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A warm welcome to Christ the King
Whether you’ve moved into the area, are thinking about Christianity for the first time (or the first time in a long time) or for whatever other reason are interested in what goes on here at Christ the King we’d love to meet you. Come and see for yourself.
Our Services are formal, but friendly, you don’t have to dress up, you won’t be asked to do anything you’re not comfortable doing and anyone is welcome.
Please contact us if you’d like to find out more.
Christianity is all about a person: Jesus Christ. He is God’s Son, who shows us perfectly what God is like. He came into our broken world to meet us where we are. He died in our place to take away our guilt and shame. He rose from the dead so that we could live new lives now and live with him for ever in the future. He has sent his Holy Spirit to bring people from all over the world into his new family, the church. He will come again to renew all creation for ever.
A Christian is someone who lives for Jesus. We know God as our Father and we experience him acting in our lives by his Holy Spirit. We’re not perfect people – we get all sorts of things wrong like everyone else. But we know Jesus; and that makes all the difference in the world to us.
If you have questions please come and meet us and ask! Our services are open to all and easy to follow, and we run courses which provide an opportunity to investigate Christianity and ask any questions you might have.
The church’s main service is the Mass, which is also called the Eucharist, Holy Communion and the Lord’s Supper. At this act of worship Christians share bread and wine, as Jesus commanded on the night before his death:
‘For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.’
1 Corinthians 11.23-26
The word Eucharist means ‘thanksgiving’. In this act of worship we give thanks to God for his great love towards us; a love that was made visible in the life, death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. Sometimes this service is called Holy Communion, to remind us that, through the bread and wine we share, we are joined with Christians of all places and all time, and with Christ himself, whose body and blood we receive. It also known as the Mass, a word which comes from the Latin ‘to be sent out’. So we are reminded that, renewed and strengthened by Christ’s body and blood, we are sent out to proclaim his good news to the world.
The Eucharist has four main sections:
The priest and other ministers enter the church during the first hymn, and we gather in the Lord’s name. We confess our sins, and praise God for his glory. The Gathering is concluded with the Collect, a special prayer for the day.
The Liturgy of the Word
We hear readings from the Old Testament and New Testament, and then the Gospel is proclaimed. We reflect on the Word of God in the Sermon, affirm our faith in the Creed, and offer up the particular intentions of the community in the Intercessions.
The Liturgy of the Sacrament
We express our unity in the sharing of the Peace. Then bread and wine are brought to the altar. During the Eucharistic Prayer, the climax of the service, we give thanks over the bread and wine and recall Jesus’ words at the Last Supper. We pray the Lord’s Prayer, and share Holy Communion.
We conclude with a blessing, and are sent out in the peace of Christ.
Christ the King is part of the Church of England (Anglican Communion) and all baptised Christians who are communicant members of their own church are welcome to receive the Sacrament. If you are not baptised, or do not usually receive Communion in your own church, you are welcome to come forward to receive a blessing. Please bring the service booklet up to the altar rail to indicate you would like a blessing.