Christ Church, Woodford
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CCW News: Christ Church Woodford News Update
For August 2022
Christ Church’s 180th Anniversary Celebrations: Saturday 23rd July, 11am-4pm
Our 180th Anniversary Celebrations went really well, with a large number of people coming along, looking around our building, enjoying Heather’s talks (as ‘Lady Hatherton’), hearing Roger playing the organ, having a go at ringing our bells. visiting our stalls, meeting the shire horse and most of all, meeting us. In addition to all this, we raised approximately £1,400.
We are so grateful to everyone who worked so hard to bring things together, and who did so much on the day. And thank you to Yvonne and June from the Davenport Arms for joining in our celebrations and for arranging the visit of the horses.
The day was a great success – thank you everyone!
And then Sunday 24th July at 10.15am
Our celebrations carried through into the Sunday services, where we thanked God for our building and for all that so many people have done, and continue to do, to maintain it, as well as the general life of our Church community. During the service at 10.15 we had some special prayers, and thought, from 1 Peter, about the fact that ultimately a Church is the people of God who are founded upon Jesus and His Word (the Bible), and so, whilst remembering our building, we prayed that we would remain faith to Him.
Cubs Visit: Monday 18th July
Having recently had the Woodford Beavers come and visit us (in May) it was great to welcome the Beavers the other day. Again, we had a great time together. Heather gave her talk about five interesting features of our building, I said a few words about prayer and then gave the Cubs a tour of the building and Heather gave them all a chance to ring the bells. We also visited the graveyard and I showed them some of our historic graves. We’re very grateful that Andy Brown was able to join us as well, which meant that he was able to welcome the Cubs in his Scouts uniform. Despite the very hot weather, we all had a good time, and we look forward to building on our relationship with the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
Magazines out now
Thank you to Graham, as our August/September magazine is now back from the printers and will be out and on delivery. Thank you as well to Jean and David C who are dropping them around to our delivery team – and our thanks to the delivery team too. We look forward to reading another great edition!
Good Book Groups: 1 John ‘A letter about love’
It’s great to have our monthly Good Book Groups back up and running. We’re looking together at John’s First Letter (known in our Bibles as 1 John). The next Monday afternoon session will be on 1st Aug (at 2.30pm) and the next Wednesday evening session will be on 3rd August (at 7.30pm) – and these are held in the Church Hall. Both sessions cover the same material, and in the coming sessions we’ll be looking at 1 John 2:18-27 & 4:1-6 which I’ve entitled ‘Be warned; something not to love.’ Please feel free to join the sessions at any point as we work our way through this letter – it’s always good to welcome new people along.
‘Holidays at Home’: Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th August, 10.30am-4.30pm at Bramhall URC
‘Holidays at Home’ is a really good initiative run by a team from Churches Together in Bramhall and Woodford, headed up by David & Val Langton (from Bramhall Baptist Church) and our own Angela Hull is on the organising Committee. The aim is for people who are normally housebound or unable to have a holiday, to come out for the day to Bramhall URC where there is a programme of entertainment (including things like craft and flower-arranging) as well as a 2 course lunch and tea and cakes. On the Wednesday there’s a trip to Tatton. Free transport is provided for those who need it, and wheel-chairs and walking frames can be accommodated. There is no charge, but a suggested donation of £7 a day helps cover the various costs. If you would like to attend, or could volunteer as a helper, driver, or trained First Aider, then there are appropriate forms in our Church porch. If you have any questions, please do speak with Angela Hull.
David & Karen’s Sponsored Walk for MAF
Thank you to everyone who sponsored Karen and me on our 26mile sponsored walk, and thank you to those who have ‘paid up’ so quickly. If you still need to pay us, then please just bring your donation to Church and hand it to me. Thank you. When I have the total (including what we raised through our ‘Just Giving’ webpage) I will let you know.
Hope Central Foodbank
David & Jean have been kindly taking our gifts down to the Hope Central Foodbank in Handforth, and the volunteers there continue to express their gratitude to us for our generosity. The need for the service Foodbanks offer is growing due to the ‘cost of living crisis,’ and so all contributions are much appreciated.
The charity which runs the Foodbank (Hope Central) have recently written to us thanking us for the £500 donation that the Church gave from our funds to support the overall work of the charity (which covers more than just the Foodbank, but many different practical ways of helping people who are in need).
Christian Aid Week: £250 raised
Chris & Vicky, our Christian Aid reps, have reported back that we raised £250 from the recent Christian Aid week. Thank you to all who gave generously towards this vital work, and thank you to Chris and Vicky for co-ordinating this for us. A poster, highlighting the amount, has been put up in the Church porch.
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