We hope you will come and join with us in worship. Our services take place every Sunday as detailed below.
Christ Church URC
Service at 10:30 with tea/coffee served after the service. We celebrate Holy Communion on the 1st Sunday of each month
Our Worship Leaders for November & December 2019 are:
03 Nov Including Holy Communion led by Rev Paul Stein
10 Nov Rev Paul Stein
17 Nov Gift Service
led by Rev Paul Stein and Christine Hodds
24 Nov Christine Macleod
01 Dec Including Holy Communion led by Rev Paul Stein
08 Dec Rev Paul Stein
15 Dec Rev Dr Paul Beasley-Murray
22 Dec Rev Paul Stein
25 Dec Christmas Day led by Rev Paul Stein
29 Dec Graham Handscomb
Great Baddow URC
Coffee from 10:15, Service at 10:45
Our Worship Leaders for November & December 2019 are:
03 Nov Penny Bloom
10 Nov Eddie Morley
17 Nov Peter & Margaret Watchorn
24 Nov Rev Paul Stein
01 Dec Graham Marriott
08 Dec Patrick Smith
15 Dec Rev Paul Stein
22 Dec To be confirmed
29 Dec To be confirmed
Howe Green URC
Our activities for November & December 2019 are:
Sat 02 Nov from 10:30 Coffee Morning at Howe Green
Sat 16 Nov 12:00-14:30 Christmas Fayre
at Sandon Village Hall
Sun 17 Nov 15:00 Traditional Church Service at Howe Green
December To be announced
We also have many fellowship activities for you can join. You can find out more about these on our All About Christ Church page.
A warm welcome will be found whatever age you are and whether you come on your own, or with others.
We extend a warm welcome to all, whatever your ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability.
We really enjoy encouraging young people to come closer to Jesus and so offer Young Church for all children every Sunday. To find out more about these activities visit our All About Christ Church page
What happens at Sunday Services at Christ Church?
How long? The service usually lasts for one hour, starting at 10:30am
What to wear? It really doesn’t matter - just be comfortable
On arrival You will be given a hymn book and an order of service giving the details of the service and
other information about what is happening in church that week
Where to sit? Anywhere. It can be guaranteed that the front two or three rows will usually be vacant.
When to stand up? We stand for the entry of the Bible at the beginning of the service and stand for all the all
the hymns. If standing is difficult for you, please feel free to remain seated. After the last hymn we remain standing for the blessing and the exit of the Bible.
Hymns We usually sing five hymns. The number of the hymns are on the order of service as well as
on the boards on the wall at the front of the church. A large print version of the hymn book
is available on request
Prayers We remain seated for prayers. The Minister, or the person leading prayers, lets us know
when we are about to pray as well as if there are any responses expected from us.
Bible readings There are usually two Bible readings, from the Old Testament and/or the New Testament.
The readings are read by members of the congregation who have volunteered in advance. If
you wish to follow the readings, feel free to read the Bibles which can be found on the
shelves under many of the chairs
Children and Young People Children and young people aged 3-18 are welcome to attend our services. They can start the
worship together with their parents/guardians and, after the welcome and first hymn, there
is usually a brief Children’s section led by the Minister.
Shortly after that, children are invited to go downstairs where they will hear the gospel in a way that is tailored for them. They also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of of arts, craft and musical activities. The leaders of our Young Church are all DBS checked and
experienced in working with children. At the end of the service parents/guardians collect
their child downstairs.
Young Church. Do you like having fun with others of your own age? Then why not come along on Sunday mornings? You can learn about God through craft activities, stories and games and each week is different.
Offering We take up a collection during the service to pay for the costs of running the church.
On occasions, additional collections may be taken up for a particular charity. Taxpayers
can add 25p for every £1 given (at no personal cost) by using the Gift Aid envelopes which are
available at the back of the church.
Communion Service Everyone is welcome to our communion services irrespective of Christian denomination.
These are normally held on the first Sunday morning of each month. The congregation are
offered individually a small piece of bread and a small glass of wine (non-alcoholic grape
juice) where they sit. When everyone has been served, we are then invited by the Minister to
eat and then drink together. There is no obligation to take the bread and wine.
Parade Service Once every few months, our uniformed organisations attend service in uniform and the
colours are paraded at the beginning and close of the service. This service is similar to other
services, but the content may be more child-interactive and/or child-friendly!
Blessing The Minister says a blessing for the congregation, usually at the end of the service
At the end of the service We all remain standing after the last hymn whilst the Minister says the benediction. Once the
Bible has left the church, you can take a seat and enjoy the organist play a piece of music.
You can then gather your belongings and leave at your convenience – the Minister will be at
the exit to give a handshake and short chat if you wish.
Tea, Coffee, soft drinks and biscuits are served downstairs, where we can chat together.
There is no charge and everyone is welcome.