Weekly News on Saturday 19 March 2022

Dear Church Community,

Warmest greetings to you all. Please find below details of Church news, services and events…

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NIGHT OF MUSIC

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On Friday 25th March at 7:00 PM, we are hosting a NIGHT OF MUSIC with Thornton Cleveleys Band and the Coasters Choir. Admission is £5, with all proceeds to SUDCUK (Sudden Unexplained Death In Children). For more information about the charity click on this link HERE. Please come along and support this worthy cause in memory of Alexander.

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PLANNING MEETING FOR THE QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE

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In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service! We would love to do something for residents in the local neighbourhood to celebrate at Christ Church Thornton. What this might look like we are unsure of. Can you help? Do you have ideas? There is an initial planning meeting on Tuesday 24th March at 7:30 PM in Church. Please come along if you’d like to be involved.

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SUNDAY SERVICES

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The services on Sunday 20th March are:

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

‘Clubhouse’ meets in the Hall during Treehouse for primary-school aged children.

If you’re unable to attend due to health and mobility, please be assured we continue to livestream our main 11:00 AM service. It can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE. You can download and print the order of service and bring it along with you if you wish to. Click HERE if so. 

On your way into Church please pick up a Bible from the bookcase so that you can follow along during the service. The Bible passage we’ll be looking at throughout the day is Genesis 28:10-22 (Church Bible page 22) and which can be accessed online HERE.

Sunday’s Bible reading is about Jacob, the grandson of Abraham who is fleeing for his life from his brother Esau who he has tricked out of his father Isaac’s blessing. As he stopped for the night to sleep, Jacob had a dream in which the Lord God spoke to him and renewed the promise he had made with Abraham and Isaac to give him and his descendants the land where he was lying, and that through him all people on earth would be blessed. And Jacob
recognised that the Lord was in that place and called it Bethel, the house of God.

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ACCOMMODATING REFUGEES

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On Wednesday evening of this week a Christian organisation, the ‘Sanctuary Foundation,’ hosted an online information evening for individuals and churches interested in sponsoring and/or hosting those fleeing the Ukraine. If you would like to, click HERE to watch the information evening about how people in the UK will be able to help. It features interviews with people who have fled Ukraine and those who are in Ukraine helping people.

More information is coming out day by day about how churches might be able to help. I will be keeping up-to-date with this. If you’re interested in knowing more, visit the Sanctuary Foundation website HERE.

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LENT PRAYER BREAKFAST

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The Lent Prayer Breakfast continues every Thursday through Lent. No need to book, just turn up. There’s fresh coffee, toast, warm croissants, Bible readings, and prayers, from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM in Church. Come along and join me in praying for peace.

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LENT LUNCH

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Thank you to those who joined in the Lent Lunch. It was a lovely gathering. Donations came to £85.50 which will be given to Christian Aid for their frontline work across the world. The next one is at St. John’s Little Thornton on Friday 25th March at 11:30 AM. All are welcome.

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CHURCH SPRING CLEAN!

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Our Church building is in need of a deep clean. We will be holding a CHURCH SPRING CLEAN on Saturday 9th April, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. We’ll be blitzing the Church building, getting it spick and span for Easter. There will be a focus on cleaning in the nooks and crannies and removing all the cobwebs. Please bring your own dusters, cloths, polishes, detergents, vacuums (and extension leads), brushes, mops and buckets, etc. If at all possible, please let us know you are coming for catering and planning purposes – please email Martin Ormond, the Parish Manager: martin@christchurchthornton.uk 

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ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM)

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The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and the Vestry Meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th May at 7:15 PM in Church followed by refreshments in the Community Centre Hall at 8:30 PM. 

The ‘Vestry Meeting’ (proper name ‘Meeting of Parishioners) is where Churchwardens are elected and the APCM is where the annual accounts and report are presented and members of the laity are elected to serve on the PCC.

Nominations for the Parochial Church Council are welcome in preparation for elections at the APCM. Click HERE for a nomination form. Nomination Forms must be submitted before or at the meeting. For more information about eligibility to serve on the PCC and the nominations and election process, please do get in touch with me. Please pray that God will equip and call people to these important roles to serve and lead His Church.

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FUNERALS

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Thank you to those who attended the funeral of the late Mrs Emily Bullock. Malcolm appreciates very much the support of the church family.

The funeral of Mr Graham Woods is on Friday 25th March at 1:00 PM in Church followed by burial in the churchyard and refreshments in the Community Centre Hall. Please do pray for the family.

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CURATE

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It’s around 100 days until Andrew Downes will be joining us as the Assistant Curate. Please be praying for Andrew, Kim, Ena and Toby as they make preparations to join us.

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DIARY OF ACTIVITIES, EVENTS AND SERVICES

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Monday 21st March

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (South Side Aisle)
  • 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)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:40 PM – Lyrics and Lunch (Community Centre & Church)
  • 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM – Memorial Service for the late Patricia Markham (Church)
  • 7:45 PM to 9:15 PM – Monday Growth Group (Community Centre)

Tuesday 22nd March

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (South Side Aisle)
  • 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)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – ‘Craft & Chat’ (Church)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre)
  • 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM – Pastoral Care Meeting (South Side Aisle)

Wednesday 23rd March

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (South Side Aisle)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Wednesday Growth Group (Church)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse parent, baby and toddler group (Community Centre)
  • 11:30 PM to 12:00 PM – Midweek BCP Communion (Church)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre)
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Mothers’ Union (Church)
  • 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Music Group Rehearsal (Church)

Thursday 24th March

  • 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM – Lent Prayer Breakfast (South Side Aisle)
  • 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) 
  • 12:00 PM to 1:40 PM – Lyrics and Lunch (Community Centre & Church) 
  • 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM – ‘Bat & Chat’ (Community Centre)
  • 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Planning Meeting (South Side Aisle)

Friday 25th March

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (South Side Aisle)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – ‘Craft & Chat’ (Church)
  • 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM – Funeral Service of the late Mr Graham Woods (Church & Churchyard)
  • 7:00 PM – 9/9:30 PM – ‘NIGHT OF MUSIC’ with Thornton Cleveleys Band and the Coasters Choir (Church)

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With love and blessings,
 
Damian

Weekly News on Saturday 12 March 2022

Dear Church Community,

Good afternoon everyone! The sunshine has been out! Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I sincerely hope you are enjoying it.

It will be lovely to see many people at worship tomorrow. If you’re unable to attend due to health and mobility, please be assured we continue to livestream our main 11:00 AM service.

We have a bumper edition of news today…

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SUNDAY SERVICES

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The services on Sunday 13th March are:

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

‘Clubhouse’ meets in the Hall during Treehouse for primary-school aged children.

*Please note we are continuing to experiment with the layout of the chairs in Church tomorrow. Please bear with us! We are seeking to find a layout which provides more circulation space for those using mobility aids.

At the 11:00 AM service our worship will be live streamed and can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE. You can download and print the order of service and bring it along with you if you wish to. Click HERE if so. 

On your way into Church please pick up a Bible from the bookcase so that you can follow along during the service. The Bible passages we’ll be looking at throughout the day are Genesis 12.1-7; 15.1-7 & 17.1-8 (Church Bible pages 8, 10 & 11) and which can be accessed online HERE.

Tomorrow is the second Sunday in Lent and our theme for the day is ‘LIVING BY FAITH.’ We will be hearing about how God called Abraham from his home in Ur (in modern day Iraq) to live in the land of Canaan (modern day Israel); how he made a promise to bless Abraham, to be his God, to make him the father of many nations, with descendants as many as the stars in the sky, and to give his descendants the land to which God had called him.

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BISHOP JULIAN IS RETIRING

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Our Diocesan Bishop, Bishop Julian, has this week sent an open letter announcing he is to retire in July of this year. You can read the letter HERE. He has been the Bishop of Blackburn for nearly nine years. In his letter he writes: “I can’t quite express how I feel about this, as I would love to stay, do more, be around for the Diocesan conference in November and remain part of the extraordinary story of what God is doing in the Church of England in Lancashire in the ongoing implementation of Vision 2026. However, my plan all along has been to ensure the Vision is not tied too tightly to me as a person and is owned by the diocese. I don’t need to be present to see it continue. We have an amazing team who are more than able to carry on the next phase of the work.”

Please pray for Bishop Julian, his wife Heather, and all those working hard to prayerfully discern the next Bishop of Blackburn.

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LENT LUNCH

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On Friday 18th March, there is a Lent Lunch in the Hall, open to everyone to attend. It is part of the annual series of Lent Lunches across churches in Thornton. Starting with a few minutes of prayer at 12noon, there will home-made soup and hot cross buns. There is no set charge for the lunch but donations are welcome which will be given to charitable causes. For more information please speak to the Lent Lunch Coordinator, Ann Hearnshaw.

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CHURCH SPRING CLEAN!

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Our CHURCH SPRING CLEAN will be on Saturday 9th April, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. We’ll be blitzing the Church building, getting it spick and span for Easter. There will be a focus on cleaning in the nooks and crannies and removing all the cobwebs. Please bring your own dusters, cloths, polishes, detergents, vacuums (and extension leads), brushes, mops and buckets, etc. If at all possible, please let us know you are coming for catering and planning purposes – please email Martin Ormond, the Parish Manager: martin@christchurchthornton.uk 

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AID FOR UKRAINE

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THANK YOU to those who took items to the Tram Weigh Shop in Fleetwood. Some of you even helped pack the bags ready for them making their way over to Poland and then Ukraine. It seems at the moment all local drop-off points are overwhelmed with donations. It might be you would like to consider making a financial donation to the DEC. There is more information about this on the Wyre Council website HERE

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ACCOMMODATING REFUGEES

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Across the UK Christians are working with the Government to prepare for those fleeing the dangers in Ukraine. The Government are due to announce in the coming days a scheme where churches, community groups and households can offer to provide accommodation and sponsorship for families (mainly women and children) who have made the desperate journey to escape danger. 

I will keep the church community informed about developments. Perhaps some of you might be willing to open your homes to host those in need. We will certainly be seeking to do this at the Vicarage. 

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PRAYING FOR UKRAINE

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This is a little reminder that Morning Prayer takes place Monday to Friday at 9:00 AM. It’s just a short 15-20 minute service. The attendance at it hasn’t picked up again since the pandemic. It will be lovely to draw together a regular congregation to pray for our world, community and church. Our special focus for prayer at the moment is the situation in Ukraine. If you are free, why not come along and pray?

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BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

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Situated in the back left corner of Church is the Book of Remembrance, in a glass cabinet. There is a page for each day of the year. Names of loved ones who have passed are entered into the book. If you would like for a name to be entered into the Book of Remembrance, please collect a form from Martin Ormond. Martin is in the Church Office on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, with mornings being the best time to find him. 

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ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM)

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The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and the Vestry Meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th May at 7:15 PM in Church followed by refreshments in the Community Centre Hall at 8:30 PM. 

The ‘Vestry Meeting’ (proper name ‘Meeting of Parishioners) is where Churchwardens are elected and the APCM is where the annual accounts and report are presented and members of the laity are elected to serve on the PCC.

Nominations for the Parochial Church Council are welcome in preparation for elections at the APCM. Click HERE for a nomination form. Nomination Forms must be submitted before or at the meeting. For more information about eligibility to serve on the PCC and the nominations and election process, please do get in touch with me. Please pray that God will equip and call people to these important roles to serve and lead His Church.

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FUNERALS

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The funeral of Mrs Emily Bullock is on Wednesday 16th March at 2:30 PM in Church followed by a reception in the Community Centre Hall. All are welcome to both the service in Church, the Crematorium and the reception afterwards.

The funeral of Mr Graham Woods is on Friday 25th March at 1:00 PM in Church. More details to follow.

It will be good to see many of the church family at the funeral services to pay tribute to Emily and Graham and to support and pray for Malcolm Bullock and his family and Anne Woods and her family.

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LENT PRAYER BREAKFAST

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The Lent Prayer Breakfast will continue every Thursday through Lent. No need to book, just turn up. There’s fresh coffee, toast, warm croissants, Bible readings, and prayers, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in Church. Come along and join me in praying for peace.

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NIGHT OF MUSIC

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On Friday 25th March at 7:00 PM, we are hosting a ‘Night of Music’ with Thornton Cleveleys Band and the Coasters Choir. Admission is £5, with all proceeds to SUDCUK (Sudden Unexplained Death In Children). For more information about the charity click on this link HERE. Please come along and support this worthy cause in memory of Alexander.

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WYRE COUNCIL SURVEY

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As a provider of various activities for the local community, we have been asked by Wyre Council to spread the word about a short survey they would like residents to complete. It is to assess how they can motivate and encourage people in Wyre to become more active as well as reviewing leisure facilities and asking residents what leisure facilities they should be providing in Wyre. A link to access the survey is HERE

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DIARY OF ACTIVITIES, EVENTS AND SERVICES

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Monday 14th March

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (South Side Aisle)
  • 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)
  • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Mothers’ Union Committee Meeting (South Side Aisle)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:40 PM – Lyrics and Lunch (Community Centre & Church)
  • 4:00 PM to 4:25 PM – Burial of Ashes (Churchyard)
  • 7:45 PM to 9:15 PM – Monday Growth Group (Community Centre)

Tuesday 15th March

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (South Side Aisle)
  • 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)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – ‘Craft & Chat’ (Church)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre)

Wednesday 16th March

  • 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM – Morning Prayer (South Side Aisle)
  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Pilgrim’s Rest (Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Wednesday Growth Group (Church)
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Playhouse parent, baby and toddler group (Community Centre)
  • 11:30 PM to 12:00 PM – Midweek BCP Communion (Church)
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Meadows Luncheon Club (Community Centre)
  • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM – Funeral of the late Mrs Emily Bullock (in Church) followed by a Reception in the Community Centre
  • 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Music Group Rehearsal (Church)

Thursday 17th March

  • 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Lent Prayer Breakfast (South Side Aisle)
  • 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) 
  • 12:00 PM to 1:40 PM – Lyrics and Lunch (Community Centre & Church) 
  • 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM – ‘Bat & Chat’ (Community Centre)

Friday 18th March

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

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With love and blessings,
 
Damian

Weekly News on Friday 18th February 2022

 

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PARISH SHARE SUNDAY

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As you may have picked up on the interview with David Barlow on Sunday, our ‘Parish Share’ request from the Diocese of Blackburn is close to £90,000 for 2022. Due to our financial vulnerabilities, we have budgeted to contribute only £60,000 of the request this year. The Parish Share is the system used by the Church of England to provide its parishes with ministers, housing, Church buildings and land, training, safeguarding, HR support, legal advice, financial and administrative support, and more. The contribution each parish is asked to make is calculated using its number of regular worshippers and the level of deprivation in its context. Ours is a particularly high contribution requested due to our size of congregation and the area we are situated. 

We would like to contribute more than the £60,000 we have budgeted for. For this reason, we are holding a ‘Parish Share Sunday’ on Sunday 27th February. An information letter will be given to all who come, along with a focus in the services on this subject, reflecting on the teachings in the Bible to give generously to the Lord’s work. In the weeks following on, there will be opportunity to give towards the parish share. Please be praying about this.

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PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND – TO WALK WHERE JESUS WALKED

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A large group of us were scheduled to go in 2020 – cancelled due to covid! Then we had our hopes up for 2021 – nope! Good news (drum roll please)… pilgrimages have resumed. Hurray! I am now embarking on plans to try again, for 2023 or 2024. The 10-day pilgrimage to Israel will include the sites where the most important events in our Lord’s life and ministry took place: in Jerusalem and the surrounding area and further north in Galilee. The pilgrimage will be a life changing as well as faith changing experience. I invite you to journey with me and to share in this great opportunity to see those places we read of in the Scriptures. If you would like to know more about a potential trip to Israel in 2023 or 2024, do get in touch. 

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SMARTIES

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This Sunday all our worshippers in attendance will be offered a tube of smarties to take home. Yes, that’s right, chocolate candy-coated smarties – yum, delicious! They are free to you as they have been given by a church member. The idea is, to take the smarties home, then eat them before Lent (or ask someone else to eat them!), then fill the empty tube with coins. 20 pence coins fit very well, as do £1 coins. After Easter, you will be invited to take home an envelope which you can then use to return the coin-filled tube of smarties to Church, as well as completing a gift-aid declaration on the envelope (if you are a tax payer).

Enjoy!

p.s. If you can’t make it to Church due to mobility/health, don’t worry, let us know and we’ll get some smarties to you.

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CHILDREN’S MINISTRY VISION LAUNCH

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After Easter, we are hoping to launch ‘Clubhouse’ during the 11:00 AM service, providing age-appropriate teaching and activities for primary school-aged children who attend the morning service. Midweek, we will be launching two groups for primary-school-aged children. They will be called ‘Lighthouse.’ They will run on a Wednesday evening (ages 4-7) and Thursday evening (ages 8-11). The time is to be confirmed but is likely to be starting around 5:45 PM and finishing by 7:00 PM. More info to come!

There will be a vision launch meeting for people interested in joining the Children’s Ministry Team, on Thursday 3rd March at 7:30 PM in the Community Centre. At the meeting, Damian and Lauren will be presenting the vision for the work with children and families in the four areas of: PlayhouseTreehouseClubhouse and Lighthouse. If you’re interested to find out more, do come along – you aren’t committing to anything just by coming along.

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With love and blessings,
 
Damian

Weekly News on Thursday 9 December 2021

Dear Church Community,

CURATE

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Mr Andrew Downes will be joining us at Christ Church Thornton from next summer (end of June/beginning of July) as a ‘Curate.’ At a guess it will have been  around 14 or 15 years since Christ Church has had a curate, and so this really is good news for Christ Church and especially for Andrew and his family.

Andrew is married to Kim who is in her final year of training and qualifications in midwifery. Their two children are Ena and Toby. They live some distance away, around 300 miles, in the seaside town of Worthing on the South Coast. Andrew has undergone his theological training at St Mellitus College in London, much of which has been done remotely because of the pandemic. Around half his training was spent at his placement parish of Broadwater, a busy evangelical parish, with the other half of his training devoted to lectures, studying and essays. At the moment he is placed part time in the parishes of St John the Divine and St Andrew the Apostle, also in Worthing. Andrew and Kim have lived in Worthing for about 8 years, and before that they were living on the North East coast near Newcastle.

Some of you may have met Andrew when he and Kim came to visit Christ Church recently. I’ve asked Andrew to send you all a message, which is below…

It was lovely to meet many of you when I visited the parish earlier in the term. Thank you for making Kim and I feel so welcomed, and taking the time to show us around, answer our questions and tell us your stories. I know some of you have been waiting eagerly for this news (because you kept asking ‘So what do you think?’, ‘Have you decided yet?’ whenever Damian was out of earshot!). So, thank you for your patience and bearing with us as we came to this decision and discerned God’s direction as a family. I’m really looking forward to joining you in the summer and working with you to share the love of Jesus with the parish and those around us. I’ll be praying for you these next few months, and I appreciate your prayers for our family as we prepare to move.

So please do pray for Andrew, Kim, Ena and Toby as they prepare to make the move to the Fylde Coast. Thank God for them, for their faith, their willingness to go where God calls, and pray for the practical aspects of finding a school for Ena and Toby, for a job opportunity for Kim, and for the Diocese to find suitable housing for them all.

You can see a recent photograph of Andrew and Kim HERE – on a Blackpool tram!

For anyone new to such ecclesiastic terms as ‘curate,’ let me explain a little more. Andrew will be ordained into ministry into the Church of England at the end of June 2022. At that point he is ordained a ‘Deacon’ for one year, then a year later he will be ordained ‘Priest.’ A curacy is a training post, which usually lasts three years before the curate moves on to be a ‘vicar’ of a church elsewhere. Andrew’s time with us will be in order to continue training for a lifetime of ordained ministry, rooting him in the day-to-day practicalities of parish life, shepherding the flock, receiving from and giving nourishment from the scriptures, and in due course administering the sacraments. I’m really looking forward to welcoming Andrew, Kim, Ena and Toby into the church family here.

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With love and blessings,

Damian