Christ Church, St. Michaels
|Date Posted||September 22, 2017|
Easton (Patrick Collins)
|Health Benefits||Clergy Only|
|Communicants in Good Standing||527|
|Average Sunday Attendance||152|
|Child Population in Church School||0|
|Adult Population in Church School||40|
|Teacher Population in Church School||4|
We are more than our numbers. We have the numbers of a pastoral size church however, we have the mindset and organization of a program size church. Our Sunday worship experience is valued very strongly; it is the center of our parish life. Preaching and lay involvement are equally important to us. We value the traditions and we are open to exploring new things as well.
We have a sizable endowment that we are using in a responsible way to assist us with our parish finances.
Many of our outreach ministries are simply fun, and the bring people back for the community experience as much as for the ministries themselves. Our Food, Fun and Fellowship Committee is quite busy. So much of what we do is about building relationships. We have gotten more new members through our fellowship and ministries than we have from an evangelism program.
Dwindling finances that comes with dwindling ASA. There are people 'waiting in the wings', who will need to be brought back into the fold. We are looking at financial stability as a way of committing ourselves towards the future, our current finances are not the entire story. We have a fair number of 'snow-birds' and 'weekenders' and we have adjusted our stewardship program and other programs in order to accommodate their schedules. A recent example of this was the moving of our annual meeting from Monday night to Sunday night, this significantly increased the number of people who could attend.
We have commuting members who drive past at least one other Episcopal Church in order to get to our parish. We are a tight-knit community who values each member. Our former rector used to joke about the Peace being the beginning of coffee hour. We really like each other, and we really value that we are on a spiritual journey together.