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29th Festival of Flowers

It's that time again!

Saturday 27th May - Monday 29th May

Our 29th Annual Festival of Flowers will take place on the May Bank Holiday weekend, with opening times as follows:

  • Saturday 27th May - 10am - 4.30pm
  • Sun 28th May - 2pm-4.30pm
  • Mon 29th May - 10am - 4.30pm

There will be special Festival Church services on Sunday at 10.30am and 6pm

As usual, in addition to the beautiful floral displays, cream teas and refreshments will be available, with our popular lunches also available on Saturday and Monday between 11.30am and 2pm.

There will also be a range of stalls including the cake stall.

This year, as well as supporting church funds, we will be supporting Young Enterprise, a UK charity helping young people to learn, work and live.

We hope to see you there!

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Christianity and the Countryside

You are invited to a talk by Peter Owen Jones on “Christianity and the Countryside”, Thursday 22 June, St Mark’s Church Hall, Green Lane, Little Common, Bexhill TN39 4BZ. Entrance is FREE, 7pm for 7.30pm to 9pm.

Rev Peter Owen Jones is Vicar of Firle, East Sussex. He is also an experienced TV presenter, known especially for his series “Around the World in 80 Faiths”, and more recently his programme on “South Downs, England’s Mountains Green”, on BBC4. He is also an author, his most recent book is ‘Pathlands’ based on walks he has taken around the countryside. Peter manages a food garden at Firle vicarage.

Organised by Eastbourne & Bexhill Newman Circle. For further information, please contact: Alex Mtobi 07957 632208 or Edward Echlin 01424 219788.

Christchurch Housegroup

A small group of us meets every other Friday evening to share fellowship and to discuss a pre- chosen subject. At the moment we are looking at various characters in the New Testament. We are a very happy group and meet in different homes and always end with a cup of tea and plenty more chat. If you would like to join with us you will be most welcome as we have space for a few more people. I emphasise that it is a very relaxed and helpful time together, when we can reflect upon important issues about the Bible and our Christian faith. It’s better than the telly as well! You could always come along and give it a try!

Barry Turnwell

'Bach to the Future'

Free Concert - Saturday, 3rd June 7.30pm

Hear an eclectic mix of popular music from traditional classics to the present day at Sackville Road Methodist Church, Sackville Road, Bexhill on Sea TN39 3JA. With Andrew McGregor (organ) Cindy Gilham (soprano) Lynne Conway (piano) Andy Conway (violin) James Conway (cello) and Stephen Conway (double bass).

All welcome. Entry is free, but there will be a retiring collection for Starfish Malawi.

Weekly Prayer Cycle – June 2017

June 4th - Living Word Church (Dale Barrett)

June 11th - St Mark's (Jonathan Frais)

June 18th - Crowhurst Healing Centre (Steve Gendall, Steve Clark)

June 25th - Churches Together in Bexhill

Winchelsea Chapel News & Events

On Saturday June 17th from 2 – 5pm there will be an Open Afternoon to link with the Open gardens in the town. You will be most welcome if you would like to make a trip to Winchelsea, enjoy the wonderful gardens and call at the Chapel. A warm welcome awaits you!

Please also remember Sunday July 9th when the 232nd birthday of the Chapel will be celebrated. We assemble under the ‘Wesley Tree’ at 2.30pm to sing some hymns, and then adjourn for the 3pm service of celebration in the chapel.

It will be a delight to welcome the Rev Stephen Maunder, former Superintendent Minister of this circuit. He will lead the service and this will be followed by light refreshments. Do try to come along and join the birthday celebrations!

Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer


May 27th/28th and 29th 29th Award Winning annual Festival of Flowers

Friday 16th June – Sussex Day

Saturday 17th June 7pm Christchurch Singers ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’

Sunday 18th June - Junior Church Anniversary (and Father’s Day)

Sunday 9th July 232nd Anniversary service at Winchelsea (Wesley’s) Chapel

Ninfield Services and News

Prepared by Paul Burson.

We enjoyed the excellent musical-drama with Christian Voices in May when around 45 people filled our hall, including the drama group. The play was entitled ‘Teacher in the Temple’ & told the story of family life, & the young Jesus who was found by Mary & Joseph in the temple. Alan Young who writes the play was thrilled that £154 was given in donations towards their designated charity ‘Contact the Elderly’.

We also had an amazing time at our Messy Church in May when our theme was ‘Bread & Wine’. The young people explored a number of activities & then Tricia explained, very simply, the meaning of Communion. 26 children & parents shared Bread & Grape-juice together. It was all very ‘meaningful and moving’ & Tricia commented that this was the first time she had led a Communion with a Messy Church.

We are pleased that the Reverend Paul Frostick has been appointed Priest in Charge of the Ninfield & Hooe parishes. This position is part-time with Paul working 2 ½ days a week for the two parishes, including Sundays. He has been helping-out at Ninfield for the last 2 years & will continue to live in Bexhill.

On Sunday 11th June we celebrate the 146th birthday of our Church. To mark this anniversary we will be joined by the congregation from St. Mary’s for a united service of praise at 10.30am. The service will be led by the Reverend Ian Pruden. Do come along if you can. The service will be concluded with light refreshments & ‘cake’ in our hall.

Messy Active Teens plan to visit ‘The Woods’ for their programme in June (weather permitting!!) & Messy Church will unpack the story of ‘The Lost Son.’ - plenty to look forward to.

Ninfield Services - May / June 2017:

Sunday Services - all at 10.30am unless otherwise stated:

  • May 28th Worship & Praise with Pen Wilcock
  • 4th Jun Family Café Worship, with breakfast led by Rev Tricia Williams.
  • June 11th Anniversary Service united with St. Mary’s incl. Communion Led by Revd. Ian Pruden
  • June 18th Worship & Praise with Margaret Bickerdike
  • June 25th Worship & Praise with Gillian Lambourne
  • 2nd July Family Café Worship, with breakfast.

Ninfield Events for May/June:

  • May 24th - 3.30 – 5.30pm Messy Church
  • June 14th 2.30pm Christian Womens Fellowship
  • June 14th 5.00 – 7.00pm Messy Active Teens
  • June 28th 3.30 – 5.30pm Messy Church – ‘The Lost Son’

Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)

It has been agreed that the local churches will be having a Week of Prayer from 5 -9 June to link in with the national prayer event ‘Thy kingdom come.’ With the General Election taking place this week it will be a timely opportunity to pray for our country and for one another.

Through the week there will be various opportunities to meet for prayer and worship at the various churches in the town. Christchurch will participate by inviting others to join us for prayer and worship on Monday 5 June at 7.00pm and Sackville Road will welcome others to join us for Holy Communion on Wednesday 7 June at 11.00 am. Members of Little Common are invited to join with folk at St Marks Church for prayer on Thursday 8 June at 12.00 noon.

At the end of the week we shall gather for the United Service at St Barnabas Church in Sea Road on Sunday 11 June at 6.00pm where the speaker will be Bishop Richard Jackson who will talk about using the Bible today.

CTiB Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 22 June at the United Reformed Church, Cantelupe Road, gathering at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome to attend. CTiB Open Air Hymn Singing at the Colonnade on Sunday 23 July 2017 at 8.00pm. This will mark the start of Carnival week and will be attended by the Carnival Court and members of the Carnival Committee. Please come along – and bring a chair if you are able - and join in the hymn singing which will be co-ordinated by Barry Turnwell.

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.