Every few months we arrange a newcomers' evening to explain a bit more about ourselves and to help everyone who joins us to work out where they fit in. If you're fairly new to Christ Church, don't be shy about asking for an invitation to the next one.
Christ Church is a community of people who are growing in our faith as Christians and seeking to let Jesus transform our lives as we worship and serve together.
We are an Anglican church (even if we don't look much like one), sharing the historic Christian belief that through Jesus our broken relationships - with God and with each other - can be restored.
We've thought a lot about our purpose in being here. What are the things that really matter to us? Some of the answers are on our Vision and Values page. We aim to demonstrate those values and to learn together how to live out our faith in everyday life.
There's more information about us in an introductory booklet in our entrance hall, and you're always welcome to contact us if you have any specific queries.
Our Sunday services are informal and, as far as we can make them, accessible to visitors (as are all our events). Also recommended are the monthly Messy Church, which is especially suitable for families, and Coffee Mates on Friday mornings.
Our vicar, Geoff Lanham, joined us in 2009. In 2014 we welcomed Megan Gibbins as our first ever curate. Geoff and Megan are two people among dozens whose varied individual stories come together to make up Christ Church.
Christ Church is a great place to get involved. We benefit very much from the willingness and skills of a huge number of volunteers who serve in practical ways. Many of these activities are carried out in teams which makes them more enjoyable and easier to learn.
Above all, we value people for who they are rather than what they do, and this is a place where friendship and relationship go hand in hand with committed service.
Christ Church dates back to 2008, when our present building was opened. Or possibly to 2004, when it became an independent parish within the Church of England. Maybe to 1977, when regular Sunday services began in the previous building. Or perhaps even to 1928, when that building was opened as a church hall.
Those are some of the key dates, but what really count are the decisions made by people with vision and commitment in former decades, and God working through all that time to bring about the community we know today.
There's more information on the Our Story page.
Christ Church is funded almost entirely by voluntary donations. There's some information about where we get our money from, and how we use it, on our Giving and finance page. We see giving of both time and money as part of a whole-life Christian commitment.
For more detail about our finances, pick up a leaflet from the church entrance hall which explains ways in which members can make regular contributions if they wish to.
For many years we did not take up collections during services, but changed this policy early in 2015 with the aim of reinforcing the connection between giving and worship. Visitors are not expected to contribute.