Our vision for Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio is to continue to be an inclusive anchor in the heart of the downtown area that reflects, embraces, and responds to the various challenges of our human condition in the name of Jesus.
This is How We Believe
Believing in someone is to trust in that person to be reliable. For instance, when a mother feeds her newborn child every day, the baby begins to learn that his/her mother will be there to provide nourishment. When a father holds his small baby wrapped in a warm blanket every night to gently rock the baby to sleep, that baby learns about another reliable source of comfort. These routine actions establish trust in others in the infant’s young mind.
In that same way, all of us learn to trust in God by our experiences with God’s people.
At Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio, we take our relationships with others very seriously. We know that our actions often carry a divine meaning that others receive. Our beliefs are much more than accepting certain propositions as true. We strive to become the kind of caring people who reflect the image of God, by whom we are all created. We may not always get it right since none of us are perfect. But our clear commitment to becoming the best reflections of God that we can be is sincere and purposeful.
Whether we are worshipping God, sharing a meal, serving the poor, talking about theology or yesterday’s ballgame, we are building trust that can lead to greater faith and belief.
Another way of talking about faith is to understand that life is a worthy journey, a walk with God.
Faith is not a static place. Instead, faith comes through an engagement with God that is always changing and evolving as we live our lives.
Do you struggle with questions of faith or belief in God? Do you feel a spiritual tugging on your heart, but are not sure what actions you should take?
We will consider it an honor to speak with you! Let’s have a heart-felt conversation together! Join us for worship and participate in feeding the hungry. Come to a program of beautiful and inspiring music. You are welcomed to sit in on a Sunday morning forum and add to the discussion, or just be alone and read a memorable sermon. We want you to find your comfort and strength with us.
It is our prayer that wherever your life journey may take you, we want you to find the peace, love, acceptance, and passion for God and His word.
Our calling is to serve our city and help people in the name of Jesus.
We’ve been active in our calling for a very long time. We enjoy being a special part of your life journey as we serve you. We also offer opportunities for you to serve others so that you, too, can experience the inner warmth that comes when serving God in these ways.
We continuously pray for the welfare of those in our close-knit downtown Dayton community. Our leaders and residents need us to extend our hands in helpfulness. Each week, we remember those, by name, who have died untimely deaths in the Miami Valley, as well as service men and women who die abroad.
As Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton provides programs, concerts, performances, and community events, we know we are making an important difference. We invite you to learn more about these programs, such as Youth First, Dayton Music Club, The Living Beatitudes Community, and many 12-step groups. Our signature outreach program, known as CityHeart, provides necessary assistance to people in need every weekday
In November, our four-day Waffle Shop provides homemade waffles, sausages, and other delicious treats to our community. A big majority of the funds that we raise are given to programs outside of our church. Feeding the hungry and helping to meet their basic needs is a blessing to those who give, as well as to those who receive. The patrons and friends of Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton regularly serve meals at the homeless shelters and through the Dayton Episcopal Food Pantry.
Despite many other challenges, we know without a doubt, that our calling is to serve the city and its people. Our church has been an incubator for many ministries, including The Miami Valley Pastoral Counseling Center, Planned Parenthood, Center City School, The Other Place (now “Homefull”, which serves the homeless), The Suicide Prevention Center, and New Choices Program for challenged youth.
How blessed we are to have these opportunities to live our calling each day! We extend an invitation to you now to join with us! If your heart speaks to you, and you desire to help others within our downtown community, please let us know!
This is How We Know Whose We Are
Decades ago, it was enough to ask a person you just met about where they belonged. Asking about what church or organizations they belonged to was basic. We often would categorize each other by being an Episcopalian, Catholic, or Protestant.
However, today we ask this in a much more meaningful way; we go beyond any standard labels of religion. We really want to know about what passions you have, what kind of things motivate you to do good, what commitments have you made, and whether or not you can maintain your highly-treasured personal relationships.
We are not ashamed to tell everyone that we are the people of Jesus Christ. We are His people. We dedicate our lives to follow His teaching and work toward a world where people love God and love others. This is not simple, and it requires hard work to act lovingly to all; especially when it is most challenging to do so. Yet, this is our calling.
Let us encourage one another to do our best! When we fail, we confess our shortcomings, ask for forgiveness, and then try again, having the confidence that God is gracious to us everlastingly!
Being the people of Jesus, we have the belief that Jesus of Nazareth was God with us. He still comes to us. When we hold events, we often say, “Jesus is getting ready to come through the door.” When we walk among our neighboring downtown streets, we do so with the knowledge that God is still with us. We know that God is always present wherever we go. Each time we are with family and friends, we pause to recognize that God is with us.
Sundays: Partake in the Holy Eucharist and hear a sermon at 8:00am, and be edified by the Sermon and Music at the 10:30am Holy Eucharist.
Wednesdays: Partake in the Holy Eucharist 12:10pm, Healing. as well as Prayers for those who have untimely passed away in our region from murder, suicide, or accident.
Saturdays: Partake in the Holy Eucharist and Evening Prayer at 5:00pm.
Children & Youth
Yes! We do have services/classes for the youngsters! Programs are offered during the months of September through May. Classes are each Sunday morning at 9:00am to 10:00am. Nursery services for infants and toddlers are provided each Sunday morning from 9:00am until 12:00pm (noon). All children and youth classes are well-designed to be age appropriate and group graded.
Sundays at 9:00am to 10:00am, held in the Parish Hall of the Church. Our Adult Forum is designed for those who want to expand their knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, theology, Christian mission, and how faith can be part of our contemporary life and issues.
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