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Worship Schedule

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

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II

Thursdays
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

Sunday

This Sunday is the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany.

The liturgical color is GREEN.

Christian formation classes will not meet this Sunday, February 16th for winter break. Classes will resume Sunday, February 23rd.

Childcare will be available 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, February 16:

Altar Guild

Bonnie Franz, Shelley Heath, Sheila Hewitt

8am Server Victor Stanwick
8am Lector Victor Stanwick
Ushers Star Sear, John Gerney
Lector

Roxanne Ingoe

Epistoler Kristin Parrish
Intercessor John Gerney
Crucifer Bill Sherman
LEM Victor Stanwick
Acolytes Zahra Cooper, Luke Larimer
Verger Hueldine Webb
Counters Buster Black, Mark Gherzo
Coffee Hour Love Muffins - Sheila Hewitt

From the Rector's Desk

Black History Month Education Series

Presentation # 2

With double the audience, The Rev. Dr. George McClain led us into another very engaging discussion on the subject of "Sundown Towns on Staten Island." At the end of his presentation he suggested that those who were and are complicit in the act of dehumanizing others do the following:

1. Admit
2. Apologize
3. Renounce
In the very civil discourse that followed others suggested that in light of the impact slavery, racism and racial inequality had on people of color that the following should be added:
4. Economics
5. Reparations

So, as we continue this series of presentations looking more fully at the impact of slavery in Staten Island and its lasting legacy on race relations, which will be delivered by Debbie-Ann Paige of the Staten Island Museum, it is our hope that better awareness of our past will help in the process of healing in a very divided nation at this time in our history. As Christians we can no longer look at each other with a "them and us" attitude, but must live out our baptismal vows which invite ALL of us to "... respect the dignity of every human being." See photos above.

In peace,

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+
Rector, Christ Church New Brighton

Christ Church Drummers at St. John the Divine

Service in Honor of Absalom Jones

Lenten/Easter Program Schedule 2020

The Episcopal Understanding of Lent

Early Christians observed "a season of penitence and fasting" in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning "spring," the time of lengthening days) has a long history. Originally, in places where Pascha was celebrated on a Sunday, the Paschal feast followed a fast of up to two days. In the third century this fast was lengthened to six days. Eventually this fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. The forty-day fast was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly. In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Today Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited "to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" (BCP, p. 265).

As we move toward this season of repentance and introspection may we find time in our busy lives to be in prayer, sacrifice, and worship. Wishing all a most Holy Lent and a Glorious Easter.

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+
Rector, Christ Church New Brighton

Week 1
Tues, 2/25 Pancake Supper 6 PM
Ash Wed, 2/26 Holy Eucharist & Distribution of Ashes 12 Noon
Holy Eucharist & Distribution of Ashes 7:30 PM
Launching of the Sacraficial Offering 2020 - One Dollar a day or multiples thereof for 40 days of Lent to be returned on Palm Sunday. The minimum sacrafice is $40 per person. Special envelopes are available.
Thur, 2/27 M.E.a.L.s: Eucharist 11 AM
  Organ Recital 11:30 AM
  Fellowship and Snacks in the Guild Room 12 Noon
Sun, 3/01 Staten Island Council of Churches Lenten Service at Faith United Methodist Church, 221 Heberton Avenue 4 PM
 
Week 2
Thur, 3/06 M.E.a.L.s: Eucharist 11 AM
  Organ Recital 11:30 AM
  Fellowship and Snacks in the Guild Room 12 Noon
 
Week 3
Wed 3/11 Lenten Series begins - Study of the Epistle of James (Introduction). Facilitated by Fr. Trevor R. Babb and the Rev. Anthony M. Lamourt, Music Director/Organist.
First Group: 1PM to 2:30 PM
Second Group: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
 
Thur, 3/12 M.E.a.L.s: Eucharist 11 AM
  Organ Recital 11:30 AM
  Fellowship and Snacks in the Guild Room 12 Noon
 
Week 4
Wed, 3/18 Lenten Series - Study of the Epistle of James (Chapter 1).
First Group: 1PM to 2:30 PM
Second Group: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Thur, 3/19 M.E.a.L.s: Eucharist 11 AM
  Organ Recital 11:30 AM
  Fellowship and Snacks in the Guild Room 12 Noon
 
Week 5
Wed, 3/25 Lenten Series - Study of the Epistle of James (Chapter 2).
First Group: 1PM to 2:30 PM
Second Group: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Thur, 3/26 M.E.a.L.s: Eucharist 11 AM
  Organ Recital 11:30 AM
  Fellowship and Snacks in the Guild Room 12 Noon
 
Week 6
Wed, 4/01 Lenten Series - Study of the Epistle of James (Chapters 3 & 4).
First Group: 1PM to 2:30 PM
Second Group: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Thur, 4/02 M.E.a.L.s: Eucharist 11 AM
  Organ Recital 11:30 AM
  Fellowship and Snacks in the Guild Room 12 Noon
 
Week 7
Sun, 4/05 Sunday of the Passion - Palm Sunday  
  Holy Eucharist 8 AM
  Choral Eucharist 10 AM
  The Ingathering of the Sacraficial Offering takes place at both services.  
Tues, 4/7 Stations of the Cross 7:30 PM
Weds, 4/08 Lenten Series - Study of the Epistle of James (Chapter 5).
First Group: 1PM to 2:30 PM
Second Group: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Maundy
Thursday,
4/09
Holy Eucharist & Washing of Feet 7:30 PM
Good Friday
4/10
Children's Liturgy 4 PM
  Good Friday Liturgy 7:30 PM
 
Easter Sunday - Joyful Celebration of the Resurrection
Sun, 4/21 Holy Eucharist & Lighting of the New Paschal Candle 8 AM
  Festal EucharistCommunity Easter Egg Hunt following the 10 AM service. 10 AM
   

Healing Ministry

The Healing Ministry will commence activity Sunday, February 16, 2020 and continue every third Sunday. If you would like healing prayers and anointing, please gather in the Chapel after the 10:00 am worship. Thanks to Kirsten Swanson Basso who will lead the ministry.

Weekly Bible Formation Forum

Beginning Wednesday, March 11th, 2020, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm AND from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. If you are interested, please sign-up on the form posted to the church bulletin board.

Lenten/Easter Program Schedule

Please review the LENTEN/EASTER program schedule for 2020 as posted on the bulletin board. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020 with services at 12:00 noon and 7:30 pm.

January 17, 2020 (New York, NY)—Christ Church, an Episcopal church founded in 1849 and located in the New Brighton neighborhood of Staten Island, New York, will be hosting a series of presentations about the history of slavery, racism, and the African American community in Staten Island in honor of Black History Month. Held every Sunday in February at Christ Church (76 Franklin Avenue), the series is free and open to the public.

"The Episcopal Diocese of New York has embarked on a three-year journey of lamenting slavery, and this year Bishop Andrew Dietsche has asked each parish to look at their history and to develop their own forms of lamentation and restoration. This education series is Christ Church's first step in this direction," said Reverend Trevor R. Babb, who joined Christ Church as Rector in August 2017. "We invite all Staten Island residents, and anyone else who is interested, to join us in learning about the rich history of failures and triumphs relating to the black community in our borough." Each presentation will include a Q&A with the audience and will be followed by a light reception.

SCHEDULE:

Sunday, February 16, 2020, 4-6PM
The Lasting Legacy of Slavery on Race Relations in Staten Island
Presented by Debbie-Ann Paige, Public Historian

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 4-6PM
The Frederick Douglass Memorial Park: Then & Now
Presented by Duane C. Felton, Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Park

PRESENTERS

Debbie-Ann Paige is a public historian specializing in local African American history, a co-president of the newly chartered Richard B. Dickenson Staten Island Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and professional genealogist. She has worked on numerous local history projects including: In Pursuit of Freedom with the Brooklyn Historical Society; From Farm to City with the Staten Island Museum; the designation of the Louis Napoleon House as a site to freedom with the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network on behalf of the Sandy Ground Historical Society, and the recent City Council street renaming of the corner of Fairview Avenue and Knox Place as "Samuel A. Browne Way" in the Castleton Hill section of Staten Island. She has appeared as a historical interpreter on the Emmy winning show "Secrets of New York," and is working closely with Frederick Douglass Memorial Park to transcribe its historical records. She facilitates public history forums throughout Staten Island focused on the historical perspectives of race relations and lectures as an adjunct professor at the College of Staten Island.

Duane C. Felton is an attorney and serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Park, a cemetery established in 1935 by a group of Harlem businessmen to combat the practice of segregated burials in New York City. At its founding, the cemetery was open to all—and had an interracial board of directors—but was created and managed by African Americans with the intention of providing a place where the city's black residents could be buried affordably and with dignity.

ABOUT CHRIST CHURCH

Christ Church was founded in 1849 and is part of nine active Episcopal Churches on Staten Island. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Neo-Gothic stone church was designed by Philadelphia architect Isaac Pursell and features original stained-glass windows, five of which were made by Tiffany Studios, as well as a marble altar and limestone lectern and pulpit. Lee Lawrie, a 20th century sculptor whose work is at Rockefeller Center, among many other places, carved several of the figures. Guided by its vision, mission, and core values, the Christ Church community aims to be agents of change and reconciliation in Staten Island and beyond.

Liturgy & Worship Committee Meeting

Please Note Change of Date

Members of the Liturgy and Worship Committee are invited to a meeting on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:00 am in the Guild Room. Please make every effort to attend. If you have any concerns or any member has been omitted, please speak to Fr. Trevor+.

MEMBERS:

Fr. Trevor R. Babb+
Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Hueldine Webb
Anthony Lamourt
David Wood
David Nygard
Alleida Mitchell
Constance Black
Willie Black III
Kristen Parrish
Paul Smith
Paige Gunther
Nick Lettiere

M.E.a.L.S. Program

The MEaLS Program with an organ recital meets every Thursday after the 11:30 AM Eucharist.

Sunday Servers Schedule for February & March, 2020

If you have any concerns please call Dr. Heuldine Webb at (718) 442 5420.

Date Lector Epistoler Intercessor Crucifer Acolytes LEM Verger
2/16 Roxanne Kristin John Bill S Zahra, Luke Victor Spider
2/23 Eva M Lisa Mary Lucas Kamali, Jude Richard Z Spider
3/1 Andrea Shelley David Lucas Alidel, Damali Bill S Spider
2/8 Susan Roxanne Brianna Bill S Cora. Zahra Richard Z Spider
3/15 Nick Kristin Eva M Victor Kimani, Luke Bill S Spider
3/22 Mary John Andrea Lucas Alidel, Damali Richard Z Spider
3/29 Marshall Carol Shelley Bill S Kimani, Cora Victor Spider

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Fatu Barnes, Francis Batama, Jr., Earl Blugh,Deborah Broome, Carrol Burak, Robert Burak, Carolyn Burphy-George, Ryan Capasse, Merle Carrington, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Brianna Cooper, Zahra Cooper, Edward & Laura Craig, Eileen Devlin, Eugene Deluca, Marlene Elia, Rev. Dr Abner Flowers, Karmo Freeman, Ina Fried, Mary Gerney, Sandra Giambalvo, Bruce Gill, Darlene Gray, Steve Gross, Ann Heather, Tea Rose Hill, John, Oneka (Nikki) Johns, Anne Johnson, Derrick Jones, Dr. Hannah Abeodu Bowen-Jones, Joseph Kormah, Elizabeth Lamadieu, Amanda Lovell, Jesse Luke, William Marcus, Martha, Kate Martin, Janet Massa, Rodney Mayers, Eva McClary, Alissa McGinley, Andrea McIntosh, Hugo McIntosh Sr., Utopia Mennoh, John Mobley, Joyce Mobley, Mona, Delores Ollison, Olivia Rey, Emily David Russ, Renee Russell and family, Darlene Sampaga, Laura Parker Schneider, Larry Sears, Donna Seese, Kevin Skinner, Roderic Oso-Smith, Aline Smith, Ashley Smith, Henrietta Smith, Marie Smith, Robert Smith, Joseph Speilman, Mary Thompson, Lucille Williams, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch, and the people of St. Vincent's Girls' Home.

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 parish office. Thank you.

We pray for Kirstin Swanson-Basso, now in the process as a Postulant for Ordination to the Priesthood.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Malik Archer (17), Alleida Mitchell (22), Carlos Rivera (22).

We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of the Province of Central Africa The Most Revd Albert Chama - Archbishop of Central Africa & Bishop of Northern Zambia.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Andrew, +Allen, and +Mary, our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector, St. Mark's Church, Mount Kisco; Church of the Intercession, Manhattan; St. Andrew's Church, Hartsdale; Diocesan Congregational Development Commission; The Canon for Congregational Vitality; La Academia Ecuménica de Liderazgo; Church of the Mediator, Bronx.