Christian Service Committee

What We Do and Who We Support

The Christian Service Committee (CSC) is an instrumental committee that assists Hancock Church to live out God’s call to show compassion and love for our neighbors, near and far. The CSC is responsible for leading of all ages in joining God’s work to create a world where all people are cared for through acts of service and justice. Such service may take the form of planned donations to designated organizations, timely responses to urgent needs (such as disaster relief), and leading the congregation in the regular giving of goods and volunteering of time at the local, national, and global levels. To maximize the impact of these efforts, specific areas of focus are identified, which serve to both concentrate our giving and deepen our own awareness and understanding of these areas of need.

The CSC receives and reviews requests for financial and logistical support throughout the year. The committee meets once a month to coordinate Hancock’s volunteer for outreach activities and charitable events, discuss charitable giving, and review new requests. Organizations may submit material or present information at the monthly committee meeting. Committee members are selected and requested to serve for a term of 2 years.

Click here to read our illustrated newsletter Christian Service Brochure Sept 2013

 

Hancock is an active community with big ambitions to improve our world.  There are many ways to get involved!

Ongoing Service Opportunities:

  • Rosie’s Place—On the 2nd Sunday of each month, Hancock sends at least 10 pre-made casseroles to Rosie’s Place for their Sunday dinner.  Cook a casserole, deliver food to Rosie’s,  or volunteer to serve. Contact Linda Kilner-Olivier @ lakilner@aol.com.
  • Lexington Food Pantry—On the 2nd Saturday each month, Hancock sends team of 5+ volunteers to work at the Pantry.  We also collect food donations and deliver them to the pantry regularly.  Contact Caroline Nijenberg to find out more about getting involved in Hancock’s outreach to the Lexington Food Pantry:  carolinen@rcn.com.
  • Interfaith Garden—Hancock is one of the 14 faith communities working and supporting this garden, located in Lexington.  Its produce goes to the Lexington Food Pantry.  Hancock regularly sends volunteers to work  in the garden March through November.  Contact Amy Swanson for more information:  amy.swanson@rcn.com.
  • Good Samaritan Fund—Bring service ideas to Hancock’s Christian Service Committee and let us help you raise funds and awareness.  Contact Linda Kilner-Olivier @ lakilner@aol.com.
  • Disaster Relief Fund—Special fund to be tapped for quick and efficient response to disasters, such as for the Asian tsunami, tornados in Western Mass. Donations to the disaster relief fund are always welcome.

 

There are also many opportunities to get involved with Hancock’s annual and seasonal initiatives:

  • Manger Sunday—First Sunday in December, Hancock members gather in celebration to bring toys, gifts, gift cards and monetary donations  for City Mission Society’ Christmas Shop.  Benefits families in need in the Boston area.  This is one of the highlights of our year at Hancock.  The buoyant and celebratory spirit of generosity has never been greater–come to our Manger Sunday service to experience it for yourself!
  • Christmas Shop—Open weekends in December.   Come sort donations , make scarves and cards , or ‘shop’ for specific families in need, to be delivered at a later date.  Lots of volunteers are needed to bring Christmas to the over 4000 people who benefit from CMS’s outreach.
  • Holiday Fair—Held on Manger Sunday, come browse, shop or volunteer at Holiday Fair that highlights goods from non-traditional vendors, many of whom are fair-trade.
  • Neighbors In Need—October.  Special offering to support denominational ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.
  • One Great Hour of Sharing—March.  Special denominational offering to support refugee, relief and development.  These offerings can transform lives through health, education, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives.

See what we’ve been up to!

Recent/upcoming Events:

  • Sustainable Harvest International fund-raiser dinner, partnering with Room At The Table.   March 2012.
  • Hosted children from the Fourth Presbyterian Church for bell concert, picnic and parade on Patriot’s Day.  April 2012.
  • Recycling Drive–collected used bicycles and musical instruments to benefit Fourth Presbyterian Church and the Russell School in Dorchester.  Spring 2012.
  • Sock Drive to benefit those in need at the Outdoor Churches in Boston and Cambridge.  Fall 2012.
  • Cookie Sale proceeds from Holiday Fair to benefit the Women’s Lunch Place, Boston.  Christmas 2012.