Christ Church is an Episcopal Church under the oversight of the Bishop of the Diocese of New York. The people of Christ Church have built, over the many years since it was founded in 1901, a community based on the knowledge that God’s love for humanity knows no bounds, and that with God all things are possible. As you will see, we are black and white, women and men, young and old, liberal and conservative, gay and straight, single and married, from Bronxville and Yonkers, Eastchester and Mt. Vernon, Tuckahoe and the Bronx.
What we share is that we’ve embraced the Gospel’s vision of hope and love and profound acceptance in the name of Jesus Christ. We believe God has called us together to reflect a better way of being in the world.
Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page and our clergy will reach out to you via email or phone to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.
+ Welcome to CCBNY!
We welcome you and invite you to enter into a deeper exploration of a community that shares the love of Jesus Christ with each other, and the world. It takes more than a few words to describe a parish, but there are two things we can tell you right away: we are committed to Jesus Christ and from that commitment flows our care for one another and our ministries. In every ministry and program, we at Christ Church Bronxville invite you to enter more deeply into the life we share in Christ. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey there is a home for you at Christ Church Bronxville. Our worship, music, education and outreach challenge us to embrace holiness and fearlessly share Christ's love. We hope you will join us.
Let us know you are here: Please introduce yourself to our ushers and our clergy after the service. They will be thrilled to meet you! You are also encouraged to spend a moment at Coffee Hour to enjoy a muffin and conversation with parishioners. Unable to stay after the service? Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page and our clergy will reach out to you via email or phone to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.
Join us for Coffee Hour: Throughout the program year (September - June) CCBNY’s hospitality committee provides a Coffee Hour in the Undercroft offering opportunity for fellowship and tasty treats! Find your way to the Undercroft by taking the stairs down a level from the Narthex (the back of the Church). If needed, please ask our ushers to direct you to our elevator.
+ What to expect at CCBNY
When you come to church at Christ Church, you can expect to find...
SPACE TO PRAY. Our services include hymns, prayers, and time for silence, as well as Communion and sermons that connect our Scriptures to our lives.
SPACE TO BE YOURSELF. Worshipers at Christ Church come from many different places, backgrounds, and perspectives. As you will see, we are black and white, women and men, young and old, liberal and conservative, gay and straight, single and married, from Bronxville and Yonkers, Eatchester and Mt. Vernon, Tuckahoe and the Bronx.
SPACE TO MAKE CONNECTIONS. Whether it's your first time or your thousandth, there's always an opportunity to get better connected with God and one another. Join us at coffee hour or say hello to our clergy and ushers on your way out. We look forward to meeting you.
+ What are the services like?
Since the time of the Apostles, Christian people have gathered together for worship, remembering Christ in the breaking of bread and the sharing of wine. This act of worship has many names: the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or the Mass(which comes from the Latin word meaning to send, a word that occurs in the final part of the service as the people are sent out). In the Episcopal Church, the name we use most often is the Eucharist, from the Greek word for ‘thanksgiving’, and this whole act of worship resonates with our thanks to God for all that he has done for us.
At CCBNY, we have usually three Eucharist services each Sunday.
Sunday 8:00 AM Spoken Holy Eucharist - is a simple, dignified service using the traditional language of Rite I in the Book of Common Prayer.
Sunday 10:00 AM Choral Family Eucharist - is Christ Church at its most splendid and most lively. This service is characterized by extraordinary music from some, or all, of our choirs, active congregational singing, the presence of every generation, and the very beautiful Sarum Use as it is expressed in Bronxville. Professional Nursery Care and a full Children’s Church School program are available at this service.
- Sunday 5:00 PM Contemplative Holy Eucharist - is set in the musical and meditative tradition of the Monastery at Taizé, France. It is a quiet service with repetitive, simple music and an informal, intimate feeling.
- Monthly Evensong or Vespers Once Sunday per month, we do an Evensong (sung evening prayer) service at 5:00 PM. Please check in on our announcements to find out when the next one is scheduled.
No matter which service you attend, you will notice that…
OUR SERVICES HAVE A NUMBER OF PARTS
We gather in the Lord’s Name, and call to mind our sins, ask God’s forgiveness and hear the declaration of absolution.
We respond with a song of God's glory and commend our worship to God.
We proclaim and respond to the Word of God with readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, Epistle, and Gospel declaring the mighty acts of God. The Homily or Sermon calls us to incarnate them in our own words and deeds. We affirm our Faith in the words of the Nicene Creed.
We Pray for the World and the Church, and then exchange the Peace, which is not primarily a show of human friendship, but an affirmation of our common identity as the Body of Christ, and an expression of our determination to live in accordance with Christ’s command to be reconciled to God and one another.
We share the Gifts of God in the sacrament of Holy Communion. In the Eucharistic Prayer, we pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit, the bread and the wine may be to us the Body and Blood of Christ, to nourish and strengthen us as we go forth to embody the love of Christ in the world.
LITURGY – THE ACTION OF THE PEOPLE
Every member of the church has a proper function in the Eucharist. Priests and lay ministers, acolytes, readers, chalice bearers, choir and musicians all play in the prayer and praise that we present together.
Members of the congregation participate most obviously in the prayers that all say together, and in the hymns. But we all participate in every aspect of the service, even when we are quiet and still: we worship as we stand or kneel; we worship as we hear the readings and sermon; we worship as we listen to the prayers that others lead, and make them our own.
This service is not something that is ‘performed’ by robed professionals in front of an audience. It is a celebration on the part of the whole worshiping community. We bring to this service the experiences, concerns and hopes that are uniquely our own. In company with our fellow Christians we pray for God’s strength and guidance, and in Communion receive the assurance of his love. At the close of the service we offer ourselves in readiness to serve God in the world, in whatever distinctive way God calls each and every one of us.
A FEW PRACTICAL MATTERS
We realize that the Liturgy can be daunting for someone experiencing it for the first time and we want to do all we can to help make you a part of it. Service bulletins include all the words of the service. The blue book is the Hymnal, which contains both the service music (written with an S in the bulletin and found in the front portion of the Hymnal) and the hymns of the day (which have a number without a letter). We encourage you to join in the hymns and prayers and to sit, stand or kneel with the rest of the congregation as you feel comfortable.
All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Communion. Simply follow the directions of the ushers and come forward to kneel or stand at the altar rail. If you do not wish to receive Communion, you are invited to come forward to receive a blessing.
You Will Not be Embarrassed
When you visit an Epsicopal church, you will be our respected and welcome guest. You will not be singled out in an embarrassing way, nor asked to stand before the congregation nor to come forward. You will worship God with us.
Please feel free to join in the ceremonies and physical postures of our worship, such as kneeling, standing, making the sign of the cross, as you are comfortable, willing and able.
Should you wish to know more about the Episcopal Church or how one becomes an Anglican, the priest will gladly answer your questions and suggest the way to membership.
+ Got kids?
Children are born deeply connected with God. At Christ Church, children are invited to encounter the Holy and learn the language of faith through scripture, prayer, visual art, music and discussion in a loving community.
TO THE PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN, MAY WE SUGGEST…
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you need to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!
You might wish to sit closer to the front so they can see and hear what’s going on.
- Quietly explain the parts of the service to them.
- Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in His house.
- If you have to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so. We have activity bags in the narthex (lobby) to help your child get some of the wiggles out. But, if you leave, please come back. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”
USUAL SUNDAY SCHEDULE
- 9:55 AM: Godly Play Children arrive in their classrooms
- 9:55 AM: Communion and Godly Dialogue Children arrive in the Crispell Lounge
- 10:35 AM: 2nd through 6th Graders enter the Church
- 10:50 AM: 3 year olds through First Graders enter Church for Holy Communion
- Please contact Mother Jennifer Brown for more information.
Our Nursery, located on the first floor of the Child Center, is staffed by two loving and caring professionals, including a teacher from Eliza Corwin Frost. The Nursery is open from 9:45 AM until Noon each Sunday. Parents are also welcomed and encouraged to serve as extra volunteers.
+ Becoming a member
For Christians, the most important "membership" we have is our membership in the Body of Christ, offered through Holy Baptism. All are eligible for this membership, there are no dues, and it never expires. To be a member of Christ Church is to take up the responsibilities of Baptism through the worship, mission, and ministries of this church: to pray, work, and give at and through CCBNY for the spread of the Kingdom of God.
Pray. Make prayer with the gathered community a part of your personal spiritual practice by participating in Sunday and/or weekday worship whenever you are able.
Work. Look for a way, however modest or ambitious, to offer your time and talents in God's service as we seek to share the love of Jesus Christ with each other and the world.
Give. Prayerfully commit a portion of your personal or household budget to our common life and ministries by making an annual financial commitment.
To become a member of CCBNY, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page and our clergy will reach out to you via email or phone to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.