At Christ Church we follow something called the Church Year.
The Church year is a wonderful way of drawing us into holy times and sacred seasons. Some of these special days happen on a Sunday, but others fall outside that pattern. Here are some of those special, weekday services:
4 p.m. Family Service
This is a service for the whole family, which means the service takes into consideration the short attention span of children. The sermon is a children’s talk and there is lots of singing of all our favourite carols. Whether you’re a regular or a visitor from out-of-town, this is a wonderful way to bring the generations together on this Holy Night.
8 p.m. Classic Christmas Candlelit service
We do tradition well! This is a beautiful service of worship, with choirs and carols, communion and candlelit moments. Whether you’re new to Anglican worship or have been an Anglican from babyhood, this is a sacred service that is for everyone.
7:30 p.m. On Ash Wednesday, we mark our foreheads with ashes in the sign of the cross, as a reminder of our frailty and God’s call to steward our time well. During this service, we also consider any special personal practices we wish to take during Lent, as a time of spiritual renewal.
Easter is the most important day in the Church calendar as we celebrate new life in the risen Christ. Jesus’ death and resurrection was a world-changing event, and Holy Week is a special time of devotion for believers. We have two sacred services that we mark during Holy Week:
7:30 p.m. At this service, we remember Jesus’ last Supper with his friends and his command that we love one another. Sharing communion on this night is a particular moment of mystery. At the end of the service, we quietly prepare for Jesus’ time of trial, by “stripping the altar” – that is, by removing the decorations in the church so that the space is as solemn as our hearts.
11 a.m. Good Friday is when Christians contemplate Christ’s suffering and death on the cross for our sake. Though it is a solemn service, it is also one filled with hope. We call it ‘good’ Friday, because this day marks the turning point in God’s plan to bring us home to him. The cross is a synonym for a heart symbol; it is a sign of God’s love for us. “For Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much he loves us.”