Plan Your Visit
We know it can take a lot of courage to check out a new church, and we want to make your visit as stress-free as possible.
Do I have to check in with someone before I attend?
No, you are welcome to simply show up. If you would like someone to meet you at the door to show you around, this can easily be arranged.
Where do I park?
You may park on any of the surrounding residential streets. The church also has a long-standing relationship with Sendik’s and you may also use their parking lot.
What should I wear?
People come in everything from jeans to khakis to sport coats. Most of the time kids make it out of their pajamas. We are so glad you are here, and we’ll take you just as you show up.
Is there nursery care at Christ Church?
Yes! Learn more here.
What do you have for children during the service?
We do have quiet activities and other childrens options outside of the service. Learn more here.
What should I expect during a service at Christ Church?
Both services are centered in the Holy Eucharist, also known as the Mass, Holy Communion, and the Lord’s Supper.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. This service is quiet (no music), and it retains the traditional language of the earlier Book of Common Prayer. We meet in the side chapel year-round, and it lasts around 45 minutes.
Sunday 9:30 a.m. From September-May we worship inside with full choir. From June-August join us for worship in our church garden where the music is often led by keyboard and guitar. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter joins us on the 2nd Sunday of each month. This service lasts about 60 minutes.
Who may receive Holy Communion at Christ Church?
Holy Communion may be received by anyone who was baptized in any Christian tradition. Children are allowed to receive communion at any age because we want everyone to have a seat at the table, and because we believe that no one truly understands the meaning of the holy sacrament (not even us adults!). Clergy often work with families to give them more information about children receiving, and we have short classes for children to learn the deeper meaning of the sacrament.
What happens after?
We often joke that coffee is like another sacrament of the church. Every Sunday we offer some kind of refreshments after the service. We often also have some kind of adult education, from Marquette theology professors to local columnists like Philip Chard.
Sunday School & CHristian Formation
Christian formation begins in worship, where people of all ages and abilities offer gifts of reading, prayer, acolyting, singing, and more!
Before the 9:30am service, children ages 3 1/2 through 6th grade start Sunday School in their classrooms at 9:15am. Children rejoin the service during Announcements. More info here.
After the 9:30 service, Christian Formation continues for all ages. After our 15 Minute Feast, we offer several formation opportunities that vary throughout the month and year. We offer Adult Forums, led by parishioners or outside speakers. We also have Community Formation for all ages, when all members of the parish explore a topic of faith or service together.
No payment or formal registration for Sunday School is required. We do ask that parents volunteer in the classroom at least twice during the calendar year.
15 minute feasts
The feast that begins with the Eucharist spills out into the Great Hall after the 9:30 service – where donuts, coffee, juices, and other treats await! The atmosphere often includes young children running around, music playing over the sound system, and jovial conversation. After 15 minutes, the children are led to Sunday school, and adults split off to adult forum, or we make the transition to Community Formation. Those who wish to continue conversation are welcome to do so.