12 October 2018
Christ Church Lille Newsletter
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Are you coming to lend a hand on Saturday morning 13 October? Please spare an hour if you can, between 9:30 and 11:30; thank you!
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The website Bible Gateway enables you to see any of the readings on line, and in any of 50 languages. In church, we use the NIV (UK) version.
The church calendar is on our website, and all the services and readings are shown there.
Last Sunday's sermon at the morning service was about about Graceful Giving, the first in a series. You can find a series of Bible Readings on the theme of Christian Giving at this link on our website (it's a large file, be patient, but worth waiting for!)

Works in the church hall

Please note the following changes of venue for those who usually meet in the church hall.
  • Wednesday morning Playgroup: will be meeting from now on at 22 rue Jeanne d'Arc from 10:00 until 11:15
  • Thursday morning Ladies Group: contact the organiser for details of where to meet
  • Sunday coffee after morning service: in the church from 14 October
  • Sunday evening snacks: in the church
  • Tuesday fortnightly Bible Study: in the church from 16 October
Monthly church lunch: there will be no community lunch on 4 November or on 2 December
We have had a request for help from the daughter of an Anglican chaplain in Normandy. She's looking to rent a room in Lille from the end of October until the end of December. If you have a room to rent, within easy reach of the university (not sure which one) please get in touch. She's happy to do some babysitting or help in any other way.
newsletter@christchurchlille.fr
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This is just one of the opportunities for service that are shown in the leaflet handed out in church last week. Missed it? Here's a link to the online version, and please get in touch if you think you can help.

What's happening in October

13 October clear out the store room in the morning from 9:30-11:30
13 October there will be a choir concert in Christ Church at 8:30 pm (see below).
13 October the International Singers are in concert in Lille, commemorating the liberation of the city. Details here.
15 October the heating works start in the church hall. The hall and the kitchen will be unavailable until 15 December.
21 October our "Coffee in-between" the two morning services starts again.
21 October is the first of the preparation sessions for Confirmations and Baptisms when the Bishop will be will us. Contact the Chaplain if you are ready to take part (you need to attend all four sessions).
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The Royal British Legion, which provides support for veterans and serving members of the armed forces and their families, is looking for volunteers on 3 November.
That day, representatives of the equivalent charities in France (Les Bleuets de France) and Germany have a stand together in Lille to collect money for their charities.
If you can spare an hour or two, please get in touch. newsletter@christchurchlille.fr

New heating system

Works start mid October, but will finish in time for our Christmas market (promised)
  • There will be NO access to the basement area (kitchen and hall) during the works but the lavatories will be accessible.

Looking further forward

2 November
We are delighted to welcome the Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Voice Choir for a concert at Christ Church at 7:30 pm. Entrance free, but there will be the opportunity to donate something after the concert. Click the image for a full-sized poster.
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A reminder about Confirmations: Bishop Robert will be with us on Sunday 2 December. Please contact Canon Debbie about the preparation sessions.
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More dates for your diary

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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