Parish Life

Christ Church is a place for all to feel connected and at home. Come, be together, connect and enjoy the fellowship and fun we enjoy together as a Christ Church family.

Welcome Home Gatherings – Sept. 7 & 21

The Christ Church clergy and staff are excited to kick-off the 2022-23 program year with you all. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces as we move into the fall. On Sept. 7 & 21 at 6 p.m. in the south courtyard, we invite you to join us for a Welcome Home Gathering, where we will reconnect with each other and hear from clergy on updates and exciting events coming up this year at Christ Church.

Homecoming Sunday – Aug. 28

Join us Aug. 28 for indoor & outdoor services (both at 10 a.m.), full choir during inside worship, Blessing of the Backpacks and more. Following the 10 a.m. services, we hope you will join us for a Homecoming “Sundae”!  We’ll have ice cream and cool treats for everyone, games for the kids and fun activities for all.  You won’t want to miss this day.  All are welcome!

ECW Kickoff Meeting – Aug. 23

Please join us for the Episcopal Church Women’s (ECW) first meeting of the program year on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at Christ Church. This will be a night of fellowship where we share information regarding the exciting things happening this year and how you can get involved! Come hear updates about Homecoming, Greenery Sale, etc. All women are welcome!

(Extra) Ordinary Time Podcast

(Extra) Ordinary Time is a six-episode podcast series that features conversations between The Rev. Mary Davila and a different parishioner each session. This year’s theme is “Home,” focusing on what our homes have been like during the pandemic, and how the church has been a home for us. We hope you enjoy hearing from other Christ Church members about their journeys over the past two years.

Listen to the podcast below:

 

Newcomers

Welcome! Throughout the year we invite visitors and our newest members to join us for receptions to meet fellow parishioners and our clergy.

Please save the dates for Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. for our next Newcomer Reception and Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. for a Christ Church Connect workshop.

Check our calendar for additional event dates or contact Cooper Bratton – cbratton@ccral.org – to learn more.

Women’s Fellowship Events

Take a break from the routines of work, carpool, and errands and join us for fun and fellowship with other ladies at Christ Church. We get together a couple of times during the year at local restaurants to meet and mingle with one another. Check our calendar for event dates.

Contact Jenn Hogshead – jennhogshead@yahoo.com – to learn more.

Men’s Fellowship Events

Join us after work for drinks and fellowship with the men of Christ Church. Usually, we have two events during the year – a fall get-together and another one in the spring. In the fall, we gather at Milburnie Fishing Club for dinner and to catch up with one another. In the spring, we will meet at a local establishment for fellowship. Check our calendar for event dates.

Contact Joe Hogan – joeh@atlanticpkg.com – to learn more.

Primetime

Group of adults, mostly ages 60 and older, who meet monthly in homes of members for dinner and fellowship. Contact Carleen Shaffer to learn more – lcjshaffer@yahoo.com.

Foyers

Foyers is a unique opportunity to get to know other in members in our church in a smaller group for meals at member’s homes. Contact John Adams – johnadams1213@outlook.com – to learn more.

Lunch & Learn

Midday events created for fellowship and learning for our parishioners. We provide a variety of programs, both secular and religious, and both on campus and off-campus.

Contact Chip Dodd – jeandodd@aol.com – to learn more, and check our calendar to view upcoming events.

All-Parish Weekend at Kanuga

Each spring, we spend a weekend in the beautiful North Carolina mountains at Kanuga. There is something for all ages – music, programs for children and adults, and plenty of free time to enjoy the great outdoors.

Stay tuned for Kanuga 2023 dates!

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) provides support and fellowship opportunities within our parish and hosts annual and biennial events and fundraisers.

All women are automatically members of ECW and are encouraged to participate!

Christ Church ECW is comprised of vibrant women of many talents, and there are many opportunities to become involved.

ECW’s annual and biennial events include:

  • Homecoming
  • Newcomer’s Welcome Luncheon
  • Greenery Sale
  • Advent Wreath event
  • Art Sale
  • Daughters of Christ Church

ECW’s Service Groups & Guilds

  • Kitchen Guild – prepares the fabulous food that is served at all church events, including the supply of casseroles and Brunswick stew (used primarily for Pastoral Care)
  • Funeral Guild – coordinates the volunteers for all funeral receptions at Christ Church
  • ECW Pastoral Care Committee – sends welcome cards and books to all newborns and delivers casseroles and stews to those in times of illness or need
  • Children’s Library Committee – maintains the library for the use of Christ Church parishioners
  • College and Boarding School Ministry – promotes fellowship and provides opportunities for communication between Christ Church and young persons in colleges and boarding schools.

United Thank Offering (UTO)

ECW coordinates and collects the United Thank Offering (UTO) twice each year. The mission of UTO is to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings and to distribute the monies to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

How You Can Get Involved

  • Attend general monthly meetings and events that take place throughout the year. These meetings and events will be published on our calendar, and in our regular communications.
  • Donate; your financial support makes our parish events possible. Donate online here, or send a check to Christ Church ECW – 120 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Thank you in advance for your support!
  • Volunteer; whether it’s helping with an event, hosting a meeting, or joining a committee, there is a place for you! Please email Bess Pitt if you’d like to learn more about getting involved. Volunteers are the heart of ECW and our guilds. Our events and fundraisers are successful because of the many talented women with a heart to serve.