Youthwork during covid

Below gives you an idea of the many things going on in and around Christ Church for young people outside of lockdowns and pandemics. However, coronavirus has not stopped our amazing youth team providing lots of ways for young people to have fun and grow in faith. Using zoom there are small group bible studies, Sunday morning sessions and social activities, meaning that there are a wide range of ways that young people can keep connected with one another. For more information contact the Diane Paddon and the youth team by emailing

Pre-covid youthwork

Diane Paddon, Head of Youth Ministry

We have a range of activities for young people at Christ Church Downend.  Wednesday Elev8 & Elev8+, Thursday Ignite & Ignite+, Tuesday and Friday after school Youth Drop-In and Sunday Faith at 10.30am.

Our dedicated Youth Website  has all the latest news on our weekly Youth programmes and you can catch up on recent events on the Youth Blog. Read all about our recent exciting Youth Mission to India.

Elev8 & Elev8+

Elev8 is the name for our youth home-groups which run on Wednesday evenings. Elev8 provides a great place where you can explore the meaning of life and grow deeper in your Christian faith. It’s a great place to meet up with your friends outside of school. For more information can see Elev8.


Ignite runs on Thursday evenings during Term time; 6.30-7.45pm (for years 6, 7 and 8) and 8-9.15pm (for years 9, 10 and 11). Ignite is a dynamic, interactive, free youth club serving the heart of Downend, Mangotsfield and Staple Hill. It is an exciting and diverse place for young people to meet and a safe place where fun activities take place and where you can help serve your local community. For more information see Ignite.

Faith on Sundays @Christ Church

Faith on Sundays is for young people aged 11+ and meets during the 10.30am service in the Christ Church Youth Hub (*unless otherwise indicated) on Sundays. Creating ways to nurture faith, to pray and to stimulate thought about the big issues of life. for more information please see Faith on Sundays.

Youth drop-in

A chance to relax after school, hang out with friends and enjoy interactive games. Youth drop-in on Tuesdays for years 6-7 runs from after school until 4.30pm during term time. Youth drop-in on Fridays for year 8, 9, 10 and 11 runs from after school until 4.30pm during term time. For more information see Youth drop-in.

Other events

We usually take a group of young people to other local youth events such as Dynamic and The Mix .


Diane Paddon, Head of Youth Ministry

More information

Read our safe from harm policy (pdf, 1115kb).