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.
Lisa S. Mitchell, Rector
Upcoming Special Events
A Wonderful Historic Lantern Tour
Christ Church will once again participate in the Four Corners Historic District Lantern Tour. The Historic Lantern Tour will be Friday, December 4th. Costumed actors tell the history of Christ Church, Quaker Meetinghouse, Presbyterian Church and the Allen House Museum. Corner of Shrewsbury Ave and Hwy 35. Tour times: 6pm or 8pm. $20 adults, $8 children. Call 732-742-1227 for reservations. Dinner available at Christ Church prior to either tour: Moravian Chicken Pot Pie, salad, dessert $10.
Ongoing Special Events
Seeing is Believing: Experiences of the Holy for Parent and Child
Seeing is Believing is a new Christian Education program at Christ Church. On the second Sunday of every month, parents are invited to join their children in the Parish House for a special session to explore and develop the spirituality of their children. Family members work together on activities that broaden their understanding of God and the Community of Faith. Parents learn ways to address matters of Faith with their children at home, sharing and exploring their own traditions.
Our first year focus is entitled When the Saint’s Go Marchin’ In! “Seeing is Believing” 2015 – 2016 Come join us as we march our way through the year in search of saints from around the world. Each family will have the opportunity to learn about their child’s very own “saint”! Our first is sessions on Sunday, September 13th – “Francis and Clare” We will start off our march with two Italian Saints and get ready for the Blessing of the Animals (October 4) Come join us for some holy work and holy play! We welcome all!
Amazon Smile Program profits Christ Church!!
At Amazon Smile, you shop on Amazon like you normally do, and when you make a purchase Amazon will donate 0.5% of that purchase to Christ Church. This is HUGE!
What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Christ Church every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.
Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
How do I select “Christ Church” to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select your charitable organization (Christ Church) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. They will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. : )
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.
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
HOLIDAY BAZAAR 2015
Christ Church held a successful holiday bazaar on November 15. Over 50 baskets were won by visitors and many wonderful purchases made including baked goods, knit items, jewelry and decorative items.
“MCDM Sunday” (Monmouth Center for Diaconal Ministry)
On Sunday, November 8th at the 10:00 am service all three of our “roving deacons” will be together in one place to introduce themselves – and this cutting-edge initiative – to the congregation. These deacons, Bill Balmer, Eve Chamberlain, and Carolyn Bradley, conducted an “Instructive Eucharist” focusing on the liturgical role of deacons in worship. The sermon also posted on this web site, provides information about everything MCDM.
On October 10th we celebrated our new Historic Rose Meditation Garden with a ceremony of dedication and information about the graveyard and the Garden itself. A Booklet about the HRMG and a Brochure about the graveyard was distributed to attendees. This was an event jointly hosted by the parish and the Shrewsbury Garden Club.
Another Wonderful Wedding at Christ Church
Sept. 13, 2015
CHRIST CHURCH CELEBRATED INDEPENDENCE DAY On June 28th the parish held its Star Spangled Celebration. The festivities included costumed portrayals of individuals interred in the graveyard by members of the Dead Actors’ Guild and a performance of patriotic songs by the Chorus of the Atlantic. These elements were integrated into the regular Sunday service. Afterwards in the parish house, Parish Historian Bob Kelly gave a presentation regarding our graveyard focusing on the elements and importance of preservation as well as the information we know about many of the interees that reveals aspects of our past history and community.
YOUTH SUNDAY AT CHRIST CHURCH
On Sunday June 14th we celebrated Youth Sunday. Numerous awards were distributed and recognitions made. In the latter category principle among these was for Sue Napoletano, leader of the Youth Christian Formation program.
In the former category scholarships were awarded to two of our graduating high school seniors. The recipients were Casey Alfano and Sophie Halpern. Casey will be attending the University of New Haven and Sophie is headed for Carnegie Mellon University. As scholarship recipients they deliver sermons and they are pictured below doing so. You can listen to their sermons as well on this web site in the Sermons tab above.
A Concert at Christ Church
On Saturday June 13th a concert was held at Christ Church. This event was the premiere performance of the madrigal group MadRegalia. The group consists of 5 core members and performs a wide range of a cappella music.
This performance featured music from the 16th century to the 20th. Composers included Morley, Gibbons, diLasso, Gershwin, and the Beatles.
The concert was open and free to the public.
Shrewsbury Boro School Fourth Graders Visit Christ Church
Each year in June the parish hosts the Borough fourth graders who have studied New Jersey History in this grade. This year about 55 students came to the church led by their teacher Mr. Rooney. Reverend Lisa Mitchell and parish historian Bob Kelly described the rich history of the church and the special aspects of the historic church building. Deacon Magdalena Aders gave the students a special treat by portraying Florence Hazard and telling the story of the Hazard family, one if the most prominent families in Shrewsbury in the late 19th century.
Memorial Weekend Service
We held our annual Graveyard ceremony recognizing the contributions of those buried in our churchyard who served their country in the armed forces in wars from the French and Indian to the Vietnam. The names of the veterans were read and included names of those recently interred and new names as we have learned more about those buried in our graveyard. These include Robert Manson from World War II and John Faucheraud Grimke in the Revolutionary War.
Stuart and Judi Buncher came in costume. Judi portrayed Sister Veronica of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. This nun was a nurse on the USN Hospital Ship Red Rover from 1862 to 1865. The Sisters were the precursor of the modern Naval Nurses. Stuart portrayed Marine Corporal Andrew Tomlin, one of two NJ Marines to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. This award was for heroism in the Second Battle of Ft Fisher, January 15th, 1865. Judi Buncher contacted the order and was given the verbal directions to make her 1860s Nun’s Habit. She also made the Marine uniform for Stuart Buncher.
Mother Mary Frances Schjonberg recently was awarded an honorable mention for her video piece below on Christ Church’s 2014 Memorial Day service. The award was presented during the annual Episcopal Communicators organization’s Polly Bond Awards for outstanding communications efforts in 2014.
The judge who gave the award noted that “the video looks great …music is mixed nicely …the concept is great … the piece is a perfect length.” The award came in the Video-Short Form Ultra Low Budget category (the ultra low budget qualification means less than $250 was spent in production).
New Deacons Celebrated at Christ Church
Three Christ Church parishioners were ordained as Deacons on May 9th in Trenton celebrated this wonderful event at their home parish. They are
Magdalena Mary Aders
William John Balmer
Karen Estelle Baehr Reeman
Old Monmouth Weekend 2015
Stuart Buncher dressed as CPL Andrew Tomlin, vistors viewed our Vinegar bible, Jamie Green described the stained glass windows and all were invited to view our historic objects.
Christ Church Celebrated Easter
Shown are the Pascal Candle, the three lamb cakes that are won by the children who find the special Easter eggs in the graveyard hunt and twins at the altar with their Easter bonnets
Easter bonnets at the altar
Three lamb cakes on display
Queen Anne Communion Service On Loan to Rutgers
Our early 18th century silver Communion Service given to the parish by Queen Anne had been loaned to the Alexander Library at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The chalice and paten were on display in an exhibit mounting entitled, “New Jersey Before the Revolution: Land and People” which ran from October 2014 to March 2015. The service was then returned to Christ Church.
2015 Vestry and Leadership Team Peggy, Nancy, Gerry, Julie, Lisa+, Sue, Elaine, Corey, Patrice, Walter, Rachelle, Rita. Missing: Rod, Sarah
We held our annual meeting on January 25, 2015. The 2015 budget was approved and the vestry and wardens were elected while we enjoyed a potluck lunch.
Author Louise Knight Visited Us on January 6th
On her visit on a frigid snowy Epiphany Day, about 15 of us walked the graveyard looking for the grave stone of Revolutionary Hero and prominent South Carolina jurist, John F. Grimke. We were unsuccessful in doing so but have concluded that it likely deteriorated and was removed. We did however determine the site of his burial which is shown in the photo above. Ms. Knight also spoke of Jane Addams and signed copies of her biography of this social activist.
St. Nicholas Visits Christ Church
Bishop Nicholas of Myra visited Christ Church on the Second Sunday of Advent. He spoke to children of all ages and gave them chocolate coins and explained to them the power of light and the sharing of it.
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.
Another beautiful Prayer Shawl
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.