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Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally


Picturing Faith

An exhibition of the Methodist Modern Art Collection

Saturday 14 January to Sunday 23 April 2017

A rare opportunity to view a world class collection of modern art including works by Graham Sutherland and Elisabeth Frink.

One of the UKs most significant collections of modern Christian Art is to go on display at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge in Canterbury. The Methodist Modern Art Collection is a unique gathering of art which has toured the UK and abroad since its inception over forty years ago.

Over 40 works will be on display at The Beaney, including work by acclaimed artists Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink, Edward Burra and Patrick Heron. All works depict Biblical stories and images and a fascinating variety of painting techniques are on display: oil, acrylic, watercolours, natural pigments and ink, aquatint, gouache and Ripolin enamel. In addition, a few works in lino cut, pencil and engraved woodblock bring contrasting textures to the eye.

Delivered in partnership with and supported by Kent College, the exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to view one of the most significant collections of contemporary religious art in Europe in its entirety.

The special exhibition will be accompanied by a series of associated events for all faiths or none, including an exhibition exploring world faiths, a family trail and a comprehensive programme for schools. For more details see www.thebeaney.co.uk.

Winchelsea Chapel News & Events

It seems a long time since I wrote about the Chapel – and since then we have enjoyed a lovely Christmas celebration with the circuit Worship Leaders, and also a united service at the Parish Church.

On Saturday February 18th at 10am for 10.30am we are looking forward to receiving a visit (for the first time) from Mr Edward Preston who will speak to us about the local history of the town and locality. This should be a fascinating time so please try to join with us.

Some time ago it was suggested by a friend at the Parish church that we should have a ‘Songs of Praise’ when everyone could all have a good sing. I will be inviting requests prior to the session so do let me know if you have a favourite! This will all be happening on Saturday March 18th at 10am for 10.30am. See you there with your voice in good tune!!

The Chapel would still like to have a few more ‘Friends’ so if you feel able please let me know and I can tell you more and give you a brief form to complete.

Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!

Thursday 16th March 3pm - Annual Daffodil Rally at our St Leonards-on-Sea church.

Sunday March 19th our 110th Church Anniversary and Gift Day

Saturday May 6th 6pm Homegrown Concert in the church and hall

Wednesday May 10th 7.45pm Christian Voices presentation in our church

May 27th/28th and 29th 29th Award Winning annual Festival of Flowers

Friday 16th June – Sussex Day

Saturday 17th June 7pm Christchurch Singers ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’

Sunday 18th June - Junior Church Anniversary (and Father’s Day)

Sunday 9th July 232nd Anniversary service at Winchelsea (Wesley’s) Chapel

Ninfield Services and News

Prepared by Paul Burson.

Very many thanks to everyone who helped make all our Christmas events so special – the groups who decorated our Church; the Lights of love service with St. Mary’s & St. Michaels Hospice; Marktime Band & the drama group Christian Voices. Through it all we were able to praise God & remember the amazing Christmas story.

In January we had a united Covenant service with St. Mary’s, at our Church, and this was a lovely occasion when we promised to serve God throughout the year.

So now we invite you to join us for any of our events shown below - May God bless us all in this new year.

Ninfield Services - February 2017:

Sunday Services - all at 10.30am unless otherwise stated:

All services at 10.30am unless otherwise stated:

  • Feb 5th - Café Church, with breakfast & led by Margaret Bickerdike
  • Feb 12th - Service of Worship & Communion with Revd. Derek Brice
  • Feb 19th - Service of Worship & Praise with Jennifer Winnington
  • Feb 26th- Service of Worship & Praise with Revd. Tricia Williams
  • 5th Mar - Café Church, with breakfast

Ninfield Events for January / February:

  • Jan 25th 2017 - 3.30 – 5.30pm Messy Church
  • Feb 8th - 5.00 – 7.00pm Messy Active Teens
  • Feb 22nd - 3.30 – 5.30pm Messy Church – ‘Hidden Treasure…’

Christchurch Fellowship of Prayer

For all of us, wherever we are on a Wednesday at 9.00 pm (or near this time) to have a chance to pray together even if we cannot all be together - we can be together in spirit.

Wherever you are on a Wednesday and as near to 9.00 pm as possible, sit or stand quietly and say the Thanksgiving prayer and then the Forgiveness prayer. Then pray the Prayers for the Church including the people mentioned.

Do that every Wednesday and see how God will bless us all. Prayer is talking to God, listening to God, and being with God The Christian Life is first of all about so giving your life to Him that you live your life in daily fellowship with him. As we learn to be in His presence may that be so. There are more things wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. And if prayer is about being in God’s presence then surely it must first of all change us.

Thanksgiving

Loving Father, I thank you for this day, for the blessings that I have received and for your unseen presence in any times of testing or of difficulty. Thank you that I am your precious child, loved by you and that you reveal your love in Jesus. Fill me afresh with your Holy Spirit and give me a glad and thankful heart that always trusts in you through Christ my Lord. Amen

Forgiveness

Loving God I lay before you this day with its joys and sorrows. Forgive all my shortcomings through this day, hasty words or unkind thoughts and deeds. Give to me assurance of your pardon and grant me your peace and rest this night through Christ, Amen.

Prayers For the Church

Now pray for the Church at Christchurch, for our Minister, the Church Stewards and all our lay leaders. Pray for all who worship here, all who use our premises or those at Centenary House. Pray for the Pastoral Leader and Group. Remember all in Family News and all who need our constant love and prayers. And pray for people who live around our Church that they may see something of the presence of Jesus in our life and witness.

Learn to love our neighbours throughout the world as Jesus asks us to do.