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We have restarted services in church, however please arrive by 10:20 in order to be guided to a seat.
Cafe Hub has restarted, outside on sunny days, on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (10.30 – 12.30) only. Come along for a tea or Coffee (including Barista coffees).
October is the last month of my ministry here at Christ Church, in leading services; I retire from my post at the end of November after 12 years 7 months here. It has been a joy working with the people here, not just in the church but also in the community at large. Thank you for what you have given me through those positive encounters.
The future for Christ Church is going to be exciting and my prayer is that the church will grow, that people of all ages will join Christ Church to start, or rediscover, their faith in Jesus Christ. Many churches though have seen a decline recently that is put down to Covid and the closure of churches during lockdown. Having access to services whenever people choose has, in my opinion, eroded the commitment to regular meetings. Sunday as an opportunity to focus on God in the fellowship of others has been sidelined.
Christine Cain, an Australian evangelist, activist, author and speaker, was interviewed in Christianity magazine (07/21) where she was talking about the ‘drift’ away from faith during the pandemic.
She said “drifting can be as subtle as taking your foot off the gas, going: ‘It’s too costly to keep the pressure on, I’m going to slow down a bit.’” She calls us to examine our hearts. “The pandemic has caused people to drift from so many things – faith, church, relationships. It’s time for us all to check our markers. All you have to drift to is nothing.” The article was closed with Christine quoting Hebrews 12:27 “only those things that can be shaken will be shaken so that those things that cannot be shaken shall remain”. For the most part we are back into the real world again; and Christine asked “what is the only thing that wasn’t shaken? Jesus.” Adding, “So if you are rooted and anchored to Jesus, you’re good.”
However, being a solitary Christian, even if rooted in Jesus, is hard work and in fact is counter to the biblical model of the early church. Church is not the building but the people, God created us to be social and to grow together, and worship Him together.
One of my last acts then as the vicar here at Christ Church is to invite you to the church, that is the community in the building, to discover the warmth of fellowship, the support, and the joy of coming together to discover and learn who Jesus is. Jesus stands at the open door, all you need to do is invite him in. (Revelation 3:20)
May blessings abound. Simon Roscoe (Vicar)
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Safeguarding policy statement
At Christ Church we are committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officer/Lead Recruiter is Paula Lucking, who may be contacted by prior arrangement at church or by email PSO@christchurchsouthend.org.uk.
Local Authority Safeguarding
The local authority in Southend on Sea has established a website covering Safeguarding for children and adults. It can be accessed here:
Alternatively you can make contact via telephone on the following numbers:
For concerns about a child, call the Southend Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub Plus (MASH+) on 01702 215007.
For concerns about an adult, call Southend’s Access Team on 01702 215008.
To report concerns outside of office hours, call the Emergency Duty Team on 0845 606 1212.