Christ Church New Brighton

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

This Sunday

This Sunday is The Twekfth Sunday after Pentecost.

The liturgical color is green.

Gody Play, Rite 13 and J2A will not meet on Sunday.  Classes resume in September.

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, August 5:

Altar Guild

David Wood, Tina Colucci

Flower Guild

 

8am Server Victor Stanwick
8am Lectors Danforth Prince
Greeter Siaber Zayzay
Ushers Judy Davis, Roxanne Ingoe, Claire James
Lector Mary Larimer
Epistoler Rita McGough
Intercessor Roxanne Ingoe
Crucifer Hueldine Webb
Eucharistic Minister Kirstin Swanson-Basso
Acolytes Gianni Colucci, Nicholas Kalfa
Verger Paul Smith
Counters John Gerney, Richard Zayzay
Coffee Hour Host Judy Davis & John Watson host "Colin Reed's Ice Cream Social"

Reflections From the Rector

Officially a Marriage Officer
in the State of New York:
My Experience as #A 132

My first challenge after completing all of the relevant documentation to become a Marriage Officiant in the State of New York, was to get to City Hall. My Parish Administrator, Cathy Romano, got me the travel details through her MTA app and gave me specific instructions as to which train to take after I got off the Staten Island Ferry in Manhattan. I also checked with Susan Fowler, who confirmed Cathy's instructions - Not that I doubted Cathy, but a second opinion is so often helpful.

After a short time in the office on Friday, August 03, 2018, I boarded the 10:30 am Ferry and headed to City Hall. God was working with me all the way! You may ask, "How do you know that?" Well, as I was standing in line at the Ferry Station on the Staten Island side, I felt a tap on my shoulder with the greeting, "Good morning Father!" I turned around and it was Fr. Dagnell Free heading into Manhattan with the look and temperament of a tourist - while I am all dressed in clericals. He inquired as to my destination, and when I told him he promptly said, "I will help you get there." My task after leaving the Ferry Station on the Manhattan side was to board the "R" train and get off at the City Hall stop. I was prepared to do that, but was not sure where to board the "R" train. Fr. Free took me to the point of entrance and I did the rest. He caught the "J" train to his destination.

My next challenge was to find City Hall after I got off the train. I made my exit and became confused as to where to go next, because there was nothing in sight that said, "City Hall." So I asked a taxi driver, who sent me to a large building to my right as I exited the subway. There was no clear entrance to this building, so I walked around it to a point where there was a Police Guard and asked him, "Where do I go to find the Marriage Registration Office?" He said, "Not this building, turn around and follow the street until you reach a fork in the road. It will be the building on your right." As I turned and began walking, a lady approached me to ask for directions to the Immigration Office - of course I had no clue and with those words I politely responded. As divine providence would have it, a well-dressed gentleman overheard our confused state of being and offered to point us in the right direction. I eventually got to City Hall and on entering I met a young lady coming through the first entrance to my right. I asked her, "Ma'am, can you please tell me where I go to officially register as a Marriage Officiant?" She said, "Keep going, get in the line and they will give you a number, wait until the number is called and the person at the counter will take care of you." I got in line and was quickly dispatched a number - number A 132. The count was at A 114 when I sat down, so there were 18 more to go before they called me. It was busy, with many marriages taking place. Photographers, family members and other persons waited for their number to be called in the A, B, or C groupings. I sat patiently and was engaged in conversation with a little old lady by the name of Sarah, whose grand-daughter was getting married that day. After ten or so minutes of sitting, the family was called and I congratulated her and wished the couple every good blessing. I continued waiting for my number, and after 45 minutes I heard "A 132." I sprang to my feet and headed to the counter. You would not believe it. When I got to the counter it was the same lady whom I met at the door and who gave me the initial instructions. We laughed, and she proceeded to process my documentation for my official license to officiate as a Marriage Officer in the State of New York. In about ten minutes it was done, and I left City Hall with my name etched in the voluminous register.

Now the fear of City Hall is behind me and I am ready to say in the State of New York, ".. I pronounce that they are Husband and Wife... (BCP pg. 428)" with all of its legal and ecclesiastical connotations. Thanks to Cathy, Susan, Fr. Free and the strangers along the way for helping to make my journey to City Hall a pleasant one, on the day when I was number A 132.

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

Lisa & the Pilgrims

Below is an excerpt from Episcopal New Yorker, Summer 2018, Article written by Lisa Rhoades

Please see the copy on the bulletin board if you would like to read the article in its entirety.

I woke up June 26, 2017 to several texts and calls from France... "Where are you? Your drivers are at the gate."  But we were still in New York, due to travel later that day and arrive at Charles De Gaulle the following morning.  Somehow, I had managed to book our airport car service for the day before our arrival.  The trip was broken before we had even left!  I called the company and was politely reminded of their no refund policy.  The drivers had been dispatched.  The drivers were at the airport as we spoke.  I cried.  I begged.  I spoke to supervisors, I got disconnected.  I called again. I said we are pilgrims. And the conversation changed.  And though I can't be certain, I do believe the phrase, we are pilgrims, is the reason the service got rescheduled and we weren't charged a re-booking fee.  As miracles go, I suppose one could argue about whether this counts, but I suggest that before you lead a group of teenagers on pilgrimage, you expand you definition of the word miracle to include blessings both large and small. ..

CLAIRE
I have seen how God can influence all his people no matter where you are.  Our pilgrimage made us want to see our parish share God far from home and close to home.  We hope our pilgrimage helps us to be closer to our community and to Christians in other places.  We don't have to cross an ocean to feel closer to God.

BRIANNA
Pain--bumps, bruises, scratches... you name it, I got it in France.  My pain represented the hardship pilgrims endure on their journey. The stress of a new location, the emotional pain of being away from home, and the ache from long hours of travel. If the church is the body of Christ, pilgrims are the feet... walking long distances day in and day out.

MARIGOLD
I realized the closeness that people who share faith can have despite barriers.  In the Basilica of the Bois-Chenu a women attempted to explain the murals to us, and even when she realized we didn't speak French, she still tried to communicate with us. This showed me how faith can bring people together, and ultimately has brought me closer to my own church.

BONNIE
This pilgrimage brought up questions--could I lead an army at age 14 like Joan?  Would I persist in declaring my belief to an unjust system promising release for a lie?  Our youth group walked into her church and into her house and we realized how close we are to her. She lived right next to her church.  When the bell rank (which it does every hour) it was the only sound you could hear. I'm 14, I'm testing my faith and I'm closer to Joan of Arc than I let on.

AMY
On buses and trains, through conversations and sleep deprived mornings, by seeing basilicas that within their beautiful architecture hold love, devotion, and stories, the group had, I think, a shift in perspective and a greater connection to spirituality.  The loudest among us has moments of quiet and the quietest among us had moments of fearless expression.

KIKI
Anyone who takes for granted the comfort their church offers should attend a pilgrimage.  It helps you see how fortunate you are to have people who care around you.  Because of this experience I see myself going on pilgrimages on my own in the future.

ALEXANDRIA
What pilgrimage did for me was increase my faith in God by being closer to Joan of Arc.  I had heard her story but was different to be where she was martyred.  When the bells in Domremy rang, I felt the power of God that she felt.  This brought the power of her faith in God into my heart and mind.

Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism will be administered on Sunday, September 16th. We will have a Baptism clinic on Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 p.m. for all those wishing to be baptized. All persons desiring to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, please make an appointment with Father Trevor+ on or before September 1st.

St. Nick's Fair

Special thanks to Sheila Hewitt who has agreed to serve as our St. Nick's Fair Chairperson.  Planning needs to begin right away to make the fair a success. Please see Sheila if you are able to help with this event.

Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour hosts/hostesses are needed for Sundays in July, August and September.  

To sign up, please write your name and phone number on the Coffee Hour calendar, which is on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall or contact Sheila Hewitt at 718-447-8049.

Thursday Morning Eucharist

Our Thursday morning Eucharist at 11:00 a.m. will be suspended for the summer. We will resume again after Labor Day.

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.  Re-carpeting of church offices.
2.  Re-carpeting of Parish House hallways.
3.  Repair and repainting of cloister between Rectory 
     and Parish House.
4.  Replacement of malfunctioning security system.

Wherever possible, volunteers are helping to complete these projects. 

Our special thanks to those who have donated generous gifts to offset the cost 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 in September.

Christian Formation Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for Godly Play, Rite 13 and J2A classes, which will begin again in September. We need teachers and door monitors. Anyone interested, please call the church office at 718-727-6100.

Formation of UBE Chapter in Staten Island

Currently, there are no Union of Black Episcopalian (UBE) chapters on Staten Island. UBE is an affiliate organization of the Episcopal Church whose mission is social justice and reconciliation. As the past Regional Director for the Mid-West Region, Fr. Trevor+ is interested in working with anyone to create a chapter here. Membership is open to people of all races, ethnicity and culture. We need 10 or more to begin a chapter. Call the office at 718 727 6100 if you are interested.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Iroyin Abiodun, Judy Ballard, Cara Berton, Shirley Black, Aaron Britton, Jacob Brown, Julita Brozinski, Lori Campbell, Ahsen Chowdhury, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Esther Codio, Ines Colbourne, Lucy & Amanda Collado, Bai David, Anna DelPriore, Satta Dempster, Zee Dempster, Marlene Elia, Lucia Falnbulleh, Henry Freeman, Miatta Freeman-Roberts, Lee Ann Gattullo, Belem Garcia, Sandra Giambalvo, Nellie H. Gibson, Christine Gross & Family, Kula Kamora-Benjamin, Fr. Jerry Keucher, Malu Kollie, Trish Mackey, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Brian McGlynn, Fran Milauskas, Mabassi Paasewe-Totiment, David Ramos, Linda Reiersen, Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Conrad Schneider, Paul Schneider, Bertha Sherman-Walker, Henrietta Smith,  Joseph Spielman, Debbie Stuhlman, Mary Thompson, Aurelia Thorpe, Lady Tombekai, Jehu Wright, Martha Wright, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch, and Connor.

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.
We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Anne Devlin (12), Erin Rose Basso (13), Miles Rivera (15), Joseph Zayzay (15) We given thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversary this week: Charles & Elizabeth McLean (15).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of the Province of South East Asia and The Most Rev. Ng Moon Hing.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop, + Andrew, + Allen, and + Mary, our Bishops; Trevor + our Rector, and all on the Bishop's Staff.