GRAPEVINE – 9th to 23rd December 2018

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Jean Raines, Liz Beattie as her knee strengthens, Stephanie (nee Hume) who is now out of hospital and Sue Holden who is currently undergoing treatment. 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

Sunday

16th December

AAW, Parade and Nativity with the young people of our church led by Mrs Anne Day. After the service, tea and coffee will be served in the hall

Sunday 6.00pm

23rd December

Lessons & Carols by Candlelight, conducted by

Rev. Peter Catford. Why not bring family and friends along?

Tuesday 10.30am

Christmas Day

Come and Join the Celebration with Rev Peter and the church family.

Sunday

30th December

9.30am service at St Paul’s Newtown to which Yarm Road and Greens Lane are warmly invited. NO SERVICE at all at GL

Sunday 3.00pm

6th January

Covenant Service and dedication of Pastoral Visitors followed by faith tea.

Thank You to Mavis

Mavis Brown has regretfully decided that she is no longer able to play to accompany our singing at services due to increasing problems with her hands. Mavis has shared her wonderful gift with us for so many years enriching the worship life of our Church and we are sorry that she now feels she is unable to continue. We shall all miss her lovely touch on the keyboard and thank her for her faithful service, so freely given. We are grateful to Christine Deane and Marianne Kitching who will continue to accompany our services.

Thank You from Linda Richardson

Linda wishes to pass on her thanks to all who popped along and supported the Concert held on 24th November, and also for all the lovely donations for the raffle. The evening which raised £312 showed just how much talent there is within the local area, and it is very rewarding to witness just how greatly Linda’s students are improving year on year. Well done to all who performed.

Carols at the Shops’

As in previous years, the Stockton Baptist Church is arranging for Carols at Hartburn Shops on Tuesday 11th December at 7.00pm. followed by refreshments at All Saints Hall in Hartburn Village. All are welcome to come along to join in with fellow Christians singing Carols “al fresco” and have the opportunity to chat afterwards in the Village Hall.

Time for Carols

It is rather sad that we only get to sing carols for just over a month out of the whole year, so we should take every opportunity that is offered to us to share in singing some old and some new ones. Linda Richardson and the ‘Sing a long’ group which meet on Wednesday evening extend a very warm invitation to anyone in the church family who feels they would like to join them on Wednesday 19th when they will be ‘practising’ carols, so why not pop along and take advantage of the opportunity of a festive ‘good sing’……………………See you there !!

Christmas Message / Prayer Tree

You will see that once again we have our Christmas ‘Tag’ Tree in the vestibule, and we invite everyone who comes into the Church during this festive season to take a tag from the little basket and after writing your message or prayer, to place it on the tree to help to bring it to life. All tags will be removed on 5th January and will be presented and blessed during our Covenant Service on Sunday 6th January

Church Christmas Card

This year, our junior church members have been busy designing for our Church Christmas card, and Rev. Peter Catford (with some help) had the difficult job of judging and choosing two winning designs. The card chosen for church members to sign was drawn by Layla McLoughlin, aged 11; a second card for all the youngsters to sign was drawn by Lenny Ahmed, aged 8. Both cards are on display on the table in the vestibule. Congratulations and thanks to Layla and Lenny on their success – keep practising and who knows, one day you may be able to design professionally!

As usual please leave your Christmas greeting to church friends on the card by Layla, and make a donation to “Shelter” in lieu of the price of many cards. Please take time to have a look at all the other entries which are displayed on the wall in the hall, you will be surprised at the wealth of artistic talent in our junior church. There will be a small presentation to the winners in the hall whilst we have coffee, following the Nativity Service on 16th December, and a little something for each entrant.

Sunday Club and Thursday Clubs

We have been asked to pass on via Grapevine early information as to when the above groups will be finishing restarting before/after the Christmas Holidays. Details are as follows:-

Last meeting of Thursday Club 13th December Last Sunday Club 16th Dec (After Nativity Service)

Joint Christmas Party 4.00 – 6.00 pm Saturday 5th January 2018

Restarting:- Thursday 10th January 2019 and Sunday 11th January 2019

Can anyone throw any light on the following??

Dawn Stoves contacted the Editor and asked if the following could be included in this week’s Grapevine:-

Months ago, Graham and I took all our Nintendo Wii equipment and SEVERAL games to Youth Club (for occasional use) and kept them in an open box with the ‘Wii’ in the wardrobe on the landing at the top of the church concrete stairs. Last week I noticed that the items mentioned weren’t there and searched everywhere – including at home. I then found the brown box in the room to the left at the top of the stairs (church store room), with everything missing except the batteries and a few things to do with the remote controls. We don’t think it went onto the Fair as we think it would have come to our toys/games stall and it is odd that it was removed from the box and not taken in it. If anyone knows anything of its whereabouts could they please contact me. Thank you.

Saving used postage stamps

We are a little late getting a reminder into Grapevine for everyone to save the stamps that are ensuring the safe delivery of Christmas cards through our letter boxes from friends at home and abroad. Sandra Wilkinson is doing a stalwart job of counting and then packing all used stamps, prior to sending them off to the Kidney Patient Association, which is now known as ‘Kidney Care’, where all used stamps help to swell funds for this very worthwhile charity. The stamps need at least a quarter of an inch left on around them, but Sandra doesn’t mind cutting and tidying if they have just been torn from the corner of the envelope and Sandra thanks everyone in anticipation that as many stamps as possible will be saved from envelopes and passed on to her – please ask family and friends to save them too. We in turn give thanks to Sandra for taking on this role following the sad passing of June Pelton earlier this year. We remember June with love and give thanks for the work she did over the years to help patients with kidney problems.

Sunday Morning Refreshments

It will soon be time to type up and circulate the new Rota for our helpers who prepare and serve refreshments on a Sunday morning, and we wonder if there is anyone who feels they could offer to help in this way. Your ‘turn’ would come around once every 6/7 weeks (at the moment), but if we can encourage another few helpers then it eases the load on all the Sunday morning refreshment team. Please consider if YOU could offer to do this and if so have a word with Judy Morrison. Thank You

It’s Quiz Time Again !!!!

How is everyone doing with their ‘Christmas Round & Round Quiz’ John Schofield set up for us a few weeks ago? 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.

Church Flowers

As there will not be any fresh flower arrangements in church until Sunday 6th January, please can Margaret Walton be advised if anyone (for whatever reason) needs flowers to be taken to them, and she will ensure that they will receive fresh flowers on behalf on the Church family.

Thank You

Knitting Needles at the Ready !

If you are able to knit a pull-on hat for the Mission to Seafarers, please have a word with Judy Morrison who will be very pleased to hear from you.

A Positive TRAIDCRAFT update

We are pleased to have been advised that Traidcraft will evolve into a smaller, more efficient organisation. Following extensive consultations and offers of help from friends and supporters, the business will move forward with a smaller product range whilst still supporting as many of their suppliers/producers and working closely with their sister charity Traidcraft Exchange.

Traidcraft will celebrate it’s 40th birthday next year and they are determined to celebrate like the fair trade revolutionaries they are. For further details please see the memo on TRAIDCRAFT information board above the pigeon holes and please keep ordering from the current catalogue.

Please remember to keep saving postage stamps so we can support ‘Kidney Care; was 6,607 now 6,807

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

IN AND AROUND THE CIRCUIT AND COMMUNITY

St.Paul’s Newtown – ‘Candles, Carols and Christmas’

This is the title of the concert to be given by the Bella Canta Ladies Choir on Friday 14th December at 7.00pm. They invite everyone to “come and join us for Carols by candlelight, your favourite Christmas songs and readings” There will be mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. There will also be a raffle to raise money for our chosen charity which this year is Macmillan Cancer Trust, the first prize being a hamper donated by Morrisons. The Mayor of Stockton will also be attending. It is free to attend the Concert, with a retiring collection being taken at the end of the evening for church and choir funds. They hope to see as many as possible there to share in the evening.

The next Grapevine, will be issued on 23rd December 2018

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