Christ Church, Jebel Ali Celebrates 15 Years

March 8th marked the 15th anniversary of  the dedication of Christ Church, Jebel Ali. Thank you to Archdeacon Bill for presiding and preaching and to the other congregations who joined us (especially Al Saints CSI) for the celebration.

A Brief History of CCJA

The foundation stone for Christ Church Jebel Ali was laid on the 3rd of November 2000 and the Church was consecrated on the 8th March 2002 by Bishop Clive Handford. Representatives from other parts of the diocese came as well as hundreds of people from the Chaplaincy to a joyful ceremony thanking God for His blessings, and praying for the Rulers of Dubai who had graciously given the land.

The leadership of the church at first was from the wider Chaplaincy, including Revd. Denis Gurney from Holy Trinity Church,  Dubai and Revd. Bill Atkins from St. Martin’s Church, Sharjah, until the first resident priest could take up office in Jebel Ali.

Revd. Jim Wakerley was the first priest appointed to the church in December 2002. The congregation was small at first- Jebel Ali was in the middle of the desert, far from everywhere except Jebel Ali Village itself!

Revd. Canon Stephen Wright arrived in January 2004 and with the growth of Dubai outwards Jebel Ali came the growth too of the church.Revd. Tim Heaney became Parish Priest in January 2015.

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2 thoughts on “Christ Church, Jebel Ali Celebrates 15 Years

  1. Actually Dennis was taking services in Jebel Ali for years before 2002, and there was a thriving Sunday School led by a lovely lady called Val, but I can’t remember her surname. Exciting to see its grown with the growth of Jebel Ali- a lot of people at the time thought Dennis plans were over-ambitious and too large!

  2. I was honoured to be on the building committee for this wonderful project. The Architects Halford ensured a visionary design on a restricted space with plenty of meeting rooms as well as accommodation for staff. With Rev Dennis vision the congregation built up with the development of New Dubai. The Church soon became the principal venue for weddings for the British Community. It appears now it is becoming the principal church in the Chaplaincy due to Rev Dennis vision

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