Dear Christ Church,
As you may be aware, some churches are beginning to open up again and offer reduced services within the Covid 19 government guidelines and Church of England guidelines. These include no singing, no touching, social distancing, attendance by invitation only to reduce numbers as not everyone can fit, strict hand washing or sterilising on both entry and exit of the building, strict entry-exit systems involving staggered times to reduce queueing, and proper cleaning of the church space and all surfaces touched before and after every service. However, the Bishops and the Diocese have stressed that there is no need to begin services yet if the Minister and PCC feel that it is better not to, as they are only too aware of the difficulties of all of this.
Here at Christ Church I and the PCC have looked at all this in the light of our responsibility to keep everyone safe and the joy we currently have in meeting and being able to sing during online services, and we have come to the decision to carry on services online as they are until the end of August, when we will discuss again opening the church for services. Some churches who had previously re-opened have been closing again due to cases of Covid 19, and as a leadership we want to strike the right balance between keeping people safe and coming together to worship the Lord.
We really hope you will understand and bear with us as all churches make their individual decisions based on what they believe is best for their congregations. God willing, we will be able to open again at the beginning of September so it really won’t be long before we will all be back together again – we just want it to really be all of us! So we pray you will understand and bear with us online for just a little bit longer.
With thanks for your patience, much love and every blessing,
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 email@example.com.
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