Summer, 2021
Worship with Us
Christ Church is open for indoor worship at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. If you do not feel comfortable joining us, the live stream of the 10:00 a.m. service will continue to be posted on our You Tube channel! You can watch it in real time or at your convenience. Find it here.
Happening this Month
Crossing the Divide
On Saturday, June 26th, we will join with our friends from the Mount Calvary Baptist Church for two events:

Rally in support of law enforcement, Newton Green, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Reverend Canon Robert Griner will be joined by Mount Calvary Baptist Church leaders, New Jersey State Senator Steve Oroho, and ministers and others from area religious organizations in support of local law enforcement. Rally will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Father Robert is scheduled to speak at approximately 10:20 a.m.

"Coffee with a Cop", Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 12:00 p.m.
All are invited to become acquainted with members of local law enforcement as well as our brothers and sisters at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 77 Merriam Avenue, Newton.
Christian Education
Sunday School
Christian education for children preschool - 6th grade will take place on the church patio and playground, beginning at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays during the summer. We will share the Gospel through play! Contact Susie Mittelstadt,, with questions.

Journey Youth Group
The Journey Youth Group for students in grades 7 - 12 will be on hiatus until after Labor Day. Enjoy your summer!

Adult Christian Education
A discussion led by the Reverend Canon Robert Griner will take place on the patio on Sundays beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Masks and social distancing are encouraged for all those participating in Christian Education in accordance with New Jersey Department of Health guidelines.
Bible Study
Bible Study will be offered in the church parlor on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Masks and social distancing are required.
Junior Choir Returns in September!
Calling all boys and girls who will be in the 1st - 6th grade in September! The Junior Choir will resume rehearsals in September and begin singing at Sunday services in October. Everyone is welcome! If you haven't sung since March 2020 - you need to come out and sing with the Junior Choir. We need your voice! Come join us for a great year of singing! Contact Debbie Mello,, with questions.
Parish Activities
Christ Church Women
Monthly Meetings
The July meeting of the Christ Church Women's group is scheduled for Thursday, July 15th, 11:30 a.m., at Christ Church.

We will join with members of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church for a picnic and meeting at Swartswood Lake Picnic Pavilion on Thursday, August 19th, 11:30 a.m. The park entrance is at 1091 E. Shore Drive, Swartswood, NJ, 07877. Carpooling from the church is available for those in need.

Keeping in Touch Ministry
Utilizing the personal gift of note cards, the Keeping in Touch ministry unites and empowers Christ Church Women to share and build their faith, reach out to the community and beyond, and act as a spiritually nurturing force. By expressing the sentiments and compassion necessary for human connection, these cards represent tokens of love for those experiencing loss, illness, recovery, and isolation, as well as acknowledging appreciation, gratitude, and celebration.

On Friday, June 25th, at 7:00 p.m. all Christ Church Women are invited to gather to help create Keeping in Touch greeting cards to be used to stay connected with parishioners in need. No artistic talent is necessary! To RSVP, or for more details about the event, email Diana Greene at

Preparation of the newly-created Keeping in Touch ministry cards will take place immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service on Sundays, July 18th and August 22nd.

Alternative dates and times for quarterly meetings to allow those who are unable to attend the monthly gatherings are being discussed. To offer a suggestion, or to volunteer to coordinate an activity, contact Diana Greene at
Christ Church Book Club
The Christ Church Book Club will meet on Thursday, July 29th, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom to discuss Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Join Zoom Meeting
Or call 1 929 436 2866
Meeting ID: 424 529 2224
Passcode: Y6bT9G

For more information, please contact Lori Parks at 862-266-3069 or
Sunday Servers & Brunch in a Bag Volunteers
Those who have volunteered to provide flowers, support the worship of the Sanctuary, serve as Lectors, Ushers, Acolytes, Crucifers or on the Altar Guild, or assist with the Sunday Brunch in a Bag program can check their schedule on the Christ Church website.
Manna House Volunteers
Christ Church provides volunteers to Manna House at the First Presbyterian Church of Newton on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Summer volunteer opportunities are on July 28th and August 25th. Those interested in volunteering are invited to call Laura Booker, 973-384-7635. At this time, meals are distributed at the door with limited volunteers due to public health guidelines.
Altar Guild
The new flower committee is off and running! If you are interested in a beautiful, rewarding ministry, contact Alex Zander ( to be assigned to a team immediately. You do not have to be a current member of the Altar Guild, but you will become a member upon volunteering for flower duty. If you are unsure of your skills, you will be trained by experienced arrangers and you will not be expected to work alone.

Parishioners are encouraged to contribute toward the purchase of the flowers on the altar in order to commemorate a special occasion or loved one; Sanctuary Lights or Candles, $20; Altar Flowers, $50. Contact Alex Zander at or contact the church office to offer flowers or make a monetary donation.
Let's Have Some Coffee Together!
It's time to bring back Coffee Hour! Eating and drinking together at Coffee Hour is easy - and so is hosting it! Volunteers are paired with each other and assigned hosting duties every few months. Christ Church provides coffee, tea, and paper products; hosts are responsible for providing a selection of tasty treats. Financial assistance is available. Contact the church office at 973-383-2245 or if you are willing to lend a helping hand.
Well Done, Good & Faithful Servants!
  • Kurt Lutz, Nick Pachnos, and Mike and Denise Streeter for organizing, shopping, setting up and cleaning up the parish picnic;
  • Geordie Compton and our dedicated Brunch in a Bag crew who have tirelessly fed the hungry throughout this pandemic;
  • All those who faithfully continued their financial support of our parish during the pandemic, even while the building was closed;
  • Nick Pachnos for overseeing the installation of the audio-visual system and handling our live-stream service each week;
  • Alex Zander and the new flower arrangement committee for the stunning floral arrangements for the altar. Since the flowers are culled primarily from parishioners gardens, the endeavor saves the church a significant amount of money every week.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Looking Ahead
Join us for the Annual Meeting, September 12th.
Church Calendar Online
Stay up-to-date with the events at Christ Church by checking out the calendar on our website .
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