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Winchelsea Chapel News & Events

It was a pleasure to recently celebrate our 232nd anniversary when we had a good hymn sing under the ‘Wesley Tree’ and then adjourned to the Chapel for the special service led by the Rev Stephen Maunder (a former Superintendent Minister in this circuit).

September sees two very special events. On Saturday September 9th the Chapel will have an Open Day from 10am – 5p to link with the Heritage Open Days and the Sussex Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ day. All are most welcome to call in for a chat and to view the Chapel and memorabilia.

Then on Saturday September 30th at 11am our Harvest Festival will be held. It will be a delight to welcome the Rev Mandy Briggs, Education Officer, The New Room at Bristol – the oldest Methodist building in the land, who will lead the service. This will be followed by our Harvest Lunch provided once again by ‘Oh! Crumbs’. This is the outside catering business run by Steve and Janet Roberts who gave us a wonderful spread last year. There is no need to book just come along to the service and this is followed by the food – all we ask is a donation on the day.

Looks like September could be a good month – do try and join with us.

Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer


Ninfield Services and News

Prepared by Paul Burson.

‘The Best of all is God is with us’ ……. these words are written on the wood carving outside the front of our Church, and reflect a part of the story that we are trying to share in our village.

September will be a busy month as we take part & organise all the activities shown below. We have a lively mix of Sunday & mid-week worship and we will also need to prepare for Harvest Praise with the Ninfield scouts on October 1st. We expect to be ‘full’ on this date.

We look forward to sharing in the Circuit Prayer Day at one of the 3 venues in the circuit. We will then be welcoming the Circuit meeting to Ninfield on September 12th which will be exciting for us.

Messy Active Teens & Messy Church all re-start this month , and we also have a Family Away-day to Michelham Priory. Games & fun activities will be organised for the young people while others will briefly look at the topic ‘Our Church, our community, our village’ and re-consider outreach plans for 2017/18. We will then all share in a snack- lunch together.

On Friday 22nd we are opening a Pop-Up café to coincide with the school run. We hope that parents + children will call in for refreshments prior to collecting their children from school. It should work as we are so close to the village primary school but we ask for your prayer support so that this new venture becomes ‘bathed in prayer.’

Thank you for all your interest & support in all that we do at Ninfield.

Ninfield Services - September 2017:

Sunday Services - all at 10.30am unless otherwise stated:

  • Sept 3rd Family Café Worship, & breakfast, with Margaret Bickerdike
  • Sept 10th Worship & Praise with James Clephane-Cameron
  • Sept 17th Worship & Praise with Christine Thacker
  • Sept 24th Worship & Communion with Revd. Neville Barnett
  • 1st Oct Harvest Praise with Revd. Tricia Williams

Ninfield Events for September 2017:

  • Sept 8th t.b.a. Circuit Prayer Day (various venues)
  • Sept 12th 7.30pm Circuit Meeting @ Ninfield
  • Sept 13th 2.30pm Christian Womens Fellowship
  • Sept 13th 5.00 – 7.00pm Messy Active Teens
  • Sept 16th 10.30am ‘Away Day’ to Michelham Priory
  • Sept 22nd 2.30 – 4.00pm Pop Up Cafe
  • Sept 27th 3.30 – 5.30pm Messy Church

Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)

There are twenty member churches in CTIB (can you name them all?!) and we are grateful to the Bexhill Observer that gives details of all services and gatherings for the following week. This is accompanied by ‘Just a Minute’ – a short and thoughtful article written by a different Christian each week.

Recently, I wanted to attend an evening service in the town and looked at this list and found that there were only three such services. I chose to attend Evensong at St Peter’s Parish Church (the other two were at St Stephen’s and Beulah Baptist Church). I enjoyed my visit to St Peter’s Church and around 20 people there and no choir as they have a holiday in August. I received a most pleasant welcome and read their literature. The Rector had recently completed his sabbatical and the Parish News has several articles about his time away – including his study of Islam. I am glad that I went and try to visit other churches when possible.

Several churches in the town are going through difficult, challenging and changing times and need our prayers. As I have said many times – the more that we can do together the more effective our witness to the community. We certainly showed a united front when we shared in the Open Air Hymn Singing recently at the Colonnade. Do look at the list in the paper – it makes interesting reading.

Barry Turnwell

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. 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.