About Us: What to Expect
Expect that God is present in this faith community.
We expect God is present in your life and our lives, and by worshipping and building relationships with each other, we come to better understand God at work in all our lives and our world.
Expect to find one parish family, worshipping in two languages who seek to be the heart, hands, and feet of Jesus showing God’s love and grace in this world.
About the Episcopal Church an introduction
[courtesy of the Diocese of Texas]
What to Expect
Frequently Asked Questions about St. Christopher's:
When are your services?
Sundays 9:30 am - Service in English (First Sundays Healing Service)
Sundays 11:15 am - Misa en Español / Mass in Spanish
Wednesdays Healing Service - 10:00 am
What is the 9:30 am Sunday service like?
A lively gathering of our worshiping community in English. Prayers, sermon, communion, and music (hymns and choir). We normally use Rite II.
What is the 11:15 am Sunday service like?
A lively gathering of our worshiping community in Spanish. Prayers, sermon, communion and music (hymns and guitar).
What is the Wednesday 10:00 am service like?
Casual, conversational sermon, prayers and communion.
Where do I park?
We have a large parking lot directly behind the church. Enter it from either 103rd or from Peoria Ave. There are plenty of handicapped spots near the church double red doors.
What will happen when I walk into church?
Someone will greet you, hand you a bulletin, and then you may select a place to sit in the church. There are no assigned or reserved seats. The bulletin has the order of service and will direct you to open a blue hymnal (H) or a red Book of Common Prayer (BCP) that is in the pew racks in front of you. Participate as much as you feel comfortable. As a general practice, we stand to sing, we sit to listen, and we kneel or stand to pray. At communion, you are welcome to come up to receive, to stay in the pew, or to come up and receive a blessing. If you would like to receive but are not able to come to the rail, please let an usher know and the priest will come to you. Part of the beauty of our liturgy is that there is mystery in it, so don’t try to understand everything, just be present to God. We do pretty much the same thing every week, so understanding and familiarity will come.
What about my kids?
They are welcome to be in worship. We have colorful bags at the entrance to the church with activities for them. We’ve found that kids often do better when they sit up front because they can see and feel more engaged. Kids are noisy sometimes – that’s fine, really, it is – their sounds are reminders of the joy of God breaking into our world, that sometimes life doesn’t flow the way we want it to, and that real life happens in the presence of God an
d it too is sacred.
Our Sunday School happens September-May between the services upstairs from the sanctuary.
What else is going on on Sunday morning?
10:15am Coffee Hour – Fellowship time for 9:00 worshipers.
12:30 pm Coffee Hour – Fellowship time for the 11:15 worshipers.
Once a month:
Men's Club Bag Lunches – We assemble bag lunches for the homeless in Surprise distributed by Salvation Army.
What are the office hours?
Our Parish Administrator, Janice Crane, is in the office Tues - Thur 8am - noon. Our Vicar, The Pastor Sandy Chilese is available by appointment.
If you think this church is a good fit . . . how do I find out more or become more involved?
Wonderful! Contact the office and we will get in touch with you, normally within 24 - 48 hours.