Family News 

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news of the death of David Mackenzie on Thursday 19th July. Margaret and David were married here at Greens Lane when it was known as Hartburn Methodist Church over 53 years ago and David has been an active member of our Church and sung in the choir for many years. They went on holiday (a cruise to Iceland) just over ten days ago, but sadly David took ill with breathing difficulties on board ship and had to be moved into hospital at Molde in Norway. Two members of their immediate family were able to fly out to be with their Mum and Dad before David slipped peacefully away. Please keep Margaret, Alison, Janet, Graham and all extended family in your thoughts and prayers at such a distressing time. May they feel God’s love enfold them all.

After morning worship today (22nd) we will welcome into the Church Family by Holy Baptism, Paige, daughter of Lorraine & Nicholas and baby sister of Kyle Twiname. We also think of Margaret Smith who sadly passed away last year and know she would have been thrilled to have been able to share in today’s baptism of her great granddaughter, Paige. We extend a very warm welcome to all who will share in this very special occasion and hope you have a very happy and memorable day with family and friends around you. Love, Best Wishes and God’s Blessings from the Church Family at Greens Lane.

Happy Birthday, Congratulations and Best Wishes to all who have Birthdays and/or Anniversaries over the next two weeks. We give a very special mention for Lillium Mackrell who on 6th August will celebrate her 90th birthday. We know your family are another who don’t need an excuse for a celebration, so we hope that getting together with everyone will bring about a very happy occasion. Love, Best Wishes and God’s Blessings be with you always Lillium.

Dates for your Diary


19th July

Last Thursday Club until 6th September


7th August

Hosted by Christine Cockrill


14th August

Hosted by Cynthia Hume & Zelda Nightscales


21st August

Hosted by Jean Whitehouse and Patsy Britten


28th August

Host,yet to be confirmed – but there WILL be one !!!!


What great teamwork we experienced last week-end when everyone pulled together to make our Summer Fair a success – yet again. – even though there was so many others things taking place on that particular Saturday that so many people were ‘extremely’ interested in. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather and were able to create a good feel out on our rear car park. With everyone’s help the total has now climbed to £1,033 which will go a long way to paying the utilities bills which are all necessary to keep our Church open for everyone. Thank you to all who spread the word and came along and supported the event.

Another Enjoyed Event.

It was lovely to have so many of our church family members able to share in the Faith Tea and Social Evening last night. (21st), to help Rev. Christine celebrate as she prepares to retire from full-time Ministry. We will miss Rev. Christine greatly, and we hope her time a Greens Lane has been as happy and fulfilling for her, as it has been for us. Her pastoral care and guidance have been an inspiration and we will certainly miss her services, particularly her sermons and anecdotes! We have also enjoyed the opportunity of getting to know her Mum, who we are sure will enjoy having her daughter nearer. We wish Rev. Christine every blessing as she “sits down”, and pray that she does indeed get chance to “sit down” in her home in Scarborough and enjoy many years of happy, healthy retirement

A special service of Thanksgiving for the Ministry of Rev. Christine, which was a Circuit Service, was held at Greens Lane on Sunday evening (22nd). The service was led by our Circuit Superintendent Minister, Rev. Peter Catford.

Garden Party or should that perhaps be ‘Gardening Party’

A big thank you to the small band of volunteers who worked so very hard on a very hot July Friday afternoon recently. The main focus was to clear pathways of weeds and tidy generally before the Summer Fair. A lot was achieved and hopefully this lack of rain will keep the weeds at bay for a while. At present the grass is suffering but eventually when we do get rain, the grass cutting will be needed regularly and there is always work on the flower beds. If anyone has a spare hour or two during the summer ‘recess’, please feel free to do any garden work which needs attention – cutting back, weeding, dead-heading etc. As always we are grateful to the gardeners who regularly do such work, but we have such a big area that more help is needed. Enjoy you summer gardening, whether at home or at Church.

Circuit Re-organisation from August 2018

As some church members may be aware, following Rev. Christine’s retirement, the Circuit has been slightly re-organised into three ‘Sections’ under the care of the remaining three Ministers. Greens Lane Church will come under the pastoral care of our Superintendent Minister, Rev. Peter Catford, along with Yarm Road, St. Paul’s Newtown and Thornaby Churches. We welcome Rev. Peter to Greens Lane Church “family” and pray that he will enjoy this extra “challenge”. It is hoped that there will be much more connection within our particular Section and the Circuit as a whole in the future.

The remaining Sections of the Circuit are as follows:- Yarm, Eaglescliffe Trinity, and Maltby Churches under the care of Rev. Moira Peters.

Norton, St. Andrews, Carlton and North Billingham Churches under the care of Rev. Suva Catford.

Please pray for our Ministers and preachers as they lead the administration and worship of our Circuit in the coming year.

Please make a diary note of a Circuit Service at Yarm Road on Sunday 2nd September which will begin at 4.00pm. This is to mark the beginning of the new Methodist Year, and acknowledge the changes in staffing in the Circuit. During the Service we will officially recognise the authorisations for Keith Robinson and Sheila Hargreaves to preside at Holy Communion in the future. All very welcome to attend

Summer Holidays

Our youngsters have now all broken up for the school holidays – with a number of the older ones having to wait patiently for examination results, due out at the end of August. However if you are heading off on holiday over the forthcoming ‘summer’ weeks, we wish everyone a safe journey to wherever you may be travelling, and we hope the sun will continue to shine for you. Please take our good wishes to any Churches you may visit during this time and on your return we look forward to seeing you ‘healthy and refreshed’ even if it is only due to the change of scenery and time to chill out and relax. E N J O Y.

90 Minute Group

Our Church ‘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.

Release International – The Voice of Persecuted Christians from Christine Cockerill.

The July-September edition of R.I’s “Voice” Magazine is now available to read. There is an extra copy if anyone would like to take one home and read at their leisure (please return when read!)

  • The persecution of Christians in China is worsening, with the authorities arresting Pastors, pulling down crosses and demolishing churches. Would you sign the petition voicing our concern? (more information in magazine and on petition).

  • Tortured for Christ. The Movie is a powerful depiction of the man who inspired the founding of Release in 1968, – Pastor Richard Wurmbrand. Fourteen years in communist prisons could not break his faith. Selected churches will be showing the film this Autumn (see page 10 for details).

The above are just two of the items of interest in the magazine. Please do take the time to read some, if not all of the magazine and continue to pray for and support our persecuted brothers and sisters in any way you can.

****** The Coffee Morning being held at Church on Tuesday 7th August will be in support of Release International (with the approval of Church Council) and all proceeds will be forwarded to them in order that their excellent work can continue. Any items that you may have as suitable raffle prizes will be greatly appreciated – please pass to Chris Cockerill

Coffee Morning 14th August This will be hosted by Cynthia Hume and Zelda Nightscales and will be in aid of Crohn’s and Colitus UK. Please pop in and support Cynthia & Zelda if at all possible.

Countdown   Congratulations to John Mason from North Billingham who did so well on this week’s daily programme of Countdown., giving a number of contestants a ‘run for their money’. John has said that the whole week’s shows were recorded in one afternoon, by the end of which he was ‘very tired’. Nevertheless, ‘Well Done John’.

A message from Mary Woodman reads as follows:-  Hi everyone, I’m Mary and my family and I go to Eaglescleffe Trinity. At the end of the month my husband Rob and I will be hiking 26 miles in the Peak District to raise Money for Macmillan Cancer Care. Rob’s dad was diagnosed with metastatic bowel cancer and is currently having chemo. The last time we hiked that kind of distance we were ten years younger and fitter (and not so sleep deprived), so this will be quite a challenge.

We would be very grateful for any sponsorship money for this fantastic cause, and I would also be really pleased if you could share the link below so we raise even more money. Thank You, Mary.



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 take time to have look.

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 5,758 now 5,891

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


Carlton Methodist Church wish to advertise that their church is now open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon between 12 Noon and 3.00 pm. During this time, coffee, tea, etc. cakes, scones and other refreshments, produced in a local certified kitchen will be available. Besides facilitating various creative activities there will be a place to sit and read, a quiet reflective space, children’s craft activities. Wifi on some days, as well as help in using computers. There will also be a regular short Friday worship and other activities ‘as advertised’. They would appreciate any help anyone can offer and Rev. Suva can be contacted on 01642 533379 or

A thought for August

Oh how we curse mettles when gardening,

Their pretty leaves covered in stings

Half an inch of bare skin – they will find it!

We list them with Nature’s worst things.

Yet their young shoots are bright and nutritious

And our animals find them a treat,

Their stems can make fibre, their leaves produce dye

And their soup is delicious to eat.

A large swathe of nettles left growing

Serves the butterfly laying her eggs,

And as long as some patches of docks are nearby

We can rub them on stung arms and legs.

For all things in life have a purpose,

We must look for the positives there,

And trust the Lord has his reasons,

But find thicker gloves we can wear !!

The next Grapevine, will be issued on 2n September 2018

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