CCW News: Our Weekly Christ Church Woodford News Update
21st September 2020
Welcome to this week’s CCW News which aims to keep us all ‘up-to-date’ with what is happening in the life of our Church.
You’ll find here:
· A summary of what happened this last Sunday
· A pointer to next Sunday
· A list of brief prayer points
· Dates for the diary
· Some main notices
Yesterday at Church (Sunday 20th September)
9.30am Service in our Church Building and our 11am Zoom Service
Our building was once again filled to our legal capacity. It was lovely to see so many people able to come along. And we are very grateful to the team who make it possible for us to come together safely and in accordance with the necessary regulations.
At 11am we had our live, on-line, Zoom service. 13 of us came together this way, and as with each week, we were able to chat and ‘catch-up’ with each other both before and after the service.
At both services Rev David preached on Psalm 43 whilst also drawing our attention to the encouragements found in the Bible-book of Revelation.
Advance Booking for 9.30am Sunday Service and for 11am Zoom
In order for us to organise the best use of our limited space, and also to help us meet the legal ‘Track and Trace’ requirements, people need to pre-book places at our 9.30am service. The ‘booking office’ is open Tuesday to Thursday, and Elaine Stott is kindly overseeing that (Elaine is on 0161 439 5728).
In terms of the 11am Zoom service; if you would like to join us please email your details to Rev David (email@example.com).
Summary of Sunday’s sermon: From Psalm 43:
We thought about the suffering that the Psalmist was going through, but then turned to the three solutions he points us to:
1. Turn to God – we can tell Him how we feel (43:1-4)
2. Turn to God’s Word, which leads us into God’s presence (43:3-4)
3. Encourage our souls, when we feel ‘cast down’ to remember the positive future God has promised us (43:5)
It was on that last point that Rev David took us to Revelation.
Those who have specifically asked us to remember them in prayer:
Sarah Bibby, Miles Buckley, Clare Casson, Alan Cross, Sid Davies, June Davenport, Emma Greer, David Hoyle, Jennifer Morrison, Helen Marie Munro, Alan Page, Donald Pryce, Pat & Peter Spiller, Judy Stewart, Andy Studley, Tony Whalley and Barbara Wilson.
Those who mourn, especially the family and friends of:
George Evdemon, Kath Wood and Brent Derbyshire.
For our local schools, care homes, hospitals and businesses:
Particularly Queensgate School and Southfield House care home (both within our Parish).
The events in our country and world:
We pray those who govern our nation, and all the leaders of the world, especially as they are having to make very difficult decisions.
We pray for all those affected by the outbreak of coronavirus, and for those who are trying to contain it, reduce its effects, care for those harmed by it, and those who are working to find a vaccine and treatment.
Those in authority in the Church of England:
We pray for the Bishop of Chester Mark Tanner as he officially starts his role this week.
Persecuted Christians around the world:
We pray for those who seek to follow Christ in Syria.
Dates for the Diary:
Tues 22nd Sept, 7pm PCC Meeting by Zoom
Wed 23rd Sept, 11am Funeral in Church of Brent Derbyshire
Please note: Due to this funeral the Church building will not be open for Private Prayer this Wednesday morning
Wed 23rd Sept, 7.30pm Church Prayer Meeting by Zoom (please email the Vicar if you would like to be part of this)
Tues 27th Oct, 7pm Church APCM (arrangements TBC)
Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) on 27th October, and the Electoral Roll
As you can see from the dates above, despite the Coronavirus challenges, we are still expected to both have our APCM (the equivalent of an AGM), and also conduct a review of our Electoral Roll. We are still working through how to conduct the APCM, but will keep people informed as our plans evolve.
In terms of the Electoral Roll, our Electoral Roll Officer, David Copner, has written the following:
In accordance with Church of England regulations, the Church’s Electoral Roll will be reviewed before the APCM on October 27th. If you are on the Electoral Roll, please could you look at your entry on the Roll displayed in the porch to check that there are no errors or changes that need to be made. If you find there are changes that need to be made in your entry then please email David Copner on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 01625 251455. If you are not on the Electoral Roll and would like to be then David can email an application form to be filled in on line
And a bit extra from me (Rev David):
If you are, like many of us, unable to attend Church, and know that your details have changed in the last year, but are unsure if those new details have made it onto the Roll, please make contact with David to check that they are correct.
If you are already on the Roll, and do not make contact with David, we will assume that your details are correct as they stand.
Annual Memorial Service
Each year we have a Memorial Service whereby people who have lost loved ones in the last few years can come together to remember them, and to light a candle in their memory. This service normally takes place in October. Sadly, due to the spatial limitations with ill not be taking place this year.