Childs Ercall Church

Church services this month

Childs Ercall is part of a Benefice group including Cheswardine, Hales, Hinstock, Sambrook and Stoke on Tern. There are regular services at the other churches as well. Click here to see times for other local services. Our regular cycle of Sunday services is normally

 Every first Sunday at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour: Holy Communion
 Every second Sunday at 4:00 PM for 50 minutes: Family Service with refreshments 
 Every fourth Sunday at 4:00 PM for 1 hour: Family Communion (Book of Common Prayer) 
If there is a fifth Sunday in the month we have a service for the whole Benefice at 10:30am in a different church each month. You can find details of where the Benefice service is this month here.
For July 2017 the Sunday dates are:
         July 2nd    9.30am  Holy Communion        Rev D S Banks, Rev M Griffiths
         July 9th      4.00pm  Family Worship           Rev C Simpson  Rev D S Banks
         July 16th   Celebration of Ministry service at St. Swithun’s, Cheswardine @6pm (after the Wimbledon final)
                            a chance to say thank you to Rev Andy for all his work in the Benefice
         July 23rd   4.00pm  Family Communion     Rev D A Ackroyd
         July 30th   Bishop Mark Rylands, Benefice BOAT Service, The Wharf, 10.30am Rev C Simpson and Rev D S Banks
Clergy letter for July
I’m writing this on the day after the General Election and, although the Conservative party are still in power, there have definitely been some changes. Some well-known faces have found themselves losing their seats and, rather than the government strengthening their position, it appears to have had the opposite effect.

We are living in uncertain times. Brexit and the election of President Donald Trump took many people by surprise. On a much more sombre note, there have been two serious terrorist attacks in our country within a very short time and all these things serve to raise our anxiety levels. These atrocities are truly shocking, but the actions of so many people who selflessly risked their own lives to protect others surely demonstrate that the power of good is stronger than that of evil. 

Our world may feel less stable than it did this time last year, but throughout history there have been very few periods of stability. Changes are even afoot in our benefice. Last month, Andy wrote about moving on to pastures new. I have very much enjoyed sharing ministry with Andy over the past three years and he, Sandra and Jacob, will be greatly missed by us all. However I’ve discovered that God doesn’t like us to get too comfortable. He loves to give us new challenges. As Andy is called to move on – no doubt God is calling someone to be our new Rector – someone who can build on the good foundation Andy leaves behind and discern where God is leading us on.

Change brings opportunities, but it can feel uncomfortable, even a bit scary. It’s good to know that we have a God who is unchanging – always loving and faithful. He promises to be with us always, to guide and strengthen us with his Spirit and help us to face whatever changes and challenges lie ahead.

Rev Chris