Online Alpha course!

In these strange and troubling times, many of us will be facing new questions or at least facing familiar questions in a new way. We are starting an Alpha Course online, running for eight Thursday evenings from 7.45pm – 9.15pm starting on the 4th June. Evenings will be run using zoom, which if you haven’t […]

Worship at CCD this Sunday

A message from Rev Jo Vickery: Hi Everyone, At our 10.30 service at Christ Church this Sunday (Aug 9th) I will be launching our short series looking at themes very much in the headlines at the moment and asking where is God in all this?  The first will address the huge issue of Mental Health, […]

Study notes for Philippians 4:10-23

New generosity – Philippians 4:10-23 These notes accompany the sermon for Sunday, 2nd August 2020. This passage contains some of the most well-known promises in the Bible as Paul outlines the 3 way blessing of generous giving. Blessing others  (vs 10-16) The sacrificial giving of the Philippian church has brought great joy to Paul (v10), […]

Study notes for Philippians 4:1-9

New resources – Philippians 4:1-9 These notes accompany the sermon from Sunday, 26th July 2020. Paul is wanting to equip the Christians in Philippi with all they need to ‘stand firm’ (v1) and grow in their whole life discipleship. So he teaches about: Relationships with others (v2,3) – don’t let disagreements fester. Take initiative to […]

Study notes for Philippians 3:10-21

New Ambitions – Philippians 3:10-21 These notes accompany the sermon from Sunday, 19th July 2020. Paul makes a declaration in (3:10) “I want to know Christ”. We may think Paul already knew Christ, but Paul is seeking to be totally enveloped in Christ’s person, purpose and passion. It is not enough to be counted as […]

Study notes for Philippians 3:1-11

New Confidence – Phil 3:1-11 These notes are for the sermon from Sunday, 12th July. Think of one or two people who you would describe as confident. Where do you think their confidence comes from?  In this passage St Paul reveals his own story of being taken on a journey from false to true confidence. […]

Study notes for Philippians 2:19-30

New friendships – Phil. 2: 19-30 These notes accompany the sermon from Sunday 5 July 2020. In these verses Paul reveals something of the nature of friendship as God intended it to be. He is building on the foundational truth that God has made people for relationship with himself and with each other. The cross […]

Final Valuing the Week – with Jo & Shahne

Each week during lockdown Jo and Shahne have been updating us with what is going on at Christ Church and we have heard from members of the church as to how our values of Thankfulness, Graciousness, Openness and Prayerfulness have been lived out in the new normal. In this final installment we hear from Diane […]

TEN partner newsletter

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Please see the June edition of the TEN partner newsletter (Pdf) from Misa Hiorescu in Ursoaia, Moldova, and also the feedback on how he has specifically been helping poor families during the Covid-19 crisis (Pdf). Misa Hiorescu said, “Thank you so much to Christ Church Downend for your partnership with and support for Misa’s ministry, […]

Valuing the week – with Jo & Shahne

Each Saturday during the lockdown Rev Jo and Shahne Vickery give us an update on news in our church family but also share stories of how our church values of Thankfulness, Graciousness, Openness and Prayerfulness. This week’s valuing the week includes a big announcement about worship services returning to church, Paul Peterson updating us on […]