Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
The Runaway Slave
Christian Voices, the Musical Drama Group will be performing this month at Christchurch.
Their latest play is called "The Runaway Slave" and is based on the Bible Story in the New Testament of Paul, Onesimus and Philemon. The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin.
The play is being performed on Wednesday, 7th October at 7.45 p.m. in Christchurch Methodist Church and on Saturday, 10th October in Ninfield Methodist Church Hall at 3.00 p.m.
As usual, the admission is free and all are very welcome to attend!
Christmas Craft Table Sale
Notice of this year’s Christmas Craft Table Sale which will take place on Saturday 17th October.
Large tables are available at £10 and Small tables at £5. There will also be a raffle so offers of prizes would be gratefully received, and offers of cakes for refreshments would also be welcomed.
Anyone able to help run the Raffle and/or Refreshment stalls (or assist in any other way) please see Claire Conely or Steve Roberts
Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)
There is not a lot to report but the Management Committee met recently to plan for the future. More emphasis is being placed upon the role of the clergy in the town and they now meet together every two months at the Coach house for lunch.
Father Stephen Huggins, of St Michael’s Church in Glassenbury Drive is retiring shortly, and, of course, Rev Tricia Williams, has just arrived to have pastoral oversight of the Bexhill and Ninfield Methodist Churches.
On Saturday November 21st from 8.30 am there will be the Prayer and Praise time at the Coach House in the Old Town. All are most welcome and we conclude with light refreshments. There are usually around 15 people there and all churches in the town are remembered in prayer..
Barry Turnwell (A member of the Executive Committee).
CTIB Weekly Prayer Cycle for October 2015
Sun 4th Oct - St Mary Magdalene's (David Parmiter, Simon Dray)
Sun 11th Oct - The Pelham Trust
Sun 18th Oct - St Stephen’s (Tim Voltzenlogel)
Sun 25th Oct - Sackville Road Methodist (Tricia Williams)
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
The Heritage Open Day was very successful and there were around 80 visitors during the day. As I write we are looking forward to our Harvest service and lunch when there will be a special welcome for our new minister who will conduct the celebration.
A very special date in Saturday October 24th when at 6.30 pm there will be a Quiz Night at Sackville Road Methodist church, Bexhill. (NOT at the Chapel as there would not be enough room!). Our Quiz Master will be Roy Pepper (a member of our Trinity Chapel) and tables of six people with a ‘bring and share’ supper. There will be a small charge of £3 per person to help with the fundraising, and also a raffle. Please do come along and don’t worry if you are not part of a team of six as we will try to fit you in on the night. No tickets – just arrive with brain in gear ready for a fun evening. All profits to the Chapel.
Two final events for 2015– Saturday 21st November at 10 for 10.30 am we welcome Martin West who will tell us about the Street and Prayer Pastors. And then, back by popular demand, the Circuit Worship Leaders, under the control of Keith Miller, will give us ‘Christmas Praise’ on Saturday December 12th at 10.30 am. Seasonal refreshments to follow!
Good news – we have found two new members for the committee but there is always room for more! Thank you for your support for these events – do come!
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Christchurch House Group Meetings
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
Our October programme continues on Fridays at 7.30pm as follows:
- Oct 9th meeting at Jan and Geof’s and they will lead on ‘Keep Sunday Special – or should we not bother?’
- Oct 23rd meeting at Linda’s with Heather leading on ‘Ghosts or Spirits - fact or fiction?’
Ninfield Services and News
We were pleased to welcome Rev. Tricia Williams, & husband Dave, to their first service & Communion at Ninfield on the 13th September. We enjoyed a relaxed time of worship together followed by refreshments.
Also during September we re-started Messy Church with the theme ‘The biggest party ever’ which looked at the parable of the great banquet (Luke 14). Many guests didn’t want to come & then people on the margins were invited in their place. We used the following prayer: ‘Thank you that you are always with us. Thank you for inviting us to join the best party ever by living life with you. Please help us to think of family and friends who don’t yet know you. We pray that they will accept our invitations to Messy Church so they can also find out how amazing you are for themselves’.
Our Harvest Praise Services with the Scouts, Messy Church families & the Circuit will be special and our church is likely to be packed - Harvest gifts will be shared with the Bexhill Foodbank. If you’re unable to come along in the morning please make a note of the Circuit Harvest Praise service at Ninfield at 6.00 p.m. on October 4th. - this should be an amazing time of worship together.
The Christian Voices new drama is also another special event (details below).
We continue to remember Heather, Margaret & Ann in our thoughts & prayers & ask you to pray for God’s blessing on all that we do at our village Church including our new monthly youth group that started in September..
Ninfield Services and Events - October 2015:
- Sun 4th 10.30 a.m. - Harvest Praise with 1st Ninfield Scouts, Messy Church group, & Rev. Tricia Williams and then at 6.00 p.m. Harvest Praise led by Rev. Ian Pruden & Rev. Tricia Williams
- Sun 11th 10.30 a.m. - Service of Worship & Communion led by Rev. David Freeland
- Sun 18th 10.30 a.m. - Service of Worship & Praise led by Mrs. J. Winnington
- Sun 25th 10.30 a.m. - Service of Worship & Praise led by Margaret Bickerdike
- Sun Nov. 1st 10.30 a.m. - Café Church, with breakfast
Events during October
- Oct 6th 2.00 p.m. - Church Council Meeting – all welcome
- Oct 10th 3.00 p.m. - Christian Voices – Musical Drama Group: Their latest play ‘The Runaway Slave’. and is based on the Bible Story in the New Testament of Paul, Onesimus and Philemon. As usual, the admission is free and all are very welcome to attend!
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.