Weekly News on Friday 2 February 2024

In last week’s Bible passage, Luke 2:1-22-40, we read how Mary and Joseph presented Jesus to God in the temple, as was required by the law for firstborn sons. The offering of the two birds in place of the firstborn son is an act of Atonement and Purification which is explained very helpfully in this video from the Bible Project. You may also find this Introduction to Leviticus or this longer podcast on Purity and Impurity helpful as you reflect on the story. 

Andrew

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SUNDAY SERVICES 

The services and activities on Sunday 4th February 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 Evensong
  • 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, Colossians 1:15-23 (Church Bible page 983). You can read it online HERE. At Treehouse we’ll use the same reading in our communion service.

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ORDER OF SERVICE

For the 11:00 AM service is available HERE.

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SABBATICAL

Please read this letter HERE from Damian for news about his upcoming sabbatical.

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CHAPEL BEING PAINTED

The Prince’s Trust based at the fire station in Fleetwood are bringing a group of young people aged 16-25 years to Christ Church to take on the project of painting the Chapel walls. The project is aimed at improving their confidence, motivation, and skills. The Prince’s Trust offer opportunities for both unemployed and employed young people to receive work experience, careers advice, qualifications, challenging projects, community action, and an action-packed team building week-long residential.

The painting will begin on Monday 5th February and should finish by Wednesday 14th February. 

During this time, The Pilgrim’s Rest will take place in the side aisle of Church on the usual days and at the usual times, apart from on a Wednesday when it will need to finish in time to coincide with the start of the holy communion service at 11:15 AM.

A note from Damian to the volunteers who run The Pilgrim’s Rest: please come as you normally do and I will explain on arrival how we will manage things.

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MEN UNITED MEAL

Men, please come and help to lighten the dark winter months with an evening of Celebration, Friendship and Fun at the Gardeners Arms, Thornton, at 7:30 PM on Friday, 9th February 2024. We can promise you an evening of good food, good fellowship and good conversation – what could be better than that on a cold winters’ evening?

Please select and book meal with John Hearnshaw before the evening of Wednesday 7th February. Menus can be viewed online or in Church.

The dates for the Men United meals for the rest of the year are:

  • Friday 12th April
  • Friday 31st May
  • Friday 12th July
  • Friday 13th September
  • Friday 1st November

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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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COACH TRIP TO RIPON

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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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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KICK ACADEMY

KICK Academy runs on Tuesdays 3:45 – 4:45 PM at Thornton Cleveleys Football Club on Gamble Road (FY5 4JH). KICK is free fun football for primary school aged children and features football skills, a half-time talk on christian values and a game of football!

Please sign up here: christchurchthornton.uk/kick

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VALENTINES AFTERNOON TEA & CONCERT

Join us for the Valentines Afternoon Tea & Concert with the High Society Jazz Band in memory of Gerry Clayton. The event features live music and a lovely afternoon tea!

This will be held in the Community Centre Hall on Wednesday 14th February 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support and to supporting the ministry of music in the Church.

The cost is £7.50 per person, payable when you book. Book HERE.

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

2024 Core Catechism Classes have started!

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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ABIDE WOMEN’S BOOK GROUP

The Abide Women’s Book Club will run again on Thursday 29 February 7.30 – 9:00 PM at Chris Hartley’s home.

This term’s book, available from Meadows Books, is Peter Mead’s. ‘The Little Him Book – looking at the Jesus who makes our hearts sing’.

It’s not a long book and is very easy to read. Then come along and we’ll have a chat about what we’ve read (or just listen if you prefer!). You’re most welcome to join us for an informal, fun but inspirational evening together.

Please confirm your attendance by signing up HERE.

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FAMILY TEATIME COOKERY CLASSES

Family Teatime Cookery Classes run Fridays from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. You can 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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2024 HARVEST SUPPER AND CEILIDH

Following the success of the 2023 Harvest Supper and Ceilidh, we’ve booked it again for next year on Saturday 5th October 2024, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Put on your dancing shoes and eating shirt! Featuring live music from the Preston-based ‘Old School Band’ along with a tasty harvest supper of hot pot and apple pie with cream (bring your own drinks). It will be great! Plan in advance and BOOK NOW.

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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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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 5th February

  • 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 11:00 AM – Pastoral Team meeting in the vestry. 
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest 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 1:45 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 6th February

  • 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 Church
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Craft & Chat in Church
  • 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM – Alpha in Church and 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
  • 7:45 PM to 9:15 PM – Tuesday night Growth Group in the Community Centre

Wednesday 7th February

  • 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 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 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)
  • 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 8th February

  • 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 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 1:45 PM – Lyrics and Lunch in the Community Centre and Church
  • 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM – Bat & Chat in the Community Centre

Friday 9th February

  • 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)
  • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest in the Chapel
  • 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM – Move and Chat in the Community Centre
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Family Teatime Cookery Classes in the Community Centre
  • 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM – Men United Meal at the Gardener’s Arms

Saturday 10th February

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

Sunday 11th February

  • 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)

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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