4th April 2021

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The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 4th April 2021

Easter Day

Collect (Prayer of the week)

Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour, glory and might, now and in all eternity. Amen.

Isaiah 25.6-9

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear.

And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death for ever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.

This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

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

Psalm 118.1-2,14-24*

Refrain: I will give thanks to you, for you have become my salvation.

1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let Israel now proclaim,
‘His mercy endures for ever.’

I will give thanks to you, for you have become my salvation.

14 The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.

15 Joyful shouts of salvation
sound from the tents of the righteous:

16 ‘The right hand of the Lord does mighty deeds; the right hand of the Lord raises up;
the right hand of the Lord does mighty deeds.’

17 I shall not die, but live
and declare the works of the Lord.

18 The Lord has punished me sorely,
but he has not given me over to death.

I will give thanks to you, for you have become my salvation.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.

21 I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me and have become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

I will give thanks to you, for you have become my salvation.

Acts 10.34-43

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’

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

Alleluia, Alleluia! I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one; I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore. Alleluia.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.  (20.1-18)  Glory to you, O Lord

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew,

‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them,“ I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

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

Post Communion

God of Life, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection have delivered us from the power of our enemy: grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Some suggested hymns you may like to follow at home:

Prayer and Worship this week:

Sunday 8.30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel

Sunday 10.30am Easter Sunday Eucharist (then uploaded to YouTube*)

Sunday 6.30pm Joint Festal Evensong with Lancaster Priory on their Facebook page online only.

Wednesday5.30pm Meditation and 6pm Evening Prayer (Storey Chapel)

Friday 9.30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel

Friday 9th: 1.30pm Funeral of Andrew Crompton

Saturday 9pm Compline (via Youtube).

Sunday11th  8.30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel

Sunday 10.30am Parish Eucharist then uploaded to YouTube*)

4pm Staying Alert to the Spirit Course (via zoom)

Sunday 6pm: Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel

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

Booking in for Sunday Eucharists

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



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:  Bert Cormican, Ted McDowell, Andrew Crompton, Wilf Barron, Judith Almond

Parish Cycle of Prayer: 

Those who live and work in Skiddaw Road, Elterwater Place; and for our care homes, Moorside Hall and Dolphinlee House.

And Georgia Nicholson, ahead of her Christening on 18th April.

Zoom Prayer

Tuesday 20th April 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)

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, starting on Sunday 11th April. All welcome – please see Rev Carol if you’re interested

https://zoom.us/j/98903615188?pwd=a01QRFR1LzczM1JHSnZTdWt1WkJ0dz09   Meeting ID: 989 0361 5188

Passcode: 218739

Children’s Corner:

Read today’s Gospel story (above)

What do you think was your best day ever? Can you remember how you felt that day?

How would you have felt if you had been at the tomb with Mary on that first Easter Day?

Quiet Reflection Today’s response allows time for some quiet in the busy-ness of Easter Day. Ask everyone to find a comfortable spot and sit or lie with their eyes closed, if possible. Ask them to imagine that they are with Mary stood outside the empty tomb wondering where Jesus’ body is. Read from John 20: 11-13. At the end pause and ask, “I wonder how you would feel if you were there?” Read again from John 20: 14-15 pausing again to ask the same question. Finally read John 20: 16


Father God, as we share in the sweetness of the chocolate egg this Easter, help us to remember that we also share in the joy of knowing that Jesus died for us and that he rose again. Amen

Giggle (or Groan) of the week – suggestions welcome!

Q:  What’s wrong with Easter jokes?

A:  They crack you up

Meeting up

Now that lockdown rules are slowly lifting, I’m able to meet more people in the parish again, and get to know folks. If you’d like to go for a walk, or arrange a garden visit – it would be lovely to meet and chat, please let me know when’s convenient!

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

The APCM 25th April 2021 at 1145 in Church

Everyone who lives in the parish is invited as we elect our Churchwardens for the year ahead, and all who are on the Electoral Roll are invited to elect our Parish Church Council and Deanery Synod representatives. This meeting is for the whole church to review the year past, and to prepare for the year ahead. Please do hold those standing for election in your prayers, and consider who you would like to nominate for the roles of Churchwarden, Deanery Synod Rep, and PCC members. The meeting will also be held on zoom for those wishing to join from home. Annual Reports will be available shortly.

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.

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!

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 towards identity, 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. 

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.

Trip to the Holy Land – from your armchair?

Ever wanted to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land? Now’s your chance to visit The World of Jesus in an eight session Zoom programme on Wednesdays April 7th-May 26th 7-0 pm, led by Canon Gordon Dey, who has led many excellent pilgrimages over the years.  To book, contact him on gordon@jesusshapedpeople.net or ‘phone 01274 674565. See the attached flyer.

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Holy Week and Easter Preparations

With thanks to everyone who has helped make the church ready for Easter – to Audrey, Julian and Val for all the work in the sacristy, to Andrew, Ron, Jacqueline and the Choir for our music, and everyone who supported the worship whether online or in church!

Easter Raffle

Thanks to everyone who supported the Easter Raffle – £150 raised for church funds!


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, Information and Support) 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.uk which 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!

Watch Party

In case you’ve not seen them, there are two really good items on BBC iPlayer at present:

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Film) – as recommended by the Eco Group

Brotherhood (Documentary) – about life in a Trappist Monastery in Leicestershire.

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Thought for the week

The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.                  Cardinal Basil Hume

Eco-Group Action for the Week

After you have enjoyed your Easter eggs, recycle any cardboard packaging and scrunch all the foil together to recycle in with the metal, glass and plastic.

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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.


Wishing everyone a very blessed Easter!