Church Transition Updates

Keep up with the latest news on the leadership transitions and Mission Review of the Brick Church here.

Holy Week Schedule 2019

Join us for worship this Lent as we prepare for the Good News of Easter.
 
During Lent: 
 
Ash Wednesday
On Ash Wednesday, worshippers mark the beginning of Lent with a Service of Worship held at 7:30 a.m. and another at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of the Reformed Faith. Both services include a brief sermon, the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and for those who desire, the imposition of ashes.
 
Maundy Thursday
On Maundy Thursday, a service of worship is held in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. to mark Jesus Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples and to remember his betrayal, suffering and impending death. The service includes a sermon by one of the Brick Church pastors, the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and the traditional service of Tenebrae, which uses the symbol of progressive darkness to mark the betrayal, passion and death of Jesus Christ. After each reading during the Tenebrae service, the Chancel Choir presents a choral meditation on the reading. After each choral meditation, lights are progressively extinguished in the Sanctuary. The final reading ends with complete darkness in the Sanctuary and the tolling of the bell 33 times to represent Christ’s death. Our most somber service of the year at Brick Church, this profoundly moving and beautifully service is the Holy Week equivalent to our Advent Lessons and Carols service.
 
Good Friday
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.
 

Easter Sunday 
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

Wednesday Night Dinner Program (WNDP)

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.

2018 Christmas Eve and Christmas Service Times Update

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:

Christmas Eve

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

Christmas Day

11 a.m. – Christmas Day Service of Worship

Congratulations to Amy Warden, the Next Director of The Brick Church School

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.

Important Note Regarding Security from Rev. Kimberly Clayton

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!