GRAPEVINE – 28th April – 12th May 2019.

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Anyone you may know who at the present time is not too well. It has been good to see Barbara Smith out and about again after recent eye problems following surgery on her left eye. We think of all members of our church family who are maybe struggling with health, 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

Saturday 5.00pm

4th May

Faith Supper and Games Social Evening in celebration of Church Anniversary


18th May

Jumble Sale Coffee Morning in aid of Christian Aid


8th June

Last Saturday Night Worship before Graham heads off to Uni

An evening of celebration is planned – watch this space.

Steward News

Today, 28th April, Christine Smart is on Steward Duty for the ‘final time’ in a term of stewardship lasting eight years. Chris has held the position of Senior Steward for part of this time, and has served Greens Lane with great dedication and commitment; she has been a valued member of the team and her advice and guidance will be greatly missed by the remaining Stewards. Thank you Chris and God Bless you.

Annual Church Meeting – Tuesday 30th April

If you are not coming along early for supper then please come in time to have a cup of tea before the start of the meeting. The meeting is open to all and you are very welcome to come and contribute in any way you feel you can, and listen to all that we, as a Church Family, are trying to do to fulfil our commitment as detailed in our Mission Statement.

Church Anniversary Weekend & Gift Day (4th & 5th May)

This Celebration weekend too, is nearly upon us – really has crept up with all the events/services we have shared together over Passiontide. NEXT Saturday 4th, there will be a Faith Supper together with a games social evening and everyone is invited to attend and all will be very welcome, even if it just to have your supper and watch and share in what is happening. We look forward to seeing YOU there for a 5.00pm start.

Our Sunday morning Anniversary Service, will be conducted by Rev. Moira Peters. We are always pleased to welcome Rev. Moira to lead is in worship and as she prepares to ‘stand down’ from her Ministry in the summer of this year, we are grateful for her leading our special Church Anniversary Service. Please remember that it is also our Church Gift Day when envelopes (circulated with the last edition of Tidings Magazine), may be brought and placed in our collection plates.

The Sunday evening service, which is also a Circuit Service will be conducted by Rev. Peter Catford details of which are within the next paragraph.

Easter Offering Envelopes

If you have made a donation towards this year’s Easter Offering Appeal we give you thanks. If you haven’t but still wish to do so, there is still time before next Sunday evenings Circuit Service at Greens Lane when all donations from churches throughout the circuit will be received and acknowledged at the service entitled ‘Longer Tables Lower Fences’ The overall donation will be forwarded to the World Mission Fund of the Methodist church in Britain, to be allocated for work in our 65 Partner Churches around the world.

Christian Aid Week – from Harry Whitehouse, our CA Secretary

This year, 12th – 18th May is CA week, when together with many other Protestant Churches we look to help the poor and needy throughout the world. There will be envelopes available in our Church on Sundays 12th & 19th where, should you wish, you can make a donation and leave it in the plates provided or see Harry.

Fundraising for Christian Aid

A reminder, that in order to swell the funds for CA, there will be a ‘Jumble Sale Coffee Morning’ on Saturday 18th May. If you have any items you wish to donate and/or need collecting please have a word with Harry who will be very pleased to hear from you. – Any of the following will be greatly appreciated :- Clothes, bric a brac, toys, books and CDs etc.

A New Quiz

Yes, that’s right! John Schofield has once again prepared a Quiz for us and this time it is the ‘”S” Quiz’ with all the answers starting with the letter “S”. Proceeds from the Quiz sheets priced at £1, can be found on the table in the vestibule, will be donated to Church Funds. Please give your £1 to John or Margaret Schofield. (Many thanks John)

Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research

Once again Sandra and Heather Wilkinson ‘are in training’ for taking part in this annual fundraising event which this year will be held on 9th June. They really would appreciate sponsorship from anyone who feels they would like to contribute to such a worthwhile fundraising event for this greatly needed charity. If you have any questions/enquiries – have a word with either of them – they will be very pleased to answer them at any time in the coming weeks

Pastoral Secretary

Christine Cockerill who is presently our Pastoral Roll Secretary, wishes to take a short break from the role and wonders if there is anyone within the Church Family who would be willing to take it on. Being able to use a computer is necessary as all names on our Pastoral Register must be kept up to date etc. If you are interested in what the role entails, please have a word with Christine – she will be very pleased to hear from you.

Please remember to keep saving postage stamps so we can support ‘Kidney Care’ Start number 2,409 now 2,459 (going up!)

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”

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.

Concert by Bella Canta Choir in aid of Alzheimer’s Society – this will be held at Greens Lane on Tuesday 21st May starting at 7.30pm. Why not enjoy at lovely evening out together with supporting this very worthwhile charity.

North Billingham MC Northern Acchord Barbershop Harmony Chorus Tuesday 7th May at 7.30pm. Admission £4 (includes light refreshments) – all proceeds to Christine Aid.

Eaglescliffe Trinity MC – are holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 11th May commencing at 7.00pm – Includes supper. (leaving collection). Please contact Peter Dodd or Pat Adam by Sunday 5th May with numbers for catering.

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