Welcome to Messiah! We are glad you found us. We
hope that you will take a little time to learn more about our church
and our dynamic congregation and that you’ll decide to come and worship
with us or participate in one of our many programs or wonderful special
events. The Church of the Messiah is the Episcopal Church serving
Chester, Chester Township, Long Valley and surrounding areas. We are
part of the Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church USA, and a parish
in the Diocese of Newark. We offer a faithful, open, inclusive and
welcoming environment, where spiritual enrichment and a deep
relationship with God our Creator, Jesus Christ our Savior, and the Holy
Spirit is ever present. At Messiah, we encourage you to follow your own
path to Christ’s love, whether that means just joining us on Sundays to
worship at one of our services, seeking guidance, education or
encouragement in one of our varied programs, or getting involved in the
many social and community outreach opportunities that we offer. You will
find here a diverse worshiping community, offering Christ’s
all-embracing love to everyone. So, come as you are to explore on your
own, in the company of a friend or loved one, or with your entire
family, and discover for yourself why The Church of the Messiah is “the
place where good things happen.” Do come.
We are currently celebrating the season after Pentecost, which, according to the calendar of
the church year (BCP, p. 32), begins on the Monday following Pentecost, and
continues through most of the summer and autumn. It may include as many as
twenty-eight Sundays, depending on the date of Easter. This includes Trinity
Sunday which is the First Sunday after Pentecost.
"Suddenly there was a noise
from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled
the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit..." Acts 2:2-4
Church of the
Messiah will host its 11th Annual Tricky Tray on Saturday September 9.
Over 200 prizes and gift certificates will be raffled including an LG 43” LED
Smart TV, X-Box One, LG G-Pad F Tablet, mega cash basket, wine rack with wine, Coach
bags, golf, fishing, jewelry, Keurig, fitness, gift certificates, themed
baskets, lottery apron, and much more! A
$15 donation includes 25 regular tickets, a chance for door prizes, and desserts.
Hot food will be available for purchase.
Doors open at 5:30 and the first drawing is at 7 pm. The church is air conditioned and handicapped
accessible. Tickets are sold at the door.
All proceeds support
the Church’s ministry and community outreach programs. These
include mission trips, Habitat for Humanity, bible school, Haven of Hope, providing
and serving meals at Homeless Solutions, donating food/clothing/school
supplies/holiday items to several organizations, and North Porch, a ministry
that provides food and supplies for needy infants.
There are plenty of opportunities for Worship, Fellowship, Outreach, and lots of Fun at Messiah all year long! For dates, times, and details about events and
more, please visit our Calendar Page, and while you're there be sure to
click on the link for our wonderful newsletter, The Messiah Messenger to
get all the news and events for the month.
Homeless Solutions - This is another
opportunity for ”hands-on” ministry, cooking and serving the dinner at
the Morris County Homeless facility called “Homeless Solutions. Our next
scheduled serving dates are September 16 and October 13. We
cook a very nice meal − usually baked chicken, roasted potatoes, a
vegetable, salad, bread and butter, and dessert. Anyone 9 or older can
Neighbors in Need - Our “Neighbors in Need” in September is the Chester Food Pantry (Please see the Messenger for an updated list of urgently needed items).
Visit our Outreach Page to learn more about our many outreach programs and opportunities.
The Rev. Margaret Otterburn, Rector
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Pray & Play (Held Mondays at 10:15 a.m. and the first Sunday of each month at 9 a.m.) - A 30 minute participatory service, especially for children under 6, together with their families. Park and enter at the lower level.
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Adult Forum
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist - Includes Sunday School & Child Care.
Coffee hour follows all morning worship services
"Pray & Play" - Held every Monday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m.Pray & Play is a 30-minute worship opportunity for families with very young children. We will sing together (accompanying ourselves with tambourines and other instruments), pray together, help set the table for a simple Mass, and share blessed bread (real bread) and wine (juice, of course). The kids who come love it; and yours will too!
Healing Services are held every second and fourth Thursdays.
A Message from Rev. Margaret Otterburn
Welcome to our church web site. I invite you to come and visit us; whether to worship with us, to be part of our reaching out to those in need, to join us for our next fun event, or just to visit our space. I am always available for conversation and for pastoral care. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at: 973.349.9480 Blessings, Margaret +