News about recent happenings at Christchurch.

Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week was, as usual in the middle of May. Many volunteers from Christchurch went out to our allotted streets, delivering envelopes and knocking on doors. The result of all this work was £1632.08, an increase of £240 on last year. Does this say something about the economic state of the country, or that so many crises around the…

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Jars of Change

During Lent members of the church collected their small change for the Water Aid “Jars of Change” appeal. The organisers were hoping to raise £250, to pay for a locally manufactured rope pump in Ethiopia. When all the jars were counted the amazing sum of £580 had been raised! Enough for two pumps and a few buckets!! Thanks to everyone…

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A weekend at Willersley Castle

Over 40 members of the church recently spent the weekend together at Willersley Castle in Derbyshire. The Friday evening was spent playing board games, chatting, and relaxing after the journey. I’m told that the Monopoly game went on into the small hours, but I was asleep by then. Saturday was a fine sunny day (after a brief snow flurry during…

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Queen’s Road Street Fair

During the Queen’s Road Street Fair on Sunday, Christchurch opened its doors to visitors to come in out of the cold, rest their feet and have some refreshments. A nativity scene was set up, with a large variety of fancy clothes for dressing up, which was very popular with the children (and their granddads). Despite the cold the street fair…

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Operation Christmas Child

The following is taken from the latest newsletter, with some minor edits, and was written by Olwen, who organises the annual Shoebox Appeal for us. Thank you to all those who contributed once again to this appeal! Christchurch was a Drop-Off centre for other local churches and members of the public and we received 144 boxes which were collected on…

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WW1 Commemoration

Last 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…

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