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

friends@christchurchswindon.co.uk 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

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.

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Introducing The Wellbeing Journey

By |2021-02-10T18:36:24+02:0022 January 2021|Church Plan: Church Family, Church Plan: Community Networks|

The Wellbeing Journey is a new series to help churches and communities address the challenges of our times. Following the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, local churches are in a unique place to lead communities on this holistic journey to physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. 

HOPE Together and KingsGate Church, Peterborough, have developed a video journey drawing on Kingsgate’s Wellbeing sermon series and the book ‘God’s Plan for Your Wellbeing’ by their lead pastor Dr Dave Smith. The videos are presented by Simon Thomas (Prime Video Sport/ Sky Sports/ Blue Peter) and  Joanna Adeyinka-Burford (BBC, Channel 5, Nickelodeon), with contributions from leading experts in different fields.

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Good News from the Community Centre team

By |2021-02-09T13:34:25+02:0020 January 2021|Church Plan: Church Family, Church Plan: Community Networks, News|

We are delighted to let you know that the community centre team have been successfully awarded three grants. The first two grants are to be spent on our afternoon teas programme which provides a vital means of socialisation for older people and particularly those suffering with dementia. They have come from the Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Partnership and Green Square.

The final grant has come from emergency covid funding issued by the National Lottery Community Fund on behalf of the Government. This money is specifically to be spent on the running costs of the community centre. This helps to safeguard the work of our community centre and team in the year ahead.

Chris Smith & Jenny Hatter

Proposals for Old Rose Garden

By |2021-02-09T13:43:01+02:0014 December 2020|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.

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Eco Stable

By |2021-02-09T13:35:59+02:0012 December 2020|Church Plan: Community Networks, Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism, Events|

We are doing all we can, along with our wider Swindon community, to celebrate God’s amazing world through practical acts of care and kindness looking after its future recognising the enormous world-wide challenges caused by climate change and the Covid 19 pandemic.

This year, our good friend, Gervin Senior has created a full size replica stable outside the church. The wood comes from discarded fencing panels and local rubbish sites. We even have a star hanging above it and an eco-manger within it!

In Gervin’s words; ‘ Every problem is an opportunity, I am grateful to members of the Swindon community for helping with this project with practical gifts. I hope it gives everybody a lift this Christmas.

The words on the front are;
• From Bethlehem to Swindon with love
• Jesus gives us comfort and joy
• God is with us

We want to be clear- Christmas is not cancelled this year-we are just doing things differently. Our priority is keeping people safe and telling the Good News of Christmas that God has come to us in his son Jesus Christ in a lively contemporary way’.
‘We are enormously grateful to Gervin for masterminding this creative community stable. We hope and pray that people of all ages will engage with this stable’s simplicity and atmosphere and have unforgettable memories by and in our stable which is a gift to our Old Town Swindon parish.’

You are invited to bring:

  • A small single object: e.g. rope, stone, pine cone, branch and place it in the manger.
  • (It should not include words or identifiers, it’s a personal symbolic gift.)
  • A prayer or a longing. A desire for Christ to meet with you.

In this way we build an altar of personal hopes and dreams which will be a Covid safe, environment enhancing and not detracting from the installation itself.

Do come and sit awhile in the stable for your own meditation and prayer, you may want to come and listen to some carols on your phone

Our prayer for people leaving offerings is that they might know the reality of God’s presence with us through His incarnation and that their spirits might be renewed as they join their offering with others.

This week, leading up to Christmas day we are inviting families to dress up as Bethlehem characters and put their photos on our Christ Church Facebook page.

We recognise that many people are social distancing therefore our prayer is that every home may be Bethlehem and every heart a manger. The stable also reminds us of our Bible verse for the year and is part of our strategic plan to develop as an eco-congregation. You can read some of our eco ideas here.

Community Centre at Christ Church Swindon

By |2020-11-27T19:29:45+02:0027 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.

https://www.swindonlottery.co.uk/…/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

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