Upcoming Events Summer & Autumn 2024

2024-06-21T16:28:37+01:00

Upcoming Events at Christ Church and the Community Centre this Summer & Autumn

We have just published our summer and early autumn newsletter for all the upcoming concerts and events happening at Christ Church and the Community Centre in the next few months.

You can download the newsletter HERE

Upcoming Events Summer & Autumn 20242024-06-21T16:28:37+01:00

Caring For God’s Acre – Eco Fair Update

2024-06-14T16:08:40+01:00

Caring For God’s Acre – Update on our first Eco Fair

Last Saturday, 8th June, we were delighted to be part of the Old Town Festival with our very first “Celebration of God’s Acre” event organized by the Christ Church Eco Group.

We were able to share with those who visited, our beautiful churchyard, which having been relatively undisturbed for over 150 years, provides a rich diversity of grasses, flowers, birds and animals.

This undisturbed or ‘un-improved’ grassland is now rare in the UK and since the 1940’s it is estimated that flower-rich grassland, once widespread in the countryside, has vanished.

We are especially grateful to the various conservation and environmental groups and individuals who contributed to the day.

You can find out more about caring for God’s Acre on their website at: https://www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/

If you would like to know more about what we do as a church or what you can do as an individual or family to protect God’s earth then please get in touch using the email address below:

ecogroup@Christchurchswindon.co.uk

Caring For God’s Acre – Eco Fair Update2024-06-14T16:08:40+01:00

The 1st Christ Church Dog Fun Run, Walk, and Show

2024-06-10T16:06:55+01:00

The 1st Christ Church Dog Fun Run, Walk, and Show

Calling all dog lovers! A family friendly charity fundraising event for Christ Church.

Our dogs always need a walk every day so why not have some extra fun at the same time?

To celebrate 10 years of the Community Centre @ Christ Church and in partnership with a group of students from Nova Hreod we have set up an event based on their entrepreneurial idea.

Starting and ending at Christ Church following a fully marshalled course around Lawn Woods. There will be 2 races (registration 10.30am)

1 – Fun walk/ run – 2k – 11.15am start
2 – Competitive run – 5k – 11am start

Costs – £6 per adult, £4 per child, £15 for a family of up to 5 – DOGS GO FREE

Prizes for the winners of each event.

After the race there will be plenty of things to do including a bouncy castle, a fun dog show (best dresses, waggiest tail etc), arts and crafts, glitter tattoos and refreshments (burger van & ice cream/ cakes).

All proceeds raised go towards helping to maintain Christ Church.

Sponsored by: BellaJojo’s Pets Boutique & Spa

Dates/Times
10:30-15:00 15 Jun 24

Venue
Cricklade Street
Swindon
SN1 3HB

Tickets
Find out more and sign-up on our Community Centre website HERE

Contact details
If you have a question about this event, please contact:

Chris Smith
01793 617237
ccoperations@christchurchswindon.co.uk

The 1st Christ Church Dog Fun Run, Walk, and Show2024-06-10T16:06:55+01:00

Eco Fair – Saturday 8th 12- 4pm

2024-06-07T15:52:38+01:00

Come and Discover the Plant, Wildlife, and Nature in your local churchyard and grounds!

Join us this Saturday, 8th June from 12-4pm, for our 1st Eco Fair – Caring For God’s Acre, and discover the diversity of wildlife and plant life in your local churchyard, and what we are doing to help it thrive. Lots of things to do for all the family.

Free entry.

The day will include:
 

🦋 Bug hunts

🪱 wildlife specimens

🎋 wild plant tours

🎤 nature talks

📖 storytelling

🖍 colouring competition

🎨 children’s activity tables

🪧 local wildlife and environmental organisation’s displays and talks

🎤 local history talks & tours

🍔 picnic area

🥤🍪 refreshments

… and much more
All welcome! Come and Discover

This event ties in with the national Love Your Burial Ground Week & Churches Count on Nature (focused on nature, wildlife, history, food, and lifestyle). More details of the national week can be found at: https://www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/churches-count-on…/.

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The 11th Old Town Beer Festival Coming Soon!

2024-04-22T16:58:55+01:00

Our 11th Annual Old Town Beer Festival at Christ Church Is Just a Few Weeks Away!

It’s our 11th year and we hope it will be the best one yet.  The festival is our biggest fundraiser of the year so please come along and support it!

After the success of last year, we will be running the festival over FOUR DAYS again.

On Thursday 9th May we will open the festival with our comedy evening in Christ Church.

Doors and the bar opens at 6pm for an early sampling and food will be available to purchase from the fabulous Food for thought who will be serving their amazing fish and chips plus burgers, hot dogs etc.

There will be top comedy from Headliner Fiona Allen as seen on: Smack the Pony, Mock the week, Alan Partridge, 8 out of 10 cats, never mind the buzzcocks, the Frank Skinner show.

Support acts include Jonathan Elston ‘A comic with incredible talent’ The Guardian and Ian Macdonald – who has been gigging since he made 400 vicars laugh (at the same time!) and realised that Stand Up Comedy was the mid-life crisis he was searching for.

Swindon local, the fabulous Sam Michael will be returning as our MC for the night.

To find out more and buy tickets head over to our website HERE

Friday 10th May will be our standard opening night of the festival. Come along and try some of the many beers and ciders on offer whilst socialising with others in Christ Church.

On Saturday 11th May in the afternoon, there will be meet the brewer sessions with a chance for you to meet a few of our local breweries, grill them and try some of their ale.

On the Saturday evening (from 5pm onwards), there will be live music from excellent local bands, Sweet Nightingale, The Lost Hills, Driftwood and the return of the fabulous What the Pluck who put on such a great performance last year.

We are also delighted to confirm that SALOS Musical Theatre company will be hosting an evening of songs from musicals to close our festival on the Sunday evening.

Come along and enjoy the sing-along. The ticket price includes all drinks and snacks for this one.

Tickets for all events are NOW on SALE!

Head over to our festival website to find out more and buy tickets HERE

You can also download our full festival brochure HERE

The 11th Old Town Beer Festival Coming Soon!2024-04-22T16:58:55+01:00

The 4th Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival is on this weekend!

2024-04-15T16:46:17+01:00

The 4th Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival is on this weekend! Buy your tickets now!

The 4th Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival featuring British Jazz award winners, established Soul acts and and an African music showcase is on this weekend in Christ Church and the Community Centre.

THE SOUL : (Friday 19th April, Christ Church) An evening of Live Classic Soul music

THE JAZZ : (Saturday 20th April, Christ Church) A whole day and night of live Jazz featuring award winning and nationally known musicians.

THE AFRICAN : (Saturday 20th April, Christ Church Community Hall) A day and evening of live music from Africa featuring modern and traditional instruments, fusion, afrobeats, groove and funk.

For more information and tu buy tickets, head over to our Events page HERE 

For line up announcements please follow Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival on Facebook and Instagram or visit jazzknights.co.uk

The 4th Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival is on this weekend!2024-04-15T16:46:17+01:00

NOTICE OF ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

2024-04-12T12:31:20+01:00

NOTICE OF ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING & ELECTION OF NEW CHURCH WARDENS

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in Christ Church on the 28th April 2024 at 11:30am.  Please see the notice below: Please note you can click on the image to enlarge it.

Two new Church Wardens will also be elected at the meeting; see the corresponding notice below:

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING2024-04-12T12:31:20+01:00

Christ Church Bells 100th Anniversary Peal

2024-04-10T10:51:33+01:00

Christ Church Bells 100th Anniversary Peal

On Thursday 11th April at 3pm there is going to be a peal attempt (ringing for 3 hours).

This is being rung to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the ten bells being installed.

The new bells were cast by the John Taylor Bellfoundry at Loughborough.
They were dedicated by the Bishop of Bristol on 11th April 1924.

These are the bells that have rung at Christ church ever since.

If you are interested in joining the bell ringing team, please contact Ann Eyles at: Bells@Christchurchswindon.co.uk

You can watch the bells in action from a previous peal attempt at the link below…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfKp8B5G_wA

If you would like to find out more about the history of the bells and the church we have copies of our book, The Beacon on the Hill, available to buy for £13 from the parish office.

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King William Street School Church Council helped plant native saplings at Christ Church

2024-04-08T15:59:33+01:00

King William Street School Church Council helped plant native saplings at Christ Church

King William Street School Church Council helped plant native saplings at Christ Church, recently as part of the church’s Eco Group’s on-going plan to increase biodiversity within the grounds.

Once grown the saplings will provide shelter and food for birds and small mammals.

Mrs Sarah Prevost, teacher at King William Street School, said the children were very excited to be helping with this project and were looking forward to seeing the saplings grow in future years, into mature trees.

Mrs Anne Grainger, the chair of Christ Church Eco Group said “We are delighted that the children have joined us in this very special project. They are after all “our future” and what we do now to promote and conserve the natural environment for them is vital”.

The saplings were generously donated by the Woodland Trust.

You can find out more about the work of our Eco Group and Eco Church awards on our website here at: https://www.christchurchswindon.co.uk/blog/eco-church/

King William Street School Church Council helped plant native saplings at Christ Church2024-04-08T15:59:33+01:00

Electoral Roll Annual Revision

2024-04-05T16:09:41+01:00

Annual Revision of the Christ Church and St Mary’s Electoral Roll

Every year as part of the annual church meeting, we review and update all the names on our church electoral roll. This year the review starts at the end of March and will be complete by mid-April. A list of all currently registered Electoral Roll members (Names only) will be available at the back of the Church during the review period.

What do you need to do?

1. Already on the Electoral Roll

If you are already on the Church Electoral Roll and are happy to remain on it, you need to take no further action.

2. You want to join the Electoral Roll

There are several benefits to joining the Electoral Roll:
 
• You can stand for election to the Parish Church Council (PCC)
• You can attend the Annual Parochial Council Meeting (APCM)
• You can participate in the voting at the APCM (next meeting on 28th April)
• You will be prayed for once a month during the Morning Prayer services
 

To be entered on the Electoral Roll:

• You must be over 16.
• You must be baptised.
• You must have attended a Church of England church in the parish for at least the last six months.

If you wish to be entered on the Electoral Roll please complete one of the
applications for Enrolment available at the back of the church and return it to the Parish Office by the 13th of April

Names of all those on the Electoral Roll on 27th March 2024 are displayed in both churches – please check your entry and let the Parish Office know of any discrepancies – thank you

Electoral Roll Annual Revision2024-04-05T16:09:41+01:00

Our Easter Services

2024-03-28T13:08:50+00:00

Our Easter Services at Christ Church and St Mary’s

Maundy Thursday – 28th March

Old Town Partnership of Churches Maundy Thursday Agape Meal and Holy Communion at Immanuel Church at 7:30pm for 1 hour.

Good Friday – 29th March

Reflect at the Cross – a Good Friday Meditation – 12 noon to 3pm* in Christ Church

Led by Karen Campbell, Secretary for Global & Intercultural Ministries (Mission) in the United Reformed Church, we will join with our partnership congregations from Immanuel URC and Bath Road Methodist for our traditional 3 hours at the cross.
* you are welcome to come and go as you please on the hour or half-hour during the hymn.

Children’s Good Friday Workshop

For children up to 11 years (bring an adult with you)
at Christ Church Community Centre from 1:30 to 3pm, this Friday, 22nd March.
Craft and Activities based around the theme of Holy Week and Easter Day
All welcome!

Holy Saturday – 30th March

Fellowship of Faith presents…. Movie Night at 7pm

Come and join us to watch ‘The Passion of the Christ’ (cert.18)*
*WARNING – contains scenes of a graphic nature
Refreshments available to purchase
Suggested donation £2
Raising money for Christ Church and Fellowship of Faith

 

Easter Day – Sunday 31st March

6am Sunrise service with Holy Communion on the green outside Holy Rood on the Lawn.

Please bring a chair. Breakfast will be served afterwards. Please RSVP.

In Christ Church

8am Holy Communion

10am Holy Communion

This will also be live-streamed HERE

6.30pm Easter Praise

This will also be live-streamed HERE

In St Mary’s

9am Holy Communion

Easter Monday – 1st April

Children’s Easter Activity Day

Fun activities in and around Christ Church and the Community Centre from 11am to 3pm, including:

Bible verse pebble trail
Easter Bonnet competition
Art & crafts
Picnic area
Refreshments
And a visit from the Easter Bunny!
Children £3, adults free.
For more information, please contact Alex & James Davies-Spratt

You can find all of our Easter Services and Events and more about the life of our church HERE

 

Our Easter Services2024-03-28T13:08:50+00:00

Passiontide Organ Recital

2024-03-25T12:13:33+00:00

Passiontide Organ Recital

Passiontide Organ Recital by Tim Eyles, Director of Music at Christ Church.

Wednesday 27th March, at 1pm in Christ Church for one hour.

Free Entry with retiring collection.

Hot drinks and refreshments will be available from 12:30pm.

Music of a sombre nature, though not always soft, by composers such as JS Bach (Sei gegrüsset variations), Rheinberger (passacaglia from sonata 8 ), Flor Peeters, Alan Bullard, Healey Willan and William Bolcom.

There will also be two preludes by women composers Jeanne Demessieux and Sarah MacDonald.

All welcome!

Passiontide Organ Recital2024-03-25T12:13:33+00:00
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