Grateful thanks to all those who helped with our Platinum Jubilee Tea Party last Sunday and for those who help to serve refreshments Sunday by Sunday. It was great to get together to celebrate the day in style. We had a wonderful Old Town Partnership of Churches Jubilee celebration service later, attended, among others, by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire Mrs Sarah Troughton, our Mayor Councillor Abdul Amin and Sir Robert Buckland MP. We are very grateful to Rev'd Geoff Gleed for leading our music and to the joint choirs of the Partnership churches for their inspriring singing. You can [.....]
John’s funeral and Simon’s compassionate leaveWe are enormously grateful for all the love and prayers we have received since John/ Dad’s death on 7th May. We had a wonderful funeral service with Holy Communion at St Leonard’s Sunningwell last Monday. All the family were directly involved in various ways. The only sadness being that Nicola was absent due to having Covid. We are especially grateful to Margaret, Ailsa and Geoff and those behind the scenes who organised such a moving parallel service at Christ Church at the same time. We are deeply touched by your prayers and support which were [.....]
A letter from SimonMy father John died peacefully at Princess Lodge Nursing Home, Swindon on Saturday 7th May at 8.20pm aged 91 years old. Thank you for your support, kindness and prayers especially over the last two and half years whilst my dad was living with us at the Vicarage and after his fall, at the Nursing Home, where he received excellent care.John was ordained 22nd December 1961. We celebrated his 40th and 50th Ordination anniversaries at Christ Church with friends coming from all the six parishes in which he served during his Stipendiary Ministry.Mum and Dad retired to Abingdon [.....]
Grass Management at Christ ChurchSome of our grass areas are being managed as part of a wider Land Management Plan.They will not be cut until later in the Summer to encourage the development of more, native, wildflower species. The longer grass will, in turn, help our invertebrates, birds and animals by providing valuable food sources and cover.We understand that some may find the uncut grass unsightly but, as custodians of God’s creation, we feel we must do all we can to protect it and encourage it to flourish.If you would like to talk to us about our plans, or [.....]
As part of our response to the need to take more care of God's planet, we have begun work on a Land Management Plan. Taking advice from a range of local experts and enthusiasts, we have surveyed our Church and Burial grounds, looking for ways to encourage wildlife and plant diversity.In the process, we have discovered some valuable ancient grassland which we can manage carefully to encourage more native species that will be beneficial to pollinators and other wildlife. This will involve stopping our intensive mowing programme in certain areas, to allow certain species, such as the Cuckoo flower below [.....]
We hold an All Age Service on the first Sunday of each month to which families are invited to join in with an informal worship suitable for all. Every other sunday during term time, we hold a Sunday Club. All children over the age of 3 years (parents welcome too)join in games, crafts, stories and much more. Families are encouraged to meet in church for the morning service at 10 am. This allows the children to experience a taste of our worship before moving to the Community Centre, just next door, following the Children’s Talk. They will then return to [.....]
This year marks the return of our popular Beer Festival - bigger and better than ever. Started by a former curate Gareth Hutchinson, now rector for Desford and Kirby Muxloe in Leicestershire, the festival has gained increasing momentum under the watchful eye of Chris Smith our Community Development Manager. We are regularly asked why a church should run such an event so it's worth outlining why we do. 1. It brings many hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds into the church and it's grounds and it gives us an opportunity to engage with them in a relaxed [.....]
Pheonix Enterprises have been shipping out Humanitarian Aid to refugees from Ukraine. Mike Bowden has requested the following items : toys, colouring books, colouring pencils, toiletries, female sanitary products and medical supplies. There is a donation box in the community centre should you wish to contribute. You can also donate to Phoenxi's work directly hereVolunteers to help sort and box these aids will also be needed please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.