News from Christ Church, Biddeford

From the Rev. Shirley Bowen, rector of Christ Church –

This month Christ Episcopal Church in Biddeford will suspend its Sunday services and be at rest until the annual Diocesan Convention in October 2013. We see this not as a closing of a church but as a transformation of a ministry. The parish will be in recess but the offspring of the church, Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center is growing and open for all in need. We are forming new partnerships and caring for our neighbors in new ways. I will continue to offer weekly services and pastoral care for our neighbors.

On Sunday, Dec. 23 at 3:00 p.m. we will have a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Christ Church and its ministry to God’s people in Biddeford. Bishop Stephen Lane and several diocesan leaders will be in attendance to acknowledge this transition.

In the coming weeks, you will learn more about our partnership with the Biddeford Housing Authority/Learning Works/YouthBuild. We believe this will be an exceptional collaboration and are excited about how we will be better positioned to serve our neighbors.

If you’re able, we would love to have you join us on the 23rd. Click here for an invitation.


Filed under Christ Church Biddeford, Congregational Events, Congregations in Transition

2 responses to “News from Christ Church, Biddeford

  1. Kitty

    Dear Shirley and all friends at Christ Church ~ Remembering that the church is above all not the institution, but the people of God living into the mission of God in Christ through thankful service, may this time of “rest” Christ Chrch is now entering also allow you to rest within our thanks and praise for the witness of the resurrection you reveal to so many of your neighbors through your extraordinary ministry in Seeds of Hope. Indeed, it is a most thoughtful and generous mission – a mission gracefully accomplished. Well done good and faithful servants! ~ Kitty

  2. Jonathan Appleyard

    Shirley and all who gather at Christ Church,
    Blessings on moving forward
    with love,