|Make sure to bring your children, grandchildren and cameras on Easter Sunday, April 1st, for the Annual Christ Church Easter Egg Hunt! It will begin at the conclusion of the 9:15 am worship services. (There will be no Sunday school or Kidurgy on Easter Sunday.)
The week after Easter, the Healing Service, X Church, music rehearsals and all studies that normally occur on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will not take place. The church office will also be closed on Monday, April 2nd; Tuesday, April 3rd; and Wednesday, April 4th. Have a blessed Easter holiday!
I wrote the words below a few Holy Weeks ago, when I lived in a place that could see snow in the spring. It's not a first-person account, though it's written like one. Well, parts of it are probably true enough, but it's fiction overall. As I found myself gazing out the window, daydreaming about the steady march of days and moments, I remembered this and thought I might as well share it in the midst of this Holy Week when a new Rambling just isn't in the cards. I pray the next few days are indeed holy for you as we march closer to the cross and beyond.
He sat by the window with his coffee in his hands, one aged hand around the other, watching the snow. The contented sigh of the dog curled up at his feet could have been his own. His life hadn't turned out as he expected, but it had been good, nonetheless. He knows he's nearing the end. Genetics hold the key to just how close death is, but at his age, he knows he doesn't have too many winters left; but he doesn't let the mystery affect his sleep. If he were a younger man, he'd be out in the snow, just for the fun of it. There was a day when he enjoyed the silence of a snowstorm, the dampened sounds and the soft whisper of snow on snow. Today he was just as pleased to experience it from the warmth of the den.
|Holy Week and Easter Worship Schedule
March 29 - Maundy Thursday
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist
12:00 pm and 6:30 pm -
Maundy Thursday Liturgy
March 30 - Good Friday
12:00 pm - Three Hours Devotion
(at St. Simons Presbyterian Church)
4:00 pm - Stations of the Cross
(at St. Ignatius Chapel)
6:30 pm - Good Friday Liturgy
with Veneration of the Cross
March 31 - Holy Saturday
6:30 pm - Great Vigil of Easter
(at St. Ignatius Chapel)
April 1 - Easter Sunday
8:00 am - Holy Eucharist in Christ Church
9:15 am - Holy Eucharist in Christ Church
9:15 am - Holy Eucharist in the Parish Hall
(10:30 am - Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn)
11:15 am - Holy Eucharist in Christ Church
|Holy Week Worship Music
From Kathleen Turner, Organist and Choirmaster
There are some pieces of music that warrant repetition. En Priere, a poem written by Stéphan Bordèse and set to music by French composer Gabrielle Faure, is one of them. The piece is from a collection of 30 Songs for Voice and Piano.
To quote tenor, Matthew Todd, "
Bordese's prayer of the 12-year-old Jesus is one of heartbreaking simplicity and Fauré sets it accordingly with tripleted arpeggios (depicting the Trinity), always ascending in supplication to Heaven. The chanson is not without its passionate moments as the music crescendos and the boy declares:
'auguste Roi des rois, Ô Lumière!' (great King of kings, oh light!)
Religious significance aside, few could fail to be moved when the triplets finally cease and the child's prayer concludes:
'Reveal Yourself to me, Lord, in whom I believe
For you I would suffer and die on the Cross,
Throughout Holy Week this piece will be offered as a musical focus on our journey to Calvary. The piece is sung in French. Here is the translation:
If the voice of a child can reach you, O my Father,
Listen to the prayer of Jesus on His knees before You.
If You have chosen me to teach Your laws On the earth,
I will know how to serve You, holy King of Kings, O Light!
Place on my lips, O Lord, the salutary truth,
So that whoever doubts should serve You with humility!
Do not abandon me, give me the necessary gentleness,
To alleviate pains, to relieve the suffering, the misery!
Reveal Yourself to me, Lord, in Whom I have faith, and I hope,
To suffer for You and die on the cross at Calvary!
|Flowering of the Cross
The flowering of the cross has become an Easter Day tradition at Christ Church. David Lowe and Chris Triplett begin the process by bedecking the cross outside the church entrance with spring flowers and invite the entire parish to bring blooms that they have purchased or cut in their yards to Easter Day services.
(Mr. MacGregor - aka David - will be there to assist, and he might even take a picture of you and your family as you celebrate this joyous day.) Don't forget your flower and your camera on Easter morning!
|Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar Holy Eucharist that took place on Palm Sunday, at Christ Church, was a deeply moving and inspiring service for the participants and the many faithful who attended. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to present this musical interpretation of the Passion. It truly set the tone for a meaningful Holy Week.
|Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King will next meet on Tuesday, April 10th, at 5:45 pm, in the Parish House. Please contact Mtr. Ashton at
if you are interested in becoming part of this organization or if you would like more information about them.
Episcopal Church 101 is a six-week study for anyone wishing to know more about the Episcopal Church, either in preparation for being confirmed, received or reaffirmed (wonder what the difference is among those?) or simply to answer those "why do we" questions. The class meets on Wednesdays, at 5:45 pm in the Parish Hall. If you are interested in joining this group or would like to know more, please contact Mtr. Becky at email@example.com or call the church office at 912-638-8683.
|Adult Sunday Morning Class
Dr. Bob Brown's
adult Sunday morning class
will not meet on Easter Sunday but plan to finish up their New Testament study in April. On May 6 the class begins a study of Adam Hamilton's new book
Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Troubled Times
. Everyone is welcome. Classes are in the parish house from 10:30 until 11:15 am.
For more information, contact Bob at
|Women's Study Group
Join the Women's Study Group on Tuesdays, at 11:30 am, for their study of 24/6, written by Matthew Sleeth. The book is centered on "Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy." In today's 24/7 lifestyle, remembering to rest can be difficult. During this season of Lent we will focus on centering our lives on Christ and taking our Sabbath intentionally. Contact Mtr. Ashton at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the group.
|EYC and Pathfinders Activities
The weather is heating up and so is the schedule for our youth! Check out the the rest of the
activities happening this spring here.
There is so much going on with our youth at Christ Church! P
lease contact Brad Hamil at
to get the latest information and updates!
|Christ Church Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take
place on the front lawn of Christ Church after the 9:15 am Easter Sunday services, on April 1, 2018. Bring your children and grandchildren, their Easter baskets and your camera for this delightful, traditional Easter event!
If you have any questions, please contact Mtr. Ashton at
Parents! Summer will be here
you know it, so make plans for your children to join the fun and fellowship in Vacation Bible School at Christ Church! This year, VBS will take place from June 11-15. To register your children or to volunteer to help, click here. Please contact Mtr. Ashton at email@example.com for more information and ways you can get involved!
Camp Kanuga returns for the week of June 18-22.
Camp Kanuga Local Day Camps are a great way to introduce children to the summer camp experience. We offer creative and educational activities that allow campers to engage with their community and make new friends. All activities are designed specifically for campers ages 5-11 and conducted on-site. Adventure Day camps offer a number of exciting activities from rafting and zip lining to sea kayaking and standup paddle boards. Ages 12-14. Registration information will be available in the weeks to come. Get more information about Kanuga summer camps here.
A newly established scholarship fund created by the Christ Church Frederica Episcopal Church Women is being inaugurated this year.
Annually, the Christ Church Frederica ECW Scholarship Fund for Women will provide $2,500 to a female high school graduate pursuing a degree through an academic or technical college or university. The student must be of the Episcopal faith and hale from Glynn or McIntosh County.
"Many of our Christ Church women have, over the last fifteen years, donated to this wonderful effort to establish a scholarship program for our young ladies. The fruit of our gifts will now benefit many young women with their future educational goals. In establishing this scholarship we honor those who came before us and saw this as just a dream... but now it is a reality and we could not be more pleased," noted Jane Watson, President, Episcopal Church Women.
Applications may be accessed via the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation website here
and are due no later than April 21, 2018. Candidates will be screened and interviewed by a scholarship committee and the award will be made in May.
|Docents and Greeters Needed in Christ Church!
Christ Church needs docents and greeters! As the team of volunteer docents has diminished over the last few months, due to illness and retirements, so have the number of days we are able to keep the church open to visitors.
Currently, we have a skeleton crew of volunteers to man the church Tuesday through Sunday in the afternoons. After March, we will definitely need some additional folks to help. You can assist by volunteering to docent once a month from 2 to 5 pm. There is a training session before docents embark on this wonderful opportunity to share the remarkable story of our church. Contact: Fred Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org to become a docent.
|Saint Simons Island 2018 Community Worship During Holy Week and Easter
(Service and Lunch $3)
Friday, March 30 - Day of Sacrifice
At Saint Simons Presbyterian Church
Lunch served from 11:30 am until 12:15 pm
Good Friday Vigil from 12:30 - 3:30 pm
(Worshipers may leave at 1:00 pm or stay.)
EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE
Sunday, April 1, at 6:30 AM at the Village Pier
Preacher - Rev. Bob Brearley
An Offering Will Be Received
Bring lawn chairs, bug spray, and warm faith!
Coffee Hour hosts are needed to help provide refreshments between our 9:15 am and 11:15 am worship services on Sundays, in the Parish Hall. Please contact Christine Plank at
to sign up to help.
|Christ Church Families on Facebook
Families! Please join the Christ Church Families Facebook group to keep up with all the latest events and activities. Find us on Facebook
|Giving Made Easy
You may use the CCF website to make pledges, donations and payments for some activities. Just select "Giving" at the top of the CCF
. This brings you to the PushPay.com giving link. If it's your first time at this site, you'll have to create an account. The process is fast and easy and allows you to pay by credit or debit card or by electronic bank transfer. You may change or add new payment methods at any time. Contact: Stan Kyker, CCF financial administrator at 912-638-8683.
|Lecture Series in May
As part of the Louchery Lecture Series, Dr. Matthew Sleeth will join us on Friday, May 4 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to lead a seminar focusing on the responsibility of Christians to care for the glorious creation in which God has entrusted us. Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two post-doctoral fellowships. He is the author of Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action (Zondervan, April 2007), the introduction to the Green Bible (2008, HarperOne), and 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life. More information about the lectures will be available in the weeks to come.
|Picnic at Honey Creek - May 20th
Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 20, 2018, for the
Christ Church Picnic at Honey Creek
. We encourage all of our Christ Church family to join us for this time of reflection, reconnection and recreation. At 11:30 am, we will have Holy Eucharist, in the chapel, followed by lunch and family time. Please bring your lawn chairs, softball equipment, lawn games and coolers of cold beverages to share. For those unable to attend the picnic, Holy Eucharist will be offered at Christ Church at 8:00 and 9:15 am, and Morning Prayer will be said at 11:15 am.
An Interfaith Journey to the Holy Lands: Relationship, Understanding, and Community Harmony
Rev. Tom Purdy,
Rabbi Rachel Bregman, and Rev. Alan Dyer as they lead an interfaith journey to the Holy Land with Medji Tours in June 2019. This once in a lifetime trip aims to build relationships across cultural and religious lines in our community by exploring together the shared roots of our traditions in Israel and Jordan. Additionally, this interfaith journey hopes to begin a longer-term process of continuing to form relationships, deepen understanding, and build community across other faith organizations in Glynn County, Georgia upon our return. This trip is open to any and all who would like to participate in this holy work. For more information, click
Please help us keep the prayer list current by notifying Mtr. Becky of any changes in the status or condition of your loved one.
Mary Lou De Bisschop
Mary Lou Detwiler
Mary Jean Giobino
William David Herndon
Erin Jones O
Mary Elizabeth Paris
James St. Clair
Samantha Lee Stevens
To amend our prayer list, or to update the church on the condition of your loved one, please email Mtr. Becky Rowell
or call the church office at 912.638.8683.
Serving This Weekend
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, April 1, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector
Lee Dyson - Usher
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild
9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Paul Salter - Acolyte C
Robert Wray - Acolyte TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte TB
McKenzie Brown - Acolyte PW
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chancel Master
Leigh Lane - Lector - First Lesson
Robert Brown - Lector - Second Lesson
Joe Wilkinson - Usher
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Sandy Storino - Altar Guild
9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Isabella Williston - Acolyte C
Beth Smith - Chalice Bearer
Beth Smith - Lector - First Lesson
John La Boone - Lector - Second Lesson
Jane Sanders - Greeter
Paul Sanders - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Dale Stoddard - Usher
Amy Jenkins - Altar Guild
Kay Brown - Altar Guild
11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Paul Salter - Crucifer
Ava Parker - Acolyte TB
Isabel Parker - Acolyte TB
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - First Lesson
Paul Salter - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
John Killgallon - Usher
Clinton Winne - Usher
Dale Pierson - Altar Guild
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild
Linda Wood - Altar Guild
|This Week at Christ Church
is held Wednesdays through Sundays at Christ Church, Frederica at 5:00 pm.
*Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at Christ Church
Thursday, March 29, 2018
9:00 am - Holy Week Eucharist
12:00 pm - Maundy Thursday Liturgy with foot washing
6:30 pm - Maundy Thursday Liturgy with foot washing
Friday, March 30, 2018
12:00 pm - Three Hours Devotion at St. Simons Presb.
4:00 pm - Stations of the Cross at St. Ignatius
6:30 pm -Good Friday Liturgy at Christ Church
Saturday, March 31, 2018
6:30 pm - Great Vigil of Easter at St. Ignatius
Sunday, April 1, 2018
8:00 am - Easter Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Easter Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Easter Parish Hall Worship at CCF
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - Easter Egg Hunt on the Lawn
11:15 am - Easter Worship at Christ Church
Monday, April 2, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, April 7, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, April 8, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Parish Hall Worship at CCF
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - Sunday School for All Ages
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
April 2, 3 and 4 2018
May 4&5, 2018
Dr. Matthew Sleeth Lectures
May 5&6, 2018
May 20, 2018
Church Picnic at Honey Creek