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Support for Ukraine. 

Prayer vigils in the church garden, every Sunday at 4 pm.

Collection of goods for Ukraine: Mondays 10 am – 2pm, Sundays 4.15pm – 5pm

Click here for two prayers from sources in the URC.

For the latest list of goods needed, see our Ukrainian Support page

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More on Ukraine.

Since Maidenhead and Marlow URCs started our Aid for Ukraine project in February 2022, we have sent 11 truckloads of donations to Poland, the last
one left on 11 December 2023. In addition to collecting donations, we have run a number of fund-raising events including two Gigs for Ukraine on 8
May 2022 and 20 November 2022 at which we raised over £1700. And a concert by Ukulele Mondays in November 2023 which raised £1300. Our next fundraising even will be a wine tasting event “WINE to AID’ at 7.30pm for 8pm on 9 February at Maidenhead URC . It will be led by a local Master of Wine, Richard Bampfield. Further details are in the poster.

If you would like to donate to this project go to: https://www.justgiving.com/maidenheadurc

 

The May/June edition of our joint Marlow and Maidenhead URC church magazine contained a supplement on our Aid for Ukraine project and a recent visit to Poland by volunteers from both churches to see how the aid is being rolled out,  Read it here.

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Our worship continues to follow a mixed pattern of both in-person and Zoom services, with Zoom normally on third Sundays. For more details scroll on down to Worship with Us

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Christ Church has become the first church in Marlow registered to offer full marriage services to same sex couples. Revd David Downing said: "I am delighted that the church has voted with a clear majority to offer this service. We see it as a way of showing that God’s love is for all." Read full press release

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We are still taking orders for engraved pavers for the Walk of Life, a disabled-friendly brick path through our garden. Why not mark a special occasion or commemorate a loved one by having your 'own' brick engraved with your
message. For details and how to apply, click here.

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The garden looked lovely this spring, and never better than when we 'thatched the cross' on Easter morning.  It has also been the site of our weekly vigils for the people of Ukraine. 

A very different scene is the garden at Silveira House, Harare, where our friends from Artpeace make their sculptures.  Watch a video (Apr 22) here.

Sunday at 4pm. A time for reflection and a call for peace                                               

Worship with us

Worship

Every week our church offers the chance to worship, but in different ways and sometimes different places.

  • We normally have a fairly traditional form of worship that lasts just under an hour on Sunday mornings at 10:30. This is followed by refreshments. Everyone is welcome to come and join us.

  • Please note that you won’t be expected to do anything you’d rather not do, there is no money offering in the service (although donations can be taken), and simple guidelines such as ‘Please be seated’ (for example) are given throughout the service.

  • On the third Sunday of the month offer a Zoom service to help those housebound, away on holiday, or just simply for those who prefer it. Feel free to e-mail the church minister for the Zoom link.

  • On the fifth Sunday of the month we do something special with one of our sister churches. If no update is showing here, please check our Facebook page.

  • We have extra worship around special events around Easter, Christmas and other times.  

  • For more details of visiting preachers and information about worship on specific dates, please see our church magazine – click here

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Who we are and what we believe

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Christ Church is a local congregation of the United Reformed Church (URC). We are in a 'joint pastorate' with Maidenhead URC, sharing the ministry of the Revd David Downing.

 

Our history in Marlow goes back over 300 years, to when "dissenters" first started meeting in the town. They rejected the authority of the established Church and demanded the freedom to worship as they chose, reading the bible and meeting jointly to discern God's will through prayer. Something of that independence of spirit still lives on in the URC, which sees itself in the tradition of 'the church reformed, always reforming' (reformata, semper reformanda).

 

None of this stops us being on the best of terms with our fellow Christians in Marlow! We are full members of Churches Together in Marlow and have strong connections with Marlow Methodist Church.

 

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You can read more about us, our history, the URC and what we believe in here.

Contact / find us

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Our Minister, Revd David Downing, can be contacted by phoning 07967 502710 or by email:

For room booking requests, please go to Hall Bookings and complete the enquiry form.

From the top of Marlow High Street, proceed towards Henley and pass Sainsbury's supermarket on your right. Take the first turning on the right into Oxford Road, with Platt's garage on your left. Continue for about 100 yards and you will see the church on the left.

To contact the Church Secretary, Mrs Valerie Brownridge:

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