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What a wonderful Braderie weekend!

What a wonderful weekend at this year’s Braderie!  It must have been all those prayers, beautiful weather, great teamwork, tweaked prices and hard work at the ovens which all contributed to making this such a successful event. The new awnings gave a very smart, professional appearance and were no doubt a crowd puller. At the end…

Working with migrants and refugees in Calais

Christ Church has been supporting work amongst the refugees and migrants in Calais on the channel coast for a few years now. We have sent donations, offered friendship and clothes, food and biscuits as requested by those on the spot. Our sister churches in the Pas de Calais have also been involved, particularly by Br Johannes’ presence on a Sunday at the…

Guest blog by Katharina Lack

Katharina collected a first carload of biscuits for her work with migrants in Calais on Sunday 2 October and wrote to thank us:

Thank you SO much for your overwhelming kindness. I was so proud of the Christ Church community yesterday when we unloaded my car at the warehouse in Calais. You should have seen the other volunteers’ faces. 🙂

Faith can move mountains – of furniture

Faith, in the form of some cheerful and strong volunteers, moved in a wonderful way last weekend. Click here for some photographs. Firstly, we moved pews in the church to make extra room at the back. This was no simple matter, as it involved taking up carpet (and the millions of carpet tacks), re-siting the front…

A sad, strange day in Brussels

It has been a strange day, a day that began in beautiful sunshine and blue skies and came to an abrupt end for so many people. I arrived in Brussels Midi this morning in the company of Rev Ben Humphries to find the station closing down and the metro already closed. We had no idea that an attack had already taken place…

Safeguarding – taking it seriously

Horror stories abound in the press, and unfortunately, nobody can say “that would never happen here”. The Bishop issued new guidelines in December and Debbie and the PCC have been studying the challenges and learning how to open our eyes and also how to react in different situations. There is lots of information on the Diocesan website and in particular, there are…

What happened at the Away Day

This year’s survey was based on the questions we asked last year, so that we could make a comparison. Last year, people were clear that they wanted to move forward and it was so encouraging to see that in every area, the responses were more positive. So thanks, Change Group, thanks everyone, your efforts have paid off. The afternoon sessions were workshops, and…

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