Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
Reaching Out To The Community
Very near to our church we have two centres of care and healing – Orchard House and the Irvine Unit. Each month we visit Orchard House (almost opposite in St John’s Road) and the next will be on Thursday February 20th (and then March 20th) at 3.00 pm. We sing hymns (with Ian on the keyboard) and have a reading and a prayer and it lasts about 40 minutes.
With the Irvine Unit there is a short 30 minute Songs of Praise every Sunday afternoon at 4.00 pm. These are arranged by the Chaplain, Rev Neville Barnett, and we take our turn (usually when there is a fifth Sunday in the month). Various churches lead on other Sundays, and Neville very often plays the keyboard. We are next there on 30th March and also Easter Day 20th April. (our church is leading this special united event).
Usually these events are led by our Minister but if he is unavailable I usually stand in for Ian. A little more support would be most welcome and we know that the singing is very much appreciated by both centres. Barry Turnwell.
Crafts and Talents Day March 22nd
We are holding a Crafts and Talents Day on Saturday March 22nd 2014 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
We want this to be as inclusive and diverse as possible. If you have a craft or talent you would like to display or even a collection of an interest, that’s fine. There will be demonstrations throughout the day as well as have-a-go areas, the accent is on informality we are not holding a craft fair, just an opportunity for anyone to show us what interests them.
There is no charge for having a stand, but a condition of the day is that if you sell anything, at least 25% goes to the church. Having a stand does not commit you to selling anything, there may be things you would like to show but are too precious to sell.
We are also having a Silent Auction if you have anything for this, which would be most appreciated and does not
necessarily need to be something you would normally sell. We would really like you to take part in some way, so please ring Chris Cox on 01424 220524 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alan Malpass on 01424 224785 (email@example.com) to express an interest.
On the day we shall need some help with shepherding people around the premises and making sure they are aware of the timing of demonstrations etc. There will be light refreshments available throughout the day, another opportunity to show your talent by baking a cake. Put the date in your diary and tell your friends!
Lent Bible Study 2014
Advance Notice that the Lent Bible Study Sessions will be held in our Centenary House on Thursday 13th March, Wednesday 19th March and Tuesday 25th March. Each session begins at 10.30 am and ends at 12.00 noon and they will be led by Rev. Ian Pruden.
Christchurch House Group Meeting - February 2014
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
We began again in January and we are looking 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 dates and intended venues are listed here:
- Feb 7th at Centenary House (unless another offer) – Peter to lead
- Feb 21st at Jan and Geof’s home – Jan and Geof to lead
- Mar 7th at George Bunker’s home – George to lead
- Mar 21st at David’s in Llewelyn Lodge Lounge – David to lead
In case of unforeseen difficulties any changes will be announced in the Weekly Notices and Power Point.
Christchurch Worship Group Meeting - February 2014
The next Worship Meeting is at 7.30 pm on February 11th 2014 (a date for those new diaries!) in Centenary House and remember all are welcome! Wendy Gorham
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
We had a wonderful Christmas celebration led by Keith Miller and the circuit Worship Leaders, and in January it was a delight to welcome the folk from the Parish Church as we celebrated the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Each month some form of activity is planned by the Management Committee and this month, on February 15th at 12 noon, there will be a ‘Love Feast’. This is a sacrament that goes back to the beginnings of Methodism and is an opportunity to partake of a very light meal together, and to share experiences of our faith. It will also be a delight to welcome Mrs Jo Hibbard, who is the National Methodist Heritage Officer based in London. Jo and the Rev Ian Pruden will tell us about the ‘Love Feast’ and all are most welcome. Just come along (the food is provided and there is no need to book) and enjoy a very special time of fellowship together.
You may like to book in your diaries Saturday 15th March, 10.00 am for 10.30 am, when the Rev Ian Pruden will be telling us about his visits to Lindisfarne (Holy Island). This will be a really interesting talk and do try to come along.
If you have not visited the Chapel recently we hope you will come and see the improvements that have been made – and also you can purchase a copy of the new History written by Dr Keith Foord. It is only £6 a copy and profits go to help the work and witness of the Chapel.
Finally, we were very sad to hear of the passing of Paul Hamblin, a member of our Management Committee and a very good ‘Friend’ of the Chapel. We appreciated his help and support and remember Pam and those who mourn his passing.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Ninfield Services and News
We have journeyed through Advent and celebrated the birth of our Saviour and welcomed a New Year of hope and new beginnings. We wish you all every blessing in this year of 2014.
Our Christmas services were wonderful and uplifting with an excellent attendance. Our thanks must go to Topsy and Derek for leading the worship and to Paul and Betty for all their help in arranging the Christingle.
We welcomed back John Troughton on 5th January – it was good to see him after an absence of two years. We pray your continued blessing on him.
We have two Wesley Guild meetings this month – on 5th February with Margaret Bickerdike for “Previous Churches” and on 19th, when we shall welcome Mrs Pam Doodes who will speak about her job with the Parish and County Council.
We held a Church Council Meeting on 15th January when we discussed Outreach.
Our Covenant Service with Ian was held on 19th January. We are very sorry that Ian is leaving us this year, but fully understand his reasons. We wish him every blessing in his Sabbatical in the Spring, and his new appointment in September. We pray God’s blessing upon him.
We thank Topsy & Derek for all they have done in the time they have been with us – they have returned to Greece and we shall see them again in May. Thank you to Peter for playing the organ and piano, and to David for playing the guitar. We are glad you are with us.
Ninfield Services - February 2014
- 2nd Feb: 10.30 am Mr Barry Turnwell
- 9th Feb: 2.30 pm Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd
- 16th Feb: 2.30 pm Reverend Ian Wales with Holy Communion
- 23rd Feb: 2.30 pm Local arrangement.
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.