“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,
1. Night Prayer Tonight
2. Sunday’s Services
3. Fantasy Football League Winners
4. Re-Connect Groups Update
5. Anna Leyden’s Ordination
6. World Day of Prayer
8. Drop In Volunteers
9. Light College Courses 2021-22
Join the Night Prayer service via Zoom tonight Wednesday 16th June beginning at 8.30pm. Joining details are: – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84992162350?pwd=Qk9pWWIzbENJNi9XdVhVUk1UWTQ2UT09 Meeting ID: 849 9216 2350, Passcode: 571706.
This Sunday 20th June, there will be the usual two services 9.00am with Holy Communion and 10.30am also with Holy Communion! This week we will continue our new sermon series ‘Nehemiah: Returning and Rebuilding’ and Ed will be leading us through the ‘Planning’ phase. To get ahead of the game, the reading for Sunday is Nehemiah chapter 2.
All the usual social distancing is still being observed, and we are able to meet in groups of six (or two families) outside church, gathering around the cones.
Livestreaming is continuing for those who can’t make it to church in person – http://www.facebook.com/christchurchchester/live.
Fantasy Football League Winners
If you were at church on Sunday you will have seen the presentation for the winner and runners-up of the Christ Church Fantasy Football League. Coming in at third place was James Cooper and his team of supporters, second place went to Tom Cobb, and screaming in at first place was the one and only Ed Newman!
Well done all three and thanks to everyone for taking part! (That is a proper, engraved trophy so if you want the chance to take it home next season, look out for the next invitation to join in the weekly email…)
Re-Connect Groups Update
Here are this week’s Re-Connect updates at a glance!
Mums’ Afternoon Tea
|Sat 19 June, 2.00pm||TBC||Hannah Giddings|
Women’s Coffee Shop
|Sat 19 June, 3.00-4.30pm. Booking essential||Marmalade||Amy Walker 07712 253183|
|Men’s Mountain Biking Weekend *PROBABLY CANCELLED* Contact Tim for further info.||North Wales||Tim Longman 07864 978748|
|Walk: Christ Church to Eccleston Village||Sun 4 July, 2pm||Meet at Christ Church. Total time: approx. 3.5-4 hours||Andrew Burton|
|Coffee Morning||Sat 10 July, arrive 10.30am-12.00pm||David and Pauline’s house: 18 Andrew Crescent, Queen’s Park, CH4 7BQ||Pauline Jones|
|Family Service Picnic||Sun 11 July, 12.30pm||St Anne’s Playground||Anna Leyden 07704 036785|
|NEW! Go Ape||Sat 31 July, 2.30pm Book your own place via Go Ape website||Go Ape, Delamere Forest||Matt Allen Mallen416@gmail.com|
|Christ Church Camping||Sun 1 – Thurs 5 August Contact Hannah ASAP||The Giddings’ House||Hannah Giddings|
Happening this Saturday:
1. Mum’s Afternoon Tea at 2.00pm– please contact Hannah Giddings asap.
2. Women’s Coffee Shop Meet-Up at 3.00 – 4.30pm – this from the amazing Amy Walker:
“The venue is Marmalade (they have a great Vegan offer) and we will have 3 tables of 4 along the sofa area upstairs. Everyone is welcome! It’s always lovely to have people from across different life stages meeting together. Our meet up will run from 3.00-4.30pm but you’re welcome to leave before then. As we have limited spaces, please contact me (text to 07712253183) to book your space by Thursday at 4.00pm. I hope you can join us for a slice of cake, a cuppa and a well overdue catch up!”
You may have already been invited via Facebook so do check your notifications.
*Please note that due to the continuation of restrictions, watching the England Football Match on Tuesday 22nd June has unfortunately been cancelled. Also, the Mountain Biking Weekend is probably cancelled, call Tim for more information.*
If you’re willing to host something (whether that’s drinks in your garden; hill walking; board games; a trip to the pub; or white water kayaking – or anything else!) please get in touch with Anna Leyden 07704 036785; email@example.com.
Anna Leyden’s Ordination
As mentioned last week, this Saturday 19th June at 5.00pm, our very own Anna Leyden will be ‘Priested’ at an Ordination Service at Chester Cathedral. Sadly, guest numbers are still very limited but if you’d like to join online you can do so here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJug4n5Eh9k&feature=youtu.be. Anna says, “It would be great if you’re able to take part – even from a distance.” Also, we will be celebrating together with Anna this Sunday 20th June at both services, so please be there if you can!
World Day of Prayer
On Friday 25th June at 10.30am, Christ Church will be hosting this year’s World Day of Prayer. Please do feel free to join the service, Veronica and Anna have worked very hard to pull this together under Covid restrictions, so your support would be greatly appreciated. All are welcome.
After two cancellations last year, a couple who live in our parish, Deborah and Martin, are finally getting married at Christ Church! The wedding is on Saturday 26th June at 1.00pm and it would be great if you could remember them in your prayers that day. Obviously, due to restrictions only those invited can attend the service, but Deborah and Martin know we are thinking of them and are touched to know that we will be praying for them (and also please pray for Graham who will be taking the service). Wishing them every blessing for the future.
Drop In Volunteers
Sue Ibrahim, our Drop In leader is still looking for new volunteers to help out on Sundays. Sadly, Drop In had to remain closed for much of the lockdowns but whenever it was possible, they handed out packed lunches to their regular homeless and vulnerable guests. Plans are to open up fully in September and in the meantime continue to serve packed lunches, finishing at the end of July with the usual end of season BBQ outside church. This event is usually very busy and it would be a great place for new volunteers to help out and get a flavour of what Drop In is all about. If you think you would like to serve in this amazing ministry, please get in touch with Sue for details – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Light College Courses 2021-22
Do you have a passion to share your faith with others or to develop and grow new forms of church? Our vision at The Light College is to ‘train, equip and connect pioneers and evangelists to go and make countless followers of Jesus.’ As part of this vision, we run several highly innovative and practical courses*, all accredited by The University of Chester: Foundation Degree in ‘Theology, Mission and Evangelism’; Bachelor’s Degree in ‘Theology, Mission and Evangelism’; Professional Certificate in ‘Pioneer Chaplaincy and Mission’; Baptist Ministerial Training (in partnership with Northern Baptist College)
* All courses can be studied full- or part-time from anywhere in the country.
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.
Just to let you know that the moment I press ‘send’, I’m officially on holiday!
Don’t worry, the next two weeks are covered so keep an eye out for next Wednesday’s news!
Missing you already 😁
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