Eco Ideas – What can I do?

By |2020-11-28T15:12:20+02:00Saturday, 28 November, 2020|CC Home Page, Magazine, News|

Eco-sermon series Week 7 God in me: What can I do?

We conclude our Sermon series with – What can I do? Of course everyone is different and has different challenges but here are some ideas from Sue and Phil on living more eco-consciously. that might start you thinking

• Share recipes and serve great eco-meals to your friends

• Use websites such as “Good on You” ( to find out the ethical / eco position of companies

• Set myself and my family some eco-principles. This demonstrates practical, non-theoretical steps towards “How then shall we live?” eco-consciousness.

o We will not buy the cheapest, preferring ethically produced basic clothes

o We will source food from local area to reduce carbon footprint


Partnership Advent Reflection

By |2020-11-28T11:48:48+02:00Saturday, 28 November, 2020|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism, Services|

Robert Jordsan

A Partnership Refection for Advent from Immanuel United Reform Church led by Revd Robert Jordan and members of the congregation. Music led by Rev Geoff Gleed.

Order of Service

Community Centre at Christ Church Swindon

By |2020-11-27T19:29:45+02:00Friday, 27 November, 2020|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Community Networks, News|

We have joined Swindon Community Lottery!

You can help support us by buying lottery tickets via our page.…/community-centre…

When tickets are purchased via our page we receive 50% of the purchase price PLUS 10% goes to other local causes and you are in with the chance to win a weekly cash prize with the Jackpot prize being up to £25,0000!

Be in the draw on the 19th of December for your chance to WIN 1 of 5 Entertainment Bundles!

Each Entertainment Bundle includes an Amazon Echo Show8, Echo Dot, & Fire7 Tablet.

Remember there are weekly CASH prizes up to the £25,000 jackpot too! Get your ticket now via the link or scan the QR code below! Good Luck!

Thank for supporting our work.

Chris & Jenny

Community Development Team

Alone at Christmas

By |2020-11-27T19:18:10+02:00Friday, 27 November, 2020|CC Home Page, News|

Whilst nothing will replace the joy, Alone at Christmas has given the lonely and isolated people who have attended the event for the last 4 years, we still want to do something during this pandemic to give those alone a bit of light and joy this Christmas.

Therefore, we have decided to create hampers for the people who usually attend. We hope to include things such as a Christmas dinner, Christmas pudding, biscuits, Christmas cracker etc. 

The current pandemic has posed lots of challenges in being able to provide anything for those alone and like so many others has hit us financially, so we are asking for donations towards this great cause to help us provide for as many isolated people as we can this Christmas. 

We understand that this is a big ask and if you cannot afford to donate there are other ways you may be able to help bring  some light and joy to others this Christmas. We are looking for donations of food items or time as we assemble a team of people to help deliver the Hampers in the lead up to Christmas.  

If you think you may be able to help in anyway, you think you will need a hamper yourself or know anyone who may benefit from this then please get in touch via Facebook (, e-mail or call 01793 617237 and leave a message with your contact details and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

Thank you

Chris & Jenny

Community Centre Development Team

Church Services restarting

By |2020-11-27T18:21:50+02:00Friday, 27 November, 2020|CC Home Page, News, Services|

Following the recent changes, Church services are now, once again, permitted. We plan to hold a regular 10.00 am physical Sunday service in Christ Church. As before, it will be available on our website for those who cannot attend in person.

We review our safety procedures each week in response to attendee numbers and behaviours, so it is important to regularly check service details and information on our website and social media. Plans to re-open St Mary’s for services as soon as possible are also being reviewed.

Our main priorities are the health and safety of our community, so things will not be quite the same as usual, but we recognise the importance, for many, of meeting together in worship so have put together this brief explanation of what is permitted and what to expect.

How is the church managing social distancing?

A. We have assessed the safe seating capacity and space available and worked out the best way to seat everyone to maintain 2 metre distancing. Familiar faces will be on hand to welcome you and show you where to sit. Where possible, worship should be from the central pews – these have been marked with a splendid golden circle (thank you Caroline Pitt) to show where you can sit. The church will be carefully sanitised before and after service.

We know that many of you badly want to connect with your church friends after service. Please, though, remember the latest guidance and social distance rules. You must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors here, unless a legal exemption applies. This means that you must take your seat as directed and remain there. At the end of service you must leave the church as soon as possible or as directed by the welcomers.

Please remember that this is to keep everyone safe.


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Proposals for Old Rose Garden

By |2020-11-27T18:41:39+02:00Friday, 27 November, 2020|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Community Networks, News|

More than 1,300 members of our Community are remembered in our Rose Garden. Some are marked by plaques, others are not. When the garden was closed for further ashes burials in 2019, we opened a new Remembrance Garden to the South East of the Church. This is now in full use and provides a beautiful and peaceful place for visitors to remember their loved ones.

For some years now, it has become difficult to maintain the Rose Garden due to poor soil quality, old and diseased plants and self-seeded and relative-planted shrubs and flowers. This has led to the garden becoming unkept and neglected looking. Canon law forbids the disturbance of remains and thus major maintenance of the area has become an increasing problem.


Help us spread the Word

By |2020-11-27T18:53:21+02:00Monday, 23 November, 2020|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism, Services|

Do you love communicating through film? We would like to film and share more of our worship and ministry, but we need more volunteers behind the camera and people to edit.

If we can, we would also like to purchase equipment enabling us to live stream services in Christ Church for those who cannot join us in church. The cost of this will be around £4,200. If you can help us with a donation or would like to know more about volunteering, please contact Simon Stevenette, tel 529166 or Stephen Grosvenor tel, 341034. (


You can watch this week’s service here

The Black Cosmic Christ

By |2020-11-15T13:05:23+02:00Thursday, 12 November, 2020|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism, Magazine|

Sue Mansfield, November 2020

In my original description, I focussed on the wildlife and the individual images in the icon. With this shorter description, I am just focussing on the whole icon and the ecologically challenging questions it was asking me.

This icon is based on the original icon Pantocrator in St Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai Egypt. In this later version, I have changed the face to a Black Cosmic Christ which I found actually more powerful. I chose to intentionally not adhere to the geometry of the Byzantine tradition of the face in order to honour the variety of face shape.

I have removed the usual ‘icon’ Bible, but in its place the first ‘Bible’ – Creation in all its glory. The first Bible was creation. Jesus is cloaked in creation. The Saints – more or less – seemed to find spiritual experiences outside, rarely in our buildings.

An icon of a Black Christ

Cosmic Christ

As I was writing the detail above him, I could feel his eyes boring into me, what would it be like to be this close to the Cosmic Christ?

Who are you? (I know and yet don’t know)

Who were you?

Who will you be?

Neutrons, protons electrons live in community. So do we. Connectedness with creation, perhaps a more gracious way to be in the world we are given is to allow nature to speak to us rather than dominate it, really realising that it isn’t there for my / our consumption / money-making / intelligence. St Claire says that nature is a mirror and mirrors back to us.


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