Covid 19 Updates

April 2021
We have now returned to in person services and details of these can be found on the Our Services tab of this website.
Any further updates will of course be posted here.
March 2021
The decision has been made to return to in person services, slowly, beginning with a service on Palm Sunday, 28th March. This will mark the beginning of a very special time in the Church calendar, Holy Week, and we have a seperate poster list of all the arrangements for that week.
February 1st 2021

 

The Christ Church Leadership team has taken the decision to extend the period that the church building is closed for Sunday Morning Worship to include the month of February 2021, with Covid-19 infection rates so high in the area at present we have decided that this is the safest and most responsible thing to do at this time.

Our online (10am) and telephone worship (11am) will continue as usual each Sunday and we would love you to join us that way and will still continue to be open on a weekly basis for private prayer which takes place on Wednesdays from 2-3pm.

December 30th 2020
If you are on our mailing list then today you will have received a letter explaining that, due to the rise in the infection rate locally and the pressure the local health service is under, we have decided that the safest and most responsible thing is to pause our in church public worship. This will be essentially for the month of January 2021 at this stage but will be reviewed again when we have a clearer idea of where we are nearer the end of that month.
We are still in a position to open the church for private prayer and this will continue on Wednesdays from 2pm to 3pm.
As for Sunday’s, our online (10am) and telephone worship (11am) will continue as usual each week and we would love you to join us that way.
December 19th 2020
Our Christmas services (and our regular 9am service) WILL be going ahead, following today’s announcement that we are entering tier 4.
We have a thorough and robust risk assessment in place and all seats are allocated and social distanced. All the services have been specifically designed to be as safe as possible.
Cleaning will take place between services and people will be asked to wait outside until they can be seated, to prevent large groups waiting to be seated inside.
All those over the age of 11, who are not exempt, must wear mask.
But we have experienced again and again that despite the restrictions, God is at work and his eternal message of love and hope is more relevant than ever.
Please only attend for the 4pm and 6:30 services if you have booked in advance.
The services will also be available online if you would prefer to engage that way.
December 6th 2020
Our first service back in the building after the second lockdown will be 9am on December 6th and we hope these will continue.
November 2020
During this lockdown period, our services are the following:
Sundays:
10am: online worship.
11am: telephone worship.
Wednesdays:
The church is open for private prayer 2-3pm
It would seem that, after that, our in church services will be suspended for the period of the lockdown which is due to start on Thursday and run to 2nd Dec.
Any changes and we will let you know!
But mostly, know that we love you, we’re praying for you, and we’re still here for you.

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We will continue to post updates here, on our Twitter account and on our Facebook page.

September

Our 9am Said Communion service continues as does our 10am Online Service and 11am Phone In service. Guidelines continue to be reviewed so please continue to check back here for the latest guidance.

August 1st

As per our home page, the church will now be open for 9am Communion from August 9th. Please see home page of this website for more details.

July 30th

Please find below a letter from Rev Richard detailing the beginning of our opening of the church building. And also the newsletter for the month of August.

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Newsletter Aug 2020 final

June 24th

Church Door

As a church we welcome the news that from Saturday July 4 places of worship will be able to reopen for services for a limited and managed number of people while observing social distancing.

This is particularly significant news for those planning weddings, and those who until recently have been unable to hold funerals for loved-ones in the church building.

We anticipate further guidance from the government, the Church of England and the Diocese of Rochester in the coming days, This will hugely assist and clarify our thinking and planning.

That said, we have already been planning and thinking about this time, as we have also carefully considered how to open safely for private prayer. Whilst being together again will bring us great joy, we are in no rush to get back into the building. It will not be possible to return to the way things were before the pandemic. We need to take our time, and take great care, in our decision-making. When we do reopen it is likely that worship will look and feel very different to our experience prior to the pandemic.

We also want to ensure we continue to place our love for God, our love for ourselves, and our love for each other at the heart of all our decisions – and that may mean that we delay reopening for Sunday worship until it is safe and possible for more of our church family to gather together.

The PCC will be meeting on 15th July to discuss things further, but we will be continuing with our online worship for the immediate future. Even once the church building is reopened on a Sunday morning we hope it will be possible for online worship to continue to enable as many as possible to take part.This will be a central part of our thinking and reflecting.

We appreciate your support, patience and your prayers at this time.

June 21st

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This Saturday would have been our Summer Fete in usual times, so in lieu of that we will be having another online coffee morning! Not quite the same, but it will be good to see each other and catch up.
So, join us on Saturday 27th June at 10:30am.
For the link and instructions of how to join, just email Sharon Jarvis at christchurchdartford@hotmail.co.uk.
Come with a coffee or tea and have a chat with your church family and friends. There will be a ‘families with children’ breakout room where fun and games are to be the order of the day.
Some people (Richard! and maybe others) will be wearing of silly hats/jumpers so do feel free to join in on that one!

June 11th 2020

After the changes in national Church of England guidelines outlined here, we now have the opportunity to open the church for Private Prayer commencing 15th June.

We as a church are considering these changes and discussing how we open the building going forward so we will not be opening immediately but will look to do so when the time is right. Please do continue to check back for updates, either on this website or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Thank You

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If you would like to colour the Dove and Flame picture Ricard referred to during the Pentecost service, you can find them here –JPG –  PDF – please print them out, colour them in and put them in your window!

Newsletter from Richard – 21st May 2020 

Thy Kingdom Come – Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus, with prayers and other resources for the period between Ascension Day and Pentecost (21st – 31st May 2020).

Faith @ Home – Faith at Home is a national campaign from the Church of England that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people. There are resources and videos for parents and families at the link above.

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Why not download and print this picture of praying hands and put it up in your window to let your neighbours, and those who pass by your home, know that you are praying at this critical time.

It’s way of expressing the hope we have in God, but it will also encourage others as they pray, perhaps for the first time.

You can find the poster (and other versions of it) here

May 10th – 16th

It’s Christian Aid week and obviously we will have to do things a little differently this year.
Here we have some resources, initially from last year, to do for you and your little ones to get the week in your mind. Christian Aid Resources

We have also set up a JustGiving page so if you do wish to donate to Christian Aid as you would normally, then you still can. – https://www.justgiving.com/team/ChristChurchDartford

13th-17th April

The fantastic resources usually reserved for those that travel to a Butlins resort are being made available by Spring Harvest to EVERYONE from tomorrow for Spring Harvest Home.

Click the link in the post to find out more and how to subscribe.

And please do share with those who may benefit from this or you think may not see this before the morning comes round.

The link to take you directly to the Spring Harvest Youtube channel is #SpringHarvestHome

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5th – 12th April

Our Palm Sunday talk and sung worship, Maundy Thursday reflection and Good Friday Hour at the Cross have been added to the Talks Tab of this website as well as our social media channels. Look out for a final Holy Week upload on Easter Sunday.

And our special Holy Week at Home booklet is now available on the new Worship at Home Tab.

23rd March

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Leadership of Christ Church have decided to NOT open the church for private prayer.

This has been a difficult decision to make but feels the right thing to do in these ever changing times.

Please continue to check in here or on our Facebbok or Twitter pages for further updates. We will be asking for prayer requests daily so please do let us know of them.

Sunday 22nd March

Happy Mothering Sunday. A strange one certainly. We will worship in different ways. An address from Rev Laura will be added to the ‘Talks’ section of the website very soon, as well as our social media platforms.

We will not be live streaming services at this time (although this mayy or may not change in the future), but we welcome you to participate in live streams done by other churches.

A list can be found on A Church Near You, where you can look locally or for any church nationwide.

19th March 2020

There has been an update from our church wardens which can be found here. This update has also be emailed to those we have a contact for and a posted copy will be with those we don’t very soon, if not already.

This has been shared along with a prayer resource pack which can be found here. This can be viewed, downloaded or printed as you wish.

17 March 2020

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus.

See more of their most recent update here.