Angela Lidsay narrated from the pulpit, and Alice Green provided the play-by-play from the playing field.
Mary (Eva Gross) and Joseph (Charlie Nygard) arrive looking for a place to stay.
Our extraordinary organist and music director, Scott Myers, played the piano for the pageant.
It took a cast of thousands to put on this pageant. Kit Gerney, Jude Crewe, Onuora Browne, Cora Gross, Leah Gunther, Ezra Mayer, Hoah Sherman, Asha Smith, Alidel Zayzay...
...Ian Basso, Gianni Collucci, Lee Mayer, Sonja Parrish, Miles Rivera, Atina Robinson, Daniel Trapp, Jermain Trapp, and last but not least, the three wise ladies, Erin Basso, Damali Browne, and Annabella Collucci.


Worship Schedule

7:30 AM Morning Prayer
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
The second Thursday of each month
includes Healing & Anointing

Monday through Friday
7:15 AM Morning Prayer in the Chapel

Christ Church

Mailing address:
Christ Church New Brighton
76 Franklin Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: 718-727-6100
Fax: 718-727-6101 
Email: Interim Pastor
Email: Parish Administrator

This Sunday

This Sunday is the Second Sunday after the Epiphany.

Collect for Sunday:

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever.


Prayer for the Search Committee:

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


This Sunday is The Second Sunday after the Epiphany. The liturgical color is green.  The lessons for January 15 are: Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42.

Godly Play & Gap classes should receive Communion with their teachers immediately after the choir receives, and then accompany their teachers to the classrooms.

At  12:10 p.m. a Godly Play or Gap Teacher will ring a bell on the first floor, indicating that parents should go to the classrooms to pick up their children. Parents must sign their children out of Godly Play.

YAC/J2A classes begin at 11:30 a.m. in the second floor J2A classroom.

Childcare begins at 9:45 a.m. in the nursery.

Server Schedule

Sunday, January 15:

Altar Guild Linda & Hal Reiersen, Mark Gherzo, Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
8am Server Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Greeter David Wood
Ushers Connie Black, John Gerney, Greer Gerney
Lector Marshall Green
Epistoler Brianna Cooper
Intercessor David Nygard
Crucifer Richard Zayzay
Eucharistic Minister Victor Stanwick
Acolytes Gianni Colucci, Kit Gerney
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Lester Blair, Susan Fowler
Coffee Hour Host Damali Browne & Ali Mitchell

Diversity Sunday

In Honor/Memory of Event Founder Willie F. Black, Jr.

The theme this year is:
Celebrating Diversity through Faith and Prayer!

We will begin the Eucharist at 10:00 a.m.  We ask that everyone go to the Parish House directly after the service.  We are asking that all members dress, and/or wear a piece of clothing representing their country of origin.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., we will begin the Ethnic Food Tasting.  This is a time for you to show off your culinary skills.  The affair is strictly "pot luck".  So, you can bring a main dish, special dish, salad, dessert, or some other specialty.  Please contact Connie or Willie (Buster) Black to let us know what you are bringing.

Then the fun begins.  If you want to sing, dance, play a musical instrument, recite a poem, entertain with a special reading, tell of your early experiences with religion in your country of origin, feel free to sign up by contacting Willie (Buster) or Connie Black. No reasonable act will be turned down.  However, we are asking that they be limited to 5 minutes.

Parish Office Hours for January and February

For the remainder of January and all of February the Office will be open Tuesdays, 9:45AM - 1:45PM, and Thursdays, 9:45AM - 11:45AM. Paige Gunther will be assisting us during these times at Christ Church. You may leave voicemail on the machine at any time, and this will be checked regularly. You may always contact Mother Tori directly by email at or for pastoral concerns by phone or text at (646)705-2717.


Christ Church has received the donation of a wheelchair. Please notify one of the Wardens or Mother Tori if you would like to use it.

Godly Play Volunteers

Godly Play at Christ Church urgently needs volunteers to be Teachers and Door Persons (Classroom Assistants).

Godly Play is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God's presence in our lives developed with inspiration from Episcopalian and Montessori traditions.  It engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into--and pursuing us in the midst of scripture and spiritual experience.  

Godly Play first started at Christ Church in 2008.  The program quickly grew to three classrooms staffed by six part-time teachers and four rotating door persons by 2011.  We currently have fifteen wonderful children registered for the program for 2016/2017 school year but attrition has reduced the number of Godly Play volunteers down to one coordinator and two part-time teachers.  These volunteers can only accommodate one Godly Play classroom and a reduced schedule over the balance of this school year. 

The spread of ages and needs of the children enrolled would be best served by two separate, age appropriate and independent classrooms each Sunday.  This could be accomplished at Christ Church by adding three to four more part-time Teachers and three more part-time Door Persons. These voluntary roles require an investment of time, training and practice, but the experience of helping children discover and explore the mysteries of our faith each Sunday can be tremendously rewarding and inspiring.

Please help Christ Church support the spiritual development of the children within our congregation.  Let us know if this might be something for you.

Save the Date

Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Diversity Sunday, Sunday, February 5, 2017.


During Cathy's recuperation, I (Dorothy Thompson, Treasyrer) will be issuing the checks.  

Please continue to leave your check requests in Cathy's mailbox.  I will be in once or twice a week to do them.

Plan ahead and avoid "emergencies".   The days that I'm working, I'm totally unavailable to issue checks.

Thank you,
Dorothy Thompson

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Parish of Christ Church New Brighton will take place on Sunday January 22, immediately following the 10 am service.  The Nominating Committee presents the following nominees for Churchwarden and Vestry Members:

Churchwarden: Victor Stanwick

Vestry Members: Bill Keck, Kristin Parrish, Anne Devlin, Bill Sherman.

Bible Study & Prayer Group

Bible Study meets at 11:45 a.m. on Sundays in the Vestry Room.  Bible Study will not meet on New Year's Day but will resume on January 8.

Prayer Meeting meets at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Vestry Room.  The Prayer Group will not meet on Wednesday, December 28.

All are welcome to attend.

Christ Church Parish Hall Use

All Christ Church Parish Hall usage shall be determined by the Vestry in the absence of a designated individual coordinator. If you are interested in using the Parish Hall facilities, please submit your interest in writing to the Warden, Willie Black III, who will present it to the Vestry for determination at their next scheduled meeting. Please include the following information in your request: Name of person/group requesting, name of parishioner responsible (requires key and code access ability), date/times of event, event purpose.

Co-Dependents Anonymous

A Staten Island Co-Dependants Anonymous (CoDA) Group is starting up at Christ Church New Brighton in the New Year!

Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.

Where: Vestry Room, Christ Church New Brighton
When: Thursdays 7:00 pm - starting January 5, 2017
Length: 1 Hour (approx)

CoDA is a program that will help many people to find their way to better, healthier relationships, to deeper self-understanding, closer relationship to God (higher power) and faith, to healing of past hurts in Family of Origin, developing better listening and communicating skills, to improving quality of life emotionally, psychologically and spiritually, and so much more.

CoDA meetings are facilitated by Fr. Marc Roselli, S.J., Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel / St. Mary of the Assumption.

If you want to know more about CoDA, you can reach Fr. Marc at (718)442-3411 or Stop by any Thursday, starting 1/5/2017.

You can also check out the international CoDA website at

Bible Study: The Letters of Saint Paul

The Bible Study Series meets on Sunday mornings, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Vestry Room. The focus will be on St. Paul's letters or Epistles. this series will be led by Deacons Geri Swanson, Novella Lawrence and Mr. Richard Whaley. Each week one of the presenters will guide our reading of these important documents of our faith. No preparation is needed, just an interest in expanding our understanding of our faith and the written word that has shaped in through the centuries. We welcome your participation in the discussion of the Holy Scriptures. Feel free to bring your coffee or tea into the conversation space.... cookies and cake are always welcomed as well!

Prayer is the Best Wireless Connection to God

What happens when we pray? How many ways can we pray? When we pray as a church, individually, contemplative, repetitive, intercessory, prayers of praise, thanksgiving, adoration or contrition?

The Prayer Group is led by Deacon Novella Lawrence and Mr. Ned Rogers. Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Vestry Room.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Gouwireya Abdelazim, Shirley Black, Mary T. Bryant, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Barbara Clauson, Jay Crosby, Richard Karlsson, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Kristin Parrish, Cathy Romano, Joyce Rowan, Maisie Salmon, Mary Thompson.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Laura Kennedy (15), Jill Kelly (20).

We pray for the repose of the soul of William Fowler who passed away this week.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for The Episcopal Church of  Kyushu, Japan and The Rt. Rev. Luke ken-ici Muto.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Andrew, Allen, and Mary our Bishops and St. Ambrose Church, Manhattan.