Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
Flower Festival 28th – 30th May 2016
The last May Bank Holiday weekend sees the 28th Annual Festival of Flowers at Christchurch.
The weekend will see the church open and filled with stunning floral displays so please come along and bring your friends.
As well as the beautiful flowers, there will be a selection of stalls, including bric a brac, plants and cakes, and refreshments and cream teas will be available. Lunches will also be served on Saturday and Monday between 11.30am and 2pm.
On Sunday 29th there will be a celebration service at 10.30 and then at 6pm a Festival Songs of Praise, both services led by our Minister, Rev. Tricia Williams.
We hope to see you there!
Music for a Summer's Evening
June 18th at 7pm at Christchurch
Once again, the Christchurch Singers will bring to you old songs and new ones, Christian songs and secular ones, but all sung with a joyful voice! Our conductor Pat Reigh, has been rehearsing us well, with our accompanists, Mavis Foskett, Elizabeth Bush, and Gerald Witts.
To celebrate our Queen's 90th birthday, we shall be bringing you a tribute to her in word, music, and song, with much flag-waving and patriotism! As ever, Barry Turnwell will gather everything together in his own inimitable way.
The choir have chosen this time to support The Motor Neurone Disease Association, and there will be a collection for this charity during the concert. With free admission, and free refreshments this will be a night to remember! Please do come early for a good seat.
Invitation to explore Church Membership
This month, Reverend Tricia Williams will be offering membership classes for anyone who is considering becoming a church member to come and find out more about what it means to be a member of the Methodist Church.
The classes will be held at the church on Tuesday afternoons at 2.30 pm on 7th & 14th June at 2.30pm and Wednesday evenings 8th and 15th June at 7.30 pm. It is not necessary to come in the afternoon and the evening as the sessions will be the same so please choose whichever time suits you best.
If you would like to come along or have any questions please let Tricia know.
Pre-School Jumble Sale!
Pre-school will be holding a jumble sale on Saturday 23rd July. Everyone is welcome to attend-entrance fee of 50p. There will be stalls of clothing, plants and cakes to buy. Doors open from 10am to 11.30am.
If anyone has items that they would like to donate please contact pre-school on 07837859194. Collection of donations can be arranged for those without transport. Thank you.
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
On Wednesday June 15th at 7.30pm it will be a delight to welcome back –‘Joyful Noise’. Under the leadership of Stephen Page they will give an evening of words, music and song – do try to come along for this lovely evening.
On the following Saturday 18th June, the Chapel will have an Open Afternoon to link with the National Gardens Scheme when there is the opportunity to view some of the wonderful gardens in the town. Well worth a visit – and call to see us as well!
A reminder that on Sunday July 17th we celebrate the 231st anniversary of the Chapel building. At 2.30pm there is hymn singing under the ‘Wesley Tree’, followed at 3pm by a celebration of worship in the Chapel led by the Rev Neville Barnett.
Thank you to all who support the work and witness of this Methodist Heritage Centre.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Ninfield Services and News
We are pleased to have a varied programme of events & services during June, for which we give thanks.
Our village has planned a weekend of celebrations on the 11/12th June for the Queen’s 90th Birthday & we will also celebrate our Church Anniversary. On Saturday 11th June we are serving Birthday Cream Teas at our Church and there will also be face-painting + children's’ activities around our hall. In the afternoon a ‘period costume’ Cricket Match will take place on the recreation ground & a History Group exhibition in the Reading Room. (leaflets detail all the village events). Do come along & celebrate with us.
On Sunday 12th June we have our Church Anniversary service & remember the Queen’s Birthday & special days. This service, at our Church, will be united with St. Mary’s Parish Church. From 9.00am there will also be a Teddybear picnic Breakfast & BBQ in the village & an Over 60’s Tea Party, for Ninfield residents, in the Memorial Hall in the afternoon. The weekend event at our Church will also include a ‘gift-day’ opportunity to help towards the recent redecoration of the inside of our chapel, which now looks great.
Messy Church in May explored ‘Special Days’ and they, together with Messy Active Teens, are preparing some displays for the Church Anniversary weekend.
The Christian Women's’ Fellowship afternoon will feature Barry Wilkinson, who has a knack of talking about his experiences as a Prison Officer in an informative way.
So we pray for God’s blessing on all that we do at Ninfield, & in all our Churches.
Ninfield Services and Events - June / July 2016:
Sunday Services - all at 10.30am
- June 5th - Café Church, with breakfast.
- June 12th - HM Queen & Methodist Church Birthday Celebration Service, united
- with St. Mary’s, & led by Revd. Tricia Williams
- June 19th - Service of Praise & Communion with Revd. Roger Leslie June 26th- Service of Praise & Worship with Jennifer Winnington
- 3rd July - Café Church, with breakfast.
Events during June
- June 8th - 2.30 pm Christians Womens Fellowship ‘My Life in Prison!’ with Barry Wilkinson
- June 8th - 5 – 7pm Messy Active Teens
- June 11th - 1pm- 4.30pm HM Queen & Methodist Church Birthday Celebration with Cream Teas @ Methodist Hall & children's activities
- June 29th - 3.30 – 5.30pm Messy Church – Theme: ‘Home & Away’
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.