Christ the Savior Mission Accessible

Berlin, Maryland

Christ the Savior Mission

Founded 2000

Diocese: Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Deanery: Washington, DC Deanery

Address

10315 Carey Road
Berlin, Maryland 21811

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

http://www.orthodoxdelmarva.org

Office: 302-537-6055

Parish Contacts

Rev. John Parsells
Rector
Home: 302-537-6055

Directions

From the North
Take Rt. 113 South past the exits for Route 90 and Carey Road West. Travel approximately 0.5 miles past Carey Road West and make a U-turn. Travel approximately 0.3 miles North on Route 113 and take the exit for Carey Road East. Entrance to the Church is on the left side of the road.

From the South
Take Rt. 113 North to the exit for Carey Road East (about 0.5 miles south of Route 90). Entrance to the Church is on the left side of the road

From the East
Take Rt. 90 West to Rt. 113 South. Travel approximately 0.5 miles and make a U-turn. Travel approximately 0.3 miles and take the exit for Carey Road East. Entrance to the Church is on the left side of the road.

Schedule of Services

6:00 PM Vespers.
Saturday Evening

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday Morning

7:00 PM Vespers.
Eves of Great Feasts

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts

Parish Background

The Delmarva area Orthodox Mission has the distinction of being the first mission to be planted by the Orthodox Church in America in the present millennium.

An ad-hoc committee received the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius to pursue the planting of a mission in the Delmarva area that would celebrate services in the English language, supplementing the existing Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean City, and taking up the slack caused by the closing of the local Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Whaleyville. The first Divine Liturgy was celebrated in a medical facility on March 5, 2000. Following this Liturgy, a coordinating Council of area residents was appointed by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius, and the search for a suitable home for the mission began.

The mission rented its first home from Dr. Nicholas Borodulia, who offered the use of a building on Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island which had formerly served as his medical office. The founding members, led by Protopresbyter Daniel Hubiak, who had previously retired to the area, undertook the job of renovations, transforming the building into three sections: a chapel, an all purpose room, and an office.

In August of 2006, the mission achieved an important milestone as it welcomed Reverend John Parsells, a newly ordained priest from New Jersey, as the first fulltime pastor since her establishment in 2000.

In July of the next summer, His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman, the Archbishop of Washington and New York, made his first archpastoral visit to Christ the Savior. On this historic weekend, as the parish welcomed for the first time ever its diocesan hierarch, Fr. John was formally installed as Rector of the mission.

Just after Christmas in 2007, the mission moved to a new home in Vines Creek (Dagsboro, Delaware). The new facility was chosen because it was more centrally located between the northern and southern beaches, closer to parishioners’ homes and provided enough room to accommodate the mission’s growing congregation which has steadily risen since the founding of the church in 2000.

We acknowledge the generosity of the Diocese of Washington and New York, sister parishes and visitors. We look forward to sharing our faith with those who live in the Delmarva area. Those who visit and vacation on the Eastern shore, we invite you to join the growing number of faithful who have adopted our Church by the Sea as their home away from home.

Finally, we thank the Lord for His continued blessings upon the Orthodox Church in America’s Mission to Delmarva. May He continue to guide and help us! Glory and thanks be to Him for all things!