Weekly News on Sunday 17 October 2021

Dear Church Community,

It was lovely to see so many today at the services. If you missed coming to the services or want to watch again, you can watch the 11:00 AM service on YouTube HERE and Facebook HERE. It was lovely to baptise Clara and to welcome her into our church community. Please pray for Amy and Dave and the godparents as they seek to encourage Clara to follow God.

Please find below some church news and the diary for the remainder of the week…

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FUNERAL OF DAVID GRIGG

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David’s funeral is tomorrow, Monday 18th October at 1:30 PM at Christ Church followed by Carleton Crematorium. All are welcome to come to the funeral to pay tribute to David, support the family and seek God’s comfort. The family extend their welcome to the congregation at Christ Church to attend the Castle Gardens following the service. For the benefit of any who are not able to attend Church we will live stream the service on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE

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NEW KITCHEN UPDATE

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Good news! Permission from the Diocese has been granted and we have received Building Regulations approval from Wyre Council. This means we have the green light to go ahead. We are now in the final stages of securing a start date with the contractors and arranging to release the grant money for the work to go ahead. I’ll be giving further updates once I know more about the exact start date and how this impacts the Community Centre activities. It is anticipated the Hall will be out of use for all of November and most if not all of December. 

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VIRTUAL BREAD

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You can continue to explore the themes of Paul’s sermon today by reading the Virtual Bread daily Bible reading notes which Paul has written for us this week. Below are the links which are ready to read the notes for today and tomorrow:

Day 1: ‘Christ our High Priest’ – read, download or print HERE

For Day 2 to Day 5 click HERE to access them as the week goes on.

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HOPEPOD

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Episode 4 of 6 of the Diocesan HopePod will be released tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM. Filmed at Christ Church Thornton, tomorrow’s episode is entitled ’embracing marmite – using social media for the glory of God.’ This week we welcome Rev Ian Sarginson, who is the curate at St James’ Clitheroe, to join the conversation. You can watch the YouTube version of the podcast or listen on Spotify using the links below:

Episode 4 ‘Embracing Marmite’ – watch on YouTube HERE and listen on Spotify HERE

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DIARY OF ACTIVITIES

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Monday 18th October

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse parent, baby and toddler group (Community Centre Hall)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre Hall) – combined with Lyrics and Lunch
  • 1:30 PM to 2:15 PM – Funeral of the late Mr David Ian Grigg

Tuesday 19th October

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse parent, baby and toddler group (Community Centre Hall)
  • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – ‘Craft & Chat’ (Church)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre Hall)

Wednesday 20th October

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse parent, baby and toddler group (Community Centre Hall)
  • 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Midweek midday BCP Communion (Church)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre Hall) – combined with Lyrics and Lunch
  • 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer and Corporate Communion (Church)
  • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Management Team Meeting (Lounge)
  • 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Music Group Rehearsal (Church)

Thursday 21st October

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 12:00 PM to 1:40 PM – Lyrics and Lunch (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM ‘Bat & Chat’ (Community Centre Hall) 

Friday 22nd October

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – ‘Craft & Chat’ (Church)

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With prayers and blessings for the week ahead,

Damian

Dear Church Community,

Weekly News on Monday 11 October 2021

Yesterday we heard of the rest and true contentment that we find in God alone. I pray you will know that rest this week. 

Please find below some church news and the diary for the remainder of the week…

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VIRTUAL BREAD

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You can continue to explore the themes of Paul’s sermon yesterday by reading the Virtual Bread daily Bible reading notes which Paul has written for us this week. Below are the links which are ready to read the notes for today and tomorrow:

Day 1: ‘Strive to enter God’s rest’ – read, download or print HERE

Day 2: ‘Meeting the word of God with faith’ – read, download or print HERE

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HOPEPOD

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Episode 3 of 6 of the Diocesan HopePod was released this morning. Filmed at Christ Church and featuring yours truly, this episode explores the opportunities and challenges of ‘church online.’

You can watch the YouTube version of the podcast or listen on Spotify using the links below:

Episode 3 ‘Combustion vs Hybrid’ – watch on YouTube HERE and listen on Spotify HERE

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FUNERAL OF DAVID GRIGG

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David’s funeral will be on Monday 18th October at 1:30 PM at Christ Church followed by Carleton Crematorium. For the benefit of any who are not able to attend Church, we are making plans to live stream the service. 

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PENNIES AND POUNDS

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To those who have Children’s Society Boxes or filled Smarties tubes which haven’t yet been returned because of the pandemic, please do bring them to church over the next two Sundays in preparation for processing and counting at the end of this month.

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DIARY OF ACTIVITIES

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Tuesday 12th October

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – ‘Craft & Chat’ (Church)
  • 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM – Funeral Service and Burial (Church & Churchyard)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre Hall) 

Wednesday 13th October

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Midweek midday BCP Communion (Church)
  • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Management Team Meeting (Lounge)
  • 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Music Group Rehearsal (Church)

Thursday 14th October

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 12:00 PM to 1:40 PM – Lyrics and Lunch (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM ‘Bat & Chat’ (Community Centre Hall) 

Friday 15th October

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – ‘Craft & Chat’ (Church)

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With prayers and blessings for the week ahead,

Damian

Weekly News on Monday 4 October

Dear Church Community,

THANK YOU very much to all who brought to the Harvest Festival yesterday tins and packets of food. Those who volunteered to meet to sort it this morning were delighted (and overwhelmed) with the amount that’s been given. All the food will be used to support local people through food banks, food pantries, primary schools and projects supporting homelessness. 

Please find below some church news and the diary for the remainder of the week…

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HARVEST SERVICES

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It was lovely to see so many yesterday at our three Harvest services. If you missed coming to the services or want to watch again, you can watch the 11:00 AM service on YouTube HERE and Facebook HERE. It was lovely to welcome the Rainbows and Brownies as well as their leaders and families.

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VIRTUAL BREAD

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Following on from yesterday’s teaching about anxiety/worry and God viewing us as more valuable than the birds of the air which he cares for so faithfully, there is more to feed you with this week by reading the Virtual Bread daily Bible reading notes. This month they are written by Paul Clemence, who will also be preaching the next two Sundays. You can access Virtual Bread using this link HERE.

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HOPEPOD

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We’re involved in a podcast called ‘HopePod,’ which explores what Christian ministry looked like during the pandemic and what it looks like emerging out of one. There are six episodes in total, each with a guest. Episodes are released on a Monday morning at 9:00 AM. Episode 1 (last week) featured Jeanette Main who started Lyrics and Lunch in Lancaster and who we work quite closely with in running our own groups. Episode 2 (this week) features Rev David O’Brien being interviewed by me about his experiences in Blackpool. You can watch the YouTube versions of the podcast or listen on Spotify using the links below:

Episode 1 ‘Foot and Mouse’ – watch on YouTube HERE and listen on Spotify HERE

Episode 2 ‘Back to the Future’ – watch on YouTube HERE and listen on Spotify HERE

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CONFIRMATION

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There are four adults who have so far put their name forward to be confirmed on Sunday 28th November at the 11:00 AM service with Bishop Jill. There is still time to say ‘yes’ if you have been meaning to respond – just get in touch.

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FUNERAL OF DAVID GRIGG

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David’s funeral will be on Monday 18th October at 1:30 PM at Christ Church followed by Carleton Crematorium. I am certain many of us will want to pay tribute to David and you are most welcome to attend.

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CURATE

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The Diocese of Blackburn have recognised Christ Church Thornton as a suitable parish to train clergy who are in their first post after ordination. We expect to welcome one ‘curate’ next summer. Please do pray for God to be clearly guiding us amidst the conversations taking place with those interested in coming to Christ Church.

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BACK TO BRASS!

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We’re delighted to be hosting a concert this Friday evening, 8th October, at 7:30 PM, with Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band. It will be their first concert in 20 months! The concert is £5 per person (just turn up) with a ‘last night of the proms’ theme. We’re sure it will be a very enjoyable night! 

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INFORMATION VIDEOS

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We’ve put together some brief info videos to promote a few of the activities taking place at Christ Church. Below are the links for you to watch them. If you have the facility to, please do share them with friends and family:

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DIARY OF ACTIVITIES

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Tuesday 5th October

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – ‘Craft & Chat’ (Church)
  • 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Burial (Churchyard)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre Hall) 

Wednesday 6th October

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Midweek midday BCP Communion (Church)
  • 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Music Group Rehearsal (Church)

Thursday 7th October

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 12:00 PM to 1:40 PM – Lyrics and Lunch (Community Centre Hall) 
  • 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM ‘ ‘Bat & Chat’ (Community Centre Hall) 

Friday 8th October

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – ‘Craft & Chat’ (Church)
  • 7:30 PM – ‘Back to Brass’ Concert with Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band (Church)

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With prayers and blessings for the week ahead,

Damian

Weekly News on Friday 24 September 2021

Dear Church Community,

Hello! It’s not long until we gather on Sunday. This is email is to give notice of what’s happening…

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SUNDAY’S SERVICES

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The services on Sunday 26th 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 (with refreshments on arrival)
    • with ‘Clubhouse’ for the children in the Community Centre Hall

Our worship will be live streamed at the 11:00 AM Sunday Service and can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE. Remember, all previous services which have been live streamed or pre-recorded are still available to watch.

In the services on Sunday we’ll read in the Bible from the book of James, the brother of Jesus, where he teaches about prayer and the five ‘W’s of prayer: who should pray; what should we pray about; when should we pray; where should we pray; and why should we pray.

You can read the Bible reading on page 1013 of the Church ESV Bible: James 5:13-20. And you can read it HERE

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CHAPEL BOOKS & GIFT STALL

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Before and after services on Sunday our pop-up Christmas Gift and Bookstall will be open. There is a good selection of books and gifts, such as:

  • Christmas cards – a wide selection
  • Advent Calendars
  • 2022 Calendars and Diaries
  • Bibles
  • Daily Bible Reading Notes
  • Theological books
  • Devotional books
  • Children’s books
  • Books for teenagers
  • Pens, pencils, rubbers
  • Bookmarks, coasters, holding crosses
  • Stickers

Do pop in and have a look. At present items can be purchased by cash only. It is also open during the opening times of the Pilgrim’s Rest (Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM).

We’re looking for a volunteers to oversee the stall in-between the services. If you can help, please get in touch.

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ORDERS OF SERVICE

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If you are attending the 11:00 AM service, you might find it helpful to know you can download and print the order of service and bring it along with you if you wish to. Click HERE if so. For those more tech savvy, you can use your smartphone – just click on the link and follow it on your screen during the service (just so long as you don’t get distracted by other things on your phone!). Of course, we will continue to display all the words you need for the service on the screen at the front of Church. And in the months to come we will install a large 3mx3m screen at the front of Church which will vastly improve the visibility of the words.

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ON YOUR WAY IN

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Pick up a Bible from the bookcase, so that you can follow along during the service.

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See you tomorrow,

Damian

Weekly News on Monday 20 September 2021

Dear Church Community,

Hello there!

Here’s some more news from Christ Church Thornton…

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HOPEPOD

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Filmed just recently at Christ Church Thornton, I’ve been part of a team that have produced a podcast for the Diocese of Blackburn called HOPEPOD. There are six episodes, being released weekly, starting on Monday 27th September. Watch the trailer HERE and tune in next week for the first episode. HOPEPOD is aimed at helping churches across the Diocese think about what church looks like post-pandemic. 

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SUBSCRIBING TO THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL

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Subscribing to the YouTube channel helps Christ Church Thornton. When we reach 100 subscribers, we can have our own branded name for the channel (i.e. YouTube Christ Church Thornton). More importantly, it means you’ll receive a notification when a live video starts or some other video is published that you weren’t expecting!

To subscribe, head over to our YouTube channel HERE. It doesn’t cost you anything. You just might need to be signed into Google in order for it to work. 

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VIRTUAL VILLAGES

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During the lockdowns we launched Virtual Villages – online/zoom meetings for Christians to grow together in faith, through learning from the Bible and enjoying time in each other’s company.

Now that we’re not under a lockdown, some of these will meet in-person. But we’re pressing the reset button on these to find out if any others would like to join, and if so, what works for you – what day of the week, what time, what format (online or in-person). So if you’re reading this and you’re thinking you’d like to be part of one, just let me know by return of email. I’ll try and match you with a Village that meets when you’re available or look to start a new one. 

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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There are all sorts of ways you can serve God through the local church. We are truly blessed with an abundance of volunteers already. There are some new opportunities to volunteer below. If you feel you can help, do get in touch:

Musician – drummer for the 11:00 AM service. At the 5:00 PM service we have a full band of musicians including a drummer. But at the 11:00 AM service we’re looking for someone with experience of playing drums. There is a drum kit available to use. Rehearsals are on a Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM in Church. Other musicians are also welcome!

Sound Engineer – to help mix the levels of the musicians and speakers at the 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM services. Experience of using a mixing desk will be really useful, especially with regards to understanding where things plug in, what the knobs and sliders do, and having an ear to blend the musicians and at the same time monitor the sound levels in Church to ensure the music isn’t too loud or too quiet. 

Hall setter-upper – someone to pop in on a Saturday to set up the Hall ready for a Sunday morning’s refreshments. This involves setting up around six tables with chairs around and positioning the sofas where needed. It will probably take around forty minutes to an hour. 

Children’s and Youth Ministry Ministry Helpers

  • Sunday-School Helpers – we’d love to relaunch the children’s provision on a Sunday morning during the 11:00 AM service. Of course we’ll be looking for a snazzier name than ‘Sunday School’ (we’ve called it that for now because as adults you’ll know what it is). This will involve being DBS checked, undergoing Safeguarding training, having a role description, and attending planning meetings through the year.
  • Treehouse ‘Clubhouse’ helpers – a sort of mini-Sunday School during Treehouse. As well as helping with groups for the younger children aged 3-7, we’d also like to start a group for some of the older children aged 8-11 and 11+. This is to provide age-appropriate Christian teaching and activities.
  • Midweek Group Helpers – we’d also like to relaunch our midweek activities for children and young people. These will meet after-school or early evening. Some of these will be brand new groups meeting after school and providing support and fellowship and teaching for children and families after school (making use of the new kitchen when it’s completed). Some will meet early evening, around 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. 

It might be you’re looking to volunteer but would rather help with some of the existing activities in the Community Centre, Pilgrim’s Rest, Fridaymen, Sunday morning refreshments, audio-visual team, etc. If so, just get in touch!

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Have a lovely week!

Damian

Weekly News on Sunday 19 September 2021

Dear Church Community,

Good evening! Here’s some church news and the diary for the week…

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TODAY’S SERVICES

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If you missed coming to the services today or want to watch again, you can watch the 11:00 AM service on YouTube HERE and Facebook HERE

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VIRTUAL BREAD

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Give us today our ‘virtual’ bread… At Christ Church I’m passionate to equip you to engage daily with God, through prayer and reading and understanding the holy scriptures. A resource to help with this, is our bespoke ‘Virtual Bread’ daily Bible reading notes. They don’t take long to read but just might be what’s needed to have some quiet time with God. You can access Virtual Bread using this link HERE.

The notes for tomorrow are already available HERE.

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DIARY OF ACTIVITIES

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Monday 20th September

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse parent, baby and toddler group (Community Centre Hall)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre Hall)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:40 PM – Lyrics and Lunch (Community Centre Hall and Church)
  • 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM – Village (Community Centre Hall)

Tuesday 21st September 

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club

Wednesday 22nd September 

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club
  • 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Midweek midday BCP Communion (Church)
  • 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Music Group Rehearsal

Thursday 23rd September

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club
  • 12:00 PM to 1:40 PM – Lyrics and Lunch

Friday 24th September

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest

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In tomorrow’s news email…

  • Volunteers needed:
    • Sunday morning drummer
    • Sunday morning Sunday-School helpers
    • Midweek children’s groups helpers
    • Setting up the Hall for a Sunday
    • Sound engineer
  • Subscribing to the YouTube channel
  • Virtual Villages

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Bye for now!

Damian

Weekly News on Saturday 18 September 2021

Dear Church Community,

Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day, a day set apart for coming before God to speak to him, hear from him, worship him and receive from him. Do come along if you can…

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TOMORROW

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The services on Sunday 19th September are:

  • 9:00 AM Traditional (Book of Common Prayer) Service of Holy Communion
  • 11:00 AM Contemporary Service of Holy Communion LIVE streamed
  • 5:00 PM ‘Treehouse’ Informal Family Worship (with refreshments on arrival)
    • with ‘Clubhouse’ for the children in the Community Centre Hall

Our worship will be live streamed at the 11:00 AM Sunday Service and can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE

In the services tomorrow we’ll read in the Bible about the moment Jesus was trying to teach them a lesson about who was the greatest in the Kingdom of God, where to be first, you have to go to the end of the line, or to be important, you have to become like a little child. In God’s Kingdom, the children are just as important.

You can read the Bible reading on page 845 of the Church ESV Bible: Mark 9.30-37. And you can read it HERE

For the first time in 18 months, all services will have complimentary refreshments after the services – hot drinks and biscuits! Yippee!

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ORDERS OF SERVICE

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If you are attending the 11:00 AM service, you might find it helpful to know you can download and print the order of service and bring it along with you if you wish to. Click HERE if so. For those more tech savvy, you can use your smartphone – just click on the link and follow it on your screen during the service (just so long as you don’t get distracted by other things on your phone!). Of course, we will continue to display all the words you need for the service on the screen at the front of Church. And in the months to come we will install a large 3mx3m screen at the front of Church which will vastly improve the visibility of the words.

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ON YOUR WAY IN

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Pick up a Bible from the bookcase, so that you can follow along during the service.

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See you tomorrow,

Damian

Weekly News on Monday 13 September 2021

Dear Church Community,

As promised yesterday, here is some more church news to share…

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HARVEST FESTIVAL

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Sunday 3rd October will be our Harvest Festival at all our services. This means we make an extra special effort to give thanks to God for the harvest we enjoy. All good things come from him. We will give thank to God for all those in the food supply chain, from the farmer sowing seed to the delivery driver bringing it to the front door. You are encouraged to bring to any of the services your donations of food. This food will be distributed across Food Banks and Food Pantries in the local area. Some of it will be used in our own Food Pantry. Please see below types of things to bring:

  • Cereals
  • Long-life milk
  • Pasta (and pasta sauces)
  • Rice (and things to go with it)
  • Fruit (tinned)
  • Vegetables (tinned)
  • Soup
  • Tinned meat: stew, meatballs, luncheon meat, corned beef
  • Tinned fish: tuna, salmon
  • Instant foods are very useful, such as pot noodle, pasta and sauce packets
  • Biscuits, crackers, crisps
  • Beans, spaghetti hoops
  • For the fridge/freezer: cheese, butter, ham, milk, frozen ready meals, chips, waffles, chicken nuggets  – but please make contact in advance to drop off at a time when the fridge and freezer are accessible

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CONFIRMATION

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Sunday 28th November at the 11:00 AM service is ‘Confirmation.’

Confirmation is a special church service in which a person confirms the promises that were made when they were baptised. If you were baptised when you were a child, your parents and godparents made these promises on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may be ready to affirm these promises for yourself and commit your life to following Jesus Christ. At a confirmation service, you make these promises for yourself. Your friends and family as well as the members of Christ Church will be there to promise to support and pray for you. We’ll be joined by a Bishop, who will be delighted to confirm those who would like. There is a lovely prayer said for each person being confirmed. This bishop will lay their hands on your head (a form of prayer) and ask God’s Holy Spirit to give you the strength and commitment to live God’s way for the rest of your life.

Here’s some frequently asked questions:

  • Am I too young or too old? You are never too old! Whether you’re 19 or 99, you are welcome to be confirmed. Usually the Diocese of Blackburn confirm children when they reach High School or the age of 11, whichever comes first. 
  • Do I just turn up or do I prepare in some way? Those wanting to be confirmed need to request it many weeks ahead. Around about now! Then there will be a preparation course to attend. It will involve meeting together with all those being confirmed, around six times over the period of October and November (usually for around an hour once a week).
  • Do I need to be baptised? Yes! It’s the natural progression – baptism first, then confirmation.
  • Will being confirmed mean I can take holy communion? Officially speaking the eligibility to receive holy communion in the Church of England is to be baptised and confirmed. Or if not confirmed, then “to be desirest to be confirmed.” At Christ Church Thornton we welcome to holy communion all those who are baptised and follow the Lord Jesus Christ (even if they haven’t been confirmed). So although being confirmed is for so many people a special occasion and the right thing to do, it isn’t simply something to do in order to receive holy communion. Be confirmed for the right reasons.

If you’d like to explore confirmation, please do give me a call or email or speak to me on a Sunday.

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BACK TO BRASS!

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On Friday 8th October we are delighted to be hosting Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band for a special concert in Church. It will start at 7:30 PM. Tickets are £5 – payable on the door. Refreshments will be available in the interval for a small charge.

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TRINITY HOSPICE

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On the afternoon of Saturday 30th October, we will be hosting a fundraising concert for Trinity Hospice with the ‘Coasters’ and the ‘West Bridgford Social Singers.’ More details will follow on this. 

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VIRTUAL BREAD

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Following some author problems (me!) and technical updates needed, I’m pleased to announce the Virtual Bread daily Bible reading notes are back from Wednesday 15th September. 

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MOTHERS’ UNION

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After such a long time apart from meeting for worship and fellowship, it will be highlight for me this week to welcome back the Mothers’ Union on Wednesday 15th September at 2:00 PM for their ‘Corporate Communion’ followed by refreshments and fellowship (all taking place in Church on this occasion). 

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Thanks for reading!
 
Damian

Weekly News on Sunday 12 September 2021

Dear Church Community,

Hello everyone. It was lovely to see so many at Church today. Here’s more church news, with more to follow tomorrow and during the week…

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TODAY’S SERVICES

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If you missed coming to the services today or want to watch again, you can watch the 11:00 AM service on YouTube HERE and Facebook HERE

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REFRESHMENTS

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From Sunday 19th September, after the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM services hot drinks will be available in the Community Centre Hall. Before the 5:00 PM service, hot and cold drinks will be available in the Pilgrim’s Rest.

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LYRICS AND LUNCH

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Starting back tomorrow, in-person, Lyrics and Lunch will take at 12:00 PM starting with lunch in the Community Centre Hall. On a Monday, Lyrics and Lunch is for those living with dementia and their carers. On a Thursday, Lyrics and Lunch is for adults with learning disability and their carers. Both groups enjoy lunch first, followed by singing/entertainment in Church afterwards. The cost for lunch at both events is £5.

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VIRTUAL VILLAGES

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These are starting back, with the first one tomorrow evening, on Monday 13th September in the Community Centre Hall at 7:45 PM. If you used to attend a Monday or Tuesday evening Virtual Village during the pandemic, then the Monday evening one just for now, is going to combine the two groups together. For those who met on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, more info is to follow about your groups. If you would like to know more about the midweek groups for growing in the Christian faith, I’ll be delighted to give you more information and signpost you to where might be best. 

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VOLUNTEER WANTED

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In the Community Centre Hall we have some stubborn stickers on the floor with one-way arrows on which are not peeling off the floor easily. We’re looking for someone with the patience and skills to remove the stickers one afternoon this week or next. Just get in touch with me if you can help.

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BAT & CHAT

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Restarting on Thursday 30th September, Bat & Chat will take place from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM in the Community Centre Hall. We have four excellent quality table tennis tables. The activity is open to everyone, regardless of whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned pro! You can both burn calories and put the calories back on again, as you sit down and enjoy a hot drink and cake in-between games! There is a £3 fee to attend, which includes the refreshments. 

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WELCOME BACK!

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It’s been delightful to welcome back Ellen, Lesley, and Bob, to their roles at Christ Church as the Furlough scheme comes to an end. You will often find Ellen in the reception (porch) area, welcoming people to Church. You will find ‘Banjo Bob’ hosting the activities in the Community Centre Hall. You will find Lesley keeping everyone very well fed and watered. We’re thankful to Ellen, Lesley and Bob for their enthusiasm and dedication, as well as all they do in addition to their roles. And we’re constantly grateful to the many volunteers helping them. Welcome back!

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DIARY OF ACTIVITIES

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Monday 13th September

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse parent, baby and toddler group (Community Centre Hall)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre Hall)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:40 PM – Lyrics and Lunch (Community Centre Hall and Church)
  • 7:45 PM to 9:30 PM – Village (Community Centre Hall)

Tuesday 14th September 

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club

Wednesday 15th September 

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club
  • 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Midweek midday BCP Communion (Church)
  • 2:00 PM – Mother’s Union Corporate Communion (Church)
  • 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Music Group Rehearsal

Thursday 16th September

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club
  • 12:00 PM to 1:40 PM – Lyrics and Lunch

Friday 17th September

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest
  • 7:30 PM – Meeting of the Trustees of the Friends of Christ Church

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On tomorrow’s news email, I’ll be letting you know about…

  • Confirmation Service in November
  • ‘Back to Brass’ concert in October with Thornton-Cleveleys Brass Band
  • Fundraising Concert for Trinity Hospice in October
  • Virtual Bread daily Bible reading notes
  • Mother’s Union Service
  • Harvest Sunday in October

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Bye for now!

Damian

Weekly News on Saturday 11 September 2021

Dear Church Community,

This week really has flown by. Perhaps because for the first time in 18 months our Community Centre was open, alongside Pilgrim’s Rest, alongside Morning Prayer and midweek communion. It’s been busy! But it’s been great!

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow. And those who can’t come, remember we’re still streaming live at the 11:00 AM service. 

There will be another email tomorrow with loads more information. Tonight’s is just enough information for tomorrow…

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TOMORROW

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The services on Sunday 12th September are:

  • 9:00 AM Traditional (Book of Common Prayer) Service of Holy Communion
  • 11:00 AM Contemporary Service of Holy Communion LIVE streamed
  • 5:00 PM ‘Treehouse’ Informal Family Worship (with refreshments on arrival)
    • with ‘Clubhouse’ for the children in the Community Centre Hall

Our worship will be live streamed at the 11:00 AM Sunday Service and can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE

In the services tomorrow we’ll read in the Bible about the moment Peter confesses that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah. Jesus goes on to teach the disciples what they were least expecting about the Messiah, that he would be put to death and three days later rise again. 
Then Jesus tells the crowd and his disciples that to save their lives they must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow him. You can read the Bible reading on page 844 of the Church ESV Bible, Mark 8.27-38. And you can read it HERE

From next Sunday (19th September) all services will have complimentary refreshments after the services – hot drinks and biscuits! 

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ORDERS OF SERVICE

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If you are attending the 11:00 AM service, you might find it helpful to know you can download and print the order of service and bring it along with you if you wish to. Click HERE if so. For those more tech savvy, you can use your smartphone – just click on the link and follow it on your screen during the service (just so long as you don’t get distracted by other things on your phone!). Of course, we will continue to display all the words you need for the service on the screen at the front of Church. And in the months to come we will install a large 3mx3m screen at the front of Church which will vastly improve the visibility of the words.

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DUSTY BIBLES

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Dusty Bibles – they really shouldn’t be a thing! But if we don’t pick em up, they collect dust. And that’s the same in Church. If you bring your own, that’s fantastic. But if you don’t, please do pick one up on the way in (from the large book case at the back of Church – there are hundreds!). The Sunday sermons at Christ Church are designed in such a way so that you get the most out of them if you’re sitting with an open Bible in front of you. You’ll notice I always refer to the verse number. This is so that you can look down and look at the verse with me as I read it out and explain it during the sermon. It’s so helpful if with your eyes you make the connection with what I’m saying and what you’re reading. There are so many reasons this is important. Some of which are: (1) it helps you navigate your way around the Bible better; (2) it gives you confidence in what the speaker is saying – you can see for yourself what they are saying; (3) it helps the Bible be memorable as our minds visualise where particular verses are on the page – great for if you get your Bible out again during the week to look at the passage again. So there’s a few reasons. Please trust me, it’s so worth following along in the Bible. God speaks to us through his word so powerfully. 

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AND FINALLY…

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Maybe you are reading this email, as you do every week, but you aren’t someone who usually attends Sunday services. Maybe this might be a good season in life to revaluate your routine and commitments and spirituality? Perhaps the pandemic with its tragedies and lockdowns has given you a different perspective on life? Why not drop in one Sunday? I feel confident you will feel warmly welcomed and will enjoy and benefit from the worship and teaching.

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Goodnight and God bless,

Damian

Dear Church Community,

Weekly News on Saturday 4 September 2021

Hello everyone. I can’t wait to see so many of you tomorrow. And those who can’t come, remember we’re still streaming live at the 11:00 AM service. 

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SCREEN

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As I hope you know, we are in the process of seeking permission to install a large projection screen in Church. This will be cleverly operated using a winch mechanism. When it’s not in use it will roll up and be winched up to hide behind the top of the arch between the Nave and the Chancel. When it’s in use, it will hang centrally in the arch, giving (we trust) a bigger and better experience to worshippers when reading words for the service. To let you know where we are up to: we know what we want; we’ve received a quotation for the work; we’ve raised money (you’ve given generously); we’ve applied for a faculty. Once the faculty is approved, we’ll ask the contractor to get on with doing the work. I’m hopeful (but couldn’t possibly guarantee) it’s something we might get done before the year end, or if not, then early in the New Year. 

In the meantime we’re using the temporary smaller screen. Some of you have had visibility issues at the 11:00 AM service. Please experiment with the best place for you to sit in order to view the screen. You might find it easier to go wider rather than deeper in the Nave seating. If you go deeper, you’ll be further back and have heads in front of you. If more people go wider and into the side aisle, it might mean you’re a little closer and are more spread out. If you find midway through the first song you can’t see, please don’t feel you have committed to a seat – move to where you can see!

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TOMORROW

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The services on Sunday 5th September are:

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

Our worship will be live streamed at the 11:00 AM Sunday Service and can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE

In the services tomorrow we’ll be looking at what James wrote in his letter in the Bible about the genuineness of our faith demonstrated in the way we treat other people. You can read the Bible reading on page 1011 of the Church ESV Bible, James 2.1-10 and 14-17. And you can read it HERE

From Sunday 19th September, all services will have complimentary refreshments after the services – hot drinks and biscuits etc. 

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LYRICS AND LUNCH

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On Monday of this week (30th August) Banjo Bob & Friends live streamed from Church with Lyrics and Lunch. You can watch it on YouTube HERE or Facebook HERE. On Monday coming (6th September), there won’t be a Lyrics and Lunch live stream. But….wait for it….drum roll please…..on Monday 13th September Lyrics and Lunch with Banjo Bob & Co. is returning in Church with people invited! Yes, actual people, not on a screen! We’re excited about that. Can you tell? Hehe.

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REOPENING OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE

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The Community Centre activities are restarting on Monday 6th September. As I’m sure you can understand, we will be phasing activities in not all at once but gradually. From Monday 6th September, the programme of Church and Community Centre activities will be:

  • 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM Morning Prayer in the Chapel (or take part via a Zoom version from home HERE) (Monday to Friday)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Playhouse (parent, baby and toddler group) in the Community Centre (Monday to Thursday)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pilgrim’s Rest in the Chapel (Monday to Friday)
  • 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM Midweek Midday Communion (BCP) in the Chapel (Wednesday only)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Meadows Luncheon Club in the Community Centre (Monday to Thursday)

On Monday 13th September, Lyrics and Lunch will resume for those living with dementia and their carers. On Thursday 16th September Lyrics and Lunch will resume for adults with special learning needs and their carers. Both activities start with lunch at 12:00 PM.

Please note that all the activities are free to attend with just nominal donations requested for refreshments (i.e. £1 for a fresh filter coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fruit tea, etc). We are expanding our range of refreshments at the different activities. At the Pilgrim’s Rest are a selection of cakes, Fairtrade chocolate bars, crisps and even triple chocolate muffins! At Playhouse (parent, baby and toddler group) is a range of Organix snacks for children, which are available for parents/carers to purchase. Do bring your pennies, or make use of the contactless machine!

At the Meadows Luncheon Club (Monday to Thursday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM) there are a range of options for a simple but lovely lunch in pleasant surroundings…

  • ‘Simply soup’ – just soup and a roll = £1
  • ‘Soup & Sandwiches’ – soup, roll, and freshly-made sandwiches = £3
  • ‘Meal Deal’ – soup, roll, sandwiches, crisps, mini-ice-cream pot, tea/coffee with biscuit = only £5! 

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WALKING MARATHON

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Today Roger Lloyd Jones has been walking 26 miles! He’s been hiking a marathon over the Lakeland fells. But why I hear you ask? Good question! It’s a sponsored (hilly!) walk, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Roger along with seven friends is walking to remember their brilliant friend Kirsty Bond, who sadly died on New Year’s Eve 2020. Roger and his friends have been part of a bigger group of 2,000 people today all walking to remember someone they loved and lost to cancer. In the process they have raised vital money for the great support Macmillan offers. 

So far Roger has raised £1580. Perhaps as a church community we can give this a boost this evening and tomorrow! If you would like to know more or to give, please visit Roger’s ‘Just Giving’ page HERE

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May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon you and give you peace.

Goodnight and God bless,

Damian

Annual Report and Financial Statements

The Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 2020 are available USING THIS LINK

Paper copies of the booklet are available before and after Church services upon request.

Email from Damian – Friday 2 April 2021

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 am very excited to announce the launch of…

Virtual Bread is unique, bespoke, daily bible reading notes to aid your growth in the Christian Faith. They are written by the people of Christ Church Thornton for the people of Christ Church Thornton. But they are of course available to absolutely anyone of any church or denomination.

Starting this coming Easter Monday, the 5th April, the first month of Virtual Bread has been written for us by Revd Paul Clemence. The daily Bible reading notes will take us through the book of the Acts of the Apostles. 

Anticipating some questions we might all have, please see below a Q and A section:

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HOW DO I USE THEM?

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Use them every day. There will be five for each week. The most obvious way to use them is to start on a Monday (but start on a different day if you prefer). Each day will have a short Bible passage to read. There is a prayer you can use, followed by some explanatory notes of what’s going on in the Bible passage. Then there is a question or two to help you reflect on what you’ve read, followed by the ‘Collect’ which is the special prayer for the week. It will take around 10 minutes in total to use Virtual Bread

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HOW DO I ACCESS THEM?

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They are available on our biblical.digital website HERE. Once you click on the notes for the particular day, they will download as a PDF document. You can read this on your device very easily. Or if you’d prefer, you can print them off. Each week, I will send out an email with the links you need to easily navigate to Virtual Bread

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WHY SHOULD I TRY THEM?

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Today I have enjoyed a jacket potato for lunch, with a selection of fillings such as tuna, baked beans and grated cheese alongside salad and freshly baked olive bread. Mouth-watering! And for tea I’ve enjoyed fish and chips. Now, I know what you’re thinking – this guy eats like a king! I know, I know, I’m very blessed! But the point is, we all need food for our physical health. In the same we need food for our spiritual health. Where is that food? It is the daily bread of the ‘Word’ of God, the holy Bible. In the pages of the Bible, the Holy Spirit who authored it speaks to us. And Jesus, the author of life is the person we meet as we study, meditate and pray through what we read. It is real, spiritual ‘soul food.’

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IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT CAN HELP?

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Our unswerving passion is to equip disciples of Jesus to be just that – disciples, learners, students, followers.

Maybe you find reading the Bible and spending time with God each day new and quite daunting. Well there are other things that might help you too. One of them is the ‘Virtual Armchair,’ which is a 2-minute daily video devotion. You don’t have to read anything, download anything, print anything, or do anything for very long. Just 2-minutes to kickstart your day with God. This is a great thing to do. But try not to settle for 2-minutes in the long-term. To truly grow as Christians, we really need to be digging into the treasures of the Bible in a more substantial way. Virtual Bread will be a great way to do this. So why not do both? Watch the Virtual Armchair and read Virtual Bread

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WHAT IF I’M ALREADY READING MY BIBLE AND PRAYING EACH DAY?

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Terrific! Keep doing it! There is no expectation or obligation to feel you ought to be using Virtual Bread. It is a resource for anyone who isn’t currently using any sort of resources or is looking for something fresh. If what you currently use works for you and helps you engage with your Bible and grow daily as a Christian, then keeping using it. If you want something in addition to what you already use, feel free to try Virtual Bread as well.

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WHAT MAKES THIS UNIQUE?

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The daily Bible reading notes are unique in the sense that they are written by people you know. They are written for you, that’s for the people of Thornton-Cleveleys and the Fylde Coast. And they integrate with Sunday services and the daily Virtual Armchair and Virtual Villages. For example, the ‘collect’ (prayer) that is used each day in Virtual Bread is the same one used on a Sunday and the same one used in the daily video devotions. And the Bible passages being followed each day follow the Church of England Lectionary (the Church calendar). This means, in theory, everything is synchronised. What you hear on a Sunday in the sermon will often link in to the Virtual Armchair video devotions, to Virtual Bread and will be studied in greater detail in the Virtual Villages. 

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DO YOU WANT SOME FEEDBACK?

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Yes! As this is a brand-new venture, there will surely be things to learn and improve on going forward. And the most important thing to know is whether Virtual Bread is helpful and being utilised by people. So please do provide feedback by email, phone or verbally. And after a few weeks, a feedback form will be available for you to fill out to let us know how it’s going. 

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So, in conclusion, I’m excited about this! I hope you are too. Please use this resource if you think it can be helpful to you. May God bless you as you draw near to Him.

Praying this holy week and Easter weekend you will know the depth of God’s love for you shown in the sacrifice of His son, now and always,

Damian

Good News to Share – Email from Damian 18 March 2021

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! 

Some good news…

I have some very good news to share with you! We have found out today that we have been successful in applying for a grant to expand, redesign and refit the kitchen in our Community Centre Hall at Christ Church Thornton. The grant is for £34,641 and is awarded from the Walney Extension Community Fund. This is the same fund we were previously successful at applying to a grant for a few years ago, to develop our Community Centre activities.

We know that part of the reason the grant application has been successful is because is we have been able to evidence how the Community Centre activities which took place daily before the pandemic, impacted the lives of those who attended. You might recall we had a daily programme of activities running in the Community Centre, such as a free parent toddler group in the morning, freshly prepared lunches, craft groups, bowling, dancing, singing groups for people living with dementia and special needs, support groups for veterans, a Christmas Day Community Dinner – and much more!

Creating a fit for purpose kitchen will enable us to do what we have already been doing in a more efficient way. It will open up new opportunities to serve hot meals, which we haven’t been able to do thus far because of there being no cooking facilities. 

A special thank you goes to the team who have put together the grant application and to the many volunteers who have served in the Community Centre activities.

And every time you look out to the Irish Sea, glance to the right and on a clear day you can usually see the Walney Island Wind Farm. Some of the energy from the Wind Farm has generated a community funding scheme and this is where the grant money is coming from. So every time you catch a glimpse of the Walney Island Wind Farm Extension, offer a little thank you prayer to God! 

Praise God for His provision to us and His continued faithfulness. 

Damian