Welcome to Christ the King Episcopal Church. I want to personally thank you for visiting our website and invite you to become an intimate part of the mission and ministry of this unique parish. Should you have any questions about Christ the King in particular or the Episcopal Church in general please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to meeting you at one of our celebrations of the Holy Eucharist or, perhaps in a less formal way, at your convenience.
May God bless you,
The Rev. Richard Gillespie Proctor
Christ the King has 220 Baptized members and 223 active confirmed members. We maintain communication, however, with approximately 500 parishioners and friends due to seasonal fluctuation in attendance from vacationers and winter residents. Sunday attendance averages 140 and we routinely celebrate in excess of 158 Holy Eucharist’s annually. In a typical year we perform 4 Baptisms, 10 Confirmations, and over 20 other special services.
Christ the King has two services on Sunday mornings: Rite I at 8:00 and Rite II at 10:30 A.M. Other special occasions, such as house blessings and wedding anniversaries are also recognized and celebrated. Ecumenical services under the auspices of the South Walton Ministerial Association have become yearly celebrations on Good Friday and at Thanksgiving. Holy Week services usually include the Stations of the Cross, foot washings, and stripping of the altar. Every Wednesday evening at 4:30 P.M., we celebrate the Eucharist with a Healing service and discuss the upcoming Sunday Bible readings. Other special occasions, such as house blessings and wedding anniversaries are also recognized and celebrated.
Music and congregational singing play a vital role at the 10:30 A.M. service. Traditional selections with occasional renewal music are sung during the service. We are fortunate to have a very talented organist/ choir director who organizes and leads ecumenical seasonal cantatas and concerts with members from about 12 surrounding area churches with each member paying for their own music and the proceeds from each concert going to a community outreach program of their choice. Christ the King also offers the church for locally sponsored philharmonic concerts and other solo instrumental performances.
The Children’s Community Chorus is currently on break; but, are continually seeking new members. We have an active Acolyte program serving God, at the 10:30 A.M. Sunday Service Throughout the year, many other activities are provided for the youth including EYC (Episcopal Youth Community), the Annual Easter Egg hunt and the Trunk-or-Treat celebration, just to name a few. Our growing youth population is exciting and a joy.
Organizations such as the Altar Guild and Flower Guild of St. Theresa offer members the opportunity to serve and participate in the church community. Currently we have an active acolyte ministry.
Christian Education for adults, children, and teens (Rite-13) begin at 9:15 A.M. on Sundays, between services. Children’s Church is held from 10:30 to about 11:00 each Sunday in conjunction with the regular 10:30 service. Women conduct their Bible Study class on Monday mornings at 11:00 A.M., followed by Noon Day prayer. Men’s group meets for breakfast and Bible Study on Friday mornings. The Daughters of the King Intercessory Prayer group meets at 3:30 P.M. on the third Wednesday of the month.
Christ the King has always opened the doors of its facilities to outside groups for regular meetings, social and music events. We are involved in our community through a number of outreach projects, and 23% of our total operating income is given to outreach programs such as Caring & Sharing of South Walton, Children in Crisis, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Food for Thought, and Hannah’s Helpers.
ABOUT THE AREA
Santa Rosa Beach, in the South of Walton County, Florida, is the home of Christ the King Episcopal Church. Santa Rosa Beach is one of the famous “Beaches of South Walton” that has been repeatedly listed as being among the best beaches in America. The unique soft white sand beaches that extend into the Gulf cause the water to be a beautiful emerald color for several hundred feet until the depth of the water increases and the water becomes a deep blue. The Gulf coast from Pensacola to Panama City Beach is called “The Emerald Coast.”
The church is located midway between the Gulf and Choctawhatchee Bay.
The Bay is 30 miles long and 3 miles wide and is fed from a watershed of inland rivers and the Gulf at high tide. Access to the Gulf from the bay is possible at East Pass in Destin, 15 miles from the church. A constant stream of boats cruises between the bay and gulf because Choctawhatchee Bay is part of the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway that extends from Brownsville, Texas to Boston, Mass.
There are unique features to our land and seascape. First, an oddity in the Gulf, called the 100 fathom curve, brings deep water closer to shore than any place in Florida and has resulted in the largest charter fishing fleet in the state with record breaking catches of various billfish and grouper among the many species landed every year. Second, the Coastal Dune lakes that dot the coastline are so rare they are found only in Walton County and in remote portions of Africa.
Our area boasts an ideal climate of chilly winters (30’s-50’s); mild and beautiful springs and autumns (40’s-70’s); and quite hot summers (80’s-high 90’s). The majority of our days in each season see clear blue skies and different flowering varieties of desert and forest flora.
The Emerald Coast has become a major tourist destination with spring and summer being the primary seasons. Also, an increasing number of visitors come to our area for the winter, and many attend our church for several months each year.
South Walton is an interesting mix of dense coastal development and rural forested areas. Census figures show a year round population of about 35,000; but the influx of more than 100,000 tourists has resulted in an array of fine restaurants, varied shopping opportunities, and a budding market for the visual arts. The result is a low key, small town atmosphere that is mingled with areas of cosmopolitan flair.
Northwest Florida State College, in nearby Niceville, boasts a fine arts program with emphasis on the visual and performing arts. A modern performing arts center hosts a large 1700 seat concert hall, where a steady stream of varied entertainment opportunities are offered, from the college supported symphony orchestra to musical theater and full dramatic stage productions by touring professionals and local performers.
The Walton County School District has 19 schools. Near the church are a kindergarten center, an elementary school, two middle schools and one high school. The nearby Northwest Florida State College is a designated a four year college offering programs leading to a Bachelor’s degree as well as the current Associate degree programs. The South Walton Center satellite campus is located off Highway 331 South within three miles of Christ the King.