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April 2017 Prayer Briefing now online. Get your copy here.


THYKINGDOM COME: Praying for People to  Come to Jesus.

Here's the latest video from Justin Welby about the prayer initiative for May 25th to June 4th 2017. There are some really helpful practical resources available to help you pray at home or in your church. View them at CPO



TOGETHER FOR THE HARVEST SHARE A VISION FOR THE REGION WITH CTR

Director of TFHNic Harding, director of the regional network Together For The Harvest, spoke at a CTR meeting held at Brook Chapel on Monday 27th February. Almost fifty people from over ten congregations responded enthusiastically to his sharing of the vision to reach every man, woman and child in the Liverpool-City-Region in the next decade - i.e. by end 2026!

Pointing to a map of the region (which inconveniently had sliced off part of Runcorn - Nic apologised profusely for this) he told us that there were hundreds of churches and tens of thousands of Christians in the region. And all of us would love to see people come to faith in Jesus. The question is, how can we do this together, as no one church can do the job alone!

The principal plank of the TFH aims for this year are to help churches to grow in missional confidence: members being able to share their own faith story, eveybody being confident to talk about Jesus and to invite people to something. TFH have a team who would love to come to individual churches to help your church do this. If you want to avail yourself of this contact harvest on this address

The aim is also to develop a web-based hub for stories, best practices and missional resources.

One good response  is to join TFH as an individual or as a church, and to appoint a TFH champion in your church. For more information see www.tfh.org.uk


March 2017 Prayer Briefing now online.Get your copy here.


CHURCHES UNITE FOR ARCHBISHOP'S PRAYER INITIATIVE IN MAY/JUNE

Logo for Archbishops Pentecost call to prayerThe Diocese of Chester  have expressed their strong support for the Thy Kingdom Come invitation in the February Diocesan News. During the 10 days of the prayer they are planning a series of Beacon Events to which every parish and congregation member are invited, culminating in an event at Chester Cathedral on Sunday 4th June. Please pray for churches in Runcorn to support these events and others locally that might be planned.

Don’t forget, you can register your support online at www.thykingdomcome.co.uk where there is an opportunity to sign up for the Pledge2Pray 

You can download a fuller description of ThyKingdomCome here


February 2017 Prayer Briefing now online. Get your copy here

CHURCHES TOGETHER QUIET DAY PLANNED FOR FOXHILL IN JANUARY

Photo of Foxhill retreat centre, Frodsham

CTIR are planning the annual Quiet Day on Saturday 14th January 2017 at Foxhill Retreat Centre, a beautiful venue situated one and a half miles from Frodsham. 10 am to 4.00 pm

The Rev Graham Green will be guiding the day, which will be an opportunity to relax and refresh mind and spirit. There will be times to be quiet and reflect, on your own or with friends, in the house, the garden or the grounds.

It will cost £15 (pay on the day). Bring your own lunch. Drinks provided.

If you want to come book with Bob Browne

CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT RUNCORN CHURCHES

A special leaflet has been printed that lists services and special events at all the churches in Runcorn this Christmas period. You can view and download a copy from here

ADVENT SERVICE AT ST CHADS

St Chad's School hosted the Churches Together Advent Service on Tuesday 29th November this year. It was an Advent Service with a difference that centred on the issue of Sanctuary, in the light of the first group of Syrian Regugees coming to Halton next year, with s speaker from Asylum Link  Merseyside making the main input to the evening. More details coming on Sanctuary page.

ST BERT'S  "ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL" FUN DAY COMING UP

St Bert's are holding their Community Fun Day on Sunday 7th August 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm. It will feature all sorts of entertainment, including a travelling zoo, and there will be a barbecue, games and stalls.

Look out as well for the St Bert's Church Barn Dance featuring the Nelson Peach Folk Band on Saturday 15th October at the Sandimoor Community Hall, 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm.

More details from the posters: Fun DayChurch Dance

CTR PENTECOST DRIVE AND PRAY

Halton Castle

People from several of the churches in CTR joined in the DRIVE and PRAY time at three significant locations in Runcorn.

Starting at Halton Castle, overlooking the town of Runcorn, a group prayed for the Holy Spirit to flood through the town. After 20 minutes of prayer people drove to Town Hall Park and standing opposite the town hall prayed for the political scene in the borough. More people joined in at this stage. After a further 20 minutes of prayer everyone drove up to Runcorn Hill, overlooking the Mersey and the industry along its banks and again prayed for 20 minutes concerning the commerce and welfare of the citizens of the town.

Different ways of praying were used, from times of silence to praying in groups and praying simultaneously. There was a great atmosphere of prayerfulness and those who took part felt that it was worthwhile.

June 2016 Prayer Briefing now online. Get your copy here

May 2016 Prayer Briefing now onlineGet your copy here

ARCHBISHOPS CALL FOR "GREAT WAVE OF PRAYER" FOR EVANGELISM DURING PENTECOST. 

Logo for Archbishops Pentecost call to prayer

The Church of England Archbishops have written to every serving parish priest in the Church of England expressing their longing “to see a great wave of prayer across our land, throughout the Church of England and many other Churches” from 8th-15th May. The invitation goes out to all churches to be part of this.

The week of prayer will culminate in ‘Beacon Events’ around the country over Pentecost weekend, where people will pray for the renewal of the Holy Spirit and the confidence to share their faith. In their letter the Archbishops said: 

“At the heart of our prayers will be words that Jesus himself taught us – ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.’ It is impossible to overstate the life-transforming power of the Lord’s Prayer. It is a prayer that is reassuring enough to be on the lips of the dying and yet dangerous enough to be banned in cinemas. It is famous enough to be spoken each day by billions in hundreds of languages and yet intimate enough to draw us ever closer into friendship with Jesus Christ. It is simple enough to be memorized by small children and yet profound enough to sustain a whole lifetime of prayer. When we pray it with sincerity and with joy, there is no imagining the new ways in which God can use us to his glory.”

To see the whole letter click here or go to Archbishops' Pentecost Letter page.

Chairman of CTR John Beaney has written to churches about three things you can do during Pentecost to be part of this. Click here for his letter.


THE CTR EASTER OUTREACH AND WORSHIP PROGRAMME  was really a blessed time, with the activities on Good Friday at St Chad’s, the Easter Egg Hunt in Town Hall Park on Holy Saturday and the Easter Day Celebration at St Andrew’s. All three events were well supported and thoroughly enjoyed by those who were there.

The Good Friday Service had a lovely atmosphere of reflection throughout, which many people commented on, plus the contrast of the video declaring “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming”, which was really enjoyed by  the congregation. On the Saturday prayer held back the dire weather forecasted for the afternoon (thank you, Lord), and hundreds of children and parents flocked to the park to enjoy the fun and hear the Easter talk in the marquee. All this was crowned with a bright celebration on Easter Sunday evening, when we heard testimonies of lives changed by the resurrected Christ in Runcorn! Give thanks for all of that.

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LOOK OUT FOR THE CTR EASTER OUTREACH AND WORSHIP PROGRAMME more details soon. Please note them for your congregation.

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EASTER SATURDAY 26th March

Youth and children's fun in Town Hall Park (Heath Road/Boston Avenue) including  Easter Egg hunt for children and families. Times and details to be confirmed. 



VictoryGOOD FRIDAY SERVICE 25th March

 A  CTR regular event is held on Good Friday every year. It is well supported by all the churches in the town and draws a crowd of people to remember the sacrifice of the Saviour. 

Note the new venue: St Chad's School, Grangeway.

Time 10.30 am for an hour. Afterwards refreshments and fellowship.

He is Risen

EASTER DAY CELEBRATION Sunday 27th March

A new venture for CTR this year is the launch of an Easter Sunday Celebration of the resurrection! Jesus is alive! Death has been defeated. Come and celebrate with joy this amazing triumph. "Christ is risen!" "He is risen indeed!"

At St Andrew's Church, Grangeway 5.00 pm also followed  by refreshments.


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Congregation of representatives from all the Runcorn ChurchesThe 1100th Anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in Runcorn was celebrated on 1st November at All Saints Church. Appropriately on All Saints day (1st November) churches in Runcorn hosted a civic service to celebrate the founding of the first Christian church in the town. In 915ad Saxon princess  Aethelfleda arrived to plant a Community and a church.  A fortress was built to provide protection from the marauding Vikings, and a priory established – both very close to the point where the current bridge crosses the Mersey. The  priory later moved to Norton, and the church later became All Saints church, where the celebration was held. More....

Picture of the church in Runcorn Old Town

Christmas Choir - Practices Scheduled two practices have been scheduled, both at St Berteline's to prepare for the carol singing in the Shopping Centre in December. See calendar.

November Prayer Brieifing now onlineGet your copy here.