We want to make Christ Church a community where everyone can know God’s love, feel they belong and find ways to be part of His plan for the world, whatever their disabilities.  Christ’s love is for everyone, and we want to learn to live His life as a community, looking out for each other and leaving no one out.

We welcome people of all shapes and sizes, life experiences and disabilities. Where we can, we have ensured that facilities are accessible, and people who are welcoming and sensitive to possible needs. We have more to learn, and we look forward to meeting you and all you might teach us.  We long to be blessed by you and be a blessing to you in the name of Jesus.

Below are some practical details which may be useful, but the best way may be to have a conversation with someone so you can ask questions. Ring or email the Parish Office and they will either answer queries or put you in touch with one of our Doorways team or church leaders.  If you like, we can arrange for you to visit the church and get a feel for things.

Email office@christchurchdownend.com  or call 0117 908 9868 Mon-Fri 9.30 -12 pm

Useful information

 Access to our buildings:

 Christ Church Downend BS16 5UF.  Car park is off North St Downend BS16 5SG down a short road to the right of the parish hall. Disability spaces in the car park (shared with the medical centre.) Level access to the churchyard from car park, with a walk of about 100m. Wide tarmac driveway.  Those needing to be dropped off at the door or those who need to minimise the walk can drive through the churchyard to the front door where there is limited parking. Large metal gates usually need to be opened so contact the office in advance of a visit if help will be needed with these.

Access into the building: By ramp with rail and steps. Level access through doorway and into building. Inside, main part of the building is on one level. (Welcome area, accessible loo, kitchen, and nave.) Access to the chancel and rear section of building by steps with rail on both sides. Balcony only accessible by stone steps with rail.

1 x accessible loo, 1 x loo accessed by steps.  Sound amplification and Hearing Loop (most effective if in central seating area.) Screen projection but also paper copies of services available and large print copies available from welcome team.  Pew seating. Cushions available: ask the welcome team on arrival.

PLEASE NOTE: From October 2017 to July 2018 the church building will be CLOSED for refurbishment (including levelling floor throughout the building for greater accessibility, creating more accessible loos, improving sound and vision etc.) Please contact the office or check the web site for exact dates.  Activities and mid- week services will take place in the Parish Hall (see below) and Sunday morning 10.30 services will take place at Christ Church Junior School (see below.)

Christ Church Junior School, Pendennis Road, Downend BS16 5JJ

This will be our temporary home for our 10.30 service between November 2017 and July 2018 (please contact the office or check the web site for exact dates.)

Access to the building: Wide tarmac driveway from Pendennis Rd. Car parking close to the site, with a walk of about 50 m.

Access into the building: Level access throughout.  Toilet facilities: Screen projection but also paper copies of services available and large print copies available on table in welcome space, or ask the welcome team.

Parish Hall: North Street, Downend BS16 5SG

Access to the building: Car park off North St Downend BS16 5SG down a short road to the right of the parish hall. There are disability spaces in the car park (The car park is shared with the medical centre.) Pavement.

Access into the building:  low concrete ramp without hand rails. Level access inside the building. 1 x accessible loo.

Church Centre: Quakers Road, Bromley Heath BS16 6NH

Access to the building: Tarmac car park in front and behind hall. Disability spaces? 1 x accessible loo?

Access into the building: Ramp with rail. Level access within the building. Sound amplification. Hearing loop? Chairs. Paper service sheets used and large print copies available: ask welcomers.

Other useful information

Communion: If you would like to receive communion but are not able to approach the communion rail, or need assistance, please speak to a welcomer and you can be given assistance or communion can be brought to you as you prefer.  Communion can be taken standing or kneeling as you prefer. Members of the church also take communion to people in their homes, so please ask the office for details if this is what you need.

Large print copies of most documents available, including monthly news sheet “Christ Church Life” and Prayer Diary. Ask the welcome team or contact Parish Office if there are documents not in large print, or if you would like to have any documents e-mailed to you. All communications and service sheets can be emailed to you by asking the office.

Children and young people with additional needs: Visit our youth and children’s pages for details of Sunday and mid- week activities.  Please get in touch with our youth and children’s teams via the parish office or direct if you would like to discuss your child’s needs. Youth: Diane Paddon dianepaddon@blueyonder.co.uk

Children: currently vacant, see parish office. You are welcome to come with your child to sample a session.

If you have, or are supporting someone with a learning difficulty, please get in touch with the office to let us know if there is anything we can do to make your time with us more enjoyable.

Special diets: Gluten free wafers and non-alcoholic wine are always available at our communion services.  At social events please ask in advance to discuss special diet requirements.

Feel at home: if you or your child needs to get up and move around during services or activities, please feel free to do so.  You can sit in the welcome area and still hear and see the service. Wardens and welcomers can make you a drink or show you the facilities. There are toys in the welcome area for children.

What have we not thought of? Please be in touch to ask questions or discuss difficulties you have experienced.  Our Doorways group meets regularly to bring issues and ideas to the attention of those who need to know. If you would be interested in talking to the group or attending a session, please contact Anita Dobson, Discipleship Ministry anitadobson@christchurchdownend.com