Christ Church changes direction!
On Thursday July 20th Christ Church took over ownership of a piece of land on the busy SYDNEY ROAD adjacent to the church site. This is great news! Soon we will be ‘Christ Church on Sydney..’ as well as Christ Church ‘on Glenlyon’.
On Sunday 23rd the land was blessed and dedicated for the purposes of God as the congregation processed from the church into Sydney Road, and with plenty of holy water and incense Bishop Lindsay claimed the site, which has in its time had various purposes from a Bob Jane car yard, to a car wash, to a home for the well known Town Hall kebab stall.
So what does the future hold?
When all the various permissions are through and plans drawn up, there will be direct access to the church yard and church from Sydney Road. It’s going to be our great mission challenge to use the sight well to draw people closer to the Good News of Jesus Christ!
On Saturday 26th August there will be a breakfast and morning conference to explore and explain the implications of this change of direction.
8 a.m. Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer
10 a.m. PARISH MASS Preacher : Bishop Lindsay
followed by refreshments
5 p.m. Evening Prayer
Sunday August 27th at 6 p.m.
WITH JESUS and MARY
A Celebration of Healing : this is a great opportunity to experience the ministry of healing Jesus entrusts to his Church.
There will be the opportunity for the laying on of hands with prayer, and for anointing with the oil of the sick. For the biblical background, read James 5 : 13 – 16.
There will also be the opportunity to receive water from the Holy Well at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. (www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk)
ALL are WELCOME! Have a look at the poster below. Tell your friends!
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 three 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. And the third? A love of ourselves. Jesus says it’s the measure of how much we are to love our neighbours. For many, learning to truly love ourselves as the Lord loves us is a tough journey.
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!
The church garden with its attractive fountain provides a restful space in the midst of busy Brunswick.
The icon of the Annunciation in the Lady chapel is a particular place for prayer and prayer requests can be left there.
The church and garden are generally open by 7 a.m. and closes after Evening prayers at 6 p.m.