After carefully studying the updated guidance from the government and the Church of England for Places of Worship and community buildings, I am delighted to be able to update you regarding Sunday morning services:
John and the Christ Church Team.
A place of friendship and community.
A welcome and inclusivity for all.
A safe, protected space to be creative and play.
A place where God’s love is shared through service and care.
The group will restart on Monday 7th June 2021.
Booking by phone only, from 9am on Wednesdays, for the following Monday's session.
Booking opens on Wednesday 2nd June at 9am.
Our small group sessions are open to any parent and child aged from walking (rising 1) to 3 years old. We have a maximum number limit of 15 adults at a session and a maximum of two children per adult. Admission is by appointment, to book your place please call the Church Office on 01920 487267.
Download an information sheet HERE.
Each session will have a time for play and a story time. Please can you leave your prams, buggies or other large items outside under the canopy provided for safety reasons. There is a baby change station on the ground floor in the disabled toilet. Your child’s safety and wellbeing are your responsibility during sessions. Our leaders and helpers follow a safeguarding policy. You can access a copy of our safeguarding policy on our website. We will provide toys. Outdoor garden open in dry weather. Covid safe measures will be in place and group numbers will be limited in order to allow for social distancing. All attendees and volunteers will be required to wear a face covering at all times. Feel free to pick a takeaway coffee on the way as we are currently not serving refreshments due to Covid. £1.50 per family (if able)
Here we are, in the season of Lent, a time people think of ‘giving something up’. But haven’t we already given up so much over the last year? The pandemic has said ‘NO’ to us all in many ways – lockdown, illness, hardship, bereavement. Perhaps like the psalmists, we lament...
But as we prepare for Good Friday, a dark day when all seems lost, don’t get stuck with ‘NO’. Jesus, made good his ‘YES’ to the purpose of his becoming human. He gave up his life in order to give us life in all its fullness, to know our sins forgiven, to know a way to be in God’s presence. We just have to say ‘YES!’ and go on saying it in all circumstances.
Invitation to everyone to take part
We want to invite all of us to come together as the body of Christ to encourage each other by making a response to 2 Corinthians 1:20: For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘YES’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God. Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the YES of Jesus. God affirms us, putting his YES within us.
How have we experienced God’s YES? Many of us find a glimpse, an affirmation of God’s goodness in the beauty of his creation: the bulbs pushing up, the colours of the summer flowers, the autumn leaves, the sunsets and the snow! God’s YES in creation. We’ve also discovered the importance of community, small acts of kindness given and received: saying YES to Christ in us and in our neighbours.
What you can do
So we would like to invite everyone, young and old, whether you think you are creative or not, to send in pictures that show or represent your experiences of God’s YES and our Amen, which we hope to use in an Easter video. Send your pictures in to firstname.lastname@example.org in the coming weeks, and ideally before 30th March.
Here are some ideas to help get your started:
John and the CCW Team.