About Christ Church Detroit

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. (I Corinthians 12:12-13)


A warm welcome to the web site of Christ Church, Detroit, sometimes known as Old Christ Church! We have a heart for urban ministry and have served Detroit as a beacon of hope since 1845. A number of the founding families of our city were founders of this congregation and we are shaped by our history while shaping others as the mother church of younger congregations in the area.

We are also a contemporary, well-educated, multi-racial, multi-ethnic congregation carrying out Christ’s mission in the world around us, strengthened, nurtured, and guided by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Some of us were born into the Episcopal Church, some of us were received into it as adults, and some of us are discovering it for the first time. We come from various occupations, educational backgrounds, interests, and talents. We are single, married, married with children, divorced, remarried, gay and lesbian. We are emerging adults, empty nesters, young and old. We are American, Canadian and foreign-born. We are a neighborhood church for residents of the city, and a destination congregation for those who drive in from outlying areas or from across the Canadian border. We are here because we have found hospitality here, and invite you to join us.

Our tradition is best known for the beauty of its Anglican music and liturgy. Contemporary issues are tested by the standards of scripture, tradition, reason and experience. We don’t ask you to leave your mind at the door. The conscience of the individual is highly respected, and corporate worship is the means by which Christ shapes our moral values, nurtures and guides our spiritual formation, shapes the character and community of the faithful, and equips us for mission and ministry. If you are not currently active in another congregation, please accept this invitation to worship with us, and to make our church your own.


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