Please join us for worship at 10 am on Sunday mornings. We are located in the center of the city on Diamond Park, next to the library. Here is more information on what to expect.
Wherever you are on the journey of faith, know that you are welcome at Christ Church.
Our ministry of hospitality is an important part of our response to God's love, a response which is expressed through inclusivity. It is a ministry all of our members are called to share, and we welcome you in the spirit of that divine affection. We also welcome your doubts, your concerns, and your questions, which we face ourselves and meet with faith, reason and tradition.
We strive to greet all who come to our doors as we would greet Christ: without regard to issues such as race, ethnicity, age, gender, special needs, political views, or sexual orientation. You need not be certain whether you agree with our church's teachings (inspired by the Bible and expressed in the Book of Common Prayer), nor whether particular interpretations of those teachings are fully compatible with your current beliefs, before you visit.
Mere written words cannot contain or convey the fullness of the Spirit. While we boldly proclaim the insight and power of scripture, of faith, and of reason, the process of revelation is ongoing, working through and transcending conventions of tradition. We are a diverse group who celebrate our unity in Christ through the multiplicity of our individual gifts and insights.
If you want to know if you be comfortable as a regular visitor or even as a member of our parish, then come and see. We look forward to meeting you.
If you aren't familiar with downtown Meadville, driving directions are available below.
The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion, which is comprised of churches who have their roots in and are in communion with the Church of England. Like other churches in the Anglican tradition, our services are based on the Book of Common Prayer. The Episcopal Church uses the format adopted at its General Assembly in 1979, which outlines the basic positions of the church on spiritual and theological matters.
As part of the Anglican tradition the Episcopal Church has been shaped by the Protestant Reformation yet traces its lineage to sources common to the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, and elements from both traditions can be found in the Book of Common Prayer and hence in our liturgy. This is also seen in recognition and support of ministries such as religious orders and communities.
The structure of the Episcopal Church gives a strong voice to the laity in addition to the ordained on major issues and decisions, and both groups are open to all members regardless of gender, race, political views, sexual orientation, or similar concerns. The Church recognizes lay ministers, deacons, priests and bishops as vital members of its mission and encourages participation by all Episcopalians at the local, diocesan and national levels.
For additional information the Episcopal Church website has a section offering an overview for visitors and the newcomers.
Did you know the Episcopal Church celebrates several liturgical sacraments? If you are interested in receiving or learning more about Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation of a Penitent, or Unction of the Sick, contact Rev. Lash for additional information and guidance.