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A liberal & inclusive church, seeking God through beauty in our worship, honesty in our faith & doubt, & service in our community
 

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The picture shows one of the apple trees in the orchard at the Community of the Resurrection in Yorkshire. I took it early one April morning when some of the leaves were so new they were shining. Today we remember and will pray for the community of brothers. Some of you met brother Marc who had planned to be with us for Holy Week, but circumstances did not allow it. The apple blossom is not only beautiful and scented- it also bears the promise of apples. To mediaeval theologians the apple tree was a symbol of the resurrection. The bare cross on which Christ hung is transformed through the miracle of the resurrection into a tree of beauty, joy and fruitfulness.

In the last few weeks I have heard several Christians say, ‘Easter will be late this year, but it will come.’ They meant, I think, that we should hold back our Easter celebrations until people are no longer sickening and dying of corona virus, and we no longer need to stay in seclusion away from each other.

No! This is the time to rejoice.

The resurrection came at the darkest moment of history into the blackest of political situations at a time when our spiritual ancestors, the first Christians, were in despair at the death or Our Lord and their own complicity in it. That was the context into which the glory of the resurrection shone. The disciples heard of it as they hid in an upper room with the doors locked for fear of enemies. Since then - since the triumph of eternal life over death and of God’s power over our sin and failure, we who are people of faith are also resurrection people. We have all of us been re-made through baptism, and nothing, neither disease nor isolation nor death itself can separate us from the love of Christ. So even as we live with the pain and distress of those who suffer, and our own difficulties and losses, we rejoice in the triumph over death which the resurrection demonstrates.

Alleluia Christ in risen,

He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Happy Easter

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. Please see the letter from the Archbishops for their advice and encouragement.

In these anxious times the Christ Church family will respond as a family does - praying together and looking out for each other. We are lucky enough to have the organisational structure to provide communication, support and encouragement for each other and that will hold us all together through the days ahead.

Lore will continue to conduct services at the regular times of 10am on Sundays and 11am on Thursdays, which can be streamed via the official Christ Church Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/christchurchbath/

Transcripts of the sermons will also be uploaded to the Sermons page.  We can share in prayer using the daily Christ Church Prayer Cycle.

You can keep up-to-date with our news via our weekly bulletin. For online chat and other social engagement with the Christ Church community, there is also the linked Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/548084475257946/. The Christ Church Twitter feed is at https://twitter.com/ChristChBath.


‘Prayer in time of coronavirus’. candle

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

 

We want Christ Church to welcome everybody, to be a focus for the good news of the Gospel and to be a central point for the community. To help us achieve this, we need to improve our facilities.

Following on from the recent news that the faculty has been granted for the East End reorganistion project, work is now under way on the new furniture. We received a message from Treske, the furniture builders, to say that they are continuing to work despite the current difficult circumstances and they have sent us some photos of the early stages of the work in progress.

Upcoming Services

Eucharist (streamed online)
Sun 31 May at 10:00am
Eucharist (streamed online)
Thu 4 Jun at 11:00am
Eucharist (streamed online)
Sun 7 Jun at 10:00am
Eucharist (streamed online)
Thu 11 Jun at 11:00am
Eucharist (streamed online)
Sun 14 Jun at 10:00am
Eucharist (streamed online)
Thu 18 Jun at 11:00am
Eucharist (streamed online)
Sun 21 Jun at 10:00am
Eucharist (streamed online)
Thu 25 Jun at 11:00am
Eucharist (streamed online)
Sun 28 Jun at 10:00am
Eucharist (streamed online)
Thu 2 Jul at 11:00am

Latest Events

CANX The Cedar Tree Community Cafe
Fri 29 May 11:00am-1:30pm
CANX The Cedar Tree Community Cafe
Fri 5 Jun 11:00am-1:30pm
CANX The Cedar Tree Community Cafe
Fri 12 Jun 11:00am-1:30pm
CANX The Cedar Tree Community Cafe
Fri 19 Jun 11:00am-1:30pm
CANX The Cedar Tree Community Cafe
Fri 26 Jun 11:00am-1:30pm