You Are Welcome as You Are
Each week, we mean it when we say, “Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, you are welcome at Christ Church as you are, to receive the riches of God’s blessings, so freely given.”
At over 320 years old, Christ Church still needs pilgrims and seekers to help us discern our way. We invite you to visit our inclusive community so that together, we can listen for God’s voice. Standing steadfast in service to Philadelphia, proud of our traditions of worship from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, we seek the interpretations of Holy Scripture that will expand our trust in the magnitude of God’s grace.
Special Lenten offerings are below. And as always, see our regular listings for Shelter Meals, Sandwiches for the Homeless, Activism/Spirituality Group, the Sages, and Parents.
11 a.m. Lenten Program for kids ages 6 – 10
As we tell the kids in Godly Play each year, Easter is such a great mystery that the church has set aside time for us to get ready for it. So, to give all Christ Church families a chance to take part, we are adding a Godly Play session every Sunday during the 11 a.m. worship service throughout Lent. Godly Play welcomes all children ages 4 to 5th grade
Journeys for Newcomers and Longtimers
Want to join Christ Church? Or have you been here awhile and would enjoy a tune-up and a check-in? This next Journeys class will take the exciting step of combining newcomers and longer-time members in talk about faith and life pathways, vocation and call, Anglicanism and the Episcopal history, and our next steps now. Meeting over the course of three Sundays, members, newcomers, and clergy will journey together. Childcare and lunch provided; RSVP is needed. Questions? Check with Susan Richardson.
Sun February 18, 12:30-2 – “Journeys become stories”
Sun March 4, 12:30-2: “The Journey of the Episcopal Church”
Sun April 8, 12:30-2 – “Living the Church”
Wednesday evenings, February 21 through March 21
6 p.m. – Musical Meditation followed by Holy Eucharist in the church
6:30 p.m. – Simple soup supper in Neighborhood House
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Reading again the Passion and Resurrection Scriptures for the First Time with Timothy Safford
The four accounts in the Gospels of Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, burial and resurrection are at the heart of the Christian hope and faith. Can we read them again, as if for the first time? We’ll use David Bentley Hart’s new and highly regarded, The New Testament, a Translation, which he undertook as “if there were no doctrines” to influence the translation. We’ll explore such issues as, “Is there a doctrine of the atonement in the text?” and “Was Jesus a sacrifice for human sin?” The overt political messages from the trial of Jesus will be examined in light of today’s conversation about power and empire. Finally, we’ll consider the resurrection not as a historic possibility, but prediction of a cosmic future hinted at by the new frontiers of astrophysics and cosmology.
Saturdays in Lent through March 1
February 24, March 3, 10 & 17
9:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer, Bagels and the Bible
A new Koin group to say the daily office and discuss the scriptures of the day, with some good nosh and coffee. On March 17, the group will also help make the sandwiches for St. Mary’s.
March 10 – The Urban Hike Across the Ben Franklin Bridge
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Join Nava Hall and Tim Safford on a six-mile urban hike across the bridge and through Camden, with return to Christ Church by PATCO. Urban hikes have no agenda, except to engage the city around us like we engage nature on a more traditional hike. They are always illuminating and fun, and opportunity to build new friendships in the congregation. Please sign up by calling the office, or emailing Cecilia Wagner.
No word is more worn out in our churches than “Welcome,” so we simply ask you to join us as we seek to understand how God calls us all.
Being Part of Christ Church
Christ Church is blessed to have members of all walks of life. Whether you are seeking a Sunday School for your child, a holy venue for your wedding, or simply a place to explore the questions of faith, Christ Church invites you to explore the lively possibilities within our historic walls.
Browse our volunteer opportunities or check our worship schedule for ways to personally open up to the Christ Church community and become involved. We welcome you!