21 September 2018
Christ Church Lille Newsletter
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Creationtide Ecumenical Service

Saturday 29 September 2018 at 18:00: Christ Church Lille together with the Old Catholics will be hosting a joint service. Monseigneur Ulrich will be present as will members of the other churches in Lille
Warm thanks to John Lamb for coming to talk to us about the Gideons and thank you too to everyone who contributed something towards their work.
As announced in last week's newsletter, a new Bible Study group started in the hall last Tuesday: contact Suzanne for more details biblestudyen@christchurchlille.fr
We're also pleased to tell you about another group starting in October, this one particularly aimed at parents of young children.
Matthieu and Stephanie are delighted to invite you to their home for an informal bible study session. They write:
The bible study will involve 2 - 3 couples getting together after the children are asleep (we can discuss sleeping arrangements ahead of time) to talk about certain themes in the bible and applying these to our lives. We could also incorporate prayer requests at the end of the study. The session would start at 8.30pm and finish at around 10.00pm. We will gather around on cushions, comfortable chairs and the sofa with coffee & tea for this fellowship; Debbie will provide the study sessions and we can each take turns to lead. The sessions will start at the beginning of October and we suggest doing these fortnightly.
The title is provisionally "The children are asleep, let’s open the bible!"
Contact informalbiblestudy@christchurchlille.fr
Bishop Robert will be with us on Sunday 2nd December. If you, or a member of your family, would like to be Baptised; if you are ready to be Confirmed in your faith you were baptised in as a baby or a child; if you would like to formally become a member of the Church of England and be Received, this is your opportunity. Please contact me you are interested!

I will be leading discussions about the Christian faith on Sunday afternoons at 4pm in preparation for this life event. The Sundays are: October 21st; November 4th; November 11th; and November 25th. You will need to come to all the sessions in order to take part on December 2nd, so make sure they are in your diary!

There are already two candidates, why not join them?

God bless,
Did you know that churches have been involved in the European Union from the outset? The ecumenical group of churches in Lille is organising a day in Brussels on Wednesday 21 November to find out more about their work.
Details can be found on the attached poster (click to enlarge or download): there are five places available for CCL, and the cost is €80, but a small subsidy may be available. Passports etc also required.
proposition Bruxelles

More dates for your diary

Harvest Festival is on 7 October.
Concerts in the church on 13 October and 2 November: more details next week.
International Singers concert in Lille to commemorate the liberation of Lille, more details here.
New heating system installation this autumn, details to follow.
Remembrance Sunday: 11 November, and the 100th anniversary of the Armistice
Christmas 2018: note the dates of 9 December for the Nativity Play and 16 December for the service of Nine Lessons and Carols and our Christmas Market.
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