GRAPEVINE – 8th to 22nd July 2018

 Church Family News Please remember in your prayers:- Margaret Jefferies who after a short spell in hospital is presently in convalescent care at Rosedale, and Albert who is at home and who is sadly having problems with his leg and is struggling to be up on his feet. We hope and trust that they will soon be able to be reunited and be feeling much better, love and blessings from all friends at Greens Lane to them both. 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

Happy Birthday, Congratulations and Best Wishes to all who have Birthdays and/or Anniversaries over the next two weeks.  

We give a special mention for Christine and Keith Robinson as they prepare to celebrate their Golden Wedding on 13th July. The Church Family send them Congratulations, Love and Best Wishes on being ‘Mr and Mrs’ for 50 years.   May God’s Blessings be with you both, always. XXX

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 14th July Summer Fair – IT IS ON

S A T U R D A Y 14th !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday 15th July Last Sunday Club until       9th September
Thursday 19th July Last Thursday Club until     6th September
Tuesday 7th August Coffe -Hosted by Christine Cockrill
Tuesday 14th August Hosted by Cynthia Hume & Zelda Nightscales
Tuesday 21st August Hosted by Jean Whitehouse and Patsy Britten
Tuesday 28th August Yet to be confirmed

Charity Night by Sunday and Thursday Clubs

The youth of Greens Lane Church would like to thank everyone who attended their Charity Night.   They wish to give a very special thank you to all helpers, not only for the Charity evening but to all who enable them to have a really good time EVERY Thursday evening – Thursday evenings in general and especially the ‘special’ ones would not happen without the commitment from all who make sure the evenings do happen.   A good number of parents and families attended the very enjoyable evening and a total of £150 was raised which will be split between Christian Aid and Hollie Quince who is to travel out to Lethuso with her school for the experience of seeing life on the other side of the world. At the Charity Night, Hollie had prepared some information about her trip which reads as follows:-

“On 24th October, I will be flying with some other students from my school to a small country called Lesotho, which is situated in South Africa. Unfortunately, 57% of Lesotho’s population currently lives in extreme poverty and so we are travelling there to hopefully make a difference. During our visit we will be touring Maseru (the Capital), walking up Thaba Bosui (a table top mountain), attending a local church service, going to a school and also an orphanage. It will be an amazing opportunity for us to travel, experience a different culture, and help other people. The funds raised from this evening will be going towards travel costs, I need to raise a total of £1,400, and all donations and contributions are greatly appreciated. I look forward to sharing my amazing experience with everyone later in the year”.

Rebecca Morrison went on this same visit over four years ago, and is sure the whole experience will make a great impression on Hollie.


MWiB Summer Afternoon Tea with Entertainment

Our annual MWiB Circuit Summer afternoon will once again be held at Thornaby Methodist Church tomorrow, Monday 9th July starting at 2.00 pm.   All ladies who share fellowship at Methodist Churches are ‘Methodist Women in Britain’ and all are cordially invited to share in a very enjoyable afternoon.   Hope to see you there ! Rebecca Catford will be entertaining everyone with her various puppets.

       Summer Strawberry Fair – Saturday 14th July, 1.00 pm

As our Fair looms on the horizon – only ONE week away, we are very aware that because of holidays and various other happenings, we will be VERY SHORT on helpers for setting up and manning stalls etc and really would appreciate any extra volunteers. We are keeping fingers crossed that we will have good weather for our annual event as being outside makes such a difference and the atmosphere is lifted, just because the sun is shining, which makes it an excellent opportunity to chat and meet people for those who haven’t helped out before, and it all helps to raise funds for our church. At this stage we cannot say we will be ‘in’ our ‘out’, but either way any help will be greatly appreciated in the preparation before and also the tidying up after. There will be people around from about 7pm on the Friday and 9am on the Saturday morning, and it really will be a case of all hands on deck to see that all goes smoothly. We cannot have a good day without people from the community coming along, so please ‘spread the word’ as far and wide as you possibly can, and help us to ensure a good “FUN AND FUNDRAISING DAY IS HAD BY ALL”


Do YOU watch this programme? well please read on………. Starting on Monday 16th July, John Mason, one of the members from North Billingham Methodist Church will be taking part. Please keep fingers crossed that John ‘knows his stuff’ and all goes well for him.       Good Luck John from all at Greens Lane.


Safeguarding Course – Foundation Course

The Course to be held on Thursday 19th July (2-4pm) at Norton Methodist Church is a Foundation Course for those who have never before attended a safeguarding course. If you know she should be attending, please ensure that you sign the list in the church porch.


Farewell Social Evening for Rev. Christine Hey

Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe Trinity and Greens Lane will be holding a joint faith tea and social evening on Saturday 21st July – at Greens Lane.   Everyone is invited to arrive between 4.30 – 5.00pm bringing, if possible, a contribution for the buffet table.   There will be an opportunity to chat to members of the other two churches which Rev. Christine has had in her care, together with some fun activity and perhaps a simple quiz or two! It is hoped it will be a happy, social evening for Rev. Christine to remember as she retires (or in Methodist parlance, “sits down”) from full-time ministry and returns home to Scarborough.                                                                      

On Sunday 22nd July at 10.30 am Rev. Christine will lead her final service as our Minister at Greens Lane and at 6.00 pm Greens Lane will host a Circuit Farewell Service led by our Superintendent Minister, Rev. Peter Catford.


90 Minute Group  Following completion of the Jonah Bible Study month, the 90 Minute Group will not meet again until 7.00 pm on Tuesday 25th September, when monthly sessions will resume on the last Tuesday evening of each month. At the September session it is intended to complete the study of the remaining chapters of the Gospel of John. It will them be decided what the next sessions will try to cover. Please therefore in the meantime, think about any subject, Bible section, person etc you would like to discuss and learn more about, to suggest as a new topic for discussion, either as a one-off session or a series.   This group is very informal and friendly and is open to everyone.

 Postcards  Since we have been asking people to send post cards to church from holiday destinations, we have received them from a wide variety of places at home and abroad. A World map, together with all cards received up to now, is on the board in the vestibule and makes interesting reading.                                                                                                                 

Please 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 5,488 now 5,758

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


 Billingham Choral Society and A Touch of Brass have booked Greens Lane Church as the venue in which to stage a Concert entitled ‘Brass and Voices in Concert’.  This will be held on Wednesday 11th July at 7.30pmTickets are £5 each or pay at the door.   It promises to be a very enjoyable evening.

Baptism Across the Circuit On Wednesday 11th July at 7.00pm at Yarm Road Methodist Hall, there will be an open meeting for everyone in the circuit to find out in more detail about the work which has been happening around baptism and baptism families so far this year and the vision for the future. Come along, have some cake and be encouraged!!

Members of St. Andrews Methodist Church.   Invite everyone to go along to their ‘family picnic’ which is to be held on Sunday 15th July at 4.00 pm. Their caption is “Bring a Picnic and Share the Love” – Lots of fun and activities for everyone.

St Pauls Newtown The Bella Canta Ladies Choir which rehearses at St Pauls will be giving their Summer Concert “Going to the Movies” at the church on Friday 20th July at 7.00pm.   There will be refreshments, a raffle and retiring collection for choir and church funds.       Always a very enjoyable evening out.


                              The next Grapevine, will be issued on 22nd July



Meaningful Ageing – Are YOU interested  

With an ageing population and people living on their own, there are many feeling isolated and lonely. Good mental health is on the agenda. We are hoping to train a group of volunteers who will support older people seeking together to find meaning in ageing.

The District has approved the Course prepared by the Australian Government and Stirling University, which Suva and I have recently completed. We found meaning for ourselves as we considered some of the big questions around what’s important to us and how we live as part of community, who can hold our story with us, and perhaps later on, for us.

The Course covers understanding the ageing journey,

            Spirituality in Ageing

           Good communication

            The power of storytelling


A new home, and new way of life.

Loss, grief, death and dying

Role boundaries and self care


We are looking for a group of about 12 people to attend a weekly Thursday afternoon course, beginning in September for eight sessions.

This is a certificated course, which requires access to ‘on-line learning’ as a preparation for the sessions, where we will review and share our reflections.   The computer use is simple, and full support will be available.

Some of the sessions, especially the section on dementia, will be supported by Dr. Donald Mowat and Harriet Mowat whose experiences have developed the writing and running of this course.


Please contact Rev Suva or Rev Peter, before 23rd July, if you would like to know more.





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