Worship Schedule

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

11:00 AM Healing Service & Holy Eucharist with interactive Scripture Conversation

Monday through Friday
7:00 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: Fr. Trevor R. Babb+
Email: Parish Administrator

This Sunday

This Sunday is The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  The liturgical color is green. 

Godly Play, Rite 13 and J2A classes will resume this Sunday.  Our young people, including acolytes, will assemble at the altar steps immediately after the reading of the Gospel at the 10 AM Service. These students will rejoin the Congregation at Communion. Thank you!

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

I Want to Help

Use the Donate button (above) to make donations to Christ Church to help us in our ministries to the community. You can also use this button to pay for tickets to various events or to make your weekly pledge payments. Yes, that's right--you can now keep up your pledge amount without even leaving the comfort of your home!

Server Schedule

Sunday, September 23:

Altar Guild

Tina Colucci, Shelly Gayford, David Wood

Flower Guild  
8am Server John Edwards
8am Lectors Danforth Prince
Greeter Siaber Zayzay
Ushers David & Dan Wood, Kevin Larimer
Lector Dick Riley
Epistoler Amy Stambaugh
Intercessor Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Crucifer Willie Black, III
Eucharistic Minister Hueldine Webb
Acolytes Daniel & Germaine Trapp
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Kirstin Swanson-Basso, ANdrea Morse-Raff
Coffee Hour Host Happy Birthday Bonnie Franz

Reflections From the Rector

New Beginnings!

What a Sunday it was last week to have the joy of baptizing three (3) children ages between 8 months and 8 years. Integral to my administering the Sacrament of Holy Baptism is the gathering of all of the parents and god-parents the day prior or at some convenient time during the week to engage in a teaching on Baptism as practiced in the Episcopal Church. It is called the "Baptism Clinic" and can last from forty-five minutes to an hour. In this teaching clinic when parents and god-parents leave it is my hope that they have a clearer understanding of the meaning of baptism as well as the liturgy for baptism.

At this past "Baptism Clinic" I also chatted with the babies so that my voice was not strange and frightening to them on the day of administering the sacrament. Whatever fussing they may have had before the Baptism Liturgy, it all went away when I held them over the font. They were all smiles as the consecrated water washed over their foreheads and as I chatted with them. No fuss - just a good calm as they seemed to have remembered my instructions to them the day before (wishful thinking). So here are the little angels I baptized on Sunday:

This is baby boy, John Daniel Gunther, after it was all done. Calm and ready to go home for his baptism party. John was a gentleman and a scholar just taking it all in with his pacifier firmly anchored in his mouth.  John's parents are: Kevin Gunther and Paige Gunther.

This is lady Michaela Noelle Delvalle being Miss Photogenic and making sure she was in good hands. One hand anchored on my collar and the other hand for defense just in case. With the first pouring of water - In the Name of the Father - she awoke with the little smile and with every installment of water thereafter she was fully awakened from her peaceful slumber. Looking into my eyes she seemed to say, "Oh, it is you!" I assured her yes and that was that. Michaela's parents are: Daniel Delvalle and Heather Ortiz- Delvalle.

Kimani La Je Marie Bratton is 8 years old. Kimani being that age stood on a stool to be baptized. She was all smiles as her dad, Jeffrey; grand-mother, Carol and god-parents, Alleida and Tulin greeted her with love. The photo shows Kimani at home in her beautiful baptism dress.

Not only did we baptized three children, but I blessed Chef Mackey's new restaurant - Colors NY, 178 Stanton Avenue, New York, New York 10002. My wife and I, Kathy and Arnold Galvez enjoyed a sumptuous dinner there on Sunday afternoon (09/16/2018) in an atmosphere of excellent hospitality and delicious food. The "Crab Cakes" and "Conch Fritters" are to die for. In the Ebonics of Madea, "It was gooder than good!" Here are a few pictures that speak of our great fellowship and eating:

Father Trevor+, Arnold, Kathy and Marcella getting ready to eat.

Chef Mackey - Kermit enjoying a moment with Marcella and Kathy after ensuring dinner was served. As we enjoyed our dinner persons were flowing in to get some of what we had. It was a practically full house when we left.

Plan to enjoy your next Sunday dinner with Chef Mackey at Colors NY!

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

Read Bishop Dietshe's Letter on the Policy of Separating Families.

Listen to Fr. Babb's Easter Day sermon here.

'Click here for pictures of Fr. Trevor's Institution Ceremony

Job Opportunity

Christ Church New Brighton
Job Description
Music Director and Organist

The Music Director and Organist is called to provide the creative leadership for a music program that will encourage the congregation in worship that is vital, attractive and dignified.  Under the leadership of the Rector, the Music Director and Organist serves as a pastor, educator, and principal musician of the parish.  His/her pastoral concern for and counsel to all members of the choir and the parish are to exemplify the Christian spirit.  As an educator, he/she will teach music and explain liturgical concepts.  As a musician, he/she will be diligent in preparation and performance, and will cooperate with others to provide and enable the highest possible standard of worship in this parish, using organ and other musical instruments and genres at his/her disposal, e.g. Drums, steel pan, ukuleles, etc.  This agreement is entered into with a spirit of cooperation and trust with the understanding that mutual respect and professionalism will be exercised in the execution of this position between Rector and Music Director/Organist.

Worship services are as follows:
Every Sunday, 10:00 a.m.: Choral Eucharist
Ash Wednesday: evening service
Holy Week services: Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
Easter Vigil
Thanksgiving Eve or Day
Periodic Sung Evensong as per calendar set by the Rector
Three (3) services in Christmas Season to be agreed upon between the
Rector and Music Director and Organist
Support of Christ Church Community Youth Choir (CCCYC)
Other celebrations of ministry as needed from time to time

Choir Rehearsals:
Every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m., changed if necessary due to
holidays, special services, etc.  The Choir rehearses and sings in services mid-September through mid-June.
One hour after church and coffee hour each Sunday (usually noon – 1
p.m.)  You are free to alter this schedule if mutually agreed to with the Choir.

The Organ
The organ is a three-manual, Moller four-division pipe organ in reasonable working condition. Significant work was done in 2000 – 2006.     
The Music Director and Organist shall confer with the Rector to plan music for the worship services.  These meetings shall be arranged as mutually convenient.

The Music Director and Organist shall present a listing of music chosen for each service to the Rector and Parish Administrator at least one week prior to each service to allow time for its inclusion in the published bulleting.  The Music Director and Organist will be notified of all special services, meetings, etc. using the Sanctuary or Chapel so that he may plan practice times that do not interfere with them.

The Music Director and Organist shall be responsible for the choir library, and the musical instruments of the parish.  He shall make necessary arrangements for the care of them, the cost of which is to be paid by the parish.

The Music Director and Organist shall be responsible for the employment of other musicians, such as choir members, instrumentalists, assistant organists, and substitutes.  He shall also be involved with the Rector (or Wardens and Interim Pastor in the absence of a Rector) in the negotiation of any position descriptions, when appropriate.

The Music Director and Organist shall be responsible for the music budget of the parish, assuring that the financial resources allocated are sufficient for materials purchased and people hired.  He shall provide appropriate information regularly to the Rector, Treasurer, and Vestry.

The Music Director and Organist will be given first opportunity to provide music for weddings, funerals and memorial services at Christ Church.  He will be provided with dates and times of these services as far in advance as practical and will respond within one day regarding availability.  Having accepted the responsibility of providing music for a special service, it shall become the Music Director and Organist's commitment to find a suitable substitute if he cannot meet the obligation.

The Music Director and Organist shall be allowed to be absent from four Sunday services and four rehearsals as paid time off.  This vacation time may not be taken during Advent or Holy Week, or on Christmas, Palm Sunday or Easter.  If additional time is necessary due to an emergency, the Music Director and Organist shall provide and pay for a suitable substitute.

Christ Church offers a competitive compensation package including:

  • Part-time Salary $17,000.00 - $20,000.00 annually.
  • Paid vacation – Four (4) Sundays per year
  • Travel at the current IRS rate. Travel must be documented and submitted for reimbursement and includes tolls, train fares, taxis etc. incurred in relation to the execution of your ministry.
  • Will be open to negotiations based on experience.

Fees for all services not covered by this agreement will be as follows:
Weddings ($300), funerals and memorial services ($250) to be paid directly by the individual(s) who are making the arrangements with Christ Church. Rehearsals for any of the above: $75.00

If you are interested in this position please submit resume to the following email: christchurch@verizon.net on or before September 30th, 2018.

Spiritual Formation Classes

Spiritual Formation Classes for Youth and Children 
this Fall at Christ Church

All classes BEGIN 9/23

All classes meet during the 10 am Eucharist immediately following the reading of the Gospel. All children and youth meet at the front of the sanctuary and are dismissed with their teachers to their classes. All classes will return in time for communion. Classes do not meet on Sundays on which the CCCYC sings. Acolytes are to ATTEND CLASS and will return to finish serving on the Altar.

The Journey to Adulthood program is divided into three class experiences (Rite 13, J2A and YAC), each with a particular focus, but all meant to acknowledge the fundamental idea that manhood and womanhood are gifts from God while adulthood is earned.

This year we will offer TWO sections of the RITE 13 curriculum:
Rite 13 ONE (for our 6th Graders) will start the curriculum with leader Nick Dowen and Marshall Green. This class will meet in the VESTRY ROOM unless otherwise noted.
Rite 13 TWO (for our 7th, 8th, and 9th graders) will conclude the two-year course of study this year with Catherine Barnett. This class will meet in the J2A room off of the Auditorium unless otherwise noted. The special Rite 13 service for this group will be November 4th at the 10 am Eucharist-mark your calendar, you won't want to miss this special celebration of our youth.
Fellowship for all youth grades 6-12 will be coordinated by Heather Dovalle.

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.

This year we will offer TWO classes of Godly Play:
Godly Play ONE for our pre-K through 2nd graders.
Godly Play TWO for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.
The Godly Play volunteers are Lisa Rhoades, David Nygard, Kirstin Swanson Basso and Loria Trapp.

All young adults are asked to meet with Father Trevor+ on Sunday, September 16 at noon in the chapel for a conversation about continued Christian Formation.  This group includes the 2018 Confirmation class and all young adults of the parish.  

All classes and fellowship activities need prayers of support and active participation of the entire parish to be successful. If you feel called to join this dynamic team, don't hesitate to speak to any of us!

Stay At Home Tea

Marcella Babb expresses her thanks to all who participated in the recent Stay at Home Tea fundraiser.  If you have made a donation, special thanks to you.  If you have not yet made a contribution, we are still open to receiving your gift.  

Please mark your calendar for the upcoming High Tea on Saturday, October 13th.  Watch for more information to follow.  Ladies... get your hats ready for this special celebration!

School Supplies

School supplies are needed for EES/EHS in Liberia

The Episcopal Elementary School and the Episcopal High School that Christ Church sponsors in Liberia is in need of school supplies for their students.  So when you are shopping for our children's back to school supplies, please purchase some extra items to be sent to the EES & EHS School in Liberia.

Needed items are:

Loose leaf paper
Notebooks (composition, one subject, 5 subject)
Reading books for all ages

For more information, please contact Bill Sherman.

Flu Shots

A representative from Duane Reade will be here on Sunday, September 30th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to administer flu shots. They will be in the Guild Room during coffee hour for anyone who needs one.

Flamingo Fund Raiser

Send Flamingos instead of Flowers! For a suggested donation of $25, 12 flamingos and the sign of your choice (Happy Birthday, Congratulations, or Happy Anniversary) will visit any lawn on Staten Island for 24 hours. Includes card to recipient. A fundraiser of the Christ Church Youth Group. To Flock a Friend, call or text: 347-886-0039.

Building Fundraising Project

We are raffling an LG 49" LED HD Smart TV.  Proceeds be used for the ongoing repair and maintenance of our buildings.  Tickets are $5 each.  The drawing will be Saturday, November 10, 2018 (winner need not be present).  Please contact Beth McLean for tickets at 917-204-3709.

Special Events 2018

AUGUST 26         
Stay at Home Tea

8     Evening & Wine & Cheese
9     Parish Picnic
16    Baptisms
22    Dinner & Jazz Night
23    Start up Sunday school
30    Youth Sunday, Taste of Liberia & In-gathering working 100

2    Chili Cook-Off            
13    High Tea
26   Project Hospitality Music & Fellowship

3  Event Planning meeting 10 a.m.
4  Rite 13 Celebration
17 Belle Nuit-The Belle Nuit series at Christ Church presents La bohème in concert with orchestra. Performed by members of New York Concert Opera
14/15 Holiday food baskets

1  St. Nick's Fair
8  Night of Elegance
19/20  Holiday food baskets
24   Christmas Eve Services - 4 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
25   Christmas Day Service 9:00 a.m.
31  Watch night service

St. Nick's Fair

Sheila Hewitt is now in the planning stage of the St. Nick's Fair on Saturday, December 1.  We need everyone to help make this event a success.  Please contact Sheila and let her know  if you are able to help.

Thursday Morning Eucharist

Our Thursday morning Eucharist will resume on September 13th at 11:00 a.m. Please join us in the chapel for this extra opportunity to share in the Eucharist.

Sunday Morning Bible Discussion

Sunday Morning Bible Discussion
11:30 in the Vestry Room
All are welcomed.

Projects in the Works

This summer we are working on several upgrades and repairs to the Christ Church property.  They are:

1.  New carpet installation in the church offices.       
2.  Re-carpeting of Parish House hallways. 
3.  Repair and repainting of cloister between Rectory 
     and Parish House. (In process)
4.  Replacement of the malfunctioning security system. (Completed)

Wherever possible, volunteers are helping to complete these projects. 

Our special thanks to those who have donated generous gifts to offset the costs of these projects.

Payer Ministry & Devotional Bible Study

Prayer Ministry and Devotional Bible Study
meets on Wednesday nights at 7 pm in the Vestry Room. All are welcome to attend.

Our mission:

To provide a time of spiritual fellowship to be inspired and renewed through prayer, Scripture and devotion as we offer our praise and intercessions to the Lord.

Conference Call

The Thursday evening conference call Bible Study will resume with a new format. Stay tuned for the start date.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Fatu Barnes, Shirley Black, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Gaynelle Cumberbatch, Judy Davis, Marlene Elia, Rev. Dr. Abner Flowers, Lee Ann Gattullo, Sandra Giambalvo, Darlene Gray, Tea Rose Hill, Trish Mackey, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Brian McGlynn, Fran Milauskas, Mabassi Paasewe-Totiment, Linda Reiersen, Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Denny Seese, Donna Seese, Henrietta Smith,  Joseph Spielman, Mary Thompson, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch, Connor, and the people of St. Vincent's.

The Prayer List is intended to uphold and encourage those who are in need of healing prayers.  If persons have been fully recovered and no longer need to be lifted up in this way, please let us know so that we can make room for others. If you need a loved one or friend to remain on the list, please call the office and speak to Cathy Romano, Parish Administrator. Thank you!

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Shirley Black (25), Maya Modzelewski (25), Willie Black IV (27).

We pray for the repose of the soul of Bertha Sherman-Walker, William Sherman's sister who passed away in Liberia.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Tanzania and The Rt. Rev. Jacob Erasto Chimeledya.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop, + Andrew, + Allen, and + Mary, our Bishops; Trevor + our Rector, and Trinity Church, Garnerville.