“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,
Last Sunday morning, Graham encouraged us to continue engaging with church, with Jesus and with our community. With that in mind, and in addition to our main 10:30am Sunday morning worship, we are trialling 2 new services: ‘Night Prayer’ and ‘Sunday 7.30pm Zoom Worship’ (full details below), so without further ado, here are the things you need to know about this week:
1. Night Prayer *TONIGHT!*
2. Sunday’s 10.30am Live-streamed Service
3. Post Church Coffee & Zoom
4 Sunday 7.30pm Zoom Worship
5. Blue Monday Quiz
6. Alpha 2021
7. Children’s Groups Update
Starting TONIGHT, Wednesday 13th January for six weeks, join us each Wednesday at 8.30pm to pray the Church of England’s short service of ‘Night Prayer’ together. We will finish by 9.00pm. It would be helpful (but not essential) to print a copy of the service beforehand or have it available on a separate phone/tablet from the one you’re using for Zoom – it is attached to this email. If you or someone you know would like to come along but doesn’t have internet access, please contact Anna (07704 036 785) who has more details about how to join in over the phone.
The Zoom details are:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84992162350?pwd=Qk9pWWIzbENJNi9XdVhVUk1UWTQ2UT09 Meeting ID: 849 9216 2350, Passcode: 571706.
Sunday’s Live-streamed Service
This Sunday 17th January we continue the “He is our Hope” series and during our 10.30am live-streamed service, along with the awesome Ed Newman, we will be taking a look at John 10:11-18, ‘I Am the Good Shepherd’. You can access the service here: http://www.facebook.com/christchurchchester/live. If you possibly can, please watch the service live and comment in the chat function to encourage one another.
Post Church Coffee & Zoom
Join friends from Christ Church for a chat after the service at 11.45am – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89716165840?pwd=R1dkNldDWE1GZTNONlR2b3JiajFxQT09, Meeting ID: 897 1616 5840, Passcode: 278040.
Sunday 7.30pm Zoom Worship
Beginning this Sunday 17th January, a new Sunday evening Zoom worship service.
Who is it for?
- Those who have not been able to engage with our Sunday morning streamed service.
- Those who wish to explore more deeply some of the themes from the morning service.
- Those who would like to engage in worship a different way (as part of the service, there will be an opportunity to discuss together).
Join us at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86006145262?pwd=MHhwNmJJTmN2R3kxYzA1YkQ1ei9VUT09 Meeting ID: 860 0614 5262, Passcode: 799830.
Blue Monday Quiz
Monday 18th January is apparently considered to be the most miserable days of the year, so why not cheer yourselves up and Join the very gifted Eli Mitchell for the Blue Monday Quiz? The Zoom meeting is here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84895417407?pwd=MEVxdnJUc2ZURG10bFdQUnVKTjdqZz09, Meeting ID: 848 9541 7407, Passcode: 268093. Join at 7.30pm so that you can be put into teams for a 7.45pm start. You can attend on your own or feel free to include anyone you live with!
The Alpha Course 2021 begins on Thursday 28th January at 7.30pm over Zoom and will be headed up by Glyn Jones. It will be a great opportunity to meet up with others from churches in Chester. Just to confirm, the email address for more info or joining Alpha is now firstname.lastname@example.org – Abi is an Intern with The Light College and Collective.
Children’s Groups Update
Just a quick update about our three kid’s groups, Gems, Rocksolid and Crypt. While it has proved very tricky to maintain continuity with this ministry, group leaders have worked incredibly hard behind the scenes to ensure that something is happening for Christ Church kids each week. Gems are meeting via Zoom during service times on Sunday mornings, Rocksolid are sending out videos each week and Crypt enjoy their Sunday 6.30pm Zoom meetings where they play games and build their relationships with God and each other. If you have children who are not yet involved, please contact Hannah Giddings email@example.com, and she will be able to point you in the direction of the relevant group for your child(ren).
Also, we have our Family service once a month – for details contact Anna firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before I go, please could I ask you to keep our amazing PCC in your prayers. They will be meeting together on Tuesday and have a lot on their plate, so would really appreciate prayerful support as they strive to direct Christ Church through yet another national lockdown. #prayforPCC #thankyousomuch #wherewouldwebewithoutyou?
As ever, please do keep an eye on 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.
Stay safe and God bless,
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?
Alec Spencer, Operations Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: 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: Ralph Kemp, Associate Vicar. Should both Graham and Ralph be unwell, this role will be fulfilled by: Wendy Peto, Churchwarden