Jo James is going to be greatly missed - her love, her smile, her compassion & much more.
"When I started to look for an ‘Associate Vicar’ post in 2009, God seemed to make it so clear that Christ Church, Barnet, was the church that we were going to serve in next and in 2010, as we got settled into 8 Wentworth Road, we couldn’t believe how lovely a place God had found for us to live in! We felt at home so quickly in Barnet – the addition of a kitten and then a puppy helped! and we have always loved the fact that turning left from our front door takes us into town and turning right takes us for a walk in the fields with the dog… and wherever we go, we are bound to see at least one person we know!
Looking back over the past eight years, there have been many highlights - New Wine, Pilgrim, J John’s visit, Prayer week, Secret Church and the contact we’ve had with our Mission Partners over the years are the first things that come to mind. I have loved the many opportunities I’ve had to work with the different staff and church members during my time here - planning and taking services, organising events, praying and working together in various different meetings… I am going to miss so many of you and the fun, encouragement and wisdom you’ve brought to my work here at CCB!
Thank you, too, for all those who I’ve been able to meet up with over the years. Hearing your life stories and allowing me to pray with you, walk with you through difficult journeys, as well as celebrate together in the joys of life has been such a privilege and has encouraged and grown my faith, too.
As well as many joys, there have, of course, been one or two challenges to face over the past eight years! For me, the biggest challenge was when I was diagnosed with M.E. in 2012. As is often the way, learning over the following three years to live with a long-term illness with no known cure also became another opportunity for me to learn about God’s faithful, transforming love in my life – and I love the fact, over three years later, I am still able to share my testimony about how God miraculously healed me completely from the illness in 2015!
We’re so thankful for so many things here in Barnet – the kids have lots of great memories and good friendships from their time at Christ Church School and of course during the time we’ve been here they have both grown several metres… whilst Pete and I have grown numerous grey hairs…! (Proverbs 16.31)
Looking ahead and thinking about moving on to St Paul’s Mill Hill, I find myself marvelling again at God’s perfect plan for our lives. Although it is a real wrench to move away from CCB, I am looking forward to getting to know a new church family over the next few months and finding out what God’s vision is for Mill Hill. As we start packing up 8 Wentworth Road and think about putting down roots in Mill Hill, we would all appreciate your prayers for a smooth move and enough time to get the Vicarage ready before I hit the ground running on 16th July!"
Join us at our All Age Service on Sunday 17 June 10.30am. This will be followed by a ‘Bring & Share’ lunch (international style) from 1pm in the church grounds (weather permitting!)
And there's more.......!
From 2pm there will be a Barn Dance with the Red River Band and if that wasn't enough there will be ice cream on sale from 'Lewis of London!!'
It promises to be a brilliant day, We would love you to join us!
As from this Sunday our services are as follows: 9.00am Traditional Holy Communion. 10.30am Contemporary service with Youth and Children activities 6.30pm Informal Evening Worship
Join us at the 10.30am service as we say goodbye to Jo before she becomes Vicar of St Paul's Mill Hill - we shall miss her! Look out for news of this service as we combine it with our Church Anniversary and thank God for over 170 years of faithful worship at Christ Church
Join us as we give thanks for all our Mums at our 10.30am service!
When? The course begins on Monday 19 February (until Easter) beginning each time from 7.30pm with coffee and puds!
Where? Open Door Centre, Christ Church, St Albans Road, Barnet, EN5 4LA
Cost? It’s FREE and open to anyone who has questions about life, the universe or anything!
Interested in coming? Contact Andy on 020 8441 6173 or email@example.com
A Valentines Special!
Friday 16 February 7.30 pm
An evening of food, fun and a focus on our favourite person - our life partner!
Join us to hear Clive & Helen share, from their years of experience, three simple principles on how to make your relationship with your partner the most enjoyable and fulfilling aspect of your lives!
Cheese, Wine & Puds throughout evening. Contact the Parish Office for more details or just turn up!
Clive and Helen Collier come with a wealth of experience in marriage, family and parenting. Married over 40 years, 6 children and 8 grandchildren, relationships have always been a high priority.
Tuesday 30 January 7.30 pm
Linvoy played 120 games for Barnet, so is an ex local lad coming ’home’ for the evening!
‘More Than a Game’ on the 30th January will be a relaxed, informal evening of interviews, video clips & chat and light refreshments.
Tickets are £4, please contact the Church Office on 0208 449 0832