Church of England

Colchester Christ Church
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Situated to the south west of the town centre, a Church that is Christ centred, with an open evangelical approach to Christian belief, practice and the work of the Holy Spirit.

Family orientated

Families and Young People

@ Christ Church

We believe that you are never too young to be a part of our community and encounter God. In our many mid-week groups and our different Sunday services, we aim to provide a place in which children can feel safe and happy as they learn and grow together. Whether you are a parent or carer, grandparent or childminder, we hope that you will find Christ Church to be a loving and supportive environment where you and your children can feel welcome, make friends, share your creativity and know God’s love.

Messy Church

Messy Church is our way of giving families a chance to be ‘church’ together by gathering around crafts, games, songs, Bible stories and food! It normally takes place from 4.30-6.30pm on the first Sunday of every month. Find out more on the Messy Church page.

Babies & Toddlers

Time Together is our play group for ages 0-3+. We meet on Tuesday mornings, 10am-12pm during term time. There are toys available for free play along with craft activities, as well as an optional time of gathering for singing stories, listening to a Bible story and celebrating birthdays. We seek to be a supportive community: a place to make friends through sharing the joys and struggles of bringing up children (with the help of good coffee, biscuits and cake!).
The Breakfast Café is somewhere to drop-in-when-you-like that’s open most Thursday mornings, 9-11am. It is for anyone and everyone, and there is a play space if you are a parent/grandparent/childminder who would like to bring your little one along (aged 0-3+). During the holidays we also run games for older children. We serve breakfast food with a difference (think fresh scotch pancakes, smoothies, etc.!) and it is just a great place to come and chat about life.

Primary School Children

Messy Crafts meets on Tuesdays, 3.15-4.30pm. It is an after-school club for ages 5-11+ with crafts and puzzles based around the Bible story for the week. We have a flexible start time to allow parents/carers to pick up their children from primary school or pre-school, and provide toys and space so younger children can play. If they have a signed form, young people (aged 10-14+) are able to stay until 5.30pm for more crafts and lively discussion & debate!

Who Let The Dads Out Out is for children aged 0-11+ and their dads or male carers, and runs on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9-10.30am. It is a great chance for dads to spend some one-to-one time with their children, as well as getting to know other dads in the community. Come along for games, crafts and a cooked breakfast! Find out more on the Who Let The Dads Out page.

Flames meets mosts Sundays during our 9.30am Sunday services in term time. We join the whole congregation for the first part of the main service before leaving for our activities for children aged 5-11+. We aim to make the teaching relevant and fun through stories, games, crafts and prayers, and we seek to help each child feel valued as we explore Christian faith together and what it might mean for them.


Splodgy Youth meets Friday evenings during term time from 7:30-9:00pm for young people aged 10-14+. Space to chat, be yourself, have some fun and make new friends. PLUS special events and trips through the year.

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