14th March 2021

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The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 14h March 2021

Mothering Sunday

Collect (Prayer of the week)

God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


1 Samuel 1.20-28

In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, ‘I have asked him of the Lord.’ The man Elkanah and all his household went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and to pay his vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, ‘As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, that he may appear in the presence of the Lord, and remain there for ever; I will offer him as a nazirite for all time.’ Her husband Elkanah said to her, ‘Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him; only—may the Lord establish his word.’ So the woman remained and nursed her son, until she weaned him. When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh; and the child was young. Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. And she said, ‘Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.’ She left him there for the Lord

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God

Psalm 127.1-4

Refrain: The Lord shall keep watch over your going out and your coming in.

1 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain.

2 Unless the Lord keeps the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.

3 It is in vain that you hasten to rise up early and go so late to rest, eating the bread of toil, for he gives his beloved sleep.

4 Children are a heritage from the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his gift.

The Lord shall keep watch over your going out and your coming in.

2 Corinthians 1.3-7

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.

This is the word of the Lord.   Thanks be to God.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John  (19.25b-27)        Glory to you, O Lord

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion Prayer

Loving God, as a mother feeds her children at the breast you feed us in this sacrament with the food and drink of eternal life: help us who have tasted your goodness to grow in grace within the household of faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen

Some suggested hymns you may like to follow at home:


Please remember in your prayers:

Those who are sick:  Olive Niccolls, Youngblood McCray, Ernie Wilson, Pat Brooks, Ivy Buckley, Michael Greenhalgh, Stephen Gardner, Ann Gilbride, Sitar Rose, Thea Harris-Ellis, Helen Rawlinson, Thomas Platt, Sophia Holden, Muriel Ashton, Janet Ball, Stephen Taylor, Diana van Die, Dorothy Eidsforth.

RIP:  Teresa Bolton, Steven Huggins, Udo Becker. 

Parish Cycle of Prayer: 

Those who live and work in Dennison Close and Woodlands Close; and all families in the parish, and all with caring responsibilities.

Prayer and Worship this week:

Sunday 8:30 am Said Eucharist (in the Lady Chapel)

Sunday 10.30am Mothering Sunday Family Eucharist in church, then uploaded to YouTube*

Sunday 4 pm Caring for Creation Lent course (Zoom)

Sunday 6:30 pm Evening Prayer (joint service with Lancaster Priory, led by Rev’d Carol) on: https://www.facebook.com/lancasterpriorymusic/

Wednesday 6pm Evening Prayer (in Storey Chapel)

Friday 9.30 am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel (Joseph of Nazareth)

Saturday 9pm Compline via YouTube*

Sunday 8:30 am Holy Communion (in the Lady Chapel)

Sunday 10.30am Passion Sunday Eucharist in church, then uploaded to YouTube*

Sunday 4 pm Caring for Creation Lent course (Zoom)

Sunday 6:00 pm Evening Prayer (in the Lady Chapel)

*The Christ Church YouTube channel is at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPoAvGj4K9085RV8zo0ZS9Q

Christ Church – Return to Public Worship!

As indicated last week and in a separate circulation, we reopen Christ Church for public worship with effect from Sunday 14th March.  There is no pressure on anyone to return to church worship immediately, so please come only when you feel ready to do so. Online worship will continue for all who wish to join from home.  More details are in the separate circulation, and in Rev’d Carol’s  recorded video tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hel06dxLJk&t=28s

If you wish to book in for the Sunday Eucharists, please use these Eventbrite links:

Sundays: 8:30 am https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/144628127623

Sundays: 10:30 am


Mothering Sunday

Please do take a posy of flowers (and one for a neighbour) after the service, and thank you to Audrey for co-ordinating this. Flowers will also be going to Moorside Hall and Dolphinlee House.  Thank you very much for all the generous donations given to the Refuge (25 gift bags of toiletries, plus three crates of other wellbeing and craft items – gratefully received!

Lent study course: Caring for Creation

“The human race is facing its greatest challenge: the threat to the environment and climate change. Faith in our Creator God should enable us to see what is actually happening.” Brian Davies, course author.

This new York Course consists of five sessions:

1. The Environment; 2. Global Warming and Climate Change; 3. The Age of Humans; 4. Coming out of Denial and Facing Crisis;  5. Faith, Hope and Love.

They will be held via Zoom each Sunday at 4pm until 21st March. If you would like to attend some of the course, please let Rev. Carol know, and she will let you have a copy of the course booklet. To join the course:
https://zoom.us/j/98903615188?pwd=a01QRFR1LzczM1JHSnZTdWt1WkJ0dz09  Meeting ID: 989 0361 5188 Passcode: 218739    Dial in 020 3481 5237 (same meeting ID and passcode)

Blackburn Diocese Lent Course and Quiet Morning

The Diocese is running the Looking out in Lent course https://www.blackburn.anglican.org/diocesan-lent-course-looking-out-in-lent.  The course takes place across five Wednesdays (beginning February 24th) at 7.30pm – 9pm on each occasion.

How deep the Father’s love – Bishop Philip will lead a Quiet Morning for Lent on Saturday 27th March 9:30 am – 1 pm.  Each half-hour will be dedicated to one of the Seven Last Words from the Cross, which means people can leave and join on the half-hour. Please email louise.hunter@blackburn.anglican.org to book.


Perhaps you’ve found yourself praying more during lockdown? Tuesday 16th March 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)

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Prayers & our Newsletter

If you, or someone you know would like to receive this newsletter, either electronically or a paper version – do let Jacqueline/Rev Carol know and we will endeavour to keep in contact with people.

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 prayer@christchurchlancaster.org.uk or text the Prayer Chain on 07980 351855. Please ask the person’s permission if you’d like them included in the weekly notices.  

Pastoral Support

I’m still able to offer pastoral support, especially in times of emergency.  Please contact me by phone or email in the first instance.  Rev Carol

Children’s Corner

Read John 3: 14-21

Nicodemus came to Jesus with some questions. Play a game of 20 questions where someone thinks of an object and everyone else has a maximum of 20 questions that they can ask in order to try and figure out what the object is.

Have you experienced a time when it was really dark and then you found a torch or light?  What difference does the light make?

How could the things you do bring light into the world?


God of all, thank you that you sent your only son, Jesus, so that we can all choose to walk in the light. Amen

DBE News

Easter Explorers is another wonderful new resource from our ever-imaginative DBE team.

You can find it at https://www.bdeducation.org.uk/product-category/primary-age-5-11/.

Perfect for children and families, it offers crafts, games and story to enable people to go on a journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Day.

Fathom is a resource that guides young people through the processes of change. It is easily adaptable to work both online and face to face. It’s an ideal resource for young people who are struggling with how much things keep changing and can help them to process the past year too. It can be found in the same place.

Giggle (or Groan) of the weeksuggestions welcome

What did the digital clock say to its mother?

“Look, Mum! No hands!”

Our Offering

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.   Or ask Jacqueline (in confidence) if you’d like a Standing Order and/or Gift Aid declaration form.

Electoral Roll – annual revision

The Electoral Roll is now open for the annual revision, and an application form is attached with this newsletter if you wish to join.  Please note: you do not need to fill in another form if you signed up to the Electoral Roll in or after March 2019.  Please contact Jane Lippitt for further information and please send completed forms to her by no later than 4th April (Jane’s address is with the application information.)

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

On the 25th April, we will elect our Churchwardens, Parish Council members, and Deanery Synod representatives. Paul Thompson is retiring from being Churchwarden, and we have space for a Deanery Synod rep, so we’re especially looking for people for these roles. Please have a think and pray about whether you’re called to stand, or if you know someone whom you’d like to nominate (with their permission!) Do see Rev Carol, Paul or Jacqueline if you’d like more details.

Postal Voting for the APCM

If you wish to vote in this year’s APCM* (Annual Parochial Church Meeting) for the election of Churchwardens, PCC members and Deanery Representatives (for many of which you’ll need to be on the Electoral Roll), but won’t be able to attend the meeting for any reason – it is now possible to have a postal vote. (This was approved at last year’s meeting). Please let Rev Carol know if you’re interested in voting by post.  *This year’s APCM will be held on 21st April – notice to follow.

Suggestions of things for PCC to discuss

PCC will next be meeting on 24th March. If there are ideas or issues which you’d like to raise, please let Julie Buckley or Rev’d Carol know.

Children, Youth and Families Coordinator Update

Unfortunately, we were unable to appoint a co-ordinator to lead our children’s work on this occasion. We hope to re-advertise after Easter, so if you know of someone who might be interested in the role, please do spread the word!’

Real Easter Eggs

If you would like to order a Real Easter egg (a Fairtrade chocolate egg, with an Easter story book – not available in supermarkets!) for £5.50, please let Rev Carol know. Order by the 28th March, including whether you’d like dark, milk, or white chocolate.

Easter Raffle

Advance notice that Jane Lippitt and Julie Buckley are organising an Easter raffle – a hamper of delicious Easter goodies.  Look out for further information and how to buy raffle tickets!

Thank you!

 ……. to everyone who came to help spring-clean the church ready for opening!

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Help needed

Audrey Davies is retiring from her role as Sacristan – and we are grateful for all the hard work and care she has given over the years in ensuring our worship goes smoothly. If you can help in the preparation for worship and tidying after services, whether on a weekly or on a more occasional basis, please let Rev Carol know. If you’d like to know more about what’s involved, please ask Audrey.

Maundy Thursday Vigil

After the 7pm Eucharist on Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, and how He was abandoned by his friends. A watch of prayer and silent reflection, is held in the Storey Chapel until Midnight, as we remember Jesus’ words ‘Will you not watch with me one brief hour?’ If you would like to sign up for a slot to share in this Vigil, there is a sheet available at the back of church.

Holy Week Flyers

To help share the news that church is open, and to invite people to share Easter with us, next week there will be flyers at the back of church. If you are able to distribute them to the streets named on each pack, all help would be gratefully received – and it’ll be a chance to enjoy the spring sunshine!

The Olive Branch Foodbank

The collection point in church restarts this Sunday. Donations of tinned pies, curry, meatballs and hotpot especially needed. Thank you for all the donations in recent weeks, they gave out 300 parcels last month alone!

Or you can give money for them to buy what is needed: https://www.the-olivebranch.org.uk/donate/

Squares for Syria

Thanks to everyone who has so far knitted 6” squares for the Eco-Group project. Sami has sewn them to make this beautiful blanket – and there’s another nearing completion! Donations to Margaret Lyth please  (60387).

Give and Makeup

Following our Zoom coffee discussion about recycling makeup, here’s some more details:

‘Give and Makeup are a UK based organisation which aims to provide support and supplies to those in less fortunate positions. They accept all beauty donations, ranging from new and lightly used toiletries and makeup, and give these to local refuge shelters and Women’s Aid. 

All contributions help to provide women and children who are victims of domestic violence the necessities to overcome their crises, one donation at a time. However, it is important to note that they do not currently accept mascaras or lip glosses. Visit their website for further information – https://www.carolinehirons.com/page-give-and-makeup’

The Evening Drop In (Shelter Update!)

Supplies of tins or pots of rice pudding, and any clean sleeping bags in good condition, are especially welcome at present!

Our Evening Drop-in is open for anyone who is homeless or vulnerably housed, to come for a hot drink, hot meal, supplies of food and clothing, and a warm welcome, every evening 8:30 – 9:30 pm.  Edward Street continues to offer daytime support 10am-1pm.  Lancaster City Council assure us that they will accommodate anyone who is homeless over the winter months (01524 582257 (9-5 M-F) /67099 (out of hours). 

Lancaster City of Sanctuary request – laptop support

They are raising funds to help supply refugees who are learning English with laptops to aid their study. Donated laptops will be given to a student who: is really in need of one;  has the recommendation of the class teacher; regularly attends classes; regularly completes set homework; signs an agreement to look after the laptop; returns an old laptop from CofS or Global Link if s/he has one. Donations towards the cost (£200 per laptop) can be made either:  by cheque (to “Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary”), sent to Jean O’Neill, Treasurer, 9 Halton Road, Lancaster LA1 2EA; or by online banking to Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary

Sort Code: 16-52-21     Acct. No: 539 949 21. More information from Dorothea Williamson (ESOL Coordinator) dorotheawilliamson@hotmail.com

Visions of 2020 Banner

The first contributions to the banner have come in: boats in the COVID-19 storm, gardens, family, bubbles, walks, church and of course Zoom. If there are pictures, memory, words or music that got you through 2020, please keep the ideas coming; everyone can contribute through any medium.

Please send your ideas, thoughts to Marion Cowan:  marion_cowan@hotmail.com 

Christ Church Creatives Group

Christ Church Craft group, initially by Zoom, is for anyone who would like to join to share crafts and ideas, where we can support each other and put together ideas for projects such as the Visions of 2020 banner. Anyone interested who would like to start crafting, please contact Marion. marion_cowan@hotmail.com

The Christ Church Cookbook: contributions invited

The Eco Church Group has been promoting the message that in order to reduce our carbon footprint, we need to eat less meat. in 2019 a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) described plant-based diets as a major opportunity for mitigating and adapting to climate change. The Eco Group are not all vegetarian or vegan, but we believe that reducing meat consumption, especially from intensive farming, has benefits for both the climate and for animal welfare.

In order to encourage people to try meatless recipes, we are putting together a cookbook of our favourite vegetarian and vegan dishes that could tempt even carnivores, and we would like to invite you to contribute your favourite, tried and tested, veggie and vegan recipes. We will sell the cookbook to raise money for Christ Church.

We can’t guarantee to include all recipes we receive; we need to balance starters, mains and puddings, and also vegan/non-vegan recipes, and we are limited in the size of the booklet we can afford to produce. However, we will be grateful for all contributions. Please include metric measurements for ingredients.

Send your recipes to reader@christchurchlancaster.org.uk.

Holy Week – 2021

Holy Week and Easter will be slightly different this year, so here’s a full list of all the services:

Please note that there are no Churches Together services this year.

Sunday 28th:

8.30am Holy Communion

10.30am Palm Sunday Eucharist (in Church only)

6pm Evening Prayer for Holy Week

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:

6.30pm Stations of the Cross in the Lady Chapel

7pm Eucharist in the Lady Chapel

Maundy Thursday 1st April

7pm Festal Eucharist, followed by the Vigil until midnight.

Good Friday 2nd April

9.30am Stations of the Cross in the Lady Chapel

10.30am Children’s Service (Hall, then Church)

2pm Solemn Liturgy in Church

Saturday 3rd

7.30pm Easter Vigil, including lighting the Easter Fire

Sunday 4th April

8.30am Holy Communion

10.30am Easter Eucharist

No evening service.

Thought for the week

I dream of a church that is a mother and shepherdess.

Pope Francis

Eco-Group Action for the Week

Farmers and workers in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected by it. Try to buy Fairtrade goods to ensure they receive fair prices in increasingly challenging times.

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Key contacts:

Vicar: Revd Carol Backhouse 942105 revcarolbackhouse@gmail.com

1 East Road, Lancaster, LA1 3EE

Lay Reader:  Dr Pat Allen 39552.

Churchwarden: Dr Paul Thompson 34949

Churchwarden: Mrs Jacqueline Stamper 64083 churchwarden@christchurchlancaster.org.uk

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

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

Hall Bookings: hallchristchurch@btinternet.com 07890 351855

Christ Church School  Ms Emma Simpson 60955

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.