Be still and know that I am God
Psalms 46:10



Welcome to Christchurch Abbeydale

We offer a warm welcome to all.  Christchurch is an ecumenical church which embraces four Christian denominations, Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Church, worshipping together as one congregation.  Whether you already belong to one of these denominations or not you are most welcome. 

We welcome children of all ages. A crèche is available for pre-school children. There is Junior Church for children aged 5 to 11 and ‘The Core’ for children aged 11 years +. Children stay with us for the first part of the service and then go with the youth leader to take part in planned activities 


As a child I often wondered how other people around the world

celebrated New Year. I have cousins who lived in Scotland and my mother

often received letters from them telling her about “first footing” and

Hogmany. I thought how exciting it must be to walk around after dark

carrying a lump of coal from house to house. My parents didn’t party or

celebrate so I had to imagine what it would be like to stand in Trafalgar

Square and hear the chimes of Big Ben at midnight.

These days with instant access to all parts of the world via our TV set

we can sit at home and join the celebrations in Sydney and Auckland, New

York and Paris, Asia and Europe, as across the world people welcome in the

New Year. This is all lovely and for a few hours we can forget ourselves and

feel a part of a bigger celebration worldwide. But then the fireworks come

to an end and we are on our own again in front of the TV. How different

would it be if we were actually there taking part?

It can be like that in our church life. We get used to seeing and hearing

all the things that other people are doing as they celebrate being part of

God’s family. We read our Chronicle and see photos on the TV screens in

church that show us some of the things that take place in our own church.

It makes us feel proud when we see how much money was raised at the

Barn Dance or Christmas Fair for ‘our Church’. We applaud the efforts of

the boys and girls from the Brigade as they washed cars to raise money for

the shoebox appeal. How different would it be if we were taking part?

I know that for many of us being actively involved is not possible but there

is one thing that everyone can do and that is pray.

Prayer draws us into a situation like nothing else can. We are able to

identify with others in ways deeper than words as we open up to God in

prayer for the life of our church.

At the beginning of this New Year I would like to invite you all to come

and join the monthly prayer meeting or meet together with friends over

coffee and become a prayer group. It really isn’t difficult if you have the

will and desire in your heart to be part of shaping the future at


Together we can make a difference through prayer. We are all part of

the world wide Church and we can all be active in prayer as we look

forward to the next chapter in the life of Christchurch

My prayer for Christchurch was written during the Thy Kingdom Come

week in 2017. I hope that it can become your prayer for our church as well

as we enter 2019.

May God’s Peace and Blessings flow as we meet together in prayer in

his name.                                                             Val Stephens

Inside Out.

The sanctuary, A place of peace and tranquillity, quietness, calm.

Designed to embrace, to encircle all who enter in a blanket of love

and acceptance.

Here I am again Lord, stepping inside,

away from the noise, the traffic, the rush of a busy world.

Away from my crowded thoughts.

I praise you Lord for the peace in this place.

Just a small room next to a busy roundabout.

This place sits comfortably in its plot of land and is hardly noticed

by those who rush by in their cars.

I praise you Lord for those who stop and look and are drawn to the


I praise you Lord for the light that shines through the windows.

I praise you Lord for the glass cross in the wall.

Lord I pray that your light, the Christ light, will shine on the outside

as well as inside.

I pray that people driving past will notice it, be drawn to it and find

themselves on the inside, in this sanctuary from the busy world.

I praise you Lord for the cross and all that it symbolises,

but most of all I praise you for the light that shines, inside out.


I am no longer my own but yours....... '

Part of the richness of an ecumenical church such as

Christchurch is sharing in what are the traditions of the

participating denominations. Methodists hold an annual Covenant Service - a

celebration of all that God has done and an affirmation that we give our lives

and choices to God. It is an invitation for people to renew their covenant

relationship with God. This service has become an established part of worship at

Christchurch, and like most Methodist churches it is held at the beginning of

the New Year.

The Covenant Service goes back to John Wesley's time. He wanted a form

of worship that would help people open themselves to God more fully. In 1755

Wesley created such a service, using material from the writings of the

seventeenth-century Puritan divines, Joseph and Richard Alleine. Over

succeeding generations changes have been made to the service so that it

continues to be relevant to congregations using it.

Both the Covenant Prayer and Service are regarded as jewels of Methodism

and one of its most distinctive contributions to the liturgy of the Church in

general. The first Sunday of the New Year, 6th January, morning worship at

Christchurch will be the Covenant Service, led by Rev Vernon Godden, and will

include Holy Communion. Maureen Godden

Relocation of an earlier Christchurch Cross & Foundation Stone

The Foundation Stone was originally in the outside wall by the main entrance to the Community Centre

The Cross was kept in the small church rooms at the Community Centre and brought out into the Badminton Hall when services were held

1988 Community Centre D.JPG1988 Community Centre M.JPG

During ‘Work Week’ the Foundation Stone was relaid in the wall of the

back rooms at Christchurch with the Cross above


Christchurch’s first real ‘home’ was the Community Centre and with recent alterations there the foundation stone was made available to us

1988 Community Centre F.JPG