St. Chad's Episcopal Church
We are a Christian community living out our faith in Jesus through our actions in the world. We come together for worship, stay together to build community during breakfast, then go out into the world equipped to share the love of Christ. We have many ministries as a part of St. Chad's that are focused on building bonds within our community and then using them to serve others. We hope you will visit us at St. Chad's and explore our website to see what we have to offer.
Adult Sunday school (9:15 am in the choir room)
Adult Sunday school is lead either by laypersons or clergy and have such lively topics as, “What is so amazing about Grace?”, “Everything you wanted to know about God but were afraid to ask” or “Book of Common Prayer 101.” Grab your breakfast and join us in the choir room for some good study and discussion. The current study is on Mere Christianity by CS Lewis.
Tuesdays at 10 am (September – May): Paul and Carol Brocard lead a study, working through of various books of the Bible. This Bible study meets in the St. Chad’s in the choir room, and runs from September through May each year, taking a break during the summer.
Lenten Series and Advent Series
During Lent and Advent the congregation is invited to sign up for the Thursday nights “Soup, Salad and Study.” This potluck event provides for fellowship time over a meal, followed by the chosen topic of study. The study portion of the evening usually includes a video, followed by a time of discussion. Each study ends with a Compline service in the sanctuary.
Come to the Cross: Preschool through 5th grade, 10 am in the Come to the Cross classroom
“Come to the Cross” is the Sunday morning class for those who are ready for a more formal classroom environment. This class currently uses the Living the Good News curriculum, which “supports and respects the journey of…all age levels to teach, inspire and involve them in prayer, worship and spiritual growth.” Living the Good News follows the Episcopal Liturgical Calendar, so children are learning about the same lesson their parents heard about in church that morning, while having fun with related activities, crafts and music. Because of the age range of the class, we will often do part of the class as a whole, then break up into smaller groups for activities focused on physical movement and crafts tailored to different age groups.
Youth Sunday School: 5th through 12th grades, 10 am in the Youth room
The youth Sunday school class is using a curriculum called re:form. The re:form lessons cover “questions about the Bible, creed, disciples, Jesus, other beliefs, and hot topics.” Some examples of lesson topics are “Can I be a Christian without going to church?”, “Is the New Testament more important than the Old Testament?” and “If Jesus is God, why did He have to die?” The lessons begin with a short video, then proceed with discussions and activities related to the topic and related Biblical passages. This class encourages our young people to start asking and thinking about hard questions in a safe, nurturing environment.
Episcopal Diocese Youth Group
Each month during the school year one of the local churches of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande hosts a youth event. Past events have included collecting items for Borderland Ministries, skating, scavenger hunting, hiking, collecting items for homeless Albuquerque youth, movie nights and the annual Palm Saturday event hosted by St. Chad’s.
Outreach is a fundamental part of the fabric of St. Chad’s. We work to extend services, benefits and aid to the community outside our walls. St. Chad’s has three types of outreach: financial contributions from the parish to organizations, in-kind donation of goods to organizations and volunteering by parishioners with a variety of community agencies. Following is more information about ways St. Chad’s members are involved in outreach.
Helping at Project Share
St. Martin’s – Outreach funds go to St. Martin’s to support their Sunday Services. These funds are used purchasing goods and funding breakfast and other projects.
Meals on Wheels – Our contributions help provide mobile meal delivery for adults–and their pets– who do not have the ability or means to get reliable meals on a regular basis.
Rock at Noonday – We support the Rock at Noonday to provide a variety of services in their homeless day shelter in downtown Albuquerque.
Faith Comes by Hearing – Funds help to provide audio Bibles world-wide in many languages.
Saranam – St. Chad’s provides both financial and in-kind contributions to this 2 year housing and education program for homeless with families who want to change and improve their lives.
Project Share – As with Saranam, we provide more than just financial support to Project Share. Parishioners regularly purchase and prepare food items for this six-nights-per-week program that provides dinners for the working poor in Albuquerque.
Rio Grande Borderland Ministries – Contributions go to aid those living in poverty on the border between New Mexico and Mexico.
Grace Camp – St. Chad’s provides scholarship money for the Bishop Stoney Grace Camp week. This camp is for the children of those serving time in prison.
Beans – Parishioners bring bags of beans or write checks to our “Bean Fund” to provide beans and other non-perishables for the Storehouse in Albuquerque. St. Chad’s provides all the beans for the Storehouse.
Socks – After Easter each year we collect socks for those homeless who utilize the services of St. Martins Hospitality Center.
Diapers – Diapers for needy mothers.
Computers and computer supplies – Our computer club repairs/wipes computers and computer equipment, then donates these items to organizations and people in the Albuquerque community.
Pillowcase dresses – Our Daughter’s of the King chapter make dresses for girls in an orphanage in Africa.
Because of our focus on outreach, that many of our parishioners volunteer in many capacities outside of organized St. Chad’s outreach is not surprising. Here are some examples:
- Red Cross mental health counseling
- VA Pharmacy volunteer at Kirtland AFB
- Snacks, water or toiletries to those begging on street corners
- Nursing home visits
- Prayer shawl knitting for donation to those needing spiritual support.
Many parishioners volunteer in other activities that are unknown to the Outreach Committee. We are establishing a simple means to capture this information for the parish records.
If you are interested in being a part of our outreach activites, contact out Vestry Outreach Chair, Larry Bost (823-1399).
We love to have opportunities to gather together to worship, celebrate, and EAT! Here are some of the social, intergenerational activities we host each year:
Parish Picnic – Each fall we gather to have an off-site worship service combined with outdoor food and fun.
Blessing of the Animals – To celebrate the Feast of St. Francis each fall, St. Chad’s hosts a “Blessing of the Animals” service in early October. Parishioners and community members at large are invited to bring their animals, large and small, to be blessed. The children provide snacks and “toys” for the animals.
Blessing of the Animals
St. Nicholas Event – We celebrate St. Nicholas as a way to bridge the story between Santa Claus and the birth of Jesus. The event combines several activities such as cookie decorating, ornament making, scarf making, dinner and stories about St. Nicholas. Some cookies are donated to fire departments and our scarves are donated to the homeless. Lots of fun and learning for all ages. Come join us and bring your friends.
St. Nicholas ornament making
Chili Cook-off – Each January the St. Chad’s chapter of Brotherhood of St. Andrew hosts a chili cook-off dinner. Parishioners–and even friends of the parish–are encouraged to bring a pot of their chili to compete. This dinner is coupled with the Epiphany celebration and worship service.
Epiphany Celebration – The Epiphany celebration is a time to remember the Wise Men who came looking for the Messiah after his birth. We celebrate with a few activities, a worship service and round things out with the Brotherhood’s chili cook-off.
Shrove Tuesday pancake crew
Shrove Tuesday – Another event hosted by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew is a Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner. Shrove Tuesday–also known as Fat Tuesday–is the evening before Ash Wednesday and lent begins. We gather to enjoy pancakes, maple bacon and good company.
Palm Saturday “Walk Through Holy Week”
Palm Saturday – Each Palm Saturday–the day before Palm Sunday–St. Chad’s hosts a diocese-wide “Walk Through Holy Week” event. Christian Formation leaders from around the diocese lead craft activities, make “tomb rolls” and share a lovely worship service. And, of course, we have a potluck dinner.
Adult Foyer Groups
St. Chad’s Foyer Groups are small groups of parishioners, formed to meet once a month for a simple meal and relaxed conversation. Foyer Groups are open to young and mature, singles and couples; all are welcomed and encouraged to participate. They offer an opportunity to get to know other members of the congregation more deeply than is possible on other occasions. They are not a study group, there is no agenda, they are merely a time to be together and grow in friendship. Normally, there are 6 to 10 persons assigned to each Foyer which meet for a period of six months as often as members’ schedules allow; at the end of that time, members sign up again and new Foyer Groups are assigned and begin meeting. The meetings are usually hosted in turn by the members of the group; however, there is no compulsion for anyone to host and each group can make its own arrangements. If a Foyer Group is having a meal, the meals should be kept simple and inexpensive with the group members each bringing part of the meal. The main focus of the Foyer Group is to build a living community of love and fellowship, to offer support and friendship within a small circle of parishioners.
Sign-ups for Foyer Groups occur in June and December for start dates in July and January. If you have questions or would like additional information, please call (867-9452) or talk to Joe Allotta.
Family Foyer Groups
Family Foyer Groups are a good way for families with children to meet or get to know other families better. Suggested foyer events, appropriate for both parents and their children, could be a simple meal like grilling hot dogs, or having a picnic in the park, or an outing at the zoo. Contact Eileen Simpson (294-8374) for more information about foyers with kids.
Yes, St. Chad’s has a book club—not exclusive to women, not exclusive to members of St. Chad’s. We meet the second Monday of the month from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. See the list below for upcoming books, and please plan to join us; we’re always on the lookout for new members!
The Club meets every second Saturday of the month at 9 am in the choir room. The first portion of the meeting, approximately one hour and thirty minutes, is devoted to the scheduled presentation followed with a thirty minute general questions and answers. Plan to spend two hours at the meeting. Coffee and donuts are served! Everyone is invited to attend. We share our knowledge and experiences. Bring your questions, there could be several answers.
Here are the forms and information you’re looking for! Please contact the office if you have any questions.
- List of Budget Accounts and Account Numbers
- List of Tax Exempt Certificate holders. (Simply tell these businesses you are buying for St. Chad’s and you won’t be charged sales tax. All certificate numbers are prefixed with A-2098944-09.)
- Download or print the expense reimbursement form.
- You may also be interested in looking over the many ways you can make charitable contributions to St. Chad’s. There are probably more than you know!
7171 Tennyson St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122-1081