GRAPEVINE – 14th to 28th October 2018

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Marjorie Grey who hasn’t been at all well over the last couple of weeks. Jean Burdon, who continues to be doing well. Caroline’s Mum, May, is still in the care of Rosedale and Bernice Turnbull is doing well after her surgery last week. It was good to have Lynn Hutton back at Church with us – obviously all the walking exercise she has been doing has paid off. 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.

Happy Birthday, Congratulations and Best Wishes to all who have Birthdays and/or Anniversaries

over the next two weeks.

Dates for your Diary


25th October

Church Council Meeting

Tuesday 7.00pm

30th October

90 Minute Group to discuss John’s Gospel


17th November

Christmas Fair – please spread the word


24th November

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


24th November

Circuit Mission Evening for All We Can at St Andrews

Harvest Week-end

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to our Harvest Celebrations last week-end. As a Church Family we shared in various very happy ‘happenings’ and services over the two day period, and it was good to have our young uniformed groups parade their flags and also the young people from Sunday Club share their lovely Harvest’ frieze with everyone. All the harvest gifts brought along as donations were greatly appreciated by those who received them. These being, Bridge House Hostel, Hope Food Bank at St. Andrews, and the Stockton Asylum Seekers Group via Keith Burrows.

All We Can – Indonesian Appeal

For the next few Sundays there will be a plate at the back of Church for donations towards funds to help the work of All We Can following the devastation caused by the recent dreadful events in Indonesia.

New Circuit Directory – from Senior Steward Caroline Noble

If you have an entry in the recently issued Circuit Directory, please check that all your details are correct, both on the Greens Lane page and in the alphabetical section. Should you find any errors, please let me know as soon as possible so that a notice can be circulated by the circuit Administrator to correct any errors/misprints. Thank You

Visit of Speaker from Beamish Museum

The ladies who attend our Ladies Circle group on alternate Wednesday afternoons extend an open invitation to anyone (ladies & gents) from our Church Family who would like to come to listen and share in the afternoon on Wednesday 17th October (this coming Wednesday), which promises to be a very interesting informative talk by a representative from Beamish who will be telling us all about the ‘new village’ which is presently under construction on the huge Beamish site.

90 Minute Group

The next date for this study/discussion group will be the last Tuesday of the month – 30th October. Please come along to take part in delving into John’s Gospel – we have an open door – please join us.


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

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.

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

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. It 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 free, if at all possible, and therefore be able to join in the fun on the 24th

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. The sheet which was attached to our last Grapevine explained how they hope members of churches within the Circuit may be able to help. Please consider deeply and pray for what they are hoping to achieve.

Forthcoming MWiB Events – dates for diaries

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 Methodist Women in Britain MWiB – you do not have to JOIN anything. We look forward to perhaps seeing more ladies attending these events.

Forthcoming Concert – Saturday 24th 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 of 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 6,311 now 6,451

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


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 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)

Fundraising for ME North East

Anyone who attended the Coffee Mornings Becca Morrison held last year will no doubt remember the young lady helping Becca to raise funds by having a ‘Mini Nail Bar’ in one of the corners of the Hall. This was Jenni Mawson (daughter of Andrea (nee Storey) and granddaughter of Jean). Jenni is presently raising funds for the ME North East Group and writes as follows:-

I have suffered from ME since the age of 12. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a long-term illness with a wide range of symptoms, the most common being extreme tiredness as well as insomnia, muscle pain and problems with remembering and concentrating. This North East Charity has helped me all the way through school and college by arranging meetings with other sufferers and providing me with a therapist to talk with, as mental health is often something also affected.

Sadly two of their main ‘sponsors’ (one of these being Children in Need), have recently withdrawn their funding and I am therefore trying to make sure that the Charity can carry on helping young people like myself in the North East, and would advertise that I am holding a Fundraising Ball at Stockton Cricket Club on Friday 23rd November starting at 7.00 pm. There will be music, dancing, snacks and more. Tickets will be available at the door and will cost £2.00p each. Whilst writing I would mention that a ‘Blue Theme’ will be the order of the evening in support of ME North East. Any support will be greatly appreciated, thanking you in anticipation of you being able to publicize this for me. Jenni Mawson

If anyone feels they are able to donate any prizes for a planned Tombola stall, items can be passed to

Judy M who will ensure that they are delivered to Jenni’s home in Marrick Road.

The next Grapevine, will be issued on 28th October 2018

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