“It can be tempting to feel that the responses to the Coronavirus, and the virus itself, are ‘getting in the way’ of what we are trying to do as Christ Church. However, as someone once told me about something else entirely, “This is not a problem of ministry, this is ministry.” This is an opportunity for us as Christians to step up and serve each other and those in our communities around us, as Jesus would have done. Let’s pray for, serve and be gracious to each other and those around us as we look to be guided by the Holy Spirit in this challenging time.”
Rev, Graham Shaw
Hello Christ Church,
A quick checklist of things coming up (or not):
1. No Night Prayer Tonight
2. Sunday’s Service
3. ‘Happening this Sunday’ Video
4. No Post Church Coffee & Zoom this Sunday
5. Revision of the 2021 Christ Church Electoral Roll
6. Leadership Development Voluntary Internship Scheme 2021/2022
7. Christ Church Annual Men’s Biking Weekend
8. Clergy Holidays
After all of the difficulties of recent times, there are no words to describe the absolute joy of being able to gather together last Sunday for our Easter Day service. The church was packed, (albeit a socially-distanced type of packed) and the all-age service of Holy Communion was, to quote one of our church family, “one of the best Easter services I’ve ever been to at Christ Church”! The sun was shining bright and to put the cherry on the cake, so to speak, we all headed outside and worshipped at the top of our voices, singing all glory to the King of Kings; I’m actually tearing up as I’m typing! I hope those who were unable to attend enjoyed the live-streamed service and were able to catch some of the atmosphere at home. If you missed it, watch it here: http://www.facebook.com/christchurchchester/live.
(Can you believe that the next day it was snowing???!!!)
Details of things coming up:
The Night Prayer crew are taking a break this week so there won’t be a Zoom Night Prayer service this evening, however, due to popular demand, it will return next week, Wednesday 14th April at 8.30pm. 😊
This Sunday 11th April there will be one, in-person service of Holy Communion in church at 9.00am. We will be starting off the summer term with a new Sermon Series ‘Meeting the Resurrected Jesus’, beginning with thoughts from Glyn about ‘Jesus Walking’ taken from the reading Luke 24:13-35.
‘Happening This Sunday’ Video
Watch this video from Anna explaining what else is happening this Sunday 11th April: http://www.facebook.com/christchurchchester.
To summarise, there will not be a 10.30am service this week, instead, why not grab a friend to walk and talk about this week’s Bible passage? Luke 24:13-35 tells the story of Jesus walking with his friends on the road to Emmaus. You might like to begin with these discussion questions:
1) v17 and v21: What do you think ‘losing hope’ must have felt like for the disciples?
2) v25-27: Why do you think Jesus bothered to open the scriptures with the disciples rather than just revealing who he was?
3) v32: Have there been times in your life that you look back on and can see God was with you or God was at work but you didn’t realise it at the time?
*Don’t forget to abide by the current Covid restrictions (max. 6 people or 2 households can meet outdoors).
No Post Church Coffee & Zoom
Also taking a break this week is the Post Church Coffee & Zoom team, but it will resume next week on Sunday 18th April at 11.45am. 😊
Revision of the 2021 Christ Church Electoral Roll
Each year, before the APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting, but more about that another week) the church Electoral Roll is revised. The Roll is a register of the church’s voting members who are eligible to attend and vote at the APCM and being a member can really give you the sense of belonging to a church. Christ Church’s Roll will be revised between 11th and 18th April. You are eligible to be on the roll if you are aged 16 or over, are baptised and have worshipped at Christ Church for six months. If you would like to join, please email me email@example.com for an application form, or Janet Thorp, our Electoral Roll Officer will have a few paper copies at the back of church this Sunday. If you are already on the Roll but have changed your address since last year, please let me know. Many thanks to those who have already replied.
Leadership Development Voluntary Internship Scheme 2021/2022
Applications are still open for our internship program beginning September 2021. It is a scheme that has helped many to take time out to focus on God, explore His call on their lives and develop ministry and leadership skills for the future. We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated Christians, with a passion for God’s word, a heart to build His kingdom through the local church and who want to grow their leadership gifts through training and practical ministry. Whilst we would welcome applications from anyone, the program is aimed at students who are currently in their last year of study.
For an application pack or more information, please contact Carys at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications will be Sunday 25th April. Also, you might like to chat with Hannah, our current Intern & Student Coordinator – email@example.com.
Christ Church Annual Men’s Biking Weekend
The annual men’s bike trip is happening on the weekend of 25th to 27th June this year. In order to keep costs low, the guys will be staying in a bunk house in North Wales. There are still a few places available so if you are interested, sign up with Tim Longman firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a reminder that Graham and Anna L are taking a well-earned and desperately-needed two weeks off. They will be back at Christ Church for the weekend of 17th/18th April, so please continue to pray that they can rest and restore, have a joyous time with their respective families, spend some special time with God, and come back to their roles refreshed and ready for the remainder of the summer term.
If during these difficult times, you need any help, or just want someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact details can be found on the Who We Are/Contact Us page of the website www.christchurchchester.com.
As ever, please do keep checking our website www.christchurchchester.com, Facebook www.facebook.com/christchurchchester, Twitter www.twitter.com/ChChChester and Instagram www.instagram.com/christchurchchester pages for regular updates.
Thanks for reading!
In the face of the challenge posed by the Coronavirus, we believe that an opportunity to express Christ’s mission lies in responding to people’s needs through loving service. We recognise our responsibility to take care of and protect our leaders, our members, and everyone we serve in our parish and city.
There are many unknowns about the development of this virus over the coming weeks and months. We are following the guidance from the government, NHS and the Church of England. We will keep our plans under review and adapt these as circumstances change.
Church Services, Events and Meetings
These will not be held face to face until further notice. Details of our virtual services are above.
Small groups are asked to continue meeting virtually wherever possible. We will be encouraging leaders to share learning on the different ways that Connect groups might be held remotely and enable members to continue taking care of one another. Please let Shona know if you are not part of a Connect Group email@example.com, 07736 679 862
We are in conversation with a central, Chester-wide, co-ordinated response team with regard to provision of overnight accommodation for the homeless within the Mission House. Current medical advice is that it would not be helpful or wise, or indeed kind to facilitate any meeting indoors of any group of people from this highly vulnerable community. For this reason, SWEP provision at Christ Church is cancelled until further notice. If you would like any further information about this work, please contact Veronica Johnston. firstname.lastname@example.org, 01244 671216 or 07985 904859
Following the same medical advice, we are not hosting Drop In (in its current form) until further notice. However, we would encourage participation in the co-ordinated, Chester-wide response in terms of food and information distribution. If you are a volunteer who is over 70, pregnant or have a relevant underlying health condition, please let the coordinator know that you will not be able to volunteer until further notice. However, If you are not at high risk from Coronavirus and would like to help with this work, please contact Sue Ibrahim. email@example.com, 07934 818781
In light of recent guidance, we are no longer able to offer a venue to the many community groups that normally use our space unless there is clear guidance that such a group is exempt. We are happy to reschedule events you have booked where possible. If you choose to cancel your event, and let us know in advance, we will waive charges.
Newtown Residents WhatsApp Group
If you are a resident of the parish and want to connect with your neighbours, there is a WhatsApp group you can join. Please let Shona know if you would like to be added to this firstname.lastname@example.org, 07736 679 862
We know that the Coronavirus will make balancing household finances much more challenging for many people. Please remember that we have a small generosity fund designed to help. Please contact Graham Shaw for more information email@example.com, 07579 775572
Giving – Please do continue to give generously to support the life of the church at this difficult time. If you normally give in person, please can we encourage you to make a donation online? Please setup a standing order or make a one off payment by clicking here.
Whilst the Church building is closed, there will be no access to the Foodbank collection box. The need will continue to be as great, if not greater however. Please consider making a financial donation to West Cheshire Foodbank instead. Click here to donate (external link).
Who is the main contact for matters relating to Coronavirus at Christ Church?
Anna Leyden firstname.lastname@example.org or 07704 036785.
How can I stay connected with what the church is doing?
We have a dedicated page on our website to help you stay updated. You will still receive an email bulletin from the church every Wednesday as normal. We may occasionally send you additional emails where necessary. Please let Carys Addison know if you don’t already receive this: email@example.com
Please also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter (@ChChChester) and Instagram (christchurchchester).
I don’t have access to the website or email. How can I find out what is happening?
Please let Wendy Peto (ChurchWarden) know if you, or someone you know, does not have access to email or to the website and would like to receive updates by phone. If you would like to receive updates by phone please telephone 01244 951625 otherwise email firstname.lastname@example.org mobile number 07796857382.
What will happen if Graham is unwell?
The Incumbent’s nominated deputy is: Anna Leyden, Curate. Should both Graham and Anna be unwell, this role will be fulfilled by: Wendy Peto, Churchwarden