Our Outreach Mission Statement
To be God’s hands and presence in the community beyond our doors; for by serving others, we serve Christ (Matthew 25:40)
Aviva Children’s Services: This ministry provides backpacks and collects school supplies to be distributed by Aviva Children’s Services every summer. Aviva is a not-for-profit agency that works to improve the quality of life for children who are victims of neglect, abuse and poverty and are in the care of the Department of Child Safety (formerly Child Protective Services). The parish also responds to other year round needs upon request. For example, at Christmastime, this ministry provides gift cards for children in transitional housing. Contact: Lynn Speth at email@example.com. Read more about Aviva’s mission at www.avivatucson.org.
Blessings from the Heart/Boarder Ministry: Primarily the monies for this outreach is used at an Orphanage in Agua Prieta for education expenses and scholarships to attend private school.
DIBS for Kids: Diverse and Inclusive BookS for Kids is our newest outreach at Christ the King. Its purpose is to use funds to purchase diverse and inclusive books for children that are then given to four other outreach programs in Tucson. They include: Aviva Children’s Services, ICS Single Mom Scholar Program, Imago Dei Middle School and San Xavier Mission School Library. For more information contact Sue Phelan at 520.395.5352.
Episcopal Campus Ministry: Funds in ministry help support U of A students sometimes on the edge with a hot meal or snacks, hygiene products and other school supplies. For more information on this ministry contact church office at 520.297.2551. Kay Wilson serves as head of this outreach.
Imago Dei: Imago Dei Middle School, a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, serves local students in grades 5-8 with a focus on breaking the cycle of poverty. for more information, visit www.imagodeischool.org or call Elaine Garcia at 520.465.5299.
Episcopal Relief & Development: For more information about the work of this organization and how you can give, contact Deacon Linda Hale at 509.439.3945 or visit www.episcopalrelief.org.
Interfaith Community Services: The ICS building is located on the lower parking lot in the Christ the King complex. Every month, our church collects food donations for the ICS Food Bank and we also help the organization by charging them only $1 a year for rent! Contact the office at 520-297-2551 for more information. Additional information may also be found at www.icstucson.org.
Native American Ministries: Funds are used to support the Native American ministry at All Saints Episcopal Church in Stafford. They decide how best to use the funds. For example, monies support the food bank, pay for medical care at Indian Health Services, and purchasing clothing for those in need.
Primavera: This is Christ The King’s longest running Outreach ministry. A group of volunteers from the parish meets on the first Sunday of the month to prepare and deliver a meal for the men of the Primavera Shelter. In addition to their own hard work with the preparation, they collect muffins, brownies and other baked goods from parishioners to distribute with the meal. Contact: Marianne Parmenter at 520-293-9737. More information on Primavera may be found at http://www.primavera.org/index_nonflash.html.
Refugee Resettlement: Christ the King has partnered with Lutheran Social Services to help new refugees in Tucson to find their way in a new culture and place, to become self supporting. For more information about this program please contact our church office at 520.297.2551.
Tucson House Bingo: On the third Friday of each month, volunteers from Christ the King provide an afternoon of bingo and lighthearted fun at Tucson House, a low-income senior apartment house at 1501 North Oracle where many of the residents are disabled, have limited resources or aren’t able to get out and about. We gather at Tucson House at 2:30, bringing small prizes and snacks, and leave shortly after 4:00. If you are interested in helping with this activity, please contact Maureen “Mo” Cuatt-Howard at 520.989.0467.
Worker Sisters of the Holy Spirit/Worker Brothers of the Holy Spirit: Members of this canonically recognized order make a lifetime commitment to grow in the fruits of the Spirit. The group is currently at work raising money to purchase water purification pills for Haitian families. Contact Ginny Berkey at 520-818-2953 or firstname.lastname@example.org— or visit www.workersisters.org.