Christ Episcopal Church reaches out to the community of downtown Binghamton and beyond from its ideal location at Water and Henry Streets.
Engaging With The Neighborhood
At Christ Church, community outreach is a large part of our mission. Through C.H.O.W. and Katie’s Clothing Closet, we provide food and clothing for those in need within our local community each month. We run on volunteers, many of which are members of the Church, and donations from church members and community members alike.
Do you want to volunteer at our C.H.O.W. Pantry or in our clothing closet? Christ church welcomes you! We also offer volunteer hours and opportunities for high school and college students.
C.H.O.W. Food Pantry
Our CHOW food pantry, coordinated with the Broome County Council of Churches, has served people for a number of years. Our CHOW pantry is open the last two weeks of the month (see schedule under CHOW and calendar).
The Pantry is set up as a small store, and client customers shop with the guidance of volunteers. We supplement our CHOW pantry with more food supplies, including meats and personal products better to serve those who come to us. We welcome volunteers to serve clients, receive products and stock the pantry, shop, and do paperwork.
Katie's Clothing Closet
Katie’s Clothing Closet provides clothing and other goods free of charge. We supply children, women and men. The closet is set up as a store, and our volunteers know the stock and help people select items. Katie’s closet is open the last two weeks of the month, including Saturday morning.
Katie’s closet is named for late Parishioner Katie Brundage, who died of an opioid overdose at age 29 on Easter 2016. Katie had a big heart, served others tirelessly, and was earning her Masters in Social Work at the time of her death. She had great taste in clothes as well, and her collection came to our closet and the upgrades to our space were funded in her memory.
The Winter Warmth Project
The Winter Warmth Project provides free winter hats, mittens, and scarves to people in need. Members of Christ Church place hats, mittens, and scarves in plastic bags and hang them on the church railing.
Those in need of winter warmth are free to help themselves by simply taking a plastic bag. Each bag includes two items – hat and scarf, scarf and mittens, or mittens and hat.
CHOW Food Pantry
Our CHOW Food Pantry provides food to needy local residents. Our pantry receives a monthly delivery from the CHOW warehouse, varying in amounts from month to month. Additional groceries are purchased with Christ Church CHOW Pantry funds, and supplies are supplemented by donations of food and personal care items from members of the parish.
Children and Youth
Christ Church offers Sunday School for toddler – 5th grade during the school year. Our children enjoy learning Bible stories, prayers of the Church, and church life, such as baptism and preparation for Holy Eucharist
Developing our spiritual selves and connections generates a more joyful and whole-hearted life. To this end, Christ Episcopal Church offers a range of classes itself or in conjunction with others.
We have space for rent for regular office hours, weekly or more often meetings, or one-time events. We also rent the Great Hall for workshops, dinners, wedding showers and other events. We have a full and large kitchen and have relationships with local caterers.
Named for late Parishioner, Katie Brundage, our Clothing Closet distributes free used clothing to anyone who needs it, relying on donations from members of the parish and community. Our budget may be low, but the generosity of donors is high! Katie’s Closet is open when the CHOW pantry is open, as well as the last Saturday of each month