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Christ Church Frederica, St. Simons Island, GA
Christ Church Frederica

Service Schedule

Christ Church offers daily, weekly, and seasonal opportunities for worship:

Holy Communion (Eucharist):

Wednesday

12:00 pm - Christ Church (Frederica Rd.) - Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing.

6:30 pm - X Church 

Saturday evenings 5:30 pm - St. Ignatius Chapel (Demere Rd.) - Rite II
Sunday mornings 8:00 am – Christ Church (Frederica Rd.) - 1928 BCP
 

9:15 am – Christ Church (Frederica Rd.) - This is generally a Rite II service, however Rite I is used on special occasions and Holy Days.

9:15 am - Christ Church Parish House (Frederica Rd.) - Worship in the bright and spacious Great Hall of the Parish House.

9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church (Frederica Rd.) - Our Liturgy of the Word for young children.

  11:15 am – Christ Church (Frederica Rd.) - Rite I. The first Sunday of each month is a Choral Morning Prayer.

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Communion in the Episcopal Church

Communion (also known as the Eucharist or The Lord’s Supper) is one of the two main sacraments in the church, baptism being the primary sacrament. What is a sacrament, you ask? Sacraments are outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual grace. They are things we can touch, see, taste, hear – things we can experience, that convey the presence and participation of the Holy. It is through the sacraments that we receive God’s grace. Grace is God’s favor towards us, unearned and undeserved; by grace God forgives our sins, enlightens our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills. Sacraments are an important part of our faith life.

Communion is our prayerful remembrance and reenactment of our Lord’s last supper with his disciples when he took break and wine, gave thanks, and shared it with his beloved friends. He told them to do it to remember him, and the church has long done it when we gather together. It puts us in mind of his death and resurrection and the great gift that is offered through Christ’s sacrifice for the world.

It has long been the norm for Anglican Christians to celebrate communion when we gather together. We call it The Great Thanksgiving, as it represents to us our giving of ourselves to God in Thanksgiving for what God has given us. We offer the first fruits of our human, broken lives, and God gives us back a measure of God’s perfect grace through the mystery of the Holy Spirit.

How do I receive Communion at Christ Church?

At Christ Church, all who seek Christ or a deeper knowledge of him are welcome to receive communion. After the communion prayer, which ends with the Lord’s Prayer, an usher will invite you to come towards the altar to receive communion. Typically we fill the altar rail from right to left as people get up and return to their pews. It is appropriate to kneel at the altar rail or to stand behind it to receive. In our tradition we use round wafers for bread and real wine.

To receive the bread wafer, people typically hold out their hands, one on top of the other, palms up, to receive the bread. The priest will place the bread in your hand with one of the sentences appropriate to the service, after which it is customary to say, Amen. At that time you may eat the bread, or you may hold onto the bread to dip it into the wine. If you prefer the priest to place the wafer into your mouth, do not put your hands out at all, but simple open your mouth, and the priest will place the wafer on your tongue.

When the chalice bearer comes to you with the wine, it is best to assist the person with the wine by guiding the chalice to your lips while you take a sip of the wine. If you have kept your bread and would like to dip it into the wine instead, make sure the bread is visible, and the chalice bearer will make sure you can dip into the wine. If you are dipping, it is most helpful if you dip carefully, avoiding getting your fingers into the wine. After dipping you would eat the bread at that point. If you would like the chalice bearer to dip the wafer and place it on your tongue, hold your wafer up on your turned up palms and the chalice bearer will dip the wine and place it on your tongue. If you choose not to receive the wine at all, and only want bread, simply cross your arms over your chest to signal that you do not want the wine.

If you do not want to receive communion, but would like to receive a blessing from the priest, come to the altar rail, and cross your arms over your chest. This will signal to the priest that you want a blessing instead of communion.

When you are done at the altar rail, you may return to your pew.

Also, if you are unable to come forward for reasons of infirmity, please let an usher know and the clergy will bring communion to you in your pew.

Children are welcome to receive communion at the discretion of their parents. It is often best reserved for children who understand that communion is something special and can received bread and/or wine respectfully. Contrary to the assertion of some, it is not necessary for children to “understand” communion before they can receive. Indeed, many adults do not fully “understand” the mysteries of the Eucharist. Instead, we encourage families to encourage their children to participate and teach them by example and through discussion afterwards. If you have any questions about communion don’t hesitate to speak with a member of the clergy.

What to Expect at a Service

What is a Rite, and how are the services different?

Rite I and Rite II designate the style of the worship service (liturgy). Episcopalians worship according to outlines laid out in our Book of Common Prayer. There have been various revisions of our Prayer Book since the original, which was published in 1549. While we follow an outline, we do have some ability to offer different components based on the season and the day.

Each of our Sunday liturgies is a little bit different. Our 1928 liturgy is the oldest, and in most Episcopal Churches was replaced by Rite I and Rite II in the 1970’s. The 1928 and the Rite I liturgy use “Elizabethan English”, which will sound like what you may have read in the King James Bible. Rite II is the same structure service, but in modern English.

An example of how this looks and sounds in practice:

At most of our services, the priest will say: “The Lord be with you.”

In Rite I the people respond: “And with thy Spirit.”

In Rite II the people respond: “And also with you.”

All of our services are made up of two parts: word and sacrament. The ‘word’ part of the services is made up of prayers, readings from the bible, and the sermon. The ‘sacrament’ refers to the part of the service where we receive holy communion.

About the Sunday services:

8:00 am – This service is our most traditional and most formal service. It is a quiet service without music, with very traditional language and phrasing. There are only two scripture readings instead of the typical four. If you have been to other Episcopal services, chances are they weren’t 1928 BCP (Book of Common Prayer) services, so the format will be slightly different. This service changes very little from week to week apart from the readings and the sermon.

9:15 am – This is our most popular, and therefore most crowded service. We alternate between use of the more traditional Rite I language and the modern Rite II language. Our choir sings at this service, offering music that can range from soulful gospel to sacred hymns that are hundreds of years old. This is one of the services that is popular with families. Coffee Hour and Sunday School follow this service in our parish hall.

11:15 am – This service is our second largest service. It also has music every week, usually with a small ensemble of singers and occasionally with the full choir or visiting musicians. Some Sundays we start the service using Morning Prayer, an ancient form of daily prayer in the morning, before moving into Holy Communion. This service also alternates between Rite I and Rite II language.

About Services at St. Ignatius Chapel

On Saturdays at 5:30 pm we offer communion services in our chapel on the south end of the island. These services are generally relaxed, and offered in a more intimate setting, as the chapel is a smaller space. Saturday is usually comfortably full while Sunday may only have a couple of dozen people. These services are full services, and rarely include music.

What do people wear to Church?

At Christ Church you’re liable to see just about anything! Because this is a beach community it is not uncommon to see people dressed very casually. It is also not uncommon to see men wearing a jacket and tie. Ultimately, we want our worshippers to wear what makes them comfortable and allows them to worship fully.

Will I be lost as I try to follow the service?

All of our services now have bulletins that contain all the things you’ll need to participate fully in worship. If you are at a service that includes hymns, you may need to find the hymns in the hymnals that are in the pews, but they’re listed in the bulletin and at the front of the church.

Where do I park?

Christ Church is blessed with many things, but a large parking lot is not one of them. When Christ Church was built there wasn’t the need for parking like there is today! People would just tie their horses up in the churchyard. Today, when coming to Christ Church, many people park in the graveled area on Frederica Rd. just across from the church. There is parking in front of the parish house, and on the point of land as Frederica Rd. curves around to the right. A word of caution as you cross the street and when you leave after church– be sure to look for traffic. St. Ignatius has a parking lot right next to the chapel.

Where do I go on Sunday morning?

When you are at Christ Church you’ll notice two buildings. The historic church building sits in the midst of the churchyard, with a wide lawn in front of it. There is a long brick sidewalk that leads from the Litch Gate along Frederica Rd. right to the front door of the church. That’s where you’ll want to go for services. The other building, which sits closer to the road is where we gather for Coffee Hour, Sunday School, and where our nursery is located. Water and restrooms are available in both buildings. At St. Ignatius, the door to enter the church is just off the front sidewalk along Demere Rd.

Do I need to bring anything with me to a service?

All you ultimately need is a desire to meet God. If you want to bring a prayer book or a bible, you are welcome to, however, everything you need for the service will be provided for you.

What about my young children?

Kids of all ages are welcome to worship with their parents. We do have a professionally staffed nursery for kids 5 and under, located in the parish house. We expect that kids will make some noise in church, so parents need not be overly worried that everyone is watching them or thinking unkind thoughts about their children if they are not “perfect little angels.” We really do welcome children, and are used to their activity and their chorus. If it ever become necessary, parents are always welcome to step out with a child and come back in when they need to. Kids are kids in church just like anywhere else. If we don’t give them an opportunity to be in church, however, they won’t ever learn the value of the church family and the importance of worship.

It has nothing to do with the sermon, but I could use a cup of coffee...

We offer a coffee hour between the 9:15 and 11:15 am Sunday services. There are snack foods for all ages and usually water, iced tea, or lemonade in addition to the coffee. Coffee hour takes place in the parish hall, which is the building next to the church in the churchyard. As you face the church the Parish Hall is on the right.

Daily Office:

Daily Morning Prayer Wed-Fri 8:00 am - St. Ignatius Chapel (Demere Rd.)
Daily Evening Prayer Tue-Sun 5:00 pm - Christ Church (Frederica Rd.)

Music at Christ Church Frederica

Easter The Choir 2014Sharing God’s gift of music is a primary way Christ Church Frederica seeks to enrich the lives of its people and the people of the Golden Isles. Building upon a long-standing Anglican tradition of excellence in music and liturgy, we provide music opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

Our parish’s music ministry offers seven musical organizations: the Christ Church Choir of Men and Women, the Christ Church Choristers, the Christ Church Trebles, the Christ Church Handbell Choir, Vi Fluentis Children’s Choir, the St. Cecelia Series, and Christ Church Summer Arts Camp.

Christ Church Choir of Men and Women

Membership is open to anyone willing to dedicate weekly rehearsal time and participate in various liturgies on our parish. The Christ Church Choir of Men and Women sings most Sunday morning 9:15 services, in addition to a full range of festival services and evensong. Our repertoire offers a diverse selection of traditional music.

The Christ Church Trebles

The Christ Church Trebles are ministers of music. We aspire to teach, to learn, to inspire and to lead the varied liturgies of Christ Church and St. Ignatius Chapel through our work as liturgical ministers. Membership in this choir is by invitation of the Organist and Choirmaster.

Christ Church Choristers

The Christ Church Choristers are ministers of music. We aspire to teach, to learn, to inspire and to lead the varied liturgies of Christ Church and St. Ignatius Chapel through our work as liturgical ministers. No audition is required, and we have serious fun with music.

Vi Fluentis Children’s Choir

Vi Fluentis Children’s Choir (Latin, meaning flowing energy) is an affiliate organization. Vi Fluentis Children’s Choir shares a diverse spectrum of choral music with the widest possible community by presenting accessible, engaging, and informative programs that are respected for their innovation and artistic excellence. Auditions and required. Contact Founder and Artistic Director Kathleen Turner for more information.

www.vifluentischildrenschoir.org

Christ Church Handbell Choir

The Christ Church Handbell Choir rings offers music both in our Liturgies and in performance. Our rehearsals combine musical finesse with a sense of humor. Currently none of our handbells need owners but we often need substitutes if one of our ringers is away for rehearsal or performance. Please contact our Organist and Choirmaster if you would like to be a substitute.

St. Cecilia Series 

Outstanding music and art is an integral part of the Christ Church’s life. Blessed by the acoustical resonance of the Parish House, our occasional special musical performances are exquisite. These musical offerings depend on the generosity of our parish and friends to help support this musical ministry. We welcome your interest and would be pleased to discuss ways in which you might be a partner in our work by offering an unrestricted gift or sponsoring a concert or event.

Contact our Organist and Choirmaster

Kathleen Turner
912-638-8683
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Baptism

Baptism is the primary sacrament in the Church across Christian denominations. It defines our membership in the Body of Christ and calls us to a certain way of life. Baptism is offered to all persons from infancy through adulthood. Typically, baptism is offered on several days throughout the year, days the wider Church has established as being particularly appropriate for baptism:

  • All Saints Day (or the Sunday after), typically around November 1
  • Baptism of our Lord Sunday, typically the Sunday after January 6
  • Easter Vigil or Easter Day, which fall in March or April depending upon the year
  • Pentecost, which is 50 days after Easter, and often in June or late May
  • Whenever the Bishop visits
  • Other dates for good cause and in collaboration with parish clergy
  • Baptisms are not offered during the season of Lent

There is some preparation for the baptismal candidate or their parents (in the case of young children). If you are interested in baptism, please speak to a member of the clergy.

The Baptismal Service and Baptismal Covenant

More on Baptism

“Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the church. God establishes an indissoluble bond with each person in baptism. God adopts us, making us members of the church and inheritors of the Kingdom of God (BCP, pp. 298, 858). In baptism we are made sharers in the new life of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of sins. Baptism is the foundation for all future church participation and ministry.

Each candidate for baptism in the Episcopal Church is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Sponsors (godparents) speak on behalf of candidates for baptism who are infants or younger children and cannot speak for themselves at the Presentation and Examination of the Candidates. During the baptismal rite the members of the congregation promise to do all they can to support the candidates for baptism in their life in Christ. They join with the candidates by renewing the baptismal covenant.

The water of baptism may be administered by immersion or affusion (pouring) (BCP, p. 307). Candidates are baptized "in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," and then marked on the forehead with the sign of the cross. Chrism may be used for this marking. The newly baptized is "sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own for ever." When all baptisms have been completed, the celebrant and congregation welcome the newly administered within the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or another feast.

The Catechism notes that "Infants are baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God." The baptismal promises are made for infants by their parents or sponsors, "who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him" (BCP, pp. 858-859). Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, the Day of Pentecost, All Saint's Day or the Sunday following, and the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany).” Source: “An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, a User-Friendly Reference for Episcopalians,” Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.

Weddings at Christ Church, Frederica

CCFWedding1The marriage of two people is a holy union. It begins with your desire to form a lasting, lifelong partnership with another person in God's love, and continues throughout your lives as an unfolding process of intentional living and growing together. In a marriage, each of you as an individual and together as a couple, gradually transform and mature in God's presence and image. A wedding, then, is a sacred ritual that acknowledges and celebrates your desire to enter a lifelong relationship. It symbolizes the ending of former ways of life and other future possibilities, and establishes a particular pathway into the future – one that you promise to travel together.

By uniting within the context of a faith community, you recognize that God is active in the love you feel for one another, and you place your relationship in God's care. You make your vows before God and the gathered community of family, friends and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help you fulfill your vows. Your marriage is a sacrament – an outward and visible sign of God's grace bringing you together and nurturing your love.

Who May Be Married at Christ Church, Frederica?

Members may be married at Christ Church, although non-members may be married under certain circumstances as described in our Wedding Guide. Priority for the scheduling of weddings is always given to anyone who is a member of Christ Church, Frederica (CCF). For a definition of membership, please see our Wedding Guide.

Scheduling Weddings

Weddings may be scheduled throughout the Church year except during Holy Week, the first week of Easter, the final week of Advent, and on any major secular holiday weekend. Weddings are rarely celebrated during the penitential season of Lent.

We are able to schedule weddings with at least six months’ notice and no more than 18 months in advance. Premarital counseling is required of all couples.

Getting Started on Your Wedding

Please download this helpful guide to Weddings at Christ Church and contact our Wedding Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to begin your marriage journey with us.

Funerals

The death of a loved one can be one of the most stressful and traumatic times in our lives. At Christ Church we seek to be a source of comfort and strength during those times. All members at Christ Church have the ability to have their funeral service here. Under certain circumstances, non members may have a funeral service for a loved one. We have developed this guide that may assist you in the planning of a funeral service at Christ Church. The first step in your planning should be to reach out to our Cemetery Superintendent, Oscar Covington. You may reach him by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone, 912.638-8683.

Summer Programs

June 12-16
9:00 - 11:45 am
Ages 3 - Grade 5
 
This year's Vacation Bible School theme is Hero Central. Your kids will discover their strength in God and realize that they are God's heroes! The theme Bible verse is "Do good! Seek peace and go after it!" —Psalm 34:14b To register your child for VBS or to sign up to help, click here.
 
 
 
June 19-23
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Friday
Ages 5 - 11 and 12-15

 

Kanuga is returning to Christ Church this summer with camps for ages 5 - 11 and ages 12 - 15. Camp Kanuga Local Day Camps are a great way to introduce children to the summer camp experience. The camps offer creative and educational activities that allow campers to engage with their community and make new friends. Camp Kanuga is specifically designed for campers ages 5-11 and all activities are conducted on-site. Adventure Day Camp is for older children and offers a number of exciting activities from rafting and zip lining to sea kayaking and standup paddle boards. Ages 12-15. To register for either camp, click here.

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Christ Church, Frederica
6329 Frederica Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

(912) 638-8683