Worship Schedule

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

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 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect for Sunday:

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


This Sunday is the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  The liturgical color is green.  The lessons for September 24 are: Jonah 3:10--4:11; Psalm 145:1-8; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16.

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

Bible study will meet on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in the Vestry Room.

Wednesdays. 7:00pm:  Please join us for Prayer Group and African Bible Study, in the Vestry Room.  The Group is led by Ned Rogers and Deacon Novella.

Server Schedule

Sunday, September 24:

Altar Guild Elizabeth Gattullo, Eileen Zanelli, Paige Gunther, Christine Szczepanik
Flower Guild  
8am Server Hal Reiersen
8am Lectors Vincent & Michael Edwards
Greeter Dafid Wood
Ushers Lester Blair, Bill Sherman, Oneka Johns
Lector Marcella Babb
Epistoler Brianna Cooper
Intercessor Charlotte Hewitt
Crucifer Victor Stanwick
Eucharistic Minister Lisa Rhoades
Acolytes Angela Lindsay, Gianni Colucci
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Mark Gherzo, John Gerney
Coffee Hour Hosts Taste of Liberia

A Reflection From the Rector

Two Encounters:

1) A Praying Man!!!
2) Victory is Mine (My inner voice)!!!

1)   A Praying Man!!!
What is prayer? We have learnt from our Sunday School days that prayer is talking with God. It is a conversation with our God, not necessarily with words, but sometimes through mere silence - whispers, nature etc. A long time ago I read this definition of prayer which has stuck with me. The author is unknown. It goes like this,

"Prayer is the Christian's vital breath. The Christian's native air; their watchwords at the gate of death, they enter heaven with a prayer."

For several mornings after my run, I saw this short man kneeling on the hard pavement leading to the main door of the church and using the left concrete bench as his prayer desk. I was drawn to this figure in deep prayer and timed him as he got from his knees and made the sign of the cross. As he walked toward Franklin Avenue to make his way up the hill, I spoke to him and he responded. We then began to engage in conversation and I asked him for his name. He said, "My name is Carlos." I said, "My name is Trevor+ and the Priest of the Church." He said, "Nice to meet you Padre." I said, "Nice to meet you as well." Carlos is a praying man! Whatever burdens he is carrying, he understands that he can unburden them at the foot of the cross. He understands that Jesus is his friend.

"What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our griefs and pains to bear!
What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
 Oh, what needless pain we bear.

All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer!"(Levas 109 vs 1) Carlos, is a one-man construction company. He does masonry, plumbing, electrical work, cabinetry, cuts lawns and walks from Forest Avenue every day to attend to his job somewhere over the hill on Franklin Avenue. At the end of our conversation, I invited Carlos to church. He said he would try. Saw him on Monday and he said, "Padre I was so tired, I slept all day, but I will try to come one day." Carlos is Hispanic. Could God be using Carlos to be our breakthrough into the Hispanic community? I will keep inviting Carlos until he shows up one Sunday morning!

2)Victory is Mine (My inner voice)!!!

After two (2) laps around Silver Lake Park, I started to jog up the incline from the entrance. My legs were not cooperating, but my inner voice was saying, "Go! Go! Go!" I pressed on to the top and decided to go to the end where Forest Avenue intersects with Victory Boulevard. Legs not wanting to go and the inner voice saying, Go! Go! Go! the music to this spiritual started playing in my head, "Victory is mine, Victory is mine, Victory today is mine. I told Satan to get thee behind, Victory today is mine." It was this song that gave me new energy to complete that stretch from the entrance of Silver Lake Park to Victory Boulevard. Now, every time I drive pass there the song becomes real - VICTORY IS MINE!!! What spiritual song(s) propel you? Next time you drive by Victory Boulevard, maybe you will hear angels singing, Victory is mine!!!

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

Thursday Healing Service & Holy Eucharist

Thursday Healing Service & Holy Eucharist with interactive Scripture Conversation will be held in the Chapel.  Please note we will now meet at 11:00 a.m. instead of 10:00 a.m. beginning Thursday, September 28th and continue every Thursday thereafter.  All members are invited!

Hurricane Relief

Thank you to everyone for your generous donations to Hurricane Relief.  So far we have collected $1,016.  Envelopes will be available on the table at the back of the church on Sunday if you would like to make a contribute to the fund.  A check will be mailed to Episcopal Relief and Development next week.


We are compiling a list of who has keys to the church.  If you have keys, please sign the sheet which is on the counter outside the parish office.  We would like to have this information by Sunday, October 1.

Scouts at Christ Church

Cub Scout Pack 76 and Boy Scout Troop 76 starts registration this week on Friday September 15th starting at 6:30 p.m. for the upcoming year.  We are thrilled to be offering Cub Scouts again this our 5th year here at Christ Church.  Cub Scouts is for boys starting Kindergarten up to and including 5th grade [ages 5 through 10]. Boy Scouts is for boys starting 6th grade and up [ages 11 through 17]. This is our second year offering Boys Scouts here at Christ Church.

Please come visit this Friday and find out about our program and the fun activities we have planned for the upcoming Scouting year.

Hope to see you there,
The Scouting Committee

Taste of Liberia

The Taste of Liberia Committee cordially invites you to its annual event on Sunday, September 24th immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service.

Come and enjoy the Liberian home style cooked meal at an affordable cost of $10 per dish in support of the Christ Church Scholarship Fund.

The menu will include:

Check Rice with Gravy
Jollof Rice
Split Peas with Rice
Advanced Dry Rice
Potato Greens with Rice
Collard Greens with Rice

Please make your reservation beginning Sunday, September 10th during the coffee hour.

Holly Ball

The  Holly Ball for 2017 has been canceled.  It has been canceled for the following reasons:

  1. No one has volunteered to be the chairperson.
  2. The time to plan an effective and successful Holly Ball is too short.
  3. If someone is still willing to see this event done, please speak to Fr. Trevor immediately.
  4. If we do not have a volunteer by September 27, consider the Holly Ball canceled for 2017 and we will review this event for 2018.

Godly Play, J2A, & Back to School

Registration for Godly Play, a program for children age 4-11, has begun. Registration and participation are free. Please see Chloe Lee or contact the parish office if you need to register your child. Additionally, if you would like to volunteer to assist in the Godly Play classrooms, help is always appreciated.  

Classes will be held every other Sunday.  The next class will be Sunday, October 1.

Journey to Adulthood and J2A classes begin on Sunday. After class, we will join the Youth Softball game and BBQ at St. Alban's Church.  See flyer below for details.

Jazz Concert & Dinner

Our very popular jazz night returns on Saturday, September 23rd in the auditorium from 6:30-10pm. Regular admission is $40 per person, $25 for people over age 55, and $20 for students with a valid identification. For more information please see Alleida Mitchell. Also, please see inserts in this week's bulletin. Plan to attend and support this fundraising effort.

Sing Your Spirit

Join beloved troubadour Karlus Trapp as he invites you to SING YOUR SPIRIT! Your soul will soar as Trapp leads us in singing some of America's most favorite folk, love and worksongs sprinkled with a few of his originals!  Song sheets provided!  Sing Puff the Magic Dragon, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, This Land is Your Land, Minnie the Moocher, Over the Rainbow, and more!  Come prepared to let loose, keep the beat, tap your feet, call and respond, harmonize and SING YOUR SPIRIT!  

The Christ Church Ukulele Group will be performing some of their favorite tunes.

Suitable for children of all ages!  FAMILY FUN!


Sunday, October 8, 2017
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Shakti Yoga Center
3 Victory Boulevard
Staten Isalnd, NY  10301

For more information call: 917-971-5136

Tickets on sale at Eventbrite or at the door:
$12 children, $15 adults, babies free.

Upcoming Musical Programs


The beloved Belle Nuit Opera returns to Christ Church on November 4th at 6pm with Melody Alesi, soprano, Paulo Buffoni, Tenor, Joan Callaghan and Adrienne Mezinger, mezzo-sopranos, Carolos Jimeno and Frederick Redd, baritones, and Christopher Cooley, Pianist. This event is sponsored in part by Mrs. Shirley Elfers and the fundraising committee.

From Luther to Bach: The Protest[ant] Reform[ation] in Song
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Shoestring Baroque presents music from some of the most renowned Renaissance and Baroque masters of the Lutheran Church, culminating with the great J.S. Bach.

Performed by soprano Kristin Reiersen Parrish, soprano Jana Ballard, mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein, alto and tenor Mark Rossnagel, tenor Eric Alexieff, tenor Evan Alexieff, bass-baritone Michael Scarcelle, organist Douglas Keilitz, violinist Katherine Liu, and electric guitarist Rose Couchon.

November 12th, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 
309 St. Paul's Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10304

THE CHURCH OF ST. ANDREW 2017-2018 RECITAL SERIES begins on September 18 at 8 pm with James Johnson and Susan Walters performing the Rachmaninoff Suites for Two Pianos.  

St. Andrew's is located at 40 Old Mill Road in Historic Richmondtown.

Soup Sunday is Back!

The annual "Soup-Off" will return on Sunday October 22 after the 10 am service, though this year's event will focus on fundraising and fellowship instead of competition. Freewill offerings will be collected to pay for the new Advent altar hanging for the Chapel. As you may be aware, Fr. Chuck's family generously donated Advent altar hangings for the main altar in his memory. As the Chapel was one of Fr. Chuck's favorite places, Christ Church paid for a matching hanging for the Chapel altar, at the request of parishioners, with a promise that money would be raised to pay the church back over the next year. No amount is too small to help, and you will get to enjoy delicious soups and fellowship. If you are unable to attend Soup Sunday but would like to contribute, checks can be made out to Christ Church with "Advent Altar Hanging" in the memo field. Soup this year does not have to be homemade. For more information, or to borrow a crockpot, please see Bonnie Franz or Sheila Hewitt.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Shirley Black, Leslie Breidenthal, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby, William Goodridge, Jr., Christine Gross & Family, Andrew Hall, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Fran Milauskas, Mo. Marilyn Robertson,  Joyce Rowan, George Skanes, Debbie Stuhlman, Mary Thompson, Hasan Thomas, Gloria Troia, Barbara Yatsevitch and Connor.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Shirley Black (25), Maya Modzelewski (25), Elizabeth DeSantos (26), Willie Black IV (27).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for the Diocese of Southeast Florida, The Rt. Rev. Leopold Frade and The Rt. Rev. Peter David Eaton.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Andrew, Allen, and Mary our Bishops; Trevor our Rector and The Episcopal Church's House of Deputies.