Posts filed under 'church'

Christmas message

Posted on 23rd December 2021

Luke 2:8-9 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

[read the full Christmas message post]

A Poem for Remembrance Day

Posted on 13th November 2021

A poem for Remembrance by Peter Cruse

[read the full A Poem for Remembrance Day post]

Living with Covid

Posted on 13th November 2021

We are now learning to live with Covid. Church services on Sunday mornings are almost normal. We have changed the seating to increase social distancing and we ask people to wear face coverings when moving around and when singing. This is not very popular, but the evidence seems to be that singing is likely to spread the virus if someone is carrying it. Tea and coffee are being served after the service, seated, which helps to maintain social distancing (it’s difficult to drink tea wearing a face mask).

Streaming the services on Zoom was started during the lockdown and is being continued. It has been useful for those who can’t get to church. Resource limitations mean that it hasn’t been possible at every service.

Café Church on Sunday evenings haven’t resumed yet as the state of the pandemic is kept under review.

Weekday activities are picking up. The Parent and Toddlers on Tuesday mornings and the Luncheon Club are now running and rooms are available again for lettings.

Christian Aid Week

Posted on 4th May 2021

Christchurch is hosting a service on 9th May arranged by the local churches for the start of Christian Aid Week (10 – 16 May), when collectors would usually be out putting envelopes through doors and collecting donations. The theme for this year’s service will be the climate emergency. More information is on the Sunday Services page.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Posted on 23rd January 2021

It has been the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. I have observed this time of prayer at the beginning of each year since the early 1970s. This week I have been praying with J. Philip Newell’s book The New Harmony (St Andrew Press 2012) [read the full Week of Prayer for Christian Unity post]

New Year Affirmations

Posted on 2nd January 2021

I used to use these affirmations regularly in my prayers as a member of the Iona Community.

Whilst I no longer am a member they still stir my faith and explain what I am trying to believe.

I offer them to us all at Christchurch as we journey into a fresh year with many uncertainties ahead of us. May they comfort and guide us in 2021.


Rev John Rackley


With the whole Church

we affirm that we are made in God’s image

Befriended by Christ, empowered by the Spirit.

With people everywhere

we affirm God’s goodness at the heart of humanity,

planted more deeply than all that is wrong.

With all creation

we celebrate the miracle and wonder of life,

and the unfolding purposes of God

for ever at work in ourselves and the world.


Christmas is coming

Posted on 5th December 2020

We can’t hold services but we are still celebrating the season of Advent, when we look forward to the birth of Christ on Christmas Day.

Back in the Worship Centre

Posted on 4th October 2020

Morning service in the Worship Centre with social distancingThis morning we were able to hold a service in the Worship Centre again for the first time. Comfortable seats instead of hard plastic chairs! During September we’ve been holding Sunday services in the hall while some water damage from a leak in the roof was dealt with. The roof has now been repaired, although some re-plastering is still needed inside. Numbers were up slightly at 34, plus a few children. With social distancing we can have about 40 downstairs, with another 10 – 15 in the gallery (a lot more than this actually, but the view of the dais is not very good in much of the gallery). We are looking forward to developing our activities in the era of Covid-19 restrictions.

Sunday services resume

Posted on 2nd September 2020

Sovid-safe service in the hallAfter a successful trial run last Sunday, we will be holding a service every Sunday morning again (unless a local lockdown intervenes). The timetable for restarting other activities is still very uncertain but this is a welcome beginning. There is more information about services here.

Welcome to our new minister

Posted on 2nd September 2020

Our new Methodist minister, Rev Debra Chidakwa Akue, joined us at the beginning of September. Having just returned from abroad she is having to self-isolate. Debra will preach at the Sunday morning service on 6th September by pre-recording a video. We are very much looking forward to being able to greet her properly in a couple of weeks (but a church lunch is not permitted unfortunately).