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Worship at CHT
Sunday Worship Update
We will be open for registrations for Sunday’s service. The re-entry committee looked at the average of cases over the last three days and determined, that, while some days were above the threshold, the average remains below.


Registration for services is here: 

If we have space, we may also be able to accommodate registration onsite. Space will be limited and masks will be required for all in attendance. Virtual services will continue, as always, on Facebook or the front page of the website, and we will gather together in the Square after the service for BYO coffee hour.
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Live Streaming
Sunday Eucharist
11:00 am

To participate in Online Worship: Click here
We will be live streaming worship at 11:00 am on Sundays on Facebook Live. You will be able to view this worship at any time after it uploads. The video will be at the top of the page when you click the link above. Click here for a digital bulletin.

To register for in-person Service: Click Here or scan the QR code below.
Need-to-know for in-person worship:

PROTOCOLS: In order to be an inclusive space, welcoming all and caring for those who are vulnerable and not yet vaccinated, all present in the building must wear a mask over their mouth and nose while in the building at all times. We will practice social distancing and good hygiene habits by washing our hands or using hand sanitizer.
Candlelight
Compline Services
5:30 pm
Wednesday Evenings

A brief service for the end of the day.
Join us on Facebook at 5:30 pm.

Morning Prayer
Weekdays
9:00 am
Monday-Friday

Join us each morning online for live
and interactive morning prayer.
Click Here to participate.

BYOC Coffee Hour
in the Square
Sundays in 2021
12:15 PM EDT – 1:30 PM EDT
We invite you to join us in the Square after church on Sunday. Bring your own coffee, tea, water, and say hello!
Family Ministry
Back to School and Back Together!

We invite you to join us for a Back to School Night – Sunday School edition on Thursday, October 14th from 6-7 pm

Information and conversation about what Family Ministry will look like this year, and how you all can be a part of it! Email Rachel at rgardner@htrit.org for more information/to sign up.
Please also mark your calendars for:

Game Night in the Square:
Wednesday, October 20 5:30-7:30 pm
bring your picnic blanket and favorite game to share with friends.

Advent Wreath Making Party:
Monday, November 22 5:30 – 7:30 pm
in the front of the church and in the narthex.

Church Decorating Party:
Tuesday, December 21 5:30-8:30 pm
pizza, hot cocoa and cider – help put up the trees, lights and decorations.
This Week at CHT
Women's Gatherings
You are welcomed to join the community of women at CHT to share in faith, fellowship, and fun this Fall! We aim to be a supportive and inclusive space for all who identify as female, no matter your generation or life status. We gather twice monthly, once virtually over zoom and once in person, so long as the weather and status of Covid-19 permits.
Virtual Schedule - 6:30 PM the first Thursday of every month:
  • October 7, 2021
  • November 4, 2021
  • December 2, 2021

In Person Schedule* - 6:30 PM the 3rd Tuesday of every month:
  • October 19 - Mingle at Cira Green, 129 S 30th Street, 12th Floor
  • November 16 - Potluck Dinner at Maggie's Rooftop, 2713 Latona Street
  • December 21 - Cookie swap at the CHT Parish House, 1904 Walnut Street

Meetings in person will follow the local Covid-19 protocols in place at that time. Generally, masks will be required unless fully vaccinated and socially distanced outside for food and drink. Details will be emailed as a reminder the day before each meeting. * In the event of inclement weather or if Covid-19 guidance changes we will meet virtually over Zoom on the In Person dates. 
 
Click Here to register for the contact list for these events.
 
Contact Susan Souffie (souffie.susan@gmail.com) or Maggie Redder-Thornton (margaret.e.thornton@gmail.com) with any questions.
Offering Envelopes
Would you like to use envelopes for your gift to the church in 2022? We’d like to know so we can make sure we order enough!

Please fill out this short form: https://forms.gle/wiN61jsJgQPbuUwy6
Bishop's Visit
a message from The Reverand Rachel Wenner Gardener

I always love it when the Bishop joins a congregation I'm serving – it reminds me that we are a part of something bigger than our four walls, more than this place at this time. Our time together this last Sunday, however, was particularly poignant and special to me for several reasons.

First of all, we welcomed 8 people into the fellowship that is the Episcopal Church. Three of them have decided to move from other Christian traditions and to make this church their home. Five young folks, almost all of whom have grown up in this congregation, made their own declaration (after their parents declared for them at their childhood baptisms) to be part of this church. They got up early on three Saturday mornings to do formation with us over zoom, and they took seriously the vows they made. It was also just so great to see them all together again, laughing at their phones and simply being together.

One of the young people is my son. As a priest, it is so hard to step out of the professional role at a service on Sunday, and it wasn’t until I laid my hands on my son’s shoulders that I remembered – this is my son! And I am his mom, and I got a little teary, just for a moment. It is a meaningful thing for him to choose this church to be part of his life, but also because this weekend marked our 5th anniversary of being priests in this church. And so, it was another moment that we have marked here, in the place. I honestly can’t imagine being anywhere else, and I feel blessed to be in your community every week.
Finally, it was so special to be with Bishop Gutiérrez on this day, because we began in this diocese around the same time (a few months apart). He has been incredibly supportive of this church and has been thankful for our support of him and the diocese through additions to his staff, our giving to the diocese, and congregational participation.
I heard it again and again this weekend, that “Bishop Gutiérrez is so down to earth,” and it’s true. He commented that he feels at home in this church, but he also makes us feel at ease and at home when he is with us."
Helping Hands
There are all kinds of ways you can get involved at the church – from home, at the church, even from afar! We might not all be able to get together, but we can all lend a hand and share our gifts! Check out this space each week for new opportunities:
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Clothing Donations: It's Getting Cold!
We are in urgent need of the following men’s clothing items to support our clothing ministry and partnership with the Sunday Love Project:

Pants, sweaters, shirts, jackets, winter coats, vests, socks, underwear, sneakers, work boots, and casual shoes. All sizes are needed. We are looking for warm, comfortable, casual streetwear.
 
Also needed are gloves, hats, scarves, blankets, and health/beauty items in travel sizes. The only women’s items we need are scarves, hats, shoes, boots, and gloves. Please no other women’s items at this time.
 
All items can be dropped off Sundays and Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm, at the Walnut Street entrance to the Centennial Room.
Unused Camera?
Help the church take memorable photos for special events! If you have an old DSLR camera you don't use anymore, consider giving it to the church to help keep our website and social media looking fresher than ever. In exchange, we'd be happy to give you a tax letter for donation purposes. Please email communications@htrit.org if you're able to help.
Helpers on Sunday: We invite you to help with the services on Sunday with simple tasks anyone of any age can do. Let the Site Coordinator know you'd like to help when you arrive on Sunday and they will give you a task!
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1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 567-1267
communications@htrit.org
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