On the night before he died Jesus shared a supper with his friends. He shared bread and wine with them and said that they should continue to do this to remember him. This is an important aspect of the worship at St Christopher’s and is called Communion or Eucharist (meaning ‘Thanksgiving’).
Holy Communion Live Streaming
While we are not able to meet together for worship Revd Duncan Jennings will be celebrating Holy Communion in the Vicarage each Sunday at 9.00 a.m and this will be streamed live on Facebook. To watch, go to Facebook/ St Christopher’s in Thornhill and friends.
Click to see the Service sheet and Hymns for 5th July so that you can join in.
There will also be a Bible reading and reflection Live Streamed each Wednesday at 10.30 a.m. by Jane Pelling, Licensed Lay Minister.
St Christopher’s is open for Private Prayer only on Wednesdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 12 noon. Safety measures are in place so please take note of these as you enter. Everyone is welcome.
We can join in worship in our own homes as we maintain regular prayer during such difficult times.
The Church of England have provided Morning and Night Prayer services to be used individually at home, available HERE.
Worship at Home
Prayer for the week (the Collect) beginning Sunday 5th July 2020
by the obedience of Jesus
you brought salvation to our wayward world:
draw us into harmony with your will,
that we may find all things restored in him,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Bible readings for 5th July
Romans 7:15 – 25a
Matthew 11:16 – 19, 25 – end
A summary of the Gospel reading from Duncan:
In Jesus we have release from all that weighs us down, burdens us and hinders our growth in faith. These words of comfort he has entrusted to each one if us to live in our own lives and to share with everyone, without exception.
A reflection on the readings from Chris O’Brien, Licensed Lay Minister:
We all know what it’s like to have someone help carry heavy bags for us; we’re grateful to them for sharing the load.
In the same way it’s helpful to have someone to listen when we are burdened by troubles, stress or worries. If we hold onto our feelings it can take a long time to see our problems in a less emotional way that enables us to see a clearer way forward. Telling someone else, who has a good listening ear, can aid the process and help us to get our thoughts in order.
Most of all however we can turn to God, who loves us and is always available. God knows each one of us and always understands. Indeed God is waiting for us to approach him, especially in difficult times. Jesus tells us that we can do just that through him. When we feel weary or over-burdened Jesus will take our load. He has already done this by dying for us and rising again. At the moment we are all in a position we never expected to be in; we have new situations that trouble us. We can trust that God will help us through these difficult times, knowing he is eager to share our load.
If you know of anyone who would appreciate printed copies of the Worship at Home service or prayer, reading and reflection each week, particularly those who do not use the internet, please let Chris know and this can be arranged.
Worship on Radio, TV and on-line
Sunday 5th July 2020
BBC Radio 3 – 3.00 p.m. Choral Evensong from Sheffield Cathedral
BBC Radio 4 – 8.10 a.m. Sunday Worship looking at the power of music in troubled times
BBC Radio Solent – 8.00 a.m. Sunday Worship
TV – BBC 1 – 1.15 p.m. Songs of Praise marking the birthday of the NHS and Florence Nightingale
On-line – Services provided by Winchester Cathedral:
10 a.m. Pre recorded Thanksgiving Eucharist for the NHS
5.30 p.m. each day, Evensong on Zoom
For the links to these services go to Service Listings on Winchester Cathedral website
Unfortunately communal worship at all churches has been suspended, however you are welcome to come along for Private Prayer; an opportunity to sit quietly to pray and reflect.
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion on the 1st Sunday of each month (for 30 minutes).
9.30 a.m. Parish Communion (for just over 1 hour) with hymns and a sermon, followed by Coffee Time.
Most Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
8.15 a.m. Morning Prayer (for about 30 minutes)
5.30 p.m. Healing Worship (for 30 minutes) A quiet communion with special
prayers for those who are ill, and the laying on of hands for those who
10.00 a.m. Communion and Coffee (for about 45 minutes) with a chat about the
Bible reading, followed by refreshments.
Please refer to our notice sheet on Facebook or Twitter (see side panel)
for weekly news and notices.
For details of worship on special occasions please refer to the What’s On page.
Nappy changing facilities are available.
There is a loop system in the church and hall; if you wear a hearing aid you should set it to ‘T’. The Freeman Room and elsewhere have a Personal Hearing Amplifier available.
The Church Centre is accessible for wheelchairs, and there are two designated wheelchair / buggy spaces in church. The Church Centre has two accessible toilets and accessible parking bays are available in the car park.
LARGE PRINT Large print / paper copies of the worship, hymns and notice sheet are available from the Welcomers.
If you require a gluten-free Communion Wafer please mention it to our Welcomers when you arrive. Please also let us know if you have a particular need which is not listed here and we will do our best to help.