……Welcome to Christ Church, Brunswick
SUNDAY APRIL 22nd
The First Sunday after Easter
8 a.m. Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer
10 a.m. PARISH MASS followed by refreshments
Preacher : Bishop Lindsay
Bishop Lindsay Urwin, parish priest at Christ Church, writes:
We are delighted to welcome you to the Christ Church website. Of course, if you are interested in who we are and the person we worship, then certainly the best way is to ‘come and see’, the great invitation made by Jesus himself to his early followers.
Like any relationship there is a sort of preliminary risk. When people are attracted to each other, if the relationship is to develop they have to sort of act as if they are in love before they are in the hope that they will be. (You may have to read that sentence again!) It’s the same with the Lord.
I remember many years ago taking a large group of English young people to stay with the religious community at Taize in France. Thousands of young people make pilgrimage there each summer, many of them unsure about commitment to Christ, and even less sure about their need of the Church. The invitation of the Brothers of the Community is simply to come and live as if the Christian faith is true for a few days and see what you make of it; sing the songs; pray the prayers; meet to talk; study the Bible; come to the Eucharist. No one is pressed about what they believe, but they are asked to be respectful and open hearted. In other words, try it and see!
Here at Christ Church we want to issue the same invitation.
At present we are quite a small but growing community, so there is plenty of room to welcome you!
At the heart of our life are two loves, though they are very connected. First of all our love for the God who first loves us; the God who made us out of love and for love. This love we believe has and is shown above all by Jesus, whom we, with so many millions call the ‘Christ’, a word which means the ‘chosen one’ who reveals, or better, ‘puts flesh’ on God’s purpose and hopes for the world. The second love is the love of ‘neighbour’, and, following the teachings of Jesus our ‘neighbour’ is anybody who turns up or is around the next corner.
To live life loving like this has an attractive simplicity about it, but it’s a challenge!
So the Church is a community of love helping to create a civilisation of love. If you make a decision to ‘come and see’ at Christ Church it is our hope and our intention that you will indeed experience some of that love.
Lindsay Urwin OGS
CHRIST CHURCH Open all hours……
Christ Church and the fountain garden are open throughout the day to allow any passing by to ‘come and see’, explore the building, to make use of it to sit and reflect and to pray, or just for a bit of peace!
There is a place where those who come can light a candle as a sign of their prayer. There is the opportunity for those who wish to write down their prayer intention and place it in the ‘prayer box’ by the icon of the Annunciation. That prayer will be prayed every day for seven days.
The church garden with its attractive fountain provides a restful space in the midst of busy Brunswick.
The church and garden are generally open by 7 a.m. and closes after Evening prayers at 6 p.m.