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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.


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.

Lenten Meditations

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 help.

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

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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