Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
HASTINGS, BEXHILL AND RYE CIRCUIT PRAYER FOR 2014/5
Loving and gracious God, inspire us anew in the work of your Kingdom through our circuit life together. Give us new insights as we seek to communicate the good news of Jesus to all we meet. May we be inspired again to use the gifts of buildings, resources and people, so that our churches are living pictures of your Kingdom. In all we do, transform us, so that Jesus is at the centre of all. Amen.
Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)
Summer is approaching and this gives us thoughts of the Open Air Hymn Singing at the Colonnade – this year they will be held on Sundays July 6th, 13th and 20th starting at 8.00 pm. Last year there was a most worthwhile, and inspiring, service of celebration in the De La Warr Pavilion theatre – this year we are there again on Sunday July 27th at 6.00 pm. Please do try to come along – wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the theatre full of Christian folk and those wanting to know more about our faith! We all can have our ‘Hopes and Dreams’!
Street Pastors and Prayer partners, Foodbank, Rest Homes, High School Pastors, Good Friday Walks, ‘Just a Minute’ in the local paper, Inter Faith plans, united services, Edgy Fest – and many other activities are all linked with CTIB and gives a united aspect to the work of all our churches. Your support is much appreciated.
Barry Turnwell (A member of the Executive Committee).
CTIB Weekly Prayer Cycle for July and August
July 6th - St Michael’s (Stephen Huggins)
July 13th - Sidley Baptist (Dave Bishop)
July 20th - Bexhill United Reformed Church (Richard Stein)
July 27th - St Peter’s (David Reynish,Olivia Werrett, Peter Shaw
Aug 3rd - St Mary’s Ninfield (Simon Earl)
Aug 10th - Bexhill Food Bank
Aug 17th - Beulah Baptist (Graham Holliday, David Lockwood)
Aug 24th - Our Lady of the Rosary (David Parmiter, Simon Dray)
Aug 31st - Little Common Methodist(vacancy)
Action For Children
In the Methodist Church the second Sunday in July is usually celebrated as Action for Children Sunday as this is the closest to the anniversary of the founding of the Charity on the 9th July 1869. This year it falls on 13th July when the Rev. Peter Timms is preaching in the morning at Christchurch. The Charity was formerly known as the National Children's Home when actual residences were established staffed by House Parents, but the pattern of caring for young people changed over the years and the name was changed to fit the circumstances. At present we are invited to join in campaigning to stop the financial exploitation of young people by loan sharks and pay-day lenders: for a decent home for all care leavers: and for better services for neglected children.
I know that a number of our readers regularly support the charity with home collecting boxes, but on that Sunday envelopes should also be available for your special contribution to celebrate the day. Ernie Bambridge
Christchurch House Group Meetings
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
After Eastertime we began our next sessions and we shall be looking at Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Our meetings are held on Fridays at 7.30 pm. The first three dates are:
11th July 30, Broad Oak Lane - Romans 5 led by Barbara
Friday 25th July - 5 Greenways - Romans 6 - led by Jan and Geoff
On the 25th we shall also choose the next sessions in September and the Book we shall use plus the dates and venues.
Ninfield Services and News
Contributed by Maureen Wood
As I write this letter, we are looking forward to our Church Anniversary on Sunday 15th June. This is always a wonderful occasion with the Salvation Army and no doubt we shall have a good congregation.
We look forward to another Messy Church on Wednesday 2nd July from 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm, with Margaret Bickerdike and helpers. ‘A Summer Fun Picnic’.
We held a Church Council Meeting on 10th June plus Focus, when various items were discussed.
We have a further Café Service on 6th July at 10.30 am. with Margaret Bickerdike. We were very pleased with the June one, but sadly Lesley Gilchrist was unable to come because of illness – Margaret stepped in and our thanks to her.
Reverend Derek Brice and Alison Spencer have agreed to hold four Bible Studies in our Hall, should you be interested in coming along:-
Thursdays at 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm on 17th July; 24th July; 31st July; 14th August
We do hope you will come along to our Flower Festival “Songs of Praise” on 2nd and 3rd August, arranged by The Ninfield Flower Group, for Kidney Research:-
Saturday 2nd August – 10.00 am – 4.30 pm.
Sunday 3rd August- morning service at 10.30 am then open until 4.30 pm
Refreshments. -- £2 entry.
Our next Focus Meeting will be on 25th July at 2.30 pm.
Ninfield Services - Summer 2014
- 6th July 10.30 am - Café Service Margaret Bickerdike
- 13th July 2.30 pm - Worship & Praise Reverend Neville Barnett
- 20th July 2.30 pm - Holy Communion Reverend Ian Pruden
- 27th July 2.30 pm - Worship & Praise Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd
- 3rd August 10.30 am Flower Festival Reverend Ian Pruden
- 10th August 2.30 pm Worship & Praise
- 17th August 2.30 pm Holy Communion. - Reverend Derek Brice
- 24th August 2.30 pm Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd
- 31st August 2.30 pm Worship & Praise - Reverend Ian Pruden
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
Just a reminder that the Chapel celebrates its 229th birthday on Sunday July 13th when, at 2.30 pm, there will be hymn singing under the (rather sad looking) ‘Wesley Tree’. At 3.00 pm we adjourn to the Chapel for a special service to be led by the Rev Peter Timms. Please do book the date and come along.
Thank you for your continued support and don’t forget that copies of the History are still available at £6 each with profits to help 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 dates are: Aug 9 and Oct 11.
Stephen Page is a talented pianist and organist who has performed in our church.
This year we will be celebrating our Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 21st - Book the Date!
On Sunday we are delighted that Sussex Harmony will be coming again and this time will share a ‘Harvest Festival Evensong’. This is a West Gallery Quire and they run a workshop on that day from 3.00 pm for any who would like to join them. This will be a wonderful way to celebrate Harvest so please book the date and join with us.
Full details on the posters. The Harvest Supper is on the following Monday, 22nd 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. 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.
Circuit Youth Action Team – Summer Family Camp
You may recall that last summer, I wrote in the Messenger about a splendid day I had spent when I visited the Summer Family Camp for the day in Fairlight. From memory, (which isn’t very accurate these days, I’m afraid!) there were some fifteen families from the various churches within the Circuit, taking part, some staying in tents overnight, others coming and going daily. I think last year it was for a long weekend, but so successful was it, that this year they are doing it for the period 5th – 10th August.
If you have young children I would strongly recommend you at least get in touch with Wendy Hatch at email@example.com or by telephone 01424-812297, to find out more about it and what activities they have planned etc. I do not have youngsters, but as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and certainly the children ranging from three – teenagers, were all having a great time, as were the adults. I really do recommend this for during the summer holidays. Try it!! Sandy
Bexhill Christian Writing Club
‘Be the pen of a Christian Writer’
Meeting every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 2.00 pm Charter House, 43 St. Leonard’s Road, Bexhill-on-Sea. Further details from Heather Benn - 07766104107. Members come from all denominations [and some non-Christian who are happy to be involved so it could be an evangelical tool]. It is hoped to write a variation of prose, poetry and devotional writing. Heather Benn is a member of the Association of Christian Writers.