GRAPEVINE – 27th January to 10th February 2019.

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Margaret Paine who is still in North Tees Hospital, she is however waiting for a place at Rosedale. Jean and John Parker as Jean starts chemotherapy on Monday. Jean Stoves came home on Tuesday and is very settled. John is very pleased to have her home (extra care is in place) although he has had a bad cold this past week. 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.

Caroline and John Noble would like to thank the Greens Lane family for the concern and support given to them during the time of Caroline’s Mum, May’s last few months and for the cards, flowers and kindness received on her death on 30th December at the age of 96. Rev. Peter Catford had visited May and agreed to lead the Service of Celebration for May’s life, and Caroline and John are very grateful to him and to the many Greens Lane friends who attended the service at the Crematorium. The wonderful Methodist singing really was uplifting and helped to make the occasion one of true celebration of a long and happy life.”

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

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 7.00pm

2nd February

Saturday Night Worship – All welcome

Thursday 7.30pm

14th February

Finance and Property Meeting

Thursday 7.30pm

21st February

Church Council Meeting


30th April

General Church Meeting – open to all

Christmas Collection and Appeal from David Smart, Church Treasurer

Our Christmas morning collection was taken in aid of Action for Children and I am pleased to confirm that a cheque in the sum of £250.00p has been forwarded to the Charity. Money raised from our Church Christmas Card Appeal on behalf of Shelter, the charity which supports the homeless, amounted to £194 plus donations made at Hartburn School Carol Service of £66.00p, making a grand total of £260.00p to Shelter. Many thanks to all, who once again, supported these charities this year.

Butterwick Thankgiving Service – 3.00pm Sunday 27th January

We once again hosted the Thanksgiving Service for the work of the Butterwick Hospices. There was a Silver Band, Daniel Ackerley and his choir ‘Cantabile’, several local civic dignitaries, members of the Butterwick Family and possibly about 100 staff and volunteers. Our Stewards were very much involved in arrangements to ensure all ran smoothly and that Greens Lane was a welcoming venue for this service.

90 Minute Group

As all groups are now up and running after the Christmas/New Year break, a little reminder that the 90 Minute Bible Study and reflection group will meet this coming Tuesday 29th at 7.00 pm. It should be remembered that this Group is open to everyone within the church family and a warm welcome awaits anyone who wishes to join them.

Finance and Property Committee

Just a quick reminder to all members of this Committee, that the next meeting will be held on Thursday, 14th February at 7.30 pm. Representatives please try to attend if at all possible.

Church Stewards

This is the time of year when we begin to think about our Stewardship team, which presently numbers four:- Christine Smart, Ron Hill, Graham Stoves and Caroline Noble. In May, one of these Stewards will be stepping down, having served for more than the required term and it is hoped that a replacement, or even ‘replacements’, can be found. It would be very difficult to operate with a Stewardship of only three. If anyone feels called to Stewardship, please speak to one of the present Stewards to learn more of the duties. Please do not put forward the name of another church member, unless discussing this with them first. Our Minister and the Stewards ask for your prayerful consideration of this matter.

Notice of Advanced CSS Course from Jim Bruce our Safeguarding Officer

Earlier this week, I received notice of an Advanced CSS Course to be held in March, and would request that the date etc be noted and written in diaries as necessary. This is a course for Stewards, Team Leaders, and Course Leaders. All candidates will have to of attended a recent refresher CSS course with certificate. I have been told NO exemptions. Please make a note of the following:- Friday 29th March 2019 to be held in the afternoon at Greens Lane. Further details will follow as soon as they are available.

Release International – the Voice of Persecuted Christians from Christine Cockerill

The January to March edition of R.I’s “Voice” magazine is now available to read.

  • Pastor Suryadev in India was thrown from a moving train by Hindu nationalists because he was carrying Bibles in his rucksack.

  • Asia Bibi has been acquitted of blasphemy, but the battle for religious freedom in Pakistan is far from over. Attacks are on the rise, as in many countries throughout the world.

  • China – Many Churches can no longer have children or youth in any of the activities. The Government wants Christianity to be a very minor activity held by unimportant older people, reports an R?.I partner. Persecution will continue in 2019.

  • Hannah, a Christian mother living in Egypt who has struggled with poverty and persecution for many years is now experiencing God’s love and care through the practical help and spiritual input she is receiving.

PLEASE do take the time to read the magazine, and continue to pray for and support of persecuted brothers and sisters in anyway you can. (*All information taken from magazine)

Please remember to keep saving postage stamps so we can support ‘Kidney Care’ Start number 254 now 634

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


Norton Methodist Church:-

At anytime between 6.00pm and 7.30pm on Sunday 3rd February, we are invited to “It’s Happening” – A Prayer Vigil, described as:- “A space and time to reflect and pray quietly” Words and images may help you to focus on:- ‘Walls and Barriers – building up and tearing down. Reflect upon the wall dividing the Holy Land – Walls that have been pulled down. Walls that are being proposed. Refreshments will be available.

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.

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”

Christian Resources Exhibition

There is a small group from the Circuit interested in visiting the Christian Resources Exhibition in Manchester on the 13th & 14th March (Wednesday/Thursday).

  • The exhibition gives the opportunity to talk to people over a wide range of subjects including church furnishings, books and resources, audio visual, learning adult and children, copyright, coffee and tea providers, group holidays, retreat centre and ‘much more’.

If you are interested please give your details to Chris Hutchinson by 15th February, so we can save on transport cost and share some fellowship time as a Circuit.

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.

  • The next Grapevine, will be issued on 10th February 2019

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