28th March 2021

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The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 28th March 2021

Palm Sunday

Collect (Prayer of the week)

True and humble king, hailed by the crowd as Messiah:

grant us the faith to know you and love you,

that we may be found beside you on the way of the cross,

which is the path of glory. Amen.


Isaiah 50.4-9a

The Lord God has given me

   the tongue of a teacher,

that I may know how to sustain

   the weary with a word.

Morning by morning he wakens—

   wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 

The Lord God has opened my ear,

   and I was not rebellious,

   I did not turn backwards. 

I gave my back to those who struck me,

   and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;

I did not hide my face

   from insult and spitting. 

The Lord God helps me;

   therefore I have not been disgraced;

therefore I have set my face like flint,

   and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

   he who vindicates me is near.

Who will contend with me?

   Let us stand up together.

Who are my adversaries?

   Let them confront me. 

It is the Lord God who helps me;

   who will declare me guilty?

All of them will wear out like a garment;

   the moth will eat them up. 

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

Philippians 2.5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 

who, though he was in the form of God,

   did not regard equality with God

   as something to be exploited, 

but emptied himself,

   taking the form of a slave,

   being born in human likeness.

And being found in human form, 

   he humbled himself

   and became obedient to the point of death—

   even death on a cross. 

Therefore God also highly exalted him

   and gave him the name

   that is above every name, 

so that at the name of Jesus

   every knee should bend,

   in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 

and every tongue should confess

   that Jesus Christ is Lord,

   to the glory of God the Father.

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

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Matthew  (21.1-11)        Glory to you, O Lord

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’ This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, 

‘Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ 

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

‘Hosanna to the Son of David!

   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest heaven!’ 

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’

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

Post Communion Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ,

you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant,

and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:

give us the mind to follow you

and to proclaim you as Lord and King,

to the glory of God the Father. 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, Thea Harris-Ellis, Thomas Platt, Sophia Holden, Janet Ball, Stephen Taylor, Diana van Die.

RIP:  Teresa Bolton, Steven Huggins, Udo Becker, Bert Cormican, Ted McDowell

Parish Cycle of Prayer:  

Those who live and work Grizedale Road, Coniston Road, and Scafell Road; and the students and staff at the universities of Lancaster and Cumbria.

Prayer and Worship this Holy Week: 

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

Palm Sunday 28th: 8.30am Holy Communion

10.30am Palm Sunday Eucharist (in Church only)

6pm Evening Prayer for Holy Week

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (29th-31st)

6.30pm Stations of the Cross in the Lady Chapel

7pm Eucharist in the Lady Chapel

Tuesday 30th  4 pm:  Prayer4 

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 (in the Hall, then Church)

2pm Solemn Liturgy in Church

Holy Saturday 3rd April:  7.30pm Easter Vigil, including lighting the Easter Fire

Easter Sunday 4th April: 8.30am Holy Communion

10.30am Easter Eucharist (then uploaded to YouTube*)

6.30pm Joint online Evensong from Lancaster Priory via their Facebook Page

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

If you would like 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



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)

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 Readers

If you’d be willing to read one of the lessons during Holy Week (especially Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Saturday) please let Jacqueline or Rev Carol know.

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Next Study Course!

‘Staying Alert to the Spirit’ begins after Easter.  What is God saying to the churches as we emerge from lockdown?  In the light of Jesus’ death and resurrection – how should we live? What does this good news mean for us.  It will run for seven weeks as we journey towards Pentecost, probably starting on Sunday 11th April (tbc). All welcome – please see Rev Carol if you’re interested. 

Living in Love and Faith update

Some of you may be aware that the national Church of England is looking at the changing social attitudes towardsidentity, sexuality, relationships and marriage – and how the Church can learn how these questions fit within the bigger picture of humanity that reflects the image of our creator God. Resources have been developed for individual churches to discuss, which aim to build greater understanding of the spectrum of views held by different Christians. The hope is that these discussions become part of a national church discernment of the way the Church of England is called to serve in future, and how to heal past wounds. For the full text, see https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/living-love-and-faith/living-love-and-faith-book

We aim to run the Living in Love and Faith course at Christ Church after Pentecost, and it will also be run at other churches around the deanery. In the meantime if you have any reflections or reactions, please do let Rev Carol know. 

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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.

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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

This annual review of our church life, and the election of church officers to represent us for the year ahead, will take place on 25th April after the 10.30 service. We will elect two Churchwardens (please note that Paul Thompson is standing down this year, and we give grateful thanks for all his hard work). There will also be 8 spaces for PCC members, and a further representative to Deanery Synod – so please think and pray if you are called to serve in these ways, or if you know someone who might be! 

Annual Review

Not all of us are called to formal, official roles in church – there are many ways in which we give of our time and talents in service of the community, and grow and flourish ourselves. We want to help each other to be active in our church and Christian lives – in ways which value the different gifts and skills each of us is blessed with. Some of this is about how our church community practically works and grows, and it is healthy to review this regularly as this will change over the years. The most important thing is being part of the congregation and family, as we pray, worship, serve, and care for each other and the parish.  Next week, we’ll begin a review – with a green questionnaire for everyone to fill in – whether you’re a baker, sewer, reader, welcomer, pray-er, we’d love to hear from you! 

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 25th April – notice to follow.

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.

Children’s Corner

Read today’s Gospel story (above)

Have you ever been to a big parade? How did it feel and what was it like? 

How do you think it would have felt to be in the crowd as Jesus entered Jerusalem that day? 

Palm Leaf Praise Ask the children to draw round their hand one more time onto green paper and cut it out. In the palm of the hand cut-out write ‘Praise Jesus for….’ and then on the end of the fingertips write M, Tu, W, Th, F. Point out that there is one finger for each day of the (working) week. Fix the hand shapes onto a wooden lolly stick to create a (smaller) palm leaf. Each day of the coming week, the children can write or draw something on the corresponding finger of their palm leaf that they want to praise Jesus for. It could be something they’ve done, someone they’ve spent time with, food they have enjoyed – anything. 


Heavenly Father, just as the crowd did on that great day we want to shout ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven’ for Jesus. 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!

‘I ordered a chicken and an egg online….  I’ll let you know’

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.

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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.

Vaccinaid – Give the world a shot!

Our church leaders are encouraging us to play our part in helping UNICEF deliver 2 billion vaccines around the world by the end of this year, to bring this world-wide epidemic to an end.  Keeping one another safe from COVID is part of living out Christ’s call to love our neighbour.  By contributing to crowdfunding this project on  https://www.vaccinaid.org  we can help the whole world get the protection many of us already have through our easy access to healthcare.

House/flat/room to rent?

Please let Jacqueline or Pat know if you can offer, or know of anyone who has a house or flat to rent that would be suitable for one or two reliable young men.  Marius (our excellent Hall cleaner) and another refugee have each been given notice to leave their present accommodation, and RAIS (Refugee Advocacy and Information Service) is trying to help find them somewhere to live (either together or separately) as a matter of urgency. 

The Olive Branch Foodbank

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 beautiful blankets which have been very well received.  Donations to Margaret Lyth please  (60387).

Food Futures

An interesting website for Lancaster residents, especially gardeners and allotment holders, is www.foodfutures.org.ukwhich is a local award-winning sustainable food network. It carries a directory of local food, news and research, but above all an invitation to join in a conversation on shaping our food suppoly in 2030. This is important as coping with climate change will probably mean reducing our dependence on food coming from afar with all the transport pollution, costs, etc. Well worth a look!

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

Adullam Budgeting and Money Management Course

Hope Church are starting a Budgeting & Money Management course beginning Monday 12th April for 3 weeks (19th & 26th) in partnership with LM Debt Centre.  The course is free of charge, please email adullam.programme@hotmail.com for more information or to book.

24hours of Prayer for Healthcare

Morecambe Bay Christian Medical Fellowship invites everyone to join on Sat 27th March from 2pm to Sun 28th March 3pm. They are hosting an open Zoom room for people to join for as little or as long as you like.  It will have a facilitator who will change on the hour so this is the ideal time to join.  “We will be praying for hospital and community health care teams both locally and across the nation. We will have time for reflection over the last 12 months, listening to God through Scripture and space for intercession. Each hour over the 24 hours we will focus on 1 of the 24 books of Luke’s (the Physician) Gospel. 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81824318176?pwd=ZmhWVzI5TlM1SkJqTEl1T3BVVEc4QT09  morecambebaycmf@gmail.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 Evening Drop In (Shelter Update!)

The Evening Drop-In has now finished for the winter. With thanks to Jan, Clive and Gill for successfully leading the team through a very different season! Thanks also to all our volunteers and donors who have supported our guests this year. LDHAS on Edward Street remains the first point of call for anyone experiencing homelessness, and is also the base for the Council Floating Support Service, who are seeking to accommodate all who are street-homeless during the pandemic. 

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.

Eco-Group on Youtube! 

Our Eco-Group have been contributing to the Diocese’s ‘Looking out in Lent’ series on YouTube reflecting on caring for creation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qmAXhgBdcs. With thanks to Joyce Lynch for co-ordinating it! 


… clocks go forward overnight this Saturday – 27th/28th March! 

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Thought for the week

No painno palmno thornsno throneno gallno gloryno crossno crown.’                 William Penn

Eco-Group Action for the Week:  

Many countries don’t give anything up for Lent. They are struggling to get enough food and water. Can your family help provide a reliable source of clean water to poor communities by supporting the work of Water Aid?

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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.


Holy Week

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

Palm Sunday 28th: 8.30am Holy Communion

10.30am Palm Sunday Eucharist (in Church only)

6pm Evening Prayer for Holy Week

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (29th-31st)

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 (in the Hall, then Church)

2pm Solemn Liturgy in Church

Holy Saturday 3rd April:  7.30pm Easter Vigil, including lighting the Easter Fire

Easter Sunday 4th April: 8.30am Holy Communion

10.30am Easter Eucharist (then uploaded to YouTube*)

6.30pm Joint online Evensong from Lancaster Priory via their Facebook Page