Christ Church Mission
Christ Church aims to be a worshipping, proclaiming, learning Christian Community serving the spiritual and other needs of the local community whilst being alive to the needs of the world
Christ Church Mission in Practice
We are a gathering of people who are trying to discover together what it means to live as Christians today. God's love, as revealed in Jesus Christ, is our guide and our goal. It is in the Spirit of this love that we meet in worship to celebrate and to be challenged by the needs confronting us in our community and in the world.
At Church meeting on 18th July 2013 membership supported a proposal from Elders to develop a three year strategy to:
a) Develop a Christian presence alongside marketing the church in all its buildings and in the local community
b) Create a flexible space for accessible worship, fellowship, and community activities
c) Add opportunities for Christian nurture
d) Build bridges with parents/grandparents of children attending Christ Church activities
These goals are very much about enriching the Spiritual life of the Church, its congregation and the community in which it resides; part of our Mission is that we reach out and touch as many lives as possible. It comes on top of much time of contemplation, feedback from the Everybody Welcome course and the knowledge that the 75th Anniversary of the Church approaches. It comes in the context of the tradition of Christ Church to always listen to God and to Trust in Him, of the way that Christ Church has developed in physical form from a few huts to a Church with halls and lounges
Christ Church leadership
Decisions at Christ Church follow the URC practice. Members makes the ultimate decisions and we have regular church meetings to facilitate this process. Elders receive recommendations from members as well as make recommendations for the members for the members to vote upon. Christ Church are very blessed to have the Rev. Pauline Sparks as its Minister.
Christ Church as part of the United Reformed Church (URC) tradition
The URC stands in the mainstream of Christian tradition, believing in God, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The URC was formed by joining together the Presbyterian, Congregational and Churches of Christ traditions, although here in our Petts Wood congregation we have people from all kinds of church backgrounds and others with no previous Church connection at all. All are very welcome!