It’s our annual parish picnic this Sunday, June 12, following the 10:00 AM service. Come join us for hot dogs and hamburgers on the park across the street from the church. We ask that you bring a side dish to share with fellow parishioners. Kids are welcome to bring frisbees and wiffle balls and bats. See you there!
Christ Church has an outstanding and vital Christian Education program! We are been blessed with excellent volunteer teachers with many years of experience. We also have a paid nursery attendant, Amanda Doyle, herself a mother.
Every summer we have a Vacation Church School in which the children are engaged by means of arts, crafts, music and dramatic play in themes ranging from the childhood of Jesus to Creation to Narnia. We also have a lively Christmas Eve pageant, in which all children are welcome to participate, and we welcome All Saints Day with a Children’s Procession in saint’s attire.
The Nursery and the Sunday School Classroom are in the Parish House wing. There are three rooms downstairs which can be opened up into one large room or closed off by partitions. The Nursery is for infants and toddlers, to age 3. We suggest bringing your child to help him or her get acquainted with Amanda so that you will all be comfortable leaving him or her in the nursery.
There is also a preschool class and a kindergarten class in the downstairs Parish House. Their classes run from 9-9:45 from September-May. Older children and youth have classes in Musselman Hall, on the second floor of the Parish House. We have classroom dividers to allow us to accommodate grades 3-4 and 5-6. The children in Grade 1-2 meet in the “Pie” Room, which is off Musselman Hall near the kitchen. They use the Montessori-influenced Godly Play curriculum. Youth in grades 7-12 meet in the Teen Room, which is just off Musselman Hall across from the kitchen.
On the first Sunday of most months, instead of regular Sunday School, there is a special Youth meeting at 9 in the teen room for grades 7-12.
For adults, there is an Adult Ed Class in the Deppich Room, and most months, usually on the first Sunday, there is a “Koffee Klatch”—a time to chat informally with other adult members of the parish. Adult Ed also runs from 9-9:45 most Sundays from September-May.
A Christian Education Schedule for the year is available from your child’s teacher and at the Kick-Off party on September 13. An Adult Ed. schedule is also available.
Except for the Nursery, which is available continuously from 9-11, children of all ages are in Sunday School from 9:00-9:45 AM and generally picked up by their families at 9:45. If the family is attending the second service, they accompany their parents to church. Children aged about 8 and under generally leave for Children’s Chapel during the 10 AM service after the children’s sermon. in the downstairs Sunday School classroom. Children who have trouble with transitions may remain in the Sunday School classroom by arrangement with Sunday school teachers. Children over age 8 usually remain in the service. There are activity bags on a rack in the back, as well as coloring pages relating to the lessons of the day, that will help make it easier for your child to remain throughout the service. Please feel free to take a bag for your child—children are good at doing a quiet activity and listening, as every adult ought to remember, and it makes what is otherwise a difficult period of enforced inactivity and quiet more enjoyable for all. Please do not take the bag, or reusable items from the bag, like books or crayons, etc., home with you. We do ask that you take your child’s work home with you, and make sure any scraps are disposed of—there should be a bag in the bag for scraps.
There are a few Sundays during the year when there is no Sunday School, but there is almost always child care available from September-May even when Sunday School is not in session. If there is no one present to offer child care, parents are welcome to use the nursery if needed.
Please leave the room neat. Bins are labeled, and we request that puzzles be put back assembled.
You are welcome to go to get your child to bring them back into the church for Communion. In the Episcopal Church, all baptized persons are eligible to receive Communion simply by virtue of that baptism. This includes toddlers and small children. It is not necessary to have attended “Holy Communion” classes to receive Communion. However, we do offer these classes for children ages 5-8 who can read on a second grade level (they need not be in second grade) to help them understand more about the sacrament.
If your child wishes to receive Communion, please instruct your child on how to hold out his or her hands to take the host. If you do not wish your child to receive Communion, or you wish them to refuse the wine, instruct or help your child to fold their arms across their chest. They will be given a blessing instead. It is never necessary to receive the wine, for anyone. Communion in one element—bread or wine—is entirely sufficient. If your child does not signify that he or she is not to receive and is given a Communion wafer, please don’t snatch it away from him or her. Once a baptized person has received the bread, they are to consume it. If your child can’t or won’t finish it, it is all right for you to do so.
We now have a gluten-free option for Communion. Please speak to Judy Buck-Glenn for instructions on how to proceed.
The Christian Education Committee will host its annual Fall Kick-off Party in Musselman Hall on Sunday, September 13 from 9:00-9:45, during the normal Church School session time. There will be food and activities in Musselman Hall for children and youth of all ages, with a great assortment of fun fall crafts. Downstairs there will be a Coffee Klatch in the Deppich Room for the adults.
The Sunday School schedule for 2014-2015 will be available for parents and teachers at the Kick-off.
Adult Education is offered on most Sunday mornings from mid-September through the end of May, with a Christmas and a Palm Sunday/Easter break, Our format is generally that we watch a DVD , followed by a discussion, usually led by Rev Judy. The group meets in the Deppich Room on the first floor from 9:00-9:45. However, the first Sunday of every month is usually a Koffee Klatch with no program planned—it’s a great chance to chat informally with other adults in the parish. Coffee and doughnuts are available both for Adult Ed and Koffee Klatch.
This year, in light of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis, we will begin the year by exploring the Vatican—one of the most difficult places in the world to enter, and one which is full of priceless artifacts and documents. We will watch a DVD called Secret Access to the Vatican, which will show us around, and give us access to rooms and repositories never seen by the general public, including the ongoing excavation of the ancient cemetery on which the Vatican was built, which supposedly contained the bones of St Peter. The DVD also gives a look behind the scenes at the Swiss Guard, which provides up-to-date security for this most extraordinary hidden world.
Then we will take an opportunity to explore our own faith journey in company with Peter France, a BBC presenter who walked from childhood faith in his little Yorkshire village to loss of faith throughout his adult life a busy, “Cosmopolitan” television personality to a rediscovery of faith in his late 50’s. It is a warm, open, and very engaging journey that takes him around the world as he recounts his story. Then we will take a look at Heaven—both as a concept and as a hope. Finally, most of us have never had to really suffer for our faith, but in light of events taking place around the world we are going to look at some who stood up because of their Christian faith in the dark times—in Europe during World War II. We will see Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace, about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman who actively opposed Hitler, and whose resistance—and involvement in the plot to kill Hitler—ultimately cost him his life. We will also watch Assisi in Silence, and learn about how the monks, priests and nuns of Assis, the town of St Francis, set up a secret network to hide many of Italy’s Jews. Finally, we will watch The Hiding Place, which tells the true story of Corrie ten Boom and her family who worked to hide Jews when the Nazis invaded Holland, and who were arrested and sent to concentration camps. All they had left was their faith, and they drew on it deeply.
The first Sunday of Adult Ed will be on September 20. We will begin Secret Access to the Vatican.
We will be unloading pumpkins this year on Sunday, October 11th. So we will need as many hands as possible that day after the 10 AM service. Lunch will be served as we await the semi-trailer.
Pumpkins will go on sale on Monday October 12. Please be sure to sign up to take a shift selling from our perch on “Sellers” Av. The patch will be open daily until October 31st.
Our Pumpkin Festival will be held on Saturday, October 24 from 10 AM until 2 PM.
The Christian Education Committee will host our annual Fall Kick-off Party in Musselman Hall on Sunday, September 13 from 9:00-9:45, during the normal Church School session time. There will be food and activities in Musselman Hall for children and youth of all ages. We have a great assortment of fun fall crafts.
The Sunday School schedule for 2014-2015 will be available for parents and teachers at the Kick-off.
All are now invited to log on to the new Memorial Garden Capital Campaign website. There you can make a reservation in the garden, either reserving a niche(s) or a spot in the scattering garden. You can also purchase a memorial scroll in memory of a loved one – or simply make a gift to the capital campaign. There are a number of naming opportunities available for various features in the garden.
Those who do not have access to a computer can stop by the church and we can take your reservation or gift.
The goal for our capital campaign is $220,000. This will pay the remaining debt on the garden and ensure its perpetual upkeep.
At long last, it is here – after these past 40 days of Lent. Come join us for one of our Easter Day liturgies – at 7:30, 9:00 or 11:00 AM. Childcare available at the 9:00 AM service. Our annual Easter egg hunt is at 10:15 PM.
You are welcome to bring a flower for our flowering cross as you come into church.
Our choir will be singing at both the 9:00 and 11:00 services. Trumpet (played by Ed Dougherty) at the 11:00 AM service.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Celebrate with us our new life in Christ. And come enjoy a beautiful spring day!
Come join us for our 3rd Annual Snowflake Dance on Friday, February 20th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. We will enjoy a fun evening of great music by our own DJ, Johnny Quayson. There will be snacks, refreshments, fellowship and crafts. This event is for all ages both children and adults. Feel free to invite family, friends and neighbors. Dress casual or in your Sunday best. Our thanks to Bill Graham’s Auto Service and DJ, Johnny Quayson for helping sponsor this event.
“Remember that you are dust…and to dust you shall return.” Start Lent off on the right foot by attending one of our Ash Wednesday services Feb. 14th at one of the following times: 6:45 AM, 12:00 noon, and 7:00 PM (with choir). Our annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper is the evening before from 5 PM until 6:30 PM.