To accommodate the Church School, a Christian Education Building designed by Minoru Yamasaki was completed in 1955. When it became physically outdated, it was demolished and replaced in 2000 by a 32,000-square-foot Christian Education Wing.
The new wing has proved to be a tremendous asset to both the parish and the greater community. Its spacious Community/Youth Room hosts some 600 Grosse Pointe South High School students for Pizza Lunch every Thursday, as well as frequent sold-out dances for middle-school students. It houses the Antiques Show and the Christ Church Holiday Boutique. It is the site for Diocesan Ministry Fairs, courses offered by the Whitaker School of Theology and the Lay Theological Academy, national conferences of groups like the Alban Institute, and other community gatherings.
A Community of Faith
The congregation of Christ Church lives out its Vision Statement:
A beacon of God's love, Christ Church Grosse Pointe is a welcoming, compassionate and inclusive community overflowing with activity seven days a week. People of all ages and from all walks of life flock to this Christian center and become involved in its life, finding themselves spiritually nourished, educationally enriched, and empowered to serve as they live the Gospel joyfully. Christ Church embraces growth, serving the needs of today’s and tomorrow's generations while maintaining the glories of its Anglican worship and traditions.
The music program at Christ Church probably is its best known "beacon" - and that knowledge is international. The Choir of Men and Boys, the Choir of Girls and Men, and the Christ Church Chorale have been ecumenical ambassadors since the first choir tour in 1962, singing masses and church services as well as concerts throughout Great Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. (The ecumenism includes singing high masses at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, as well as in English cathedrals.)
Closer to home, the boys' and girls' choirs frequently perform with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This is in addition to regular Sunday morning services and monthly Evensong, which entail at least four rehearsals each week.
The Christ Church Chorale performs at least two major concerts, with orchestra, each year, and drawing on the great choral repertoire that ranges from Bach to Verdi.
Organ recitals also draw large audiences, particularly since the installation in 2001 of a new 4,000-pipe instrument built by Harrison & Harrison in Durham, England.
And the entire parish family participates in productions such as Benjamin Britten's Noye’s Fludde, which Christ Church presented for the fourth time in March 2005.
Christ Church members give many volunteer hours as well as financial contributions to community programs and projects, such as the Crossroads Soup Kitchen, an active partnership with Church of the Messiah in Detroit, Alternatives for Girls, Simon House, and many other agencies.
Within the parish there is an active Stephen Ministers program, as well as a cadre of Eucharistic Visitors who bring communion to homebound and hospitalized parishioners. In addition to Sunday Christian Formation classes, Christ Church houses a cooperative nursery school and has a growing MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) program.