We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable, or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rake or could afford to lose a few pounds. You’re welcome if you are Old Fairborn, New Fairborn, Not Fairborn, or just passing by.
We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woke up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury or haven’t been in church since your cousin’s wedding.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit moms, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like ‘organized religion.’ We’ve been there too! (And as many will attest, we aren’t all that organized.)
If you blew all your money on the horses, you’re welcome here. We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, ‘work too hard,’ don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma’s in town and wants to go to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on Route 4 and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts… and you!
-This is adapted from St Clement’s Church, Leigh-on-sea, Essex, England. Although borrowed, the sentiment fits us well.
St. Christopher’s is the church which was not supposed to be. Another parish in the region was bursting at the seams in 1956. Someone suggested that that congregation should split and form a new one in Fairborn where many of the newer members were living. A vote was taken: 52-48. But the results were mistakenly reported. The actual vote was 52 against splitting and 48 in favor.
So the new parish was begun. The man who made the mistake later became Bishop of Erie, Pennsylvania. When it was pointed out to him, he famously replied, “You can’t block the Holy Spirit!”
St. Christopher was chosen as the name for the parish, because Christopher is the patron saint of travelers. Because so many of the members were or are members of the Air Force, they were constantly traveling—flying around the globe. In fact, our parish symbol is a cross and a ball representing the globe.
St. Christopher’s is a progressive Christian Church in the Episcopal tradition where open and questioning minds are welcome right along with those who are very firm and settled in their faith. We proclaim the abundant life that is the way of Jesus. We are people from around the world: Latin America, Africa, Asia, even from the USA. We have one of the most internationally diverse congregations in the area.
We speak Japanese. 私たちは日本語を話します
We speak Korean. 우리는한국어로말한다
We speak Tagalog. Nagsasalita kami ng Tagalog
We speak Yoruba. A sọ Yoruba
We speak Hindi. हमबोलेमानकहिन्दी
We speak German. Wir sprechen Deutsch
We speak French. On parle Français
We speak Spanish. Nosotros hablamos Español
We speak Swedish. Vi talar Svenska
We speak Kinyarwanda. Twebwe kuvugana Kinyarwanda
We speak Italian. Parliamo Italiano
We speak ASL.
Oh, yeah, and we speak English.
Senior Warden (through January 2022)
Junior Warden (through January 2021)
Member-at-Large (through January 2023)
Member-at-Large (through January 2021)
Clerk (through January 2021)
Member-at-Large (through January 2022)
Treasurer (Non-Voting, Indefinite Term)
With the love of Jesus in our hearts and the knowledge that God is always with us in life and in death, we support people as they go through life’s transitions and challenges including birth, illness, marriage, questions of gender and sexual orientation, jobs gained and jobs lost, legal troubles, retirement, and death. Lay people and clergy are available to you whether you are a member or not. We visit in hospitals, homes, and nursing homes. We offer counseling, confession and absolution, hand-holding, prayer or just conversation over a cup of coffee or tea. We share in questions of faith and doubt, truth, justice, and love.
To make an appointment or express a need, call or email the St. Christopher office. In case of an emergency or death, please call The Rev. John Paddock at 937-470-7123.
If you want to know more about the Episcopal Church or more about the community we serve, here a few links to get you started.