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It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II yesterday 8 September 2022.
The service on Sunday 11 September will include special prayers at this time and there will be a memorial service in due course. See more on the Diocesan website:
Bishop Robert's statement
The church will also be open for private prayers and to receive condolences on
Friday evening 9 September 6 - 8 pm
Saturday evening 10 September 6 - 8 pm
Our regular newsletter, which was of course prepared before this news, continues below.

Christ Church Lille Newsletter 9 September 2022

Dear reader
Well that was a first for us, our bric-à-brac stall was popular and lots of people stopped to chat.
But so many people said they missed our pavement café, we need to think how we might get this authorised. Any ideas? (We don't have a professional catering licence).
Takings amounted to some €1600 euros.
A huge "thank you" to all those who participated, who volunteered, who donated items for sale; we couldn't have done it without you.
And we say thank you in our turn to Debbie and the team who organised everything.
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Blessing the Backpacks

This Sunday, you are invited to bring your briefcase, your bag or your backpack for a blessing now that the children are back to school and we start a new year.
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Debbie says "Today, as schools and universities, teachers, and each of us, begin a new academic year, we will be blessing the backpacks, bags, and briefcases that you use every day. I pray you will remember throughout the year that you and your daily life have been blessed. "
Come along on Sunday morning 11 September at 10:30 am; hope to see you there.
Here's the link to this week's children's activity sheet: The Lost Sheep

Dates for your diary

15 September Ladies' Bible Study starts again. Information from womensgroup@christchurchlille.fr See below for more information
17-18 September Journées du Patrimoine (Can you help on Saturday afternoon?)
2 October Harvest Festival, part of the season of creation
9 October Sunday Club: a full list of forthcoming dates will be published next week so you can put them in your diary. We're also looking for helpers sundayclub@christchurchlille.fr

Ladies' Bible Study

Online Ladies bible study recommences Thursday 15th September at 11am. For the next 6 weeks we will be studying the book of Ruth with video teachings from Dr Sandy Richter who makes each of the characters come alive.
Set in the midst of one of the most corrupt eras of Israelite history, Ruth is a story about three compelling characters. Naomi an elderly widow who has lost everything and returns to her homeland empty and bitter, hoping simply to survive. Ruth is Naomi’s young daughter-in-law, also a widow, and a foreigner, who at great personal cost refuses to let Naomi face the future alone. Boaz is the local patriarch—a man of wealth and influence -- who in this epic tale is given the opportunity to do the right thing, even though the right thing might not be the obvious thing. Forget Netflix, here is real life, lived out by real people with real fears, real struggles, real hope, and real faith.
Contact womensgroup@christchurchlille.fr if you would further information or would like to join us.

Other news

The "Passerelle" is hosting a talk by Danielle Fouilloux on Chagall's Angels (in French) on Thursday 6 October at 18:30 followed by a discussion. More information from
03 20 55 25 02 passerelle@nordnet.fr

Prayers for Ukraine

Please don't forget that this conflict is ongoing. Your prayers are still needed.
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
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