Susan called as next rector for St. Thomas' Church, Richmond, VA

On Sunday, June 22, our rector, the Rev. Susan Buchanan, announced that she has accepted the call to be the next rector for St. Thomas' Church in Richmond, VA.   Her last Sunday with us will be July 27, and after taking vacation (moving) in August, she will begin in Richmond on September 1.   Here is her letter to the parish:

                                                                              June 22, 2014
Dear Friends,

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.                                                                                                                                                 Ecclesiastes 3:1

I have loved being the rector of Christ Church, and have been blessed to journey with you these past 12 years, but our season and time together in this place is coming to an end.  I have accepted the call to be the next rector of St. Thomas’ Church in Richmond, VA.  My last Sunday here will be July 27, after which I will take a month’s vacation to move and get settled in Richmond, starting there on September 1.

I had not thought it very likely that I would end up back in Virginia.  I had never thought I would end up in a city.  But God seems to have other plans, and I believe fully that God has led St. Thomas’ and myself together, in much the same way as 12 years ago I knew that I was supposed to come to North Conway.   If you’re curious about where it is I’m going, you can find more out from their website at  or from their Facebook page at

On Sunday June 29, the Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson will be with us for both morning services.  She will be here to help you understand what the process is for transitioning to a new rector, how the diocese will be present to support you, and to reassure you that it will be ok.  She will be available after each service to answer your individual questions.   Then we will have the great parish potluck picnic on Saturday, July 19 at 5 pm which will be a good opportunity to spend some relaxed time together in fellowship a week before my final opportunity to gather with you in worship.  The Rev. Randy Dales will be with you most of the weeks in August.  And the vestry will be in touch later in the summer about who will be leading you in worship during the interim period before you call a new rector. 

I pray that this time of transition will not be a time of place-holding here at Christ Church, but that instead you use it as a time to continue to move forward.  To move forward in the ways you connect  worship and service.  To move forward in the ways you connect the specificity of Christ Church, North Conway with the variety of expressions of God at work in the Mt Washington Valley (including ecumenically).  To move forward with a sense of joy.

I will miss each of you.  I will miss being a part of what God is doing here at Christ Church.  I will continue to hold you in prayer, and trust that God will lead the right person to you to be blessed by being a part of this community of faith, for I personally know what a blessing that is indeed.

Dinner Church

We're getting closer to offering a "dinner church" here at Christ Church - so here's a little reminder of what this is about.  This is not a community dinner like The Dinner Bell, although all are welcome.  This is not a potluck supper.  This is a sacred meal.  A welcome to a table around which we are fed by Word and Sacrament, and by relationship and connection.  A simple supper that delivers a rich feast for the soul.

Inspired by St. Lydia's Dinner Church in Brooklyn, there are a number of Dinner or Brunch Churches taking place in the Diocese of Vermont.  We think we'll be the first in our diocese.  Here's a video from St. Lydia's:

To learn more about this particular place, St. Lydia's Dinner Church, go to

Maundy Thursday - April 17

6:30 pm Holy Eucharist and

Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday - April 18

Episcopal Good Friday Liturgy at noon

Ecumenical Good Friday Service held at The Madison Church at 7 pm

 Easter Sunday - April 20

Services at 8 am, 10 am and 6:30 pm

Easter Egg hunt following the 10 am service

Christ Church Concert Series presents the

Windham Chamber Singers

Wednesday, April 2 at 7 pm

suggested donation $10

The Windham Chamber Singers gained international attention in 1996 by winning the Prize of Vienna at the 25th International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.   Their accomplishments have been recognized on the NBC Nightly News and National Public Radio.   The Chamber Singers have appeared on CBS This Morning, the Today Show, and in their own prime time holiday special broadcast on WGME TV.  They have performed for 2 Presidents, including a command performance at the White House for the Congressional Ball.  On Easter Sunday, 1998, they made their debut at Carnegie Hall.  The Chamber Singers have appeared in concert with artists including Kenny Rogers, Andy Williams, John Rutter, Josh Groban, Jodi Benson, Susan Egan, Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul and Mary), Capathia Jenkins, Sutton Foster, Norm Lewis and Lakisha Jones. In December, 2012, they made their 3rd appearance at the Magic of Christmas concerts with the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

In June, they celebrated the 25th anniversary of the choir with a 3-day reunion that welcomed back over 150 alumni from the group.  This past September, they performed the National Anthem at Fenway Park.

This past December, they released their 4th studio album, in collaboration with Pine Point Records, Holiday Snapshot.  In June, 2013, they released a commemorative recording CD which includes previously unreleased recordings from the past 25 years.

Each year the choir tours the Northeast, presenting assemblies and workshops at area schools in addition to public concerts.  Last April, they spent 6 days touring Atlantic Canada with performances throughout New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. This current tour will take them to Christ Church, North Conway, in New Hampshire, before they head on to Vermont and Montreal.