Summer Slowdown at Christ Church Anglican
It's that time of year again. The summer months. When people take vacations. When people go see family in distant places. When students go home during a long break in classes.
When pastors get away for a spell.
It's not enshrined in any liturgical and ecclesiastical calendar that I know of. Nevertheless, it seems to be a well attested tradition in many churches in the Northeast. It's what I like to call the "Summer Slowdown." And it's when churches scale back on doing church quite a bit.
Christ Church Anglican is no exception. With my annual vacation around the corner, and many of our key volunteers taking vacations and traveling, it is very difficult to keep things going at fill tilt like during the Fall and Spring months. It is just as well. Honoring Sabbath is one of our values here at Christ Church, and it is a good and joyous thing to give our people a break.
OUR NORMAL WORSHIP: One thing that is most certainly NOT stopping for the summer: our weekly worship in Word and Sacrament. Expect our doors to continue to be open at 4:00 pm on Sundays for the greatest thing we Christians are called to do, to worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth.
PASTOR'S SUMMER SABBATICAL: I will be away for four Sundays, from July 12 through August 2. On July 12 and August 2, we will have a Service of Evening Prayer for our principal worship, led by Deacons Arica and Jim respectively. On July 19 and 26, Fr. James Johnson, who is well known to all of you, will preach and celebrate for us. Our sermon series on King David will continue in my absence.
CONTINUING MINISTRIES: After-service hospitality will continue on a simplified scale. Children's ministry during the Service of the Word will also continue on a simplified scale. The Food Pantry at Wayne UMC continues to serve those who need it and donations continue to be welcome (food stocks are actually rather low at the moment, so you are strongly encouraged to continue to bring non-perishable food items with you to service; talk to Dcn. Arica for details.) Prayer Ministry after the service will continue as long as we have at least two members of our prayer team present on any given Sunday; watch for them to go up front during the Postlude. Pastoral visitations will continue as needed.
MINISTRIES in HIATUS: The choir is off for the summer. The Bible Studies have adjourned for the summer. The Artists' Fellowship will return again later in August. The Anglican Fellowship at Eastern University will also start again in the fall with the return of the students. Adult Education after the service will also resume again in the fall; though we will have a special guest presenter after the service on Sunday, August 9, the first Sunday after I return, Dr. Ed Gross of CityNet Ministries in Philadelphia.
LOOKING FORWARD: We will return again in full swing in September. Our parish leadership will have a weekend retreat together at the end of August to gear up for the fall. There are a few exciting things in the works, and I look forward to sharing them all with you
It is a privilege to serve the Lord with you all at Christ Church. To God be all Glory!