***Ash Wednesday 2021***
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Ash Wednesday – February 17, 2021 – As the weather forecast continues to predict snow and freezing weather, we have decided to cancel
our in-person Ash Wednesday service. Mother Lisa has recorded a daily office video (see link below) and the Lessons for Ash Wednesday that was sent to our Christ Church email list on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
To be included on our email list, please contact the Parish Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Like almost everything these days, the Blessing of the Animals is looking a little different this year. Blessings will be taking place on Sunday October 4th (the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi), from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Enter in your car through the Sycamore Avenue drive (by the Parish House). Mother Lisa will be ready for you at the end of the driveway in the Parking Lot, to bless your pets and creatures; all people and animals will safely remain in their car! You may exit either onto Highway 35/Broad Street (remember: no left turns from that exit) or you may turn left onto the road that leads to the Presbyterian Church and out to Sycamore Avenue.
Back to Church
Join us for live, safe services!
Sunday in the sanctuary at 8 am and 10 am. Be sure to wear a facemask. Pews are marked where you can sit for social distancing.
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: email@example.com 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).
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!