What to Expect

If you are visiting us for worship for the first time, here's what you should expect:

Before the Service

Try to get to the church about 10-15 minutes before the start of the service.

Parking - There is a small car park directly across the street from the church, plus there is additional parking along Parliament Street beyond the church.

Access - There is a ramp up to the main entrance of the church from the street for wheelchairs or for anyone who finds steps difficult. Inside the church you will also be able to remain on one level. If you wish to receive communion, but do not want to go up the one step to the altar, or find the distance to the altar difficult, let one of the Greeters or Church Wardens know as soon as you arrive. The Vicar will be happy to bring communion to you at your seat. This is a common occurrence at Christ Church, so you need not feel uncomfortable about requesting this.

Greeters - When you enter the church foyer you will be welcomed by a Greeter and given a notice sheet (which you are encouraged to read and take home), a hymnal and a service pamphlet (which you should return to the foyer at the end of the service).

Seating - Once inside the church proper, you will be met by one of the Church Wardens who can help direct you if you have a question about where it would be best to sit.

Children - Children of all ages are always welcome at Christ Church. If you come to the Sunday 9:45 service, your children are also welcome to participate in the "Junior Church" instruction. If they wish to do so, let the Greeters or Church Wardens know when you arrive and they will direct your children where to sit.

Offering - During the service a voluntary offering of money will be taken, which will be used to help support the ministry both of our local parish and of the wider Church of England. If you wish to contribute, please place your donation in the offering plate when it is passed to you during the service. (If you are a UK taxpayer and wish your contribution to be made under the "Gift Aid" scheme, please speak to a Greeter or Church Warden when you arrive and they will be happy to help you.)

Communion - Anyone who is a communicant in your own parish is welcome to receive communion at Christ Church. If you do not want to receive communion, but do want to receive a blessing from the Vicar, please come to the communion rail and keep your head bowed.

During the Service

The service pamphlet is easy to follow and contains everything you need during the service. Hymn numbers are announced during the service and are also usually posted on the board above the pulpit.

Most of our services are based on the forms published in the Anglican Common Worship series of books, so if you are from another parish in the Church of England you should feel right at home. Our Eucharistic services (also known as Holy Communion or the Lord's Supper) follow the same pattern used by most Christians for nearly 2000 years, so in a very real way when we worship we do so together with millions of Christians throughout the world and throughout history. The service has two main parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Sacrament.

The Liturgy of the Word

The first part of the service follows basically the same order as the even-more-ancient Jewish synagogue service:

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The second part of the service is a celebration of the sacrament of Holy Communion. It is a sacred meal, hosted by God, to which all the baptised are invited, in which we are given the spiritual food to nourish and sustain us in our Christian lives:

After the Service

Please return your service pamphlet and hymnal to the table in the foyer of the church as you leave. (Don't be surprised if some helpful children ask to do this for you.)

You will have a chance to speak to the Vicar in the foyer on your way out of church.

Always feel free to join us for coffee, tea, and biscuits after the service at the very back of the church. (There will be a dish for donations to help defer the cost.) Thank you.