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.
Thought for the week
The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.
Action for the week
Write down 3 things in your life that you are grateful for.
Sunday November 18th
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist followed by Eco Church
5-00pm Said Eucharist
9-15am Morning prayers at the Vicarage
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome
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 25th
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Confirmation with Bishop Julian, Children’s Church followed by discussion group
SIGN UP FOR …
- Real Advent Calendars £3.99. PAY ON DELIVERY.We have had these for a number of years and they really are very good. We have 36 ordered so it’s a case of 1stcome 1st
- Follow the Star booklets £1.50. PAY ON ORDER.This is a national church scheme which runs from Christmas Eve to Epiphany. There is an example of the booklet on the noticeboard.
- Hunger lunch on 2ndDecember, Advent Sunday, at the Vicarage 1 til 3pm. Simple but good lunch. Minimum £5 donation adults, £3 children – all proceeds to the Children’s Society. SIGN UP IN ADVANCE BUT PAY ON THE DAY.
ECO CHURCH – TODAY Apresentation by Pam Martin entitled “Caring for our common home: the bottom line – carbon footprint reduction”. This takes place in the church hall at 12pm after morning service. Refreshments will be provided.
The consultation group meets tomorrow at 3-00pm in the church hall.
Social event at The Borough Friday 22ndfrom 6-00pm onwards. Everyone is welcome to drop in for however long you would like to!
ADVENT DAY OF PRAYER
This will take place in church on Friday 7thDecember, starting at 9-30am and ending with Evening Prayers at 3-30pm. We are not expecting you to stay all day (although you are very welcome to!). There is a programme on the noticeboard and we hope that you will drop in to the parts that interest and attract you.
SAFEGUARDING Thank you to everyone who did this yesterday. Jane our Safeguarding Officer will arrange the correct training that other now need to do.
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS EVENTS
- 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 on an ongoing basis.
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 …
‘At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.2Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, ‘he sat down at the right hand of God’, 13and since then has been waiting ‘until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.’ 14For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 19 Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!’ 2Then Jesus asked him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’ When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4‘Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?’ 5Then Jesus began to say to them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. 6Many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and they will lead many astray. 7When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.