Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
The Christchurch Singers are busy rehearsing for the ‘Christmas Praise’ concert that will be presented in the church on Sunday 14th December at 7.00 pm.
Their guest artists will be the singing harmony group ‘Quintasia’. Please do book the date and we hope for another full house!
As Senior Steward, I would like to once again invite volunteers to light the candle or read a short reading and a prayer to begin our Advent Services, The first Sunday of Advent is on the 30 November.
All are welcome to take part and it would be good to see ‘old and young’, ‘first timers’ and ‘old hands’. If you would like to contribute, there will be a sign up sheet, readings and clear instructions in the minister’s vestry.
I think we are all aware that times are hard for some people, particularly in our current economic climate. Whilst the Christmas season must be an especially challenging time for families struggling just to make ends meet. Once again, this year we will be asking you to support our local charity, Surviving Christmas. Volunteers for the charity organise a 3 day ‘Open Christmas’ at the Hastings YMCA, they give food vouchers and food hampers to families and young people in need in the Hastings and Rother area.
If you feel able to help, please add any of the following to your shopping basket: Tinned meat, tinned fish, coffee, tea, sugar, jam, tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, custard sachets, cake, cereal, tinned fruit, soup, beans, tinned spaghetti, tinned potatoes, chocolates and sweets.
We would ask you to bring your gifts to Christchurch on Sunday the 21st of December in the morning service. They will then be taken to the YMCA in Hastings on the same day.
Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)
Recently there was an informative Open Evening when we had a most interesting presentation about the Servants with Jesus – the Christian group based in the Coach House in the Old Town. One of the interesting points was the involvement of Mr Doug Noble. He died many years ago but it was he (with some help from other friends) who made the pulpit, table, communion rail etc. that we have in our church. Doug was married to Irene who was a local preacher in our circuit and both were very committed members of Christchurch.
They were also involved at the Coach House and his work is also there – including a very special cross. I had the pleasure of knowing them and they were very special Christian people, and also helped with the construction of the dividing screen in the church that was made in 1983. Do look at the engravings – they were done in situ by the late Cedric Gillham (after whom one of the rooms in Centenary House is named). What a lot came out of one talk that I attended arranged by CTIB!!
CTIB has researched the Care and Nursing Homes in our town to see if they wish to have more involvement from CTIB and local churches. The results have been interesting – and one initiative has been regular weekly Sunday afternoon services at the Normanhurst RCH on the seafront. This is at 3.00 pm for half an hour and anyone is welcome to go along to support this outreach.
Barry Turnwell (A member of the Executive Committee).
CTIB Weekly Prayer Cycle for November
Nov 2nd - St Augustine’s (Robert Coates)
Nov 9th - St Oswald's Hooe (Simon Earl)
Nov 16th - St Barnabas (vacancy)
Nov 23rd - Christchurch Methodist (Peggy Heim)
Nov 30th - Bexhill School Pastors
Christchurch House Group Meetings
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
We study the Gospel of St Mark. Our meetings are held on Fridays at 7 for 7.30 pm. Here are the dates and venues until December:
Nov 14th at Linda’s home – leader to be chosen – chapter 6
Nov 28th at Barbara and Denis’ home with Barbara to lead – chapter 7
Ninfield Services and News
We have just enjoyed our Harvest celebrations. Our Saturday Buffet lunch and photos of ‘Farming in Ninfield’ was attended by 26 people. Many thanks to David Swales for arranging the programme. On Sunday morning, with Peggy Heim and the 1st Ninfield Scouts, around 65 young people & adults packed our Church.
We are now running ‘Messy Church’ for young people ages 5-11 yrs. once a month. Around 16 young people & 10 adults came in September.
Fellowship Guild meetings will be on the 1st October at 2.30pm and on 15th October, when Clive Loader will talk about 'Volunteering at the Olympics'.
Ninfield Services and Events - November 2014
- 2nd Nov 10.30 am -‘Café Church Family Service with Breakfast, led by Lesley Gilchrist
- 9th Nov 2.30pm - ‘Remembrance Sunday’ Worship Led by Rev. Ian Pruden
- 16th Nov 2.30 pm. Service of Worship & Praise Led by Mrs. M. Bickerdike
- 23rd Nov 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship & Communion Led by Rev. Ian Pruden
- 26th Nov - 3.30-5.30 pm ‘Messy Church’
- 30th Nov - 2.30pm ‘Advent’ Sunday Worship Led by Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd
- 7th Dec - 10.30am Café Church Family Service with Breakfast, Led by Margaret Bickerdike
Battle & Ninfield Fellowship Group
Meets in our hall on Wednesdays at 2.30 p.m. The next meetings will be November 5th ‘Our Moslem Neighbours’ talk by Margaret Bickerdike, then on November 19th This programme is advertised on our posters.
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
We have recently enjoyed our harvest festival celebration and also a visit from Mr Malcolm Pratt who has written several books about the town. As November is the month of Remembrance we have invited the Rev Ian Pruden to lead our reflections and he has given a title to the morning of ‘Spirituality and faith in the WW1’. This will surely be a most worthwhile time and we meet on Saturday November 15th at 10.00 am for 10.30 am – all are most welcome.
The final event of 2104 will be our Christmas celebration on Saturday December 13th at 10.30 am. This will be led by the Worship Leaders of the circuit – they led a similar service last year and we have invited them back by popular demand! Seasonal refreshments will follow.
Thank you to all who support the work and witness of the Chapel – do try and come to some of the interesting activities that are planned.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
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.
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
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. And pray for worship here, all who use our premises or those at Centenary House. 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.