News from Christ Church
Lent Booklet 2024
Copies of our 2024 Lent Booklet are now available at Church.
If you would like to access the online version please CLICK HERE
LENT STUDY 2024
The 2024 Lent Study group will meet each Sunday at 11am in the Rectory from Sunday 18th February until 17th March. The course entitled 'Pater Noster' is an examination of the place of the Lord's Prayer in our lives. Compiled by the Archbishop of York as part of the Church of England's Pilgrim Course - each week we will focus on a phrase of the prayer that we know so well.
During Lent we are going to explore the Lord's Prayer as a gateway to the gospels, as a guide to our own prayers, and as a way of deepening our relationship with God.
This prayer is used all around the world by millions of people worldwide and has been for 2,000 years. There probably isn't a moment, day or night, when there isn't someone on earth praying the Lord's Prayer. There probably isn't a language on earth that doesn't contain a version of the Lord's Prayer.
For some, the words are very familiar. Perhaps we learned them as children, but perhaps we have never thought about what they mean for adults. For some, the words are too familiar - we have given up thinking about what they mean. But for some, the words will be new, something precious to be explored on the way to becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.
You can access the study material HERE
John Berg wrote a short memoir of his life and experiences in 2016 entitled 'One more step'. It is now available in electronic form and can be accessed HERE
Noto Earthquake Appeal
There will be a special offering at Church on Sundays to aid the victims of the recent earthquake on the Noto peninsula. You can also donate online: https://aarjapan.gr.jp/en/donate/
Ukraine Emergency Appeal
USPG and the Church of England Diocese in Europe need your help as we support humanitarian work both in Ukraine and with refugees fleeing into neighbouring countries. Churches and agencies are already responding to the crisis.
This appeal will provide critical funds towards the urgent and immediate needs of people still in Ukraine and those who have left as well as supporting the long-term work of recovery.
Here's the LINK
Ministry of Prayer
Please let us know of any people you would like us to pray for. Names for prayer can be sent in through our YCC email or via the contact page on our website HERE.
YCC Charitable giving
We have now reviewed our charity donations with the help of our Annual Vestry and can confirm the following donations going forward:
1. Busoga Trust
2. Good Shepdherd Education Foundation
3. WelGee NPO Japan
4. YMCA Asia Pacific (for Myanmar)
In addition we are making a smaller donation to TELL the English helpline for foreigners in Japan.
Children of all ages are welcome at Christ Church! For more information of Sunday school activities please contact Audrey Brown
Church Flowers and Cleaning
YCC continues to provide flowers, normally for the 1st Sunday of the month, subject to Yamate Sei Ko Kai events and schedule. Contact Noriko Hasegawa if you would donate flowers on a future date.Since we are a small congregation, YSK do not expect us to join the regular roster for cleaning but we did pledge full support twice a year, at which time please lend your support; many hands make light work and a couple of hours will be much appreciated.
Making Music ~ Praising God!
If you would like to contribute to the music ministry here at Christ Church please send us a message through the contact page. You can sign up to our weekly email that includes the hymns for the coming Sunday. We welcome all instruments, so long as you're prepared to turn up for the practice on Sundays at 9am.
Please park your cars in the lot next to the Parish Hall. The parking lot on the Rectory side of the church is reserved for YSKK members.
YCC Tea Towel
We have souvenir tea towels available for sale at a cost of ¥800 and Notelets with envelopes for ¥100. The tea towels are 100% cotton and made in England.
Please ask at Church for more details.