Sustaining Our Community
Our Church Doors May Be Closed, But Our Hearts Are Open
Christ Church has resumed limited in-person worship as part of the next phase of its regathering plan. All other activities in our church facilities are suspended. The Parish Office and Christ Episcopal School are also closed to visitors.
We Are a Worshiping Community
As the next phase in our regathering plan, Christ Church has resumed in-person, outdoor worship services. Services are held at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot behind the church. Masks and social distancing are required, and only communion wafers are distributed.
All adults must sign the Diocesan-required Covenant for Regathering in Worship form to attend worship services. Please sign the form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org by the Friday before the service, or bring the signed form with you to the service on Sunday.
The National Cathedral offers an online celebration of the Holy Eucharist every Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Watch live at www.cathedral.org or on the Cathedral's Facebook page or YouTube channel. You can also download a service leaflet to follow along.
Wednesday Evening Prayer
Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m., Christ Church parishioners lead a short Evening Prayer service via Zoom conferencing. Come spend a few minutes with us, online or by phone, as we gather virtually to offer the prayers and readings to the glory and honor of God in this time of required physical separation. Sign up for our email list to receive notifications of services and instructions on how to participate. The text of the Evening Prayer service is available to download.
The Diocese has developed a four-phased regathering approach to reopening churches, in coordination with the Dioceses of Maryland and Virginia:
- Turning Toward the Future with Caution and Hope – A Phased Approach to Regathering as Church (May 4, 2020)
- EDOW Response Guidelines and Parameters – supplemental guidelines
- Check-List for Regathering
- Covenant for Regathering in Worship
Christ Church has formed a regathering task force to develop further plans for reopening.
Christ Episcopal Pause Meditations
During this time, the Adult Christian Formation Committee is distributing "The Christ Episcopal Pause," an email meditation to help us each pause for a few minutes to be with Jesus Christ and each other in the midst of the required physical separation. Sign up for our email list to receive these and other updates.
We Are a Caring Community
During this public health crisis, there are members of our congregation who need prayers and assistance ... and many who are eager to help.
The Pastoral Care Committee continues to pray on a daily basis for our parish family. If you have specific concerns beyond the scope of the coronavirus, please email Julie Lynch and the committee will add your concerns to our Prayer List. You can also submit a prayer request through our Contact Form.
If you need a phone call and prayer of comfort, email Julie and a member of the committee will reach out and give you a call.
Help with Errands
During this public health crisis, some members of our church are less able to leave their homes to run errands, such as grocery shopping or picking up prescriptions. John Lynch is coordinating our parishioner assistance effort.
If you need assistance, please email John and someone will get back to you shortly about your specific needs.
If you can provide help with errands, please email John with details about your availability to assist.
If you need help with other matters, please email Judith Schneider, our Parish Administrator, during regular business hours.
If you have an emergency, please call Janice Musselman, Sr. Warden, at 315-265-6045 or Geof Fuller, Jr. Warden, at 301-452-0959. We have a priest on call to provide pastoral support as needed.
We Are a Giving Community
Christ Church still needs your pledges and other donations to support church operations, staff salaries and our ministries, particularly in the absence of Sunday plate collections (which constitute an important part of our operating budget). Please continue to support Christ Church by mailing in payments or using our online eGiving portal. Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity.
We Are an Engaged Community
We have many ministry groups that remain actively engaged in their missions, despite the church closure. If you find yourself with more free time, this would be a good opportunity to get involved with one of our ministries!
We Are an Enduring Community
As the founding church of colonial Prince George's Parish, Christ Church has been a steadfast community of faith for nearly 300 years. Since 1726, we have had 26 rectors, and we look forward to welcoming a new Interim Rector by July 1. In the meantime, our lay leadership is working hard to meet the needs of our parish with the support of guest clergy provided by the Diocese of Washington.
We are the Body of Christ and connected to one another through compassion and love.
Prayer for People Facing Great Uncertainty
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.
Taken from A New Zealand Prayer Book—He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa’ (adapted)