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Question of the Month

February Question of the Month:
"What was your first experience at Christ Church? How did that impact you joining Christ Church?" 

The Smith Family: “When we moved to Greenville in 2010, it was important to find a church that would be welcoming to our family. Scott grew up Episcopalian and I was raised in the Catholic faith. Joining an Episcopalian church anchored in tradition and welcoming to all was our primary focus. We chose Christ Church after attending a few services. We thoroughly enjoyed Harrison McLeod’s sermons and were charmed by the beauty of the church, the traditional aspect
of the service, and also the quality of the music. We also realized what a wonderful program Christ Church offered families with young children. At the time, our little ones were either in the nursery or attending the Sunday school program led by Lei Offerle. Over the years, they have continued to attend Sunday school, joined the choir, participated in Vacation Bible School, summer art camps, and of course played basketball with Christ Church. Presently, we are proud to see our children growing up within the Church and participating in all kind of activities with the youth group led by Hannah Flack. Claire is now a member of the Youth Leadership Team and an acolyte. She also continues to play church basketball. Scott has coached two of our sons on the church basketball team for several years and we always try to help out with the youth program when we can. Now that our kids are older, we have more time to engage in adult activities such as the Forks and Fellowship supper club. We also sometimes quietly step in the Rector’s Forum and enjoy being educated about the Episcopalian doctrine and also the history of our beautiful church. In short, Christ Church is home for our family and we are very fortunate to be a part of it. ”
– Chantal Smith, on behalf of the Smith Family: Scott, Chantal, Claire, Fredric, Zachary, and Sebastien.

February Question of the Month:
"What was your first experience at Christ Church? How did that impact you joining Christ Church?"

The Jones Family: “We first entered Christ Church when we took a tour of CCEP. We were new to Greenville and heard great things about the preschool. We were immediately impressed with both the Preschool and the Church and placed our first daughter, June, and, later, our second daughter, Julia, at CCEP. Pretty soon, we counted many of the Preschool staff, Church staff and Christ Church families as good friends. We found such a supportive and loving
environment in the Preschool that we started to participate in additional activities at the Church. Because of these experiences, we started coming to Christ Church for worship. We are so blessed to have sent our children to CCEP and to have become part of the Christ Church Community.”
– Connie, Seth, June, and Julia Jones 

 

January Question of the Month:
"How has Christ Church challenged you to step out of your comfort zone?"

Perry Gilreath: “In 2014, Lou O’Brien and I started the JustFaith program with the encouragement of our rector Harrison McLeod and Frances Poe, then Director of Faith in Action.  I knew when we began that we would focus on what Christ is calling us as Christians to be and do as his hands and feet in the world.  Through books, videos, guest speakers, and immersion encounters where we sat down with people living on the margins and listened to their stories in a close and personal setting, my world view has changed. I am much more aware of choices that I make and how they impact other people and the earth. 
I try to be always mindful of what Jack Jazreel, the founder of JustFaith, calls the six crucial ingredients for Christianity to be an effective force for peace and justice:
   1. Relationships with those at risk
   2. Justice education
   3. Simpler lifestyles
   4. Prayer
   5. Commitment to nonviolence
   6. Community (intentional to the first five)
I invite you to step out of your comfort zone and be a part of this life-changing experience.” 

 

 

January Question of the Month:
"How has Christ Church challenged you to step out of your comfort zone?"

Tom Johnson: “I am grateful for my involvement in JustFaith ministries at Christ Church because it has nudged me to get out of my comfort zone, and I realize that is a necessary step for growth and transformation. I have been encouraged to develop meaningful relationships with people very different than me. That has led me to becoming involved with Momentum Bike Clubs which provides mentoring relationships to under-served youth using bicycling as a platform. I have also been nudged, with my wife Anne, to say yes to a JustFaith trip this past summer to visit the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. There, we met with a wonderful 19-year old detainee from Venezuela who had walked to the U.S. border and applied for refugee status at the customs office. I am becoming OK with the tension of not having all the answers. I want experience, not simply thinking, to be the way I find my way in the world.”