From Sunday 9th August, we will be introducing a new weekly pattern of worship.
Sundays @ 9am, in the church building: A ‘said’ service (no singing is yet permitted) which will be fairly short (40 minutes, say) and will incorporate the option of Holy Communion for those that wish to receive that.
Sundays @ 10am, online: The online service will continue for the foreseeable future, and can be accessed via the Christ Church website (under ‘Talks’) or on Facebook or Twitter, as well as by searching YouTube.
Sundays @ 11am, phone-in service: Please contact the church office if you wish to receive details of this.
Wednesday afternoons, 2-3pm: The church will be open for private prayer.
The information below deals with the life events we love to be involved with.
Because of the restrictions due to the current pandemic, we can’t do things as we might want to, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you would like more information
Baptism (Christening), Thanksgiving and Blessing
Baptisms usually take place once a month during the 10am Sunday morning service. This is because baptisms are a public declaration that your child has become part of the Church family. It is important that the Church congregation is there to support you and welcome your child. In turn the Church will promise to support and pray for you and your child.
We encourage families to contact us well in advance (preferably 6 months) to make arrangements and to find a mutually convenient date.
Please be aware Godparents need to have been baptised themselves.
Do speak to Richard if this is a difficulty.
In baptism, we thank God for His gift of life and publicly acknowledge His love. In the Church of England it is common to baptise young children; sometimes this is known as christening. For a more detailed explanation, please see Richard, our vicar.
Baptism can happen at any age. What matters is that those concerned are committed to bring up a child as a Christian. If you decide that you do want your child baptised, then please contact the Church office, where someone will take your details, make a provisional date which will then be confirmed and Richard will ring you about 6-7 weeks, prior to the Baptism Service, to go through the service and any other details with you.
If you decide that you would rather not have a Baptism service but would still like to thank God for His gift of life, a Thanksgiving Service can be arranged. This is similar to a Baptism Service but without the water! If, at a later stage, your child makes the decision that they would like to be Baptised, a service can then be arranged.
In this ceremony, held usually once a year, the Bishop comes and prays for the Holy Spirit to confirm the person’s faith. It is a good opportunity for people who were baptised as children to make their own confession of faith. Usually people start taking Holy Communion once they have been confirmed. It involves a short preparation course which explains the basis of the Christian faith and gives you a chance to ask your questions.
Marriage & Dedication of a Marriage after a Civil Ceremony
We believe marriage is something God created to bless us. What better place to start your married life together than before God in worship? If you have been married before, we ask that you have a civil ceremony and then dedicate the marriage to God in church. Christ teaches us that marriage is between a man and a woman, it is exclusive and it is for life (Matthew 19: 4-6), so our couples are making a total commitment to one another before God. We work with them to make the day special and to lay the foundations for a lifetime together.
You can marry in Christ Church if –
One of you:
- has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
- was baptised in the parish concerned or
- was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
- has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
- has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
- has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents or grandparents:
- was married in the parish
Even if you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, we want to help you explore whether it may still be possible for you to marry in your chosen church.
We want to make your wedding personal and memorable for you. Churches are special places and there are some things about a church wedding that you just can’t get anywhere else.
A church wedding will add the spiritual dimension to your marriage. The ceremony includes God and looks to Him for help and guidance. God’s blessing is the main attraction for many couples, as well as the special setting.
The Vicar has a very particular role to play in your wedding. They can blend ancient tradition and modern experience to reflect your story. Because of the relationship with the Vicar, your wedding can be made personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful.
If you would like more information, please contact the church office preferably at least six months before your planned wedding date.
The Church of England website also contains helpful information: http://www.yourchurchwedding.org
If you would like to have a funeral service here for a loved one, it can be arranged through the Funeral Directors who in turn will contact us to make the necessary arrangements.
Richard will come and visit you to go through what hymns you would like and if there is anything we can do, as a church, to help you through this difficult time.