9th May 2021

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The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 9th May 2021

Sixth Sunday of Easter


God our redeemer,

you have delivered us from the power of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:

grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,

so by his continual presence in us he may raise us

   to eternal joy;

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. 


Acts 10.44-48

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

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

Psalm 98

Refrain:   The Lord has made known his salvation.

1    Sing to the Lord a new song,  

for he has done marvellous things.

   His own right hand and his holy arm  

have won for him the victory.

3    The Lord has made known his salvation;  

his deliverance has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.

4    He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness

towards the house of Israel,  

and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 

The Lord has made known his salvation.

   Sound praises to the Lord, all the earth;  

break into singing and make music.

6    Make music to the Lord with the lyre,  

with the lyre and the voice of melody.

   With trumpets and the sound of the horn  

sound praises before the Lord, the King. 

The Lord has made known his salvation.

8    Let the sea thunder and all that fills it,  

the world and all that dwell upon it.

9    Let the rivers clap their hands  

and let the hills ring out together before the Lord,

for he comes to judge the earth.

10  In righteousness shall he judge the world  

and the peoples with equity.

The Lord has made known his salvation.

 1 John 5.1-6

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.

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

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John (15.917).    Glory to you, O Lord.

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

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

Post Communion: 

God our Father,

whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:

may we thirst for you,

the spring of life and source of goodness,

through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen


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, Dorothy Eidsforth, Jenny Lawrence.

RIP:  Andrew Crompton, Wilf Barron, Judith Almond, HRH The Prince Philip, Leslie Fisher

Parish Cycle of Prayer:  

Those who live and work in Denis Street and De Vitre Street;  those newly elected to public office, the work of Christian Aid, especially with partners in Kenya tackling climate change.  And for the plans to restart children’s work, and for all called to serve that ministry here. 

Some suggested hymns you may like to follow at home:

Prayer and Worship this week: 

Sunday 9th May 8.30am Holy Communion (Lady Chapel)

Sunday 10.30am Parish Eucharist, with guest speaker, Ruth Platt from Christian Aid (in church, then uploaded to YouTube*)

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

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

Wednesday 5:30 pm Meditation & 6 pm Evening Prayer (in the Storey Chapel)

Thursday 13th May Ascension Day 7pm Holy Communion (in the Lady Chapel)

Friday 9:30 am Holy Communion – St Matthias (in the Lady Chapel)Saturday 9pm: Compline (on YouTube*)

Sunday 16th May 8.30am Holy Communion (Lady Chapel)

Sunday 10.30am Parish Eucharist (in church, 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

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


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Zoom Prayer

Tuesday 18th May 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)

Stay Alert to the Spirit Study Course 

‘Stay Alert to the Spirit’ continues this afternoon at 4pm.  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?  All welcome to join on Zoom at 4pm each Sunday until Pentecost – don’t worry if you have missed previous weeks!

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

Passcode: 218739

Thy Kingdom Come

.. is an international wave of prayer across the nine days from Ascension (13th May to Pentecost (23rd May). We pray for the coming of God’s Holy Spirit, to stir individuals and churches to faith and service. There are some free prayer booklets available at the back of church to use at home, (including a children’s version). At 4pm each day, prayers will be offered on the Diocesan YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMZ_3qPsmiiP4-StDmTXrIw/videos, and also here in the parish. Do set aside 5-10 minutes to pray for people you know to come to know God’s love in their lives. 

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! Rev’d Carol.

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Jobs at Whalley Abbey

It`s exciting times at Whalley Abbey! With the recent appointment of the new Director, the Revd Adam Thomas, the Abbey is now looking to recruit Guest Services and Events Staff, and a Cook. See 


Election results are in! 

Thank you to everyone who took part in the APCM. Please pray for your newly elected representatives, who are: 

Our Churchwarden is Jacqueline Stamper

Our new Deanery Synod Representative is: Pat Allen (joining Jacqueline Stamper)

Our PCC members are: Jane Lippitt, Julie Buckley, Julie Tinnion, Paul Thompson, Jacqueline Park, Joyce Lynch, Cathy Wilson. 

With Andrew Neal co-opted as Treasurer, Jane Lippitt co-opted as Safeguarding Representative and Electoral Roll officer. 

The next PCC meeting will be on Wednesday 19th May, so if you have ideas or concerns which you’d like to raise, please let Julie Buckley or Rev Carol know. 

Christian Aid Week

Is this week, 9th-16th May. We look forward to welcoming Ruth Platt at the 1030 service on Sunday 9th May, who will be sharing what Christian Aid are doing to tackle climate change, especially with their partners in Kenya. Please take an envelope home (there is a supply at the back of church) and return it by Sunday 16th May, or alternatively give online at https://www.christianaid.org.uk

Christian Aid Week, cont’d.

If you’d like to hear (and see) more about Christian Aid’s work this week, this video brings some of their work to life: 

Some red envelopes are available at the back of church, or if you prefer to give via an e-envelope for the Lancaster Christian Aid Group: https://envelope.christianaid.org.uk/envelope/lancaster

You may also like to use the Christian Aid Week Prayer at the end of this newsletter.

Eco Group

.. meets on Zoom on Tuesday 11th at 7pm, including a discussion of the film, Thank you for the Rain

Children’s Corner:

Read today’s Gospel story (above)

Talk together about the people that you love, and the people that love you. 

How do you like to feel love? By being hugged, or by someone spending time with you, etc. 

How do you like to show your love for other people? 

Look at some photographs of family and friends and spend some time talking about those people. Think about how you got to know them and what you noticed about them when you first met. What loving qualities do these people show? Talk about how someone may look different than us – such as being a different age, speaking a different language, or looking different – but we should love every person because they are all special in their own way. 

Pray together: 

Loving God, help us show others your love by teaching us your ways and growing us as your children. Please help us to show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in our day to day lives. Amen

Restarting Children’s Church!!

Now that lockdown restrictions are lifting, we’re aiming to restart Children’s Church after half term. Thanks to Julie Tinnion for helping with this! To make this possible, we need a minimum of two adults in the Hall. If you can help (whether every week, every month – every little helps!), please have a chat with Rev Carol, or Julie Tinnion. 

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

Q, Why did the banana go to the doctor?

A. Because he wasn’t peeling well.

Children, Youth & Families job opportunity! 

Christ Church, Lancaster, is advertising for a part-time (20h/week) Children, Youth and Families Co-ordinator to help us grow our ministry and outreach in the parish. We’re looking for someone with experience of working with toddlers to teens, who is able to grow a team of volunteer leaders, and is keen to share the Gospel within and beyond the church walls. We are an inclusive, vibrant and welcoming community in the liberal catholic tradition. For an informal chat please contact Rev’d Carol, or for more details and to apply, please see Pathways: https://pathways.churchofengland.org/job/pathways/2326/christ-church-lancaster-children-youth-and-families-co-ordinator Closing date for applications is Monday 10th May.

New Noticeboard

This coming week, a new noticeboard will be installed beside the main gate, with thanks to a generous donor and funds from the Gregson Trust. The new board, with 2 display cabinets, will clearly show details about what’s on at Christ Church, and hopefully will help to welcome people here. One of the old boards was badly rotten, and the other was going to cost a large amount to re-write, so PCC decided to amalgamate them – we hope you like it!

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Job opportunity – Let’s Be Friends

Let’s Be-Friends is a new organisation, set up during Covid that links those just off the street or still homeless to people who have been through the same experience.  The volunteers befriend, support and help people when they are just starting a new life and really need to see a way through all the challenges it involves. We need a paid co-ordinator who supports, helps train and enable the volunteers to do that great job.   We are already seeing fantastic results but our co-ordinator has to move away.  It would be great to have people come forward from the local Christian community who would like to be considered to take on this role. The co-ordinator will make a huge difference in the lives of both homeless people and our volunteers. 


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.

Squares for Syria

Thank you to everyone who has been contributing knitted squares to be sent to Syria – we have made up several blankets – and also to those who have supplied the crocheted squares which have been made into lovely baby blankets.  Margaret Lyth has been given a large quantity of wool to be used for knitting/crocheting more squares, so if you’re able to make more squares – or would like to start helping – please contact her on 60387. 

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. 

Accommodation sought: 

Accommodation wanted for professional female from June 2021. ESOL teacher and working from home on-line, friendly, musical and helpful. Looking for annex, house share, family house or with a couple. Thank you, Sarah. sarahadams0208@gmail.com

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/

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 supply 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!

The Christ Church Cookbook: contributions invited

The Eco Church Group has been promoting reducing our carbon footprint by eating less meat.  They are not all vegetarian or vegan, but reducing meat consumption, especially meat from intensive farming, has benefits for both the climate and for animal welfare.  To encourage people to try meatless recipes, a cookbook of our favourite vegetarian and vegan dishes that could tempt even carnivores is being produced, for which contributions of your favourite, tried and tested, veggie and vegan recipes are invited. Sales of the cookbook will raise money for Christ Church funds.  We need to balance starters, mains and puddings, and also vegan/non-vegan recipes, and are limited in the size of the booklet but all contributions are welcome, even if they can’t all be included. Please include metric measurements for ingredients, and send your recipes to reader@christchurchlancaster.org.uk.

Welcomers and Tiddlers’ Group

Jane Lippitt would love to hear from you if you would be willing to join the team of sides-people (welcomers) or to help with the Tiddlers’ Group (pre-school children and their carers) which will be starting up again on Friday mornings as soon as we can resume children’s activities.

Recycling empty blister packs 

These can be taken for recycling to the Superdrug Pharmacy in town.  Alternatively, bring them to church on the first Sunday of the month, starting on 6th June, and the Eco group will recycle them.  

Fundraising Group

If you’d like to help plan some fun social events and fundraisers for the church in coming months (or would like to help on the day) – please contact Julie Buckley.

Cross Bay Walk

Rev Carol is planning a sponsored walk across Morecambe Bay on Saturday 5th June to raise funds for church repairs. There’s a sponsorship form at the back of church if you’d like to support the walk.

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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.

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Thought for the week

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.                   Saint Teresa of Kolkata

Eco-Group Action for the Week:  

The climate crisis hurts people living in poverty the worst of all. A gift to Christian Aid this week could help a community build an earth dam which will help it to withstand drought or relentless rainstorms.

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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

Christian Aid Week Prayer

Great God,
Who makes the sun to rise, and opens the heavens
Hear the cry of the people
Who sow in hope for rain, but reap only despair
Hear the cry of the people
Seeking shelter from the storm, their hopes and homes submerged
Hear the cry of the people,
When creation is hitting back, with rage and resistance
Give us hope, grant us salvation,
Give us a new relationship with creation
With reverence to tend this gift from You
And say once again of the earth and all you created
It is GOOD.  Amen.

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.