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Welcome to Christ Church New Brighton, Staten Island, New York

A Warm Welcome Awaits You

Our mission statement: FELLOWSHIP and COMMUNITY OUTREACH based on real need that encourages participation and a sense of belonging:

  • Traditional Anglican faith-based WORSHIP with an emphasis on music
  • Loving and compassionate PASTORAL CARE focussed on real need
  • Encouraging the participation and understanding of belonging for our CHILDREN & YOUTH

Service Times

Morning Prayer Rite I at 7:30 am
Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:00 a.m.
YouTube Live Service Link

Monday through Friday
6 AM Morning Prayer Rite I in the Chapel

175th Anniversary Celebration

This Sunday is the Day of Pentecost
The liturgical color is RED.
Sunday School Classes will not meet this week.

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb, Rector, Christ Church New BrightonFrom the Rector's Desk

Dear Saints of God,

Greetings to you in the name of our Risen Christ!

This year we will again have our joint Staten Island Confirmation/Reception/Re-Affirmation celebration at Christ Church. To-date, we have 14 youth and 10 adults who are participating in this joint effort among all the Staten Island Episcopal Churches sponsored by the Inter-Parish Council (IPC). On June 07, 2024, we will have a rehearsal dinner, and on June 08, 2024 at 4:00 pm, The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. More details of this event and our participants will be published at a later date.

In the meanwhile, please keep all the candidates and instructors in your prayers.

To God be The GLORY!

Fr. Trevor+

Noonday Prayer and Quiet Reflection

Fr. Trevor continues his 15 week series featuring lessons from the book "A Manual for the Art of Living" by Rev. Henderson Brome for our Facebook Live Noonday Prayer and Short Reflection.
Click the link below to watch the broadcast.
"A Manual For The Art of Living" Week 8 - "Character is Your Roadmap"

Did You Know?

Did you know that during World War I, the French built a "fake Paris"?
During World War I, the French built a "fake Paris". Complete with a replica of Champs-Elysées and Gard Du Nord, this "fake Paris" was built by the French towards the end of WWI. It was built as a means of throwing off German bombers and fighter pilots flying over French skies.
Paris counts among the most beloved cities on Earth, a status that owes in part to the relative lack of damage taken in during both World Wars. The desire to protect and preserve Paris thus runs high today, but then, it also did a century ago. The prospect of the city's obliteration during what was then called the Great War inspired an especially ambitious defensive scheme. "At the beginning of 1917, a wild idea was floated," writes the Daily Beast's Allison McNearney. "Why not build a replica of Paris just outside of the city and fool German bombers into dropping their destructive loads where only the decoys made of wood and fabric could be harmed."
This Paris leurre (decoy) is the subject of the 35-minute British Pathé documentary above, Illusion: The City That Never Was. Its detailed plan "called for the construction of three separate 'sham' neighborhoods just outside of the city": a large train station modeled after Gare du Nord, a replica city center with its own Champs-Élysées, and a "faux industrial zone with factories and other indications of wartime production."
Built mostly out of wood and fabric, these remote uninhabited quarters were to be equipped with elements like working street lighting — designed by Fernand Jacopozzi, later famed for his illumination of the Eiffel Tower — and a moving train.
As it turned out, the train was one of the few elements of this elaborate fake City of Light actually constructed. "In 1918, before the project could be completed, the war came to an end and the government quickly moved to dismantle their secret project and suppress all information concerning its existence," Only in the twenty-first century has this World War I‑era push to build a fake Paris come to light.

Did you know that an ancient text called the Voynich Manuscript still baffles scientists?
Experts think the Voynich Manuscript was written in the 15th Century. Who wrote it? No one is quite sure, but historians believe it came from Central Europe. Since then, it's passed through several hands. Most recently, it was purchased by Wilfrid Michael Voynich, a book dealer, in 1912. That's where the document got its name.
So, what does the Voynich Manuscript say? That's a great question—no one knows! In fact, experts aren't even sure what language it's in. A recent study found that the writing is likely Hebrew. However, the same study said the document may also be in Malay, Arabic, or Amharic.
To muddle matters further, the Voynich Manuscript was likely written in code. Most experts think a substitution cipher was used. In this method, a person can encode a message by switching some letters of the alphabet with made-up characters. That means we may never know what was truly written by the author of this mysterious book.
What keeps people so interested in a book they can't even read? The Voynich Manuscript is full of strange illustrations. It has images of people, castles, and dragons. There are also drawings of strange plants and astronomical signs. These pictures give experts an idea of what the book may be about. They think it has six sections. These include herbs, astronomy, biology, cosmology, medicine, and recipes.
Hundreds of cryptographers and master codebreakers have tried to decipher it over the years, with none succeeding in grasping its meaning or origin.

Did you know that turkeys were once worshiped as Gods?
The Mayan people believed turkeys were the vessels of the Gods and honored them with worship. They were even domesticated to have roles in religious rites!
As prized players in Maya religion and culture, turkeys were once coveted symbols of power and prestige.
Turkeys are everywhere in Maya archaeology and iconography. The ancient Maya had one of the most advanced civilizations in the world, and part of their culture was a love of turkey. The bird "was conceived of…as being gifted with exceptional powers, which could be harmful to human from the nocturnal and dream space.
Turkeys are portrayed as godlike figures in Maya religious imagery, and at least one Maya ruler included the word for turkey in his royal nickname.
Residents of El Mirador, in what is now Guatemala, worshiped in massive pyramid-like temples and lived a life assisted by astonishingly modern aqueducts and roads. But they also did something else: eat—and worship—turkeys.
Though the Maya imported turkeys from Mexico, they also prized the ocellated turkey, the wild turkey that roamed the area around El Mirador. Those birds were valued for their multi-colored feathers and heads. How the venerated turkeys looked was important to the Maya, Emery says, since the birds represented "elite power, important long-distance trade connections, and the ability of the ruler to provide an important sacrificial victim or colorful feather cape, essentially on demand, [with] no need for hunting."
The power of the turkey was also expressed in religious rituals. Maya art portrays turkeys with slit throats being used in New Year rites. Bird sacrifices, anthropologists hypothesize, were meant to set the stage for a fertile new year, and turkeys were seen as stand-ins and messengers of the gods.

175th Anniversary Historical Exerpts From the Book
"Christ Church New Brighton"
by John B. Woodall

The Irving Years (1850-1875) Part One

No account of the service of May 5, 1850 and no contemporary description or likeness of the new church building is known to us. However, parish records show that it was designed by the fashionable architect James Renwick, and that it was equipped with furnace, carpets, cushions, a baptismal font made from the bowsprit of the frigate Constitution (the gift of Commodore John D. Stoat), a set of communion plate wrought by Ball and Black, and an organ housed along with the choir in the rear balcony and which was still unfinished when the church was opened for worship. ...

Pew Sales
Floor diagrams of 1850, 1852, and 1855 prepared for the sale of pews are our sole reference for the early church interior. One is struck by its plainness and by the bareness of the chancel. The chancel, however, embodied the latest ecclesiological development: it was recessed and elevated, and a communion table was centered at its rear and flanked forwards by pulpit and reading desk, thereby giving an unobstructed, unencumbered view of what was in those days invariably called the "Lord's Table." Such an arrangement had been considered *High Church" when it first began to displace the preceding style of chancel without recess or alcove and with pulpit placed Protestant wise at its rear center, with reading desk and communion table below.. Another interior fitting, first shown in the diagram of 1852, was the baptismal font placed centrally between the forward end of the main aisle and the steps leading to the chancel. Short, lateral pews ran almost into the chancel steps, tie crowding perhaps being explained by a stipulation in the deed of a church "capable of accommodating 300 sittings." A block of double pews stood on each side of the main aisle, each pew divided by a partition, the longer ones being entered from the center, the shorter from the sides. One fourth of them were free and distributed in regular order throughout the nave; the rest were valued at sums ranging from $100-$250 each, and subject to an annual ground rent set for the next five years at twenty percent of their value. Pews were periodically offered for sale and those not sold were rented at an addition to the annual tax of seven percent of their appraised value. Such rates were considered excessive at the time and aroused protest. ...

Paid Musicians
Music was by volunteers until May 1852, when Miss Lydia Jackson, daughter of pewholder Henry Jackson — and probably an organist began to be paid $100 annually "for her services in the choir. n In 1853, $25 was put at her disposal for the purchase of music. The choristers were "ladies and gentlemen* thus lauded in the vestry minutes of May 1, 1855: "The undeviating regularity of their attendance, the perfect harmony that has prevailed among them are almost unprecedented, and are entitled to our warmest acknowledgements." (In 1858, the choir was thanked for its "constant amenity.") Thomas Hobby, a carpenter living beside the church and a participant in incorporation, received $150 per annum as sexton and a percentage of the pew rents collected by him; his son James worked the organ bellows for $25 yearly. In 1852, Cox, a recent English immigrant to the island became sexton and served for the next decade.


Coffee Hour

This week's coffee hour will be sponsored. Coffee hour will take place in the Guild Room following Sunday worship.

Worship Service Update

Sunday, May 26th, 2024, 8:00AM Morning Prayer, 10:00AM Morning Prayer.

Confirmation 2024

Confirmation and Reception will be taking place at Christ Church. We encourage all participants to mark their calendars for the following dates: Friday, June 7th, 2024 at 6:00PM for the Confirmation Rehearsal Dinner, and Saturday, June 8th, 2024 at 4:00PM for the Confirmation Service. We hope to see everyone there to celebrate this special occasion.

SICOC Ministry Award Dinner

Fr. Trevor is happy to announce that the following couples have been recommended for the 2024 SICOC Awards. They are Mr. & Mrs. Leighton and Marsha Wynter, and Mr. & Mrs. Willie and Constance Black, III. They will receive their award at a special dinner on Friday, May 30th, 2024, at the Old Bermuda Inn, 301 Veterans Road West, SI NY 10309. Tickets are $65 per person. To reserve your tickets please contact the Parish Office by Friday, May 17th, 2024, no later than 1:00PM.

Spring Fair 2024

With our Spring Fair approaching on June 1st, 2024, we are requesting donations of raffle baskets, baked goods, white elephant table items, supplies, etc. Please bring any donations to the parish office or contact Sheila Hewitt at 718-447-8049.

Bishop Visit

We are delighted to announce that Bishop Mary Glasspool will be visiting us on Sunday, June 9th, 2024, as part of her pastoral visitation. She will be joining us at both services, and we invite all members of our community to save the date and join us in welcoming and greeting the bishop. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together and deepen our faith, and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for people to chair our Spring Fair, which will be held on Saturday, June 1st, 2024. For more details or information please contact Sheila Hewitt at 718-447-8049.

Vestry Meeting

The next Vestry Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 7:30PM. Packets will be available for pick-up in the Parish Office on Tuesday, May 21st at noon.

Save the Date

Saturday, June 15th, 2024 – 9:00AM - 4:00PM Vestry retreat at Christ Church. All members of the vestry are asked to make every effort to attend
Saturday, June 23rd, 2024 – We will begin our summer schedule with one service at 9:00AM. On this day we will have a Parish Update immediately following worship in the Nave.

Parish Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers:
Betty Babb, Elma Babb, Erma Babb, Marcella Babb, Linda Blanchette, Chris Broderick, Deborah Broome, Eva Charney, Tulin Cileli, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Iris Colbourne, Barbara Corregan, Laura Craig, Athelridge Cumberbatch, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ira Davis, Anne Devlin, Aria Durant, Marlene Elia, Garfield Evans, Sebastian Gattullo, Hersh Goldman-Polin, Steven Haley, Avion Hernandez-Elcock, Emilia, Jaime, Jan, Mark, & Tom Keucher, Michael Kelly, Erica Korzekwinski, Anthony Lamourt, Jenna Love, Willie Marcus, The McIntosh Family, Eva McClary, Charles Price, T. Rauch, Eda Richardson, Deborah Rollock, Leila Rollock, Pastor Junior Ross, Barnett Shepherd, Daphne, Joyce & Eric Smith, Tom Smith, Thomas Sox, Erma St. Louis, Sheila Swigert, Fred & Rob Tucher, Lucille Williams, Roger Williams, Marsha Wynter, Jan & Joan Yearwood, and the people of The Girls and Boys of Heartshare St. Vincent's Services.

Please Note: The Prayer List is intended to uphold and encourage those who need healing prayers. If persons have been fully recovered and no longer need to be lifted up in this way, please let us know so that we can make room for others. This list will be updated every three months unless otherwise notified. If you need a loved one or friend to remain on the list, please call the parish office. Thank you!

We pray for the repose of the souls of James Hamblin, and all the faithful departed, especially those whose death resulted from gun violence. May their souls rest in peace.

We pray for all the frontline and essential workers in our parish, and around S.I. and the world.

We pray for the hundreds of asylum seekers in New York City, and particularly on Staten Island and ask God's Holy Spirit to help us as citizens, civic organizations and religious institutions to respond with love and compassion.

We pray for comfort to the families and communities impacted by gun violence, and for the will and determination to enact appropriate gun control legislation and promote a culture of safety.

We pray for an end to armed conflict, and lift up the people of Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, Russia and Sudan in the hopes that they can move towards peace and diplomacy.

We pray for all those negatively impacted by climate, environmental and naturally occurring disasters.

We pray for those who are suffering from the impacts of systemic racism, and for those who are committed and working towards change, unity, and equality for all peoples.

We pray for our young people and all those who have started a new academic year.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week. Natalie Wynter (22), Raquel Trujillo (22), Scar

We give thanks to God for the individuals who are celebrating their wedding anniversaries this week: Kevin & Paige Gunther (22).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Anglican Church of Canada.

In the Episcopal Futures Prayer Cycle, we pray for all who seek God by strengthening their faith and serving their community.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Matthew, +Allen, and +Mary, our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector; Church of the Holy Apostles, Manhattan, Church of the Intercession, Manhattan, La Misión Episcopal Santiago Apóstol, Dover Plains, The Rt. Rev. Richard Grein,14th Bishop of New York, on the anniversary of his consecration, Spiritual Directors of the Diocese, New Mission Initiatives in the Diocese, Trinity Church, Garnerville.