Posts filed under 'church'

New Floor in the Atrium

Posted on 26th October 2017

photo of new atrium floor

A new floor doesn’t sound very spiritual, but first impressions are important and we want people coming into Christchurch see that we care for our church. The premises are very heavily used and the footfall, not to mention children’s buggies and spilt food and drink, made it impossible to keep a carpeted area clean. I’m sure Jane, our cleaner, will appreciate it, and the new floor really does look good. The work was done by Mitton’s, next-door.

Welcome Service

Posted on 2nd September 2017

Christchurch was packed yesterday evening for a service welcoming two new ministers to the Methodist Circuit – Rev Jenny Impey and Rev Edson Dube. The service was led by the new District Chair, Rev Helen Cameron and also marks the amalgamation or the Leicester Trinity and Leicester North Circuits.

[read the full Welcome Service post]

Rev Jenny Smith preaching

Posted on 6th July 2017

Next Sunday evening, 9th July, we are looking forwards to a service led by Rev Jennifer Smith. Jenny worshipped at Christchurch before being ordained as a Methodist minister and is now the superintendent of the Ealing Trinity Circuit. In the autumn she will be taking up the position of superindendent of Wesley’s Chapel in the centre of London.

[read the full Rev Jenny Smith preaching post]

Saying Farewell to our Minister

Posted on 20th October 2016

Paul's last serviceLast Sunday we said farewell to our Baptist minister Paul. He has looked after us for nine years and now moves on to pastor Whitley Lodge Baptist Church in the north of England. We wish him and Lynn every happiness in their new church.

Recent Baptisms

Posted on 12th October 2016

Here are some pics from the recent baptismal service, when two of our teenage members were baptised.

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Thank you Christchurch

Posted on 10th August 2016

Most of you have met the Chinese girls who have become so much a part of our church scene over the past year. We are writing this to let you all know just how much they have appreciated our friendship. Claire, Sharon and Lily have flown back to Taiwan this week (Lily is to return in two weeks to finish her project.) Sharon made us a beautiful booklet full of pictures, thoughts and memories which she said would stay with her for the rest of her life. It must have taken her many hours of careful work – all done in a language which she has only learnt recently. She has expressed in it some feelings for her faith, which we had not realised were so deep because of the language barrier. We had some lovely gatherings with them and knew that they enjoyed them, but this touching memento was the confirmation that we had not expected.

So, never forget, that a warm and friendly welcome can mean so much especially to friends from abroad.

This is abridged from an article in the August newsletter, written by Janet and Mike Asher

Baptismal Service

Posted on 22nd November 2015

The pictures speak for themselves! We had a wonderful service of praise and rejoicing this evening when Laura and Dave were baptised. With family and friends there as well as the church family, and led by the band, it was a service to remember.

Dave being baptisedLaura being baptised

Lunch Aid

Posted on 21st November 2015

At Lunch AidIt was nice to come in out of the cold this lunchtime and have a hot meal in Christchurch at the ‘Lunch Aid’ event in aid of Action for Children. There were also stalls selling homemade cakes, Traidcraft fairly traded goods, a tombola, children’s books, clothes… All the hard work of the cooks, servers and others was greatly appreciated.

Believers’ Baptisms

Posted on 19th November 2015

Believer's baptismNext Sunday (22nd) at our evening service Laura and Dave will be baptised by total immersion. This is an exciting and joyous occasion, which doesn’t happen as often as we would like!

WW1 Commemoration

Posted on 20th November 2014

WW1 commemoration dayLast Sunday we held a commemoration as part of the WW1 centenary. It started with a lunch, attended by about 50 people, with a good veg soup, bread and parkin (no meat – the U-boats are very active in the Atlantic), followed by singing WW1 songs (many of the choruses are still familiar, like “Pack up your troubles in your old kitbag” but who remembers the verses?). We then had one room given over to memorabilia, provided by the congregation and by Leicester City Council. A second room displayed records and memorabilia of the four members of Clarendon Park Road Methodist Church who lost their lives in the Great War, and who are remembered on a plaque in the church (we couldn’t find any records of members of Clarendon Park Road Baptist Church who may have lost their lives). Contemporary movie clips were played in the worship centre, and towards the end of the afternoon was held a short act of worship. The whole event struck a good balance between historical interest and reflection on cost of war.