GRAPEVINE – 9th to 23rd June 2019.

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Anyone you may know who at the present time is not too well. We think of all members of our church family who are maybe struggling with health problems, and we think of those who are due to undergo hospital tests, operations, treatments etc for various conditions or perhaps waiting for results 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.

Baptism – It was wonderful to see Christina being baptised on Saturday evening. We send  her our love and best wishes as she continues to walk with the Lord.

Happy Birthday, Congratulations and Best Wishes to all who have Birthdays and/or Anniversaries over the next two weeks. Jean Raines will have her 88th birthday on the 11th and Eileen Burn her 92nd on the 20th. Love Best Wishes and God’s Blessings to you both via Grapevine from Greens Lane church family XXXX

We also give a special mention and early birthday congratulations as Win Aston prepares to celebrate a milestone birthday, her 80th, on Sunday 16th. The church family wish you a very ‘Happy Birthday’ Win for next Sunday and together with our love and God’s Blessings wish you a very happy day. XXX

Dates for your Diary

Sunday 4.00pm

30th June

Planned event POSTPONED Please see later notice.

Circuit Mission Event – Afternoon Tea

Everyone who attended the above ‘Afternoon Tea’ had a thoroughly good time with lots of chat and time to speak to other friends from around the Circuit. The ladies from Yarm Road had done a wonderful job in preparing everything, considering they were not on ‘their own patch’ you might say, but were working within the Kitchen and Hall at Norton Church. The teatime treats were excellent with a lovely variety of sandwiches, quiche, and a very wide selection of ‘non fattening cakes’ (if only). Helen Weighell from Stokesley Church played some lovely background music whilst we ate and chatted. Edwin Doidge announced at the end of the afternoon that at a quick reckon up around £700 had been raised for the All We Can project for Malawi. Thank you to all who bought tickets and supported the event.

A New Quiz

How are you doing with the ‘”S” Quiz’? . 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 Reasearch

Today (9th June )is the day for Sandra and Heather Wilkinson to put their walking shoes on once more (if not worn out with lots of training) in order to be able to take part in the annual Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research. If you haven’t already done so, you still have time to sponsor them – they would be very pleased to have as much support and sponsorship as possible

Sunday 30th June from Caroline, Senior Steward

Please note that the Circuit Family event which was due to take place in Preston Park between 4 and 6 pm on Sunday 30th June, has been postponed till further notice. There was to have been an open air Act of Worship in which we were all invited to take part and evening service at Greens Lane was cancelled. Unfortunately it was discovered that a Vintage Vehicle and Fire engine Rally was also taking place at Preston Park, which will not finish in time. The re-arranged date will be advised when available.

Church Gardening – also from Caroline,

This is certainly the season of rampant growth everywhere and our church garden flower beds and shrubs are no exception. The grass cutting rota is working well and the “mowers” are very much appreciated. However, if anyone has a spare hour or so, please feel free to work on any area at the front, side or back of church or even attack the weeds which seem to grow so strongly between the paving slabs at the back. It would be good to tidy our grounds ready for any summer visitors we may get, for the July Car boot Sale and the wedding of the Kendall’s granddaughter in August. Any help is very welcome and volunteers will receive a new pair of gardening gloves!!!!! – please see me.

August Coffee Mornings

Not only does the Editor think the year is flying by, but so too does Margaret Schofield, as via Grapevine she reminds everyone that the coffee making team take a break during August, and if we are to still be able to share friendly interaction on a Tuesday morning over a coffee, then we must ask others within the Church family to step up and maybe take on one of the dates. – 6th, 13th, 20th or 27th. Please have a word with Margaret if you can offer help.

Meaningful Ageing Course …………..Are YOU interested?

A new course has been set up to run from around the middle of July, and should you be interested please contact either Peter or Suva as soon as is possible in order that they can clarify numbers. As yet the venue has yet to be decided – watch this space.

Wonderful How Good News can Travel

Recently Chris and David Smart received an e-mail from a friend (who they know through Traidcraft) who said she had just had just received an e-mail from a friend in London, which read as follows:- “Have just received a newsletter from the Kinamba school in Rwanda. The nursery children are in a photograph wearing jumpers knitted by the ladies of Stockton!! – I wondered if you knew these knitters and Meg Fletcher who started the school? A quick ‘Google’ brought up Greens Lane Church – good to know what you are doing, and the news has gone to Rwanda and back again.. Yes it is amazing how good news travels – and it will soon be time to get out the blue and yellow wool together with the knitting needles in readiness for this year’s knitted jumper stock to be complete for the children starting nursery for the first time in January 2020. Thank you from Judy to all who offer their services in this way and also who donate in order that the large amount of wool can be purchased.

Please remember to keep saving postage stamps so we can support ‘Kidney Care’ 2,6752, now 2,728 (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”

North Billingham Methodist Church:- A Charity Concert presented by Billingham Choral Society and Bella Canta Ladies Choir will be held on Tuesday 25th June commencing at 7.00pm. Free entry with retiring collection together with monies from Prize Draw Raffle are to be donated to Cancer Research UK. The event is being held in Memory of a lady called Christine Ward.

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.


Last Thursday a number of ladies travelled out – in lovely sunshine and a bright blue sky – to Danby, to share in a MWiB afternoon. This comprised of a short service, a very good address by Rev. Alan Coates, Minister at Danby and surrounding areas and all then followed by a wonderful typical village ‘Afternoon Tea’. We sang the following hymn as the afternoon drew to a close and the words speak volumes as to how God’s giving, touch and mercy – when we are aware of it “is as gentle as silence”

Singing the Faith No. 431

O, the love of my Lord is the essence

of all that I love here on earth.

All the beauty I see he has given to me,

and his giving is gentle as silence.

Every day, every hour, every moment,

has been blessed by the strength of his love.

At the turn of each tide he is there at my side,

and his touch is as gentle as silence.

There’ve been times when I’ve turned from his presence

and I’ve walked other paths, other ways,

but I’ve called on his name in the dark of my shame

and his mercy was gentle as silence.

Estelle White (b1925)

The next Grapevine, will be issued on 23rd June 2019

anything for inclusion, to the Editor please, by Wednesday 19th

Please note:- information can be e-mailed to Judy at-

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