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Services this Sunday

20 April Easter Sunday

Early Morning Service - Christ Church               Holy Communion     8.00 am to 8:30 am

 
Late Morning Service -  Christ Church and Holy Cross                      10.45 am to 11.45 am
 

                                      Holy Communion with lighting of the Pascal Candle.

Evening Service -          Evening Prayer.          6.30 pm 

 

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Jenny Bridgman to be Licensed

The date for Jenny's licensing had been set as Wednesday 7th May at 7.30pm at Christ Church. This service will be a Communion service with the licensing conducted by the Bishop of Chester, Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster. The service will be followed by refreshments. All Welcome.

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All Age Service

Our next All Age service will be Sunday, 5th May at Holy Cross at 10.45am.

This month we will be thinking about Noah. As always, our service will be shorter than a normal service, with songs, readings and prayers that people of all ages can find accessible.

During our service, we will also be welcoming to church our baptism families from this month and next month.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sunday Morning Service

New All Age Services
These services will be less formal than our usual service of Holy Communion, and will use simple hymns and songs, dramatised readings, and interactive prayers to enable people of all ages to engage in worship. The services will be particularly relevant for families and children, but everyone from our church family is welcome, aged 0-100!
 
New service pattern
Please note that from 2nd February 2014 the first service of the month at 10.45am will be a joint All Age service. On these Sundays Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish at 8am and 6.30pm, both of these services at Christ Church.
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View from the Vicarage

With spring finally in bloom, we are now firmly into the ‘wedding season’; this was a favourite time for me when I was a young chorister.  We often had 4 weddings on a summer Saturday, being paid £3.50 a time – not to be sniffed at!
 
All this got me thinking: Lent, Passiontide and Easter lead us through the whole range of emotions in a way not dissimilar to the experience of getting married. From the moment of announcing engagement, there is (often!) the long wait, months of careful preparation, sorting out arrangements and practicalities, as well as mentally and emotionally starting to realise what lies ahead, just as Lent gives us time to reflect and prepare ourselves for Holy Week and Easter; then, as we enter the final week before the big day, excitement begins to mount, just as the crowds on Palm Sunday were alive with the expectation that Jesus was about to do something special. There is a sudden realisation that this is the final week of a certain kind of life – life apart, life as a single person, similar to Jesus acknowledging that they will eat the Passover together this one last time after which things will be very different.
 
But in the midst of all the joy and excitement there are also different emotions – anxiety and fear of what life will really be like, the bereavement felt by family and friends as relationships shift and change, the sadness of memories past or guests no longer present, and perhaps the worry that things aren’t as perfect as they should be. All these emotions and more must have circled round Jesus at his arrest, trial and crucifixion, not to mention in the hearts of his friends and family. Yet these emotions become enveloped in the new hope and renewed life that seems to be on offer as the wedding ceremony itself begins to draw to a close, as you realise your own joy and happiness and see it reflected on the faces of your guests, paralleling the abounding joy of the women at the tomb and the disciples as they meet with the risen Jesus.
 
My favourite resurrection encounter is when Jesus walks alongside two disciples as they travel to Emmaus (Luke 24). This passage reflects much of my experience of faith – often I fail to see that God is at work in the world around me, and I am blinded to his presence alongside me as I walk through life. Often, it is in the hardest times that we cannot seem to see God, whether that is in the midst of personal problems or national natural disasters. God appears to have left us. But the truth is that God is beside us, walking with us through disappointment and grief, joy and celebration, just as he always has.
 
While Easter brings us renewed life, it also points us back to the beginning of our faith journey, asking us to see where Jesus has been walking alongside us unseen, as he did on the road to Emmaus. In light of the resurrection, we realise that while many things have changed, God’s presence with us hasn’t. So whether you are about to embark on a brand new chapter of married life or walking along an unexpected or unknown road this Easter, be encouraged by the words of the gloriously resurrected Jesus - ‘Do not be afraid...Peace be with you...I am with you always to the very end of the age.’
 
      And, above all, hear the renewed call to ‘Follow me!’
 
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Christ Church, Thorley Lane


    Christ Church WA15 7AN

 

Holy Cross, Park Road


Holy Cross WA15 6QG

Our Vicar


Jenny and Jim Bridgman

Contact Info

Parish Office

97 Park Road,
Timperley,
WA15 6QG

 0161 976 5837

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Clergy Contact

Rev J.W. Bridgman,
12 Thorley Lane,
Timperley, WA15 7AZ

0161 980 4330

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