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Notice 5th February 2017


Sunday 5th February 2017

Fourth Sunday Before Lent, 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.

The Collect

O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: grant to us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ your Son 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 Isaiah 58: 1-9a [9b-12]

Second Reading Corinthians 2: 1-12 [13-end]

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’ – these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual. Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are discerned spiritually. Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny. ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.

Gospel Matthew 5: 13-20

Jesus went up the mountain and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to teach them: ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’

Post Communion Prayer

Go before us, Lord, in all we do with your most gracious favour, and guide us with your continual help, that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name, and finally by your mercy receive everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Notices: Sunday 5th February – 4th Sunday Before Lent, Year A

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

Services in the week

Wednesday: 9.10 am Toddler Service

Services next week – Sunday 12th February – 3rd Sunday Before Lent, Year A

9.30am Eucharist; 11.30 All Age; 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 March 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 //

Hall hire contact Victoria:

CC Facebook Page:

CC Twitter: @ChurchOnOurHill

CC Website:

Christingle Service

Last week, we celebrated our Christingle service. There is still time to hand in your ‘candle boxes’. There are also envelopes available for larger donations. Thank you for your generosity.

The Great Christ Church Bake Off!

Today is the day of our Christ Church Bake Off! Do, please, come back at 11am to try some of the cake and to join us for a cup of tea or coffee. Entry is only £1.50 for adults (includes a piece of cake and a cup of tea or coffee) and 50p for children. If our cake stalls at previous fundraisers are anything to go by, we have some amazing bakers in this parish. Come and taste some of these fantastic cakes!

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 April. Only children who have been attending Eucharists (9.30am) regularly will be able to do the course. 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.

New Foundation Governor

There is a vacancy for a Foundation Governor at Christ Church School at the moment. 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.

PCC Members / Wardens / Treasurer / Electoral Roll

We are getting ready for our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and Parishioners’ Meeting (PM). The PM is for all those who live in the parish and those on the electoral roll. It meets to elect two Wardens. The APCM is like the AGM of the parish. It elects PCC members and PCC officer (such as treasurer) and it reviews the electoral roll. Notices for the review of the Electoral Roll have been posted. Do ask John Halford for a form if you’d like to be entered on the electoral roll of the parish. We are looking for new members for PCC; a rep for Deanery Synod and a Treasurer. We are also, still, looking for two Wardens. If you are interested in any of these roles, do, please, have a word with Mtr Ariadne or Sue Peach or another member of PCC.

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