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Are you new to church?

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It can be intimidating walking into a church for the first time. Or maybe it's just been a long time (like 30 years ago when your mum dragged you to Sunday School). A lot has changed since then - the songs are singable, the sermon understandable, and you don't need to come in a suit. (By the way, we'd love to see you this Sunday.)

Does it matter where I sit? I don't want to sit in someone elses seat..

There aren't any reserved seats in Christ Church, we're always happy for people to visit our church, whether that be to join in with a service, to listen to the silence or simply to appreciate the peace and awe of the place.

Will there be a collection?

In most services we do not pass around a collection plate. Instead, we leave the plate at the back of the church before and after services. We hope that our visitors value the experiences they have at Christ Church and we welcome donations towards the work we do here.

Will I know when to stand up and sit down?

All our services are guided by service booklets which explain what is going on. Typically, responses are printed in Bold type and the service leader will indicate when to stand or sit.

What happens at communion?

If you would like to take communion, you will be directed up to the communion step (in front of the altar) by the sidespeople. All Christians are welcome to receive communion at our church. If you would prefer a simple blessing, just come to the front with a service sheet or bible in your hand to indicate that you do not wish to receive communion.

I have kids - are they allowed?

We welcome young families to our services. Our 10am Sunday service is particularly aimed at those with young families. There is a selection of toys and books in the area to the right of the church at the front. Once your children are a little older they can join in with our sunday club activities. We also run a group for young children and their parents - Little Fishes.

I'm not sure if I believe in God - can I still come?

We are all at different stages in our personal journey to know God. Those who are seeking him or want to find out more are always welcome. We run Alpha courses directed at those who have fundamental questions about God and adult baptism classes for those who are ready to commit more. Where ever you are in your journey you will always be welcome here.

Will I have to shake hands with a lot of strangers during the service?

In many of our services there is a time during the service when members of the congregation greet each other with the words "peace be with you". This can be a bit daunting but everyone you meet will be delighted to see you and the greeting will be genuine. Just go with it - as you get to know us this will be a strongly affirmative experience.

So what now?

Below is a list of links to pages that you might find helpful:

Join in

A list of our community groups - a great way of getting to know others in the church

Social calendar

Find out about our upcoming social events by using this calendar


Read about our mission and the charities we support both locally and overseas

Meet the team

Meet the staff who help keep Christ Church moving


Late last year, Christ Church celebrated it's 159th Birthday - read the story so far here