Special services and events at Christ Church
All Age Service
On the first Sunday of each month the Sunday Service is designed to include all members of the congregation –
an All Age Service. Children are encouraged to gather at the front to listen to the talk and they have the
opportunity to learn about the liturgy of the Sunday Service.
In February Candlemas is celebrated. Children make "Christingles", and the whole congregation are encouraged
to remember the presentation of Jesus in the Temple.
On the evening of Shrove Tuesday, in the spirit of Mardi Gras celebrations, there is often a Pancake Party
and Quiz Night.
The 4th Sunday in Lent is Mothering Sunday when children present Mums, Dads and others with flowers, as tokens
of gratitude and love.
Services are held in the three churches of the Merton Priory Team throughout Holy Week (the week before Easter).
A special service is held on the afternoon of Good Friday and the congregation come together for a joyful Easter
Sunday service to recall the resurrection of Jesus.
In May/June, on Ascension Day, Christ Church has its own Dedication Festival, which is celebrated in style both
during and after the service.
Advent is celebrated with a special service for St. Nicholas.
A special children's service is held on Christmas Eve as well as the midnight celebration to welcome in the
celebrations of Christmas.
As a member of the Merton Priory Team Ministry, Christ Church has connections with
St John's Church and
Holy Trinity Church
and we share a number of services and activities throughout the year.
The bellringers take a full part in special occasions,
both on the tower bells and on the handbells.
Here we are celebrating the birth of the Christian church on the day of Pentecost (when the Holy Spirit was given to Christ's followers)
by wearing red to symbolise the tongues of flame.