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.

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Join in

By |2021-02-25T15:31:36+02:0025 February 2021|Church Plan: Church Family, Events, News|

There aren’t really any rules for this kind of get together but many report lonliness during the lockdown so we are trying everything we can to join people together. If you don’t have a computer or do have one but don’t know how to use it – just try the telephone dial in option to get started.

Why not try and get some of your friends to join too? There will be plenty of familiar friendly faces/voices.

Join online

If you are confident online then simply click the link below anytime between 4pm – 5pm on Tuesday 2nd March to join us.

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
If it’s all a bit new, follow these steps;
  1. Click the link above
  2. Click to cancel the little box that may appear.
  3. Choose the option “Continue on this browser”
  4. Fill in your name and press “Join now“.
  5. As soon as the chat has started you will be admitted.
 
 
 
Join by landline telephone (freephone)

Anytime between 4pm – 5pm on Tuesday afternoon

Tel: 08002605903 – you will be asked to tap in this Conference I.D. on your phone: it is 401 736 282#

Say your name when prompted. You will then join the group. To leave at any time just hang-up.

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.

Lunchtime Organ Recitals a great success

By |2020-10-17T20:02:36+02:0020 September 2020|Events, News|

Tim Eyles, our Director of Music, has completed a series of 4 lunchtime recitals on our recently refurbished organ to raise much needed funds for both the church and The Friends of Christ Church.

Thank you to all of you who supported Tim and gave generously. His recitals raised more than £250, split between the Friends and the Church. The organ can still be heard in the 2nd and 4th Sunday 10 am services or you can catch up with a recording of the service each week, after 1pm.

If you missed the chance to hear our organ in full flow, you can hear an extract below.

Tim Eyles – Music Director at Christ Church Organ

Listen to Tim play

Not back to normal – planning for a better future

By |2020-06-06T16:03:12+02:0023 May 2020|Church Plan: Community Networks, Events, Magazine|

An on-line lecture by Martin Palmer

Martin explored the theological, environmental and community challenges which the pandemic is raising in our own country and across the world. He stresses the importance of joining together as faiths to practically respond to the social and economic challenges, within an anxious and ever-changing environment.

Watch the recording

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Alone this Christmas?

By |2019-12-23T01:40:29+02:0011 October 2019|Events|

Come and join the fun. 3 course Christmas meal, Christmas Carols, Queen’s Speech, fun and laughter

Where: Christ Church Community Centre

When 12.00 – 3.30 Christmas Day

To reserve your place by donation please contact

Chris Smith 01793 617237 or email Chris.Smith@ccccswindon.co.uk

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