Sunday 18th March

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

18th 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 and Ken Duncan, William Buckley

RIP Joan Brindley, Ken Allan


Thought for the week

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman

Action for the week

Introduce your friend to Fairtrade products. Say thank you with Fairtrade flowers or bring a bottle of Fairtrade wine to a party.



Sunday March 18th – 5th Sunday in Lent

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

9.15 am – LRGS service

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

11.45 am – Lent group in the Church hall

12.30 pm – Holy Baptism – Emily

6 pm –  Taize Eucharist


9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage


9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings


5.30 pm – Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer


     9.30 am – Said Eucharist

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


    Night Shelter closes

2-4 pm – Gardening Afternoon

Sunday March 25th – Palm Sunday

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10 am – Assemble for procession at Williamson’s park car park.

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

12 pm – PCC Meeting in Church to approve the accounts

3 pm – Night Shelter Social at the home of Bob and Ruth Lochrie

6 pm – said Eucharist


Real Easter Eggs

These have now arrived. Please collect from Susan.


Fairtrade stall.

Thank you to everyone who helped to run the Fairtrade stall last Sunday. £108.20 worth of food and gifts were sold.


Gardening Afternoon

We will be having an afternoon to tidy up the grounds and do some gardening from 2-4pm on Saturday 24th March. Equipment, drinks and cake will be provided!


LENT GROUPS These continue 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 …

Jeremiah 31 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.


Hebrews 5 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you’; as he says also in another place, ‘You are a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchizedek.’ In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.


John 12 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour. ‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ 29The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ 30Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ 33He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die


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!