LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER,
BECAUSE LOVE IS FROM GOD.
1 John 4:7
Professional photos of St. Christopher Episcopal Church and staff courtesy of Denise Harlan Photography.
Letter From The Rector: Resuming In-Person Worship
Sunday In-Person Worship Resumes Sunday, September 20th
Brothers and Sisters,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. It is time for us to begin gathering for worship on Sunday mornings. All the information related to our restart can be found below. Please read and re-read this carefully. Also know that, as has always been the case, this plan can change should new directives from the diocese come forward. The church office will maintain in constant communication to keep you updated. Should you have any questions, please contact me.
Worship Service Times, starting Sunday, September 20th
8:00 am RITE I in the Sanctuary
10:00 am Blended in the Sanctuary
Please note… The blended worship at 10:00 will be a combination of our RITE II and Contemporary services. This is a temporary transition offering that will hopefully serve as a blessing to everyone who attends. We are hopeful that we will be able to offer a separate Contemporary service and RITE II service before the end of the year.
Limited to 25 people at each service.
Signup for services each week will be through an emailed link that will be sent out every Monday morning by 11:00 a.m.
Diocesan and church policies, procedures, and safety precautions:
All in attendance are required to wear a mask.
All in attendance are required to sanitize their hands upon entering the building. Sanitizer will be made available.
All in attendance are required to observe physical distancing.
Congregational singing is discouraged. However, we will still have music integrated into our service.
Restrooms will be open to one person at a time, and users will be expected to follow reasonable wipe down procedures after use. These procedures will be posted in the restroom.
Nursery care will not be available at this time.
The diocese urges anyone who is 65 years of age or older, and anyone who for medical reasons is at higher risk, to consider continuing their worship participation via online. This is ONLY a recommendation.
There will be no passing of the peace at this time.
Communion will be given. However, it will only be bread. Communion will be administered standing instead of at the altar rail.
Entrance into and exit from the church building will be marked.
The side parking lot next to Sonic will be closed for the time being.
There will be no Sunday School, coffee hour, or fellowship before or after the service for the time being.
Gathering in the parking lot is discouraged.
Weekday Eucharists and Daily Office services will continue to be offered. The Sunday morning 10:00 a.m. service will continue to be broadcast online permanently.
As we march towards September 20th, I ask your prayers for the vestry, staff, and worship leaders, as well as the entire St. Christopher family.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, keep you safe and make you strong, this night and always. Amen.
BECOME A PART OF OUR FAMILY
Welcoming the stranger is welcoming Jesus. Jesus paid attention to what was going on around him and especially to those people he encountered on a daily basis. He modeled for us a new way of seeing the other - the way of love, compassion, and forgiveness.
Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place....We cannot force anyone to such a personal and intimate change of heart, but we can offer the space where such a change can take place.
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
We are a community dedicated to worshiping and loving God. We pray together, serve our community, empower each other's ministry, and worship God. We invite you to pray about how you can be blessed by this community of faith, and how can you can be a blessing to others.
You will find a variety of worship opportunities at St. Christopher. From the quiet, centering Rite I service; to the lively, multi-sensory Contemporary service; to the Rite II choral mass; there is something for everyone at St. Christopher.
CHILDREN & YOUTH
We value children and youth at St. Christopher. Whether it's the acolyte ministry, Sunday School, and children's chapel, or youth mission trips, retreats, and fellowship events, children and youth are vital leaders in the worship, ministry, and life of the St. Christopher family.
On Campus Services
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:00 a.m. Blended Holy Eucharist (Rite II & Contemporary) in Sanctuary*
On Line Services
10:00 a.m. Blended Holy Eucharist (Rite II & Contemporary)
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
For Pastoral Care, please call 281-332-5553 x 305. Confidential support will be arranged.
HELP ST. CHRISTOPHER EPISCOPAL CHURCH
SPREAD GOD'S LOVE
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2nd Corinthians 9:6-7