Christ Church, Guilford
|Date Posted||May 12, 2023|
Connecticut (Amber Page Gehr)
|Compensation||We adhere to the ECCT guidelines, which can be found in the Commons Companion on the ECCT website.|
|Diocesan Compensation Info||https://www.episcopalct.org/administration|
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Is there a rectory?||Yes|
|If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there?||Live-in Rectory Preferred|
|If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms?||Three bedrooms and two bathrooms|
|Communicants in Good Standing||238|
|Average Sunday Attendance||65|
|Child Population in Church School||12|
|Adult Population in Church School||0|
|Teacher Population in Church School||3|
Liturgical style and practice
Our liturgical style is best described as small church, broad church. We use Rite 2 with hymns from The Hymnal 1982 and occasional selections from Lift Every Voice and Sing. The choir leads the congregation in settings of the service music which rotate with the liturgical seasons. No incense; however, the bell in the tower is rung at the words of institution during the Eucharistic Prayer. We live-stream our services with organ, hymns, and a soloist. Recordings are available on Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/cecguilford)
We strive to live up to our mission statement, to welcome all, to provide hope and express gratitude for God’s love and creation, while nurturing our community and celebrating our faith. Since 1744, we have stood on the Guilford Green, a church that welcomes all on their spiritual journey. We give of our sustenance and our energy to those in need in this community and elsewhere. We acknowledge our faults and reach out to one another in support. Our strongest programs are worship, music, and outreach. We have great strength in an intelligent, caring membership.
We have not had a rector for the entire church year, from September to the present. While that is a strong challenge, we have met it by enjoying the different styles of supply priests and have found unexpected strengths within our own parish. We are an aging community, and sometimes the flesh is weak while the spirit is willing. We would love to have more children in our Sunday School. We are weak in Pastoral Care, and have been for many years, but we are working to meet our challenges.
Christ Church is a happy, optimistic church, full of Christ’s love for one another and for our neighbors. Many longtime members have been coming back recently. We have an active Bible study group of 10-12 members which could count as Adult Church School above. Teens were counted as adults, not children, above.
Check out our website here.
Check out clergy compensation information in ECCT in The Commons Companion found here.
Amber Page Gehr
Diocesan Transition Minister
Phone: 203-639-3501 ext 131