~1906: A petition was submitted to the Right Reverend Davis Sessums, Bishop of Louisiana, to establish an Episcopal mission under the name of Christ Church (Mission) in Slidell, Louisiana.
~1922: The little green chapel was constructed on the corner of Third Street and Fremaux Avenue.
~1953: The Reverend Frederick E. Franklin became the first resident Deacon in charge, and services and Sunday School were held each Sunday. In December 1953 Christ Church Mission purchased property on Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue with a house to serve as a rectory and enough ground for a church and proposed parish hall.
~1958: Christ Church, Slidell became a parish on January 20th
~1965: Construction of a new church commenced and was completed and dedicated by the Spring of 1966.
~1984: In March the church purchased the Michigan Avenue property known as Wheeler House.
~2001: During the summer the church purchased the Eighth Street property for future expansion. A three-year capital campaign provided for the expansion and renovation of Comfort Hall, the kitchen, and bathrooms, a project completed in the winter of 2002. The renovations of the hallway to the nursery and the library were completed in 2003 and 2004.
~2006: The congregation rejoiced in its centennial celebration (1906-2006)!
~2011: July 10th was The Reverend Harry Oliver Jenkins, Jr.’s initial Sunday at Christ Church, Slidell. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 6, the first ordination held at Christ Church, Slidell, and he became Priest-in-Charge.
~2014: On March 30th, The Right Reverend Morris K. Thompson presided at the Installation of Fr. Harry O. Jenkins, Jr. as Rector at Christ Church, Slidell.
This is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the church. God establishes an indissoluble bond with each person in baptism. God adopts us, making us members of the church and inheritors of the Kingdom of God (BCP, pp. 298, 858). In baptism we are made sharers in the new life of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of sins. Baptism is the foundation for all future church participation and ministry.
The sacramental rite of the church in which two persons "enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows" (BCP, p. 861). The union is understood to be intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity.
In the Episcopal Church, a funeral is a celebration of resurrection. This is beautifully symbolized by the fact that instead of dark colors, the color for altar hangings and clergy vestments is always white for funerals because the liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. The message for Episcopalians is clear: because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised.