Monday, June 12, 2017

Christ Church: Forty Years of Serving God and the Community

When we consider the 2000 year story of the Christian Church as the Body of Christ in the World, Christ Episcopal Church, at forty years of age is just a baby. As a relative newcomer to the Episcopal part of the Jesus Movement, however, we have spent those forty years proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ to Albertville, Marshall County and the surrounding area, “seeking and serving Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves.” (Book of Common Prayer, page 305)

We began in late 1977 as a small group of people meeting upstairs over what was then Baines Furniture and Appliance store, now Weathers, on North Broad Street in downtown Albertville. The second floor room where the church worshiped was lovingly referred to as “the Upper Room.” As 1977 turned into 1978, the church acquired property on East Main Street, as well as an abandoned Episcopal Church building in Piedmont, Alabama.  The building was moved to Albertville and lovingly placed on the East Main Street property.

Over the years, Christ Church has been involved in ministries in and for the community, including a clothing bank, Blessings in a Back Pack at Albertville Primary School, Keep Albertville Beautiful, and a monthly Beans and Rice Ministry through which we continue to help feed those in need.

In 2010 our historic building was destroyed in the Albertville tornado. Despite the loss, Christ Church continued to worship and serve God and our community. In 2012 our beautiful new church building, designed as a larger version of our original building was completed, and consecrated by the Right Reverend Kee Sloan, Episcopal Bishop of Alabama.

Over the next nine months, we will host several events for the entire community, including a Home Coming Frolic in June, an Organ Concert by Albertville native, Christopher Joel Carter IV on October 1, and a Community Worship Celebration and Luncheon in January of 2018. We hope many of you will join us for any and all of these Celebration.

The first of these community events is our Homecoming Frolic on Saturday, June 17 at 5:00 p.m. We are inviting former members, family, friends, and you the members of our beloved community to join us for a picnic supper, games for children and adults, jumpy house, Face Painting, Smores and much, much more. This will also be an opportunity to visit our Little Free Library and walk our meditation Labyrinth. Come! Bring an appetite, friends and a chair and help us celebrate our first forty years, and kick off the next forty years of loving and serving the Lord.

Blessings and Peace from Christ Episcopal Church.

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