Christmas at Christchurch 2022


Christmas at Christ Church 2022

Many of us will face challenges this Christmas.    We hope and pray that in the midst of all the anxiety, we will together find both comfort and joy in the Christmas story: that God loved the world He created so much that He sent His Son Jesus, to live among us, to experience human pain and loss, and ultimately to give His life that we might know life in all its fulness.

Please do join us if you can - in church, or online. And please be assured of our prayers for all in our wonderful community of Gipsy Hill.

~ Hope is here ~


Sunday 11th December
- Christmas Crafts, 4pm & Christingle Service, 5pm
In church


Thursday 15th December
- Carols Live at 7pm
Around the Gipsy Hill Christmas Tree


Saturday 17th December
- Carol Service, 6pm

Join us in church at our service of readings and carols by candlelight


Saturday 24th December -  Christmas Eve
- Nativity Live, 4pm
In church

- Christmas Eve Communion, 11.15pm
In church

A traditional service of Holy Communion as we celebrate the beginning of Christmas morning


Sunday 25th December
- All Age Service with Communion, 10.30am
In church and live on Facebook

Unanswered Prayer Course

The Unanswered Prayer Course

Do you have questions about why God seems to answer some prayers, whilst others go seemingly unanswered? Have you ever spent time feeling as though your prayers are just bouncing off the ceiling? Would you like to go deeper in your understanding of what happens when we pray and be encouraged in finding the presence of God in difficult times?

Over this Lent, we will be hosting the Unanswered Prayer Course - a new course from 24/7 Prayer which opens up opportunities to dig into some of the harder questions we might have about prayer.

Over five weeks, we will watch the course material together, hosted by Pete Greig, founder of 24/7 Prayer and the author of God on Mute. Each session will pick up on themes from Jesus' journey through his final days towards the cross, and will feature interviews with guests sharing their understanding of God at work in the midst of real challenges to their faith. There will be time, too, to discuss and pray about what we've heard in smaller groups.

All are welcome to join us for the first session on Thursday 25th Feb at 8pm. Please email to be sent the Zoom meeting link.

Marriage Preparation Course

Marriage Preparation Course

The Marriage Preparation Course is for couples who are exploring the idea of getting married and for those who are already engaged. It’s designed for those who want to give their marriage the best possible start, whether they’re exploring marriage for the first time or have been married before.  The course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background. You do not need to be getting married in a church to come on the course.

Our course will start on Thursday 29th April 2021 at 8pm – over Zoom - and will last 5 weeks. Please email if you would like more information.

“We have found that getting engaged is very exciting but also a little bit daunting when you think about the significance of the commitment and what we are about to do! The course was an excellent way to explore issues that we were having in our relationship and a fantastic opportunity to discuss things that we would not otherwise have found the time to talk about. It helped us a lot to realise that all the other couples in the room were all going through issues in their relationship too and we were not alone. We will definitely be recommending the course to other family and friends considering getting married in future."

— Catherine and Mikey

Gipsy Hill Advent Windows 2020

Gipsy Hill Advent Windows 2020

Walk around Gipsy Hill to discover a new window display revealed each day of December!

Every day from 1st - 24th December, a member of our community - a home, school or business - will reveal a new Advent window decoration inspired by the theme 'comfort and joy'.

The map shows you where to find them all - starting and finishing at Christ Church Gipsy Hill.

Visit as many as you can, and spread the word with friends and neighbours!


Map showing location of Advent Windows

  1. Christ Church Gipsy Hill (window on Highland Road)
  2. 12 Highland Road
  3. 86 Gipsy Hill
  4. The Gypsy Rose Café, Gipsy Road
  5. 28 Colby Road
  6. 7 Thorsden Way
  7. The Great Southern Pub, 79 Gipsy Hill
  8. 4 Grazeley Court
  9. Hillview Court flat 12, Oaks Avenue
  10. The Bull and Finch, 126 Gipsy Hill
  11. 24 Plane Tree Walk
  12. 10a Lunham Road
  13. 12a Lunham Road
  14. 14 Tylney Avenue
  15. Paxton School, Woodland Road
  16. Golden Fry, 88 Gipsy Hill
  17. Paxton School, Woodland Road
  18. 35a Camden Hill Road
  19. 24 Tylney Avenue
  20. Caffe Luna, 237 Gipsy Road
  21. 32 Colby Road
  22. 18 Jasper Road
  23. Vicarage of Christ Church Gipsy Hill, 1 Highland Road
  24. Christ Church Gipsy Hill

Christmas at Christchurch 2020

Comfort and Joy Christmas Logo

Christmas at Christ Church 2020

For most of us this is going to be a Christmas like no other in living memory.    We hope and pray that in the midst of all the anxiety and fearfulness, we will together find both comfort and joy in the Christmas story: that God loved the world He created so much that He sent His Son Jesus, to live among us, to experience human pain and loss, and ultimately to give His life that we might know life in all its fulness.

Please do join us if you can - in church, or online. And please be assured of our prayers for all in our wonderful community of Gipsy Hill.


Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 16th December
- Carols Live at 6.30pm
Around the Gipsy Hill Christmas Tree


Sunday 13th December
- Christingle Service, 5pm
In church and live on facebook


Sunday 20th December
- Carol Service, 5.30pm & 7pm

Join us at one of our services of readings and carols by candlelight


Thursday 24th December -  Christmas Eve
- Nativity Live, 4.15pm
Live on facebook, (not in church)

Part of the Christmas tradition for Gipsy Hill - this time online. Please join in with the conversation on facebook after, you can even dress up at home if you like!

- Holy Communion, 9pm
In church

A traditional service of Holy Communion as we celebrate the beginning of Christmas morning. Please note the earlier time due to COVID.


Friday 25th December
- Holy Communion, 9.30am and 11am
The 9.30am service will be broadcast live on facebook


As rules and guidance change in coming weeks, we may move more activities online - please keep an eye on our facebook page before setting out -

Public Worship and Private Prayer

Our church buildings are now starting to open again. Please find details of what we are currently offering on Sundays and throughout the week below.

Sundays 9:30am 

We will be live streaming our main Sunday service at 9:30am each week on our Facebook page (Christ Church Gipsy Hill). You don’t need an account to watch! Once on the Facebook page, simply scroll down and the most recent video should be visible. There will be a link to the Order of Service below the video each week. 

Sundays 11:00am 

In line with Government guidance, we have opened the church for our 11:00am service. Where possible, we will be celebrating communion in our worship together. We will avoid singing and physical contact, will maintain social distance and offer hand cleansing stations. You are warmly welcome to join us.

Morning Prayer (midweek) 

Morning Prayer will be available on Tuesdays at 9:30am via a live stream on our Facebook page.  

Midweek Communion

From July 30th, we will offer a short communion service at 8.30am on Thursdays. We will be opening up the church for this service and will avoid singing, physical contact, will maintain social distance and offer hand cleansing stations. You are warmly welcome to join us.

Please email Jonathan our Vicar on if you would like to know more about the life of our church during lockdown.

Black Lives Matter

The past two weeks have been a defining moment in our social, cultural and political life. George Floyd’s death in the United States on 25 May and the conversation it has re-enlivened in this country has created a new momentum towards a re-evaluation of who we are as a society – past and present – and who we hope to be.    Many of us can sense that the Holy Spirit is at work among us, impelling us to embrace more fully the justice of God.  Let us listen, learn and pray through the issues the ongoing demonstrations and debate raise for us all.  And let us be ready to be changed, and to act!

Follow these links:
Sitting in Limbo: A shocking drama inspired by the Windrush scandal, available on iplayer here
An interview with Bishop Michael Curry here
A Litany for Minnesota’s Sins of Racism here
The joint statement by the Archbishops here

Buy ‘We need to talk about race’ by Ben Lindsay here


A Prayer of Solidarity

God of mercy and compassion, we bring forth into your presence all the communities that are experiencing segregation, discrimination and oppression based on caste, class, creed, colour and gender. It is your death on the cross that has put an end to all enmity by breaking down the walls that separate us. We ask you to empower us O Lord, to tear down the fences of hatred and indifference. Liberate us from the bonds of pride and self-seeking. Enable and strengthen us to overcome our prejudices and fears. Grant us your courage to open ourselves to others, so that we may continue to live in solidarity with oppressed communities. Amen.

– From the National Council of Churches in India, Dalit Liberation Sunday 2009

Coronavirus Update

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Update from Jonathan Croucher, our Vicar, 13th May 2020

We are now living in a time of evolving response to the Pandemic. London, which has been at the centre of the outbreak of COVD-19 in the UK, is thought to have passed the peak of infection, although concerns remain about the ongoing impact of the illness in care homes, and the risk of a second wave of infections. We continue to pray earnestly for our community and our nation, and particularly for those who serve at the frontline of care in the NHS and in social care, whether in care homes or the community. We give thanks for the positive response of the community to the steps taken by government in light of the virus, and pray for safety as steps are taken to move into a new phase of community response.

The most recent government guidance requires that our churches remain closed for public worship and for private prayer. That means we are not able to gather physically in church on Sundays, and that our other activities in our church buildings and halls are suspended for the time being - and potentially for several months. Following the meeting (by Zoom) of the House of Bishops last week, the Bishop of Southwark has given permission for clergy to livestream services from our church buildings and we were able to take advantage of that permission for the first time on Sunday 10th May, and will continue to do so whilst the current guidance permits.

Many of our small groups are continuing to meet online, and as well as our online services (see the calendar page), we will continue to offer our regular thought for the day through our Facebook page and other prayer events by Zoom.

We have implemented a system of telephone calls to stay in touch with one another - knowing that we are all vulnerable to isolation, irrespective of age or physical health. If you would like to receive a regular call from a member of the congregation, please call our Vicar, Jonathan, on 0208 670 0799.

If you have other ideas for how we can respond to this extraordinary time, please pass them on to me: there is no template for action. The staff team will be available by phone and email.


Be Alert

The Prime Minister and government have come under some flak for the new guidance, and particularly for the ‘Stay Alert’ message. We are reminded though of the biblical imperative to ‘be alert’ - on the look out for God at work, waiting on Jesus, conscious of our need for spiritual nourishment and the danger of the devil’s prowling (1 Peter 5). So we encourage one another to find a new spiritual discipline during this time of separation - making time and space for prayer, for reading the bible, and looking out for some of the many ways now offered online of deepening our faith and finding encouragement in our daily walk with Jesus. We may be physically separate, but we continue to be blessed by the knowledge that we make this journey together as brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.


Taking Care

As well as exploring ways to help those in our community who feel isolated or alone, many of you will be wondering what else we can do.

Our Open Door kitchen has re-opened, with funding support through Friends of Gipsy Hill. Danielle and Ina are cooking on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we have a team of volunteers delivering meals to people’s doorsteps in the wider Gipsy Hill area who might otherwise struggle to put food on the table. If you would like to volunteer with Open Door kitchen, please email Emma on If you or someone you know would benefit from delivery of meals on this basis, please email and one of our team will be in touch.

Foodbank are seeing an increased need for Foodbank vouchers as a greater number of people find themselves in crisis, leading to an increased demand on stock levels. To enable Foodbank to get the food items they need, people can use or - with both websites delivering directly to Foodbank. If you are out shopping, download the Foodbank app and find out exactly which items they are short of. You can also donate cash to help them buy items as shortages appear by texting Dinner followed by one of the following amounts - Dinner 5, Dinner 10 or Dinner 20 to 70085. You can also donate via the website If you are interested in regularly volunteering, please do get in touch with them. Finally, if you are in crisis, I can provide a confidential referral which will enable you to access both emergency food provision and the significant advice and other support that is available at West Norwood.

Lastly, please pray as we face these challenges with God’s help. We as a church can all pray, whoever and wherever we are - for all affected, globally, by the virus, for those who have lost loved ones, for those in government and public health providing leadership and advice, and particularly for those on the frontline providing care and treatment to those who are sick.

If you are struggling to pray, here is an offering from the Dean of Southwark Cathedral:

Loving God,
source of healing and comfort,
fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
that those who care for us may be strengthened,
that the anxious may be calmed,
and those most vulnerable be protected
in the power of Spirit
in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.

May we know God's presence, and comfort, and the power of his Spirit, in these testing times.
With much love.


Wonder Zone Holiday Club

Wonder Zone Holiday Club

Get excited about our Holiday Club - Wonder Zone!

Wonder Zone is a church holiday club that is open to everyone in Reception to Year 6. With games, crafts, teaching and music around stories of Jesus, we welcome children for three mornings of fun and activity, as we explore more about God’s world using science and faith.

The club is running Monday 6th-Wednesday 8th April 9:30am-12:30pm, with lunch from 12:30-1:30pm

There is a £15 cost per child.


You can download a booking form here.

Forms should be completed and sent back to the church office - full details are on the form itself.

If you have any further questions, please email

Christmas at Christchurch 2019

"Follow the Star" Christmas Logo

Christmas at Christ Church 2019!

In the midst of general election campaigning, we would love to see you at one of our Christmas events as we celebrate God’s Good News for all People. There is, as always, plenty going on for all the family.

Do look out particularly for our carol service with St Christopher’s Hospice which marks our collaboration in the area of dementia care.

Merry Christmas!

Rev Jonathan Croucher, Vicar


Sunday 8 December
- Morning Prayer, 9am and Holy Communion, 10:30am
- Christingle, 4pm for crafts & making Christingles
- Christingle service , 5pm

Bring all the family along at 4pm to make a selection of Christmas crafts and prepare a Christingle for the service at 5pm - half an hour of singing, Christmas drama and fun, finishing with a Christmas tea.


Sunday 15 December
- Holy Communion, 9am and Morning Worship, 10:30am
- Carol Service, 7pm

Join our service of readings and carols by candlelight, followed by mulled wine and minced pies.


Tuesday 17 December
- St. Christopher's Christmas Service, 7.45pm

We are delighted to be hosting at Christ Church the Christmas Service for our local Hospice, St Christopher’s. Please come along as we mark our collaboration in the area of dementia care. We will also be singing our favourite carols. There will be mince pies and mulled wine after the service with a retiring collection for the work of the hospice.


Sunday 22 December
- Morning Prayer, 9am and Holy Communion, 10:30am


Tuesday 24 December -  Christmas Eve
- Nativity Service, 4pm

Part of the Christmas tradition for Gipsy Hill - come and join in our nativity for all the family. Dress as your favourite nativity character or come early and borrow some of our dressing up clothes to join in the retelling of the story of the first Christmas. Please stay for tea afterwards as we celebrate Christmas together.

- Holy Communion, 11.30pm

A traditional service of Holy Communion as we celebrate the beginning of Christmas morning.


Wednesday 25 December
- Holy Communion, 10.30am

Come and join the celebration as we engage all ages in a service of Communion to celebrate the good news of 'God with us'.