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Time to "sign up" for Vacation Bible Camp 2017!

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.


August 13 - “Youth and Children’s Celebratory Service and Ice Cream Social”  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. Everyone is invited to join us for an Ice Cream Social following the service!

Be sure to click on the links for our Calendar and wonderful newsletter, The Messiah Messenger, to get all the news and events for the month.

Calendar & Messiah Messenger

July Calendar 2017

July/August Messenger 2017

Church Of Messiah Annual Survey - The annual survey is now available for your input. Please return by mid-June to Julie or Margaret or place in the basket in the Parish Hall. We look forward to everyone’s input and reflections. Please remember to complete the front and back of the survey. CLICK HERE  for a downloadable pdf of the survey


Mission Trip #1: July 16 – 19 and July 21: This year we are returning to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Ringwood to help with their all-day Vacation Bible Camp by mentoring their leaders. As last year, they are offering the rotations of music, discovery (science), crafts, and Bible stories as well as lunches and snacks. So far, five of us have signed up: Julie C, Mija G, Linda O, Vicky W and Margaret. Please pray for our team before we go and while we are there. Note: We leave around 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, July 16, and we will be staying in nearby Christ Church Pompton Lakes. Christ Church has sleeping space, a kitchen, and a shower. Cost: A donation to the church. You are invited to eat the meals the kids are given, or you can bring your own breakfast and lunch. Dinner will be at a local inexpensive restaurant, or with a group from Ringwood. We are not there on Thursday, July 20, as they are going on a day trip.

Mission Trip #2: August 20 – 25:- We are going to help The House of Prayer in Newark with their Vacation Bible Camp. They are looking for help with activities such as music, discovery (science), crafts, and Bible stories as well as help in the kitchen with the lunches and snacks. So far, seven of us have signed up: Julie C, Mija G, Linda O, Sharon and Carl H, Vicky W, and Margaret. If you wish to join the team please let Margaret know; there are opportunities to help for everyone who is interested. If participating is not possible for you, please pray for our team before we go and during our week while we are there. Note: we leave around 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, July 10, and expect to leave Newark around 2 p.m .on August 25. Cost: A donation to the church. You are invited to eat the meals the kids are given or you can bring your own breakfast and lunch. Dinner will be at a local inexpensive restaurant, or with a group from Newark.

Vacation Bible Camp!

A generous donor has recently blessed us with the gift of a Yamaha Clavinova baby grand piano. This is an electronic instrument that replicates the rich sound of a baby grand piano while also offering the ability to add character to a piece with preset instruments as well as imported accompaniments. This instrument is a wonderful addition to our music ministry.


Click on the links below and check out the “Flippin Fun” coverage of our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party in the Daily Record...


And coverage of our "Maypole Fun and Environmental Stewardship" in the Observer-Tribune...


A big thank you to both of these local newspapers for covering our events at Messiah!

Calling All Hoopsters! We have a new basketball hoop in the back parking lot! A ball is available in the closet downstairs at the end of the hall near the bathrooms. Take a break and work off some of those coffee hour calories!

New time for Pray and Play - The moms and toddlers who come to Pray and Play service have agreed that Monday at 10:15 a.m. is a good time to meet. This service is especially tailored for children ages 6 and under and their families. We meet in the church. We will also offer Pray and Play on the first Sunday of every month at 9 a.m. (meeting in the lower parish hall).

Members of the Men of Messiah (MOM) at work polishing the brass.

Men of Messiah (MOM) – The next meeting of MOM is July 15 at 10 a.m., in the Messiah kitchen. Light breakfast of bagels, fruit, coffee, and juice will be provided.

Women of Messiah Encouraging & Nurturing (W.O.M.E.N.)
- Our next meeting will be in Sepetmber.
Inquirer's Class  - Interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church? Please join us for a 5-session class that will enable those who are interested to discuss and learn more about the Church, Christianity, and the Bible. This is a great opportunity for discovery and to ask questions about who we are. Classes held several times a year at convenient times for those interested are interested.

Education For Ministry - This is not a program for those seeking ordination as they go to seminary. But this is a wonderful college level program for any one interested in learning more by reading and discussion. The program continues for four years, each year a separate unit. Currently there is a class on their third year of study on Mondays evenings. A new class is being formed on Tuesdays from 3:45 - 5:45 starting in September. if you are interested please speak with Margaret who is the facilitator for the program.

Bible Study at Messiah - We will be discussing The Old Testament on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and The New Testament on Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Lunch Book Group - Tuesdays at Messiah on the lower level, Noon to 1 p.m.
Each week's reading and destination is listed in the Sunday announcements. We will be bringing our own lunches so pack or tote your meal; coffee and/or water will be served while we discuss.

Contemplative/Centering Prayer - It meets every Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the church. You are welcome to join our group for 30 minutes of quiet prayer. Other times are possible too, contact the rector if you are interested

Tuesday Book and Movie Night -  A Book discussion and bag supper usually held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. followed by a movie (TBD) at around 7:30 p.m. Click on our current Monthly Messenger for book descriptions and details.

Armchair Theologians - A summer program that meets on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. ending with Compline at 8:30 p.m.

Coffee Hour is available after each Sunday Service in our Parish Hall. It's a wonderful time to enjoy friends and fellowship with members of the Congregation. Want to help out? Sign up to host coffee hour! An updated calendar will be posted soon! Sign up for an empty date by sending an email to info@messiahchester.org with "Coffee Hour" in the subject heading.