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.
The Greenbelt Festival will soon be upon us again! This is an annual Christian Festival held on the August Bank Holiday weekend, which attracts thousands of visitors. This year it is in a new venue at Broughton House, Kettering, not far for visitors coming from Leicester. Full details can be found on the Greenbelt website. There is always a strong contingent from Christchurch, meeting up with old friends who have moved away from Leicester. There are pictures from past festivals in the gallery.
Ground up is our café church, usually held on the second Sunday evening each month (dates). This 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! Free cakes and refreshments are provided to get the evening going. We gather about 6.15 and finish at about 7.30.
There will be a service at South Wigston Methodist Church on Friday 5th September at 7.00 pm to welcome two new ministers to the circuit, Revs Fran Rhys and David Willis. The preacher at this service will be the Chair of District, Rev Peter Hancock.
The annual Ride and Stride event is on Saturday 13th September this year. After nearly 25 years Leicestershire Ride+Stride continues to be a valuable fund-raiser for the City & County’s Christian Churches, Chapels and Meeting Houses, raising around £40,000 annually. The money is divided half and half between the participating places of worship and the County’s Historic Churches Trust which awards repair grants to historic churches. If you are taking part, Christchurch will be open to welcome you. Find out more on the Ride and Stride website.