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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



You’re invited! To Vacation Bible Camp 2017 at Messiah.

Join us for fun and games, music, science, arts & crafts and more… as we learn all about God’s Creation, and how we thank God for all that God has given us in creation and for each day how we:

Love to recycle and reuse - We love God's resources
Love the water and use it carefully - We love God's water
Love the flowers and trees and all the plants - We love God's plants
Love the animals and care for them - We love God's animals
Love the people and respect them all  -  We love God's people

Mon, July 31 – Fri, Aug 4

Pool Party at Chester Pool, Thursday, Aug 3
!

Click the link below for a Registration Form.


REGISTER NOW


June 11 - “Youth and Children’s Celebratory Service” We will celebrate our youth and children at the 10 a.m. service on June 11. We are inviting our youth and children to participate in the service, at the level which works best for them. The first part of the service will be focused on them. Following the children’s interactive story (it replaces the regular sermon) they will leave for their Sunday school time, and the adult congregation will focus on the creed, prayers, and then the Eucharistic prayer. Children are, of course, welcome to come back in time to receive Holy Communion with their families.

June 11 - Perfectly Planned Post-Pentecost Parish Picnic (can you add any more P-words??)
Please join us for our annual parish picnic on this special Sunday. We will be providing all the grilled entrées, but you are invited to bring the side dishes. There is a sign-up in the parish hall. We hope the weather will be kind as we plan to use our space outside our lower hall. We can enjoy its beauty and the young kids can enjoy the play set. Following our 10 a.m. Service.

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 June 9. We cook a very nice meal − usually baked chicken, roasted potatoes, a vegetable, salad, bread and butter, and dessert. Anyone 9 or older can help.

Neighbors in Need - Our “Neighbors in Need” partner for June is Chester Food Pantry. Always-needed items include: oil, vinegar, salad dressing; body wash, shampoo & conditioner; paper towels/tissue, feminine hygiene products; cereal, rice, pasta, soup, canned chicken. .

Visit our Outreach Page to learn more about our many outreach programs and opportunities.





The Rev. Margaret Otterburn, Rector

Sunday Worship

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 at 10:15 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: motterburn@messiah.org or call me at: 973.349.9480 Blessings, Margaret + 

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