Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
The Christchurch Singers are busy rehearsing for the ‘Christmas Praise’ concert that will be presented in the church on Sunday 14th December at 6.00 pm.
The Singers will be accompanied by Mavis Foskett and the Organist will be Gerald Witts. Guest artists will be the singing harmony group ‘Quintasia’.
Please do book the date, come along and listen to Christmas music and sing your favourite carols. Admission is free but there will be a collection for The Brain Tumour Charity. We hope for another full house!
Circuit Advent Course in Centenary House
On Tuesdays 9th, 16th and 23rd December at 10.30 am each morning, there will be a Circuit Advent Course at Centenary House. These will be repeated at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 9th, Thursday 18th and Tuesday 23rd and held at the Emmanuel Centre, Battle. All the meetings to be led by Rev Ian D. Pruden
I think we are all aware that times are hard for some people, particularly in our current economic climate. Whilst the Christmas season must be an especially challenging time for families struggling just to make ends meet. Once again, this year we will be asking you to support our local charity, Surviving Christmas. Volunteers for the charity organise a 3 day ‘Open Christmas’ at the Hastings YMCA, they give food vouchers and food hampers to families and young people in need in the Hastings and Rother area.
If you feel able to help, please add any of the following to your shopping basket: Tinned meat, tinned fish, coffee, tea, sugar, jam, tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, custard sachets, cake, cereal, tinned fruit, soup, beans, tinned spaghetti, tinned potatoes, chocolates and sweets.
We would ask you to bring your gifts to Christchurch on Sunday the 21st of December in the morning service. They will then be taken to the YMCA in Hastings on the same day.
Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)
A Christmas Quiz with no prizes for the answers! How many Christian Churches can you name that are in Bexhill and the adjacent villages? How many have you visited?
How many were there 20 years ago? How many will there be in 2024?
We are blessed with a variety of churches and styles of worship and administration but at our heart we all worship the same God and believe many of the same tenets of our faith. I always enjoy visiting other churches and I believe that we have much to learn from each other.
The Christchurch Singers is a good example of an ecumenical group as several different churches and denominations are represented in the choir. With CTIB there will be special events during the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity starting on Sunday 18th January (see Winchelsea Chapel article). Why not make a point of visiting a different chapel during that week?
CTIB plans occasional Open Meetings and the next will be on Tuesday February 9th when we hope to hear more about the excellent work of St Michael’s Hospice – full details to follow.
Barry Turnwell (A member of the Executive Committee).
CTIB Weekly Prayer Cycle for December
Dec 7th - 7 St Martha’s (David Parmiter, Simon Dray)
Dec 14th - Living Word Church (Dale Barrett)
Dec 21st - St Mark's (Jonathan Frais)
Dec 28th - Crowhurst Healing Centre (Steve Gendall, Steve Clark)
Ninfield Services and News
Praise to the Holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise;
In all His words most wonderful;
Most sure in all His ways.
I was listening to Pause for Thought, on Radio 2 at 9.15 the other day, when Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor quoted the above hymn as one of his favourites because it speaks of the ‘height & depth of God’s love.’ What a thought this Christmas-time when I pray that we will all see, and reflect, something of the amazing love & peace of God. A Very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year to you all. Paul Burson.
Ninfield Services and Events - December 2014 and January 2015
- Dec 7th - 10.30 a.m. Café Church Family Service with Breakfast, led by Margaret Bickerdike.
- Dec 14th - 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship & Communion led Rev. Derek Brice.
- Dec 20th/21st - 12.00 noon - 4.00 p.m. Christmas Tree Festival with local groups, and including - Ninfield Scouts
- Dec 21st - 2.30 p.m. - Christmas Carol Service led by Rev Ian Pruden & young people
- Dec 24th - 4.30 p.m. Christmas Eve ‘Christingle’ Candlelight Carol Service.
- Dec 28th - 10.30 a.m. United Worship at Christchurch Methodist Church, Bexhill, led by Rev. Derek Brice
- Jan 4th 2015 - 10.30 a.m. Café Church Family Service with Breakfast, led by Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd
- Jan 11th - 2.30 p.m. Annual Covenant and Communion Service led by Rev. Ian Pruden.
- Jan 18th - 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship & Praise led by Mrs. Chris Jones
- Jan 25th - 2.30 p.m. Service of Worship & Praise led by Mrs. Topsy Brice
- Jan 28th - 3.30 -5.30 p.m. Messy Church for young people ages 5-11 yrs
Christmas Tree Festival: A new idea for us. Some local groups have agreed to decorate a tree for display in our Church, and anyone can then come along to see the festival during the above times. On Sunday we will be having a Christmas carol service with help from the young people from our Messy Church group.
Christmas Eve ‘Christingle’: This will be a very popular service when we all light candles to show Christ as the ‘Light of the World.’ The Ninfield Scouts will be joining us and local families. Do come along if you can.
Battle & Ninfield Fellowship Group
Meets in our hall on Wednesdays at 2.30 p.m. The next meetings will be December 3rd ‘Looking Differently’ with Bill Gray and then on 17th December - ‘Christmas Music’ with Margaret Bickerdike. This programme is advertised on our posters.
2015. We pray for God’s blessing in this New Year which we start with our Café Church service and then the Covenant service on January 11th. Thank you to everyone who helps with all the planning & leading of our services & activities. ‘Thanks be to God.’
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
The Rev Ian Pruden gave us a fascinating and interesting reflection on ‘Spirituality and faith in WW1’ and, to fit the occasion, we shared in jam and corned beef sandwiches!
On Saturday December 13th at 10.30 am there will be a celebration of ‘Music and Words for Advent and Christmas’ led by Keith Miller and the other Worship Leaders from around the circuit. It was a delight to have them last year and they are back by public demand! There is no coffee before the event but it will be followed by seasonal refreshments and we hope to again see a good crowd – we may have to use the gallery again!
Looking into 2015 we start with a united service in the Parish Church to mark the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity – this will be on Sunday January 18th at 3.00 pm. It is good to unite in this way and light refreshments will follow.
I am delighted that we have recruited a few more ‘Friends’ from our Christchurch folk – if you have not joined please do consider this (minimum £5 PA) and you will be supporting a lovely Methodist Heritage Centre – we don’t want to lose it! Thank you.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Christchurch House Group Meetings
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
We study the Gospel of St Mark. Our meetings are held on Fridays at 7 for 7.30 pm. The dates proposed for 2015 are Friday 16th and Friday 30th January 2015. Venues to be confirmed in the Weekly Notices.
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.