Christ Church: Highlights of 2005

Vicarage garden fete for Christian Aid.
Carnival Capers big red bus outreach & teas.
Christianity Explored course well attended.
Wentworth Christmas concert.
Filmed by ITN (Tsunami service) and Iranian TV (Christingle preparations).
Quality publicity for Easter, Harvest & Christmas.
High seeker attendance at Festivals, especially Christmas.
Monthly Connection magazine just gets better.
Many church family members actively involved in inviting friends

Rogation walk.
Church family picnic.
Welcome Tea for new folk.
Harvest Hog Roast Celebration.
Wentworth Bonfire party.
Church Directory of 699 (462 adults & 237 children).
Electoral Roll of 280.

Men's Bible study group growth.
Leadership Summits in Cheltenham & Bracknell well attended.
Andy & Christian appointed Apprentices.
Home group Leaders training - 'Growth Groups'
More people involved in Home groups

169 children registered with Sunday Clubs.
Cherubs parents & toddlers group formed.
Christmas Nativity a highlight of the year.

Mark & Megan begin work as full-time youth pastors.
[email protected] goes weekly.
FUEL Friday bible study & Sunday evening group.
Two FUEL weekends away.
Youth website created.
35 FUEL 14-18 year olds registered with 20 attending on average weekly.

Paul Simpson appointed part time student pastor.
Growth in international student ministry.
Hosted Friends International tea.

Sunday Services
Average weekly attendance 348 - a new record (37 up on last year).
Average Sunday morning attendance 261 - the best ever (30 up on last year).
Average 10:30 adult communicants 145 - highest ever.
Record attendance on Mothering Sunday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Harvest Festival, Remembrance Sunday and Service of Lessons & Carols.
Total attendance at Christmas 1635 - second highest.
Now exceeding the 80% capacity threshold on a weekly basis.

Tsunami response overwhelming:
28 palets of food, clothing & medical supplies for Sri Lanka.
£4,000 for Smyrna Homes in Sri Lanka
£30,000 raised for Phuket from special Supper.
Memorial service for Carole Fairburn and family.
Tom Hewitt & Eugene visited from Umthombo, South Africa.
£800 raised for CRISIS from Caspian concert.
Team of 25(?) assisted CRISIS Christmas homeless project in London.
£28,000(?) donated to link mission agencies.

External lighting of the Church implemented.
Additional seats purchased.
Extension to the Curatage built.
Redecorated Upper Room.
Additional shed for children's groups purchased.
Church begins recycling card, glass & plastic as well as paper.
New projector purchased and fitted.

1st Draft 3rd January 2006

To God be the glory, great things he has done...

Some Interesting Church Statistics

Age distribution of adults at 8:00am and 10:30am Sunday services

Age distribution of adults at 6:30pm Sunday services

Age distribution of adults within Church family and distance travelled to attend Christ Church