Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
Pre-School Jumble Sale!
Pre-school will be holding a jumble sale on Saturday 23rd July. Everyone is welcome to attend-entrance fee of 50p. There will be stalls of clothing, plants and cakes to buy. Doors open from 10am to 11.30am.
If anyone has items that they would like to donate please contact pre-school on 07837859194. Collection of donations can be arranged for those without transport. Thank you.
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
On the 17th July there will be the celebration of the 231st anniversary of the Chapel that was opened in 1785. At 2.30pm please assemble under the ‘Wesley Tree’ for hymn singing and then at 3pm for a special service in the Chapel. We are delighted that the worship will be led by the Rev Neville Barnett, the retired Baptist Minister who is well known to us at Christchurch. Come along and join us for our special celebration.
On Saturday August 20th at 6.30pm there will be a Quiz Night that will be held at our Hollington Methodist Church, Battle Road, St Leonards. Our Quiz Master will again be Roy Pepper and there will be a ‘bring and share’ supper. We cannot hold the quiz at the Winchelsea Chapel as it is too small! This will be almost the final circuit activity at Hollington as it will close at the end of August, to merge with Park Road Church, and then together they will form the St Leonards--Sea Methodist Church. There will be a small charge of £3 per person for the Quiz and teams should be up to 6 people. There will be a ‘bring and share’ supper. It should be a good fun evening and hopefully you can form a team and come along!
Finally, Saturday September 10th is National Heritage Day and the Chapel will be open from 10am – 5pm. This also links with the Sussex Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ Day.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Ninfield Services and News
We enjoyed a marvellous weekend of celebration, in June, for the Queen’s 90th Birthday and our 145th Church Anniversary. On Saturday afternoon we served many cream teas in our Hall & on the lawn and young people had fun with varied games. It was also good to share with the village for the 90th Birthday programme. On Sunday morning we hosted a village celebration service, led by Tricia, & she referred to the booklet ‘The Servant Queen & the King she serves’. (Copies available / Tel: 01424 892192) . A memorable occasion.
As you will see below all our groups have very creative programme themes in July, which look good, and then at the end of July please remember the Messy Church Circuit Training day at Emmanuel, Battle.
On July 3rd we hope that some of our young people will take part in the café Church. And on July 31st we look forward to united worship at St. Mary’s when it will be a Parish Eucharist celebrated with Revd. Frances Baldwin.
In August we will enjoy our Sunday services, and holidays, before all our usual ‘events’ re-commence in September. Also many congratulations to Topsy & Derek Brice as they celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary this month.
We continue to pray for God’s blessing on all that we do at Ninfield, & in all our Churches, & think of any people who are unwell and unable to come along to our worship. ‘May the love of God be with us all’.
Ninfield Services and Events - July / August 2016:
Sunday Services - all at 10.30am unless otherwise stated:
- July 3rd Café Church, with breakfast.
- July 10th Service of Praise & Communion with Revd. Neville Barnett
- July 17th Service of Praise & Worship with Deacon Jean
- July 24th Service of Praise & Worship with John Troughton
- July 31st 9.30 am United service @ St. Mary’s, Ninfield
- Aug 7th Café Church, with breakfast
- Aug 14th Service of Praise & Communion with Revd. Tricia Williams
- Aug 21st Service of Praise & Worship with Revd. John Hope
- Aug 28t Service of Praise & Worship with Margaret Bickerdike
Events during July
- June 29th - 3.30 – 5.30pm Messy Church – Theme: ‘Home & Away’
- July 13th - 2.30 pm Christians Womens Fellowship - ‘Butterflies & Bees’
- July 13th - 5.00 – 7.00pm Messy Active Teens – ‘Pizza Party’
- July 20th - 3.30 – 5.30pm Messy Church – ‘Sun, Sea & Sand…’
- July 23rd - 10.00- 4.00pm Messy Church Helpers’ workshop @ Battle Methodist Church
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.