GRAPEVINE – 10th to 24th February 2019.

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Jean Stoves, who due to an infection, has had another short stay in hospital, (but pleased to advise came home Friday afternoon) – much to John’s pleasure, and Barbara Brookes who is also in North Tees hospital at the moment. 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 is with sadness that we pass on the news of the death of Margaret Paine. Margaret passed away peacefully in North Tees Hospital around tea time on Monday, 4th February, aged 94 years. She had been a stalwart member at Greens Lane since Fairfield and Hartburn Churches amalgamated over 40 years ago. Margaret was the dearly loved and loving wife of the late Lewis, dearest Mum of Christine, respected Mum in law of Ron, and a devoted Grandma and Great Grandma. A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at Greens Lane on Thursday 21st February at 10.45 am followed by a service of committal in St. Hilda’s Chapel at 11.45 am prior to cremation. The family have expressed a wish for friends to share in both services, should they wish, and to join them later for buffet lunch refreshments in the church hall. We give thanks for Margaret’s contribution to church life at Greens Lane and offer our love, blessings and condolences to all the family at this sad and stressful time.

Congratulations to Barbara Smith on becoming a Great Grandma for the first time following the birth of Ted Alexander Smith who arrived safe and sound on 1st February. Ted is the baby son of Katie and Matthew Smith . Barbara, we hope you enjoy your cuddles with baby Ted and trust God’s love and blessings will surround him always.

On Sunday 17th February, during morning worship, we will welcome into the Church family by Holy Baptism, Ava Jean Robson, daughter of Leeann and Tim. Ava is the great granddaughter of the late Jean and Frank Moffatt and we offer all the family, God parents and friends who will share in the service and support the family, a very warm welcome. We wish you God’s Blessings, Ava, for a long, healthy and happy life. Great Grand parents Jean and Frank would be thrilled at the decision of Leann and Tim to bring Ava to Greens Lane on this very special day of celebration.

On Saturday 23rd February at 11.30am we will welcome into the church family by Holy Baptism, Amelia Florence Wilson, daughter of Brianna and Sam and we extend a very warm welcome to all family and friends who will share in this very special celebration. The Greens Lane church family wish Amelia a long, healthy and happy life and trust that God will bless her always in the years to come. XX

Happy Birthday, Congratulations and Best Wishes to all who have Birthdays and/or Anniversaries over the next two weeks. We give a special mention to Jim Bruce who celebrates his 85th Birthday on 12th February – Happy Birthday in advance Jim, hope you have a happy day XX. We also give an early mention for Liz and Will Beattie as they prepare to celebrate (with a holiday), their Ruby Wedding on Sunday 24th. The Church Family offer congratulations, love and best wishes on sharing 40 years as ‘Mr and Mrs’ May God’s Blessings be with you both always, and we hope you have a super time. XX

Dates for your Diary

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

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. All committee members will find copy of Agenda and extract from the Quinquennial report in their pigeon holes.

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.

Time to think of this year’s holidays?

Thanks to everybody who sent postcards from their holiday destinations last year. As you can see from the display in the vestibule, except for South America they are quite widespread. The display will soon be dismantled and taken down, so if you need to remind yourself of the places people visited……………….please be quick!!!!!!!

Pancakes – yummy

Once again pancakes instead of biscuits will be on offer at Tuesday Coffee on 5th March. Please mark the date in your diary and pop along and enjoy one (or even two) pancakes (usually 50p each) prepared by our Stewards – thank you in advance to them for cooking and serving them.

Did someone mention Spring Cleaning?

Did you know, were you aware that we have an upstairs store room? We will shortly be preparing to once again clear and clean this area. If you have added any item to the room and want it kept, please add a note to that effect or it might be disposed of.

Early Planning and Preparation

We will soon be holding a meeting about fund raising, in particular discussing the Summer Fair. The meeting (date of which will be confirmed shortly) will be an ‘open’ meeting, so please, in the mean time, put your thinking caps on and hopefully come with plenty of ideas.

Car Parking Information from the Editor

No, not for using Greens Lane Car Park, but for anyone who in the future may have cause to use the main car park at either North Tees or Hartlepool hospitals. Were you aware that charges changed at these two hospitals on 1st February 2019? ……Well they did, and detailed below, as a way of spreading the word so correct change etc may be to hand, is relevant information for all possible users.

First 20 minutes


Up to 4 hours – one payment allows for multiple visits during this time to both of their hospital sites North Tees & Hartlepool i.e. if you buy your ticket at one site and you are using the same vehicle you can use your ticket also at the other (but not in the small car park over Hardwick Road (where the church used to be).


Up to 12 hours – one payment allows for multiple visits during this time to both of their hospital sites when using the same vehicle, but not in small car park, as above.


Up to 24 hours – one payment allows for multiple visits during this time to both of their hospital sites, when using the same vehicle, but not in the small car park, as above.


7 day permit for regular visitors – please pay at the parking machine – one payment allows for multiple visits during this time and is valid on all sites.


The small car park on Hardwick Road has a separate pay system to the other visitor car parks. To pay to park in this car park you must pay at the machines based IN this car park only, as it is not linked to the car parking machines throughout the trust.

First 20 mins free.

£2 for up to 14 hours.

Advanced CSS Course from Jim Bruce our Safeguarding Officer

Further information on the Advanced CSS Course to be held at Greens Lane on Saturday 29th March (10.00 am to 3.00 pm) can be found on the notice board in the vestibule. 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. There will be NO exemptions. Please check out the details carefully, and once you have booked to attend, please ensure that Jim Bruce, our Safe Guarding Officer, is advised so that he can advise Liz Foulger who is our Circuit Safe Guarding Officer. Closing date for booking is 15th March.

Please remember to keep saving postage stamps so we can support ‘Kidney Care’ Start number 634 now 1,154

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


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”

Thornaby Methodist Church are to host a Concert by Northallerton Male Voice Choir on Saturday 9th March commencing at 7.00pm . Their message to all churches in the Circuit is “We look forward to you joining us to enjoy this evening of entertainment. Tickets £6 (including light refreshment) obtainable from Judith Powell or pay on the door. All proceeds to Thornaby Methodist Church”

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 24th February 2019

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