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Cathedral Family Mardi Gras Party

Friday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m. to watch the Order of Inca Parade

Everyone in the Cathedral Family is invited to the courtyard for a hot dog supper and some fun together before we step onto Church Street for one of the best parade viewing spots in the city.


Get parked and into the courtyard by 5:00 p.m. (the barricades close at 5:30 p.m.).  We will gather for popcorn, children’s crafts, and fellowship.  Hot dogs, chips, and lemonade will be served at 5:30 p.m.  The parade starts at 6:30 p.m.  Those who care to bring their own beverages are welcome to do so for this event.  


Please use the sign-up on the ministry table or on our website so we know how many hot dogs to prepare.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Sunday School this Week

In Children’s Chapel this week we will take a look at the colors of Mardi Gras.  We will learn their meanings for us as Christians.  We will see how the celebrations are in preparation for the season of Lent.  And, how beginning on Ash Wednesday, and throughout Lent, we will “say goodbye to earthly things.”  In Sunday School we will have a movement activity, and a simple craft to help celebrate our Jazz Eucharist.


Our children will line up underneath the balcony to process to Children’s Chapel. They will return to the church at the time of the peace. 


Immediately after worship, youth, 7th grade and older are invited to FUN CLUB above the chapel where they will meet with Julia Pope who will guide a discussion, and as always there will be snacks and lots of air hockey.

Children’s Choir Rehearsals Resume

Our Children's Choir rehearsals will resume on Sunday, February 12 directly following worship. The children will be preparing to sing in worship on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Please contact Elizabeth Bemis with any questions. 


Tornado Relief for Selma

On January 14 a tornado ripped through downtown Selma. 

After initial recovery work, Selma is now focusing on long-term needs in the community. At this phase of the recovery process, financial donations are our most effective means of aid. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Selma is partnering with Church Street United Methodist Church to assist with recovery. Funds will be used to provide immediate relief and begin the long process of rebuilding.  If you would like to support their efforts you may send donations to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 210 Lauderdale Street, Selma 36701.  Please make sure to put “tornado relief” in the memo line of checks.


Joe Cain Day  

Sunday, February 19

Passes for attending church on Joe Cain Day are on the ministry table.

You will not be allowed to pass the downtown police barricades that morning without a pass.

The Good Book Club: Epiphany  2023

Study of Ruth and Esther

The stories of Ruth and Esther have much to teach us about the Hebrew concept of chesed, which means sacred kindness, as well as the willingness to be in sacrificial relationship with loved ones and our communities.


During the season of Epiphany, the Good Book Club are offering a six-week study of the books of Ruth and Esther. This year, the publishers of the Good Book Club have created a detailed study guide and commentary to the reading outline that is comprehensive and enlightening.  We encourage you to sign up by going to



Ash Wednesday at Christ Church Cathedral     

Wednesday, February 22

Noon and 5:30 p.m.    Holy Eucharist, Rite II with the Imposition of Ashes


Episcopal Relief and Development Sunday

Sunday, February 26

The first Sunday in Lent is the day officially designated to encourage all Episcopalians to remember and support Episcopal Relief & Development’s (ERD) life-saving mission. On the ministry table we have ERD envelopes and boxes available for you or your children to use for a Lenten offering. 

How to Join the Episcopal Church 

By far, the most important requirement for joining the Episcopal Church is showing up.  Many Episcopal parishes are intentionally vague about assigning membership. We believe the church should reflect the open and accepting arms of Jesus.  If one is baptized in a parish, they automatically become a member. If one is already a member of an Episcopal parish and moves to another, a Letter of Transfer is typically requested.  To serve as a lay minister you should be baptized in this or any Christian church, confirmed or received by a bishop of the Episcopal Church, attend services, receive Holy Communion, and make a financial commitment.


Adult Inquirer’s Class

Sundays during Lent—February 29, March 5, 29, 26 at 11:15 a.m.

in the Huger Meeting room

This class is for adults who want to join the Episcopal Church and

for those who are interested in learning more. 

Youth Confirmation Class

Sundays during Lent—February 29 through March 26, and April 16

The class will meet at an agreed upon time on

Sundays at the home of Richard and Carolyn Jeffers

Youth in grades 7 and up are invited to attend.  The class will lead to confirmation on April 23.

Please contact Carolyn Jeffers if you have a child who wants to attend.

Youth and Parent Zoom Meeting Wednesday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Cathedral Prayer List

The prayer list has been edited to reflect the requests made for specific names to remain on the prayer list. If you would like to return a name or add a new name to the prayer list, please contact Carolyn Jeffers in the Cathedral office.


Baptized for Life

An Episcopal Discipleship Initiative

Please take the Renewal Works survey. The link for the survey is on the website

or in the weekly email.


The Baptized for Life (BFL) initiative, begun in 2018 is coming to an end. BFL has been a collaborative initiative between the Virginia Theological Seminary Formation Well and twenty congregations in six Episcopal dioceses.  The initiative is funded through a Lilly Endowment grant, for the purpose of supporting the creation of new models of discipleship.  We have received grant monies in support of this work.  Congregations selected to participate in BFL are recognized to have leadership stability (clergy and lay) and the desire to engage in the exploration of our callings. Our annual giving campaigns have focused during these years that our giving be tied to our spiritual growth.

The very first step in BFL in 2018 was for all members of the Cathedral Family to complete a survey of our spiritual health. The survey was created by RenewalWorks, a ministry of Forward Movement, the Episcopal organization that brings us Forward Day By Day. The survey was an anonymous, confidential, online inventory (Episcopal Spiritual Life Inventory) that explores each individual’s spiritual life.  Our responses were used to provide a snapshot of the spiritual vitality of the congregation. The survey is tailored to the Episcopal tradition, and it uncovers key characteristics of flourishing congregations.

Our very last step as a BFL community will be to take the Renewal Works survey again so that we can gauge our spiritual growth.  Next week we will send an email with a link to the Renewal Works survey.  We will have three weeks for every adult member of the Cathedral Family to complete the survey.  We will have paper copies for anyone who cannot complete the survey on-line.  For the 2018 survey, we were the congregation with the largest number or responses.  Please help us to again have enough responses to make the survey results provide a broad view of our spiritual growth over the last  five years.   

Christ Church Cathedral is on:
Contact (including media inquiries)

Carolyn Jeffers // 251.438.1822 // email

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