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Christ Church Lille Newsletter 7 October 2022

Dear reader
Thank you to everyone who contributed items last Sunday as we celebrated Harvest and Creationtide.
Thanks too to the volunteers who carried your gifts in the rain to the Protestant church for their food bank; everything was gratefully received.
A reminder to bring along washed cans as part of our sustainability theme; have you read about Eco-Church?
Sunday 9 October
10:30 am A service of Holy Communion
and Sunday Club starts again, children aged 3 - 11 are welcome
Following the service there will be a church lunch of soup and sandwiches

What's in this Newsletter

  • Ecumenical tree planting
  • Lay training course
  • Dates for the Diary
  • Sunday Club
  • Children's activity sheet
  • Ladies' Bible Study
  • Prayers for Ukraine
  • Can you help us?

Ecumenism in action for the planet

On Saturday 1 October, Debbie Flach and ecumenical colleagues from the churches in Lille came together to plant a tree near the Cathedral, underlining their concern for the planet, and as part of Creationtide.
You can see the photo gallery by clicking this link
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Lay training course

Following a suggestion originally put forward in France (and Debbie was one of the proposers), the Diocese in Europe is making available the first parts of a new Lay training course.
Registration opens soon for the diocesan lay training course. Potential applicants are being urged to consider signing up for ‘Walking Together in Faith’. The course is open to all lay members of the Church – from people simply looking to learn more about the Christian faith to individuals exploring the possibility of formal lay ministry. The multi-media course has been designed to be very flexible and will be accessed via the online platform Moodle. Participants are encouraged to join a local group, but for those for whom that is not possible there will be online options. They can also choose their level of engagement – applicants can opt to use the course as a free study guide but, for a small fee, can also register, submit work for assessment and be awarded a Bishop’s Certificate in recognition of their achievements. More details on the Diocesan website

Dates for your diary

13 November Remembrance Sunday
11 December a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
Here's the link to this week's children's activity sheet: Don't forget to say thank you!

Prayers for Ukraine

Please don't forget that this conflict is ongoing and your prayers are still needed. Prayers and other resources are available on the Diocesan website
We are entirely self-funded and we have cut back our expenses as much as possible; but we still need a regular income.
Our income is currently about €1000 per month less than our outgoings.
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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