28th May 2023

(Note: the Newsletter can also be downloaded as a PDF.)

A warm welcome to 

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

for Sunday 28th May 2023 Pentecost

Vicar: Revd Carol Backhouse 01524 942105 

revcarolbackhouse@gmail.com 1 East Road, Lancaster, LA1 3EE

www.christchurchlancaster.org.uk  Facebook:@ChristChurchLancaster

Everyone is welcome to join in prayer and worship this week: 

Today – Sunday 21st  May  – Sunday after Ascension Day

8:30am Holy Communion

10:30am Festal Eucharist for Pentecost – Guest Preacher, Rev’d Steve Haskett

6pm Evening Prayer (Lady Chapel)


5.30pm Meditation followed by 

6pm Evening Prayer (Storey Chapel)


9.30am Holy Communion (Lady Chapel)

Sunday 4th June – Trinity 

8:30am Holy Communion

10:30am Festal Eucharist for Trinity

6pm Taizé Eucharist

Children and Youth


For under 5s and their parents/carers, every Friday at 10:30 am in the Hall

Children’s Church

Every Sunday of term time during the 10.30 service for KS1/2 children

Messy Church

Crafts, stories, song and a meal together at 4pm on Sunday 25th June in the Hall for KS1/2

Connect Club

Meets in the Hall at 4pm on alternate Fridays (next one 9th June). Youth group for those in Years 5-7, with games, snacks and conversation.

Contact: Mrs Julie Tinnion 07749 489623

Gluten-free wafers available.  Please ask the Stewards for directions and assistance.

Please send items for inclusion in this newsletter to Jacqueline Stamper by Thursday lunchtime. Many thanks.

Prayer for the Week 

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith, revive your Church with the breath of love, and renew the face of the earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Scripture Readings for our Worship 

1 Corinthians 12.3b-13

Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.         

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

Psalm 104.26-36, 37b

Refrain: I will sing to the Lord as long as I live

26 O Lord, how manifold are your works! 

   In wisdom you have made them all;

      the earth is full of your creatures.

27 There is the sea, spread far and wide, 

   and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.

28 There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan which you have made to play in the deep.

29 All of these look to you 

   to give them their food in due season.

30 When you give it them, they gather it; •

   you open your hand and they are filled with good.

31 When you hide your face they are troubled; when you take away their breath,

      they die and return again to the dust.

32 When you send forth your spirit, they are created, 

   and you renew the face of the earth.

Refrain: I will sing to the Lord as long as I live

33 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; may the Lord rejoice in his works;

34 He looks on the earth and it trembles; 

   he touches the mountains and they smoke.

35 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; 

   I will make music to my God while I have my being.

36 So shall my song please him 

   while I rejoice in the Lord.

37 Let sinners be consumed out of the earth

      and the wicked be no more. 

   Bless the Lord, O my soul.


Refrain: I will sing to the Lord as long as I livePsalm 68.1-10,32-35

Acts of the Apostles 2.1-13

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs – in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’
But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’ 

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

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 20.19-23

Glory to you, O Lord

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ 

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

Prayer after Communion: 

Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation  the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit,
that every tongue may tell of your glory;  through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Please also remember in your prayers:

Those who are sick:   Youngblood McCray, Ernie Wilson, Stephen Gardner, Thomas Platt, Yan Connell, David Foster, Susannna Michaelis, Mike Dickinson, Valerie Williams, Leon TaylorJuliann Dougherty

Those who have died recently:  Joan Howarth, Albert Stott, Claire Payne, Paul Woodhouse, Julie Lewarne, Sitar Rose.

Those preparing for Marriage: Kirsten McCaskill and John Marshall, Charlotte Quail and James Woodhouse.

Those preparing for Baptism

Rowan Rogers. 

Parish Cycle of Prayer:  

For those who live and work on Edward Street, Wyresdale Gardens 

For all the primary and secondary schools in our parish

For the Giving in Grace appeal. 

Zoom Prayer: 

Tuesday 30th 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://us06web.zoom.us/j/8069459310?pwd=cVJ1ZDlnNXF2dDVFWThVa0Z0VWE5dz09

 Meeting ID: 806 945 9310     Passcode 942105

Taizé Eucharist

On the first Sunday of every month at 6pm, there is a beautiful service of prayer, music and stillness in the style of the Taizé Community.  The next will be on Sunday 4th June – everyone welcome! If you’d like to join the music group (singing or instrumental), the rehearsal starts at 4.30pm.  Do see Julian if you’d be interested.

Please will you spare 3 minutes to help the 6pm service?

 The 6pm service has been running in it’s current pattern for 18 months. It includes the Taize Eucharist, Celtic Evening Prayer, Ignatian Prayer, and Book of Common Prayer services.  We’d like to know what works for you about the current prayer and worship, and your thoughts on what you’d like to see happen in the next 18 months. 

The QR code will take you to a short survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9Z7VZNM

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Or please have a chat with Rev’d Carol about what would make the service better, 

what you look forward to, and where you find God in 6pm prayer and worship.

Thought for the Week  

Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God’s new Temple.  They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet..   The Rt. Rev’d N. T. (Tom) Wright

Meeting up

The clergy are available for pastoral support and spiritual direction, please don’t hesitate to be in in contact.  If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time or is seriously ill, please let us know as soon as possible, to arrange prayers, home communion, a hospital visit, or anointing of the sick.

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.


In Other News…

The Olive Branch Foodbank

… is in particular need of tinned pudding, rice, tinned curry, tinned pies, tinned ham, sweetcorn and peas, shampoo, shower gel, size 5 and size 6 nappies. .  All other items, including toiletries, are also gratefully received! Or you can give money for them to buy what is needed: https://www.the-olivebranch.org.uk/donate/

The Olive Branch – 2

Now that the Olive Branch have moved to new premises, they are looking to become ‘more than a food bank’ by offering support to those suffering distress caused by poverty, homelessness, addiction or family breakdowns.  Are you someone who is not easily shocked, and can listen rather than trying to fix someone? If so – please consider volunteering with the team.

Eco-Group Thought/Action for the Week 

Wildlife habitats in the countryside are disappearing at an alarming rate.  Our gardens are vital habitats forming part of  ‘green corridors’ in our towns and cities. Play your part in providing a lifeline for a huge range of species.

Recycling at Christ Church

The next collection of crisp packets, used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, plastic bottle tops, and blister packets of tablets, will be Sunday 4th June, and the first Sunday of every month.

Donations for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Donations of washing powder, laundry liquid, men’s toiletries, men’s hats and gloves needed. Please leave donations in the box at the back of church for RAIS. 

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

A cement mixer collided with a prison van on the M61.   Motorists are asked to be on the lookout for 16 hardened criminals.   Peter Kay.


Jacqueline Stamper and Peter Bohdan were elected as Churchwardens. 

Pat Allen and Cathy Wilson were elected as Deanery Synod Representatives.  (Jacqueline continues on the Deanery Synod ex officio as an elected member of both Diocesan and General Synods.)

Julie Buckley, Louise Tuck, Paul Thompson, Celia Brigg, Joel Taylor, Susan Brooks, Cathy Wilson, Claire Mumford and Helen Simpson were elected to PCC.


…. met on 24th May, at which they had a briefing on getting the best out of PCC membership, and also discussed future plans for children and youth work at Christ Church, and an invitation to join the Open Table network.  If there are ideas, suggestions or things you’d like to raise, please let Rev’d Carol, or Julie Buckley know.  Please keep your PCC in your prayers, and share this prayer for our church:

Lord God, Together with you by our side, we can bring growth to our Church. Send your Holy Spirit to give us good planning, wise actions, joy in worship and our welcome, the right words when we speak to others. Help our Church grow in numbers, in Spiritual commitment to you, and in service to our local community, through Christ our Lord. Amen 

Cross Bay Walk!

Thank you to everyone who sponsored Rev’d Carol and the group doing the Cross Bay Walk for Money For Madagascar. Please leave sponsorship money in the labelled envelope.

Children’s Activity Afternoon

Thank you to everyone who came along to help with or to prepare for the children’s afternoon yesterday – it was a great day!

Community at Christ Church:

Steven Moore Concert Tour

Percussionist Steven is returning, this time with his friends to bring some thrilling new repertoire on Saturday 17th June. At 7.30pm Music will be eclectic as always, including transcriptions of Debussy and Bach, exhilarating works with multi-percussion, new works  with film and pieces to bring moments of serenity. Tickets £15 or £10 Concessions (with funds split with Christ Church) Available on the door or pre-book at www.StevenMoorePercussionist.com

Christ Church Crafting 

… will meet next on Tuesday 13th June at 11:30am in the Hall – all welcome! Bring your own craft project, or help with a community banner.  Meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at the same time. Contact Julie Buckley for further details.

Christ Church Choir

….. sings at the 10.30 service about once a month, plus other special occasions, and practises in church on Thursdays at 7.15pm for an hour. New members always welcome; if you’re not sure, come along and give it a try for a few weeks! Have a word with Clive or contact him via cliveshaw54@gmail.com


The church gardening group meets on the first Friday of the month from 12-2pm – do come for as much or as little as you are able to. Please bring gloves and secateurs if you can although there are some spares in the shed – everyone welcome!

Other Diary Dates…

27th May           Spring Fayre with Children’s Games and Sports

17th June 7pm Steven Moore Concert in Church

23rd July 3pm   Pet Blessing Service 

30th July 3pm   Pimms and Hymns Service celebrating our favourite hymns

13th August      Feast of the Assumption followed by Barbecue

Man Alive! At Blackburn Cathedral on Thursday 22nd June at 7.30pm An opportunity for men from across Lancashire to come together and hear inspiring stories of faith, to celebrate and worship God, and to be encouraged in their own walk of faith. Tickets available from: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/man-alive-tickets-598422256077

Refreshments today!

All are welcome for hot and cold drinks, biscuits, etc. after the 10:30 am services.

Receiving the notices by email

If you would like to receive these notices by email, please contact Jacqueline Stamper on the above address. 

Supporting Christ Church

Church Repair Fund

Our Church Repair Fund helps keep our buildings in good condition so that they can continue to be used for ministry and outreach in the years to come. There are several big projects on the Porch, East Wall, and Hall, which are in need of urgent work.  

If you’d like more details about what is going on, please pick up a leaflet – and if you are able to make a donation, there are envelopes available. You can also contribute online via the Give a Little website: https://givealittle.co/campaigns/1c7889a9-7ef8-4730-a84a-2d434726c909

Supporting Christ Church – One-off Gifts

If you would like to make a one-off donation to the church as an offering, to pay a fee, or as a gift to regular funds, you can give through our ‘Give a little’ page:  https://givealittle.co/campaigns/f63a0655-b270-4d05-bf35-3994747785d0    This will also give you the option to Gift Aid your donation (if you pay tax in the UK), enabling the church to get an extra 25p back from the taxman for every £1 you give.  

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Supporting Christ Church – Regularly

Christ Church is now taking part in the Parish Giving Scheme, which enables you to give regularly by Direct Debit, and to to easily review how much you give depending on circumstances. Online at www.parishgiving.org.uk   Or by telephone 0333 002 1271 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.  For any of these methods our PGS code 030603240 ensures that your gift goes to our church.

Key contacts:

Churchwardens:  …       Mr Peter Bohdan 07974924968

Ms Jacqueline Stamper churchwarden@christchurchlancaster.org.uk 01524 64083

Priest with PTO and Choir Contact: …Rev’d Clive Shaw.   cliveshaw54@gmail.com

Lay Reader: …Dr Pat Allen  reader@christchurchlancaster.org.uk  01524 39552

Parish Safeguarding Officer: …TBC  safeguarding@christchurchlancaster.org.uk  07547 717060

Children, Youth & Families Coordinator: …Mrs Julie Tinnion children@christchurchlancaster.org.uk  07749 489623

Parish Secretary: …Mrs Julie Buckley  buckleys@live.co.uk   01524 37229

Hall Bookings:  …hall@christchurchlancaster.org.uk   07980 351855

Christ Church School …Miss Emma Simpson   01524 60955