Reaching Out

We are a congregation of faith in action. As a response to God’s grace to us, we reach out into the community in a variety of ways.

Habitat for Humanity – several work crews regularly participate in building homes for the needy.

The Ecumenical Food Pantry – where, each month, members help organize and distribute food to needy individuals and families.

Downtown Daily Bread – where the congregation subsidizes and volunteers to serve meals each Wednesday in downtown Harrisburg. Click HERE for a copy of the 2020 Volunteer schedule. 

CONTACT – congregation members volunteer time on this telephone crisis helpline.

Financial support is provided to a variety of organizations such as Downtown Daily Bread, Sonshine Ministries, Christian Churches United Help Fund, Allison Hills Community Ministry, Ecumenical Food Pantry, Lend A Hand, Contact Harrisburg, and New Hope Ministries to name a few.

Mission Trips – the church family has committed to helping the Presbyterian Churches of Honduras. Christ Presbyterian and friends were again in Honduras in the northern part of the country, in the Copan area. We helped build homes and install eco-stoves in two villages where indigenous Mayan people live. We worked with Tim and Gloria Wheeler, Presbyterian missionaries, who work with villages in this area.

Additionally, we have worked in Appalachia, doing construction in Elkhorn, West Virginia, and hope to return to assist the SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) program. 

Lend-A-Hand – a faith-based group has made several trips south to provide disaster relief and has also worked in our own community providing assistance with local flood damage.

In trying to respond to needs and to enable change, we are kept informed of community concerns and legislative issues through church bulletin inserts and “Connections,” our monthly congregational newsletter.

If you’d like to participate in any of these activities, please contact our church office for further information.


Christ Presbyterian Church is interested in supporting the community by opening our building for use as a meeting place for a variety of groups and organizations. Some examples are:

Girl Scouts and Daisy Troops

Aerobics: “Workhout with Jacki Sorensen’s Fitness Classes!” (Monday & Wednesday @ 9-10 am in Fellowship Hall): “Jacki Sorensen is the originator of “aerobic dancing” and just celebrated her 50th anniversary. Her company’s name is Jacki’s, Inc. We combine stretching & flexibility, core work, weight training and aerobic exercise into each class. Jacki’s Dance and StrongStep classes use upbeat and motivating music and you can participate at your own level. Enjoy Jacki’s safe, effective, Get-It-All-Together approach to fitness!” Janie Conway is the instructor and brings her years of experience and fun filled approach to every class.
Contact: Janie Conway: phone 717-884-4517

Gentle Yoga: Looking for exercise and relaxation? This class is gentle flow mat yoga asanas (postures) that emphasize your body coming to the asana as well as, controlled breathing. Participants should be able to transition from the mat to standing. This class is suitable for all levels – new to yoga as well as, experienced yogis. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Classes will run in 8 week sessions on Tuesdays, at 9:15 AM in Fellowship Hall. Please bring your own mat. Contact Tracey with any questions and for class fees.
Contact: Tracey Calhoun, 717-571-8980 or email:

Appalachian Audubon Society: Appalachian Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society serving Dauphin County and parts of Cumberland, Perry, and York Counties. Our purpose is to conduct education, science, and charitable activities to conserve and restore natural ecosytems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.
We meet the third Thursday of every month from September thru April at Christ Presbyterian Church for our general membership meeting which includes an educational program, social time, and chapter updates. We welcome all who are interested in birds and nature to attend a monthly membership meeting or join one of our many field trips, or participate in one of our fundraisers.
Contact: Chris Kemmerer, President; 717-571-7958; email:

Allendale Association

Cumberland County Board of Elections

The Cliffs Association

OASIS MINISTRIES: Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development is a contemplative community that invites people to experience God in their daily lives. We do this by providing training in spiritual direction, educating in contemplation and prayer practices, offering day-long retreat opportunities, year-long programs, retreats for groups and communities, and pilgrimages. Our offerings are steeped in the experience of community for persons seeking refreshment, deepening and growth for their lives of service to, and presence in the world. What draws you? What tugs at your heart and spirit? What would it mean to deepen your trust right there? Know from Oasis, if you come, we will meet you where you are and surround you with a loving, safe, and contemplative learning community. More than anything else, that is what Oasis offers.
Contact: Michelle Hopkins, Director of Operations; 717-737-8222; email:

Project A.S.K. : Project ASK supports students in the West Shore School District,  in partnership with the school district.

and many more

Should you belong to a non-profit community service organization that has a need in this area, please contact the church office.