Christ Episcopal Church, AlamedaGod is - we rejoice. God loves - we live. God calls - we serve.
Welcome to Christ Church!
Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith, you are welcome at Christ Episcopal Church, where we are joyfully and energetically committed to Jesus' message of justice, love and compassion. We gather every Sunday to nourish ourselves with God’s presence in the bread & wine of communion, and with God’s presence in each other.
Nearly everything you need to follow the service are included in the worship booklets provided at each service, though you may be directed to the blue hymnals for some of the 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’s no right or wrong way to approach the mystery of God’s love.
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 receive communion. The altar is God’s table, not ours. When you come to the communion rail, stand or kneel as you prefer. To receive the Bread, please cup your hands and extend them to the minister. To receive the Cup, please help guide the chalice to you. If you prefer to receive a blessing, come to the altar and cross your arms over your chest. Feel free to assist your children in their receiving of the Bread, Cup or blessing.
If you have trouble hearing the service, the greeters at the back of the church can direct you to a listening device.
Our church nursery is open during most services, should you need some help with the little ones. But please know that the joy and noise and chaos and even tears of young children are welcome in our church and may even represent the Holy Spirit better than you grown-ups do. There is also a play area for children at the back of the church.
Sunday school for children and teens is offered on most Sunday mornings. Fantastic Faith Journey, our program for Pre-K through 5th grade, gathers at 10am on the second floor of the Education Building. Children join their families in church just before communion. Please ask one of our greeters for more information or to show you where to go. God Squad, our Middle and High School program, meets from 9-10am for breakfast and discussion groups. Following God Squad, youth join their families in the 10:15am service.
Following Sunday services we invite you to join us in the parish hall for coffee at the far end of the courtyard for pastries and conversation.
We hope that you will visit us soon!
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist
With choir and hymns
Childcare available 9AM to 12PM
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
7PM (With Choir & Hymns)
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Lenten Dinner & Discussion Series
Dinner and a Crucifixion
2014 Lenten Series with Stephen McHale
March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, Dinner at 6:15, Discussion at 7:00
Please join Adult Spiritual Formation and Stephen McHale on Wednesday evenings during Lent for a simple soup dinner, followed by an exploration of the passion stories according to Mark, Matthew, Luke and John. Stephen will open each session by providing background and commentary on the evening’s topic, followed by group discussion. The final evening will be a Taize service, preparing us for Holy Week.
· March 12: The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke: Jesus enters Jerusalem, teaches in the Temple and upsets a lot of people
· March 19: The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke: The Last Supper, the Garden and the Trial
· March 26: The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke: What was so good about that Friday?
· April 2: The Gospel of John: Why does John’s Gospel tell such a different story of the same events?
· April 9: Taize Prayer and Song, in preparation for Holy Week
Sign up sheets for soup or bread, and for cleanup afterwards, are in the Parish Hall. You are welcome to attend even if you cannot make it to the meal. If you will need childcare, contact Pam in the CEC office or Ardith Betts (firstname.lastname@example.org).