A liberal & inclusive church, seeking God through beauty in our worship, honesty in our faith & doubt, & service in our community

Because of our unusual history, Christ Church is run in unusual way, by a group of Trustees, who work in partnership with Church Council. Today the work of the Trustees of Christ Church is still defined in its simplest form by the original Trust deed: to maintain the building in perpetuity and to provide a minister. Their other original responsibility, that of collecting rent for the gallery seating, has happily not been upheld in recent times!

The Trust deed specifies ten trustees, and they are a self-appointing body – that is, whenever a place is vacant, the remaining trustees appoint a new member to the Trust. The trustees are currently drawn largely from members of the Christ Church congregation, with the addition of the Archdeacon of Bath and a representative of St Swithin’s, Walcot, the parish Christ Church lies within. The Priest-in-Charge and the elected church wardens are always invited to attend Trustees meetings (in a non-voting capacity).

Nowadays, the Charity Commission regulates the Trust’s funds and the Trustees therefore hold themselves responsible for all financial matters, including the receiving of planned giving and donations. As a proprietary chapel, Christ Church is not obliged to pay a parish share and historically did not do so, but for many years we have chosen to donate the equivalent sum to the Diocese, although the provision of a minister remains the responsibility of the Trustees without financial help from the Diocese.

The Trustees are therefore in essence the property managers, providing a church building, properly heated and lit, and a minister employed for leading worship. The existence of this administrative body is an important defining feature of Christ Church which sets it apart from a parish church.

The trustees meet at least once a quarter and more often if there are important items to discuss. Please pray for them as they carry out this important work on behalf of Christ Church.

The current Trustees of Christ Church are:

  • Charles Rice (chair)
  • David Bishop (treasurer)
  • Sarah Jones (secretary by default)
  • Lewis Boyd
  • Sue East - representative of the Parish of Walcot and headteacher of St. Andrew's C of E Primary School
  • Janet Mahto
  • Jane Nicholson
  • Andy Piggott (Archdeacon of Bath, representing the Bishop of Bath and Wells)
  • Sarah Sheppard
  • Clive Tilling

The Bishop of Bath and Wells is also an honourary trustee of Christ Church.

Copies of the Trustees accounts can be found on the Charity Commission website, by searching for charity number 1055275.

Upcoming Services

Family Eucharist and Nativity Play
Sun 17 Dec at 10:00am
Choral Evensong
Sun 17 Dec at 4:30pm
Compline
Sun 17 Dec at 8:30pm
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 21 Dec at 11:00am
Christmas Carol Service
Sat 23 Dec at 6:30pm
Sung Eucharist (no Junior Church)
Sun 24 Dec at 10:00am
Crib Service
Sun 24 Dec at 4:00pm
Midnight Mass
Sun 24 Dec at 11:30pm
BCP Communion
Mon 25 Dec at 8:00am
Christmas Day Eucharist
Mon 25 Dec at 10:00am
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 28 Dec at 11:00am
Sung Eucharist with Junior Church
Sun 31 Dec at 10:00am
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 4 Jan at 11:00am
Sung Eucharist with Junior Church
Sun 7 Jan at 10:00am
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 11 Jan at 11:00am
Holy Communion (BCP)
Sun 14 Jan at 8:00am
Sung Eucharist with Junior Church
Sun 14 Jan at 10:00am
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 18 Jan at 11:00am

Latest Events

Advent Open Morning
Sat 16 Dec 10:00am-1:00pm
Toppings- Brian Blessed
Sat 16 Dec 8:00pm-9:30pm
The Cedar Tree Community Cafe
Fri 22 Dec 11:00am-1:30pm
Choir Practice
Fri 22 Dec 7:30pm-9:00pm
Traidcraft Stall
Sun 24 Dec 11:15am-11:45am