Christ Church Sandown
Thank you for your desire. Becoming a Christian is a big but important step. We believe that God is real and alive today and that we are all made to be in a relationship with him and know his presence with us everyday. This is all made possible through what Jesus achieved through his life, death and resurrection. If you would like to talk to someone immediately, then do please call Mark Williams (the vicar) on 07873 406558.
In order to help you know more and be able to explore Christianity thoroughly with others like you, we strongly recommend you join one of our Alpha courses (which in normal circumstances would be a physical event but are now being held on-line using Zoom). The next available course starts at 7pm on Monday 15 February and lasts for some 11 weeks. If you are interested in joining this or a future course please complete the form found at the bottom of this page.
What is Alpha? Alpha is an opportunity to explore life’s big questions together in an open, informal environment. The course requires you to download Zoom and starts with a general conversation as participants get to know each other. Each person then watches an Alpha film video (the link will be provided) The episodes unpack the basics of the Christian faith, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus?, How can we have faith? and How does God guide us? Everyone then gets back together for discussion. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to spark conversation which will be guided by hosts and helpers from Christ Church.
You may be curious as to how others found themselves becoming Christians. We have loaded a few videos on YouTube extracted from our on-line services where people have told how this happened for them. You may wish to have a look at any of the following:
Paul - someone with an interest in music. Click here for the video
James - someone who ended up a clergyman. Click here for the video
Kim - someone who re-connected with church after a 35 year gap. Click here for the video
Tony - someone whose wife went to church. Click here for the video
In the meantime, you may say "well how can I find out more?" . You may not be surprised to discover that there are literally hundreds of books which help with answering this question but there are two books published by Nicky Gumbel, who started the Alpha course, which you may find helpful. (Nicky is the vicar of a large church in London called Holy Trinity, Brompton).
Why Jesus? - you can read a pdf version of this little book by clicking here
Questions of life - the content of this book largely mirrors that of the Alpha course itself. A link to getting this book on Amazon can be accessed by clicking here. The book currently retails at £8.19 and Kindle edition at £3.99.
Of course what we know of the life of Jesus is contained in the bible. You may wish to read the account yourself but may we guide you a little here? The bible is like a library. It contains many books and is split into two parts -the Old Testament and the New Testament. We recommend that you start with the book of Luke and that you make sure you read it in a modern translation such as the New International Version (UK) or the New Living Translation. You can read sections of the bible free of charge on a website called BibleGateway. By clicking here you will have a direct link to what is known as Luke's gospel in the New Living Translation (chapter 1 is linked - the right arrow will take to chapter 2 etc.).