Welcome to Christ Church New Brighton, Staten Island, New York
A Warm Welcome Awaits You
Our mission statement: FELLOWSHIP and COMMUNITY OUTREACH based on real need that encourages participation and a sense of belonging:
- Traditional Anglican faith-based WORSHIP with an emphasis on music
- Loving and compassionate PASTORAL CARE focussed on real need
- Encouraging the participation and understanding of belonging for our CHILDREN & YOUTH
7:30 AM Morning Prayer Rite I in the Chapel
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I in the Chapel
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Nave
(Virtual Service via ZOOM)
10:30 AM Youth Formation Classes
Monday through Friday
7:15 AM Morning Prayer Rite I in the Chapel
This Sunday is the Second Sunday after the Epiphany.
The liturgical color is GREEN.
Please Note: Due to the upsurge in Covid-19 cases there will be no in-person services this week. There will be a ZOOM service at 10 AM. For the Meeting ID and Password please refer to your Weekly Update mailing.
Youth Christian Formation classes resume on January 23rd.
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From the Rector's Desk
Dear Saints of God:
Greetings to all and Happy New Years!
As a result of the continued spread of the Corona Virus and its impact on several members, the Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Sunday January 23rd, 2022. We will be using the same Zoom link as for worship. Worship will begin at 10:00 a.m. and at the conclusion, we will have a short break to transition to the meeting. Persons are asked to collect a copy of the annual booklet by Friday January 21st, after 12 noon, and on Saturday, between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Booklets will be in a box at the entrance of the administration building. Efforts will be made to project critical data on screen.
Note* All services will continue on Zoom until the end of January, 2022 when we hope to resume in person worship on Sunday February 6th, 2022 at 8:00a.m. and 10:00a.m. Thank you for patience and understanding in this matter as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Our J2A class has been lighting the candles on their class Advent wreath each week. The group has been discussing the three parts of The Holy Trinity, and practicing Lectio Divina, a form of prayer that comes to us from the monastic tradition, in which Scripture is read multiple times and responded to personally.
The J2A class practiced the version known as the African Bible Study, which was promoted by the 1998 Lambeth Conference. Each time we read the text we had a different meditative prompt, ending with: How is God inviting me today to change, to act?
This class is beginning the discernment process for their pilgrimage, scheduled for 2023.
Spiritual Enrichment Opportunities
Six Women of the Old Testament
Led by Rich Whaley, Sundays at 2 PM..
...ending with Compline with Fr. Trevor+ Wednesdays at 7 pm. A reminder announcement is sent out every week with the details.
Led by The Rev. Anthony Lamourt. The class had been studying the Book of Isaiah, but is currently on summer hiatus until September.
Please call the office at 718-720-6100 if you have any questions about any of the above information.
Christ Church Needs Volunteers...
...for coffee hour for the next several decades. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the parish hall near the main entrance.
We also must re-constitute our Counters Guild. If you had been a member of the Counter Guild before the pandemic and would like to resume this vital ministry, or if you've never done it before asnd would like to learn how, please contact Susan Fowler or call Kelly in the church office (718-727-6100).
Did You Know?
Did you know that "Los Angeles" is NOT' the full name of the Californian city ?
Spanish colonists founded the city that is now known as Los Angeles in 1769. And in 1781, another group of 44 settlers made the new town their home. The Spanish governor named the city, El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula. In English, this means, "The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciúncula". As the name is quite a mouthful, it became shortened until it finally became Los Angeles. So now, Los Angeles is just "The Angels."
Did you know that a swarm of 20,000 bees followed a car for two days because their queen was stuck inside?
A 68-year-old grandmother got quite the surprise returning from a nature reserve when a queen bee got trapped in her car. She parked her car to go shopping, and returned to a car covered in bees! The bees were safely removed from the car, and the lovely old lady made her way home. Much to her surprise, the bees were back the next day! It seems that the queen bee was still inside, and the bees followed her the whole way home. This time, they were all removed, and they, fortunately, didn't return!
Did you know that an apple, potato, and onion taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged?
At least 80% of our sense of taste comes from our sense of smell. Because of this, if you were to block the sense of smell, many foods would taste the same, or at least pretty close. In this case, it was tested on many different people who were blindfolded and had their noses plugged. The results? The participants couldn't distinguish between the three, other than from their texture!
If you have handed in a pledge form for the Financial Secretary, your box of pledge envelopes will be in the back of the church. If you do not hand in a pledge form, you will not get envelopes. If you have any questions, please, see Beth Mclean
Making of announcements in worship
Effective January 1st, 2022 announcements will be made at the beginning of worship. This change will assist in the streamlining of our liturgy for social media broadcast. Announcements, therefore, will begin at 9:55 a.m. followed by the liturgy of the day.
ANNUAL MEETING JANUARY 23rd 2022
All Committee Chairs and Commission Chairs are asked to submit their respective annual reports to the parish office no later than January 8th, 2022. Any reports received after January 8th will not be included in the Annual Report. Thanks for your ministry.
Positions are open for (1) WARDEN, (3) VESTRY MEMBERS (for a three-year term), (1) VESTRY MEMBER (for a two-year term) AND (2) ALTERNATE DELEGATES TO DIOCESAN CONVENTION.
Current nominees are: 1. John Gerney, 2. Stephen Gross.
If you are interested in being a member of the vestry or an alternate delegate to Diocesan Convention, please speak to one of the Nominating Committee members: Shelly Heath, Eva Black, Sheila Swigert, Kathy Galvez, and Mary Larimer.
NOMINATION FORMS can be obtained from the Nominating Committee members or the parish office.
Monthly Musical Concerts
We hope to begin our monthly organ recitals on February 13, at 4:00 p.m. Our Organist and Musical Director, Rev. Anthony M. Lamourt, will be performing an organ recital every second Sunday of the month. Your presence and participation will be most appreciated. More details will be forthcoming.
Native Plant Society of SI Meeting has been postponed until further notice.
Save the Date
January 23rd – Annual Parish Meeting
February 5th – IPC Zoom Conference
February 12th - Absalom Jones Celebration (Diocesan)
February 13th - Absalom Jones Celebration (Parish)
February 14th - Vestry Meeting
March 12th - Memorial Service for Ed Craig
March 19th - Meeting with Vestries, Clergy and Lay Leaders of Staten Island Episcopal Churches
Parish Prayer List
The following individuals have requested our prayers: Fred Allen, Marcella Babb, Gregory Brown, Deborah Broome, Jennifer Brumskine, Frank Cangemi, Martha Catul, Rosa Carisino, David Clark, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Iris Colbourne, Laura Craig, Kylon Craig, Vincent Cresci, Carnetta & Athelridge Cumberbatch, Marlene Elia, Garfield Evans, Anthony Fulton, Sr., Anna Galvez, Denyse Gonzales, The Rev. Ivan Harewood, Marian Hamblin, Mary Haugen, Amelia, Jaime, Jan, Mark, Tom & Joy, Colenthia Hunter, Jebbeh Jagaba, Eva McClary, Willie Marcus, Quinzel Mayers, The McIntosh Family, Kevin & Nathan Meighan, Dudley Menzies, Mary Nucci, Sheryl Perkins, Saint Maurice Phillips, Linda Pinnock, Cherise Richards, Jason Rivera, Joyce Rowan, Huguette Sauer, Barnett Shepherd, Bendu Sherman, Candy Tice, Carol Tysen, Lucille Williams, Tonisia Williams-Sealy, Marsha Wynter, and the people of St. Vincent's Girls' Home.
Please Note: 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. This list will be updated every three months unless otherwise notified. If you need a loved one or friend to remain on the list, please call the parish office. Thank you!
We pray for the repose of the souls of Frank Quinlan, Alan Saursinger, Jeff Blocker, and the victims of the recent Bronx fire. May they, and all the faithful departed, rest in peace.
We pray for all 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 the people of Haiti and the people of Afghanistan.
We pray for those who are suffering from the impacts of systemic racism, and for those who are committed and working towards change, unity, and equality for all peoples.
We pray for Kirstin Swanson-Basso and David Barr, now in the process as Postulants for Ordination.
We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Jill Kelly (20).
We give thanks to God for the individuals who are celebrating their wedding anniversaries this week.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Church of England.
In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Andrew, +Allen, and +Mary; our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector; Wardens and Vestries of the Diocese, St. Peter's Church (Lithgow), Millbrook; St. Peter's Church (Chelsea), Manhattan; St. Peter's Church, Peekskill; St. Peter's Church (Westchester Square), Bronx; Diocesan Ecumenical, and Interfaith Commission & The Interfaith Center of New York; and St. Paul's Church, Spring Valley.