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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 Day of Pentecost.

The liturgical color is RED.

Please wear RED or bring a red object with you to the Zoom broadcast.

In-person services have been cancelled until further notice. However, Fr. Babb has scheduled services online and via conference call. Watch for your Friday eblast for more information.

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!

Online Bible Study Groups

Christ Church is setting up online Bible study groups that will meet over the next few weeks either on the phone or using Zoom (Zoom lets you call in—you don’t need to do video).

Each group can accept up to 10 people. Please email or call Susan Fowler to sign up for one or more of the sessions: sfowler1111@verizon.net


A letter from Our Bishops

On the President's Use of St. John's Lafayette Square as a Political Prop

June 2, 2020

Our Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We write to express our love and support of the Right Reverend Mariann Budde, Bishop of Washington, and the Most Reverend Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop, in their outrage at the President's use of Saint John's Lafayette Square, a landmark Episcopal Church in Washington, as a background prop, having just cleared an entirely peaceful demonstration with mounted police, as he called for the deployment of the military to end the protests in cities across our country. The sanctuaries of the Episcopal Church are dedicated and consecrated to the service and worship of God, and to house the altar of the Holy Eucharist and the pulpit of Gospel proclamation and the font of Holy Baptism, as well as the gathering center for the faith community. They are places where only love may reign, only peace be sought, and only justice be desired. We are confident that the leaders of our church in Washington would have been happy to meet the President at Saint John's and pray with him for our country, for the lost, for the grieving, for the long-suffering, and for all those who never weary of striving for the birth of the Beloved Community, had he asked. We are confident that they would have been happy to tell the president that he is prayed for in all of our churches every Sunday, as we ask God to grace him with wisdom, courage, and humility for his high calling. We are, though, unprepared for our sacred sites to be appropriated to other and political purposes, just as we were unprepared for a speech so filled with recrimination, so punishing, and so uncomprehending of the depth of the pain and suffering across the country he was elected to lead. We are grateful for the leadership of our sister Mariann in Washington, and grieve the burdens which these times are requiring of us all - burdens of Christian love and ministry and proclamation under adversity - which we in New York know only too well, and share with the bishop and clergy and people of Washington and all across our church.

In faith,

The Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche
Bishop of New York

The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin
Bishop Suffragan

The Rt. Rev. Mary D. Glasspool
Bishop Assistant

From the Rector's Desk

Sunday 10 AM Service on Zoom

This Sunday, the Day of Pentecost.

Prelude
Welcome
Opening Prayer(s)

The Collect
Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Musical Selection (s)

Scripture Reading

Acts 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs-- in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

`In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.' "

Musical Selection (s)

Psalm 104:25-35, 37
Benedic, anima mea
25 O Lord, how manifold are your works! *
in wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

26 Yonder is the great and wide sea
with its living things too many to number, *
creatures both small and great.

27 There move the ships,
and there is that Leviathan, *
which you have made for the sport of it.

28 All of them look to you *
to give them their food in due season.

29 You give it to them; they gather it; *
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

30 You hide your face, and they are terrified; *
you take away their breath,
and they die and return to their dust.

31 You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
and so you renew the face of the earth.

32 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; *
may the Lord rejoice in all his works.

33 He looks at the earth and it trembles; *
he touches the mountains and they smoke.

34 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; *
I will praise my God while I have my being.

35 May these words of mine please him; *
I will rejoice in the Lord.

37 Bless the Lord, O my soul. *
Hallelujah!

The New Testament
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

No one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

The Gospel
John 20:19-23

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

Brief Message of Context: - Fr. Trevor+
J2A Youth Presentation
Musical Selection(s)
Prayers of the People
Closing Prayer
Announcements
Postlude

ZOOM Social - Bring your Coffee and Talk to Each Other

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Note: As many have inquired how you may continue your support of your church, please note that while we observe physical distancing and are out and about making some needed trips, you may want to swing by the church and do the following:

1) Leave your offerings in the mailbox. Do not try to gather in the Post Office to mail them.

2) You can also use our paypal link on our website - www.christchurchnbrighton.org. See other Contact information at the bottom of this newsletter.

3) You can also set up with your bank for direct deposit to the church. Please contact your Financial Secretary, Beth McLean on how this may be done. Call her at 917 204 3709.

Thanks for your ongoing support as we all work together to overcome this period of isolation.

Link for: Book of Common Prayer

Amen!

Zoom Parish Conversations

The Wardens and I will be leading ZOOM conversations for different groups of parishioners every Wednesday throughout the month of June, beginning June 03, 2020 at 7:00 pm. To accomplish the goal of speaking to as many members as possible, we have divided the membership into four (4) groups in alphabetical order by last name as follows:

Group A - F will be held on Wednesday June 03, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Group G - L will be held on Wednesday June 10th, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Group M - R will be held on Wednesday June 17th, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Group S - Z will be held on Wednesday June 24th, 2020 at 7:00 pm

The agenda outlined below will govern the flow of the meeting.

Agenda:
Welcome and Prayer
Overview of Parish Life - Rector and Wardens
Questions/Concerns/Ideas
Closing Prayer

These virtual meetings are intended to be no more than 1 hour.

You can join the conversation by computer, phone-- smart or otherwise-- or ipad.
Looking forward to sharing time with you as we look toward a new start.

Please follow the instructions in your weekly eblast to connect.

Respectfully,
Fr. Trevor+
Rector

Music for Pentecost

Virtual Recital 10: Selections from Psalm-provisations Electronica - Part III

Virtual Service for Easter VII

J2A Class Members

Some of the Christ Church J2A groupGianni Colucci
Lucas DelValle
Alice Green
Eleanor Larimer
Angela Lindsay
Kai Mackey
Calvin Morse
Asha Smith

Teachers:
Catherine Barnett
Loria Trapp

Food Resources

Below is a list of stores that are open and deliver, plus many other resources:

https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/coronavirus-nyc-food-resource-guide-stapleton-st-george/

Low income seniors can get food delivered via NYC. See NYC Food Delivery Assistance:

https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7555117ad6750216160409

Face Masks

Wearing face masks is now recommended, to cover one's nose and mouth when outside.

Note: In our parish, Alleida Mitchell is mass-producing face masks. Should you need one, please call her at 917 514 2407 to arrange for one.

Please take a look at this recent "how to" article from The New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/31/opinion/coronavirus-n95-mask.html

For people who sew, there is a program called "Masks for All" striving to get masks to everyday people on Staten Island.The group is reimbursing the cost of materials to individuals and church groups who are willing to make CDC compliant face masks.  These masks are NOT suitable for hospital and emergency workers--but they do provide much needed protection to everyday people who need to venture out into public.

Here's how it works:

They provide suggested mask patterns and reimburse for material costs. Participants make the masks and distribute them in their neighborhoods--through their houses of worship, local businesses, etc.

Contact:  Rev. Lance Fox, Castleton Hill Moravian Church, 484-619-8846. There are also many DIY options available on YouTube and social media.

Online Bible Study/Prayer Groups at Christ Church

Below are all the opportunities for your spiritual enrichment during this time of crisis and beyond.

Christ Church has set up several online Bible Study/Prayer Groups that will meet weekly either on the phone or using Zoom (Zoom lets you call-in; you don't need to do video). This is the schedule so far:

  • Rich Whaley on Six Women of the Old Testament,  Sundays at 2 p.m.
  • Shelly Heath on the Psalms, Mondays at 7 p.m.
  • Fr. Trevor R. Babb+ on Prayer, Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
  • Anthony Lamourt on the Letter to the Ephesians, Thursdays at 7 p.m.
  • Kirstin Swanson on the Acts of the Apostles, Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Each group can accept up to 10 people. Please email or call Susan Fowler to sign up for one or more of the sessions: sfowler1111@verizon.net, 917 734-3746.

Flamingoes Sighted

On May 1st, we set the flamingoes and two big 'thank you' 'heroes' signs at the entrance to RUMC.  The CEO came out and saw them and said thank you back and said that they are having a press conference on Monday and would like to have them stay up until then, so a lot of people will see! plus, John Kilcullen who helped to arrange it and who gave us the big signs to use gave us a 50$ check, too! See the photo in the banner at the top of this page.

ONLINE YOUTH FORMATION CLASSES AT CHRIST CHURCH

Godly Play will meet via ZOOM on Tuesdays, from 12:00 pm to 12:40 pm.  

J2A meets via ZOOM every Sunday at 10:30 am. 

Invitations and details have been sent to parents.  

Please reach out to the Godly Play and J2A teachers if you have any questions. 

Rite 13 will be contacted by teachers with a schedule. 

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Vincent Alarcon, Melody Alesi-Pazian and Musa, Cheryl Allamby, Fatu Barnes, Francis Batama, Earl Blugh, Deborah Broome, Francis Broome, Carrol Burak, Robert Burak, Carolyn Burphy-George, Ryan Capasse, Merle Carrington, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, The Rt. Rev. Clarence N. Coleridge, Brianna Cooper, Zahra Cooper, Laura Craig, Gene Darconte, Eileen Devlin, Eugene Deluca, Marlene Elia, Rev. Dr. Abner Flowers, Karmo Freeman, Ina Fried, Mary Gerney, Sandra Giambalvo, Darlene Gray, Steve Gross, Bishop Jonathan B Hart, Ann Heather, Tea Rose Hill, John, Oneka (Nikki) Johns, Anne Johnson, Derrick Jones, Dr. Hannah Abeodu Bowen-Jones, Joseph Kormah, Elizabeth Lamadieu, Robert Long, Amanda Lovell, Nicole Luberisse, 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, Larry Sears, Donna Seese, Kevin Skinner, Roderic Oso-Smith, Aline Smith, Ashley Smith, Henrietta Smith, Marie Smith, Robert Smith, Joseph Speilman, Mary Thompson, Sheldon Tyson, 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 the souls of Craig Granderson, Gloria Richardson, Edith Momoh, Mabel Virginia Elrod, Richard Zito, Ahmaud Arbery, Bernadette Brookes, Ruth Cumberbatch, Ed Teegarden, Dorothy Worrell, Pamela Folkes, Dane Shiver, George Floyd, and David White. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.

We pray for all of the frontline and essential workers in our parish and around S.I. and the world.

We pray for those who are suffering from the physical, mental or economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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: Dick Riley (31), Cesar Gardiner (31), Christopher John Brown (June 4).

We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week: Matro & Kristin Parrish (2).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Melanesia, The Most Revd Leonard Dawea-- Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia and Bishop of Temotu.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Andrew, +Allen, and +Mary, our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector; Trinity Wall Street & St. Paul's Chapel, Manhattan;
Grace Church, Manhattan; Church of the Ascension, Mount Vernon; Spiritual Directors of the Diocese; Diocesan Clergy Critical Needs Committee; L'Église Français du Saint Esprit, Manhattan; and Trinity St. Paul's Church, New Rochelle.