Welcome to Christ Church Jerusalem

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.”

An evangelical Anglican congregation

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 cancelled (see Romans 11).

Inside Christ Church, Jerusalem
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About Christ Church

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 cancelled (Romans 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. To this end, we celebrate both Jewish and Christian holidays, and incorporate some Hebrew into our liturgy and preach in a way to emphasise a Hebraic understanding of the Gospels. At the same time we remain unashamed of our Christian heritage and recognise that the spiritual treasures handed down to us by previous generations of Christians are part of our lives and worship.

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.

Click here to find out more about the meetings and events scheduled at Christ Church, Jerusalem.

We also share our facilities with a Messianic Hebrew congregation (meets on Saturdays, Hebrew-speaking with translations into English and Russian) and partner with them in various ways.

Hear our weekly sermons

The Sunday sermon usually posts by Monday afternoon the following day and also keep an eye out for special lectures.

Our sermons are delivered by excellent teachers, including Rev. David Pileggi (Rector) and Rev. Aaron Eime (Deacon). Aaron is also a frequent contributor to our Online Yeshiva

To hear our sermons and talks, simply click here or the button, below. You can also use TuneIn or an Android Subscription to listen to the Christ Church teachings.

Rev Aaron Eime preaching at Christ Church, Jerusalem
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Our Liturgies

The following links will take you to the the liturgies we use for worship throughout the year., and we encourage you to download the PDFs to enjoy them at home, in your own congregation, or when you come to worship with us in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Directions

It's easy to find Christ Church, Jerusalem, as we're just 200 metres from the Jaffa Gate of the Old City. As you walk through the Jaffa Gate, bear to the right and up the slight incline with David's Tower to your right. You'll see the gated entrance to the Christ Church Compound on your left. You can also use Google Maps to find us by entering your own start point or current location and then click "get directions".

Our contact details are also at the bottom of this page should you need to reach us, and you can also find us via our Facebook page.

If you want to stay very locally, you're welcome to book accommodation with us at the Christ Church Guest House, or even pop in for a speciality coffee, tea or herbal infusion at our wonderful Coffee Shop and enjoy the peaceful surroundings in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Old City.

It'll be great to see you soon...

“May it [Christ Church] grow into a great tree of life, under whose branches the dispersed of Israel shall find shelter, and whose fruit shall be for the healing of the nations.”

John Nicolayson, 1848

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.