Support for Ukraine. Prayer vigils in the church garden, every Sunday 4pm (no longer on Fridays).
Collection of goods for Ukrainian refugees, Fri 10-12 and Sunday 4.15 - 6pm (no longer on Weds).
Click here for two prayers from sources in the URC.
More on Ukraine. We raised over £1,200 from our Gig for Ukraine on Sunday May 8th. For more details see www.musicinmarlow.org.uk. Then, on Monday 9th, between us we despatched the fifth truck of relief supplies to Poland. See Gallery.
If you want to donate to this project, go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ukrainegig
Maidenhead URC has produced a special issue of their church magazine featuring the work they and we are involved in. Read it here.
We have now added a second batch of engraved pavers to the Walk of Life, a disabled-friendly brick path through our garden. But you can still have your 'own' brick engraved with your message. For details and how to apply, click here.
The garden has been looking 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.
News and quick links
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
Worship with us
We had to close the doors of our building during the pandemic, but we have now resumed meeting physically except for one Sunday a month when we will continue to meet on Zoom. As well as Sunday worship (below) we have occasional special 'Taize'-style services and others on special days in the calendar. A house group meets regularly and we hope to recommence monthly prayer breakfasts soon.
The regular pattern is shown below (all at 10.30). For more details of visiting preachers etc, see our church magazine.
1st Sundays - service led by a lay or visiting preacher
2nd Sundays - Holy Communion led by our Minister, Revd David Downing
3rd Sundays - online worship by Zoom, led by our Minister. For the Zoom code, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4th Sundays - some will be led by our minister, some by visitors
5th Sundays - usually joint with Maidenhead URC, either in our building or theirs.
Visitors are most welcome at any of our services. You will find our style is fairly traditional most of the time, but we strive to be welcoming as Jesus never turned anyone away. For us, church is a family and we accept and love each other, imperfections and all!
Covid-19: we are taking all sensible measures to keep the building safe for all, this includes regular cleaning, good ventilation, and limiting numbers for some events. Wearing masks in worship is optional but strongly encouraged when singing.
Who we are
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.
Contact / find us
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: