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The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
E-News Sunday 12th July
(Fifth Sunday after Trinity)
Today’s readings can be found in the special order of service, as we begin to worship together again.
The 1030 Communion service will be recorded each week and uploaded to Youtube (and will be available later that day). Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPoAvGj4K9085 RV8zo0ZS9Q
Other Youtube services will continue as before:
If you are shielding, or unable to join the service for whatever reason, you may wish to follow the Spiritual Communion service at home (the order is on the website), using the day’s readings, prayers and sermon.
God of wisdom and understanding, be with your Church as we seek to understand your purpose and will. We pray for our diocese and for our bishops Julian, Philip and Jill.
We pray for our parish of Christ Church, for Rev Carol our vicar, our churchwardens, and all who worship and serve you here. We give you thanks for the opportunity to meet together for worship, and for the fellowship of friends who are joining with us at home.
May we all feel the joy of your presence. In our parish cycle of prayer, we pray for those who live and work in Parkgate Drive, Cedarwood Place and Gleneagles Drive. We also remember the staff and students at the Universities of Lancaster and Cumbria. By your Holy Spirit bring to fruition the seed of your word.
Lord, in your mercy Hear our prayer.
God of seedtime and harvest, be with all who tend and manage the land, that they may be able to feed the people without destroying the natural world. Teach us all to live more simply and sustainably. We pray for those parts of the world ravaged by war, and for all refugees and displaced people. We ask your blessing on aid organisations bringing relief to all who are suffering from the effects of war, hunger and disease.
By your Holy Spirit open our hearts to share the fruits of the earth more equally.
Lord, in your mercy Hear our prayer.
God of hope and consolation, be with all for who life is full of struggle, remembering those who are struggling with poverty or debt, the homeless, the lonely and isolated, the bereaved. We pray for all who are sick, or suffering in body, mind or spirit, in hospitals and hospices, or at home, and bless and strengthen all who care for them. We pray especially for: Olive Niccolls, Youngblood McCray, Ernie Wilson, Pat Brooks, Bill and Ivy Buckley, Michael Greenhalgh, Angie Topham, Richard Impey, Stephen Gardner, Eddie Barandino, Ann Gilbride and Sitar Rose; and we name in our hearts those known to us who are in special need at this time. By your Holy Spirit bring them healing and hope. Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.
God of mercy and peace, remember for good all who have died. We pray especially for the souls of Arnold Reyes, Alan Jones and Brenda Kendall. Be with those who mourn. By your Holy Spirit bring us to dwell with you for ever. Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.
Therefore, rejoicing in the fellowship of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, we commend ourselves and all creation to Your unfailing love.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
Some suggested hymns you may like to follow at home:
- And can it be?
- Fill your hearts with joy and gladness
- You shall go out with joy.
Returning to Worship
We will be worshipping in the Hall in coming weeks, as we await investigation and repair works on the Church ceilings.
As spaces are limited, we ask you to “book” in advance. You can do this through Eventbrite via the links: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christ-church-lancaster- eucharist-830-am-tickets-112091542822 for the 8:30 services and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christ- church-lancaster-1030-eucharist-tickets-112092136598 for the 10:30 Eucharists.
Please select the date(s) for the Sunday or Sundays you would like to come. Alternatively, just contact Jacqueline (64083, 07808 765364 or email as below) or Rev Carol, and we will add your name(s).
Should you wish to come to a service, please note:
If you have Covid symptoms, or have been told to isolate because you’ve had contact with someone who has, or are feeling unwell, please let someone know and don’t come to church.
If you wish, you may wear a covering over your nose and mouth.
Please gel your hands before and after the service, and before receiving communion.
You will be asked to record your name and contact number on the sheet for traceability – we’re required to do this by law. This will be kept confidentially for 6 weeks.
If you come as a couple, family or household – you may move the seats to sit together. However, solo seats have a 2 metre distance around them.
Children are very welcome to attend the service, but we cannot offer Children’s Church for the time being.
Please continue to make your offering by Standing Order wherever possible. There will be an offertory box for cash or cheque donations, but no collection will be taken.
Communion (bread alone) will be received standing, with a non-touch blessing for those who prefer.
There will be no refreshments after the service, and any conversations must happen outside from a sociable distance in small groups. The Hall, and all items that have been touched will be cleaned and disinfected between use.
We continue to pray for all those affected by this outbreak – and for the church as we begin to grow again, giving thanks for all who have sustained the prayer and community at Christ Church in recent months.
The national prayer for this outbreak:
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen
Opening for Private Prayer
Christ Church will be also open for private prayer, and the opportunity to light a candle this, and forthcoming Sundays from 1pm-4pm, and Wednesdays 10am-12noon. Thank you to all the volunteers who are making this happen!
Please keep within the marked areas, use the hand gel before and after your visit, and keep a sociable distance. If you have any symptoms of covid, or have been told to self isolate, please allow two weeks before returning to church.
Help, Prayer and Support:
If you need a hand with shopping, medicines collection etc in coming weeks, or would like a friendly phone call, or if you are able to help others in the parish out, please contact email@example.com or call/text 07539 583638 and leave a message, or contact us via our Facebook page.
We will be praying daily for all who are suffering in the current crisis. If you would like us to pray for you, or for someone you know, for any reason, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org or text the Prayer Chain on 07980 351855. Please ask the person’s permission if you’d like them included in the weekly notices.
This week’s streets to pray for those who live and work in our parish: Park Avenue, and Fenham Carr Lane. We also remember the the work of Churches Together in Lancaster
Our Diocese of Blackburn, and the national Church of England also have Youtube Channels where worship is regularly offered.
Children’s Corner to do at home:
Provide the children with plastic plant pots and lots of stickers to decorate them with. Older children might enjoy the challenge of using squared stickers to cover the pots like a mosaic.
Include a Bible verse on the pots such as “This is my prayer for you: that your love will grow more and more; that you will have knowledge and understanding with your love” (Phil 1:9) You can write this on with a marker pen
What signs are there that show someone is getting more mature?
Are there any signs that show someone is getting more mature as a Christian?
Go outside together and pull up a few weeds. As you do, say a prayer either out loud or in your heads asking God to help you weed out worries from your life. Ask God to help you grow big and strong as a Christian putting him first.
(There’s also a Youtube story for this week on Christ Church’s Channel)
Giggle (or Groan) of the week – suggestions welcome!
I never really cared for gardening, but after planting a few seeds… It grew on me
Church Cleaning: The next cleaning mornings are on the 14th and 28th July – all welcome
The pandemic has affected us all in different ways. The work of the church looks very different now to three months ago, not just at Christ Church but also across the church family, to which we offer our prayers, time, skills, and also our money. Support is still needed – both in the upkeep of Christ Church, and to help churches in poorer areas of our diocese continue God’s mission. You may need to give a little less to the church because of current money pressures – that is fine. You may be able to give a little more – even for a short time – to help with ongoing costs and to weather the absence of groups using our buildings. Whatever is given is gratefully received with thanks, please have a word (in confidence) about what may be possible for you.
Perhaps you’ve found yourself praying more during lockdown? Tuesday 21st July is the next meeting of Prayer4 – 30 minutes of prayer, at 4pm every fortnight. There’ll be a short Bible reading, some music, some stillness, and space to pray for the people and places on your heart – all from the comfort of your own sofa. Zoom details: https://zoom.us/j/8069459310?pwd=TlV6QUQ5UVdiK0p1M0Q0cE0vRXIvUT09
Meeting ID: 806 945 9310 Password: ChristChch
Dial in: 0208 080 6591 Meeting ID: 806 945 9310 Password: 310771 (any queries see Rev Carol)
A People Transformed – Continues Tonight!
A 4 session small group exploring those questions by drawing on the experience of the early church recorded for us in Acts. All welcome – don’t worry if you missed last week’s session!
The course runs at 6pm via zoom every Sunday in July – and will be followed by a short service of evening prayer. If you’re not able to connect but would still like to follow the course at home, please let Rev Carol know.
Meeting ID: 806 945 9310 or dial in: 0208 080 6591
Evening Prayer can be followed at:
The next PCC meeting will be on the 29th July. If there are things which you’d like your council representatives to discuss and plan for, please let Julie Buckley or Rev Carol know.
Eco-Group Action for the week:
We have all noticed less traffic noise, cleaner air, more insects and birdsong during last few months. As lockdown measures ease decide one thing that you can do to support these improvements in the natural world, if only by using the car less.
Now is the perfect time to learn a new instrument. Marlene has offered to give individual lessons via Skype or Zoom in recorder or piano in exchange for a donation to church funds. Please contact her on email@example.com
Now that restrictions have lifted to allow sociably-distanced meetings outside, it’d be lovely to meet more of you and get to know you better, although I appreciate that shielding rules are still in place for many. If you’d like to talk, and if there’s a convenient time and place, please let me know.
Staying in touch:
Vicar: Revd Carol Backhouse 942105 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Reader: Dr Pat Allen 39552.
Churchwarden: Dr Paul Thompson 34949
Churchwarden: Mrs Jacqueline Stamper 64083 email@example.com Parish Safeguarding Officer: Ms Jane Lippitt 07930 979503 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nightshelter Co-ordinator: Ms Jan Norbury 07547 717 060 email@example.com
Hall Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org 07890 351855
Christ Church School: Ms Emma Simpson 60955 email@example.com