SEPTEMBER 2021 UPDATE


Great news. Sunday morning gatherings are taking place as normal (details below) and there's no need to book in ahead of timeWe have plenty of room, so just turn up. Our full children's programme is now operating - including creche and groups for those aged 3-14. Café Christ Church, our outdoor refreshments times after the formal gathering, is also operational. For those who can't make it, gatherings continue to be streamed online.


Our Sunday evening gathering, The Six O'Clock, runs at Burgess Road Library. 


Do please note that all CCS activities are conducted in accordance with UK government guidance for coronavirus suppression. This means a number of safety measures are currently necessary which affect how Sunday gatherings operate. Please read the briefings below before attending.











join us


THIS SUNDAY

  • 10.30am morning gathering

    Cantell School, Violet Road, SO16 3GJ

    (map here)


    The morning gathering includes a full children's programme.  Free parking for church visitors is provided and the venue is fully accessible. Please arrive from 10.15am for Test & Trace. Children share around 15 minutes of the main adult gathering before going to their groups.


    You can re-watch last Sunday's live-stream by clicking the image above.

  • THE SIX O'CLOCK

    Burgess Road Library, Burgess Road, SO16 3HF (map here)


    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 and Test & Trace.


    You can re-watch Sunday's talk on 5 September by clicking the image above.

















what to


EXPECT


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 currently take place in The Courtyard, you may like to bring an extra layer if it's cold. Face coverings are no longer required for either morning (which is outside) or evening (which is cafe-style) 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, or if you'd prefer to wear a face covering. 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. Seating is free, with ample space provided between rows.


   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.


   ANY DRINKS?


Refreshments are served after the gathering 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-11s. There is also a group for those aged 11-14. See below for more info on children and families. 




























what about


CHILDREN?


We love children at Christ Church! 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 is the umbrella name for all our Sunday children's ministry. 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 five age groups within Treasure Seekers: Creche (for under-3s), Diggers (for pre-school children), Discoverers (for years R-1), Adventurers (years 2-3) and Explorers (years 4-6).


In addition to Treasure Seekers, there are two young people’s groups: Rooted (for 11-14s - meets on Sunday morning) 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.


Obviously things are operating a little different from normal just at the moment, but our team are great at being creative. The same aims apply; we're just having to adjust the way we do things.


Please note: we take the safety and well-being of every individual child extremely seriously. You can view our Safeguarding Policy below.