Weekly News on Saturday 12 November 2022

Dear Church Community,

Good evening,

Tomorrow we remember those who sacrificed their freedom for ours. We will honour those who served in World Wars past as well as praying for those who serve in the present to protect our freedom, safety, land and laws.

There will be a public service at the Thornton War Memorial at Four Lane Ends which I will be leading. The Parade will commence from the Little Theatre Car Park at 10:45 AM for a short service at the War Memorial. Those wishing to attend the service can assemble near to the War Memorial (roads will be temporarily closed). Representatives of the Council, the Royal British Legion, ex servicemen and women, youth organisations, community groups and schools will be laying wreaths.

Here at Christ Church, the 9:00 AM service will take place as usual, with the 11:00 AM service brought forward to the earlier time of 10:45 AM, which Peter and Paul will be taking.

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SUNDAY SERVICES

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The services and activities on Sunday 13th November are:

  • 9:00 AM Traditional (Book of Common Prayer) Service of Holy Communion (with refreshments afterwards)
  • 10:45 AM Remembrance Service with Holy Communion LIVE streamed(with refreshments afterwards)
  • 5:00 PM Treehouse Family Worship (in Church and the Community Centre Hall)
    • with ‘Clubhouse‘ for primary school-aged children in the Community Centre Hall
    • and young people are invited to their own activities and discussion in the Chapel

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.

The passage we will be looking at in the service is Luke 21.5-19 (Church Bible page 880). 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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ACT OF REMEMBRANCE

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At the 10:45 AM service there will be an Act of Remembrance for those who died in time of war. We will remember with gratitude those who in
the cause of peace died for their country in time of war. A poppy wreath will be placed on the war memorial at the rear of Church and the names of those who died in war who lived in the parish will be read out. 

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REST IN PEACE

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Reverend Andy Shaw

Reverend Andy Shaw, Vicar of the Over Wyre Benefice, died on Monday 7th November, aged 68. Andy has been battling cancer in recent years. Before being ordained Andy was a tremendous servant of the Lord here at Christ Church Thornton in lay ministry, especially in his ministry to young people. He was instrumental in starting various youth groups and his impact on making disciples of young people is still spoken of today. Upon ordination Andy served his curacy at St. Peter’s in Fleetwood before moving to be Vicar of the Over Wyre Benefice. His funeral will be on Friday 18th November, 10:30 AM at St. John’s Church Pilling. Please do pray for his wife Judith and their children.

Voirrey Wardle

Mrs Voirrey Wardle died on Sunday 23rd October following a long illness. She worshipped at Christ Church Thornton for many years before moving to St. Andrew’s Cleveleys. Her husband Keith has contacted me so that I can let the congregation know of her death and to give an invitation to Voirrey’s funeral. It will be on Tuesday 15th November at 1:00 PM at St. Andrew’s Church in Cleveleys. Please do pray for Keith and the family.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

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CONGRATULATIONS!

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To Matthew Swarbrick on successfully completing and passing his final assessments to achieve his Level 2 qualification in Horticulture. Since 2018 Matthew has been working towards this point, working at Christ Church as an apprentice in horticulture and undertaking his training through Myerscough College. Well done Matthew!

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FOOD PANTRY

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Donations of food to the Food Pantry are welcome – the usual long life items such as tinned vegetables, tinned meat, tinned fruit, tinned fish and long-life milk. Thank you. If you have any questions about the types of food needed please speak to Ann Hearnshaw.

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*CHANGE OF DATE* LUNCHTIME CONCERT WITH ROSSALL SCHOOL

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The lunchtime concert will be on Tuesday 22nd November. We will once again be welcoming students from Rossall School who will be performing from 1:45 PM to 2:15 PM in Church. All are welcome. Hot drinks and sandwiches will be available from 1:15 PM.

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BURN NAZE PRAYER WALK

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We hold gatherings for prayer in preparation for the future launching of activities and a congregation in Burn Naze.

The next prayer walk on Friday 18th November will now be at 3:15 PM, rather than the time previously published. This is to accommodate a funeral in Church on the same afternoon. Additionally, Joy Rushton, the Blackburn Diocese Being Witnesses manager will be joining us on that date, so please do try to attend if you can.

All the scheduled Burn Naze prayer meetings this month are:

  • 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
  • 3:15 PM Friday 18th November prayer walk. Meet at the site of the 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 the old Burn Naze Pub. Contact Andrew if you need a lift

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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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God bless,

Damian

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