The Big Lunch

We plan to have a giant ‘bring your own’ picnic in the car park after morning worship, so that we can be part of the fun going on in the town and everyone is encouraged to join us.
There will be the opportunity to purchase hot dogs from the barbeque, ice creams
and soft drinks.There will be games to play, we have skittles, ‘splat the rat’ and a set of stocks.
Guess teddy’s name, Hunt the jubilee crown and count the sweets in the jar.
Cake stall and plant stall
Young people are doing a sponsored challenge to the Olympic 10,000 meter record.
Opportunity to watch the Queen’s Water Pageant which will be projected live on the big screen in the church during the afternoon.

All proceeds for Lideta, a poor community in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who we support through World Vision.

Square MILE

Our primary job as the church is to be the people of God in the midst of the world. What can we do as a church and as individuals to make a difference… right here, right now?

Jesus Christ commands his followers to love: mind, body, heart and soul. But how do we do that in real, practical terms? How can we follow Jesus in today’s society with all of its challenges? How should we respond to our community with all of its needs?

These are some of the questions we will be addressing during the month of March.
These are some of the issues we will be looking at through SQUARE MILE.
And through it all, we will be focusing on the immediate context of our lives: the square mile around the places where we live and work and play.

SQUARE MILE will help us look at four areas:
mercy does our spirituality connect with the needs of the world around us? – 4th March
influence are we just passing through this life, or should we be making a difference? – 11th March
life discipleship do we exclude God from some parts of our life? – 18th March
evangelism what makes it so difficult to share God’s love with other people? – 25th March

This March, Christchurch will be looking at each one of these topics in turn.
We would love you to join in the conversation.

Growing More Like Jesus

Our March theme in 2011 is Growing more like Jesus!

Why not join a Small Group for this time? Loads of groups are taking part and there’s bound to be one that suits you so find out more!

Our services at 9am, 10:45am and 6pm every Sunday and you check out what’s happening over here!

If you can’t make it to one of our services then you can listen to the podcasts of each of the services. Take a listen and subscribe by RSS

Want to find out more? You can pick up a leaflet in Christchurch’s entrance.

No Where To Go

Churches Together in Hitchin’ has endorsed an initiative, which seeks to provide a place at Christchurch for people to drop in, warm up & seek company during the Christmas & New Year period, in the day time.

Opening times are as follows:

· Christmas day 11am-5.45pm

· Boxing day 10am-5.30pm

· Bank holiday Mon (27th Dec) 10am-4pm

· Bank Holiday Tues (28th Dec) 10am-4pm

· New Years Day (1st Jan) 10-am-5.30pm

· Bank Holiday Mon (3rd Jan) 10am-4pm

If you can offer 2hrs or more of your time and like to welcome people, serve teas & coffees, play games, and get alongside others please contact Deacon Sheralee Devitt on 01462 621776 or by e-mail deacon@christchurchhitchin.org.uk

This winter Christchurch is also providing a Cold Weather Shelter in partnership with Stevenage Haven and North Hertfordshire District Council. For information, volunteer or donation items call 01438 354884. This is alongside Christchurch’s continuing commitment to support the North Herts Sanctuary.

Advent & Christmas

This Christmas at Christchurch is going to be packed full – there’s loads going on!

Here’s a list of our meetings over the Christmas period:

Saturday, 11 December

10am onwards – Prayer Station
7pm – Christmas Concert
A traditional event

Sunday, 12 December

10:45am Advent Worship for All including Baptism
4:00pm Carols in the Market Place (CTH)
6:00pm Healing Hope with Holy Communion

Sunday, 19 December

10:45am Advent Worship for All with Communion
6:00pm Candlelit Carol Service with mince pies

Monday, 20 December

tbc Street Carol Singing

Friday, 24 December – Christmas Eve

4:00pm All Age Nativity (Crib) Service
11:30pm Midnight Christmas Communion

Saturday, 25 December – Christmas Day

10:00am All Age Christmas Day Celebration

Sunday, 26 December – Boxing Day

10:45am Christmas Worship for All

For the first time in each Advent week we’re setting aside time and space in the church sanctuary for Night Prayer. It will run from 9-10pm but the idea isn’t necessarily for you stay for the full hour. It doesn’t matter whether you come early before meeting friends or come late after an evening meeting. The point is here is a time of quiet and stillness in an otherwise noisy and busy season. It’s a time to gather around the God who filled the manger with glory and is coming again to fill the whole world with peace and perfect love.

Dates for that:

Advent Night Prayer

9-10PM
Tuesday, 30 November
Wednesday, 8 December
Tuesday, 14 December
Wednesday, 22 December

Celebrate Love

Celebrate Love is an event on Sunday 28th November at Christchurch. It’s going to be nearly 2 hours of worship featuring prayer, a few readings and lots of music. We’re really excited to see what God’s going to do on the night and to praise Him. Lots of passionate worship, led by a new youth band playing mostly contemporary music.

It’s all kicking off at 7PM and finishing at about 8:45PM but we don’t mind latecomers.

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Live Out Loud

Taking time out to connect with the things that really matter can make a real difference – and give us a renewed zest for life. Join Christchurch’s musicians and singers in a musical exploration of the benefits of putting on the brakes once in a while.

[Featuring local singers and songwriters including Lisa Morgan, Ewan Murray, Michael Crowley and Paul Arnold. There’ll also be contributions from our vocal group Take Note, and from our talented young musicians too]

Join us!

Live Out Loud is an occasional evening service at Christchurch. There’s no sermon, just an evening of contemporary music with a message as we explore what it means to live a life of faith in the 21st century. Previous services have included dance from our young people, acapella singing from our choral group ‘Take Note’, drama, newly written songs and projection of visual work by some of Christchurch’s artists.

A pic from the last Live Out Loud:

Fresh Ground

Fresh Ground is a Cafe type service which happens at Christchurch. The service is informal and is based around discussion on certain topics often helped along by watching a DVD.

The Next Fresh Ground Service:

Lent Groups 2010

A number of our groups followed the ‘Growing More Like Jesus’ theme during Lent 2010.  All of the sermons are still available for you to download and listen here. You can also download material for personal and group reflection on the theme from the Yahoo Group.