Christ Church Westshore moves to middle school, air conditioning

The Christ Church Westshore congregation will begin holding Sunday services at Bay Middle School on Sunday, June 17, due to summer construction at Bay High School where the congregation has been worshipping since November 2011. The Anglican congregation – made up of more than 250 individuals and together for more than 50 years – held services in the St. Barnabas church building at Bradley and Wolf roads prior to moving to Bay High School last fall.

“Bay City Schools are wonderful hosts to Christ Church,” said Rector Gene Sherman. “When they alerted us about their summer renovation plans, they gave us a choice to stay in the high school during construction with no air conditioning and, likely, with construction obstacles in and around the facility. We chose air conditioning, frankly! Bay Middle School offers air conditioning, beautiful windows and a lot more flexibility in set-up options than the stationary seating in the high school auditorium.”

Sherman continued, “We look forward to the move and to continuing our relationship with Bay City Schools. In fact, at this point, it is likely that we will stay at Bay Middle School even after the high school renovations are completed.” 

The Sunday Holy Communion service is held at 10 a.m. each week. Christ Church Westshore is adding an 8 a.m. morning prayer service to its schedule, effective upon moving to Bay Middle School on June 17. Worshippers should enter through the school’s main entrance at the eastern-most door on the north face of the building.

Christ Church Westshore pays approximately $280 per week – or just under $15,000 per year – to Bay City Schools for the use of its facilities. The fee covers janitor services, utilities and snow removal, when needed. 

Information on additional services, discipleship classes, bible study groups and other Christ Church Westshore fellowship opportunities can be found on the church website,, or by calling the church at 440-899-7151. 

Christ Church Westshore’s leadership includes Rev. Gene Sherman, rector; Sean Templeton, assistant rector; and Robert Andrew, associate rector. The congregation draws residents primarily from Bay Village, Westlake, Avon, Avon Lake, Rocky River, Lakewood, and other western suburbs of Cleveland. The parish belongs to the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes, and it is a member of the Anglican Church in North America, which is part of a worldwide communion uniting more than 80 million people in more than 160 countries. 

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