OUR PARISH MISSION:
ST. CHRISTOPHER’S IS A COMMUNITY CALLED BY GOD TO WORK, PRAY, AND GIVE FOR THE SPREAD OF HIS KINGDOM IN TANGIBLE WAYS.
We work to accomplish our mission by:
- Providing year-round worship for the Episcopal community in Leelanau County and the influx of seasonal visitors and residents
- Ministering to those in our community, diocese, and greater world who are in need
- Providing an opportunity for those in the parish and the surrounding community to engage in Christian dialogue and education
- Reaching out ecumenically to the larger community and working for the greater common good.
WHO WE ARE:
St. Christopher’s is a small, ecumenically-oriented parish located in Michigan’s beautiful Leelanau Peninsula. We have no building of our own; instead, we lease space from St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church in Northport and use our resources to help promote the Good Works of the Gospel. The members of St. Christopher’s congregation are a diverse group that range in age from infancy to the elderly. We are an engaged, educated, hardworking group who visit the sick, work with Leelanau Christian Neighbors, and participate in various community charity events.
St. Christopher’s provides an opportunity and venue for Scriptural engagement, enlightenment, and theological education in the Leelanau Peninsula. During the summer months, our congregation numbers swell with vacationers and part-time summer residents, many of whom have worshiped with us for years. Since 2008, E.L.C.A. Bethany Lutheran Church of Northport and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church have joined in a Covenant of Shared Ministry, whereby both churches share a minister and a ministry.
1955- St. Christopher’s gets its start when George and Helen Smith offer their orchard home in Omena as a gathering place for Episcopal Sunday Services.
1971- A Certificate of Commitment to become a year-round mission, under the sponsorship of Grace Episcopal in Traverse City, is signed.
1972- The name St. Christopher’s is adopted and the first service is held in the Leelanau Memorial Hospital Chapel.
1973- St. Gertrude’s Roman Catholic Church invites the people of St. Christopher’s to hold services at their church building (the building immediately south of the current St. Gertrude’s).
1976- St. Christopher’s follows St. Gertrude’s into their new building where we currently worship.
1996- Following approval by the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, St. Christopher’s becomes a parish.
2000- St. Christopher’s calls its first Episcopal rector.
2008- St. Christopher’s enters into a Covenant of Shared Ministry with Bethany Lutheran Church in Northport and the two parishes hire a minister to serve both churches.
2015- St. Christopher’s and Bethany Lutheran begin to actively seek their next minister.