CCW News: Christ Church Woodford News Update
1st June 2023
Last Sunday: 21st May: Pentecost Sunday
On Pentecost Sunday (when we remember the coming of the Third Person of the Trinity – God the Holy Spirit) we turned to three readings: Acts 1:1-11, John 16:1-15 and Acts 2:1-13. From these we saw some vital truths about the Holy Spirit – Jesus teaches us (in John 16) that He ‘convicts the world of sin’ so that we see our need of Jesus as our Saviour (16:8-11), He guided and taught the Apostles by passing onto them Jesus’ own teaching (16:12-13) so we need to be faithful to what they taught, and He points away from Himself in order to glorify Jesus (16:14-15). We then saw how those truths worked out on the day of Pentecost – events recorded for us in Acts 2 – but also how Prayer was so important in all of the events of that day.
Meanwhile; last Sunday at the Davenport Arms
‘Thick as Thieves’ is a new local band (the lead singer of which is Iain Campbell, whose gardening company does a lot of work for us in the churchyard) and on Sunday they had an openair concert at the Davenport Arms (known here as ‘The Thief’s Neck’) where they decided to raise money for Cancer Research and for our Church – which was incredibly kind of them. Our thanks to Iain and the band and to Yvonne and her staff at the Pub. It was a great afternoon, and £230 was raised for each charity – thank you so much to them!
This Sunday: 4th June: Trinity Sunday
This coming Sunday we will be building on what we learnt about the Holy Spirit to look further into the nature of God by thinking together about the Trinity. Our main Bible passage will be John 14 (which we’ll split over our two readings).
Woodford Summer Fair: 10th June
As I’m sure many residents of Woodford know, Woodford Community Council, Woodford Neighbourhood Forum & Woodford Community Centre are putting on the ‘Woodford Summer Fair’ on Saturday 10th June at the Community Centre from 11am-4pm. Christ Church has a ‘stall’ and if you would like to help me in manning it, it would be great to have your support – please just let me know. Also, if you would like to donate some cakes for us to sell, that would be excellent (again, please let me know). Thank you.
Next Pub Quiz: Thursday 8th June, 7pm at the Davenport Arms
Our Pub Quiz (held at the Davenport Arms – our thanks again to them) is coming up – this time with Graham as the Quiz Master (thank you Graham). Places are for teams of 4 and the places are limited, so if you are wanting to come along to join in and support us, please contact Yvonne as soon as possible on 0161 439 2435. At the time you call to register your team of 4 you will be asked to confirm your booking by paying your team's table fee of £20. Tables are limited and must therefore be dealt with on a first-come-first-served basis.
Next Good Book Groups on John’s Gospel, the June Sessions (Wed 14th & Mon 19th June)
We recently had two great sessions (Monday afternoon and Wednesday evening) looking at John 4, and Jesus’ meeting with ‘the woman at the well.’ And the Wednesday evening saw a record attendance! As we work our way through John’s wonderful, and beautiful, account of Jesus’ life, we come to John 5 and the power and authority which Jesus exercises through His Word. The Wednesday session (7.30pm) is on Wednesday 14th June, and that is repeated on Monday 19th June (at 2.30pm) – both at the Vicarage. New (and returning!) people are always welcome. Do come along and join us!
Hope Central Food Bank: Update from Jean & David Copner
The Food Bank at Handforth send their thanks once again to all those from Christ Church who give so generously. Their need continues to grow as more and more families find themselves in difficulty with the present financial situation. Each time we have delivered food we have asked what is the greatest need of the
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