Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
Christchurch Harvest Festival Supper
On Monday 19th September at 6.30pm Christchurch will be holding its Harvest festival Supper in the Hall.
Tickets cost £6 each for adults and £3 each for children.
COME YE THANKFUL PEOPLE COME
Harvest Festival Decorations
The Church will be decorated for Harvest on Friday 16th September, if people could please bring any produce suitable for decorating to the church in the afternoon it will be gratefully received. Thank you.
Weekly Prayer Cycle – September 2016
Sept 4th - Bexhill Street Pastors
Sept 11th - Servants with Jesus (Menaka Simpkins)
Sept 18th - All Saints' Sidley (Michael Bailey)
Sept 25th - Society of Friends (Daphne Hill)
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
We enjoyed a wonderful 231st birthday celebration by singing hymns under the ‘Wesley Tree’ and then adjourning to the Chapel. The Rev Neville Barnett led the service and this was his first visit to the Chapel. A full church was in celebratory mood and challenged by Neville. Tea and cake followed on what turned out to be a lovely day.
Now to the future and on Saturday 10th September the Chapel will be open from 10am – 5pm to link with the National Heritage Open Day and the Sussex Churches Historical Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ Day. Do call in if you are in the area. The next Saturday – 17th at 11am it is Harvest festival time. Our service will be led by Stephen and Drina Hampson who are both local preachers in our circuit. A special Harvest buffet lunch will follow – no need to book just come along, enjoy and make a small donation. This time we are using Steve Roberts business (Oh! Crumbs) who will provide the buffet and we all look forward to a really happy time.
Finally, it is hoped that the annual Newsletter will be issued in September so get ready to receive your copy – and hopefully renew your ‘Friends’ kind donation.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Ninfield Services and News
We enjoyed some lovely services in July & August & four of our congregation went to Calvert for the Circuit Service in July.
It was great to hear Ian Pruden’s talk, with lots of amazing photographs, about his recent sabbatical. Ian is planning to repeat this talk + photos at Ninfield on Sunday 30th October, for all our Bexhill & Little Common churches, starting with a Bring & Share tea at 5.00pm. Please make a date in your diary – not to be missed!
It has also been great to hear the news about new Messy Churches in the Circuit and the August open-days at Sackville Road. So encouraging. In September we re-start our Messy Active Teens group and our monthly Messy Church. MATs has grown to around 15 teenagers which is another amazing story. We continue to be very thankful for all the people who help with these groups and the parents who are also joining the teams.
Our Church Away-day to review our Outreach plan is being re-scheduled from September to Saturday 22nd October so more details will be announced in the next magazine.
So we now look forward to our programme of worship/events as shown below and pray for God’s blessing on all that we do in His name.
Ninfield Services and Events - September 2016:
Sunday Services - all at 10.30am unless otherwise stated:
- Aug 28th - Service of Praise & Worship with Margaret Bickerdike
- Sept 4th - Café Church, with breakfast, led by Revd. Tricia Williams
- Sept 11th - Service of Praise & Communion with Revd. David Freeland
- Sept 18th - Service of Praise & Worship with Margaret Bickerdike
- Sept 25th - Service of Praise & Worship with Revd. Richard Dengate
- Oct 2nd - Café Church, with breakfast.
Events during September
- Sept 14th - 2.30 pm Christian Women's Fellowship
- Sept 14th - 5.00 – 7.00pm Messy Active Teens – ‘New Beginnings’
- Sept 28th - 3.30 – 5.30pm 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.