Christ Episcopal Church of Exeter, NH, celebrates its 150th Anniversary September 18-20, 2015, and has planned a full schedule of activities to celebrate the occasion. There are many events and opportunities for all ages and interests which are open to the community.
Kicking off the celebratory weekend, on Friday, Sept 18th at 7:30 p.m., Bruce Adami, Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church, and Brian Jones, Emeritus Director of Music at Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston, will give a Duo Organ Concert. The two will perform works for organ four hands and four feet, works for piano and organ, and works for solo organ. There will be a modest suggested donation at the door.
Members of Christ Church will spend Saturday morning, Sept 19, volunteering in the Exeter area. The Exeter community is particularly invited to stop by the Bandstand between 9am-2pm where members of Christ Church will be hosting a Food Drive for St Vincent de Paul. Both food & monetary donations will be accepted.
Christ Church will be hosting a Children’s Program Sat, Sept 19 from 3:00pm-5:00pm which is open to the community. Joining the children for a fun afternoon of song, crafts and games are Sammie Hayes, a children’s concert performer who will have everyone singing and dancing and Rick Marinchev, “The Funman” who will be doing face painting and temporary tattoos for all the kids (and maybe a few adults!).
Bringing the Saturday festivities to a close, community members are invited to a rousing concert by the Seacoast Wind Ensemble featuring their 50 piece concert band on Sat, Sept 19 from 7:00-8:00pm at Christ Church.
Christ Church celebrations will come to a close with a special Festive Eucharist on Sunday, Sept 20th at 9:30am where they will be joined by The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of New Hampshire, and former clergy.
Christ Church is the Episcopal Church located in Exeter, NH whose mission is to "Live, joyfully in faith; Connect, with God and one another; Serve, the local and global community." The beginnings of Christ Church can be traced to Christmas Day, 1864, when three Phillips Academy students walked eight miles to the Episcopal Church in Epping to receive communion. After enlisting the help of The Rev. Frederic Huntington of Boston’s Emmanuel Church the parish was officially organized on September 20, 1865, without a building of its own.
At the request of the Bishop of New Hampshire, a missionary named Caroline Harris came from Portsmouth in 1866 to help the infant parish. A lot on Elliot Street was purchased and the first service was held on a snowy Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, 1867. In May 1963, a 6-acre parcel on Pine Street was purchased and the church was ready for services on November 13, 1965, when the congregation marched in solemn procession two blocks from the old church to the new.