“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,
I have just one word for you – Clocks.
This week’s notices at a glance:
1. Ordination Special, Sunday 25th October.
2. Holy Pumpkins, #holyhalloween: 30th October – 1st November (see below…!)
3. ‘Light Night’ party at home bags (also see below…!)
4. Remember and Celebrate service, 9.00am Sunday 1st November.
5. Christ Church Quiz Night – Saturday evening 7th November.
6. Sunday Zoom 7.00pm.
7. Women’s Book Club update.
8. Lost property.
On Saturday 24th October, our amazing curate, Anna Leyden is finally being ordained at Chester Cathedral! As well as having the original July service cancelled because of lockdown, current restrictions mean that Saturday’s service is not open to all, so this Sunday 25th October we will have the opportunity to celebrate this very special event with her. At both services, a video of the cathedral service will be shown, so if you are able to attend, please join us as we congratulate Anna on this next step of her journey. I just know she will really rock a dog collar! Please pray for her as she prepares for Saturday.
As ever, if you’re not able to attend in person, do join us virtually from 10:20am at: http://www.facebook.com/christchurchchester/live.
On the weekend of Halloween, let’s spread a little light around our neighbourhoods! We’re asking everyone from Christ Church to make a hopeful, holy pumpkin to display in their window on the evenings of Friday 30th October – Sunday 1st November.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Carve a pumpkin with a difference: you could simply add a word (e.g. hope or light), carve a picture or symbol (maybe a cross or a love heart) or get more creative! Pop the lit pumpkin in your front window.
2. Take a picture and share it on Facebook and/or Instagram and be sure to:
– tag Christ Church Chester in your picture
– make your post public so everyone can see it
– add the hashtag #holyhalloween
… and there’ll be a prize for the pumpkin with the most ‘likes’ on social media! Don’t do social media? No problem! Email or WhatsApp your picture to Anna Leyden email@example.com or 07704 036785 and we’ll put it online for you.
‘Light Night’ party at home bags
Alongside asking everyone to participate in our #holyhalloween pumpkin challenge we have some ‘Light Night’ party bags to give to everyone in Gems and Rock Solid this week. Each bag contains a booklet about Jesus the light of the world, some suggestions for celebrating the light this Halloween, craft items and a tasty treat! If you won’t be at church this Sunday and would like a bag let Anna (firstname.lastname@example.org) know before Tuesday 28th October and we’ll post one to you. There will also be spares available for family and friends so please do take an extra bag and share the light with them too!
Remember and Celebrate service
On Sunday 1st November the 9.00am service will be specially dedicated to remembering and celebrating the lives of our loved ones who have passed away. There will be an opportunity during the service to hear their name read out and to light a candle in their memory. If you are missing someone, please come along to the service to Remember and Celebrate their lives.
Christ Church Quiz
Due to popular demand, on Saturday 7th November we are holding another Christ Church Quiz evening! 7.45pm for 8.00pm start on Zoom. Come as an individual or with others from your household for a night of quizzing hosted by the very talented Mr Eli Mitchell. Zoom details a little nearer the time.
Zoom at 7
During October, join others for a Sunday evening Zoom meeting and catch up with Christ Church friends from 7.00 – 7.30pm.
Women’s Book Club
This from Anna Shaw – “Finally (!!) – time to gather and chat about any of the Peter Grieg prayer books that you have been reading. Owing to restrictions, we’ll be doing this via zoom. If you want to join in, simply email me. I’ll then contact you directly to find out your preferred times and to send you the zoom link. No requirement to have actually finished reading either book – come as you are! Groups will meet at the start of November. email@example.com.
Before I go, a banking card reader has been found in the church doorway. If you think it might be yours, please get in touch and we can make arrangements for it to be returned to you.
Hoping you have a good week in spite of the new restrictions.
Stay safe and God bless,
P.S In case my opening comment was too cryptic, the clocks go back this weekend.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. email@example.com, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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?
Alec Spencer, Operations Coordinator, email@example.com, 07312 106 356
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com mobile number 07796857382.
What will happen if Graham is unwell?
The Incumbent’s nominated deputy is: Ralph Kemp, Associate Vicar. Should both Graham and Ralph be unwell, this role will be fulfilled by: Wendy Peto, Churchwarden