The day after Remembrance Sunday Mr Rod Crocker gave a talk to the Christ Church Ladies Group about the research that had been done into the names on our war memorials.

It is so easy to look at a 1st or 2nd World War memorial and only see a collection of names but Mr Crocker brought many of these names alive to us. Much research has been carried out by Rod and John Hinchliffe into the names on both memorials and many have been traced back to their home addresses in the parish.

Much of the war service of these men has been discovered. Several of the men were injured in battle but later succumbed to pneumonia. One had only been married for two weeks when he was killed.

The research is ongoing but booklets on the work so far are available to view at the church.

Issue 3                                                                                                                                                                  October 2017

                    The Work Begins


We now have a planned start date for the Spire repairs and the AV update.

For the Spire repair, work will start in the week commencing 23rd Oct with the removal of the top gate post to allow the contractor vehicle access. Then, on 3rd Nov, the scaffolders will move in. It will take about 4 weeks to erect the scaffolding before the stone masons can start. The work will then take about 6 months to complete.

Pedestrian access will be maintained to both church doors at all times, but please be careful during the working week when contractors are on site. There will be NO walk way around the tower so access to the Spire Centre and main entrance will only be from the road at the top gate.

From the time the scaffolders start, there will be no parking spaces available in the church grounds during the week and probably only two on weekends. With the difficulty in finding spaces in Montpelier anyway, we appreciate this will cause problems for some people. We would encourage any who can to consider walking or cycling to church and, where possible, arranging car shares; this has the added benefit of being more environmentally friendly as well. However, we would not wish anyone to be unable to come to Sunday services because they could not park. We are therefore looking to set up a limited “Park and Ride” scheme for those who have significant mobility problems. Details of this can be obtained from Colin Winser or Chris Cole. We would stress that this is not for the convenience of those who are perfectly able to walk but for those more particularly where the driver has mobility problems.

We realise this will create a situation where there will be a lot of stopping to drop off. We would encourage anyone dropping or collecting people to come down the hill which will hopefully prevent too many bottlenecks.

This is a necessary inconvenience and we will keep the situation under review as the work progresses. Hopefully, we can all work together in a loving and cooperative way.

The upgrading of our AV system is planned to take place immediately after Christmas starting on 3rd January. This should take about 2 weeks to complete.

We are being good stewards in maintaining the building we worship in, both for ourselves and for future generations.

If you have queries or questions about any of this, please speak to Chris or Doug.

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As all of you know, I expect, we've been having a weekend of prayer, yesterday especially, when the church was open, we had a big presentation in church a couple of weeks ago, and the idea was people could come in and pray and there was an opportunity to give yesterday, and to give this morning.

After the morning service, slightly like a cat on a hot tin roof, I put my head around the office door to ask how it was going, thinking they would be near the total, and they were still opening and counting envelopes.  At one point I thought, why should there be so many envelopes, can't I just know the answer?!  Of course the fact is, it's good to have a number of envelopes!  We had 87 responses in total, which is brilliant.

Based on the cost estimates for repairing the spire and the revamp of the audio visual system, we calculated that we were looking for £50,000 from this appeal.

So far, at the end of this weekend, we have about £60,000. So Praise God!

There are a couple of people to thank... In particular, I would like to thank Dave and Helen for counting all the money and dealing with that.  It's quite a job dealing with all the details and interpreting everything, and getting the final number right.

Thanks to Chris Cole also for overseeing the times of prayer that we had particularly during yesterday's Gift Day.

We would want to thank the congregation - with that number of responses, and there's probably one or two more in the pipeline.  Its been a team effort, it's not been that one person has written a big cheque.  I am very, very thankful myself, to the whole of the Christ Church congregation, obviously we will be saying this again tomorrow at the APCM. 

But most of all, thank you to God! Because it is His work. He is the one who inspired the work  here 150 years ago, when fundraising had to put this building up, he is the one who is with us now, and he will continue to do his work - of that we can be confident. We don't always know what God is up to, but we know it's good.

And so for this particular milestone, on Christ Church's journey, a bit like we were doing at Emmanuel not long ago, we are saying a big thank you to God because we feel that this is a really important building.  We know its about the people and God's family, but actually, this building doesn't half point people to God.

This is a brilliant witness, not only to us in reminding us what God is like, but its a fantastic statement to the whole of Weston-super-Mare that God is in business and there are people worshipping Him.  We think He's fantastic! That spire points to heaven.  People have compared it to the biblical 'City on a hill' shining out to the surrounding area.

With that in mind, I'd like to invite you to join with me in this Easter response that fits in with where we are. It says that He has made US lights to the world.  The point is, we shine out God to others.  It's an amazing thought isnt it, that we shine out?  In that sense, the building too witnesses to the whole of Weston.

Isn't that fantastic, that God is alive and is working... and the results of this appeal confirm that! There is lots of work to do in so many other areas, but we can give thanks to God for this part of our journey.    

'Alleluia, Christ is Risen, He is risen indeed,  Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  
He has given us new life and hope.  He has raised Jesus from the dead. 

God has claimed us as His own.
He has brought us out of darkness.  He has made us lights to the world.

'Alleluia, Christ is Risen, He is risen indeed,  Alleluia.

And the people said - Amen!

Rev Tom Webber

More about the Spire and AV System Appeal

On Sunday 2nd April 2017, Christ Church Weston-super-Mare held a launch presentation for our £50,000 Tower and Spire Renovation and Audio Visual System Upgrade Appeal.

During the presentation, the Christ Church family were reminded of our evangelical roots, which remain strong.  They also reflected on our building and its place as a recognised landmark that is very much part of the heritage of our town.  Tom spoke about all of our Christian duty to give as we are led, not through co-ersion - but cheerfully as part of our individual stewardship.

Our architect, Julian Clayton showed us photos of the tower that demonstrated the serious condition that the stonework, metalwork and rendering is in, and explained why it is now imperative that this is addressed before it worsens.

Chris Cole, our Warden then explained how we are each being invited to prayerfully consider contributing to the appeal, describing how we can give and the benefits of Gift Aid.

Here is a video of the 43 minute presentation:

A Gift Day weekend is planned for Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April.  Personally addressed information packs containing INSPIRE News and a Response Form are being distributed to Church Members.  Additional copies are available from the Church Office or can be downloaded from the links below.

The church will be open from 8am until 6pm on Saturday 22nd April, with prayers and a worship song on the hour, every hour.  We are invited to use the church as a place to come into God's presence and to pray, listen and respond as we are each led.  Please see the two editions of INSPIRE NEWS below for more information, FAQs and guidelines.  Printed copies of INSPIRE NEWS and the Response Form are available at church.

For more information about the Appeal, please speak to Mr Chris Cole, Rosanne Sodzi or Tom Webber.  Specific advice on gift aid or donations should be addressed to Dave Wilkes or Helen Brain.





A Sacred Cosmos?
We are used to some people who have no faith in God spouting their views that science proves them right.  In fact, Science does no such thing.  It provides a way of understanding how the world works and although it seeks measurement and precision in maths you do not need mathematics to understand its discoveries. However, it does leave questions which it cannot answer and how those questions are answered depends upon what you already believe.  So if we have a faith in God we should be able to look at the explanations of modern science and ask how it affects our understanding and worship of God.
We are putting on four evenings at Christ Church on Sunday evenings at 6.30pm to look at how science is not so much a challenge to our faith but how it can help us.  Terry Baillie, with his background in science, will be running the evenings.  They will attempt in giving us reasons to deepen our trust in God and feeding the wonder and worship we can offer.  They will be different to our normal Sunday evenings by beginning with a presentation explaining an aspect of current scientific thinking.  They will be aimed at the non-scientist and will not involve doing maths.  We will aim at those who are of Secondary School age and above even if your knowledge of science stopped fifty years ago.  They will seek to show how current scientific theories can help our understanding of our God.  It will lead us into a time of worship designed to reflect on what we have been thinking about. Each evening will stand alone but the four evenings together will give a fuller understanding.
We hope as many as possible will join us but it would be useful to know the numbers coming.  Just let the Parish Office know.
September 11th   What are we made of? (Atomic Physics)
September 18th    Where did we come from? (Astrophysics)
September 25th    What are you like? (Evolution)
October 2nd      How long have I got? (Ecology)