Come one, come all,
and come as you are!
Regular 9:30 am service
In person and by Zoom
We have two church services on alternating Sundays:
Holy Communion, led by our priest, is Rite II (everyday language!), with Bible readings, a sermon, Holy Communion, and hymns with our choir.
Morning Prayer offers a time of prayer, hymns, psalms, scriptures, and reflection, led by lay leaders.
Please check below for the most up-to-date information for the upcoming week's services. Children are welcome — and encouraged!
Sunday, April 2nd: A Service of Word and Holy Communion
Maundy Thursday (@St John's Bridgeport) and remotely via https://saintjohnsbridgeport.org
Thursday, April 6th: A Service of Word and Holy Communion
Friday, April 7th: A Service of Word & Stations of the Cross
Sunday, April 9th: A Service of Word, Holy Baptism, and Holy Communion (Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt following the service)
Walk with us!
Bruce Nichols leads Meditation each Monday at 1:15 and will conduct by Zoom if the weather precludes meeting outdoors. Deborah Swann leads evening meditations monthly by Zoom. Email us for the link to Deborah's session.
Glossary of Terms
Morning Prayer: Morning Prayer at Christ Church is a lay-led service in which we come together to read from the Bible, reflect on the Word, pray, and sing.
Service of Holy Communion: Our service of Holy Communion includes readings from the Bible, a sermon, confession and absolution, prayers, the peace, music, and Holy Communion.
Holy Communion, also known as the Lord's Supper or the Eucharist, is the principal act of Christian worship. Jesus gave us the eucharist ("thanksgiving") when he shared the bread and cup of wine at a sacred meal with his disciples and asked us to "do this" in remembrance of him and includes the taking, blessing, breaking and sharing in Christ's body and blood, which are present in the sacrament and received by faith.
Pastoral Care: A one-on-one time of conversation to seek spiritual guidance, growth, and/or support from our priest.
Baptism: In the waters of baptism, we are lovingly adopted by God into God's family and given God's own life to share and be reminded that nothing can separate us from God's love in Christ. Candidates for baptism, or their parents and godparents on their behalf, make vows before God and the church, and then the candidates are baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, marked as Christ's own for ever. Contact Rev. Ally if you would like to learn more or are considering baptism for yourself or your child.
Marriage: The sacramental rite of the church in which two persons "enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows." (BCP). To prepare for this holy rite and wedding day, couples meet with the priest over several months. Contact Rev. Ally if you would like to learn more about weddings at Christ Church.
Vestry: The Vestry is what other traditions call a "church board." Vestry members, including the Priest-in-Charge, constitute the leadership body responsible for the parish.
Liturgy and Liturgical Leaders: Liturgy, deriving from Greek words for "work" and "people," includes all of our public worship of God together. Our Liturgical Leaders are volunteers who have been trained to lead our worship life, alongside our priest-in-charge.
Lector: A lector is the person appointed by the clergy to read the scriptures and prayers.
Clergy/Priest/Minister: A priest in the Episcopal church is ordained by the sacramental rite including a laying on of hands to help lead, pastor, teach, minister, preach, and administer the sacraments. They are called by their ordained title, "Reverend" (though many like our priest prefers the shorthand "Rev") or "Mother"/"Father." Because she is tasked with the pastoral care of the congregation, it is accurate, too, to call our priest, "pastor" or "minister." Rev. Ally is available for pastoral care by appointment.