MAY 18 COSTUMED GRAVEYARD TOUR
The parish held the second event of the year celebrating the 300th anniversary of our historic graveyard. This was our famous Costumed Graveyard Tour and involved eight thespians from our Dead Actors Guild portraying Notable Figures interred in the graveyard while standing next to their gravemarkers.
There were about 40 attendees on a gorgeous spring morning.
Here is the cast
William Leeds portrayed by Jamie Green
E C Hazard portrayed by Gordon Brown
Benjamin Lippincott portrayed by Bob Honecker
Graham Kearney Cooke portrayed by Patrice Thornton
William McDonald portrayed by Ryan Radice
Mary Finch portrayed by Cassandra Reagan
Louis deCoppet portrayed by Robert Maber
Louise Jost portrayed by Judi Buncher
The Guide performed by Stuart Buncher
A second costumed graveyard tour will take place on Saturday August 17th at 10 am.
COVENANT HOUSE SLEEPOUT
Do you want to help the homeless in our area? Then come join Mother Lisa, Jim O’Connor and dozens of others for the Second Annual Covenant House Sleep Out on Friday, May 17th at Trinity Church in Asbury Park! (8pm-7am) We have formed a “Christ Church & Friends” Sleeper Team! No training required! You simply join us for the evening, meeting the young people being served at the Covenant House Asbury Park facility, as well as the caring staff members. Learn about the great work being done and for one night “experience” what it is like to sleep outside with only a sleeping bag and piece of cardboard for a mattress! Comfortable? No! Incredibly rewarding? Yes!
Each Sleeper is asked to raise $1,000. You will have a fundraising page on the website and you ask your friends and family to go on and make whatever donation they can…$5, $10, $50…whatever they can afford. We are hoping to get ten (10) Sleepers on our Christ Church Team so we can raise at least $10,000 for Covenant House! Here is the link to the page to sign up (just copy and paste it into a new tab: https://www.sleepout.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.team&teamID=7768
Please let us know if you and maybe other family members or friends will be able to join us! If you can’t join us we are also grateful for any donations you may be able to make to our team!
Weekend in Old Monmouth at Christ Church
On May 4 and 5, more than 100 people (and one dog) visited Christ Church and its graveyard as part of the Monmouth County Historical Commission’s annual celebration of Weekend in Old Monmouth.
Highlights shown in the below photos included a guided tour of our 300-year-old graveyard conducted by Ryan Radice (the dog was on the tour).
Visitors also perused our curated collection of historical artifacts and depictions in art and photography of the exterior and interior of our 250-year-old church building.
Fifteen parishioners served as docents, including several in period garb.
Next up on our double anniversary celebration: the appearance of our Dead Actors Guild society on May 18 starting at 10:00 AM, in which notable personages buried in our graveyard will tell their stories, dressed for the occasion.
A FESTIVE EASTER SERVICE AT CHRIST CHURCH
With wonderful attendance Christ Church celebrated Easter with its traditional service and superb music. In addition Penelope was baptized and her sisters Alexandra and Vivian’s baptismal anniversaries were marked.
Sunrise Service 2019
Service started in the graveyard with lighting of the Paschal Candle. We then processed into the Church for the telling of the Easter Story followed by the Great Thanksgiving.
Good Friday Service at Christ Church
A very moving service. The choir was amazing.
Maundy Thursday at Christ Church Shrewsbury
Blessing the agape meal which we shared, stripping the altar, lights extinguished and the watch begins at the Altar of Repose.
Christ Church Celebrates Palm Sunday
Beginning with our traditional procession from the Parish House to our historic church, the parish celebrated the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. This is the start of Holy Week with the distribution of palms and the reading of the Passion of our Lord Jesus according to Luke with parishioners performing the several parts in a theatrical format.
St Patrick’s Day Party
Christ Church celebrated this wonderful Irish holiday with a sumptuous meal prepared by parishioners; The assembly was entertained by music by the Kilkenny Cats. There was a 50-50 and baskets for sale. Green was everywhere. The hall was full of parishioners, family and friends.
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