Weekly News on Saturday 10 September 2022

Dear Church Community,

Good morning,

Let us continue to give thanks to the Lord for our Queen Eiizabeth II and for her life of service and example of faith. This Sunday morning, the services will run largely as normal except with specific moments to honour the Queen Elizabeth II and to sing the national anthem. A week on Sunday, Sunday 18th September, greater focus will be given with special services at the usual times, remembering and celebrating the Queen’s life and faith.

I will not be with you all at worship this weekend due to attending Church in Leeds with Harry as he starts his first weekend at University. I’ll be available from Monday 12th September onwards.

Please note that the Church building is OPEN today from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, with volunteers taking it in turns to be in attendance to welcome those who come. You are most welcome to drop in at any point.

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SUNDAY SERVICES

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The services on Sunday 11th September are:

  • 9:00 AM Traditional (Book of Common Prayer) Service of Holy Communion (with refreshments afterwards)
  • 11:00 AM Contemporary Service of Holy Communion LIVE streamed (with refreshments afterwards)
  • 5:00 PM ‘Treehouse’ Informal Family Worship Service (with refreshments on arrival)

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. You can download and print the order of service and bring it along with you if you wish to. Click HERE if so. Our focus on Sunday is on the Bible Reading: Luke 15.1-10 (Church Bible page 874).

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SCREEN IN CHURCH

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I’m delighted to inform you the large screen is now installed in Church. Much work has taken place through the week! The screen will transform participation in worship at the services where it is used. The project is not completely finished, with some electrical works still to take place as well as some smaller screens to be placed in the side aisles. The screen will be in operation at the 11:00 AM service this coming Sunday. When not in use, the winching screen is out of sight above the arch – you’ll need to look very carefully to spot where it is hiding!

We’re very grateful to the installers ‘Audioworks NW’ who went the extra mile this week to have the large screen ready so that we can show Her Majesty’s funeral service live in Church.

Please bear with us as we adjust to using the new screen and getting used to the settings that are needed.

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FUNERAL OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II

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Once we know when Her Majesty’s funeral service is going to be, normal activities and services will not take place on that day. Church will be open for the purpose of quiet reflection and prayer. The funeral service will be shown live on the large screen in Church and all are welcome.

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CHURCH BUILDING OPEN

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The Church building will be open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM each day, from now and up until the end of the day of the Queen’s funeral. This is to enable all in the community to have somewhere public and central to express their grief, give thanks, and to pray and be comforted. There is a Book of Remembrance at the back of Church. Flowers are welcome and can be left outside near to the front doors of Church underneath the covered area.

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REGULAR ACTIVITIES

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All usual midweek activities and services in the Church, Chapel and Community Centre are taking place as normal. Regular activities are not listed below – please assume they are on unless you hear otherwise. Please be aware anything could change, once we know the date of Her Majesty’s funeral.

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LIGHTHOUSE

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Our midweek club for children of primary-school age is starting back on Wednesday 14th September, 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM, in the Community Centre Hall.

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CHORAL EVENSONG

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In Church on Wednesday 14th September at 7:00 PM with the students of the Rossall School Chapel Choir.

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BOOKSHOP LAUNCH

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In the ‘Meadows Books’ on Wednesday 14th September at 7:45 PM our Christian bookshop and giftshop will be launched. Please note the new time – slightly later than originally advertised. Meadows Books will run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday to Saturday. It will also be open after services on a Sunday.

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PRAYER MEETING FOR BURN NAZE

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On Friday 16th September 7:00 PM at Gwen & Mag’s house (Email andrew@christchurchthornton.uk) if you plan to come to arrange car sharing as parking is limited)

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SPRING CLEAN!

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On Saturday 17th September, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please bring your own dusters, cloths, polishes, detergents, vacuums (and extension leads), brushes, mops and buckets, etc. If at all possible, please let us know you are coming for catering and planning purposes – please email Martin Ormond, the Parish Manager: martin@christchurchthornton.uk 

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YOUTH TOWN HALL

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Calling all young people, parents, potential youth team! On Sunday 18th September at 6:30 PM (after Treehouse) in the Community Centre Hall, we will be holding an open meeting to share ideas about how to best serve our young people, and welcome other young people from the parish into Church. This is a chance to hear our vision for a Sunday night youth cafe, as well as share your views and experiences of church as a young person. Food will be served including pizza, hash browns, toast and hot chocolate! Please email andrew@christchurchthornton.uk to let Andrew know you are coming, and to express a pizza topping preference! Or just turn up on the night.

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LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

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We’re welcoming back ‘BLACKPOOL BRASS’ to Christ Church Thornton for a concert on Friday 23rd September at 7:00 PM. Admission is £8 per person, which includes tea and coffee at the interval.

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ARTS & CRAFT FAYRE

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On Saturday 1st October from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, there will be an Arts & Craft Fayre in the Community Centre Hall. There will be free entry, with the opportunity to browse a small selection of stalls, pop in for a coffee at the Pilgrim’s Rest, and pop into the newly opened Meadows Books (opens on 14th September at 7:30 PM). If you are interested in running a stall, please speak to Jean Grimshaw. Please note the stalls are focused on arts and crafts (fabric, jewellery, etc) and not general bric-a-brac, food, books, or second hand items.

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LIGHTHOUSE HEROES PARTY

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SAVE THE DATE! Sunday 30th October at 5:00 PM. Children and parents are welcome to celebrate the heroes of the Bible. Dress as a Bible hero, superhero or princess, but please no spooky costumes. More information to follow next week.

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Merciful Father and Lord of all life, we praise you that we are made in your image and reflect your truth and light. We thank you for the life of our late Sovereign Lady QUEEN ELIZABETH, for the love she received from you and showed among us. Above all, we rejoice at your gracious promise to all your servants, living and departed, that we shall rise again at the coming of Christ. And we ask that in due time we may share with your servant Elizabeth that clearer vision promised to us in the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

God bless,

Damian

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