Blessings and welcome to the Christ Episcopal Church website geared to those who are looking for a parish or just want to learn more about the Episcopal Church. More detailed info. (service days and times) can be found on our informational site: https://christlockport.info/
(Go to our Priest-in-charge page for a very special letter written by Martin Luther King from Birmingham Jail in 1963...a must read!!!!)
(Check out the Current Events page...much is happening with Outreach and we need your help!! Go there to learn more about the Blessing Boxes that need to be filled each day with non-pershable foods, personal items and the pet food need and when and where you can donate...thank you!!!!)
CHRIST CHURCH IS REOPENING
We have taken the first steps toward reopening Christ Church. Outdoor Communions (host only) services were held each Sunday at 9 am, until it got too cold, and now have been replaced with 'communion in your car' services each Sunday at 10 AM...same location, at the north end of the church parking lot and also can been seen live on youtube. It is different, but we are opening the door to praying together again, and that is wonderful!! A box will be located on the back entrance stairs just on sunday mornings that can contain your offering envelope or other correspondence...please feel free to use it!
All these changes sound strict, and it will be different than what we are used to, but it is the first step toward gathering to pray while keeping everyone safe...we are opening the door! Your vestry is preparing the church for worship inside and developing plans so that we can reopen safely when the time comes...keep them in your prayers!!!!
Some logistics to think about: Warm your car up before you get to church so you stay warm with the engine off (no carbon monoxide poisonings please). More people in the car will keep it warm longer. Dress warmly. Bulletins will be available. Come with people you live with...you'll be able to sing and respond in your own safe little "car bubble". Communion (wafer only) will be available.
(ChristLockport.info) Watch this new additional website for upcoming updates on the future of in-church worship and any changes for parish family interactions such as our Thursday Zoom Compline service 7 pm, and Sunday Car Services at 10 am which can also be viewed on youtube, plus Zoom Coffee Hour 12:30 pm...we miss being together but this too shall pass...LOVE!!!
PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK, WASH YOUR HANDS...KEEP YOUR DISTANCE AND STAY SAFE!!
CHRIST CHURCH FAMILY PRAYING TOGETHER
Wouldn't it be nice to pray with the Christ Church family? Well now you can. And if you need prayers, please know that you are being prayed for by your church family. We have designated 9 am to 10 am and 7 pm to 8 pm as the times we will pray together. Just take a moment to focus yourself to God and as you go about your regular activities be in prayer for whatever you need to pray for. You might be shopping and praying for those on our prayer list, or cleaning and giving thanks or working on a computer and asking God to give you strength to face your challenges. Please join us for these special times of prayer and also feel free to pray anytime as you need/wish to.
CHRIST CHURCH NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS!!
The Vestry decided to sign up for PayPal so we can now take credit cards. In the future we will also be able to accept credit cards at fundraisers.
Now we need your help. If you are financially able to contribute while we practice social distancing, that would help Christ Church pay the bills. Please note: do not feel you must contribute now...we want to be sure you can also cover your own personal bills. Pledges are not bills...they are a best guess of what we can do for our church. We all have things come up nd sometimes we can't give as we would like to. Our church has some investments. The Vestry tries not to use them (they are for a rainy day), but we can if we need to. This is a difficult stretch to manage for many of us, but Christ Church is not close to going under.
If you feel you can safely help, there are two options for making contributions:
You can write a check and send it to Christ Church, or
You can contribute using your credit card or PayPal on this website. Go to:
Once you go into the website, click on the Donate button below the picture of Christ Church. You'll be transferred to PayPal where you will enter the amount you wish to donate, and your payment information.
(If you are not a member of PayPal, go to PayPal.com and the set-up is easy!!)
PRAYER FOR A PANDEMIC
May we who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May those who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May those who have the flexibility to care for our children when schools close remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel a trip remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.
May those who settle for quarantine at home remember those who don't have a home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love during this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other. Let us find ways to be the loving embrace to God and our neighbor.
--Prayer by Cameron Wiggins Bellm
(NOTE: This program will continue after quarantine is lifted)
On Saturday afternoons, Bill Bisher and Cambridge Urtel lead a group of kids from the Lockport Community Summer Program. The kids range in age from four to sixteen. These kids asked if there was some way they could continue to meet with their friends and the adults who coached the summer programs once school started again. Bill and Cambridge assembled additional adults to help supervise and submitted their plan to the Vestry. Now the kids meet for outdoor sports and indoor games and all kids are welcome. There are snacks and always the adults are there for the kids to supervise and encourage.
Lockport kids don't often have an advantage like this, so let's support our kids and be thankful they are making a connection with Christ Church, even if it isn't on Sunday mornings. At some time in the future they may need a church and they will know we are here and ready to welcome them!!
Work is still going forward on the Commemorative Walk to the Bell Tower. The walk is made of engraved bricks...it's the perfect opportunity to give thanks for your blessings. It might be someone you loved who has passed away or the birth of a grandchild or the blessing of your family. It can be whatever blessings you are thankful for.
If you would like to have a brick, please fill out an order form and return it to Christ Church with the payment. (Contact Christ Church 716-433-9229 for a form) Please complete a separate form for each brick you would like. Engraved bricks are available for $50 each. If you have questions, please contact Sue Bauer (716-7278776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)