Our Community

     We are diverse.  We are a community of old and young, uncertain and sure, broken and whole, city-dwellers and suburbanites, gay and straight, long-time members and college students new to Rochester, life long Episcopalians and those from any number of religious backgrounds or creeds.

·         We are cosmopolitan: We love downtown Rochester and are part of our downtown community. We joined with the Eastman School of Music to build the internationally renowned Craighead-Saunders organ, and we now host Tuesday Pipes, which brings in our neighbors both near and far. We are partners with the Rochester International Jazz Festival and the High Falls Film Festival. Our soup kitchen serves neighbors and is run by neighbors who are volunteers. We partner with Sagamore to tend our large front garden, so that it can be a place of respite and beauty for all who pass by.

·         We are music enthusiasts. We believe in the power of a liturgy steeped in musical traditions, from organ and choir on Sunday mornings to candlelight Compline, sung by the Schola Cantorum Sunday evenings at 9:00 P. M. (October - April). We joined with Eastman School of Music to build the internationally renowned Craighead-Saunders organ.  At the other end of the spectrum, we have an all parishioner string band, “Righteous Shindig Nation.” They play for our square dances and other parish events.

·         We are active.  We are members of RAIHN. We bring people out of the heat and the cold –our Meal and More Hospitality Team provides coffee hour and community for our guests before lunch is served. We are partners with the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition. We provide pastoral care to one another through our Christ Church Care Team.

·         We are contemplative. Whether absorbing the candle lit chanting at Sunday night Compline or gathering in small groups for contemplative prayer or the ancient Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina, we seek to experience mystery of God that surpasses our understanding.

·         We are life long learners. We share insights and ask questions in an intellectually open environment and in a variety of settings: our Adult Formation and Youth Classes, the Sunday Morning Adult Forum, the Tuesday Morning Book Group, and an annual Lenten Series given to biblical studies and exploring spiritual disciplines.

 

Our two podcasts "Inside Christ Church" and "Gargoyles and Gardens: A Brief History of the Christ Church Exterior" are temporarily unavailable while the church undergoes some renovation. Check back in Summer 2017 for podcasts that include an update of the completed work.