Christ Church celebrated Pentecost with a special outdoor service held on the south side of the churchyard. The service was also special since the sermon was a family of interactive discussions among the congregants about an important aspect of the parish’s future. This aspect is how we can grow our connections and involvement in the Community and the Community’s awareness of Christ Church. Many ideas were generated and will be assessed shortly.
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 21st after the 10 a.m. service. These veterans span the eras from the French and Indian War to Vietnam. This event occurred about 11 a.m. in the churchyard at the southeast corner of the church.
The veterans’ names were read by Judi and Stuart Buncher in costume. Stuart portrayed a sniper from the Revolutionary War. Colonel Cresaps Riflemen became the Maryland and Virginia Regiment consisting of 4 Maryland companies and 5 Virginia companies. They started in 1776 and ended in 1781. They were nicknamed Stephenson’s Rifle Regiment, Rawlin’s Regiment and Maryland Rifle Corp. To qualify for service each soldier had to hit a one foot by one foot wooden target three times at 200 yards with his PENNSYLVANIA RIFLE. The standard smoothbore battle musket was only accurate to 80 yards. They fought in the Battle of Monmouth.
On April 10th and 11th our beautiful town clock that is part of Christ Church received a paint job. But not only painting the wooden background but also renewing the gold leaf on the numerals and the clock hands. This work was performed by Steve Cowdell and his son Steven of Stevenson Services of Bristol CT. That is the firm that also repaired the 1879 E Howard clock mechanism in the Fall of 2015 due to damage from Superstorm Sandy. The work was underwritten by a grant from the Monmouth County Historical Association and by the proceeds from clock tower raffle in 2016. The community should be proud of its contributions to keep this historical treasure in good health and looking GREAT at 138 years of age.
Christ Church noted Jesus’s triumphant entry to Jerusalem with its Palm Sunday procession from the parish house to the church. Palms were distributed to the congregation. The service featured the reading of the Passion according to St. Matthew and the use of our 1708 silver Communion Service from Queen Anne.
While Mother Lisa was on sabbatical for the first three months of the year, Reverend Kathleen Bishop performed the regular services. She did a beautiful job with interesting different sermons that can be access on this web site.
Many thanks to Mother Kathleen for her dedicated service!