The Open Door Centre is now open!

On Saturday, the Bishop of Stepney, Adrian Newman, joined a congregation of 300 people when he formally opened and dedicated the Open Door Centre at Christ Church, Barnet.

The service of Thanksgiving and Celebration was led by our Associate Vicar Revd Joanna James. Other attendees included the Deputy Lieutenant of the London Borough of Barnet Martin Russell, The Archdeacon of Hampstead, The Revd. John Hawkins; The Area Dean, The Revd Dr Gregory Platten; Theresa Villiers MP and The Mayor of Barnet, Cllr. David Longstaff.

Local community groups, past and present members of the congregation, as well as past pupils from the original Parochial School were also represented at the official opening. 

Pictures of this memorable day can be found here and more news of the Open Door Centre can be found here

 

 

 

General Election 2017 - Archbishops highlight the place of faith in British life

06 May 2017

Faith has a central role to play in politics and this general election, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York say today.

In a pastoral letter to the parishes and chaplaincies of the Church of England, Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu urge people to set aside "apathy and cynicism" and draw new inspiration from the ancient Christian virtues of "love, trust and hope".

The three-page letter, intended to be shared in churches from this Sunday onward, encourages voters to remember Britain's Christian history and heritage as well as a concern for future generations and God's creation as they make their decisions.

Following divisions of recent years, it calls for reconciliation drawing on shared British values based on cohesion, courage and stability.

It upholds marriage, family and households as the building blocks of society which should be "nurtured and supported" as a "blessing". Read more of this article here and read their joint letter here

Pledge to Pray

The Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging Christians of all denominations to #Pledge2Pray as part of global prayer movement Thy Kingdom Come.

Last year more than 100,000 people joined with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to pray in the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost.

This year, even more are expected to join in. To see a thought provoking video please click here

For more information please click here

 

Vicar appointed for Christ Church

We are delighted to be able to say that Andy Rimmer will be joining Christ Church as our new Vicar and the service of induction will take place in September. Andy with his wife Mary are currently serving at The Lantern Church near Poole and they have 4 children aged between 18 and 26. Andy is a keen football follower with Portsmouth being one of his favoured teams. It will be interesting to see what he makes of Barnet FC who are currently some 13 places behind Portsmouth in the league at present!

We are looking forward to welcoming them both in September!

 

Celebrating Easter 2017 together at Christ Church Barnet

 

Services for the whole family

Palm Sunday - April 9th @ 10.30am

Join our family celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

Maundy Thursday - April 13th @ 7pm

Bring the whole family to remember The Last Supper. Family meal with communion. Tickets: adults £4, children up to 16 free.

Good Friday (Family Service) - April 14th @ 10.30am

Remember the events leading up to the crucifixion together, followed by Walk of Witness through Barnet High Street

                          Easter Sunday (Family Communion)                            April 16th @ 10.30am

Rejoice with people of all ages at the news that He Is Risen!

 

 

Alpha 2017

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Alpha is a great way for to discuss and consider who Jesus is through a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian Faith. It is designed to encourage conversation in a friendly open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. Join us at Alpha in 2017, we start in January on Wednesday evenings for ten consecutive weeks at 8 pm. For more information please contact the Parish Office.

The week before Christmas.....

...last minute present buying, Christmas dinner to plan and buy for and more cards to be sent as a few unexpected ones were received. Possibly this year some people might be having to make contingency travel arrangements in case the strikes goes ahead, there just doesn't seem enough hours in the day. So in the midst of all the 'busyness' take a few minutes out and watch these two YouTube clips. They may make you think, they will certainly be a few minutes of relative calm in the 'busyness' of this week before Christmas.

Crazy things happen to a guy at a party

What happened to the Love

Christmas Services at Christ Church

Please come and join us at any or all of the services below - we would love to see you!

Celebrate Christmas Together at Christ Church

Christingle Family Service 4th December 10.30am                                                                      Come and join us we celebrate Jesus, Light of the World.

Sunday 18th December 10.30am service                                                                                          Guest Speaker Canon J John. We are very fortunate to be able to welcome J John to our church. He is a gifted and very entertaining speaker, watch a clip here                                                                                                                                                                                                Carol Service 18th December 7pm                                                                                                           All are welcome!

Christmas Eve 4pm Carols round the Crib                                                                                       Bring the whole family to hear the Christmas story!

Midnight Communion - December 24th at 11pm
Join us as we remember 'unto us a child is born'.

Christmas Day Family Communion - December 25th at 10am
Celebrate with people of all ages, the news that Jesus is born!

Marathi Christmas Day Service 1.00pm

(Please note: There is no 8.00am or evening service on Christmas Day)

 

 

Nov 20th Mission Sunday

The 10.30am service will be a chance to catch up with Sola Ayodeji as he speaks about his work in Manchester and the Mission Pot. There will also be an opportuntiy after the service has finished to buy products from Tearfund; food, cards and gifts all on hand to help with the Christmas shopping lists!

Oasis 2016

With the nation celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday this year, it seemed only fitting that Oasis, our ‘holiday from home’ week should have 'The Queen' as its theme. The four days at the end of August were full with a variety of entertainment, great food, good company and much laughter and love.

A beautiful display of ‘Hats Galore’ with Philip Wright meant that everyone knew exactly what to wear should they be lucky to be invited to a Royal Garden party! A nail bar was on ‘hand’ to ensure that if that an invitation was to arrive all hands would be looking at their best!

Delicious meals were served throughout the week in the Oasis café and there was a chance to decorate cup-cakes in preparation for any future street parties that might arise! A very interesting talk ‘following in the steps of the famous in High Barnet’ was given by Paul Baker and a great concert by the amazing group F2F which was enjoyed by all. The group are loyal supporters of Oasis and always put together a varied and entertaining programme.

It was our great pleasure and indeed our privilege to welcome 40 or so guests each day so please do take a look at the photos in our gallery and see the enjoyment and fun which was shared by all!

October 2nd - Harvest Sunday

Food gifts will go to our food bank and financial gifts will go to the work of Tearfund.

We are always grateful to Christ Church School for their support of tinned goods and toiletries both at Harvest time and throughout the year, as we are to everyone who contributes in this way on a regular basis. If you are able to bring any tins there will be a box at the back of church to receive your gift. Thank you

Parenting Course

A parenting course is being held on the following dates: 5th, 12th and 19th October and after halfterm on the 2nd, 9th and 16th November. Parentalk is all about helping Mums and Dads do the best job they can bringing up their children. It gives Parents the opportunity to share their experiences, learn from each other and explore essential parenting principles. For more details please contact the Parish Office 0208 449 0832