Christ Church wins Air Filtration System
M2 Mechanical Donates System valued at $14,000
We are celebrating cleaner indoor air for the people of our parish and the community groups that meet in the use the Parish Hall. M2 Mechanical, an Exeter-based HVAC company, invited local non-profits to enter a random drawing for one of their state-of-the-art air filtration systems. Christ Church is the lucky winner of that drawing!
The Rev. Mark Pendleton said this for the company's press release to the media: “This new ‘air-scrubbing’ system will benefit not just the people of our parish, but the many community groups who use our spaces. Safer indoor air is an answer to our prayers. It will help us carry on our work, and we are very grateful to M2 Mechanical for this generous donation.”
Learn more about our new system HERE.
Christ Church Choir in Full Swing
Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm in the church. The choir sings at the 10:00 am service most Sundays between Labor Day and Memorial Day, with special offerings on Christmas Eve and Good Friday. We will provide singers’ masks for the safety of all. Music reading is not required, but singing experience is helpful. Email Director of Music, Maggie O’Neill at email@example.com with inquiries. Join us!
Seacoast Family Promise Thank you
Thank you to those who donated gift cards so that a family could purchase school and work clothes. $450 in cards were donated. You can learn more about this ministry HERE. This past the Rector of three other volunteers participated in a Zoom meeting to offer input and the program continues to navigate through Covid protocols.
Sunday Worship Information
Download the Sunday bulletin HERE
Preacher: The Rev. Melissa Remington
To add a name to our ongoing prayer list, please send it to Darla Watt in the office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
8:00 a.m. Eucharist Outdoors in the Courtyard
(Weather permitting) Bring lawn chairs!
If it rains, we will move the service inside.
10:00 a.m. Eucharist inside the church. (Masks Required)
We live-stream all worship services from our YouTube channel, "Christ Church Exeter, New Hampshire"
Because New Hampshire (and Rockingham County) has entered the "substantial spread" category of Covid-19 infection, we have changed in our policy to that of "Masks Required" for those worshipping indoors on Sunday mornings and using our buildings. As a community called to love one another as Christ loves us, wearing masks indoors is a proven way to reduce the spread of Covid-19, even for the vaccinated, especially the highly contagious Delta variant spreading. The following two websites are very helpful.
We encourage all those who can get vaccinated to do so.
Youth Service Night Sept 24
Grades 7-12 are invited to volunteer with End 68 Hours of Hunger and then gather by the fire pit. Contact Maggie O'Neill email@example.com or Christina DeMaio firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
Learn about Granite State Organizing Project
Please plan to stay after worship on Sunday, September 26 for an important event in the life of our church community. On the 26th, Christ Church will welcome Deacon Chris Potter, who serves as Faith Community Organizer for Granite State Organizing Project, the largest faith-based grassroots organization in New Hampshire.
Deacon Chris will be preaching and, after worship, leading a 45 minute forum on Community Organizing, an important concept concerning how we practice our faith in the world. The session will be interactive and reflective with an emphasis on empowerment, and is an important step in reflecting on our ministry in this pandemic era.
Exeter Rotary Club Apple Sale Sept. 24
Part of Mark's work in the Exeter community is be an active member of the Rotary Club. He currently serves as Treasurer. Each year the club has an apple sale at Bandstand between 8 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Apples, cider and baked goods will be on sale with all proceeds going to student scholarships for the Exeter High School, Seacoast School of Technology and Exeter Adult Education. You can pre-order HERE. Come on by!
Rest in Peace+ Bishop John S. Spong
The Rector writes: I invite prayers for the repose of the soul of an amazing man -- beloved and reviled -- who ordained me a priest 30 years ago this coming February in the Diocese of Newark. He showed many people that Christianity is not about shame but about breaking down barriers and expanding our minds. Well done Jack Spong. Mark+. Read about the Bishop's life HERE
Supporting our Local Food Pantry
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Exeter at 53 Lincoln Street relies on generosity from the community to serve families in need year-round. Christ Church has supported SVdP over the years. Their aim is to provide the healthiest and most nutritious food possible. If you are able to donate any of the following items, please drop them off in the basket in the Narthex (entrance hall) of the church, or directly at the back door of the pantry on Lincoln Street on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm.
Wish List includes: Fresh produce and fruits; Tea/Coffee; Low sodium nuts and nut butters; Canned Fish; Canned chicken or turkey; Oats, rice and other grains- high fiber, whole grains; Canned vegetables- low or no salt; Canned fruit in natural, juice; 100% fruit juice; Canned soups, low or no sodium; Toilet paper; Deodorant; Liquid hand soap, Dish detergent; Laundry detergent; Razors; Tissues; Shampoo/conditioner, Hand sanitizer.
Resettling Afghan Families in NH
Ascentria Care Alliance is about to resettle Afghan families throughout Western and Central Massachusetts, as well as the Concord, New Hampshire area. Help is needed to ensure that they have the resources they need to access legal aid, housing, and living essentials.
There has been a groundswell of community support throughout New England to resettle Afghan refugees, humanitarian parolees, and those individuals granted Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) protection following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. We are heartened by this support as we all see this tragedy playing out in real-time. Learn more HERE
Sunday Morning Counters Needed
During the early days of the Pandemic, when we were having our Church services via zoom, we no longer needed volunteers to count the Sunday collection during the week. Now that we have returned to in-person worship and have the Alms Basins (Collection Plates) out for people to place envelopes and cash donations. We are looking for help to verify the Sunday collection.
We would count on Sunday mornings using a simplified form. This new procedure should not take more that about 15 minutes, and it no longer makes sense for someone to come into the office on Mondays. We will use an on-line sign-up form for scheduling.
Frequency for volunteering will depend on how many folks are available.
We are grateful for the continued generosity and support of God's mission in and through Christ Church! You can continue to mail in your giving envelopes or give online.
Use this link to see the latest financials from August, 2021
Church Office Hours
Monday 9 am - 12 Noon
Tuesday 9 am - 12 Noon
Wednesday 9 am - 4 pm
Thursday 9 am 12 Noon
OFFICE CLOSED ON FRIDAYS