In line with the Government’s announcement on Tuesday 22nd September and the subsequent issuing of new guidance.
Bexley Council have made it mandatory that all places of worship display a unique NHS Test and Trace QR code.
QR code posters will be displayed at every entrance and exit. If you can please download the NHS COVID-19 App and scan our CCB QR code every time you enter Christ Church Bexleyheath.
If you can not access the App, you can sign in on our paper register.
This year's (delayed) APCM will take place on Sunday 25th October, 11am in Christ Church
The Electoral Roll is being revised in preparation for the meeting. If you are not on the roll, and would like to be,
please collect an application form from the back of church,
or contact Richard Percival.
If you'd like to find out about joining the PCC
please contact Rev Trevor Wyatt
Christ Church Bexleyheath
Services in September
Facebook - services/prayers
Sundays @ 9.30am Monday - Friday @ 9.00am
Services in Church
Holy Communion - One Kind at 11am
BCP Evensong at 6pm
Phone only service will be at 12.30pm
Wednesdays at 10.30am - Service of the Word - One Kind
Please remember: Face masks need to be worn
The Collect for Sunday
The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Sunday 27th September 09:30am - Facebook Service - Psalm 25: 1-8
Ezek 18: 1-4, 25-end (OT) Matt 21: 23-32 (NT)
11.00am - Holy Communication- Psalm 25: 1-8
Ezek 18: 1-4, 25-end (OT) Matt 21: 23-32 (NT)
6.00pm - BCP Evensong - Psalm 124
Ezek 37: 15-end (OT) 1 John 2: 22-end (NT)
Wednesday 30th September
10.30am - Service of Word - Psalm 88: 1-6, 11
Job 9: 1-12, 14-16 (OT) Luke 9: 57-end (NT)
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR MISSION PARTNERS:
SUSIE HART working with CHURCH MISSION SOCIETY to promote training disabled people, around the world and in the UK through the work of “Artizan International” (also Andy, Grace and Rosie) and ALF & HILARY COOPER based in SANTIAGO, CHILE, working with CMS-LATIN AMERICA
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE IN NEED
Dave Long Christine Kelly Dawn Brooks Trevor Wyatt Ann Batchelor
PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS
Ron & Pat Wiltshire
Margaret Cheal Charlie
PRAYING FOR THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE DIED:
Christine Chown (Funeral in Church 5/10)
Marguerite Martin (8/10)
Marilyn’s Thought for the Week
We’ve all lost things over the last few months – freedom and company for a start. Some of us may have also lost work or had health problems. Losing things is hard, losing people even harder.
But we can all still grow spiritually. Think about Jesus, losing heaven for us. Think about the things he said – he told us to follow him along a narrow way. We all lose stuff, but we can all still follow Jesus.
Loss is inevitable in life, when we really stop to think about it. It’s just that there seems to have been rather a lot of it about recently. But if we accept that it's not just inevitable but somehow necessary, says the grief expert Francis Weller, we’re better placed to meet the more momentous times and “cultivate the art of living well, of metabolising suffering into something beautiful and ultimately sacred”.
Lent came almost at the beginning of the pandemic. Think back to that time, to Jesus going into the wilderness. He gave up all the things he was most tempted to rely on, especially those false identities of ‘I am what I have’, ‘I am what I do’ and ‘I am what others think of me’. Jesus died to those things when he was in the wilderness. And he did that deliberately.
Who knows what we’ll be challenged to leave behind by the end of this most unexpected time of testing? We may have little choice when it comes to it, but we can still choose the quality of our approach to loss.
So, Lord, give us grace to step into this moment, this time, even just this one day here before us ... with you, your freedom, and your love.
Music in church – the slow movement
by Rachel Miles
When I was asked to write an article for this week’s newsletter, my initial thought was that I should steer clear of the subject of singing in church as it was something I’d said quite enough about over the past few months. However, on reflection, the recent steps on the slow journey back to full choral worship seemed to justify a few further lines.
When, in July, churches were permitted to reopen for services it was a blessing for those of us who were able to attend Christ Church. In one respect it was an encouraging development for music lovers: live music returned to our worship, in the form of Michael’s expert organ playing. But there was a downside. Having become used to singing lustily along to the hymns in the privacy of our own homes in the Facebook services, we now found ourselves in the agonising position of having to listen to hymns played while silently following the words on the screens. I’m sure I’m not the only one guilty of singing along very quietly – though, in my defence, I did develop a Covid-safe technique of singing through my teeth, ventriloquist-style. The compulsory wearing of face coverings in church came as a welcome aid to such subversive practices, for, as well as serving their intended purpose, masks not only allow us to move our lips unseen but also stifle any sound we make!
The next step on the march towards musical normality was a significant one and an answer, in part at least, to our persistent prayers. Changes to the Covid guidance meant that two Sundays ago we in the choir were at last able to shake the dust off our robes, put them on and take our (socially distanced) places in the choirstalls. Although we’re still not allowed to sing the hymns, lest the congregation be tempted to join in, it has been our delight over the past four services to be able to join together to sing a psalm and an anthem. Perhaps only someone who loves singing can fully understand the feelings of euphoria and liberation that gave each of us.
I sympathise greatly with the congregation, still forbidden from expressing their praise in that most natural of ways, but I sincerely hope the choir’s offerings enhance the worship and bring some joy and inspiration to the listeners. With the pandemic on the rise again, and guidance and legislation constantly changing, we can’t predict how life in general, let alone the situation with regard to singing, may change over the next few months. Some things may get worse before they get better, but I continue to pray that it won’t be too long before choir and congregation can raise their voices as one to sing God’s praises.
Sunday 11th October
is the Harvest Service
at Christ Church Bexleyheath
we will be collecting for the Bexley foodbank
Urgently Items Needed:
The morning service on Sunday 20th September 2020 Hymns include: Glorious things of Thee are spoken All hail the power of Jesus' name