Welcome to Christ Church!
Thank you for joining us for worship. Christ Church is a community of seekers who choose to bridge love and service here on the corner of 9th and C and beyond. Your presence is appreciated.
As you enter the church
There are two entrances to Christ Church, one on Ninth Street and the other through the courtyard gate on C Avenue. If you enter from the courtyard gate, you will see our Welcome Center. Please stop by and let us know you're visiting so we may welcome you. The Welcome Center is staffed with greeters who can direct you to Sunday School and the Nursery locations and answer any other questions you may have.
As you enter, an usher will welcome you and hand you a service bulletin. The bulletin is a booklet that assists worshipers in participating in the service, and also includes announcements of parish events.
If you have a child with you, ask the usher for a pew bag. Pew bags contain paper, pencils, pipe cleaners and other surprise goodies. There are also versions with board books and locking beads for our smallest worshipers. You are welcome to sit anywhere you wish, but an usher is available to help you, if needed.
Hearing assistance devices are located in the back of the church, but we strongly suggest you choose a seat toward the front, so you might better be able to both hear and see.
If you are attending our 8:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Holy Eucharist, you can expect the service to be quiet and contemplative. The 10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Holy Eucharist is a vibrant offering including a full choir.
Worship in the Episcopal Church is liturgical, meaning that the congregation follows service forms and prays from texts that don’t change much from week to week during a season of the church year. This sameness gives worship a rhythm that becomes comforting and familiar to the worshipers.
For the first-time visitor, liturgy may be exhilarating--or confusing. Services may involve standing, sitting, kneeling, sung or spoken responses, and other participatory elements that may present a challenge for the first-time visitor. Don't worry about doing something "wrong"--you can just follow the lead of those around you or ask for assistance. Liturgical worship can be compared with a dance; once you learn the steps the dance becomes satisfying to do again and again.
This is the table, not of the church but of Jesus Christ.
It is made ready for those who love him
and who want to love him more.
So come, you who have much faith and you who have little;
You who have been here often
and you who have not been for a long time or ever before;
You who have tried to follow and you who have failied;
Come, not because the Church invites you;
It is Christ, and he invites you to meet him here.
The Iona Community Worship Book
We look forward to welcoming you both to worship with us and also for fellowship in the courtyard after the service.