Christchurch is a local Christian community mainly serving Clarendon Park and surrounding areas in Leicester. We aim to be inclusive, non-judgmental and supportive of everyone who finds a home with us and warm and welcoming to anyone who comes to visit. Our worship and activities are diverse and varied, and tend to change quite frequently. Services take on a wide variety of forms, from the hymn-sandwich to café-style and there are many weekday activities, including discussion groups, weekday prayer meeting, art group, luncheon club, parents and toddlers… There is a wide range of ages and backgrounds in the church.
The church is a Methodist and Baptist ecumenical partnership formed about 20 years ago when the local Baptist and Methodist churches came together, but in the main we operate simply as a local church. We are fortunate in having a very good suite of premises which are used extensively by the local community as well as by the church. Come along and give us a go.
Ground up is our café church, held on the second Sunday evening each month. It has now been moved from its former venue in Costa Coffee to our own church premises. It takes the form of a discussion, often introduced with a video, a game, a quiz or something else light-hearted. No theology required! In April we were looking at Easter – how we celebrate it and what it means to us. Free cakes and refreshments are provided to get the evening going. We gather about 6.15 and finish at about 7.30.
Songs of Praise The evening services on the 27th April and 4th May will both be a ‘Songs of Praise’ style, with songs and hymns chosen by members of the congregation, who will also talk about how God has worked in their lives.
Ceilidh Dance Saturday 17th May 6.30 – 9.00. Following last year’s very successful harvest supper Ceilidh we are holding another one this spring. Once again we have the Greenshoots Ceilidh ban to play and call the dances. This is an event for everyone, whether you jus wnat to watch the dancing or join in. The event is family friendly with some of the dances aimed specifically for younger people. The cost is £8 for an adult (not £80 as previously stated!) or £20 for a family ticket. This includes a buffet supper and cold drinks. Tickets available from John Fowler (07584 902 648) or enquire through the contact form. Profits will go to the Wild Honey project.
Christian Aid Week will soon be here – 11th – 17th May. Christian Aid works with local churches throughout the world to help people in poverty. At present there is a focus on the estimated 42 million people driven from their homes by war. Once again we will be doing a house-to-house collection during the week in Clarendon Park, West Knighton ans South Knighton. Christian Aid aims to cover every house in the country in this annual campain. Last year 20,000 churches across the country raised over £12m during the week.