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Notices for Sunday 29th April 2018


Sunday 29th April 2018,

Easter 5, Year B

Welcome to Christ Church

Notices: Sunday 29th April, Easter 5, Year B

Services today: 9.30 Eucharist; 11.30am All Age; 6pm The Examen

Services in the week

Wednesday: 9.10 Toddler Service

Services next week – Sunday 6th May, Easter 6, Year B

9.30 Pilgrim Eucharist

Toddlers Playgroup

Wednesdays: 10.00-11.30am

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 May 2018. 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: Vacancy

Ministry Team –

Mtr Ariadne van den Hof (Vicar) 0208 8565858, 07833 446101

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


Sue 07795630813 //


Patrice Eriata and Katherine Ofori-Mikala

Hall hire contact Victoria:

CC Facebook Page:

CC Twitter: @ChurchOnOurHill

CC Website:

Do take this leaflet home with you.

FREE refreshments in hall between and after the services.


Sunday 29th April 2018

Easter 5, Year B

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 372 O Jesus, I have promised

The Collect

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord. Amen.

First Reading Baruch: 3 9 - 15, 32 - 4:4

Hear the commandments of life, O Israel; give ear, and learn wisdom! Why is it, O Israel, why is it that you are in the land of your enemies, that you are growing old in a foreign country, that you are defiled with the dead, that you are counted among those in Hades? You have forsaken the fountain of wisdom. If you had walked in the way of God, you would be living in peace for ever. Learn where there is wisdom, where there is strength, where there is understanding, so that you may at the same time discern where there is length of days, and life, where there is light for the eyes, and peace. Who has found her place? And who has entered her storehouses? But the one who knows all things knows her, he found her by his understanding. The one who prepared the earth for all time filled it with four-footed creatures; the one who sends forth the light, and it goes; he called it, and it obeyed him, trembling; the stars shone in their watches, and were glad; he called them, and they said, ‘Here we are!’ They shone with gladness for him who made them. This is our God; no other can be compared to him. He found the whole way to knowledge, and gave her to his servant Jacob and to Israel, whom he loved. Afterwards she appeared on earth and lived with humankind. She is the book of the commandments of God, the law that endures for ever. All who hold her fast will live, and those who forsake her will die. Turn, O Jacob, and take her; walk towards the shining of her light. Do not give your glory to another, or your advantages to an alien people. Happy are we, O Israel, for we know what is pleasing to God.

Second Reading Acts 8: 26 – 40

An angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: ‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.’ The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’ He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Gradual Hymn 117 Faithful Shepherd, feed me

Gospel John 15: 1-8

Jesus said to his disciples: 1‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.’

Offertory Hymn 309 Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour

Communion Hymn 67 Bread of heaven on thee we feed

14 All heaven declares

Post Communion Prayer

Eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: grant us to walk in his way, to rejoice in his truth, and to share his risen life; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.

Thanks giving Hymn 235 I, the lord of sea and sky

The Examen

We will be doing The Examen tonight at 6pm. The Examen is a form of pray that helps us look at the day that’s been and try to see God’s hand in what we have done and experienced. What were the challenges? What were the blessings? Did we react well or not so well? How would God like us to behave?

APCM & Parishioners’ Meeting

A big thank you to all who attended the parish’s AGM (Parishioners’ Meeting and APCM) last Sunday. It was good to see more people there than last year. A warm welcome to our new Parish Safeguarding Officers: Patrice Eriata and Katherine Ofori-Mikala. It is great news that they have come forward to help the parish with the important task of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. It is perhaps even better news that we will soon have two wardens! We are delighted that Dewald Swart has been elected, alongside Sue Peach, as Church Warden. We are looking for someone else who may be willing to be warden from next year and who could be trained this year. Please, do talk to people about this and help us find a second new warden for 2019. We are also still looking for a treasurer. It is very important that we find a new treasurer. Many thanks.

Pamper Event:

The next Pamper Event will be on 19th May, 4-7pm. Last year’s was a great success and it looks like we will have even more therapists this year. There will be massage; facials; nails; hair styling; eyebrow threading. The event is open to 14 years old and over. £3 ticket, includes a free drink.

International Street Food Event

The next International Street Food Festival will be held on 8th July from 12.30pm. Please, save the date for this. It is a fab event and a great way to showcase the diversity of our congregation. All food will be prepared by people from our Church and community. Last year, there was Ukranian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Brazilian, Greek, South African, British and Nigerian food (I hope I haven’t left any cuisines out…). Do have a think whether you may be able to cook something (again) this year. Can we get even more cuisines represented, this year?

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