Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
At 7.30 p.m. Tuesday 16th June at Christchurch there will be a Circuit Meeting, to which all are welcome. If you have never attended such a meeting, and are free on that evening, do come along. You will be very welcome and I am sure you will find it to be very interesting.
Each church within our Circuit select various representatives who meet together quarterly at different churches to discuss matters relating to the Circuit, the individual churches and wider issues.
Our Superintendent, the Reverend Ian Pruden, has great plans for the future and well being of our Circuit and this is just one topic which I am sure will be discussed. It is also a good time to meet with members from other churches, whom you may well have heard of but never had the opportunity to meet. Do come along, if you are able. Sandy Willard.
Music For A Midsummer's Eve
On Saturday 20th June 2015 at 7.00 pm Christchurch Singers will present a summer concert with an enjoyable programme of music old and new. There will be a collection in aid of Huntingdon's Disease Association.
Conducted by Pat Reigh, the singers will be accompanied by Mavis Foskett & Elizabeth Bush, with Gerald Witts on the organ & Hilary Morton on the flute. Guest artists: VOICE PRINTS courtesy of Julie George.
Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)
The AGM will be held on Monday 29th June at 7.30 pm (venue to be decided) and you will be most welcome to come and hear what CTIB is doing.
On Sunday July 26th at 6.00 pm there will be the annual Summer Celebration in the De La Warr Pavilion Theatre. On page 31 of the excellent circuit Magazine ‘Spotlight’ I have written an article giving details of the special guest who will be coming along. He is Richard Hadley from Romford and he has a wonderful story to tell. He changed career path to write and produce a musical called ‘Love Beyond’. Despite Richard being unknown and this was his first musical, plenty of West End actors wanted to take part and it was produced in the Brighton Centre and Wembley Arena! Richard is a committed Christian and he will be most interesting and challenging – do book the date (no tickets just come along and there will be a collection).
Barry Turnwell (A member of the Executive Committee).
CTIB Weekly Prayer Cycle for June
June 7th. Living Word Church (Dale Barrett)
June 14th. St. Mark’s (Jonathan Frais)
June 21st. Crowhurst Healing Centre (Steve Gendall, Steve Clark)
June 28th. Churches Together in Bexhill
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
Thank you to those who supported the recent Christian Aid Coffee Morning and it was good to be able to raise funds for this important charity. June sees two rather different events.
On Saturday 6th June there is an Open Afternoon from 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm to link with the National Gardens Scheme when some of the lovely gardens in the town will be open for a visit. Well worth coming along and popping into the Chapel as well.
Then on Wednesday 10th June at 7.30 pm it will be a delight to welcome the Calvert choir from our Methodist church in Hastings. This will be a very pleasant hour of words, music and song so do try to come along. Light refreshments will follow.
Finally, there is the small matter of our 230th Chapel Anniversary on Sunday 12th July. At 2.30 pm we gather under the ‘Wesley Tree’ to sing a few hymns and then we adjourn to the Chapel at 3.00 pm for our celebration service. We are delighted that this will be led by the Rev Cynthia Park, who was a former Christchurch Minister and Cynthia is now retired living in Brighton with husband Murray.
Many thanks for all your support of this Methodist Heritage Chapel.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Ninfield Services and News
Let there be love shared among us
Let there be love in our eyes
May now Your love sweep this nation.
Cause us oh Lord to arise
Give us a fresh understanding
Of brotherly love that is real,
Let there be love shared among us,
Let there be love.
Everyone is welcome to join us at our Café Church & Church Anniversary service on June 7th. On Monday evenings the band ‘MarkTime Brass’ practice in our Hall and they are now going to lead the music at this service. We will ‘give thanks’ for the anniversary of the building of our Church and its ongoing outreach and witness. (The Foundation Stone was laid in the Summer of 1881). The service will include a buffet breakfast.
Our Café Church Family services continue to be well supported. In May we looked at Family life & ‘God our Father’. And then on July 5 our theme will be ‘Picnic on the Beach’.
We are pleased to say ‘thanks’ to the Messy Church family who has given a small table, chairs & books to start our Childrens’ Activity Area.
Ninfield Services and Events - June 2015
- June 7th 10.30 a.m. 134th ‘Church Anniversary’ - The Café Church style service music will be led by the ‘Mark-Time Brass’ Band
- June 14th - 2.30 p.m. a Service of Worship & Praise Led by Margaret Bickerdike
- June 21st - 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship & Communion led by Rev. Ian Pruden
- June 28th - 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship & Praise Led by Gillian Lambourne
- July 5th - 10.30 a.m. Café Church with Breakfast
Events during June
- Wednesday 24th June - 3.30 - 5.30 p.m. Messy Church
Christchurch House Group Meetings
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
Our summer programme continues on Fridays at 7.30pm as follows:
- 12th June - John 1 at Joan and Barry’s home and both leading
- 26th June - John 2 at Ron and Yvonne’s home in Ninfield - George leading
- 10th July - John 3 in Llewelyn Lodge lounge - Heather and David leading
The chapters of John’s Gospel are quite detailed and it has been decided that each leader may select a part of a chapter for us to study rather than try to do it all.
This will be the last of the summer meetings until we begin again in September.
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.