This is our flagship service held weekly at 10am (currently live via Zoom). It is where the whole church family of all ages gathers to pray and praise together. Children also have their own age appropriate worship during term time. At major festivals or during school holidays we generally use more informal teaching to differentiate for all to receive a message appropriate to their faith journey. We follow the lectionary for Bible readings unless it is a particular series we are studying and use Common Worship liturgy supplemented with materials from roots or other sources. All words are projected with suitable images onto overhead screens. The music is both traditional and contemporary. Singing is led by our experienced choir or a talented band with worship leaders. Many other people take roles of serving, reading, leading prayers and there is always an inclusive atmosphere. Everyone is welcome.
TRADITIONAL HOLY COMMUNION
1st Sunday of each month 11:45am
A quiet, said service held in the chancel, with a smaller more intimate feel. Its particularly valued by those who are busy during the main service and want space for themselves to worship, those who prefer a later start time or traditional language. It consistently follows Common Worship Order 2 and uses the same scripture readings and sermon as 10 a.m.
2:00pm, second Sunday each month
A family friendly service held once a month on 2nd Sundays at 4pm and lasting approximately 50 mins. Based on the principles of Messy Church it is an opportunity for families of Primary aged children to worship together. It is very informal with craft, music, storytelling, and a blessing. We often use puppets and try to involve our younger members in leading as well. It concludes with a sharing of a light tea. For children this is usually sandwiches, snacks, and fruit, and for the adults mugs of tea or coffee accompanied by generous slices of homemade cake.
6:30pm, fourth Sunday each month
On 4th Sundays at 6:30pm, this varied evening worship seeks give the essence or flavour of the current liturgical season or spiritual theme. Sometimes the worship can be lively and loud, other times quiet and contemplative depending on the style required. This service is more experimental and demonstrates the rich diversity of Christianity and indeed Christ Church.
9:00am Monday to Friday
Led by the clergy and staff team (currently individually in their own homes) but anyone is welcome to join for this simple said service that follows the Church of England rhythm and calendar. In particular we read and reflect on the Bible readings for the day and offer prayers for the parish. On Wednesdays we hold a short-said service of Holy Communion at 9:30am instead with opportunity for individuals to receive prayers for healing or laying on of hands.
10:00-12:00am, fourth Saturday each month
On 4th Saturdays we keep the church open for 2 hours 10am - 12noon for anyone to drop in and pray privately on their own. At 12noon the minister on duty will offer prayers for Justice and Peace welcoming others to join in the responses.
10am, 5th Sunday of the month
This is a new service for 2020 (and sadly due to Coronavirus not fully begun) Instead of our main 10am Parish Communion we meet as at 5pm instead for food and fellowship in an informal setting followed by an all age communion.