GRAPEVINE – 10th to 24th June 2018

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Margaret & Albert Jefferies who have been unable to share worship with us for a number of weeks. We think of all members of our church family who are maybe struggling with health problems at the present time, and we think of those who are due to undergo hospital tests/operations for various conditions or waiting for results etc and trust all will go well for them.

We also remember all Church family and friends who can no longer share in fellowship with us because of being housebound or who are now in the loving care of Care Homes in the area, and feel sure that knowing they are in our thoughts and prayers is a comfort to them

Many members of our Church Family know Angela Brookes our cleaner here at Greens Lane for many years, and we would ask you to keep Angela and Dave and all their immediate and extended family in your prayers following the sudden death of Angela’s Mum on Wednesday morning. We offer our sincere condolences, support and love to them all at this very sad and distressing time.

Via Grapevine from the Carter family:- Sheila and family say a very big Thank You for all the kindness shown to them in so many different ways following Harold’s death. For the lovely cards, flowers, and baking etc which are all greatly appreciated. Love and thanks to all, Sheila

A message from Millie Bruce reads as follows:- Millie, Jim, David and all the family of Muriel Chisholm would like to thank Greens lane Church family for the love and warm welcome shown to them when they met for the funeral and Thanksgiving Service. The kind hospitality was commented on by all the family members; also the meaningful address by Rev. Christine was much appreciated by us all. Not forgetting the hard working friends in the kitchen – many thanks.

Well done and congratulations to Andy Morrison and retired friend Paul Irwin who both took part in the Charity Swim on Windermere on Friday and Saturday this week, (2mile Fri, 1mile Sat). They were both swimming to raise funds for Macmillan Nurses and hope to touch the £2,500 mark. Three years ago Paul had major surgery for bowel cancer and in the same year a triple heart by-pass and he feels this is a way to give something back to the Charity. Many charities were represented by a huge number of swimmers, and Andy & Paul were told by one of the Macmillan representatives that the total raised for the charity by so many people swimming for them will cover the cost of three Macmillan Nurses for a year. A wonderful achievement – hoping you carry on being ‘swimming buddies’ in readiness for next year !

Happy Birthday, Congratulations and Best Wishes to all who have Birthdays and/or Anniversaries over the next two weeks. A special mention for Jean Raines who has a birthday tomorrow (11th), not a milestone one, but we wish her a very happy day. Love and God’s Blessings Jean XXX

Dates for your Diary

Friday 7.00pm

15th June

Missions Evening at Greens Lane. ‘Zimbabwe with Tim Baker’


14th July

Summer Fair – please book the date !!!!!!!

Methodist Homes Sunday

Today, 10th is MHA Sunday and this year the MHA celebrates its 75TH Anniversar6y. You will note that gift envelopes have been circulated within our church and any donations to MHA will be gratefully received. MHA is committed to doing all they can to ensure that our later years can be as fulfilled as possible, working to combat loneliness and providing opportunities for people to create caring and supportive communities.

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June Bible Month

During June, morning services will concentrate on the book of Jonah from the Old Testament, and on each of the following Tuesday evenings throughout June, there will be a study group, on the same basis as the 90 Minute Group – starting 7.00pm till 8.30pm. Please make a note of these Tuesday evenings (5th, 12th, 19th & 26th) to join further in-depth study of this particular book of the Bible. All will be welcome.

Tidings Magazine

Margaret Schofield asks that articles for the next edition of Tidings, be in by Sunday 17th June – that is next Sunday

Circuit Mission Evening at Greens Lane

We are to play host church for this Circuit Event which will be held this coming Friday, 15th June starting at 7.00 pm. Stockton Methodist Circuit have joined a Partnership with the Methodist charity ‘All We Can’ and Tim Baker from All We Can will speak about his work in Zimbabwe. Light refreshments will be available. We are looking forward to a very informative evening and hope that as many as possible will be able to come along and share in the event. All Welcome – See You There !!!!

Recent Quiz – from John Schofield

On behalf of Greens Lane Methodist Church, may I thank you for taking part in the ‘Know your Towns and Cities and Family Connections Quiz. More than 100 quizzes were taken away for ‘having a go at’ and more than £100 was raised for Church Funds. I hope you enjoyed the challenge and it was pleasing to have so many returned for checking. CONGRATULATIONS to the winner:- Mrs Bealby from Hartburn, with a magnificent score of 96. A number of people recorded the next highest score of 92. Thanks again for your support. Answers are available in the entrance porch.

Race for Life – supporting Cancer Care

Congratulations to Sandra and Heather Wilkinson for taking part and completing the ‘Race for Life’ last Sunday (3rd) in aid of Cancer Research UK. If you have sponsored them, then please pass on sponsorship money as soon as possible, and if you didn’t add your name to their form, but would like to make a donation to Cancer Research UK in support for them having taken part – there is still time and they would be very happy to receive anything that would help to swell money raised for this extremely important Research fundraising.

An Invitation from Thursday/Sunday Clubs

On Thursday 28th June (5.45 – 7.15) the young people who attend the Clubs will be holding a fundraising evening for Christian Aid plus the sponsoring of one their young people to experience a visit to Lesotho in Africa. They intend to have a fun and games night to include, tea, cakes, snacks and entertainment. It is an open invitation to all members of the Church (tickets not required), and it is hoped that as many as possible can join in the evening and thereby help the youth of our church in raising funds for these good causes. Further info from Chris and Ron Hill 01642 585637.

Safeguarding Courses/Refresher Courses

The Refresher Course held at Greens Lane on Saturday 26th May was extremely well attended, but it is known that there are still a number of people who were unable to attend on that date. A further Course has been set for Thursday 19th July (2-4pm) at Norton Methodist Church. If you are able to attend please add your name to the list in the vestibule so that those running the course are aware of how many may be in attendance on the day. It is also known that there will be people who have never taken part in any Safeguarding Course and it would be a great help if they could also to add their name to the list detailed as ‘New to Safeguarding’. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to have a word with Jim Bruce who is our Safeguarding Officer.

August Coffee Mornings

Not only does the Editor think the year is flying by, but so too does Margaret Schofield, as via Grapevine she reminds everyone that the coffee making team take a break during August, and if we are to still be able to share friendly interaction on a Tuesday morning over a coffee, then we must ask others within the Church family to step up and maybe take on one of the dates. – 7th, 14th, 21st or 28th. Please have a word with Margaret if you can offer help.

Traidcraft News from Christine Smart

Traidcraft catalogues are in the vestibule together with order forms, please pass any orders onto the ‘Smarts’. Also the May Traidcraft Bulletin magazine and Little Treasure catalogues can be found on the Traidcraft bulletin board. If you borrow ANY of the catalogues, can you please ensure that they are returned as soon as you have finished with them in order that other church family members can have a look at them (Please note – there are eight catalogues with people at the moment and we really do need them back so other people can borrow them – please do have a check that there isn’t a copy ’hanging around’ your home) Thank you

Forthcoming event for MWiB

Thursday 12th July 6.00pm at Normanby Methodist Church

Summer Salad Serenade’ (President’s Evening) Tickets are available – please see Win Aston if you wish to purchase a ticket

Pleaser remember to keep sending postcards to church from your holiday destination. Post Code TS18 5HP

Please remember to keep saving postage stamps so we can support ‘Kidney Care; was 4,876 now 5,233

Please remember to pop into the large green bin anything that can be passed on to local asylum seekers

Please remember that we, as a Church, are supporters of Fairtrade products


Thursday 14th June, 7.30pm, Circuit Meeting, Thornaby Methodist Church – Rev. Peter Catford.

Thank you for being involved in the conversations over the last months. The circuit Meeting will begin by hearing feedback from these conversations, and the way forward regarding staffing in the coming years; all those interested, including non-members of Circuit Meeting are welcome to attend this part of the meeting. There will also be a presentation on the current development of the Baptismal Support Work in the Circuit.

Thursday 21st June – ‘Living the Faith’ (Please NOTE change of date). The Circuit discussion group which usually meets on the second Thursday of the month has postponed its June meeting until 21st June to avoid a clash with the above mentioned Circuit Meeting. The group will meet at Trinity, Eaglescliffe at 7.30 pm and the topic for discussion on this date will be ‘Hypocrisy’ – All in the Circuit are welcome.

Norton Methodist Church “One Family” Sunday 24th June – Come and ‘wrap our church’ with a chain of prayers for our brothers and sisters who are refugees or who seek asylum. We will meet over soup and bread at 4 pm to create our chain. We will then wrap the church and at 6.00pm move into the church for a time of vigil and reflection – all welcome.

Walk Down Memory Lane This is the name of a group which meets at The Forge, Norton Green, TS20 1EJ – for a Dementia Friendly Coffee Afternoon on the last Wednesday of each month. If anyone is interested in popping along, The Forge is part of the Parish Hall Complex – on the right after entering through the iron gates. They extend a warm invitation to anyone who is interested

The next Grapevine, will be issued on 24th June

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