STAMFORD — The Church of Christ the Healer in North Stamford will hold its first “Undie Sunday” at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24, and invites the congregation and community to bring new, unopened underwear for men and women who are homeless.
The worship service that morning will be underwear-themed.
“You’d be amazed how many references to underwear you can find in the Bible,” says the church’s pastor, the Rev. Kate Heichler. “When you strip it down to the bare essentials, the Christian message is about love, God’s love for us, our love for our neighbors. That’s serious – but it doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with this. In brief – underwear makes us laugh!”
Heichler notes that that the service will include some biblical references to underwear (“King David danced in his skivvies; St. Peter fished in his,” she says), and will even have some fun with hymns like “How Firm a Foundation.”
The church is involved at both the men’s Shelter for the Homeless on Pacific Street, and with the community at the St Luke’s LifeWorks-run Women’s Housing at Woodland Place, so this seemed a natural fit for the congregation.
“And underwear is one item you can’t recycle or hand down,” Heichler says. “Some things have to be new, and people who are homeless need underwear.”
All are welcome to attend that morning, and to bring as much new underwear as possible. If people would like to contribute but can’t attend, they can call the church office at (203) 322-6991, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christ the Healer is located at 20 Brookdale Road, corner of High Ridge Road, in Stamford, 1.5 miles north of Exit 35 of the Merritt Parkway. For more information, call the church office at 322-6991 or check the website, www.christthehealerstamford.org.