The events in our country and world:
We pray for the United States, for its new President and his Administration, and for a smooth transition of power.
We pray for those who govern our own nation, and for all the leaders of the world, especially as they are having to make very difficult decisions. And 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 continue to work on the use of a vaccine and necessary treatment.
Persecuted Christians around the world:
We pray for those who seek to follow Christ in India.
We pray for the people of Armenia and Azerbaijan, and that the temporary peace in the troubled area of Nagorno-Karabakh would become permanent. And we particularly remember the Christians who are caught up in this violent conflict.
Dates for the Diary:
Wed 2nd Dec, 10.30am Funeral service for Claud Metson
(owing to the current restrictions, attendance has to be by invitation from the family)
Wed 2nd Dec, 7.30pm Church Prayer meeting by Zoom
(if you would like to attend, please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Christmas Zoom Social: 7.30pm Tuesday 15th December 2020
One of the highlights at Christmas time is our Cameo Christmas Evening. In these days when we cannot meet together in the usual way, we have found an alternative way of bringing some fun to our Christmas time, and this year we’re going to have a Christmas Social on Zoom. It will have the normal features – particularly a Quiz (thank you to Graham) and some Carol singing too. I’ll send a Zoom link nearer the time, but do put it in your diaries.
As you can understand, working out our Christmas services this year is very tricky – Social-distancing, hygiene regulations, ‘track and trace’ and pre-booking present quite a challenge to us, particularly given the nature and size of our building. However, we are intending to have the following services, and God-willing by next year we’ll be back to our normal programme (for both of these services, pre-booking is required, with Elaine Stott, 0161 439 5728, and places cannot be booked more than a week before):
Christmas Eve: Thursday 24th December 6pm: Service for all the family
Christmas Day: Friday 25th December 9.30am: Service for all the family
11.00am: Zoom Service (hopefully with Carols)
(There will be no services on Sunday 27th December)
Funeral of Claud Metson (former Reader at Woodford): Wednesday 2nd December
As can be seen from our Prayer Points above, the sad news has come to us that Claud Metson, previously a long-standing Reader at Christ Church, has passed away. Over many years, Claud worked very hard for the Church here, especially during the time when Rev Howard Barker was ill and then during the Interregnum. I know that many people here appreciated his ministry, and I will remember him fondly for his warm welcome to me, and support of me, when I arrived. We remember his family and friends in our prayers. His funeral will be at Christ Church on Wednesday 2nd December (conducted within the current restrictions).
Churchyard Maintenance Team
If you are able to help with the Churchyard Maintenance Team (and ways of working within social-distancing rules are used), please could you let David Jones know (0161 440 0556).