WE'RE UP AND RUNNING!


Great news. Our Sunday gatherings are taking place as normal and you're very welcome to join us with no need to book in ahead of time. 

 

Our full children's programme is now operating - including creche and five groups for those aged 3-14. Café Christ Church, our outdoor refreshments after the gathering, is also back. And our Sunday evening gathering, The Six O'Clock, runs at Burgess Road Library. For those who can't make it, gatherings continue to be streamed online.


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.

 


Want to know what things look like these days? Have a look at the brief video below (please note this video was produced in autumn 2020. The briefing - link below - should be read for the latest arrangements).









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 aged 3-11 will go immediately to their groups. Creche (children aged 0-3) and Rooted (young people aged 11-14) share around 15 minutes of the main adult gathering before going to their groups.


    Please click here to read the briefing about COVID-secure arrangements before attending.

  • 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 5.45pm for Test & Trace.


    Please click here to read the briefing about COVID-secure arrangements before attending.


    Please note The Six O'Clock will be replaced with 'Is Christianity Credible?' at Turner Sims Concert Hall on 6 June. Book HERE.

















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 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.


   ANY DRINKS?


Refreshments are normally 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.