August 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

August 2019

All are warmly welcomed to Christ Church today, whether you’re with us for the first time or regular worshippers.  We hope that within our worship everyone 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 just be worshipping in fellowship with other people. Please join us for refreshments after the 10:30 service.

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, please just return to your seat after receiving the bread.
  • 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:  Olive Niccolls, Kristine Boss, Youngblood McCray, Amanda Flattery, David, Len Fletcher, Claire Rayner, Tracey Kennedy, Reg Boss, Olwyne Thompson

RIP Helga Hulme, Garry Humphryes (priest), Christina Dimond, Carol Gardner

Thought for the week

The tongue has no bones but is strong enough to break a heart. So be careful with your words

Action for the week

Assess the energy efficiency of your home and plan improvements to insulation if needed.


Sunday August 4th   7th Sunday after Trinity

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist

6.00 pm Taizé Eucharist

Sunday 11th   8th Sunday after Trinity

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist

Sunday 18th August   The Blessed Virgin Mary

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by Jacob’s Join lunch in the Hall

Sunday 25th August   10th Sunday after Trinity

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist


5.30 pm Silent meditation

6 pm Evening Prayer


9.30 am Said Eucharist


In order to create the right atmosphere for worship on Sunday mornings, please keep silence in church for 15 minutes before the service starts.  When the organ starts to play, please avoid loud noise or talking of any kind, so that we can all help each other to create a calm and reflective atmosphere which will draw us closer to God.


Our next Taizé Eucharist is 4th August at 6 pm. Please join us for this simple reflective service.


The long summer break will inevitably put increased pressure on the food banks, as many parents struggle to feed their children without the support provided during term-time. They have to turn to food banks or other agencies. Please try to bring extra (non-perishable) food for the box at the back of church to go to the Olive Branch.  Your generosity will be much appreciated by families in need this summer.


Put the date in your diary for this special event at Blackburn Cathedral with Bishop Stephen Cottrell – please see the notice board at the back of church.


Please come and help on Tuesdays 6th and 20th August at 9.30 am.

PRAYER REQUESTS  You can text requests for prayer to 07980 351855. Ask Pat if you’d like to join the prayer network.

Gospel Readings for August (Apologies that we don’t have space to print all the readings)

Sunday 4th August 2019  7th Sunday after Trinity

Luke 12.13-21

Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ But he said to him, ‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’ And he said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’ Then he told them a parable: ‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.’

Sunday 11th August  8th Sunday after Trinity

Luke 12.32-40  

‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. ‘But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’

Sunday 18th August The Blessed Virgin Mary

And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 
according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

Sunday 25th August   10th Sunday after Trinity

Luke 13.10-17

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, ‘Woman, you are set free from your ailment.’ When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, ‘There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.’ But the Lord answered him and said, ‘You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?’ When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.

EUCHARISTS: Sundays: 8:30, 10:30, 6 pm (1st Sunday); Fridays: 9:30 am

Key contacts:

The Vicar: Fr Phil Hudd.  

Please contact one of the Churchwardens or Canon Brenda Harding – details below.

Associate Priest: Canon Brenda Harding 66071   

Lay Reader:  Dr Pat Allen 39552.

Churchwarden: Dr Paul Thompson 34949

Churchwarden: Mrs Jacqueline Stamper64083

Parish Safeguarding Officer:  Ms Jane Lippitt 07930 979503

Children’s Church: Mrs Liz Mills 67005

Nightshelter Co-ordinator: Ms Jan Norbury 07547 717060

Hall Bookings 

07980 351855

Christ Church School Ms Emma Simpson 60955