The parish prepares to welcome a new pastoral assistant
Known as the parish ‘Year for God’ scheme, a young person is offered the opportunity to share in the leadership and ministry of the parish for up to 12 months. He or she lives in the vicarage, shares in the offering and leadership of the daily rhythm of prayer so central to life at Christ Church, and does anything that turns up and appears to be necessary! The parish council contributes a monthly honorarium.
Like Mason before him, Peter, who is 27, hails from the U.K. and currently lives in Wakefield. His first degree was in Business Management which should be a help (!) and he is currently on the last leg of a Masters in Reconciliation and Peace Building, skills we sincerely hope won’t need to be called on too much around the parish…
Peter lists motor sport as one of his interests, along with music and photography. For eighteen months he lived as a community member at Scargill House a retreat and conference centre in north Yorkshire. There he tells us, you had to learn to turn your hand to anything from housekeeping to building maintenance to sharing in the pastoral and worship teams. A good preparation for what lies ahead!
Celebrating 160 years of Dedication!
On Sunday September 10th 2017 a church full of people celebrated the Eucharist together and then over 80 people enjoyed a spit roast lunch in the parish hall. The preacher was Bishop David Farrer, a former vicar of the parish during the 1980’s and 90’s. It was a delight to welcome +David and Helen back to the parish for worship and then to have the opportunity for catching up with ‘old timers’ and meet new folk.
Of course it was and is always right to give thanks for past blessings, but it was a fitting day to baptise a new Christian and admit three young people to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Let a few photos tell the story of the day..
Our Lady of Walsingham comes to Brunswick!
On Sunday October 2nd Christ Church was full to bursting as Christians from a number of traditions gathered to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. Russian Orthodox, Chaldean Christians, Roman Catholics and of course Anglicans all united in the reverence for the Mother of God and the great doctrine on which Christianity stands, the Incarnation.
Walsingham, in the county of Norfolk in the U.K. became a place of pilgrimage in the eleventh century when a woman in the village received a series of visions or dreams in which she was taken to Nazareth and shown the house in which Mary received the visitation of the angel Gabriel asking her to be the Mother of Jesus. Richeldis (as the woman was called) built a simple house that became a great centre of pilgrimage and devotion for Christians from all over Europe. It was second only to Canterbury’s shrine to St Thomas Becket, and was up there with Compostella and Rome during the Middle Ages. Known as Éngland’s Nazareth’, monarchs and their consorts were regular pilgrims alongside the ordinary people of England. Destroyed during the turmoil of the English Reformation it was restored by both Anglicans and Roman Catholics in the first part of the twentieth century, and now attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims each year.
If you would like to know more about the Shrine and its history and ministry see www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk.
The healing ministry is a central part of pilgrimage and water from the Holy Well at Walsingham was brought from England for the Brunswick Celebration. All those at the service were invited to receive the waters and then, if they wished, to experience the gentle and strong ministries of the laying on of hands with prayer and anointing. It was a time filled with expectancy and hope.
After the service, the congregation packed in to the vicarage for refreshments based on recipes from East Anglia.
The ministry of laying on of hands or anointing is always available at Christ Church. If you would like to experience these gifts,contact Bishop Lindsay Urwin on firstname.lastname@example.org
The sacrament of anointing The image of O.L.W The image of Our Lady of Walsingham is carried through the church on a bed of wild flowers