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join us


IN PERSON


Great news. Full Sunday morning physical gatherings have now recommenced post-lockdown. You're welcome to join us at 10.30am this Sunday. No need to book in - just turn up. To get an idea of what it looks like, you can view last week's Livestream at the '10.30 online' link below.


Please note that a number of safety measures are currently necessary. So we ask you to read the briefing here before attending.


Our autumn term teaching series, 'The Bigger Story', is based on the book of Genesis. This week: Genesis 1. To view a trailer to the series see below.




join us


AT HOME

  • 10.30 online

    Our Sunday morning in-person gatherings at Cantell are available to view as a Livestream. 


    If you can't join us on the premises, you're welcome to join us here online. 


    To catch up on last week's Livestream, click on the link above.

  • THE SIX O'CLOCK

    At 6pm every Sunday online, we're currently considering some of the ways the Bible says Christians are to speak and act towards one another. 


    There'll be opportunity to interact with others, as it'll be on Zoom. 


    You can watch last week again here but you will need to request access to watch live at connectcorner.net

















what to


EXPECT


Worried about fitting in at an in-person gathering? 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 the current need for increased ventilation, you may like to bring an extra layer if you feel the cold. And don't forget a face-covering!


   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 Rd), as well as the university car parks just a few yards away off University 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 everything you need for the gathering. There’ll be some prayers, a Bible-reading, a talk, usually something for the children, and various songs along the way (here is a Spotify playlist of some of our favourites!). 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 (our singing, our distancing, our children's work, our printed materials, mask-wearing, chatting outside rather than inside - these are all affected), the intention is to create a Covid-safe environment where we can gather with joy to engage with God and each other without fear.


   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 normally served after the gathering – and they’re also free. 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. Cafe Christ Church launched on 13 September with a touch-free mode of delivery! Under government regulations a small charge has to be made of 10p per Sunday or £1 per term, payable at the end of term in December. Visitors and first-timers are our guest, though.


   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 (in normal times, at least). 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 (well, they will do again once restrictions ease!) 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 3-6).


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.