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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below is a list of links to pages that you might find helpful:
A list of our community groups - a great way of getting to know others in the church
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 staff who help keep Christ Church moving
Late last year, Christ Church celebrated it's 159th Birthday - read the story so far here