In 2008, E.L.C.A. Bethany Lutheran Church of Northport and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church entered into a Covenant of Shared Ministry. The Covenant was endorsed by our Bishop as well as the Lutheran Bishop and together we hired our first priest/pastor, who ministered to both churches and resided in the parsonage owned by Bethany until 2015.
The two parishes have joined together for educational programs, a talent show, and recently began a Faithful Families program where we meet for fellowship and get to know one another’s congregants, history and service while collecting needed items (such as toilet paper) for LCN. We also hold an annual summer service and picnic at the Northport Marina. Bethany’s Call Committee and St. Christopher’s Search Committees are working with their respective Bishops to seek a new full-time minister to serve both churches.
During the summer of 2018, Ruth Overdier, Interim Pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church, celebrated the Sunday Eucharist on occasion for the people of St. Christopher’s.
2017 Combined Worship Service:
On Sunday, July 16th, St. Christopher’s hosted this year’s combined Summer Service at the Northport Marina. Although the weather was a bit chilly, around fifty people from St. Christopher’s and Bethany Lutheran joined together to worship during a Eucharist celebrated by Father Tom Guback.
A picnic in Marina Park followed.