Bring your friends and family to our services this Sunday! Christ Church is excited to welcome Elizabeth and Joel Peterson and their children to Winston-Salem this weekend, July 7-9, to tell their story. The Peterson family has most recently been living in Kentucky while Joel finished his seminary education, however they are now preparing for their upcoming long-term mission back to the Middle East. Previously, Elizabeth and Joel served with Africa Inland Mission for seven years and lived among the Somali people. We look forward to hearing more about their missions directly from the family on July 9th during our 9 and 11 am services at Christ Church. Please join us after each service for a Meet & Greet reception with the Petersons.

Our first (of two) summer teaching and fellowship nights will be WEDNESDAY, JULY 12th from 5:45-7:30pm. We will learn & discuss “Creating Christian Community Amidst Cultural Chaos.”
On August 9th we will learn & discuss “Householding Together/ Parenting as a Church.” Be invitational! This is not only a wonderful opportunity to dive more into YOUR Christian community, but it’s the perfect time to welcome friends, neighbors and family to hear these teachings and participate in discussions.

Schedule: 5:45pm – Teaching time for adults and a kid-focused teaching on the same topic
6:40pm – Shared meal and group discussion

More info to come. Please contact Chris Borah with your questions and for ways your Life Group may help.

Jodee Borah, Amanda Rice, Joy Ogburn, Peyton Wright, Cass Mitchell, and Amy Hughes have invited all ladies and men of Christ Church to shower some love on Emily & Kyle Wissing as they prepare for their first baby. Gift Cards, Diapers & Wipes are appreciated, and thank you for supporting this growing CC family.

  • WHEN: Sunday, July 23rd at 4pm

  • WHERE: The Borah Family’s house
RSVP: Please give us an idea of who to expect by telling Chris or Jodee Borah.

When? Thursday July 27th and August 24th. There will be a teaching and discussion on Prayer at 5:45 pm, which will be on one of the healing accounts in the Gospels. After the teaching, at 7:00pm, there will be a healing service: evening prayer with an extended prayer time. Please contact Amanda Rice or Pat Weaver for more details.

As we get ready for our July distribution day on July 15th, we’re collecting much of the everyday food and toiletries that we all need and use. Items that we could use are:

  • canned soups
  • frozen and canned vegetables
  • frozen single meal items that heat in a microwave for those without an oven
  • crackers, saltines, snacks, etc.
  • baking supplies – flour, sugar, salt, pepper, spices, etc.
  • cleaning supplies – bleach, glass cleaner, furniture polish, general purpose cleaners (like Comet or Fantastic), laundry detergent & laundry pods
  • toiletries – soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels
  • canned meats – tuna, chicken, salmon, etc.
  • peanut butter, jelly
  • financial donations to help pay the bill at Second Harvest Food Bank. Please make your check payable to Christ Church and memo line it “For the Food Pantry”.

If you’d like to be more involved with the food pantry, or have any questions about it, please email me at bill@billbledsoe.com or catch me at church. Thank you for your support of this ministry!

We’re taking a summer break from our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum for children ages 4 (potty-trained) up to the 4th grade. This summer, we’re pleased to dive into The Jesus Storybook Bible – Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd Jones. There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one big story: the story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. Through memory verses, fun and engaging activities and stories within the award winning Jesus Storybook Bible, your children will discover that Jesus loves them and that he is the Great Rescuer. Just as you’ve experienced with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, the children will be dismissed from the service before the first reading and will return during the passing of the peace. Questions? Please contact Children’s Ministry Leader, Abby Hedgecock: abby@christchurchws.org.

Christ Church Lewisville Parish is meeting this summer at 5pm on:

Please join us in prayer as we anticipate—God willing—moving towards weekly meetings on Sunday mornings beginning this Fall. Visit www.lewisvillechurch.com to stay connected and spread the word to your friends!!

Spiritual Direction is help given by one Christian to another to enable that person to pay attention to and respond to God’s communication to them. ~William Barry, SJ

Pat Weaver is a certified spiritual director having studied at the Sursum Corda School of Spiritual Direction. If you are interested in learning more about Spiritual Direction you may contact her at: patweaver@triad.rr.com.


Dear Christ Church Family,

First, “Thanks be to God” for Christ Church! It is a blessing to serve this Christ-worshiping, vibrant, thriving, and generous Church. Perhaps the biggest blessing is the people who make up our congregation. Many of you have given—and continue giving—sacrificially to Christ Church, and we THANK YOU so much. Your faithful generosity to the Lord has enabled Christ Church Winston-Salem to stay financially healthy and also expand the Kingdom through efforts such as planting Church of the Good Shepherd in Davie County and starting Christ Church Lewisville Parish. None of these things would be possible without your willingness to give generously and faithfully to God and His Kingdom.

With that said, there is a new and pressing need for our humble building. Recently, we incurred wind damage to the roof at Christ Church. When the roofer came to make the repair, he informed us that we MUST begin thinking about replacing the roof sooner rather than later. It has reached the point in age where the roof shingles are breaking down and have only about two years of life left in them. We anticipate more shingles coming off in the future and more roof leaks.

Randy Ogburn, Christ Church’s Building Maintenance Team Leader, obtained estimates from four professional roofing companies for this project. Our Shepherd Team and Council of Advice reviewed the proposals and concluded that the total projected cost for the new roof (including labor) would be $23,000, essentially depleting our current building fund. After much prayerful discussion, we’ve decided it’s best to raise the funds for this project over the next 18 months with a goal to fully reroof Christ Church by Fall 2018. While $23,000 sounds like a lot of money, to put this in perspective, if 12 persons/ families at Christ Church were willing to give $100 more a month above and beyond their tithe, we could meet this goal very quickly. We have many other projects at Christ Church that we would also like to tackle in the near future—for instance, fixing the front walkway to resemble our side yard area, renovating the basement and updating the women’s bathroom—however, it’s prudent that we first address the leaking roof (that covers the entire building) before moving forward with other projects.

We hope you will join us and consider giving extra toward our new roof. If you are moved to give radically and support this need, please be sure to reference “Roofing Fund” on your checks placed in the offering on Sunday mornings. THANK YOU!

The Revd. Ben Sharpe
Rector, Christ Church

Thank you for your additional contributions to fund the Building Fund for the Roof and the Designated Fund for specific ministries (e.g., Food Pantry, Lewisville Parish, Refugee Fund, Sudanese Ministry, Youth Fund, Clergy Support). Your generous support is very important to meeting these specific needs. You can help us properly account for your contributions by writing separate checks for each purpose. We have separate bank accounts for the Operating Fund, the Designated Fund, and the Building Fund. Checks that specify a split between two or more of these funds complicates deposits and accounting. Separate checks make record keeping easier and more reliable. If you ever have questions about our budget and finances, please let me know. I will be glad to provide answers and information. ~Tom McAllister

Let’s watch God answer our prayers. At the state of the church meeting Father Ben asked us all to keep prayer journals over the next year so we have a record of the way God is moving in our lives. In the front window of the church there is a glass jar. This jar is for us to watch God answer each other’s prayers and be encouraged. There are two small containers of rocks—one next to the glass jar in the Sanctuary and one upstairs in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium for our children. As God answers your prayers take a rock from one of the small containers and place it in the jar. Feel free to take a rock home and use it as a reminder to pray, and bring it back when answered to add to the jar.

There are going to be many offerings as we begin our new year with an emphasis on PRAYER. Please join us as we pray together…

  • Every Sunday During Communion, our Prayer Team members will be located at the front & back of the sanctuary. Please be encouraged to go and request prayer for yourself or for a loved one, for such things as physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual healing; employment, financial or relational issues; the Lord’s specific guidance in an area where you need clarity. If you permit, they will lay hands on you (usually on shoulders) and /or anoint you with a dab of oil on your forehead. If you choose to forgo the laying on of hands/and anointing with oil, they will still be glad to pray with you.
  • Every Sunday Before & After Worship, our Prayer Team members will also be available for extended times of prayer upstairs.
  • Every Other Sunday at 10:30am: Anglican Prayer Rosary (meets upstairs).
  • Weekday Morning Prayer at 7am: Morning Prayer with the Book of Common Prayer
  • 1st & 3rd Sundays at 7pm: Have you tried our Virtual Contemplative Prayer? This focused time of prayer is held on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of every month from 7-7:40 pm. We meet “virtually” by conference call. Contact Jan Hinton (jan.hinton@ymail.com or 336-414-2635) for details.
  • 1st Thursday of each month at 12noon: Don’t forget we are Praying for the Church (Local Church, Diocese and worldwide Church) on the 1st Thursday of each month at 12:00noon for one hour. Contact Amanda Rice, aje210@hotmail.com.
  • Saturdays at 8am: Morning Prayer with the Book of Common Prayer


  • 7/9, 9&11am: Missionary Guest Preacher, Joel Peterson; Meet & Greet Receptions with the Peterson family will follow each service
  • 7/12, 5:45-7:30pm: Burgers & Big Ideas, “Creating Christian Community Amidst Cultural Chaos”
  • 7/15, 9am:  July Food Pantry Distribution
  • 7/15, 10am: John & Amy Hughes Move—need your help please!
  • 7/23, 4pm: Baby Shower for Baby Wissing at the Borah Family Home
  • 7/27, 5:45pm: Teaching on Prayer followed by Healing Service at 7:00pm
  • 8/9, 5:45-7:30pm: Burgers & Big Ideas, “Householding Together/ Parenting as a Church.”
  • 8/24, 5:45pm:  Teaching on Prayer followed by Healing Service at 7:00pm


If you would like to place an announcement in the weekly parish notes, please turn it in by 5:00 pm on Monday. Please send the announcement via email to info@christchurchws.org as you would like it to be worded.