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Christ Episcopal Church
and San Marcos

Tarrytown, NY

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Outreach: At Work in the Community and the World

Why outreach?

  • Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
    I will, with God's help.
  • Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
    I will, with God's help.
Baptismal Covenant. BCP p.305


  • Sharing Joy with the Developmentally Challenged

    We reach out to the residents of these YAI group homes for the developmentally challenged, including special Christmas activities.

  • LGBT Proud Parish Partner

    We welcome all members of the LGBT community.
  • Read about progress for the LGBT community around the Diocese.  

  • Food Pantry

    The Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown started in Dec. 2009 as a holiday offering to 41 families. Organizers immediately saw that the need was much greater and more sustained than one special meal. Today the CFP provides a monthly distribution of healthy food to nearly 250 families, serving an estimate of 1000 individuals. Christ Church is honored to be able to host the Food Pantry by providing space for distribution and for storage. Our rector Susan Copley serves on the board and is an active participant in distributions. Community volunteers from all denominations and the schools make it happen. Businesses and local foundations also provide much needed funds – monthly expenditures are about $6000.

    Here’s what some of the clients say about the Community Food Pantry:
    I'm the only one in my family with a job. I started working at the Galleria two months ago, and I like it, but it's not enough. I have two children to feed. I like this place. The people are good.
    I live at the YMCA. I don't get food stamps, just a little Social Security. At the end of the month I don't have any other food besides this.
    This is my first time. I have Lupus, and I had no food at all for Thanksgiving. But I called Christ Church and they told me to come today. Now, I'm going to bring back some clothes to give out at the coat drive tonight. This is great! Thanks so much!

    Individuals or corporations wishing to contribute or volunteer to the ongoing efforts of the Food Pantry can find more information at or contact Rachelle Gebler at

  • Clothing Closet

    One of our San Marcos members (Margarita) identified a real need in the Tarrytown community; many people need to find clothes at low prices. So Margarita, with the help of members of both San Marcos and CC renovated a portion of the parish hall basement to create the 'Clothing Closet'; a space esily accessible from John St where each month donated clothes are sold. Each month there continues to be a steady stream of donations and each Friday these are sifted and hung up for sale by members of both San Marcos and CC communities. We enjoy doing this work together, both women and men, old and young. The clothing closet opened its doors on July 13th, 2013 and has every month since brought in several hundred dollars to the church. But the real benefit is to those who it serves - the people can get much needed clothes at affordable prices.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    For more than two decades, Christ Church has provided a place for members of the Tarrytown Group of Alcoholics Anonymous to have fellowship. Well-attended meetings, held four days each week in our Ackerman Hall, allow A.A. members to attain and nurture the gift of sobriety. Welcoming all who come, especially newly-sober individuals, is a priority for the Tarrytown Group. The public can attend the Group’s monthly open meeting. The Group’s outreach activities include providing a weekly meeting for patients at the Substance Abuse Rehab at Phelps Hospital.

    Christ Church values this ministry in which we provide a gathering place for a fellowship that emphasizes a daily commitment to spiritual growth, “conscious contact with God” through prayer and meditation, and being helpful to others. The Ackerman Hall A. A. schedule is:

    Mondays: 6:45 p.m., Big Book meeting. 8 p.m., Step meeting.
    Tuesdays: 7:30 a.m., Topic meeting.
    Fridays: 6:45 p.m., Beginners meeting. On the last Friday of each month: Open Anniversary meeting.
    Saturdays: 10 a.m., Women’s Step meeting.

  • Worshipping with Seniors

    Christ Church members share the joy of worship with the residents of TarryHall and Kendall on Hudson.
    We also worship with many of those living at Crestview - this too is often very joyous.
  • Tarrytown Tunes

    We welcome the informal music organization into our space each month as they bring outside musicians to Tarrytown to enrich all our lives.


  • Cristosal - El Salvador

    We actively support the work of Cristosal in Central America, which addresses humanitarian crises of violence and forced displacement. We do this through direct charitable contributions, funding grants, parishioner travel to El Salvador to learn Cristosal’s methodology, and our own advocacy group here in Westchester. To learn more about Cristosal, click

    Our Cristosal ministry has developed various creative ways of involving the broader local community to raise awareness and funding, such as The Bridge of Hope mural, Hope Is In Our Hands banner, and presentations at events such as our Chili Cook-off dinner/contest.

    Recently we have increased outreach and involvement with local refugee children who are victims of the crisis that Cristosal is fighting to eliminate. These children attend San Marcos services and are invited to share in food, fellowship, games and craft activities. Members of our parish join in to welcome them and help give them a sense of trust and belonging.

Stained Glass Window

Pilgrim welcomed by Angels. Center panel from 1890's illustration