Connexion Zone @ Christ Church

For some time now, Connexion Zone has been an initiative run by John Spencer, myself, and a handful of volunteers. It grew from the ‘Pram Service’ we hosted, with nursery and reception children from Barnacre Road School and the 2toSchool Playgroup which meets on our premises – and became ‘Connexion Read more…

Are You Housebound?

At the last Church Council, we discussed a number of ideas to help those of our readers who would dearly like to attend church services, but cannot manage to get here anymore. First of all, we would remind anyone who has a problem that there are people who are willing Read more…

Music in the Afternoon

see the pictures How refreshing it was to hear some quality music performed by a group of young musicians at Christ Church on the 13th May. This was the second concert in the ‘Music in the Afternoon’ series, covering a wide span of musical styles ranging from Mozart to Miserables, Read more…

Connexion Zone

.   This is the new title for the work amongst very young children.   In the last Messenger we outlined how, through links with Barnacre Road School and 2toSchool, we now have a special service once every half term.  In October we attempted a more adventurous type of craft work.  The Read more…

Help And Information

A variety of helpful information has been given to the church recently. 

In the foyer there are a number of leaflets from Age Concern entitled PRACTICAL SUPPORT SERVICES.  They give information on how people over 50 can get help with various house cleaning tasks; running local errands or doing shopping.  If this may be of help to you, please take a leaflet. (more…)

Salvation Army Support

It was agreed at the last church council that donations received at the harvest (including monetary gifts) and during the Christmas Tree Festival this year will go to the Food Box scheme run by the Salvation Army in Preston to aid needy families in the Preston area.  

Children In Church

 Like most churches which don’t have their own church school, we now have very few children attending church on a Sunday morning.  The old pattern where people attended church every Sunday except the odd holiday has long since disappeared and the irregular pattern of attendance is difficult to maintain unless you have really substantial numbers.   Many churches are now attempting to provide mid-week services and activities aimed at children.   One way of doing this is through uniformed organisations but Longridge is very well endowed with such facilities and so it would seem a waste of resources to try to compete.    For some time now we have had a ‘Pram Service’ on one Wednesday morning each half term.   Children from the Barnacre Road Nursery and Reception class together with their ‘buddies’ from Class 6 form the core of the congregation together with a number of mums with their babies and recently we have also been joined by the children and staff from 2to School which meets in our own church hall.   This means we have regular contact with over 90 children under the age of 11.   This has encouraged the Church Council to explore the possibilities of developing a more frequent midweek activity.   One suggestion has been something called ‘Messy Church’  which is something like a combination of Family Service  and Junior Church with craft activities, games and even snacks participated in by parents and children together. (more…)