Christchurch

photo_2

Christchurch from the road

The church was built as a Chapel of Ease to the parish church of Llangybi, and conveyed to the Church in Wales in 1861.  It is a fine Victorian church of the Early English style.  Designed by architect Sir Matthew Digby-Wyatt in 1848, it comprises a nave and chancel and a western tower of three floors with a single bell.  The church is constructed from local sandstone with a pitched natural slate roof and a tower with a crenelated parapet.

The interior was refurbished in 2005 including repairs to the plaster of the main body.  It was redecorated using breathable lime paint and completely re-wired.  A new overhead electric heating system was installed.  Much of the work was done by parishioners. Both the church and the churchyard are well cared for on a regular basis.

Christchurch is part of the Usk Ministry Area which also includes: Priory Church of St Mary, Usk; St Cybi’s, Llangybi; St Madoc’s, Llanbadoc; St Andrew’s, Tredunnock; St Peter Paul & John, Llantrissant and St Thomas a Becket, Wolvesnewton.  The priest in charge is Rev. Kevin Hasler (vicar@deanery.info) with Assistant Curates Rev. Graham Opperman (graham@deanery.info 01633 450811),   Rev. Pamela Love and Rev Bob Greenland.   Rev Graham Opperman is appointed to Christchurch, Llantrissant and Tredunnock.

Services are twice monthly with Holy Eucharist at 9.00am on the 1st Sunday and  Evensong at 6.30 on the 3rd Sunday.  There are occasional joint services in rotation with the other churches in the benefice.  Many from the village who are not regular churchgoers are very supportive in other helpful ways such as churchyard maintenance or flower arranging, and particularly of church fund raising events such as the annual Barbecue, Cheese and Wine Evenings and Soup Lunches.  The Family Harvest Celebration Evensong and Christmas Carol Service are also very popular and attract enough people from the village to fill the church to capacity.

The Vicar’s Warden is Cilla Davies (cillaedavies@gmail.com) and the People’s Warden is Jean Scarborough.  To enquire about booking weddings, christenings and funerals contact Rev. Graham Opperman (graham@deanery.info  01633 450811).