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Notice 2nd October 2016


Sunday 2nd October 2016

Harvest, Year C

Welcome to Christ Church

Please, help us to create a prayerful atmosphere before the service. Thank you!

If you are new please fill in a sheet (blue basket @ door). We welcome children in church. We now have a children’s corner at the side of the church where they will find toys, books, colouring, activity sheets and a play mat for babies. If they become noisy, it might be an idea to take them out until they settle.

The Collect

Creator God, you made the goodness of the land, the riches of the sea and the rhythm of the seasons; as we thank you for the harvest, may we cherish and respect this planet and its peoples, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Reading Deuteronomy 26: 1-11

When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, ‘Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.’ When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, you shall make this response before the Lord your God: ‘A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labour on us, we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.’ You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.

Second Reading Philippians 4: 4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel John 6: 25-35

When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.’ Then they said to him, ‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’ So they said to him, ‘What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” ’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ They said to him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’ Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Post Communion Prayer

Lord of the harvest, as with joy we have offered our thanksgiving for thy love shown in creation and have shared in the bread and the wine of the kingdom: so by thy grace plant within us a reverence for all that thou hast given us and make us generous and wise stewards of those good things which we enjoy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Notices: Sunday 2nd October – Harvest, Year C

Services today: 8am Eucharist; 9.30 Pilgrim Eucharist; 6pm Evening Prayer

Services in the week

Wednesday: 9.10 am Toddler Service; No Evening Prayer

Services next week – 9th October – Trinity 20, Proper 23, Year C

9.30 Eucharist; 11.30 All Age; 6pm Evening Prayer

Toddlers Playgroup

Wednesdays 10 – 11.30am (term-time only)

Parish Office: FIRST Saturday of each month 9.30am – 11.00am in church re baptisms, passport applications, weddings. NB £13 fee for each baptism certificate; please pay when booking. Next Parish Office Saturday 5th November. For more info: tel: 02083190067 or email

Financial Giving Making a commitment to Christ Church by regular giving is welcomed – set up a standing order to Christ Church PCC, sort code 30-99-88 account number 00160666 Please include your house number and Post Code as a reference (and if a tax-payer, please, sign a CC Gift Aid form) or ask about the envelope giving scheme. Thank you! Planned Giving Secretary: Sharon Onyango

Ministry Team –

Mtr Ariadne van den Hof (Vicar) 0208 8565858,

Sue Peach (Reader) 07795 630 813 // Lynn Webber (SPA) 01322 553 557


Sue 07795630813 //


Wendla Nyakambangwe //

Hall hire contact Victoria:

Toddler Play Group: Dara Allegranza Quicke,

CC Facebook Page:

CC Twitter: @ChurchOnOurHill

CC Website:

Exploring Faith – NEW GROUP

The next Exploring Faith Course will start on Monday 17th October, 8pm at the Vicarage. The Exploring Faith Group is open to all adults who would like to explore their faith more and may be especially useful if you are exploring the possibility of being baptised or of being confirmed. The sessions will be once a month on a Monday evening at 8pm. Do speak to Mtr Ariadne ( if you are interested, because we need to make sure that there are enough books for everyone.

St Nicholas Fayre

Please put our next event in your diary: Our St Nicholas Fayre will be on 3rd December, 4-6pm. There will be pancakes and all sorts of activities for children. From 5pm there will be a disco for children.


Today is our Harvest Festival. We are supporting Housing 4 Women (formerly GDVAS) and Welcare with donations in kind. GDVAS are looking for single duvet covers and bottom sheets (new!); non-perishable food and toiletries and Welcare are looking especially for toiletries and detergent, especially for toiletries for children. It would be great if you could start buying things to donate at Harvest. Many thanks.

We will also be supporting USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) as usual. USPG are an Anglican organisation that work in countries in Africa, Asia and South America through local churches. Sue and Mtr Ariadne visited two of their projects in Malawi and were very inspired by what they saw. One project is about improving life for entire communities: encouraging girls to go to school, providing safe drinking water for the community and supporting farmers. We will be collecting money for USPG.

Harvest Brunch

There will be a brunch after our 9.30am service today. Do join us for this. Thank you.

Messy Church – Volunteers Needed

We need more volunteers to help with Messy Church. Messy Church leaders help Caroline deliver the sessions. The leaders are responsible for a table each. They explain the activities to the children and their parents/carers and talk to them about the theme of the day, helping to increase their understanding. Please, let Caroline Lester know if you can help. Thank you.

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