I have been told that there are over seven hundred churches in Tyler. In fact some have accused us of being a sort of religious Baskin Robin’s, offering thirty one flavors. Well there are a few area parishes / congregations who have been active since our fair city was in its infancy. Christ Episcopal Church is one of those. Founded in 1867 the church has undergone a short move and numerous progressive expansions. It is currently completing Grelling – Spence building, which will add much needed space for the various ministries of the church.
Christ Church describes itself as a “joyful, spirit-filled community” of Christians who desire to reach out the Tyler area and the world, teaching others to develop their own genuine relationships with Jesus Christ.
Christ Church is a member of the world wide Anglican Communion, which traces its lineage from the Church of England. It is a liturgical church whose theology is based in the Scriptures, the Book of Common Prayer, and the ancient Christian Creeds. The Church practices the Eucharist (or the Lord’s Supper), on a weekly basis, and adheres to the traditional church calendar.
There are any number of ministry opportunities offered at Christ Church. There are weekly Sunday school classes both for adults as well as kids. There is a children’s choir and choir school, which teaches the participants the traditional songs of the Anglican faith and Christianity in general. The church also participates in numerous community outreach projects such as partnering with Habitat for Humanity and Loaves and fishes, (an outreach to Tyler’s poor and homeless). Each year the church sponsors ministry field trips to places like Galveston, San Francisco, Guatemala and many other places.
Programs like Education for Ministry provide parishioners with a deeper understanding of the Christian faith, so they can be prepared to share their faith either within the context of the church or in the community at large. While Christ Church is a good sized church, its no “mega church” There is no basketball court bowling ally, or swimming pool. What they do have are wonderful Christian believers reaching out to Tyler and the world with the love of Christ. For worship times, and ministry opportunities call the church office at 903-597-9854, or see the website at www.christchurchtyler.org. Christ Church is located at 118 South Bois d’Arc, in Tyler.