Eaton & Cringleford

Church is active in adversity

Just Regional
May 15, 2020 2 mins read

Rosalind Wright keeps us up to date with what is happening at Christ Church, in Eaton…

Whilst Christ Church’s church building has been closed since March 17, the Eaton church’s virtual doors have been open for business and the church has been active in the community, too.

Since March 29, all regular services have been taking place on Zoom, with e-congregations of up to 85 people gathering and several people phoning in to services – a useful extra Zoom facility.

In addition, on May 8, there was a joint Zoom service with sister church St Andrew’s, Eaton, to mark the 75th anniversary of VE day. 

The service was led by the Rev Patrick Richmond and the homily given by the Rev Phil Rodd. Prayers were led by Christ Church curate, Shawn Tomlinson.

Other key roles within the service were shared out between members of both churches. Further joint services, for Ascension Day and for Trinity Sunday are also in the pipeline.

The Ascension Day Service will be on Thursday, May 21, at 7.30pm. The service will involve music, readings and homily.

For more information about how to get involved, please contact Patrick Richmond on

While Christ Church’s doors remain closed, church communication lines are open, and the church remains active.
Photo: Rosalind Wright

In recent services, music has been provided by the Christ Church organist, Matt Wright, and The Christ Church and Friends Lockdown choir have performed two anthems, thanks to the organisation and technological skills of choir member, Ros Brown. 

Services aside, there are a number of community activities also taking place.  A recently formed Zoom Men’s group has met, and a Christ Church Crafters Zoom group has been created and is making a Quilt of Kindness.

Members of the pastoral team are also keeping in touch with regular worshippers, especially those who are not online.  

Patrick Richmond, vicar of Christ Church, said: “We’re very grateful to be able to talk with people virtually. Indeed, we have increased our contact with some people as a result of these trying times. Thank you to all who’ve made the effort.

“We’re keen to use phones and so not exclude people who aren’t online, and we’re learning lessons that we hope will help us stay in spiritual and virtual contact with the housebound even when church services resume.”

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