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Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally


Sackville Road Methodist Church Anniversary Weekend

We invite you to:

our Coffee Morning and Gift Day on Saturday 15th July from 10.30am – 12.00 noon when the church will be open for visitors to come in and look round and there will be an opportunity to purchase some goods from the Fairtrade stall. We shall be serving refreshments in the Church vestibule during this time.

Our Anniversary Service on Sunday 16th July at 10.30 am which will be led by a former Circuit Minister, Revd Roger Cresswell. This will be followed by a buffet lunch in the Parkhurst Hall provided by a local catering company. To enable us to know numbers for catering we are selling tickets for the meal at £5 per person.

Tickets are available from Dave Williams who can be contacted on 733137.

 

Pastoral Care Training

Revd Tricia Williams will be offering training sessions on pastoral care using the Methodist Church resource ‘Encircled in Care’ on Tuesday evenings 11 and 18 July from 7.30-9.00pm at Centenary House.

The sessions will explore why and how we care using Bible passages and sharing in conversation. The sessions will be of particular value to pastoral visitors and those who may be thinking of taking on this role as well as anyone who offers care in the church and community.

Messy Church

There will be a Messy Church session in Egerton Park - meet on the grass area by the Childrens' Centre, at 10am on Thursday, August 24th, with your own picnics. If the weather is bad, we will meet at Sackville Road Methodist Church.

Fun and Friendship

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday in each month at 2pm , and enjoy a variety of activities. It is a very informal time in which to enjoy each other’s company and you can come and go as you please.

This meeting came about after discussion at our annual general meeting about holding a weekday club so why not come along and give it a try –it is only a £1 for the afternoon and that includes a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. Great value and great company. Hope to see you to soon.

Joan and Pam

Winchelsea Chapel News & Events

We are looking forward to our 232nd Anniversary on Sunday July 9th. At 2.30pm there will be hymn singing under the ‘Wesley Tree’ followed at 3pm with the service of celebration in the Chapel. It is a delight to welcome the Rev Stephen Maunder to lead the service – he was the former Superintendent Minister of our circuit. Do try and come along if you are able – and we are delighted that the Mayor of Winchelsea will be joining us.

Over the weekend of 9th/10th September there is the National Heritage Open Weekend – and the Chapel will be open for visitors on Saturday 9th September from 12noon – 5pm. This also coincides with the Sussex Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and stride’ Day. Please also book Saturday September 30th when we again will celebrate our Harvest Festival in the morning, followed by a wonderful spread as last year. Well worth a visit!

We still seek a few more ‘Friends’ and may I encourage you to join for a small sum each year. We don’t want to lose our Methodist Heritage Site that is Wesley’s Chapel dating from 1785.

Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer

Ninfield Services and News

Prepared by Paul Burson.

In June we were pleased to share two events with St. Mary’s Parish Church. Firstly our own Church Anniversary Service of Praise which was led by Revd. Michael Ward and included communion. This was particularly meaningful as we all shared ‘The Peace’.

Then later in the month we were invited to St. Mary’s for the licensing service of the Reverend Paul Frostick. Both services, and refreshments, were very happy occasions and it was good to be all together as a worshipping community.

Messy Church in May looked at the story of Elijah & the ‘still small voice from God’. The young people then reflected on how we hear God’s voice today. In June the Messy Church theme is ‘The Lost son’. Activities range from:

  • building a place where you feel safe ie. Home, bedroom, Church, school
  • using lolly sticks to make ‘ Welcome-home’ signs
  • preparing celebratory food
  • making prayer houses. Plenty there to keep everyone occupied!

Messy Church in July will be on Monday 24th at the start of the school holidays. Time & details below. Messy Active Teens continues to be popular for around 15 teenagers. An outdoor programme is planned for July. Thanks to everyone who helps.

Do come along to any of our services or events if you can. You will be assured of a warm welcome.

Ninfield Services - Summer 2017:

Sunday Services - all at 10.30am unless otherwise stated:

  • July 9th Worship & Praise with Christine Thacker
  • July 16th Worship & Communion with Rev. Tricia Williams
  • July 23rd Worship & Praise with Dawn Novis
  • July 30th Worship & Praise with David Hanson
  • 6th Aug Family Café Worship, with breakfast.

Ninfield Events for this Summer:

  • July 12th 2.30pm Christian Womens Fellowship
  • July 12th 5.00 – 7.00pm Messy Active Teens – ‘Barbecue in the Woods’
  • July 24th 1.30 – 3.30pm Messy Church – ‘A Summer Stroll & Picnic’

Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)

It has been agreed that the local churches will be having a Week of Prayer from 5 -9 June to link in with the national prayer event ‘Thy kingdom come.’ With the General Election taking place this week it will be a timely opportunity to pray for our country and for one another.

Through the week there will be various opportunities to meet for prayer and worship at the various churches in the town. Christchurch will participate by inviting others to join us for prayer and worship on Monday 5 June at 7.00pm and Sackville Road will welcome others to join us for Holy Communion on Wednesday 7 June at 11.00 am. Members of Little Common are invited to join with folk at St Marks Church for prayer on Thursday 8 June at 12.00 noon.

At the end of the week we shall gather for the United Service at St Barnabas Church in Sea Road on Sunday 11 June at 6.00pm where the speaker will be Bishop Richard Jackson who will talk about using the Bible today.

CTiB Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 22 June at the United Reformed Church, Cantelupe Road, gathering at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome to attend. CTiB Open Air Hymn Singing at the Colonnade on Sunday 23 July 2017 at 8.00pm. This will mark the start of Carnival week and will be attended by the Carnival Court and members of the Carnival Committee. Please come along – and bring a chair if you are able - and join in the hymn singing which will be co-ordinated by Barry Turnwell.

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.