Weekly News on Friday 26 April 2024

Kim and I don’t have many flowers and plants in our back garden because our pet rabbits, Pluto and Ceres, love to eat them. The two exceptions are a chive plant that seems to bounce back no matter how many times the rabbits eat it down to nothing, and a bush with branches and flowers that extend higher than a rabbit standing on his back legs can reach. That doesn’t stop the rabbits consuming all of the lower branches and flowers, however, and they love to sit under its shelter and shade when they’re not eating. 

The thing is, despite the constant attention of the rabbits, this bush seems to be doing exceptionally well – producing more and more flowers each year. I’m no gardener, but I do wonder if perhaps the pruning of the lower branches by the rabbits is actually helping the bush to produce more flowers higher up. This week’s gospel passage from John 15 use a smiliar analogy of a grape vine whose branches are pruned if they are not bearing fruit. This is important for the overall health of the vine to ensure that it continues to produce grapes. 

This might be a good prompt for each of us to give ourselves a spiritual health check. Is there anything in our lives that’s not bearing good fruit of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)? Where do we need to ask God to prune to help us grow in fruitfulness? 

Andrew

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SUNDAY SERVICES 

The services and activities on Sunday 28th 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 Baptism 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 Sanctuary Youth Club
  • 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, John 15:1-8. You can read it online HERE. At Treehouse we’re continuing with Story 53: The God of Israel Cannot be Captured from 1 Samuel 4-6.

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Order of Service

For the 11:00 AM service is available HERE.

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First Aid Training – TODAY

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). So long as there are spaces, you can book online right up until the start of the session. BOOK HERE.

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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:

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Polling Day

Please note that the Church and Community Centre will be closed for activities on Thursday 2nd May due to the building being used as a polling station for the elections.

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Road to Life Course and Tuesday Growth Group
From next week (Tuesday 30th April), the Road to Life Course will run at 7:30 PM on Tuesdays instead of it’s previous time. This will merge with the existing Tuesday evening Growth Group.

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Bank Holiday Closures

Please note that the Church and Community Centre will be closed for activities on Mondays 6th and 27th May due to the Bank Holidays.

In addition, there will be no Growth Groups on Monday 6th May and no Road to Life Course on Tuesday 7th May. The 10 AM Wednesday Growth Group on 8th May will run as normal. 

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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 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 food, then worship, after which a representative from each congregation will share some highlights of the ministry and mission during 2023. 

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 annual accounts and report are presented and members of the laity are elected to serve on the PCC and Deanery Synod.

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.

Nomination Forms must be submitted before or at the meeting. For more information about eligibility to serve on the PCC and 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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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 10:45am at the latest. We will probably leave Christ Church around 8/8:30am and get back home for around 9:30/10pm  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.

At this stage we are collecting expressions of interest only. If you think you would be interested, please email Sally at: burnaze6@googlemail.com as soon as possible to express your interest. You will then need to book and pay once bookings are open if the trip goes ahead.

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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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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
  • 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 29th 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 30th 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 1st 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 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
  • 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 2nd May
No activities. Building in use as polling station for elections.

Friday 3rd 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 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)
  • 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

Saturday 4th May

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

Sunday 5th 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 Baptism livestreamed (with refreshments afterwards)
  • 12:15 PM Meadows Books’ open (until 12:45 PM)
  • 3:00 PM Book of Common Prayer Service of Evening Prayer (with refreshments)
  • 5:00 PM Treehouse Informal Family Communion (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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