CHRIST CHURCH TOTLAND BAY – A THUMBNAIL SKETCH
Christ Church Totland Bay 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, site of the church hall. 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 annex behind the church with a fully equipped kitchen. The population of Totland is 2,981 (ONS 2009), 33% of whom are over 65, 14% under 15. This shows a more elderly population than the national average.
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. We are blessed to have the Reverend Leisa Potter as our Minister. Leadership of all our services is currently planned at a monthly meeting, attended by our Minister, readers and representatives of all the churches in the West Wight cluster. Our PCC meets 10 times a year, and is chaired either by the Minister or by one of the churchwardens. Our main service of Morning Prayer takes place on Sundays at 11 am and is often lay-led ‘Worship for All’. Holy Communion is currently on the 3rd Sunday of each month. We have 2 Home Groups, one of which is a Women’s Fellowship. There is a small Junior Church. Average Sunday attendance is 62. There are 94 names on the electoral roll.
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 at 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 a priority of our church life. We enjoy our times together, both during worship and at our other gatherings, often centred around food. As part of our mission, we strive to engage the local community in various ways, including help at a local drop-in-service. We are active partners in the many activities of ‘Churches Together in West Wight’. Much care is given to our small, 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 15/20 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.