Welcome to Christ Church URC – Tonbridge
High St, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1SG, Tel 01732 770334
Minister: Rev. Angela Rigby
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. Children are welcome and currently we have activities for those aged 1-14, with other options coming soon.
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.
LifeSprings Cafe aims to be open 10-1 every day, volunteers willing, whilst during term time Angel Cafe (with child friendly space, home made food and ample buggy parking) runs on Thurs & Fri 10-2pm.
Pop in and find out more about what goes on in our building!
Enquiries – please use the ‘contact’ form or the generic emails: minister@ lettings@ or firstname.lastname@example.org
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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:
During the week there are a host of activities going on that are run by us and based in the Christ Church Centre:
Tuesday (from September) ‘Paws for Thought’ – dogs and owners meeting in the cafe from 12.30 – to include a thought for the day and other sharing, before going across to the park to walk the dogs.
Wednesday- ‘Sunbeams – for carers with babies & toddlers in the upstairs hall 10-11.30 term time AND some additional weeks.
Its Thursday is a group of Christians & non Christians who meet up term time starting at 10am . As well as coffee & chat the content alternates between Christian stuff and other stuff – such as talks, studies, outings, meals, games & quizzes etc. See ‘The Messenger’ magazine for latest photos of what they have been up to!
Other ‘Small Groups’ meet, either in homes or at the church during the week – ask for details.
‘LifeSprings Cafe’ – offers a warm welcome and a listening ear. In addition to the freshly ground coffee £1.50, Hot Chocolate £1.50 or Pot of tea / instant coffee for £1 – cold drinks include sugar fre squash, juice and milkshakes. We have a range of homemade cake £1- £2.50; cheese & fruit scones £1.50. Light Lunches – Jacket Potato with cheese, beans or Tuna or things on toast from £3 – or on Thurs & Firday healthy homemade food – ideal for those living alone.
LifeSprings Staff are all volunteers -some from other churches or our own – We try 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 (or in the past the flower fund or the Love fund or in putting a clean water supply in for an indigenouse tribe in Peru. See photos.
LifeSprings cafe and the foyer area help us keep a Christian presence on the High Street and provides 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.
The foyer is a light, bright area to sit in with the added advantage of having a bus stop 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’. Serving coffee here has been going on for over 50 years – started by ladies carrying hot drinks down the steps to the elderly who were getting cold at the bus stop. How we have grown from those times!
-Knit & Natter on Weds – come along & join in. All are welcome – experienced knittters or those wanting to learn a new skill.
We have a membership of about 40 – with members meetings 4+ times a year. Anyone can attend the meetings and even contribute to discussions, – but only members can vote.
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. The Tonbridge Prayer Initiative takes place 1st Friday of each month 7.30-midnight, praying for Tonbridge. In 2017 the irst joint TACT Sunday Funday at the Tonbridge Angels Football Ground in July 2017 was a HUGE success with over 6,000 attending.
Churches are made up of very different people who join together to make one body when they meet together to worship, or indeed whereever they go in the world. It is our job to help and encourage others to become more like Christ, and for them to encourage us!
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)):
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.)
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)
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)
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)