Welcome to Christ Episcopal Church. We are an inclusive community of Christians that work, worship, and pray together for the renewal of God’s Kingdom. We believe that Christ is encountered in the faces and experiences of others, especially those who are different than ourselves. Therefore, Christ Church is a community where you can walk side-by-side with other seekers who will help you explore your connection to the Divine. As one famous English churchman said, “There is no such thing as a solitary Christian.” Christians are formed in community.
At Christ Church you’ll encounter every kind of Christian: those who believe and those who need help believing, those who are full of doubt and those who think they have it all figured out. Regardless of where you are along that continuum, we welcome you.
When are Services?
Wednesdays – Holy Eucharist at Noon in the Chapel
Sundays – 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist in the Church
Breakfast and Sunday School
Every Sunday during the school year we have a hot Southern breakfast in the Parish Hall between the 8:00 and 10:30 services. Join us for eggs, bacon, grits and biscuits and then journey on to one of our Adult or Children's formation classes. There's also a coffee hour after our 10:30 service.
Sundays – Adult Formation – 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
Sundays – Children’s Formation – 9:30 AM
What to Expect Under the Dome
When you enter Christ Church for the first time, look up! Under the Great Dome, you’ll find the cosmos. Our star-laden dome is a reminder that we worship the One God who is the source of all things: you, me, “the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets…and this fragile earth, our island home.” (BCP 370) All of this exists in Him and through Him. At the center of the dome you’ll see one star that is brighter than all the others – this is the Bethlehem Star. It represents Jesus Christ who is a beacon of light and hope for the world.
During our services under the Great Dome, we read our prayers from The Book of Common Prayer (the red book) and sing hymns found in The Hymnal 1982 (the blue book). The Sunday bulletin will help you follow along. We are a liturgical church in that we follow a prescribed format for worship and use the assigned biblical readings from The Revised Common Lectionary (as do most Protestant and Roman Catholic Churches).
What does this mean to you? The service will feel similar each time you visit and the preaching will be based on the readings assigned to that day. In non-liturgical churches, preaching is often done in a themed series like love, joy, sanctification etc. In the Episcopal church, however, the priest is challenged with making the assigned readings relate to your life. Why is this important? Well, there is no picking and choosing which ensures that even the most difficult texts of the Old and New Testament are addressed from the pulpit and applied to your life, now.
Lastly, you’ll notice that many of the worshipers around you have memorized the prayers in the Book of Common Prayer. This happens by osmosis over many years of worship. You are not expected to know them by heart. However, the author of the original prayer book (published in England in 1549 under King Edward VI) had this in mind when it was created. Episcopalians, like our Anglican forefathers, believe that “praying shapes believing.” We carry these prayers with us through daily life and depend on them to strengthen our faith.
At the Eucharist
At the Eucharist, do what is comfortable. You may remain in your seat or, if you feel so called, come to the table. To receive bread simply cup your hands together and extend them toward the priest. To receive wine, gently grasp the bottom of the chalice and help the chalice bearer guide the chalice to your mouth. If you’d rather dip (intinct) your wafer, feel free to do so. If you don’t want to receive bread and wine, then simply cross your arms over your chest to let the priest know that you’d like a blessing instead.
We would love to see you soon!