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For more than 300 years Christ Church has held weekly Episcopal services, and we welcome you to join us.

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Sunday Services

Join us any or every Sunday at 9 a.m. (Holy Eucharist with hymns) or 11 a.m., which also includes the Christ Church Choir.  Wherever you are in life or spirituality, you belong here just as you are.  

Sunday, November 17, Anniversary Sunday: one service for everyone, 10 a.m.  Come celebrate 324 years of this thriving, historic, faith community. 

Adult Forum, Sunday School and Youth Group meet in Neighborhood House at 10:10. For information on children’s and teenage Sunday School, see our Children and Youth Ministries page.

Wednesdays 12 – 12:30 p.m.  

Every Wednesday, a service of prayers and communion is held at 12:00 p.m., briefly and informally celebrated with a short homily.  

Adult Formation

On Sundays at 10:10 a.m. in Neighborhood House, the Sunday Adult Forum offers Bible study and thoughtful group discussion on life and cultural issues. The clergy or a guest speaker leads the forum. All are welcome. (Please note that programming for children and teenagers runs concurrently in Neighborhood House.)

Music calendar: the 2019-2020 season

Weekly:

Choral Eucharist (music, prayers and communion): Sundays at 9 & 11 a.m. 

Open Choir Rehearsals: Thursdays in September we invite anyone interested to sit in on our choir rehearsals, from 7-9 pm in the choir room of Neighboorhood House. We sing each Sunday for the 11am service, but no commitment is required to join at this time. The music that month will be fun and accessible, and it’s a great chance to see if it might be for you. Even if you don’t sing but play an instrument or could volunteer to usher for our concerts, let us know by contacting Parker Kitterman at pkitterman@christchurchphila.org

Vespers and “First Friday” concerts:

Friday, Sept 6, 7 p.m.        Kleine Kammermusik This unique ensemble of oboes, recorders, and continuo instruments presents a special program of French baroque chamber music.

Monday, Sept 23, 7 p.m.  Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians Audience Appreciation Concert An orchestra ensemble offers a free, interactive program as part of a citywide day of events.

Friday, Oct 4, 7 p.m.          Fantasmagoria Duo Anna Meyer and Erik Meyer premiere five new works for flute and organ, featuring the Esther Wideman Memorial Organ, C.B. Fisk Op. 150.

Sunday, Nov 3, 5 p.m.       All Saints Service of Remembrance featuring Requiem by Parker Kitterman, a work described as “producing a seamless fabric in which plainchant, modern classical, and jazz styles not merely co-exist but come together to proffer a whole greater than the sum of all their individual parts.”

Tuesdays in December (Dec 3, 10, 17, 24): Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals Sponsored by the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists, each week at noon a different organist will present a half-hour program of varied repertoire on our fabulous Fisk organ.  Dec 3 Sean Burns; Dec 10 Andy Heller; Dec 17 Mark Bani; Dec 24 Paul Fejko

Sunday, Dec 8, 5 p.m.       Lessons & Carols An annual Advent tradition with seasonal carols sung by the Christ Choir, with preludes by John Lionarons, hammered dulcimer.

Christmas Eve, Tues, Dec 24:

5 p.m. Holy Eucharist and Christmas Pageant  All kids are welcome to join in the telling of the Christmas story.  Stop by Neighborhood House (just behind the church) by 4:30 to get a costume or bring one of your own.  

8:30 p.m./9 p.m.    Christmas Eve Cantata followed by 9 p.m. Festive Eucharist A special performance of Handel’s Messiah, Part 1, with the Christ Church Choir and soloists, precedes a worship service full of favorite hymns and other beautiful music.

Christmas Day, Wed, Dec 25: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Carols

Stay tuned for the winter/spring schedule!

Parking

When attending Christ Church services, classes and fellowship on Sunday morning, you may park free of charge in the lot behind Neighborhood House. Always display the “Attending Services” sign (available from an usher or the office) on your front dashboard and inside the back windshield, too!

This allows free parking on Market, American, and both sides of Second Streets, but not in the SEPTA bus zone or on Filbert St. If you receive a parking violations ticket while parking in the allowable spaces for Sunday or Wednesday services, leave the ticket and your name with our office.

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