Christ Church
Christ Church

Christ Church is the oldest Protestant Church in the Middle East. It was completed in Jerusalem in 1849 and soon after became known as the "Jewish Protestant Church." When writing about the establishment of the church, well known historian Stephen Neil called it "one of the strangest episodes of modern church history." (See Christ Church History below)

Christ Church is indeed unique.  It was built for numerous reasons, but the foremost was that the founders of CMJ had a great love and concern for the Jewish people and wanted to share with them the Good News of Messiah Jesus.  They also anticipated the Jewish return to the Land of Israel in fulfillment of what was understood to be Bible prophecy (long before the advent of Zionism) and wanted to be in a position to help that process.   From the beginning, the message of CMJ has been to remind Christians of the great spiritual debt owed to the Jewish people.  The Jewish symbols and Hebrew texts found in the church are reminders that our faith is built upon the foundation of God's promises to the Hebrew patriarchs and prophets and that His covenant purposes for Israel have not been canceled(Rom. 11).

Today Christ Church is an evangelical Anglican congregation that worships in our historic church in the Old City of Jerusalem. The congregation, comprised of expatriates who have come to serve in Israel or the West Bank along with local believers (both Jews and Arabs), welcomes visitors and tourists to its worship services. We are an English speaking congregation that appreciates our Jewish roots in a liturgical and historical context. Towards this end we celebrate both Jewish and Christian holidays, incorporate some Hebrew into our liturgy and preach in a way to emphasize a Hebraic understanding of the Gospels.At the same time we remain unashamed of our Christian heritage and recognize that the spiritual treasures handed down to us by previous generations of Christians are part of our lives and worship.

We share our facilities with a Messianic Hebrew congregation (that meets on Saturday) and partner with them in various ways. We are also part of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem and cooperate in charity projects with a number of Christian churches and fellowships inside the Old City. Our commitment to reconciliation is expressed in the make up of our staff: Messianic Jews, Arab Christians and expatriates who live, work and worship together in community.

Christ Church has endorsed GAFCON's Jerusalem Declaration (Arabic version) and is in close fellowship with the Church of Uganda and the Anglican Church of North America.  In addition, we have close links with many churches in the US, the UK and South Africa.
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"May it grow into a tree of life, under whose branches the dispersed of Israel shall find shelter, and whose fruit shall be for the healing of the nations." "The Sunday morning service was the highlight of our 2-week stay in Israel. We felt a spirit of love and kindness here unlike anywhere else." "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!"
- John Nicolayson's prayer for Christ Church, 1842 - Gulian & Noah, USA - Psalm 150:6
* Short-term, Self-Supporting Volunteers Needed *
Special skilled projects include: renovating/restoring historic rectory; restoring tubular bells; restoring furniture/upholstery; painting and other projects.
For further information, concerning the Christ Church Congregation, and our local relief fund please contact: Rev. David Pileggi



In Hebrew

  • Monday Evening prayer and praise - 18:30 in the church 
  • Friday/Saturday Messianic Worship - Days and times vary 

In English

  • Sunday Morning Holy Communion Service - 09:30
  • Sunday Evening Worship - 19:00
  • Wednesday Morning Eucharist - 08:00 
  • Wednesday Morning Ladies' Bible Study - 10:00 in the rectory
  • Wednesday Evening Study - 19:00 in conference room

In Arabic

  • Friday Evening Bible Study - 18:00
It is the policy of Christ Church to perform weddings for congregational members only. Exceptions are made in unusual circumstances, requiring a letter of recommendation from the couple's pastor explaining the situation.
However, due to legal complexities, the process of getting married in Israel is not easy. We advise those outside Israel who do desire a wedding in Jerusalem to legally marry in their home country and come to Jerusalem for a blessing ceremony. In such cases, Christ Church and our guest house facilities are available for hire.
Weddings and marriage blessings performed at Christ Church must follow the guidelines of the Diocese of Jerusalem which holds to a traditional Christian view of marriage.
For more information, please contact the church secretary at



Christ Church Events

«October 2016»



The Christ Church Mercy Fund

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Christ Church oversees the Mercy Fund, which offers aid to local believers in times of need. In addition, there are the day-to-day costs of running the church.
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Postal address

We also take old fashioned cheques. Please indicate where you wish the gift to be used and mail to:
Christ Church Jerusalem
PO Box 14037
9114001 Jerusalem
Thank you.
From its beginning in 1838, Christ Church has been committed to helping the poor and sick in Jerusalem and surrounding lands.  This commitment to help the needy in this part of the world began with people in England reading the gospels. Many of the founders and early pioneers of Christ Church were leading British 19th century social reformers:  Lord Shaftesbury, William Wilberforce and Hannah More.
CMJ built hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, workshops, schools and vocational training centers. At the same time, they fed the poor, aides orphans, worked to improve the status of Jews in Jerusalem, and took an active stand against anti-Semitism.  Over the years many Druze, Christian and Muslim Arabs, Armenians, and refugees also benefited from CMJ schools and hospitals.
Today, Israelis and Palestinians do not need hospitals, clinics or workshops.  Yet the poor are still with us – especially among the believing community.  So the Christ Church Mercy Fund helps those who "fall between the cracks" and can't get help from their governments or other NGOs.
Priorities of the Christ Church Mercy Fund

1. Helping local believers (Messianic Jews and Christians) who can't meet expenses due to low salaries and/or emergencies.
2.  Helping local people with the bureaucracy who are not able to work to ensure that they get the government benefits or legal help they need.
3.  Helping local institutions that help and promote reconciliation amongst all communities of Jerusalem, such as Shevet Achim, St. Louis Hospital and others.
4.  Helping the sick with medical expenses, transportation to doctors, hospitals and drugs not covered by health insurance.
5.  Helping those who are not believers (Jews and Arabs) with the above but working through government social workers.
6.  Helping believers in times of war.
7.  Helping women (often Russians and Ukrainians) escape the sex trade in Israel and start new lives.
The Christ Church Mercy Fund seeks to reflect God's character of mercy and goodness by helping those in need and is not used as a means to sway anyone to change their religion or church allegiance. 
In recent years Christ Church has also been active in helping refugees from Africa (living in Israel) as well as the victims of war in Syria and Iraq, but funds for these projects are raised separately and do not come from the Mercy Fund.


How Sweet the Sound

We are asking for help to restore the bells at Christ Church Jerusalem
Installed some 100 years ago, our eight Harrington tubular bells were silenced decades ago after restructuring the Rectory closed off the bell tower. Recently, by reaching through a small window we discovered that the bells were still in tune as we tapped out "Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound."
We are working with a firm in the UK to install an electronic system, hammers and remote keyboard that will enable us to once again ring out His praises at Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.
While the bells and supports are in excellent condition, the tower needs some urgent renovation (approximately $10,000). The new electronic system and hammer, plus expert installation will be a similar amount.
For more information please contact us at


Incumbents  Myths  Symbols  Building the Church  Consecration  1948 Diary  DOK 
In January 1842, a German-born Jew named Michael Solomon Alexander entered the old city of Jerusalem and began his work as the first Anglican Bishop in the Holy Land. As a young man he had taught Hebrew in England, and there he was later ordained a rabbi. Soon after, Alexander became a follower of Jesus in 1825 after meeting several Anglican clergymen who introduced him to the Gospel.
Not surprisingly, he was ostracized by the Jewish community although he remained proud of his heritage after coming to faith. Alexander was a lecturer of Hebrew and Rabbinic literature at Kings College London when he was chosen to be the first Anglican bishop in the Middle East. In addition to other work, he translated the Book of Common Prayer and the New Testament into Hebrew. He was an early advocate of the need for Christians to learn Hebrew and Jewish sources from the Second Temple Period in order to better understand their faith. He was also convinced that the people of Israel would return to their Promised Land, and once there, that God would pour out his Holy Spirit upon them, and upon all mankind.
When Bishop Alexander arrived in Jerusalem, he had no cathedral and almost no congregation. He set to work sharing the Gospel with his Jewish co-religionists and began building Christ Church. Although little is known about his personality, Bishop Alexander is remembered for his compassion. At that time, Jerusalem was a dirty, decaying town in a forgotten corner of the Ottoman Empire and in response to the poverty and unsanitary conditions, Bishop Alexander established the first modern hospital in the Holy Land. At that time, the small impoverished Jewish community received ill treatment from both Muslims and Christians alike. He was quick to help the poor, especially those Jews who had lost their livelihood after becoming followers of Jesus of Nazareth. At his enthronement, the Archbishop of Canterbury charged Bishop Alexander to open a college for the education of Jewish and Gentile believers. But after only three years in office, Bishop Alexander died unexpectedly in 1845 and did not live to see the completion of Christ Church.
There had been many delays. Political and religious opposition from the Ottoman Turks had to be worked through. Then, no one local was found capable of building a modern structure with such high ceilings and thin walls, so stone masons had to be brought in from Malta. Finally, in 1849 the simple Gothic building was completed. From the outside it differs little from many Anglican churches. However, once inside the building has more similarity to a synagogue than to a local parish church. The communion table and stained-glass windows contain Jewish symbols and Hebrew script, and like all synagogues in Jerusalem, the church faces the Temple Mount. On the Eastern wall of the church, the words of Jesus and the Apostles' Creed are engraved in Hebrew. In fact, the church was so Jewish in appearance that in 1948, when it became necessary to prove to a angry Jordanian Army that the unusual building was indeed a Christian house of worship, the then rector Rev Hugh Jones, hurried to the souk to buy an olive wood cross to place on the communion table.
Even though relatively new by Jerusalem standards, Christ Church has a fascinating history and is the only church in the Old City that fully acknowledges our ancient Jewish roots in its liturgy, symbols, and architecture. Christ Church is indeed one of the most unique churches in Jerusalem.
* For the complete story of the personalities and political intrigues surrounding the establishment of Christ Church, see "For the Love of Zion," by Kelvin Crombie.




Christ Church Guest House Directions

Jaffa Gate, Old City, Jerusalem. Please phone +972 (0)2 627 7727 if you need assistance.