Deep Church

Following on from our Away Day in June, we want to carry on thinking about what it means to be a worshipping, missional community. Throughout the Autumn, we will be exploring what it means for us to be a “Deep Church”. The phrase comes from CS Lewis who when asked about the style of church he preferred, replied that he didn’t have a preference for low or high church, but he wanted a deep church.

We’ll be using a book called “Deep” by Frog & Amy Orr-Ewing as the source material for our teaching. This book will encourage us to think about what it means to worship God, and how we live that out as individuals and a church family. The book emerged following a series of talks at New Wine in 2007, and you can access recordings of those talks if you’d like to hear more. We will also publish material shared in church on Sundays so you can still find out what’s been said if you’re not able to be in church.

We want to encourage everyone to engage with the topics and to discuss and pray with others so that we can get a sense of what God is saying to us. Our Wednesday prayer meetings provide a great opportunity, and we will also be starting a Small Group that will meet on Fridays in September.

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Annual meeting

We held our Annual Meeting as part of our worship on Sunday 29 April. During the meeting, we heard the exciting news that the number of people on our electoral roll (the names of people who consider themselves to be part of the Christ Church family) has increased by about 50% in the last year! This is very encouraging! We hope and pray that this growth will continue, and that more people will come to faith in Christ here in Luton.

During the meeting, we said a huge thank you to David Boss who has served as one of our Church Wardens for many years. Emma Coakley-Youngs was elected as a new warden, to work alongside Trevor Wilson who was re-elected for a further year. We also elected members of our Church Council (PCC) who together with the Interim Minister, Lay Minister and Wardens form part of the leadership team of Christ Church.

PCC members

The members of the PCC for 2018-19 are:

  • Revd Gary Colville (Interim Priest-in-Charge)
  • Brad Cook (Lay Minister)
  • Emma Coakley-Youngs (Church Warden)
  • Trevor Wilson (Church Warden)
  • David Boss
  • Moira Boss
  • Julie Brandon-Smith (Deanery Synod representative)
  • Alex Coakley
  • Esther Cook
  • Joan Coventry
  • Jackie O’Nyon

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. In 2017, events were held in 85 countries around the globe.

We are encouraged to pray daily between Ascension Day (Thursday 10 May) and Pentecost (Sunday 20 May) for 5 people we know who don’t yet know Jesus.

There’s lots of opportunities to join in with Thy Kingdom Come events, not only at Christ Church, but across the Chatham cluster of churches and beyond!

Thy Kingdom Come - Chatham Cluster events

New Bishop of Tonbridge

Our Archdeacon, Simon Burton-Jones has been announced as the next Bishop of Tonbridge. We are extremely grateful to Simon for all the support he has given Christ Church. We will be sorry to see him move on from his current role, but are delighted that he will continue to work in and serve the Diocese of Rochester. Please join us in praying for Simon and his family as he prepares for this move.

The role of the Bishop of Tonbridge

The Bishop of Tonbridge is a Suffragan (sort of an Assistant!) Bishop in the Diocese of Rochester. This role supports the Bishop of Rochester and works with the Archdeacons and others as part of the Diocesan leadership team.

As Bishop of Tonbridge, Simon will focus on evangelism and growth. This aspiration and intention to grow is rooted in “Called Together”, the Diocese of Rochester’s vision. He will also have oversight and leadership of the educationyouth and children, and community engagement work of churches across the Diocese of Rochester. In relation to education, he will chair the Diocesan Board of Education, supporting the work of the 89 Church of England schools within the Diocese. More information is available on the Diocesan Website.

Community Fun Day – 19 May

Join us on Saturday 19 May for a Community Fun Day at Christ Church Luton. There will be activities for all ages, including:

  • showing the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on our big screen at midday
  • food and drinks after the wedding ceremony
  • bouncy castle
  • other fun and games

All are welcome and the event is completely free so do bring your friends and neighbours!

What’s Easter all about?

Chocolate eggs, bunnies and bonnets of course.

We love all those things.
Especially the chocolate!

But Easter is also the time when we celebrate how Jesus came back to life three days after he died.

Surely that’s not possible?
An April Fool?
A magic trick?

Or did it actually happen?
And if it did, why? How?

“This Jesus, following the deliberate and well-thought-out plan of God, was betrayed by men who took the law into their own hands…and pinned him to a cross and killed him. But God untied the death ropes and raised him up. Death was no match for him.” St Peter

Join us at Christ Church at 10:30am on Sun 1 April to find out more about what is either the best con trick ever or a miracle that actually happened to change the world.

Thy Kingdom Come - Chatham Cluster events

Ash Wednesday with Bishop James

We were delighted to welcome the Bishop of Rochester, James Langstaff and the Archdeacon, Simon Burton-Jones to Christ Church on Ash Wednesday.

This was an important occasion in the life of our community and gave us the opportunity to present our hopes and dreams for the future of Christ Church to the bishop.

Licensing of our new Lay Minister

On Sunday 14 January, we welcomed our Archdeacon, Simon Burton-Jones and Karen Senior, the warden of Lay Ministry to licence Brad Cook as Lay Minister at Christ Church in the context of our Covenant Service led by Rev Tony Graff, one of our local Methodist ministers.

As a lay minister, Brad is able to lead worship and preach as well as take other responsibilities within the life of the Church, and we look forward to him working with us.