Nestled in the northern most part of Greene County, New York, Christ Church was built in 1857. The original charter, however, dates back to 1825. It was built from locally quarried red sandstone and designed in the Gothic Revival Style. The Church has the original working bell tower. In keeping with tradition, we manually ring the bells on Sundays, before the service. Several years ago, we created an accessible entrance, in accordance with the ADA. Christ Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
We are fortunate to have a beautiful pipe organ that was built in 1868 by renowned organ builder, Henry Erben. Originally built for the Masonic Lodge in Kingston, New York, the organ was transferred to Christ Church and installed in the early 1940s. Though some changes were made at the time of its installation, the organ is largely the original Erben Instrument, complete with stops, pedal coupler, and a manual pedal. It is indeed a treasure whose music adds to our worship experience.
Our Parish House, which is equipped with a kitchen, is a separate building adjacent to the Church. It is open to the community for use, with Church approval. Over time, the space has been used regularly by groups such as AA, Al-Anon, and the Girl Scouts. Remarkably, the very first AA meeting in the area was initiated in 1951 by Rev. Richard Clark, our priest for more than three decades.
Of course, we gather in the Parish House for Coffee Hour after service on Sunday. This is a fun time of fellowship! The Parish House also serves as a warm and welcoming space to gather for a post-wedding celebration, or for a shared pot luck meal after a funeral service. In this way, we provide support to those who are celebrating, and to those who are grieving.
The property surrounding Christ Church is a special place, often inspiring our Church members’ creative endeavors such as a memorial garden, a labyrinth for meditation, and a kitchen garden. Our annual Blessing of the Animals service is held on the south lawn and is open to the public. Our Church barbecue is held, yearly, on the lawn by a small stream. On occasion, we hold outdoor Sunday services. We are open to new ways to gather and worship, knowing that we are blessed to have an acre or more of lovely “green space.”