church. We are one of only three Episcopal Churches in the US that sponsors a bagpipe band. They play at various events and at occasional church services. Anyone with a desire to learn is welcome; training is free.
The Christ Church Community Garden was established in 2011 in conjunction with Ocean County Youth Partnership. The garden was planted and maintained by mentally challenged young people and their advisors. In 2013, this ministry was taken over by Christ Church members. The harvest is used by our Cafe, Emergency or donated to local food banks.
Homelessness Ended With Local Partners (HELP)
Christ Church parishioners serve on this non-profit Board and organization to solve the issues of homelessness in Ocean County.
Christ Church clergy and parishioners, in conjunction with other community members, work to address the workforce housing shortage in Toms River. Christ Church's The Rev. Joan M. Petit Mason, Rector serves as VP on the Board of Directors. Goals are to facilitate new construction, rehabilitation, purchase and rental of homes and apartments for moderate-to-low income people.
Christ Church hosts many weekly support groups for people with addictions of numerous types. Some meetings occur daily. Counseling and support is available to individuals as needed.