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Special Services

Rhythms of Grace: Worship Service for Families with Special Needs
Sunday, November 19, 3:00 PM, Markley Chapel

Children’s Ministries is excited to announce a new service for children and families with special needs. Rhythms of Grace is a worship service that engages children from the top of their heads to the tips of their toes and provides a way for all families to connect with a community of faith. The service will be on the third Sunday of each month at 3:00 PM in the chapel. For more information, contact Hedrick Lewis, 282.3103.

Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist: November 22, 7:00 PM, Markley Chapel
Thanksgiving Day Eucharist:
November 23, 10:30 AM, Markley Chapel

Learn more about our Thanksgiving service offerings and our Thanksgiving Day Potluck Lunch here.

Choral Mattins for St. Andrew’s Day
November 26, 10:30 AM, All Saints Worship Space

The Greenville Pipe & Drum Band will be our special guests for this service.

Mark Your Calendars Now!
December 3, New Worship Schedule and Move Back to Church

December 3, the first Sunday of Advent, will be an exciting time in the life of our parish. After 15 months of worshipping together in the All Saints Worship Space, we will resume 10:30 AM worship services in our historic church. In addition, we will launch a brand new service in Markley Chapel, also at 10:30 AM. The new chapel service (55 minutes in length) will feature traditional Rite II liturgy in a more relaxed, family-friendly format with a rich variety of both contemporary and traditional congregational music lead by an acoustic ensemble of piano, strings, woodwinds, percussion, guitar, and vocalists. Following the 10:30 AM worship services on December 3, plan to join your Christ Church family in the churchyard for cocoa, coffee, and cookies! See the FAQs about this service here.

Advent Procession: Sunday, December 3, 5:00 PM, Church

This service of preparation for the coming of our Savior includes scripture readings, congregational hymns and carols, as well as special music by the choir. The candlelit beauty of our church will add to the restrained joy of this Advent season observance.

Compline for Advent: Sunday, December 10, 8:00 PM, Church

The gentlemen of the parish choir lead this 30-minute service of contemplative chant, psalms, and scripture in the darkened nave of our restored church. The mysterious nature of the season of Advent is especially evident in this service.

Blue Christmas Service: Tuesday, December 19, 5:45 PM, Markley Chapel

For some, the holiday season can be a time of grief and sorrow. The loss of loved ones, broken relationships, job loss, or many other things can dampen our spirits. Join us for a time of healing as we present our cares to God and pray for that “peace which passes all understanding” during this holy season.

Christmas Eve and Day Services

You can find our Christmas Eve and Day worship schedule here.

The First Sunday after Christmas: Sunday, December 31

10:30 AM - Christmas Lessons & Carols with Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Church
5:00 PM - Contemplative Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Markley Chapel
No Sunday School or 8:00 AM Eucharist on this day.

The Baptism of our Lord: Sunday, January 7

8:00 AM - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, Markley Chapel
9:30 AM - Sunday School
10:30 AM - Holy Eucharist with Baptisms, Rite II, Church (Choir & Organ)
10:30 AM - Chapel Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Markley Chapel (Worship Ensemble)
5:00 PM - Contemplative Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Markley Chapel

New Worship Schedule and Move Back to Church FAQs

What will the service schedule be on December 3, 2017?
     8:00 AM - Rite I Eucharist, Markley Chapel
     9:30
AM - Sunday School
    10:30
AM - Rite II Eucharist, Church (Choir & Organ)
    10:30
AM - Rite II Chapel Eucharist, Markley Chapel (Worship Band)
    11:30
AM - Cocoa, coffee, and cookies in the churchyard following worship

Will we begin in the All Saints Center and process to the church?
No, the service will begin in the church.

Will the church be completely restored on December 3?
No. While most of our renovations will be finished, we will still be without pews and many of our beautiful stained glass windows when we first return to the church. In the spring of 2018, when all work is complete, the bishop will reconsecrate our church building and we will have a grand celebration.


How will we move everything from the All Saints Center back to the church?

While professional movers will handle the heavy items, we need volunteers to help move the smaller things. Sign up via the form here or contact
Lei Offerle, 672.4142, with questions. 

Will one of the new services be a contemporary service?
The format and music of the 10:30 AM Chapel service will most closely resemble the former contemporary service held in the church. This new service, held in Markley Chapel, will include traditional Prayer Book liturgy in an easy to follow format for newcomers. The shorter time frame of the service is more “wiggle friendly” for those with younger children. Casual attire is encouraged.

What are the differences between the 10:30 AM Church and Chapel services?
Both services offer liturgy that is faithful to and rooted in our prayer book tradition. The music for the two services will be substantially different. The service in the church will be led by the Parish Choir and organ and will feature the best of the classical Anglican musical traditions, including traditional hymnody, psalms, Anglican chant, and a variety of selections by the choir. The service in the chapel will be led by piano, guitar, strings, woodwinds, percussion, and vocalists, and will include a wide variety of congregational song. On any given Sunday at the chapel service, one might encounter an upbeat traditional hymn alongside an African-American spirituals, Cursillo song, or familiar contemporary Christian worship song.  Besides the differences in musical accompaniment, the Chapel Service is a condensed form of the service in order to accommodate a 55-minute time frame for those who desire a slightly shorter service. Regardless of the musical idiom used to embellish the liturgy, at the core of each service is a faithfulness to the Book of Common Prayer and our identity as Episcopalians.

How long are the various services?
The new 10:30 AM service in the Chapel is an intentionally shorter service, and will run approximately 55 minutes. The 10:30 AM service in the Church will run approximately 70 minutes. The 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM services will continue to run approximately 45-50 minutes.

Will the clergy rotate through the services?

Yes. All of our priests will serve as celebrants and preachers at each of the Sunday services.

Are changes being made to the 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM services?
No. These services will continue in their current forms without changes.

What are the options for young children at the services?
FaithSteps is available during both 10:30 AM services. Children’s Chapel is available to those attending the 10:30 AM Church service. At the 10:30 AM Chapel service, a children’s sermon will replace the regular sermon on the second Sunday of each month. Children are always welcome in any of our services at Christ Church.

Will there be fellowship opportunities before or after services?

Yes. As weather permits, we will gather outdoors between the church and chapel for refreshments and fellowship following the two 10:30 AM services.

Why aren’t we going back to our old schedule?
Our old schedule had many complications. Worship services often encroached on Sunday School. There were frequent changes to the style/format of the services to accommodate special observances. While the 9:00 AM service was very well attended and often approaching capacity, the 11:15 AM services were nearly half the size of the 9:00 AM, respectively. Besides the disparity in the attendance at the various services, there was no time left for parish fellowship in the old schedule. The 10:30 AM worship hour, with opportunity for fellowship following, has proven very popular with the vast majority of our parishioners. An enhancement to this is the addition of a shorter and more casual service at this same hour.

Will any of the services be Rite I?

Rite I will be used seasonally at the 10:30 AM Church service, primarily during Lent.

Is there sufficient seating for 2 simultaneous mid-morning services?

Yes. The effective seating capacity of the church has been increased by approximately 75 persons with the movement of the choir from the balcony to the chancel. Markley Chapel offers seating for 200 people comfortably. This gives us a total seating capacity of 900 between the two worship spaces.

Which services will host baptisms, confirmations, and other special observances?

Baptisms, confirmations, and other special services will be divided between the 10:30 AM services when it is feasible to do so.

Does this change affect any of our weekday worship offerings?

No. Our Tuesday and Wednesday services will continue without any changes.