Did you know that there is a traditional practice of making Good Friday offerings to the Church in Jerusalem? Last year, with the enthusiastic endorsement of ACNA Archbishop Bob Duncan and fellow bishops across the ACNA, Good Friday offerings across the Anglican Church in North America were sent to Christ Church Jerusalem.
Archbishop Duncan indicated his strong support of this long-standing custom of sending Good Friday offerings to the Holy Land continue, adding that he would “be delighted if those offerings continue to flow to Christ Church Jerusalem.”
Christ Church Jerusalem is the oldest Protestant church in the Middle East and was founded by British Anglicans who wanted to share Jesus with the Jewish people and teach the church its biblical roots. Its first bishop, the Rt. Rev. Michael Solomon Alexander, was a Jewish rabbi who came to faith in Jerusalem in Jesus the Messiah. After Bishop Alexander arrived in Jerusalem in 1842, he started Jerusalem's first hospital and became known for his care for the poor and persecuted of the city.
Following Bishop Alexander’s example, Christ Church continues to share God's love in Christ with both Jews and Arabs while teaching the church the Biblical/Jewish roots of the faith. In the midst of conflict, Christ Church models reconciliation and mercy. The Christ Church staff includes both Jewish and Arab believers who regularly pray and worship together. Christ Church’s schools provide Christian education for Arab and Jewish children. Their ministry to the poor includes all the religious communities, including assisting Arab Christians and Messianic Jews.
“Many have been blessed over the years by the extraordinarily rich teaching ministry at Christ Church,” said Bishop John Guernsey of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. “With greater knowledge of our Jewish heritage, we better understand the life and teachings of Jesus.”
“Meg and I have visited Christ Church and I hope more of our clergy and laity will experience its programs,” Bishop Guernsey said.
Please make your gift for the Good Friday Offering payable to the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic (DOMA) with “Christ Church Jerusalem” in the check memo line and mail it to Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, 14851 Gideon Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22192. Gifts will then be presented to Christ Church Jerusalem.