Christ Church Pitsmoor

Christian Community for All Nations

Our history

In 1850 the Rev Henry Barlow raised the amazing sum of £2311 and with this built the spacious, airy building which is now home to our community. At the time of its construction, Christ Church was situated within a fashionable, wealthy area. However over the last one hundred years Pitsmoor has changed dramatically both in physical environment and reputation within the city. Interestingly, even at the turn of the last century when Christ Church was filled with doctors and industry managers, the vicar saw fit to start “cottage meetings” for those who “shun church or chapel by reason of their poverty.”

Many men from the parishes lost their lives during the First World War, our war memorial contains over 300 names of the fallen.

During the second world war the parish was heavily bombed and ninety people lost their lives.

After the war the area was heavily redeveloped with high raise flats and maisonettes. These have all now disappeared. The community has become multi-ethnic over the past half-century with waves of new arrivals. The latest  are Roma from Slovakia.

Christ Church, which is part of the Church of England, is now at a watershed. We’re actively involved with other churches and organisations in re-imagining the church for the 21st Century. We don’t yet know what church will look like in the future. We’re sure it will be very different from the church our ancestors knew. We are also  convinced that somehow past and future must be brought together so that as a community we remain rooted in the Christian story while also connecting with ordinary people and inspiring them for life in the modern world.

 

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2 responses to “Our history

  1. Rob Wilks says:

    What a superb update on the web site – a fitting tribute to what I feel is a lively, vibrant and fascinating church. People of all faiths, creed and socio economic grouping are always made welcome, irrespective of where they find themselves in life. I always enjoy my visits and feel my faith has grown since first exploring what goes on in the Burngreave and Pitsmoor areas of Sheffield.

    I have made many new friends and aquaintances who have a common interest and commitment in life – they give of their time and resources in so many ways.

  2. Gerald Hovenden says:

    Pitsmoor was a fantastic place to spend my curacy (1981-1985). It’s also where I met my wife! I’m truly grateful to have shared even in a small way in the church’s history.

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