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!
We are excited to announce the theme for our 2020 Pledge Drive - Shining Our Light. Please complete and return your pledge cards to any of the Sunday services on November 10, 2019. Pledge packets will be mailed the week of November 3rd and links will be available to submit a pledge card online and/or to download pledge packet materials in early November. We look forward to working together to shine our light in church, in our community and through our lives!
The Old Testament Lessons appointed on this, the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, bid us to hold fast to the commandments of God by choosing obedience over sin, life over death, blessings over curses and water over fire. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus offers severe choices centered on our physical selves: “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.”
The English author Robert Seymour Bridges, Britain’s Poet Laureate from 1913-1930, offers a graceful and prayerful alternative to Jesus’ fierce mandate in his exquisite poem “My eyes for beauty pine,” sung by the choir today in a setting by Herbert Howells. In it, Bridges summons “every gentle heart,” aflame with desire, to turn to heaven so that their eyes “will mirror part of that celestial fire.”
In addition to epic symphonic music, Herbert Howells (1882-1983) composed some of the most compelling Anglican choral music of the 20th century, with beloved settings of anthems, canticles and masses. “My eyes for beauty pine” was composed in 1928.
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.
On behalf of the Wardens, Vestry and Christ Church family, Fr. Tom is happy to announce that Christ Church has found our new Curate, and her name is Jill Williams! She is beginning her ministry with Christ Church formally on February 1, 2020, but is moving this week to start to get settled. We are delighted to formally welcome Jill and her wife, Paula!
This February and March, in addition to meeting Jill at worship services, we will have multiple opportunities for parishioners to get to know her better, including:
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!