Sunday services

Morning service

Our main weekly celebration is intended for families and individuals across the whole age range.

Children and young people (up to age 14) normally leave the main service after a quarter of an hour or so to join their own groups. Children of visitors are welcome to join in with these activities.

Adults stay in the main hall for the whole service. This will include praise (especially through music), a Bible reading, a talk (sermon), prayer, and maybe much more. Somehow no two services are ever the same.

People arriving at a service

Welcome to Christ Church! If you've not been to this (or any) church before we'll help you to find your way around

Aerial view of the main hall with people gathered for the service

The morning service is just beginning. We start together in the main hall, then the children's groups spread throughout the building

All Age and All In services

On one Sunday each month (usually the first Sunday) the activities are planned to be particularly accessible to people of all ages. Adults and children join in worship together.

The All In service is built around the idea that people respond to themes in different ways. Some of us like to talk, some prefer a creative activity, some like to move around, and so on. For part of the service we move into different zones according to personal preference, not age. There's a report on our first All In service here.

Working together to make a collage in response to God's love

Working together in an All In service to make a collage in response to God's love

Evening service

Evening services are held in the more intimate surroundings of the smaller hall, which makes for a more reflective atmosphere than is possible in the morning (the absence of children may help too!). We use a range of service formats, recognising that people have different ways of responding to God.

People standing to sing in worship

Worship during an evening service

Café Church

Café Church logo (large version): coffee cup with keywords
An interview during a Café Church session

For some topics, such as disability, church members are able to speak from personal experience. Sometimes we invite outside experts: our former MP, Lynne Jones, helped us to think about honesty in politics when the expenses scandal broke.

Putting it online

For a discussion on social media and identity we decided to "broadcast" the event on Twitter. There's a log of all the messages here.

Right: Computer-aided discussion at Café Church

Discussion fills the hall at Café Church

Talk leads to action...

A Café Church session on climate change led to the setting up of our recycling point, a community litter pick and our promotion of cycling. Since a more recent session on dementia we've started running short monthly services in Neville Williams House, which provides care for people with dementia.