Christ Episcopal Church

in Kent, Ohio

Outreach Ministries

Feeding the Hungry

Jesus put a lot of emphasis on feeding hungry people and so do we.

Our volunteers:

  • -Collect food (and, while we are at it, cleaning supplies, personal care products, blankets, school supplies and Christmas toys) for the Lord’s Pantry at Kent Social Services
  • -Partner with Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Water Street to provide hot meals at their Saturday Lord's Lunch program

Providing Clothing & Household Goods

The Phyllis Zumkher County Clothing Center was named in honor of our late member, Phyllis Zumkher, and is run by our ministry partner Family and Community Services, Inc. The Center distributes gently used clothing and household goods at no charge to anyone in need in Portage County.

The first and third Tuesday of each month, our volunteers:

  • -Collect, sort and display donated items
  • -Assist clients with finding what they need
  • -Staff special events, like assisting kids with picking out outfits from the Halloween costume room in October

Helping the Homeless

Throughout the year we collect and donate money to The Miller Community House, which provides emergency shelter and supportive services to men, women and children experiencing a housing crisis. We take up several collections throughout the year for items that are donated to the Miller House, Kent Social Services, and the County Clothing Center.

Supporting the Mentally Ill

Each Holiday season we organize an outreach collection for group home residents at Coleman Professional Services to provide them with essential items they need such as clothing, watches, socks, blankets, shoes, slippers, etc.

Summer Mission Trip

Every year in June adults and youth from our church join with other local Episcopal churches to spend a week in service outside our community. In past years we have rehabbed housing for the poor in rural areas in southwest Virginia and northwest Pennsylvania. Some of the projects we’ve done are:

  •   Built ramps and rooms for disabled people so they can stay in their homes.
  •   Rebuilt porches so people can safely enter and exit their houses.
  •   Fixed broken locks and gates so children have safe and secure homes.
  •   Remodeled an upper story of a house to double a disabled person’s living space
  •   Painted a town’s first homeless shelter.

Adults teach the youth hands-on carpentry skills and step back so youth can take the lead at each worksite. Our days are spent with hard work, our afternoons with fellowship, and our evenings with devotional time.