The Church from Across the Creek
Who we are
We are a Christian Community in the Episcopal tradition. We welcome all people and seek to live in faithful witness to the message of Christ through worship and through service to others, reflecting the manifest glory of God. Our doors are widely open to all who seek Christ. We are a small but mighty force that loves and embraces.
Each Sunday morning we celebrate the Holy Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite I or Rite II. The Chancel choir sings at the service. Lay leaders such as lectors, Eucharistic Assistants, ushers, greeters and members of the alter guild support the rector during services. Acolytes ranging from ages 7 to adults assist. During Sunday services, the laying on of hands and anointing is offered by volunteers from our Pastoral Care team. We also offer birthday and anniversary blessings during the announcements. The third Wednesday of every month we have our Taize Prayer service at 7:00 pm.
Other special services include:
- Carnival/Mardi Gras Sunday Celebration Service
- Ash Wednesday
- Christmas Eve service
- Blessing of the Animals
- Holy Week
Our Church History
First established in 1852 by a group of people who met in Carrcroft on alternate Sunday afternoons. In 1860 a church was built beside Shellpot Creek on what is now known as Baynard Boulevard. The cornerstone was laid September 25, 1862 and it was consecrated on January 9, 1863. The church was supplied by clergy from the Church of the Ascension in Claymont.
In 1860 a church was built beside Shellpot Creek on what is now known as Baynard Boulevard. Later, the church building, in its entirety was moved to its present location at Lore and Woodside Avenues in 1909.
The church building, in its entirety was moved to its present location at Lore and Woodside Avenues in 1909. Mr. William D. Clyde of Claymont was the primary leader of the new location and renovation. The new cornerstone was laid September 26, 1909 and consecrated January 23, 1910 as the Clyde Memorial, Calvary Church-Hillcrest. In 1941 the Diocesan Convention designated Calvary Church to be the Bishop Philip Cook Memorial Church. The following year the parish was admitted into union with the diocese under the name of Calvary Episcopal Church of Hillcrest, Delaware.
Needing a larger building, ground was broken for construction of the Bishop Cook Memorial Chapel-Calvary Church on January 15, 1946. Three walls of the old granite building were torn down to build the new building. As a result of increasing construction costs, the original plans were modified to build the church out of brick instead of stone and to build a steeple at a later time. The cornerstone for the new church was laid October 14, 1946 and the first service was held June 29, 1947. The church was dedicated on February 1, 1948. A parish house was added in 1957 to accommodate rapidly growing Sunday School classes.
For over 10 years we have been in partnership with New Edge Day Habilitation Center who provides services for adults with developmental disabilities. The group attends our Wednesday church service and we host their annual Christmas concert. We hold annual fundraisers to raise money for our local food closet. We collect items for donation to Sojourner’s Place, our local food closet and the children of the Christina School District. Every Christmas our congregation collects gifts, food and clothing for Adopt-a- Family as well as hats, scarves and gloves for children in need at our residing daycare, The Learning Center. Our parish participates in the Diocesan Visions/Inclusions workgroup to eliminate racism.