Your P.C.C.

By |2021-02-26T13:03:41+02:0025 February 2021|CC Home Page, Events, News, Uncategorized|

The Parochial Church Council or PCC is a group of people who direct strategy for and take decisions on behalf of Christ Church with St Mary’s. It meets regularly and it is important that everyone understands how it works and what it decides as this can affect our church life together.

  • PCC Update: February 2021
    Elected members of PCC: David Ratnam, Daniel Pitt, Ruth Awinyo, Charles Vince, Steve Cox, Sean Bolger, Rose Earle, Mike Frost Foster.

    Elected members of PCC for Deanery Synod: Anne Grainger and Kevin Penfold
    PCC (appointed offices):
    Vicar: Simon Stevenette
    Staff team: Norma McKemey representing Christ Church Anne Macmillan representing St. Mary’s

Treasurer:Andrew Yeoward

Church Wardens: Jim D’Avila and Pam Bridgeman
The PCC meets 6 times a year.

What did the PCC discuss, what news was shared and what decisions came forward?

The Community Centre has been awarded a £30k grant. This was a great achievement by Chris and
the team and very encouraging. Congratulations and thanks to Chris and the team.


The Beacon on the Hill

By |2021-02-21T15:30:05+02:0021 February 2021|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Community Networks|

The author Mark Bridgeman, son of the late Brian Bridgeman, has completely re-written his father’s book on the history of Christ Church and the community it serves.

The book, written to celebrate the 170th Anniversary of Christ Church in 2021, provides a comprehensive study of the people and events that tell the story of almost a thousand years of history from the Doomsday Book to Coronavirus.

The Beacon on the Hill will surprise and entertain you with over 200 photographs and a special guide to the church.

All proceeds from the sale go towards the Friends of Christ Church.

You can order a copy by contacting or Caroline 01793 521732

Swindon Scandals

What does disgraced vicar Newton Howe have in common with Reggie Kray and Mick Jagger? Intrigued? !
You’ll have to read the book to find out (page 74)


Order yours now

Transforming church

By |2021-02-21T15:27:36+02:0021 February 2021|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Church Family, News|

Get involved and give your views by completing this short survey

Watch a short video about the Church of England’s plans for the future.

Rose Garden Plans

By |2021-02-21T15:31:19+02:0021 February 2021|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Community Networks, Church Plan: Site Development, News|

We have recently completed an application to the Diocese of Bristol for plans to decommission our former Ashes Rose Garden which is now closed for further burials.

This applies for permission to make improvements to the Rose Garden to make it a more beautiful, manageable and fitting memorial to the over 1,300 Swindonians who are remembered there.


Compline Services

By |2021-02-27T13:26:43+02:0010 February 2021|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism, Services, Uncategorized|

As we enter Lent we will hold a short service of Compline at 9.00pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. These will be live streamed from our Facebook page.

The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘completion’ (completorium). It is, above all, a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day.

It is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without additions, conversation or noise. If the service is in church, those present depart in silence; if at home, they go quietly to bed.

During each service a special chant is sung “Before the ending of the day” – you can hear it below.

You can download a copy of the order of service from this link. Compline Generic Christ Church 2021 v1

You can watch Compline on Facebook by following the link below

A letter from Bishop Viv

By |2021-02-10T18:31:17+02:006 February 2021|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism, News|

Dear Friends,

I last wrote to you in November with an update on Transforming Church, and how we are seeking to discern God’s vision for our Diocese in the coming years.

All our lives have continued to be severely disrupted becauseof Covid, and there is still much hardship, loss and challenge in the communities we serve. Through those disruptions the work of the church, its prayer and proclamation have continued. Groups continue to plan for our response to the climate emergency, our work towards greater racial and social justice and our preparation to learn together as a national church through Living in Love and Faith. Over the Christmas season work on Transforming Churchhas continued in earnest.


Rose Garden Search

By |2021-02-14T12:37:41+02:001 February 2021|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism, Church Plan: Site Development, News|

The Rose Garden

You can search our database of those remembered in our Rose Garden using the link below.

Search the Rose Garden Records

Our plans to re-design the garden are well advanced and we are keen to make contact with families whose loved ones are remembered here to ensure that they understand and are comfortable with our proposals.

You can read more about the proposals here

Update on our Covid Response

By |2021-02-10T18:35:05+02:0029 January 2021|CC Home Page, Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism, News|

Dear Friends


In response to the number of Covid infections in Swindon and the pressure on our local hospital, the P.C.C, Covid response working group had a very positive and honest meeting on Wednesday 27th January and as a result, the decision was taken to continue to close for public worship at Christ Church and St Mary’s.

The church however will remain open daily for personal prayer and Sunday services will continue to be recorded and made available each week on our CC website.

We will remain closed for public worship during February including Ash Wednesday 17th February. However, a recorded service will be made available as we enter into Lent and look forward to Easter.


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