What to Expect

What to Expect


Worship is at the heart of Christ Church. Everything we do, from feeding the hungry to studying our faith, springs from our gathering together to give thanks and praise to God. If you have special needs, please let one of the clergy know how we can best include you in the worship life of our parish.

Sunday 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
Our Rite I service is quiet and contemplative, and it retains the traditional language of earlier Prayer Books. We meet in the side chapel year-round. available for the youngest among us.
An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter joins us on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

Sunday 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
From June-August join us for worship in our church garden. Atmosphere is relaxed with children on the grass and adults in folding chairs. Music is often led by keyboard and guitar. Ends with coffee hour in the garden. Nursery care is available for children birth-3.

From September-May we worship inside with full choir. While children are absolutely welcome at all services, more families with children attend this service. Nursery Care is available for children birth-3. You are welcome as you are, you will see a range of attire, from kids dressed in soccer gear to adults wearing sport coats and ties.

An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter joins us on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Eucharist with Prayers for Healing (Chapel)
A short, quiet service for those on their way to work (or anywhere else!). Prayer and anointing for healing is administered to those who request them. In place of a sermon, we often explore Scripture through Lectio Divina or an open conversation. Tea follows for those who would like to continue conversation.

Evening Prayer Wednesday and Thursday 5:30 p.m. (Chapel)

Special services as announced
We will sometimes have special services such as Choral Evensong or Advent Lessons and Carols. See the newsletter or contact the church office for more details.

15 Minute Feasts

The feast that begins with the Eucharist spills out into the Great Hall after the 9:30 service – where donuts, coffee, juices, and other treats await! The atmosphere often includes young children running around, music playing over the sound system, and jovial conversation. After 15 minutes, the children are led to Sunday school, and adults split off to adult forum, or we make the transition to Community Formation. Those who wish to continue conversation are welcome to do so.

Sunday School and Christian Formation

Christian formation begins in worship, where people of all ages and abilities offer gifts of reading, prayer, acolyting, singing, and more!

Before the 9:30am service, children ages 3 1/2 through 6th grade start Sunday School in their classrooms at 9:15am. Children rejoin the service during Announcements. More info here.

After the 9:30 service, Christian Formation continues for all ages. After our 15 Minute Feast, we offer several formation opportunities that vary throughout the month and year. We offer Adult Forums, led by parishioners or outside speakers. We also have Community Formation for all ages, when all members of the parish explore a topic of faith or service together. Examples include an interactive Stations of the Cross, hands-on exploration of life in Haiti, and multigenerational story telling about Christmas. Special occasions include Shrove “Tuesday” Pancake Breakfast, Annual Parish Meeting, and an annual Parish Picnic

No payment or formal registration for Sunday School is required. We do ask that parents volunteer in the classroom at least twice during the calendar year.