Dear Church Community,
I’m looking forward to seeing many people on Sunday, Trinity Sunday, as we worship one God in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
On Sunday we are welcoming Mr Mike Chesterton to all our services, to give a presentation on the work of Home for Good. Home for Good is a national Christian charity committed to finding a home for every child. Home for Good works with individuals, families, churches and communities advocating for children and providing resources reflecting how each of us can play a part in transforming the lives of vulnerable children and young people. Blackpool has one of the highest rates of looked after children in the country. Therefore it is good to be aware of the need for fostering and adoption amongst both church members and the wider community.
The services on Sunday 12th June are:
- 9:00 AM Traditional (Book of Common Prayer) Service of Holy Communion (with refreshments afterwards)
- 11:00 AM Contemporary Service of Holy Communion LIVE streamed (with refreshments afterwards)
- 5:00 PM ‘Treehouse’ Informal Family Worship Service (with refreshments on arrival)
‘Clubhouse’ meets in the Hall during Treehouse for primary-school aged children.
If you’re unable to attend due to health and mobility, please be assured we continue to livestream our main 11:00 AM service. It can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE. You can download and print the order of service and bring it along with you if you wish to. Click HERE if so.
Our focus tomorrow is on the Bible reading in Matthew 5.1-16 (Church Bible page 809).
ANDREW, KIM, ENA AND TOBY HAVE ARRIVED!
Please join my in extending a very warm welcome to Andrew, Kim, Ena and Toby. We welcome them (and their rabbits!) both to the Fylde Coast and to Christ Church Thornton. You might have spotted them last weekend at the Pentecost/Jubilee Celebration. If not, you’ll see them around at Church over the next few weeks. Do please say hello and introduce yourself (but do remember it’s easier for you to remember Andrew’s name than for him to remember all of your names!).
Andrew will be ordained by Bishop Julian on Saturday 2nd July at Blackburn Cathedral at 10:30 AM. We are delighted to have 30 tickets for members of Christ Church to attend the service and support Andrew and his family. I have the tickets, so if you would like to go please email me (don’t tell me verbally, I might forget!). I will collate a list of numbers and will communicate with all those going who is willing to drive so we can car-share. An ordination service is always a wonderful celebration and a very important occasion. I can think back to my ordination 10 years ago and I remember how much I was encouraged by those attending. So if you are free, do please consider going to Blackburn Cathedral to support Andrew.
On Andrew’s first Sunday, Sunday 3rd July, we will have an opportunity to formally welcome Andrew during our services. Andrew will be preaching at all the services that day and will be sharing his story with you. More informally, you are all invited to a welcome buffet in the afternoon at 1:00 PM in the Community Centre Hall. So, I invite you to have an afternoon off cooking and to come and enjoy welcoming Andrew, Kim, Ena and Toby. We’ll make sure there’s plenty of food to go around!
(The welcome buffet will be in place of the monthly roast dinner).
I’m very pleased to share with you that members of our church community and the local community are organising a men’s charity football match. This is in partnership with ‘TeamKickabout’ – a local community organisation supporting the mental health of dads. There are four ways you can be involved:
- You can come along and watch and support from the sidelines on Sunday 26th June at 6:00 PM at Poolfoot Farm Sports and Leisure Complex, Butts Road Thornton-Cleveleys
- You can donate via the fundraising page HERE
- You can play (email me if you’re interested, it’s £5 to play, with plenty of subs, meaning you can come on for just a short period or a longer period)
- You can pray! (especially for a sudden divine bestowal of footballing skills upon the vicar!)
To all those who made last Sunday’s open air services and activities possible! You were wonderful!
If you missed the service or want to watch it again, you can do so HERE on our YouTube channel. I do apologise for the man with the bright shirt and green hat.
Goodnight and God bless,