Who are we?
A little bit about us.
We are a Christian family within the Church of England.
Our church is located on the South Circular in Streatham Hill.
We seek to be inclusive, welcoming and to encourage everyone to get involved. Our principal gathering as a worshiping community is at 11am every Sunday
for our Sung Parish Mass.
We are an inclusive congregation of all sorts of people just like you. We celebrate that everyone is different, yet all children of God.
In our family we have young single adults and people in new relationships.
We have families - with and without children. We have older people with and without their partners.
Some of our people are from the UK and others are from dozens of other countries. Some have been here for many years and others have just arrived.
We have gay people, straight people and all sorts of other people.
We don't make you tick a box.
We have brainy people with amazing minds to help us think.
We have strong people with amazing hearts to help us heal.
We have newcomers and old hands. Some have lived in the area for generations,
others came the week before you.
We have those with a rock solid faith. We have prayer warriors. We have great singers.
We also have those who struggle with belief. And those who don't know how to pray yet.
We have those who just need some space.
We have those who are in the midst of some really tough times.
And those coming out the other side.
We have those that know Jesus really well.
And we have those who might want to know a bit more.
And we have everything inbetween.
We are a funny family - but it works.
Come and find out more.
Mission Action Plan
Our Mission Action Plan for Christ Church Streatham is our strategic vision document that reflects on the opportunities and resources in our parish. It helps direct our activity and decision making and its progress is tracked at every PCC meeting.
To read our current Mission Action Plan please click on the download button.
The processing of personal data is governed by the Data Protection Bill/Act 2017 the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR”) and other legislation relating to personal data and rights such as the Human Rights Act 1998.
The attached Privacy Notices explain why and how the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of Christ Church, Streatham and ‘The Friends of Christ Church’, Streatham hold or process personal data and explain your rights.
Christ Church is a landmark on the South Circular Road. It is also a landmark in the history of architecture. It is the most important surviving work of James Wild and Owen Jones. It contains the work of later artists such as John Hayward, J.F.Bentley and Walter Crane, as well as fine Italian mosaics. Christ Church is a Grade I listed building and is world famous among architectural historians.
Christ Church was the first example in modern times of the use of different coloured bricks to create the patterning. This colour blended with all the other influences into a simple coherent whole, is the genius of Wilds design. Sir John Summerson and Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described Wild as an early modernist and it is clear that when, at the beginning of the 20th century designers became fed up with rehashing the English Gothic style, it was to rare buildings like Christ Church that they looked for inspiration. Christ Church was included in the first lists of buildings of special architectural or historic interest when they were made in 1955 and is now a Grade I listed gem.
One of the most noticeable designs to the outside of the building is the “Star of David.” It is not known why this design was incorporated. In the original plans, it is described as “the Rose window”. Its design predates its widespread use as a Jewish symbol. It provides a very striking West front to the building.
The striking main entrance is enhanced by the wording over the doors: “I was glad when they said unto me let us go into the house of the Lord.” This text is from Psalm 121.
To the interior on the north wall can be seen two Walter Crane windows. The windows are considered rare examples of Cranes work in this medium. The windows are dated 1891. One of the windows shows Our Lord speaking to the widow of Nain. “Weep not”. The other exhorting Peter to “feed my sheep”. Both windows bare the artists mark.
Our church organ is by William Hill and was first built in 1886. It is considered by the Southwark and South London Society of Organists to be one of the top 10 finest organs in South London.
It was originally built for West Croydon Congregational Church. In 1980, after being redundant for a number of years, the decision was made by the Parochial Church Council of Christ Church to purchase the instrument. The purchase price was £1,700.
Between January and November 1981 work began to dismantle the organ. During this time the gallery which now houses the organ in Christ Church was constructed. The newly restored organ was first played at a concert in May 1987. The organ, a gentle giant of an instrument, is in full working order and is regularly tuned and maintained.
For further details about our church organ and its specification, then click here.
Organ recordings will be available here soon.
Several of our adult servers are members of the Company of Servers.
We are hoping to encourage some of our younger servers to become members as well.
The Company of Servers was formed in the spring of 2009 for all who are servers in the
Membership is open to all ages, from the youngest, newest server, to those who have dedicated
many years of service. Members are known as Companions and become part of a national and
international community of friendship, teaching, learning and support.
"Those who serve at the altar share in what is offered at the altar." 1 Cor.9.13
The Company of Servers hopes to raise not only an understanding of the hows and whys of serving but also encourage those who serve already to continue and feel valued. Through raising awareness of the ministry of those who serve at the altar it is hoped that others will begin to explore this essential role in the service of God and his Church.
To find out more about the company of servers click on the button below to visit their website.
The Company of Servers
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