Christ Church is known locally as ‘The Shepherd’s Church’ and it’s easy to see why when you consider the shepherding links! The church is surrounded by bleating sheep and the hilltop farms that house their shepherds. The lych-gate carries the words from St John’s gospel ‘ I am the gate of the sheep’ and all of the windows inside the church depict pastoral scenes from the Bible, each featuring sheep and shepherds. These windows are amongst the finest collection you will find anywhere in the country and they are crowned by our beautiful East window, showing Christ, the Good Shepherd.
A very accessible BCP Communion service – 11am (traditional language) Followed by tea/coffee etc and cake!
All-age, family-friendly Service – 5.30pm (Child participation encouraged but not compulsory!)
Common Worship Holy Communion – 11am This particular Sunday often features our special interest services, (Eg: Lambing Service; Tractor Service; Pet Service, etc.)
Sung Evensong (BCP) – 5.30pm
A Community Hub
Christ Church has very strong links with the surrounding area, including Cawthorne’s Endowed Primary School, in Abbeystead.
Sunday School takes the form of a ‘Youth Club for Minis’ and runs on the first Friday of the month, from 3.30pm until 5pm at Abbeystead Village Hall. It uses Messy Church as inspiration, so usually includes food, story and craft activities.