2nd February 2020

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 2nd February 2020

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, Mark Tower, Michael Greenhalgh

RIP Tony Angus, Sheila Kelly, Reg Boss, John Millburn, Tony Guénault, Kristine Boss, Eileen Finnigan, Zita Fitness, John Illingworth, Edna Fleming, Joe Pidliswyj, Keith Ascough

Thought for the week

Let’s light a candle for all our sisters and brothers who need light to guide their way through dark times.

Action for the week

Be encouraged by how you reduced your carbon footprint in 2019 and consider how to take it a step further.

Sunday 2nd February Presentation of Christ in the Temple

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist

6:00 pm Taizé-style Eucharist


5.30 pm Meditation

6:00 pm Evening Prayer


9.30 am Said Eucharist

10:30 am Dolphinlee House Eucharist

Sunday 9th February Third Sunday before Lent

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist


We are delighted that the Rev’d Carol Backhouse has agreed to serve as our new Vicar.  Her Institution and Induction will take place on Monday 23rd March at 19:30 here at Christ Church, so please put the date in your diary.  Please hold Carol in your prayers as she prepares to move from her current post as Curate at Northallerton All Saints with Kirby Sigston.  We know you will welcome her warmly and support her ministry.    


Please consider signing up to the Electoral Roll of this parish for when the annual revision takes place (5 April 2020).  The Church Representation Rules have changed. You need to be on the Electoral Roll (including if you are resident in the parish) to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. It entitles you to take on various roles and vote. We also need numbers to ensure voting representatives on the Deanery Synod, from which Diocesan/General Synod are elected, so you can help influence church policy!


We are very short on First Aiders, and would be very grateful for volunteers to carry out this important role so that we have people on hand in a health emergency.  Please let Paul or Julie B know if you are interested, so that we can arrange training.


Many thanks for the £494.92 raised between Church and school in the Christingle appeal for the Children’s Society, to help finance their work with vulnerable and neglected children. With sincere thanks for your support, David & Julie Buckley.


Thank you to all who signed up to contribute towards essential church supplies. Please give your donation to Audrey or the Churchwardens (Gift-Aided if you are a UK taxpayer). (It’s not too late to make a donation, even if you didn’t sign up earlier!)


Our Tiddlers’ Group is open again each Friday, 10:30 – 11:45 am  Please tell any families who might be interested – just £1 contribution per family per session.   If you could help for a couple of hours, please contact Jane Lippitt.  Thank you. 


As part of their Community Assistance/Awareness Badge our Beavers are collecting crisp packets, to be donated to Animal Care to raise funds.  A container will be at the back of church. Thank you. Julie Tinnion


The food banks desperately need extra supplies to help feed the all too many families who now depend on their provision.  Please bring tinned foods, pulses, pasta, rice, cereals, tea bags, 4 oz jars of coffee, hot chocolate, long-life milk, etc. Please also bring bags to help Julian transport donations down to the Olive Branch each week. Thank you – and Julian.


The birds in our churchyard this winter also need food.  Please give contributions toward the costs to Julian, as the bird food fund is very low!  Thank you.

Readings Sunday 2nd February 2020

Malachi 3.1-5

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?  For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.  Then I will draw near to you for judgement; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow, and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

Hebrews 2. 14-end

Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. 

Luke 2.22-40

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’  Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’ And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.  When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.

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