Church News

News about recent happenings at Christchurch. This is organised as a blog, with the most recent news at the top.

Summer Saturday

Posted on 1st September 2018

One of the stalls at the summer Saturday fairThe Summer Saturday art and crafts fair today was well supported and a great success. Despite being the first day of autumn (officially) it still seemed like summer. Members of the Wild Honey Tuesday group had been busy making knitted, crocheted and sewn goods for sale, also cakes, bread, jam, chutney and lunches. Other stalls had books, CDs and bric-a-brac. Marieko Terashi entertained with her piano recitals. The takings will go to support the work of the Wild Honey project.

Update: just heard that £550 was raised. Well done everyone!

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Toilet Twinning

Posted on 21st July 2018

The church’s chosen charity this year is Toilet Twinning (toilettwining.org). We take flush toilets in our homes for granted but 1 in 3 people around the world have no access to hygenic sanitation. This impacts their lives in many ways: frequent illness, children missing school, attacks on women. The Toilet Twinning charity invites us to twin our toilets with a newly built one somewhere else in the world, for £60.

Christchurch has 7 cubicles and we have now raised the £420 to twin them all, and have chosen 7 different places around the world. So when we have to go, the certificate on the wall reminds us how privileged we are in Britain.

Funds raised during the rest of the year will go to Water Aid (wateraid.org), which is a separate charity with similar aims.

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Annual Report 2017

Posted on 30th June 2018

Just realised that the 2017 annual report han’t been uploaded, although it was submitted to the Charity Commission last November! Still, better late than never, it’s there now, on the ‘About the Church page‘.

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A 50th Anniversary

Posted on 25th May 2018

Methsoc 50th anniversary reunion visiting ChristchurchA group of former Leicester University students who graduated in 1968 visited Christchurch this week. They were all members of the University Methodist Society (Methsoc) and worshipped at what was then Clarendon Park Methodist Church. They had a lovely sunny day for their reunion and were very interested to see the changes made to the church buildings and hear about what we are doing now. Christchurch still provides a place of welcome and support to students although Christian societies in universities have declined dramatically since 1968. The old denominational societies (Methodist, Anglican, etc) have all disappeared but the Christian Union is still active as is the chaplaincy in the Gatehouse.

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Unless the Lord Builds the House

Posted on 11th May 2018

Space serviceIn Space last Sunday we were led by Angela to think about Psalm 127 verse 1: Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain. To get us in the mode we were set to work building a church, or something symbolising the church, with a small selection of Lego©. You can see the results below! [read the full Unless the Lord Builds the House post]

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New member welcomed

Posted on 11th May 2018

Martin welcomed into church membership by Rev Edson DubeLast Sunday Martin was welcomed into church membership by our minister Rev Edson Dube.

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It’s Easter Day!

Posted on 1st April 2018

Image of the cross decorated for EasterIt’s Easter Day, and the cross is now decorated in celebration that Christ is risen. [read the full It’s Easter Day! post]

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Dressing the Cross

Posted on 30th March 2018

Image of the lenten CrossIn the season of Lent which is just coming to an end, we ‘Dress the Cross’. Each Sunday an article is placed on or by the cross, symbolising the events of Christ’s last days before his crucifixion.

[read the full Dressing the Cross post]

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Pancakes, more pancakes

Posted on 16th February 2018

Cooking pancakes for Luncheon ClubThe Luncheon Club met last Tuesday – Shrove Tuesday – so of course they were served pancakes. Total cooked: 72. The target was 100, but we ran out of time, and there were enough for everyone. The cooks had plenty of practice tossing them.

Fire crews enjoying their pancakesThen on Ash Wednesday Sarah and Shaun invited the crews from the Leicester Fire Station to drop by for pancakes in the morning. I don’t know what the neighbours thought was going on when two fire engines drew up outside, but the crews enjoyed their pancakes, piled high with cheese, bacon, fruit and other toppings (not all at the same time!) Sadly their visit was cut short by a call-out.

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New Members Received into the Church Last Sunday

Posted on 12th February 2018

Photo of baptism service Photo of baptism service

In yesterday’s morning service we celebrated an infant baptism conducted by our minister Rev Edson Dube. The child’s parents, grandmother and five other people were also received into membership. As they were all Christians who have come to live in Leicester and are now worshiping with us, this was a simple welcome ceremony. It was a very joyous occasion made more so by the presence of over 50 visitors come to support the baptism. The service was followed by a big party in the hall afterwards. Even the weather was good, with a fine sunny day – until it snowed in the afternoon.

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