Christ Church Newton

Christ Church Newton

Newton, New Jersey - Chartered August 15, 1774

"The Episcopal Church in the Heart of Sussex County"

Sunday Service Schedule: Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m., Choral Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.

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The Music Program at Christ Church Newton

The Music Program at Christ Church, Newton, is heralded throughout the diocese, and is a vital part of our worship ministry. Current Music Director, Joseph Mello, began his tenure in 1979. Children's Choir Director, Deborah Mello, also joined Christ Church in 1979. S. Gregory Shaffer has been the resident organist since 1981.

In addition to their duties at the 10:00 a.m. service from September - June each year, the Senior and Junior Choirs perform at the annual Nine Lessons & Carols in December. The choir is frequently joined by guest musicians, including a brass quintet and timpani at the Easter Sunday service at 10:00 a.m.

Those who are interested in learning more about the music program at Christ Church, Newton, are invited to speak with Joe Mello after the 10:00 a.m. service on Sundays.

Joe and Deborah Mello have been recognized repeatedly for their commitment to excellence, including receiving the Inaugural Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University in 2007, among others.

The current organ at Christ Church, Newton, was constructed in 2002 by the Reuter Organ Company in Lawrence, Kansas, and was installed in 2003.

The parish was grateful to receive a fully refurbished 1924 Steinway Model "B" Concert Grand Piano donated in memory of former parishioner Eugenia Bethea Dunstan by her family.

Recent Performances

Johannes Brahms, A German Requiem

Movement Five

Shannah Timms Yerofeyev, soloist