Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)
As you read this article, the celebration of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity will have been held. This year there were meetings each day, including one at Christchurch. The local United Reformed Church (in Cantelupe Road) hosted the main united service.
On Tuesday February 10th at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm at St Augustine’s Church, Cooden Drive, there will be an open meeting when we will be able to hear more about the vital work of St Michael’s Hospice. Do come along to support. I do try to ensure that good publicity is given to the events planned by CTIB, and if you would like to know more please ask. The other two nominated people linked to CTIB from our church are Mrs Lisa Pestell (our Senior Church Steward) and Mrs Margaret Bickerdike (leader of our Bible Group and a Local Preacher).
Barry Turnwell (A member of the Executive Committee).
Circuit Lent Group
The Circuit Lent Group led by Rev Ian Pruden will meet at Centenary House on Thursdays February 19th, 26th, March 5th and 12th 2015 at 7.30 pm. This is always a thought provoking time. Please come and join us if you would like to do so.
CTIB Weekly Prayer Cycle for February
Feb 1st - St Mary’s Ninfield (Simon Earl)
Feb 8th - Bexhill Food Bank
Feb 15th - Beulah Baptist (Graham Holliday, David Lockwood)
Feb 22nd - Our Lady of the Rosary (David Parmiter, Simon Dray)
Ninfield Services and News
“Love is something
if you give it away
Give it away - give it away.
You end up having more!”
We sang this song with our Messy Church group at the start of Advent & I feel that this set the scene for the rest of our Christmas events – which were amazing! Our Messy Church young people (& Mums) packed 27 shoe boxes which were dispatched to Romania & Bulgaria thanks to Simon Rooksby of Computers for Charities in Hailsham. The shoe boxes then became : ‘Love-in-a-Box’. The children & Mums brought their gifts!
We want to say a special thanks to the 8 organisations from our village who decorated a tree for our Christmas Tree Festival, which included our Carol Service & Christmas Eve ‘Christingle’.
Our Church looked amazing for this special time of year and gave praise to God. Thank you also to everyone who organised and helped at all these events, including Ian, our minister.
Then for Epiphany we shared the journey of the Wise Men in an informal café church setting with slides & discussion; and one week later we moved onto our Methodist Covenant Service when we experience God’s willingness to surround us in His generous love.
In January our Messy Church theme was ‘Growing up with Jesus’.
So now we look at our plans for 2015: - ‘May God bless us all’
Ninfield Services and Events - February 2015
- Feb 1st 10.30 a.m. Café Church Family Service with Breakfast
- Feb 8th 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship & Praise Led by Mrs. M. Bickerdike
- Feb 15th 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship & Communion Led by Rev. Ian Pruden
- Feb 22nd 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship & Praise Led by Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd
- Feb 25th 3.30 p.m. until 5.30 p.m. ‘Messy Church’
- The month of March begins on Sunday March 1st 10.30 a.m. with our next Café Church Family Service with Breakfast.
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
The Christmas celebration, led by some of the circuit Worship Leaders, was excellent – and we also had a ‘full house’ of 39 people – and punch and mince pies to follow. I have a feeling that they will be invited again for next Christmas!
Now to the future – on St Valentine’s Day (Saturday February 14th) at 12 noon we are planning a Methodist ‘Love Feast’ led by Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd who is a member of our Battle Church. These have been held before and date right back to the beginnings of Methodism. We share a light meal, sing a few hymns, pray, and share our faith and experiences together. The format will be explained and you only have to speak if you wish to – it is just a time of reflection and fellowship – do come along.
Many of us have met Mrs Jo Hibbard, the National Methodist Heritage Officer, and Jo and her team have recently published a new Methodist Heritage Handbook and I have copies. It is well worth a browse and has over 100 pages – you only have to ask!
A couple of future dates – Sat 14th March at 10 for 10.30 am Mrs J Kirkham will speak about the history of the area, and on Wednesday 1st April at 7.30 pm the Rev Roger Leslie will lead ‘Reflections for Holy Week’. Thank you for your continued support of this Methodist Heritage site (page 62 in the Handbook!).
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Christchurch House Group Meetings
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
These are our planned dates for February and March when we complete our exploration of Mark’s Gospel.
Feb 13th At Ron and Yvonne with George to lead on Mark 10
Feb 27th At Linda’s with Linda to lead on Mark 11
March 13th At Barbara and Dennis with Barbara to lead on Mark 12March 27th at Ron and Yvonne’s with David and Heather to lead on Mark 13.
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.