Weekly News on Friday 10 May 2024

When we go through difficult times it’s good to ask one another for prayer. Such prayer can be a great source of comfort and support, and of course we believe that God hears our prayers and that prayer makes a difference.

How much more comfort should we take then from this week’s gospel passage from John 17:6-19 which is Jesus’ prayer for his followers? In fact, Jesus who rose from the dead and ascended to the Father’s right hand continues to pray for us. Because he is human, Jesus understands our needs and our troubles; and because He is God He loves us more than we can imagine and has wisdom beyond our comprehension. We can be confident then, that Jesus knows just what to pray for!

Continue to pray for one another this week reminded that you’re not alone in your prayers; that Jesus is praying to the Father alongside you.

Andrew

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Sunday Services

The services and activities on Sunday 12th May 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 livestreamed (with refreshments afterwards)
  • 12:15 PM Meadows Books’ open (until 12:45 PM)
  • 5:00 PM Treehouse Informal Family Service (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 services is on the Bible reading, John 17.6-19.  At Treehouse we’re continuing with Story 54: Israel demands a King from 1 Samuel 8-12.

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Order of Service

For the 11:00 AM service is available HERE.

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Rosemary Bond

It is with shock and sadness to announce that Rosemary Bond has died. Details of her funeral will follow soon. Please do pray for her relatives, especially her cousin Andrew and his family. We can take in heart in the knowledge that Rosemary’s saviour who has been preparing a place for her in His kingdom has called her home to His presence. Please give thanks to the Lord in prayer for Rosemary, the life she has lived, the faith she has enjoyed, and the giftings she brought to the life of the church community. 

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Bank Holiday and Building Work Closure

Please note that the Church and Community Centre will be closed for the usual activities on Monday and 27th May due to the Bank Holiday.

Work to replace the higher side windows in Church will take place between Monday 13th May and Friday 24th May.  The Church and the Chapel will not be available for use mid-week during the works. Sundays will go ahead as normal as well as the concert on Saturday 18th May and the funeral of Irene Fish on Wednesday 22nd May. The following activities will not run the weeks starting 13th and 20th May:

  • The Pilgrim’s Rest.
  • Craft and Chat.
  • Wednesday Growth Group.
  • Wednesday Holy Communion.

Lyrics and Lunch will go ahead but with the lyrics part in the hall.  All activities in the hall will continue as normal.

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Annual Parochial Church Meeting

Notice of the Annual Meeting of Parishioners (where Churchwardens are elected) is HERE. Notice of the APCM is HERE

Our 2024 APCM will be on Thursday 16th May beginning at 5:30 PM. We’re looking to have as many people attend as possible! This will be a celebration to God of all that happens in the life of Christ Church Thornton.

The evening consists of two official meetings, firstly the Meeting of Parishioners (known as the ‘Vestry Meeting’ where Churchwardens are elected) and the APCM where the financial statements and annual reports are presented and members of the laity are elected to serve on the PCC (and every three years the Deanery Synod.).

Please do attend if you can, as this is an important annual meeting giving an overview of the previous year and looking forward to the year to come. This APCM will be suitable for all ages, so do come along as a family. We will start with the election of Churchwardens at 5:30 PM. Then we will move onto the Annual Meeting of Parishioners at 5:35 PM, which will start with prayer, a song of worship, then a buffet, after which a representative from each congregation will share some highlights of the ministry and mission during 2023. Amidst all this will be the official components which make up the APCM, including the annual reports, financial statements, elections and appointments.

At the APCM we have four places for a three-year term on the PCC and one place for a two-year term on the PCC (this is called a ‘casual vacancy’). Nomination forms are available to download and print here: 

  • A nomination form for election to the PCC can be downloaded using this link HERE.
  • A nomindation form for Churchwarden can be downloaded using this link HERE.

Nomination Forms must be submitted before or at the meeting. For more information about eligibility to serve on the PCC (and in future years the Deanery Synod) and the nominations and election process, please do get in touch with me. Please pray that God will equip and call people to these important roles to serve and lead His Church.

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An evening of jazz and swing on Saturday 18th May

To celebrate 50 years of the Fylde Coast’s premier jazz bandThe Wyre Levee Stompers, you are invited to an evening of jazz and swing with the Wyre Levee Stompers (Trinity Hospice Ambassadors) and Sounds Right7-piece band (featuring vocalists Lynne Francis and Chris Hewitt) – playing swing classics from the big band era. On Saturday 18th May 2024 at 7:30 PM at Christ Church Thornton.
Admission £7.50 (including interval refreshments). All proceeds will go to the Stompers’ favourite charity Trinity Hospice. For enquiries, please call Mr Bill Barrow on 01253 824548 / 07976 822640.


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Open Doors Prayer Meeting

The next Open Doors Prayer meeting will be at 1:00 PM on Friday 24th May at Denise and Martin’s house. They are hosting lunch at 1pm and would love you to join us to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Contact Martin (martin@christchurchthornton.uk) to book lunch.

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Men United Meal

The next Men United meal will be at 7:30 PM on Friday 31st May at the Tavern at the Mill. These meals are a great opportunity to invite a friend who doesn’t come to Church and introduce him to other Christians. Speak to John Hearnshaw to book places for you and your friends!

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Archdeacon’s Fylde Deaneries Visitation – volunteers needed

Christ Church is fast developing a reputation in the diocese as a place of great welcome and hospitality. This is all down to the work of fantastic volunteers who help serve at the various events we have hosted.

On Tuesday 11th June 7:30 PM we will be hosting the Archdeacon’s Fylde Deaneries Visitation, a service where Church Wardens for all of the parishes of the Fylde are commissioned. Could you be on the hospitality team to serve refreshments and welcome those attending? Email andrew@christchurchthornton.uk for more details.

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Safeguarding In Person Basic Awareness and Foundations In-Person Training

Monday 24th June 2024 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Christ Church Thornton.

It’s important that everybody in an outward facing role has completed both the Basic Awareness and Foundations safeguarding training. The training is open to anybody to complete. Those in outward facing volunteer and staff roles are required to complete it in order to perform those roles. This training needs to be repeated every three years.

The best way to do this is online. You can register for free and complete the training here: safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org 

However, we recognize that not everybody is able to use computers. For this reason we are running an in person version of these two online courses from 7-9 PM on Monday 24th June. If you are unable to complete the training online, please book on to this evening in person training here.

If you choose to complete the online training, please inform David Taylor, the Parish Safeguarding Officer. And, on your ‘profile’ where it asks ‘Local reporting (allow a user with the following email address to view my training record)’ please put David’s email address: dataylor@screaming.net This will ensure David is informed when your safeguarding training is complete and then our records can be kept up to date.

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Ladies’ Evening Meal

A Ladies evening meal has been arranged for Wednesday 3rd July (not 5th June as previously advertised) at Singleton Lodge. If you are interested in enjoying an evening out please see Judith Murphy for a menu.

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Coach Trip to Consecration Service of the Bishop of Burnley at York Minster

We are thinking of putting on a coach trip to York on Friday 19th July 2024 to attend the Consecration Service of the new Bishop of Burnley, the Rev. Dr. Joe Kennedy, at York Minster. The Service starts at 11am and we aim to be seated by 10:45 AM at the latest. We will probably leave Christ Church around 8/8:30 AM and get back home for around 5:00 PM  so there will be plenty of time for you to have a look round the Minster, take in the sights, have a stroll down the Shambles, look at the markets and have a bite to eat. The cost will be in the region of £15 each.

We’ve had some expression of interest but need more for it to go ahead.  Please email Sally at: burnaze6@googlemail.com as soon as possible to express your interest to make sure that the trip goes ahead.

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Family Teatime Cookery Classes

Family Teatime Cookery Classes have re-started on Fridays from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Sign up for this half-term below:

Please try to book before Wednesday each week so that the team can plan numbers. If you need to cancel, please use the cancellation link in your booking email. 

Next term cookery classes will run from 7th June to 12th July inclusive. If you would like to book ahead you can book here.

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Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers on Fridays and other days to help with The Pilgrim’s Rest, The Marriage Course and putting away food deliveries. Can you help? Email andrew@christchurchthornton.uk

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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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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
  • You can give by text with a smartphone.  Send a text to 07380 307 800 containing our keyword “CCTFY5”, followed by the word “give”, followed by the amount they wish to give.  For example “CCTFY5 give £10” to give £10. Step by step instuctions HERE
  • 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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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 13th May

  • 9:00 AM to 9:25 AM – Morning Prayer in the Bookshop
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (parent, baby and toddlers) in the Community Centre
  • 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 1:30 PM – Lyrics and Lunch in the Community Centre (earlier finish time than usual due to the activity taking place in the Hall)
  • 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 14th May

  • 9:00 AM to 9:25 AM – Morning Prayer in the Bookshop
  • 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 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
  • 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM –  Road to Life Course in the Community Centre

Wednesday 15th May

  • 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM – Fridaymen volunteers in the Churchyard and Church
  • 8:10 AM to 8:30 AM – ‘Walking Wednesday’ (Breakfast Club and Walking Bus) to Royles Brook School in the Community Centre
  • 9:00 AM to 9:25 AM – Morning Prayer in the Bookshop
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (parent, baby and toddlers) in the Community Centre
  • 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 – Lunches for Seniors in the Community Centre
  • 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM – Lighthouse
  • 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM – Musical Worship Team Rehearsal in Church

Thursday 16th May

  • 9:00 AM to 9:25 AM – Morning Prayer in the Bookshop
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (parent, baby and toddlers) in the Community Centre
  • 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 1:30 PM – Lyrics and Lunch in the Community Centre (earlier finish time than usual due to the activity taking place in the Hall)
  • 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM – Bat & Chat in the Community Centre
  • 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (approx) – APCM in the Community Centre

Friday 17th May

  • 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM – Fridaymen volunteers in the Churchyard and Church
  • 9:00 AM to 9:25 AM – Morning Prayer in the Bookshop
  • 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 2:00 PM – The Marriage Course in the Community Centre
  • 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
  • 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Standing Committee in the Chapel

Saturday 18th May

  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – The Meadows Bookshop and Giftshop
  • 7:30 PM – An evening of jazz and swing with the Wyre Levee Stompers and guests (in Church)

Sunday 19th May

  • 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 livestreamed (with refreshments afterwards)
  • 12:15 PM Meadows Books’ open (until 12:45 PM)
  • 5:00 PM Treehouse Informal Family Service (with refreshments)
  • 6:00 PM Meadows Books open (until 6:15 PM)

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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Damian’s sabbatical

A note from Damian… in 9 days from now I will start my sabbatical. It will start on Monday 20th May 2024 and finish at the end of Saturday 31st August 2024. With all this in mind and being conscious that I am going to be away from Christ Church for quite a significant time, I have set up some appointment times in my calendar between now and when the sabbatical starts. This is so that adults have opportunity to have a conversation, ask a burning question, or finalise some planning. Often those sorts of conversations happen in passing or on a Sunday. Or it might be people would like pastoral support, help with discipleship, or to receive Easter-season communion at home because of illness.

To make an appointment please click on this link: book an appointment with Damian.

If this is the first you’ve heard about the sabbatical because you’ve only recently signed up to receive the weekly news, you can find out more about the sabbatical using this link HERE.

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With blessings,

Damian & Andrew

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