Lichfield Christ Church, Lichfield

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Christ Church was built in 1846 and is situated in Christchurch Lane, just off the Walsall Road in south western Lichfield.
It was built of sandstone quarried in Lichfield and designed by a Lichfield architect, Thomas Johnson, who was responsible for much building and renovation work in and around the Diocese of Lichfield.
The church’s architectural style is known as Victorian Gothic Revival, which is evidenced by the shape and decoration of the windows and by the tower which is decorated below and perpendicular above.
The church was consecrated on 26th October 1847 by the then Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Reverend John Lonsdale. The first incumbent was the Revd Thomas Alfred Bangham.
The church was built and endowed by the generosity of Ellen Jane Hinckley, the daughter of John Chappel Woodhouse, sometime Dean of Lichfield. In 1835 she married her third husband, Richard Hinckley, a Lichfield solicitor and they lived in a mansion named Beacon Place. Ellen had suffered tragic family losses. By her first marriage to the Revd William Robinson, she had two daughters, both of whom died in childhood. These two children are the subject of the memorial known as Chantrys ‘Sleeping Children’ in Lichfield Cathedral.
The church was built in the corner of the park which surrounded Beacon Place and because there was no parish, one was created especially. This was done by annexing parts of the parishes of St Michael and St Chad.
The church originally consisted of only the nave and chancel with the north and south transepts being added in 1887, when one Samuel Lipscombe Seckham bore the cost of the north transept.
To commemorate the first fifty years of the church, the decoration of the chancel ceiling and walls was commissioned by the then vicar and churchwardens, the cost being met by public subscription. The artist was John Dixon Batten, who created the beautiful and unique ceiling paintings. They set forth Jesus as the promised and hoped for Christ and Holy Communion as the Christian’s means of union with Him.
The reredos and marble sanctuary floor was presented in 1906 by Thomas Cox, a churchwarden and his daughters in memory of Sarah Cox, wife and mother. It was designed by G F Bodley who also designed the high altar for St Pauls Cathedral and built by Robert Bridgeman and Son of Lichfield.
Over the decades, the church has been very fortunate to have been richly endowed with many treasures and more practical items such as a modern heating system due to the generosity of a number of local benefactors.
The church founded an adjacent school in 1847, which was replaced by the current school in 1910 and extended in 2001. The school and church maintain close links to this day.
Christ Church stands serenely in a most beautiful and peaceful churchyard having a very village like feel to it, in this quiet corner of the small but very bustling city of Lichfield.

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Family Service
Thursday 24th December 2015 at 4:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
Midnight Mass
Thursday 24th December 2015 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour
Holy COmmunion BCP
Friday 25th December 2015 at 8:00 AM for ¾ hour
Celebration Eucharist
Friday 25th December 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
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Holy Communion BCP
a quiet traditional service
Every first and third Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Parish Eucharist
Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly creche Coffee
Traditional evening prayer with hymns and sermon
Every second and fourth Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer


Evening Prayer meeting 7 for
In the Martin Heath Hall. We meet at 7pm for refreshment, start praying at 7:30 for an hour. Praying for our church, Christ Church School, also for immediate needs of individula members, our parish, our city and the world. There will be music and an opportunity for people to share.
Every first Tuesday at 7:30 PM for 1 hour


Playtime in Church
For pre-school children & their grown-ups Weekly 2 – 3pm An hour of play - including a story, songs & refreshments (Free, no need to book)
Every Wednesday at 2:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly
Advent Course at St James Longdon
Series of Advent Meetings at 7pm at St James Longdon: 11-Nov, 18-Nov 25-Nv
Every first third and fourth Wednesday at 7:00 PM for 1½ hours
until Monday 30th November 2015


Afternoon Prayer meeting
At 11a Garrick Close, LichfieldWS13 7DS . Followed by refreshments. A quiet and reflective time, including some silence, but also some music.
Every third Thursday at 3:15 PM for 1 hour
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Baptism Celebration Service
An opportunity to think again of the promises made by us or on our behalf at baptism, and to renew these promises at the beginning of Advent
Sunday 29th November 2015 at 12:00 PM for 1 hour
Baptisms drop in session
Are you interested in having your or your child’s baptism here at Christ Church? To learn more about the Baptism service, who is eligible to be a Godparent, and why parents and Godparents are asked to make the promises they do during a Baptism service please join us at our drop in sessions. You don’t need to make an appointment, just join us in church on one of the following dates: Saturday 6th June at 10.30am in Church Saturday 15th August at 10.30am in Church Saturday 24th October at 10.30am in Church Saturday 12th December at 10.30am in Church
Saturday 12th December 2015 at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Service
Thursday 24th December 2015 at 4:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
Midnight Mass
Thursday 24th December 2015 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour
Holy COmmunion BCP
Friday 25th December 2015 at 8:00 AM for ¾ hour
Celebration Eucharist
Friday 25th December 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour



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Clergy: The Revd Janet Lyn WATERFIELD
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 4359
Diocesan ID: 20/33
Built: 1847
Architect: Thomas Johnson
Our Patron: Bishop of Lichfield
Archdeaconry: LICHFIELD (201)
Deanery: LICHFIELD (20102)
Benefice: Lich Ch Ch (20/208 R)
Parish Legal Name: Christ Church Lichfield (200033 20/33)
CofE Church Info: (620033 20/33)
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This page was last updated on Wednesday 30th September 2015
Lichfield Christ Church : Christ Church Lane, On the bend of Christ Church lane. Close to the school and Beacon park , Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 8BA

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