Sunday 13th January 2019

           The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 13thJanuary 2019


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, Graham Lee, Norman Haworth

RIP Margaret Winder, Brenda Trewhitt


Thought for the week
Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed. Cavett Robert


Action for the week

Take your new year’s resolution one day at a time.



Sunday January 13th     

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church followed by discussion group


9-15am Morning prayers at the Vicarage


9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome


10-10am Vicar leads Christ Church school worship

5.30 pm Meditation and 6 pm Evening prayer


9.30am Said Eucharist

10-30am Tiddlers

Sunday January 20th    

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church followed by discussion group

6-30pm Evensong at the Priory to start the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity



A HUGE thank you to you all for your massive generosity at our toy collection service on December 16th. The largest ever amount of toys and gifts went in to Ridge Community Centre and Ridge School to be distributed to local families living in extreme poverty and deprivation at the moment. Thank you!



Everyone is welcome to the Vicarage for prosecco and cake between 3-00 and 5-00pm on Saturday 26thJanuary. Please sign up on the list on the noticeboard. £5 for adults, plus £2-50 for a refill. £2 for children. Please pay on the day – all proceeds to the roof fund


ROOF REPAIRS – APPEAL The extreme weather this autumn led to extensive leaks in the church’s roofs. The most urgent have been repaired, with further emergency work to be done early in 2019. The first phase has cost £6,200, with a further £5,000 needed for the second. This is money the church does not have.  Please consider making a Christmas gift to Christ Church towards the cost of this essential and unavoidable work to enable us to carry on worshipping here without further need for buckets! If you can Gift Aid your donation, that adds 25 pence to every £1 you give. Thank you in advance for your help.


Eco Group – Theme for January – Recycling!!

We would like to start 2019 by recycling some of the extra things that appear in our houses over Christmas!!  . So please…

  1. Save the stamps from your Christmas cards!
  2. Save the Christmas cards!

There will be boxes at the back of church on the 6th and 13th of January for your stamps and cards. These will then be sent to charities or recycled by the Church Eco group.

  1. Unwanted gifts

If, at the end of the Christmas period, there are gifts in your house that you think someone else could make better use of, please bring those in to church on the dates above. There will be a gift sharing table at the back of church where you can leave your gift and take another item that someone else has left. This is all about reusing and sharing so you don’t need to pay for your gift. However, if you would like to make a donation to the church roof repairs, that would be very much appreciated!


SAFEGUARDING Thank you to everyone who successfully completed the training yesterday.


RECYCLING The recycling drawers in the hall kitchen are filling up quickly at the moment. ANYONE can take away a bag of recycling to put out with theirs – please try to do so. Thank you.



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.


Sunday Readings

Isaiah 43 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob,  he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my sight, and honoured, and I love you, I give people in return for you, nations in exchange for your life. Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up’, and to the south, ‘Do not withhold; bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth— everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.’


Acts 8 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit 16(for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). 17Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.


Luke 3 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’ 21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’