4th december 2016

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

4th December 2016

Welcome to Christ Church today, especially any visitors and those worshipping with us for the first time. We hope that within our worship everyone – regardless of age – will have a moment of highlight. This might be the music or a line from a hymn, something from the Bible readings or prayers or sermon. It might simply be worshipping in fellowship with other people. Please do stay for refreshments at the back of church.

Useful things to know about us:

  • This building is fitted with an induction loop system – please put your hearing aid to the ‘T’ position.
  • Magnifying sheets are available – please ask a steward.
  • If you prefer not to receive the communion wine, eg if you are in recovery, please feel free to simply return to your seat having received the bread first.
  • Mums are very welcome to breast feed babies anywhere in the church where they feel comfortable. Likewise babies can be bottle-fed anywhere. There is a baby-change area at the back of the church.  

 Please remember in your prayers:

Those who are ill:  Hannah Warriner, Hilda Westerman, Youngblood McCray, Jean Stanfield, Cath Jarvis, Lesley Long, David and Audrey Askew, Josephine Smith, Ann Thorp, Jake Whiteside, Andrew Lean

RIP Maurice Auty, Barbara Smith


Thought for the week

The best lesson I was given is that all of life teaches, especially if we have that expectation.

Sam Abell


Action for the week

Buy a Fairtrade Christmas present or one made from re-cycled materials.



Sunday December 4th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

5 – 6.30 pm – Youth Group

6 pm Taize Eucharist


    9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage


9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings.

7pm – Reflect in the City, The Cornerstone.

Led by Rev Susan


9.15 – Morning prayer

11.30 – Eucharist, Moorside Hall.

3.15 pm – Christ Church School Christmas Fair.

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer.


   9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – 11.45 am – Tiddlers (Pre-school group)


   10 – 4pm – Messy Church Children’s Christmas  activities – Marketgate

Sunday December 11th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

12.30 pm – Baptisms

5 – 6.30 pm – Youth Group

6 pm – Eucharist

7.30 pm – Night Shelter Social – The Gregson


Taize Service Our next service is on TONIGHT at 6pm.


Posada During Advent we are having a Posada. This is where the figures of Mary and Joseph travel around the parish spending a night in different people’s homes, arriving back on Christmas eve for the crib service. Please sign the list at the back of church to host Mary and Joseph for a night.


Christingle Preparations

Christ Church School families will receive their Children’s Society collection box via school. Everybody else please take one from the back of church. donations towards the cost of the Christingles can be given to David and Julie Buckley, or given to the clergy.


Messy Church Christmas Activities We are running a stall with craft activities for children in Marketgate on Saturday December 10th. We need volunteers to help run the stall. If you can spare an hour or two between 10am and 3pm please speak to Ann Thorp or Susan.


Eco – Church We are going to have a theme each month for how we can adjust our lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly. This month we are focusing on how we can make Christmas more Eco-friendly. Look out for the poster at the back of Church and our ‘Actions for the Week’.


Giving in Grace Following on from our reminder of a few weeks ago we thank you for your generosity of response over the course of this year. We are very very close to our target of increasing giving by £170 per week. If you haven’t responded yet then please do so that we can get to 100% of our target!


Real Advent Calendars. Advent calendars have now arrived, please  collect from Susan. They cost £3.99.


Night Shelter

The homeless shelter is open again. Donations of hotdogs and socks are needed.


Olive Branch Christmas appeal

The Olive branch are asking for gift wrapped shoe boxes filled with tinned meat, chocolates, sweets and toiletries.


New website Our website address is changing to christchurchlancaster.org.uk


The Bible readings for today …

Isaiah 11

A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2 The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.  Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

 Matthew 3

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’* 3This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” ’ 4Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, 6and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruit worthy of repentance. 9Do not presume to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 10Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 ‘I baptize you with* water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with* the Holy Spirit and fire. 12His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’


SUNDAY EUCHARISTS 8-30, 10-30 and 6-00 and Friday 9-30am


Sunday 18 December

10-30am Nativity, Toy Sunday and Christingle



4-00pm Crib Service.

11-30pm Midnight Mass by Candlelight, an atmospheric way to begin the Christmas celebrations. The choir sing carols from   11-10 onwards.



8-30am Said Eucharist

10-30am Family Eucharist