The Christ Church Choir singing "Mary Did You Know?" with Music Director Scott Myers on the piano at right.
Steve Gross and his lovely assistant, Cora, perform an amazing magic feat.
Loria Raiola Trapp, Jermain Trapp, Karlus Trapp, Daniel Trapp, and Damali Browne performing an original Karlus Trapp tune, written for New York City school children after 9-11.
Kristen Parrish sings accompanied by Scott Myers.
Christ Church parishioners prepared foods from their ethnic backgrounds. There was a LOT of food.
Buster Black (left, the host and emcee for Diversity Sunday) looks on as young Charlie Nygard wows the crowd with his slide trombone.
You can always count on a big crowd when there's good food and (perhaps not quite as good?) talent on hand.

Worship Schedule

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

Thursdays
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
The second Thursday of each month
includes Healing & Anointing

Monday through Friday
7:15 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: Interim Pastor
Email: Parish Administrator

This Sunday

This Sunday is the Third Sunday in Lent.

Collect for Sunday:

Almighty god, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen tot he body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Prayer for the Search Committee:

O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in thee: Mercifully accept our prayers; and beacuse, through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good things without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

This Sunday is The Third Sunday in Lent. The liturgical color is violet. The lessons for March 19 are: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42.

Godly Play will not meet on Sunday, March 19th. 

Gap Classes should receive Communion with their teachers immediately after the choir receives. At 12:10 p.m. a bell will ring signaling parents to pick up their children from the classroom. J2A will meet at 11:30 in their classroom.

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

Server Schedule

Sunday, March 19:

Altar Guild Linda & Hal Reiersen, Mark Gherzo, Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
FLower Guild Barnett Shepherd, Nick Dowen
8am Server Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
8am Lectors Vincent Edwards, Michael Edwards
Greeter Lester Blair
Ushers Sheila Hewitt, John Gerney, Greer Gerney
Lector Nick Dowen
Epistoler Willie Black III
Intercessor Rita McGough
Crucifer Hueldine Webb
Eucharistic Minister Kirstin Swanson-Basso
Acolytes Angela Lindsay, Jude Crewe
Counters Kathy Arnold Galvez, Susan Fowler
Coffee Hour Host Paula & Ed Gregory

Easter Flowers

Envelopes are available in the pews for Easter Memorial Flowers.  Please make checks payable to Christ Church.  Please submit your offerings by Palm Sunday so that names can be printed in the Easter bulletin.

Fresh Produce Shares

The Staten Island Community Support Agriculture season has begun!  Farmer John Krueger will visit Christ Church on Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m.  He is offering two types of shares:  A full share, which includes an average of 12 to 14 organic vegetables per week for 24 weeks, and a three-quarter share, which includes 8 to 12 items.  If you pay for your share on or before March 15, a full share costs $650 and the three-quarter share costs $500. SNAP shares are available, too. Vegetables arrive at Christ Church the first week of June. For more information, call Susan Fowler, 917 734-3746, or go to http://StatenIslandCSA.org

Councilwoman Debi Rose

This year, our Councilwoman Debi Rose set aside $1 million of her capital funds for projects nominated and developed by her constituents. To see the eight projects--parks, school computers, street trees, and more--that were proposed by North Shore residents, go to http://www.debirose.nyc/pb

Voting is open to everyone age 14 and older who lives on the North Shore (north of the SI Expressway),  regardless of immigration status, gender, race, ethnicity, or ability. If you want to help during the polling, go to http://council.nyc.gov/pb/volunteer/.
Voting starts on March 25 and goes to April 2 at the libraries, Debi Rose's office, the Staten Island Youth Justice Center, and two other locations, to be identified soon. 

Lenten Program

The Lenten Program, Five Marks of Love, is ongoing. Sign-up sheets and an informational flyer are posted on the bulletin board by the main entrance. There are many sessions planned at churches across the Island. Please consider joining one that best suits your availability. The program will allow participants to "tell, teach, tend, transform and treasure the lives God has called you to love and serve." Sessions at Christ Church will be held in the Vestry Room and are as follows:

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Thursdays at 6:30 pm
Saturdays at 3:00 pm 
Sundays at 8:45 am (in the chapel) and 11:30 am.

Steel Drum News

The Christ Church Steel Drummers will begin classes again on March 10th. Rehearsals are held at Christ Church from 5:15pm-6:15pm each Friday. There are currently three open spots in the group. Interested children must be in third grade and up. Please see Deacon Geri Swanson if your child is interested in participating. Participation is free of charge.

Fundraising Committee

The fundraising committee exists to raise money for Christ Church and to provide activities celebrating holidays and events in the church calendar. To accomplish this role, the committee must have volunteers to organize and lead the activity. At the present time, the committee needs people to head three major events: St. Patrick's Brunch, St. Nick's Fair, and the Holly Ball. All three are joyful events at Christ Church and the committee needs church members to step up and volunteer to lead them. See Mark Gherzo, Alleida Mitchell, or Sheila Swigert to volunteer.

Spring VBS at Church of the Ascension

The Church of the Ascension will be holding a spring version of Vacation Bible School during the week of April 10-14, from 9 am- 12 noon each day. Children ages 4-11 are welcome. Students will learn about Holy Week through Bible stories, songs, arts and crafts, and recreation, while sharing time with friends and making new ones. 

Godly Play Volunteers

Godly Play at Christ Church urgently needs volunteers to be Teachers and Door Persons (Classroom Assistants).

Godly Play is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God's presence in our lives developed with inspiration from Episcopalian and Montessori traditions.  It engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into--and pursuing us in the midst of scripture and spiritual experience.  

Godly Play first started at Christ Church in 2008.  The program quickly grew to three classrooms staffed by six part-time teachers and four rotating door persons by 2011.  We currently have fifteen wonderful children registered for the program for 2016/2017 school year but attrition has reduced the number of Godly Play volunteers down to one coordinator and two part-time teachers.  These volunteers can only accommodate one Godly Play classroom and a reduced schedule over the balance of this school year. 

The spread of ages and needs of the children enrolled would be best served by two separate, age appropriate and independent classrooms each Sunday.  This could be accomplished at Christ Church by adding three to four more part-time Teachers and three more part-time Door Persons. These voluntary roles require an investment of time, training and practice, but the experience of helping children discover and explore the mysteries of our faith each Sunday can be tremendously rewarding and inspiring.

Please help Christ Church support the spiritual development of the children within our congregation.  Let us know if this might be something for you.

Christ Church Parish Hall Use

All Christ Church Parish Hall usage shall be determined by the Vestry in the absence of a designated individual coordinator. If you are interested in using the Parish Hall facilities, please submit your interest in writing to the Warden, Willie Black III, who will present it to the Vestry for determination at their next scheduled meeting. Please include the following information in your request: Name of person/group requesting, name of parishioner responsible (requires key and code access ability), date/times of event, event purpose.

Co-Dependents Anonymous

A Staten Island Co-Dependants Anonymous (CoDA) Group is starting up at Christ Church New Brighton in the New Year!

Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.

Where: Vestry Room, Christ Church New Brighton
When: Thursdays 7:00 pm - starting January 5, 2017
Length: 1 Hour (approx)

CoDA is a program that will help many people to find their way to better, healthier relationships, to deeper self-understanding, closer relationship to God (higher power) and faith, to healing of past hurts in Family of Origin, developing better listening and communicating skills, to improving quality of life emotionally, psychologically and spiritually, and so much more.

CoDA meetings are facilitated by Fr. Marc Roselli, S.J., Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel / St. Mary of the Assumption.

If you want to know more about CoDA, you can reach Fr. Marc at (718)442-3411 or Stop by any Thursday, starting 1/5/2017.

You can also check out the international CoDA website at CoDA.org.

Save the Date

Annual Wine Tasting Benefit
Friday, April 21
At the house of Laura & Hal Kennedy.

Prayer is the Best Wireless Connection to God

What happens when we pray? How many ways can we pray? When we pray as a church, individually, contemplative, repetitive, intercessory, prayers of praise, thanksgiving, adoration or contrition?

The Prayer Group is led by Deacon Novella Lawrence and Mr. Ned Rogers. Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Vestry Room.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Gouwireya Abdelazim, Shirley Black, Clifford Browne, Mary T. Bryant, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby, Erik, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Ron and Ellen Mazzucco, The Parrish Family, Joyce Rowan, Maisie Salmon, Mary Thompson, Jay, and Hasan.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Gene McGough (20), Keira Hyland (21), Alexandria Kalfa (21), Heather George (23), Nancy Lettiere (23).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for  The Diocese of Mbale, Uganda and The Rt. Rev. Patrick Gidudu.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Andrew, Allen, and Mary our Bishops and St. Mary's Church (Manhattanville), Manhattan.