17th November 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 17th November 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 – 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 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 keep a time of quiet before the service starts to draw us closer to God before our worship.  

Please remember in your prayers:

Those who are ill:  Olive Niccolls, Kristine Boss, Youngblood McCray, Len Fletcher, Ernie Wilson, Pat Brooks, Freya de Lysle, Marlene Phillips, Bill and Ivy Buckley

RIP Amelia Spruyt, , Allan Downs, Stephen Johnson, Dennis Howell, Tony Angus, Sheila Kelly, Reg Boss, John Millburn, Tony Guénault

Thought for the week

In happy moments, praise God. In difficult moments, seek God. In quiet moments, worship God. In painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.                   Rick Warren

Action for the week

Make fair trade part of your daily life every time you make a ‘cuppa’. 

Sunday 17th November  Second before Advent

8.30 am – Said Eucharist: Fr Gary Bowness

10.30 am Parish Eucharist: Fr Gary Bowness, followed by study group


5.30 pm Silent Meditation

6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Friday 22nd November

10:00 am Requiem Mass for Reg Boss

Sunday 24th November  Christ the King

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Patronal Festival Eucharist with Confirmation by the Rt Rev’d Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn


We are delighted to have Father Gary with us again this morning at both our Eucharists – thank you for presiding and preaching.

REQUIEM FOR REG BOSS Friday 22nd November

On Friday 22nd November at 10 am, all are warmly invited to a Requiem Mass for Reg Boss, Ann’s husband.  Please note that this replaces our usual 9:30 Said Eucharist.


We are delighted that Bishop Julian is coming to Confirm at the 10:30 Eucharist on 24th November, when we also celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, our Patronal Festival.  Please continue to pray for all our Confirmation candidates as they prepare for this important step in their faith journey, and please come to support them on the day.

ADVENT CAROLS 1st December 2019

At 6 pm on Advent Sunday we shall have a service with Advent carols. More details next week!

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 10th November 2019

Thank you to all involved in our very moving Remembrance Sunday Eucharist, and especially to our uniformed organisations, and to Father Keith Brockbank for his inspiring sermon.


Thank you very much to the Eco-Church Group for organising the Fairtrade stalls over the past two Sundays.


We have decided to reinstate the Tiddler Group as we would like to be able to offer a space for carers and babies to meet and for toddlers to run around and play during the winter months.  We are planning to start it up after Christmas, on Friday mornings from 10 or 10.30 until 12noon. We will not be offering lunch to start with, but may do so if there is a demand. We really need volunteers to come and help set the toys up/put them away, to make tea and coffee, and/or to sit and play with the children or chat to the Mums, Dads and carers. If you think you could offer a couple of hours on a Friday and would like to be part of a rota, or would like to know more, please contact Jane Lippitt after the service.  Thank you. 


Our Night Shelter for homeless people is already very busy with exceptionally high numbers of guests.  They are in particular need of tinned food (hot dogs a favourite!) and warm socks.  Please bring anything you can contribute. Thank you.

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

Readings Sunday 17th  November

Malachi 4.1-2a

See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

2 Thessalonians 3. 6-13

Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labour we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.

Luke 21. 5-19

When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’ They asked him, ‘Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?’ And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them. When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.  But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defence in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.

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

Key contacts:

Vicar: Vacant

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 churchwarden@christchurchlancaster.org.uk

Parish Safeguarding Officer:  Ms Jane Lippitt 07930 979503 safeguarding@christchurchlancaster.org.uk

Children’s Church: Mrs Liz Mills 67005

Nightshelter Co-ordinator: Ms Jan Norbury 07547 717 060   coordinator.nightshelter@gmail.com

Hall Bookings hallchristchurch@btinternet.com 

07980 351855

Christ Church School Ms Emma Simpson 60955