worship under the threat of Coronavirus
Dear Christ Church,
I have just received the new official guidelines of how church can go ahead under the threat of Coronavirus. I’m afraid we now have to suspend all gathering for Sunday Services, and all otherwise church gatherings. So please take this as confirmation that whichever service you would normally attend, or whatever church group you usually attend it will, from now, not be happening for a while.
However, we have not stopped being church! We just need to look for new and creative ways to be a Christian community. We might not be able to meet physically together, but we can still care for and look after each other, worship, pray, study our bibles and be Christ to people, just in different ways.
One of our new ways of being and doing church could be checking into our services on Facebook. We hope to be streaming these live on Sunday mornings from next week (22nd March)
Or checking our webpage and maybe listening to some sermons.
Or phoning each other and seeing if people are okay or need anything. My phone number is 01689 822351
Or if you have a smartphone, video calling someone on WhatsApp, Skype or Face Time or another of the video apps.
For those who would still like to come and pray in the church, we are hoping that we will be able to open the church during the daytimes from next week for those who are not self-isolating due to government guidelines, illness or proximity to illness. Just take all the correct precautions if you come please: wash your hands properly before and after, use hand sanitiser, and maintain appropriate distancing rules.
Let’s still be church, and never forget that we have a God who is bigger than everything!
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
With love and blessings,
Hello, and a warm welcome to Christ Church Orpington.
We are a local Church of England congregation that serves the people of Orpington. We're based on Charterhouse Road, where we meet on Sundays and throughout the week.
We welcome people of all ages and hope that we speak words and demonstrate actions that are relevant to your everyday life. In this respect, we trust that our Sunday services offer a warm welcome and are time well spent. Time to spend with God, time to think about the priorities of life. A time where we can grow in relationship with others.
All ages are included at Christ Church and our morning services provide a crèche facility for the littlest. There are also activities for children from 3-year-olds to teenagers.
However, the church is not just about Sundays and we are actively involved in local schools, community action projects, summer holiday clubs, and community clubs for the elderly.
We hope you'll take the opportunity to visit us. Perhaps you might join us for one of our services, our outreach events, or social activities. Do introduce yourself. We hope you will find a home among us and know God's blessing for your life.
If you believe a child, young person or vulnerable adult to be in immediate danger, always phone 999 first.
If you would like to speak to someone in the church about child abuse, abuse of vulnerable adults or domestic abuse, please contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Kate Munro, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christ Church is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and has adopted the Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy Statement for Children, Young People and Adults “Promoting a Safer Church”. You can find the complete text at