Who We Are
Christ Church by the Sea is a community of people mostly from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa who gather weekly on the Balboa Peninsula to celebrate the love of God and to grow in faith together through learning, praying, having fun, and serving others.
We are young, seniors and every age in between. We love the tiniest ones in our midst, celebrate the creativity and wisdom of children, and rejoice in the exuberance of youth. We are grateful for the variety of experience and knowledge which comes with adulthood and appreciate the wisdom of our elders.
Our worship reflects these values with weekly children’s moments and occasional children’s choir songs, special Youth services, chancel dramas and liturgical dances. We praise God with music of different times, places and styles, including classical and modern choral anthems, Gospel songs, spirituals and jazz, all using a variety of instruments from pipe organ to guitar to orchestral ensemble.
The service is led by lay people and our pastor preaches biblically-based sermons which help us grow in spirit, love, knowledge, and faith.
As part of a connectional world-wide denomination, our service to others includes sponsoring missionaries in the People’s Republic of the Congo and responding to natural disasters throughout the world. We participate in AIDS Walk Orange County and the CROP Walk (addressing hunger), support our local shelters and food pantries, host two weekly AA groups, and one week each quarter we house homeless families through Family Promise of Orange County.
One of the special characteristics of this congregation is our ability to have fun with each other and to include others in our festivities!
We gladly serve God and the community in the name of Christ Jesus with open hearts, open minds and open doors.