This Week

Hello Christ Church,

Just to let you know that this e-news is a two-weeker as I am on annual leave next week, so you will get a short break from my ramblings!

A little bit of news – if you weren’t at church on Sunday, our churchwarden, Andrew announced that our search for a new vicar has now been advertised; the closing date for applications is Wednesday 8th June and interviews/visits will take place on the 5th – 6th July. Please keep this process in your prayers, and pray especially for Ed and Rosie as they conduct the interviews alongside Michael Gilbertson, the Archdeacon.

  1. Night Prayer Tonight!

  2. Tots & Tinies

  3. Sunday’s Services

  4. Messy Church

  5. Christian Aid Week

  6. APCM

  7. Re-Connect Groups

  8. Ascension Day

  9. Bring & Share Lunch

10. Baptisms & Confirmations

11. Men’s Outdoor Weekend

12. The Net

13. Knitting or Sewing Skills?

Events for May and June:

Night Prayer

Night Prayer is running this evening 11th May at 8.30pm – Join here – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84992162350?pwd=Qk9pWWIzbENJNi9XdVhVUk1UWTQ2UT09 Meeting ID: 849 9216 2350, Passcode: 571706.

Tots & Tinies

Tots & Tinies is running tomorrow Thursday 12th May at 10.00am! If you have any neighbours, friends or relatives with a 0 – 5 tot or tiny (or both!), do invite them along. If you could give the odd Thursday as a volunteer, please contact Anna – anna.leyden@christchurchchester.com or message her on 07704 036785.

Sunday’s Services

This Sunday 15th May there will be the usual two morning services at Christ Church. A formal, reflective service with Holy Communion at 9.00am and a more contemporary informal service of praise and worship at 10.30am. We are more than halfway into our six-week series on the book of Acts, and this Sunday, Ed will be sharing his thoughts on Acts 16:9-15 – Paul’s vision and Lydia’s baptism.

Tea and coffee are being served each Sunday from 10.00 – 10.25am.

The 10.30am service will be live-streamed so if you are unable to attend the service, you can watch alongside, or later on at http://www.facebook.com/christchurchchester/live.

The wearing of masks is now entirely optional and the socially distanced pews will remain available for anyone feeling vulnerable within this changing environment.

Messy Church

On Saturday 21st May, from 4.00 – 5.30pm Messy Church is back. This fun event is packed with crafts, games, songs, a Bible story and tasty food! As the poster below says, it’s happening in the church building and please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult. It’s open to the community so please do invite your non-church friends along.

Christian Aid Week

15th to 21st May is Christian Aid Week and if you were at church last Sunday, you will have found a giving envelope on your seat. Veronica spoke from the front of church about the issues of poverty your donations could well help to alleviate. If you haven’t already done so, please could you bring your Christian Aid envelope and donation to church on Sunday and put them in the designated box at the back of church, or hand them to Veronica. If appropriate, please remember to fill in the Gift Aid declaration on the envelope. Thank you.

APCM

On Sunday 22nd May there will be one joint service of Holy Communion at 10.30am. There will be no coffee-time beforehand, but the lovely Stella and equally lovely Pam will be there to serve tea and coffee afterwards, in the short gap before the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. The APCM is an important occasion in the life of a parish. It is when we elect churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) for the coming year, and we also have a recap, including finances, of the previous year at Christ Church. Please do stay; it is always good to know how everything, well some things, work at church!

Re-Connect Groups

What?When?Where?Contact
Afternoon Walk     NEW!Tuesday 17 May 1.30pmIt is a 5 mile circular walk over the great Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and river Dee. Meet outside Costa, James Watkin Way, Ruabon LL14 6EQ, then driving in convoy to Tŷ Mawr Country Park.For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Ruth Southall:   07964 662 713   Lifts available
Sunday Afternoon Walk    Sunday 22 May After the 10.30am service & APCMFrom Christ Church to Duke’s Drive, along the river to Eccleston and finishing at a pub in Handbridge.Andy Burton sandstone18@outlook.com
New Wine United 2022  Week B – Friday 29th July – Wednesday 3rd AugustEast of England Showground, Peterborough PE2 6SHA couple of families have signed up and booked under ‘Christ Church Chester’ to enable camping together. Speak to Hannah Giddings 07828 920812 or sign up here: https://www.new-wine.org/events/united22/

Please let Anna know if you want to arrange an event anna.leyden@christchurchchester.com.

Just a reminder that Reconnect events are not organised by Christ Church but by individuals from the church community. Please let the organiser know if you’d like to join an event.

Ascension Day

On Thursday 26th May at 7.00pm, there will be an Ascension Day service of Holy Communion at Christ Church. As is reported in Acts 1:3 – the risen Jesus appeared for forty days proving His resurrection to those He met, and then came His bodily ascension into heaven; this service is a commemoration of that miracle.

Bring & Share Lunch

It’s coming back! On Sunday 29th May there will be a Bring & Share Lunch after the 10.30am service. Please add a few extra savoury or sweet items (or both) to your shopping trolley that weekend and bring them along to church for a shared buffet.

Baptisms and Confirmations

We will be holding a service of baptism and confirmation at Christ Church on Sunday 26th June at 6.00pm. If you are thinking or praying about baptism or confirmation, to find out more, please email anna.leyden@christchurchchester.com, or speak to Anna or Glyn at church. Just to let you know, there will be no morning services that Sunday.

Men’s Outdoor Weekend

An outdoor weekend in Snowdonia has been planned and the men of Christ Church are welcome to join. From the evening of Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June, the plan is to stay in a restored National Trust bunkhouse six miles from Betws-y-Coed, and just a 30 minute drive from the start of the Watkin Path at Hafod y Llan, which leads directly to Snowdon. There will be a group going mountain biking, but the offer is there if anyone would like to arrange a walk. For more information, speak to Tim Longman and take a look at the link to the website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays/hendre-isaf-bunkhouse-wales.

The Net

As our Associate Minister, ‘The Net’ is Glyn’s main area of ministry in Christ Church.

It is a ‘Fresh Expression’ of church and serves as a place where people can explore faith in an informal context; it has run the Alpha Course for the last two years, both online and, Covid restrictions allowing, in person. It is an ideal place for people who may be new to church, unfamiliar with faith, or unable to be part of Sunday style worship. There is a meeting every Thursday either online or in person, details of which can be found on Facebook under ‘The Net Chester’. Several of the Sunday congregation have come via The Net, so named, as here it is like a fishing net. Some people remain in it as their form of church, and some use it as a climbing net, a portal to other forms of church. It is also a place where people who fall out of church are safely caught. If you would like to know more, please speak to Glyn.

Knitting or Sewing Skills?

Sam York would like to know if there is anyone out there who is good at knitting or making simple outfits out of material. If so, please contact Sam on 07786050572 or email slyork2008@hotmail.co.uk.

As ever, please do keep checking our website www.christchurchchester.com, Facebook www.facebook.com/christchurchchester and Instagram www.instagram.com/christchurchchester pages for regular updates, and don’t forget to ‘like and share’ on Facebook!

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As always, thanks for reading and I’ll be in touch again in a couple of weeks.

God bless,

Carys