Christ Church has a long and significant position in the development and growth of Western Rockland County. Change always accompanies every town or village and Suffern is no exception. Once, a rather wealthy, exclusive village, it is now highly diverse, with cultures and lifestyles of every imaginable possibility. For a church not to meet the needs of a changing community would assure decline. We do this in perfectly magnificent buildings, in the heart of Suffern where it could be easy to overlook the needs of those who are still suffering.
With new and flourishing ministries, Christ Church has seen enormous growth in the last ten years. Having declined for years, Christ Church now is solid, happy and expanding its ministries. We are as diverse as Suffern is. On any given Sunday you will find infants, 90 year olds, African Americans, Asians, Hispanic, physically challenged and mentally challenged People, Lesbian and Gay People. We range from politically very conservative to very, very liberal. We come here because of the enormous love, the outreach and dynamic preaching of the Word of God, always related to how we live our lives in a highly complicated and diverse setting. Our ministries speak for our inclusivity and give credence to the idea that God calls all of us out of love to live in harmony. And that we do that very, very well. One third of our Congregation comes from New Jersey and two thirds from New York.
In addition to traditional Episcopal Worship, one of the high points of the year is our Holocaust Remembrance Sunday, celebrated in November at the approximate time of Krystalnacht. We have been fortunate to have members of Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom in Mahwah, NJ worship with us and we have been blessed by having survivors and of the Holocaust and their children worship with us and share their experiences. If we forget to remember, the tragedy of hatred will continue.
If you seek a warm, friendly, diverse congregation that is deeply involved in outreach at many levels, please come and visit us. We worship in traditional Episcopal Church style, have magnificent Tiffany windows, a huge plant and a very upbeat, joyous, worshiping experience in an old-world building.
Please do know above all else, that God loves you.
The Rev. Dale L. Cranston, Rector