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Crossings is the insert in the service leaflet in church and also available here online.

April 19, 2015


CHILDREN’S MINISTRY: If it’s your child’s first time, a parent or guardian must attend with their child in order to register and provide vital health and contact information). Nursery care is provided for children ages 0-3 in the nursery during the service.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered to children ages 3-12:
  • 9:00 — During the sermon, children of all ages are invited to gather in the Baptistery for a time of prayer, scripture, and song.
  • 10:00 — Children’s Formation Hour: Children ages 3-5 and 9-12 meet in the Sheepfold. Children ages 6-8 meet on the Parish Hall stage.
  • 11:00 — At the singing of the Gloria, children depart for Catechesis in procession, following the Cross. Children ages 3-5 go left to the Sheepfold; children ages 6+ go right to the Parish Hall. They return during the Offertory for Holy Communion.

DURING SERVICES the Retreat Room (in the back of the church) is provided for you to use with a restless child. From there you can see and hear the service.

ADULT FORMATION takes place at 10:10-10:50 AM in the Parish Hall on Sundays:
  • Today: Fr. Tim — How to Handle Being Called ‘Bigot’
  • April 26: Bishop Bill — Walking with the Holy Spirit Day by Day

HOSPITALITY: Please join us in the Parish Hall after the 11:00 service for Sandwich Sunday. Special thanks to those who have provided sandwiches for all to share so that the hospitality team can take a break this week. In upcoming news, there will be a missions pizza lunch on May 3, and no lunch will be served on Mothers Day, May 10.


BAND OF BROTHERS, a group for Christ the Redeemer men, in their 20s and 30s, meets weekly on Monday nights at 7:00 PM for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. Contact Adam Salter Gosnell (email) for more information.

FAMILY PROMISE VOLUNTEER TRAINING: Tuesday, April 21 from 7- 8:30 PM in the Parish Hall. Bring a photo ID for CORI check. Feel free to invite interested friends, co-workers, family members, etc. to come with you.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Join us on Thursdays from 10:00-noon. Our winter study is Reflections of Hope written by Campus Crusade for Christ and inspired by the film Magdalena, a story of tenderness, freedom, and hope. Come join us and see Jesus through the eyes of Mary Magdalene and the many other women Jesus encountered. Contact Kim Ober (email).

WOMEN’S MINISTRY SIMPLY BREAKFAST: Please join with other women of the church on Saturday, April 25, 9:00 – 11:00 AM, in the Parish Hall, for fellowship, shared meals, and shared stories. This will be the last brunch until the fall. Please RSVP to Kim (email) so we’ll know how many to expect that morning. Child care is available if requested in advance.


NEWCOMERS GATHERING: Newcomers (and new confirmands and the newly received) are welcome to gather in the Baptistry /Front Foyer via Elliott St. entrance on Sunday night, April 26th at 7 PM for wine and cheese. Meet with Fr. Tim, ask questions, and hear about various entry points for involvement at CTR. Call JoAnn to RSVP (978-774-3163, ext. 102).

FAMILY PROMISE HOST WEEKApril 26 to May 3. We need volunteers to help set up, provide money for food, make meals, dinner host, overnight host, and take down. To volunteer with the guests you must be trained. For questions or more information contact Kathy Bourgault (email) or Ann Droppers (email).

SPRING CHURCH CLEAN UP DAY: Saturday, May 2, 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM. We need a crew of workers to clean up, repair and beautify the church grounds following the ravages of this past winter.  All ages are welcome—a great family stewardship opportunity.  Tasks available for all skill and fitness levels. If you can come and help out, (even for a couple of hours) it would be greatly appreciated. Please respond ASAP to David Greening (emailso we can organize our work teams and let you know what tools to bring.

CHORAL EVENSONG, Sunday May 3, 5:00 PM, in the Church (no incense). Choral Evensong, possibly the most distinctive Anglican service, is noted for its extraordinarily thrilling music. Developed by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in the mid 1500s, this classic service is based on the ancient monastic practices of awaiting God’s presence, hearing him speak through his word, and offering intercessory prayer. The officiant and choir chant or sing the prayers and canticles. The Choir of Christ the Redeemer will sing music by Herbert Howells, Peter Nardone, and Randall Thompson. The congregation will sing hymns; Fr. Brian will officiate; Lance Williams will preach a brief homily. Pray to God by candlelight and with glorious music. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.


OUR NEW PARISH LIBARY IS COMING SOON: Kerry Crockett is Christ the Redeemer's new librarian. She is cataloging and categorizing books from our existing collection and new books purchased with donations to the Greg Russo Memorial Library fund. The books will be shelved in the bookcases in the Parish Hall by category and available for borrowing. To return the books you borrowed in the past simply put them on one of the bookshelves in theParish Hall; Kerry will check there on Sundays.

FOUND: If you lost a ring, please contact David Greening (email).

PARISHIONER LOOKING FOR CAR: A parishioner of limited means is in need of a newer, reliable car. If you have a vehicle and are interested in giving it as a gift or selling it for a low price, please contact Fr. Brian to discuss.

IMMEDIATE JOB OPENING AT THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF NEW ENGLAND: Bishop Bill is looking for an Administrative Assistant. The position is up to 20 hours per week, staffing the office in Amesbury. Responsibilities revolve around managing the Bishop’s appointments, being the receptionist in the office, processing diocesan communication, and reporting income to the bookkeepers. For more information, contact the ADNE office (email) or Bishop Bill (email).

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION TRAINING: Our diocese offers a two-year training program, taught by Canon Susan Skillen, to equip mature and skilled spiritual directors grounded in Anglican sacramental theology and Catholic contemplative tradition. If you believe God might be calling you to spiritual direction ministry, consider taking this course. Applications are due June 1. More information and the application form is available on the ADNE website.

THE CENTER FOR FAITH AND INQUIRY at Gordon College will present on Monday, April 20, at 4:00 PM, in the A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, the Quasquicentennial Lecture with Archbishop of Boston Seán Patrick Cardinal O’Malley. Our Common Concern for the Least Among Us is the title of his talk.

FINISHING LIFE’S JOURNEY WELL is a workshop being offered at Canon Mark and Dr. Mary Pearson’s New Creation Healing Center in Kingston, NH. It takes place on Saturday, April 25, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM. Registration Fee: $45 by April 15; $50 after April 15. For registration or more info, contact New Creation Healing Center (website; 603-642-6700).

FAMILY ADVENTURE DAY: La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership at Gordon College is hosting an exciting, outdoor adventure learning experience for families involving many elements at their low and high challenge course on Saturday, May 2, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Registration deadline is Saturday, April 25. Visit the event website to learn more and to register.


DONATING FURNITURE, CLOTHING, AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS? There are many charitable organizations on the North Shore who will gladly receive your slightly used furniture, small appliances, kitchenware, clothing or toys. Christ the Redeemer however, is NOT one of them. While we appreciate and encourage your generosity, we do not have the resources to redirect these items or the space to store them. We encourage you to take your donations to your local thrift shop. Thank you.

SERMONS AND ADULT FORMATION PRESENTATIONS: Did you know that you can listen to sermons and adult formation presentations and view visuals on our website? For example, all three weeks of the audio and visuals for Fr. Ray’s recent series on Preparing for the Prince of Peace: Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Restoration are available here. This page contains sermons and presentations from the last ten weeks. This page also has a link to earlier sermons and presentations here.

WE ASK that you please refrain from taking flash photos during worship services.

TO HELP US KEEP THE CHURCH NEAT and save extra work for the usher team and sexton, we request that you not bring coffee or other refreshments into the church, take your bulletin and inserts home with you to read, and check the areas where you sit to be sure you are not forgetting to take anything home. Thank you for your help.

  1. Proceed in an orderly manner to the nearest FIRE EXIT. Notify an usher if you need assistance.
  2. Walk to the Rallying Point on the lawn in front of the Sheepfold trailer on the west side of the building and await further instructions in that location. If Christian Formation classes are in session, your children will be brought there to meet you.
  3. DO NOT MOVE YOUR CAR as this may impede fire apparatus. Await the All Clear.

BUILDING SECURITY: If you are the person in charge of a ministry event or meeting at the church, it is YOUR responsibility to see that lights are off, thermostats turned down and all doors are locked when you exit the building. If you need instruction with any of these tasks, please ask the Sexton, Julian Vance or Lay Minister for Administration, David Greening.

CHANGE OF MAILING ADDRESS: If you have made arrangement to have your offering checks mailed to the church office, please advise your financial institution or check writing firm that our suite number has changed. We are now in SUITE 2B at 85 Constitution Lane, Danvers. Thank you.

ON STREET PARKING INFORMATION: The Town of Danvers recently painted the parking shoulder areas on Elliott Street (Rt. 62) on both the east and westbound sides. Thank you for your cooperation; we greatly appreciate those who park on Elliott Street to leave room on property for those needing to park closer to the building. 

CROSSINGS DEADLINE is noon on Mondays. The office staff is happy to edit your Crossings notices; however we do not have the time to write them for you. Please help us by composing a concise draft of your announcement and include all important information: dates, time, location, etc. Thank you.

NEW ONLINE GIVING OPTIONsecure, fast and automated! Scroll to the bottom of this page where you will see Support CTR with an E-Giving link, which connects directly to a new system for online tithing. In order to simplify your weekly or monthly giving, you can use the system either by creating your personal Log-in and Password or as ‘Guest’ if you are still unsure of using an online format for your regular giving. The site uses either debit cards or ACH (check transfers), whichever you prefer. The site does not accept credit cards as a reflection of our church policy. It’s fast, easy, and relatively painless. Now your giving can be between you and the Lord, and in the cloud! Call JoAnn at the office (978-774-3163, ext. 356) if you have questions or need help.

PASTORAL COUNSELING: Christ The Redeemer now offers confidential pastoral counseling to individuals, couples, and families in our parish. For more information, please contact Heather Thornburg (email; 978-774-3163 ext. 357).

SACRISTY ACCESSIBILITY: A new policy has been put in place regarding the sacristy (the room behind the altar where clergy and lay ministers robe and prepare for the worship services). In order to prepare their hearts for worship, the door to the sacristy will be closed 15 minutes prior to each service! If you need to talk to a clergy member or lay minister serving any given day, please wait until AFTER the service. Thank you!

CHRIST THE REDEEMER HAS A PORTABLE RAMP: If you need help with stairs, inside or outside, please contact an usher and the ramp can be placed where needed.

REMINDER: Whether you are scheduling a meeting or any other event you need to contact David (email; 978-774-3163) to get it on the calendar, and to confirm that the space you’d like to use is available.

PHOTOS FOR THE WEBSITE: We’re always in search of photos for our website that display the rich variety of ministries and activities taking place at Christ the Redeemer. Please capture photos that show your ministry in action and email them to our webmaster, Susan Russo,  but please do not take flash photos during worship services.

BIO-COMPOSTABLE PRODUCTS: If you are using Christ the Redeemer’s kitchen for one of your meetings, please feel free to use the bio-compostable plates, bowls, utensils, and cups that are stored under the island. They are not paper or plastic and, therefore, are better for the environment. It you have any questions, please see Karen O’Keefe.

SUPPORT CTR: Go to E-Giving