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Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally


All-Age Fun + Worship Afternoon

On Sunday May 17th, 2-30 pm at Pett Methodist Chapel there will be an 'all age fun & worship" session on the Theme: The Spirit Lives! There will be activities, fun and Tea at 5.00 p.m., then Worship at 6.00 pm with Gill Dascombe, Vice President of Conference. For more information contact Wendy email: familyhatch1@gmail.com

Celebrating MAYC's 70th birthday

The Methodist Association of Youth Clubs was founded in June 1945 with a special event held in the Royal Albert Hall.

On Sunday 31 May 2015 at Tewkesbury Methodist Church, there will be a special event to celebrate Methodist youth work past and present. The celebration will start with worship at 10.30 am and continue with lunch and the sharing of memories and hearing about present-day Methodist youth work. To register your interest and for more information, please email Michael Jebson.

Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)

It was a rather wet day for the Good Friday Walk of Witness but there were around 150 people who came along and there was excellent coverage in the Bexhill Observer. The procession stopped for a hymn and prayer in Devonshire Square and Town Hall Square, and erected the Cross to stay for the Easter weekend. A united service in Beulah Baptist church followed.

This month – on Tuesday 12th May at 7.30 pm CTIB is holding an open meeting at St Augustine’s Church, Cooden Drive. There will be a speaker for ROC (Redeeming our Communities’)– an organisation that I know little about so it will be good to learn about their style of mission and outreach. Perhaps you have never been to St Augustine’s Church so now is a good opportunity!

A couple of dates for the future. The AGM will be on Monday 29th June and the Annual Summer Celebration will be in the De La Warr Pavilion Theatre on Sunday 26th July at 6.00 pm – there will be a special guest speaker.

Barry Turnwell (A member of the Executive Committee).

CTIB Weekly Prayer Cycle for May

May 3rd - St Augustine’s (Robert Coates)

May 10th - St Oswald's Hooe (Simon Earl)

May 17th - St Barnabas (Nicholas Reade)

May 24th - Christchurch Methodist

May 31st - St Martha’s (David Parmiter, Simon Dray)

Ninfield Services and News

“Great is Thy faithfulness, Oh God my Father Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand has provided Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!”

As we ponder, sing or say the words of this lovely hymn we are reminded that the message of Easter, spring, and new life is there for us to experience every new day.

We thank Jean for leading our worship on Easter Sunday; the drama group Christian Voices for presenting the play ‘Malachi’ later that week; and the Messy Church family who has given a small table, chairs & books to start our children’s activity area.

Do come along to our Coffee Morning in May when we are raising funds for Christian Aid. We look forward to Face painting for the young people.

On May 17th our service will be led by the Drama and Worship Group from the Ashburnham Place Christian Centre. We are really pleased to have this opportunity to develop links with this local Christian Centre and hope that you will also be able to come along and enjoy their creative worship. The service will be followed by light refreshments.

We also look forward to seeing as many people as possible for our Café Church and Church Anniversary service on June 7th. Every Monday evening the band ‘Mark Time Brass’ practice in our Hall and they are going to lead the music at this service. We will therefore be able to ‘give thanks’ for the anniversary of the building of our Church and its ongoing outreach and witness. (The Foundation stone was laid in the Summer of 1881).

Paul Burson.

Ninfield Services and Events - May / June 2015

  • May 3rd 10.30 a.m. Café Church with breakfast
  • May 10th 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship & Praise led by Rev. Peggy Heim
  • May 17th 2.30 p.m. Worship Service with Asburnham Place Drama Group
  • May 24th 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship and Communion led by Rev. Ian Pruden
  • May 31st 2.30 p.m. Trinity Sunday Worship led by Mr. Barry Turnwell
  • June 7th 10.30 a.m. 134th ‘Church Anniversary’ - The Café Church style service music will be led by the ‘Mark-Time Brass’ Band

Events during May

  • Saturday 9th 10.30 - 12 noon Christian Aid Coffee Morning with Face painting for young people (you are as young as you feel)
  • Wednesday 20th 3.30 - 5.30 p.m. Messy Church

Winchelsea Chapel News & Events

May always includes Christian Aid Week and this year the Chapel will be supporting the charity with a Coffee Morning on Saturday 16th May from 10.00 am until 12 noon, and there will also be a ‘Bring ‘n Buy’ stall. Everyone is most welcome to pop in for a drink and a chat!

We also look forward to a visit from the Calvert Choir on Wednesday 10th June at 7.30 pm so do book the date and try to come along to support and enjoy. One further advance date – Sunday July 12th sees the 230th Anniversary of the Chapel that dates from 1785. It will be a delight to welcome the Rev Cynthia Park to lead our celebration service at 3.00 pm. This is preceded by hymn singing under the Wesley Tree from 2.30 pm. We hope for a sunny and lovely time of celebration for the Chapel and its witness.

Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer

Christchurch House Group Meetings

Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century

We are starting our summer programme on Fridays at 7.30pm as follows:

  • 1st May - Mark 15 meeting at Ron and Yvonne’s home with David and Heather leading
  • 15th May - Mark 16 meeting at Pam Malpass’s home with Peter leading
  • 29th May – We all bring a favourite Bible verse (or two) or short passage and tell us why – meeting at Geof and Jan’s home

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.

Thanksgiving

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

Forgiveness

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.