30th May 2021

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The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 30th May 2021

Feast of the Holy Trinity 


Holy God,

faithful and unchanging:

enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,

and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love, that we may truly worship you,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.   Amen. 


Isaiah 6.1-8

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory.’ 

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: ‘Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!

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

Psalm 29

Refrain:  The Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

1    Ascribe to the Lord, you powers of heaven,  

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

2    Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name;  

worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

   The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;

the God of glory thunders;  the Lord is upon the mighty waters. 

The Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

   The voice of the Lord is mighty in operation;  

the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.

5    The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees;  

the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;

6    He makes Lebanon skip like a calf  

and Sirion like a young wild ox. 

The Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

   The voice of the Lord splits the flash of lightning;

the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;  the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

8    The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe

and strips the forests bare;  in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’

9    The Lord sits enthroned above the water flood;  

the Lord sits enthroned as king for evermore.

10  The Lord shall give strength to his people;  

the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

The Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

Romans 8.12-17

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

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

Alleluia, alleluia.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people 

and kindle in them the fire of your love. 


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John   (3.1-17).   Glory to you, O Lord.

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

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

Post Communion: 

Almighty and eternal God,

you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and live and reign in the perfect unity of love:

hold us firm in this faith,

that we may know you in all your ways

and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory,

who are three Persons yet one God,

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, Janet Ball, Stephen Taylor, Dorothy Eidsforth, Jenny Lawrence.

RIP:  Leslie Fisher, baby George Hinds, Kallum Watkinson

Parish Cycle of Prayer:  

Those who live and work in Albion Mews and Balmoral Road; and Lancaster City Council, and Lancashire County Council.   Also: Father Ian Hollin, on the 50th anniversary of his priesting. 

Some suggested hymns you may like to follow at home:

Prayer and Worship this week: 

Sunday 30th May Trinity Sunday 

8.30am Holy Communion (Lady Chapel)

10.30am Parish Eucharist (in church, then uploaded to YouTube*)

6pm Eucharist on the Eve of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (Lady Chapel)

Wednesday  5:30 pm Meditation, followed by

6 pm Evening Prayer (Storey Chapel)

Thursday 7:00 pm Eucharist for Corpus Christi, with Prayers and Benediction (Lady Chapel)

Friday 9:30 am Holy Communion (Lady Chapel)

Saturday  9pm: Compline (YouTube*)

Sunday 6th June Climate Sunday 

8.30am Holy Communion (Lady Chapel)

10.30am Parish Eucharist (in church, then uploaded to YouTube*)

6pm Evening Prayer (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


Next Sunday (6th June)

Our morning services will have an Eco-theme, and the Eco-group will be sharing some of their own stories of faith and stewardship as part of the 10:30 service.

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Zoom Prayer

Tuesday 1st June 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)

Upcoming Course!

On Monday 14th June, a new course begins, entitled Living in Love and Faith. It encourages us to listen to a rich breadth of stories and experiences of relationships and faith, and reflect on what Scripture and the Holy Spirit are saying to us about what that means for the future. Across the Church of England groups are sharing the 5-week course, forming part of a national discernment of how the church will teach about relationships in future, and what prayer and blessing for couples will look like in years to come. All welcome

Online: starting Monday 14th June at 7pm  


Meeting ID: 984 4913 1608, Passcode: 342669

In person: (restrictions permitting) Eucharist Service.

Next PCC …

… meets on Wednesday 16th June.  If there are issues/ideas/questions on any aspect of church life which you’d like council to discuss, please let Rev Carol/Julie Buckley know. 

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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Children’s Corner:

Read today’s story from John’s Gospel  (above)

If you have the book, read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. If you don’t have it, you could watch this animated version of the story together:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” When the caterpillar came out of his cocoon, he was a totally new creation. A butterfly! That’s the way it is when we are born again and let Jesus come into our hearts. He makes us a new creation too! 

Pray together: 

Father God, we praise you that in Jesus we are a new creation; we ask you to change us with your Spirit and make us new. Amen

Tiddlers – babies, toddlers and parents/carers

We would really like to reopen our group for babies and toddlers with their parents and carers.                                                                                                                                                     The group will meet at 10am in the Church Hall on Fridays. The session will finish at 11.30 for now, although in the future we would like to provide a simple lunch at 12noon.  If you could help us with: setting up at 9:30 am; or welcoming people at 10 am; or making teas and coffees; or chatting to parents/doing song time with the children; or tidying up at the end of the session; please contact Jane Lippitt on lippittjane@gmail.com or on 07930 979503. 

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!

Request for puns about the number three.

Please help me with this. Tri as I might, I’ve only been able to think of one.

Children, Youth & Families – further advertisement

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:

https://pathways.churchofengland.org/search/category-diocese-of-blackburn/page-1 (Closing date 3rd June) 

New Paschal Candlestick

With grateful thanks to a generous donor, we will shortly have a new Paschal candlestick beside the font. The old one was becoming dangerous, so a faculty (church planning permission) has been obtained for a new one. It holds the light of Christ throughout our Easter services, and when we welcome new members of the church family at baptisms – we hope you like the new design!


Welcoming people to the services at Christ Church is a really valuable role.  If you would like to join the rota of sidespeople, either at the 8.30 or 10.30 services, or if you would like to know more about this role, please contact Jane Lippitt on lippittjane@gmail.com or on 07930 979503. 

New Noticeboard

The new church noticeboard is now installed beside the main gate, with many thanks to a generous donor and funds from the Gregson Trust. The new board, with 2 display cabinets, shows details of what’s on at Christ Church, and hopefully will help to welcome people here. 

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Lancaster Baptist Church, Nelson Street, Lancaster has a vacancy for a permanent Caretaker 

18 hours per week Monday to Friday working with occasional weekend/evenings rate of pay £9.50 per hour. Main duties: Cleaning (including maintaining standards to reduce risk of covid-19 transmission); Preparation of rooms for users; Simple maintenance tasks.  For a full job description and application form please contact office@lancasterbaptistchurch.org.uk  

Closing date midnight 03.06.2021 

Making Disciples Team Administrator

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Making Disciples team at Blackburn Board of Finance for a part time Team Administrator (20 hours per week). Reporting to the Archdeacon of Blackburn this post will be located within the attractive surroundings of our diocesan retreat house, Whalley Abbey, which has just reopened as a Centre for Christian Discipleship and Prayer.  For further information and to how to apply please visit the Church of England Recruitment site Pathways at https://pathways.churchofengland.org/job/pathways/2414/making-disciples-team-administrator-part-time-20-hours

Legal Clerk to the Diocesan Registry (4 to 5 days per week, total 28 or 35 hours)

This is a wonderful opportunity for a highly skilled administrator/clerk to help set up the new registry within the DBF. Reporting to the new Diocesan Registrar this post will be located at the diocesan offices in Blackburn.  For further information and how to apply please visit the Church of England Recruitment site Pathways at https://pathways.churchofengland.org/job/pathways/2413/clerk-to-the-diocesan-registry-4-or-5-day-week


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.

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.

Save the day!

For an afternoon of music, fun and cream teas at Christ Church on Saturday 3rd July 2.30-4.30pm. More details to follow – please think about who you’d like to invite! 

Looking ahead!

On 3rd December, we’ll be holding the first ever three-day Christ Church Christmas Tree Festival! The church will be filled with trees, which will be decorated by local groups to represent and celebrate our community. There’ll be music, refreshments – and we look forward to welcoming lots of people over the weekend.  If you can help – with planning, publicity, community links, or nearer the time – please let Julie Buckley know. 

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. 

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/

The Christ Church Cookbook: contributions invited

The Eco Church Group has been promoting reducing our carbon footprint by eating less meat.  Reducing meat consumption, especially meat from intensive farming, has benefits for both the climate and animal welfare.  We’re producing a cookbook of our favourite vegetarian and vegan dishes that could tempt even carnivores. Contributions of your favourite tried and tested veggie and vegan recipes are invited (metric measurements). Sales l raise money for Christ Church funds.  The size of the booklet means finding a balance of starters, mains and puddings, vegan/non-vegan recipes, but all contributions are welcome, even if they can’t all be included. Please send to: reader@christchurchlancaster.org.uk.


Starting 6th June, and on every first Sunday of the month, clean blister packs, plastic bottle tops, dental products (toothpaste tubes, plastic toothbrushes, used heads from electric toothbrushes and dental floss containers) can be placed (loose) in boxes at the back of church. They’ll then be taken for recycling. The box will be there on the first Sunday only – if you miss that Sunday, please hold onto them until the next month. Blister packs can also be taken for recycling to the Superdrug Pharmacy in town.  


Singers of all ages and abilities/experience are very welcome to come to choir practices every Thursday 7:15 -8:15 pm in church. Please contact Jacqueline for more details.

Thank you, gardeners!

A big thank you to Liz Mills and the gardening group for your hard work on Thursday afternoon – your efforts are much appreciated!

Father Ian Hollin

.. will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his priesting on 30th May, which took place while he was serving his first curacy at Christ Church in 1971.  Fr Ian has fond memories of his time here and sends his prayers and best wishes to all at Christ Church.  Michael Stocks

Cross Bay Walk

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored Rev Carol for her sponsored walk across Morecambe Bay next 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. If you’d prefer to give online, there is now a crowdfunding page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/christ-church-repair-fund

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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

Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God.         John Wesley 

Eco-Group Action for the Week:  

Many of you will have provided a bird bath in your garden, but bees need water too, so add some floating platforms or a pebble large enough for bees to land whilst having a drink.

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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.