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 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect for Sunday:

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

This Sunday is The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. The liturgical color is green. The lessons for June 25 are Jeremiah 20:7-13; Psalm 69:1-11, 12-20; Romans 6;1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39.

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

Teacher Recognition Sunday will be this Sunday, June 25  and we will have a Blessing of the Young Pilgrims and Commissioning of their adult leaders.

We give thanks to God for Deacon Novella's ministry as she concludes her time with us this Sunday.

Server Schedule

Sunday, June 25:

Altar Guild Elizabeth Gattullo, Eileen Zanelli, Paige Gunther, Christine Szczepanik
Flower Guild  
8am Server Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
8am Lectors Danforth Prince
Greeter Laura Craig
Ushers Sheila Hewitt, Oneka Jones, Bill Sherman
Lector Sheila Hewitt
Epistoler Rita McGough
Intercessor Charlotte Hewitt
Crucifer Richard Zayzay
Eucharistic Minister Hueldine Webb
Acolytes  
Verger
Counters Catherine Barnett, John Gerney
Coffee Hour Hosts J2A, Lisa Rhoades

From Deacon Novella

Dear Christ Church Family,

I will be retiring on July 1st, 2017.   I will then be a Retired Deacon.  Licensed Eucharistic Visitor Kirstin Swanson-Basso will be the Coordinator for Pastoral Care, visiting the sick, shut-ins and the bereaved.  For the last 37 years it has been my pleasure to provide pastoral care both personally and professionally.  The inclination to take on such a ministry, years before ordination to the Diaconate was ever suggested, was from first reading the Book of Acts in the Bible.  This book tells of the very beginning of the Church.  The account of the early church  was so intriguing  about the way the Christians followed Jesus' command to "love one another "  and how the Christians  took care of each other, that it motivated me to want work in the church  to help  those who were in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. 

It has been a very meaningful experience to serve here at Christ Church for the past three years. It is the most diverse church in which I have ever served as Deacon.  I cannot tell you how inspirational it was to serve everyone in each of the parishes I have served from all walks of life, especially, as they approached the Altar Rail for Holy Communion.     It was always my heart's desire to share with all, our Lord Jesus as a Living Presence, the Holy Spirit as our guide through the love of God our Father in accordance with the Holy Bible. 

As for my future plans, as the Leader at a most recent retreat I attended said; "With the Lord, there is always something more."  Since seeking and developing a personal relationship with Jesus some 37 years ago, every assignment, in the church and in the world, (as is said for Deacons) have been total and wonderful surprises to me. None were ever pre- planned.  I trust Him for what's next and look forward to the less hectic schedule and the rest and recreational opportunities that retirement suggests.

Thank you for the wonderful celebration and gifts you have already given me in April.

My love and prayers for each of you.  
The Rev. Deacon Novella Lawrence

Pilgrim's Corner

Psalms 120 through 134 are "Songs of Ascents"--the internal and actual music pilgrims sang as they headed toward Jerusalem. Psalm 121 might be the most familiar of these, opening as it does with a traveller's question:"I lift up my eyes to the hills--from where will my help come?" and ending with the assurance "The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore."

On Wednesday, June 28, twelve pilgrims from Christ Church will answer the call to pilgrimage and travel together to France for 6 days of study, service and prayer.  Join us this Sunday, June 25 at 10 a.m. to bless Brianna, Greer, Alayne, Marigold, Claire, Alexandria, Kimara, Bonnie, and Amy and their chaperones Catherine, Lisa and Geri as they answer the question in our Baptismal Covenant  "Will you proclaim by word and example the Good New of God in Christ?" with a resounding "YES!"

Service will be followed by a special coffee hour hosted by the pilgrims' families.

Vacation Bible School

The Episcopal Churches of St. Mary's and The Church of the Ascension are joining hands for Vacation Bible School, to be held at Church of the Ascension (1 Kingsley Avenue) July 10 - 14, 9:00 a.m. until noon for ages 4 through 11.

This year's theme is Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God.  

Please call or email for registration and information:

St. Mary's Church   
www.stmarycastleton.org  
718-442-1527

Church of the Ascension
www.ascensionsi.org
718-442-4187

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.

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: Brenda Baskerville, Shirley Black, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby, William Goodridge, Jr., Emmanuel W. Johnson, A.W. Nyema  Jones, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Ron and Ellen Mazzucco, Linda Oppenheimer, Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Maisie Salmon, Varney Sherman, David Spitz, Hasan Thomas, Mary Thompson.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Joyce Rowan (25), Anthony Colucci (28), Evelise Hutton (28), Gregory Brown (29), James Massa (29), Leslie Thompson (29), Togba Porte (30).   We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversary this week: Edward & Kim Davis Sorge (27).

The Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God in loving memory of  Edith Cecero.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for  Diocese of Kenya, The Rt. Rev. Stephen Kabora and The Rt. Rev. Jacob Lesuuda.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Andrew, Allen, and Mary our Bishops and St. Luke in the Fields, Manhattan.

Please pray for Brianna Cooper, Greer Gerney, Alayne Gilbert, Marigold Green, Alexandria Hodnik, Claire James, Kimara Jean-Mary, Bonnie Nygard, Amy Stambaugh and their chaperones Catherine Barnett, Lisa Rhoades, and Deacon Geraldine Swanson as they prepare for their pilgrimage to France on June 28th.  Guide them and Guard them, O Lord.