Church Services have restarted

By |2020-10-20T12:11:56+02:00Saturday, 10 October, 2020|News, Services|

Christ Church Old Town Swindon

Despite the recent changes, Church services are still permitted, and we hold a regular 10.00 am service in Christ Church. 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. The new

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 to expect.

Q. How is the church managing social distancing?

A. We have assessed the 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 social distance rules for your own and others safety and do not block the narrow aisles. If possible either talk at the front of the church or outside.

Q. Must I wear a mask?

A.It is now mandatory for visitors to churches to wear face coverings. The advice is that they should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus Covid-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing or sanitising.

If you forget your face covering, there will initially be a supply available in the entrance to the church so that you can join us safely. Please take your used mask home with you and remember to bring your own next time.

Q. Can I sit with my family?

A. Families from the same household can all sit together in a pew. The ushers will help to maintain safe distancing and advise you where to sit.

Q. Will there be communion?

A. As normal, services will vary but where communion is offered this will be bread only and will be carefully controlled to minimised transmission risks according to government and church guidelines.

Q. Will the hymn books be sanitised?

A. Sadly, hymn singing is not allowed at the moment, so all hymn books and bibles and other written materials have been removed. Service details are displayed on our screen. Visibility in some parts of the church is limited so we provide an online version of the week’s order of service that you can access using our church wifi. You can find the order of service for the week on our webpage.

The Church has Wifi Access – Look for SSID: christchurch – password fiveloaves.

Q. I usually give cash in the plate when I come to church. I believe this is not advised. What can I do to support the work of the church?

A. We would prefer not to have to expose our volunteers to handling cash but we desperately do need your support. Please take a moment to look at the various ways that you can support us financially here. If none of these apply then do use the pillar donation box at the rear of the church next to the SW door.

Q. Will I be able to talk to my friends after the service?

A. To minimise risk, our service will be shorter than normal, and time will be allowed at the end to catch up. If it is fine, then this is better done outdoors, if not then please make sure that you do not obstruct the aisles or exits to allow everyone to leave safely. It is, obviously, vital to obey social distancing guidelines at all times.

Q. Will it be safe to come?

A. We have carefully assessed the risks of bringing us together and have put in place measures to control and minimise the risk of transmission of the virus. It is not, of course, possible however to mitigate risks completely – everyone attending must evaluate their own circumstances and act accordingly. We all have a responsibility to act responsibly to ensure the safety of everyone else.

  • Do not come to church if you feel unwell.
  • Use the NHS Covid App to check in ( we will also take your name at the door)
  • Face coverings are mandatory and must be worn at all times ( see exemptions)
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided when you arrive and when you leave.
  • Be aware of social distancing rules – keep 2 metres apart whenever possible.
  • Cover your nose and mouth if you sneeze or cough – take your tissues home and dispose of them there.

If you do not feel it is safe – stay at home and listen to our service on-line. If you know anyone who does not have internet, please encourage them to contact Simon (01793 529166) or the staff team (01793 522832) for details on how to listen to our services via telephone.

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Hilliers Bereavement Service

By |2020-10-10T14:29:10+02:00Saturday, 3 October, 2020|Services|

If you missed last Sunday’s Bereavement Service, you can watch an online recording below.

Return of choral singing

By |2020-10-17T20:03:18+02:00Saturday, 5 September, 2020|Services|

Although congregational singing is still not allowed, Limited choral singing is now permitted. The choir will return on the second and fourth Sundays, starting on the 13th and again on 27th. Just in case you have forgotten what we sound like, you can hear us here.

Autumn Sermon Series

By |2020-10-17T20:04:35+02:00Friday, 4 September, 2020|Services|

A look ahead to our Autumn programme of services 2020

In various ways, we will explore in our worship, preaching, children’s material and Home Groups, what it means to be an eco-congregation and an inter-generational Christian learning community.

We will do this:

  1. Through a sermon series on key Bible stories
  2. Through welcome and learning in our Home Groups
  3. By providing opportunities for our congregations to grow in Christian confidence
  4. By encouraging us to read the Bible in a year, through a very helpful resource

The Programme

  • 6th Sept Love the Lord your God with all your heart, Soul, strength, and mind
  • 13th Sept Love your neighbour
  • 20th Sept Love yourself
  • 27th Sept Mission Gift Day: Send a Cow Charity

October/November/December Themes – Being an Eco Congregation. How then shall we live? – an exploration of our theology of Eco-church

  • 4th Oct Harvest Festival God and progress: The problem of blind ignorance
  • 11th Oct God and Nature: The problem of separation
  • 18th Oct God and Heaven: The Problem of after- life is left for after life. Old Town Partnership Pulpit Exchange – Robert Jordan preaching.
  • Friday 23rd Oct Martin Palmer Friends of Christ Church lecture ‘Learning from Celebration Earth’
  • 25th Oct God and Us: The problem of Greed
  • 1st Nov All Saints Day – God and Salvation: The Salvation of Humankind. All Souls Bereavement Care gathering
  • 8th Nov Remembrance Sunday – in the light of Covid-19. How can our remembering lead us to transformation?
  • 15th Nov God and Conscience: The Salvation of Society
  • 22nd Nov Mission Gift Day Water Aid: Stream of Living Water
  • 29th Nov Advent Sunday: God in Me, what can I do?
  • 6th Dec God in the Community: What can we do?
  • 7th Dec Holy Innocents: we are all key workers.
  • 13th Dec Preparing for Christmas in the midst of a world pandemic. Theme: Comfort
  • 20th Dec Preparing for Christmas in the midst of a world pandemic. Theme: Joy
  • 25th Dec Friday, Christmas Day Theme: New insights for 2020 as Jesus is born.

Take a look at our Children’s resources page

By |2020-09-24T13:04:24+02:00Saturday, 29 August, 2020|Church Plan: Church Family, Services|

Each week, Children can join in with our services listening to bible stories and using fun resources on our Children’s corner pages.

We are posting a variety of materials to help our younger parishioners and friends enjoy and understand our Bible stories.

Missing the choir?

By |2020-08-27T21:09:20+02:00Thursday, 27 August, 2020|Magazine, Services|

Listen to us singing – Angel Voices ever singing – F Potts
Over the years our faithful choir has supported services, sometimes with friends joining us, sometimes just the few. Sadly some no longer with us. In these unprecended times, we can’t be there but you can still hear us. Click the image above to listen.

24 Hour Free Phone line

By |2020-05-16T23:10:06+02:00Saturday, 2 May, 2020|News, Services|

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a FREE national ‘phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into peoples’ homes whilst church buildings are closed.
Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of the telephone line. The 24 hour a day line is particularly helpful for those unable to join online church services;

The free ‘phone number is: 0800 804 8044

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