The Bridge serves as Christ Church’s connecting link for younger adult parishioners and anyone enjoying progressive spiritual conversation spanning matters of faith and life, the center and the margins. The Bridge meets monthly for discussion after our 10 a.m. worship service, with occasional "pop-up" events throughout the year, sometimes at the church and sometimes in someone's home (or at a local museum!).
We usually choose a theme for our meetings – a book we'll study for a season, a prayer practice, or a theological issue. Bridge members are a diverse crowd, and we always have a variety of viewpoints represented.
The best way to keep in touch with us is to be added to our email list. Contact the Rev. Susan Richardson for more information.
Assisting those who struggle with homelessness
Members of the Bridge work in tandem with the Christ Church community to engage with their impoverished neighbors in Center City and beyond. Additionally, they participate in Episcopal Community Services outreach drives.
Members of the Bridge also regularly prepare and serve meals at Old First Reformed Church shelter – which hosts a cold-weather shelter from November through April. This is a great opportunity to give back to the city and enjoy fellowship with shelter residents and fellow parishioners. Members gather to prep and cook, and sit down to eat with the men of the shelter. Children ages 11 and up are welcome to join.
For more information on how you can help with the shelter dinners by preparing food or helping with serving, please contact Anne McAteer.
Christ Church, including the members of the Bridge, supports an ongoing partnership with Episcopal Community Services to meet the needs of families in transition from homelessness to permanent housing through specific identified projects throughout the year, including Fill the Bus (school supplies in summer), Christmas presents for those in need, and a spring-cleaning drive for cleaning supplies. We also partner with Philabundance in late January to help fill cupboards empty during the lull after Christmas.
Contact: the Rev. Susan Richardson
The garden committee is primarily responsible for the North Garden and the horticultural elements surrounding the main church building. Volunteer gardeners meet the second Saturday of each month March through November. Bridge members are a vital part of this ministry of caring for creation within an urban neighborhood.
Contact: George Niedermayer
St. Mary’s 350
Help make sandwiches to provide lunch for the homeless shelter at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. When not under COVID restrictions, this group meets on the third Saturday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Neighborhood House.
Contact: Grace Layne