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 Road), 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.
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. However, please note: 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 guests, though. (You can visit the Cafe whether you have been to the gathering which precedes it or not.)
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 normally provide creche and Sunday school facilities ('Treasure Seekers') for under-11s but please note these are unable to operate during Tier 4 restrictions. There is also a group for those aged 11-14 (also not operative due to Tier 4 restrictions). See below for more info on children and families.