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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 Moving Ahead! (We are moving the liturgical calendar one week ahead)

2017 presents a special challenge in that Christmas Eve is on a Sunday. We realize that most of you will choose to come either at 4 p.m. for the family service of Holy Communion with the children’s pageant or at 10 p.m. for the traditional “Midnight Mass” service. As we want everyone to be here for the four Sundays of Advent, we will move the Advent season forward one week.  

We will celebrate the end of the liturgical year on Sunday November 19 as our "Christ the King Sunday"

We will begin Advent services on Sunday, November 26, naming it Advent 1.

The other Sundays of Advent will be celebrated as follows: Advent 2, December 3; Advent 3, December 10; Advent 4, December 17.

On December 24 we will celebrate the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ with services at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. (including the children's Christmas pageant) and 10 p.m. for "Midnight Mass"

On December 25, Christmas Day we will have one family service with Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m.

Cookie Walk Saturday December 16 – We don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk – the Cookie Walk! Our Cookie Walk is the Talk of the Town, featuring a scrumptious array of homemade goodies to enjoy yourself or with others. These yummy treats make the perfect desserts, tea-time snack, hostess gifts, stocking stuffers (share or little something to leave for Santa on Christmas Eve). We always sell out, so come early! There will also be a raffle (an exciting prize) and the opportunity to buy beautiful cards and scented soaps. 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Messiah.

Caroling at Heath Village Saturday, Dec. 16 – Raise your voice and share the Christmas spirit! We meet here at 1:30 on Saturday, December 16, and drive to Heath Village health care unit. We will invite those living there to join us in the singing. Mark B. will lead the caroling. Everyone is welcome to join in this joyous sing-a-long!

Christmas Eve Pageant and Candle Light Service - Come to the stable! (Yes-our church really was a barn!) Everyone is welcome at our annual Christmas Pageant featuring the famous “one rehearsal players,” a cast of our kids, parents, grandkids, grandparents, relatives and friends! This year we have chosen a script much enjoyed in previous years.  Come and join us -be part of the joy, Sing carols- Share with your family and ours! Pageant and Service begin at 4 p.m. * CHRISTMAS DAY 10 A.M. SERVICE TOO! VISITORS ARE VERY WELCOME!


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 November 18 and December 8. 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” in November is Chester Food Pantry. Please see the Messenger on our Calendar page for a list of most needed items.

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

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