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!
Crafts & Talents Day
The Christchurch annual Crafts & talents day to be held on Saturday 30th April between 10am and 4pm. There will be free admission. Light refreshments will be available.
This is the chance for church members to show off their skills. If you feel you can't take part in the shows and displays, there is plenty of help needed on the day, running the teas and coffees, making cakes and helping behind the scenes, so please contact a Steward.
Christians Against Poverty
On Friday, 6 May, at 10.30 am, Ros Thomas from CAP (Christians Against Poverty) will be coming to speak at Little Common Friday Rendezvous in the church Vestibule.
Coffee and refreshments will be served and we welcome everyone to come and listen to Ros and discover more about CAP.
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
Although we had a rather small number the Rev John Hope gave us a really interesting evening recently telling us all about the religious broadcasting that he did with the BBC. There were plenty of chocolate biscuits to follow!!
On Saturday 21st September from 10am – noon there will be a Christian Aid Coffee Morning in the Chapel with a small bring and buy stall – all are most welcome.
You may like to make a note in your diary of Wednesday June 15th at 7.30pm as there will be a welcome return of ‘Joyful Noise’ who will give us an evening of music, song and words. Their previous visit was most enjoyable and it will be good to hear from them again under the leadership of Stephen Page.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Ninfield Services and News
We enjoyed memorable Easter celebrations in March comprising Messy Church, Good Friday reflections at St. Mary’s, & Worship & Praise on Easter Sunday with a number of our Messy Church families. ‘Christ is risen, He is risen indeed, Hallelujah!’
In April our hall was packed for a return visit of Christian Voices & their drama ‘Heart of Gold.’ We thank them for beautifully telling the story of Ruth, Naomi, & Boaz. £95 was given in support of Snowflake Trust.
We are pleased that the interior of our Church has been completely redecorated, so we are enjoying a lovely bright chapel.
Tribute to Anne Winborn
Ninfield folk were saddened to hear of the death of Anne, though for her age 103! it was her wonderful moment. How often had she quoted Alfred, Lord Tennyson "I shall see my pilot face to face, when I have crost the bar". Anne was a woman of great faith and enormous kindness. It was always a pleasure to visit her and hear her stories, spanning 100 years of service going back to a six year old's experience of the end of the First World War.
She worked as a midwife. One of our ladies said ‘I wish she had been my midwife’. On retirement she returned to Bexhill where her family roots were, but there was also a Ninfield connection as her grandfather worked at Pashley Farm. She undertook voluntary work in the Oxfam shop in Bexhill and it was there that she met Dora Catt who introduced her to the Chapel in Ninfield. The two ladies came to worship in a taxi each week after Anne ceased to drive because of failing sight. For many years Anne played the organ devotedly.
Anne was in the last few years unable to get out much, but she had four great interests. The plants in the garden, especially the huge oak tree "grown from a tiny acorn!", badgers and birds which she fed regularly, and dinosaurs "because I am one of them!" As a child she once discovered dinosaur footprints on the beach at Bexhill. The plaster casts are still in the Museum.
Anne, there will be "no moaning of the bar" but we WILL miss you!
Ninfield Services and Events - May 2016:
Sunday Services - all at 10.30am
- May 1st – Cafe Church with breakfast
- May 8th Service of Worship with Holy Communion led by Rev. Tricia Williams
- May 15th – Service of Worship and Praise led by Drina Hampson
- May 22nd – Trinity Sunday Worship & Praise led by Rev Richard Dengate
- May 29th – Service of Worship & Praise led by Rev. Cynthia Parks
Events during May
- 11th May – Christian Womens Fellowship 'Welcome to Sandra'
- 11th May - Messy Active Teens – 5pm-7pm 'Bluebell Woods Walk'
- 25th May – Messy Church – 'Special Days' 3.30-5.30pm
- 27th May – Friendship Friday – 2.15 – 3.45pm
‘Music for a Summer’s evening’
Advance notice that Christchurch Singers ‘Music for a Summer’s evening’ will take place on Saturday June 18th at 7pm.
This is always a very popular event, so please make a note in your diary - more event details to follow.
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.