Rev'd Karen Hollis: Minister
Sunday Worship Service - 10:00 am & Mid-Week Eucharist (on Wednesdays at 10:00am following Sunday Services that do not have a communion component.)
On the First & Third Sunday, we celebrate Communion.
We follow Jesus Christ Worshipping and Serving with Love and Joy. We open our minds, hearts, and doors to the world.
Worshipping At Christ Church Gabriola
Our Worship Committee looks after all the aspects of planning and the organizing our services. It is a shared responsibility, drawing members from both the Anglican and United traditions.Our new minister is Rev. Karen Hollis from the United Church, who is able to bring us all together with a blended liturgy and the sharing of both churches’ communion customs.
Services are held at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings, with refreshments afterwards. Our island congregation enjoys meeting visitors and newcomers and welcomes children.
The Worship Committee currently has five members, one of them our minister, the Chair, Mona Smart, and three others, Corinne Carlson, Owen McCooey, and Sandy Brydges. In addition, we have a music rep (Lisa Griffith) and roster planner (George Westarp).
From the Anglican tradition, we have an Altar Guild, whose members rotate the duties of setting up the communion elements, candles, and bible pages. Another group is our sound system people, who make sure that the music and speakers are well co-ordinated. Currently, we are adding improvements to our sound system.
We have several Prayers of the People writers who contribute their prayers to our congregation on a regular basis.
Our Musician, Hiromi plays the organ and piano and leads the singing. Other members who contribute special music are James Hollis on guitar, Karen Hollis on cello, Charlie Blackburn on clarinet, Lisa Griffith on piano, Don Butt on flute, and Pat Armstrong violin. Our new 'Worship Ensemble' helps the learning of new worship songs as they are introduced. We are fortunate to have the Bellringers, a group of interfaith players who practice regularly at CCG and perform as often as they are able at services.
Mid-Week Eucharist at Christ Church Gabriola
The Worship Committee of Christ Church Gabriola is supporting the Christian spiritual practice of a mid-week Eucharist or communion.
Interested congregants met with Reverend Karen in late April and mid-June, 2019 to design a simple, informal, mid-week prayer and communion service.
The decision to offer such a spiritual practice is in response to many congregational requests. A similar practice was implemented for a brief period during the interim ministry and was extremely popular.
The simplicity of CCG’s mid-week Eucharist/communion will be reflected in the language of the service and its liturgy, the “work of the people.” The liturgy to be used is from the highly regarded Iona community, an international ecumenical movement committed to the “gospel of Jesus Christ, and to follow where that leads, even into the unknown.” The community is particularly well known for its inclusivity. The Iona liturgy we have selected draws on the rich Christian tradition of a deeply hospitable community where all are welcome.
The simplicity of CCG’s mid-week Eucharist/communion will also be reflected in its design and implementation. The half-hour service is composed of prayers, readings and communion using the ancient practice of serving one another.