Across the Diocese we are constantly reviewing and updating our policy and procedures in this important area of our life and ministry. As part of this, all Parish clergy have been asked to share the new Safeguarding website address widely. It is an excellent resource for us all as we work together.

Fr Donald Carter

This week is the 25th Anniversary of the death of Fr Carter. Many of you will know that he served this Parish both as Curate and Rector. The nave altar was restored in his memory, and the crypt meeting room will be known as The Carter Room. During the Parish Mass we mark the anniversary, and refreshments are served in ‘The Carter Room’ in the crypt afterwards.

RIP Michael Wilson

Michael died on Holy Saturday. He will be received into church (the St Mary Magdalen chapel in the crypt) at 4pm on Monday. His funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30am on Tuesday, followed by refreshments in church. May he rest in peace and be raised in glory.

We extend our love and prayers to Valerie and their family, and all who mourn at this time.

Weekly Bible reading group

There will not be a meeting this week as we shall be gathered for Michael Wilson’s funeral mass at that time.

Legal Advice

Jo Holden, of Holden and Co Solicitors, will is available in church after Mass (11:30am) each Sunday to offer free legal advice to anyone who may need it, particularly around housing and benefit matters.

Ann Moon

Many members of the congregation will remember Ann Moon and her daughter Helen (Henny) who worshipped regularly at Christ Church during the 1980s and 1990s. Ann helped at Sunday School and with the Brownies, and ran the kitchen at Surviving Christmas for thirteen years, for which she was awarded the MBE. Ann died recently, and her funeral will take place at Hastings Crematorium on Wednesday 18 April at 11.45 am.

Seaview Project

We have a collection box at the back of church for donations towards the work of the Seaview project. Seaview provides a day centre for those who are homeless in our community. Donations of non-perishable food, clothes, blankets etc are more than appreciated. Please support this work if you are able to do so.

Curry Club!

Now that our Lent fast is over, we will begin our monthly curry club evenings! The first will be on Friday 20th April, meeting at 7pm. We will meet at the Cinnamon Spice restuarant, Kings Road. All are welcome to join us.

Book Club

Keep an eye open next Sunday for details about the first book, and first meeting, of our book club.

Community Coffee Morning

Next Friday, 13th April, we will be holding our monthly Community Coffee Morning , in the Crypt, from 11 – 12.30. On offer is free coffee/tea and biscuits, and a chance to chat. All welcome.

Year of Prayer

Our next Year of Prayer day is on Saturday 28th April. We look forward to welcoming Fr Peter Allan CR who will lead our day on Liturgy and Music. It will be a wonderful day exploring how music enriches and serves our life of prayer and worship. The day begins with Mass at 10:30am and ends with Evening Prayer at 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day. All are welcome!

Litter Pick

Now that Spring has arrived(!) we will resume our weekly litter pick around the streets of the Parish. Our first ‘pick’ will start at 11am on Thursday 19th April and will last for about an hour. We can then go on and enjoy lunch together in one of our local cafés.

Looking ahead…

Sunday April 29th - we welcome our Scout Group to the Parish Mass for their St Georgetide Parade.

Sunday May 6th - the May Devotion to Our Lady. During the Parish Mass we will celebrate two baptism and have a procession of Our Lady.

Sunday May 13th - Anniversary of the Dedication of Christ Church in 1875

Friday May 25th - Standing Committee meeting

Monday May 28th - National Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

Keeping in touch

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2018 – The Year of Prayer

Following on from the Year of Mercy (2016) and the Year of the Bible (2017), Bishop Martin invites the Diocese to share 2018 as the Year of Prayer. As part of this we will be hosting a series of seminars throughout 2018. All are welcome - please put the dates in your diary now!

Year of Prayer Seminar -

Saturday 28th April 2018

“Music and Liturgy”

Fr Peter Allan CR, Mirfield

Year of Prayer Seminar -

Saturday 9th June 2018

“Daily Prayer and the Christian Year” Canon Christopher Irvine, Ewhust Green

Year of Prayer Seminar -

Saturday 15th September 2018

“Building a prayerful community”

Fr Paul Thomas, St James, Paddington

Year of Prayer Seminar -

Saturday 20th October 2018

“Praying the Scriptures”

Fr Peter Anthony, Kentish Town

Year of Prayer Seminar -

Saturday 17th November 2018

“Prayer and social action”

Fr James Lawson, St Stephen’s House

Each day will begin with Mass at 10:30am in Christ Church, followed by coffee and part 1 (lecture). 12:30pm Lunch. 1:15pm/1:30pm Part 2 (facilitated discussion/reflection/feedback). 3pm Evening Prayer. Tea/home.