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But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” — Luke 1:30-33

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Christ Church URC Tonbridge

A4WWelcome to Christ Church URC – Tonbridge
High St, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1SG, Tel 01732 770334
Minister: Vacant

We meet each Sunday morning for worship at 10.00am and Holy Communion is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of each month as part of our morning worship.

Christ Church URC is at the southern end of the High Street (opposite McDonalds). For an overview of what goes on in our buildings, watch the powerpoint presentation here:

We have a membership of about 45 – with members meetings 6 times a year.   Anyone can attend and contribute, but only members can vote.

For more information about us or anything on the website use the ‘Contact us’ form or pop in to the LifeSprings Cafe and have a chat –

Mon to Friday 10-1pm and occasional Saturday (if volunteers are available!)

We also meet for coffee and fellowship after each Service around 11.30am and we are always happy to see new faces in the service or even just for a chat in the cafe afterwards. At the end of each service there,  is always opportunity for prayer with a member of our prayer team, both in church or the Prayer Room.

During the week there are a host of activities going on that are run by us and based in the Christ Church Centre -, including ‘Sunbeams -for carers with babies and toddlers every Wednesday in the upstairs hall 10-11.30’.

Small Groups (Cell or House groups) which meet, either in homes or at the church during the week. Its Thursday starts at 10am term time Thursday and alternates between Christian stuff and other stuff – including talks, studies, outings, meals, games & quizzes etc. See The Messenger magazine for latest photos.

‘LifeSprings Cafe’ – In our new foyer area Monday to Friday 10-1pm  offers a warm welcome. In addition to the freshly ground coffee £1.5o, Suchards Hot Chocolate£1.30 or , Pot of tea / instant coffee  for 1 there is a range of homemade cake at £1.50  (£1 for small cakes); cheese and fruit scones £1.20. Currently trialling some homemade desserts (£1 – see the specials board) – the Date/Brioche Bread & Butter Pudding is amazing! Ask about our  Light Lunches – Jacket Potato with cheese, beans or Tuna or things on toast for £2. Alternatively try the homemade frozen meals to eat in or take away – ideal for those living alone. Also There are also cold drinks 30p-70p and instant coffee or a pot of tea for  only £1.

LifeSprings Staff are all volunteers -some from other churches or our own – who are happy to keep you company, to chat or lend a listening ear. We like to encourage people with learning disabilities to start out on the path to employment by working at our cafe. Thanks everyone for your patience and for your continued custom! As you know all the tips go to our overseas projects and we are well on the way to funding a clean water well in Peru (see photos).

LifeSprings cafe and the foyer area help us keep a Christian presence on the High Street and provide information about the wider church community and their activities. Ask the staff or pick up leaflets – such as ‘Social Activities or over 50’s’ or similar. ‘Because the foyer is accessed directly from the High Street it is ideal for those who need a level walking surface, use walking aids, wheelchairs or prams.Watch out for the new Thursday Stay & Play for children- starting February 2017!

The foyer is a light, bright area to sit in, with the added advantage of bus stops immediately outside. LifeSprings Cafe in the foyer area continues this church’s history of being open to serve the people of Tonbridge and visitors, for over 250 years – Come and read our history in John Ellis’s ‘Bowing at the Footstool’.  The new building and the foyer cafe in particular makes it much easier to serve coffee – something started over 40 years when ladies would carry hot drinks down to the elderly standing in the cold at the bus stop and which as grown to be a popular meeting place.

LifeSprings Cafe is normally serving from 10am -12.30pm and closes by 1pm  -Knit & Knatter meets here Weds.

Christ Church belongs to the denomination known as the United Reformed Church (URC). To find more about the beliefs of our church come and see us or browse the URC website here.

To find more about other local activity and activities of the United Reformed Church here and URC events for young people keep an eye on this website or pick up a copy of our magazine – The Messenger.

We aim to work with the other Churches in the town, being part of TACT – Tonbridge All Churches Together – and so build up the faith of all who are part of the Church through worship, teaching, fellowship and Bible study. In 2017 you will find the TACT churches working together at popular Tonbridge Festivals – watch out for us!  Also with our first TACT Sunday Funday at the Tonbridge Angels Football Ground – July 2017.  Let us know if you want to help!

Churches are made up of people, all different parts of one body, who meet togethe to worship and to help and encourage others to become more like Christ.

We believe we have a special calling as the Church on the High Street, making Christ known through our love, our joy, our words and our activities and to bring new people into the Kingdom of God.

‘Being disciples of Jesus together – making disciples of Jesus together”

Mission Statement -(( These are our aims)):

FAITH
We encourage a personal relationship with God our Father through Jesus by the power of the Spirit.
What Scripture says about faith: ‘Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see….and without faith it is impossible to please God.’
(Hebrews 11: 1 and 6.)

WORSHIP
We encourage all members to glorify God by the way we live our lives, by prayer and Bible study and by meeting together to express our adoration and love of God through His Spirit.
What Scripture says about worship: ‘In view of God’s mercy, offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – which is your spiritual worship.’ ‘Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.’ (Romans 12: 1 and Colossians 3: 16)

DISCIPLESHIP
We encourage commitment to one another and growth through prayer, teaching and fellowship and the development of the ministry of all believers through the gifts of the Spirit.
What scripture says about discipleship: ‘It was Jesus who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.’ (Ephesians 4: 11 – 13)

UNITY
We encourage closer working relationships with the Christian church both in our town and in the wider world.
Jesus prayed about unity: ‘I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one. I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.’ (John 17: 22 – 23)

MISSION & OUTREACH
We encourage all members to show the love of Jesus by word and action in the places where God has put us.
What Jesus says about mission: ‘All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’ (Matthew 28: 18 – 20)