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Welcome.  Whether you have been to Christ Church many times or whether you have just discovered us, we are delighted that you are here. For over three hundred years Christ Church has been known as a place to deepen your relationship with God, nurture a sense of community, and make an impact on the world.

As the Rector, I am firmly committed to three goals: Worship that is dynamic and meaningful;Learning that is creative and engaging, and Service, that passionately spills out into the community and world beyond.  Many have found respite, sustenance, and personal challenge within our walls, but there are many ways one can connect with us even from a distance.  My hope and prayer is that you will find a place here too.

Peruse our website; I am certain you will find just the right thing for you and your family.  And do contact us; I would be happy to begin a lifelong conversation with you.

Peace,

Lisa S. Mitchell, Rector
   Lisa S. Mitchell, Rector

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Upcoming Special Events

  The Annual Latern Tour Will be Held again this Year

Friday December 5th, 2014

2014 Lantern Tour

Please join us!

On Friday, December 5, 2014 the organizations of Christ Church, The Allen House, and The Quaker House will conduct their 23rd Annual Historic Lantern Tour of each of the locations.  There will be 2 tour times – 6 pm and 8 pm.  The tour takes approximately 2 hours.  The tour is conducted by costumed actors who tell the historic story of each location.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12 years old.  The ticket sales benefit each of the organizations.

Additionally, dinner is being served at the Christ Church Parish House.  The menu consists of Moravian Chicken Pot Pie, salad, dessert, coffee or tea and serving will begin at 5 pm for those attending the 6 pm tour.  Reservations can be made for dinner at the same time as the ticket reservations.  The dinner cost is $10 per person and proceeds for the dinner benefit the Christ Church Operating Fund.

Reservations for the tour and/or dinner can be made by calling Elaine – at 732-742-1227.  If you leave a message, be sure to clearly state your phone number and name and you will receive a return call in a timely manner.  Checks can be made out to Christ Church, with separate checks for tour tickets and dinner.  Early ticket sales will ensure you a place on the tour, but tickets at the door will be available as space allows.

When you arrive for the tour or dinner, parking is available at Christ Church, The Allen House and the Presbyterian Church.  Tickets can be picked up at the Christ Church Parish House.  Please arrive early enough to park, pick up your tickets and join your tour guide.

We hope that you will avail yourself of this historic tour and/or dinner.  Call for reservations or further information.


Ongoing Special Events

Sandy Disaster Relief Grants Awarded to Christ Church

We have been successful in our application for grants under the Sandy Disaster Relief Grants program! This program provides funding for the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation, and repair of historic properties damaged by the storm. In fact we have been awarded two such grants. One is for the Church and Graveyard in the amount of $150, 650; the second is for the Rectory in the amount of $122, 930. These grants will enable major improvements to the physical health of these properties. The next step is the receipt of a Letter of Agreement from the New Jersey Historic Trust, administrator of these funds, that delineates the terms and conditions of the grants.


Queen Anne Communion Service On Loan to Rutgers

Our early 18th century silver Communion Service given to the parish by Queen Anne has been loaned to the Alexander Library at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The chalice and paten will be on display in an exhibit that they are mounting entitled, “New Jersey Before the Revolution: Land and People” which runs from October 2014 to January 2015.

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Christ Church Outreach extended to Covenant House!

Covenant house is a leading advocate on behalf of homeless youth. Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. Parish member and Covenant House advocate Jim O’Conner and our (Christ Church) Outreach/Steering Committee are working on some activities.

Past events have included a beach trip and a Lakewood Blue Claws game.


Past Special Events

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Bishop William “Chip” Stokes Visits Christ Church

On Sunday November 16th Bishop “Chip” Stokes visited Christ Church for the first time in his tenure as Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey. In addition to meeting the parishioners, the Bishop presided over one Confirmation and five Confirmatory Receptions. Bishop Stokes preached and his sermon can be heard on this web site.


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Christ Church Holiday Bazaar Held Saturday, November 15th

Christ Church Holds Another Successful Holiday Bazaar

Many folks came to the Bazaar and bought Christmas presents, chocolates, wonderful homemade baked goods, jewelry, hand knit items and more. Over 50 baskets were auctioned to the delight of the ticket holders.


Another beautiful Prayer Shawl

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We gave another exquisite prayer shawl to someone in need in late October. The recipient is Anne Heaney who is confined to a wheelchair, is afflicted with post-polio, and has seriously deteriorating vision. Ms Heaney is Bob Kelly’s aunt. The shawl was crafted by Rita Pyndus of the Knitting Perls.


The Blessing of the Animals was held at Christ Church
on Saturday October 4th

This will occur at the Outdoor Prayer service at 5 pm at the churchyard.
Please come and have your pet blessed in the St Francis of Assisi tradition!

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Weekend in Olde Monmouth

Saturday, May 3 & Sunday, May 4


Christ Church Commemorates Memorial Day 2014

The parish held its graveyard service to recognize the sacrifices made by its veterans in war eras back to the French and Indian War. The names of all veterans interred in the graveyard were read.. Stuart and Judith Buncher portrayed a Red Cross Gray Lady and a WWII Air Force Sergeant. See more information in the linked Memorial Service Program.


Images of Christ Church Shrewsbury – Then and Now


Monmouth County Library
Eastern Branch
Month of May 2014

The exhibit features segments including, old photos – with the oldest from 1869, new photos, and the church in art. There is also a special section, called Then and Now, that pairs old photos of the church with matching contemporary ones. There are three special features: the original 1769 builder’s agreement, a pair of tickets for a lottery used to raise funds for the church’s erection, and a large scale model of the church on loan from the Shrewsbury Historical Society.

This exhibit was created in partnership with Dorn’s Classic Images.

Click here for the Flyer 


Christ Church Celebrated Independence Day


On Sunday June 29th we held a special service to celebrate Independence Day.

This service featured portrayals of souls interred in the graveyard by members of the Dead Actors Guild.

Graham Kearney Cooke portrayed by Patrice Thornton
Dorothy Manson portrayed by Jeanne Sundberg
Samuel Stelle Smith portrayed by Robert M Kelly, Jr.

Also on display were the vestry minutes and Parish Register from 1733.
The Chorus of the Atlantic performed some American songs:

I’ll Fly Away
You Raise Me Up
America the Beautiful
God Bless America
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Another Beautiful Wedding at Christ Church
November 1, 2014

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Christ Church Held its Annual Parish Picnic
August 27, 2014