- Parish House
The Parish House
The red doors of Christ Church aren’t our only open doors.
The open red doors of Christ Church are a landmark in our downtown neighborhood. We open the doors of the Parish House to our community as well. The Parish House is our “other building”. It houses our offices, Christian formation rooms, kitchen, halls for fellowship, and much more. Opening our Parish House doors to the community in past years meant hosting a culinary training program for mothers in recovery, actors who run a drama program for at-risk children, a neighborhood school that needed space for ball players and cheerleaders, a small local food catering business, and much more.
Sixth Street Library
The Sixth Street Library is a place of transformation – transforming space, transforming materials, transforming our views, and ultimately transforming the city. It is part gallery, part bookstore, part collaborative space that grew out of a class at Christ Church exploring what it means to be a church in the modern urban landscape. The small space invites deep contemplation of a few objects and books rather than a quick scan of many. The exhibits and a few carefully curated bookshelves will focus on ideas of geography, urban ecology, public space, art and beauty, architecture, transportation, and the like. Check out the Sixth Street Library blog.
Arkansas Local Food Network
The offices of the Arkansas Sustainability Network are in the Parish House. And every Saturday and Wednesday, ASN’s Local Food Club distributes vegetables, meats, and other produce from local farmers. ALFN hosts fundraisers and workshops to promote environmentally sustainable practices in all areas of life. For more information on ALFN check out their website.
Three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings take place at Christ Church each week. The Downtown Nooners, as the group is affectionately called meet at 12:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
The yoga class meets on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 at the church. $5 per class. Contact the instructor, Sarah Standridge.
Every Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. a group of basketball lovers from 16 to 60 gather in Bowen Hall for a few pickup games. All are welcome. Just show up or contact Scott Walters with your questions.
Second Friday Art Night
The Art Galleries of downtown Little Rock come alive on the second Friday of each month as art lovers move from gallery to gallery enjoying new works by area artists. The Christ Church Gallery is one of the Second Friday Art Night locations. Several times a year, our communications director, Mark Alderfer, invites local artists to display their work at Christ Church and hosts a second Friday reception in the Parish House.
The Arkansas Literary Festival
Christ Church has been a sponsor of the Arkansas Literary Festival for several years now, underwriting authors like Eliza Griswold and Pico Iyer, and hosting bestselling Arkansas author (and Episcopalian) Charlaine Harris’s lecture at the 2011 festival. Our own Jay Jennings also presented at the 2011 festival, reading from his book Carry the Rock: Race, Football, and the Soul of an American City.
Each year Christ Church throws a Fat Tuesday party with cajun food and king cakes prepared by our Men’s Group. We also feature a local band for an evening of celebration in Bowen Hall that is open to everyone in the community. Once you’ve experienced Mardi Gras at Christ Church, you’ll be back.