From the Rector

Another season of our afterschool arts enrichment program is underway.  The Christ Church Community Choir has been rehearsing since mid-September under the direction of our new director, Jana Ballard, and new assistant director Krisitn Parrish.  We have many new young singers and some returning singers, who are captivated by Jana's and Kirsitin's enthusiasm, talent, and palpable love for the children.  You will feel their renewed energy when the Community Choir sings for the first time this Sunday as they begin their 2014 - 2015 season.

New things are afoot with the Christ Church Community Drummers, our steel drumming group.  We have entered into a co-location agreement withe the Carter Center at the Stapleton Houses.  The Community Drummers remain our program with our teacher and under our supervision, but rehearsals will take place at the Carter Center, giving us access to the many children who participate in their extensive afterschool program.

Our afterschool arts enrichment program is offered free of charge to the children of Staten Island, particularly those on the North Shore.  Much has been written lately about the benefits of music education in a child's cognitive development, and we want all children, regardless of a family's resources, to have this opportunity.  An arts enrichment program is a natural fit for Christ Church with its historic interest in music and the arts, which, as the Psalmist puts it, are expressions of the beauty of holiness.

The afterschool arts enrichment program is funded by grants from the Staten Island Foundation, Episcopal Charities, and private donations.

The Community Choir rehearses on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. at Christ Church and the Community Drummers rehearse on Friday at 6:00 p.m. at the Carter Center, 230 Broad Street.  Please speak to Deacon Geri or me if you know of a child who might be interested in either of these programs.

Fr, Chuck

Worship Schedule

Sundays
7:30 AM Morning Prayer
8 AM Holy Eucharist
10 AM Choral Eucharist 

Second Sundays

11:15 AM Service for Healing & Anointing

Thursdays
11 AM Holy Eucharist
On the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month there is a service for healing & anointing after the 11 AM service.

Monday through Friday
7:45 AM Morning Prayer

Weekly Update

The latest news and information, updated weekly (sometimes daily) from Christ Church New Brighton.

  • Season of Pentecost
    This Sunday: October 19th
    Pentecost XX

    Collect:
    Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    This Sunday is the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.  The liturgical color is green. 

    We are using Eucharistic Prayer A.

    This fall the Gloria (Glory to God in the Highest) is S275, the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) is S127, and the Fraction Anthem is S169, My Flesh is Food Indeed.

    The Christ Church Community Youth Choir sings this Sunday.

    Students in the Godly Play classes (age 3 - 5th grade) should received Communion with their teachers immediately after the choir receives, and then accompany their teachers to the classrooms.

    At 12:10 p.m. a Godly Play teacher will ring a bell on the first floor, indicating that parents should go to the Godly Play classrooms to pick up their children.  Parents must sign their children out of Godly Play.

    Rite 13 class begins at 11:30 a.m. in the second floor J2A classroom.  

    Adult education class, The Episcopal Tradition, continues this week in the Vestry Room at 11:30 a.m. 

    Education Committee Meeting, 12: 30 p.m. in the Vestry Room.

    Childcare begins at 9:45 a.m. in the nursery.

  • Server Schedule
    Server Schedule
    Altar Guild:
    SHirley Black, Jane Sharif, Liz Gattullo, Bonnie Franz
    Server @ 8 a.m.:
    Hal Reiersen
    Greeter:
    Lester Blair
    Ushers:
    Lester Blair, John Gerney, Ned Rogers, Bill Sherman
    Lector:
    John Edwards
    Epistoler:
    Eva-Marie Black
    Interssesor:
    Roxanne Ingoe
    Chalice Bearer:
    Victor Stanwick
    Crucifer:
    Brandon Thompson
    Acolytes:
    Calvin Morse, Amy Stambaugh
    Verger:
    Victor Stanwick
    Counters:
    Willie Black, Jr., Lirstin Swanson-Basso
    Coffee Hour Host:
    Sheila Hewitt/Cancer Walk
    Vestry Member on Duty:
    Andrea Morse
  • Avatar Team
    Meetings & Events
    This Week

    Knitting Group, Thursday, October 23, 3:00 p.m.

    Christ Church Community Youth Choir's rehearsal, Thursday, October 23, 6:00 p.m.

    Christ Church Community Youth Drummers first rehearsal, October 24, 6:00 p.m. at the Carter Center.

    Cub Scouts, Friday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church

    Girl Scouts, Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 p.m. at Christ Church

    Nia Exercise Class, Thursday, October 30, 10:00 a.m. at Christ Church

    Christ Church Community Youth Choir's rehearsal, Thursday, October 30, 6:00 p.m.

  • Parish Prayer List
    Parish Prayer List

    The following individuals have requested our prayers: Kelsey Allen, Robin Beveridge, Shirley Black, Willie Black, Jr., Gregory Brown, Patricia Brown-Prestia, Robert Burak, Fr. Steve Challman, Jessie Cinelli, Gilbert Cocks, Inez Colborne, Barbara Corrigan, Marlene Elia, Garry Ellengold, Billy Fowler, Barbara Finnerty, Laura Glen, Tina Grosick, Theodora Juliano, Michelle Lane, Robert Leverock, Jesse Luke, Karen Luke, Joyce Mandel, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Sunitha Massey, Andrea McIntosh, Hugo McIntosh, Sr., Anthony Mobilia, Lynne Morishita, Linda Oppenheimer, Jayme Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Meg Rowan, Ann Sohm, David Spitz, Sophia Vazquez Pazos, and Robert Wandlaincourt. For the people of Liberia and West Africa that they may be relieved and protected during the Ebola epidemic. For peace in the Middle East and throughout the world.

    We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Hueldine Webb (26), Catherine McGough (27), Amber James (29), Virginia Peel (29), Hugo McIntosh, Sr. (29), Marcia Clendenen (29). We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversary this week: Michael & Amy Mazziotti (28).

    We pray for the repose of the soul of Helen Gherzo in whose loving memory the Altar Flowers are presented to the glory of God.

    In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for The Church of the Ceylon, The Rt. Rev. Dhiloraj Ranjit Canagasabey and The Rt. Rev. Greg Shantha Kumar Francis.

    In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Katharine our Presiding Bishop, Andrew and Allen, our bishops, and The Diocesan Investment Trust.

    We pray for the continued growth of the Carpenter's Kids Program.

  • All Saints' Sunday

    All Saints' Sunday is November 2.  It is a day that the Prayer Book recommends as particularly suitable for baptisms.  If a member of your family would like to be baptized on All Saints' Sunday, please speak to the Rector as soon as possible.

    On All Saints' Sunday, we will also remember our departed loved us.  If you have someone you would like prayed for by name at the 10:00 Eucharist, please email, christchurch@verizon.net, or call, 718-727-6100 the parish office, or add their name to the lists placed at both entrances to the church.

  • Pastoral Care Committee

    There will be a meeting on Tues. Nov. 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Vestry Room. Anyone interested in becoming a part of this ministry may attend.  We will be discussing Pastoral Visiting/Bereavement Assistance and other ways to offer support  and comfort to our fellow parishioners.

    If you plan to attend please contact Deacon Novella Lawrence at phone number 347-581-1082 or e-mail to Lord3278@yahoo.com.

  • Construction Update

    Continued tower restoration work has revealed another large crack in the tower, which was known but turns out to be deeper and more extensive than originally thought.  This is another instance in which we have no choice but to approved the additional expense to repair the crack

  • Nominating Committee

    The Nominating Committee is soliciting names of people who might be interested in serving on the vestry.  If you would like to suggest a name to the nominating committee, forms may be found by both entrances to the church, or you may speak to Beth McLean, Senior Warden and Nominating Committee Chairperson.

  • Finance Committee

    There will be a meeting of the Finance Committee on Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. to prepare the budget for 2015.

  • Halloween Party

    Family Boo BashFriday, October 31, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

  • Memorial Service

    St. John's Church and Christ Church are planning a memorial service for the victims of the Ebola epidemic to be held on Saturday, November 1 (All Saints' Day), 11:00 a.m. The service, which will be presided over by our suffragan bishop, Allen Shin, will be held at St. John's Church, 1333 Bay Street, and the reception will follow at Christ Church.

    We hope to reach out beyond the Episcopal community and include anyone whose life has been touched by this terrible scourge. Please let your friends know about this event.