Children are as much part of the Christ Church community as anyone – they, along with everyone else, are the church of today! The dedicated team of children’s leaders put so much energy into this rewarding ministry.

In spring 2021 we are gradually emerging from lockdown. We have one children’s group running currently for the older children, called Connected Plus. There is also a  Family Worship time on Sundays at 4pm called Families @4, held in church with each family around a separate table. Children of any age and their parents/ carers are welcome. To join in or for further information please contact

For secondary aged children and beyond we have an active and thriving youth ministry. The Youth Team have their own website too with lots of information about their midweek and Sunday groups.

We have strong mutual links with the primary schools of the parish, especially Christ Church Infant and Christ Church Junior, through the governors’ commitment to serve and the regular leading of collective worship, the Bible Story Club, Church visits & more. The uniformed organisations also come to church for regular parade services.  We hope these activities will resume if they have not already done so.

Supporting Families

Families are very welcome at Christ Church! We aim to suport families as they navigate life together and as they explore faith.  We run occasional social gatherings for families and want to share life together.

We have a range of helpful resources about family life to borrow and we can signpost to helpful sites and organisations to support you. We sometimes run parenting courses and marriage courses. Please ask if you are interested.


We would love to hear from you if you’rethinking of getting your child christened. For information on christenings (also called baptisms) please contact Paul Peterson

Messy Church

Messy Church is a way of doing church by exploring together as a family. We are currently holding Messy Church monthly in the church, with each family seated at a separate table, for 35 minutes of worship, fun and craft activities.

Our next Messy Church will be May 12th.

Find out more from our Facebook page Messy Church at Christ Church Downend.  You can book a place through theFacebook page or by contacting

Jigsaw Toddler Group

Currently our toddler group for under 5’s meets at King George V Park, Westerleigh Rd, Downend at 9.30 to 10.15 during term time. Find us down at the bottom of the field on the left. To book a place, please contact

Tuesday Move It Club

Tuesday Move It Club is a chance to get children of junior school age moving and active in a fun, safe and encouraging setting. It meets outside the Staple Hill Community Hub at Pendennis flats, Staple Hill after school on Tuesdays after school. To find out more, please contact

More information

For information about any children’s activities please contact  or for youth activities contact

Read our safe from harm policy (pdf, 1115kb) & our Safeguarding Code of Conduct. (67kb)