Welcome to our church web site. Pomfret is located in the northeast corner of Connecticut, just west of Putnam. We are a rural community of 3500 with a well-thought-of community school (K-8) and a very good local regional High School, Woodstock Academy. At the same time we are not far from Worcester, Providence, Hartford and Boston. We are east of Storrs, the main campus of the University of Connecticut and an hour away from Mystic and Newport. Known as the “quiet corner” we can be fairly busy!
Christ Church was founded in 1828, over 175 years ago, although the church and the rectory buildings are relatively new…since 1882. We have benefited a great deal from a growth in population attracted to lower housing costs (vs. Mass. or further south in Ct.). Approximately 50-60% our membership has joined us in the last 15 years.
Our mission as an Episcopal parish is to equip the “ministers” of Christ for service at home, at school and in the workplace. Our programs include adult study and forums, occasional Women`s retreats, a Men`s Group and a Community Kitchen program that brings a meal to another site nearby, our Prayer Shawl outreach, a generous CSO Grants Program that gives away at least $20,000 a year locally and beyond (supported by our St. Nicholas Fair in December), space for local non-profit groups and the Concert Choir. Our Church School (Nursery- 5th or 6th grade depending on the year) and Teen Program (Rite-13, Journey to Adulthood (J2A) and Young Adults in Church (YAC) ) are another primary focus of our activity here. We have a Choir that sings 3 of 4 Sundays a month & a Contemporary Music band, Nine6teen, who hosts us once a month at the 10:15 service. The Rectory School, located across the street, was founded by a former Rector in the 1920s. There are many ties between the church and this private middle school ( www.rectoryschool.org ).
I have been the Rector here for close to years following a long and successful pastorate that set the stage for welcoming many young families. Often more than half our congregation of 90- 130 at the 10:15 service is under the age of 18 making for a lively but exciting communion time. I have found this a joyful congregation and while we hold diverse opinions about politics and the church we gather around a single focus…. striving to be helpful in the Lord`s service knowing the wonderful gifts God has bestowed upon each.
Yours -in- Christ,
P. S. Feel free to contact us via this site. Alternatively, our mailing address is: Box 21, Pomfret, Ct. 06258 (Street: 521 Pomfret St., Pomfret, Ct. 06258) . We are on Rte 169 just south of the junction of Rtes. 97, 44 and 169 where local landmarks, Martha`s Herbary and the Vanilla Bean, are located, opposite Rectory School. (This is also a stretch of Rte 44 that runs due north and south). We are a stone church with red trim. Our mailing address is: Box 21, Pomfret, Ct. 06258. Our Phone is 860-315-7780. Our main email address is firstname.lastname@example.org