Church News

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

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 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.

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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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The Methodist Church in Zimbabwe

Posted on 3rd November 2017

Last week was One World Week and on Sunday our minister, Edson, who comes from Zimbabwe, gave us an interesting account of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. Here is a link to his presentation. Some of the slides don’t convey much as they were just headings which he spoke about, but others are really interesting.

The Church in Zimbabwe (PDF file)

 

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New Floor in the Atrium

Posted on 26th October 2017

photo of new atrium floor

A new floor doesn’t sound very spiritual, but first impressions are important and we want people coming into Christchurch see that we care for our church. The premises are very heavily used and the footfall, not to mention children’s buggies and spilt food and drink, made it impossible to keep a carpeted area clean. I’m sure Jane, our cleaner, will appreciate it, and the new floor really does look good. The work was done by Mitton’s, next-door.

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Welcome Service

Posted on 2nd September 2017

Christchurch was packed yesterday evening for a service welcoming two new ministers to the Methodist Circuit – Rev Jenny Impey and Rev Edson Dube. The service was led by the new District Chair, Rev Helen Cameron and also marks the amalgamation or the Leicester Trinity and Leicester North Circuits.

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Rev Jenny Smith preaching

Posted on 6th July 2017

Next Sunday evening, 9th July, we are looking forwards to a service led by Rev Jennifer Smith. Jenny worshipped at Christchurch before being ordained as a Methodist minister and is now the superintendent of the Ealing Trinity Circuit. In the autumn she will be taking up the position of superindendent of Wesley’s Chapel in the centre of London.

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25 Years of Traidcraft

Posted on 18th March 2017

Christchurch has had a Traidcraft stall now for 25 years. In 2016 it had a turnover of £9774. £6321 of this was from sales within Christchurch and rest from supplying other churches and a local college. A total sales of £200,000 is expected to be reached before the end of 2017. Traidcraft is not only a supporter of fairly traded goods, it also works to help people in developing countries to boost their skills and increase their income. Thus they are better able to protect their families from the harsh effects of poverty.

Traidcraft also campaigns for justice – over the last two years its ‘Justice Campaign’ has highlighted that some irresponsible British companies are causing toxic pollution, serious injury and even death through their operations in developing countries.

So a big thanks to all the dedicated people who run the Traidcraft stall week by week.

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Saying Farewell to our Minister

Posted on 20th October 2016

Paul's last serviceLast Sunday we said farewell to our Baptist minister Paul. He has looked after us for nine years and now moves on to pastor Whitley Lodge Baptist Church in the north of England. We wish him and Lynn every happiness in their new church.

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