21st March 2021

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The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 21st March 2021

Passion Sunday

Collect (Prayer of the week)

Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of love for the world: lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that we may know eternal peace through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Jeremiah 31.31-34

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other,‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

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

Psalm 119.9-16 

Refrain: Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes. 

How shall young people cleanse their way
to keep themselves according to your word?

10 With my whole heart have I sought you;
O let me not go astray from your commandments. 

11 Your words have I hidden within my heart, 

that I should not sin against you.

12 Blessed are you, O Lord;O teach me your statutes.

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes. 

13 With my lips have I been telling
of all the judgements of your mouth.

14 I have taken greater delight in the way of your testimonies than in all manner of riches.

15 I will meditate on your commandments
and contemplate your ways.

16 My delight shall be in your statutes
and I will not forget your word.

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes. 

Hebrews 5.5-10

So also  Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you’;
as he says also in another place,
‘You are a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchizedek.’
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

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

Praise to you O Christ, King of eternal glory. Blessed are those who have endured temptation;
they have stood the test and will receive the crown of life. 

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory. 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John  (11.1-45)        Glory to you, O Lord

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.
‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ’An angel has spoken to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

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

Post Communion Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters we do also for you: give us the will to be the servant of others as you were the servant of all, and gave up your life and died for us, but are alive and reign, now and for ever. 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, Stephen Gardner, Ann Gilbride, Sitar Rose, Thea Harris-Ellis, Helen Rawlinson, Thomas Platt, Sophia Holden, Muriel Ashton, Janet Ball, Stephen Taylor, Diana van Die.

RIP:  Teresa Bolton, Steven Huggins, Udo Becker, Bert Cormican.

Parish Cycle of Prayer:  

Those who live and work in Mannin Way, Caton Road, and Langdale Road;  for the census, and the plans and decisions taken as a result.

Prayer and Worship this week: 

Sunday 8:30 am Said Eucharist 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 with prayers for Healing and Wholeness, in the Lady Chapel

Wednesday 6pm Evening Prayer in the Storey Chapel

Friday 9.30 am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel 

(Feast of the Annunciation)

Saturday 9pm Compline via YouTube*

Sunday 8:30 am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel

Sunday 10.30am Palm 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

National Minute’s Silence – Tuesday 23rd March

To mark a year since the first lockdown began, there will be a minute’s silence at 12noon on Tuesday. The church will be open from 1130-1230 if you wish to light a candle and pray. 

Christ Church – Return to Public Worship!

We reopened 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 were in the separate circulation, on the website, 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


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.

Our last session of the York Course is this Sunday afternoon:   5. Faith, Hope and Love.   It will be held via Zoom at 4pm on 21st March. 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)


Perhaps you’ve found yourself praying more during lockdown? Tuesday 30th 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)

Blackburn Diocese Quiet Morning

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.

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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 today’s Gospel story (above)

Find some seeds. You may have a packet of seeds, or you could harvest some seeds from a piece of fruit, or a plant. Hold the seed in your hand as you think about what the seed was before. Then think about what it can grow to become. Remember that the seed has to stop being a seed in order to become the plant it will grow into.

What things can you think of that need to die before they can grow back again? 

Why do you think Jesus wanted to talk about his death? 


Thank you, Jesus, that you died for us. And that you rose again to bring new life. Amen 

Diocesan Board of Education 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 week – suggestions welcome!

Q.  Where do you learn to make a banana split? 

A.  Sundae school!

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 4thApril (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 21stApril – 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. 

Hall Update

A new boiler has been fitted in the Hall, as the old one was on its last legs. With thanks to some of the grants we’ve received this winter for making this possible. If you’re using the Hall, please speak to Paul Thompson or Jacqueline Stamper especially if you need the heating adjusting! 

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

The Real Easter Eggs (a Fairtrade chocolate egg, with an Easter story book – not available in supermarkets!) are now available for sale (price £5.50) at the back of church. Owing to nationwide demand, they’re only available in darkchocolate.

Easter Raffle

There are only six tickets left (£5 each) for the Easter raffle – a hamper of delicious Easter goodies – to be drawn on Easter Day.  Please Facebook, email, message or ring Julie B on buckleys@live.co.uk  or 07717824574. 

Churches Together News

Emma Rucastle is creating an audio Passion Play for 2021, with some support from The Passion Trust and in connection with Lancaster Churches Together. This will be done in two phases.  First, Emma would love contributions as part of this and would be grateful for answers to (any of) the following questions: i) What memories of Lent/Easter do you have from childhood?;  ii) What memories do you have of Easter last year (2020)?;  iii) What are your hopes for Easter 2021 – and Easters further into the future? Written answers via email to erucastle@googlemail.com by Friday March 19th, please.

Second, Emma is also looking for voices to record this play, and she will share the scripts and allocate lines. There will be one Zoom meeting where the recording can be made. This Zoom will be at 7.30pm Wednesday 24th March. If you can’t make the zoom recording, then send her audio files by ‘wetransfer’ or as an email attachment – or evenWhatsApp/Messenger.

And More Churches Together News: 

Looking ahead to Pentecost – we’re hoping to have a public piece of artwork to which all the churches contribute, as a way of praying for our city and communities, and sharing the message of Pentecost. If you’re feeling curious, creative (or both!), please let Rev Carol know.  There’s a planning meeting on the evening of Thursday 8th April.

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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, there are now 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 restarted last 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). 

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 whowould 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.

Census News

If you’re unable to fill in the Census form online, it is easy to request a paper copy by ringing 0800 328 2021. Should you wish to have additional support to fill in the form, there are a team of volunteers available to help, via a doorstep visit. If you wish to record details that you wish to keep secret from other members of your household (eg gender, relationship status) – it is possible to request a separate census code, which will override what others input.


… clocks go forward next weekend – 27th/28th March! 

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Thought for the week

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.        C S Lewis

Eco-Group Action for the Week:  

Pray for, and support if you can, charities like Christian Aid working to help farmers diversify production to more climate-change-resistant crops, e.g. from coffee to cocoa.

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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

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. 

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.