Christ Episcopal Church has been a missionary congregation from the start. In the early years of the church, it served as a “mother” church, helping to plant and establish 5 other Dayton-area parishes. Between 1981 and 2006, Christ Church was responsible for planting four Anglican church in Kenya and Nigeria, Africa.
During WWII, women of the church met once a week to make surgical bandages and sew garments. They hosted The Soldiers Club in the parish house where social activities and dances were held for soldiers. In the early 1960’s, the church began a first of its kind counseling program, where Christ Church priests held regular office hours to counsel individuals from local agencies and courts. The church members and vestry sparked the idea of a downtown home for the aging, which led to the establishment of Canterbury Court, an affordable senior living community now operated by Episcopal Retirement Services.
The church has always had a heart for the care of children. Over the years, Christ Church not only sponsored and leased their building to small area schools, but began one of their own, even sending kids to summer camp who had never left the city. To this day, the church ensures that any child or family who wishes to experience Procter Summer Camp is able to do so. The parish has sponsored scholarships and construction of a school for children in Sierra Leone, began a foundation to sponsor orphans in Kenya and provide AIDS education. Additional mission work has benefitted children in Appalachian Ohio, New Orleans, Nashville, and Sablino, Russia.
Always looking for new ways to serve the Dayton community, Christ Episcopal Church has sponsored projects like the Suicide Prevention Center, the Dayton Downtown Sitter Service (which provided three hours of free babysitting each Wednesday to any mother in the community), therapy sessions in the Parish Hall, Dayton Urban Summer Program, The Other Place (a day shelter in the church basement, which later became its own non-profit), Kairos Prison Ministry and Habitat for Humanity.
Local mission work has focused on the following areas: Homelessness and Housing, Hunger, Education, Prison/Jail Ministry, Rehabilitation, Unemployment, Justice Ministry, and Refugee Assistance.
International mission work has included: the Community of the Cross of Nails, CROP, Sierra Leone (SACSL), Russia (MVERN), Kenya, Church Planting, Bible Distribution in China, Christian Books Project, Clergy Education, the Heifer Program, and Refugee Assistance programs.