In 1943, after much intensive research, deliberation and planning, St. Peters, St. Martins, and Holy Comforter Episcopal Churches together launched Christ Church. Due to gas rationing, a satellite Sunday School was started, allowing Episcopalian neighbors to attend church closer to their homes. Parishioners met in two buildings on either side of a drug store, now Providence Road Sundries, that sold ice cream treats to the children after Church. The Church then moved to the current Providence Road site where a Quonset Hut was erected to be used as our first sanctuary. The Reverend George Henry was called to be the first Rector.
We have grown significantly since that time, and the community around us has likewise grown and changed. But the foundational “DNA” of our spiritual home remains vital and alive. Christ Church has always been about prayer, congregational care, community leadership and outreach, generosity and careful, prayerful planning. These are the enduring characteristics that have centered us over the past 75 years and will continue to guide us as we move forward.
Generosity is in our DNA
Christ Church was built by the generosity of its founding members and stewardship became a necessity as the early Church forged its way. Over the years, stewardship has evolved from formulas to generosity, and is more a way of life at Christ Church than a fundraising campaign. Generosity has always been part of our Christ Church DNA and is lived out today through supporting our Church (Love God), pastoral care (Care for Each Other) and Outreach (Serve the World).
Extra attention is given to stewardship (formerly called the Every Member Canvass) in October. Our parish has always stressed thanksgiving and generosity: the foundation of stewardship.
Christ Church parishioners have also shown their generosity through a tradition of mission work. For it is in proximity to others that we can feel God's love and purpose in our lives. Enjoy these photos from mission trips dating back to 1966.
Prayer is in Our DNA
Our first Rector, The Reverend George Henry, wisely guided the people of Christ Church to realize the importance of prayer as the foundation of a thriving life. His early sermon, entitled “Prayer,” was bound into a booklet through which prayer became an integral part of Christ Church DNA. The last paragraph from that sermon:
“The whole matter of our duty to pray and the promise of God to answer is summed up in St. Paul’s words, ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
A copy of this booklet is in our archives. See pictures of George Henry and his prayer book in Look What We Found.
Look What We Found!
A dedicated team of Christ Church historians is gathering photos, documents, keepsakes and other interesting memorabilia. This is a great opportunity to clean out your attic or filing cabinet, and take a trip down memory lane. If you have memorabilia to share (as a loan or a gift), please contact Lois Ann Partridge at .
Please watch for more gems from our archives.
Our Stories are the Christ Church Story
Christ Church is not just a place; it is a family of faith. Our history is shaped by the joys and heartaches we have shared as a community. We invite you to share your Christ Church memories with us by emailing them (250 words or less, please) to . We will post some of these stories here » (link coming soon)
Parishioners Share Memories
A video is in the works!