helping others at christmas and cafe church

Good morning,


With Christmas just over two months away, now is a great time to think about those less fortunate than ourselves.  There are two ways you can easily do this at Christ Church:


Operation Christmas Child 


Christ Church will be supporting Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child again this year. Operation Christmas child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project. Their mission is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.


If you would like to support this project by filling a shoebox with gifts, please pick up a shoebox and leaflet on your way out from church on Sunday and find out how to send a box of gifts to some of the world’s most disadvantaged children. Your shoebox could be the first Christmas present they have ever received in their lives. Please bring your filled shoebox back to Christ Church on Sunday 15th November.




Christmas bags for Refugees

The Diocese of Rochester are keen to help the refugee situation and will be highlighting some ways we can respond in the longer term but for now have a small project for Christmas. They would like to send 500 gifts to the men in what is known as ‘The Jungle’ in Calais in time for Christmas. We have offered to contribute Mars Bars – the 51g variety (priced 60p in Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s or 3 for £1 in Poundland). Please, by Sunday 15th November, either bring them along to church (and leave in the box in the church vestibule) or leave a monetary gift on the plate at the back of church so we can buy the Mars bars in bulk.





How to help the refugees was discussed at the last Churches Together in Orpington meeting earlier this month.  Other schemes that churches have contributed to are:



Do check them out if you are looking for more ways you can help the refugees in Europe.



If you were not able to come along to our Café Church with Liz Shea on 18th October please do listen online or download it for some great live music and worship:



and if you are free on Wednesday 4th November at 7.15pm, do consider going to Orpington Baptist Church who are hosting a seriously funny evening with Jeff Lucas & Adrian Plass called 'All Questions Great & Small'. Many people will know these key speakers from their books and major Christian events – as the title suggests the evening is a humorous/poignant look at questions of life & faith. An excellent outreach opportunity as well as one that many Christians will want to enjoy. Tickets available from (for £12) or via OBC office at or 01689 877265 (for £10).


Kind regards,





Andy Goddard

Parish Administrator