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Welcome to Christ Church New Brighton, Staten Island, New York

A Warm Welcome Awaits You

Our mission statement: FELLOWSHIP and COMMUNITY OUTREACH based on real need that encourages participation and a sense of belonging:

  • Traditional Anglican faith-based WORSHIP with an emphasis on music
  • Loving and compassionate PASTORAL CARE focussed on real need
  • Encouraging the participation and understanding of belonging for our CHILDREN & YOUTH

Service Times

Morning Prayer Rite I at 7:30 am
Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:00 a.m.
YouTube Live Service Link

Monday through Friday
6 AM Morning Prayer Rite I in the Chapel

175th Anniversary Celebration

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Father's Day
The liturgical color is GREEN.
Sunday School Classes will resume in Spetember.

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb, Rector, Christ Church New BrightonFrom the Rector's Desk

J2A Pilgrimage Class

Father Trevor+ with the J2A pilgrimage class.
Teachers: Marsha Wynter and Carol Bratton
Students (L-R): Tommy Basso, Kimani Bratton, Mia Wynter, Alidel Zayzay and Zahra Cooper. Not pictured: Noah DelValle and Cora Gross.

Noonday Prayer and Quiet Reflection

Fr. Trevor is continuing his 15 week series featuring lessons from the book "A Manual for the Art of Living" by Rev. Henderson Brome for our Facebook Live Noonday Prayer and Short Reflection.
Click the link below to watch the most recent broadcast.
Noonday Prayer 06/13/24 - Lessons on"A Manual For The Art of Living" Week 11 - "Greed"

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Did You Know?

In recognition of Pride Month, here are some facts about this time of year...

Did you know that the Episcopal church has long been an ally and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community?
For half a century, Episcopalians have been working toward a greater understanding and radical inclusion of all God's children. Resolutions from General Convention in 1976 recognized LGBTQ+ people as children of God with an equal claim to the pastoral care of the church and equal protection under the law. In 1994, General Convention amended the church's canons to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, providing equal access to the rites and worship of the church, including ordination. In 2015, General Convention voted to amend the canons that regulate marriage, permitting any couple the rite of holy matrimony.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued a video message of encouragement to "all of my LGBTQ+ family members," noting, "I believe deep in my soul that God is always seeking to create a world and a society where all are loved, where justice is done, and where the God-given equality of us all is honored in our relationships, in our social arrangements, and in law."
Last month, the church announced the hire of its first gender justice staff officer, a new position called for by the 80th General Convention and dedicated to justice, advocacy, and inclusion work focused on women and LGBTQ+ people.

Pride ShieldDid you know that the Episcopal Church unveiled a new Pride shield in celebration of LGBTQ+ inclusion in 2024?
In affirmation and celebration of The Episcopal Church's LGBTQ+ members, the Office of Communication was pleased to unveil a new Pride shield available online for churchwide use.
The design retains the upper-left blue corner of The Episcopal Church's shield logo and incorporates elements of the traditional Pride flag as well as the Progress Pride flag and Philadelphia Pride flag. In their use of black, brown, pink, and light-blue diagonal lines, the latter two flags represent intersectional progress in acknowledging people who are often overlooked by the mainstream LGBTQ+ movement: communities of color; the transgender community; and the many thousands harmed by anti-LGBTQ+ policy—from the 1980s and '90s, to those still disproportionately impacted today.
"As a longtime ally of LGBTQ+ people, I was so excited to work on this Pride shield for The Episcopal Church," said Melissa Walker, senior graphic designer. "I hope many more people feel seen and included by this new graphic as we enter Pride month."

Did you know that there are 17 different Pride flags?
The traditional six-color rainbow flag isn't the only one that flies high. Today, each flag has its own unique design to celebrate a huge variety of communities. The meanings behind them have their own history that contributes to the entire LGBTQIA+ community to create a diverse and inclusive culture.

175th Anniversary Historical Exerpts From the Book
"Christ Church New Brighton"
by John B. Woodall

The Irving Years (1850-1875) Part One

Music was by volunteers until May 1852, when Miss Lydia Jackson, daughter of pewholder Henry Jackson — and probably an organist began to be paid $100 annually "for her services in the choir." In 1853, $25 was put at her disposal for the purchase of music. The choristers were "ladies and gentlemen" thus lauded in the vestry minutes of May 1, 1855: "The undeviating regularity of their attendance, tie perfect harmony that has prevailed among them are almost unprecedented, and are entitled to our warmest acknowledgements." (In 1858, the choir was thanked for its "constant amenity.") Thomas Hobby, a carpenter living beside the church and a participant in its incorporation, received $150 per annum as sexton and a percentage of the pew rents collected by him; his son James worked the organ bellows for $25 yearly. In 1852, Mark Cox, a recent English immigrant to the I and, became sexton and served for the next decade.

The Parish Register affords valuable data on the early congregation. An upper stratum of "communicants" and "parishioners" owned or rented pews and monopolized an annually elected vestry of males usually serving as long as they chose and bearing such names as Wotherspoon, Pendleton, Comstock, Cutting, Duer, Morgan, Jones, Kunhardt, Rodewald, Routh, Robinson, Rainsford, Ranken, Rhodes, Stuyvesant, Whittemore, and Wilkinson.3 Other notables included families named August Belmont, Bogart, Burrowes, Carleton, Cunard, DePeyster, Fowler, Green, Griswold, Goddard, Goodhue, Hamilton, Hoyt, Iselin, Jackson, John Q. Jones, Lothrop, MacTavish, Morewood, Norrie, Sloat, Titus, and Whitlock — many of them belonging to churches in Manhattan and not all Episcopalian.

The occupations and domestic habits of some parishioners presented a problem when the consecration of the church was set for July 2, 1851; the service was to include Confirmation and occur in the afternoon. But Mr. Irving asked that it be on the morning of another day, explaining: "Nearly all the gentlemen, old and young, in my parish are engaged in foreign mercantile or banking business, which renders absolutely necessary a close confinement to New York on the day previous to the weekly sailing of the English steamers.... Five in afternoon is the universal dining hour in New Brighton, and in order to assemble the people should have to make the service so late that the Bishop could not get through in time to take the last boat for town." The consecration therefore occurred on July 3, 1851, the officiant being the Rt. Rev. William H. DeLancey, Bishop of Western New York, who also confirmed a class of four girls: Mary Bogart, Maria Hobby (the sexton's daughter), and the rector's daughters Elizabeth and Harriet.

The parish also included lesser folk. In 1853, Mr. Irving reported to the Convention that there was "a rapidly increasing population of English persons engaged in a large factory in the vicinity [the Wilkinson & Crabtree silk factory on Jersey St.) who, although for the most part Methodists and Baptists, recognize the Rector of this parish as their clergyman in times of sickness and trial. For these, an extra service was held last winter, with occasional interruptions, and other efforts in their behalf are in contemplation, so far as the time and strength of the Rector will admit. The children of nearly...every family have been brought into the Sunday School."

The presence of these newcomers and the constant fluctuations in all the social strata of the village population made it virtually impossible to keep accurate parish records. Down to 1854, Mr. Irving made one listing after the other of "parishioners" and "communicants" and then decided to start all over again. "In a place like this," he confided in the Parish Register, "where change is he rule and permanence for two successive years exception, the difficulty in keeping a correct record is great." The year 1859 found him lamenting: "Fluctuations incidental to a parish of this nature have been unusually great during the past year and removals from it have greatly exceeded removals into it." He then settled for these categories: "Pewholders: Permanent Residents"; "Pewholders only resident in summer and connected with parishes in New York"; "Parishioners renting pews at prices discretionary with tie Rector and Wardens"4; "Families of operatives occasionally attending church"; and "Families among the working classes who look to the Rector as their parish minister, a few of them only attending church with any regularity' Thirty-two names of these are listed, half of them identified as "factory"; among other occupations one finds such listings as "Blizzard, tailor. Mrs. B. communes occasionally "Whittaker, Boarding House. Mrs. W. a regular attendant." But this system worked no better than its predecessor, for of the forty-two pewholders then listed as permanent residents only flirty-one remained by September 1861. Mr. Irving had already begun to list none but "Families added: Pewholders" and dropped all classification in 1862.


Coffee Hour

This week's coffee hour is being sponsored by Connie Black, Sheila Hewitt and Alleida Mitchell recognition of Father's Day. Coffee hour will take place in the Guild Room following Sunday worship. Come join in the celebration!

Vestry Meeting

We are pleased to announce that our next vestry meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at 7:30 pm. Vestry packets will be available for pick-up on the same day in the parish office. Please note that this will be the last scheduled meeting for the vestry before they go on summer break. The meetings will reconvene in the fall. Thank you for your attention and we look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Confirmation Certificates

All those Christ Church members confirmed and/or reaffirmed in last week's service are asked to attend the 9 a.m. service on June 23 to receive their certificates and prayer books.

Knitting Club

The Knitting Club's last meeting of the season is scheduled for Thursday, June 27th, 2024, at 10:00am. We will be going on summer hiatus after this meeting, and the club will resume in the fall. Please make sure to attend this last meeting, and stay tuned for further updates and announcements.

Mission to Liberia

We are excited to announce a special presentation on the Mission Trip to Liberia, scheduled for June 30th. Join us as we share the highlights and accomplishments of this meaningful journey. Your presence and support in recounting this wonderful experience will be greatly appreciated.

Sunday Yoga Classes

Our Sunday Yoga classes concluded their summer session on Sunday, June 2nd and are now on a summer hiatus. We are excited to announce that Sunday yoga will be back in action starting in September 2024 for the fall season. Stay tuned for further updates and details on the upcoming classes.

Save the Date

Saturday, June 23rd, 2024 – We will begin our summer schedule with one service at 9:00AM. On this day we will have a Parish Update immediately following worship in the Nave.

Parish Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers:
Betty Babb, Elma Babb, Erma Babb, Marcella Babb, Linda Blanchette, Chris Broderick, Deborah Broome, Eva Charney, Tulin Cileli, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Iris Colbourne, Barbara Corregan, Laura Craig, Athelridge Cumberbatch, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ira Davis, Anne Devlin, Aria Durant, Marlene Elia, Garfield Evans, Julio Gambuto, Sebastian Gattullo, Hersh Goldman-Polin, Steven Haley, Avion Hernandez-Elcock, Emilia, James Jackson, Tom, Jan and Mark, Jerry Keucher, Michael Kelly, Erica Korzekwinski, Jenna Love, Willie Marcus, The McIntosh Family, Eva McClary, Charles Price, T. Rauch, Eda Richardson, Chuck Reilly, John Rhoades, Deborah Rollock, Leila Rollock, Pastor Junior Ross, Barnett Shepherd, Daphne, Joyce & Eric Smith, Tom Smith, Thomas Sox, Erma St. Louis, Sheila Swigert, Fred & Rob Tucher, Lucille Williams, Roger Williams, Marsha Wynter, Debbie Vurckio, Joan Yearwood, and the people of The Girls and Boys of Heartshare St. Vincent's Services.

Please Note: The Prayer List is intended to uphold and encourage those who need healing prayers. If persons have been fully recovered and no longer need to be lifted up in this way, please let us know so that we can make room for others. This list will be updated every three months unless otherwise notified. If you need a loved one or friend to remain on the list, please call the parish office. Thank you!

Pray for the repose of the soul of Miatta Togbah, and for all the faithful departed, especially those whose death resulted from gun and knife violence. May their souls rest in peace.

We pray for all the frontline and essential workers in our parish, and around S.I. and the world.

We pray for the hundreds of asylum seekers in New York City, and particularly on Staten Island and ask God's Holy Spirit to help us as citizens, civic organizations and religious institutions to respond with love and compassion.

We pray for comfort to the families and communities impacted by gun and knife violence, and for the will and determination to enact appropriate gun control legislation and promote a culture of safety.

We pray for an end to armed conflict, and lift up the people of Palestine, Israel, Haiti, Ukraine, Russia and Sudan in the hopes that they can move towards peace and diplomacy.

We pray for all those negatively impacted by climate, environmental and naturally occurring disasters.

We pray for those who are suffering from the impacts of systemic racism, and for those who are committed and working towards change, unity, and equality for all peoples.

We pray for our young people as the school year ends.
We give thanks for all those who were confirmed, received and reaffirmed in last week's Staten Island service. We lift up Natalie Wynter, Luke Larimer, Kit Gerney, Jude Crewe, Damali Browne, Charlie Nygard, and Andrea McIntosh of Christ Church.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week. Romeo Zayzay (16), Eleanor Larimer (18), Annabella Colucci (18), Oneka Johns (20), Aaliyah Davis (21), Elizabeth Gattullo (22).

We give thanks to God for the individuals who are celebrating their wedding anniversaries this week.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Iglesia Anglicana de Chile.

In the Episcopal Futures Prayer Cycle, we pray for all who seek God by strengthening their faith and serving their community.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Matthew, +Allen, and +Mary, our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector; The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church; The House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church; With gratitude to all from the Diocese who served on Interim Bodies of General Convention; The Deputies from the Diocese of New York to the 81st General Convention; Chaplains to the 81st General Convention; and St. Alban's Church, Staten Island.