Christ Church is 65! It all began on June 26, 1955 when 600 charter members showed up for Sunday worship in a movie theatre just down the street near Poplar and Highland. It was reported to be the largest charter membership in the history of Methodism. Still located on Poplar Avenue, Christ Church sits at the heart of the city and shares the love of Christ across the street and around the world.
Now more than ever, we realize that the Church is not a building. We don’t ‘go’ to church, but we ARE the church. While we know worship is the center of all we do, many also think of Christ Church as a place where missions and outreach are a priority. Considering the two greatest commandments in the Bible, to love God and love your neighbor, Christ Church looked just three miles to our west and found a place to do both by partnering with our neighbors in Binghampton. Christ Church founded Service Over Self (SOS) in 1986, Binghampton Development Corporation in 2003 and Cornerstone Prep in 2012. We continue to partner with these ministries as well as 17 other local ministries and 14 international partners. Our outreach to both members and community continues through our fitness and sports ministries and also Christ Methodist Day School (CMDS).
From the beginning, everything at Christ Church was undergirded by prayer. From our Men’s Intercessory Prayer Breakfast, which began in 1961, to our newest prayer initiative online at praycc901.org, we are a praying church.
While ‘going’ to church looks different today, Christ Church remains faithful to its core values to worship, care, share, grow and serve. Just as our charter members took a BOLD action to leave the comfort of their own church and begin anew, may we too be BOLD in these days of change. What is God challenging you to do? Where are you called to serve? How are you called to give? Will you pray for our church?
May we all be BOLD for Christ and His Church.
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”