Sunday 4th March

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

4th March 2018


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, Cath Jarvis, Hilda Westerman, Youngblood McCray, Jean Stanfield,  Lesley Long, David Askew, Josephine Smith, Norman Borrill, baby Lucy, Reg Boss, Margaret and Graham Bullock, Anne Duncan, William Buckley


Thought for the week

By perseverance the snail reached the ark. Charles Spurgeon

Action for the week

Buy Fairtrade chocolates, flowers or gifts for Mothering Sunday next week.



Sunday March 4th – Third Sunday of Lent

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church and Fairtrade stall.

11.45 am – Lent group in the Church hall

6 pm –  Said Eucharist


9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage

1 -2.30 pm – Visit by University Cumbria students.


9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings


11.30 am – Eucharist at Moorside hall.

5.30 pm – Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer


11.30 am and 2.15 pm – Visits by University Cumbria.


     9.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

1.45 pm – Woman’s World day of prayer at St Thomas’ Lancaster.


9.30 am – Making bouquets for Mothering Sunday.

Sunday March 11th – Mothering Sunday

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Parade service.

11.45 am – Lent group in the Church hall

6 pm –  Said Eucharist


March 4th Fairtrade stall. The Eco-Church team will be running a stall selling Fairtrade food and gifts after the 10.30 service. This will be an ideal time to buy a gift before Mothering Sunday the following week.


Real Easter Egg If you would like to order a ‘Real Easter Egg’ please sign the list at the back of Church by March 4th. The Real Easter Egg is the only Fairtrade Easter egg to explain the Christian understanding of Easter and to support charitable causes. Inside each box is a 24 page Easter story – activity book, a bag of Fairtrade Swiss Chunky Buttons (25g) and a UK made Fairtrade milk chocolate egg (125g). Payment on collection.


Posies for Mothering Sunday Audrey is leading the traditional posy making on Saturday 10th March starting at 9.30am in the church vestry. All are welcome and need only bring a pair of scissors and, if possible, some greenery. Everything else required to make the perfect posy will be provided.


LENT GROUPS There will be a discussion group after the 10-30 service on Sundays on Lent. We are using material called  Cross Shaped Jesus, which is part of the Jesus Shaped People initiative from a couple of years ago.


Food Bank As well as the usual items the Food Bank needs donations of lentils, chick peas, vegetable oil and rice.


FLOWERS We have launched  a new way of raising some funds for church flowers. It is similar to the ‘Sponsor a Sunday’ scheme, where people can choose a special Sunday to have flowers prepared. The suggested donation is £20.


TIDDLERS This group for pre-school children and their parents and carers meets on Fridays at 10.30 am. There is space to play, a craft table and a time of singing children’s action songs. A simple lunch is available for those who wish to stay for something to eat.


MIRTH AND MOANING The informal support group for those living with pain or distress meets on the following dates at 2-15 in the church hall. All welcome. More details from Jacqueline Stamper.


PRAYER REQUESTS You can send requests for prayer by text to 07980 351855. If you would like to join the prayer group who respond to these requests, or you would like to know more, then talk to Pat.


The Bible readings for today …

Exodus 20 Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.


John 2 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ 17His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ 18The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ 19Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ 20The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.



SUNDAY EUCHARISTS 8-30, 10-30 and 6-00

and Friday 9-30am




Sunday 25th March Palm Sunday

10-30 Parade Service and Family Eucharist with Procession (details tbc).

Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th March

6-30pm Stations of the Cross

7-00pm said Eucharist (Healing Service on Tuesday)

29th March Maundy Thursday

7-00 pm Festival Eucharist with Stripping of the Altars. This is followed by a Vigil until midnight – please feel free to join in for however long you are able to.

30th March Good Friday

9-30am Stations of the Cross

10-30am Children’s activities and worship including hot cross buns and Easter egg hunt in the church grounds

2-00pm Good Friday Solemn Liturgy – families and older children very welcome.

Saturday 31st March Holy Saturday

7-00pm A short service that begins in the church grounds with a bonfire from which the Easter candle is lit.

Sunday 1st April Easter Day

Services at 8-30 and 10-30 (no 6-00 today)

Easter eggs for everyone!


Crucifixion by Peter Gertner