Copyright 2021 Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH 03801 603-436-8842 christportsnh@comcast.net

Welcome

We look forward to meeting you!

Christ Church is a small but vibrant Episcopal congregation serving the Seacoast region of the Diocese of New Hampshire. We strive to live the message of Christ, in which all are welcome. Christ Church is the home of Little Blessings Childcare, which serves the greater Seacoast area, with families currently residing in over a dozen towns in southern New Hampshire and Maine. Owned by and housed in Christ Church, it continues to improve and enhance its program. Walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions, we are a sacramental, worship and service-oriented church that promotes thoughtful debate about what God is calling us to do and to be. We hope to provide a space that welcomes both the spiritual seeker and the seasoned disciple so that people from many starting points can find their home in God with us. If you are seeking a spiritual home or are just exploring the life of faith, we hope you will walk with us on that journey of discovery. We are in a shared ministry with Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 High St. (Route 27) in Hampton. This new model of shared ministry allows for creativity and the use of joint resources in witnessing and outreach to the Seacoast community while allowing us to maintain our unique, individual presence in Hampton and Portsmouth. We look forward to welcoming you this Sunday. The Rev. David “Chip” Robinson Vicar

Meet our Vicar…

The Rev. David “Chip” Robinson became our Vicar in 2012 after eleven years as rector of the Church of our Saviour in Milford, followed by a brief stint as interim priest at Church of the Holy Spirit, Plymouth. Before coming to New Hampshire in 2000, he served as rector of Grace Church, Norwood, Mass. for fourteen years. From 1982-1986, he was associate rector at Church of the Holy Spirit, Orleans, Mass. Fr. Chip received his Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, and his undergraduate degree from Salisbury University (Md.). A native of Delaware, he is married to Cindy, his wife of 41 years, a graduate of Barrington College (R.I.) with a major in Biblical Studies.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Directions to Christ Church

From I-95 North or South:

Take Exit 5 off I-95 to the Portsmouth Circle; take Route 1 Bypass south. Go 1.8 miles to the stoplight at the intersection with Mirona Road (McDonald’s on right), turn left into church parking lot.

From the West:

Take Route 101 East to I-95 North; follow directions above from Exit 5.

From Hampton:

Take Route 1 North. Go through the stoplight at the intersection with Elwyn/Peverly Hill Rds. (Market Basket on left). At next light (Mirona Rd.), turn right into church parking lot.

Map: 1035 Lafayette Rd.,

Portsmouth, NH 03801

Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Word and Spiritual Communion via Zoom Our “Farewell to the Robinsons” weekend This weekend, the Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of New Hampshire, will be with us as we celebrate the close of Fr. Chip’s ministry among us as Vicar. On Saturday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m., he will celebrate an outdoor Holy Eucharist on the lawn of Trinity Church (weather permitting), which will include the Reception of Janice Marie Butler into this Communion. As all COVID indicators are now at or below the standards for outdoor services, there are NO restrictions on the number that may attend if we are outdoors. If weather does not permit, this service will be moved indoors with a limit of 40 in attendance. All safety precautions already in place will continue, including signing in on arrival for contact tracing purposes, sanitizing hands before the service and before receiving Communion, remaining masked throughout the service, and keeping a six- foot distance between family seating groups. Some additional notes on this service: This service will be live-streamed for the benefit of any who prefer not to attend in person – but not on Zoom as we do not have the infrastructure for doing so outdoors. Instead, the link will be to a live YouTube feed: https://youtu.be/TI83EWjjei4. Please bring your own lawn chair for this service (if it is outdoors as planned), as seating will not be provided. After this service and a brief time for safely-distanced greetings, the Bishop is meeting with the combined Bishop's Committees over dinner at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m., the Bishop will join us at Christ Church as we celebrate Fr. Chip and Cindy’s retirement from the Shared Ministry. This celebration of the Holy Eucharist will include a “Liturgy of Leave-Taking” during which the Vicar will symbolically “turn in his keys” and other gifts. This service will be live for those present in person, Zoomed to all others. The only ones physically present will be the service participants and a dozen others who have pre-registered. We will be using the same safety protocols outlined above. An outdoor reception on the lawn will follow at noon to allow time for those watching the service from home to drive to the church. Some special surprises are in store during this event, and, like Saturday night, there are NO restrictions as to how many can attend the outdoor portion. If it is moved indoors, there is a limit of 60. Click Here for Our Sunday Morning Service https://zoom.us/j/97645637747 or join us by phone at (929) 205-6099 and enter the Meeting ID 976 4563 7747. A copy of our bulletin may be found here.

Join us Tuesday for Noonday Prayer

Our Tuesday Noonday Prayer service offers an opportunity to pray for our ministry and world. Join us this Tuesday at 1 p.m. for this 15-minute Office followed by a brief check-in conversation. Click here: https://zoom.us/j/96396303836

Christ Church’s current worship schedule

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Copyright 2021 Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH 03801 603-436-8842

Welcome

We look forward to meeting

you!

Christ Church is a small but vibrant Episcopal congregation serving the Seacoast region of the Diocese of New Hampshire. We strive to live the message of Christ, in which all are welcome. Christ Church is the home of Little Blessings Childcare, which serves the greater Seacoast area, with families currently residing in over a dozen towns in southern New Hampshire and Maine. Owned by and housed in Christ Church, it continues to improve and enhance its program. Walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions, we are a sacramental, worship and service-oriented church that promotes thoughtful debate about what God is calling us to do and to be. We hope to provide a space that welcomes both the spiritual seeker and the seasoned disciple so that people from many starting points can find their home in God with us. If you are seeking a spiritual home or are just exploring the life of faith, we hope you will walk with us on that journey of discovery. We are in a shared ministry with Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 High St. (Route 27) in Hampton. This new model of shared ministry allows for creativity and the use of joint resources in witnessing and outreach to the Seacoast community while allowing us to maintain our unique, individual presence in Hampton and Portsmouth. We look forward to welcoming you this Sunday. The Rev. David “Chip” Robinson Vicar

Meet our Vicar…

The Rev. David “Chip” Robinson became our Vicar in 2012 after eleven years as rector of the Church of our Saviour in Milford, followed by a brief stint as interim priest at Church of the Holy Spirit, Plymouth. Before coming to New Hampshire in 2000, he served as rector of Grace Church, Norwood, Mass. for fourteen years. From 1982-1986, he was associate rector at Church of the Holy Spirit, Orleans, Mass. Fr. Chip received his Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, and his undergraduate degree from Salisbury University (Md.). A native of Delaware, he is married to Cindy, his wife of 41 years, a graduate of Barrington College (R.I.) with a major in Biblical Studies.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Word and Spiritual Communion via Zoom Our “Farewell to the Robinsons” weekend This weekend, the Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of New Hampshire, will be with us as we celebrate the close of Fr. Chip’s ministry among us as Vicar. On Saturday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m., he will celebrate an outdoor Holy Eucharist on the lawn of Trinity Church (weather permitting), which will include the Reception of Janice Marie Butler into this Communion. As all COVID indicators are now at or below the standards for outdoor services, there are NO restrictions on the number that may attend if we are outdoors. If weather does not permit, this service will be moved indoors with a limit of 40 in attendance. All safety precautions already in place will continue, including signing in on arrival for contact tracing purposes, sanitizing hands before the service and before receiving Communion, remaining masked throughout the service, and keeping a six-foot distance between family seating groups. Some additional notes on this service: This service will be live-streamed for the benefit of any who prefer not to attend in person – but not on Zoom as we do not have the infrastructure for doing so outdoors. Instead, the link will be to a live YouTube feed: https://youtu.be/TI83EWjjei4. Please bring your own lawn chair for this service (if it is outdoors as planned), as seating will not be provided. After this service and a brief time for safely- distanced greetings, the Bishop is meeting with the combined Bishop's Committees over dinner at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m., the Bishop will join us at Christ Church as we celebrate Fr. Chip and Cindy’s retirement from the Shared Ministry. This celebration of the Holy Eucharist will include a “Liturgy of Leave-Taking” during which the Vicar will symbolically “turn in his keys” and other gifts. This service will be live for those present in person, Zoomed to all others. The only ones physically present will be the service participants and a dozen others who have pre-registered. We will be using the same safety protocols outlined above. An outdoor reception on the lawn will follow at noon to allow time for those watching the service from home to drive to the church. Some special surprises are in store during this event, and, like Saturday night, there are NO restrictions as to how many can attend the outdoor portion. If it is moved indoors, there is a limit of 60. Click Here for Our Sunday Morning Service https://zoom.us/j/97645637747 or join us by phone at (929) 205-6099 and enter the Meeting ID 976 4563 7747. A copy of our bulletin may be found here.

Join us Tuesday for Noonday

Prayer

Our Tuesday Noonday Prayer service offers an opportunity to pray for our ministry and world. Join us this Tuesday at 1 p.m. for this 15-minute Office followed by a brief check-in conversation. Click here: https://zoom.us/j/96396303836

Directions to Christ Church

From I-95 North or South:

Take Exit 5 off I-95 to the Portsmouth Circle; take Route 1 Bypass south. Go 1.8 miles to the stoplight at the intersection with Mirona Road (McDonald’s on right), turn left into church parking lot.

From the West:

Take Route 101 East to I-95 North; follow directions above from Exit 5.

From Hampton:

Take Route 1 North. Go through the stoplight at the intersection with Elwyn/Peverly Hill Rds. (Market Basket on left). At next light (Mirona Rd.), turn right into church parking lot.

Map: 1035 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth, NH 03801

Christ Church’s current

worship schedule

Our Mission Statement

The mission of Christ Church is to share the light of Christ in the world. As progressive Christians we welcome all people into our sanctuary, regardless of race, economic circumstances, gender, sexual orientation, or religious background. We gather to worship, sing, celebrate, acknowledge common needs, be fed at God’s table and care, come and nurture one another. From there we go forth into the world to be active servants of the spirit of Jesus, ministering to those in need and taking God’s grace and peace into the wider community.
Click here to see our plans for dealing with the COVID-19 virus.