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Who we are

Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and members of staff.
 
Stuart   No Photo icon
Revd Stuart Hull   Revd Adrian McConnaughie
I serve as the priest-in-charge of Christ Church and St Mary's, alongside my wife Suzanne and our daughter Jennifer. It is my privilege to lead the church in our times of worship - including in fellowship groups, community outreach, youth groups, prayer meetings and Sunday services. We greatly enjoy being part of the worshipping community here and sharing the hope of the gospel alongside our church family. Suzanne is a part-time music teacher and in my spare time I enjoy a good book and a cup of coffee.    
     
     
     
     
Brendon Horrocks   Fiona
Brendon Horrocks    Fiona Townsend

Hello, I'm Brendon. I am the churchwarden at Christ Church. My role is to support Rev'd Stuart, our incumbent, in ensuring the provision of weekly worship at Christ Church as well as the safekeeping and maintenance of our church building and its contents. I have been part of the Christ Church family for about 15 years along with Nichola, my partner and Amy, our daughter. Outside church I enjoy cycling & walking, both preferably to and from a suitable country pub! 

 
Hi, I'm Fiona, our Church Administrator and your first point of contact for all general enquiries regarding baptisms, weddings and the hiring of our venue. I help support Stuart as well as providing general correspondence to our church family and maintaining our various social media platforms.
I have been attending Christ Church for about 10 years together with my husband Mark. I'm also a busy mum of 2 daughters, but when I do get a free minute or 2 I enjoy swimming, art, music and socialising with friends.
     
John Kettlewell   Mark
John Kettlewell   Mark Townsend
Hello. I am John. I have worshipped here since 2011. I am a retired accountant and so when a few years ago the post of Church Treasurer became vacant, I took on the role. I have responsibility for all aspects of church finance. I have also felt called to a preaching ministry and so am an Authorised Local Preacher. My other interests include Board Membership of a Registered Provider of Social Housing in the East End; I chair their Finance and Audit Committee. I have an allotment, and like to walk and cycle when time permits.   Hi, I'm Mark and I am a Deputy Churchwarden here at Christ Church. My role is to support and assist the Churchwarden(s) and Vicar with the smooth running of services and mission events as well as helping to maintain our beautiful church buildings and grounds. I am a member of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and also chair the Building's Group sub-committee. I have been worshipping here since 2009 and was Churchwarden from 2012-2018. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, golf, music and cooking.
     
     
 

If you need to contact the Church then please visit the Contact Us page.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome lanyard.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits from 10am, before the service begins. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our band. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 20 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. We then share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

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What about my kids?

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 3 years). Children under 6 months are welcome but must be accompanied by their parent/grown-up at all times.
  • Livewires (3-7 years)
  • Encounter (7-11 years)
  • Katalyst (11-15 years)
  • Young people (15+ years) Stay in service.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy. Whilst you are dropping your kids off at their groups, we pause to take time to chat to someone sitting near or next to us, giving folk a chance to come back before the sermon begins.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

Children

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Men's Ministries
  • Women's Ministries
  • Night Shelter
  • Foodbank
     
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Leadership 

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We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes

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