Weekly News on Tuesday 22nd June 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.

Welcome to this week’s first email to provide the links you need for bookings, watching online, and general news…

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LAST SUNDAY

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It was lovely to see so many of you at our services on Sunday morning, especially any who were visiting. Welcome! 

On Sunday we had the privilege of reflecting on the miracle of Jesus bringing great calm after the great windstorm. Imagine being in that boat filling with water and wondering if life was about to end. And then, the man who was sleeping tells the wind and sea to be calm – and they listened! You might think to yourself, “but only God can do that.” Exactly! There in front of their very eyes was almighty God instructing the very elements he had created, to be still. 

If you missed coming to the services or want to watch again, you can watch the full length service on YouTube HERE and Facebook HERE. Peter Nunn has kindly produced for us a helpful ‘highlights’ video of Sunday’s service, lasting just 27 minutes. You can watch that 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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THIS SUNDAY

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Bookings are now open for services on Sunday 27th June.

  • 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 (if needed, this is a live relay and overflow of the service in the Nave)
  • 5:00 PM Treehouse Outdoors – on the Vicarage back garden lawn – 30 places available

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

Our Bible passage which we’ll be reading and learning from this coming Sunday is Mark 5:21-43. You can read it in advance HERE or find it on page 840 of the ESV Church Bible. In the sermon on Sunday I’ll be reflecting on the three encounters Jesus had with people who were unwell. He made each one well. Sometime he just spoke, sometimes he touched them, and at other times people just touched his cloak. The people were overcome with amazement. Perhaps today we too will be overcome with amazement at the one who came to bring peace, wholeness and abundant and eternal life. 

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RESOURCES FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

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Each weekday morning a group of people meet at 9:00 AM for online ‘Morning Prayer.’ All the details you need are HERE. You are most welcome to join in. 

Also available are the Virtual Bread daily Bible reading notes and the Virtual Armchair daily video devotions. I have to admit I’ve had an unsuccessful week so far in producing the Virtual Armchair daily video devotions. If you usually watch them do persevere and I’ll try my best. But the Virtual Bread is available and I heartily recommend them. As I continue to write them for this month, Revd Paul Clemence is busily working away writing them for July. Do make use of them – they are there for your spiritual good!

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TREEHOUSE ‘OUTDOORS’

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During this excellent weather we are enjoying whilst the restrictions continue we are continuing to hold the Treehouse Family Worship service outdoors. Once again the forecast is looking warm and dry for this coming Sunday. We’ll meet in the Vicarage back garden once again. Mums and Dads – do feel free to bring toys and balls and games and snacks. We’ll be singing a few songs this Sunday too. 

So that we can be responsible and keep to the current restrictions for organised gatherings, it is essential to book to ensure we don’t go above the legal limit of having up to 30 people gathered outdoors. Please BOOK HERE and please book one place for each person attending. All those who would usually attend Treehouse are welcome. 

Mums and Dads, one of the songs we’ll sing on Sunday is called ‘Father you are God in heaven.’ It’s that great one we used to sing at Treehouse with the great actions and these words:

It’s like an earthworm trying to press-ups
Like a potato trying to swim
Like a mountain trying to brush its teeth
When we don’t rely on him.
When we pray we trust our Father,
That’s what Jesus said
So I’ll stop trusting in myself and pray to God instead

Why not have a listen to the video before Sunday – sing it at bath time and tea time! You can listen to it HERE. Grown ups who are reading this, of course you can listen to it too – even if you’re not coming to Treehouse! It’s a great song with a wonderful truth about our heavenly Father.

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LYRICS AND LUNCH

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Yesterday at 1:00 PM Rockin’ Roger was live with Lyrics and Lunch. He treated us to American Musical Legends! You can watch it on YouTube HERE or Facebook HERE. Do watch and sing along and enjoy and spread the word! Banjo Bob is back next week, live on Monday at 1:00 PM. 

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A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY!

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Congratulations to Audrey Jacks, who turns…wait for it…drum roll please…90 years young this coming Friday! Wow! HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUDREY with love from all your church family. Have a lovely day.

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With love and blessings to you all,

Damian

Weekly News  – Friday 18 June 2021

Dear Church Community,

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THE FOOD PANTRY

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Our Food Pantry provides a wonderful service to the local community. In recent weeks Ann Hearnshaw and fellow volunteers have taken many bags of food to local primary schools. The teachers then distribute the bags to families they work with who they know are in need. Yesterday we received a lovely letter of thanks from the Headteacher of Northfold Primary School which you can read on this link here.

Some weeks we have only one or two people in need of food support, other weeks we have lots more than that. This means our food stocks fluctuate. We are running a little short of food in the Pantry due to a recent surge in requests for donations. If you would like to bring food on a Sunday, please bring it in a carrier bag and leave it inside the corridor or with a Churchwarden. Tinned food of all varieties are most useful, as well as jars of food and packets of food. When you donate, give thought as to what components are needed to make a meal. For example, if you donate pasta, try and put with it something that can make the pasta into a meal, such as a jar of pasta sauce, tinned tomatoes, etc. Sometimes frozen food is needed, such as chips, fish fingers, ready meals. And tubs of butter are most welcome also. If you would like to donate frozen or refrigerated food, please get in touch and I’ll put you in touch with Ann Hearnshaw directly to arrange a convenient time to drop it off, so that it can be placed in the fridge and freezer straightaway.

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CRICKET!

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Our very own Jeremy Davies and Ian Davies represented Christ Church Thornton last week at the third annual inter-faith cricket match between a team representing The Church of England in Lancashire (Blackburn Diocese) and a team from Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM). Players came together from across Lancashire including New Longton, Ellel, Burnley, Accrington, Padiham, Leyland, Thornton, Blackburn and Preston with contributions from further afield as well, specifically Skelmersdale, Carlisle and Durham. The Diocese team consisted of both clergy and laity, while teachers, clerics and members of mosques made up the LCM side. You can read all about it here including a match report.

The winners on the night were the Diocese by just two runs in a very close-fought match. But the result was just part of the purpose of the match which, in the words of the Bishop of Burnley Rt Rev. Philip North, was also about demonstrating the importance of “love, friendship and mutual support” between faiths.

Well done Jeremy and Ian!

Damian

Weekly News  – Wednesday 16 June 2021

Dear Church Community,

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THE PILGRIM’S REST

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‘The Pilgrim’s Rest’ was due to start on Monday 5th July, which might have been when the restrictions were no longer. In light of the announcement on Monday, it seems better to delay the launch until the restrictions have finally come to end, which we hope will be later in July.

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SUNDAY SERVICES

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Bookings are now open for services on Sunday 20th June.

  • 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 (if needed, this is a live relay and overflow of the service in the Nave)
  • 5:00 PM Treehouse Outdoors – on the Vicarage back garden lawn – 30 places available

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

See you Sunday!

Damian

Weekly News – Monday 7 June 2021

Dear Church Community,

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YESTERDAY

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It was lovely to see so many of you at our services yesterday morning and to reflect on us all being ‘cracked pots’ who are imperfect but yet still able to be used by God’s extraordinary power. 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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THE PILGRIM’S REST

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We are all pilgrims on a journey and are often in need of a rest! I hope you will take up the opportunity to pop to Church for a cup of fresh tea or coffee and enjoy some much-needed company and conversation. Maybe you live on your own and are fed up of isolation? Maybe you’re a Mum or Grandma looking for somewhere comfortable and warm to meet with a friend? Maybe you want somewhere to sit and read your paper? Maybe you just want an excuse to get out of the house? Whatever your need you will be welcome. 

Launching on Monday 5th July, ‘The Pilgrim’s Rest’ will open from Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 NOON. There will be outdoor seating available on warm and sunny days and indoor seating available in the side aisles of Church on all days. There will be a selection of hot drinks available: good quality tea, filter coffee, instant coffee as well as decaf options of tea and coffee. Drinks will be available on a donation basis – this isn’t a money making initiative but a life-enhancing initiative! There won’t be any need to book – just turn up! Who knows, as time goes on maybe we’ll develop things further with a few home-made cakes available to enjoy (shhh! I’m not supposed to mention that yet!). 

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TREEHOUSE ‘OUTDOORS’

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We enjoyed our time on the beach on Sunday. Sorry Mums and Dads for the extra load of washing this created with your children enjoying playing in the (muddy) sand! This coming Sunday we’re going to meet at Wyre Estuary Country Park (‘Stanah’) at 5:00 PM. We’ll meet in and around the children’s play area and go for a short stroll along the river once the children have had chance to play.

So that we can be responsible and keep to the current restrictions for organised gatherings, it is essential to book to ensure we don’t go above the legal limit of having up to 30 people gathered outdoors. Please BOOK HERE and please book one place for each person attending. All those who would usually attend Treehouse are welcome. 

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LYRICS AND LUNCH

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Today at 1:00 PM Banjo Bob was live with Lyrics and Lunch. You can watch it on YouTube HERE or Facebook HERE. Do watch and sing along and enjoy and spread the word!

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JUST FOR MEN!

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There are 20 men booked for the barbeque on Friday 11th June at 7:00 PM on the Vicarage back lawn. This means there are ten places left. Please BOOK HERE. Bring £5 (to cover the food) and your own drinks. To ensure everything is done in a COVID-safe way your burger will be straight from the charcoal to your paper plate. There will be no shared utensils etc or anything to touch. 

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JUST FOR LADIES!

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There are 24 ladies booked in for strawberries and cream on Saturday 12th June at 3:00 PM on the Vicarage back lawn. This means there six places left. Please BOOK HERE. Strawberries with cream will be provided for you at no charge. Please bring your own drinks and your own receptacles to drink out of (and anything else you wish to bring). Please also bring the sunshine with you! Remember, if it rains you have three choices – get wet, don’t come, or bring a brolly!

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SUNDAY SERVICES

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Bookings are now open for services on Sunday 13th June.

  • 9:00 AM Service in the Nave – 30 places available
  • 11:00 AM Service in the Nave – 35 places available LIVE STREAMED
  • 11:00 AM Service in the Hall – 15 places available (if needed, this is a live relay and overflow of the service in the Nave)
  • 5:00 PM Treehouse Outdoors – 30 places available

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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RESOURCES FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

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Each weekday morning a group of people meet at 9:00 AM for online ‘Morning Prayer.’ All the details you need are HERE. You are most welcome to join in. 

Also available (resuming tomorrow) are the Virtual Bread daily Bible reading notes and the Virtual Armchair daily video devotions.

(Please note the 6:00 PM Nightly Prayer Video has paused for now. Planning is underway for reopening midweek in-person worship and more news will follow when it is available). 

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With best wishes for the week ahead,

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.

Weekly News Sunday 30 May 2021

Dear Church Community,

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Another bumper edition today! Please read all the way through if you can.

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TODAY

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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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TREEHOUSE ‘OUTDOORS’

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After the success of this evening’s Treehouse ‘Outdoors’ gathering, I’m pleased to announce that next week at 5:00 PM we’ll be on the beach at Cleveleys, meeting on the section of beach which is opposite the Vue Cinema. The tide is low at that time and at present the forecast is for sunshine. Please bring your buckets and spades and anything else you feel will make for a fun time.

So that we can be responsible and keep to the current restrictions for organised gatherings, it is essential to book to ensure we don’t go above the legal limit of having up to 30 people gathered outdoors. Please BOOK HERE and please book one place for each person attending.

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JUST FOR THE LADIES!

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Ladies, please read this carefully. I’ve heard some of you are already describing this event as ‘Afternoon Tea’ or ”Cream Tea!’ Sorry, but I’m going to have to dash your expectations for a moment. It’s just going to be a plain and simple strawberries and cream and whatever drinks from home you choose to bring. We’re keeping it simple because of the catering limitations in light of the restrictions. Remember, it’s on Saturday 12th June at 3:00 PM on the Vicarage back lawn. Due to keeping everything very simple (just strawberries and cream!) there is no charge at all. Please bring your own drinks and your own receptacles to drink out of (and bring a picnic hamper with other goodies in if you wish). All ladies are welcome but places are limited to 30 people. It just so happens to be the Queen’s official birthday on this afternoon – a very fitting occasion for the ladies to get together! Please don’t just turn up but BOOK HERE. Please note because of the restrictions there isn’t an indoor option. If it rains you have three choices – get wet, don’t come, or bring a brolly!

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MEN UNITED

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To all the men – where are you? Have you received a better offer?! Is there something wrong with my burgers? The ladies have 23 places booked for their event but we only have 8 men so far. That means I’m going to need to eat rather more burgers than is healthy! Come on chaps, get your bookings in! Remember, it’s on Friday 11th June at 7:00 PM on the Vicarage back lawn. It’s a BBQ. Bring £5 (to cover the food) and your own drinks. To ensure everything is done in a COVID-safe way your burger will be straight from the charcoal to your paper plate. There will be no shared utensils etc or anything to touch. Again, please BOOK HERE. All men are welcome but places are limited to 30 people. Please note because of the restrictions there isn’t an indoor option. If it rains we have two choices – get wet, don’t come, or bring a brolly!

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LYRICS AND LUNCH

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Tomorrow at 1:00 PM is Banjo Bob with Lyrics and Lunch. You can watch it on YouTube HERE or Facebook HERE. Tune in and sing along!

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SUNDAY SERVICES

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Bookings are now open for services on Sunday 6th June.

  • 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)
  • 5:00 PM Treehouse Outdoors – 30 places available

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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ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

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Thank you to those who came to the Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting yesterday.

The Annual Report and Financial Statements booklet is available to download or view HERE. Please do look at it. It has some beautiful photos as well as the important legal stuff to comply with Charity Commission and CofE things. There is a reflection from me of the year of 2020. And you’ll see a report from our Treasurer Angie as well as the accounts for the year ended 2020. If you’d prefer a paper copy, there will be a few available to collect on Sunday and subsequent Sundays. 

At the meetings yesterday, Judith Murphy and John Hearnshaw were nominated and elected as our Churchwardens. Judith and John are superstars! They work incredibly hard, often behind the scenes. They are fastidious in their attention to church matters, generous in their time, and serve the church community with great faith and love. Thank you Judith and John!

Robert Wareing, Carol Hull and Jan Nichol were elected as parochial representative for the laity. Emily Hilton and Elizabeth Young have finished their current term on the PCC and we are very grateful for all they have contributed in recent years, as we are for all the PCC.

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FOOD PANTRY

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This week Ann Hearnshaw and her team of helpers were delighted to be able to distribute 25 bags to local schools who in turn gave them out to families who needed them the most. There was a huge appreciation and thanks to all who had donated food. 

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A QUIETER WEEK

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To those of you who make use of the resources such as the Virtual Armchair, Virtual Villages and Virtual Bread, please note there won’t be any of those resources for one week due to a clergy holiday. They will all resume from Monday 7th June onwards.

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Phew! I think it’s time for a lie down!

Goodnight and God bless,

Damian

Email from Damian – Wednesday 19 May 2021

Dear Church Community,

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RESOURCES FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

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Every weekday new resources are released by myself and others to give you hope and help in your journey with God.

Our newest bespoke resource (and complete with typos!) is Virtual Bread daily Bible reading notes. With a few Bible verses to read following on from Sunday’s service, some explanatory notes and some things to reflect on and pray, they are a great way to help us talk to God in prayer and understand what the Bible teaches us about God. If you haven’t tried Virtual Bread yet, here are the links to this week’s notes:

Just click on the above link and “walla” the notes will download! It couldn’t be easier!

And don’t forget, the Virtual Armchair daily video devotions are available Monday to Friday. A two-minute video devotion reflecting on the theme and prayer of the week. Here’s the links for this week’s daily video devotions:

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God bless,
 
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