Keep up with the latest news on the leadership transitions and Mission Review of the Brick Church here.
On Good Friday, a service of worship is held at 12:15 pm in the sanctuary to remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. For 93 years at The Brick Church, this service has been centered on the singing of Sir John Stainer’s beloved oratorio, “The Crucifixion” by our Chancel Choir. Premiered in London in 1887, Stainer’s oratorio quickly became a much anticipated Good Friday tradition in England and still holds such a place today. Tuneful and approachable yet powerfully dramatic, this hour long choral work vividly retells the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion. The congregation joins the choir in singing several fine hymns composed by Stainer especially for this work. As in years past at Brick Church, the tenor and bass soloists for this service are drawn from the ranks of the major American opera houses. The service lasts 75 minutes. Download the bulletin here.
On Easter Sunday morning, two identical festive and joyous services of worship are held in the Sanctuary at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., each preceded by 20 minutes of special music, in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each service includes a sermon, the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and the participation of the Chancel Choir, organ, Brass quintet and percussion.
More worship information can be found here.
Include your family in WNDP where we cook, serve and clean up a meal for people from the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter. This outreach opportunity takes place in the Watson Hall Kitchen and Watson Hall Wednesday nights from 5 to 7:15 p.m.and we would love to have your help. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Adam Gorman for information so he can get you involved in this wonderful ministry. More information and dates of meals are here on the website.
There is a time change for the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in 2018. Pre-service music will begin at 9:30 p.m., followed by worship at 10 p.m. This is a one-hour change from previous years.
The complete schedule is as follows:
11 a.m. – Children’s Christmas Pageant and Family Service
9:30 p.m. – Pre-service Music for the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
10 p.m. – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
11 a.m. – Christmas Day Service of Worship
We welcome you to join us at any one of these events this Advent and Christmas!
We are delighted to announce that Amy Warden has accepted the position of Director of the Brick Church School, effective August 1, 2019. This announcement caps a six-month comprehensive search process that began in April when Lydia Spinelli announced her intention to retire. Amy’s expertise and consistent passion for early childhood education during her five-year tenure as Associate Director, as well as strong support from current and past parents of the Church School and from the faculty, make Amy the ideal next Director. Her knowledge, experience and vision align with the core values of the school and key areas for evolution; hence, she was the enthusiastic and unanimous choice for our next Director.
The Brick Church is fortunate to be situated in a safe area, surrounded by good neighbors. Additionally, we are not a congregation under particular threat as, unfortunately, many others are, including Jewish and Muslim places of worship. On Oct. 21, before the tragic events in Pittsburgh, a Task Force met to review security procedures at Brick Church. An initial recommendation was to add Security Guard hours to our Sunday mornings. Our wonderful weekday Security Guard, Gavin, began Sunday, Nov. 4. Gavin already knows many church members and School families. If you have not met him, please introduce yourself. Welcome, Gavin!