Sunday 15th January 2017

Thought for the week

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.


Christopher Morley Action for the week

Donate your used stamps to RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind)



Sunday January 15th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

5 – 6.30 pm – Youth Group – Film night at Vicarage

6 pm – Eucharist


    9.15 am – Morning Prayer, Vicarage

10 am – Giving in Grace review meeting.


9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

7.30 pm – reflective prayer at St Paul’s Scotforth

Wednesday (Week of Christian Unity begins)

9.15 – Morning prayer

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer


9.30 am -Morning prayer for Week of Christian Unity


   9.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

6.30 pm ‘Winter Warmer’ event at St Tees

Sunday January 22nd – Homeless Sunday

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

5 – 6.30 pm – Youth Group

6 pm – No service at Christ Church.

6.30 pm – Inter- Church Service at Lancaster Priory.


Eco – Church

We have a theme each month for how we can adjust our lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly. This month we are focusing on recycling. Look out for the poster at the back of Church and our ‘Actions for the Week’. Our Next meeting is Tuesday January 24th at 55 Masonfield Crescent.


A Eucharistic Festival takes place at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday January 28th 2017, and everyone from across the Diocese is invited! This will be a day for all ages to explore and celebrate the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. For more information see the poster at the back of Church


Homelessness Sunday January 22nd 

Homeless Sunday brings together thousands of churches and is celebrated in a wide range of congregations. Here at Christ Church we will be using the theme of homelessness for our readings, prayers and preaching  at our 10.30 service to:

  • show our concern for individuals affected by homelessness
  • challenge the conditions that create it
  • celebrate work that tackles the problem and especially the work of our Night Shelter.



Special events for this are:

Thursday 19 January 9-30 Morning Prayers at Christ Church

Sunday 22 January 6-30pm Ecumenical service at the Priory



There is a meeting about this years focus -‘Working with refugees’ on Monday Jan 30th at 7.30 pm at Trinity URC Bowerham.



The list is on the noticeboard. Please sign up to pledge a certain amount of money so that we can buy the essential supplies we need for this year’s services.


Tiddlers Our group for pre-school children and their parents or carers meets every Friday morning 10.30 – 11.45 in the Church Hall. There is lunch provided afterwards for those who wish to stay.


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!


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 now


The Bible readings for today …

Isaiah 49

Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. 3 And he said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’ But I said, ‘I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God.’ And now the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honoured in the sight of the Lord, and my God has become my strength— he says, ‘It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’  Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers, ‘Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the Lord, who is faithful,   the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.’

John 1

The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” 31I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ 32And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” 34And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’*  The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ 37The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ 39He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 40One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed*). 42He brought Simon* to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter*).