Have a few questions about our church?
Here is a list of frequently asked questions with answers. If you would like to follow up on any questions with one of our pastors or staff, please don’t hesitate the Christ Church office:
1. What kind of Church is Christ Church?
We are an Anglican Christian church in New York City. We are a diverse church with people of various ages and from various backgrounds, but who are united by our common love for Jesus and our desire to gather around his Word.
2. Do I have to be Anglican to attend?
Not at all. You are welcome to attend, whatever your faith background may be – or even if you consider yourself to have no faith. Christ Church is a place for those who believe, and for those who are still exploring what to believe
3. What can I expect at a Christ Church Worship Service?
Our worship service is characterized by an intent focus on the Bible and its truths applied to our lives, along with joyful and reverential worship, giving thanks and praising God for what he has done for us in Jesus Christ. You can expect a worship service at Christ Church to usually open with singing, followed by confession, passing of the peace and dismissal of the children to their Sunday School classes, Bible readings, corporate prayer, a clear teaching based on one of the Bible readings, and then a celebration of Holy Communion every other Sunday.
4. Is there a Dress Code at Christ Church?
No. At Christ Church, we look different and dress different. You will find people dressed in suits and some in shorts or jeans. We think the Bible is less concerned about the clothes we wear when we worship God, and more about what’s in the heart.
5. How can I learn more about the Christian Faith?
We regularly host a course called Simply Christianity. This is an introductory course that explores the questions: Who is Jesus? Why did he come? What does it mean to follow him? Please also see our Christianity Explored page for more info and other resources.
6. I would like someone to disciple me in the Christian faith. How do I go about connecting with someone?
Our hope is that discipleship relationships – that is, relationships in which Christians gather around God’s Word to intentionally provide encouragement and direction for one another – would grow organically. If you belong to a home group, that’s the natural place to seek out a discipleship relationship with a person of the same gender. Or you can also speak to our Senior Minister Keith Paulus, or to one of our Wardens who can help to connect you with someone.
7. Do you have to be baptized to participate in Holy Communion?
Baptism is the mark of entrance into the Christian Church. Holy Communion is then the ongoing celebration of those now within the Church. Thus, it is only appropriate for those who have turned away from themselves and put their trust in Jesus, and who have been publicly welcomed into the Church by baptism, to participate in Communion.
8. Can my child be baptized at Christ Church? Can I be baptized?
Christ Church honors two views of Christian baptism. First, for parents who are persuaded of the beliefs regarding baptism as identified in the 39 Articles (infant baptism), we will gladly baptize your new child and welcome them into the covenant community. Second, we also baptize new Christians who have turned to the Lord Jesus Christ in repentance and faith. If you are a member of Christ Church and parent to a newborn, or if you have recently converted to the Christian faith and want to follow Jesus in baptism, please email the church office (email@example.com) to set up an appointment to talk about this with our Senior Minister.
9. I’m a student in the city and would like to meet with other like-minded students. Where can I find information about student groups? With whom do I connect?
At Christ Church, we value our age diversity and think there is much wisdom to be had in building relationships with people of different ages. We pray that Christ Church would be a place where people love and befriend those who aren’t like them! We also recognize, however, the importance of building relationships with other Christians who are going through similar life challenges, and which are often directly the result of being at a specific stage in life.
10. I have children and would like them to attend Sunday School. What are the safety protocols of Christ Church?
All Christ Church nursery and children’s workers undergo a thorough background check to ensure the safety of our children. They also undergo training and receive regular oversight and instruction from our Children’s Ministry Director. On a Sunday morning, our safety and security measures also include a strict procedure of allowing only designated caregivers to sign-in and sign-out children from their classes. We also have security personnel stationed outside of the Sunday School area to monitor everyone who comes and goes.
11. I would like to speak to another woman about a problem. Who should I reach out to?
Women can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. I have a question about a sermon I just listened to on your website. Who can I contact?
You’d be very welcome to contact our Senior Minister. He’d love to hear from you! email@example.com
13. I’m new to Christ Church. How can I get involved?
There are many ways for newcomers to get involved at the church. The best way is to come on a Sunday morning and get connected with a home group (click here for a listing of our home groups). We also believe that serving in the church is one of the best ways to work out our Christian discipleship. You can check out our list of ministries to see where you might like to serve, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see where there are current needs.
14. How do I become a member of Christ Church?
Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of Christ Church NYC! We firmly believe that our growth in Christ is directly connected to our growth in his church. There are four basic steps to membership.
- Start to get involved in the life of the church – attending on Sundays and in a home group. This way you get to know us and we get to know you!
- Sign up for the CCNYC membership course. View our calendar to see when the next membership course is scheduled.
- Meet with our Senior Minister Keith Paulus.
- Profess your faith publicly at one of our worship services.
15. How would I go about arranging a wedding at Christ Church?
Christ Church doesn’t own its own building and thus has limited access to its Sunday worship space, but we would be glad to assist you with your wedding in any way we can. If you’re not a member of the church, we would like to get to know you first and sit down with you to talk about some of the requirements for a wedding through Christ Church. You can contact the church office for more information.
16. How is Christ Church governed?
Christ Church is spiritually led by Senior Minister Keith Paulus and our Wardens – men who are to meet the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:1-7,
“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.”
It is further governed by the men and women who make up the Church Council – some of whom are appointed by the Senior Minister, others of whom are elected by the congregation.
As part of the wider Anglican Communion, Christ Church receives additional oversight from Bishop Felix Orji of the Anglican Diocese of the West.