New Appointment: Children's & Family Pastor
Suzanne Derbyshire (and her husband Ian) have recently moved into the area from Devon where they have lived since 1999. As a primary school teacher, Suzanne has taught in Yorkshire and at International Schools in Finland, Norway and Japan. Since returning from Japan in 1998 where she had taught for 8 years, Suzanne has been primarily involved in children's ministry both within the church and in local schools in Devon, where she has been involved in a wide variety of responsibilities including Sunday School, school assemblies, Christian lunch-time clubs, teaching RE lessons and organising and leading holiday Bible Clubs and Summer Camps. She has studied at Capernwray Bible School, has taken training with "Walk Thru the Bible Ministries", has led Alpha Courses and is an advocate for Compassion. Above all, she has a passion for children's work within the local church! You can email Suzanne

Staff Vacancies
We currently have the following full-time vacancy on our staff team:
Student Pastor

Stephen's Middle East Travel Diary & Photos
In June, Stephen spent two weeks lecturing in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. You can read his travel diary and view his photos.

Christ Church is an international family
A survey conducted on Pentecost Sunday revealed that we have people from at least 25 different nationalities present in the church family. They include people from: Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Holland, India, Ireland, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, USA, Wales and Zimbabwe. If we have missed yours out please let us know.

Membership Covenant
Christ Church has launched a new membership scheme to help the church family become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Over 100 people have signed so far. In May the Church Council gave unanimous approval to the covenant and commended it to Christ Church family. For more information, click here

Two morning services leads to 24% growth in attendance
Due to growing attendance and a shortage of space at 10:30am in both the church building and Sunday club rooms, Christ Church now has two identical main Sunday morning services
. The new service times are 9:00am and 11:00am. Both feature a full programme of creche, Sunday clubs for children, and the services include the same songs, hymns and sermon. Refreshments are served after each service. You now therefore have a choice of service times, get more leg room, a parking space nearer the church and more incentive to bring your family and friends. For more information click here. Attendance since we moved to two main morning services has increased by 60 people per week which is a 24% increase in attendance.

Breakfast in the Patio Cafe at Christ Church
We now serve a wide range of breakfasts on the first Sunday of the month between 8:00-9:00am and 10:00-11:00am

Serving Opportunities
Please complete one or more of the surveys if you wish to assist with one of the serving teams, with the music or children's Sunday Clubs at one or more of the services on Sundays

Easter attendance sets new record
Attendance on Easter Sunday morning was the highest ever totalling 469 at the 9:00am and 11:00am services which was 49% up on 2005 and 65% up on 2004. Attendance at the five Easter day services totalled 580. Average attendance on Sunday mornings in the first quarter of 2006 is up 100% on ten years ago.

Civil Partnerships : A Response
On 5th December the UK government introduced legislation allowing homosexual and lesbian couples to register for a civil partnership. This has exacerbated tensions between liberals and conservatives within the Church of England. For a summary of the issues click here. For a pdf version click here

Morally Responsible Investment
The Church of England is currently examining this issue in relation to its investments in Caterpillar. For a review of the issues click here. For a pdf version click here

The Future of the Church of England
The Future of the Church of England : The Debate on Gender and Homosexuality
Marriage - Cohabitation and Same-Sex Relationships - a Statement from the Vicar

Downloads
You can now download the following

Church Membership form 2006
Criteria for Church Council Election
Rules of Respect for Healthy Relationships
Child Protection Policy 2005

Sunday Clubs Child Registration Form
Financial Stewardship 2006
Bankers Order Form & Gift Aid
Gift Aid Response 2006
CCLI Music Copywrite form

Planning Application Approved for Church Extension
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Runnymede Borough Council have approved our planning application for a major extension to both the Church and Centre which will enlarge our seating capacity to 440, increase the number of rooms for Sunday and mid week activities and enhance the facilities available for the community in Virginia Water. Over 74% of church members, who expressed an opinion, endorse the Project. More details...