Forthcoming Events at Christchurch and locally
Coming Soon - the 26th Festival of Flowers!
24th MAY - 26th MAY 2014
It is in the planning stages but will, I am sure, be another wonderful success. We need your offers of help in many ways Members of the Ladies Supper Club will willingly tell you more and how YOU can be involved.
Good Friday 2014 - March of Witness
On Friday 18th April 2014 an invitation is made +to all Christians in Bexhill to join a procession to proclaim the significance of Good Friday.
Over the last few years, I have joined with an increasing number of fellow Christians on the ‘Good Friday Walk of Witness’. I have found it to be a really great opportunity to join with folk from Bexhill Churches of all denominations and demonstrate the strength of faith within our town on such an important day.
We meet at a designated place (this year 9.15 a.m. on the Metropole Lawn); and from there progressing along Sackville Road, Western Road, Devonshire Road, Marina, Sea Road, Station Road, to the Town Hall Square. An Easter carol will be sung and prayer will be said at the start, in Devonshire Square, and at the end in Town Hall square. Concluding services will be held in Beulah Baptist Church and Sackville Methodist Church at 11.00 am.
This year all the Christian churches are invited to carry a banner which displays their church name. As we meet together before the start all around you see folk meeting friends and acquaintances and making the most of the opportunity to catch up! From there we walk together as a group around the town, usually stopping to sing together part of the way round, and at the end.
It would be wonderful to see even more of the Christchurch Family on the walk this year, so if you feel able, please come along. Lisa Pestell
Churches Together In Bexhill (CTIB)
During the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity there were some encouraging gatherings in various churches in the town. It was good to share with each other.
The Walk of Witness will be held on Good Friday from 9.15 am – please see Lisa’s article above, and we do encourage you to join with friends from all local churches. The Walk is followed by a joint service at Sackville Road Methodist Church at 11.00 am.
The other outdoor activities are being planned and these will include: A few weeks of open air hymn singing (on the Metropole Lawn) and ‘Edgy Fest’ in Egerton Park over Pentecost, (Sunday May 19th) and a United Church Celebration in the De La Warr Pavilion Theatre on Sunday July 27th at 6.00 pm. (this is the day after the Bexhill Carnival Procession through the town).
Barry Turnwell (A member of the Executive Committee).
Christian Voices - Lent Play
Christian Voices, the Musical Drama Group, are performing their Lent play, "Let His Light Shine" at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, 12th April at 3.00 p.m.
The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin and Alan Young. It tells of how the lives of ordinary people living at the time of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus were affected by both events. Admission is free!
Christchurch House Group Meetings
Bringing the Bible into our Twenty-first Century
After Eastertime we begin our next sessions and we shall be looking at Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Our meetings are held on Fridays at 7.30 pm. The first three dates are: May 2nd, May 16th, May 30th.
In case of unforeseen difficulties any changes will be announced in the Weekly Notices and Power Point.
Circuit Youth Action Team – Summer Family Camp
You may recall that last summer, I wrote in the Messenger about a splendid day I had spent when I visited the Summer Family Camp for the day in Fairlight. From memory, (which isn’t very accurate these days, I’m afraid!) there were some fifteen families from the various churches within the Circuit, taking part, some staying in tents overnight, others coming and going daily. I think last year it was for a long weekend, but so successful was it, that this year they are doing it for the period 5th – 10th August.
If you have young children I would strongly recommend you at least get in touch with Wendy Hatch at email@example.com or by telephone 01424-812297, to find out more about it and what activities they have planned etc. I do not have youngsters, but as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and certainly the children ranging from three – teenagers, were all having a great time, as were the adults. I really do recommend this for during the summer holidays. Try it!! Sandy
Winchelsea Chapel News & Events
We had an excellent morning when the Rev Ian Pruden gave an illustrated and musical presentation on Lindisfarne (Holy Island) – a place that Ian has visited around ten times and is shortly to make another trip. There were around thirty people present and Ian was able to convey some of the restful and meditative feelings of the island. A very helpful and prayerful morning.
Holy Week is soon to be with us and on Wednesday April 16th at 7.30 pm the Rev Peggy Heim will share ‘Reflections for Holy Week’. Please do try to come along and join with us.
Finally two advance dates for your diary: Wednesday May 14th from 10.00 am until 12.00 noon we shall have a Spring Coffee Morning. On Wednesday June 11th at 7.30 pm we will be given a musical evening by the choir ‘Joyful Noise’ under Stephen Page, their conductor.
Thank you for your continued support and don’t forget that copies of the History are still available at £6 each with profits to help the chapel.
Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer
Ninfield Services and News
We welcome Spring and the month of April with the newness of God’s creation, and hope in our lives. In this time of Lent, we journey with our Lord to His cross at Calvary and proclaim His glorious resurrection. May you all enjoy a very happy Easter.
There has been a lot going on in Ninfield, especially meetings! We held Guild meetings on 5th and 19th March, with Bill Gray and Paul Burson. Thank you to them for their most interesting talks. The Women’s World Day of Prayer was held at St Mary’s where a good number attended. The service was enjoyed and our thanks go to Simon Earl and the readers, plus there was some Egyptian food! We have held a Café Service with Ian, although few in number, it was enjoyed by all.
Our Anniversary Services this year will be led by the Hastings Corp of the Salvation Army on 15th June. Christian Voices will be with us again on 12th April at 3.00 pm with their Lenten play. We hope you will all come along and join us. We had a great gathering last time.
Ninfield Services - April 2014
- 6th April: 10.30 am Mrs Lesley Gilchrist - All age worship
- 13th April: 2.30 pm Reverend Peggy Heim - Palm Sunday
- 20th April: 2.30 pm Reverend Ian Wales - Easter Sunday includes Holy Communion
- 27th April: 2.30 pm Reverend Ian Wales' last service at Ninfield
- 27th April: 6.00 pm Circuit Service at Christchurch
Our Guild Meetings for April (all at 2.30pm) are: 2nd April - Barry Turnwell 'Barry's Little Red Book', and 16th April - Rev. Ian Wales 'A Lenten Devotional'.
Music Concert Programme
Stephen Page is a talented pianist and organist who has performed in our church. These two concert series are to support Hollington Church in their plan to rebuild a new multi-purpose building:
Chamber Organ Concerts - Hastings Unitarian Church
A series of concerts will take place through the summer at Hastings Unitarian Church, South Terrace featuring music for Chamber Organ, on the following Saturdays: April 12th, June 7th, August 9th and October 11th. All concerts between 2.30 and 3.30pm - suggested donation of £5 per person.
Light Organ and Piano Concerts, Sackville Methodist Church
A separate series of concerts featuring the piano and light organ music will take place through the summer at Sackville Road Methodist Church in Bexhill. Concerts will take place on the following Wednesdays between 12.15 and 1pm: April 23rd, May 21st and June 18th. Suggested donation of £3 per person. Tea and Coffee available.
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. Pray for the Pastoral Leader and people listed on Page 3 this month. 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.
Bexhill Christian Writing Club
‘Be the pen of a Christian Writer’
Meeting every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 2.00 pm Charter House, 43 St. Leonard’s Road, Bexhill-on-Sea. Further details from Heather Benn - 07766104107. Members come from all denominations [and some non-Christian who are happy to be involved so it could be an evangelical tool]. It is hoped to write a variation of prose, poetry and devotional writing. Heather Benn is a member of the Association of Christian Writers.