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Notice 19th February 2017


Sunday 19th February 2017

Second Sunday Before Lent, Proper 3, 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 242 Immortal, invisible

The Collect

Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and forever. Amen.

First Reading Genesis 1:1 – 2:3

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. And God said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. And God said, ‘Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, ‘Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.’ And it was so. [….]

Second Reading Romans 8: 18-25

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Gradual Hymn 139 (tune 1) For the healing of the nations

Gospel Matthew 6: 25-34

Jesus taught his disciples, saying: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you— you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.’

Offertory Hymn 235 I, the Lord of sea and sky

Communion Hymn 393 O Worship the king

5 Abba Father, let me be

Post Communion Prayer

God our creator, by your gift the tree of life was set at the heart of the earthly paradise, and the bread of life at the heart of your Church: may we who have been nourished at your table on earth be transformed by the glory of the Saviour’s cross and enjoy the delights of eternity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thanksgiving Hymn 514 Thou whose almighty word

Notices: Sunday 19th February – 2nd Sunday Before Lent

Services today: 9.30am Eucharist; 11.30am Messy Church; 6pm Evening Prayer

Services in the week

Wednesday: 9.10am Toddler Service.

Services next week – Sunday 26th February – Sunday Next Before Lent, Proper 4, Year A

9.30am Eucharist; 11.30am 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:

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.


Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on 2nd April, almost immediately after the Pilgrim Eucharist. The APCM is like the AGM of the parish. During this meeting, the accounts for the year will be received; reports of all our groups and activities will be received and there will be elections for PCC members, Treasurer and Deanery Synod Rep. There will be two vacancies on PCC: one for one year and one for three years. PCC members are like the Trustees of the parish. They are part of the leadership of the church and have responsibility for the finances of the parish.

We also need a Treasurer. The job has been ‘carved’ up considerably, with Suhir doing the cash book and Jan the banking. Sharon O looks after the gift aid element. We will need to elect two representatives to Deanery Synod. This synod meets only a few times a year, but can make resolution / propose motions to be taken to Diocesan Synod (and perhaps even General Synod). Please, consider if you can help with any of these roles or whether you could encourage someone else.

Our Parishioners’ Meeting will be immediately after the Pilgrim Eucharist on 2nd April. This meeting’s main duty is to appoint two Wardens. It is so incredibly important to have two wardens. We need two new wardens, this year. Please, think and pray about whether you could be a warden or whether you could encourage someone else. Wardens play a vital role in the church, but their main responsibility is to make sure things are done – they don’t have to do it all themselves. Please, help the Parishioners’ Meeting appoint two Wardens, this year. Thank you.

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