“Growing together in Christ”

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Welcome to Christ Church, Blacklands & St. Andrew, Laton Road, Hastings

Welcome


Guidance during the corona virus emergency is here. The church is closed under Tier-4 until further notice. The Church is still alive and active in our parish. We hope everyone will be able to join us for private prayer and devotion every morning and evening at home or wherever you happen to be. For formal prayers please follow the guidance available on the Church of England website or send an email message to Charlie at Daily Prayers

 and get the daily prayers sent to you directly.


Sunday and Wednesday morning worship had restarted again from 2nd December but are discontinued during Tier-4. There is detailed guidance on the necessary steps we have to follow from the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. The weather was fine and we had our annual Pet Service outside the church on Sunday 2nd August.


Word for Today for November, December and January is available now. Please contact Jean Wilson by telephone or email for a copy to be posted to you or put through your letter box.


The site changes frequently as news breaks, events are announced and things happen, so please come back and see what has changed, been added and updated. The newsletters, from November 2011 to date, have been reformatted and relocated to give better accessibility and are archived. To find them please see the Archives Newsletters Page. The newsletter for January 2021 is here.


We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded “Dementia Friendly Church” status by Dementia Friends and also that we are recognised officially now  as an “Assistance Dog Welcome” Church by Assistance Dogs UK. We have two fully trained “Dementia Friends”, Charmaine Hill and David Jones. David, through his work with Therapy Dogs, is fully qualified to support Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Medical Detection Dogs and Canine Partners for Disabled.


The Parish has made real progress in the “Adopt-a-Street” Initiative for Hastings and St. Leonard’s. We have the third highest number of adoptions, after King’s Church and His Place, with more to come. There is a new section here where you may read a brief description and sign up to “Adopt-a-Street”.


Please do browse the site, pray with us and for us, and even better, visit us in our beautiful Church building for services or social events.


This site is best browsed using FireFox 20 or higher (which gives the best results), Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Safari 4.0.3 or higher, or a similar recent browser, at a screen resolution of  1280 x 800 pixels, in full 32 bit colour. Viewing from a G4/G3/WiFi mobile device is not recommended at the moment but we may create a mobile browser friendly version for iPhone and similar if there is a demand.

This Week!


We are very sorry that owing to the Covid-19 Tier 4 Lock down we will not be able to hold any services until further notice. Please keep in touch with us and check this website for any further news.


There are a lot of services online from various parish churches and cathedrals which everyone is invited to join.


Please come back to check for services and news.


Our church buildings currently are closed for all public events, except as in the guidance, but the Church is alive and working for the Parish every day.


The Parish has agreed to take part in the “Adopt-a-Street” Initiative - please read the information here

This week’s Pews News is here.

Sunday Themes in January 2021:


3rd  January: Second Sunday of Christmas

10th January: First Sunday of Epiphany, the Baptism of Christ

17th January: Second Sunday of Epiphany

24th January: Third Sunday of Epiphany

31st January: Fourth Sunday of Epiphany


The Magi Visit the Messiah

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi a from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6 “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for out of you will come a ruler

who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ”

7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

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