Sunday Worship


8:00 am Holy Eucharist  (Spoken)
10:15 am Holy Eucharist 
With choir and hymns

Childcare available  9:00 am to 12:00 pm
 Welcome to Christ Church!

Welcome to Christ Episcopal Church!
We warmly invite you to join us for worship at Christ Church. Nearly everything you need for the service is in the booklets handed out at each service, though you may be directed to the hymnals for music. If you’re not sure when to stand or sit, or greet your neighbor or pray silently, just do whatever feels most comfortable to you. There are many ways to approach the mystery of God’s love.

All are welcome.
Everyone, even young children, sinners, saints, church-goers, church-skeptics, theological perfectionists, those who find comfort in ambiguity, and the gluten-averse, is invited to worship. Our goal is to make worship accessible and comfortable for all people.

Communion
The altar is God’s table and everyone is welcome. Come to the communion rail and stand or kneel as you prefer. To receive bread, cup your hands and extend them. To receive wine, help guide the chalice to you. If you prefer a blessing, come to the altar and cross your arms over your chest. Seriously, you don’t have to do what everyone else does. Feel free to assist your children.

Wake up!
Join us for coffee, pastries and conversation in the parish hall following the service. The coffee is pretty good, actually. We value community and fellowship. We invite you to introduce yourself to someone you’ve never met before or have seen a lot but don’t know their name.

What’s that?
If you have trouble hearing the service the greeters can direct you to a listening device, or you could sit closer to the front. Try sitting somewhere new; it might bring new meaning to your worship experience.

Children and Youth

Our church nursery is open from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Sunday. If you’d like your child return to the church for communion, please let the childcare staff know.

On the first Sunday of the month all ages are in worship together. On nearly every other Sunday there is Sunday School for children and youth at 10 am upstairs in the Education Building. Children join their families in worship during the offertory. Ask an usher or someone else who looks like they know what they’re doing for directions to the Sunday school.

Your kids are welcome in church for the whole service if you’d prefer for them to sit with you. There are worship bags available for children which include a worship based activity book, crayons, and more. Ask the ushers where to find them and pick one up on your way in. There is a soft area near the back of the sanctuary where crawlers and restless ones can move around. We ask that you supervise your children while they are in this space. Please feel free to enter and exit the worship space as needed. If there is wondering or questions during the service soft voices and walking feet are appreciated.

Christ Church adheres to "Called to Right Relationship" which is the Diocese of California’s official policy on standards and behaviors to ensure that our congregations are safe places for all God's people. You can view the policy by clicking HERE.

 Ash Wednesday Services on February 10
 (with imposition of ashes and Holy Communion) 
at 12 Noon and 7:00 pm


Evening Midweek Lenten Service - 6:30-7:30 PM, Thursdays 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17 - Join us as we experiment with a midweek communion service through Lent. We'll follow the readings from Holy Women, Holy Men, looking to the example of good people who have proceeded us in a life of faith. We'll use our new sound system to play some recorded music to help set the tone. The series will include interactive reflection times.

Evening Lenten Scripture Workshop, Genesis - 7:30-9:00 PM, Thursdays 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, Room 210 - Following the midweek service we’ll be exploring the first great book of the Bible, Genesis. We’ll start the workshop by exploring the context and influences behind the book, and then over four weeks we’ll read through it and discuss it, aided by a helpful commentary. This will be a good introduction to making sense of the ancient, mysterious texts that became our Bible.

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Combined Parish Retreat at the Bishop’s Ranch

April 22-24, 2016


Christ Church, Alameda & Church of the Resurrection, Pleasant Hill

The Ranch has given us a steep discount, so the costs for standard occupancy, two nights, five meals: Adults: $132, Dorm: $118, Youth: $83, Child: $62, Babes-in-Arms: $0. Financial aid is available. Space is limited since we’re combining our retreat with the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, so sign up early. $50 non-refundable deposit per person is due at registration, the balance is due on March 22.

Christ Church and Church of the Resurrection will host social hours for each other, battle on the kickball field together and generally have a good time. Both church’s confirmation programs will be holding a combined confirmation retreat at the Ranch in tandem with the parish retreat, so there will be plenty of young people around. Childcare will be available on Saturday morning. Full schedule of events to follow shortly.

To register, click HERE.

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Our Mission

At Christ Episcopal Church we believe God calls everyone into relationship. All are welcome here, so come as you are. Through God’s presence in the bread and wine of communion, in the Bible and the richness of our tradition, and through God’s presence in each other, we seek transformation. In turn, we go into the world to transform it by loving our neighbors, feeding those who hunger and advocating for justice.

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