Information coming soon!
The Blessing of the Animals will be Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. on the Pairsh House lawn.
Why do we bless animals? Because they are a special part of our lives and God’s creation. We were made to share the earth with the birds of the air, the beasts that walk on the land, and the fish that swim in the rivers and oceans of this world. God created all of it, along with us, and called it good. We know how important animals can be in our lives, particularly those pets that enrich our lives with their love and affection.
Animals and humans can create very strong and deep bonds. We celebrate such bonds in the Church, and through this service we call the Blessing of the Animals. We do it at the beginning of October when the church remembers St. Francis of Assisi. Legend tells us that Francis had a special connection with nature and animals. Animal blessings also have a long tradition in agrarian communities when there would be times of the year to celebrate and bless all that made farming possible, including beasts of burden who pulled plows and wagons, and the cows that provided their milk. We continue this tradition primarily by blessing our pets, the animals that we have the closest connections with today.
All animals, great and small, are welcome to attend the blessing. If your pet is aggressive in any way, please consider your ability to control your pet. Leashes are a must for animals that are not in a cage of some sort, and dogs that may become aggressive might benefit from a muzzle. Noise is ok and welcomed – biting is not. We can bless cats and other creatures in cages. We will meet rain or shine, moving indoors as necessary based on the weather. The service itself is very brief and then every animal is brought forward for an individual blessing (and a treat!). We also have St. Francis medals, which can be placed on the collar of pets that wear collars. We’ve blessed everything from honeybees to horses in recent years, and we look forward to blessing your beloved animal companions as well.
The Parish House is located at 6329 Frederica Road on St. Simons Island.
One of the most important things a family can do is worship together. Children learn by experiencing and by watching what their parents do. Kids who do not spend time in prayer and worship as children will not be nearly as likely to seek it out as a teenager or an adult. Family ministry is important to us at Christ Church, as we try to meet the needs of every part of the family. We want to help equip parents to be faithful parents at home, teaching their children by example how to pray, and how our faith permeates every aspect of our lives. We also understand that parenting, as wonderful as it can be, can also be stressful. We offer parenting support groups, and help parents spend time with one another. We offer programs for all ages so that no matter what the makeup of the family, there is something for everyone at Christ Church.
We love children of all ages at Christ Church. The old adage says that "faith is caught, not taught," which is certainly true. We also recognize that there is great benefit to passing on our faith stories and our traditions to our younger generations. We have a thriving Sunday School that meets during the secular school year for all children, pre-school through high school. Sunday School meets at 10:15, between services in the Parish House. We use curriculums from a variety of sources, and welcome all children to join us! The Youth Group, for kids in 6-12th grades meets at various times outside of Sunday mornings according to the Youth Calendar. For detailed information about the youth and children's programs at Christ Church for 2016 - 2017, click on the brochure.
On Sunday evenings in the fall and spring we meet from 6p-8p in the parish house for a great time of fun and fellowship. We do this as we share a meal together, play indoor/outdoor games, participate in creative/artistic activities, worship and bible study. This offers students and adults an opportunity to unplug from their busy lives to take a “holy pause”, giving them spiritual nourishment for the coming week.
Youth Sunday School classes are offered each Sunday at 10:15 am. We are currently combining 6-12th grades with the hopes to split the groups in the near future. Lots of learning takes place, and we strive to provide a welcoming space where a variety of ideas and questions are encouraged. We are blessed with three outstanding teachers, Jody Bradford, Beth Smith and Beth Varn, whom I am honored to assist.
We offer many opportunities for students to share the love of God in Christ with those in need. In addition to our summer mission trips, students have opportunities to serve those in need in our own community. We have volunteered at a local assisted living, prepared meals for shut-ins, helped prepare and serve lunch at Manna House, assisting with the annual St. Mark’s towers outreach, etc.
The rite of Confirmation is for all those in who are 16 years of age and above who wish to affirm their baptismal vows and commit themselves to a life of Christian service. Stay tuned for more info on when the youth confirmation class will begin.
The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia offers several opportunities for retreats, lock-ins, summer mission and more. We strongly encourage our students to participate in as many of these events as possible. Events/activities include Fall Gathering, Spring Gathering, New Beginnings, Happening, summer camp, Convention lock-in, Acolyte festival and a summer mission trip either domestic or to the Dominican Republic. Wow! That’s a lot of stuff! For more information visit http://youth.georgiaepiscopal.org.Upcoming events:
A brand new ministry here at Christ Church is our Jr. EYC!! We are so excited to welcome all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as we offer many opportunities for fun and fellowship. Our kick-off opportunity was Sunday, Oct 18th. We had a brief orientation for parents and lunch. After, we departed for Poppell Farms corn maze and pumpkin patch! Everyone had a blast, and we are all excited about the monthly opportunities to come. Stay tuned!!
For questions regarding any of our youth ministry programs please contact:
For questions regarding our Jr. EYC please contact:
We love kids at Christ Church. The old adage says that "faith is caught, not taught," which is certainly true. We also recognize that there is great benefit to passing on our faith stories and our traditions to our younger generations. We have a thriving Sunday School that meets during the secular school year for all children, pre-school through high school. Sunday School meets at 10:15, between services in the Parish House. We use curriculums from a variety of sources, and welcome all children to join us!