Posts by Anita Dobson

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Lord, teach us to Pray toolbox

Here are the useful tools for prayer, from Session 1 of Lord, Teach us to Pray series, and the first session guide. How to have a Quiet Time, How to pray the Lord’s Prayer, and How to pray the Examen.

Lord, teach us to pray

We probably all pray at moments of crisis, and we don’t worry much how we do it then! Prayer can be so much richer and deeper than that, and our souls long to connect with God, even if we don’t yet recognise that longing. But HOW? To start 2020 we will look in our services, […]

Which event will you try this Christmas at Christ Church?

There are so many different events that might appeal to you this Christmas. You might enjoy the beauty of Carols by Candlelight with the traditional readings and carols. (5pm & 7pm Sunday 22 December) Would you be inspired by seeing in the day itself at the Midnight communion? (11 pm 24 December) Maybe you and […]

So what IS Christ Church?!

Over the last 8 weeks we’ve been asking this question, at all our services. We really want to know the answer. We want everyone to be asking the question, debating the answers, moving towards being a church that Jesus would feel at home in. Hopefully you’ve caught at least some of the talks and caught […]

#8 What does it look like to be a church that is a community of grace?

Grace: receiving the undeserved and generous riches of God’s love when he could have turned away from us and our sin. At the 10.30 service Cathie Watson showed us a clip from the film “Les Miserables” which captures perfectly the undeserved kindness God shows to us through Jesus. Jean Valjean the ex-convict, unable to find […]

#7 What does it look like for Christ Church to be a people who live simply?

This week’s theme challenges us to consider: what does it look like for me to live simply? What does it look like as a church? Jesus’ words in Luke 12:22-34 remind us that we have over- complicated and over- busied life for ourselves and even as a church. Paul Peterson in his sermon spoke these […]

#6 What does it look like to be a church ready to reach the lost?

Gathering in the Harvest Many people long to belong. To connect in a genuine way with others. To know complete forgiveness and start afresh, free from guilt. To discover meaning in life. To find inner peace and hope. All thee things come from meeting Jesus, so let’s make sure people have every chance to do […]

#5 What does it look like for Christ Church to be a real family?

Here are questions and notes from our weekend away at Lee Abbey, which will also echo the sermons preached at Christ Church. We Are Family: but what does that really mean? Follow the link to read questions which you can look at as an individual or as a group.

#4 What does it look like to be a church that radically loves those in poverty?

Our 4th issue in our series “What does it look like to be Christ Church?” asks how we take seriously Jesus’ bias for the poor. Nigel Stowe our preacher, and Leyla Fellows our CAP Centre Manager, helped us to connect helping those in need with Jesus’ command to love one another and to love God. […]

#3 What does it look like to be a church that is learning to learn?

Here are the questions from yesterday’s talk by Shahne Vickery about how we are all created to have different spiritual temperaments, or ways of responding to God in worship. Reflect, discuss with others, feed back: to or Spiritual Temperaments Shahne spoke of 7 different temperaments: the intellectual, the ascetic, the naturalist, the activist, […]