Click for Christ Church this Christmas

Thanks to everyone who has helped raise money by clicking for Christ Church Felling this year. To date Internet searches via Easy Search & Easy Fundraising have raised £16.02p and shopping purchases via Amazon have raised £25.18. That’s a grand total of £41.20p (paid to date) for a few clicks and a worthy cause!

Easy Search will kindly donate 1p for every two Internet searches made. Shop online via Easy Fundraising at your favourite stores and they will donate a percentage of purchases to our cause. Amazon will donate around 5% on all purchases.

If you would like to help raise money for Christ Church Felling for FREE this Christmas then simply follow the links in the right hand column for either Easy Search, Easy Fund Raising or Amazon. Happy Christmas shopping :)

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Project Report 2011

Please click here for the annual report. Please pray for the Directors at the AGM Meeting on Bank Monday 29th August at 7pm as they make important decisions regarding Christ Church Youth & Community Project’s future.

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Blaithwaite 2011

Blaithwaite 2011

Blaithwaite Tariff 2011

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God On Mute

God On Mute

Have you ever asked, ‘Where is God in all of this I’m going through?’ ‘Is He even listening to my prayers?’ ‘I don’t understand this loneliness and emptiness in my life when I need to know His presence with me.’ If you can dare be honest in relating to these feelings then I can recommend ‘God on Mute’ by Pete Greig. Pete is an internationally renowned Christian speaker and writer, and co-founder of 24/7 Prayer who a few years ago underwent a serious dilemma of faith when his wife Samie became desperately ill with a brain tumour which left her with epilepsy after its removal. The book is the honest account of their chasing after God for answers, and learning to persevere and trust through the struggle of unknowing the reasons for God’s silence to their prayers for Samie’s healing. Using the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ last 4 days on earth from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday, Pete draws out many convincing answers and the knowledge that Jesus went through all the same things that we do in doubts, fear, despair, loneliness to ultimate rejection, the silence of Easter Saturday to the glorious victory of overcoming the struggle in wonderful victory.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith— of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire— may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:3,6-7 (NIV)

Wendy Davidson © Copyright 2011

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What does an Airport Chaplain do?

I recently wrote an article for the Newcastle Anglican Newspaper July/August 2011 Edition. The original article was shortened but I’ve included it in it’s entirety for your reading pleasure.

Co Pilot Tom Worsley

“To some people, I know the idea of heaven would be to sit in the cockpit of Concorde and I found myself doing just that a few weeks ago and have the photograph to prove it. Alas this magnificent aircraft was going nowhere; it was parked in a purpose built hangar as one of the attractions at the Manchester Runway Visitor Park. Not my idea of heaven, but it was a memorable way to round off a lunch break. The Park was the venue for a meeting of the British Isles and Eire Airport Chaplains Network.

Lindisfarne students are required to complete a chaplaincy placement as part of their training. Northumbrian Industrial Mission (NIM) has 45 chaplains, ministering in a range of workplaces across the area and I chose Airport Chaplaincy. It has been a great experience and real privilege to work at Newcastle International Airport alongside Charlotte Osborn who leads the team there.

“What exactly do chaplains do? It’s a frequently asked question and difficult to answer It’s about building trust, building relationships, showing compassion, being a visible reminder that there is more to life than meeting the next deadline or target, being available as an impartial listener without threat of confidentiality being broken, or judgment resulting, for those of all faiths or none. It is also about being there, a ministry of presence, as presence precedes proclamation. It’s about listening to the stories of life and telling the stories of faith.” (From ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ an article by Charlotte Osborn, reproduced with kind permission).

Meeting of delegates from the British Isles and Eire Airport Chaplains Network

Getting to know the airport-based personnel is a key part. The fire station, baggage handlers, maintenance unit, police helicopter, the fuel farm; food and beverage outlets, Departure Lounge and retail staff; air traffic control tower, all airside operations, security staff, administration staff, senior managers, visiting airline staff, Aviation Academy, Airport Police, Customs and Immigration and terminal staff. All have their part to play in the day to day running of the airport.

From my own experience and conversations over the past weeks, the work of an airport chaplain is one of brief personal encounters and due to shift patterns etc these encounters are often followed by silence. It is about working and relating in that brief moment of meeting, wherever it may be.

Meeting of delegates from the British Isles and Eire Airport Chaplains Network

More information about the work of Northumbrian Industrial Mission (NIM) is available on their website. Newcastle chaplains are members of The International Association of Civil Aviation Chaplains (IACAC) which, lists on its website more than 160 chaplaincy locations throughout the world. Something to keep in mind during summer holiday travels.

So next time you pass through Newcastle International Airport, look behind you as you queue for the security check, and, if you have time, please call in to the Chaplaincy Room and pray for a moment that the presence of God might be known throughout the airport community.”

Tom Worsley © Copyright 2011

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