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, 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. 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-11s. There is also a group for those aged 11-14. See below for more info on children and families.