A warm welcome from the Rector of Christ Church, Father Mark Delcuze
Grace and Peace to you. Welcome to the website for Christ Church Parish, Kent Island. We are a diverse and welcoming group of people: young and old, single and families, who have lived here a short while or whose line stretches back for generations.
We are united to one another in a Trinity of Relationships:
- With God, our source and our sustainer, who made and loves everything that is
- With our Neighbors near and far, the whole human family, whom Jesus calls us to love
- With the Members of this Community, with whom we share joys and burdens
Perhaps you have come here seeking the source of energy and healing for yourself or your household. Perhaps you are seeking to serve those who are caught in the difficulties of changing times or health or identity. Perhaps you are seeking the warmth of community in common meals or common inquiry. Surf around our site. I believe that we offer many opportunities: to Grow in God, to Serve in Christ and to Care in Christian Community.
Most people encounter Christ Church first in worship. Join us on Sunday at 8:00 am for a Quiet and Contemplative service or at 10:00 am for a Blended Service, which joins the music and worship practices of many generations. We encourage our children with Christian Formation (fun and learning) beginning at 9:55 am. Our Cornerstone Program on Sunday evenings offers youth in Middle and Senior High the change to be with friends and with the Lord.
Christ Church Parish is a place with Deep Roots and Fresh Shoots. Please feel free to call our office 410-643-5921 or e-mail me at FrMarkDelcuze@christchurchkentisland.org, I would welcome the chance to hear your story and to invite you into ours!
The Reverend Mark Delcuze
The Vision of Christ Church
Christ Church has been around for a long time. Our first members arrived from the Jamestown colony in 1631 and the parish was officially organized in 1632 on the south end of what became known as the Isle of Kent – 380 years ago. We are the first and longest continuing Christian congregation in Maryland. In 1650, the church moved up the island to Broad Creek until 1880, when it moved to Stevensville. Fifteen years ago, the congregation opened its arms and doors to the growing population of Kent Island and it became necessary to build a new facility for worship and education. It was tough to leave the beloved 1880 site, with its romantic “Carpenter Gothic” architecture and quaint villiage-by-the-bay feel. Nevertheless, the move to the expansive Route 8 property on Camp Wright enabled us to have a larger parking lot, sanctuary and Christian education wing. This missionary spirit has resulted in a harvest of many new souls whom God has brought to us to hear the Good News of Christ and to grow in his love and service. The vision to continue welcoming others and expanding the Kingdom of God is now in its next phase, with the completion in 2007 of our new sanctuary and expanded office facilities. We were very blessed to welcome our presiding bishop, The Most. Rev. Katharine Jefferts-Schori, to consecrate the new buildings. The Bible says, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” Christ Church is thriving precisely because God’s vision (by God’s grace) is being honored, discerned and embraced by the our Vestry and other leaders. In a word, we believe that the Church exists for the sake of its non-members. We are dedicated to serving those God sends to us and helping to equip them for ministry in the world. Come join us and be part of God’s vision for the Eastern Shore of Maryland!
Celebrating 382 Years of Christian Ministry on Maryland’s Eastern Shore