For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son
John 3:16
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:


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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 

 

It has been one of those weeks. I am sure many of you know the feeling
of matters piling up one by one and the pressure increasing to the point when you believe you cannot cope with any more. Then another load arrives and you know you have reached the end.
Except a word, a call, a smile, a prayer somehow makes all the difference.
Last month I mentioned my parents; their situation is not going to
get any better. Dad has since been sectioned – which is not all bad
news as it opens doors to support that was not previously available.
I do wonder what kind of world he lives in and how he would react if
he knew what he was doing. This is not the person to whom I have
turned in times of need (and in all times) for all my life. Except he
is the same person. His world is real to him, and, if his behaviour is
any indication, his world is not always a pleasant one. There are
times when he appears as distressed as I feel for him; occasionally
there are times when his world is OK (there is normally a chocolate
bar involved). I think I am learning afresh that my world is not all
that there is and being reminded that God came into the world, all
our worlds, to bring us home to his world.
There has been time spent with people who have been at the sharp
end of life and death. Time which becomes exceedingly precious.
As well as time with people there has had to be time with historical
fiscal matters. The church faces a potential bill from the Baptist
Pension Scheme (which is in deficit) through employing Ernie Hall as
the church minister those years ago. Even though Ernie left over
ten years ago there is a substantial potential debt hanging over the
church. Anything to do with pensions tends to be complicated and
legal. What the outcome will be no one presently knows. As far as
possible the Church Council will keep the church informed through
the weekly notice sheet, the church meeting and information in the
pages of the Chronicle.
And I know from personal conversations and public reports that
debt is a burden that many are carrying, both personal and
corporate.
I do wonder what God thought as he looked at the world he had
created. And I realise that we know what God thought. His answer
was not to get off the world but to get into the world. The problems of
humankind started early; the story is there to be read. The answer is there in the Bible, to be read and written into our human minds and hearts. His answer was not to send an army to conquer by force or a politician to rule in power. He sent his son to be born as one of us, to live as one of us, to know what it was to be one of us. And in the end to be on the end of extreme hatred and to die in public shame. Perhaps in God’s answer we can find answers for ourselves if we take the time to look, if we have
the openness to really listen.
Before the next Chronicle is published we will have celebrated
Christmas, held our annual Covenant Service and be a month into
the New Year. It is somewhat strange writing that sentence knowing that Advent has not even started! I pray that this, my last Christmas as
Minister here, will bless both you and me.

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Steve Davies,

Minister of Christchurch Abbeydale




 

Welcome to all the family

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Alison, Steve and daughter Sian


 

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

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

back rooms at Christchurch with the Cross above

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

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