Here are some ways to get involved

with outreach at Christ the King:

Food Pantry—the Rondout Valley Food Pantry, housed behind the church and supported by Christ the King and five other churches, as well as other organizations and individuals, serves approximately 125 households each month. Volunteers are needed for all kinds of tasks, including loading and unloading food, shopping, packing, organizing food drives, fundraising etc. Contact: Rod Basten, thebasten4@aol.com

Community Lunch—on the last Tuesday of the month, September-June, we offer a free hot lunch to the community. Volunteers help set up, cook and clean for this event.  Contact: Tana Miller, milwei@hvc.rr.com

Community Supper–on the first Sunday of the month, we offer supper to the community, following our 5pm service.  Contact: Peter DelRio, peter@dewittfarm.com

Knitting Ministry—a group gathers on the third Sunday of the month at 9am to knit prayer shawls for those who are sick, scarves for the Seamen’s Institute, and other items. Contact: the Rev. Robin Beveridge beveridge@saintly.com

CTK Quilters–a group gathers twice a month on Sundays from 12-2pm to sew quilts for Baptisms and Pastoral Care.  Contact: Linda Fitzpatrick, lcfitz66@gmail.com

Toy Drive—for many years, the church has held a toy drive and distribution at Christmas for needy children in the area. Volunteers plan, organize and publicize the toy drive, as well as helping parents select toys on the day of the distribution.  Contact: Tammy Basten, hudsonvalleyrentals@gmail.com

Vacation Bible School—Each year, we join with other area churches to offer a week of vacation bible school. It is held in the third week of August so that we can include children of area farm workers.  The camp involves Bible stories, arts and crafts, enrichment activities like drumming, swimming or nature hikes, and we offer snack and lunch. Volunteers teach, lead arts and crafts, lead games and sports, cook, offer music etc.  Contact:  The Rev. Alison Quin, alison@ctktoneridge.org

Rural Migrant Ministry—this non-profit organization advocates for farmworkers who work in unsafe conditions and have no guaranteed time off.  They are also underpaid and often live in inadequate housing.  Church members raise funds for RMM, attend a walkathon to support a summer camp for migrant children and go to Farmworkers’ Day in Albany each year.  Contact:  The Rev. Deacon Robin Beveridge, beveridge@saintly.com

Youth Mission Trips—each summer, the parish sponsors a youth mission trip. In recent years, we have gone to Kentucky, where we have repaired homes for low-income homeowners, and to the Four Corners area in Utah, where we have held vacation bible school for Navajo children.  Contact:  Rev. Alison Quin, alison@ctkstoneridge.org


In addition, Christ the King supports the following organizations:

Episcopal Relief and Development is the development and disaster relief arm of the Episcopal Church.  Christ the King supports this organization by taking up collections to support humanitarian relief and development initiatives.  For more information on the work of Episcopal Relief and Development, go to www.er-d.org

Food for the Poor is the largest international relief agency in the United States according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy and as of our last audited financials has maintained fundraising and administrative costs of less than 5% of its expenses; more than 95% of all donations go directly to programs that help the poor.  www.foodforthepoor.org

Episcopal Charities  is the outreach arm of the Diocese of New York, providing funding and support to parish-based programs serving children and adults in need on a non-sectarian basis.  Episcopal Charities’ grants program includes grants for basic human needs, youth opportunity grants and grants for collaborative efforts in the areas of feeding, re-entry and immigrant services.    www.episcopalcharities-newyork.org

Holy Cross School, Grahamstown, South Africa is a primary school founded and operated by the Holy Cross monks at their house in Grahamstown, Mariya uMama we Temba. They have founded a primary school for area children, many of whom have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.  The government closed down farm schools in the area and did not provide any alternative.  So, in 2009, the brothers decided to open their own school.  The school dedicated their new building in February, 2012 and enrollment has doubled since it opened.  In addition, the Order of Holy Cross maintains a scholarship fund to help students pay for tuition, uniforms, books and transportation to area secondary schools.  Each year, we hold a fundraiser or take up a special collection for this important work.  If you have ideas for fundraisers, just let us know! See www.umaria.co.za for more details.

Tollbells: Christ the King participates in “For Whom the Bells Toll”, a national initiative to end the death penalty.   Churches are asked to toll their bells whenever someone is being executed.  Every Sunday, we pray for those facing execution that week.  The campaign was organized by Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, a criminal justice reform organization.  The effort will continue until the death penalty is abolished.  The website for People of Faith Against the Death Penalty is www.pfadp.org.