600 Acadia Drive, SE
Calgary, Alberta T2J 0B8
The season of Lent and Easter is a significant time in the life of Christ Church. It begins with Ash Wednesday about six weeks prior to Easter and is a time of reflection on the life, suffering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ and culminates with his death, burial and resurrection at Easter. Special services are held during the season of Lent and Easter, beginning with Ash Wednesday.
During Holy Week special services are held: Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem; Maundy Thursday remembers the last supper Jesus had with his disciples; and Good Friday reflects on the crucifixion of Jesus. Easter Sunday morning is a time to celebrate Christ’s resurrection with its promise of forgiveness of sins and life everlasting - The Lord has risen! The Lord has risen indeed!
At Christ Church, we begin our Easter Sunday with an early morning "sunrise" service in our Memorial Garden which is used to honour our departed loved ones. The first recorded Easter Sunrise service was conducted in 1732 by the Moravian congregation in Herrnhut, Germany, and has spread throughout the world with Moravian missionaries. After the early morning service, we head inside for a warm breakfast followed by an Easter service with special readings and music. Read More....
The first day of Advent occurs on the fourth Sunday before December 25 and marks the beginning of the Christmas Season for our church. Derived from the Latin word “coming”, Advent is a time of anticipation and preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Scripture readings and messages during Advent season reflect on the fulfillment of prophecies and promises made in the Old Testament and help us to look ahead and prepare for Christ’s second coming.
From traditional Christmas and Moravian hymns to the popular standard “Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel”, music plays an important part of our services during the Advent season. A large evergreen tree decorates the sanctuary and an Advent wreath as well as a traditional Moravian Star are lit each Sunday.
The end of Advent occurs on Christmas Eve when we welcome many of our friends and neighbours to our Candlelight Services. In keeping with Moravian traditions we use beeswax candles decorated with red paper for these services. Our congregation makes about 2,000 of these candles each year for Christmas Eve services throughout the province. Read More....
We believe in the sacrament of Holy Communion as a means of experiencing God’s grace through passing of the bread and the cup in remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice made for us upon the cross. Through prayer, music and reflection, Holy Communion is also a time of giving thanks and renewing our covenant with God. We offer an open Communion where all baptized individuals are invited to partake, regardless of their religious affiliation. Communion at Christ Church generally takes place on the first Sunday of each month. Read More....
We open our hearts and sanctuary to any grieving family wishing to use our church facilities at this difficult time. Our pastor and congregation will provide support and solace to your family, and assist you in memorializing and saying goodbye to your loved one. If desired, we can provide refreshments and prepare a space for a reception following the service.
We believe all children are loved by God, accepted by God, and promised God’s grace, regardless of whether or not they are baptized by the Church. Infant Baptism is a Sacrament of the Church, instituted by Christ and imparted upon the child through sincere Christian commitment of the child’s parents and a vow by the congregation to support the one being baptized throughout their life. As such, we ask that families seeking infant baptism have an intention to worship with us. Adult baptism is a wonderful celebration of a non-baptised adult who is received into the life and fellowship of Christ through the sacrament. Read More....
Lent & Easter
Advent & Christmas
We recognize the sacredness of our sanctuary and believe that wedding ceremonies taking place in our sanctuary should honour the sacredness of marriage through loving commitments made before God. As such, we ask that our pastor, or another ordained minister, preside at services taking place in our sanctuary and that couples considering marriage in our sanctuary participate in counselling sessions with the pastor prior to the ceremony.