Weekly News on Friday 21 October 2022

Dear Church Community,

Good evening everyone,

Welcome to anyone receiving one of the weekly emails for their first time. We now have a list of 231 people that this email is sent to each week. If any of you would prefer not to receive them, please don’t hesitate to say so – no offence will be taken.

Now, I must get straight onto important matters as not long from now it’s the Men United meal which means my garlic mushrooms and cowbuy burger awaits! So, here goes…

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SUNDAY SERVICES

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The services and activities on Sunday 23rd October are:

  • 9:00 AM Traditional (Book of Common Prayer) Service of Holy Communion (with refreshments afterwards)
  • 10:00 AM Bible Course (with refreshments, in the Pilgrim’s Rest Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM ‘Meadows Books’ open (until 10:45 AM)
  • 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 Worship Service (with refreshments on arrival)
    • with ‘Clubhouse‘ for primary school-aged children in the Community Centre Hall

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.

This Sunday is ‘Bible Sunday.’ This important Sunday reminds us that all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. The passage we will be looking at in the service is Luke 4.16-24 (Church Bible page 859). You can read the passage online HERE.

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PRINTED ORDER OF SERVICE

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If you prefer a paper copy of the 11:00 AM order of service you can download and print using this link HERE

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BREAD AND WINE

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This Sunday marks the return of using the common cup (the chalice) at our services of holy communion. We will also be returning to sharing a loaf of bread. This means we are returning to an authentic expression of receiving the Lord’s Supper as Jesus instituted on the night before his death. The covid-19 pandemic has caused many of us a layer of anxiety around being exposed to infection. I understand this and want to care for the flock, as I hope I have done on this subject throughout the pandemic. At every step we have taken sensible precautions to give you confidence in receiving holy communion. I will explain more at the beginning of each service about how the chalice will be administered in a safe way. For those who need to be extremely careful because of underlying medical conditions, those undergoing ongoing medical treatment, and those who out of conscience would prefer not to drink alcohol, please know non-alcoholic wine will be offered in individual disposable cups. For those who are gluten free, gluten free wafers will continue to be offered at each service. If you are gluten free but haven’t yet shared that news, please do let myself or Andrew know. If you have any concerns at all about any of this, please don’t hesitate to speak to me about it.

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THE BIBLE COURSE

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Continues on Sunday with Session 2 – ‘Creation & Covenant.’  It will take place in the Chapel in-between the Sunday morning services, running from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM. You are welcome to join in with the course even if you missed the first session or haven’t booked.

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THANK YOU

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THANK YOU for the generous amount of harvest gifts last Sunday. Lots of sorting has taken place (thanks to the team that did that). Many bags of food have been taken to local schools to help them support families in need. And our Food Pantry here is very well stocked – thank you!

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LEGS

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Hurray! The Ladies Evening Group restarts on Wednesday 26th October in the Community Centre Hall at 7:45 PM. There is a full programme of events until June 2023. All ladies are welcome. For more information, please speak to Judith Murphy.

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BURN NAZE PRAYER WALK

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The next gatherings for prayer in preparation for the launching of activities and a congregation in Burn Naze are:

  • 3:15 PM Tuesday 25th October prayer walk. Meet at 3.15pm at site of old Burn Naze Pub. Contact Andrew if you need a lift. 
  • 8:00 PM Monday 31st October prayer meeting in the Chancel
  • 7:00 PM Friday 11th November prayer meeting at Mags and Gwen’s house in Burn Naze. Please try to car share. Contact Andrew if you need a lift.
  • 2:15 PM Friday 18th November prayer walk. Meet at the site of old Burn Naze Pub. Contact Andrew if you need a lift.
  • 6:00 PM Tuesday 22nd November prayer meeting in the Chancel
  • 3:15 PM Monday 28th November prayer walk. Meet at the site of old Burn Naze Pub. Contact Andrew if you need a lift.

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POP-UP PLAYHOUSE AT BURN NAZE

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I’m very excited to tell you that ‘Playhouse’ baby, toddler and parent group is going ‘on the road’! As well as taking place Monday to Thursday in the Community Centre Hall, Playhouse will be taking place at the Thornton Cleveleys Football Club on a Friday morning. It will be a free drop-in for pre-schoolers and their carers, taking place every Friday in November from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the new TCFC facility on Gamble Road in Burn Naze (FY5 4JH). There will be tea/coffee, toast and a short Bible story in a relaxed setting. This new venture (a trial for a month) is one of the foundations being put in place for our church plant in Burn Naze. Please spread the word and please pray.

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THE VICAR’S ROAD TRIPS!

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The next outing by coach is to Holker Hall & Gardens, near Grange-over-Sands. It will be on Friday 5th May 2023, departing Christ Church at 9:00 AM and returning to Church at approximately 6:00 PM. The total cost including admission to the Hall & Gardens, a tour of the Hall and the coach travel is £25 per person. To enquire about booking a place please email me.

The last few places are available for the Chester trip – do get in touch if interested – it’s on Thursday 8th December. 

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YE MERRY MEADOWS CAROLLERS

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Use your voice to glorify God this Christmas! The voice is a gift from God and can bring delight to God and joy to his people. Do you like singing Christmas Carols? If so, come along and be part of something new – ‘Ye Merry Meadows Carollers’ who will sing at events over Christmas, such as at Rest Homes, the Tree-lighting service, and some of the services at Church. You don’t need to have any previous experience or training – this will be a group of carol singers, not an award-winning choir. It will be great fun, not taken too seriously but at the same time seeking to bring joy and gladness as we sing of our Saviour’s birth.

Gatherings to rehearse and enjoy being together, complete with hot chocolate and cake, will be on the following dates, from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM.

  • Friday 4th November
  • Friday 11th November
  • Friday 25th December
  • Friday 2nd December

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SATURDAY MORNING PILGRIM’S REST

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It will be great to extend Pilgrim’s Rest to include a Saturday morning. This will enable those who work or study during the week to come and enjoy it too. Two volunteers are needed. If you’re interested in helping on a rota basis, please do get in touch.

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MINCE PIES NEEDED

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Donations of boxes of mince pies are welcome, as we prepare to welcome and provide hospitality to all those who attend Christmas events and services.

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THE MEADOWS BOOKS

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OPEN after services on a Sunday and from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday to Saturday. There is a wide selection of Christian books and gifts for all ages. New books are coming in all the time. Advent candles are now in stock, as well as a lovely selection of 2023 calendars including Helen Steiner Rice calendars. ‘Proper’ advent calendars are now in stock priced at £4.50 each. They have chocolate behind each window and include a booklet telling the real story of Christmas! A good selection of Christmas cards are available. Every pack of cards bought helps support ‘Compassion’ – the Christian charity sponsoring children. There are 36 designs of the cards. They are £5 per pack of cards (10 in a pack) or 3 packs for £12.

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CHRISTMAS DAY MEAL 

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We are looking forward to hosting a joy filled afternoon in the Community Centre Hall. Arrivals will be from 12:30 PM, ready to eat at 1:00 PM. There will be a proper Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings, followed of course by pudding, cake, and cheese and biscuits. There will be a quiz and live music. People will be heading home around 3:45 PM to 4:00 PM. The meal is for anyone who might benefit from having company on Christmas Day. To book your place or to book for someone else, do please get in touch. Lifts or taxis can be arranged. 

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The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Damian

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