August 17 Costumed Graveyard Tour

AUGUST 18 COSTUMED GRAVEYARD TOUR

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The parish held the fourth event of the year celebrating the 300th anniversary of our historic graveyard. This was our famous Costumed Graveyard Tour and involved six thespians from our Dead Actors Guild portraying Notable Figures interred in the graveyard while standing next to their gravemarkers.

There were about 45 attendees on a humid summer morning.

Here is the cast

William Leeds portrayed by Jamie Green

E C Hazard portrayed by Gordon Brown

Judge John F. Grimke’ portrayed by Bob Kelly

Graham Kearney Cooke portrayed by Patrice Thornton

Mary Finch portrayed by Magdalena Aders

Louise Jost portrayed by Judi Buncher

The Guide performed by Stuart Buncher as Sargent Stuart of the WWI American Expeditionary Force.

 

Aug 3rd Guided Graveyard Tour

AUGUST 3RD GRAVEYARD GUIDED TOUR

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Another event in our series to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the Christ Church graveyard was held on Saturday August 3rd. This event was a Guided Tour of the graveyard conducted by our expert tour guide, Ryan Radice. The tour included information about Notable Figures in the graveyard, information about the wide variety of gravestone materials found in this cemetery, elucidations of the meaning of the gravestone carvings, and some of the special features of the graveyard. Twenty-Nine visitors took the tour on a warm but beautiful Saturday morning.

 

June 30th Celebration

250th CHURCH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

BISHOP STOKES VISITS

On June 30th Bishop William (Chip) Stokes visited Christ Church to celebrate our dual anniversaries of the graveyard (300) and the church building (250). The Bishop was the celebrant at our morning service and also confirmed and received several members into their life in Christ. The service was enhanced by the performance of several anthems by Madregalia, our a cappella artists in residence. The Bishop also had a wonderful segment of his sermon interacting with the children. Before the service the Bishop toured the graveyard and afterwards joined the parish for a reception. He was given a book by the parish children as well as a mid-19th century biography of Bishop John Croes, the first Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey, whose son served as Rector here from 1809-1824. A wonderful gallery of images of Christ Church was provided by Jamie Green.

 

Samples of 250-Year-old Christ Church in Art and Photography

Pentecost 2019

PENTECOST 2019

Christ Church celebrated Pentecost and Youth Sunday. Kate Apostolacus and Brandon Shin delivered sermons on the meaning of Christ Church in their lives as they graduate high school and move on to college. They both received scholarships to be used toward their college expenses. All of the children in the Sunday School were recognized and read the Prayers of the People.

 

Memorial Service 2019

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MEMORIAL SERVICE 2019

The parish held its annual Churchyard Memorial Service, including the Reading of the Names. The names of all veterans interred in the graveyard were read on Sunday, May 26th after the 10 a.m. service.  These veterans span the eras from the French and Indian War to Vietnam. Due to inclement weather, for the first time in memory the event was held inside the church instead of in the graveyard.

The veterans’ names were read by Judi and Stuart Buncher in costumes made by Judi.

Marine Corporal Andrew Tomlin – Portrayed by Stuart Buncher  – One of two NJ Marines to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.  He was awarded for heroism in the Second Battle of Ft Fisher, January 15th, 1865.

Woman of the Civil War Era attired in formal period dress – portrayed by Judith Buncher

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2019 May 18 Costumed Graveyard Tour

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

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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

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.

Easter Service and Egg Hunt 2019

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.

Easter Sunrise Service 2019

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.