Christchurch is a very active parish and there are many groups and organisations which meet regularly at the Church or the Parish Hall. For more details, contact the representative of the group concerned at The Priory.
Ascent Movement The Ascent is a Christian movement for older
people who have retired from active working life and are looking
for friendship with a spiritual dimension within their parish. The
Ascent, in a nutshell, could be called a spiritual friendship group. Our
parish group meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at the Priory
Contact: Eileen Tatt Website: www.ascentmovement.org.uk
CC4K Our Parish Youth Group for Year 6 meet on alternate Wednesdays in the
Upper Room at 7pm.
Contact: Tricia Murphy
Christchurch Women's Association The aim of the Association is the
promotion of both spiritual and social companionship among its members.
We meet in the parish hall on each second Thursday of the month.
Contact: Jacquie Day
Church Cleaning With more than 1000 people passing in and out of
church on Sunday and another 100 or more each weekday, regular cleaning
is a major operation. More willing hands are needed to join.
Contact: Parish Administrator
Emmaus Group We pray regularly for the sick, the bereaved, our deceased relatives,
friends and parishioners. We have a prayer service for the sick each
Tuesday morning, after the 9.00am Mass, followed by coffee and chat in
Contact: Shirley Williams
The finance committee is an advisory body,
established in Canon Law, to help the priests in the administration of
the goods of the parish.
Contact: Tony Crowe
Fathers' Prayers Meet on third Tuesday of every month at 8pm in the
Church. (N.B. Meetings are not taking place at the moment. Restart
date to be advised.)
Contact: John Murphy
Flower Arrangers A voluntary commitment of parishioners in order
that the church may always be honoured by a fresh supply of flowers,
beautifully arranged for most occasions. It is a delightful chore!
Contact: Laura Wilson
Fundraising Committee A group of people who plan
fundraising events, including the Summer Fair, Christmas Bazaar, Quiz
evenings and Harvest fair. All monies raised go towards the Church/Hall
renovation project which includes plans for a new Church entrance with
improved access for all and toilet facilities.
Contact: Fr John Fricker CRE
Greenwich Handicapped Fellowship This is a voluntary organisation
based in Blackheath. A monthly Mass is arranged at a different church in
the Deanery to which all are welcome. Help is always needed.
Contact: Jim Cuthbert
Hall Committee Our parish hall, Christchurch Centre, is a valuable parish resource.
The Committee is charged with the management of the hall on a
self-supporting basis, at no cost to the parish. It is responsible for
the day-to-day running of the hall and for repairs and renewals. Income
is derived from the letting of the hall both to parish and outside organisations, with charges to parish organisations being kept to the
lowest possible level.
Contact: Parish Administrator
Legion of Mary Our objective is the spiritual formation of members through prayer and
action under ecclesiastical guidance. A parish group was formed in 1996.
Meet every Tuesday at 11:00 am at the Priory.
Contact: Muriel St Hill
Life – Eltham Life is a nationwide care service for pregnant women, unsupported
mothers and women with problems relating to pregnancy, fertility or
Contact: Vivienne Simmons
Literature Group The group meet on a Thursday at 10am in the Priory,
where they read and discuss poetry and literature.
Contact: Pamela Ray
Mothers' Prayers Meet every Friday 9am Mass. Meetings are not taking
place at the moment. Restart date to be advised.
Contact: Joanne Murphy
Mercy Associates We meet for prayer at the convent, McCauley Court,
Glenure Road on 1st Friday of each month.
Contact: Sisters of Mercy
Parent & Toddler Group Meet every Wednesday during term time
in the Parish Hall 9.30-11.30am.
Contact: Mary Minhane
Refreshments after 9.30am & 11.30am Sunday Masses Refreshments are served after these Masses in the Parish Hall and this is a good opportunity to meet and welcome our friends we see each week at Mass. If you would like to help with refreshments, please contact the parish office.
Repository Our parish repository is open after the Sunday
morning Masses to sell a number of religious items.
Contact: Geraldine Smith
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Our parish group meets fortnightly on
Mondays at 6:30 pm at the Priory. We concentrate on visiting the
housebound and the hospitalised in the area and we assist the poor in
Contact: Pat Timms
Contact: Fr John Fricker, CRE or Peter Eastwood
Catechists - Children's Liturgy This liturgy takes place every Sunday
at the 9.30am Mass. In the children's liturgy, the catechists aim to
involve the children in the Mass at a level that suits them and to
introduce them to God's love for us. In the Upper Room (younger age
group) and in the Priory (up to 1st Communion age) the catechists are
concerned with the first part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Word. This
is adapted to the children's needs before they rejoin their parents for
the offertory procession.
Contact: Vicky Davis
Catechists – Communion Preparation begins in October with
First Confession being celebrated in the following March and First
Communion in May. Children should have reached the age of eight by the
time they make their First Communion (Year 3).
Contact: Fr John Fricker, CRE and Dave Runham
Catechists – Confirmation Candidates should be in Year 8 at the
beginning of the programme which is in November each year and the
Sacrament is normally celebrated the following June or July.
Parish-based sessions are held on a Wednesday evening from 7pm to 8pm.
Contact: Tricia Murphy
Catechists - Journey in Faith This is for people who don't belong
to any Christian church, but want to know more about our life and belief
- perhaps with a view to eventually joining the Catholic Church and also
for those who already belong to the Christian Church but are thinking
about becoming Catholics. The group meets every Tuesday evening.
Contact: Fr John Fricker, CRE
Choirs There are various choirs in the parish for children and adults.
Children’s Choir meet after the 9.30am Mass on Sunday in the new Parish Meeting room.
Contact: Helen Chittenden
Chamber Choir meet on Tuesday at 6.15pm in the Priory.
Contact: Jenny Clifford
Christchurch Singers meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.
Contact: Brenda Willis
Special Ministers of the Eucharist Because of the numbers attending Mass
in our parish, we have a team of Special Ministers who assist the
priests in distributing Holy Communion. They also meet together for
prayer and reflection on the nature of the Blessed Sacrament. Some
ministers take Communion to the sick at home or to those in hospital.
Contact: Richard Jackson
Special Ministers of the Word (Readers) Readers
are those who proclaim the Liturgy of the Word at Mass and other
services. At Mass they read the first two readings and the bidding
Contact: Jennifer Sims
Our Catholic Schools
Junior and Infant School
Glenure Road, Eltham SE9 1UF
Headteacher: Miss M Jackson
Thomas More Secondary School
Footscray Road, Eltham SE9 2SU
Headteacher: Mr M Ryan