Mission

Sharing God's Love in the Community

The members of the Church have come together to organize and run several activities for the benefit of the Church and the local community.

We support the Street Pastors , who engage those who are out in the town centre late at night by caring, listening, talking, and offering support and practical help.

As part of our work the Church also supports the following organisations:-

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Mothers' Union

The Mothers' Union is a worldwide society whose aim is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life. In order to carry out this aim, its objects are:

  1. to uphold Christ's teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its wider understanding;
  2. to encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the church;
  3. to maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians, united in prayer, worship and service;
  4. to promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children; and
  5. to help those whose family life has met with adversity.

The Purpose of the Mothers' Union is to be specially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian Family Life.

St Christopher's Mothers' Union usually meets in church on the first Tuesday of the month at 2.00pm. We also attend the Holy Communion service on the third Tuesday of the month at 10.30am. We have members from other South Cheltenham team churches.

For details of meetings please look at Newsletters and latest Lantern magazine or contact - .

You may also be interested in the Gloucestershire Mothers' Union or the national Mothers' Union .

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Flower Guild

A flower arrangement


An arrangement for Remembrance
Sunday.

The members of the Flower Guild produce 3 pedestals and 2 candle flower arrangements every week in church. We normally do this on Friday or Saturday on a two people rota system, but can meet in church as and when necessary. On special occasions (Christmas, Easter, Dedication and Harvest) we all get together and fill the church with flowers. If requested we can do Wedding, Baptism and Funeral flowers at a reasonable cost.

We heartily encourage more members into our team (currently spanning in age from 10 years to 80+) to enjoy the art of flower arranging both in church and at home. Help is always available and, if you feel you need them, classes are available for all ages.

For further details, please speak to Diana Miles (01242 862142) - .

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Choir

St Christopher's church choir leads the singing at most of the 10.30am and 6.00pm Sunday services. The choir work under the direction of our choirmaster and organist Duncan Westerman, and comprise Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass (SATB). They are affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music, part of the Gloucestershire branch.

Highlights of our choral year at St Christopher's start with our Advent Carol Service, then the Christmas service of Nine Lessons and Carols, Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning services. We end Epiphany with our final Carol Service and then start practising the music for Good Friday (generally an oratorio) and Easter Sunday.

Choir practice is on Fridays at 6.15pm for approximately an hour and is held in the Upper Room at St Christopher's.
The choir and/or organist is available to sing at weddings and funerals, by arrangement.
For more information please speak to Choirmaster Duncan Westerman (01242 603912) - .

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Tea & Coffee

a cup of coffee

After the Sunday morning service, we meet for tea or coffee in the halls behind the churches. Please let Margaret Meads - - know whether you would be willing to help serve in the kitchen once in a while.

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Meet & Greet

If you would like to become a 'Welcomer' and help greet people before services, please speak to one of them next time you are at church.

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Maintenance

If you are interested in helping out with the maintenance of the churches, please speak to:
Dorothy Baker -

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Bell Ringing

One of the St Christopher's bells

St Christopher's is home to the lightest ring of bells in a church in the world.

We ring the bells every Sunday morning between 10 and 10.30am, and practice every Wednesday between 7 and 8.30pm. We ring quarter peals about once a month, each lasting about 35 mins, with the fastest being 29 minutes and the slowest 46 minutes.

In ringing, you have two strokes: the hand stroke and the backstroke. The hand stroke is the stroke that involves the fluffy bit (Sally) and the tail-end.

For the hand stroke, you have the tail-end in one hand between the thumb and the fingers. This is the strongest area of your hands. You pull the sally with the other hand. To perform the backstroke, you need to let go of the sally, (not the tail-end) and immediately hold, with the sally hand, the tail-end, but above the other hand. The bell will lift your arms. When the bell gets to the balance (the place where it can go on over, or go back down), you must pull down with your arms to about waist height. Then let go of the tail with the upper hand and catch the sally. You have now completed the cycle of ringing.

More on the bells and their installation can be found in the history sectoin .

For further information on our bells and bell ringing, please contact Reg or Isabel Hitchings (01242 243099) - .

You may also be interested in these external links: Ringing in Cheltenham and General Bellringing .

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Church Council

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The Ecumenical Church Council (ECC) can be contacted through the Church Secretary -

The Ecumenical Church Council Management Committee (ECM) is a sub-group of the ECC.

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