From Thursday 5th November 2020 onwards, Christ Church will be closed for public worship as a result of the national Coronavirus lockdown. We very much hope that public services will recommence again in December, as soon as government legislation allows.
During this period – as was the case during the first lockdown – Mass will continue to be offered daily by the clergy for our parish and people. The Sunday and Wednesday Masses, both with homilies, will be uploaded to our Parish Facebook page – together with other services marking special Festivals. These videos were much appreciated back in the spring/summer, and it is hoped that they will continue to be helpful for those who wish to unite their own prayer and worship with that being offered at the altar of Christ Church. Also, the weekly pew sheets will again be mailed out to those on our circulation list – please do be in touch if you would like to be added.
In addition, the Church will be open for private prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament on the days/times when services would normally have been taking place:
We hope that these opportunities can be spaces of sanctuary and solace in difficult times – for private devotion, quiet reflection, personal prayer, or lighting a candle. Christ Church is accredited as meeting the “We’re Good to Go” industry standard for Covid safety, but do remember to: follow social distancing at all times, use the hand sanitiser provided, and please wear a face mask unless you are exempt. Notices in the church itself give further information.
Our Archbishops have reminded us of our principal call to prayer – “Bearing in mind our primary vocation as the Church of Jesus Christ to pray and to serve we call upon the Church of England to make this month of lockdown a month of prayer. More than anything else, whatever the nation thinks, we know that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles and whose steadfast love endures for ever.”
Following the Government's instructions it is now compulsory to wear face masks in church. Please also remember to use the hand santiser at the door both on entering and leaving, and keep to social distancing at all times.
A warm welcome awaits you at Christ Church, which has been at the heart of the community in the Seaside area of Eastbourne for 161 years. In 2009 we merged with our neighbouring parish to become Christ Church with St Philip.
We worship in the Anglo-Catholic tradition with a main Parish Mass at 10.30am on Sundays, conducted by the Vicar or one of the assistant Priests, and a Family Mass on the first Sunday of every month. The Sung Mass on Sundays is led by the choir and Christ Church is renowned for its Father Willis organ, which is said to be one of the finest on the south coast, and there are regular organ recitals. The church also has an excellent grand piano.
For those who prefer a more reflective service, there is a Said Mass at 8am every Sunday morning; an evening Mass at 6.15pm on Tuesday; a mid-week service at 11.30am on Wednesday morning, and Morning Prayer on Thursday at 9.30am, which all take place in the side chapel. For people who are working during the week, there is now a Mass on Saturday morning at 10am. There are also additional services for special Feast Days and Church Festivals throughout the year, when incense is used. Said Evensong takes place at 4.30pm on Sunday evenings.
With a thriving social life, groups at Christ Church include Knit & Natter on Tuesday morning at 10.30am; a Coffee Morning every Wednesday from 9.30am-11am; a Playgroup for younger children on Thursday morning at 10.30am, and there are a number of quiz nights, concerts, recitals, and parish lunches each year, plus two fundraising Fairs in spring and autumn.
With comfortable, flexible seating, the church is frequently hired by local clubs, groups and societies for events, concerts and as a rehearsal space, and there are kitchen facilities for making teas and coffees at the back of the church. There are also church halls, with a fully fitted kitchen, that are regularly booked by the local community for meetings, and by private individuals for birthday and anniversary parties.
Christ Church is also home to the Matthew 25 Mission charity, which occupies the Brodie Hall adjacent to the car park.
If you are a visitor to Eastbourne, take the opportunity to come and have a look around our beautiful Victorian Church, which was designed in the Gothic revival style by architect Benjamin Ferrey (a pupil and biographer of Augustus Pugin) and was opened in July 1859.