Email from Damian – Monday 10 May 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! 

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SERVICES

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Bookings are now open for services on Sunday 16th May!

  • 9:00 AM Service in the Nave – 30 places available
  • 11:00 AM Service in the Nave – 30 places available LIVE STREAMED
  • 11:00 AM Service in the Hall – 20 places available (this is a live relay and overflow of the service in the Nave)

Bookings are also open for the Ascension Day Service at 11:30 AM on Thursday 13th May 2021. This will be a short Book of Common Prayer Communion Service, around 45 minutes in length.

You can BOOK HERE

  • Please book by 5:00 PM on the evening before the service you wish to attend, as this gives us time to print off attendance lists and arrange seating.
  • Please only book if you intend to come – other people miss out on coming if you book but then don’t turn up without telling anyone.
  • The doors are open 15 minutes before the start of a service. This is to ensure there is adequate time to set up the Church safely before your 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

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Looking forward to seeing many of you on Thursday and Sunday,

God bless,

Damian

 

Email from Damian – Sunday 9 May 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! 

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LIVE STREAM

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It was lovely to see so many of you at our services this morning. If you missed coming or want to watch again, you can do so on YouTube HERE and Facebook HERE. Why not share the links with friends and relatives? If you do watch via Facebook remember to ‘like,’ comment and share. If you watch via YouTube can you ‘subscribe’ to ensure you receive notifications of future videos.

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EQUIPPING YOU TO MEET WITH GOD

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  • Virtual Armchair – a daily 2-minute video devotion. You can watch them HERE (click on the link to be taken straight to the videos) 
  • Virtual Bread – daily Bible reading notes. You can read them HERE (click on the link to be taken straight to the Bible reading notes)    
  • Virtual Village – weekly online gatherings to grow in faith. CONTACT me to join one. 

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BOOKINGS

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Bookings for Sunday’s services (16th May) will open tomorrow as well as the Ascension Day Service at 11:30 AM on Thursday. I will email again tomorrow to let you know when the booking system is ready to receive your bookings. 

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LYRICS AND LUNCH

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Join Banjo Bob at 1:00 PM tomorrow for Lyrics and Lunch on YouTube HERE or Facebook HERE

God bless,

Damian

 

Email from Damian – Friday 7 May 2021

Dear Virtual Villages,

I’m sorry for the relatively short notice but next week we’ll be joining all our groups together to form our ‘Virtual Town’ once again.

So rather than your usual day and time, if you are able to, please join in on MONDAY evening at 8:00 PM (10th May).

The link is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88907728234?pwd=bGFPY2FVR3h0UDI5QWp5Lzg2RUhTQT09 (Meeting ID: 889 0772 8234, Passcode: 692413).

Then the following Monday after that we will do exactly the same (that’s Monday 17th May at 8:00 PM).

Then after that there will be a two week break. Then all six groups will resume on their usual days and times beginning from the 7th June onwards. I’ll remind you all of the restart nearer the time.

The Virtual Villages will then run for a further four weeks before taking a long break over the summer. The decision after summer will be whether to meet in-person as restrictions allow, continue online, or run as hybrid groups, with some people in-person and some online. We’ll discuss that over the summer period, with the occasion Virtual Town being organised.

Thank you so much for your participation in the Virtual Villages. I have loved them and I’m so grateful for you journeying with me with them.

And just as a reminder, you can make the most of your faith-growth in the Virtual Villages by reading Virtual Bread alongside them. The link to read or download the daily bible reading notes is HERE. And please please please fill in this survey to help me know how many are engaging with them and whether we can improve them.

Even when the Virtual Villages are taking a break, the Virtual Bread daily bible reading notes will continue, meaning you have resources to sustain you spiritually. After all, every village needs fresh bread delivered daily!

Praying we will each know Jesus our true vine to be our spiritually sustaining sap.

Blessings,

Damian

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

The Annual Parish Church Meeting will be held on Saturday 29 May at 10am in church.

The APCM is open for everyone to attend but to vote you must be on the Electoral Roll.

At the APCM, two church wardens and several parochial church councillors will be elected. (Church wardens serve for one year. Newly elected PCC members serve for 3 years.)

At the meeting we shall also examine the parish accounts and vote for their approval, and review the activities over the past year.

Electoral Roll
If you are not on the electoral roll but would like to join, you must complete an Electoral Roll Form.

You can either take an Electoral Roll Form as you leave church on Sunday or you can also download it from here. Once completed, return the physical form to church.

Nominations of Church Officers
To nominate or to be nominated as an officer of the church you must be on the electoral roll.

You can take nomination forms for Church Wardens and PCC members as you leave church on Sunday.  The forms will be available from Sunday 16 May. Once completed you must return the physical form to church.

Alternatively, you can make a nomination by email to the PCC Secretary, Sally Johnson, burnaze6@googlemail.com before the date of the meeting.

You need to include the name of the person nominated and the office to which the nomination applies (PCC member or churchwarden), their agreement to be nominated, their address and telephone number, and the names of two people who are making the nomination.

Email from Damian – Monday 3 May 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! 

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SUNDAY’S SERVICES

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Bookings are now open for services on Sunday 9th May!

  • 9:00 AM Service in the Nave – 30 places available
  • 11:00 AM Service in the Nave – 30 places available LIVE STREAMED
  • 11:00 AM Service in the Hall – 20 places available (this is a live relay and overflow of the service in the Nave)

You can BOOK HERE

  • Please book by 5:00 PM on Saturday evening as this gives us time to print off attendance lists and arrange seating.
  • Please only book if you intend to come – other people miss out on coming if you book but then don’t turn up without telling anyone.
  • The doors are open 15 minutes before the start of a service. This is to ensure there is adequate time to set up the Church safely before your arrival.
  • Our worship will be live streamed at the 11:00 AM service and can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE

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Looking forward to seeing many of you on Sunday,

God bless,

Damian

Email from Damian – Sunday 2 May 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! 

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LIVE STREAM

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It was lovely to see so many of you at our services this morning. If you missed coming or want to watch again, you can do so on YouTube HERE and Facebook HERE. Why not share the links with friends and relatives? If you do watch via Facebook remember to ‘like,’ comment and share. If you watch via YouTube can you ‘subscribe’ to ensure you receive notifications of future videos.

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BOOKINGS

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Bookings for this Sunday’s services (9th May) will open tomorrow. I will email again tomorrow to let you know when the booking system is ready to receive your bookings. As the live relay to the Hall worked well today, we will do the same again next Sunday.

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LYRICS AND LUNCH

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Join Banjo Bob at 1:00 PM tomorrow for Lyrics and Lunch on YouTube HERE or Facebook HERE

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EQUIPPING YOU TO MEET WITH GOD

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  • Virtual Armchair – a daily 2-minute video devotion. You can watch them HERE
  • Virtual Bread – daily Bible reading notes. You can read them HERE
  • Virtual Village – weekly online gatherings to grow in faith. CONTACT me to join one. 

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God bless,

Damian

Email from Damian – Wednesday 28 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! 

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SUNDAY’S SERVICES

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Some important news. Due to bookings for services reaching capacity each Sunday, we have taken steps to ensure more people can attend this Sunday whilst still keeping everyone as safe as possible. As well as the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM services, there will be overflow seating available in the Hall for the 11:00 AM service, where the live service being filmed in the Nave will be projected onto the large screen in the Hall. This will enable more people to attend on Sunday, without the need to sit people closer together or cause increased congestion. In the Hall the seating will follow the same procedures as we are accustomed to in the Nave, with households sitting together and distanced from other households and with face coverings being worn.

When you book for the 11:00 AM service, you now have a choice as to whether you book to sit in the Nave (the main part of the Church building) or the overflow in the Hall. We are investing in the technology needed to do our best to ensure the best experience possible for those sitting in the Hall, with regards to an internet connection and audio quality.

Any who struggle to see the temporary screen in the Nave, might benefit from sitting in the Hall instead, where the screen is much bigger. The choice is yours and there is no obligation – please book for whichever you prefer. If you don’t mind whether you sit in the Nave or the Hall, it will be useful if some people book to sit in the Hall in order to enable some who are returning for their first time to experience the live service in the Nave. Sitting in the Hall is also useful for any who don’t want to be on camera!

Please be assured that any who sit in the Hall will receive holy communion in the same way as in the Nave. 

You can BOOK HERE

Please book by 5:00 PM on Saturday evening as this gives us time to print off attendance lists and arrange seating.

We do hope the overflow seating in the Hall will enable more people to attend public worship on Sunday. Please make the most of this opportunity. We will try it out this Sunday and if it works and is needed we will continue like this in the weeks to come, until eventually, all restrictions on numbers and distancing are removed. 

Please read below for news of our revised arrival procedures. 

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ARRIVAL PROCEDURES

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Please do not arrive earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the service. Please use the appropriate set of front doors for the service you are arriving for. For the Hall, use the main Hall doors, for the Nave, use the main front doors which bring you into the porch where the fish tank is. When leaving, those in the Hall will be invited to leave using the main Hall doors by a steward. In the Nave, please leave by the way you entered or by the south (‘funeral’) side doors.

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LIVE STREAM

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Our worship will be live streamed at the 11:00 AM service and can be viewed on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE. Remember, everything that has ever been recorded or live streamed since the 22nd March 2020 can be accessed HERE.

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Looking forward to seeing many of you on Sunday,

God bless,

Damian

Email from Damian – Monday 26 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! 

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BOOKINGS

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Bookings for this Sunday’s services (2nd May) will open tomorrow. I will email again tomorrow to let you know when the booking system is ready to receive your bookings.

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LIVE STREAM

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If you missed Sunday’s services or want to watch again, you can do so on YouTube HERE and Facebook HERE. Why not share the links with friends and relatives? If you do watch via Facebook remember to ‘like,’ comment and share. If you watch via YouTube can you ‘subscribe’ to ensure you receive notifications of future videos.

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HELP

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THANK YOU so much to all those who responded with offers of furniture and household items for the mother and child settling into a new home. They have been blessed abundantly with everything they need: single bed, double bed, chest of drawers, coffee tables, armchairs, small sofa, TV, pots and pans, microwave, dressing table, kettle, toaster, curtains, curtain poles, rugs, lamps, mirrors, a lawn mower, and more! The last few items needed are being dropped off this week. Considering they had nothing at the start and now have everything, your kindness is a tribute to the kindness of the church community. If I don’t manage to thank you all personally, please be assured of my gratitude for all you’ve done. If other things are needed in due course, I will let you know.

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LYRICS AND LUNCH – ONLINE 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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Today Banjo Bob, with the help of many guests during the past year have reached the one-year anniversary of online ‘Lyrics and Lunch’ videos. Before the pandemic, every Monday the Community Centre Hall would be full to bursting with guests for Lyrics and Lunch. So much so, that a second version of it started in addition on a Thursday. The groups were designed especially for adults living with dementia and adults with a learning disability and their carers. It became obvious that upon no longer being able to meet in person, it was important to try and do something online. Since this time last year, not a single week has missed! 52 videos have been produced. And I want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you and well done to Bob for filming new songs every week and for the guest appearances from Roger, Ian, Fraser, Jeanette, Harry and others. The videos produced each week are great for anyone and everyone to watch. You can see the latest Lyrics and Lunch video from today HERE (with a special ‘songs from the shows’ by Roger) and everything else from the past year can be viewed HERE. In case you were wondering, when circumstances allow, it is our hope to re-start the groups in-person in the future.

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EQUIPPING YOU TO MEET WITH GOD

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A hugely important value at Christ Church is our ongoing learning and regularly meeting with God. We’ve set up a special ministry called ‘Biblical Digital’ to help you:

  • Virtual Armchair – a daily 2-minute video devotion. You can watch them HERE
  • Virtual Bread – daily Bible reading notes. You can red them HERE
  • Virtual Village – weekly online gatherings to grow in faith. CONTACT me to join one. 

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God bless,

Damian

Email from Damian – Friday 9 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! 

The topics in this email are:

  • Bookings;
  • The Duke of Edinburgh;
  • Harry’s release of his first single;
  • CDs and DVDs of services; and
  • News of Thornton’s best fitness club
  • Links to this Sunday’s live stream

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BOOKINGS

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There are just 6 places available for Sunday’s services. You can see and book the remaining places HERE. If you were hoping to come but find you can’t because the places are full, do let me know. It will help me assess how many services and places we need for future weeks.

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THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

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Please pray for Her Majesty the Queen as she mourns the loss of her dear husband. Married for 73 years and by her side throughout, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh passed away today. Today, the Union Jack flag is flying at half mast at the front of Christ Church Thornton and will remain so until Prince Philip’s funeral. Prayers for the Queen and her family will be included in this Sunday’s services as well as a tribute. A statement has been issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury and can be read HERE. As the hours and days pass, there will be many opportunities to pay tribute. But perhaps for now as Christians, the best and most important thing we can do is to pray. So please join in me in saying:

“Heavenly Father, we thank you for the life of Prince Philip, his service to his King, followed by his wife the Queen and the United Kingdom. We thank you for the longevity of his life and marriage. We thank for the many opportunities he and his wife have had to represent, meet, serve and help. Lord Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords, please comfort Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. May she know the comfort of that first Easter morning, that death is beaten and life is eternal for those who have faith in you. Be her comfort, her strength, her refuge and her helper. In the name of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, Amen.”

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HARRY PLATT

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Many of you have commented on your appreciation of Harry leading our worship during the last 12 months. Every week, either live or through a recording, we have been able to sing along at home or listen in Church to hymns old, ancient, and new. 

Today, something very exciting happened! Harry released his first single of a song he has written. You can listen to it FREE on YouTube HERE. It’s called ‘Trust Me’ and can be heard on all the major music streaming platforms (things like ‘Spotify’ etc). If you have an Alexa at home just say to her “Alexa, play Trust Me by Harry Platt.” If you’re already a Spotify user, you can listen to it HERE. If you already subscribe to Amazon Music or want to purchase the track in order to download it permanently, you do can do so HERE. If you’re not quite as tech savvy as all that, just let me know and I’m sure Harry will be willing to make you an audio CD. 

Please do try and listen to Harry’s song as a way to support him in his developing musical journey.

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CDs and DVDs

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If you cannot attend in-person and cannot watch a live stream, there are two other ways you can watch or listen to the Sunday service. Either an audio CD or a DVD. If you require either, please contact me directly. We have CD players and headphones available if you would like an audio CD. Whether it’s a CD or a DVD, let me know and I’ll arrange for it to reach you within a day or two of the Sunday service taking place. If you are reading this email and can think of someone who doesn’t get this email but might be interested in a CD or DVD, do give them a ring, read the email out to them and make contact with me.

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THORNTON’S BEST FITNESS CLUB

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Yes that’s right. It’s free to join, with no membership fee, monthly subscription or annual contract. You can choose from cardio vascular activities and muscular skeletal activities. All the fitness activities are guaranteed to help you break out in a sweat and leave you feeling like you’ve had a proper workout!

You know what I’m referring to don’t you? It’s the Fridaymen (and gals). It’s the time of year when the grass in the Churchyard is absorbing the heat from the sun and the water from the rain and is preparing to unleash its annual growth spurt. The question is, can we contain the growth? As fast it grows, we try to cut it back and keep it groomed. Just like those hair salons and barbers reopening on the 12th April, the Churchyard mowers are ready and waiting for operators. Do get in touch if you can spare some time to help on a Wednesday or Friday morning, anytime from around 8:30 AM through to around 10:30/11:00. You’re welcome to come for half an hour or the whole time. We really are in need of help.

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THIS SUNDAY

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And finally, I am looking forward to seeing many of you on Sunday at our in-person worship. As always, any who can’t come can watch online via the live stream at 11:00 AM on our YouTube channel HERE and our Facebook channel HERE. If you do watch via Facebook remember to ‘like,’ comment and share. 

God bless you, keep you, and may his face shine upon you, now and always,

Damian

Email from Damian – Easter Sunday 4 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! 

A very happy Easter to you!

It was lovely to welcome 87 people to our services today, spread across four services. In the services, I mentioned I would email a reminder about some of the links you might find useful.

  • You can watch Sir David Suchet reading the entire Gospel of John from Westminster Abbey HERE
  • You can watch the BBC documentary about contemporary hymn writers Keith and Krysten Getty HERE
  • You can watch the live stream of today’s service at Christ Church Thornton HERE
  • You can access the Virtual Bread daily Bible reading notes HERE
  • You can watch tomorrow’s Lyrics and Lunch HERE
  • You can watch the Virtual Armchair daily 2-minute video devotion HERE

Bookings for Sunday 11th April will open via the website tomorrow. You will receive an email once bookings are able to be taken.

Praying you will know the joy of the risen Lord Jesus this Easter time and always,

Damian

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