Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
Christchurch First Christmas Craft Fair
18th October, 10.00 am until 4.00 pm
Calling all crafts-men and women - Tables are available at £10 per table, on a first come first served basis. Your table is not guaranteed until your £10 has been paid over!
On the day we will be holding a chocolate tombola, so any donations towards this tombola will be gratefully received We will also have tea, coffee and cakes available and any contributions in this area of making cakes as well as selling will be gratefully received. Entry for visitors is free.< /p>
This is a craft fair for crafts people to sell their wares, not just to show (unlike the previous one we held), so please only hire a table if your goods are for sale For table hire and further information please contact Claire Conely at Church.
Don't miss it!
Christian Voices, the Musical Drama Group, will be performing their next play on Saturday, October 18th at 3.00 pm in Ninfield Methodist Church. The play is called “Let My People Go” and is based on what happens when Moses and Aaron tell the King of Egypt to let his slaves go free.
The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin.
The performance will be in aid of the Bexhill Street Pastors.
Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)
The Executive is planning several ‘Open Meetings’ during the year and the next will be on Wednesday October 8th at 7.30 pm at Beulah Baptist Church Hall, Clifford Road with refreshments from 7.00 pm. We will hear all about ‘The Servants of Jesus and the Coach House Ministry’ that is based in Bexhill Town. It will be good to hear more about this outreach that is almost on our doorstep.
I did mention last month the ‘Just a Minute’ column in the local paper each week. It is good to have this facility which we appreciate. I was asked to write for two weeks – it is an interesting challenge to compose a suitable and meaningful article in 150 words! The paper is also generous in providing space for all churches to advertise their weekly activities.
Barry Turnwell (A member of the Executive Committee).
CTIB Weekly Prayer Cycle for October
Oct 5th - St Mary Magdalene's, (David Parmiter, Simon Dray)
Oct 12th - The Pelham Trust
Oct 19th - St Stephen’s (Tim Voltzenlogel)
Oct 26th - Sackville Road Methodist (Peter Timms)
Christchurch House Group Meetings
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
We study the Gospel of St Mark. Our meetings are held on Fridays at 7 for 7.30 pm. Here are the dates and venues from October until December:
Oct 3rd at Barry and Joan’s home with Barry to lead – chapter 3
Oct 17th at Jan and Geof’s home with Jan to lead – chapter 4
Oct 31st at Llewelyn Lodge lounge Heather and David’s home and they will lead it together – chapter 5
Nov 14th at Linda’s home – leader to be chosen – chapter 6
Nov 28th at Barbara and Denis’ home with Barbara to lead – chapter 7
Ninfield Services and News
This year at Ninfield we celebrate the Harvest on 4/5 October. On Saturday October 4th a Harvest Buffet lunch will include a photo/slide programme of Harvests in Ninfield through the ages. No need to book tickets / just come along and enjoy the occasion.
On Sunday October 5th we are thrilled that around 40 young people from the 1st Ninfield Scout Group are likely to attend our morning service. We shall collect Harvest gifts for the Bexhill Foodbank and some older folk around the village. This gives us an opportunity to think of others and share God’s love through our giving.
Later in the month we welcome Christian Voices, Music & Drama group, who will present their new play entitled ‘Let my people go’ which will explore the story of Moses & Aaron.
Fellowship Guild meetings will be on the 1st October at 2.30pm and on 15th October, when Clive Loader will talk about 'Volunteering at the Olympics'.
Ninfield Services - October 2014
- 4th Oct 12.00 -2.30 pm -‘Harvest Through the Ages’ – buffet lunch & local photos programme
- 5th Oct 10.30am - Harvest Praise with Rev. Peggy Heim and the 1st. Ninfield Scout Group
- 12th 2.30 pm. Service of Worship & Praise with Mr O Birch
- 19th 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship & Praise with Mr. D. Hanson
- 26th 2.30 pm Service of Worship & Communion with Rev. Peggy Heim
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
We had a successful Heritage Day in September with around 55 visitors.
Now to the future – and on Saturday October 25th at 10.00 am for 10.30 am we are delighted to welcome Mr Malcolm Pratt (the former Town Clerk) who will tell us about ‘’Winchelsea’s Poor – their lives through their letters’. Malcolm is always very interesting and do try to come along.
Saturday November 15th also in the morning we again meet when the Rev Ian Pruden will lead our thoughts on ‘Spirituality and faith in WW1’. It would be good to welcome a few more Friends and the current Newsletter of the Chapel gives full details. I have plenty of copies!
The latest Annual Newsletter is available and do ask for a copy. We would value new or renewed ‘Friends’ to help support the work and witness of the Chapel.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Chamber Organ Concerts
Stephen Page from Hollington Church will be performing more Chamber Organ Concerts at Hastings Unitarian Church, South Terrace, Saturdays 2.30 - 3.30 pm, £5 suggested donation.
The next date is Oct 11.
Stephen Page is a talented pianist and organist who has performed in our church.
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. And pray for worship here, all who use our premises or those at Centenary House. 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.