St. Christopher serves the Charleston area, and particularly the West Side, in several ways:
The 12th annual one-week Summer Day Camp at St. Christopher Episcopal Church concluded June 23, 2017 with a theme of “Embracing Change.”Activities included afternoon swimming, harvesting lunch from the Rebecca Street Garden, interactive science experiments by the local chemical company Covestra, interactive heart demonstrations by the W.Va. Nurses Association, LEGO building and more.
To conclude the camp on Friday evening, the church hosted an awards ceremony and a fellowship dinner for the campers, their families and camp volunteers. Campers performed a hip-hop routine choreographed by church member, Jennifer Miller.
“The St. Christopher congregation works to create a positive, caring, inclusive atmosphere on the West Side of Charleston,” said Reverend Melissa Remington.
The camp was started by predecessor congregation St. James Episcopal Church in 2005, and carried on by St. Christopher when St. James, St. Luke, All Saints and Good Shepherd Episcopal churches joined in 2007.
NOTE: There is no Summer Day Camp scheduled at St. Christopher for 2018. Check back in 2019.
YMCA Free Tennis lessons – During the summer of 2017 we provided refreshments to participants twice a week at the Edgewood tennis courts while the YMCA provided free lessons. Thank you to Dr. Bill Carter, Mindy White and all our St. Christopher volunteers.
Mary C. Snow Enrichment Program after-school tutoring program for children attending Edgewood Elementary provides help and encouragement in students’ school work and in being beloved children of God.
Named after the legendary teacher and former St. Christopher parishioner, the program offers one-on-one tutoring for needy students on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Church volunteers pick up the students from Edgewood Elementary in the church van, then feed, tutor and provide enrichment. Contact the church if you’d like to volunteer.
Volunteers from St. Christopher and elsewhere provide weeknight help with homework after school and dinner at the Paul Laurence Dunbar Neighborhood Center on the West Side of Charleston. St. Christopher volunteers also prepare dinner at least once per month, giving a rest to the regular Neighborhood Center volunteers.
The St. Christopher congregation supports Covenant House, Manna Meal, Heart and Hand, and Dunbar Institute Samaritan House.
The St. Christopher church facilities, with its beautiful grounds and gardens, are used by groups such as AA and Al-anon.