Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
Coming Soon! Book the dates in your Diaries! A series of Advent Meetings led by Rev Ian Pruden will be held this month. Daytime meetings will be in Centenary House from 10.30 am until 12.00 pm, on the following dates:
Wednesday 4th December,
Tuesday 10th December
Wednesday 18th December
Evening meetings will be held at Hollington on the following dates:
Thursday 28th November
Wednesday 4th December
Wednesday 11th December
Christmas Tree Festival
The Christmas Tree Festival to raise money for the amenity funds at Richmond / Heatherbank and Lauriston, will be staged at Sackville Road Methodist Church on 13th, 14th and 15th December.
Watch out for posters with full details which will also be on the weekly news-sheet. Our knitted tree should also be there! Thank you for all your efforts.
Richmond also have a Christmas Fayre on Saturday, December 7th. Your support will be appreciated.
Everyone is welcome to the Christchurch Singers presentation 'Christmas Praise' to be held on Sunday 8th December at 6.00 pm, at Christchurch.
Once again the 35 members of the choir will be under the baton of Mr Pat Reigh and accompanied by Mavis Foskett. Special guests will be the Christchurch Timbrels.
There will be an opportunity to sing some well loved carols. Do book the date for an evening of music, word and song to get you in the seasonal spirit. There is no charge and no need to book – just come along! There will be a collection for charity, for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
CTIB Weekly Prayer Cycle - December 2013 / January 2014
Held 8.30 am to 10.00 am
- 1st December - St Martha’s (David Parmiter, Bruno Witchalls)
- 8th December - Living Word Church (Dale Barrett)
- 15th December - St Mark's (Jonathan Frais)
- 22nd December - Churches Together in Bexhill
- 29th December - Crowhurst Healing (Steve Gendall)
- 5th January 2014: St Michael’s (Stephen Huggins)
- 12th January: Sidley Baptist (Dave Bishop)
- 19th January: Bexhill United Reformed Church (vacancy)
- 26th January: St Peter’s (David Reynish, Olivia Werrett, Peter Shaw)
Christchurch House Group Meeting - December 2013
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
We begin again in January and we are going to look at Paul’s first letter to Timothy and that has 6 chapters. As before the leader will introduce the chapter and then we shall consider as a group what it says to each of us. The next meeting will be held on Friday 10th January at 7.30pm to 9.30pm and will be led by Barry Turnwell. For details of the locations, please contact a Steward. Come and join us, you will be welcome.
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
No more news on the ‘Wesley Tree’ but it has had a really close ‘haircut’ and we now wait to see if it manages to survive – let’s hope that it does!
The old carpet has been removed and the wooden floor sanded and varnished – and it really looks good. The first meeting on the ‘new floor’ saw the launch of the new book compiled by Dr Keith Foord ‘Winchelsea Historic Methodist Chapel’. It costs £6 and is good value and the profits will go toward the Chapel funds. Keith has done an excellent job on the history and we are most grateful. Keith recently spoke to a meeting and explored the history of the town and area.
On Saturday December 14th at 10.30 am there will be a ‘Christmas celebration of Words and Music’ led by the circuit ‘Worship Leaders’ – do come, celebrate and enjoy the seasonal refreshments that follow.
In 2014 there is the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity and we will be hosting a united service on Sunday January 19th at 3.00 pm. The Rev David Frost, the Rural Dean, and the new Rector of Winchelsea both hope to be there and it is always good to worship together.
One last date – Saturday January 15th (the day after Valentine’s Day!) there will another Love Feast – a very Methodist event and more about this later. Please try to come and join with us at this rather unique service.)
Thank you for all your support and interest (and don’t forget to ask me for a History – only £6 !!)
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Ninfield Services and Meetings Christmas and New Year
As I write , the rain comes down and the sky is gloomy but soon a Light will shine in the darkness when Jesus comes as a tiny baby in the manger at Bethlehem. Advent Sunday is on 1st December, when we shall light the first candle.
Loving God, we praise you, for in the long dark days of winter, the cold and dismal days of waiting for the spring, You surprise us into life by the joy of your Good News!
You come as the King of the World.
You come as our Saviour,
Help us to welcome you and be prepared to see and hear and serve you – this Christmas and every day of our lives. AMEN
It was good to have the Reverend Neville Barnett lead our worship on 3rd November, and the Reverend Ian Pruden on Remembrance Sunday – our thanks to them.
We welcomed the Reverend Peter Doodes to our Wesley Guild last month when he spoke about the Beachy Head Chaplaincy; also our Minister Ian, told us about the Crowhurst Healing Centre. We thank them for their time with us.
Our Guild Meetings for December are on the 4th – The Christmas Table with Margaret Bickerdike, and then on the 18th, the Reverend Ian Pruden will lead us in Holy Communion. There will be no meetings in January.
Please make a note of our service on 15th December when Christian Voices will once again be with us at 2.30 pm. We have our Carols on the 22nd at 2.30 pm and a Christingle Service on 24th at 4.30 pm. You are all welcome. There may be a cup of tea and a mince pie!
We at Ninfield wish Ian and all our friends at Christchurch, love, joy and peace, health and many blessings for Christmas and 2014.
Ninfield Services - December 2013 / January 2014
- 1st December: 10.30 am All age worship. Reverend Ian Wales.
- 8th December: 2.30 pm Holy Communion Reverend Ian Wales
- 15th December: 2.30 pm Christian Voices Reverend Ian Wales
- 22nd December: 2.30 pm Carol Service Reverend Derek & Mrs Topsy Brice
- 24th December: 4.30 pm Christingle Service
- 29th December: 2.30 pm Local Arrangement
- 5th January: 10.30 am All age Worship Mr John Troughton
- 12th January: 2.30 pm Worship and Praise Mrs Margaret Bickerdike
- 19th January: 2.30 pm Covenant Service Reverend Ian Wales.
- 26th January 2.30 pm Worship and Praise Mrs Jennifer Winnington.
Calling All Quizzers!
The annual Quiz Night with tables of 4, in aid of Homecall (supporting Bexhill's blind and partially sighted residents) will be held in the Main Hall on 31st January 2014 at 7.00 pm.
The evening will include a jacket potato supper and raffle, as well as a brainstorming quiz! Tickets £8 per person, will be available from Jan Corke from December.
Prayer Walking and Prayer Nights in Bexhill
At the beginning of July we had our 6th Anniversary celebration Prayer Morning at the Coach House. Over the 6 years, we have seen many amazing answers to our prayers and have developed a great sense of fellowship with each other from our different churches.
At the end of May, the "Seeking God's Heart" conference was held with over 50 members from 8/9 of our churches. Following on from it, Half-Night's of Prayer have already been held.
As there are not now so many of us able to commit to Saturday mornings, we felt that God was guiding us to cease our Saturday Morning Prayer Walking and concentrate on the monthly Half-Night's of Prayer instead which will also be on Saturdays. (Some of those unable to come regularly have become Street or Prayer Pastors and their duty continues until 3 or 4 am on a Saturday morning.) We shall continue to share details of the prayer needs of our churches and also hold our Prayer Mornings for Bexhill from time to time.
Thank you to all the pastors/ministers and others who have supported this work over these past 6 years.
Christchurch Fellowship of Prayer
Something new was suggested at the Annual Church Meeting. 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 people who live around our Church that they may see something of the presence of Jesus in our life and witness.
World topics: The Syrian conflict and the possible use of military force by some nations and the impact on East West relations. Learning to love our neighbours throughout the world as Jesus asks us to do.
Bexhill Christian Writing Club
‘Be the pen of a Christian Writer’
Meeting every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 2.00 pm Charter House, 43 St. Leonard’s Road, Bexhill-on-Sea. Further details from Heather Benn - 07766104107. Members come from all denominations [and some non-Christian who are happy to be involved so it could be an evangelical tool]. It is hoped to write a variation of prose, poetry and devotional writing. Heather Benn is a member of the Association of Christian Writers.