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About Christ Church
Who we are
In our rural setting our membership reflects the diversity of traditions and spirituality that is a hallmark of the worldwide Anglican Communion of which we are part. We are held together by recognising in one another the riches that each tradition brings to our church family and the fact that, together we are all learning what it means to follow Jesus Christ in today's world.
What we aim to be
- A family of caring people growing in the knowledge and love of God through Jesus Christ.
What we aim to do
- Express the love of God with the help of the Holy Spirit through our relationships with one another and our service in the community.
How we aim to do this
- Be a church in which all feel welcome.
- Structure our church for mission and ministry.
- Make our worship accessible to all and ensure that all have access to worship.
- Nurture the growth in spirit of all within our circle of influence so that we can all live more effectively as followers of Jesus Christ.
- Express our unity with the wider church by making sure that we have meaningful relationships with other churches in Berwickshire and with our mission links further afield.
Main worship service: Sundays at 10.30am (See below for details and a note about children, who are always welcome).
Contemplative Prayer: Mondays 4pm in winter & 4.30pm in summer in someone's home.
Meeting of Minds: a discussion about various topics for that encourages us to explore the tougher questions of life and fringes of faith. Please contact us to check venue and time.
10 – 11.30am Bible Study (in someone’s home).
2.30pm on the last Wednesday of the month (with a break for holiday periods): Meeting Point in the room at the back of the church.
The Meeting Point aims to provide the ladies of the congregation with a monthly opportunity to meet each other in a relaxed way, to meet with God, perhaps in a new way, to meet new people and new ideas which will enrich our own lives and the lives of other women.
Each Sunday we have some form of Eucharistic service (or 'Holy Communion'). We start by preparing our hearts and minds to encounter God. We then reflect on sacred scriptures and pray for the world and people in need. Finally we share in a sacred 'meal' using consecrated bread and wine, symbolizing our participation on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ by which we are freed to become more fully human in the way Jesus was. Eucharist simply means thanksgiving. All that you need to follow the service is in a booklet you will be given on arrival. You can find them on the shelves as you enter the church.
All who are baptized, no matter what denomination, are welcome to receive the communion bread and wine. If you are of another faith or none, you are welcome just to come forward and receive a blessing. Children who have been baptized may receive a share of the bread from their parents if that is their custom. Non-alcoholic wine and Gluten Free wafers are available. If you do not want to receive communion please feel free to come forward for a blessing, indicating that this is your wish by keeping hands by your side.
- 1st Sunday of the month: A fairly straightforward Eucharist.
- 2nd Sunday of the month: A service that includes an all age element at the beginning with simplified wording and a Sunday school for younger children.
- 3rd Sunday of the month: A Healing Eucharist that includes contemplative elements. A simple prayer and anointing with oil is available after you have received the bread and wine.
- 4th Sunday of the month: Traditional Communion from the Book of Common Prayer.
- 5th Sunday of the month: A 'Songs of Praise' service or alternative services followed by very informal communion.
What about children?
Children are most welcome in our services so do not feel anxious if they make a bit of noise. We aim to provide a special activity for them during the sermon and intercessions. We normally have a Sunday school on the second Sunday of the month and have all age services at Christmas, Mothering Sunday, Easter, and at our Harvest Festival on the first Sunday in October.
How to contact us
If you want details of any of our activities please contact us on 01361 882209 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you find a warm welcome and something of the peace and love of God when you visit.
In the words of the Celtic Blessing ...
Deep peace of the Running Wave to you.
Deep peace of the Flowing Air to you.
Deep peace of the Quiet Earth to you.
Deep peace of the Shining Stars to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.