24
Jul 2021
Tearfund - DRC Crisis

The DRC faces not one crisis but many. More than 5 million people have been forced from their homes, including 3 million children. Communities, homes and livelihoods have been abandoned. Tearfund’s Emergency Appeal in Response to the Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Tearfund is on the ground offering effective help to people in urgent need, providing clean drinking water, handwashing stations, toilets and hygiene kits– all vital in stopping the spread of disease. They are also giving families farming tools, seeds and training to help them get back on their feet and provide for themselves in the future. Please click here to find out more information, and to consider donating to the Democratic Republic of Congo Emergency Appeal....

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04
Jul 2021
Grieve Well Café

Meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 10am-12pm at Christchurch. People of all ages are welcomed into a comfy, cosy and safe environment to share their experiences of bereavement, support one another by discussing the challenges they face and learn strategies to help them work through grief using helpful resources and discussion topics. Upcoming dates:19th May, 16th June, 14th July, 15th September, 13th October, 17th November, 15th DecemberFor more information, please contact the office....

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19
Jun 2021

On Saturday 26th June 2021 at 3pm, our own Revd Suzy Kirkham will be ordained as a Priest in Wells Cathedral. Please pray for Suzy and her family as she prepares for this very significant date in her life and ministry. Due to restrictions, the service is by invitation only but we will hopefully receive a weblink to share early next week so you can watch the service online. Suzy will be presiding at Communion during our 10.30am service on Sunday 27th June so please do join us for that service as we give thanks for her Priesting and ministry amongst us....

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29
May 2021
Youth Ministry Lead

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. Someone with a vibrant Christian faith to: Further develop our ministry and discipleship with young people aged 11-18 Grow, support and equip our volunteer youth team Build on our strong links with community and secondary school. Salary range:  £23,178 to £25,153 Closing date for applications Wednesday June 30th 2021. Interviews will be held Tuesday July 13th 2021 at Christchurch Clevedon. Post to start in September 2021. For further details and an application pack, please contact the Church administrator Kathryn McManus-Jones through our website contact form. There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the holder of this......

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08
May 2021
Living Life To The Full

New session starting Friday 21st May 2021 – every Friday to 16th July 2021, 10.30am at Christchurch. Living Life To The Full is a course that equips us to get mentally fit and healthy, and keep mentally fit and healthy. This course is free and will run every Friday for 8 weeks (not including the 4th June, which is half term). Please contact the church office to book your place. Across 8 sessions, participants learn how to engage principles and skills that combine (cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with Christian spirituality. The core material, which is used extensively both in the UK and worldwide, is written by Dr Chris Williams, who is Emeritus Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow.......

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23
Apr 2021
AGM 2021 Minutes

Our Annual General Meeting took place online on Wednesday 21st April at 7.30pm. Click here for the minutes, and here is the attendance and apologies. AGM Reports Agenda and Reports that were presented: Agenda Clergy Report Church Accounts Churches Together In Somerset (CTIS) Children’s Work Growth Groups Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) Portishead Deanery Wardens Report...

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09
Apr 2021
Duke of Edinburgh

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, died peacefully Friday morning at Windsor Castle. The Church will be open for private prayer, lighting of candles and signing a book of condolence between 4pm and 6pm Friday 9th April, and 11am-1pm Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th. Clive leads us in a prayer for the Royal Family: Image attributed to the UK Civil Service (via flickr) under the Creative Commons License. Image cropped and text overlaid. A statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury: “I join with the rest of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in mourning the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, and give thanks to God for his extraordinary life of dedicated service. Prince Philip......

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08
Apr 2021
Resuming Church Services

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....

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27
Mar 2021
Holy Week Reflections

A new prayer and reflection each day this week.Starting from Monday 29th and finishing Easter Saturday. given by: Nick Moxon, Suzy Kirkham, Deborah Mallett, Clive Jennings, Martin Buckley and Russell Herbert. With thanks to Sindy Lau for editing and producing these videos....

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13
Mar 2021
Twin My Vaccine

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......

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13
Mar 2021
North Somerset remembers

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....

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07
Feb 2021
The Mum Show

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....

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07
Feb 2021
Bereavement Care Awareness Training

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......

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01
Feb 2021
Chronavirus 100,000 a Call to Prayer

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....

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29
Jan 2021
Prayer 4 Clevedon

…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 prayer4clevedon@gmail.com....

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29
Jan 2021
Local Debt Help for Free

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: joannapritchett@capuk.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”:...

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29
Jan 2021
COVID and Opening for the New Year

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......

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13
Dec 2020
Carol Service

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)...

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05
Dec 2020
Christingle

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....

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14
Nov 2020
Christmas Lunches

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......

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08
Oct 2020

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 / admin@christchurch-clevedon.org.uk). 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...

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08
Oct 2020
Get to know your Bible

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....

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01
Aug 2020

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......

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25
Jul 2020
New Wine 30th-3rd August

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......

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11
Jul 2020

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....

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27
Jun 2020

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......

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31
May 2020
Giving

Whilst not meeting in the church regularly, you might be missing the opportunity to give. ‘But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?  Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.’ 1 Chronicles 29:14 Whilst the church benefits the most through regular giving such as standing orders, we also have facilities to receive one-off payments by use of a credit or debit card. The process is quick and secure, you only need your email address, home address and your card details. See our Giving page for more information....

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16
May 2020
Request for new Dog Collar

We are celebrating the good news that Will Alvarez, our youth worker / minister, has been recommended and accepted for ordination training. Well done, Will, for your faithful and prayerful persistence and together with all your Church family and friends in the Clevedon community, we will continue to pray for you....

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08
May 2020
Christian Aid Week 2020

Last year, Christian Aid raised over £7.5m through church collections, house-to-house, and events such as Big Brekkies. Not surprisingly, the Covid-19 situation has meant that much of this usual fundraising cannot go ahead for Christian Aid Week 2020. So the charity is launching a ‘vibrant, virtual Christian Aid Week’ with a range of creative ideas, resources and guides to help people fundraise and connect with their community virtually, while respecting social distancing measures. Have a look here for regular updates and resources: caweek.org/virtualresources Individuals can also sign up for unique events during Christian Aid Week itself from 10-16 May, such as a daily quiz and live stream worship events. Christian Aid will be offering an ‘e-envelope’; a digital way for people......

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08
May 2020
The Marriage Course

Four free date nights from Care for the Family Just a reminder that Care for the Family is launching the first of its four online ‘Marriage Course’ sessions this Monday (11th May). Whether you’re newlyweds or have been married for years,these sessions will help your marriage blossom during these uncertain times – and all you need is an hour a week. The key themes covered in the four sessions are: CHERISH – the forgotten vow and how to keep your love aliveCONNECT – understanding each other and the art of communicationCOLLABORATE – dealing with pressure points and handling conflict wellCOMMIT – love is a choice when the going gets tough Simply sign up (free of charge) and you’ll get a link to the four sessions and access......

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19
Apr 2020
Christchurch Kids Blog

It’s hard being stuck and home, but don’t forget to visit the Christchurch Kids Blog each week for Bible stories, games, arts and crafts. There is still plenty to do. https://christchurch-kids.blogspot.com/...

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10
Apr 2020
Good Friday Pray at 3pm

On Thursday evenings the whole country is encouraged to stop and applaud the NHS front line workers at 8pm. Inspired by this initiative, Christians are planning to pray at 3pm on Friday for God to intervene in this pandemic. At 3pm on Good Friday, Jesus said, ‘It is finished’ from the cross. Christians across the country are encouraged to step out in front of their homes and pray for Covid-19 to end. You may like to use this prayer: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to......

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04
Apr 2020
Bags of Hope

Helen, Sarah, Jo and Hannah have conquered technology, shopping restrictions and government guidelines to put together ‘bags of hope ‘ for 8 vulnerable and struggling families in Clevedon. We’ve been able to bless them with a roll of Christchurch’s toilet roll (not currently required at Christchurch!) fruit juice, squash, fresh eggs donated by a local farm, a bunch of daffodils that Tesco were giving away, and most importantly, ingredients and a recipe sheet for a family 2-course meal. The bag also had some fun activities and games. The team had a lot of fun and feel really privileged to be able to do this even though a lot of creative thinking has been required! Please pray for these families and the......

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19
Mar 2020

(March 2020) Dear Christchurch Family, You will have seen in the news that due to COVID-19, churches have been advised by the Diocese and Circuit to cease meeting for public worship on Sundays until we are advised it is safe to resume. This includes home groups, weekday services, toddler group, youth groups, gatherings or activities. We have no information as to how long these restrictions will be in place.   However … The Church isn’t a building, it’s you the people, and we will remain very active as ‘the church’ in serving Jesus and showing His love to our community in a variety of different and caring ways. It’ll be a little different Russ and Clive, together with others, will join us......

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16
Mar 2020

You are in our thoughts and prayers at this uncertain time and we hope you are keeping well. As a church leadership team, we are monitoring the situation as it develops and are keen for the church family to remain connected. Please check on the website regularly for any updates. Should you find yourself isolated, please do let us know. With every blessing, The Christchurch Leadership Team...

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13
Mar 2020

The Church of England have issued guidelines that Christchurch will be following.. . https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches For up to date information about what to do, should you or a member of your family be unwell, see the NHS website… https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ If you are a church member and self isolating please let your group leader know ie. home group, men’s group, refresh group, youth group etc. If you are not in a home group or linked into a group please contact the Church office or a member of the clergy team so they can link you to a group who can keep in contact with you....

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09
Mar 2020
Let's Explore - Mondays from 9th March

Date: Mondays (9th– 30th March)Time: 7.30pm-9pm Join us to explore the meaning of life and ask challenging questions about the Christian faith. If you are just curious or want to find out a bit more, this is a great way to do it. Interested? Want to know more? Email prayer@christchurch-clevedon.org.uk / Tel: 07810 027820...

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25
Jan 2020
Women's Day, 25th January 2020

Refresh@Christchurch, ClevedonWe are very pleased to welcome Michelle Leask as our Speaker this year. Tickets have remained at £10 with a bring-your-own lunch. Drinks and cakes will be served at lunchtime. Registration and coffee is from 10am, ready for a 10.30am start and we shall finish at about 4pm. As usual, there will be various stalls for retail therapy at lunchtime. More information can be found on the Women’s Day web page, including Registration Forms, or contact Deb Tovey at deb.tovey8@gmail.com (01275 879983)....

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19
Nov 2019
Christchurch Christmas Tree Festival 2019

Saturday 30th November 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday 1st Dec 1 pm – 5 pm. Free Entry. Come and see lots of Christmas trees decorated in imaginative ways by local societies and community groups Musical entertainment throughout the weekend from local choral groups and musicians There’s refreshments in our Christmas Cafe, with a Chocolate Tombola All Monies raised will be supporting charities such as Make Lunch Clevedon, Care for Uganada & Uganda Concern UK. For more details email Jo Sims ccchristmastreefestival@gmail.com...

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03
Nov 2019
Book Event - Halfway Home

Saturday 16th November, 7:30pm at Christchurch Clevedon. Russell Herbert will be talking about his new book “Halfway Home? Finding faith in mid-life”. The Book can be ordered from www.kevinmayhew.com (£8.99), ISBN: 9781838580407...

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