WELCOME

Some of our members are lifelong Episcopalians. Others come from different religious backgrounds and were drawn by the location of the church and the quality of fellowship that is offered. We like to say ‘welcome home’ to anyone who comes through our doors. We believe the unwavering hope, unlimited welcome and unconditional love of Jesus should be part of who we are, everything we do and everything we offer.

 

With an active Sunday School, planned youth programs and adult formation programs, a good music program our small parish provides everything needed for spiritual development for individuals, families and communities.

WHO WE ARE

WELCOMING

Some have said when attending church at Christ Church ‘I felt so welcome!’ We work hard to make everyone who crosses our threshold feel like family. From the first name only tags, to the priest saying your name when giving you Eucharist, Christ Church is at the heart of being a welcoming congregation. 

THEOLOGICALLY OPEN

Christ Church members believe God is still speaking. This means we are open to different interpretations and different ways to follow Jesus. Our central belief in ‘the Simple Jesus Way’ provides room for everyone exploring their relationship with God to be in community safely with authenticity.

SERVE OTHERS

With a small budget, Christ Church gives almost half of it to the service of others. Jesus said ‘I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty you gave me something to drink, I was an alien and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me.’ We serve Christ through serving others.

SIMPLE

We are believers in 'the simple Jesus Way.' We believe that complicating the simple message of Jesus, that of 'love one another as I have loved you', causes us to have 'in crowds,' and 'out crowds.' Because we believe in a simple faith, everyone is part of the 'in' crowd. 

FOLLOWS JESUS

At Christ Church we say before each service, 'It doesn't matter who you love; as long as you love. It doesn't matter who you voted for; as long as you love. It doesn't matter where you are in your spiritual journey; as long as you love. If you love and seek to understand what Jesus is calling you to as an individual, and we are called to as a community, welcome home.'  

OUR HISTORY

CHRIST CHURCH, LUCKETTS

 

In 1773, the Vestry of Shelburne Parish (William Smith, Stephen Donaldson, Thomas Lewis, Thomson Mason, James Hamilton, Francis Peyton, Craven Peyton, Josiah Clapham, Leven Powell, John Lewis, Thomas Owsley and Thomas Shores) paid Joshua Gore ten pounds for a parcel of land of one quarter of an acre “beginning at a small Spanish Oak bush on the north side of the Great Road, nearly opposite the dwelling house of Thomas Gore and running thence West seven poles, then South six poles, thence East seven poles, thence North six poles to the beginning.”

 

The congregation built the present building on this property in 1870 and shortly thereafter the rectory was built next door. The church is one of the few remaining “board and batten” wooden structures in the area.

 

The church was in continuous use for 86 years — from 1870 until 1956 when its rector, Howard Cady, retired. From 1956 until 1979 the congregation was unable to hold services because of the building’s dilapidated condition and a lack of clergy presence. However, the building was never deconsecrated and it was cared for during this period by long-time members and trustees John Whitmore, Matthew Kohlhoss and Robert Flynn. It was termed, “a vacant cure.” Kohlhoss died in 1982 and Whitmore in July, 1988. Whitmore’s father, M.H. Whitmore, was a member of the vestry that first built the church.

 

Christ Church, Lucketts was restored in 1986 and resumed regular services in 1988 as a mission of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Leesburg. The restoration and re-opening of Christ Church was the result of ten years of dedicated efforts by many people and organizations, including long-time members of the church.

One such effort was the Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society’s Save Our Landmarks program, which brought in $8,800. Two prominent women of Loudoun County deserve special recognition: Cora Kohlhoss and Jean Callaham, who made it their mission that this church should hold services. They organized Strawberry Festivals and other events to raise money to accomplish their mission.

 

The first service for the newly restored 120-year-old church was a special celebratory affair held on Sunday, November 6, 1988 at 3 p.m. The Rt. Rev. Philip A. Smith, retired bishop of New Hampshire, resided over the event, which was preceded by a social hour. The community was invited to attend the historic gathering. The following Sunday, November 13, 1988, services were held at 11:30 a.m. and conducted by the Rev. Louis J. Mattia, the assistant at St. James’, who was named the first Vicar.

 

Friends and family have worshiped at Christ Church continuously since its reopening. 

 

OUR LEADERSHIP

Kurt Aschermann

Pastoral Leader

Dave Butler

Worship Leader

Pamela Butler

Music Director

2022 VESTRY 

Susan Pullin

Senior Warden

Paul Muench

Treasurer

Brett Wiseman

Susan Lee

Junior Warden

Pattie Palmer

Nancy Sutton

Lisa Treichel

Beth Newberry

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