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–Reentering, Reopening, Reimagining–
Sunday Service 9am – in the Church, Saturday Service 5pm – Mass on the Grass.

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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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Table of Contents

Upcoming Special Events

Keeping History Alive Upcoming Interviews

Youth Group Prime

Ongoing Special Events

Back to Church Live Services

Directions and Guidelines for Returning to Church

Moravian Chicken Pies

Unusual Gravestone Fragment Unearthed

2019 Church Anniversary

Gravestone Restoration Grant Activity

Self Guided Graveyard Tour Brochure

Queeni Caay Scholarship Fund

New Videos of Christ Church

Girls’ Friendly Society

Historic Preservation Grant Award

Sandy Disaster Relief Grants

New Aerial Video of Christ Church

New Historic Sign Installed

The Town Clock and Bell are Back in Operation

Seeing is Believing

Past Events

Pancake Breakfast

2020 New Vestry Commissioned

2020 Annual Meeting

Epiphany Pageant 2020

Christmas Eve Children’s Service 2019

Christmas Eve Service 2019

Greening of the Church 2019

Annual Historic Four Corner Tour and Holiday Bazaar 2019

2019 Scavenger Hunt and Halloween Party

Gravestone Cleaning/Rubbing Workshop

Croes Family Descendants Visit

Oct 5th 2019 Graveyard Tour

300th Graveyard Anniversary Celebration

Sept 14th Church 250th Anniversary Celebration

Baptism Celebration

2019 Backpacks Donation

Ceiling Restoration

Aug 17 Costumed Graveyard Tour

Aug 3rd Graveyard Guided Tour

Celebration of Graveyard and Church

Pentecost 2019

Memorial Sunday Service 2019

May 18 Costumed Graveyard Tour

Covenant House Sleepout

Weekend in Old Monmouth at Christ Church

Festive Easter Service and Egg Hunt 2019

Easter Sunrise Service 2019

Good Friday 2019

Maundy Thursday 2019

Palm Sunday Celebration 2019

St Patrick’s Day Party

MadRegalia Concert

Dedication of Access Ramp

Bells Of Peace: WWI Remembrance

Smith-Condon Boxwood Hedge

2018 Gravestone Cleaning-Rubbing

2018 Graveyard Tour

2018 Independence Day Service

July 4th 2018 Celebration

Cub Scout Visit

Presiding Bishop at Royal Wedding

Christ Church Receives County Grant

Gerard Marengo Walkway Dedication

Enhanced Graveyard Landscaping

59 Bells

New Roses in the Heritage Rose Garden

Mother Lisa Celebrates 20 Years of Service

Another Beautiful Wedding at Christ Church

Christ Church Participates in WOM 2017

The Shrewsbury Clock Face Has a Makeover

Reverend Kathleen Bishop at Christ Church

Gerchak Family Visits the Clock Tower

Back to Church 2020

Back to Church

Join us for live, safe services!

Saturday outdoor service at 5 pm, Sunday in the sanctuary at 9 am. Be sure to wear a facemask, and bring your own chair to the outdoor service.

Public Services Canceled Until Further Notice

Step Taken by Bishop Stokes to Curb Spread of Corona Virus

At the direction of Bishop William ‘Chip’ Stokes, Christ Church Shrewsbury and its fellow Episcopalian churches in the Diocese of New Jersey will cancel all public religious services “until further notice.” The timing of the return of public services will depend on the scope of the novel corona virus, or Covid-19, pandemic.

Mother Lisa Mitchell sent out an email to parishioners in the afternoon of March 13 relating the decision and confirming that Christ Church will not hold services until further notice, starting with this Sunday, March 15, the Third Sunday of Lent.

In an earlier email to parishioners, she wrote that while she has been “advised to limit visits to the elderly and those with medical conditions (for their benefit!) but I DO want to know if you are sick or have a need. So please email or call me: christchurchshrewsbury@verizon.net or (732) 741-2220.

We will continue to keep you updated as we enter new territory of the coronavirus front.” Mother Lisa also pointed out that there is an online version of the Book of Common Prayer that parishioners can use as a personal prayer aid while public services are canceled.

The readings for the Third Sunday of Lent, including the Collect for the day, can be found on this Episcopalian website.

The Bishop’s Decision

Bishop Stokes released a letter on March 13 explaining the reasons for his decision, writing that after prayer and consultation, and effective immediately, “I am directing all churches in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey to suspend public worship services and all other non-essential public gatherings until further notice.”

The decision, he said, will be reevaluated as Holy Week approaches in order to determine “whether it is safe and appropriate to re-open our buildings to our congregants and the wider public at that time.”

The Diocese has set up a special website–coronavirus.dioceseofnj.org—with practical resources on how to combat the virus and the schedules of online worship services. The site (still under construction but usable as of March 14) includes a helpful video discussion on the pandemic that Bishop Stokes had with epidemiologist Dr. Philip Lewis, a member of Trinity Cathedral in Trenton (though that video was shot before the Diocese made its decision to suspend services).

Pancake Sunday 2020

Feeding the Soul and Body for Lent 2020

Christ Church marked the beginning of Lent with a pancake breakfast on March 1. Our church school students served up tasty pancakes in three varieties with all the trimmings, plus breakfast sausages and other goodies. The kids did a wonderful job helping to cook, serve, and clean up during coffee hour following the 10:00 am service

What a great way to share something special as we start the Lenten season!

Eggstravaganza 2020

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Eggstravaganza 2020

It Wouldn’t Be Easter Without Them!

Again this year Christ Church is selling the ever-popular—and sweet!—Easter Eggs imported all the way from Pennsylvania.

Each fresh, home-made, foil-wrapped, chocolate-covered egg comes with the buyer’s choice of one of five fillings—peanut butter, coconut cream, vanilla cream, peppermint or double coconut, for only $3.00 an egg.

Parishioners will be pre-selling the eggs with delivery well in time for the Easter Bunny’s big day. Email the church–christchurchshrewsbury@verizon.net–or telephone the church office at 732-741-2220 for more information and to order.

2020 Vestry Commissioning

 

COMMISSIONING OF THE VESTRY AND DEPUTY TO THE DIOCESAN CONVENTION

During the February 16th 10 am service, the new vestry members, and Delegates to the Diocesan Convention were commissioned.

O Eternal God, the foundation of all wisdom and the fount of all courage: Enlighten with your grace the Wardens and Vestry of this Congregation, and so rule their minds, and guide their counsels, that in all things they may seek your glory and promote the mission of your Church.

Eternal Lord God, who by the Holy Spirit presided at the council of the Apostles to guide them in all knowledge and truth: Be present with the Delegates of this Parish. In the passions of debate give them a quiet spirit, in the complexities of the issues give them clear minds, and in the moments of decision give them courageous hearts. Guide them in all things to seek only your glory and the good of your Church.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Annual Meeting 2020

Christ Church Annual Meeting 2020

The Annual Meeting was held on January 26 in the parish house complete with a wonderful Pot Luck meal. Mother Lisa thanked the vestry members completing their terms: Stephen Craven, Jamie Green, Sue Napoletano, Walter Burrell, Jim O’Connor, and Beverlee Akerblom. Newly elected members are Elaine Feyereisen, Peggy James, Walter Dein, Joanne Montgomery, Mark Roth and Larry Nibbling. Kim Roberts and Allie Cummings were elected to serve as Alternate Deputies to the Diocesan Convention. A full slate of 2019 Vestry members can be seen in the About Us tab of the web site.