Sunday 14 February 2021 – Email from Damian

Dear Church Community,

It was lovely to see some of you this morning in-person.  If you weren’t able to come today but still plan to watch the service at home, you can do so here on YouTube and here on Facebook.   Below is information about the rest of this week, especially Ash Wednesday and next Sunday.

MONDAY

Tomorrow, Monday 15th February, there are two events taking place:

  • 9:00 AM Morning Prayer Zoom (Monday to Friday)
  • 1:00 PM Lyrics and Lunch Online

ASH WEDNESDAY

A special online 20-minute service is being broadcast for Ash Wednesday at 11:00 AM this Wednesday, 17th February 2021. This was recorded today in Church. Please note, sadly, Church will not be open this Ash Wednesday but I do hope this online worship will be a blessing to you. 

You can watch it HERE on YouTube and HERE on Facebook.

THE NEXT TWO SUNDAYS

Public Worship on Sunday 21st February 2021 and Sunday 28th February 2021 will continue with the lockdown 3 interim pattern of short 30-minute services:

  • 8:45 AM Sunday Service
  • 10:00 AM Sunday Service
  • 11:15 AM Sunday Service
  • 12:30 PM Sunday Service

You can book your place for either of these Sundays by clicking HERE and please book by 5:00 PM on a Saturday evening before a Sunday. This gives us time to print off attendance lists and arrange seating. Our public worship will still be live streamed at the 11:15 AM service, which you can then watch back at any point during the day on Sunday. You will be able to watch on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE

The popular and well received zoom coffee-break at 12:00 PM will continue every week. The link to click on is HERE. If you are asked for a Meeting ID, it is: 474 610 4101. If you are asked for a passcode, it is: 864228. 

ANNUAL LEAVE

From Monday 15th February I am taking some time off (annual leave) to spend time with family, to rest and to do the jobs around the house that get put off. On Sunday 21st February Revd Paul Clemence will be leading the worship and giving God’s Word with Revd Peter Nunn assisting superbly in the technical department. I will be back at Church from Sunday 28th February onwards. If you have any general enquiries about church matters during the period of my absence, you are still welcome to email or phone. Answerphone messages to the main Church number (01253 272372) will be replied to by our Parish Manager, Mr Martin Ormond. Any important emails that come to my email address will also be responded to by Martin. You are welcome to email Martin directly: martin@christchurchthornton.uk . If you require help but are unsure where to turn, contact Martin and if he can’t help you he’ll put you in touch with someone who can. 

Praying you will continue to know strength, hope, courage and perseverance each day through God’s power.

Damian

Friday 12 February 2021 – Email from Damian

Dear Church Community,

NB: This is one of the weekly emails to bring to your attention public worship, online worship and general church news. If you would prefer not to receive these emails and therefore be removed from the mailing list, please just reply to let me know. No offence will be taken! I do not want to clog up inboxes unnecessarily or for people to receive these emails by mistake.

Christ Church will continue to be open for public worship this Sunday (14th) and the following two Sundays (21st and 28th). During this current lockdown, there is one service repeated four times, each lasting in the region of 30 minutes:

8:45 AM Sunday Service
10:00 AM Sunday Service
11:15 AM Sunday Service
12:30 PM Sunday Service

I am taking some annual leave (of course I’m not going anywhere!) from Monday 15th February for just short of two weeks. For this reason, your inboxes will be a little less filled(!) and I am opening the bookings for the next three Sundays now, rather than just this Sunday. However, as we still keep things under review, if for any reason over the next few weeks we feel it isn’t safe or appropriate for our public worship to continue, we will let you know and cancel any bookings made. But if you hear nothing, then everything is OK.

You can book your place at a service by clicking HERE and please book by 5:00 PM on a Saturday evening before a Sunday. This gives us time to print off attendance lists and arrange seating.  Our public worship will still be live streamed at the 11:15 AM service, which you can then watch back at any point during the day on Sunday. You will be able to watch on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE

The popular and well received zoom coffee-break at 12:00 PM will continue every week. The link to click on is HERE. If you are asked for a Meeting ID, it is: 474 610 4101. If you are asked for a passcode, it is: 864228. 

Please remember there are other online aspects to the ministry here at Christ Church during lockdown that you can benefit from during the week:

  • Virtual Armchair Daily Devotion – after this Saturday it will resume on Monday 1st March (on YouTube and Facebook)
  • Zoom Morning Prayer – continuing as normal, Monday to Friday at 9:00 AM (details HERE)
  • Nightly Prayer – after this Sunday it will resume on Monday 1st March (on YouTube and Facebook)
  • Lyrics and Lunch – continuing as normal, every Monday at 1:00 PM (on YouTube and Facebook)
  • Virtual Villages – resuming from Monday 1st March

In memory of Mr Raymond Cartwright

Ray has sadly passed away. We grieve his loss along with his wife Doreen and their family. Ray was a man of strong faith, wanting nothing more than to be with the Lord. Please pray for Doreen, the children and grandchildren. Ray’s funeral will be on Monday 1st March – please uphold Doreen and family on that day. We can be confident that Ray is enjoying eternal life in heaven, trusting Jesus, as he did during his life on earth. Please join me in prayer:

“Almighty God and heavenly Father, we thank you for Ray. We thank you for our fellowship with him and for all he did, especially his charitable work. We thank you for his faith. And we thank you for your promise of eternal life for those who trust in you. Comfort Doreen and all the family, with your tender love and peace which surpasses all understanding. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Ray’s Lord and Saviour. Amen.”

May God bless you, preserve you, and hold you close to him now and always.

Yours in His service,

Damian

p.s. If you do decide to attend public worship this Sunday or future Sundays, I’ll just remind you of some important things:

  • Each service will be in the region of 30 minutes long.
  • Each service will be identical.
  • Each service will have a maximum of 15 people in the congregation.
  • There will NOT be holy communion at any service.
  • Booking for services is still required and must be completed by 10:00 PM on Saturday evening.
  • Arrival will take place via the Hall entrance. 
  • Please be aware of the sometimes icy surface of the car park during the winter months.
  • On arrival, please approach the Hall entrance having already put on your face covering, rather than arrive at the entrance and then put it on.
  • Face coverings should be worn at all times (visors on their own are not sufficient)
  • In light of the increased transmission of the virus, if you have an exemption from wearing a face covering, please make contact with me and I will seek to make arrangements for an area of seating for you which keeps you and others even safer.
  • Please observe the floor stickers, use hand sanitiser and use the NHS app if you have it.
  • Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the service.
  • Please do not make conversation with or pass anything to a Churchwarden or other volunteer on arrival (for your protection and their protection).
  • Exiting the building will happen through the front doors and funeral doors.
  • DO NOT attend if you have any symptoms which could be deemed to be associated with COVID-19.
  • DO NOT attend if you have been asked to isolate by the NHS or other authorities.
  • DO NOT attend if you know you have been in recent contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for the virus (but NHS track and trace haven’t got around to contacting you yet).
  • Please do not attend if you have a seasonal cold or cough, as coughing and sneezing is a way the virus can be transmitted more effectively by those who have the virus but are asymptomatic and don’t realise it.

Sunday 7 February 2021 – Email from Damian

Dear Church Community,

It was lovely to see some of you this morning in-person – around 40 people in total, over the four services. Plus those who joined in the zoom coffee-break – great to see you.

If you weren’t able to come today but still plan to watch the service at home, you can do so here on YouTube and here on Facebook. Just to emphasise, an account with YouTube or Facebook are not required to watch any of our live streamed services.

Today we reflected on four truths about God the Son, Jesus Christ: (1) he is the Creator; (2) the Sustainer; (3) the Governor; and (4) the Reconciler. I pray you will know Jesus this week in all four of those ways. 

Below is how the rest of the week is looking and I do hope you will take part in anything you feel will build you up in faith.

On Monday 8th February 2021:

  • 7:00 AM Virtual Armchair Daily Devotion
  • 9:00 AM Morning Prayer Zoom
  • 1:00 PM Lyrics and Lunch
  • 6:00 PM Nightly Prayer for the Nation

From Tuesday onwards:

  • 7:00 AM Virtual Armchair Daily Devotion (Sunday to Saturday)
  • 9:00 AM Morning Prayer Zoom (Monday to Friday)
  • 6:00 PM Nightly Prayer for the Nation (everyday)

This week our five ‘Virtual Villages’ are coming together for one evening to form a ‘Virtual Town’ – it will be lovely to see almost 30 people on screen at the same time. This will be on Monday 8th February at 8:00 PM. Remember, if you’d like to be part of a Virtual Village, it’s never too late. You can join anytime. Please contact me if you are interesting in being part of one.

Public Worship on Sunday 14th February 2021

During the current lockdown, a decision about public worship is made week by week. We start from a position of expecting to remain open and then confirm this decision by Friday at the latest. The reason for this is because news and advice from the Diocese of Blackburn tends to be released on a Thursday evening. We also take into account local and national news and review our risk assessment procedures. 

So please be patient about booking for Sunday. You will receive a further email from me the moment a decision is made and if the bookings are open and this will most likely be on Friday.

Praying you will know strength, hope, courage and perseverance each day through God’s power.

Damian