GRAPEVINE – 10th to 31st March 2019.

Lent Study Group

A course of Lent Studies will begin at 7.00pm on Tuesday 12th March and will continue on a weekly basis on Tuesday evenings until 9th April. Studies will look at the final chapters of John’s Gospel, together with discussion on some challenging issues raised by ‘All We Can’. This will be an informal study group, lasting no more than 90 minutes and open to anyone to attend.

Meaningful Ageing – A Course for Spiritual Carers

Thursday 14th March is the second week of this course and if anyone else is interested, please contact Revd Suva Catford or Revd. Peter Catford for details as numbers are limited. (At present there is still time to join in this journey of discovery. The course will run every Thursday (7.00 – 9.00pm) until 11th April, with one Saturday (6th April. It is true that sometimes you need to dip a toe in the water and try before making the plunge so if you think this may be for you, please contact Suva or Peter.

6.00pm Sunday Service on 17th March

Please note that there will not be an evening service at Greens Lane on 17th March. We were o have had Holy Communion with Rev Peter Catford, but he needs to be at St Paul’s Newtown Church for a special service to acknowledge and celebrate the new arrangements for the Methodist and the Anglican congregations, going forward in shared service and mission. Greens Lane members have been invited to this important occasion to support our Methodist members there, and it is hoped as many people as possible will attend. We understand the service will be attended by our Chair of District, together with members of the Anglican clergy.

NEW :- Next Steps: Exploring Baptism and Beyond – for all churches within our Circuit

The first meeting of this group was held last Wednesday 6th March, and it will then be held every week throughout Lent. We are asked that as a church do we perhaps have anyone who would like to explore Baptism or Confirmation for themselves? Through the Baptism project, there is a NEW course for older children and young people (and adults) which hopes to explore:-

How do I own my own faith? What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ?

What could Baptism and confirmation mean for me?

Hosted by Rev. Peter Catford, those attending will get the chance to explore these questions in an informal relaxed atmosphere. Suitable for 10 year olds ‘plus’. The group will meet in the upper room at Greens Lane and refreshments will be provided. Contact Rev. Peter on 07756 427563 for further information.


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 wish to advertise their next ‘The Happening’ – Tiaze on Sunday 24th March commencing at 6.00pm. All are welcome to attend what they are calling a fresh expression of worship. Please see poster on notice board.

Tech Help Required’

All churches within the Circuit have received the following request:- ‘Do YOU have IT skills, could you help produce the photo montages/videos which we create for baptismal services.?’ The Circuit is due to have 13 Baptisms in March alone, so this is a great opportunity to be involved in the ministry from the comfort of your own sofa!! Full training will be given. You must have a reliable internet connection and a pc/laptop with Windows 10, and if you are a bit creative – that would help – interested? Please contact Anne Day.

Walk Down Memory Lane Wednesday 27th March 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.

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