Epiphany Pageant at Christ Church
Christ Church celebrated the 12th Day of Christmas with a play that was written and directed by Donna Devlin
Christ Church offers two services for Christmas Eve: a Children’s Service and a later service attending mostly by adults. This year during our Children’s Service there was a special visit from St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas shared with the children how his story came to be and gave the children a reminder of his story: a gold coin (chocolate). During the service children read the lessons and rang bells to welcome the Christ child.
CHRISTMAS EVE 2019
Christ Church held its annual Christmas Eve midnight service preceded by Lessons and Carols. Music was provided by St Gregory’s choir.
The bakers crew for the Moravian Chicken Pies is pictured. Everyone had a task on the assembly line to create the first 25 pies to sell. Sales begin now and continue through the Historic Holiday Bazaar, December 6 – 8.
Each pie serves four generously and comes to you at a low cost of $14.00. Pies come frozen and ready to go straight into your freezer or into your oven. Never had a Moravian Chicken Pie? They are similar to a chicken pot pie – however they do not contain any of those pesky vegetables your mother so wanted you to eat. Simply dark and light meat chicken with a sprinkling of salt, pepper, butter, and just enough flour to turn its own juices into a light gravy.
Christ Church is a vibrant congregation living our faith together in the present while planning and working hard to stay vibrant into the future. But we also cherish our heritage, as seen in the historic events we hold for parishioners and our neighbors in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, and the entire state. We’re also careful to preserve the written history of the parish as seen, for example, by safeguarding our vestry minutes from the 18th century to the present day. We guard our historic objects, such as our 1717 Vinegar Bible, our 1738 charter from King George II, and the orb that once stood atop our steeple that was used as target practice by Revolutionary War soldiers.
Now we’ll be preserving our past in a different way by capturing the memories and insights of some of our parishioners in their own voices. In November, Monmouth University students—guided by Professor Melissa Ziobro—will begin conducting seven audio interviews with eight parishioners as part of a new oral history project. Oral history is a process in which researchers gather and preserve electronically the voices and memories of individuals who participated or observed first-hand events in the past.
For the first group of interview subjects, we wanted to gather the memories of long-time parishioners such as Bob Zeller, with his mellifluous voice, and Ann and Jim Miller, who were instrumental in so many church events such as the 300th anniversary of the parish. We decided to include second-generation parishioners like Peggy James who not only has contributed so much to our parish herself but whose parents played key roles in the parish before her. We wanted to include younger people like Robert Maber who grew up in the parish and would provide a different perspective on the church’s present and future. Bob Kelly was an obvious choice due to his vestry leadership over the years and his status as Parish Historian. We asked long-time choir member— and a member of the search committee for Mother Lisa–Barbara Carroll to share her memories. Finally, we knew we had to include Mother Lisa herself to preserve her insights into Christ Church over her 22 years (and counting!) as our beloved rector.
Annual Four Corner Historic Lantern Tour
On Friday, December 6th, 2019 the organizations of Christ Church, The Allen House, The Quaker Meeting House and the Presbyterian Church conducted their 27th Annual Historic Lantern Tour of each of the locations. There were two tour times – 6 pm and 8 pm. The tour took approximately two hours. The tour is conducted by costumed actors who retell the historic story of each location.
The Holiday Bazaar was on Friday, December 6th as part of the Lantern Tour and then a full day on Saturday, December 7th. There was baskets auctioned, sales of jewelry, handmade textiles, baked goods, specialty objects and sundries along with refreshments.