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If there's one word you'll hear again and again as people describe Christ Church, it's the word 'family'.

We really do seek to live as brothers and sisters, caring for each other's needs, encouraging each other, rejoicing with each other and occasionally grieving with each other.

But this is no ordinary family. In our 'household' are people of all ages and walks of life, many different personalities and temperaments, and a number of different countries. For all our different profiles, we love spending time with each other and welcoming others into the family.

Our biggest groupings are students, people in their twenties and young families. But there's every one from babies to grandparents in our fellowship.

We enjoy a vibrant community life. Outside our regular group meetings, there are always people meeting up for meals, movies or games nights, going for walks or coffee outings, kicking a football around or throwing a frisbee.

It's all part of being family.


If you want to get a handle on the ethos at Christ Church, you need to know that we have a clear set of values. We have a lot of fun, and we certainly don't take ourselves too seriously, but there are some things we're deadly serious about.

1. Serious about Jesus

The apostle Paul wrote 'I want to know Christ'. Well, so do we. Jesus is the centre of our lives as individuals. And he's the centre of our corporate life as a church. 

2. Serious about the Bible*

God hasn't left us in the dark about his plans. He's given us his written word, the Bible. We treasure that gift: we teach it and study it in order to know God better, and to live accordingly.

3. Serious about Prayer

'When you pray...' said Jesus. In other words prayer isn't optional. In fact it's the delight of every believer and undergirds all we do as a church: we depend on God to do his work.

4. Serious about Community

Christ Church is not a one-hour-a-week church.  Far from it! We're constantly looking for ways to love, support and care for each other. We want everyone to feel part of the family.

5. Serious about the Gospel

We may have a family feel, but we're not just a club for people to make friends and grow old together. We're more an army on a mission: 'contending as one for the faith of the gospel'.

6. Serious about Training

We're keen for everyone to develop their God-given gifts. So we work hard to 'prepare God's people for works of service'. That means not just doing ministry, but teaching it. 

7. Serious about Godliness

'The fruit of the spirit is...' As we study the Bible together, we're aiming not simply to inform minds, but to transform lives. We long for the work of the Spirit to be evident in all our lives. 

*For a summary of the Bible's teachings as we understand them, please click here.


If you're wondering what we're about at Christ Church or what the message of the Christian faith is, we're all out to celebrate the remarkable news of what Jesus has done for us and how we respond to that. Turn up the volume and click below for a quick summary.


  • Orlando Saer

    (Senior pastor)

  • Jonny Clifton

    (Associate Pastor)

  • Amanda Lansdowne

    (CHildren's pastor)


    (Student PASTOR)

  • sophie cornes

    (student pastoR)


    (OPERATions manager)

  • Chris 'kit' evans










  • Zsofia Farkas

    (Ministry trainee)

  • Sarah Ebenezar

    (Ministry Trainee)




The Beginning

In the autumn of 2006, a small group of Christians started to meet up each Sunday evening to study the Bible in the Elizabeth House Hotel.


A few months later, that small group began meeting on a Sunday morning under the name ‘Sunday@Swaythling’ as a witness for Christ at Swaythling Primary School. A number of individuals soon began to come to faith and grow in their knowledge of God.

Christ Church Southampton

There were a number of developments in 2010-11. The church became known as ‘Christ Church Southampton’, it moved to larger accommodation at Cantell School and it called a full-time pastor.

Under God’s gracious hand, as we’ve prayed, preached and planned, there has been rapid growth in numbers. What was a small group of a couple of dozen people is now a bustling community of hundreds of people, meeting in three congregations.

Getting Connected

As time has gone on, we've begun to team up with other churches in different ways. Our affiliations and networks now include the FIEC, the Southampton Christian Network, the South East Gospel Partnership and the Solent Gospel Partnership.

Planting Seeds

We’re a young church – in every way – but already we have much to thank God for and wonderful signs of his blessing. As we look to the future, we’re very excited about the prospect of planting new churches and have recently been involved - alongside other Solent Gospel Partnership churches - in establishing Cornerstone Church Portsmouth.