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Whoever you are or for whatever reason that you are looking at this website, we want you to know that in the Episcopal Church and particularly from the people of St. Christopher’s you will receive the Welcome of Christ.

What exactly does that mean?

It means that this is a church where you have a place to worship God first and foremost. You do not have to be an Episcopalian to come here. All are welcome. Many in our congregation have found their way to the Episcopal Church for a variety of reasons; this is a place of belonging.

We are centered in the Word of God and the preaching here is strong and central to our worship. It strengthens us to take the Word into the world and strive to live lives that reflect God’s love and justice. Like other churches in The Episcopal Church, we celebrate Holy Eucharist every Sunday. We live out the promises of Baptism by being faithful to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. Everyone, from the smallest child to elders in the Christian way of life, is welcomed to the table of the Lord. And if you are not baptized and are wanting to know more about what Christians believe, our doors are especially open for you. If you are seeking a place to belong, look no farther. You have found it.

The doors of St. Christopher’s are open to you and the people of this parish are inviting you to come. You will also see us out in the community serving at the Lighthouse Youth Center, working with SILO and Family Promise and our Rector even teaches at Lincoln University. If you have left another church for whatever reason but are longing to worship God, come here. If you think you might be excluded for any reason, you won’t. If you want to worship God and be strengthened to live your life in a way that is faithful to the gospel, come here.

Enough words . . . we want you to walk through the doors of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. Be nourished by God’s Word and the Bread of Life. Find a community of believers with whom to pray, and work, and serve, as members of Christ’s body. We want to receive who you are and allow you to change our lives as well. Come this Sunday for worship and abide with us so that together we may know Jesus and change the world.

The Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Mertz, Rector
(Most call me Pastor Mary Ann)
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Because we want everyone to be included, St. Christopher’s is so happy to be able to provide a hearing loop to those who wear hearing aids. Just switch your hearing aid to ‘T’ to access the loop. If you do not wear a hearing aid and wish to have the benefit of the loop, you may ask the ushers and they will give you a headset to use.

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What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is an opportunity for the world to come together to support causes they believe in, whether they support with time, money, or with prayer.

Our Goals

Since it’s inception in 2012, Giving Tuesday has raised over $1 billion for non-profits around the world. 

This is the first year that St. Christopher’s is participating in Giving Tuesday. We have a goal to raise $5,000 for Giving Tuesday that will be used for mission and ministry.

The Impact

Centered in the worship of God and grounded in God’s Word, the people of St. Christopher’s are working within the community. We have renovated our church to provide a space for the entire community to gather, not only for worship, but for other offerings. If you want to use our worship space for your community gathering, just contact us. Our hearing loop makes it possible for those with hearing aids to have direct access to the sound system. Accessibility is a priority for the parish. In 2020, we hope to further this goal by making our entrance accessible for all. We go out into the community to serve at the Lighthouse, work with SILO and Family Promise, and are engaged with Lincoln University.

It is the people of St. Christopher’s who make the difference and offer the welcome of Christ to all who are seeking a place to belong.

If there is a person who has made a difference in your life, take some time right now to see them in your mind’s eye. Will you be part of GIVING TUESDAY by making a generous gift to St. Christopher’s just as they have been generous to you? You will make a difference too!

Santa Claus is not only coming to town; he is coming to St. Christopher’s on the FIRST SATURDAY IN DECEMBER!

St. Christopher’s is celebrating our 20th Annual Cookie Walk! Come celebrate with us!

FRIENDS FOLK CLUB

It’s the most wonderful time of year! The Friends Folk Club’s December Concert is here!

Come Celebrate the Birth of Jesus!

There is a service on Christmas Eve at 7:30 PM. Music begins at 7:00 PM. On Christmas Day we celebrate the Christ’s birth at 9:00 AM. You have a place here! Come celebrate!

Upcoming Events

The Friends Folk Club

A Celtic Christmas in Oxford with Charlie Zahm

The Friends Folk Club along with St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church is proud to announce the return visit of one of our most popular performers, Celtic Balladeer Charlie Zahm on Friday, December 13th at 7:30pm.

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church is located at 116 Lancaster Pike
Oxford, PA 19363 . Doors open at 7:00pm and starts at 7:30pm. Proceeds from this concert will benefit St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church.

“Charlie Zahm is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Maritime and Early American music events anywhere east of the Mississippi. With a baritone voice some have described as “coming along once in a generation,” Charlie has become one of the most successful performers on the Celtic festival circuit, weaving magical moments of Scottish and Irish history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing to all members of the family. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings—and with dashes of humor and a light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs!”

A big thanks to Mary Louise Bove and The Friends Folk Club for sharing such talent with the community. What a great way to share an evening – good friends, great music!

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP EVERY FIRST SATURDAY – 10 AM

A group has been started here at St. Christopher’s with leaders trained by the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group is now meeting the FIRST Saturday of EVERY month. It is intended be a group that will support anyone who is caring for a person who has Alzheimer’s, dementia, or any other memory issue. This is a group where you will receive materials to help you learn more about the disease and how to care your loved ones. Please spread the word if you know someone who might need a group like this. It is open to caregivers throughout the area. Come and receive a little care for yourself and leave feeling encouraged and supported.

Giving

Click the button below to make a one-time (or recurring) donation to St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church:

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News Flash!

Shining Our Light: The 2020 Stewardship Campaign continues. We invite those who have not yet made a pledge to the church to support the worship, mission, and ministry of this parish to give consideration of what your contribution for 2020 should be. The biblical tithe is 10% of one’s annual income. The pledge form encourages you to consider proportional giving. As the stewardship letter reminded us, we all know what we need to do to keep this parish flourishing. You are invited to participate in the 2020 Shining the Light Campaign and to give generously in the measure that God has given you.

December 3, 2019 – Be Generous

Friends Folk Club of Oxford

Dec. 13th – Charlie Zahm Christmas Show – Doors open at 7pm – Concert at 7:30 pm

St. Christopher’s 20th Annual COOKIE WALK! December 14 – 9:00 AM – until . . .

Choir Rehearsal – Choir rehearsal has moved to Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Church. We are rehearsing for Advent and Christmastide right now, a great time to join the choir. Come join our happy group this Tuesday!

Sanctuary Candle/In Memoriam: The Sanctuary Candle burns whenever the blessed elements from the Eucharist are in the Tabernacle. You can help offset the cost of this by having the candle burn in Memory, Honor or Thanksgiving. There are forms on the table in the back. An announcement will be placed in the leaflet on the Sunday you choose. The cost is $10.00. Checks can be made payable to St. Christopher’s with the notation “Sanctuary Candle” in the memo line. If you have any questions, see Mary or Pastor Mary Ann+.

In addition, a suggestion has been made to include people whom we love in the prayers on Sunday. Contact Mary Clark to have someone added to the prayers. This could be done on the anniversary of a person’s death or on their birthday. It could be done in honor or in memoriam. You may make an offering, if you wish, just as you do with the Sanctuary Candle.

Dec. 1 First Sunday of Advent
Noon Set up for Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 3 All Day GivingTuesday
Dec. 7 8:30 – 11:30 Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 13 7:30 pm Charlie Zahm Concert
Dec. 14 9:00 – Cookie Walk
Dec. 22 Noon Greening of the Church
Dec. 24 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Eucharist
Dec. 25 9:00 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist

Christmas Poinsettias: Envelopes are in the back of the church to order poinsettias to help decorate for Christmas. The cost is $16.00 payable to St. Christopher’s church. Sunday, December 8th is the last day to order. Envelopes can be placed in the collection plate. See Rowena Jenkins for questions.

What is GivingTuesday? GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world.
GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.


GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity, and equity around the globe.


GivingTuesday’s global network collaborates year-round to inspire generosity around the world, with a common mission to build a world where generosity is part of everyday life.

Ways to Support St. Christopher’s:

  • Purchase Giant / Martins Gift Cards – we get 5% of the amount of the card. This is a great way to support the church. If you go to Giant to purchase your groceries, get your care first and help your parish too!
  • Shop at Redners with “save-a-tape” cards and turn in your receipts
  • Shop at smile.amazon.com and choose to support “St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church of Oxford.” Christmas is coming and this is a perfect time to sign up if you haven’t done this yet.
  • Bring your used toner cartridges for us to recycle
  • Attend the Fundraisers: Friends Folk Club Concerts
    Breakfast with Santa, Cookie Walk, Soup Sales

The Mission of St. Christopher’s Church

is to make disciples by:

Embracing the lost,

Encouraging the seekers, and

Energizing the found

to spread the Good News of Christ’s love.


Contact Us

Join us on Sunday Morning for our Holy Communion services:

8:30 a.m. is a quieter and more reflective celebration of Holy Communion. At the 10:30 a.m.  liturgy, we worship in prayer and song. Congregational singing is an important part of our worship and we sing hymns and songs using both traditional and contemporary resources. The choir and musicians add beauty and spirit and liturgical ministers of all ages serve in various capacities throughout the liturgy. The full and active participation of all who gather is important, including our children and youth. All are welcome in this place.

At 9:30 each week, we offer Christian Formation and Education, for all ages, between the services.

Join us for Fellowship Time after the services

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church

116 Lancaster Pike

Oxford, PA 19363

email: stchris@stchrisoxford.org

Telephone: 610-932-8134

Rector: Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Mertz

Email: rector@stchrisoxford.org

Phone: 502-489-1337

Parish Administrator: Mary Clark Admin@stchrisoxford.org