GRAPEVINE – 28th October to 11th November 2018

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Jean Burdon as she continues to convalesce. Bernice Turnbull as she keeps exercising following her surgery. And it was good to see Marjorie Grey attending Coffee Morning, after not being too well over recent weeks. We remember Stephanie (Cynthia Hume’s daughter) as she prepares to undergo surgery in early November and also Liz Beattie as she also has surgery to her knee. Caroline’s Mum, May, is still in the care of Rosedale. 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. This week we give a special mention of a ‘young man’ in our church family as we acknowledge that Graham Stoves is 21 on Wednesday 7th November. We give thanks Graham that you are such a big part our church family and all wish you well in all that you take on in life in the future, We send Congratulations, Best Wishes, Love and God’s Blessings to you on celebrating your 21st Birthday XX

Dates for your Diary


17th November

Christmas Fair – please spread the word

Saturday 5.00

24th November

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

Saturday 6.30

24th November

Circuit Mission Evening for All We Can at St Andrews

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.


You may have recently seen publicity relating to the possible demise of the Gateshead based TRAIDCRAFT Company. However it should be noted however, that they are still trading and continuing to promote all of their range of products via their Catalogues, and as a Church we will continue to support them through their current trading difficulties.

As in previous years, catalogues are available (numbers are limited until next week), but once more are available please take the time to have a look through one and possibly find those alternative different Christmas Gifts. It should also be noted that a range of Christmas cards are now on display in the vestibule and these are available to purchase (please pop money in envelope and pass to Christine Smart). Should you require more of a particular design, further packs may be ordered via Christine.

TRAIDCRAFT have pioneered FAIR TRFADE for many years – please look for the identifying labelling when out doing your supermarket food shopping. Pleased to report that talks are ongoing in the hope of the company re-emerging as a smaller and more efficient organisation in the new year.

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 that can be donated as raffle prizes

Christmas Fair – Saturday 17th November

Hard to believe that our Christmas Fair is just three weeks away (17th November) so please take note of all that is going on . . . . . . and spread the word!! There will be Soup and Crusty Roll Lunches available from 12 Noon until 1.00pm when the Fair will get underway. Tea and mince pies will be available (from 1.30pm) during the afternoon after everyone, we hope, has had a browse around the various stalls. We look forward to seeing YOU and your family and friends on the day and trust that all will get a little of their Christmas shopping done. If you normally have a stall, please indicate on the sheet in the vestibule how many tables you will require.

Bound for Rwanda

In around 10 days time, Chris Heap will once more be off on her travels back to Rwanda and we wish her a safe journey. Chris will be taking with her (for the children starting nursery school in Kalgali), around 50 blue and yellow jumpers, which were blessed during our Harvest Festival service, We say a very big thank you to all who have had their knitting needles clicking over recent months, these haven’t just been the needles belonging to ladies of our Knit & Natter group, but also ‘friends of friends’ who have wanted to contribute to the project. It is quite hard to imagine just how many miles of wool have been knitted up, in order to keep the children warm on the often cold mornings as they make their way to nursery. With the jumpers we send our love and blessings in every stitch and are so pleased to know that our jumpers will arrive safely in the care of Chris – still intrigues us how she gets through Customs with not just our jumpers, but also other items requested by Meg out in Kalgali

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

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

Jim Bruce is still quite happy to receive anything that you think should maybe kept which will help to detail the life of the two churches prior to amalgamating, also anything which enlightens folk about church life at Greens Lane.

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

Forthcoming MWiB Events – dates for diaries

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 – you do not have to JOIN anything and all ladies are welcome to attend any of the Circuit or District MWiB events


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 away, but we really would like from South America ,,,,,,,,,, anyone heading off that way? 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 6,516 now 6,607

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


St Paul’s Newtown Church extend an open invitation to everyone to join them at their Christmas Fayre and Light Lunches on Saturday 3rd November between 11.20am and 2.00pm.

They also invite you to share in their ‘Lest we Forget’ event – a Ceremony of Remembrance at the Church at 6.00pm on Saturday 10th November. The Mayor will be attending the event which will be followed by a Great War period style tea. This is part of their commemorative services over Remembrance Weekend to acknowledge the end of the Great War. There will be a retiring collection for the Poppy Appeal

The Humanitarian Aid and Relief Trust (HART) are staging a special Chopin Recital Concert in aid of HART on Saturday 10th November at Princess Alexandra Auditorium in Yarm starting at 7.30 pm. HART is a Christian Charity and provides aid and advocacy for victims of persecution and oppression in some of the most difficult trouble spots in the world. It is anticipated that the founder, Baroness Caroline Cox, will be attending.

Monthly Youth Event at Yarm Methodist. Sunday 11th November 6.00 – 8.00pm. Guest Speaker and Food !!!!! The event is for young people in Y7 and above.

Saturday 17th November There will be a Ceilidh at Oxbridge Social Club with proceeds being shared between Great North East Air Ambulance and Yarm Road Methodist Church. The cost to attend the evening is £10 for adults and £6 for children under 12 and includes hot food.

Fundraising for ME North East

Judy Morrison is still willing to accept any items you may wish to donate as Tombola prizes for Jenni Mawson’s Fundraising Ball in aid of ME North East, which is to be held at Stockton Cricket Club on Friday 23rd November

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 11th  November 2018

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