Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)
There will be more to report in our next issue as our AGM will be held shortly. The Executive Committee is taking a long, hard look at the role of CTIB and there is a real need for some ‘new blood’ on the committee.
This summer there will only be one Open Air Hymn Singing session on Sunday July 19th at 8.00 pm to link with the start of Carnival Week. On the following Sunday, July 26th at 6.00 pm there will be the annual summer celebration in the De La Warr Pavilion Theatre – and this is usually a very good united occasion.
This year we are delighted that the guest will be Richard Haley. After 25 years in a dream job designing high performance cars Richard will share his story of how he changed career direction to pursue his dream to write a musical. The musical is called ‘Love beyond’ and is about the Bible from start to finish. It has been performed with a West End cast at the Brighton Centre and Wembley and this will be a most interesting and challenging story. Do come – no charge or booking just a collection to help cover costs. More details may be found in the current issue of ‘Spotlight’ the circuit magazine.
Barry Turnwell (A member of the Executive Committee).
CTIB Weekly Prayer Cycle for July - August 2015
July 5th. St. Michael’s (Stephen Huggins)
July 12th. Sidley Baptist (Dave Bishop)
July 19th. Bexhill United Reformed Church (Richard Stein)
July 26th. St. Peter’s (David Reynish, Olivia Werrett)
Aug 2nd. St. Mary’s Ninfield (Simon Earl)
Aug 9th. Bexhill Food Bank
Aug 16th. Beulah Baptist (Graham Holliday, David Lockwood)
Aug 23rd. Our Lady of the Rosary (David Parmiter, Simon Dray)
Aug 30th. Little Common Methodist (Tricia Williams)
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
The visit of the Calvert Singers on the 10th June was a very happy occasion with a lovely blend of words and music on a beautiful spring evening. Now we look forward to the 230th birthday of the Chapel as it was built and opened on 1785.
On Sunday July 12th at 2.30 pm there will be open air hymn singing under the Wesley Tree and then we adjourn to the Chapel for our service of celebration that will be led by the Rev Cynthia Park – a former Minister of our church here at Christchurch. All are most welcome and there will be fitting light refreshments to follow. Two dates in the future:-
Saturday September 12th is the National Heritage Open Day which also links with the Sussex Historical Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’.
Saturday September 26th Harvest Festival is celebrated and this will be led by our new Minister, the Rev Tricia Williams, followed by a Harvest Lunch.
At the recent Circuit Meeting it was agreed that the ‘Wesley tree’ would be nominated for the BBC ‘Countryfile’ Tree of the Year and the Rev Peggy Heim is submitting our entry. You can’t win it if you’re not in it!
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Ninfield Services and News
If you want a friend, then be one.
A little bit of kindness, show some.
You'll be surprised how much finds it's way back home.
It don't matter what it is
If you want it, give.
Back in October 2011 Bet and I went to Alexandra Palace, in London, for the 50 year celebration of BBC ‘Songs of Praise’. Leann Rimes sang the above song ‘Give’ and we felt that this month we would share the words with you all.
It’s good for us to remember and report on events that have taken place in our lives and in our Church. May and June have given us memorable events at Ninfield when we have been able to reflect on our Christian mission, have a good time together and hopefully ‘give’ to others.
In May the Worship and Drama Team from Ashburnham Place Christian Trust led our worship with modern songs and drama. Wow – we had young people from 10 countries in Church and they were inspirational on the theme ‘God is faithful and responsible’.
Messy Church, later that month looked at ‘Sharing and Caring’ and how we can share gifts with the Foodbank and each other. Then in June we celebrated our Church Anniversary and gave thanks for all the people and organisations who use our premises today – the list was large – and our congregation totalled 32. Thanks to Deacon Jean for leading the worship and ‘MarkTime’ for the music. Our young people also sang and then we all shared a breakfast buffet together.
We remember Ann, Margaret, Heather and Mo in our thoughts and send our love to them all. So now to July / August and the programme below when we can continue to praise and share God’s love. We would also like to let you know that commencing September 6th all our Sunday services will switch to 10.30 a.m. so that we can reach out more effectively to the people of Ninfield. This decision had the full support of our Church Council and we now look forward to the new opportunities ‘to give and share’ that this will bring.
Ninfield Services and Events - July / August 2015:
- July 5th - 10.30 a.m. Café Church. Theme ‘Picnic on the Beach’
- July 12th - 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship and Communion led by Rev. Derek Brice
- July 19th - 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship and Praise led by Margaret Bickerdike
- July 26th - 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship and Praise led by Rev. Peggy Heim
- Aug 2nd - 10.30 a.m. Café Church with Alan Hurrell
- Aug 9th - 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship and Praise led by Rev. Ian Pruden
- Aug 16th - 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship and Praise led by Barry Turnwell
- Aug 23rd - 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship and Communion led by Rev. Ian Pruden
- Aug 30th - 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship and Praise led by Ian Pruden
Events during July
- July 11th 10.00 a.m. - 1200 noon - ‘Outreach’ Planning morning for our Church family at Michelham Priory
- July 15th 3.30 - 5.30 p.m. - Messy Church - ‘A Summer Picnic’
- July 18th 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. - Methodist Summer Quiet Day at Winchelsea Beach
Christchurch House Group Meetings
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
Our summer programme continues on Fridays at 7.30pm as follows:
- 10th July - John 3 in Llewelyn Lodge lounge - Heather and David leading
The chapters of John’s Gospel are quite detailed and it has been decided that each leader may select a part of a chapter for us to study rather than try to do it all.
This will be the last of the summer meetings until we begin again in September.
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.