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428 Pee Dee Avenue, Albemarle, NC 28001 (704) 982-1428
The Rev. Dr. James B. Bernacki, Rector

Parish Activities

Ladies in Hats
Making Bird Feeders
Oyster Roast

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

All women of the church are encouraged to participate in ECW activities. The group is involved in helping families at Christmas and throughout the year as needed. The ECW also provides meals and assistance to church members during times of illness, death, or hardship.
 

Ladies Noon Out

The women of the parish gather once a month at an area restaurant for fellowship and informal discussion of topics that are of interest to the group.

Men's Group

The men of Christ Church are active in many of the activities of the church from participation in worship to the maintenance of the buildings and grounds. A monthly breakfast gathering on Saturday morning provides fellowship and a time to discuss the needs of the parish and community. Community projects include participation with other churches in the building of homes for Habitat for Humanity. Each year the group provides funds to organizations outside the parish that are involved in humanitarian causes.

Acolytes

Acolytes

Adults and young people serve as acolytes for the Parish Eucharist each Sunday as well as for special services. Training sessions are held for new acolytes as needed. Parent volunteers direct the participants and see that the vestments are clean and in good repair.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is composed of members of the church who work together to prepare the church for worship.



Ushers


Members of the church work in two-person teams as ushers for the Sunday Eucharist and for special services. Ushers fold and distribute the Sunday bulletin, count the number of people at the services, receive the collection and assist the congregation during Holy Eucharist.
Altar
Vestry

The Vestry is a group of nine individuals who serve as the elected governing body of the parish. Three new members are elected each year at the annual parish meeting to serve for a period of three years. Members are assigned specific areas of the church program for which they are responsible. Subject to the approval of the vestry, the rector nominates individuals to serve as Senior Warden, Secretary and Treasurer. The vestry elects the Junior Warden to assist the rector and vestry. Following the year-end elections the vestry goes on a retreat in January to establish yearly goals.

Nursery

Nursery service with a paid staff is provided during church school and the parish
Eucharist. Parishioners take turns assisting the nursery staff according to a schedule published in the newsletter and the bulletin. Nursery care is also provided during other parish functions as needed.

Coffee Hour

Coffee hour is held after the 10:45 AM Sunday Eucharist. It is a time of fellowship shared by all members of the church, guests and visitors. Families take turns providing snacks, fruits and other light foods, while the church supplies coffee and punch.

Choir

The Choir at Christ Church is comprised of adult members who wish to express their celebration of God through the gift of singing. The choir performs an anthem on Sunday mornings at the 10:45 Eucharist from the Sunday following Labor Day through early June. Rehearsals are held in the Parish House Choir Room on Wednesday evenings at 5:30.
Choir Practice

Fun Times and Fellowship

Foyer Groups

Foyer Groups provide a way to encourage adult members of Christ Church to become better acquainted with each other while acknowledging and celebrating the diversity of the parish family. Parishioners wishing to participate sign up for a six month period. Groups of approximately ten members are then selected randomly to meet once each month in members' homes for conversation and a meal. Members who are able rotate hosting the event in their home while everyone shares the responsibility of the evening meal by bringing a dish that is determined at the previous meeting. Every six months the program is reorganized to begin with new groups of individuals.

Friday Niters

Social evenings for adult parishioners are held on an occasional basis in a variety of settings so that parishioners may get to know one another in a setting other than church.

Parish Supper

 


Parish Suppers


Pot luck suppers are held in the Parish Hall at various times during the year for the benefit of the entire congregation. They are held for fellowship and in connection with special called meetings of the parish.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Pancake Supper

 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

This supper, sponsored by the men of the church, is held on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. All are welcome, including people of the community. There is no charge for the meal, however donations for special projects and ministries designated by the men's group are encouraged.

Pancake Supper

 

Easter Eve Agape

This festive celebration, marking the beginning of the Easter season, is held in the parish house following the Easter Eve Vigil.

Parish Day Picnic

Each year on a Sunday in late spring the church gathers for the day at Morrow Mountain State Park where everyone can experience the joys of God's creation during the morning outdoor Eucharist and during a picnic, fellowship and games.
Parish Day Picnic

Ice Cream Social

Held on a Sunday afternoon during the summer, the Parish Ice Cream Social is a time of fellowship and fun for all ages as we sample various flavors of home-made ice cream made by parishioners.

Hanging of the Greens

 

Hanging of the Greens

Following the service on the fourth Sunday of Advent, the entire congregation joins in the fun of decorating the church and Parish House for Christmas. Everyone is encouraged to wear work clothes to church that day in preparation for the making of wreaths, garlands, and other decorations, and for the raising of a Christmas tree in the Parish House.

Hanging of the Greens

 

Trips

Trips ranging from half-day outings to overnight jaunts have been organized for education and fellowship. Past educational excursions have included a pilgrimage to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and another to visit historic churches in Charleston, South Carolina. For lighter fellowship, the adults have gone on a picnic trip to a nearby winery and have taken the youngest members of the parish for a hayride and visit to Santa's reindeer at a local zoo.