Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
This year we will be celebrating our Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 21st - Book the Date!
On Sunday 21st we have a morning service at 10.30am, led by Barry Turnwell.
At the evening service (6.00pm) we are delighted that Sussex Harmony will be coming again and this time will share a ‘Harvest Festival Evensong’. This is a West Gallery Quire and they run a workshop on that day from 3.00 pm for any who would like to join them. This will be a wonderful way to celebrate Harvest so please book the date and join with us. Full details on the posters.
The Harvest Supper is on the following Monday, 22nd September at 6.30pm.
Admission includes A Good Supper, Good Company, Entertainment and a chance to spend a bit of money by buying something from Barry’s Auction! Tickets cost £5 per adult and £2.50 per child under 6 years old and these are available from Hazel Abraham, Joan Turnwell, Jill Read or Chris Cox.
Note the date, book your tickets and don't miss it!
Beetle Drive Night!
Friday September 26th is BEETLE DRIVE NIGHT! - Start time - 6.30 pm and venue is the Large Hall at Christchurch. This is an evening for ALL ages and everyone is welcome. The evening is being run by Harvey Connelly & Hannah Gorham to raise funds for their trip to UGANDA next year.
Tickets are £5 and include a light supper. If you would like a ticket please see Hannah or Harvey before September 22nd or contact a steward. It is a fun night so please come along!
Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)
Hopefully you were able to get to the De La Warr Pavilion Theatre for the annual celebration when Steve Legg was our guest. We did not actually fill the theatre but there was quite a good number but I still feel that we should be able to fill it with all the supportive folk of Bexhill (I still have my ‘Hopes and Dreams’!!).
CTIB is planning some open meetings every few months with the next being on Wednesday October 8th so please book the date. I was pleased to be invited to the welcome and appointment of the Rev Richard Stein as Minister of the United Reformed Church in Cantelupe Road. It was a wonderful occasion with a packed church and a wonderful tea to follow in the marque on the lawn.
There are plenty of activities being planned and I will try to keep you informed.
Barry Turnwell (A member of the Executive Committee).
CTIB Weekly Prayer Cycle for September
Sept 7th - Bexhill Street Pastors
Sept 14th - Servants with Jesus (LaVonne & Eric Bardell)
Sept 21st - All Saints, Sidley (Vacancy)
Sept 28th - Society of Friends (Daphne Hill)
Christchurch House Group Meetings
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
In September we shall be beginning our next study which is the Gospel of St Mark Our meetings are held on Fridays at 7.30 pm. Here are the dates and venues from September until December:
Sept 5th at Pam Malpass’s home with Peter Watson to lead - chapter 1
Sept 19th at George Bunker’s home with George to lead – chapter 2
Oct 3rd at Barry and Joan’s home with Barry to lead – chapter 3
Oct 17th at Jan and Geof’s home with Jan to lead – chapter 4
Oct 31st at Llewelyn Lodge lounge Heather and David’s home and they will lead it together – chapter 5
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
In August we celebrated with the Ninfield Flower Group a Flower Festival weekend on the theme ‘Songs of Praise.’ Around 250 people from the area visited and Ian Pruden movingly led the worship on Sunday when we praised our God. The Festival supported the work of The Sussex Kidney Trust & over £900 was raised. Thank-you to everyone who helped to make this such a memorable occasion.
Messy Church – in September we embark on a monthly Messy Church group. Fun / Fellowship / Children’s activities & meal for 5-11 years. Our July Messy Church had 16 children attending + 9 adults!
Café Church – On the 1st Sunday monthly we now meet at 10.30 a.m. & combine a Family Service of Praise with breakfast. Again some new families, & adults, are starting to come along. Come & join us in September.
Ninfield Services - September 2014
- 7th. 10.30 a.m. - Café Church Family Service with Breakfast
- 14th. 2.30 p.m. - Service of Worship & Praise with Revd. Don Cormack
- 21st. 2.30 p.m. - Service of Worship & Praise with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd
- 28th. 2.30 p.m. - Service of Worship & Communion with Revd. Ian Pruden
Ninfield Special Events - September / October 2014
- Sept 17th 2.30 pm - Wesley Guild / Fellowship Group – ‘Communion’ with Revd. Ian Pruden.
- Sept 24th 3.30 - 5.30 pm - Messy Church’ - for children ages 5-11 yrs. (see above)
- 4th Oct 12.00 -2.30 pm -‘Harvest Through the Ages’ – buffet lunch & local photos programme
- 5th Oct 10.30am - Harvest Praise with the 1st. Ninfield Scout Group
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
There will be two special events this month – Saturday September 13th sees the National Heritage Open Day from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. This also links with the Sussex Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ Day. All are most welcome to call in to have a look around the Heritage Methodist Chapel that dates from 1785.
Then on Saturday September 27th at 11.00 am there will be the annual Harvest Festival Celebration. We are delighted that the service will be led by the Rev Michael Ward, a retired Methodist Minister in our circuit. This will be followed by the Harvest Lunch – no need to book or buy tickets – just come along and enjoy this special time. A small monetary donation would be appreciated.
The latest Annual Newsletter is available and do ask for a copy. We would value new or renewed ‘Friends’ to help support the work and witness of the Chapel.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Chamber Organ Concerts
Stephen Page from Hollington Church will be performing more Chamber Organ Concerts at Hastings Unitarian Church, South Terrace, Saturdays 2.30 - 3.30 pm, £5 suggested donation.
The next date is Oct 11.
Stephen Page is a talented pianist and organist who has performed in our church.
The Worship Group
The Worship Group meets on 15th September at 7.30 pm in Centenary House. All are most welcome to come and share in discussion about our worship at Christchurch.
If you wish to raise any point but cannot be at the meeting please see Wendy Gorham or a steward. We look forward to seeing you there and you even get a cup of tea/ coffee and a biscuit on arrival!
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.
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.