Starting 13th September. Across 8 sessions, participants learn how to engage principles and skills that combine cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with Christian spirituality.
Saturday 10th September, 2.30pm at Christchurch. A relaxing time to chat and catch up with friends as well as hear from our speaker Sarah Taylor, from Cleeve.
A six-session course will soon be running at Christchurch Clevedon starting on Thursday, 15th September at Christchurch at 7.30pm.
Friday 15th July, 7pm at Christchurch (a ticketed event supporting tearfund). An inspirational evening of songs and stories, with stars from hit show such as Phantom of the Opera, Chicago & Matilda.
Meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 10am-12pm at Christchurch.
Spring Harvest is returning this year to all three locations (Minehead, Skegness and Harrogate). Bookings are open now.
Starting Tuesday 26th April, Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. No pressure. No follow up. No charge.
Come celebrate Easter with us.
In January, Nate headed out to Moldova where he joined the staff at a Christian university. Since the war in Ukraine started, Nate has been made responsible for refugee hospitality and has already worked with 100s of people.
6:30pm, Sunday 6th March- A meet for Young People in the South West with the purpose of experiencing and engaging with God.
God of peace and justice, We pray for the people of Ukraine today.
A six-session course will soon be running at Christchurch Clevedon starting on Tuesday 8th March at 7.30 pm.
Saturday 19th February, 10am to 1pm – suitable for all people looking to support the bereaved, whatever your experience.
Click here to see how we are supporting local children and their families facing hardship.
Saturday 12th March from 9.30-11.30am
See what is happening at Christchurch for the new year.
Russell Herbert, Nick Moxon, Jill Flowers and Deborah Mallett have recorded a series of short reflections for Advent.
Christchurch’s Annual Memorial Service – Sunday 5th December @ 3pm, an opportunity to pause, reflect and light a candle in memory of loved ones.
Saturday 27th November 10am-6pm, Sunday 28th November 1-5pm
Sharing some love to under privileged children throughout Eastern Europe.
If you missed it, you can still donate to the Clevedon & District Foodbank.
The Men’s group are meeting on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Christchurch. For more details of coming along contact John de Borde, via the Church Office.
Not sure what you’re doing in September? How about the New Wine Discipleship Year?
Emily will be joining us from the 5th September
The DRC faces not one crisis but many. More than 5 million people have been forced from their homes, including 3 million children…
Calling All Green Fingered Gardening Enthusiasts!!! Christchurch Needs You!
We are seeking to appoint a full-time, experienced Youth Ministry Lead to oversee our youth ministry at Christchurch and join our staff leadership team.
Our Annual General Meeting took place online on Wednesday 21st April at 7.30pm.
His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, died peacefully Friday morning at Windsor Castle on 9th April.
The Church will be open for services from Sunday 18th April (10:30am). The ECC / Core team has been continually monitoring and carefully following the advice we have received from Government, Diocese and Circuit and, in line with ‘the national road map’ from the 12th April, feel it is time to transition back into the building following the pattern of Sunday services that was adopted prior to the last lockdown. Click here for how we are keeping people safe.
4th to the 8th April 2021 Spring Harvest is returning to our living rooms again this year! For more information, have a look at Spring Harvest’s website.
Following news reports over the past few weeks, members of the church family have asked how they can show their appreciation for their own ‘jab’ by blessing others and ‘twinning their vaccine’. Rather than initiate our own giving page, you may wish to join with other local Christians via Revd Scott Patterson, a vicar in Curry Rivel, and his wife Rowan who have launched ‘Twin My Vaccine’. This campaign is helping raise funds for communities across the world who are struggling to vaccinate their population against Covid 19 and whose infrastructure in places may not even include basic refrigeration. They’ve set up a JustGiving page to direct funds to UNICEF’s COVAX programme. The amount they raise will also be boosted by gift aid.
On 14th March 2020, North Somerset lost its first resident to COVID-19. Since then, many more people from our communities have passed away. On Sunday 14th March 2021 at 7pm, North Somerset Council is inviting us all to light a candle in memory of those no longer here. Residents are also encouraged to share a picture of our candles on social media using #NStogether to create a virtual moment of remembrance. More info can be found here.
A free 12 part course for Mums that’s available to watch any time between the 8th February and 30th April, provided by Care For the Family. Each session is 30 minutes long and you’ll come away with strategies for managing both you and your family’s stress and anxiety levels, practical tips to help you and your child process the mental and emotional impact of the pandemic, ideas on how to rebuild life after lockdown and much, much more! For more details and to ‘book your spot’ free of charge, visit Care For the Family’s online events page.
Suitable for all people looking to support the bereaved – whatever your experience, and gives an insight into what might be the needs of someone who is bereaved, and how you might be able to help. The course draws on Care for the Family’s wide experience of bereavement support, updated to also apply to lockdown living. The course lasts roughly 3 hours, and supporting material is provided via online resources. The course is run online using Zoom, and all delegates will be sent an e-workbook with their joining information. Your computer (or tablet, but a laptop is easier) will need a camera and microphone. If you are interested, please go to the Care for the Family – BCA web page. The course is very popular, so it’s worth booking up early! If you aren’t sure, or want to know more about this, please contact Jim or Heather Richards through the contact page.
At 6pm from on Mondays throughout February, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling on the nation to light a candle and pray for all those who mourn. More information can be found on the Church of England’s website. With so many people affected by these tough times, it can be useful to structure our daily prayer. The Prayer for the Nation provides themes for each day of the week. A Prayer For Those Who Mourn Gracious God,as we remember before you the thousands who have died,surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion.Be gentle with us in our grief,protect us from despair,and give us grace to persevereand face the future with hopein Jesus Christ our risen Lord.Amen.
…continue their Tuesday & Friday, 30 minutes of prayer on Zoom, 8:00 to 8:30am, when topics range far wider than just the town. Link details for this are available from Tim Simpson at email@example.com.
CAP is a national charity and has been around in the UK for over 25 years and is accredited by the FCA to provide FREE professional advice on how to become debt free. We have a local debt centre here in the Gordano Area covering Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead who are available now to provide advise and support to anyone who wants to think about sorting out their debts. If you want to chat about this, please contact Joanna on 07568 354880 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is not all about technical advice. This is what Martin Lewis, from MoneySavingExpert.com, had to say about CAP Christians Against Poverty on ITV’s “This Morning”:
Following government and diocese guidelines unfortunately we will unable to hold any routine services at the church. For those on the Living Life To The Full course this will now be run online. Dear Christchurch family, We were all hoping that we wouldn’t have to return to the restrictions that prevented us from gathering for worship yet in the light of government advice and with a duty of care for all, we will continue with our online services yet sadly stop physically meeting in Church for services. The core team will keep this under review. As before when we all faced this situation, please continue to: Be kind, gracious, pray and seek the needs of your neighbour wherever possible. Keep in contact and encourage one another, by phone, email, zoom, letters and cards. If you feel alone, please let us know as we can link you into a wider group. Please seek help and talk to someone if you become anxious or you experience low mood. Keep connected in worship and prayer via the website and one another. Keep updated via our newsletter, please contact the office if you can’t access this. We have said before that we ‘the Church’ are not closed and that many daily acts of random kindness, service, giving and sharing continue to take place, be encouraged. We are aware that there are many in our congregation are dealing with illness, awaiting or undergoing treatment, grieving loved ones at this time. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all. The staff and Clergy team are all available to speak on the phone, email, zoom etc. Please don’t hesitate to call for a chat if you need us. Thank you to ALL the team who contribute and bring our online worship and Children’s Blog to you…
Find out about all our Christmas Services here.
From 4pm on the 20th December, grab a mince pie and watch our online Carol service. Now online – click here Join us for six of our favourite hymns from the comfort of your home.(and there is no reason not to sing along)
Service now online – click here It is a shame we can’t safely meet in the Church, but we have Christingle packs for every household who orders one through our booking system (see below). So you will be able to build your own Christingle at home. We invite you to make your Christingle along with us in the service so try to resist the urge to make it (and eat all the sweets!) before then! But what has a orange got to do with Jesus? Click here to find out why. We hope you will be able to join with us online on Christmas Eve at www.christchurch-clevedon.org.uk, as we celebrate the start of Christmas in our homes across the town.
Well, Christmas is just around the corner… I don’t know about you but even though I love Christmas I am feeling a bit anxious as I know that it will look very different this year. We hope that Christmas is a time when people experience some joy, but even in non-Covid times we realise that Christmas can be a hard time for people for all sorts of reasons. We know that a lot of people this year from both our Church family and our local community will probably not be able to travel as they usually do to see friends and family. This will mean that cooking a Christmas lunch will be a bit of a struggle for them or they may well be on their own this Christmas. In recent years, churches like St Andrew’s have provided a lovely community Christmas lunch for those on their own, but this will be either difficult to do this year or will not be able to happen because of Covid restrictions. So, as part of the family here at Christchurch, we want to help with this & for no one to be left without a Christmas lunch on Christmas Day. SO…..WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!!!!!! 1) Do you live in Clevedon and the surrounding area and are planning to cook Christmas lunch anyway for you and your family…. could you cook another portion or two and deliver it to someone local? This would be an amazing, and practical, way to show God’s love, and be a blessing to our wider family at Christchurch as well as to maybe a lonely friend or neighbour. If you can do this, we would be SO grateful – please contact the church office so we can add you to our Christmas lunch delivery database (if it’s also possible for you to cater for any dietary requirements – vegan, vegetarian, gluten free or alcohol free…
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 7.30pm. In order to comply with Covid-19 restrictions and to ensure it was accessible to as many people as possible, this was held as an online Zoom meeting. The updated Electoral Roll is available on request (from the Church Office: 01275 871483 / email@example.com). The following links will download the minutes from the previous 2019 AGM, and the 2020 AGM reports and minutes. 2019 AGM Minutes, Attendees, Apologies 2020 AGM Reports, 2020 AGM Minutes, Attendees, Apologies
A weekday bible study at 2pm on second and forth Monday of the month, from the 23rd of November. Meeting over Zoom, this is an opportunity to meet together to explore God’s Word in some depth, with its relevance in today’s world, and to draw our eyes and hearts closer to him. Suzy Kirkham will taking you through the “Life of Jesus”. Click here to contact us to get the Zoom details.
Although many people in our country are struggling to provide food for their families as a result of Covid19, people in Uganda, as in many developing countries, do not have the luxury of food banks/furlough schemes/other government & charitable support and many are, literally, struggling to get enough food for each day. We are in close communication with the staff at Uganda Women Concern Ministry and although they are not able to carry out their normal community activities due to lockdown restrictions, they are distributing emergency food and household parcels to families who, without this support, would literally have nothing to eat. Each family was given 10kg of maize flour and 3 kg of beans which lasts approx. 3-5 days depending on the size of the family: “This changed the story of these families because they saw it as a miracle as they did not expect any thing of the kind in such a moment and the package was termed as God hears and answers prayers.” Uganda Women Concern Ministry (UWCM) It costs approx. £10 to provide these parcels and if you would like to make a donation to help provide food parcels for more families, please go to the Uganda Concern ‘Giving‘ page where there are full details on how to make a donation. EVERY PENNY OF YOUR DONATION WILL BE SENT OUT TO UWCM TO PROVIDE FOOD/HOUSEHOLD ITEMS FOR FAMILIES IN DESPERATE NEED. Please visit www.ugandaconcernuk.org if you have any queries.
United Breaks Out – New Wine comes into your home this year! (Thursday 30th July– Monday 3rd August) Yes, we will miss queuing for the showers and toilets, the early morning seminars, the group paella evening, the weekly trip to Tesco in Shepton, and that memorable year of almost non-stop rain! Take your iPad into the garden, set up a tent, worship so the neighbours have to come round and join in….it’s New Wine…….enjoy! Head over to the event website on Thursday (new-wine.org/breaksout) where you’ll find the timetable of events which you can watch live or on catch up, for free. Something for all ages and abilities: New-wine.org/UBOKids will bring together the best of New Wine’s Kids groups; discover their Space Agency, where children can encounter God through songs, challenges, teaching & gunge!
On behalf of the ECC, here is a letter by Clive and Russ discussing how the churches financial resources are used, and the impact of COVID 19. Click here for the full letter. If you would like to contribute to the work of the Church you can also donate online.
The church might not be open for visitors, but did you know we have a Prayer Wall? Find out more information about it here.
The Church building remains closed, contact the church office if you have a need for access. In this week where the prayers of many hoteliers, pub landlords and those in desperate need of a haircut have been answered, we as a church remain cautious in our plans and decisions to open our doors with the virus stillprevalent and social distancing in place. The latest national C of E guidelines are very helpful : “We will not be returning to normality overnight – this is the next step on a journey. We’ve been planning carefully, making detailed advice available for parishes to enable them to prepare to hold services when it is safe and practical to do so. It is important to say that the change in Government guidance is permissive, not prescriptive”. Pray with us as a leadership team as we continue to wait, watch and discern the best way forward for our setting, always bearing in mind the care and health of a large congregation of all ages. We will continue to carefully consider our response in the weeks to come. We give thanks for the opportunities we have all been given as the Holy Spirit leads each and everyone of us to reach our neighbours, colleagues, friends and those in need. It would be lovely to hear your stories of where new relationships have been established and grown, and people have engaged afresh with the Gospel during this time. As always if you need to get in touch you can contact the leadership team through the contact us page, or through the emails on the newssheet.