GRAPEVINE – 23rd June to 7th July 2019.

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Mavis Brown who is still ‘under the weather, and we trust that she will soon feel well enough to once again share in worship with us all. 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.

Daniel Ackerly was part of our Church Family for quite some time and was also the youngest Choirmaster we have ever had. Over recent years he has been training for the Ministry within the Church of England and Sunday 30th June 2019 will be a very special day for Daniel, as he is to be Ordained at Durham Cathedral. Greens Lane will be represented by Caroline & John Noble and Christine & David Smart and a card on behalf of the Church Family will be sent to him. Daniel and his Choir have featured in the Butterwick services held at our church in the last couple of years and he remembers fondly his time spent with us in the earlier stages of his Christian journey. We wish him well in his new ministerial role and send Best Wishes, Love and God’s Blessings at this very special time.

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

Dates for your Diary




Car Boot Sale – Saturday, 6th July 10.00 am start

Our plans are in place and we are hoping for a successful event. Having not tried anything like this before, it is an adventure for all of us and we are hoping for volunteer help from our church congregation. Spaces are being allocated to vendors who are paying for their pitch. Their vehicles will be allowed access from 8.00 am so that everybody is in position to commence selling at 10.00am until 2.00pm. There will be no on-site parking for any other vehicles and we hope that as many of you as possible will support the event, but be prepared to park in surrounding roads.

(Please note cakes can be brought along after 7.30pm on the Friday, or first thing on the Saturday morning). We will be serving bacon sandwiches and drinks throughout the four hours of the event. So if you are not helping specifically, please come along and enjoy a chat and a sandwich for a moderate charge.

If you know of anybody who would like to book a pitch in order to sell from their car etc, please ask them to contact Andrew Stoves on 01642 656120.

Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research

Please ensure that if you sponsored Sandra and Heather, your sponsorship money has been paid to them a.s.a.p.

Congratulations to you both for completing your challenge and thereby raising much needed funds for Cancer Research.

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

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.

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

A new course has been set up and will run from around the middle of July, it will be held at St. Andrews and will start at 7.00pm until 9.00 pm and run for eight weeks. Should you be interested, please contact either Peter or Suva as soon as is possible in order that they can clarify numbers.

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)

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


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 Christine Ward, daughter of Margaret Shepherd and niece of Dorothy Aithwaite from St. Pauls who is a member of the Bella Canta Choir

The Friends of The Stockton & Darlington Railway have organised an S&DR Yarm Branch “Survey Walk/Social” for Wednesday 26th June. The walk starts at 18.00 hours at Allen’s West Station with the route being taken approximately one mile long, looking and recording any remaining assets, relics etc. This will be followed by an ‘after walk social’ which will be held in the Cleveland Bay. The walk is open to all – no booking required, “just turn up”

Also at North Billingham ‘Strawberry Tea’ on Saturday 29th June. Go along and enjoy strawberries & cream, scones, tea and coffee. Adults £4, Children £2. Stalls also, to include cakes, books and Tombola. All proceeds to the R.N.L.I.

Norton Methodist Church – an open invitation to attend a ‘Strawberry Tea’ on Tuesday 9th July to be held in the Church hall between 2.00 – 5.00 pm. All proceeds to “Dorothy’s Well” which is a charity that builds wells for clean water in villages in Tanzania. (This is Norton’s special Project Charity for 2019)

Eaglescliffe Trinity wish to advertise their ‘Living the Faith’ group which meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7.30pm in the school room. One volunteer starts the discussion with a few minutes on the topic and it is then open for all to contribute respectfully until 9.00 pm with ‘on tap’ tea ! The group ends with the 2 Corinthians grace, recognising that we all exist in God’s grace, love and fellowship, forever. The meetings are open to all and Free !!! Future topics are:- 11th July What can preachers assume from those attending worship? And 8th August:- Do we have a Christian duty to be involved in politics?

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 7th July 2019

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