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Masses With A Congregation Have Now Resumed
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WEEKDAYS Anytime 8:30am - 6:30pm
SUNDAY - Mass Times
8am, 9.30am, 10.30am (Family Mass), & 11.30 am
11:30am Mass Also Live Streamed to Facebook
MONDAY - FRIDAY Mass at 10:30am & 6pm
SATURDAY Mass 10:30am
SUNDAY 8am - 12:15pm
WEEKDAYS 8:30am - 6:30pm
SATURDAY 10am - 11:30am
Fr Thomas Crowley
We welcome Fr Thomas
Congratulations and prayers for Fr Thomas Crowley, licensed by +Will, the Bishop of Lewes, as Assistant Curate at Christ Church on Tuesday 14th September 2021, on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. We look forward to Fr Thomas’ ministry amongst us.
Fr Thomas writes:
‘Born and raised in rural County Durham, God’s call has brought me about as far south as is possible! After reading Oriental Studies at Oxford, during which I spent a year living in Cairo, I moved to London to work for a think tank. I was confirmed whilst at Oxford, but it wasn’t until reading for my MSc in London that I realised that God was calling me to a different path – the priesthood. Starting down this path, I spent two years working as a Pastoral Assistant in North London before training at St Stephen’s House. I come to Christ Church having spent two years of - rather COVID restricted! – curacy at St Saviour’s, Eastbourne; Will and I are now looking forward enormously to getting to know you all here as we begin our ministry in St Leonard’s.’
The COVID-19 Pandemic
At Christ Church, as with all other public buildings and spaces, we follow Government guidelines for the control and containment of the virus. This means that we sanitise the chairs and surfaces after every Mass, there is hand sanitiser available as you enter our buildings, there is also a signing in book as you enter the church and parish centre. There are also fewer chairs, which are spaced according to the guidelines, limiting the number of people in church at any one time.
NHS Track and Trace App - Mobile Phones
QR code posters are displayed in church and the parish centre for use with the App. After downloading the App to your mobile just scan the QR code which then records who has visited our site for the purposes of the NHS Track and Trace system.
This App once downloaded will then be able to record which spaces and buildings you have been in whenever you scan the QR code posters wherever you are across the region and country, making the track and trace process easier.
Follow this link on your Android phone for the free download NHS Track and Trace App.
For the Apple iPhone Link please see the Apple iPhone App Store for the free COVID-19 NHS Track and Trace app download.
Church & Community Events
BOOK SALES HAVE RESUMED
WEEKLY ON MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS
Book Room in the Parish Centre
Wide Variety of Books for Sale
SATURDAY TABLE SALES
THESE SALES HAVE NOW RESUMED
FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
10:30am - 12:30pm
Wide Range of Items including Books, Bric-a-brac,
CD's and DVD's, Puzzles and Games,
Needlework, Clothes, & More!
THE COMMUNITY CAFE IS SUSPENDED DURING
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
THIRD FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
Chat with one-another over Free Tea Coffee and Biscuits
Holy Communion & Anointing
Holy Communion (from the Reserved Sacrament) the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confessions) and the Anointing of the Sick are administered at the advertised times, and on request in time of need.
Church Premises for Hire
The church and our parish centre are available for hire.
The crypt was re-developed in 1996 and offers two good sized rooms, (ideal for meetings, parties, group use) kitchen, toilets and baby change facilities.
The parish centre was completed in 2002 and offers:
● a large hall with a stage and room behind the stage
● a small hall with a piano.
● a kitchen
● toilets with baby change facilities.
Both the halls are ideal for meetings. The large hall being more suitable for fetes, sales, children’s birthday parties, as well as community activities and productions which utilise a stage.
Our Parish Hall During A Church Summer Fayre
Both the crypt and parish centre provide disabled access. They are run as a charitable endeavour. Both are entered via Christ Church courtyard which is to the south of the church. The crypt entrance is the second door on the right. The parish centre entrance is the second door on the left in the far left hand corner of the courtyard.
For enquiries about hiring our facilities please contact the parish office which is open weekly on
Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings from 9am-12noon.
Telephone 01424 44 77 84
(an answering machine, checked regularly, is active outside office hours)
Our Crypt During A Church Summer Fayre
Marrying in church is personal, meaningful and spiritual just as you want it to be. Churches are special and unique places to get married in - the prayers, promises and the whole service of celebration become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond.
If you are looking to get married – congratulations!
The information below answers many of the common questions people have about where they can be married, but if you have any other questions or would like to discuss the ceremony please contact one of our clergy.
Can I be married at Christ Church?
Weddings are governed by the law of the land and Church law. You need to check that neither you nor the person you hope to marry are subject to immigration controls and/or have overstayed your visa; and one of you is ‘connected’ to the parish according to the rules of the Church of England
If one of these criteria seems to be a problem in your case, don’t panic. Read the information below and feel free to contact us if you need to know more. We will require documentary proof of these things and may have to refer you to other agencies or authorities (such as the Registrar or the Home Office) in case of doubt, particularly with regard to immigration status.
How can I be connected with Christ Church?
You can marry in a Church of England Church such as Christ Church if you can show that one of you has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least six months or was Baptized in the parish concerned or was prepared for Confirmation in the parish or has at any time gone to normal Church services in the parish Church at least once a month for a period of at least six months or that one of your parents, at any time after you were born has lived in the parish for a period of at least six months or has regularly gone to normal Church services in the parish Church for a period of at least six months or that one of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish
Are there any exceptions to these conditions?
Yes. In certain circumstances a Special Licence may be granted for couples who cannot attend the Church on a regular basis
Is there anything specific which will prevent me from getting married at Christ Church?
Yes. If either of you has a divorced partner still living, then you will not be able to be married at Christ Church.
What is a ‘parish’?
Each Church of England Church serves an area called a parish. It has fixed boundaries and you can check which parish you live in by visiting http://www.achurchnearyou.com/ and searching with your postcode.
Because of the variety in size and shape of parishes, the Church of England Church you are nearest may not be your parish Church, especially in large cities.
How much does it cost?
Please see the Church of England table of fees
Banns of Marriage
Banns of marriage must be read if you are married in church. They are an opportunity for someone to raise legal objections to a marriage, e.g., one of the couple is too young. If you wish to marry at Christ Church or you live in the parish but are getting married elsewhere in most cases you will be required have your Banns ‘read’ at Christ Church. Please contact us to arrange an appointment to do the necessary paperwork.
Please see a member of the clergy of our parish for further information on Banns of Marriage and for the Banns of Marriage application form, or you may like to download it via this link Banns Application Form
I (or my partner) are subject to immigration controls or have overstayed a visa
The Church of England is obliged to uphold the law as to who can marry in the UK, which includes the visa status of non-E.U. citizens and the Immigration Act 2004 as amended. People who enter the UK on a visa and wish to marry an E.U. citizen must have permission to do so as part of their visa, and their visa must be current. Marrying in the Church of England is not a way of evading the requirements of the law or the consequences of having overstayed a visa, because the legal requirements must be satisfied before the marriage can take place. We advise anyone who wishes to seek to get married at Christ Church, or any other Church of England parish church to resolve any immigration and other visa issues before approaching us. You may have to be referred to the Superintendent Registrar or the Home Office to obtain the correct paperwork and permissions.
What preparation is required?
Marriage is a wonderful and important part of your life. If you want to be married at Christ Church you will be asked to make a commitment to regular worship as part of your preparation for Christian Marriage. You will be shown how the service works and how to prepare a service booklet. There will also be a full rehearsal in the week before your wedding.
Congratulations on wanting to explore confirmation with the Church of England. Confirmation can be an important part of a lifetime journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is a special church service in which a person confirms the promises that were made when they were baptized. If you were baptized at a christening when you were a child, your parents and godparents made these promises on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may be ready to affirm these promises for yourself and commit your life to following Jesus Christ. At a confirmation service, you make these promises for yourself. Your friends and family as well as the local Christian community will be there to promise to support and pray for you.
The local bishop will lay their hands on your head and ask God’s Holy Spirit to give you the strength and commitment to live God’s way for the rest of your life
What Happens During the Service?
Confirmation usually takes place in a special service in your own church, at the cathedral or in another parish church, although it may take place during the main Sunday service at your own church. There will be hymns, readings and sometimes those being confirmed talk about their faith. After the Bishop has laid hands on each person’s head there will be special prayers – then there will be often some celebratory refreshments to follow!
There may be a rehearsal before the confirmation service so that you understand everything that happens in the service
Will I Need Godparents?
At a christening, godparents stand alongside the parents to make promises on behalf of the child being baptized. At confirmation, there are no godparents because you make the promises for yourself, but you may be asked if you would like a sponsor to stand with you as a supporting friend in your journey of faith. Usually this is someone who has previously been confirmed. It may be one of the people who has prepared you for confirmation, or it may be a youth worker, a good friend, a relative, or a godparent.
Will I Take Holy Communion When Confirmed?
Sometimes a service of Holy Communion will follow a confirmation, either on the same day or on the next Sunday. For some people this will be the first time they share in bread and wine. Some may have received Holy Communion before; it depends on the approach of their usual church.
What Is The Right Age For Confirmation?
There is no right age for a person to be confirmed. Anyone may be confirmed who has been baptized and if they are old enough to answer responsibly for themselves. In some areas of the country, the local bishop sets a minimum age for confirmation. If this is the case, your vicar will be able to tell you what the minimum age is. As a general rule, anyone who is over 10 years old and can answer for themselves could be ready for confirmation, but the right time for you might be at any age – you could be in your teens or in your nineties!
What If I Wasn't Baptised As A Child?
You will need to be baptized before you are confirmed. If you were not baptized as a child and want to make a commitment of faith, you can be baptized and confirmed in the same service, or baptized at a separate service shortly before your confirmation. You should discuss this with your vicar.
How Much Does It Cost?
A confirmation service is free, though there may be a small charge for a certificate. Ask your vicar for details.
Whenever it happens, whether as a baby, child or adult, baptism is at the heart of an amazing journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. You are never too old to take this step, and being baptized as an adult is a wonderful experience.
You may have been baptized at a christening when you were a child or in a different Christian tradition, and there are always special ways to renew the promises that were made then in a fresh way as you discover more about what it means to live them out in your life.
You may be asked to go along to a few sessions to explore more about what it means to be a Christian, usually joining others who are exploring faith as well. Then there will be a special service where you will be baptized. In the Church of England this may involve water being poured on your head at the font, or the church may have a special pool and you will be fully immersed in the water. However it happens, it’s a great occasion, full of joy
The Parish of Christ Church St Leonard’s on Sea welcomes you, and your family.
We are here to offer help and to pray for the future happiness and peace of your family in the years ahead.
What is Baptism?
Holy Baptism makes us Christians, which is why it is sometimes called “Christening.” It is the first of seven sacraments and absolutely essential—we cannot become Christians without it. When someone is baptised they become members of Christ’s body, which is the Church.
Baptism marks a new beginning of a persons life as a Christian.
People become members of the Church (God’s Family), by being baptised. We prepare people for baptism as children and as adults.
Those who want to become more committed are confirmed. In this Parish there is an annual Confirmation Group. If you are baptised and are now interested in being prepared for Confirmation, please contact one of our clergy.
Why bother being baptised?
Those who care for us want us to have the very best start in life. From the moment we are born we are dependant upon others to feed us, clothe us, care for us and love us. Without this care we would quickly perish. We also need our spiritual well being looked after until we are able to look after ourselves, which is why baptism is so important. When you smile at your baby it brings them to life. God’s smile comes in baptism. It is a sign that we are precious and valued.
What is your role?
Very often the child to be baptised is too young to understand what is happening at their baptism, so as your child grows he or she needs your support. This is done through:
Your prayers— asking God to help you and your child.
Your example— showing your child how to live in love and compassion.
Your teaching— telling your child about Jesus and the Christian way of life.
Don’t worry! The Church is here to help. If you have any questions about faith and prayer, or simply want advice on choosing Christian books, or would like to know more about activities for the young children, just ask.
What about Godparents?
You will need support in bringing up your child as a Christian. The Church asks for three Godparents to help with this responsibility—so choose them carefully. They must be baptised and it is a good idea to have people who go to church regularly. Choose people who are willing to accept the same responsibilities as you in bringing up your child as a Christian.
How do Godparents help?
Godparents share responsibility in a number of ways: for example, remembering your child on the anniversary of their birthday, at Christmas, Easter and on the anniversary of their baptism with appropriate gifts such as Bible story books etc.. They also encourage by their own example of going to Church regularly, praying with your child and perhaps even teaching your child prayers, such as the ‘Our Father’.
How much does it cost?Nothing. There is no charge for baptism. If you wish to make an offering that is at the total discretion of the family—but this is a purely voluntary contribution
The big day
The day of Baptism is a great day for your child and the family, and for the Church as it welcome as new member. Because baptism makes us members of the Church, the rest of God’s family will want to get to know you and welcome you, so please come to Church regularly before and after the baptism so that you can begin to learn what it means to be a member of the Christian family
An explanation of various elements & meanings associated with baptism
A sign on something shows its origins or ownership. The sign of the cross is the mark for Christians of Jesus Christ who died on the cross. The sign of the cross is traced on the child’s forehead to show that the baby belongs to Christ, who now offers his help and grace to face and overcome the trials of life.
This is for washing and refreshing, a sign that our sins are washed away. Water is also necessary for life and so is a sign, too, that the life of the risen Christ is ours. It is through the waters of baptism that we are born again.’
Oil of Baptism is olive oil blessed by the Bishop. Just as athletes used to rub oil into themselves to strengthen and prepare them for the race ahead so it is used in baptism to prepare us for the Christian race.
The oil of Chrism is also used. It is a mixture of olive oil and sweet smelling balsam. It is rubbed onto the crown of the head just as it is used when the monarch is crowned. It is a sealing of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and a sign that we belong to Jesus’ royal family.
This garment (usually a shawl) is a relic of the clothes worn by Christians after baptism in the first centuries. It is a sign of innocence and putting on a new life of resurrection.
The lit candle
Any light burns away darkness. The candle given to the child at baptism represents the light of Christ burning away the darkness in our lives, to bring us new light and life, assuring us that Jesus is always with us. The baptismal candle is lit from the great Easter Candle which is a sign of the risen Christ. We pray that your child’s life will illuminate others with the spirit Jesus. Your efforts will not only help your baby to grow up in the love of God: they will also help you grow. As you teach your child to pray, you yourself will also deepen in prayer; as you teach your child to appreciate the Mass, your own faith will be enriched. Your baby’s baptism is the beginning of a new life in which you will grow close to one another and to God.
If someone you know and love has died, or dies within the next few days, of whatever cause, a small funeral, led by a Church of England minister can still be held in church, in a churchyard, by a graveside, or at a crematorium.
A bereavement is one of the toughest things we have to face.
If you have suffered a bereavement and want the clergy of Christ Church to conduct the funeral you should contact one of our clergy or parish office immediately. You should also contact a local funeral director as soon as possible. They will advise you about all the arrangements that need to be made for a funeral to take place in a church or at a crematorium. It is essential that arrangements are made in consultation with the clergy to ensure they are free to take the service.
Funerals in Church
Christian funerals are occasions of sadness but also hope, because the Christian faith promises that all those who die believing in Jesus Christ will rise again from the dead at the end of time. If you would like a funeral to take place at Christ Church, you should contact one of our clergy or parish office and a local funeral director.
Funerals at Crematoria
The clergy of Christ Church also conduct funerals at crematoria. If you would like a funeral at a crematorium to be taken by one of the clergy of Christ Church, you should contact one of our clergy or parish office and a local funeral director