GRAPEVINE – 11th to 25th November 2018

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Jean Raines who had a fall which necessitated her being admitted to North Tees. Liz Beattie is making good progress following her knee replacement operation this week, and we remember Stephanie (nee Hume) as she takes things a day at a time following abdominal surgery at the beginning of last week. Caroline’s Mum, May, is presently in Church View Care Home and Ella Brennan following a short stay in hospital is now in the care of Windsor Court Care Home in Oxbridge. It was good to have Jean Burdon back with us to share worship last week and we are pleased she is continuing to make good progress. 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


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


30th November

MWiB Advent Service at Shildon Methodist Church

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.

Butterwick Memorial Service

On Sunday 11th our Church played host to representatives from the Butterwick Hospice, who each year organise a Memorial Service for families who have lost a loved one in the past year. This will be the second time they have used our premises and we are pleased that they feel comfortable within our Church and trust that everyone who shares in the service will gain strength and feel uplifted by it.

Christmas Fair – Saturday 17th November

Our Christmas Fair is just ONE WEEK away 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 and the Fair will get underway at 1.00 pm. Tea and mince pies will be available (from 1.30pm) during the afternoon after everyone, we hope, has had time to have a browse around the various stalls. The Church will be open from 6.30p.m. on the Friday so that all can be set up, however, we will not be able to get into the hall to set up in there until 9pm and any help around either of these times will be greatly appreciated. As with all our Christmas Fairs, the worship area must be ‘returned to normal’ in readiness for morning worship on Sunday, and anyone who can offer help to join the ‘put back to normal’ will be ‘welcomed with open arms!’

If you have items/goods for any of the stalls, please bring them on the Friday evening or from about 9.30am on Saturday morning – thank you. 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.

PLEASE NOTE:- If you normally have a stall at our Fairs and will be running one this time, please indicate on the sheet, which can be found on the table in the vestibule, the name of your stall and also the number of tables you will require.

Thank you to our Knit & Natter Group

As we share in worship this morning (11th) we can see that the knitters haven’t just been ‘nattering’ but have been very busy making more poppies than even last year, and these have been used to decorate our worship area, porch and even a few outside. We say a very big thank you to all who have contributed to us having such a display of poppies and to Margaret Walton for putting creating all the arrangements.

Beavers have been Poppy Making Too

People who have recently visited Preston Park Museum and in particular the winter garden have been able to see and be uplifted by an amazing and beautiful display of poppies – and if you haven’t been, it is well worth a visit! A little bird has also told us that our G L Beaver Colony have contributed to this by making poppies to be added to the display. Margaret Moody who leads the group received an e-mail from a leader at another group asking if Greens Lane Beavers could help out and get involved – so they did!

We say well done to the youngsters and thank you to Margaret for guiding the boys into being aware of what is so important about the poppies we see all around us at this time of year and especially on this the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War.

It’s Quiz Time Again !!!!

Yes, John Schofield has been busy once again sorting out another Quiz, this time it has been called a ‘Christmas Round & Round Quiz’, and the handy clue is that all answers are either circular or spherical.

It is just the thing to keep beside your armchair or settee on the dark nights that seem to have settled around us very quickly – and to pick up and put down when answers may (or may not) pop into your head. The funds raised from the quiz sheets – which cost just a £1 will be donated to Church Funds. Many thanks John for taking the time to set this up for us – your efforts are greatly appreciated.


You may have recently seen publicity relating to the possible demise of the Gateshead based TRAIDCRAFT Company. However it should be noted owever, 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.

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

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 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


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.

Walk Down Memory Lane Wednesday 28th November 1.00 – 3.00pm Dementia Friendly Tea/Coffee Afternoon at The Forge, Norton Green, TS20 1EJ. These events which are held monthly are not just for those directly affected by dementia, or memory loss and carers, but for anyone who would enjoy reminiscing in a friendly environment with a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of cake.

St. Andrews Methodist Church – Ask that we make a note in our diaries to keep Sunday 16th (don’t know what time) available as they they intend to have a ‘Christmas Silent Disco’. (never heard of that one before), to which we are all invited, and further information will be available nearer the time.

Thornaby Methodist Church – we are reminded that each Sunday morning from 10.30 am they have ‘Godly Play’ which is run by David Parkin. He says “Wonder and explore the Bible in a relaxed setting with your children – open to all”

The next Grapevine, will be issued on 25th November 2018

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