1st December 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 1st December 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, Youngblood McCray, Len Fletcher, Ernie Wilson, Pat Brooks, Freya de Lysle, Bill and Ivy Buckley

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

Thought for the week

Advent says, “Wake up and realise the gifts of love you have received.”     Revd Alfred McBride

Action for the week

Plan ahead for an easy win for an eco-Christmas, with cards which can be recycled, and no glitter wrapping.

Sunday 1st December  Advent Sunday

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am Parish Eucharist, followed by study group

6.00 pm Said Eucharist with Advent carols Wednesday

5.30 pm Silent Meditation

6.00 pm Evening Prayer


9.30 am Said Eucharist

10.30 am Eucharist at Dolphinlee House

Sunday 8th December Advent 2

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist, followed by study group

ADVENT CAROLS 1st December 2019

This evening at 6 pm we have our Said Eucharist with Advent carols. We hope you will join us at this new service, for which Ron and the choir have been preparing Advent music.


Congratulations to all our newly Confirmed members, Emilee Briddon, George Cookson, Jessica Fish, Millie Higgins, Ellie Mitchell, Cole Morgan, Reuben Pearce, George Pedder, Oscar Richings, Toby Slinger, Adrian Wright. Please continue to pray for them all.  Many thanks to all who came to support them, and who helped to make the Confirmation Service on our Patronal Festival such a very special occasion. 


15th December: 10:30 Eucharist with Children’s Church Nativity Play and Toy Service – please bring along new or good quality used toys that can be given to families in need who will have little to give their children this Christmas.  It helps if you can wrap them, but please label them to indicate the age group, etc., for which they would be most suitable.

22nd December:  10:30 Christingle Eucharist, with collection for the Children’s Society, which helps to provide for poor and disadvantaged children in this country.  Please take a candle and return it (full!) at this special service .

Full details of Christmas services coming soon ….!


Friends of Lancaster Library are running a Christmas Charity Café in the Library on Wednesday 4th December between 10.30 and 1.30, with music by the Ridge Choir.  All proceeds will be donated to our Night Shelter for homeless people.  Any homemade cakes, biscuits, scones, mince pies, etc., would be very welcome!  Please go along and support this event.


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!), warm socks, instant hot chocolate drink, etc.  Please bring anything you can contribute. Thank you.


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. 

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

Readings Sunday 1st December 2019

Isaiah 2.1-5

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.  Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

Romans 13.11-end

Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy.  Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Matthew 24.36-44

‘But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left.  Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

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