Christ Church is a training parish. We have had many trainee priests and lay readers (who have subsequently been ordained or licensed) who have deepened their vocation, spirituality and prayer life, increased their knowledge and love of God and gained experience whilst on placement at Christ Church.
We currently have a team of trained, licensed lay Eucharistic ministers who are members of our congregation. These ministers assist the priest at the Sunday service and also further our mission by visiting and administering communion to those members of our congregation who are ill or housebound.
Over the years, we have developed links with the residents of two residential care homes: Spanswick Lodge, in Waldeck Road, and Edmanson’s, Close, in Bruce Grove. It is our aim to further and strengthen those links in forthcoming years.
Children and young people
Christ Church is a feeder church for those parents wishing to enrol their children at St Ann’s primary and NC school, which is a local Church of England primary school.
We welcome attendance of children and young people and aim to provide an inclusive and child-friendly church. There is an area within the church specifically provided for young children, which keeps them occupied, thus enabling their parents to fully participate in Sunday worship.
Older children who attend regularly are invited to become servers and assist the priest in the Sanctuary during Sunday services, as well as on special occasions or other festivals.
We do not currently have a Sunday school. However we hold a weekly Toddler Church each Thursday from 10.30am-11.30am for mums/carers, babies and pre-schoolers, which we see as a first step in encouraging more attendance by younger children and their families.
Christ Church is a signatory to the House of Bishops’ Policy on Safeguarding, a copy of which is on public display in the church. Our Safeguarding Officer is Deniece Reid.