About Christ Church, Port Tobacco Parish, La Plata, Maryland
PARISH MISSION STATEMENT
Christ Church is a community of believers dedicated to God through worship, study, and service. We believe God is calling us to:
- Study and grow as followers of Christ
- Make Christ known to others
- Use our gifts and talents to minister to those in need in our church and community
We also believe that God calls us to keep our minds open to new ideas and our hearts open to the needs of others.
Christ Church is a lovely, historic church conveniently located in the heart of the Town of La Plata in Southern Maryland, about 30 miles southeast of Washington, DC. La Plata was incorporated in 1888 and spans 7.63 square miles. It is the County Seat and the Court House and County Administration Buildings located next to Christ Church. The town is currently home to nearly 9,000 people and hundreds of small businesses. The median age for residents is 38.4, with an average family income of $66,288. Because of its close proximity to the nation’s capital, La Plata is home to many government workers and military personnel. Christ Church looks forward to welcoming people of all ages into our congregation.
Christ Church’s parish has an engaged Vestry and competent lay leaders who are committed to growing our church. Our congregation is made up not only of confirmed Episcopalians but members of other denominations and newcomers to the faith. We have about 125 active, baptized members. The average Sunday attendance is 77, with 185 attending on Easter Sunday and 225 on Christmas Eve in 2016-2017. Our congregation loves the Episcopal tradition and gladly shares it with all who come through the doors whether they are looking for a church home or just visiting. From the young to the more mature, everyone can take part in the service as acolytes, lectors, chalicists, and ushers. We pride ourselves on our hospitality as well. Our coffee hours (lunches) are a warm and happy time of fellowship for all who join us.
The Episcopal Diocese of Washington
Under the spiritual guidance and leadership of its Bishop, The Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, the diocese is committed to the revitalization and growth of congregations and core ministries and strives to demonstrate flexibility, endurance, and grounded faith in meeting the needs of a changing world. It serves about 40,500 Episcopalians across 88 parishes and the Washington National Cathedral in the District of Columbia and Maryland’s Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. With its rich racial and cultural diversity, the diocese encompasses 20 Episcopal schools, the organized mission of St. Barnabas Church of the Deaf, three university chaplaincies, seven Latino congregations, and a new Sierra Leonean Worshipping Community. Christ Church, Port Tobacco Parish, is a member of Region 6, one of six geographical areas in which the diocese is divided.