Whoever You Are
Welcome to Christ Episcopal Church, a member of the world wide Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church USA. We are a thriving integrated and all inclusive congregation proudly located in the Callowhill section of downtown Reading, Pennsylvania. Our congregation began in 1763 and the current beautiful church sanctuary was built in 1826. Our primary form of corporate worship emanates from the richly spiritual Book of Common Prayer, while the heart of our personal spiritual experience in the Lord Jesus Christ is through contemplative prayer. We believe and know that unconditional divine love is how we can all experience God, all the time.
Bishop Sean’s letter regarding: “Living Under the Shadow of the Lynching Tree” can be found on The Diocese of Bethlehem’s webpage. www.diobeth.org
Upcoming & Ongoing Events
UPCOMING EVENTS (Scroll down for Ongoing Events)
08/26/2017 – Saturday – 5:30 pm – Beach Boys Mass with David Cullen
09/09/2017 – Saturday – 6:30 pm – Opportunity House Dinner Ministry provided by ECW, Anita Powell Contact
09/17/2017 – Sunday- 3:00 pm – Fall Festival of the Arts Gala Recital and Reception Opening Event – Trinity Lutheran Church – Free-will Donation – Enjoy an hour of music and poetry performed by local student musicians and students from Reading High School’s Poetry Out Loud Program. A reception will follow. Visual art created by local student artists will be on display during the reception. Celebrate and support our young artists!
09/23/2017 – Saturday – 5:30 pm – Train/Maroon 5 Mass with David Cullen
09/24/2017 – Sunday – 4:00 pm – Fall Festival of the Arts Organ Recital - Christ Episcopal Church – Free-will Donation – Organists from local churches will perform on the magnificent organ at Christ Church. Organists include Karen Eddinger, Steven Katzenmoyer, David McConnell, Jacqueline Wilson, James Wilson, Michael Baal and Adlai Binger.
09/30/2017 – Saturday – 1:00 pm – Fall Festival of the Arts David Lutz Master Class – Trinity Lutheran Church - Free-will Donation – David Lutz, a Berks County native, is a professor emeritus of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna where he conducts classes in German Art Song and in Vocal Accompanying. He has conducted Master Classes all over the world and spent this past May concertizing and teaching in Shanghai, China. Sit in as Mr. Lutz works with singers on vocal technique, diction and song interpretation.
10/07/2017 – Saturday – 7:30 pm – Fall Festival of the Arts Songs of Freedom - David Himes & Susan Wagner Directors – $15 at the door – America was born and grew up in protest. Now, in a time of renewed protest, we invite you to recall the struggles for suffrage, civil rights, workers’ rights, women’s rights and peace. Join us for an evening of songs from “Yankee Doodle” to “Fortunate Son” and readings from Walt Whitman to Dorothy Sayers – as varied in style and presentation as the protests themselves.
10/14/2017 – Saturday – 6:30 pm – Opportunity House Dinner Ministry provided by The Altar Guild & 50+ Club, Charlotte Hoare and Heather Sterckx Contacts
10/15/2017 – Sunday – 2:00 pm – Fall Festival of the Arts Sustainable House Tour - $10 registration fee due by Oct 9th, limited to 20 people – Energy efficiency and environmentally friendly construction are the hallmarks of this beautiful modern home. Register at “fallfestivalofthearts.org” and mail the fee to Fall Festival of the Arts. Upon receipt of your payment, directions to the site will be forwarded.
10/28/2017 – Saturday – 5:30 pm – Celtic Service
11/03/2017 – Friday – 7:30 pm – WCR Center for the Arts, 140 N. Fifth St., Reading – Fall Festival of the Arts presents 1776, award winning musical with John Gancar directing – $20 at the door – The FFA proudly presents the Tony award winning musical 1776, featuring an all female cast. Hear the story of the birth of the United States of America through the voices of women.
11/04/2017 – Saturday – 7:30 pm – 1776 musical repeat performance
11/05/2017 – Sunday – 3:00 pm – 1776 musical repeat performance
11/11/2017 – Saturday – 6:30 pm – Opportunity House Dinner Ministry provided by Finance/Outreach/Inreach Committees, Patrick Boggs, Vickie Wilson & Anita Powell Contacts
11/18/2017 – Saturday – 5:30 pm – New Music Singer/Songwriters Mass with David Cullen
12/09/2017 – Saturday – 5:30 pm – Remembrance Service
12/09/2017 – Saturday – 6:30 pm – Opportunity House Dinner Ministry provided by Bethany Lutheran Church, Vickie Wilson Contact
ONGOING EVENTS AND WORSHIP TIMES
Centering Prayer (Mindfulness Meditation): Sundays at 2:00 pm (upon request), Tuesdays at 9:00 am and Thursdays at 8:30 am.
Midweek Services: Holy Eucharist and Healing at Noon on Wednesdays. Morning Prayer at 9:30 am on Thursdays in the Chapel.
Wednesday Breakfast and Bible Study, 7:15 to 8:45 am at the Wyomissing Family Restaurant, 1245 Penn Ave., Wyomissing
Sunday Morning Adult Forum: 9:15 am, meets in the Parlor Room.
Rummage Sale: Upcoming sales are scheduled for: September 6th, 9th and 13th. Volunteers are needed to sort and price items on Wednesday mornings from 9-12. We are always happy to receive donations of clothing (Winter and Spring), linens, housewares and decorative items. However, be mindful that we cannot sell items that are stained, torn, broken or show excessive wear. Please no books at this time.
NA meetings are Sundays at 4 pm. and Wednesdays and Fridays at noon in the parish hall
Our Mission Statement
Christ Church, Reading is a faith community of the Episcopal Church, committed to sharing God’s love with all as we walk the way of Christ towards union with God and God’s creation. We provide spiritual space, strength and support for each other as we experience God’s love through fellowship, Eucharistic worship, healing, contemplative prayer, faithful stewardship and loving service, according to God’s will. We continually seek to transform ourselves, and the surrounding community, by moving ever closer to God from wherever we may be along our spiritual journey.
8:00 AM - Holy Eucharist - Spoken
8:45 AM - Rise & Shine Service in the Chapel for families with young children
10:15 AM - Holy Eucharist with Music
12:05 PM - Holy Eucharist and Healing in the Chapel
08/26/2017 - Saturday - 5:30 pm - Beach Boys Mass with David Cullen