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
https://www.facebook.com/Christchurchswindon/videos/459434795427450/

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.

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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

Simon

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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Positive news from Send a Cow

By |2021-01-20T13:49:59+02:0020 January 2021|Church Plan: Financial Stewardship, Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism, Magazine, News|

Thank you for sticking with us and more importantly, families like Merima’s, throughout this challenging time. You are well and truly part of our global family, we couldn’t do it without you.

Emily Mullen

Supporter Relations – Send a Cow

Today is Blue Monday, supposedly the gloomiest day of the year. A day where we face a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and awaiting the first payday of the new year. And as the World continues to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no surprise we are all feeling a little blue. Send a Cow is one of Christ Church’s nominated charities. We were delighted to recieve this update from them with some positive news.

Meet Merima, pictured left. Merima lives in Kutaber District, Ethiopia with her husband and children. Along with 600 other women, Merima is part of the Developing Business Women Project, which supports family farmers like her to establish successful and sustainable agri-businesses.

Merima says

"Send a Cow has supported me with awareness and skills. I have received training on kitchen gardening, savings and credit and reproductive health. Of all the skills I have learned, I am really amazed by the bag garden. I have learned that we can produce food even if we don't have any land." - Merima

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

By |2021-02-09T13:34:41+02:0020 January 2021|Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism, News|

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.

Find out more

Our Parish Verse for 2021

By |2021-02-09T13:35:01+02:0012 January 2021|Church Plan: Church Family, Church Plan: Mission & Evangelism|

Each year, we choose a bible verse to focus on to provide us with hope and inspiration for the new year.

This year’s verse is from Peter

Blessed be the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
By his great mercy he has given us a new birth
into a living hope through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1 v 3

Download a printable version by clicking the button below

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.

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