Our Village Church - A Place of Worship - Open for All
Community - Tranquility - Prayer
The Benefice service programme for August includes an Iona Holy Communion service in Christ Church on Sunday 23 August 10.30am.
Due to Covid-19 requirements, Christ Church is only open twice a week for two hours, between 9.30 and 11.30am on Mondays and 4.00 and 6.00pm on Thursdays. .
Throughout the lockdown we have maintained the church porch as a place for quiet contemplation and for enjoyment of the peaceful view across the churchyard. We will continue to do so, with Patsy’s flowers, reflections from the Leith Hill Benefice Ministry team and poems to read.
We have a Covid-19 set of pages on which we are publishing words from the Leith Hill ministry team twice a week and a YouTube message from Tony Berry every Sunday, as well his YouTube services, words from others, 'Poems in the Porch' and information on village support arrangements.
Welcome to Christ Church Coldharbour, in south east England's highest village on the eastern slopes of Leith Hill within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Along with St James of Abinger, St Mary the Virgin of Holmbury and St John the Evangelist of Wotton, Christ Church is a member of the Leith Hill Benefice. The Benefice is part of Dorking Rural Deanery within the Diocese of Guildford.
We hope that it will not be long before we can once more invite you t o come and enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the Church and its surroundings, which those of us fortunate to live in Coldharbour treasure.
We also hope that it will not be too long before we return to having services on most Sundays - the main exceptions being when Leith Hill Benefice churches unite in one of the four churches.
To meet the growing needs of the village and its surrounding country estates, Christ Church was built in 1848 by local landowner, John Labouchere of Broome Hall, on land provided by the Duke of Norfolk, to the design of Benjamin Ferrey, a pupil of Augustus Charles Pugin.
A major reconstruction of the Church interior in 1904, which included the installation of a new organ, was funded by, among others , Hervey Vaughan Williams, brother of Ralph. Their parents were married in Christ Church and Ralph used the organ in his younger days. He also used to conduct the Coldharbour Band's annual Christmas carol concert.
Today, Christ Church serves a thriving community of about 350 souls. We worship in a number of different formats to engage with the whole community - the young, families and the not so young - and the Church is used for a variety of events, including an annual Burns Night supper, Village Band concerts and other musical events, all of which help Christ Church to really be central to village life.
We hope that this website provides useful information for those who worship at Christ Church, as well as those who live in the area and would like to know more about the Church, our services and our events, and those visiting us and who are interested in our Church, its history and the surrounding area.
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