About Christ church and st. michael's episcopal church
Our Mission To worship the Lord joyfully To grow in Christian faith daily To share our blessings openly To proclaim the gospel faithfully
Christ Church was founded by layman, Beekman Potter in 1852 as a parish which enjoyed a low Episcopal worship service. In 1933, the first service of the merged St. Michael’s with its high service traditions and Christ Church with its low service traditions took place.
The church enjoyed seven rectors since the merger. Each has left a mark on the personality of the parish. The late Reverend William Hamilton Aulenbach encouraged racial integration of the church before most other churches in the area integrated. He was responsible for the church being referred to as “the liveliest church in Germantown”. The Reverend Ronald L. Reed was responsible for many outreach activities including health care and a co-op.
Christ Church and St. Michael’s is an urban parish with a warm friendly congregation. The Germantown area is a mixture of tree-lined streets with middle-class homes, apartment houses, and senior facilities. The church has a history of strong clergical leadership and active participation on both the parish and diocesan level.
Our parish has also had a history of reaching out to the community. It continues to feed and help the poor with ECW’s, (Episcopal Church Women) support of Episcopal Community Services, and with parish clothing and food collections and other activities. Our ECW gives generously to both the church and to the community. We have also recently had a successful health fair, have recommitted Daughters of the King, have adult Biblical Studies and Children's Sundays. In one year, Daughters of the King doubled in size.
About our Mission
To worship the Lord joyfully
At Christ church and St. Michael’s, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist every Sunday at 10:30 AM. Our congregation has been told that during the part of the Sunday service known as “The Peace”, we have the most friendly and joyful greetings and exchanges in which we share genuine care and affection for each other in the name of the Lord.
To grow in Christian faith daily
We have a history of Bible study with our rectors and various members. At one time, Bible study was held in parishioners’ homes or in the rectory. We encourage daily Bible study and prayer. Prayers are woven into each large and small group activity. Most recently, we held Biblical Studies in the rear of the church under the guidance of Helen White from the Diocese of Pennsylvania.
To share our blessings openly Christ Church and St. Michael's Daughters of the King has an ongoing food drive in which non-perishable goods are collected and donated to a church with a food pantry. We have had collections of coats, clothing and bedding to be donated to a local shelter. This once was done in collaboration with other churches in the area. Our ECW (Episcopal Church Women) sponsors a collection of gift cards which goes to the Episcopal Services. Our late rector, The Reverend Jean Mather served on their board. She began a "Souper Bowl Sunday" which has spread widely to other churches. Those collections go to a dining room for the poor.
To proclaim the Gospel faithfully
Each individual is encouraged to live the Gospel and teachings of Christ in our daily lives by treating our fellow men and women as our beloved brothers and sisters and by sharing our time and talent helping our church and the community.
The table of bread and wine is now made ready. It is the table of company with Jesus. It is the table of sharing with the poor of the world, With whom Jesus identified. It is the table of communion with the earth, In which Christ became incarnate.
So come to this table, you who have faith And you who would like to have more; You who have been here often And you who have not been for a long time; And you who have tried to follow Jesus, And you who have failed; Come! It is Jesus who invites us to meet Him here.