Join a Christ Church Growth Group
Christ Church has launched a new ministry called Growth Groups. Growth Groups are small groups of people (usually 8-12) who gather together regularly in a home, a coffee shop, a workplace, or anywhere they want! In a Growth Group you’ll read the Scriptures, pray together, and share your experience of faith. Click here to be a part of one of these groups. To learn more, contact The Rev. Stephen Setzer.
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service - November 21
This year Christ Church will join with the faith communities of St. Joseph on the Brandywine, Lower Brandywine Presbyterian, and Green Hill Presbyterian to offer an ecumenical Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 PM at St. Joseph's, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville (please note change in location). Bruce Barber and members of our choir will participate in the service, and all are welcome to attend.
Thanksgiving Day Service - November 23
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with the Christ Church Choir in the Church
Advent Wreath Workshop - November 26
Join us on Sunday, November 26 from 1 to 3 PM in Parish Hall B and create your very own custom Advent Wreath. Registration is $25, and all materials are provided. Click here to register.
The Wandering Priests - Wednesdays
Visit with Christ Church clergy on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
- November 29 - Ann Urinoski at the Greenville Brew HaHa!
- December 6 - Stephen Setzer at the Trolley Square Brew HaHa!
- December 13 - Ruth Beresford at the Greenville Brew HaHa!
The Green Show - December 1 & 2
The Green Show at Christ Church has been a Christmas tradition since 1953 and culminates on the first Saturday in December with a Christmas shopping event that is open to the public and features music, a child-friendly lunch menu, Santa, and the sale of wreaths, plants, trees, frozen foods, baked goods, and gifts. On the evening before there is a "preview" cocktail party and silent auction for parishioners and their invited guests. All proceeds from the Green Show are donated to local nonprofit agencies identified by the Outreach Committee. The 2016 Green Show raised more than $103,000.
Click here to purchase Preview Party tickets for December 1.
Eucharistic Minister Training - December 5
A training session for new and returning Eucharistic Ministers will be held on Tuesday, December 5 at 7 PM in the Church. This session is a great opportunity to review the mechanics of the position, obtain hands-on experience, and share tools for making this ministry meaningful to our fellow parishioners. Those 13 and older may serve the communion chalice and read the lessons and prayers. Those 8 and older may read the appointed scripture passage for a service. Questions about the training? Contact Jamie Holden. To RSVP for the session, contact Jane Rubini.
Remembering Loved Ones at Christmas - December 8
You may remember someone with special flowers or music at Christmas this year. Please list the Christian name of each person; i.e., John and Mary Smith rather than Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. If you do not wish to list the donor's name, please mark your form "Anonymous." All memorials will be listed in the Christmas bulletins. The deadline for submission is Friday, December 8. Click here to submit your memorial.
Advent Prayer Stations - December 10
You are invited to take a deep breath and step away from the bustle and crowds and discover the wonder, awe, and expectation of the season of Advent. The Chapel will be transformed into a sacred space filled with self-guided, interactive prayer stations and places for quiet reflection. Discover how these stations create openings for each of us to experience God. All ages are welcome on Sunday, December 10 from 8 AM to 5 PM.
Dominican Republic Youth Mission Trip Mandatory Meeting - December 10
All youth interested in attending the Senior High Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic from June 23-30, 2018 are asked to bring a parent to our meeting on Sunday, December 10 at 12:30 PM in Parish Hall A. The trip is open to all 8th grade graduates in 2018 through graduating 2018 seniors. One parent and youth must be present at this meeting to be considered for the trip, where there are a total of 25 open spots. We’ll discuss the requirements of the trip and share information about the Dominican Republic. The cost is $1,600. Adult leaders are Lynne Jensen, The Rev. Ann Urinoski, Karl Holler, Brad du Pont, and Marcus Bryant. Questions? Please contact Lynne Jensen.
Advent Lessons and Carols - December 10
Our Advent Lessons and Carols will be held on Sunday, December 10 at 5 PM in the Church. Our new bishop, The Rt. Rev. Kevin Brown, will take part in this service as we allow the light, music, scripture, prayer, and song to open our hearts to the presence of God. Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, anticipation, preparation, and longing. This Festival of Lessons and Carols helps us prepare for the birth of Christ with the theme, From Darkness to Light.
Christmas Caroling Party - December 15
Enjoy two opportunities to participate in Christmas caroling this year. The early shift: Gather with your children in Parish Hall B at 4 PM for some hearty snacks and a craft. The bus leaves at 4:30 PM to visit the residents at Stonegates Health Center. We return to Christ Church for pizza, cookies, and face painting at 5:30 PM. The late shift: Gather in Parish Hall B at 5:30 PM to enjoy pizza. The bus leaves at 6 PM to visit those parishioners who are in need of some Christmas cheer. The bus returns to Christ Church at 8:30 PM. Dress warmly for the late shift! Click here to register.
Christ Church Christmas Pageant - December 17
Sheep, cherubs, shepherds, townspeople, and angels are needed for the Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 17 at 5 PM. Rehearsal is on Saturday, December 16 from 10 AM to 12 PM. Click here to register for this event by Monday, December 11 for names to appear in the program.
Family Promise Volunteers Needed - December 17-24
During the week of December 17-24, we will once again host families who are experiencing homelessness overnight in our Parish Center. Volunteer opportunities include driving a van to pick up the families (van is provided), cooking dinner, eating with the families, playing with the children and helping with homework, or leading an evening activity. There are many ways to get involved as an individual, a group, or as a family. To learn more or to volunteer, click here and register. Once you’ve signed up, you can select the volunteer opportunities you are interested in or we will reach out to you to see where you’d like to serve during that week. A parish volunteer orientation will be held on Sunday, December 17 at 10 AM. Questions? Contact The Rev. Stephen Setzer.
MLK Communication Contest Registration - December 21
Delaware high school students are encouraged to register for the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Contest to be held on January 14, 2018 at The baby grand in Wilmington. The competition is designed to challenge youth to communicate their ideas relating to Dr. King’s message of social change through nonviolence, using creative speech, poetry, and/or rap. First prize is $1,000. Click here for details and to register.
Choral Pilgrimage Next Summer
Christ Church is offering its next Choral Pilgrimage to England from August 14-25, 2018 when the Christ Church Choir will be the Musicians in Residence at Bristol Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, singing daily Choral Evensong and the Sunday Eucharist. Bruce Barber, Director of Music, will lead the choir in their residency, while our Rector, Ruth Beresford, will lead the choral pilgrimage for up to 45 additional travelers to accompany the Christ Church Choir. Click here for details and to register. A $500 reservation deposit, fully refundable until January 1, 2018, will hold your place on this pilgrimage.
Order Your Christ Church Name Tag
Order your Christ Church name tag today! Tags are hard plastic with a magnetic clip and are to be worn at church to help us build community as we get to know fellow parishioners and newcomers. The cost is $8 per tag, and donations will be accepted to help offset the cost to the church.