Join us Oct. 4-5 as we celebrate Francis of Assisi, the wild saint who called the sun his brother, the moon his sister, and worshiped God with the constant chorus of wild animals. Second Baptist Church and Christ Episcopal Church will be meeting together to hear the story of Francis around a camp fire, sleep beneath the stars, and hike to a mountaintop celebration of communion. The campout will begin Friday evening at Lake Sylvia and the celebration will continue on Saturday with a morning bird walk, a hike, and more. We will break camp and head home in the afternoon of Saturday the 5th. Cost is $15 for individuals or $40 for families which includes campsite fees and food from dinner Friday through lunch Saturday. For more information, contact Ragan Sutterfield, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In celebration of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, join us with your pets on Sunday evening at 5:00 pm for some Saint Francis festivities, including homemade treats and photo booth. At 5:30 pm, we’ll have our Blessing of Animals liturgy on the front steps of the church. All pets are welcome for a blessing, and those pets who are able and willing may join us inside for the Holy Eucharist at 6:00 pm.
The 2019-2020 season of the Arts at Christ Church will celebrate the thirtieth year of our Nichols and Simpson pipe organ, featuring organ concerts throughout the year. To kick-off our year of celebration, Christ Church welcomes world-renowned organist Dr. Janette Fishell, chair of the organ department at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. An active recitalist, Fishell has performed the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck, and Petr Eben. In concert at Christ Church, Fishell's program will include works by Bach, Franck, and others, and she will conclude the concert with Maurice Duruflé's masterpiece, Prelude, Adagio, and Choral Varié sur le theme de Veni Creator.
This concert is made possible by the Arts at Christ Church and the Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. For more information, contact Thomas Alexander, email@example.com.
On Friday, November 1 at 7:00 pm, Christ Church will observe the Feast of All Saints with a Requiem Eucharist, sung by the Christ Church Choir to a setting by Maurice Duruflé. All Saints’ Day is an occasion for the congregation to honor the communion of saints, past, present, and yet to come. All churches in the Central Convocation of the Episcopal Church in Arkansas are cordially invited. A festive reception will follow, and childcare will be provided. Please note that incense will be used at this service.
The feast day of C. S. Lewis is November 22nd and to celebrate we thought we’d engage in one of C.S. Lewis’s favorite activities—walking. Our walk will take us over three days as we backpack through a portion of the Buffalo River Trail. Along the way we’ll have readings from Lewis and reflections to guide our conversation and contemplation as we hike. No backpacking experience required, but we will be hiking several miles over hilly and rocky terrain. If hiking Pinnacle Mountain with a heavy pack sounds intimidating then this hike is probably not for you. We’d be glad to help you gage your physical preparedness and even give you some tips to train for the hike over the coming months. Cost for the hike is $60/person which includes meals and transportation. For more information, contact the Rev. Ragan Sutterfield, Andrew Carberry, or the Rev. Canon Jason Alexander.
The Christ Church Choir will lead a service of Choral Evensong in commemoration of Holy Cross Day with music by Smith, Gibbons, and Tallis, composers of the English renaissance. Immediately following the service, Associate Organist and Choirmaster Thomas Alexander will play a short organ recital with music by Buxtehude, Bach, and Vierne, and excerpts from Marcel Dupré’s monumental Le Chemin de la Croix (“The Stations of the Cross”). Childcare will be provided and a festive reception will follow the recital. Please note that incense will be used during the service. For more information, contact Steven Bullock, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re excited to kick-off fall programs on Sunday, September 8. We will offer new classes on the Gospel of John, The Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal, and faith, sexuality & gender. We will begin and continue all kinds of volunteer opportunities. And to celebrate after the 10:30am service, we’ll have a block party where we can sign up for the various ministries at Christ Church and have some good food and fellowship while we’re at it. For more information, contact Carol Lou, email@example.com.
Join our efforts to care for creation and love our neighbors through Dunbar Community Garden. Our big project will be planting blackberries. We’ll also be sifting, digging and doing other chores to help the garden’s education programs with Gibbs Elementary and Dunbar Middle School, as well as laying the ground for a small forest garden. We’ll begin with a prayer and short devotional reflection at 9am to guide our day together. Bring water, a snack, work gloves, and wear close-toed shoes to keep your feet protected from fire ants. For more information, contact Ragan Sutterfield, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families are invited to join us for a night at the movies in Parke Hall on August 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm.
Kids are encouraged to bring their own cardboard boxcar vehicles/bikes/etc and join us for a screening of "How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World". Concessions will be available and be sure to come early to find a good parking space! For more information contact Marvin at email@example.com.
This indoor rummage sale is the main fund raiser for the Episcopal Church Women at Christ Church each year. The proceeds support charities in the community, including Stewpot, the Robert R. Brown Camp, Dorcas House, and St. Francis House. This year 10% of the funds raised will be given to our own Green Groceries Project.
Food Trucks, Conversation, and Compline
The weekend is over, the week lies ahead, what do you need? Good food, conversation with friends, and then quiet music in a darkened church. That’s what we’re offering in our first Food Truck night. Come and enjoy a delicious meal served up by El Sur Taco Truck for purchase. Then join us for Communion and/or Compline inside the church. It is, as the Prayer Book puts it, the way into a “a peaceful night and a perfect end” of the weekend. Food served from 5-7 pm, Eucharist at 6 pm. Compline at 7 pm.
On Sunday, June 21, all families with younger children are invited to join us for a Family Eucharist service during the 9:00 am formation hour in Parke Hall. The service will include a children’s sermon and Communion. The Rev. Hannah Hooker will be the celebrant.
Local artist John Kushmaul will exhibit paintings in the Parish Gallery. His exhibit, entitled “Scenes from Christ Church,” features 22 recent paintings of the church and its surroundings. These paintings showcase his trademark style of saturated colors and blurry details.
Little Rock artist Patricia Palmer, a member of Christ Church, will exhibit her works in The Parlor. Her exhibit, which is entitled “Inside Out,” displays her experimental, new ways of expressing her ideas and vision. The exhibits runs from July 12 to September 30. All art is available for purchase.
Christ Church’s week long theatre camp will conclude with an original mini musical presentation featuring our young actresses and actors. Admission is free (however donations are warmly accepted). All are invited to attend this fun event!
The Green Groceries "Farm to Church" Fundraiser will be Thursday, June 20 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Isaac Alexander will DJ the party, spinning LPs in the gallery. Fresh, heavy hors d'oeuvres from local chefs and restaurants will be served. Get your tickets now for this laid back summer event!
Where do you hear the still small voice of God? Is it in the woods? With friends? When listening to music? Join us June 17-21 for this year’s VBS program where we will learn about how the different ways God calls us and equips each of us to venture out and spread the Gospel. VBS goes from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., is open to children ages 3 - 5th grade, and is free of charge. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s name, age, grade they will enter in the fall, email address, phone, and if you can be a volunteer. Nursery care is provided for younger children of adult volunteers.
Before everyone heads off on their summer adventures (and before the temperature gets out of control!) let’s get together for food and fellowship. As ever, you bring the drinks and the kids, we’ll have the space, the snacks, the games, and the jams! For more information, contact Hannah at email@example.com.
On Thursday, May 30 at 7pm, Christ Church will offer a service of Holy Eucharist in commemoration of the feast of the Ascension. The Christ Church Choir will join with the Trinity Cathedral Choir to sing Gerald Finzi’s God is gone up and Ferdinand Schaller’s Ascendit Deus. Christ Church organist Thomas Alexander and Trinity Cathedral organist Victoria Mathis Harden will play movements from Olivier Messiaen’s L’Ascension. Incense will be used at this service, childcare will be provided, and a festive reception will follow. All are welcome!
The concert will showcase music for the Easter season: organ works by Howells, Scheidemann, Buxtehude, Bach, and Widor, and works for organ and trumpet by recent visiting composer Richard Webster. Jamie Bryant will play the trumpet. Thomas Alexander is the Associate Organist and Choirmaster of Christ Episcopal Church, helping direct a vibrant music program in downtown Little Rock. A graduate of Hendrix College, he studied organ performance with Timothy Allen and conducting with Andrew Morgan and Gretchen Renshaw James. Admission is free, but all donations will help support the upcoming 2019-2020 Arts@ChristChurch season. A festive reception follows the concert.
The UTO (United Thank Offering), sponsored by ECW, is a gratitude ministry supporting innovative missions and ministries worldwide and locally. UTO grants allow new programs and projects to focus on specific needs within a community. Special blue and white envelopes will be provided in the pews on Sunday, May 5. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the offering of thanks. Place your UTO gift in the blue and white envelopes, and then into the offertory plate. For more information please contact Marianna Pardue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring is finally here and with it comes warm weather! Our next schedule Social Hour will be Saturday, May 4. All 9 - 12th graders are invited to join Sara and Marvin at Loblolly Creamery (1423 Main St. Suite C, Little Rock, AR 72202) from 2-3 p.m. where they can take a study break and catch up with their senior high peers. For more information please contact Marvin at email@example.com. See you there!
On Sunday morning, April 28 at 9:15 a.m., novelist Erin McGraw will join the Christ Church forum for a discussion of faith, fiction, and the writing life. McGraw will be in Little Rock for the Arkansas Literary Festival. She will be reading from her book, Joy and 52 Other Very Short Stories at Christ Church on April 27th at 1 p.m.
Christ Church will be a designated site for the National Drug Take Back Day on April 27. Other approved sites include the Clinton Library; Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Dr.; and Rain Drop Foundation, 1501 Market St. This event is sponsored by the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and has been approved by the DEA. There will be two law enforcement officers present at each site. Identifier on medication bottles must be blacked out for acceptance. For more information please contact Terry Jefferson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, April 27, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. author Erin McGraw will read from her new collection, Joy and 52 other Very Short Stories at Christ Church. Following the reading, McGraw will join in a moderated discussion and sign copies of her book. Publisher's Weekly gave Joy a stared review, writing: "This quintessential collection of stories serves as an homage to the form while showcasing McGraw’s stunning talent and deep empathy for the idiosyncrasies, small joys, and despairs of human nature."
Copies of Joy and 52 other Very Short Stories are available now at Wordsworth Books and will also be available at the Arkansas Literary Festival. For more information please contact Ragan at email@example.com.
Join us for Holy Week & Easter. We welcome all people to experience the beautiful, solemn liturgies of Holy Week and the joy of Christ’s resurrection.
Sunday, April 14 — Palm Sunday**
Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (with choir and procession), and 6:00 p.m. Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m. (new service)
Monday, April 15
Holy Eucharist at 12:05 p.m. (chapel)
Tuesday, April 16
Holy Eucharist at 12:05 p.m. (chapel)
Wednesday, April 17
Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing at 12:05 p.m. (chapel)
Thursday, April 18 — Maundy Thursday
Holy Eucharist with children’s homily and foot washing at 5:30 p.m. (Chancel)
Holy Eucharist and the Stripping of the Altar at 7:00 p.m. (with choir)**
Friday, April 19 — Good Friday
Liturgy for Good Friday and the Reading of the Passion, 12:00 p.m.**
Way of the Cross at 12:45 p.m.
Church open for prayer and meditation until 3:00 p.m.
Children’s Way of the Cross at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 — The Great Vigil of Easter**
First Eucharist of Easter at 8:00 p.m. (with choir and incense)
A festive reception follows
Sunday, April 21— Easter Sunday**
Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (with choir), and 6:00 p.m.
The Great Paschal Vespers at 7:00 p.m. (with incense)
A festive reception will follow the 10:30 a.m. service on Easter Sunday.
Look for a surprise for children during the reception.
**Childcare will be available in the nursery.
The Rt. Rev. Larry R. Benfield will join us Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.