Parish of Cove St John’s, St Christopher’s and Southwood

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St Christopher’s


Meets at St Christopher's Church, 55 Cove Road, Cove, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0EX. See on a map where St Christopher's Church meets

What is St Christopher's church like?

St Christopher's is a warm, friendly church for all ages. Our small groups  have a very positive effect on the fellowship of the church.  We run Christian basics groups, most recently Alpha and “Y”.  St Christopher's also runs Sunbeams, our baby and toddler group, as well as our monthly Messy Church. The Farnborough Foodbank operates out of our church three days a week. A number of other local community groups use our premises too including Prams and Grans, Rushmoor Choir and AA. We have a pastoral team under the leadership of our pastoral assistant . They visit those who are unwell or housebound. There is also a rolling programme of offering visits through the church family to help us all keep in touch!

Sunday worship at St Christopher's

The Sunday morning service is held at 10am though we start singing worship songs a few minutes before – just come and join when you can! . We offer a creche each Sunday and Seekers (Sunday School for primary aged children) during the school year with a  separate Summer programme over the long holiday. We use a data projector for all the words and songs on Sunday mornings. We have a variety of musicians, and use both modern songs and some older hymns. We have a team of lay preachers who share with the clergy in bringing God’s word to us each Sunday.

Recent improvements to the building

The last major refurbishment was in 2006 which created a building which is safe, flexible, simple, free of clutter and suitable not only for Sunday services, but also a whole range of worship and other special events ( such as ecumenical and cross-parish  services, Messy Church, children's workshops, choir rehearsals and concerts, Foodbank, a craft group,  Christian Aid events and social activities and exhibitions).We are currently reviewing our facilities which are at full stretch with a view to  implementing various works to provide more space and amenities.

History of St Christopher's

St Christopher's, built in 1934, is situated in what older residents still refer to as the "village centre". Although there is not much of a village feel to Cove now, St Christopher's is located close to the Tradesman’s Arms, Mart’s Fish and Chips and Cove Methodist Church, as well as various local shops and stores, a number of other local businesses and Cove Green (a public space).

Other services held at St Christopher's

• Each Wednesday morning at 10am there is a simple, said  Communion Service which lasts a   

   about half an hour.

We have many other services in the parish.

There are also occasional joint services as part of Cove Churches Together.

We are looking forward to plans for a monthly parish-wide evening service offering more time for worship and teaching than the morning meetings allow. This will hopefully be starting early in 2015.

St Christopher's and the wider community

St Christopher's tries to be visible in the local community. We have good relationships with Tower Hill primary school , the local sheltered elderly housing scheme Stuart Jones House, and with two community homes for people with severe learning difficulties. Members of the church are involved in the two Churches Together in Cove community mission projects both of which meet in the Methodist Hall (about 100 yards from St Christopher's): the Cove Child Contact Centre, which provides supervised visits for broken families when the courts have determined that this is appropriate, and Tuesday at Two which is a social club for the over 55s. Cove Parish also supports the Frimhurst Family Centre and Step-by-Step (formerly Emmaus Projects) at Harvest and Christmas and is a strong supporter of Christian Aid through the year. Farnborough food bank was started by two of our members and operates out of St Christopher’s three times a week. Every other year. we have the Cove Village Fayre in conjunction with other churches who serve our locality

Like to know more?

We believe that each person is special to God and that we are called one by one into an active relationship with him. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we are invited to be followers of Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life. Come and join us in this most important and fulfilling journey of life!

Just come along on a Sunday, or contact St Christopher’s by phone or email.


Here’s what’s coming up at St Christopher’s Church. See the St Christopher’s Diary page for full details...

St Christopher’s and “Messy Church”: Find out more here