GRAPEVINE –  30th September to 14th October 2018

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Jean Burdon, who is convalescing well and has been out and about with her Son. Caroline’s Mum, May, is presently having an ‘assessment stay’ at Rosedale and we trust her time there will help to sort out the best option for her care in the future. Bernice Turnbull was due to undergo another hip replacement yesterday, and we trust all went well and that she will recuperate and we will see her back at church in the not too distant future. Lynn Hutton is moving well after her knee replacement is doing daily walks to strengthen the new knee. 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/treatments 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.

A number of children from Tots left to go to nursery, but this doesn’t mean that the group are short on numbers as two new babies have arrived within eight days of each other. First to arrive on 15th September was Edie Jennifer a third daughter for Rachael and Graham, and baby sister for Amelie and Elora, and then 23rd saw the safe delivery of Anna Josephine for Kerrie and Glen and baby sister for Alana, Jaedon Ryan and Oskar. Both babies weighed in at 7lbs 12ozs! Both families have been Tots & Toddlers for sometime, (Kerrie helping on a Thursday morning), and the Church Family send love congratulations and best wishes to them all. May God’s Blessings be with you all always.

After our Harvest Festival morning service we will welcome by Holy Baptism Isabelle Rose Clemence, daughter of Rachael and Ben, and we extend a very warm welcome to all family and friends who will share in this very special celebration. The Greens Lane church family wish Isabelle a long, healthy and happy life and trust that God will bless her always in the years to come. XX

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 Ella Brennan who will celebrate her 98th birthday on Saturday 6th October, and via Grapevine we say “Happy Birthday Ella” and send Best Wishes, Love and God’s Blessings from the Church Family.

Dates for your Diary

Thursday 7.15

4th October

Meeting for all Pastoral Visitors


6th/7th October

Harvest Weekend See later information


25th October

Church Council Meeting


27th November

Concert in aid of Great North Air Ambulance (Linda Richardson)

Fund Raising Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who popped in to share in the Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care. A total of £232.30p was raised. A very enjoyable morning was shared by all who attended, and Margaret Schofield also passes on thanks for the donation of raffle prizes, delicious scones, cakes and jars of jam.

The Church Family says thank you to Margaret too for having established this Coffee Morning over a number of years.

Important Information reference St. Andrews

Church members at St. Andrews have asked for the help of the Circuit with regard to the struggle they are experiencing in relation to the number of members they presently have, to ensure that they can sustain their place in the local community. Please read the attached sheet which explains how they hope members of churches within the Circuit may be able to help, and please consider deeply and pray for what they are hoping to achieve.

Reminder to all Pastoral Visitors.

The next meeting is this coming Thursday, 4th October and Chris Cockerill, Secretary for the Pastoral Groups, requests that all persons responsible for presenting reports for various groups/clubs kindly pass such reports to her before the meeting. Also, if anyone is unable to attend, please let Chris have any updates/comments you may wish to voice

Harvest Weekend 6th & 7th October

Because we are having a Harvest Bring & Share Tea on Saturday 6th, it should be noted that there will NOT be a coffee morning that day. However, our flower arrangers will be very pleased to receive flowers on the Friday evening (5th) between 6.30 and 7.30 pm. (If you are not able to drop flowers off at this time, please deliver as early as possible on the Saturday morning).

An open invitation is extended to all members of our Church to come along and share in the Saturday evening when we can celebrate God’s Harvest with a meal together followed by Saturday Night Worship. We look forward to seeing you

Memorabilia’ relating to Hartburn/Greens Lane Church or Fairfield Church

Jim Bruce is quite concerned that as people are downsizing and de-cluttering their homes, it may be that possible memorabilia relating to the churches will get thrown away etc. Jim is very prepared to create a sort of ‘archive’ of information from anything church family members would be happy to pass on and have included in such a history of the Churches. If you have any photographs that give an insight into the life of both churches over the years, and would like to pass them on, well please do so, but Jim asks that each photo be accompanied by a short write up of who is in the picture and what was happening at the time.


A new Bulletin can be found on the Traidcraft notice board in the vestibule – please read and return. For information, Christine Smart has placed an order for Christmas cards (in packs) and these should arrive for sale by the end of October

Forthcoming MWiB Events – dates for diaries

The annual Circuit Dedication Service with Communion, will this year, be held at Greens Lane. All ladies are invited to come and share in the service on the evening of Tuesday 9th October at 7.30pm. The service will be led by Mrs Sheila Hargreaves

The annual District Autumn Day will be held at Blackhall Methodist Church on Monday 22nd October. Coffee will be served from 10.00 am. It should be noted that the ladies at Blackhall will provide liquid refreshments but if attending, you will require to take a packed lunch.

The annual District Advent Service is set to be held at Shildon Methodist Church on Friday 30th November coffee from 10.30 with service commencing at 11.00 am followed by Soup lunch.

Please remember that all ladies who attend and share in worship at Methodist Churches are MWiB – you do not have to JOIN anything. We look forward to perhaps seeing more ladies attending these events.

Unwanted Jewellery

Sandra Wilkinson who kindly took on our stamp collecting, also has ‘fingers in other pies’ and has asked that via Grapevine we mention that she also collects, from various sources, unwanted jewellery which goes on to help the Alzheimer’s Society. If you do have any (of any description) that you wish to donate, please give it directly to Sandra or leave in “W” pigeon hole from where she will collect.

Release International – The Voice of Persecuted Christians from Christine Cockerill

The October – December issue of R.i’S “Voice” Magazine is now available to read.

This edition includes many articles such as the overcome faith of Eritrean Christian Yemane – tortured for being a Christian. Suffering Christians in Nigeria. Why persecution continues in Central Asia and Good News from North Korean ‘Kiran’.

The International Day of Prayer (IDOP) this year, will be held on Sunday 18th November – please remember this important day. A selection of Christmas cards, books and stockting fillers are now available (see p20) to support R.I’s work.

Reminder”. It is not too late to sigtn the petition to support persecuted Christians in China, but it must be sent off within the next couple of weeks – available on the table in the3 porch. Many thanks again to all who supported the coffee morning for R.I. which raised £18u0.00p. – a letter of grateful thanks has been received from the Charity.

Please DO take the time to read some, if not all of the magazine and continue to pray for and support our persecuted family in any way you can. Thank You.

Forthcoming Concert – Saturday 27th November at 5.00pm

Once again Linda Richardson is organising a fund raising concert which will be held at Greens Lane. All money raised from the event will be shared between the Great North Air Ambulance. Linda confirms that this event will not just be by the pupils she teaches, but invites anyone who would like to participate or help in any way, to contact her. Linda would also appreciate any items for the usual Tombola table.

Since we have been asking people to send post cards to church from holiday destinations, we have received them from a wide variety ofDonation of Knitting Wool

Thank you to all who took balls of wool which had kindly been donated by Sylvia, William Beattie’s Mum. It had travelled from Scotland to get here !!!! We hope it will help to keep fingers supple and warm whilst the needles keep clicking, and via Grapevine we say a very big thank you to Sylvia for thinking about us.

Postcards places at home and abroad and now have 34!! 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 6,097 now 6,311

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


Early Diary Notice – Circuit Mission Event for ‘All We Can’ At 6.30 pm on Saturday 24th November there will be a special event at St Andrews Church. If will be a fun evening with food, games and information with regard to this year’s project for the Malawi Partnership. Last year All We Can raised funds and supported Zimbabwe. Our Tots & Toddler group have just ‘Twinned’ a toilet in Malawi – could it be that we could maybe fund a block (four toilets) for a church or a school? Please keep the date if at all possible free and therefore be able to join in the fun on the 24th

Yarm Church wish to announce the launch of a new Monthly Youth Event. This will take place on the second Sunday of each month, the first one being on Sunday 14th October, when a ‘film night and food’ will be held. The next one will be 11th November with guest speakers ‘and food’ and 9th December which will in fact be a ‘Christmas Trip’ to where we do not know. Each event is for young people in Y7 and above and it is thought it will be a great time to ‘hang out with friends’ (start time to be confirmed)

The next Grapevine, will be issued on 14th October 2018

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