A larger service where contemporary worship is expressed.
While this service is the same as the 9am congregation, the music is different and the feel more relaxed. It’s so comfortable that when some one makes a mistake, no one is bothered, the person is encouraged and we laugh and move along. Come join us – especially if you’re not accustomed to being around churches!
Important start time Note: Please see Events on the top of the home page for any special service coming up!
While almost always at 10.30am, on special dates we have all parish worship at 10am, e.g. Easter, Pentecost, Patronal Sunday (late July), Parish Christmas celebration (1st weekend of Advent, end of November), Christmas Day and a special service where our Bishop is with us (confirmations, etc). These special shared worship days are almost always followed by a shared lunch and everyone is welcome! Also, after Christmas until the middle of January, we go into Summer Services (one worship service) also at 10a. It is also noted under “events” on the home page, to alleviate confusion!
This service targets families , but has people of all ages in attendance. It follows the same format as the 9am service, using the NZ Anglican Prayer Book Liturgies, but contemporary forms of worship. We have a high value and celebrate our formation in teaching and our celebration of The Eucharist (Great Thanksgiving, Communion) each week.
This service has our Oasis children’s ministry and Embers (intermediate) operating during school terms and facilitates “kid space’ during those in-between weeks.
Our 10.30am service has our largest contingent of immigrants to NZ and our church. There are members from around the world, Asia to the UK, South Africa, Australia, India, Africa, Europe, the USA and more! Our Asian immigrants find this the most accessible service and there are members who can help them not just with language, but socially and practically. We birthed morning and evening ESOL classes and several new immigrants have found themselves connected through this ministry.
This more relaxed service begins during our gathering by celebrating “Good Stories” where people openly share the practical and great ways they have been encouraged or God has shown up in the past week. In a world with so much pain, we choose to remember and celebrate the joy also! Gratitude is forged and its contagious! *This time is not live streamed, to protect confidentiality of those sharing and regarding anyone mentioned.
Afterwards we continue our time in a fun morning tea, many sharing lunch after this. This is a great way to get to know God and us, and explore Life Groups, and other ministries for our members and for our community who is yet to know Jesus.
Everyone is welcome without any judgement and we hope you will feel this also! There is always room at the table for you.
***This service, minus “Good Stories” is live streamed. It can be viewed live or at anytime on our channel (St Christopher’s Anglican Church Christchurch) on http://YouTube.com.