A pdf order of this Sunday’s morning worship, combined with St George’s and St John’s can be found on the front page of this website. This week Estelle Boulton preaches on the story of Laban, Isaac and Rebekah. Our recording of the service can be viewed each week here.
If you need help in accessing our online material, please don’t hold back, but call me or Dan Godwin on 07854 525150 and we will talk you through getting online.
Wednesday 4pm Christ Church cuppa and a chat:
Feel free to call in for any part of the hour and catch up with others, via Zoom.
Do join us on Wednesday from 4-5pm for our Zoom video conference. There’s no agenda, just a free ranging chat amongst friends. Please find the link below. If you haven’t used Zoom before then it’s ever so easy providing your computer has a camera and microphone. If you don’t have the app installed then when you click on the link for the first time it will take you through a very quick and easy installation process that just takes a few seconds. See you Wednesday.
https://zoom.us/j/290161738 (Meeting ID: 290 161 738)
Christ Church Monthly Prayer Evening –
is this Wednesday July 8th at 8pm. Gillian will lead us via Zoom. Please join us for 45 minutes of quiet and focussed prayers for our world, our community and church. Please communicate any specific prayer requests to Gillian or Simon.
Meeting ID: 826 1638 2993
Via phone: 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240 and enter the meeting ID and password.
Three nuns walk into a bar, the fourth one ducks.
Like the rest of the churches in the parish, and probably most of those throughout England, we are assessing the requirements to enable us to re-open for worship. We have already conducted a preliminary risk assessment and identified a few things that need addressing in order to provide a practical solution to maintain a safe environment. We probably won’t now open for private prayer but will instead concentrate on readying Christ Church for Sunday worship.
For a while it won’t be church as we previously knew it. In addition to arranging the chairs to accommodate social distancing singing is not permitted so it will be a said service. We can’t use books or service sheets, pass the collection plate around, no handshakes at the sharing of the peace, and no refreshments. Communion can only be in one kind, (no sharing the common cup), and will need some careful choreography. Traffic lights by the pulpit maybe.
We will also need to keep up with the recorded services for those still isolating or are part of our new internet worshipping community. We will look to record and share the Sunday services online so our overworked clergy team don’t have to produce a separate offering for our online community.
Wardens are now busy ordering sanitisers and other items and will shortly put their minds to the logistics of seating and people flow. It will take a little while but we can now see the light on the horizon.
Can you spare a dime?
Over recent weeks the closure of our churches has re-emphasised the message that church is not defined by the building but by its members. We are however missing some of our funding from the weekly collection that we need to resource our mission to the Waterside community. Thank goodness though that most of our givers do so by standing order or through the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS). If you are able to help with a little extra then here are our bank details. If you use your name as the reference we can claim Gift Aid if you are a tax payer. Thank you:
Parish of Great Chesham PCC – Christ Church DCC
Most of our regular givers do so through PGS and we are delighted to announce that you can now set this up and make changes over the phone. Simply call PGS on 0333 002 1271 and they will take you through the process which should take no more than 15 minutes. Apart from your bank account number they will also need the following:
Name of parish : Waterside Christ Church
PGS code for parish : 270627575
Word from The Vicarage
Dear Christ Church friends
This past week saw the Feast of St Peter and St Paul, which is usually the time of year when new deacons and priests are ordained in the Church of England. This year dioceses across the country have been forced to postpone those services. My ordination anniversary always tends to draw me back to think about why I ‘signed up’ in the first place as I sensed God’s and the Church’s call, and what sort of a ministry the bishop commissions us to as deacons and priests. As I look back on 22 years since I was ordained a deacon in Winchester Cathedral, I continue to be so grateful. I love the opportunity I have to walk alongside people in their journey of faith, witnessing them come alive to God in a new way or for the first time. Praying with you and for you as your priest is a privilege at the very heart of all this. Thank you for being part of Christ’s pilgrim people at this time in our Waterside community, caring for, supporting, blessing and encouraging others through this pandemic. As Kiwis say, ‘Kia kaha!’ – Stand Tall!
Simple rhythms of daily prayer:
Those of us still not able to go out or continuing to work and study from home may well appreciate a very good online resource put together by the community of Worth Abbey. It’s called ‘Alone Together – https://www.alonetogether.org.uk/ and offers practical pithy suggestions on ‘shaping the day’ and helpful reflections and prayer practices, all introduced by short videos.
The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) is providing a new service in response to the distress and suffering of many people as a result of the pandemic.
ACC’s COVID-19 Crisis Counselling Support Service is for anyone in the UK, whatever their faith, who has been bereaved during the time of the epidemic and anyone working within an NHS setting in a frontline role. The service offers anyone who is eligible up to ten sessions of counselling on a no-fee basis from a professionally trained counsellor. For more information go to
God of the new and the old, we praise you for Peter and Paul, for the Church their leadership has established, and for all we have received from them; grant that we, like them, may recognise our moment when it comes and choose for you. Hear this prayer for your love’s sake. Amen.
Grace and peace to you all
The Rev Simon Winn
Interim Team Vicar, Christ Church, Waterside and St George’s Tylers Hill in Great Chesham Parish
Help for Chesham Community Fridge
The Community Fridge is still urgently in need of clean jam jars and lids and clean plastic takeaway type containers with lids. If you have some to pass on, please contact Lynette at the parish office on01494 783629 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If the current restrictions mean you are doing more of your shopping online then please consider using either “easyfundraising” or “amazon smile” and Christ Church will receive a commission on your purchases at no additional cost to yourselves. Amazonsmile is the charitable arm of Amazon and offers everything that Amazon does and at the same price. Easyfundraising has access to 4000+ online stores.
Could you be saving on your bills? Now is a great time to check. You could raise donations via #easyfundraising for Christ Church Waterside, when you switch your utilities, insurance and mobile contracts, including up to £37.50 with Sky. Browse deals from Carphone Warehouse, Uswitch, MoneySupermarket, BT and many more here: http://efraising.org/I5bN6WafYP
Christ Church is now supported by Amazon.
If you shop at Amazon then use the link to go to Amazonsmile which is Amazon in all it’s glory and the same prices as the regular shop but they pass a commission to charitable causes. On your first visit search for “Ecclesiastical Parish Of Great Chesham” and set that as your choice of charity and then carry on shopping as usual. Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to the charitable organisation of your choice.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
A church’s bell ringer passed away. The church posted the job opening in the local newspaper’s classified ads and a man came in with no arms wanting the job. The clergy weren’t sure he could do it, but he convinced them to let him try it. They climbed the bell tower and the guy ran toward the bell and hit it with his head, producing a beautiful melody. They gave him the job on the spot. The next day he went to ring the bell, tripped, bounced off the bell and fell to the sidewalk below. Two priests were walking past. One asked, “Do you know this guy?” The other responded, “No, but his face rings a bell.”