Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
Crafts & Talents Day
Saturday 28th March sees the annual Christchurch Crafts & Talents Day! Come along between 10am and 4pm to see a range of wonderful crafts, demonstrations and chances to have a go. Crafts represented will include scrapbooking, cross stitch, painting and many more. Light refreshments will be available and admission is free. See you there!
Annual Church Meeting
You are warmly invited to attend the Annual Church Meeting at Christchurch on Tuesday, April 14th at 7.30 pm in the main hall, when we will be hearing about life at Christchurch and appointing stewards and representatives for the forthcoming year. Everyone is entitled to speak at the meeting, but only members may vote. Please come and support the officers of the church. Jill Read.
Home Grown Concert 2015
(early notice so you can get ready!)
This year's concert takes place on Saturday, April 18th at 6.00 pm.
For those who are newish to Christchurch, the concert consists of acts of all descriptions from singing, dancing, sketches, poetry, stories, playing an instrument, etc. Whatever you can do, we'd love you to take part, on your own or in a group.
There will be an entrance 'fee' this year, taken from the following list - crayons, geometry sets, children's paints and brushes, disposable cameras, guest soaps, babygros up to 6 months only, brand new underwear and socks for teenagers (Asda etc), children's /teenagers' tee shirts. These items will be taken to Kabubbu, Uganda with Harvey and Hannah when they go on their working trip with their school.
If you've taken part before, you will have received an invitation to do so again this year, but if you're new - be brave and have a go with your party piece. See Chris or Hazel for further details.
Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)
The work of CTIB continues with the Street Pastors and Prayer Group, the Foodbank, visits to Rest and Care Homes, the ‘Just a Minute’ articles in the local paper, Prayer Boxes in several shops etc. Plenty on the agenda!
Good Friday Walk of Witness
A reminder that on Good Friday (April 3rd) leaving around 9.30 am, from the seafront near the De La Warr Pavilion, there will be the Walk of Witness around the town. This is followed by a united service at Beulah Baptist Church at 11.00 am. Do try to come to either or both! Please see the weekly church diary for details of Open meetings as they are planned.
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 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 March
March 1st - Little Common Methodist (new minister appointed from September)
March 8th - Bexhill Street Pastors
March 15th - Servants with Jesus
March 22nd - All Saints' Sidley (Michael Bailey)
March 29th - Society of Friends (Daphne Hill)
Ninfield Services and News
“Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing; praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the word.”
This well-known Christian hymn was first published in 1931 and ‘gives thanks’ for each new day – I really like the hymn as it has a ‘simplicity and freshness’ that tells of God’s beauty in creation.
So we look forward to spring, new life & Easter which tells out this message. During March we focus on the services & events shown below & prepare ourselves for the ‘great news’ of the risen Christ.
In our January Messy Church we took our young people on the journey of ‘Growing up with Jesus’ and looked at some of the things we felt He would have experienced. Then in February we explored ‘Called by Jesus’ & the theme ‘Way to Go?’ This last theme used activities of signposts, obstacle course, tempting platefuls to illustrate the good decisions He had to make when tempted. The Messy Church meal served Fish fingers & Chips (what a temptation!!), & salad (better).
Friendship Friday shown below is a new initiative for us when we open our Church for anyone, any age, to drop in for coffee & refreshments. We pray that God will guide us with this new group.
Finally, we look forward to sharing two services at St. Mary’s Parish Church over the next few weeks.
Ninfield Services and Events - March / April 2015
- March 1st 10.30 a.m. Café Church Family Service with Breakfast
- March 8th 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship & Communion Led by Rev. Ian Pruden
- March 15th 10.30 a.m. MOTHER’S DAY Family Praise Led by Margaret Bickerdike
- March 22nd 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship & Praise Led by David Hanson
- March 29th 2.30 p.m. PALM SUNDAY Worship led by Rev. Peggy Heim
- Friday Apr. 3rd 2.00 p.m. GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE at St. Mary’s
- Sunday Apr. 5th 10.30 a.m. EASTER PRAISE Family Service
Events during March
- Friday 6th 2.30 p.m. Women’s World Day of Prayer Service at St. Mary’s
- Saturday 7th 11.00 – 4.00 p.m. Lent ‘Quiet’ Day – ‘God on the Cross’
- Friday 20th 10.30 – 12 noon ‘FRIENDSHIP FRIDAY’ (see earlier note)
- Wednesday 25th 3.30 – 5.30 p.m. ‘Messy Church’. Theme: ‘New Life’
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
The ‘Love Feast’ on St Valentine’s Day was a reflective and helpful experience led by Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd from our Ninfield Methodist Church. This month, on Saturday March 14th at 10.00 am for 10.30 am we are looking forward to a visit from Ms Jo Kirkham, the Chairman of the Rye Museum, who will tell us all about the ‘Story of Rye Royale’.
Our special meeting in Holy Week this year is on Wednesday April 1st, when it will be our pleasure to welcome the Rev Roger Leslie who will give us his ‘Reflections for Holy Week’.
The Chapel is looking in good shape and recently the flat roof over the toilet and kitchen has been renewed. The ‘Wesley Tree’ is still with us but looks a little sad – perhaps it will come to life when spring arrives.
We always welcome new Friends and appreciate all those who support the work and witness of the heritage chapel that dates from 1785.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Christchurch House Group Meetings
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
These are our planned dates for March when we complete our exploration of Mark’s Gospel.
March 13th At Barbara and Dennis with Barbara to lead on Mark 12
March 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.