Grafton Rd, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1QY, UK

Welcome to Worthing Christ Church

The Revd. David William Renshaw, Vicar of the Parish of Worthing, Christ Church is currently unwell, so if you would like to get in touch, please contact the churchwardens or administrator.
Churchwardens: Kenneth Hobbs  email: christchurchfinance@btinternet.com   Phone: 01903 237713
Steve Davis email: christchurchvolunteers@btinternet.com  Phone: 07512 030403
Parish Administrator & PCC Secretary:  Janine Hobbs Email: janine.h@ntlworld.com Phone 01903 237713
Parish office: The Parish Admin team is currently working from home until normality returns, please email the administrator if you need to get in touch.

Welcome to the website for Christ Church, Worthing – we hope you will find the information you need.

The PCC  agreed to reopen the church for normal Sunday Services from Sunday 7th March at 10.30am, and our twice monthly mid-week BCP Holy Communion services resumed again every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month,  from 11th March at 10.30am

All precautions are followed as usual, with everyone wearing a mask, and hand sanitiser provided throughout the church.

The church is cleaned regularly twice a week.

The pews that you have been allocated from the start of the restrictions are yours to occupy whenever you wish to come to church.

If you cannot remember which seat you had been given, or you now feel ready to return when you hadn’t been able to previously, or wish to come and join us for  the first time,  please feel free to come along. It  would be very helpful if you could come at least 10 minutes before we start,  so we can make sure we can allocate a seat for you. We are blessed with a large church and so have adequate room to seat everyone. As guidance directs, we have taken all necessary precautions to seat everyone safely,  2 metres apart. 

Please do not come to church if you are unwell. If anyone becomes unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 in a church building they should go home immediately and be advised to follow the stay at home guidance. We ask that you wear a mask and sanitise your hands on entry.

We all look forward to seeing you all as soon as you feel happy to return.

Services are held every Sunday morning at 10.30am: Holy Communion on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays, and Morning Prayer on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.

Thursday BCP  Holy Communion said services at 10.30am  

We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Janine Hobbs
PCC Secretary and Administrator
The Parish of Worthing, Christ Church
On behalf of the Churchwardens and PCC

As required, the PCC have agreed a Covid19 Risk Assessment, carried out on their behalf. This is regularly reviewed. You can request a copy of the full Risk Assessment from the administrator: janine.h@ntlworld.com

Some other useful links…

The Church of England Advice for churches under Covid19

The Government Guidance for the safe use of Places of Worship

Weddings.. If you would like to know more about getting married in church.. Congratulations!! It is such a wonderful time, and we would love to be there for you. To find out more information, and give you more ideas for your big day Click here

Baptisms.. If you would like to have your child baptised in church.. We would love to hear from you! Click here for more information

Funerals… If you would like some supportive information to help you organise a funeral for a loved one click here for some useful information we hope will help.

For the Chichester Diocese website, Click here

 

A wave of prayer to lift you!

Help us to learn how to put the needs of others more firmly before our own. May those who exercise power and authority in our communities use it wisely, and may we, and they, serve the Lord with gladness.

Jesus came into our world bringing your promises of grace and freedom for all of us. We rejoice in the great body of people who form your church and to whom we are glad to belong.
We pray for all those who love you and those who are yet to find you.

Lord, we pray that this time of global illness be a time when we can all come together, we can all find you for the first time, or again, after having lost our way, but most of all may it be a time when you are seen and felt among us through the many who reach out to help, to comfort and to care.

The light given off by a candle reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world. May it remind us of that promise as we remember those who have died and gone before us. We remember them and those who mourn them.

We pray in the quietness of our minds for all who we know have need of You.

Those who are sick, in hospital; those who are badly affected by the present pandemic, those who are lonely or depressed, those who have no family help. Bless them and give them comfort and assurance, and give us courage to do what we can to help.. Give your grace and strength to all whose life is built round caring for others.

We pray for the world wide Church in all its wonderful diversity, bringing the elements of different cultures into their worship to and in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. Especially we pray for all churches for whom meeting together to worship isn’t possible or safe at this time. Let us all know and feel your all abiding presence to both uphold our courage and strengthen our faith.

We pray for our own church in Worthing, and we bring before you all those who lead and inspire our worship, those who care for and pray for the sick and bereaved and those who carry out the maintenance and administration of the church. For we are called to go out and preach the Good News to all that will hear – and so we pray for all areas of outreach to both young and old and whether formal or informal that many will respond to the call of Christ to follow him.

Lord, in this world which is a part of your creation, we struggle to understand the reasons behind the great natural disasters which mankind must endure; whether it be hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, Tsunamis or the pandemic that currently has the whole world in hiding.

But we do understand that in the midst of such events your love is shown in the acts of bravery, selflessness and compassion which follow. We pray for all who have suffered through the virus in such dreadful circumstances and for those who are tasked with providing the medical and community support and, in time, in the long task of rebuilding our economies and communities.

As our nation struggles with economic uncertainty we pray for the power-less, the hope-less and all those for whom our Lord would have us care for most.

We pray for those who have to make the difficult spending decisions with reduced budgets knowing that all objectives and needs cannot be met.

As our young people attend schools and colleges, we remember that the society they grow up in and the attitudes that they form are in our hands. Lord help us to work towards a just and equitable society, built on the values that are inspired by people of faith, vision and commitment and not on those of expediency, glamour and greed.

And so we think now of those in most need in our own community, the elderly, the housebound and those in care homes, hospital and hospice and for the work and devotion of carers whose skill and compassion bring both material and spiritual comfort at times of need.

We also pray for those who feel the pain of grief at the loss of a loved one whether recent or as each anniversary passes. Help us to support all those who mourn both with our prayers, with words of comfort and with practical help both this day and in the days and weeks to come.