Christmas at Christ Church 2017

Church of England graphic for Christmas 2017

The Christmas message in three words: God With Us. At Christ Church we celebrate Jesus’ birth and all that it means in a variety of ways and for all age groups: lively and reflective, young and old. Our hope and prayer is that everyone may find a way of relating to God more closely, at Christmas and throughout the year.

Advent: The Jesse Tree

The Christ Church Jesse Tree
The Jesse Tree reminds us of the people God used to prepare the world for Jesus’ birth. Each Sunday during Advent we add more of the characters who played a part in God’s story

More events in our building

Coffee Mates Christmas Special

The weekly Coffee Mates finished the year with Christmas carols and seasonal food

Devon Brown playing the piano

Devon leads Christmas carols at Coffee Mates

Singers leading Christmas carols

Christmas Messy Church

Our Christmas-themed crafts included making Christmas tree biscuits and cards, stained glass (well, tissue paper), badges and heart-shaped decorated boxes

Nativity characters covered in white gloop

Messiest Christmas ever! We had a lot of fun with gloop – it’s gooey but goes all hard when you try to move something through it

Rachel speaking in front of the Christmas tree

Rachel reminds us who we need in our hearts at Christmas, and all the time – Jesus

Christmas Party

We threw a special party to say thank you and farewell to our curate, Megan Gibbins, and husband Paul as she moves on to take up her new post at Bewdley

Megan and Paul are interviewed by Cathie

Megan and Paul answer tricky questions from the audience

Candlelit Carol Service

Our hall was full of people and sound as a specially-formed choir led singing. Large quantities of mulled wine and mince pies were consumed afterwards

The choir leading singing at the Carol Service

The choir leading singing at the Carol Service

Christmas weekend

Three contrasting ways of celebrating Christmas: Follow the Star, for young children and their families on Christmas Eve; the quiet reflection of Midnight Communion; and a joyful all age celebration on Christmas Day.

The innkeeper at Follow the Star

The innkeeper delivers his message to Joseph at Follow the Star

Two angels sitting in chairs

The angels relax after their brilliant performance at Follow the Star

Serving drinks wearing Christmas T-shirts

Happy Christmas! Thank you to all the many helpers who make it possible to run our services and other events all year round

Christingle at Moor Green

Our Children’s and Familes Missioner, Rachel Fasham, visited Moor Green Primary Academy to help the children explore the meaning of Christmas. She demonstrated the Christingle to Year 3 and Reception, explaining what it represents: the orange, the world; the cocktail sticks, the four seasons; the red ribbon, Jesus’ death on the cross; the sweets, God’s goodness in creation; and the candle, Jesus the Light of the World

Carol singing at Stirchley Co-op

Rachel Fasham prepares to explain the Christingle tradition to the children at Moor Green School

Sharing the journey

Clients of the Christians Against Poverty Debt Advice Centre which we run alongside five other partner churches are receiving Christmas hampers as an encouragement on their journey out of debt

Christmas treats for a CAP client

Christmas treats for a CAP client

More events at other venues

Carol Service at Neville Williams House

We joined with residents and staff for a Christmas celebration

Serving mince pies after carol singing

Serving mince pies after carol singing

A knitted nativity set

Thank you Toddler Club for the loan of the nativity set

Carol Singing at the Highbury, Dads Lane

We always get a warm welcome at the Highbury, and this year was no different

Carol singing at the Highbury

Carol singing at the Highbury

Carol singing at the Highbury