Hearts on Fire
Forging the Future of Christ Episcopal Church
It is with great anticipation and excitement that we announce our capital campaign, Hearts on Fire: Forging the Future of Christ Episcopal Church! (Read the campaign launch letter.) The steering committee has set a campaign goal of $700,000 to be raised by the end of the year. Thanks to some very generous pledges, we are well on our way with over $400,000 already pledged. Learn more about our capital campaign below, and please consider making a donation or pledge online or by mail:
The Christ Church sanctuary was constructed 150 years ago at the cost of $30,000 and consecrated on June 2, 1868. A fire severely damaged the sanctuary in 1903, necessitating major repairs at that time. In 1963, the stone steeple over the belfry was removed after settling of the foundation compromised its integrity. Christ Church and its beautiful stone building are fixtures in downtown Montpelier. The church’s location on State Street and across from the State House make it a treasure not only for its parishioners, but for the entire Montpelier community. It catches the attention of Vermonters with business in Montpelier, and is admired by the thousands of visitors annually to Vermont’s tiny and unique capital city.
Worship and Mission
This beautiful building serves both parishioners and community in so many ways. Parishioners, who gather for worship and fellowship, find the presence of God and inspiration for a spiritual life within and outside the walls of Christ Church. The building supports our outreach ministries as we answer the call to “serve one another humbly in love.” And when the courtyard is full of people eating lunch, listening to music, or just enjoying a quiet break, we know the community values our spaces just as we do.
Over the 150 years since our church was built, each generation faced challenges: fire, flood, crumbling steeple, even a crane falling on the roof! Each time, the Christ Church community has risen to the challenge. Each generation understood and accepted the stewardship responsibility of inheriting a historic structure. Now it’s our turn. Christ Church is committed to completing major repairs and delivering to future generations a building that allows the ministries of the parish to continue and thrive.
The celebratory “Hearts on Fire” banner, designed by Montpelier sculptor, artist and painter, Mike Ridge, features a descending dove, which is representative of the Holy Spirit’s presence among us. Beneath the dove is a phrase from a benediction that we frequently use at Christ Church:
“May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May God give you grace not to sell yourselves short, Grace to risk something big for something good, Grace to remember that the world is now too dangerous for anything but truth, and too small for anything but love. May God take your minds and think through them. May God take your lips and speak through them. May God take your hands and work through them. May God take your hearts and Set them on Fire.”
– William Sloane Coffin
Photos above courtesy of John Snell and other sources. Used with permission.