Help in the Heart of the City

CityHeart-Logo1CityHeart began as a ministry of Christ Church for people with emergency needs or requiring referrals to mainstream services. At the beginning of 2016, CityHeart became a separate non-profit corporation. It is located on the lower level of Christ Church with it’s own outside entrance. Learn more.

Feeding Ministries in Homeless Shelters

Two Meals Every Month

We serve delicious and hearty meals to the homeless men, women, and families in two locations every month. The hot meals are delivered to the sites. Church and other community volunteers prepare the serving spaces and serve the meals. Anyone who would like to help can just show up at the appointed times or you may contact Gary Kuziensky at gkuziensky@nullgmail.com

Homeless men are served the noon meal on the second Saturday of each month. Volunteers gather at 11:30 a.m. at the Men’s Gateway Shelter at 1921 S. Gettysburg Ave., Dayton 45417. Work is usually done by 1:00 pm.

Homeless families are served dinner on the third Thursday each month at St. Vincent’s Apple Street Shelter. Showtime for volunteers is 5:30. They are usually finished by 7:00 pm.

Directions to the Apple Street facility: From S. Patterson Blvd. go west on Apple St. approximately 1/2 block and turn left thru the gate for St Vincent. Parking is on the left and right. Go to the garage door and man/woman door on the left side of the building. There is a call box beside the door that you can use to announce your arrival. Someone will come and let you in. The kitchen is upstairs on the second floor — take the ramp and bear to your left at the top of the ramp. The kitchen is through the double doors.

United Nations Global Compact

In 2015 Christ Church became a member of the United Nations Global Compact. We embrace, support, and commit to enact within our sphere of influence the core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. The Ten Principles within the core values are listed below. For more information, please contact the rector or follow the link above.

Human Rights

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Visit the UN Global Compact website to find out more.

Human Rights Pocketbook Project

December 2018 Announcement

The Human Rights Pocketbook Project was conceived by caring citizens of the Empathy Surplus Project (ESP). The Human Rights Pocketbook Project seeks partners to help distribute a pocket sized version of the Illustrated Universal Declaration of Human Rights to its stakeholders and the general public to recruit youth leadership dedicated to building a caring society and economy filled with ethical businesses.

Christ Episcopal Church (CEC) is pleased to announce its intention to partner with ESP to promote the Human Rights Pocketbook Project, beginning the second Sunday in Advent, December 9, 2018, with a distribution of the pocketbook to each CEC family. This activity will commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on December 10, 1948.

Christ Episcopal Church has a close relationship with the ESP, whose founder is a member of the parish. In 2015 Christ Church accepted an invitation from ESP, a UN Global Compact (UNGC) since 2014, to consider UNGC participation, in order to explore ways ESP and Christ Church could find ways to collaborate. After careful consideration by the vestry in 2015, Christ Church applied and was accepted by the UN General Secretary as its Global Compact’s first faith community participant. Visit Christ Church’s UN page at this link – http://bit.ly/ungccec.

UNGC participants promise two things: (1) to support its ten principles with respect to human rights, decent work and leisure, clean air and water, and anti-corruption of governments by unethical business, and to make a clear statement of this support to their stakeholders and the general public; and (2) to submit a Communication on Engagement to the UNGC about how it has engaged its stakeholders and the general public, especially businesses and other UNGC participants.

The Christ Church Vestry has identified a parish member from two of its three service times to serve as an organizing committee to help the congregation create the permanent committee that will facilitate its obligations to respect, protect, and promote the ten principles, especially human rights. Monica Neiderman from the Sunday early service is the chairperson. Andrew Brody from Saturday evening serves on the committee, while we are still seeking someone from the 10:30 a.m. service. Chuck Watts, Empathy Surplus Project, serves as the committee’s consultant.

Organizing committee members may serve on the permanent committee and are looking for at least two people from each service to serve on the six member permanent committee. This search process for permanent committee members is slated to be complete by the end of Lent, or earlier.

The Rev. Joanna Leiserson, Interim Rector, in her sermon November 17, referenced Waffle Shop’s legacy of fundraising for local grants to non-profits as an outward and visible sign of CEC’s ongoing work to build a caring society. ESP has received Waffle Shop grants in the past. Joanna writes, “The way in which Jesus describes the future . . . today . . . is not an exaggeration or embellishment. The changes, to remake this world into God’s world, will be radical and disruptive to the status quo, because it is the status quo that continues to subjugate, oppress, and impoverish. Just remember . . . our faith is oriented toward fulfillment. God has a mission. Blessed are you all, who work so hard to bring God’s dreams to fulfillment.”

Please consider service on the this committee, which will use web conferencing to facilitate participation. Please contact Monica at sewnsew313@nullyahoo.com, or Andrew at modernancientab@nullgmail.com.


Rebuilding Together Dayton

Building Stronger Neighborhoods

We join with people from throughout the Miami Valley to assist our neighbors to rehab and upgrade their homes. These are folk who own their own homes but who cannot completely afford to pay for some of the things that the younger or the more able-bodied can do for themselves. National Rebuilding Day is always the last Saturday in April. Projects may include painting, gutter repair, landscaping, woodwork, and other tasks. Skilled or unskilled we will have a job for you.


Visit the Rebuilding Together Dayton website.


Miami Valley Episcopal Russian Network

MVERN was formed in 1997 to foster partnerships with eleven Miami Valley congregations and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Sablino, Russia. Numerous adult and youth exchanges have taken place over the years, friendships made, and many projects completed. We all take great pride in the creation of a Sablino Community Center and Youth program that is now on firm footing.

Waffle Shop Grants

Every November Christ Church hosts the community to four days of Waffles, sausage, sandwiches, baked goods, crafts, and white elephant sale. We see between 1600 and 2000 people during this annual Waffle Shop. It has been going one for 85 years!

In addition to all of the great hospitality, friendships, sharing of good food and even better conversation, Waffle Shop profits are given back to the community through a number of grants that are awarded every spring. This year we distributed more than $12,000 to support organizations and ministries that benefit others.

Plan on joining us at Waffle Shop 2018, November 13-16 and follow Waffle Shop on Facebook 

12-Step Programs

Christ Church is home to a number of 12-Step programs

All of these programs help people to break the chains of addiction and save lives. This is definitely part of the work of the church that Jesus calls us to do. If you, a family member, or a friend are trapped and need help in breaking out, then these may be for you/them.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)  meets weekdays, Monday-Friday, at noon.

Another AA group meets on Saturdays at 10 am.

Alanon gathers at noon on Fridays.

Sex Addicts Anonymous meets on Wednesdays at 9 am.