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 the rector of St Swithin’s, Walcot, the parish within which Christ Church lies. 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
  • Tim Gleghorn - Rector of the Parish of Walcot
  • Janet Mahto
  • Jane Nicholson
  • 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

Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 21 Jun at 11:00am
Empire Windrush 70 Thanksgiving Eucharist with Junior Church
Sun 24 Jun at 10:00am
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 28 Jun at 11:00am
Sung Eucharist with Junior Church
Sun 1 Jul at 10:00am
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 5 Jul at 11:00am
Holy Communion (BCP)
Sun 8 Jul at 8:00am
Sung Eucharist with Junior Church
Sun 8 Jul at 10:00am
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 12 Jul at 11:00am
Sung Eucharist with Junior Church
Sun 15 Jul at 10:00am
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 19 Jul at 11:00am
Sung Eucharist with Junior Church
Sun 22 Jul at 10:00am

Latest Events

New You! meeting
Thu 21 Jun 12:00pm-1:00pm
Pilgrim Group - "Taking holiness out of the church" (Philip Turner)
Thu 21 Jun 7:30pm-9:00pm
The Cedar Tree Community Cafe
Fri 22 Jun 11:00am-1:30pm
Choir Practice
Fri 22 Jun 7:30pm-9:00pm
Christ Church helping at the Genesis Sunday Centre
Sun 24 Jun 11:00am-3:15pm