Music Ministry

Christ Episcopal Church has a long-standing tradition of musical excellence.  Douglas Blackwood leads our parish worship as an outstanding organist.  He also directs our Chancel and Handbell Choirs.  Our focus is the rich hymnody of our Anglican tradition, while we also recognize the beauty of other traditional music. Throughout the year, Mr. Blackwood welcomes talented musicians and singers to augment our worship experience.  Our parish is blessed with utilizing excellent talent and music because we all believe as St. Augustine put it, "singing is praying twice."

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Children's Ministry

Children are welcome at all Christ Church worship services.  Nursery care and Children's Chapel are special options for children during worship.  Children's Chapel is an opportunity for the children to experience the "Liturgy of the Word" in an easy-to-understand story format.  Jessica Cenci, our Children's Ministry Director, leads our Children's Chapel time and offers a rotation-based curriculum of learning. 

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Youth Ministry

Christ Church values our children and youth, and we have many options for our youth to be involved.  Our youth participate in confirmation classes led by Rev. Daniel Cenci.  Our youth also form the Acolyte team which perform a vital role to our worship experience on Sundays and special feast occasions.  Christ Church also participates in mission, both local and international, and our youth are primary participants in these activities.  We encourage our youth to participate in diocesan youth options, such as Fall Conference, Happening, New Beginnings, summer youth camps at beautiful Camp Trinity, the diocesan Episcopal Youth Council, and diocesan-wide Acolyte Festival in Nags Head, NC.

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Outreach

Christ Church as an incredible reputation for serving the local, regional, and international communities by serving in numerous missionary and charitable disciplines.  One of the characteristics of Christ Church Outreach is to humbly serve by creating, or being a charter member of, opportunities and ministries and enabling the community to lead the ministries, i.e. The Food Bank of the Albemarle, Room in the Inn, SOULs Feeding ministry, and an annual Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event.  One of the guiding principles of our outreach efforts is the Episcopal Relief and Development goals of alleviating hunger and improving food supply, creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, promoting health and fighting disease, and responding to disasters and rebuilding communities.

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