Christ Church, Woodford
Seeking to know Christ better and to make Christ better known.
CCW News: Christ Church Woodford News Update
4th May 2022
Last Sunday 1st May: Commissioning of new PCC
As part of last Sunday’s 10.15am service we had the Commissioning of the new Churchwardens, PCC and Sidespeople (following on from our well attended APCM of the previous week). Elaine and Jean are carrying on as Wardens and Stephen Holbrook and Jenny Shaw have joined the PCC – Jenny as PCC Secretary (replacing Janet Brown who has served us so well in that role for a number of years – thank you so much Janet!). Please pray for our newly elected PCC as we seek to move forward in the life of our Church, and our thanks to them, and the Sidespeople and Welcomers who do so much.
In the sermon we thought about Matthew 10:1-15 and Jesus sending the Aspotles out with the task of spreading the message about Him. This coming Sunday we will continue on with our time in Matthew’s Gospel, looking at Matthew 10:16-33.
Christ Church’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations: Saturday 23rd July
A new date for your diaries: this year is our Church’s 150th Anniversary and a sub-committee of our PCC is bringing together a day of special events for Saturday 23rd July. More information to come in due course…
Heather Braddock in the Diocesan News Bulletin
Easter Sunday marked a very special day in the musical history of our Church, and in the life of our Choir leader, Heather Braddock – it was Heather’s 70th anniversary of singing in the choir. 70 years of uninterrupted service is a remarkable achievement! In recognition of dedicated service, she was presented with a RSCM ‘Long Service’ medal and certificate, and from us, a new music system and a card signed by many of us – which she thanks us all very much for. I’m pleased to say that Heather’s presentation was picked up by the Diocese who reported the story in their News Bulletin (which can be seen on their website) and a picture of Heather and me can be seen on our own website too. We’re so grateful to Heather for all she has done, and continues to do – well done Heather! Heather’s ‘thank you’ card to us is on the noticeboard in the Hall.
Diana Saunders: A retirement ‘thank you’ for running ‘Coffee Time’
After over four decades of running the ‘Coffee Time’ after our 10.15am service, Diana Saunders stepped down from her role during the ‘lockdown’ – but we couldn’t let such a retirement happen without saying a very big ‘thank you’ to her. Those of us who know Diana, know that she is very keen on writing to people – lovely notes of kindness and encouragement. So, the other day, I went to see Diana and presented her with our gift to her – a very special writing set along with the ‘thank you’ card signed by us. She was really grateful, and wants to pass on her gratitude to us all. Diana’s initiative in running the Coffee Time has been such a blessing to the life of our Church, and we’re very grateful to her, and to the new team of people who are ‘picking up the baton.’
Good Book Groups restarting (4th & 9th May): Subject: 1 John
Our monthly Good Book Groups are restarting and we’re going to be looking at John’s First Letter (known in our Bibles as 1 John) and it’s a letter that has the theme of love running through it. The Wednesday evenings sessions (at 7.30pm) will be starting on 4th May, and the Monday afternoon sessions (at 2.30pm) will start on 9th May. Both sessions will be in the Hall and will be repeats of each other (so you don’t need to come to both sessions). There’s a programme (for the 7 sessions) available from Church, and, as we did before Covid, I’ll finalise the dates of the subsequent meetings when we’re together, but please do put the first date in your diary. It will be really good to be back looking together at God’s Word.
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