Parish Life

Parish Life-Picnic 2011Overview

Christ Church parishioners care deeply about their church, parish house, grounds, and each other.  They volunteer for all sorts of activities to ensure the best use of our facilities. They also love to get together and share coffee, an evening meal, an outing, in other words fellowship and belonging to a community. If you would be interested in volunteering for or participating in any of the below activities, please contact the parish office at 410-745-9076, or info@christstmichaels.org

Cider in the Hall & Lemonade on the Lawn

Parish Life-Lemonade on the Lawn

The purpose of Cider in the Hall/Lemonade on the Lawn is to offer fellowship and refreshments to the parishioners on Sundays following the second service.

Coffee Hour

During the regular church schedule, September – May, we host a coffee hour which starts at 9:00 each Sunday.  Parishioners prepare coffee and tea and bring assorted breakfast “goodies” for fellowship before the Adult Forum.  Volunteer teams, host two Sunday’s a year.

Communications Committee

This committee promotes the church’s image and visibility through coordination and integration of our various print and electronic media.

Disaster Preparedness

This group was formed as part of a Diocesan program to train participants on how to develop a plan for a disaster and how to respond once a disaster has occurred. A parish wide survey was done to develop a parish list by location, and a list of parishioners to call and check on in the event of an emergency situation.

Docents Guild

The Docent Guild volunteers welcome visitors to Christ Church from near and far. Docents function as tour guides or to simply invite visitors in for a quiet prayer. Each year they host over 1,600 visitors from the local area, most states and a number of foreign countries. Docents are on duty daily 2 PM – 4 PM from May 1 through October. If you can volunteer two hours once a month, have an interest in the history of our church and enjoy meeting interesting people, join the Docents. You can team with a current Docent to get started, and there are just two volunteer meetings each year. 

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) 

Rummage 2013All women of Christ Church are members of ECW and are encouraged to join in the year-round activities.  It’s an opportunity to form friendships while working to help meet the needs of others.  By holding Fall & Spring Rummage Sales, and a Christmas Bazaar, ECW raises substantial funds which are provided as grants to outreach programs assisting children, youth and the elderly, families and community services and Episcopal organizations. The women of ECW also reach out to women of other Christian churches in the Bay Hundred Area by co-hosting an annual spring luncheon.

Annual Parish Meeting & Dinner

Our Annual Parish Meeting & Dinner begins at 5 p.m. in Etherton Hall. The event is made possible by the Food, Fun and Fellowship group that does so much to make our time together pleasant. There are presentations regarding the state and future of the parish and the Nominating Committee brings their recommendations for elections for the coming year’s vestry. Attendees receive a copy of the Annual Report which clearly explains funding and program issues.

Food, Fellowship & Fun

This committee is all about enjoying the company of those we worship with and enables our Parish to offer a variety of events where we come together to discuss matters of importance while we share a meal or refreshments. We have a lot of laughs and joy welcoming fellow parishioners to parish activities, such as; Harvest Dinner, Coffee Hours with Brunch, Annual Dinner, Parish Picnic and More! This is a great opportunity to help; decorate the Parish Hall, prepare beverages or food, grocery shop or just help with clean-up.

Lay Weeders 

Lay WeedersThis is a loyal group of gardeners who meet every other Monday morning (when they are able) from April through October to plant flowers, weed, maintain, and mulch the garden beds of the Parish House. We gather at 8 AM on work mornings, with tools for weeding and planting, and the ever necessary large plastic bags, and work together for approximately one hour to keep the gardens tidy.  The camaraderie and many hands making light work is a rewarding exercise for all.  Won’t you consider helping with this fun and early morning workout to start your week?

Lea Library

The Lea Library, located next to the office in the Parish House, offers a variety of biblical and religious books that you may borrow and read at your leisure.

Men’s Club

The Men’s Club unites members in fellowship and prayer and strengthens knowledge of local, national and world issues. All men of Christ Church are members and encouraged to bring visitors and  friends from the community.  We meet four to five Saturdays a year between September and May at 8:00AM in Etherton Hall to enjoy a hearty breakfast, for a $12 contribution,  and good fellowship. In 2016-2017, our program of Gentlemen’s Conversations became so popular within the Parish that we welcomed  ladies. Our breakfasts take on two models, for many years we had a breakfast, a short prayer, followed by a guest speaker on a significant topic. In 2016-2017, our members recognized the social and political divide in the nation was preventing civil and constructive conversations on important topics. As the national divide became greater in the September to November to January period, we moved to discussions on important policy topics, remembering that policies always have human impacts. As a Christian community we strive to remain mindful of that and of the need to have civil conversations. We kept the pray and the great breakfast and added in the conversation. We are now in the planning stages for the 2017-2018 program year. One event we will also do is the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper to benefit the local Boy Scout Troop 741 and the Cub Scout Pack 741. This is always a wonderful evening with the Scouts serving the meals and the men cooking. The Men’s Club provides all the food and all proceeds go to the Scouts.  Stay tuned for next year’s program.

New Ministry

This Vestry designated ministry area is charged with introducing and promoting Christ Church within the Bay Hundred Area.  On a monthly basis a small committee identifies all families who have moved into the area. They prepare Welcome Bags which contain cookies, information about Christ Church. The intent is to offer a warm personal welcome to all who have no faith-based church. All Vestry Members and parishioners are invited to ensure visitors are warmly welcomed and given the opportunity to learn more about Christ Church. Personally speaking to them and accompanying them to either coffee hour or lemonade on the lawn. The Docents place Welcome Bags in back of the church for visitors to take when they attend services. Visitor cards are placed in all bags and pews. The New Ministry coordinator and clergy follow-up.

Parish Paparazzi

This talented and dedicated group photographs parish events to be included in our publications, for the church archives, or for any other uses as requested by the Clergy or staff. We encourage everyone to be a paparazzi and email your photos, whether they are taken on your cell phone or a camera, to info@christstmichaels.org.

Tellers

Tellers count the weekly Sunday service offerings. The one volunteer parishioner and the parish administrator process the offering by entering the contribution for each parishioner into the church’s accounting software program.

The Tidings Newsletter

Tidings Header.001Tidings is a monthly newsletter providing thoughtful articles, news and photos of parish events and information of general interest to Episcopalians.  Clergy and parishioners submit articles to the newsletter editor for publication. Approximately 400 copies are distributed each month. Send us an email at: info@christstmichaels.org, if you would like to automatically receive monthly electronic issues and we’ll add you to our list. Issues are also available online at: Current & Archived Issues