The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
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: Sheila Kelly, Abdussabur Kirke
Thought for the week
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam
Laurence Binyon, born Lancaster 1869
Action for the week
Following on from the Remembrance Sunday 2 minutes of silence, try to have a time of silence and reflection every day this week. You could start with 2 minutes on Monday and add a minute a day.
Sunday November 11th
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist followed by discussion group
9-15am Morning prayers at the Vicarage
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome
10-15am Vicar leading assembly Ridge school
10-20am Vicar leading whole school worship Christ Church school
5.30 pm Meditation and 6 pm Evening prayer
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
Sunday November 18th
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church followed by discussion group
5-00pm Said Eucharist
- Monday 5thNovember nightshelter opened for new season.
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ECO CHURCH On 18th November there will be a presentation by Pam Martin entitled “Caring for our common home: the bottom line – carbon footprint reduction”. Pam Martin is an Assessor for Eco Church: A Rocha UK’s award scheme for England and Wales. The event will take place in the church hall at 12pm after morning service. Refreshments will be provided. It would be helpful if you could sign up to the event if you plan to attend. The normal study group will not take place on that date but it is hoped that group members will attend the presentation.”
SAFEGUARDING We need to make sure that all the right people have done the right level of training. This is a statutory requirement and is to help us to ensure that everyone is safe, and that everyone feels safe. Some people need to do a 45 minute online session, and we have booked Christ Church School (and their iPads) so that we can do this all together and with help. The date is 17thNovember to start at 9-30am PROMPT and is for: Children’s Church, PCC members, Sidespeople, organist and choir, servers. PLEASE make a huge effort to make time to do this. Thank you.
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS EVENTS
- Hunger lunch on Advent Sunday (proceeds to Children’s Society) at the Vicarage 1 til 3pm
- Advent Day of Prayer in church 7thDecember
- Fair trade stall 9thDecember 11-30am
- Christingle, Nativity and Toy Sunday 16thDecember (we collect good quality used or new toys to distribute to families in need)
- Epiphany chalks
GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR)
Changes to legislation earlier this year mean that we have to obtain your consent to contact you. This means you signing a form, and affects everyone. It takes less than a minute! We will be doing this throughout September.
TIDDLERSThis 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.
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.
Food Bank As well as the usual items the Food Bank needs donations of lentils, chick peas, vegetable oil and rice.
The Bible readings for today …
The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2‘Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.’ 3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, ‘Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ 5And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own; 26for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgement, 28so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’18Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” ’ 20He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’
SUNDAY EUCHARISTS 8-30, 10-30and 5-00 (1stand 3rdSundays only), and Friday9-30am