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We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.
We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.
We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.
We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.
We use The Book of Common Prayer to guide our worship. All Episcopal Churches use this prayer book, creating a sense of comfort in knowing what worship will look like on any given Sunday, in any given Episcopal church. The Book of Common Prayer is a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity, as Armentrout and Slocum note in their An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, that “Anglican liturgical piety has been rooted in the Prayer Book tradition since the publication of the first English Prayer Book in 1549.”
We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer. The prayer book, most recently revised in 1979, contains our liturgies, our prayers, our theological documents, and much, much more.
Our worship at Christ Church follows the liturgy of the Episcopal Church, while still creating space for creativity and authenticity. While our worship and music style is traditional, we are a progressive and relaxed community. Don’t worry about your kids chattering or babies crying, to us it is a joyful noise! Don’t worry about what you should wear or how you look, you are welcome just as you are. Your thoughts are welcome, your doubts are welcome. We’re all in this together!
This sharing of bread and wine goes by many names within the Christian tradition: the Lord’s Supper, the Last Supper, Holy Eucharist, Holy Communion, the Mass. We bless this holy meal and believe that Christ is surely present when we receive and share it together. You may participate by receiving both the bread and wine, or you may choose to have only the bread. If you desire not to share the bread and wine, you may simply place your hands over your heart,
and the minister will pray for God’s blessing for you.
All persons are invited to receive communion at all of our services, regardless of denominational affiliation or lack thereof.
“This is the table of Jesus, not just the Episcopal Church or Christ Church, Dayton. It is made ready for those who love him and for those who want to love him more. So come, you who have much faith and you who have little. You who have been here often and you who have not been here long. You who have tried to follow and you who have failed. Come, because it is Jesus who invites you. It is God’s will that those who wish should meet him here.”
Children of all ages are welcome in our services. At this time, we are not offering childcare services. However, we do have a child-friendly space just outside the Nave where you can still watch and hear the service.
This space is ideal for nursing/feeding, taking a break to allow your child some movement or allow them to partake in quiet activities. Children’s books, coloring pages, puzzles and other simple activities can be found on a bookshelf in this space.
Please know that you & your children are welcome just as you are – sounds, movement and all!
Parking is free during church services and church events.
You can park your vehicle in the church parking lot without charge during any regularly scheduled services. The entrance of the lot is on First Street. Keep in mind that First Street is a one-way street.
If a parking attendant is present and collecting fees when you come to an evening or weekend activity at the church, please tell the attendant that you are going to the church. You will not be charged for parking.
Street parking is always free after six on weeknights and on weekends.
When visiting the church outside of service times and events, you can obtain a parking pass from the church office. Place the pass on the dashboard of your car. If for some reason, you are given a citation, please call our church office and give us the citation number so we can correct this for you.
Newcomers + Getting Involved
We are committed to creating space where your questions can be discussed, where you can connect with others, and where your faith can grow.
Episcopal 101 Class
Are you curious about the Episcopal Church? Considering becoming a member? Then this class is for you! Offered periodically throughout the year, please contact the parish office to learn more about when this course will be offered next.