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The world around us is changing. People are lonelier, more distracted, and searching for meaningful lives. We desire to connect with others, with ourselves, with Jesus.

The world around us IS changing. So are the notions of church and the role the church should play. Jesus calls us to:

GO out into the world.
BE agents of change.
ACT on his behalf.

At Christ Church, we believe we are called to the following vision: don't just go to church, BE the church. Our goals are:

BE THE HEART AND HANDS OF JESUS
Go out and serve and provide simple ways for everyone to participate.

NURTURE SPIRITUAL FORMATION
Implement an approach to spiritual growth (worship + education + prayer + service for everyone) that changes the way we think and act.

PROVIDE RADICAL HOSPITALITY
Reimagine how we build community, extending grace and generosity to each other and to guests, forming deep connections through our ministries.

We invite you to join us. Let's be the church: together.

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PLEDGE TO THE VISION FUND

A MESSAGE FROM OUR RECTOR

OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR VISION

Our Strategic Priorites in More Detail

 

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Be the heart and hands of Jesus:  Our mission is to GO OUT and serve, and provide simple ways for everyone to participate.  Service is who we are and what we do.  We will nurture a culture of service and generosity that provides opportunities for everyone, according to their abilities.  For example, we will use our music and worship strengths as a springboard for service.  We will identify organizations and faith communities with which to partner.  We will look for opportunities where our passions and strengths align with community needs.  We will strive to be the heart of our community.

Nurture spiritual formation:  We will implement an approach to spiritual growth (worship + education + prayer + service) that changes the way we think and act.  To this end, we will broaden the purpose of small groups to encompass prayer, fellowship, and study.  We will foster connections between groups.  We will add groups geographically and encourage intergenerational groups.  We will care deeply for others – practicing the compassion of Jesus wherever we find ourselves, through pastoral care and satisfying basic survival needs.  We will rethink and redesign volunteer opportunities for the sake of greater engagement, effectiveness, and leadership development.  We will actively grow in faith together.

Provide radical hospitality:  We will reimagine how we reach and welcome guests, inviting them to connect with our ministries and build community together.  Welcoming and hospitality will become everyone’s role.  We will strive to develop authentic, Christ-centered relationships in our community and beyond.  Each ministry will create newcomer practices that invite, welcome, and connect guests into our community via easy entry points.  We will reimagine our internal and external communications to be proactive and strategic.  We will use our website as an entrance to the church that publicizes our mission in a current, fresh, and simple way.  We will design and pilot outreach strategies for millennials, all of our neighbors, and senior citizens.

A Note From Our Rector

"This is an exciting time for Christ Church!  Although our vision represents a change, it is one that will enable us to serve others, grow in our faith, and live and love more like Jesus every day. Our focus will allow us to meet the needs of the 21st century, while embracing our early Christian heritage. We won’t simply go to church, we will BE the church.

I look forward to our journey together."

- The Rev. Shirley Smith Graham

        

A Special Party You Don't Want to Miss!
Let the Good Times Roll!

Join us for food, fun and fellowship!
Live music and libations!

Saturday, February 10
6:00 to 9:00 PM
Fox Hall Clubhouse

Tickets: $25 a piece or $45 a couple

We need your help!

We looking for...

...folks to help plan and execute the event.

...people to donate silent auction items.

What kind of items you ask?

  • Something from your business
  • Restaurant gift certificates
  • Gift Certificates for message, hair or make-up or any kind of pampering
  • Jewelry
  • Tickets to a concert
  • Tickets to a sporting event
  • A weekend away
  • A weekend at a vacation home, mountains or beach
  • Art
  • Books
  • Children’s items
  • Or anything you can think of!

If you want to get involved or donate an item, please contact Lynn Williams at lwilliams@crossoverministry.org

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