Holy Week 2016

March 21, 2016



All are welcome to join us for our celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ at this year’s Good Friday and Easter services!

Good Friday: Spirit of Christ Church will be joining with several other local churches for prayer, praise, preaching and fellowship at Dartmouth Bible Church (52 Morton Ave) at 7pm.  Preachers from various churches will deliver brief reflections on what it took to accomplish our redemption, with prayer and praise woven throughout.  This should be a wonderful time of the broader Church gathering together at the foot of the Cross to worship our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Easter: Spirit of Christ Church will meet at our normal location, the Dartmouth Grange (1133 Fisher Rd), at 10am for worship.  The morning will be spent celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead!  As always, there will be a time of fellowship following the service and we greatly look forward to spending time with any visiting family, first-time visitors and old friends who may be joining us.  Glory to God, who makes all things new!


Join Us For Candlelit Christmas Eve Service!

December 18, 2015

On Thursday December 24th 2015 at 5 pm, we will have our annual Christmas Eve service at the Dartmouth Grange at 1133 Fisher Road,  Dartmouth, MA.   It will be a simple, warm service of Bible readings and Christmas carols to candlelight as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All are welcome – committed Christians, curious friends and folks who just enjoy the season!  Come, join in remembrance and song of the most important birth the world has ever




PEARUSA Moves Legally to ACNA, Remains Relationally Connected to Rwanda

September 30, 2015

By affirming the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) as an Anglican Province, and by holding true to Anglican order, the  Synod of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda is calling for the legal transfer of PEARUSA to the ACNA under Archbishop Foley Beach by June 2016. This call includes the PEARUSA Networks becoming ACNA Dioceses.

The full story is in the following link:


September 13, 2015: Service at Westport Rivers Winery

September 7, 2015

Bob and Carol Russell have graciously invited us to use the Westport Rivers Winery property for our worship and fellowship Sunday, September 13, 2015, as we are not able to use the facilities of the Dartmouth Grange that Sunday.   The Winery is located at 417 Hix Bridge Road, Westport, MA 02790. Please bring a lawn chair for seating.  Worship will begin at the usual time of 10 am.  Pray for good weather for this joyous celebration.

As always, guests are welcome to join us that day.

The following Sunday, September 20, we return to the Dartmouth Grange for our worship and fellowship, beginning at 10 a.m.

We Celebrate 100 Runs with Mobile Loaves and Fishes!

August 12, 2015

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, a team from Spirit of Christ Church will go out with the Mobile Loaves and Fishes truck to distribute food and clothing to the homeless and needy in New Bedford. This will be the 100th time that a team from Spirit of Christ Church has gone out on Thursday evening, beginning in the summer of 2013.  Except for two Thanksgiving nights, one Halloween, and two snowstorms, teams from Spirit of Christ, which include members of the church and friends, have prepared food and delivered food and clothing every Thursday for two years. On this hundredth run, we are planning for some special food for those who visit the truck.

Over the summer,  Daniel and Matthew Mumma, two of our older twins (we have two sets of twins involved regularly in our Children’s Ministry), have spearheaded our Summer Sock Drive. We are collecting new white cotton athletic socks for distribution from the truck. A couple of weeks ago, the boys reported that 120 pairs of socks had been donated, so we passed our original target of 100 pair. We hope every household will participate, and we’ll see how many pair we can collect before the 100th run on August 20.

On Wednesday evening August 19, Caryl and George Moses will host a celebratory barbecue at their home in South Dartmouth, to mark the 100th run. Besides all the members of the church, all friends who have helped with preparation and ministry from the truck have been invited.  The church will provide burgers, hot dogs and buns, with the congregations bringing salads, sides, desserts and beverages. There will be a time to share stories and/or highlights of the past two years of ministering to those in need in Jesus’ Name.

In other news, the Rev. Brian Morelli has been chosen to be the next pastoral leader of Spirit of Christ Church. He will take up his ministry with the church in September. Pastor Buzz’s last Sunday as lead pastor of Spirit of Christ Church will be August 30, over five years since he first came to ‘help out’ for a few Sundays back in late spring of 2010.

Please check the website in the near future for an introduction to the new pastor, and pray for him, his wife Naomi, and their infant daughter Sophia in this time of transition in their lives.

May 24: Outdoor Service at the Kippes in South Dartmouth

May 20, 2015

Annie and Matt Kippe have graciously invited us to use their deck and lawn for our worship and fellowship Sunday, May 24, as we are not able to use the facilities of the Dartmouth Grange that Sunday. May 24 also happens to be the Feast of Pentecost, as we recall and celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in power on the waiting disciples, equipping them to carry on the mission of Jesus.  The Kippes’ home is at 11 Rockland Street in South Dartmouth. Please bring a lawn chair for seating.

Worship will begin at the usual time of 10 am.  Annie has also suggested that any who wish to hang around following the service for a picnic lunch, to please bring their lunch with them (note:  this is NOT a pot luck).  Pray for good weather for this joyous celebration.

As always, guests are welcome to join us that day.

The following Sunday, May 31, we return to the Dartmouth Grange for our worship and fellowship, beginning at 10 a.m.

Holy Week 2015 with Spirit of Christ Church

April 1, 2015

The observance of Holy Week began Sunday, March 29, for Spirit of Christ Church, as the congregation gathered for worship, with the distribution of palms, and reflection on Jesus’ suffering and death, as related by the writer Mark.  The congregation was challenged by the pastor, the Rev. Lawrence McErlean, to read the accounts of the Passion (Jesus’ suffering and death) by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John as the week progresses, following a pattern of Holy Week devotion set out in the Book of Common Prayer for over 400 years.

On Thursday, the Mobile Loaves and Fishes team from Spirit of Christ Church will go out at noon to distribute food and clothing to the homeless and hungry in downtown New Bedford. (This is a change for this week only, as every Thursday evening a team of members and friends of Spirit of Christ Church carries on this ministry at the supper hour.)  Following clean-up at St Paul’s when the run is over, there will be a service of Holy Communion, commemorating the institution of this service by Jesus during his last Passover meal with His disciples. The service will be at approximately 1 pm. St Paul’s United Methodist Church (home base for MLF in New Bedford), is located at 884 Kempton Street in New Bedford (Rte 6 and Rockdale Avenue).

On Good Friday, April 3, the congregation of Spirit of Christ Church will join with St Paul’s congregation at their New Bedford church for worship at 6:30 pm.  This time will include a message from Billy Graham entitled ‘The Cross,’ (using a DVD), and reading the Scriptural story of Christ’s seven last words, with hymns and spirituals.

As the service progresses, the church will gradually be darkened, reflecting the darkness over the land in the last three hours that Jesus hung upon the cross. This solemn service concludes with the singing of ‘Were You There When They Crucified My Lord’ in the darkened church.

April 5, the glorious resurrection of Christ will be celebrated by Spirit of Christ Church at the Grange in North Dartmouth at 10 am. Traditional hymns and some newer ones, along with a message from the Pastor, and Holy Communion, will be featured that day. A time of fellowship, and an Easter egg hunt for the children, will follow the worship. The Dartmouth Grange, where Spirit of Christ Church meets regularly for worship each Sunday, is located at 1133 Fisher Road in North Dartmouth, near the intersection with Russells Mills Road.

All are warmly encouraged to join in these occasions of worship. Both St Paul’s Church and the Dartmouth Grange are wheel-chair accessible. For more information contact Pastor Buzz McErlean at 774-237-8021, or by email at pastorbuzzmc@gmail.com.

“Christ-With-Us” Celebrate Jesus’ Birth with Spirit of Christ Church

December 17, 2014

As the Advent season draws to a close, Spirit of Christ Church is moving into its celebrations of the birth ofJesus Christ. We invite others to join us for worship and fellowship, whether you are a committed Christian or a curious wonderer, or don’t fit any particular description.  Come and see: you are welcome!

On Sunday, December 21, a short  “Service of Lessons and Carols” will begin the time of worship, which will include special music by the children of the church and the Music Team. Music will include some traditional favorites, as well as more contemporary songs. There will also be a short message from the Pastor, and Holy Communion that morning.

On Christmas Eve, December 24, at 5 pm, worship will begin in the barn at Alderbrook Farm, weather permitting, and continue at the Grange Hall at 1133 Fisher Road, Dartmouth. The farm is across the street from the Grange, with access from Russells’ Mills Road or Fisher Road (by foot). We suggest you park at the Grange, as we will return thereto continue our worship after hearing the Christmas story in the barn, and singing carols among the animals and the hay.

There will be worship with Carols and Communion on Sunday, December 28, at 10 am, as the celebration of Christ’s birth continues for twelve days.

Then, on January 4, 2015, worship will mark the beginning of the sixth year of ministry and mission for Spirit of Christ Church, whose first service was January 3, 2010.

Please visit us at our new place of worship, the Dartmouth Grange. We gather every Sunday at 10 am to celebrate the good news of “Christ-With-Us.”

Special Event December 7

December 5, 2014

On Sunday, December 7, Spirit of Christ Church will host a special event at 4:30 pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in New Bedford (at the corner of Rockdale and Kempton Streets). THERE WILL BE NO MORNING SERVICE AT THE GRANGE IN DARTMOUTH THAT DAY  (the Grange was previously booked for the day).

All are invited to join us for worship beginning at 4:30 (we’ve extended a special invitation to St. Paul’s flock). This ser4vice will be ‘Taize- flavored’ Evening Prayer, with Communion. Taize prayer is noted for its meditative singing and use of silence, and the style resonates with the Anglican worship patterns of Common Prayer.

Following the service, there will be a viewing of the new DVD “Heaven”, part of the MyHope2014 campaign. The presentation features the real-life stories of two individuals who have come face to face with death, as well as biblical insights about the hope of heaven from Billy Graham.

After the presentation, all are invited to share in a pot luck supper in the lower hall at St. Paul’s. Already a number of delicious dishes are planned. If you plan to join us, please let us know for meal planning purposes. Contact Pastor Buzz at pastorbuzzmc@gmail.com, or leave a message at 774-237-8021.

The following Sunday, December 14, Spirit of Christ Church will resume its normal Sunday worship schedule, 10 am at our new meeting place, the Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Rd in North Dartmouth.

We Are Moving!

November 13, 2014

Beginning Sunday, November 16, 2014, the congregation of Spirit of Christ Church will meet at the Dartmouth Grange for worship and fellowship on the Lord’s Day.

The Grange is located at 1133 Fisher Road in North Dartmouth, near where Fisher Road intersects with Russell Mills Road.  Worship begins at 10 am each week.

From its founding in January 2010, Spirit of Christ Church has met at the Westport Council on Aging in Westport for regular worship and fellowship, and supported some of the outreach projects of the COA. We are grateful for the hospitality of the COA over the years.

God appears to have opened a door for us for this relocation, and we are grateful to the Dartmouth Grange for the use of the facilities and furnishings. The building is handicap accessible, and has a modern kitchen which is used by many in the community.

We look forward to worshiping in this new space, and welcoming friends and newcomers to join us as we seek to grow in grace, and reach out in the love of Christ.