Welcome to St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church & Preschool!
We will have one service this Sunday, December 4th at 9:30am.
This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday of Advent.
We will be having Holy Eucharist-Rite II. Our guest Celebrant for this Sunday is the Rev. Preston Yancey.
HOLY COW! Survey – searching for a new priest
Thank you so much for getting your surveys in! They will be evaluated and interpreted with Canon Kellaura Johnson to see what kind of priest would fit with our church and members. More info will be coming soon!
Sundays will be Holy Eucharist (Communion) for December with a guest Celebrant.
The 9:30 service is a contemporary and family service. We still use the Hymnal 1982 and Songs of Praise or inserts for our music.
Our services are in-person for all. We will also stream on Facebook LIVE. We have plenty of room and we also will have the nursery open for ages under 5. If the nursery is closed due to unavailability of attendants, a sign will be posted.
We have Sunday School/Children’s Church for ages 5-12 during the service. There are also coloring/activity Sunday School sets with crayons for your child to use while in church with you. We encourage you to bring your young children and celebrate the last few weeks of the Pentecost Season with us!
You can still bring those pledges in! Pledge cards are on the welcome table in the Narthex. If you need one sent to you, please let the office know. A pledge will help us plan our budget for next year. Consider your time and talents as well as your monetary contribution.
Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the hallway between the Narthex and the Parish Hall for those who would like to get involved in a weekly bible study (Lunch Bunch at noon on Wednesdays!), help with our coffee hour on Sunday, or help with Sunday School or the Nursery. We also have sign up sheets for Outreach Auction dinners. Some are at the church, others are at members’ homes. All are welcome!
Check out the Bulletin Board or email/call Debbie in the office for more information.
**Vestry/Diocesan Council Elections – December 11, 2022. Please prayerfully consider running for Vestry. We will need a couple of slots to fill. We also need 4 Council Delegates and 2 alternates for the Council Convention in February. It is February 24 & 25, 2023 in Galveston at the Convention Center. Contact Debbie in the office if you are interested. We need names & Bios by this Sunday so Debbie can prepare the ballots for the election.
**The Best of Israel! A trip is planned to Israel March 9-19, 2023, by All Saints’-Cameron, Fr. Jeff Davis’ church. A flyer with all the info is attached. There will be info sessions at All Saints’ or on Zoom in October. Deadline for registering and down payment was due by the end of November. See Becca Davis at the Preschool for more info. Her email is on the flyer.
The Preschool is almost wrapping up their Fall Semester!
The Preschool office hours are Tue Wed Thu-8am-3pm. The classroom hours are 8:45-2:15. They also have before & after school care.
**Their Christmas Program will be Wednesday, December 14th at 10:00am in the church worship area. All are invited to attend!
They are continuing to have enrollment for the 2022-23 school year with limited availability and a waiting list. You may contact the Preschool office for more information or leave a message for the Preschool at 254-526-8380.
More information about the Preschool can be found on the Sunday School table or at www.stchrisps.com or on their facebook page: www.facebook.com/stchrisps. Their email is email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laypersons needed: We are in need of readers, ushers, help at the altar as a Lay Minister/Lay Leader or as a Sunday School/Children’s Church teacher or helper. Please let the office know if you can help. We would love to have you! We can conduct training for those not familiar with the positions.
Safeguarding Classes: Another class is scheduled for January 8th at 11:00am-2:00pm.
If you have a key to the church, you are a Sunday school helper, interested in working in the nursery on Sundays, or would like to be a layperson for our church service, you need to be safeguarded.
Check with Debbie in the office if you think you need to be safeguarded. She can check your status.
December is our Angel Tree Ministry. There are 3 angels left on the tree! Sign out your angel in the folder by the tree. Pick an angel or two off of our tree and purchase gifts for the angel. Return the gifts with the angel attached by the week of December 11th.
Poinsettias: Please fill out a Poinsettia order form if you would like to purchase a plant. They are $10 each. You may put a name of a loved one in remembrance or thanksgiving. Turn in your order forms by December 19th. You will get to take your Poinsettia home after the Christmas Day service.
Upcoming Events in December/January:
December 11th – Election Day! Please vote for candidates for the Vestry and for Diocesan Council. You may come in the week before to vote during office hours (December 5-8 9am-3pm)
Sunday, December 4th – 2nd Sunday of Advent
We will continue to have the materials out for making advent wreaths and crafts after the 9:30am service on Sunday. Come into the parish hall after the service to make an advent wreath for your dinner table for Advent Season! Other crafts are available for children/pre-teens.
Saturday, Christmas Eve, December 24th
One service at 6:00pm – plan on bringing your children to participate in a short children’s program depicting the manger scene. We will have costumes or they can dress up as an animal, shepherd, or the Holy Family. Children may also bring their favorite stuffed animal or doll as well. The nursery will be open on Christmas Eve.
Sunday, Christmas Day, December 25th
Sunday, New Year’s Day, January 1st.
We will have the Sunday service at 10:30am – (notice the later time) The nursery will be closed for the Christmas Day service.
Sunday, January 15 – Annual Parish Meeting. We will welcome our new Vestry members and our Council Delegates/Alternates. We may have a chili cookoff to benefit the meal ministry or a pot-luck lunch.