OUTREACH:
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in,
I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)


Outreach Programs:

St. Christopher’s Church provides non-perishable food items and cash donations to the Westover Food Pantry
throughout the year. We support 2 needy children in various parts of the world through the Children’s Fund.
We give $250 per month to needy individual, local and global agencies including Lorraine’s Kitchen, Shriner’s
Hospital, Bay State VNA & Hospice, United Thank Offering, Chicopee Fuel Fund, and many others.

In addition, we provide backpacks and school supplies for children of women at the Chicopee Women’s
Correctional Center, as well as providing Christmas gifts of clothes and toys for children who regularly eat
at the Chicopee Soup Kitchen.

We provide toiletries for the residents of the Springfield Rescue Mission through their Hope Tote program.

A unique project is collecting used prescription bottles to be sent to Africa for doctors who prescribe medicines
for their patients to replace the flimsy envelopes they have previously used to distribute medicines.

 

Fostering Spiritual Growth for Special Children
Our research reveals that many churches and other places of worship routinely fail to welcome children with
disabilities or to meet the needs of their families.
These children suffer from conditions ranging from autism and cerebral palsy to mental illness and mental retardation.

As these children tend to be naturally disruptive in a traditional church setting, parents who seek religious education for
their special needs children are often met with responses ranging from a general lack of acceptance to an outright
refusal to provide for the family’s needs, including their need to worship.

On the other hand, people whose children are welcomed feel a sense of community and strengthened faith.
Faith is the cornerstone in the lives of these parents and families, and transmitting faith to their children is a
central goal of every parent.

In addition to Sunday Christian education geared to children with special needs, we broadcast our worship services
to our Common Room for families to view and participate in, with the freedom to enter church when they feel comfortable.

Common Room - Christian Episcopal Church


Side By Side Preschool
For several years, St. Christopher’s has housed the Side By Side Preschool & Child Care Center during the week.
This operates independently from St. Christopher’s Church. For more information, call 413-532-2388.