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Christ Church Lille newsletter 20 May 2022

Dear reader
This week has seen the first two sessions of the Archdeaconry synod (general meeting of representatives from around this Archdeaconry) and apart from the necessary business of the meeting, the focus is on our ecumenical relations. We'll update you after the final session on 25 May.
Next Thursday is Ascension Day, and we hope you received the special newsletter we sent out. There will be no service in church on Ascension Day, but there will be a special video service.
Don't forget to sign up for the visit to Ypres too, see below.
PS, the Ascension window was the gift of the Windsor family, who had a factory in Lille producing machines for the textile industry. One of their descendants is a well-known member of Christ Church - do you know who that is? Answer next week.
In this newsletter:
  • Children's activity sheet
  • Prayers for Ukraine
  • Dates for your diary
  • Celebration in Ypres
  • Colouring for the Jubilee

  • Celebrate at Pentecost
  • Prayer focus
  • How you can support us
  • Volunteers for coffee and gardening
  • Video and audio services
Here's the link to this week's children's activity sheet: I'll be back

Prayers for Ukraine

Weekly online prayer service

For your diary

  • Weekly services of Holy Communion continue in church every Sunday at 10:30
  • 26 May Ascension Day (a special video service, online only)
  • 4 June (afternoon) visit to Ypres, see below and we will be car-sharing for those with no transport
  • 5 June Pentecost, two baptisms and a celebration of HM Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Celebrate with us in Ypres

If you have never visited Ypres, here is your chance: we'll be travelling just over the border into Belgium to St George's church for a special service for HM Queen's Platinum Jubilee on Saturday afternoon 4 June, followed by tea and cakes in the garden. You can of course visit the town before or after the service.
Take a look at this page, and please book (as soon as possible) if you would like to join us.
If you need a lift, or can offer a place in your car, please let us know.
If you or your children are inspired to colour some bookmarks or bunting, here are some links. We'll put them on display in the hall

And celebrate with us at Pentecost

Join us to celebrate Pentecost on Sunday 5 June. We will also be celebrating HM Queen's Platinum Jubilee (read more at this link) and the service will be followed by a celebration drink and cake.
On that day, we will welcome two new children into our Christ Church family so the third celebration will be a service of baptism.

Monthly prayer focus

Our prayers in May are for the church council. Read more details by clicking the button and find out how to join us in prayer.
We are entirely self-funded and we have cut back our expenses as much as possible; but we still need a regular income.
We're grateful to everyone who continues to support the church and its work, which goes beyond weekly services. Thank you!
If you're not already a regular giver, please consider whether you can give a little each month. Small amounts are just as welcome as large ones, really!
It's easy to give, here's a link to our "Giving" page

Green-fingered baristas

A reminder about our café and garden project
Our video services are popular, and there will be a link to this Sunday's service on the website.
A reminder that you can find all our videos on our YouTube channel
For the Podcasts, here's the link: https://anchor.fm/christchurchlille
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