Crash TeamThe Crash Team is Christ Church's answer to an emergency service for those living in Christ Church Parish or attending the church who need practical help where friends or family aren't available.  In the past we have helped provide transport to local or Bristol hospitals, shopping, meals, cleaning, visiting and generally supporting our members. The Christ Church Crash Team has been working beautifully in the background.  A mighty praise for all who have accepted to give time and effort in answer to my phone calls.  I can't thank you enough.

Jane MilsomA DAY IN THE LIFE OF . . . . . .

Jane Milsom Or 'is there a Troll in the toilet??!'

This sub-title came to mind after hearing the noise coming from one of the Spire Centre toilets and it occurred to me that problems like this or questions about maintenance are very much part of my daily routine.  I have also been known to take my umbrella and stand in the pouring rain, looking for leaks from the new gutters!  But it’s variety and no-one could ever say that my day is not varied.

I often start my day checking the buildings - maybe opening up the Vestry for use later in the day, or the Sound Room if Toddlers are in, (they use it to make announcements & to be heard above the many Mums & children chatting etc)  or on a Friday, putting out the numerous bits & pieces of recycling!

Steph and Richard CoatesThe Lord has blessed us - in abundance!

On that most wonderful sunny Friday in September, the Bride and her father entered Christ Church to the musical tones of Pachelbel's Canon, to be greeted by an absolutely amazing congregation.  What a turn-out - it took our breath away.  Thank you all in the Christ Church family for the overwhelming love that greeted us all, on Stephanie & Richard's Wedding Day.  We truly felt the power of your prayers and your singing - we rejoiced, we were amazed!

Bishop PeterWe need the ‘twos and threes’

Taking a wedding recently I stood before the couple to be married and was deeply touched by the level of emotion that they both demonstrated as we sang the first hymn.  They were clearly in love, and their journey to the altar had not been without its difficulties and trials. The declarations, vows and blessing were all undertaken ‘reverently, responsibly and after serious thought’.  Their marriage was duly ‘solemnised’.  In my address I remarked that in Jewish Scripture it is said that ‘It is forbidden to taste the pleasures of this world without a blessing.’  ‘You may kiss the bride’ I declared after the blessing – let the celebration begin.

It is now possible to order a lunch at the community cafe as a result of requests from people using the cafe.  These are ordered and paid for a week in advance and cost £3.70 for a meal and dessert and are currently supplied by the 'Meals on Wheels' service. The opening time has been changed to 11 o'clock on Monday morning and the cafe now closes at 1 p.m.  (Watch this space for further information.)

Mary Passey and Daphne Hill

In June Ray & Donna ran a 6 week Christianity Explored course at their home.  These are the comments from those who attended. 'Christianity Explored helped me to explore Christianity in a relaxed and informal way.  The evenings were fun and I felt comfortable expressing thoughts and asking questions.  During the evening we would watch a short DVD related to Jesus.  We would look at the Bible and questions and discuss it.  Christianity Explored helped me to have a better understanding of who Jesus is.
I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to explore Christianity or who wants to know who Jesus is and explore the Bible.'