Help us to rebuild Liberian schools. Click HERE for more information.

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 Last Sunday after Pentecost.

The liturgical color is WHITE.

In-person services have been cancelled until further notice.

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


From the Rector's Desk

Prelude

Welcome

Celebrant: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
People: And blessed be His kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

Opening Prayer

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Musical Selection

Scripture Reading

Psalm 100

Jubilate Deo

1 Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.
2 Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
3 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
4 For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Musical Selection

A reading from: Ephesians 1:15-23

Read by: Susan Fowler

Ephesians 1:15-23

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

Musical Selection (s)

The Holy Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew: Read by Fr. Trevor+

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’

Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Priest: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon: "Least - But Not For the King"
The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

Musical Selection(s)

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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Prayers of the People
Virtual Peace
The Lord's Prayer
Closing Prayer
Announcements
Musical Selection
Dismissal
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!
Fr. Trevor+

The Walk for the Mission Trip to Liberia

Christ Church New Brighton, in partnership with other Liberian organizations, is inviting you to participate in an upcoming 20 mile walk to raise funds in support of St. John and St. Augustine Episcopal Schools, located in Liberia in Grand Cape
Mount County and Bolahun, Lofa County, respectively.

Click HERE for more information

The EES-EHS Alumni Association and the Bolahun World Wide Association are joining together this winter to raise money for electrifying the elementary and high schools in Robertsport and Lofa County.

Both sets of schools, despite the many successes in enrolling and teaching students, are limited by the lack of electrical power. It is difficult to run computer labs or science classes without consistent electrical power, and even other infrastructure (such as water pumps) languishes without electricity.

This first phase will raise money for a professional needs assessment and planning documents. The second phase will raise money to pay for the equipment (probably solar panels and batteries) and the engineers and contractors who will install the systems.

You are part of the project! All you have to do is walk between Sunday, Nov. 22, and Sunday, Dec 13.

You may have done other walks--for example, for breast cancer research—where you join with hundreds of others to walk or run, and your supporters pay you $10 for every mile you cover. Because COVID makes it impossible to walk in a crowd, this is a "virtual walk":

Cover your miles by:

· Walking with friends and families (with masks and socially-distanced, of course) in your favorite park
· Hiking in the woods
· Running around a track
· Running or walking on a treadmill
· Biking
· Riding an exercise bike
· Fit-bitting around town or around the house
· Wheel-chairing
· Taking a bus

In other words, pick any way to get some miles and donate! And if you can't walk yourself, then support your friends and relatives: Promise them $1 to $100 for every mile they go.

If you want to be a walker, print out the Walk Team Form and sign up your supporters.

Your supporters can give their donations to you or donate by credit or debit card on GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/walk-to-raise-our-schools-from-the-ashes
What's a walk without t-shirts? Buy your walk t-shirts here: https://bonfire.com/help-us-rebuild-our-schools160

The project is being managed from Christ Church New Brighton, Staten Island, by co-chairs Bill Sherman and Richard Zayzay. Bill is the EES-EHS representative and Richard is the BWW representative.

Stewardship 2021

Please read this text and reflect on the questions below as you consider your pledge for 2021.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

This section of Paul's 1st Letter to Timothy comes near the end of the letter, and is an exhortation to "the rich". Even in the current economy, Americans are still richer than so much of the world. This is a reminder for us not to be attached to the wealth we have, but rather to be generous with it and share it out of thanks for what we have.

1. What word or image speaks to you?
2. How is God calling you to respond?
3. What barriers prevent you from responding?
4. What would life be like without these barriers?

Galatians 5:22-26

To live in the Spirit is to respond to God's love with generosity in regards to ourselves and our possessions. Living in gratitude calls us to respond according to the spirit.

1. What word or image speaks to you?
2. How is God calling you to respond?
3. What barriers prevent you from responding?
4. What would life be like without these barriers?

(From Stewardship materials produced by TENS)

Respectfully,

Fr. Trevor+

Rector

Stewardship Committee Co-Chairs:

Dr. Lester Blair & Andrea Morse-Raff, Esq.

Members:

Dr. Hueldine Webb
William Sherman
Anne Devlin
Eva-Marie Black
Susan L. Fowler - Warden
Michelle Heath - Warden
Fr. Trevor R. Babb - Rector

The next meeting of the Stewardship Committee is scheduled for Saturday, October 03, 2020, at 3:00 pm via Zoom.

Stewardship 2020 Timetable
Date Time Action
Nov. 14, 2020 3 PM Committee Follow-up meeting.

Virtual Service Pentecost XVI

Virtual Service: Pentecost XVII

Virtual Service Pentecost XVIII

Re-Opening Update

Re-Opening Committee Members

Fr. Trevor+ - Rector
Connie Black - Chief Usher
Susan Fowler - Senior Warden
Michelle Heath - Junior Warden
Dr. Hueldine Webb - Verger
Dr. Lester Blair - Usher
Carol Bratton - Vestry Member
Nick Dowen - Altar Guild Director
Catherine Barnett - Christian Formation Chair
Kidert Jean Mary - Chair - Security Ministry
Alleida Mitchell - Outreach/Programs
Anthony Lamourt - Music Director and Organist

LATEST UPDATE...

The Committee met on Saturday, November 07, 2020 and made the following recommendation to the Vestry at our regular monthly meeting, Monday, November 09, 2020:

Recommendation: That in light of the continued viciousness and uncertainty of COVID-19; and given the grim assessment of the health professionals as cases and deaths continue to increase, that re-opening and in-person worship be suspended for the remainder of this calendar year. This will be monitored and updated should any information from the Diocese and the Health Care professionals be forthcoming.

Please note the following actions:

In light of this recommendation, all of our services for the season of Advent and Christmas will be ZOOMED.

A detailed schedule of services and activities will be published in Next weeks update as we begin Advent the following week.

We ask for your patience and understanding at this time in our efforts to be careful and cautious, given the increase of the virus in our zip code and throughout Staten Island.

If you have any questions about what has been posted here, please do not hesitate to call the office, the rector or your wardens.

Note: We are currently deep cleaning the sanctuary, this will take another 3-5 weeks to complete.

If you would like to share in this work, please contact our Junior Warden, Michelle Heath at 917-345- 6709.

In the meantime, if any member would like to come and sit quietly in the sanctuary, please call the office and schedule an appointment during office hours from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Tuesdays through Fridays. This visitation does not include Saturdays and Sundays. However, please be aware that strict protocols as set out by the State of NY, CDC and the Church must be followed. Here are a few below:

1) No usage of the restrooms
2) Everyone must wear a mask
3) You must be willing to complete information for contact tracing
4) Any objects touched must be cleaned and sanitized
5) Seating areas will be restricted
6) Visitations will be scheduled every two hours. This will allow for cleaning of the designated areas up to 10 people.
7) Time for being in the sanctuary when visiting will be imited to no more than 45 minutes per family or individual.
8) See COVID -19 prevention flyer below

Bishop's June 24 letter: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Reopening-Our-Churches.html?soid=1102067254998&aid=GC2QloUoAwE

CDC webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/guidance-list.html?Sort=Date%3A%3Adesc

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

Reports from the Parish Conversations

For the past Wednesdays in June we have been engaged in parish conversations. We had hoped to hear from everyone, but the reality was that a smaller number joined to be part of the conversation.

All four (4) conversations provided us with some suggestions that can continue to hold us together as a congregation, as well as to support the community we serve during this time of lockdown and isolation.
Here are the suggestions that were posited:

1. Zoom Bingo
2. Drive-in Movie
3) Ice Cream Truck Drive Through
4) Police Course on Sensitivity
5) Christ Church - Testing Site
6) Service on the lawn
7) Trivial Pursuit
8) Charades
9) Comedy Night (All clean and family humor)
10) Family Dinner and Conversation

While all of the suggestions are well intended, it may only be practical and realistic to do a few. As you look at the list, which five (5) do you think would serve us best? Please consider your response as individuals, or as family units, as appropriate.

Please send me an email with your choices. Example (1, 3, 5, 6, and 10).

Thanks to all who participated and willingly shared. Be blessed, stay safe and wear your masks!

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:

  • Led by Rich Whaley, Sundays at 2 p.m.
  • Led by Shelly Heath, Mondays at 7 p.m.
  • Fr. Trevor R. Babb+ on Prayer, Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
  • Anthony Lamourt on Paul's Letters, Thursdays at 7 p.m.
  • Kirstin Swanson on the Acts of the Apostles, Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Audrey Abrons, Vincent Alarcon, William Amann, Melody Alesi, Cheryl and Shirley Allamby, Marcella Babb, Francis Batama, Jacob Blake and Family, Jeff Blocker, Earl Blugh, Deborah Broome, Gregory Brown, Roger Browne, Carol & Robert Burak, Carolyn Burphy-George, Frank & Jane Cangemi, Ryan Capasse, Merle Carrington, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Harvey Cohn, Ines Colbourne, The Rt. Rev. Clarence N. Coleridge, Laura & Mark Craig, Mike Daversa, Marlene Elia, Sheila Ferguson, Jane, Jan, Mark, Tom & Joy, The Rev. Dagnall Free, Karmo Freeman, Ina Fried, Tamiko Harris, Bishop Jonathan B. Hart, Ann Heather, Nellie Johnson, Dr. Hannah Abeodu Bowen-Jones, Joseph Kormah, Elizabeth Lamadieu, Lauren Lamourt,
The Lampman Family, Robert Long, Sallie Beth Long, Amanda Lovell, Nicole Luberisse, Jesse Luke, Donna Marlak, William Marcus, Kate Martin, Janet Massa, Rodney Mayers, Andrea McIntosh & Hugo McIntosh Sr., Joyce & John Mobley, Delores Ollison, Deacon Dianne Peterson, Kathy Peterson, Susan Peterson, Olivia Rey, Emily David Russ, Renee Russell and Family, Huguette Sauer, Julia, Nancy & T. Siafa Sherman, Larry Sears, Vannie Stewart, Christopher Still, Sheldon Tyson, Gene Wagner, Lucille Williams, 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 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 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, 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: Varney Freeman Sr. (22); John Szczepanik (26); Dorothy Thompson (26); Elizabeth James (28); Angdrell Pious Zayzay (28).

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their wedding anniversaries this week: Paul & Janet Schneider (24).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of Bermuda
(Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury); The Rt Revd Nicholas Dill – Bishop of Bermuda.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Andrew, +Allen, and +Mary; our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector; Church of the Holy Apostles, Manhattan; Christ Church, Poughkeepsie; Holy Cross Church, Iglesia de la Santa Cruz, Kingston; and the Order of the Holy Cross.