Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)
Good progress is being made with the way in which the work of CTIB is administered – the clergy of the town now meet regularly and more are becoming supportive of the way that we need to all work together. There also remains an Executive Committee that deals with the administration and routine of the group.
On Friday 4th December from 4.00 pm onwards there will be the lighting of the Christmas tree in Devonshire Square with late night shopping. CTIB will be singing carols and support would be appreciated.
The work of the Foodbank, Street and Prayer Pastors, services at The Normanhurst, Open Meetings, United celebrations, open air hymn singing etc. continues to be supported and there are new plans for the future.
Please do pray for this group and as we celebrate the ‘Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity’ may that be more and more reflected in our Christian journey.
Barry Turnwell (A member of the Executive Committee).
Experiences from Uganda!
I would like to thank everyone who supported me in my fundraising so that I could go to Uganda with the Christian Charity – the Quicken Trust.
I know that some of you will have heard me speaking about it at the recent Harvest supper but I will be giving my talk again as some people could not be there - so please do come along on Thursday 7th January 2015 at 6.30 pm in the Church. If you would like to hear more please do come along and find out what your money has helped towards. Thank you and see you there! Hannah Gorham
CTIB Weekly Prayer Cycle for December 2015
6th Dec - St Martha’s (David Parmiter, Simon Dray)
13th Dec - Living Word Church (Dale Barrett)
20th Dec - St Mark's (Jonathan Frais)
27th Dec - Crowhurst Healing Centre (Steve Gendall, Steve Clark)
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
On Sunday January 24th at 3.00 pm the Chapel will host the annual ‘Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity’ united service. We will welcome our friends from the Parish Church and elsewhere and light refreshments will follow. Do try to join us and both our Superintendent Minister, and the Rector of Winchelsea, will be taking part.
The latest Newsletter is available and we are still seeking some more ‘Friends’ – this means that you make a small annual donation and support and encourage the work and witness of the Chapel. Just let me know.
We have been most grateful to Ernie Bambridge who has been our treasurer for many years. This role will now be taken over by Steve Roberts and Ernie will remain on the Management Committee. Many thanks to Ernie for all his continuing work for the Chapel.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Christchurch Home Group Meetings
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
December 4th Llewelyn Lodge - David leading - 'Religion and Politics should they be kept separate from each other?'
No more meetings until we meet again in the New Year leaving time for Advent meetings with Ian Pruden and then deciding what we shall study for the Spring!
Ninfield Services and News
From Ninfield we wish you all a ‘Very Happy Christmas and God’s blessing & peace for the New Year 2016’. We remember all our Church families, and community, at this time & give thanks to God for inspiring our worship, praise & activities in 2015.
Annual Covenant Service on January 17th. This is a special Methodist service and we look forward to Tricia leading us in this act of commitment for 2016.
Ninfield Services and Events - January 2016:
- 3rd Jan 2016 - 10.30 am Café Church, with breakfast
- Jan 10th - 10.30 am Service of Worship & Praise led by Revd. Derek Brice
- Jan 17th - 10.30 am Annual Covenant Service led by Revd. Tricia Williams
- Jan 24th 10.30 am Service of Worship & Praise led by Revd. Derek Brice
- Jan 31st - 10.30 am Service of Worship & Praise led by Topsy Brice
Events during January
- 16th Jan - 3.30 – 5.30 pm Messy Church – ‘Messy Christmas’
- 27th Jan - 3.30 – 5.30 pm Messy Church
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.