WHO WE ARE
The Parish of Totland Bay Christ Church is in the Isle of Wight Deanery and the Diocese of Portsmouth. It is the westernmost parish in the Diocese. It includes the tourist attractions of Colwell Bay, The Needles, Alum Bay and Tennyson Down. Although the church is located at the geographical centre of the parish, the heart of the village is nearly half a mile down the hill, where the Church Hall is sited. It is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has many SSSIs within its borders. In addition to the church and church hall, we have a wooden annexe behind the church with a fully equipped kitchen.
Christ Church Totland Bay is part of a worldwide family of churches in over 160 different countries who proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
Learn more at:
The Diocese of Portsmouth Website: https://www.portsmouth.anglican.org/
The Church of England Website: https://www.churchofengland.org/
Who and what we are:
Christ Church is within the evangelical tradition. Following the retirement of the Revd. James Cook, we are blessed to have the Reverend Leisa Potter (Team Vicar) as our Minister. Leadership of all our services are currently planned at a monthly meeting, attended by our Minister, retired clergy with ‘permission to officiate’, readers and representatives of all the churches in the benefice. The meeting covers services held at all the churches of the benefice of Freshwater, Yarmouth and Totland Bay. Our PCC meets 10 times a year, and is chaired either by the Minister or by one of the churchwardens. Our main service takes place on Sundays at 11 am and includes Holy Communion (currently 3rd and 5th Sundays) and an informal, frequently lay-led ‘Worship for All’ (currently 1stSunday). Mid-week Communion takes place at 10.00am on Thursday and is followed, either then or later in the day, by a prayer meeting. We have 2 Home Groups, one of which is a Women’s Fellowship. There is a small Junior Church. Average Sunday Church attendance is 62. There are 105 names on the electoral roll. We are active partners in the many activities of Churches Together in West Wight (CTWW).
Who we really are:
A recent newcomer to our church described her first service with us as “joyous”, something, she said, she hadn’t known for a long time. We do find real joy in our faith, in the fellowship of Christ Church and in the loving care of our minister, the Pastoral Care Team and all the members of our church family. Prayer and financial support for mission at home and overseas is an important feature of our church life. We enjoy our times together, both during worship and at our other gatherings, often centred round food. As part of our mission, we strive to engage the local community in various ways, including help at a local drop-in-service. Much care is given to our large, but secluded and peaceful churchyard.
Music plays a pivotal part in the life and worship of Christ Church; we are blessed to have a gifted organist and a talented and inspirational choir master. Our regular choir numbers some 10/15 adults and is augmented for special occasions. The church, with its first class organ and enviable acoustics is the venue for many organ recitals and concerts, both sacred and secular.