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Who We Are

Who We Are

Our heritage in the Anglican tradition provides the firm foundation from which we reach our world with the timeless truths of the Gospel. Christ Church at Grove Farm is a church with traditional values – tested by time and based on scripture, our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

We are a non-denominational evangelical church worshiping in the Anglican tradition. Our beliefs are summarized in the 39 Articles of Religion listed in the Book of Common Prayer.

This is who we are. This is the nature of our church and the foundation on which we have grown and been blessed over the years.

As a family-focused church, we offer something for everyone—“from age one to 101,” as we like to say.

Our 42-acre campus allows us to offer activities for the whole family. Our basketball court and fishing pond provide places for outdoor fun. Inside, we have two worship spaces, the Sanctuary and Wilson Hall. The Sanctuary offers ample seating in a traditional setting, while Wilson Hall features chairs that can be moved to accommodate different needs. The Lakeside Café, located inside our lobby, features a food service area and tables and chairs in a restaurant-style setting. The Barn, the Fellowship Hall, and the Farmhouse Great Room offer meeting and fellowship space, while the Children’s Rally Room and the Student Worship Space accommodate indoor fun.

Our Vision:

To call our World to Christ.

Our Mission:

To make disciples who share Christ with their world.

Our Crest:

The cross with the Greek letters Chi Rho for Christ, is the centerpiece forming four quadrants. The top left is the Holy Bible, God’s Word.The top right is a symbol of the Holy Trinity. The three lions in the lower left signify our Anglican roots. The lower right shows a dove, the Holy Spirit, over the Golden Triangle with the Ohio River flowing to the foot of the cross. At the top of the cross is the crown of the King of Kings and to the sides are the Greek letters Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

Our History

After meeting weekly in prayer for several months, our founders were led to establish a new church, temporarily called "New Church of Sewickley." From the beginning, they were united in their belief that the primary role of the church was to share the saving Gospel with the world. Ten days after that decision was made, 120 people gathered in the upper room at the Sewickley Country Inn for their first service on July 23, 1995.

The energy and dedication of those few were amazing to behold. In ten days, eager volunteers rose up to provide preaching, lay readers , music , service sheets, children's Sunday School, a youth program, adult education, ushers, greeters, hostesses , chancel set up, and all of the other task s needed to change a motel ballroom into a church in two hours , then change it back again.

In September 1995, with the church barely six weeks old, a sales agreement was signed to purchase the 46-acre Grove Farm from the Verland Foundation. Later that month, a service was held in a tent overlooking the lake to give thanks to God for our blessings. At that service, the congregation voted to issue a call to John Guest to become our Rector.

On his return from a preaching mission in Ukraine, John accepted the call, and agreed to become our Pastor. lt was an exciting time . Since the Country Inn ballroom was not available on Christmas Eve, the church chartered the riverboat Majestic, and held two Christmas Eve services on the Ohio River. With space again unavailable, Easter found us at the Sportrak Soccer Arena , and 700 celebrated that Jesus was indeed, Alive.

In June 1996, the congregation pledged $1.8 million for construction of our new church home, and planning and construction began. By mid-winter, the farmhouse had been transformed into our church offices. After outgrowing the space at the Country Inn, worship services were moved to Moon Area High School. Now known as Christ Church at Grove Farm, the congregation dedicated our current building a year later.

The Lord Jesus has blessed our beginnings with growth. As we continue to be faithful to His leading, the future holds even greater opportunities for our life together. God is good! All the time!