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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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FRIENDS FOLK CLUB

We are so happy that Mary Louise Bove chose St. Christopher’s to host the Friends Folk Club. It has been a joy with all of the marvelous musicians this year and we look forward to 2020! Mark your calendars now.
Charlie Zahm, a Friends Folk Club favorite, will be here for St. Christopher’s St. Patrick’s Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner and Concert on Saturday, March 21. Dinner is at 6:00 pm and is open to the entire community followed by the concert in the church at 7:30.

Celtic Music with Charlie Zahm…traditional Irish fare…and a good time with family and friends…Not to be missed.

Tickets will soon be available.

Upcoming Events

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

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News Flash!

Mark your calendars: February 9th for the Annual Parish Meeting. We will have one service at 9:30 followed by the meeting and then a pot-luck luncheon. Please bring a dish to share and join in the fellowship and food!

St. Christopher’s will hold a “Newcomer’s” Brunch on Saturday January 25th at 9:30 in the church. All newcomers are invited to come eat and meet with Pastor Mary Ann and Vestry members.

Our 5th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner will take place on March 14th at 6:00 p.m. We will accept a free will offering for the meal. Please plan to join us for this evening of food, fellowship!

Charlie Zahm will present a concert on March 21st at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $20. Please plan to join us for this evening of fellowship and music!

Helping Australia: Did you know that Barbara Knapp’s grandson, Matt, own a company that produces shirts with some of the proceeds going to save sea turtles? With the crisis for people and animals in Australia due to the recent wildfires, Matt has designed two shirts highlighting kangaroos and koalas instead of turtles. 100% of the profits are going to relief efforts in Australia. I think this is remarkable and inspiring and wanted to share it with you. If you are wondering how you can make a difference in Australia, just go to the link below (Shelley Cove) and purchase one or more of the Australian Tees. https://shellycove.com/pages/search-results-page?q=australia+tee

Winter Tea: All widows are invited to enjoy fellowship and support on February 16th at Oxford Presbyterian Church at 3 pm in the Parlor. RSVP 610-932-9640.

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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