Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
Remembrance Day Service
10.30 a.m. 8th November with Holy Communion
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them
Raleigh International ICS
In February next year I will be going to Nicaragua on an ICS programme for 12 weeks, volunteering in a rural community there with Raleigh International.
ICS is a UK government-funded development programme that uses volunteer teams of young people from the UK and from countries in need to fight poverty and issues such as health and the environment. Raleigh International is an ICS partner with programmes in many different countries, and I have been allocated a volunteer programme in Nicaragua, Central America.
Raleigh is a charity which started out as Operation Drake in 1978, launched by Prince Charles and Colonel John Blashford-Snell. It is committed to youth and sustainable development. The programme aims to integrate its volunteers into the local community so I am likely to be living with a host family, eating and drinking and sleeping in the same way that the locals do. The project I will be working on focuses on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). This involves helping with community water management needs, and teaching and raising awareness of good sanitation and hygiene practices.
The whole initiative is 90% funded by the government, and 10% is required to be raised by volunteers. My fundraising target is £800, which I need to raise in the next couple of months. This goes directly to Raleigh projects, enabling them to continue. I would be very grateful if you could support me with reaching this!
On Wednesday 11th November at 7.00 pm I will be holding a Coffee Evening and Fund-raising event at Centenary House to which all are welcome.
Thank you - Elena Dennis
Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)
There is not a lot to report but the Management Committee met recently to plan for the future. More emphasis is being placed upon the role of the clergy in the town and they now meet together every two months at the Coach house for lunch.
Father Stephen Huggins, of St Michael’s Church in Glassenbury Drive is retiring shortly, and, of course, Rev Tricia Williams, has just arrived to have pastoral oversight of the Bexhill and Ninfield Methodist Churches.
On Saturday November 21st from 8.30 am there will be the Prayer and Praise time at the Coach House in the Old Town. All are most welcome and we conclude with light refreshments. There are usually around 15 people there and all churches in the town are remembered in prayer..
Barry Turnwell (A member of the Executive Committee).
CTIB Weekly Prayer Cycle for November 2015
Sun 1st Nov - St Augustine’s (Robert Coates)
Sun 8th Nov - St Oswald's Hooe (Simon Earl)
Sun 15th Nov - St Barnabas (Nicholas Reade)
Sun 22nd Nov - Christchurch Methodist (Tricia Williams)
Sun 29th Nov - Churches Together in Bexhill
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
The Harvest Festival was a very happy occasion and we are grateful to the Rev Trishia Williams who led the service. This was followed by the Harvest Lunch when 31 people sat and enjoyed the meal.
Now we look forward to the final 2015 events.
Saturday November 21st at 10.00 am for 10.30 am Martin West will tell us about the very successful interdenominational project ‘Street and Prayer Partners’. Further helpers are always needed so perhaps you may be inspired to join. Do come and enjoy the morning.
Saturday December 12th at 10.30 am We look forward to our ‘Christmas Praise’ and, due to public demand, this will again be led by the circuit Worship Leaders with Keith Miller making the plans. This will be followed by seasonal refreshments. Do come early to get a seat!!
By the way, the Winchelsea Tree is looking very good again and full of leaf. Well done and thanks to the folk who have been looking after it.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Christchurch House Group Meetings
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
Our November programme continues on Fridays at 7.30pm as follows:
- Nov 6th meeting at Ron and Yvonne’s and they will lead on ‘Marriage in all its diversity’
- Nov 20th meeting at George’s and he will lead on ‘Miracles today – or merely coincidences?’
Ninfield Services and News
Wow!! In October we enjoyed an amazing Harvest weekend with the Scouts, Messy Church families, and friends from our Methodist Churches of Hastings, Bexhill and Rye. We praised God for His Love and looked at ways in which we can help ‘others’. Thank you to Tricia and Ian for leading these services. We look forward to you joining us for some of our November programme. Messy church in November will be filling and decorating shoe boxes to be taken abroad by ‘Computers for Charities’ based in Hailsham. Please bring along suitable gifts.
Advent Sunday on 29th November will be a special day. Worship and Communion in the morning and then in the afternoon a programme of ‘all-age’ children’s activities, tea, and finally an ‘all-age’ service. Young people from around our Methodist area will be coming but anyone from our village is also very welcome.
Then on December 6th we will link with St. Mary’s Parish Church and St. Michael’s Hospice for a ‘Lights of love’ thanksgiving and remembrance service. The service starts at St. Mary’s Parish Church at 3.00 pm and then at 4.00 pm a ‘Lights of Love’ Tree (decorated with stars & hearts) will be lit outside our Church and remain there through Christmas-time. Refreshments will be served in our Hall. Please spend some time looking for your star or heart. (To order a Lights of love pack please call Perdita Chamberlain on 01424 456377 or email pchamberlain @ stmichaelshospice.com)
Ninfield Services and Events - November 2015:
- Nov 1st 10.30 am Café Church, with breakfast, led by Rev. Tricia Williams
- Nov 8th 10.30 am Remembrance Sunday United Worship at St. Mary’s Parish Church
- Nov 15th 10.30 am Service of Worship & Praise led by David Hanson
- Nov 22nd 10.30 am Service of Worship & Praise led by Margaret Bickerdike
- Nov 29th 10.30 am Advent Praise and Communion led by Rev. John Hope then at 6.00 pm Methodist Circuit ‘All age’ service
Events during November
- Nov 25th 3.30-5.30 pm Messy Church – ‘Love in a Box’
- Nov 29th 2.30-6.00 pm Fun activities for young people (including Tea)
Advance Notices for December
- Dec 6th 10.30 am Café Church, with breakfast, followed at 3.00 pm by the ‘Lights of Love’ service at St. Mary’s Parish Church in collaboration with St. Michael’s Hospice:
St Michael’s Hospice ‘Lights of Love’ Service of Thanksgiving & Remembrance
3-00 pm - Sunday 6th December 2015 at St. Mary’s Parish Church
Followed by 4.00 p.m. Lighting of ‘Lights of love’ Tree at Ninfield Methodist Church:
We invite you to join us for this celebration of the lives of those whom we have loved, yet see no longer. The service starts at St. Mary’s and then at 4.00 pm a ‘Lights of Love’ Tree (decorated with stars or hearts) will be lit outside Ninfield Methodist Church, and remain there through Christmas-time.
Refreshments will be served in the Methodist Hall.
Please then spend some time looking for your star or heart. To order a Lights of Love pack please call Perdita Chamberlain on 01424 456377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.