Cooking pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.
Burning last year's palms to create ashes for Ash Wednesday.
Our gang of helpers at the Second Saturday Soup Kitchen.

Worship Schedule

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

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 Fifth Sunday in Lent

Collect for Sunday:

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The liturgical color is purple. The lessons will be Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51;1-13; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33.

Godly Play and J2A will not meet for the next few weeks.  Classes will resume on Sunday, April 8.

Just a quick reminder, Godly Play, Rite 13 and J2A Christian Formation classes will assemble at the altar steps immediately after the reading of the Gospel at the 10 AM Service. These students will rejoin the Congregation at Communion. Thank you!

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

Prayer Group and African Bible Study meets on Wednesday nights at 7 pm in the Vestry Room.

Server Schedule

Sunday, March 18:

Altar Guild

Linda & Hal Reiersen, Mark Gherzo, nancy Reiersen-Scromo

Flower Guild

8am Server Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
8am Lectors Vincent & Michael Edwards
Greeter Siaber Zayzay
Ushers Connie Black, John Gerney, Claire James
Lector Amy Stambaugh
Epistoler Christine Gross
Intercessor Charlotte Hewitt
Crucifer Greer Gerney
Eucharistic Minister Richard Zayzay
Acolytes Cora Gross, Kit Gerney
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Susan Fowler, John Gerney
Coffee Hour Hosts Jeans Sunday Brunch

Reflections From the Rector

My 3rd Article about
Guns Violence in America!!!


In light of the recent shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and the many others before it, the youth in our nation has risen up to say, "ENOUGH is ENOUGH." This sentiment is being echoed across every nook and cranny of our nation and it seems as if our legislators in position to do something concrete about the epidemic of guns are impotent in the face of this crisis to save the lives of our children and other innocent people.

Here was the title of my article on October 05, 2017 about gun violence:
"Shootings! Not Only Change in Gun Laws - We Need Changed Hearts!"
In my second article on February 15th 2018 this is what I said, "I pray that this generation in our wilderness will rise-up and speak truth to power and that God in His wisdom will help this nation find a solution to the violence that has dogged so many schools, churches and other places of assembly where persons have been massacred by Guns. Indeed, let our cry be, "Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations... ." The Lord has been quick to answer our prayer.

Our Bishops at their recent Spring Retreat have issued a letter to all in support of the Student's walk out on March 14th and the gathering to be held in Washington and Manhattan on March 24th . Here is an excerpt from the Diocese of New York signed by our three Bishops:

"We your bishops returned this weekend from the Spring Meeting of the House of Bishops in Camp Allen, Texas. While the theme, and the learnings, of this meeting were centered on resources for the Evangelism by the church, we also spent time in discussion of and prayer regarding critical issues which are demanding the attention of our country and our church. One of those issues has to do with the epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings in America, with a particular response to the killing of seventeen high school students in Parkland, Florida last month. From those discussions, a statement was drafted and placed before the House, and then accepted as reflecting the mind of the House and published. We fully support this statement ... while recognizing that it is, finally, rather modest under the circumstances of the public urgency from which it arose. ...
We are on their side.  We are asking our parishes tomorrow to keep their churches open for prayer, to make special intention at our altars for the victims of gun violence, and at noon, where possible, to toll bells for each of the seventeen victims of the Parkland shooting.  And we are inviting everyone to participate in the March for Our Lives gatherings on March 24th. 

After taking a trip to Staten Island College where I understood there was a "Walk-out" planned and not being able to see any visible signs of such activity in my more than 20 minutes circle of the campus, I returned to the church and heard the tolling of our bell by Lester who rung it 17 times in memory of the seventeen lives loss in Parkland, Florida. This morning (Thursday, March 15th, 2018) the front page of the New York Times captured the mood of the students who are leading the charge for change with these words, "Thousands walk out of class urging action on gun control." It is my hope that this momentum by our young people will trouble the hearts of our legislators and move them to sensible gun laws that seek to preserve and protect ALL LIFE!

Will there be a 4th article? I hope that if so, it will be about commending the laws that have been passed to make our schools, churches and other such places safer for assembly.

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

Bible Study

Tonight's Bible study will be on Romans 5:6-11. Call in information (for this session only) is:

1(605)-475-4120 . Access code 9467742#. 

There will not be Bible Study on the following dates:

March 22
March 29
April 5

Bible Study will resume on April 12.

Jeans Sunday

This Sunday, March 18th is Jeans Sunday.  Please come in comfortable jeans and be ready to get involved in the mass cleaning process after worship.

A light lunch will be served.

Confirmation Class

All youth and adults interested in Confirmation, Reception, Reaffirmation class, please meet Father Trevor+ immediately following worship on Sunday in the Chapel for a brief conversation.

Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday, March 25th please come prepared to walk around the block in a Procession of Witness bearing the Palms.

Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg Hunt will be coordinated by Lisa Rhoades this year.  If you would like to donate or volunteer, please contact Lisa at 347-886-0039.

Easter Flowers

Envelopes are available in the pews for Easter Memorial Flowers.  Please make checks payable to Christ Church and note Easter Memorial on the memo line. Please submit your offerings no later thank Palm Sunday so that names can be printed in the Easter bulletin.

Around the Parish

Congratulations to Beth and Chip McLean on the birth of their granddaughter, Savannah Mae who was born on March 6th.  

We send prayers to Nikki Johns who was in a car accident last week.  Nikki is home and doing well.

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.

Institution Committee

The following individuals have agreed to serve as committee members for Fr. Babb's Institution on April 7: Marcella Babb, Connie Black, Deacon Novella Lawrence, Nick Lettiere, Kermit Mackey, Paul Smith, Victor Stanwick. Alleida Mitchell and Valerie Quinlan are the committee's co-chairs.

We are asking for contributions to defray the cost of this event. A donation jar will be available in the Guild Room during coffee hour. Please make checks payable to Christ Church and note on the memo line "Fr. Trevor's Institution".

Save the Date

Jeans Sunday, March 18 at Christ Church
Dress casually and help us clean our church and parish house after services. Lunch will b served.

Our new Rector, 
The Rev. Trevor R. Babb's Institution
Saturday, April 7, 2018  -  11:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 28, Belle Nuit at Christ Church
Concert Opera Series
Concert begins 7:00 p.m.-doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 4 - 6:00 p.m., Wine Tasting in the Rectory

Lenten Services and Activities

Christ Church New Brighton
2018 Lenten/Easter Schedule

Lenten Study:
Beginning February 20th there will be multiple groups leading the Lenten Study Entitled: "Behold What You are - Seeing Jesus and Ourselves in The Gospel According to John". Each group will determine meeting time and place. Please call Church office for more details or Deacon Novella, Coordinator at (347) 581 - 1082.

Note: This Lenten Study is open to all parishioners. However, please use the sign-up sheet by the Usher's Desk to help us better determine participation.   

Sunday, February 25th, 2018
4:00 PM S I Council of Churches Lenten Service
Sunday, March 11th, 2018
4:00 PM I P C Lenten Evensong

Beginning of Holy Week
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 Palm Sunday 
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Blessing and Distribution of Palms

10:00 AM Sung Eucharist, Blessing and Distribution of Palms and Outdoor Procession.
Note:  On this Sunday we will have the Ingathering of the 40/40 Offering.

Holy Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
7:30 PM Tenebrae

Holy Thursday, March 29th, 2018 - Maundy Thursday
7:30 PM Sung Eucharist with Washing of Feet
8:30 PM The Lambs Supper
Followed by Altar of Repose - Vigil Watch until 6:00 AM

Good Friday, March 30th, 2018
7:30 PM Good Friday Liturgy

Easter Sunday, April 1st, 2018
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM Festal Eucharist

Saturday, April 7th, 2018
11:00 AM Celebration of New Ministry - The Institution of our 11th Rector, The Rev. Trevor R. Babb - The Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, Presiding.

Sunday, April 8th, 2018 - Easter 1
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM Sung Eucharist  

Please Note: This schedule is subject to change. All changes will be communicated in as expeditious a manner as possible. Wishing everyone a Most Holy and Blessed Lent in anticipation of a Glorious Easter.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Judy Ballard, Shirley Black, Aaron Britton, Reggie Capeheart, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby, John Daniel, Bai David, Zee Dempster, Marlene Elia, Kathy Galvez, Nellie H. Gibson, Persia Gilkes, William Goodridge, Jr., Christine Gross & Family, Trish Mackey, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Brian McGlynn, Virginia Peel, Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, David Sanchez, Henrietta Smith, Marie Smith, Mary Thompson, Aurelia Thorpe, Lady Tombekai, Gloria Troia, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch and Connor. 

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Troy Richards (18), Gene McGough (20), Keira Hyland (21), Alexandria Kalfa (21), Heather George (23), Nancy Lettiere (23).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui and The Most Rev. Paul Kwong.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop, + Andrew, + Allen, and + Mary, our Bishops; Trevor + our Rector, and St. Bartholomew's Church, White Plains.

A Critic's Review of a New York Lamentation