Epiphany Play 2019

Epiphany Pageant at Christ Church

Christ Church celebrated the 12th Day of Christmas with a play entitled “Yeshi’s Story” The pageant covered the Christmas Story from Annunciation to The Visit of the Magi with Mary telling her young son the story of who he really is. The play was written and directed by Donna Devlin

 

Lantern Tour and Holiday Bazaar 2018

CHRIST CHURCH PARTICPATED IN THE 2018 LANTERN TOUR

With our Four Corners partners Christ Church participated in the 2018 Lantern Tour. These are some of the photos from the event.

The cast was

George Tallman portrayed by Gordon Brown

Theodosia Finch portrayed by Patrice Thornton

Sarah Hartshorne portrayed by Priscilla Gettis, Cassie Reagan, and Sofia Hanhan

Reverend Harry Finch portrayed by Robert Kelly and Robert Maber

CHRIST CHURCH HELD ITS ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR

The Holiday Bazaar had basket auctions, sales of jewelry, handmade textiles, Christ Church Christmas cards, baked goods, specialty objects and sundries along with refreshments.

Blessing of Christmas Stockings 2018

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Experiences of the Holy for Parent and Child

 December is such a very special time that we at Christ Church cannot keep it to ourselves! And so we held a very special event for the community:

Blessing of the Stockings
Saturday, December 1, 2018
10:00am – 11:30am

Christmas Stockings had a Special Blessing
Cookies were decorated for your own home.
The original Saint Nicholas visited

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Parish House Access Ramp

The Christ Church Shrewsbury Parish House Access Ramp

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The parish house of Christ Church is utilized daily for activities of the parish as well as community at large events. The office of the church, all bathrooms, the library, choir room, Sunday school rooms and kitchen as well as the large community room are located in the parish house. These rooms are used on a daily basis by members of the parish. Additionally, community groups use the spaces on a weekly basis for groups such as AA, wedding planning, Christian education, history events and many types of meetings.

One of the barriers to access of the parish house is that there are steps leading to every entrance of the building. For many years parishioners and the public have experienced difficulties entering the building when they have special needs.

With grant and donation funding agreement was reached with AmRamp to implement the access ramp and built in 2018

The access ramp could only be installed on the street side of the building. Therefore the aesthetics of the project were also considered. Small, slow growing boxwood bushes were planted alongside the ramp with planter bushes on one end of the ramp. Lighting is being installed for safe use of the ramp in the evening.

Dedication of the ramp was on November 18, 2018. It is utilized frequently by parishioners and members of the community, providing safe access for all to the Parish House at Christ Church.

Parishioner Elaine Feyereisen was the project manager.

Bells Of Peace

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Christ Church and the Borough of Shrewsbury joined in this remembrance by tolling our church bell as above. This occurred during our 10 am Sunday service.

These are the veterans interred in our graveyard from the World War I era.

         Captain Franklin G. Allen, US Army

  • Walter S. BowkerWilliam E. Donald1st Lieutenant Morgan R. EilertCorporal Robert R. Graham, served as band corporal, HQ Company, 107 Inf., US ArmyLieutenant Colonel Louis H. Hanson, Medical Corps.1st Lieutenant Arnold Watson Hazard, Motor Transportation Corp.

    Private Howard G. Montgomery, Head Quarters Company, 165th Inf., NY, US Army

    1st Lieutenant Howard Stokes, US Army

    Private Joseph L. Thompson, US Army Air Force

    Major Dr. Harry Ticehurst, US Army, 9th Division Cavalry veterinarian

Smith-Condon Boxwood Hedge

THE SMITH-CONDON BOXWOOD HEDGE

Graveyard visitors during the past year have seen a beautifully landscaped L-shaped boxwood hedge separating the graveyard from the parking lot on the southeast section of the graveyard. More recently this hedge was significantly extended eastward to again provide an expanded separation of the parking area and the historic graveyard.

The Smith-Condon Boxwood Hedge

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So, how did this come to be. This beautiful boxwood hedge is the gift of Maggie Condon, a generous benefactor of our historic graveyard. Maggie’s parents, Eddie Condon and Phyllis Smith, were interred here a few years ago near where the original boxwood hedge segment was installed. Eddie Condon was a celebrated jazz musician in the mid 20th century. He played the guitar and owned a jazz club in Greenwich Village. His wife’s brother, Samuel Stelle Smith and wife Agnes Newhouse are buried next to them in the family grave plot.

The Smith name is also famous. Samuel Stelle Smith is the highly regarded Revolutionary War Historian with books published about the Battle of Monmouth and Trenton among others.

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Smith and Condon Gravemarkers

2018 Gravestone cleaning-rubbing

GRAVESTONE CLEANING AND RUBBING

On October 13th the second of three events that are part of October Graveyard Month was held. Lorraine Schnabel, the Graveyard Conservator, led the gravestone cleaning workshop and Kim Roberts-Honecker did the same for the gravestone rubbing. While rain early in the event held down attendance a total of 15 stones were cleaned and three had rubbings. Those participating were MiMi and Gordon Brown, Edgar John, Walter Dein, Jennifer Shamrock, Kristen Kormann, Reverend Lisa Mitchell, Jennifer Lovekin, Emily Blaser, and Bob Kelly. There were some learnings in the cleaning aspect as the red lichen was very resistant to removal. The rubbings went well despite the early rain. MiMi and Gordon were pleased to be able to clean the gravestone of their good friend Andree Lucantoni whose marker is in the Sycamore Garden.

On the before and after photos note the dramatic improvement with using just the brushes and water. Also on the Joseph Allen stone, how the inscription is so much easier to read with the lichen cleaned out.

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A repeat event will be held Saturday October 20th.

Gravestone Rubbing

 

Gravestone Cleaning

 

 

Graveyard Tour 2018

GRAVEYARD TOUR

OCTOBER 6, 2018

The first event in Christ Church’s “October is Graveyard Month” was held on Saturday October 6th. This event was a guided tour of the graveyard based on the recently created Graveyard Self-Guided Tour Brochure. The tour guide was Ryan Radice, a student at Monmouth University, and a co-creator of the brochure. Ryan is also a tour guide at Ellis Island. There were about 25 tourists and feedback was very positive. Ryan made stops at many of the gravestones identified in the brochure.

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2018 Independence Day Service

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2018 INDEPENDENCE DAY SERVICE

During our July 1st service we recognized our heritage through two related activities. One was the introduction of the new Graveyard Self-Guided Tour brochure to the congregants by Parish Historian Robert Kelly. Bob described the genesis of the booklet and surveyed its contents. This brochure is described in more detail elsewhere on the web site.

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In addition, one of the notable figures highlighted in the brochure was brought to life by Dead Actors’ Guild member, Cassie Reagan. Cassie told the story of the Finch family by portraying the Finch daughter, Mary.