GRAPEVINE – 13th to 27th January 2019.

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Jean Stoves as she continues to convalesce after her hip surgery and is now waiting for an available place in 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.

It was with sadness that we heard of the death of Caroline Noble’s Mum, May Dawson, on 30th December. May hadn’t been well for some time and latterly moved to Church View Care Home. May, who was 96 years old was the dearly loved wife of the late Jack, loving Mum of Caroline, Mum in Law of John, Grandma to Adam and Ruth and partners, and a very much loved Great Grandma to Izzie, Isla and Arthur. We give thanks for May’s life, and offer all the family sincere condolences together with love and continuing support, and trust that they will all feel God’s grace and love around them at this difficult time.

The funeral service for May will be held at Teesside Crematorium at 11.30am on Wednesday, 16th January.

A message received from Mavis Brown reads as follows:- I would like to thank everyone who had anything to do with the gift given to me when I recently retired from accompanying Church services. I am planning to head off for “Afternoon Tea” (my gift) when the weather picks up and as Marianne is taking over from me, she will share in the afternoon with me. Thank you to all. Love Mavis XX

Happy Birthday, Congratulations and Best Wishes to all who have Birthdays and/or Anniversaries over the next two weeks.

We give a belated mention for birthdays which were missed from our last edition of Grapevine (so much going on during the festive period). The Editor should have mentioned the fact that Margaret Paine would be celebrating her 94th Birthday on 28th December (any excuse for a party) and that Marion Stafford would be having a milestone Birthday on 12th January (yesterday) when she would become 90 ! (Ladies Circle shared in a lovely birthday tea with Marion last Wednesday). The Church Family wish you both best wishes and congratulations and trust God’s Blessings will be with you both during 2019. Love from us all XXXXX

Dates for your Diary

Thursday 2.00pm

26th January

Meaningful Ageing see later information

Saturday 7.00pm

2nd February

Saturday Night Worship – All welcome

Stepping into another year

As 2019 gets underway we wish to say a very big Thank You to everyone who contributed in any way to making our Church worship area, hall and premises in general, such a welcoming place to walk into throughout the festive season. Also to everyone for the refreshments which were provided at different times during the time of Christmas/New Year celebrations, they were all greatly enjoyed and appreciated by everyone!

Shelter and Action for Children Charities

As all will be aware the two charities named above were our chosen charities for the Christmas Season. Perhaps you didn’t get the opportunity to donate to either of the charities, but would still like to do so – well you are not too late, as David has not yet sent off cheques covering monies already collected, therefore if you do wish to make a contribution, please see David Smart or one of our Stewards.

Christmas Quiz – from John Schofield

Thank you to all who took part in the recent Quiz which raised £96 for Church Funds. More than 20% were returned for checking of which four had ALL correct answers. After a tiebreak draw, Mrs S Graham of Egglescliffe was declared the winner. I have received a number of comments from people saying how much they enjoy the quizzes so another one will appear soon. Thank you for your support”.

We say thank you to you John for taking the time to fundraise in this way and for providing us with a means of keeping the ‘grey matter’ in thinking mode!

A Good Read

If you shared in Worship on Sunday 23rd December when Jan Smith led our Service, you may remember her talking about a book she was reading and she quoted a very short excerpt from it. The passage described a child with learning difficulties running on ahead of his father to a road underpass and once there, waking a gentleman who was sleeping rough. The father had been amazed at how a great level of understanding seemed to pass between the unknown gentleman and the child. Should anyone be interested in maybe reading the book, it is called “A Strange Christmas” by Krish Kardiah.

Thank You for saving used postage stamps – from Sandra Wilkinson

Thank you to everyone who has passed on used postage stamps to me over the past year. Our grand total for 2018 was 8,010. One used stamp is a tiny bit of rubbish, but when gathered collectively they can be put to good use in support of the Kidney Care Charity. Our first total to be recorded for 2019 is 254 I wonder what this might be by the end of the year. Please ask all your family and friends to continue to pass on used stamps.

Thank you

18th January – the start of Christian Unity Week – Together with A Day of Prayer for Britain

Saturday 26th January has been designated as a Day of Prayer for Britain, and an event will be staged at The SSE Arena at Wembley and we are asked to pray for and remember the people who will gather in London and also in our own prayers, pray for our country and the people who live here.

We can change Britain through the power of prayer when we unite in intercession”

Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity and Brrrrrr it was cold – from Jacky Booth

As you may know Nick my 15 year old son is a keen cellist and currently plays in the Tees Valley Youth Orchestra (TVYO), which has young people from approximately the age of 13 to 19 years, playing a wide range of instruments. In 2019, the TVYO is celebrating 50 years of making music and to mark this occasion, “Distinguished Concerts International New York” have invited the Orchestra to perform a special Concert at the BEST Concert Hall on planet earth – Carnegie Hall !!! The orchestra members are all fundraising to help enable them take their music to New York for a once-in –a lifetime opportunity, and as part of their fundraising, Nick took part in the Round Table’s Boxing Day Dip at Seaton Carew and brrrrr it was cold! If you would like to retrospectively sponsor Nick, then there is a sponsorship form in the foyer and any gesture of support would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much (Nick’s Mum).

Meaningful Ageing’ – Second Sitting – from Rev. Peter.

With an ageing population and people living on their own, there are many people feeling isolated and lonely. Good mental health is on the agenda. Having had an extremely successful course, from which we are developing a group of volunteers who will support older people, seeking together to find meaning in ageing, we are offering two further courses. With this in mind, there will be an introductory/information session at Greens Lane on Thursday 24th January at 2.00pm for all within the Circuit who may be interested. For further information please see poster in Church porch.

Please remember to keep saving postage stamps so we can support ‘Kidney Care; Start of 2019:- 254

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


An Evening Out?

Greens Lane will be the venue for a Concert which will be held on Saturday 9th February at 7.30pm. It is advertised as “Songs for a Winter’s Evening” and will feature popular music from opera and musical theatre. The Concert will feature:- Susan Grogan, Judith Redfearn and Bill Greenwood,, accompanied by Stephen Sild. Tickets (£4) will be available at the door on the evening. Tea and Coffee will also be available.

Walk Down Memory Lane Wednesday 1.00 – 3.00pm Dementia Friendly Tea/Coffee Afternoon at The Forge, Norton Green, TS20 1EJ. These events which are held monthly on the last Wednesday of the month 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.

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”

Norton Methodist Church extend a warm invitation to all to share in their ‘Winter Worship Happening’ at 6.00pm on Sunday 20th January. The service is detailed as ‘A service of Praise and Worship’ led by their music group ‘Touchwood’. Come along to worship our Lord Jesus through singing some well-known favourite songs (and maybe learning some new ones!) and sharing some time of reflection of the word of God.

Yarm Methodist Church – once again advertise their ‘New Monthly Youth Event’ every second Sunday of the month from 6 – 8pm. The event is for young people in Y7 and above. They will have food, speakers, films fun and a change to hang out with friends!! Please spread the word. All welcome (from Steph)

Thornaby Methodist Church – on Thursday 24th January we are invited to share in ‘Soup and a Sandwich followed by steamed sponge and custard’ together with friendly sociable company all in aid of ‘The Homeless’. Cost is £4 per person. For catering purposes please contact 07583 745181 by Tuesday 29th January. Eileen Middleton says “Looking forward to seeing you there”.

The next Grapevine, will be issued on 27th January 2019

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