Cantell School, Violet Road, SO16 3GJ (map here)
Free parking for church attenders is provided and the venue is fully accessible. Please arrive in good time to be seated. Children share around 15 minutes of the main adult gathering before going to their groups. See the children's section below for info on children's ministry.
You can re-watch last Sunday's gathering by clicking the image above.
Click here for this term's programme.
Burgess Road Library, Burgess Road, SO16 3HF (map here)
The Six'O'Clock is now paused until September.
Informal evening gathering. Free parking is available in the surrounding roads on Sundays. The venue is fully accessible. Please arrive from 5.30pm for refreshments. The programme varies from week to week but always includes singing, prayers and a Bible talk.
You can re-watch the talk on 24 July by clicking the image above.
Click here for this term's programme.
The Covid era has left many vulnerable people anxious about their safety in public places. We're committed to providing a safe environment for our Sunday gatherings. In line with government guidance, face coverings are no longer compulsory, but we continue to provide increased ventilation and the option of an outdoor seating area for those who would prefer it. We do not operate a booking system: visitors are always guaranteed a seat.
Worried about fitting in? Don't be! At Christ Church you'll find there are students, young workers, families and retirees, from different countries and a variety of faith-backgrounds. You don't even have to be Christian to come along!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
There’s no dress-code – come in whatever you feel comfortable wearing. Most people are pretty casual. Given morning gatherings are well ventilated you may like to bring an extra layer if it's cold. Face coverings are no longer required for our gatherings, but some prefer to use them.
WHERE DO I PARK?
Easy. There's a large car park onsite, with plenty of space, at our Cantell site. If you're coming to the Library site on a Sunday, there's unrestricted free parking on Burgess Road (right opposite) and in the roads behind the library (check out the alleyway from Honeysuckle Road). During the week, those roads behind the library will give you 2 hours free.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN? DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
As you arrive, you'll be given a welcome and taken through a few practicalities before things get going. There’ll be some prayers, a Bible-reading, a talk, usually something for the children (in the morning), and various songs along the way (here is a Spotify playlist of some of our favourites!). You're welcome to sing along but we understand if you'd rather not.. If you arrive late, it’s OK. We aim to start on time, but we always leave seats at the back for latecomers.
IS IT SAFE?
Given the current climate, our risk assessments and mitigations are planned and enacted in minute detail. While this does have an effect on our meetings currently, the intention is to create a Covid-safe environment where we can gather with joy to engage with God and each other without fear. During our morning gatherings there are various seating options. Most seating is free, whilst some is in distanced groups. Additionally, we retain an outdoor area from where the main gathering can be seen.
WHAT ABOUT MONEY?
You’re not expected to bring any money with you. Our regulars do contribute to church funds, but visitors are our guests.
Refreshments are served after the gatherings at Café Christ Church. You can slip off after the formal close of the gathering if you like, but lots of people choose to stay and chat over drinks and biscuits.
WHAT IF MY CHILDREN ARE TRICKY?
We hope it goes without saying that it’s fine to bring children – and please don’t worry if they misbehave. We're a 'Shhh'-free church! You can always wander in and out if they’re proving challenging. We provide creche and Sunday school facilities ('Treasure Seekers') for under-10s. There is also a group for those aged 10-14, which meets only during the 11.15am gathering. See below for more info on children and families.
We love children at Christ Church! We see them as not just the future, but the present. So it’s a privilege to have dozens and dozens join us Sunday by Sunday. We try to make church the high point of the week for children and to do all we can to help them learn about God and develop peer relationships which are likely to be crucial as they grow up.
Treasure Seekers (our children's ministry) operates at both gatherings (outside term time there is just one 10.30am gathering). In general those with younger children (age 3-7) tend to find the 9.30am easiest, while those with older children (age 7-14) usually opt for the 11.15am. A creche (age 0-2) operates at both. The programme involves much more than entertainment and child-minding. The children sing, play games, and make things but they'll also get to grips with what the Bible teaches.
There are four age groups within Treasure Seekers: Creche (for under-3s), Diggers (for pre-school children), Discoverers (for years R-2) and Explorers (years 3-5).
In addition to Treasure Seekers, there are two young people’s groups: Rooted (for 10-14s - meets on Sunday morning only during the 11.15am gathering) and Anchored (for 14-18s). Find out more by clicking here.
All the above groups operate concurrently with the main Sunday morning gatherings - apart from Anchored, which meets on Thursday evenings. If you've got any questions, do contact Liam our youth and children's pastor.
Please note: we take the safety and well-being of every individual child extremely seriously. You can view our Safeguarding Policy below.