Weekly News on Wednesday 13 March 2024

When we looked at the Wedding at Cana in Galiee and the Cleaning of the Temple in John 2 we explored the idea of Jesus replacing the temple sacrifice with something better: a sacrifice of himself offered by himself, as God’s true heavenly High Priest. On Sunday we’ll explore this theme further in Hebrews 5. We’ll think about how it is that Jesus is God’s true heavenly High Priest, and what having Jesus as our heavenly High Priest means for us who follow him. 

In preparation for or as a follow-up from this Sunday’s sermon you might find it helpful to work through the Royal Priesthood video series from The Bible Project.


p.s. this week’s weekly news is a little earlier than normal – do make sure you scroll down to find out about the services for Holy Week and Easter!


Sunday worship

The services and activities on Sunday 17th March 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)
  • 5:00 PM Treehouse Informal Family Service (with refreshments)
  • 6:00 PM Meadows Books open (until 6:15 PM)


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.


Bible readings

Our focus in the Sunday morning services is on the Bible reading, Hebrews 4.15 – 5.10 (Church Bible page 1003). You can read it online HERE.  At Treehouse, we’re continuing with Story 49 Samson Loses His Strength in Judges 16:4-22.


Order of service

For the 11:00 AM service is available HERE.


Mrs Olive Derbyshire

It is with sadness to inform the church family that Mrs Olive Derbyshire died over the weekend. Olive has gone to be with the Lord. She had such a strong faith throughout her life, none more so than through the last year when she knew her time to be called home would be soon. We mourn alongside her husband Tom and their daughters Cheryl and Linsey and yet we rejoice with them at the heavenly citizenship which Olive now enjoys. Her funeral will be held at 2:45 PM on Thursday 11th April at Carleton Crematorium, followed by refreshments in the Community Centre Hall beginning at 4:30 PM. All are welcome.


Men’s Football Team – quarter finals!

The men’s football team are in the quarter finals and will be playing again at 11:00 AM on Saturday 16th March at Poolfoot Farm. Supporters are needed and welcome! Look out for the team playing in the bright yellow shirts!

In the Hall afterwards the football team will be invited back for refreshments and time to celebrate the match together.


Diocesan Clergy Study Day

Christ Church Thornton are hosting one of the Clergy Study Days for the Diocese. It is on Tuesday 19th March, starting at 9:00 AM. Our excellent facilities means we are a popular choice for clergy to visit and enjoy a day of study, fellowship and hospitality. All of the usual activities which take place in the Church and the Community Centre will not be taking place that day, with the exception of the Meadows Books which will be open during the hours of the Clergy Study Day.

80 people are currently booked in for the Study Day. They will be enjoying tea and coffee on arrival, other drinks breaks, a hot lunch, worship and study. Due to the sheer number of people attending, an extra special effort is needed to cater for this many people. Volunteers will be welcome who can contribute just an hour or two, or for the whole day (approximately 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM). 

If you can help, please fill out this form HERE to indicate what you can help with.


Activities 18th to 20th March

Please note that none of the usual Church and Hall activities will run on Tuesday 19th March due to the Clergy Study Day in Church and the Hall (KICK Academy at Thornton Cleveleys Football Club will still run).

In addition, there will be no growth groups on 18th, 19th and 20th March.


Growth Groups – mini-break

Due to the extra activities over the coming few weeks plus Holy Week, Easter and then a post-Easter break, there will be no Growth Groups for three weeks, starting from Monday 18th March. They will resume on Monday 8th April. 


Family Teatime Cookery Classes

The Family Teatime Cookery Class runs each Friday, with around 20 people enjoying making food together and enjoying each others’ company. After tonight they will run on Friday 22nd March from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and then break until Friday 19th April. Please sign up for 22nd March 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.


Funeral of Mr Barry Holt

The funeral of Mr Barry Holt will be held at 1:30 PM on Tuesday 26th March in Church. Barry, along with his wife Gillian, have been both church members and a huge part of Monday’s Lyrics and Lunch. Barry always had a twinkle in his eye, the offer of a handshake, and always enjoyed a brief dance and sing to Banjo Bob’s music. We’ll really miss Barry but give thanks to God for the opportunity to have Barry as part of the church family in recent years. Please do pray for Gillian and her family in the depth of their grief.


Sanctuary Youth on Sunday 24th March instead of Sunday 31st March

Sanctuary Youth normally meets on the last Sunday of each month after Treehouse 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, for young people (school year 6 and upwards) to play games, hang out and eat together. This month, the last Sunday is Easter Day, so Sanctuary will instead run on the fourth Sunday: Sunday 24th March.

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Services for Holy Week and Easter

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Sunday 24th March (Palm Sunday)

  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM The People’s Passion – a live Passion Play in Church (with worship, teaching and holy communion).

In this service we will be telling the Easter story through an interactive powerful act of theatre and worship. Like last year, The People’s Passion will tell the story of Jesus’ last week before the crucifixion. We’ll need some volunteers for a few key characters (including Jesus and a narrator) and everyone else to be a willing congregation. All the dialogue is read by the congregation who will be divided into six groups and together, reading from a projected script, will play all the characters – a chorus of voices in unison taking us from the noisy crowd cheering Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem, to Calvary and through the moving drama of the crucifixion. For more information please speak to Roger Lloyd Jones. There will be an initial conversation with those interested immediately after the 11:00 AM service on Sunday 17th March. There will be a rehearsal on Saturday 23rd March at 6:00 PM in Church for those willing to take on roles.

Please note the 10:00 AM service replaces the usual morning services on this day. Treehouse will take place at 5:00 PM as normal.

Thursday 28th March (Maundy Thursday)

  • 6:00 PM – Maundy Thursday Simple Supper (soup, bread, salad and water) & Service of Holy Communion (Community Centre & Church).

Friday 29th March (Good Friday)

  • 10:00 AM – Easter Explained! Come to a fun event where families can enjoy time together and explore the true meaning of Easter. With crafts, games and food. Why not come to find out why Good Friday is so good and to discover the wonderful surprise of the first Easter! (Community Centre Hall)
  • 11:30 AM – Walk of Witness (from Christ Church to Four Lane Ends) followed by Churches Together in Thornton Service
  • 2:00 PM – Churches Together in Thornton Service (outside the Little Theatre at Four Land Ends), followed by a walk back to Church
  • 1:00 PM – Picnic in the Community Centre Hall/Outside Church if good weather (bring your own lunch and drinks – ice cream provided!)
  • 2:00 PM – 60-minute Service of Reflection, looking at the last words of Jesus before he died (Church)

Saturday 30th March (Holy Saturday)

  • 10:00 AM – Blessing of the Easter Baskets (a short 20-minute service in Church for people to bring their completed Easter Baskets to Church)

Sunday 31st March (Easter Day)

  • 6:00 AM Sunrise Service & Breakfast (The Book of Common Prayer Communion Service)
  • 9:00 AM Family Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt 
  • 10:00 AM Easter Day Celebration Service (Church & Community Centre Hall) *see the info below*

Easter Day Celebration

The Easter Day Celebration is an opportunity to bring all the congregations together as one big church family. It will be carefully planned so as to incorporate aspects familiar to each congregation. There will be a mix of traditional and contemporary hymns. There will be liturgy from The Book of Common Prayer and modern sources. There will be some lovely refreshments on arrival in the Community Centre Hall, so as to give opportunity for coming together as a church family for conversation and deepening relationships with one another. Part-way during the service children of primary school age will be invited to attend their own age-appropriate teaching and activities. The service will culminate in remembering the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus as we receive holy communion together. After the service, there will be another opportunity for refreshments in the Community Centre Hall, if you have time to stay – however we appreciate some will need to be making tracks at this point.

The Easter Day Celebration starts at 10:00 AM and we aim to finish by 12:00 PM.


Bank Holiday Monday

The Church and Community Centre (all usual activities) will be closed on Monday 1st April.


Spring clean

On Saturday 13th April from 9:00 AM to Noon we will be having a spring clean of the Church and Community Centre Hall. These regular cleaning days are essential in keeping the building clean and we really appreciate those who regularly volunteer. If you’ve never been before, why not give it a try? It’s a great way to meet people in church in other congregations, plus a chance to burn some of those Easter Egg calories! Please sign up HERE.


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. 


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.


Annual Parochial Church Meeting

Our 2024 APCM will be on the evening of Thursday 16th May beginning at 5:30 PM. Please put the date in your diary. More details to follow. 


Mothers’ Union – away from it all holidays

Do you know of any families in the church who need to get away from it all?. Sometimes the families who need a break are those least able to take one. The Mothers’ Union provides holidays for families like these. The Mothers’ Union Caravan accommodates up to six and is fully serviced. Holidays are available for families, couples or individuals. If you do know of someone who needs a holiday, please contact Marion Barlow by email to: mothersunionbbd@gmail.com


Diocesan Lent Course: Journey into Freedom

Damian is leading the Diocese of Blackburn Lent Course in Thursday evenings 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The course features videos by Bishop Philip alongside discussion of the story of Exodus.


Core Catechism Classes
Getting to grips with why we believe what we believe!

The current topics are the attributes of God, looking at subjects such as the self-existence of God and the unchangeable nature of God.

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 (sometimes starting later than 10:00 and finishing at 10:55 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 include: Church History, Creation, Creeds, 39 Articles, Bible Overview, Heresies, Baptism, Holy Communion, The Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, Reliability of the Bible.


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.


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. 


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 18th March

  • 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

Tuesday 19th March

  • 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM – Diocesan Clergy Study Day
  • 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) 
  • 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM – KICK Academy at Thornton Cleveleys Football Club on Gamble Road

Wednesday 20th March

  • 8:10 AM to 8:30 AM – ‘Walking Wednesday’ (Breakfast Club and Walking Bus) to Royles Brook School in the Community Centre
  • 8:00 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 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)
  • 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 – Lighthouse
  • 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM – Musical Worship Team Rehearsal in Church

Thursday 21st March

  • 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 – Bat & Chat in the Community Centre
  • 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM – Diocesan Lent Course (in the Community Centre Hall)

Friday 22nd March

  • 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)
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Family Teatime Cookery Classes in the Community Centre

Saturday 23rd March

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

Sunday 24th March

  • 10:00 AM Joint Service – Passion Play 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.


With blessings,

Damian & Andrew

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