Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet will present their work “Body & Land: A Dance & Dialogue for Eco-Justice” on Sunday, April 24 at 1p.m. on the Guilford Green. "Body & Land" is a contemporary ballet for four dancers set to a modern re-composition of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” celebrating Creation and exploring climate change through an artistic lens. Family friendly, free, interactive, and open to the community! Bring friends, neighbors, chairs and blankets. In case of rain, the event will be moved into the sanctuary of First Congregational Church on Broad Street.
Morley van Yperen, Ekklesia's resident theologian, will be our preacher at both services. Perhaps of more significance to us, Morley is also Jennifer Huebner's daughter!
Communion in "Both Kinds" Returns
As previously announced, on Easter Sunday we began offering the option to receive the consecrated wine at communion. Worshipers may take a sip from the shared chalice, or from an individual communion glass. To avoid crowding, the administration of communion continues at the foot of the chancel steps.
Our Bishops strongly urge us to continue refraining from intinction as we have practiced it -- note the 7th paragraph here. They also underscore that receiving in "one kind" is full communion.
Poetry Retreat for Eastertide ...
... will be offered Saturday, May 7 from 1-3p.m. We will explore Easter themes through poems chosen by Cecelia Parker. All are invited to reflect on the hope of new and Risen Life -- in this conversation with Cecelia.
Our "Journey Through the Bible" Continues
We are still on "The Path" following the events of our Lord's Resurrection. Our Monday evening conversation has pulled ahead, and will be focusing on Chapter 22, "That Grace May Abound." While the Thursday group, moves into Chapter 21, "Filled with the Holy Spirit." Feel free to join the conversations on Monday at 7p.m., and Thursday at 9:30a.m. Click here for the Zoom.
Copies of The Path are available on the Rectory Entry Hall shelf.
Special Requests from the Guilford Food Bank
The Food Bank requests help with the items below. Please leave your donations in the bin by the the north (Town Hall-side) door to the Narthex. Thanks for helping our neighbors in need.
Baked beans, Canned tomatoes, Pasta Sauce, Cooking oil, Household cleaner, Laundry detergent, Paper towels, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Muffin mix, White rice
Episcopal Election Update
The Bishop Transition Committee has announced their nominees for the next Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. You can learn about them here. Any nominations made by petition are now receiving background checks. Opportunities to "Meet & Greet" the nominees will be scheduled across ECCT during May 9-14. Please keep this process and the Committee in your prayers.
Need an Antigen Test?
The Town provided Christ Church with a case of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests. These tests are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Ushers' Table and in the rectory entry hall.
Mask Protocols ...
... in Worship: Mask-wearing became optional during inside gatherings of Christ Church beginning March 24. This was on the recommendation of our Worship Options Group adopted by the Vestry as they followed developments closely including this guidance from Bishops Douglas and Ahrens beginning in the third paragraph.
... in Sunday School: Following the practice in the Guilford Public Schools, mask-wearing is optional -- always exercising special concern for any who are vulnerable.
Intercessory Prayer: Please help shape the Prayers of the People, by replying to this message with the people, birthdays, anniversaries, and concerns you would like included in the Prayers of the People.
We feature various authors from around our parish, commenting on topics of interest to our community. Enjoy! Comment if you are so moved!