Weekly News on Friday 12 April 2024

Over the next few weeks we will be working through the book of Acts and different presentations of the gospel by Peter and others. In this weeks’ passage, Acts 3:12-19, we see Peter giving an explanation for a miraculous work of healing. We’re reminded that the same God that raised Jesus from the dead is still at work, with the power to heal and to forgive. 

Alleluia!

Andrew

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SUNDAY SERVICES 

The services and activities on Sunday 14th April 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)
  • 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 morning services is on the Bible reading, Acts 3:12-19 (Church Bible page 911). You can read it online HERE. We’re continuing with Story 51: God hears Hannah’s prayer from 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11.

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Order of Service

For the 11:00 AM service is available HERE.

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An Update From One of Our Global Mission Partners Home for Good is one of the Global Mission Partners supported by Christ Church. They help families through the process of adoption, helping to give children who need one a ‘home for good’. Please watch this Easter video greeting from Home for Good CEO, Tarn Bright

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Men United Meal

A reminder that the Men United meal is at the Tramway on Victoria Road at 7:30 PM this evening, Please let John know if you are coming. 

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Catechism Class

Catechism Classes will resume at 10:00 AM on Sunday 14th April

Getting to grips with why we believe what we believe!

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, enabling people attending from either morning congregation to come. They run in the Community Centre Hall with tea and coffee available on arrival.

Topics will 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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Road to Life Part 2 – Christ in all the scriptures?

The early Christian Community did not separate the OT from the NT. Both together were understood to be one story that found its fulfilment in the person of Jesus Christ.

Last term we explored some of the big themes in the OT that make up the story of Creation and the Jewish faith and nation. But many of the themes found in the OT are incomplete, they await more of the story to be told at the great and glorious conclusion that is the Bible’s gift to the human race.

This term we pick up the themes of the OT and show how in every case the person of Jesus Christ completes the Whole Story of God’s amazing love for his world.

The course is seven weeks long and will cover:

  •  Creation and Jesus, the Word, as Creator 17th April
  • The Salvation for the World, in the cross of Christ 24th April
  • The New Covenant open to all and for all time. 1st May
  • The Kingdom of God now here and yet to come, 8th May
  • The Community of the Church and the New Creation 15th May
  • The Spirit now poured out, for what? 22nd May
  • Christians in the world: how shall we live? 29th May

We continue to meet at 5.45pm on Wednesdays for just over an hour.

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Flourish Woman’s Bible Study at Chris Hartley’s House Flourish Woman’s Bible Study continues to meet each Tuesday at 9:30 AM at Chris Hartley’s House. Here’s the schedule:

  • 16 April – James 1:19-27 Listen Up
  • 23 April – James 2:1-13 Family Favourites
  • 30 April – James 2:14-26 Dead Faith
  • 7 May – James 3:1-12 Tongue Tied
  • 14 May – James 3:13-18 True Wisdom
  • 21 May Breakfast Out
  • 4 June – James 4:1-12 Battle Stations
  • 11 June – James 4:13-17 Tomorrow’s Plans
  • 2 July – James 5:1-12 Future Faith
  • 9 July – James 5:13-20 Powerful Prayer
  • 16 July Breakfast Out

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Family Teatime Cookery Classes

Family Teatime Cookery Classes re-starts on Friday 19th April from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Sign up for this half-term below:

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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

I still 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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Next Football Match – Semi Final of the Cup
Christ Church Football Club’s next match will be on Saturday 20th April 20th at 11:00 AM against  City Church Athletic. Venue to be confirmed! Save the date.

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Volunteers Needed for Food Deliveries and The Pilgrim’s Rest 

Are you available mid-week to help us provide food and hot drinks to our community?

We need volunteers to help with the food deliveries on a Tuesday and Friday lunchtime from 12 noon to 2pm. This is to help organize the freezers and shelves in preparation for the food delivery, help checking the stock levels, and put away the food delivery when it arrives.

We also need more volunteers to help run Pilgrim’s Rest on weekday mornings.  This involves setting up from 9:30 AM, serving teas and coffees, and being there to chat to people from 10:00 AM, and washing up afterwards from Noon.

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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). There are currently seven spaces remaining, so please book soon to avoid disappointment!  BOOK HERE.

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Annual Parochial Church Meeting

Our 2024 APCM will be on the evening of Thursday 16th May beginning at 5:30 PM. Please put the date in your diary. More details to follow. 

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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 15th April

  • 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 16th April

  • 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 17th April

  • 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 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 10:45 AM – Wednesday morning Growth Group in Church
  • 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 – Mothers’ Union communion Service and meeting
  • 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM – Lighthouse
  • 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM – Musical Worship Team Rehearsal in Church

Thursday 18th April

  • 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

Friday 19th April

  • 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 20th April

  • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – The Meadows Bookshop and Giftshop
  • 11:00 AM Football match

Sunday 21st April

  • 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)
  • 5:00 PM Treehouse Informal Family Service (with refreshments)
  • 6:00 PM Meadows Books open (until 6:15 PM)

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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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