Weekly News on Friday 1 March 2024

This week Kim and I have been in Harrogate at the New Wine Leaders Conference. It was a really encouraging time on the topic of Holy, Healthy, Humble leadership. (Not to be confused with “Holy, Healthy, Crumble” which is what we thought we heard at the start of the conference!). The call to follow Jesus’ example of holiness, health and humility is not just for leaders, it’s for the whole church! It’s for you and for me. 

To be holy means to be set apart for God; to turn away from the things we know to be wrong and to live a life of love for God and love for one another. To be humble is to know who God is and who we are in relation to Him. It’s to trust in God, and not in ourselves and our own competency. To be healthy in our christian walk is a combination of both of those things; turning away from what’s spiritually unhealthy and maintaining a healthy perspective on ourselves. 

The Blackburn Diocese vision 2026 is about having Healthy Churches Transforming Communities. How is your spiritual health? Where might God be prompting you to improve your spiritual diet, or get more spiritual exercise? How can you be more Holy, Healthy and Humble this week?

Andrew

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SUNDAY SERVICES 

The services and activities on Sunday 3rd March are:

  • 9:00 AM Traditional (The Book of Common Prayer) Service of Holy Communion (with refreshments afterwards)
  • 10:00 AM Meadows Books open (until 10:45 AM)
  • 10:00 AM Catechism Class in the Community Centre Hall (with refreshments)
  • 11:00 AM Contemporary Service of Holy Communion LIVE streamed (with refreshments afterwards)
  • 12:15 PM Meadows Books’ open (until 12:45 PM)
  • 3:00 PM Traditional (The Book of Common Prayer) Service of Evening Prayer (with refreshments)
  • 5:00 PM Treehouse Informal Family Service of Holy Communion (with refreshments)
  • 6:00 PM Meadows Books open (until 6:15 PM)

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WATCHING ONLINE

If you’re unable to attend due to health and mobility, our livestream can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE.

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BIBLE READINGS

Our focus in the Sunday morning services is on the Bible reading, John 2.13-22 (Church Bible page 887). You can read it online HERE. At Treehouse Communion we will also be reading John 2.13-22

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ORDER OF SERVICE

For the 11:00 AM service is available HERE.

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CHRIST CHURCH THORNTON FOOTBALL CLUB

Our men’s team are back in action! 

  • Last 16 of the MB Trophy: Saturday 2nd March at Poolfoot Farm. 11:00 AM kick-off.
  • If the team win that match they are through to the quarter finals and will be playing on Saturday 16th March at Poolfoot Farm (kick-off time to be confirmed).

Supporters are needed and welcome! Look out for the team playing in the bright yellow shirts!

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CANCELLED: ROSSALL CHAPEL CHOIR CHORAL EVENSONG

Due to school staff illness there will be no Choral Evensong with the Rossall School Chapel Choir on Monday 4th March as previously advertised.

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON HALL SET UP TEAM AND TREEHOUSE SIDESPERSON NEEDED

After the 11 AM service, from around 12:15 PM we offer drinks and fellowship in the hall which is an important time of fellowship for church members and visitors to get to know one another in an informal setting after the service. Then, at 5PM the hall is used (with a completely different configuration of sofas and tables) for our Treehouse Family Service, which is a vital part of our mission to disciple children, young people and their families. These two activities are dependent on the furniture in the hall being rearranged on a Sunday afternoon, a task currently undertaken by Damian and Andrew. 

We are looking to recruit a team of 2 to 4 volunteers who could take on the task of rearranging the hall on a Sunday afternoon. This would either be at 1:15 PM to 1:45 PM or 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM, dependent on volunteer availability. We would like to have this team in place as soon as possible, and ideally before the sabbatical in order to avoid any impact on these two vital activities. 

Additionally, we are keen to recruit a Treehouse Sidesperson or Sidespeople to serve during the 5 PM Treehouse service. The Treehouse Sidesperson would be responsible for recording a count of the number of people who attend the service and for sitting in the porch during the service to welcome any late-comers and ensure the security of the building. This would mean not attending the Treehouse service yourself, so we are looking for somebody who is a regular attender at one of the other services who could come to Treehouse in addition in order to serve.

Can you help? Speak to Andrew or email andrew@christchurchthornton.uk

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PRESENTATION FOR THE PRINCES TRUST VOLUNTEERS

At the end of their 12 week programme the is a presentation for the Princes Trust volunteers on Tuesday 2nd April 12:30 PM at Fleetwood Conservative Club. Anybody from church is welcome.

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COACH TRIP TO RIPON

The coach trip is filling up fast!

Damian is running a coach trip to the Cathedral City of Ripon – would you like to come too? It’s on Friday 15th March 2024 and costs only £15!

There will be an opportunity to explore Ripon at your own leisure. Or perhaps you would like to come to the free group tour at Ripon Cathedral?

Glorious Ripon Cathedral will surprise you. With free entry you can explore this beautiful medieval cathedral and its intriguing Anglo-Saxon crypt, dating from 672AD. It’s the oldest structure of any cathedral in England still in use today.

Find unusual treasures of art and design at every turn, some of which are thought to have inspired ‘The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland.’ Soak up the cathedral’s breath-taking architecture and discover a unique oasis of peace in a busy world.

You could also experience the life of the poor and the prisoners at the Workhouse Museum, the Prison and Police Museum, and the Courthouse Museum. Or we could look to arrange transport for you to visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Park. 

Damian is exploring the possibility for a group to go on a private narrowboat cruise on the Pride of Ripon on the Ripon Canal. So much to choose from!

The coach will be setting off from Christ Church Thornton at 8:30 AM, arriving in Ripon around 10:30 AM. The coach will leave Ripon at 4:30 PM, arriving back at Christ Church around 6:30 PM, traffic dependent.

You can book and pay for your place using this link HERE.

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2024 COACH TRIPS

Advance notice of the coach trips planned for 2024:

  • Friday 15th March: Ripon (shops, Cathedral, boat tour)
  • Friday 2nd August: Keswick (Convention)
  • Friday 13th December: Chester (Christmas markets, Cathedral

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DIOCESAN CLERGY STUDY DAY

Christ Church Thornton are hosting one of the Clergy Study Days for the Diocese. It is on Tuesday 19th March, starting at 9:00 AM. Our excellent facilities means we are a popular choice for clergy to visit and enjoy a day of study, fellowship and hospitality. All of the usual activities which take place in the Church and the Community Centre will not be taking place that day, with the exception of the Meadows Books which will be open during the hours of the Clergy Study Day.

70 people are currently booked in for the Study Day. They will be enjoying tea and coffee on arrival, other drinks breaks, a hot lunch, worship and study. Due to the sheer number of people attending, an extra special effort is needed to cater for this many people. Volunteers will be welcome who can contribute just an hour or two, or for the whole day (approximately 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM). 

If you can help, please fill out this form HERE to indicate what you can help with.

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SPRING CLEAN

On Saturday 13th April from 9:00 AM to Noon we will be having a spring clean of the Church and Community Centre Hall. These regular cleaning days are essential in keeping the building clean and we really appreciate those who regularly volunteer. If you’ve never been before, why not give it a try? It’s a great way to meet people in church in other congregations, plus a chance to burn some of those Easter Egg calories! 

Please sign up HERE.

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THE MARRIAGE COURSE

We will be running The Marriage Course 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Friday lunchtimes starting 19th April 2024. The Marriage Course is a series of seven weekly sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Each week includes a hot meal, a video, and discussion time with your spouse or spouse-to-be.

Download this PDF information sheet for full details including costs:
The Marriage Course – 2024 Information Sheet.pdf

To make the course happen, I need a small team of kitchen volunteers who are available from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on a Friday to cook and serve the meals for the couples attending the course. 

Please email Andrew if you are interested in attending or helping in the kitchen. 

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FAMILY TEATIME COOKERY CLASSES

Family Teatime Cookery Classes run on Fridays from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Please sign up  HERE. It would be hugely helpful if people can book in by a Wednesday evening, as the volunteers go shopping for the food on a Thursday morning.

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FIRST AID TRAINING

Christ Church is hosting First Aid Training on the evening of Friday 26th April 2024 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM . This two hour training session covers basic first aid and is recommended to be refreshed every year. The session is open to anybody who wants to book and costs £26 per person (including £1 booking fee). The session is limited to 16 people, but we can arrange addition sessions if we fill up.
 
BOOK HERE.

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DIOCESAN LENT COURSE: JOURNEY INTO FREEDOM

Damian is leading the Diocese of Blackburn Lent Course in Thursday evenings 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The course features videos by Bishop Philip alongside discussion of the story of Exodus.

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CORE CATECHISM CLASSES
Getting to grips with why we believe what we believe!

The current topics are the attributes of God, looking at subjects such as the self-existence of God and the unchangeable nature of God.

These classes are designed to equip Christians with the tools to understand more firmly why they believe what they believe. Using the ancient method of catechesis, the Core Catechism Classes (designed by Damian) will teach the foundational doctrines of Christianity, carefully tracing the story of the one true God as revealed in Scripture.

Core Catechism Classes run in-between the Sunday morning services from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM (sometimes starting later than 10:00 and finishing at 10:55 AM) enabling people attending from either morning congregation to come. They run in the Community Centre Hall with tea and coffee available on arrival.

Topics include: Church History, Creation, Creeds, 39 Articles, Bible Overview, Heresies, Baptism, Holy Communion, The Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, Reliability of the Bible.

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TREEHOUSE WEEKEND AWAY

We’re very pleased to announce the third Treehouse Weekend Away, which take place from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October 2024. It will be at Thornleigh Christian Hotel at Grange-over-Sands. We hope to have all the accommodation at the Hotel in use just for the Treehouse congregation, with many families enjoying a weekend away growing in faith through worship, prayer, Bible teaching, alongside great food, walks out, and fun times together. A letter with more information will be available in due course. For now, keep those dates free if you’re interested in going.

For members of other congregations, a three-day stay at Thornleigh Hotel is also being planned for 2024. More details to follow when they are available.

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FRUITFUL APP

You can download The Fruitful App from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. The Fruitful app is all about discipleship – helping people grow in their relationship with Jesus and to bear fruit for him. Almost 2,000 people have so far downloaded the app from across the Diocese of Blackburn!

Two of the great ways you can use the app is to use the Lent devotions and to access the Lent Course by Bishop Philip.

For anyone who doesn’t have the facility to use an app or doesn’t like to use apps, then the good news is that many of the resources on the app are also on the accompanying Fruitful website, which is: www.fruitful.faith

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GIVING TO GOD

There are numerous ways to give to God and contribute to the mission and ministry of Christ Church:

  • Bank transfer – details available HERE
  • By dated giving envelopes (on request)
  • By contactless machine at the back of Church (or sometimes positioned in the Pilgrim’s Rest or the Community Centre)
  • Online giving – you can give online HERE
  • Text message – simply text SUNDAY to 70460 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message which will be added to your mobile phone bill
  • Cash in the collection plate (positioned on the font)

Bank transfer or standing order is the preferred method of giving as they do not have any processing fees attached. Tax payers can add Gift Aid to their gift. More information about this can be found on the website HERE.

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SERVING IN CHURCH

There’s always lots of opportunities to get involved in the mission and ministry of the church and all our activities throughout the week, on evenings, and on Sundays are dependent on volunteers to operate. Volunteers help to set up and tidy up, provide refreshments, assist with (and in many cases run) activities, and keep our churchyard mowed and tidy. 

Serving on a team is also a great way to get to know other members of the church family. If you don’t currently serve on a team at church and would like to, please do contact Damian or Andrew for a chat about where you might best fit. 

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DIARY OF ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Below is a comprehensive list of all that’s taking place in the week ahead. You can also visit out online diary on the church website HERE.

Monday 4th March

  • 9:00 AM to 9:25 AM – Morning Prayer in Church
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (parent, baby and toddlers) in the Community Centre
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest in the Chapel
  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – The Meadows Bookshop and Giftshop
  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Food Pantry available (emergency food support)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:45 PM – Lyrics and Lunch in the Community Centre and Church
  • 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM – Bowl & Chat in the Community Centre
  • 7:45 PM to 9:15 PM – Monday night Growth Group in the Community Centre

Tuesday 5th March

  • 9:00 AM to 9:25 AM – Morning Prayer in Church
  • 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM – Flourish Woman’s Bible Study at Chris Hartley’s House
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (parent, baby and toddlers) in the Community Centre
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest in the Chapel
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Craft & Chat in Church
  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – The Meadows Bookshop and Giftshop
  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Food Pantry available (emergency food support)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Lunch in the Community Centre
  • 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM – KICK Academy at Thornton Cleveleys Football Club on Gamble Road
  • 7:45 PM to 9:15 PM – Tuesday night Growth Group in the Community Centre

Wednesday 6th March

  • 8:10 AM to 8:30 AM – ‘Walking Wednesday’ (Breakfast Club and Walking Bus) to Royles Brook School in the Community Centre
  • 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM – Fridaymen volunteers in the Churchyard and Church
  • 9:00 AM to 9:25 AM – Morning Prayer in Church
  • 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM – Wednesday morning Growth Group in Church
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (parent, baby and toddlers) in the Community Centre
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest in the Chapel
  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – The Meadows Bookshop and Giftshop
  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Food Pantry available (emergency food support)
  • 11:15 AM to 12:00 PM – Traditional (BCP) service of Holy Communion in Church
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Lunches for Seniors in the Community Centre
  • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Mothers’ Union Service and Meeting in Church and the Community Centre
  • 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM – Road to Life Course
  • 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM – Lighthouse
  • 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM – Musical Worship Team Rehearsal in Church

Thursday 7th March

  • 9:00 AM to 9:25 AM – Morning Prayer in Church
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (parent, baby and toddlers) in the Community Centre
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest in the Chapel
  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – The Meadows Bookshop and Giftshop
  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Food Pantry available (emergency food support)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:45 PM – Lyrics and Lunch in the Community Centre and Church
  • 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM – Bat & Chat in the Community Centre
  • 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM – Diocesan Lent Course (in the Community Centre Hall)

Friday 8th March

  • 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM – Fridaymen volunteers in the Churchyard and Church
  • 9:00 AM to 9:25 AM – Morning Prayer in Church
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest in Church
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Craft & Chat in Church
  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – The Meadows Bookshop and Giftshop
  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Food Pantry available (emergency food support)
  • 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM – Move and Chat in Church
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Family Teatime Cookery Classes in the Community Centre

Saturday 9th March

  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – The Meadows Bookshop and Giftshop

Sunday 10th March Mothering Sunday
Service times to be confirmed in due course.

Not sure what to come to? Not sure if a service or activity is suited to you or not? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and ask.

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With blessings,

Damian & Andrew

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