Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
ST MICHAEL’S HOSPICE ‘LIGHTS OF LOVE’
St Michael's Hospice 'Lights of Love' Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance will take place at 3.00pm on Sunday 4th December 2016 at Little Common Methodist Church.
We invite you to join us for this celebration of the lives of those whom we have loved, yet see no longer at Little Common Methodist Church. During the service there will be time for remembering and reflection. After the service at 4.00pm a ‘Lights of Love’ Tree (decorated with stars and hearts dedicated to a loved one) will be lit and remain in the church vestibule throughout Christmastime.
Spend some time looking for your star or heart.
This is one of many similar services, co-ordinated by St Michael’s Hospice, that are taking place at 3.00 pm across the area. Stars and hearts are available at St Michael’s Hospice shops in the area and will also be available at Little Common Methodist Church.
Advent 2016 Foodbox
A new twist on the Advent calendar - instead of getting a chocolate or similar reward each day why not have a box into which is placed daily a tin, jar or packet of food that can make up a food parcel that can be taken to the Bexhill Foodbank on either Tuesday 20th December afternoon 1-3pm or Thursday 22 December morning 10-12. It won’t be too late if you are not able to let the Foodbank have your contributions before Christmas – the New Year is fine – it will certainly be used. Please see the Advent 2016 Foodbox poster for further details.
The Christchurch Singers - Christmas Praise
Christchurch Singers will be presenting their ‘Christmas Praise’ concert in our church on Saturday December 10th at 6pm. The choir will be led by Musical Director Pat Reigh, with accompanist Mavis Foskett, Elizabeth Bush and Gerald Witts. As a special treat, the choir will also be accompanied by Hooe Silver Band with conductor Hubert McCallum.
Please come along and listen to Christmas music and sing your favourite carols. Admission is free and there will be a collection in aid of Snowflake Night Shelter.
Please book the date and do come along for a lovely evening of words and music. Out of interest, the Singers will also be repeating the concert on Thursday December 15th at the Bexhill United Reformed Church in Cantelupe Road.
Weekly Prayer Cycle – December 2016
Dec 4th - Living Word Church (Dale Barrett)
Dec 11th - St Mark's (Jonathan Frais)
Dec 18th - Crowhurst Healing Centre (Steve Gendall, Steve Clark)
Dec 25th - Churches Together in Bexhill
Here We Go A Carol Singing!
Several folk have asked if we are going carol singing again this Christmas and the answer is ‘Yes!’
On Monday December 19th please assemble at Centenary House by 6.20pm with an offering for the faith supper that we will enjoy when we return. Then off to Orchard House followed by the Irvine Unit and then a little singing around the local streets. The food and drink awaits us when we return to the House and hopefully it will be a time for us all to enjoy. Please do try and come along and join with us.
Do bring your timbrels or other instruments to help with the singing! (If we are offered money to sing or even to go away(!) it will be given to Action for Children).
Christmas events at Sackville Road Methodist Church
Friday 2nd December – Open Door event from 5.00 – 7.00pm for Bexhill late night Christmas shopping event. We will be serving tea/coffee and mince pies in the vestibule area. Come and visit us if you are in the town centre.
Friday 16th December – Coffee and Carols 10.00am - 12.00 noon The church will be open for tea/coffee and seasonal refreshments. At 11.00 we shall gather on the front steps for Carol Singing led by Andrew McGregor on the keyboard. Come and sing with us.
Sunday 25th December 10.30 a.m Christmas Day – United Family Celebration Service for Sackville Road, Christchurch and Little Common, led by Revd Tricia Williams
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
There have recently been some excellent events at the chapel including visits from the Rector of Winchelsea (soon to retire to Bexhill) and our own Superintendent Minister. Attendances have been very encouraging and over the past two mornings there were five folk who had never visited the Chapel before. All are most welcome and events are well publicised.
Saturday 10th December is a busy day for several reasons! At 10.30am there will be our Christmas celebration led by Keith Miller and the Worship Leaders from our circuit – they are back by popular demand! Seasonal refreshments will follow. In the afternoon you can call at our Rye Church as they have an Open Day to link with the town Christmas Fayre. Then at 6pm you can enjoy the ‘Christmas Praise’ at Christchurch, Springfield Road, Bexhill. What an excellent day!!
On Sunday January 22nd at 3pm there will be a united service in the Parish Church to link with the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. Do come along if you can.
Thank you to all who have joined as a ‘Friend’ of the Chapel for a small donation each year. A Newsletter is available and we would value your support for this Methodist Heritage site that dates back to 1785. Our website is well worth a look and does give much information and dates – www.whmc.btck.co.uk
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Ninfield Services and News
Prepared by Paul Burson.
Ninfield Services - December 2016:
Sunday Services - all at 10.30am unless otherwise stated:
- Dec 4th - 10.30am Café Church, with breakfast, then at 3pm ‘Lights of Love’ service with St. Michael’s Hospice (see below)
- Dec 11th - ‘Holy Light’ Christmas Drama with Christian Voices
- Dec 18th - All-age Family Carol Service with Marktime band
- Dec 24th - 4.30-5.15pm CHRISTMAS EVE Christingle Service
- Dec 25th - 9.30 am CHRISTMAS DAY Communion at St. Mary’s or 10.30 am CHRISTMAS DAY @ Sackville Road Methodist, Bexhill
- Jan 1st - 10.30 am NEW YEAR’S DAY Café Church.
Ninfield Events - December 2016:
‘Lights of love’ - We are pleased to be uniting with St. Mary’s Church for this special ‘Lights of love’ service, with St. Michaels Hospice, on December 4th. This service starts at St. Mary’s Parish Church at 3.00 pm & then at 4.00 pm a ‘Lights of love’ Tree (decorated with stars & hearts) will be lit outside our Church – a ‘Lights of love’ pack is available in the village shop, our churches, or direct from St. Michaels.
‘Holy Light’ - we welcome back the drama & music group Christian Voices on the 11th to lead our worship on the theme of ‘The Shepherds story’.
‘Family Carols’ - our local band Marktime will be playing for all our hymns at this carol service on December 18th.
‘Christmas Eve Christingle’ - a lovely service when all are welcome as we celebrate Christmas with the making & lighting of our Christingle candles.
Christmas Day – a choice of 2 services i.e. one in the village or united at Sackville Road Methodist Church as shown above.
Our young people will also be enjoying MATs & Messy Church and we all wish you a ‘Very Happy Christmas & God’s blessing & peace for the new Year.’
We also remember in our prayers anyone who is unable to get out and about this Christmas time and also pray for peace within our world. May Jesus the light of our world shine out across the nations.
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.