Christ Church, Ridgewood NJ, is a welcoming community of Christians of all ages from across Bergen County.
Here you will find vibrant youth ministries, inspiring music, meaningful community outreach, and much more, grounded in the Episcopal tradition: the right blend of “reason, scripture and tradition” at our core.
Come and see what God is doing here at Christ Church! And show us what God is doing in you!
|8:00 AM||Holy Eucharist
|8:30 AM||Choir Practice|
|9:00 AM||Adult Forum in the Guild’s Room|
|9:15 AM||JOY! Service: 25 min. Eucharist for younger children|
|10:00 AM||Holy Eucharist with music
Nursery Care: 9:30am-11:30am
Join Christ Episcopal Church for
The Prodigal Clown
9 am – 12 pm
For Ages 4 – 12
$80 per child
This summer, come join in the fun of Musical Theatre Vacation Bible School (VBS)! The parable that Jesus told about the loving father and two sons comes to life for kids as never before in “The Prodigal Clown.” Don’t miss this wonderful week of faith, music, drama, and art, with a performance on Friday morning.
Register now to secure a spot, space is limited.
The 19th century Gospel Hymn How can I keep from singing? will be heard this morning sung by Tenor Soloist, Rider Foster. The words, erroneously thought to be of Quaker origin first appeared in The New York Observer in 1868 and were attributed to “Pauline T.” No other atrributions have ever been found. The music most associated with this hymn was composed by Robert Lowry, the American preacher and composer of Gospel music, whose most famous hymn is Shall we gather at the river?
Lowry was born in Philadelphia in 1826, studied at the University of Lewisburg in PA and entered the Baptist ministry in 1854. He served congregations in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Although he considered preaching his principal vocation, it is as a hymn writer, with over 500 titles, that he is chiefly remembered alongside W.H. Doane and Ira D. Sankey. Lowry died in Plainfield, NJ, where he served the Park Avenue Church, in 1899.
Also this morning, organ works of Louis Vierne (1870-1937), the great Parisian organist and composer will be heard. Vierne served as organist at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris from 1900 to 1937. Vierne lived a life of physical and emotional difficulties, not the least of which was a condition of congenital cataracts, rendering him “legally” blind. These spiritual trials were often reflected in his music. His prolific output included Six Organ Symphonies, considered to be great monuments of the French Symphonic Organ School, of which Vierne is considered a towering figure. His two volume 24 Pieces in Free Style, a collection of character pieces, contain more intimate works such as the Lullaby and Song heard today. Vierne died at the great organ console of Notre Dame while in the midst of playing his 1750th organ recital at the iconic cathedral. His passage “from strength to strength in the life of perfect service,” in that miraculous building and at that majestic instrument could not have been more seamless.
The Jubilation Choir is open to boys and girls 5th grade through high school. The choir performs on Youth Sundays and special services during the program year. The choir rehearses after the 10:00 am service from 11:15 to noon in the choir room. Schola Cantorum also invites those interested to learn to play our set of hand chimes and other instruments while developing musicianship skills.
JOY worship runs all year long! Sunday service and eucharist perfect for children ages infant-5yrs. Come be part of the fun from 9:15-9:45AM.
Do you love to sing? Please consider joining our choir and participating in a vital ministry. The choir musically leads our services each Sunday at 10 am. The choir’s repertoire includes great masterpieces from our Anglican tradition as well as beloved classics along with spirituals and contemporary choral works. We have openings for all voice parts.
Youth of all ages are welcome to join the African Drumming Troupe. The Youth African Drumming Troupe performs on the first Sunday of every month. This group is led by Marlene Whittemore Pillow directly following Sunday School on the first Sunday of the month, in one of the lower level classrooms. Bring your drum if you have one. All are welcome!
We are so grateful for your faithful membership at Christ Church; your generosity truly sustains our ministry together.Letter from the Rector
Thank you for your prayerful consideration of your pledge to support the ministries of Christ Church in 2019 both financially and through volunteering your time and talents! Together, we can reach our goal of 100% participation in pledging.
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Please feel free to contact our Stewardship Chair, Deanna Najork, with any questions. Thank you again!