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Our worship styles are distinctive for each of our services. Our weekday services are held in our historic chapel using Rite I traditional language and an east facing altar. On Sundays, we offer three different styles of worship in our Nave. All of our services are dignified and beautiful to both the eyes and the ears, but they are also warm and inviting.

If you are unfamiliar with Episcopal services, they are liturgical (meaning we have a written service that we follow), they are scriptural (Bible readings are included in all services), and they are participatory (the congregation reads and responds throughout the service). The Book of Common Prayer 1979 is the basis of all of our worship even in our Contemporary Service. A recent Newsweek article on religion in America noted that a growing number of people are following the book’s Morning Prayer liturgy because they’re drawn to the beauty of the language.

Holy Communion / Rite I

7:30 am in the Nave

The Rite I Holy Communion retains the beauty and dignity of the liturgical style and Elizabethan English found in earlier versions of the Prayer Book. This service is held in the Nave and is ideal for those who enjoy quiet early worship without music.

Contemporary Service / Rite II

9:00 am in the Nave
This is our Holy Communion service with contemporary music and modern language. This is our largest service with children and adults of all ages. The first lesson from the Bible is told as a story rather than read. The entire service is projected using video technology so that everyone can follow along without having to use a Prayer Book or Hymnal. The music is easy to both sing and understands while reinforcing the message of worship. This is a great place for the children to learn about and experience “formal” worship as well as a wonderful place for adults to worship together with their children. The service is held year-round at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the Nave.

Holy Communion / Rite II

11:00 am in the Nave
The 11:00 Holy Communion uses Rite II of the Book of Prayer Book, 1979. This service is a favorite of many longtime Episcopalians and is nearly as well attended as the Contemporary Service. This service features hymnody and special music led by the Christ Church Choir with organ. Our organ is one of the finest in the nation and is a worthy accompaniment to the dignity and holiness of this service.

Child Care

The Nursery is open from 8:45 a.m. until the conclusion of the 11:00 a.m. service. Our nursery is for infants through 3 years and includes babysitting as well as storytelling and snacks. The Nursery has pagers available to parents. Nursery staff will be able to contact you while you are in Church in the event you are needed. The Nursery is located in the Christian Education wing of the main campus.

Sunday Service Times

Holy Communion / Rite I
7:30 am in the Nave

Contemporary Service / Rite II
9:00 am in the Nave

Holy Communion / Rite II
11:00 am in the Nave

Weekday Service Schedule

Holy Communion Rite I
Monday at 12:00 pm in the Chapel

Holy Communion Rite I
Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Chapel

 


Ministries

Acolytes and Vergers

Lead the processional and recessional. Vergers assist the clergy by ensuring the church service runs smoothly. Acolytes assist the clergy at the Collect, during Holy Communion, and at other times. Both vergers and acolytes must attend a once a year training (one to two hours). Please contact the clergy or the church office if you are interested.

Lectors and Lay Readers

Read the Lessons during the service.

Eucharistic Ministers

Assist with Holy Communion

Ushers

The ushers of Christ Church are a dedicated group of men, women and young people who assist the priests in achieving an orderly, reverential ceremony. They assist the congregation in such a manner as will save time and avoid confusion. They assist at all regular Sunday services and such weekly and special services as requested by the Rector. Anyone interested in becoming an usher can contact the church office. New members are always welcome.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild’s main objective is to prepare for the worship services of the Church as directed by the Clergy. This does not end with the preparation of altars for Holy Communion but includes the care of linens, vestments, polishing all brass, etc. Membership is divided into groups to work on a one week a month basis. Altar Guild work itself can be considered as an oblation, a loving labor offered to God, not merely a chore that someone must accomplish. Those interested in serving on the Altar Guild should contact the church office.

Men’s Bible Studies

On Thursday mornings at 7:00 a.m. a group of men of all ages meet at Christ Church in Meeting Room 1 for fellowship and study. We welcome all men at all times.

Daughters of the King

This is an order for all Episcopal women. The purpose of the National Order is to promote renewal and spiritual growth among women and girls. Christ Church Chapter of DOK is committed to prayer, study and service; to gain personal spiritual growth through the study of God’s word. They visit the sick, host memorial receptions for those who would not otherwise have a place to greet friends, conduct Quiet Days for the benefit of spiritual growth of others, and serve in other areas at the request of Clergy. A group of Daughters who work meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

St. Anne’s Chapter (ECW)

St. Anne’s Chapter is one of the Episcopal Church Women’s organizations here at Christ Church. It meets once a month from October through May on the second Wednesday of the month in Meeting Room 1 at 9:00 a.m. We generally have a speaker, then a short business meeting. The topics are of various interests, which encourage growth in Christian living, service to the community and our parish. In the spring of each year, a fundraiser is usually held. Our membership includes a wide range of ages. We welcome all women of Christ Church. Visitors and guests are always welcome.


Sacraments

Confirmation

The sacramental rite in which the candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop” (BCP, p. 860).

Holy Baptism

This 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).

Holy Matrimony

The sacramental rite of the church in which two persons “enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows” (BCP, p. 861).

Pastoral Care

Newcomers Ministry

The primary goal of the Newcomers Ministry is to welcome and greet people new to the church and offer whatever help they can. Visitor Information cards are provided in the gift bags provided during the worship service. The card can be filled in and placed in the offering plate. Periodic gatherings are planned to enable our new parishioners a time to mingle with the clergy and vestry members in an informal setting. This is the perfect opportunity for questions and answers.

Prayer List

If you know of a prayer need, please contact the church offices (941-747-3709) immediately and we will add the prayer intention to our daily intercession list. Likewise, if you or your loved one has gotten well, or come home safely please let us know so that we can keep the prayer list as current as possible. The Prayer List is available each Sunday in the Narthex. Please pick one up and pray for your parish family during the week.

Eucharistic Visitors Ministry

The Eucharistic Visitors Ministry started in the Episcopal Church in 1985 for the purpose of bringing Holy Communion to parishioners who are unable to attend church services. On a monthly average, Christ Church has 20 Eucharistic Visitors making 35 visits offering the Sacrament to 75 parishioners. This is an important pastoral ministry that is necessarily being met by Eucharistic Visitors Ministers every day. If you are in need of the ministry from a Eucharistic Visitors Minister, please contact the church offices at 941-747-3709.

Hospital Visitation

Please advise the church offices immediately (941-747-3709) when you, or a loved one, is admitted to the hospital. Our clergy makes it a priority to visit, anoint, and pray with all members when they are admitted to the local hospitals… but we only know when you are in the hospital if you tell us.


Music at Christ Church

Music is central to the worship life of Christ Church. The music program at Christ Church is varied and presently includes traditional organ and choral music, a handbell choir, a contemporary music ensemble, and a concert series featuring our Létourneau pipe organ.

Our Music Staff

  • Richard Benedum

  • William Holt

  • Praise Band

Christ Church Chorale

The adult choir rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7:15 p.m. in the choir room, and sings regularly at 11:00 a.m. traditional Sunday service. The Chorale leads the worshiping Christ Church community in the singing of hymns and liturgical music. Highlights of the choir season include special holiday presentations before the Christmas Eve Eucharist and during Holy Week services. In spring the Chorale also performs a Mass with soloists and chamber orchestra during the liturgical service. The Chorale is open to all persons 16 and over without an audition.

Instruments

The 3-manual, 68-stop Létourneau pipe organ, Op. 96 (2007), is widely acknowledged to be the finest instrument in southwest Florida and one of the premier instruments in the southeastern United States. Weekly worship services at Christ Church are enriched by this wonderful instrument. The organ is at the core of Christ Church’s well-rounded and comprehensive music program and concert series. Christ Church also has a smaller organ in the Chapel, Op. 18A, built by Dan Jaeckel of Duluth, MN

Contemporary Service

The Praise Team rehearses on Sunday mornings at 7:30 a.m. and leads the worship music for the 9:00 a.m. Sunday contemporary service. Contact Rachel Kendzior or Bill Holt for more information.

Jubilate Handbell Choir

The Jubilate Bell Choir began in 1989 with the gift of three octaves of Schulmerich handbells by the parishioner, Dr. Betty G. Odell. Shortly thereafter, a three-octave set of choir chimes was purchased, providing additional color and variety to our musical offerings. The handbell choir rehearses weekly, September through May, and performs at the 11:00 a.m. service on the first Sunday of each month. Special music for Christmas Eve and Easter and other festival services is also provided. New ringers are always welcome–teenagers to adults. No experience is necessary, although it is helpful if you can read simple musical rhythms. For information, Cecilia McEnaney.

Christ Church Music Calendar 2018-2019

MOZART, MASS IN F MAJOR
sung as the morning liturgy Christ Church Chorale, soloists, and chamber orchestra
November 25, 11:00 a.m.

LESSONS AND CAROLS FOR ADVENT
Christ Church Chorale
December 9, 11:00 a.m.

SARASOTA YOUNG VOICES
Genevieve Beauchamp, director
December 9, 5:00 p.m.

ADVENT ORGAN RECITALS AT 12:15
Julane Rodgers, harpsichord –December 6
James Walton – December 13
Richard Benedum – December 20

MUSIC FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
December 24, Choral Music for the Season at 10:00 p.m., followed by Christmas Eve Mass, 10:30 p.m.

STEPHEN HAMILTON, ORGANIST
February 10, 4:00 p.m.

Lecture: “Mozart’s The Magic Flute” Richard Benedum
February 11, 7:00 p.m.
Church of the Redeemer, SarasotaMOZART, MASS IN C MAJORsung as the morning liturgy Christ Church Chorale, soloists, and chamber orchestra March 3, 11:00 a.m.GAIL ARCHER, ORGANIST
March 10, 4:00 p.m.SARASOTA-MANATEE BACH FESTIVAL
Bach and the French Connection: Rameau, and Couperin
Christ Church, Bradenton March 17, 4:00 p.m. (freewill offering)
Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota March 16, 7:30 p.m. (tickets $20)LENTEN ORGAN RECITALS AT 12:15
Cynthia Roberts-Greene – March 7
Michael Edward Stuart – March 14
James Guyer – March 21
Nancy Donaruma, cello, and James Johnston, organ – March 28 Nancy Siebecker – April 4
Ann Stephenson-Moe – April 11