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
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
Sunday, March 29: PALM SUNDAY
8AM Blessing of the Palms and Liturgy for Palm Sunday & Holy Eucharist
10AM Liturgy and Procession for Palm Sunday & Holy Eucharist
Wednesday, April 1: WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK
7PM Service of Tenebrae
Thursday, April 2: MAUNDY THURSDAY
7PM Liturgy for Maundy Thursday, including Footwashing,
Stripping of the Altar and Prayer Vigil
Friday, April 3: GOOD FRIDAY
12noon: Seven Last Words from the Cross
as told through Prose, Poetry, and Music
including Communion from the Reserved Sacrament
Saturday, April 4: HOLY SATURDAY
9:00AM Liturgy for Holy Saturday, followed by preparing the Church for Easter
8PM Great Easter Vigil with Kindling of New Fire and Holy Eucharist
Sunday, April 5: EASTER DAY
9AM Children’s Service with flowering of the Cross
10AM Easter Egg Hunt
11AM Festive Eucharist with full Choir
Holy Week Music – 2015
Palm Sunday: Ride on, King Jesus
God So Loved the World (Bullard)
Maundy Thursday: Ubi Caritas (Browning)
Easter Vigil: Alleluia, Jesus Is Risen (Earth and All Stars)
Easter Canon( Hymnal)
Surrexit Christus (Pergolesi)
Easter Proclamation (Vivaldi)
Come and Be Joyful (Vivaldi)
Easter Sunday: Vigil Music plus Hallelujah Chorus
Ongoing Special Events
Special Lenten Programs
Lenten Soup and Study:
Sundays: Creating a Rule of Life
This year’s Sunday Lenten Series will begin on Sunday February 22nd, following the 10:00am service. Each Sunday we will examine what is meant by “A Rule of Life” and how average, ordinary men and women can establish one! The group will run for five weeks, finishing on March 22nd. There is no “homework” for the weekly meetings; the work will be done in group. Do bring a small notebook and pen with you. We also ask that EVERYONE who comes sign up to help with at least one week’s soup meal; this might mean bringing soup, but could also mean providing bread or setup and cleanup. We also ask for you to RSVP if you are coming so we can be assured that there is enough seating and soup for you. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board next to the kitchen in the Parish House on which you can sign up to host one week.
9:30 AM service and Peak of the Week: Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time – This year’s Wednesday Lenten Series will begin on Wednesday February 25th, following the 9:30am service. Both are held in the Parish House Library. Each Wednesday we will be reading and discussing Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time by Marcus J. Borg. The group will run for 6 weeks, ending on April 1st. There is homework for this one: A weekly assignment of one chapter. You may purchase your book on your own, or you may request one be purchased for you (cost is variable, depending on where we procure it!). Requests should be made by February 5th to assure you have a copy.
For more information on either of these classes, please contact the Rector.
Queen Anne Communion Service On Loan to Rutgers
The exhibit has been extended to March 2015!
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 March 2015.
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
Three Beautiful Baptisms (Winter 2015)
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.
A Wonderful Historic Lantern Tour
Christ Church once again participated in the Four Corners Historic District Lantern Tour. About 150 visitors took the tour despite a cold rainy evening. Many of those on the tour also had a wonderful Moravian Pie dinner, acquired some delectable homemade baked goods, and bid on some beautiful baskets of goodies in a silent auction.
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.
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
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.
Christ Church Celebrates Shrewsbury Day
On October 18th the Borough of Shrewsbury celebrated Shrewsbury Day with many displays, games and activities. Christ Church participated with gravestone rubbings and church history tours. About 150 visitors came. Kim Roberts-Honecker led the gravestone rubbings and Bob Kelly answered visitor history questions.
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!
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
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.