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Notice 29th January 2017


Sunday 29th January 2017

Candlemas, Year A

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.

Introit Hymn 329 Make way, make way

The Collect

Almighty and ever-living God, clothed in majesty, whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple, in substance of our flesh: grant that we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts, by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading Malachi 3: 1-5

Thus says the Lord God: See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight – indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years. Then I will draw near to you for judgement; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow, and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.

Second Reading Hebrews 2: 14-18

Since the children share flesh and blood, Jesus himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Gradual Hymn 118 Faithful vigil ended

Gospel Luke 2: 22-40

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph brought Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’ Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’ And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed – and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.

Offertory Hymn 428 Purify my heart

Communion Hymn 98 (tune 1) Come thou long expected Jesus

34 Angels from the realms of glory

Post Communion Prayer

Lord, you fulfilled the hope of Simeon and Anna, who lived to welcome the Messiah: may we, who have received these gifts beyond words, prepare to meet Christ Jesus when he comes to bring us to eternal life; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving Hymn 317 Lord, the light of your love

Notices: Sunday 29th January – Candlemas, Year A

Services today: 9.30am Eucharist; 11.30am Christingle Service; 6pm Evening Prayer

Services in the week

Wednesday: 9.10 am Toddler Service

Services next week – Sunday 5th Feby – 4th Sunday Before Lent, Year A

8am Eucharist; 9.30 Pilgrim Eucharist; 6pm Evening Prayer

Toddlers Playgroup

Wednesday 10 – 11.30 (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 4th February 2017. 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, (m) 07833 446101

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


Sue 07795630813 //


Wendla Nyakambangwe //

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Christingle Service

Today we will be having our annual Christingle Service. Every year, school and church collect money for the Children's Society which supports vulnerable children in England. Children are encouraged to try and fill a 'candle' collection box with coins. There are also envelopes available for larger donations. Thank you for your generosity. Do come and join us for our Christingle Service at 11.30am. Donations can also be made at the 9.30am service.

Admission to Communion

Children in Year 3 and above can be admitted to communion if they have done the Admission to Communion Course. The next course will start in May. The rules of the Church of England make it clear that children should have been attending Eucharists regularly for 6 months before the start of the course. If your child would like to be admitted to communion it is very important that they start coming to Eucharists now, if they aren’t doing so already. In other words, if you and your child normally attend the 11.30am All Age service or Messy Church, you will need to start attending the 9.30am Eucharist. The reason for this is that it will mean that children have some familiarity with the Eucharist before starting the course and learning more about this service. Do take one of the Admission to Communion leaflets home with you. They have all the dates of the course on them.

The Great Christ Church Bake Off!

Calling all bakers! The Great Christ Church Bake Off will take place on 5th February, immediately after the Pilgrim Eucharist. We have some amazing judges lined up who will judge the cakes which the contestants will have prepared at home. There will be a chance to buy slices of the cakes and eat them while chatting to your fellow Christ Churchers over a cup of tea or coffee. Don’t miss this exciting event. Pick up one of our flyers for more information.

New Foundation Governor

There is a vacancy for a Foundation Governor at Christ Church School at the moment. If anyone is interested, there are copies of the policy for appointing foundation governors at the back of church. Anyone wanting to become a foundation governor should have a passion for children’s education, be very involved in the life of the church and be able to attend all meetings of the school’s Governing Body and, at least, one of its committees. We are looking for someone with the skills to be a member of the GB’s Resources committee.

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