Research and decision
Yes – 2019 will be a very exciting year for Christ Church! The PCC has decided to go ahead with the temporary closure of the church building for major refurbishment. How and where will the church family worship on Sunday mornings during next year?
Since autumn 2017 Neil Pearce, John Stockwell and myself have been exploring where and how the Church will meet on Sunday mornings in 2019. We have recently been joined by Alec Spence for sound and vision expertise.
This September we presented the Parochial Church Council with eleven potential meeting places in and around Ware. The PCC chose the option to remain on the Christ Church site using the facilities in the Church Centre and at Christ Church School for the Sunday morning services.
After the decision of the PCC to approve the redevelopment of the church interior, the work will commence in January 2019. The last Sunday morning in church will be 6th January – then the adventure will begin! The work is anticipated to take nine months. This is the initial plan for the Sunday morning services which may change as the need arises.
Sunday morning services
At both services there will be a need for compromise – it will not be possible to recreate the exact facilities of the church. Every effort will be made to hold services in the way they have been in the church building.
Starting on Sunday 13th January 2019 the arrangements for the two Christ Church morning services and other activities will be:-
• 9.15 am service
Church Centre main hall
Tea & Coffee Memorial Hall
• 11 am service
Christ Church School Hall
Service also relayed to a nearby classroom.
Tea & Coffee School Dining Room
Careful planning shows the number of people attending the 11am service can be accommodated in the school hall, there will be sufficient seats. The school hall is not as big as the church, space will be at a premium – one of the classrooms will be available as an overflow space where the 11am service being relayed.
Children and youth groups
The children and youth groups will continue to meet as they always do, a couple of groups will need to move to alternative locations. These are the planned locations for the groups:-
• Crèche – Memorial Hall
• Bubbles – School classroom
• Splash – School dining room
• Extreme – Church Centre main hall
• Youth – Youth wing
Frequently asked questions
Will there be disabled access?
Step free access and toilet facilities are available in the Church Centre for disabled people. The school has ramps to the entrance and corridors, there are no steps between the two buildings.
Will it be warm?
Both the Church Centre and school have reliable heating facilities, better than are available currently in the church.
Will there be an opportunity for child baptisms (christenings)?
Christenings will continue at Christ Church during 2019, families will be very welcome as usual. We may have to work with the families to ensure everyone can be accommodated at the 11am service. We will consider all opportunities, there may be more than one baptism service in a month, or a baptism at the 9.15am service.
What will happen on Easter Day 2019?
In recent years we have met together as a church family on Easter Day at one service. As an exception in 2019, it is very likely there will be two Sunday morning services on Easter Day.
Will there be hearing loop?
At both services there will be microphones and speakers. We plan to have a hearing loop available in both the Church Centre and School.
Will there be car parking available on Sunday mornings?
The car parking at the front of church will not be available during the building work. The main car park will be open and we anticipate using parking areas in the school.
What will be the arrangements for music on Sunday mornings?
The music at the 9.15am service will be provided by CDs as the organ will not be available.
At the 11am service the three bands will continue to provide the music and lead the singing.
What are the arrangements for weddings and funerals?
In the case of weddings; the vicar will work with the couple, he will conduct the service at a suitable alternative church. The person conducting a funeral will discuss the options with the family for the service to take place at an alternative suitable venue.
This information is correct at the time of going to press, any changes will be outlined in the notices and on the church website.
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