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.
NEW! ELECTRONIC GIVING NOW AVAILABLE!
It just got easier to give to Messiah! Just lick the "Donate" button. The first time you do, you'll be asked to
provide the bank account which you want your gift to come from. Your gifts may be one-time or recurring. And you may specify any
particular cause within Messiah that you wish to support.
"Ashes to Go" will be available in Chester on Ash Wednesday (see listing below for details).
Ashes to Go - The Church of the Messiah and Reverend Margaret, will be offering “Ashes to Go,” On Ash Wednesday (March 1) a new
approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition, at various sites in Chester. We
will offer them from 6 – 6:45 a.m. outside Dunkin Donuts on Rt. 206, Chester and
from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. outside Starbucks in the ShopRite Mall on 206 in Chester. The
Church of the Messiah “Ashes to Go” is part of a new nationwide movement
that has clergy and lay people visiting transit stops, street corners, coffee
shops, and college campuses to mark the foreheads of interested passers-by with
ashes and invite them to repent of past wrongdoing and seek forgiveness and
renewal. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday marks the start of the holy
season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for the
celebration of Easter. For centuries, Christians have received a cross of ashes
on the face at the beginning of that season as a reminder of mortal failings
and an invitation to receive God’s forgiveness. Ashes to Go provides the
opportunity to participate in that tradition for people who have lost their
connection to a church, or have never participated before.
Lenten Meditations - This year we again are offering a book of Messiah Lenten
meditations. This collection of meditations was created by our congregation to
reflect upon the message of the season. The site also includes links about the
Lenten Season as well as a puzzle page for children. Please click on the link below.
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 March 30. 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” partner in in February is Long Valley Food Pantry. Please donate non-perishable food items and personal care products.
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 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: email@example.com or call me at: 973.349.9480 Blessings, Margaret +