RESOURCES

If you need prayer, support and counseling or would like to schedule a service for a special life event such as a baptism, child’s confirmation, wedding or funeral, we are here to serve you. Simply choose one of the options listed to get more information.

PRAYER

Prayer opens our hearts to the power of God’s love. Prayer is how we become channels of God’s love for the world. Prayer is a gift from God – He wants to hear from us!
The Prayer Tree is located in The Commons and a part of the Prayer Ministry. Complete a prayer “leaf” and it will be prayed over by the church. If you would prefer a more private prayer request, you can either fill out the form below or contact Dr. Marc Donaldson.
 
Pray for Others – If you would like to be part of Christ Church’s prayer chain and receive emails with prayer requests from our congregation, please contact Karen Smith.
Submit a Prayer Request:

Relentless Praying

[Daniel] continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously. – Daniel 6:10 NASB

“As he had been doing previously”—what amazing words! Help me to be like Daniel, Lord. When faced with arrest and execution, when all seemed bleak and hopeless, he didn’t panic but did as he had always done. He came before You on his knees, giving thanks. Keep me close to You, Lord. Enter my heart as I kneel at Your throne.
 
[from Power Prayers to Start Your Day by Donna Maltese]

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Use Me, Lord

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIV

 

Give me the humility You had when You washed the feet of the disciples. I am willing to take on whatever task—high or low—that You have for me. Grant me the spirit of cooperation as I work with others. Show me how to use my gift in new and different ways. I serve to bring glory and honor and blessing to You.

 

[from Power Prayers to Start Your Day by Donna Maltese]

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BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION

BAPTISMS

People of all ages can be baptized at Christ Church. We baptize by sprinkling Holy Water. The United Methodist Church recognizes baptisms from other denominations and churches and therefore does not “re-baptize”. We look forward to assisting your family with planning this special day. We want to make your baptism a memorable occasion.
To learn more or schedule a baptism please contact Nancy Davis

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation refers to the decision a person makes to respond to God’s grace with intentional commitment, publicly reaffirming his or her baptismal vows before the congregation. During confirmation class, you will learn about the meaning of Christian faith, the history and teachings of The United Methodist Church, and an explanation of the baptismal and membership vows they will be professing.
 
Confirmation Classes are held twice a year. Each Class is 6 weeks long, and concludes with a worship service of confirmation on a Sunday morning. Classes meet at 10:45 AM on Sunday mornings with the requirement that students also attend one of our worship services prior to class. For more information, click here.

Spring Confirmation: 6th Graders

Fall Confirmation: 7th-12th Graders

WEDDINGS

The service of Christian marriage is provided for couples who wish to solemnize their marriage in a service of Christian worship. In this service, Christian marriage is proclaimed as a sacred covenant between a man and a woman. We welcome both members and non-members to join in Holy Matrimony here at Christ Church.

The decision to perform the ceremony is the right and responsibility of the Senior Pastor, in accordance with the laws of the state and the United Methodist Church.

To review our wedding policies, prices and steps to reserve space for your special day, please call 936-273-2030.
 
 
 

SUPPORT/COUNSELING

If you are facing difficulties, please know that there are others who want to help you. Christ Church provides assistance through a combination of our own ministries and referrals to other groups or services available in the community.

Christ Church Support Services:

Christ Church United Methodist has a fully accredited, licensed psychological counseling center that takes most insurance programs, called the Krist Samaritan Counseling Center.
 
Each and every week a trained Marriage & Family Therapist is on the Christ Church campus, providing a full range of psychotherapy for human emotional health and well-being. Any person in need of counseling and psychological healing may call the Krist Samaritan Center at 281-480-7554. When making an appointment, ask for Ms. Laura Fletcher at the Christ Church United Methodist location in Montgomery County.
 

Services of the Krist Samaritan Center include:

For complete details please visit http://www.samaritanhouston.org
 
Participants meet to explore coping and recovery strategies for depression and bipolar disorder diagnosis. A trained facilitator is present to address concerns or answer any questions. For more information including meeting times and location, please see the DBSA website.
 
Lifeway provides comprehensive programs for intervention, treatment and aftercare designed to fit a family’s needs for the first eighteen months to three years of establishing a recovering lifestyle. Please call Lifeway at 713.270.6753 for current meeting times.
 
CanCare is a network of trained volunteers including cancer survivors, family members of cancer survivors and medical professionals who provide emotional support to others facing cancer.
 

Other Local Support Services:

Alcoholics Anonymous
Trinity Episcopal
Narcotics Anonymous
The Pregnancy Assistance Center North (PACN) 

FUNERAL & MEMORIALS

FUNERALS

Congregational Care & Pastoral Ministries serve our faith community in a number of ways and provide Christian care in times of personal loss and death. It is our goal to provide care before, during, and after the loss of a loved one. We hope this information will provide you with a path to guide you during this significant time.

The inherent belief in the risen Christ is the cornerstone of a United Methodist service (either a funeral or memorial). Christ is our hope for eternal life and we offer this hope to the surviving family and friends, that they may know that their beloved is now in God’s eternal charge. Planning a service can be a blessing to those in grief. It is a time to laugh and to cry as the stories are shared and retold. It is our pleasure to help you and your family during this time of planning.

MEMORIALS

MEMORIAL DONATIONS

Memorial gifts are cash donations made to the church in memory of a loved one or one held in high regard who has died. Memorial gifts can be made to the Christ Church Endowment Fund, as a gift to the General Operating Fund of the church or as a restricted gift for a specified item in the church. Persons wishing to make a memorial donation are asked to speak with a pastor of the church or the church senior accountant. The church communications will recognize the gift with acknowledgement being sent to the donor family for tax filing documentation.

IN HONOR DONATIONS

Gifts “In Honor” are cash donation made to the church in honor of a loved one or one held in high regard. It differs from a Memorial in that it is a gift for one still living. These gifts can be made to the Christ Church Endowment Fund, to the General Operating Fund of the church or as a restricted gift for a specified item in the church. Persons wishing to make an “In Honor” donation are asked to speak with a pastor of the church or the church senior accountant. The church communications will recognize the gift with the acknowledgement being sent to the donor family for tax filing documentation.

COLUMBARIUM – “The Garden of Grace”

A place of eternal rest for the cremated remains of our members and their families. The Memorial and Meditative Garden is conveniently located adjacent to and visible from the sanctuary. Many Christians prefer burial space near their church; our Columbarium allows our members to retain a connection with the church in death as well as in life and provides a place of peaceful meditation and consolation for the families and friends of the deceased.

Frequently asked questions

WHAT IS A COLUMBARIUM?

The word “columbarium” comes from the Latin word “columbary,” which is a structure for nesting doves, the dove being the symbol of God’s spirit and peace. The related word, columbarium, refers to a burial vault for the containment of urns holding cremated human remains.

IS CREMATION BIBLICALLY SOUND?

Cremation is widely recognized as a theologically valid process for the deceased and essentially is a hastening of the natural process that occurs following death. The ancient practice has particular relevance for today because land surrounding churches is less available for internment. Cremation makes it possible to continue the tradition of granting a place for God’s children to “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalms 23: 6)
The cremation of King Saul (1 Samuel 31:12)
Return to dust of the earth (Genesis 3:19)
Destruction of the earthly body (2 Corinthians 5:1)
 
WHAT DOES THE CHURCH TEACH ABOUT CREMATION?
The Christian faith belief is that at the point of death, the soul ascends immediately to be with God because of the salvation act of Jesus Christ on the Cross. This is the promise of resurrection to every believer. Regarding the body (the house in which the soul lives), Christians over the years have chosen either the burial of the body in a casket or cremation. In either case, the Biblical precept of “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” is realized.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE “GARDEN OF GRACE”

Families who choose cremation for their departed loved ones rather than conventional burial will find the Garden of Grace a wonderful option for permanent interment.
 
Have more questions/concerns or to schedule any of the above, please contact Nancy Davis.

MY CC

View letter from our Central North District here.

View our 5-year Strategic Plan here.

View our Study Committee Report here.