Christ Church, Presbyterian Burlington, Vermont
Christ Church, Presbyterian Burlington, Vermont


Prayer Chain

Please bring your prayers to worship on Sunday afternoons.  Please direct all prayer network requests for immediate crises during the week to prayerchain(at)christchurchburlington(dot)org or to the CCP office by phone 802-862-1898.

Worship Planners

Worship Planners meets most Tuesday afternoons in our space in the lower level of St. Paul's.  If you have ideas for how we could enhance your worship life - in music, liturgy, themes to be explored in the context of worship - please attend our meetings or speak with one of us. For more information call 658-4169.

“Word of the Week” Photo Project

Each week we focus on a word or theme in our service, and invite anyone with a related photo to share it.  This week’s word is “HOSANNA!"  Please send photos on this theme to office(at)christchurchburlington(dot)org so that they may be shared.

Holy Week and Easter Schedule of Services

Palm Sunday (March 25). We begin our journey through Holy Week, singing Hosannas and waving palms, as we remember Jesus entering Jerusalem. 4:00 pm at CCP.


Maundy Thursday (March 29). According to tradition, on the night of his arrest, Jesus shared his last supper with his friends in the upper room of a house. John Steele and Moira Mulligan have again generously offered to host us in their home for this favorite CCP tradition. An Agape Meal, foot washing ritual and time for fellowship will follow a period of worship and reflection, led by Rev. Deadra Ashton. 6:00 pm at John and Moira’s (142 Cumberland Road in the New North End.Please read more about Maundy Thurday below.


Good Friday (March 30).  Rev. Deadra Ashton will lead us in a service of prayer, scripture and Taize singing as we walk with Jesus through his final hours on earth. Julia Blocksma will be our musician. 6:00pm at CCP.


Easter (April 1). There are two opportunities to celebrate Easter with your CCP family. We begin with a “Sunrise” service, shared with members of First United Methodist Church and led by our own Deadra Ashton and Rachel Fraumann (FUMC). 7:00am in Battery Park. Julia Blocksma will again be the musician for our “Easter Evening” service. A time of special refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.  4:00 pm at CCP.


CCP's Maundy Thursday observance is one of our most treasured traditions. Following are some details about this year’s event:
WHY WE GATHER: To commemorate Jesus’ last meal with his friends before his crucifixion.
WHAT WE WILL DO: We’ll share a simple meal and a time of prayer and reflection. The evening will culminate with a foot washing ritual, as described in John’s Gospel, which symbolizes Christians’ call to servanthood. (Hand washing will be available for those who prefer.) 
WHENThursday, March 29 at 6:00 pm
WHAT YOU CAN BRING:  Bring yourself and your family. You are also invited to bring a plate of finger food to share. Some suggested foods are: Beef (rolled), small pieces of cheese or chicken, “deviled” eggs, hummus, macaroons, figs, grapes, cut up melon or papaya, orange sections, shelled nuts, etc. 
WHEREJohn Steele and Moira Mulligan have graciously offered to host us in their home at 142 Cumberland Road, off North Ave. in Burlington’s New North End.  Directions: Take  North Avenue to Staniford Road, and turn west at the fire station. Go about 3/4 mile, over the Bike Path, down a slight hill and slight turn, to the first stop sign. Turn right on Cumberland Road and continue until the street curves left. The house is on the right just before the curve. You can park in the driveway or on the street. Phone: (802)864-3055

March for Our Lives, Saturday March 24, Montpelier, noon - 2 PM, Vermont State House

The Montpelier March for Our Lives is in solidarity with the march in Washington, DC, created, inspired, and led by students across the country to demand that their lives and safety become a priority.  The mission is that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address gun safety in schools so that students can feel safe and concentrate on learning.

2018 marks the 30th Anniversary of JUMP!

The mission of the Joint Urban Ministry Project was inspired by five downtown Burlington faith communities who decided in 1988 to work together towards a vision of assisting children and adults from our region who were facing the overwhelming challenges of poverty.  JUMP has grown to help people in many practical and thoughtful ways and is now an interfaith collaboration involving twenty-eight faith communities, many businesses, individuals and foundations. Because of all of this support, because of you, JUMP “gives help where it is really needed.”
The 2018 Spring Campaign Challenge: 
JUMP’s assistance to 5600 individuals in 2017 may be impressive, but so is the fact that we turned away more than 800 families last year because of JUMP’s limited budget.  We hope to raise $30,000 during JUMP’s Spring Campaign, empowering JUMP to help more Vermont households in 2018.  Please read more about it on the website.

Spring 2018 Social Issues Forum:  Immigration

Immigration will be the topic of the spring CCP Social Issues Forum.  The 4-6 week series will begin the week of April 9, with a group meeting on a weekday at the home of John and Ann Owen.  The day and time will be determined based on participants’ schedules. A second group, if necessary, will meet Sunday afternoon at St Paul’s Cathedral before our worship service.


The series will begin with a two-session discussion of the book The Line Becomes a River – Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú.  Following is a description of the book from the Amazon website:


"For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there.


Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River goes behind the headlines, making urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line."


In sessions three and four we will discuss several articles from the New Yorker magazine covering various points of view on immigration.  For the final session a local immigration expert will present his/her views on the issue.  If there are two groups, they will be combined for the final session.


If you have not already done so, please sign up by emailing John Owen at jrowen18(at)gmail(dot)com, or on the signup sheet which will be available at our worship space.  Please indicate whether you can meet weekdays and/or Sundays.

Social Impacts and Responses to Opiate Abuse in our Community

Sunday, April 15, 2-4pm


The Sisters of Mercy and Mercy Associates invite you to an afternoon devoted to the problem of opiate abuse in VT. The format will consist of a panel with the following presenters: TJ Donovan, VT State Attorney; Mark Redmond, Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services; and Dr. Stephen Leffler, UVM Chief Medical Officer. Facilitator will be Dr. John Reuwer, Emergency Medical Physician and Adjunct Professor of Peace and Justice, St. Michael’s College.


In addition to the panel presentations, a portion of The Hungry Heart, a prize winning documentary film by Bess O’Brien, will be shown.


Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Howard Center. 

Mater Christi School, 50 Mansfield Ave., Burlington

"REEL TO REAL" Friday Night Movies at CCP

Beat the “Mid-Winter Blahs!”   Bring a friend and a dish to share. 
6:00 - 6:30PM: Potluck supper                    6:30 – 9:00PM:  Film & Discussion
Questions? Contact Sue or Al Brooks (802) 658-4169.

Reminder that parking is free in the garage (2 hours) and paid in the St. Paul’s lot. 


March 23, 2018

Where To Invade Next (2016)
Michael Moore’s documentary is funny, subversive and illuminating. Don’t be fooled by the title. This isn’t a war movie! Moore plays the role of a peaceful “invader,” visiting abroad to explore how the US could reform such things as education, school lunches, prisons, healthcare, etc. The film is alternately humorous and serious as a heart attack, especially considering that many of the innovative reforms Moore discovers in other countries originated in America.


May 4, 2018

Frozen River (2008)  
Award-winning actress, Melissa Leo, plays a cash-strapped trailer mom in upstate New York who joins forces with a younger Mohawk woman, living on a reservation that straddles the US-Canadian border. With Leo’s car and the Mohawk woman’s connections, the two begin making lucrative runs across the frozen St. Lawrence River, transporting illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants in the trunk of Leo’s car. 

Celtic Pilgrimage 2018


Rev. Kim Hardy and Rev. Dr. Fred Moser are planning another Celtic Pilgrimage to Ireland in October 2018.  This will be another very special journey, this time to areas in the Southwest, the home territory of our exceptional guides.  The pilgrimage will move at a moderate pace giving time for hiking, spiritual reflection, introspection and camaraderie. 


It will begin in Cork and move north through the peninsulas that reach out into the Atlantic Ocean in this part of the Emerald Isle. Those who have come with us before, have expressed how meaningful and deep these journeys are and we hope you will consider being part of our pilgrim band for this special journey.


We will limit the group to 13 pilgrims plus the two of us.  This will offer a very intimate experience with opportunities to explore hidden areas by small coach bus. These are beautiful landscapes and the heritage of Celtic spirituality goes very deep here.  More information is available at CCP, or by contacting Kim directly kimhardy138(at)comcast(dot)net.

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