Text Prayer ChainThis page outlines guidelines for church members who have signed up for the Christ Church Text Prayer Chain.

The purpose of the text prayer chain is to pass prayer needs and related information around the congregation quickly and efficiently.  It is only available to our church members.   The existing telephone prayer chain will continue running concurrently with the new text prayer chain.

We would ask subscribers to respect the confidentiality of the service by not discussing the information received in texts with other people and by NOT forwarding the text messages to anyone else. TO SIGN UP

To join the Text Prayer Chain, please complete the form on the information desk at the back of church or speak to Sandra Crocker (707442) or Chris Cole (635012).


If you wish to cancel, you may text 9N6J7STOP to 60777 at anytime and you will be automatically removed from future messages.

It you have a technical query, please contact Chris Cole on 635012 or Andy Page on 517751.


To ask for a prayer need or praise item to go onto the Prayer Chain, please call Sandra Crocker on 707442.  There is not an automated way of submitting items at present.


This month's Missionary Focus is Chab Dai.

Chab Dai was setup in 2005 by Helen Sworn with the purpose of getting Christian agencies collaborating in their work surrounding trafficking and sexual exploitation in Cambodia.

Christ Church member Andy Page visited Helen and the team at their Chab Dai conference in May and has reported back to the church on his visit.  A copy of his presentation with links to the video clips is available here.

As I watched the 60 or more cold, wet and windswept parishioners arriving for the APCM, I was reminded of the old advert in which milkmen struggle through storms to deliver our doorstep pinta.  And our dedicated band of church members weren’t even being paid to come!  Inside the church was lovely and warm, courtesy we learned of a faulty heating control which currently can only be switched on fully or not at all.

We were treated to a whistle-stop tour of all aspects of church life, some familiar, others not:

  • Did you know that Christ Church is now on Facebook and Twitter or that if you put your news and prayer sheet down whilst having coffee after the service, you can read it on the church webpage?
  • Did you realise that three quarters of the 211 people on the electoral roll live outside the parish?  Wherever do they all park their cars?

Our Aims -

To bless Parents/Carers and the children in their care by providing a welcoming, safe and supportive group where they can meet, play and spend time in friendship with others in similar situations.

To show God's love in action through the service of a Christ centred team.

To gently teach God's word through Bible Stories, Craft, Songs and Prayers.  To be a signpost to other family events and services in our church.

What happens -

The first part of the session is a time for free play. We have different zones for Baby Toys, Home Corner, Art and Craft, Reading Area, Theme Area and Big Toys Zone!

We have a variety of toys including a slide, tent and tunnel, small ball pit, puzzles, construction toys, small world (such as Happy Land and Fisher Price Little People), role play toys and books to encourage all areas of development.  

We have an Art/Craft activity during the session, which is linked to the theme of the week.

A range of refreshments are available throughout the session in our Cafe area.

After tidy up time, we all come together to hear a story connected to our theme for the week and sing songs.

For more information contact

Nicky Boardman
Family Ministry Co-ordinator

Our group is now closed for the Summer Holidays - we hope you have a really good break and we'll see you again on 9th September for a new term of fun!

During the week of Prayer, we prayed 24-7 for our vacancy, the town, the Nation, world mission and our part in sharing the gospel message. Here are some of our ‘Expectations’ and ‘Feedback’ responses to the Prayer Room that ran for 5 days in the Spire Centre: EXPECTATIONS ‘To have time to think and reflect and learn new ways to meet with God and to have some 'God and Me' time in a new and different way.’
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'Learning to listen and be quiet instead of giving a long list of prayer requests.’
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‘A peace. Time to reflect. A special intimacy with God.’
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‘Receiving encouragement from God.’

Childrens Festival 2012The kids really enjoyed the Diocesan Childrens Festival!  They were so enthusiastic and well behaved, a real credit to our church. Donna and Tia created the banner for the procession and all the children had a chance to add their names and the odd design to it. They did art and craft, flags, music, dance, drama and quiet reflection at prayer stations – all Olympic themed.   Nicky Boardman