Our Village Church - A Place of Worship - Open for All
Community - Tranquility - Prayer
Sadly, in accordance with the Church of England's Covid-19 policy Christ Church is closed until the Church's policy changes.
We now 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 as words from others, 'Poems in the Porch' and information on village support arrangements.
Issie Roberts is running a marathon to raise money for Compassion UK, a charity which gives children in the developing world the opportunity to escape from poverty and fulfil their potential. Compassion works in partnership with local churches in 25 developing countries, providing resources, training and expertise. Hilary Swift, lay reader for Abinger and Coldharbour, is one of Compassion’s staff.
Issie, a keen swimmer who usually trains five times a week has never really enjoyed running. But with pools closed she has decided to challenge herself by doing a 26 day marathon, running one mile every day until she reaches the marathon distance of 26 miles, explaining that ‘this is just a small way of helping people supported by the work of Compassion who will not have the privileges that we have enjoyed during our weeks in lockdown’
By 31 May, Issie had raised £1,405 for Compassion UK
Y0u can still support Issie by making a donation through Just Giving.
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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