HRH PRINCE PHILIP, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

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We mourn with the Queen, the Royal Family and the nation at this time.

If you would like to sign the Church of England online book of condolence please use this link:

The Church of England Book of Condolence


We will be saying prayers in memory of His Royal Highness’ life and for all those who mourn, on Sunday, at all our services.  

Here are two prayers you may wish to use at home:


Support us, O Lord,
all the day long of this troublous life,
until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed,
the fever of life is over and our work is done;
then Lord, in your mercy,
grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen


God of all comfort;
We give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty. 
In your great mercy,
grant comfort to Elizabeth our Queen,
the members of the Royal Family,
and all who mourn at this time,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.


Image of HRH The Prince Philip courtesy of the Press Association



EXODUS - CONNECT GROUP VIDEO & STUDY NOTES

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Welcome everyone to Wednesday evenings!

Our connect groups will be studying Exodus this term.  If you would like to join a connect group but do not currently belong to one, please email the

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Talks 2-12 track the notes which we have circulated, found here:

Scottish Bible Society Exodus study

Talks on Exodus uploaded to the YouTube channel, Playlist on Exodus:

YouTube Exodus


VINCENT MURPHY AND FAMILY JOIN CHRIST CHURCH

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Christ Church is delighted to welcome Vincent Murphy in his new post as curate.  Vincent's licencing was celebrated on Thursday 5 September with the Rev Canon Robert Jenkins officiating.  We welcome Vincent, Belinda and the children into the church family.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

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Because of the current lockdown showboxes need to be built online – just go to SHOEBOX ONLINE.

If you have a box prepared we are sorry, but Operation Christmas Child say they are now not allowed to collect until the lockdown is over. You can hold on to it and see if we can arrange a late collection – but this seems unlikely.  Or hold it until next year and do an online box!

WEDNESDAY EVENING ONLINE SERVICE

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We cannot meet in person on a first Wednesday.

We would like to invite you, instead, to our Wednesday evening online service.

We are studying James until the beginning of September.  After that we are going to spend some time in Exodus.

Please join us for James using this live link via YouTube: Midweek talks

GOOD NEWS CAFE



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EASTER SERVICE TIMES

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ASH WEDNESDAY, MAUNDY THURSDAY

An informal Ash Wednesday service will be held on 6 March at 19:30 with refreshments from 19:00. 
A Maundy Thursday service will be held on 18 April at 19:30.


RICHARD PRATT

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Dr Richard Pratt is founder and President of Third Millennium Ministries.  Third Millennium was launched in response to the lack of training of Christian leaders around the world.  Third Millennium was launched in 1997 to provide "Biblical Education, For the World, For Free."  This goal is being met by building a multimedia seminary curriculum in English, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

Dr Pratt taught at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, and Orlando, FL, for 21 years.  He also chaired the Old Testament Department in Orlando. He received a BA from Roanoke College, his M.Div from Union Theological Seminary and his Th.D from Harvard university.  Dr Pratt has traveled extensively throughout the world to evangelise and lecture. 

Richard Pratt's books include, Every Thought Captive, Pray with your eyes open, Designed for dignity and He Gave us stories.  He has also written commentaries: one on i and II Chronicles and the other on I and II Corinthians.

A youtube video of Richard talking on the Lord's Prayer can be found here.


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Coronavirus update

Christ Church has taken the reluctant, but necessary decision, to suspend Sunday meetings.  There will not be any services, from and including this weekend, 22 March 2020, until advised otherwise.  This also applies to all church groups, including the Lent Course which we were hoping to continue to run.

Obviously this is sad news, and not what we would desire. But, it is required in the light of what we now about the limiting the spread of COVID-19, and upon advice from the Government and the Church of England (see the Archbishop's message here).

 

As the Parish Church of Virginia Water, we remain eager to be “in the community, for the community, to the glory of God” and to take every opportunity to “know Jesus and make Jesus known”.

 

In practice this shall include:

  • Providing opportunities to join “virtual worship” via livestream, see link at www.cc-vw.org

  • Updating you with news, devotional readings and prayers through electronic communication

  • Offering continued pastoral care via telephone

  • Encouraging practical ways to help you connect with your neighbours, showing love and care

  • Communicating - Whilst the Church will be closed for church and community meetings, we will monitor the phone and make ourselves available in whatever way possible

  • Seeking God diligently: We will pray, and humbly seek God, asking for his mercy, grace and healing; and putting to Jesus, our rescuer, redeemer, friend and friend.


Simon Vibert on behalf of the Staff, PCC and Pastoral Team.


See below for other activities which are canceled.

Baptisms

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Baptism of an Adult

We provide opportunities during the year, usually in warm weather, for those who come to faith in Jesus Christ to undergo baptism by full immersion, sometimes called a 'Believers Baptism'.

Baptism of a Child

The Baptism Service (sometimes called 'Christening') assumes that one or both of the parents are practising Christians and also already members of a local church.
As evidence of this, and for the service to have any meaning for the church and family, we therefore expect:
  • One or both parents to be attending Christ Church regularly for at least 6 months before we explore the possibility of baptising their child. This gives them an opportunity to decide whether to become members of our church family so that together we can help their child grow to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour
  • If parents have little or no Christian background, we also expect them to participate in an introductory course exploring the Christian Faith.  This provides an opportunity for parents to understand the meaning of the promises they will be expected to make on behalf of their child.  If you'd like to start an informal conversation regarding this please contact our vicar
  • Baptisms always take place within the normal Sunday morning services so that the Church family can share in the promises made with the parents and Godparents to bring the child up within the Christian faith
  • Parents and godparents are expected to be able to respond truthfully with the words in bold in the Baptism Service liturgy
If you wish, you may download a copy of the Baptism Service (pdf)

Service of Thanksgiving

The Church of England offers an alternative Service of Thanksgiving for parents who do not feel able to make the promises contained in the Baptism service or who do not wish to attend church regularly. The service provides an opportunity to thank God for the birth of the child, give the child a name and pray for the child and family.
This service can take place in the family home or at the Church within or outside of our normal Sunday service times.
 
If you would like more information on these options please get in touch with our Vicar, .

 

Our Baptism Policy was re-endorsed by the Parochial Church Council on 15 April 2014
https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/initiation/thanksgiftchild.aspx

Membership

More than 50 years ago, the Church of England issued a Short Guide to the Duties of Church Membership; our membership scheme is based on this Guide. We are therefore being entirely faithful to the historic teaching of the Church of England as well as to the Bible.
We invite you to put your name to a simple declaration that, with God’s help, you will be an active member during the year ahead. Specifically, we commit ourselves to:
  • Protecting the unity of our church.
  • Sharing responsibility for our church.
  • Serving the ministry of our church.
  • Supporting the testimony of our church.
  • Co-operating with the leaders in fulfilling the Vision of our church.

Why Church Membership?

The Apostle Paul mentions two different types of commitment:
"First they gave themselves to the Lord; and then, by God's will, they gave themselves to us as well" (2 Corinthians 8:5)
You commit yourself to Christ for salvation and then you commit yourself to other Christians for membership in our Church family. The word fellowship ("koinonia") means being as committed to each other as we are to Jesus Christ. We live as New Testament believers and so we commit ourselves to our Lord and to one another.

Why these Statements?

These statements have stood the test of time and reflect what it means to be fully devoted followers of Jesus. Based on Scripture, they define how we can best grow to maturity together as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • To follow the example of Christ in home and daily life, and to bear personal witness to Him.
    “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15)
  • To be regular in private prayer day by day.
    “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35)
  • To read the Bible carefully.
    “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • To come to Church every Sunday.
    “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25)
  • To receive the Holy Communion faithfully and regularly.
    “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26)
  • To give personal service to Church, neighbours, and community.
    “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:14-15)
  • To give money for the work of parish and diocese and for the work of the Church at home and overseas.
    “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
  • To uphold the standard of marriage entrusted by Christ to His Church.
    “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh… However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband” (Ephesians 5:31,33)
  • To care that children are brought up to love and serve the Lord.
    “He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these…And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them” (Mark 10:14, 16)

CBSi

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Community Bible Study International, Virginia Water hosted at Christ Church

Women's Study Tuesday and Friday 9:30 -11:30.

A women's group of 50+ ladies meet together for a time of bible study and fellowship on Tuesdays 09:30 - 11:30.  A fully staffed crèche where the children are happily occupied is provided for ages 6mths - 5yrs.
If you cannot join in on Tuesdays, or feel that this may be too large a group for you, a more informal women's study is available on Fridays 09:30 - 11:30 at a church family home in Thorpe.
Registration is welcomed throughout the year. For more information about the women's study at CBSi Virginia Water, please contact the CBSi Virginia Water Director,  .

Mega Makers August Holiday Club

10.00 - 12.30 Tuesday 27th - Thursday 29th August

imageChrist Church Holiday Club will be busy making machines this summer! Mega Makers runs from Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th August; 10:00 to 12:30. It is open to any primary school age children (from ages 4 to 111). Mega Makers looks at God's mega love for us all,  taking stories from Matthews' Gospel. There will be games, songs, crafts, and of course one of the leaders will get gunged! Contact Christ Church on 01344  844946 or email clair_brown@hotmail.co.uk to find out more info, or to receive a booking form. We look forward to seeing you there!

PRAYER ROOM REHOME


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EXODUS - WEDNESDAY PM STUDY

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Our connect groups are continuing to study Exodus.  See the YouTube channel for each week's uploaded talk: CCVWYouTube

If you do not currently belong to a connect group and would like to be connected, please contact the office and we will get you connected: .

Notes

Talks 2-12 track the notes which we have circulated, found here:

Scottish Bible Society Exodus study

Talks on Exodus uploaded to the YouTube channel, Playlist on Exodus:

YouTube Exodus