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Posted on 05/07/2013
Come As You Are casual summer worship
Sunday mornings from mid-June until September 1.
Three services to choose from, all include Holy Communion:
8am - quiet contemplative service in the air-conditioned chapel.
9am - joyfilled outdoor service, perfect for kids of all ages, held on the church grounds, in front or in back near the garden and labyrinth. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair. This very short service will include children's worship bulletins, music and hymns.
10am - in the air-conditioned chapel, with hymns and music.
Our more formal worship will resume in the main church at 10am Sunday, September 8.
TUESDAY worship - in the air-conditioned chapel at 11am. A healing service is held the first Tuesday of the month.
Posted on 03/05/2013
March 5, 7:00pm - School Building Project team meeting to begin the process of organizing the team members and their responsibiliities.
March 17, 9am and 11:30am - A parish-wide conversation on the school building project. The Project Team will offer an update on the formation of the team and facilitate a parish conversation on the hopes, dreams, and concerns around this project.
The Christ Church, Dearborn, delegation to Liberia at their departure from Detroit, January 14, 2013
Building an Episcscopal School in Liberia (from the parish newsletter, The Courier, January 2013)
by Pastor Terri
On January 14 a team of four people from Christ Church will travel to Monrovia, Liberia to explore how we can partner with a local congregation. The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (ECGS) is in the process of a capital campaign to raise funds for a new parish school.
Children of ages 0-14 make up 43.6% of the Liberian population so schools and the subsequent education of these children is of utmost importance in the growth and development of Liberia as a whole. In Liberia, 41.1% (compared to 9.6% in the US) of children receive their education from private schools; with 17 classrooms, a kitchen, teachers’ lounge and lunch room, administrative offices and a multi-purpose room/auditorium with stage, this school will serve and educate not only the children of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd but many children in the community.
It’s become increasing clear that the primary way countries will grow their economy is through education. “A successful economy has a workforce capable of operating industries at a level where it holds a competitive advantage over the economies of other countries.”1 In order to have competitive advantages countries need to have educated individuals. “Over the past half century, countries with higher math and science skills have grown faster than those with lower-skilled populations…..”2 The Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, recognized that women’s literacy is key to empowering women’s participation in decision making in society and to improving families’ well-being. In addition, the benefits of female education are broadly recognized:
As female education rises, fertility, population growth, and infant and child mortality fall and family health improves.
Increases in girls’ secondary school enrollment are associated with increases in women’s participation in the labor force and their contributions to household and national income.
Christ Church is funding this trip and a portion of the project through the generous gift of a parishioner, using the funds currently in our “Undesignated Gifts Fund.” The Vestry created policy for the use of these funds. That policy invites members of Christ Church to submit requests using a project proposal form available in the church office. For a project to be approved it needs to fit into the mission of Christ Church and be either a new project or an outreach project or both. Project proposals are reviewed by the Undesignated Gifts Committee and recommendations aremade to the Vestry. The Vestry makes the final determination on all projects.
The Vestry has authorized this team to travel to Liberia, learn more about the project, and provide the Vestry with a process for moving forward in assisting Good Shepherd build the school. The Vestry recognizes that this project has the potential of enabling Christ Church to use the funds to make a significant impact on the community surrounding Good Shepherd Church. The Vestry also recognizes that this project can have a profound impact on Christ Church as well. They will depart January 14 and return on January 23. A ground breaking ceremony will be held while they are in Monrovia. We will have an opportunity to view a video of the ceremony at our annual meeting on January 27, 2013 at 11:30am. Let us give thanks to God for the many blessings we have received, from which we can share generously with others.
1 http://www.investopedia.com/ February 25, 2012
2 GEORGE P. SHULTZ AND ERIC A. HANUSHEK
Posted on 06/01/2012
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Posted on 05/10/2013
Posted on 03/05/2013
Children's Christian Formation "Weaving God's Promises" for kids 8-11 will meet from 11:30 to 12:30am most Sunday's January 13 through May. There will be occasional breaks for the kids to work on a Lenten play, a Palm Sunday presentation, and Easter Day. Call the church office 313-565-8450 for more information.
Children's Worship in the Prayer Room: for children 3-8 meets most Sundays during the 10am service. Children attend the first portion of the community worship service and then about 10 minutes into the service the children are invited by the priest to process out for children's worship. Led by a child crucifer the children move to the Prayer Room where they introduce themselves, say a children's version of the Nicene Creed or Lord's Prayer followed by a Bible story (from one of the readings in church that morning). An age appropriate lesson is taught on the story. For example, during the season of Lent the children are learning about the process of growing cocao beans to produce chocolate. This process introduces the children to ideas about social justice, economic justice, the rain forest and environmental justice, and the global economy and Fair Trade practices. It also connects the process of growing chocolate with the process of growing in faith as a Christian. Other seasons of the year the children learn Bible stories and connect them to their faith formation through a curriclum called "Godly Play." Godly Play uses a montessori type approach for teaching children lessons from the Bible and applying them to their lives.
Our older children participate in the Journey to Adulthood program. This is a cumulative six year program divided into three two year programs called Rite 13, J2A, and YAC. Rite 13 is designed for middle school aged kids who will turn 13 sometime during the two years. These kids do many activities together as well as talk about important issues that face kids today and how we can approaches those issues as a person of faith. J2A is primarily focused on preparing the kids for a service project pilgrimage that culminates their two years. They kids determine where they want to go and then spend the remaining portion of their two years doing service projects and fundraisers to fund the project. The YAC group (Young Adults in Church) is made up of our high school students who spend their first year preparing for confirmation in the Episcopal Church and their second year on a service project of their choice. In recent past these young adults have over seen our Christian Formation for children, the training and scheduling of acolytes, and participated in the Blessings in a Backpack ministry.
Posted on 03/23/2012
Christ Episcopal Church hosts a number of opportunities for fun and fitness.
We have a martial arts class that meets on Wednesday nights (6pm kids, 7pm adults) and Sunday afternoon (2pm adults and 3pm kids).
Zumba class meets Thursday evening at 7pm. Led by Emily Davis this is an exciting method of dancing and getting in shape.