GRAPEVINE – 21st July to 4th August 2019.

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Margaret Jefferies who has had a stay in hospital. 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. A number of our church family friends have been ‘flawed’ by heavy chesty coughs and head colds, thankfully, all are now well on the way to recovery.

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.

Nick Booth, son of Jacky and Mike, along with other members of the Tees Valley Youth Orchestra had the privilege of performing at Carnegie Hall in New York to celebrate the 50th birthday of the orchestra. Proud parents Jacky and Mike were there to share in what they described as a ‘magical occasion’. Well done Nick, next time you might be nearer home and let us all share in the event.

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

Dates for your Diary


6th August

Coffee Morning in aid of the MWiB HALO Project


13th August

Chris Smart for Church Funds


20th August

Caroline Noble for Church Funds


27th August

Jean & Harry Whitehouse for Christian Aid


5th September

Thursday Club re-starts


8th September

Sunday Club re-starts

Collection Plates

Last Sunday, we were able to use for the first time, new collection plates which have been kindly donated by a church family in memory of a loved family member. We are very grateful for the gift. The slightly different shape of the plates will hopefully help the larger envelopes we now use to ‘stay on board’. With existing plates, we now have a plentiful supply.

Rev. Christine Hey

During a recent visit to Scarborough to attend a Cliff Richard Concert – ‘girls’ from our congregation met up with Christine for a cuppa and a quick chat. Christine is well and enjoying her new found freedom and she sends her greetings to the Greens Lane church family.

August Coffee Mornings

You will note from the ‘Dates For Your Diary’ above, that the four coffee mornings in August have now been arranged. Please come along and support if at all possible and mention to friends that these are happening in August and maybe bring them along too. Members from Ladies Circle are hoping to top up the annual project money which this year is for the HALO Project currently being run in Middlesbrough and Stockton for women caught up in arranged marriages and also those who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation, and need long term support after being caught up in such damaging circumstances. Any donations for a raffle/tombola will be gratefully received, by Judy Morrison and Margaret Walton.


The last Grapevine indicated that entries needed to be in by 14th July………. Apologies – the correct date should have been 21st July with the winner being announced on 28th July. John has therefore extended the date for entries to be in to Wednesday 24th July.

Back Annexe Booking

From Tuesday 23rd July, the back annexe has been let to a Weight Watchers group for two hours from 6.30 to 8.30pm. The monthly Bible Study/Ninety Minute Group will, in future, meet in the side annexe. Please note that no meetings will be able to take place in church at this time as the dividing partition is not sufficiently sound proof.

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. Any help is very welcome and volunteers will receive a new pair of gardening gloves!!!!! – please see me.

Forthcoming Event – from Christine Cockerill

A Charity Film Night will be held at Greens Lane on Tuesday 30th July at 7.00pm when the showing of the film ‘Tortured for Christ’ will be shown. This is the story of Pastor Richard Wumbrand who inspired the founding of Release in 1968, and who experienced first-hand the horrors of imprisonment and torture in communist Romania because of his uncompromising faith in Jesus Christ (he was imprisoned for 14 years). His powerful vision to support persecuted Christians around the world – including the family of Christian Martyrs – remains at the heart of Release’s ministry today.

** Please note this film is not suitable for children and may be a challenging watch for some adults. Please come along and support this event if possible. Our family from the Circuit are also invited. Refreshments will be served following the film. Any donations will be most welcome.

Holidays at Home – Across the Circuit in August.

Over a two week period in August, five churches within our Circuit will be holding a ‘Holiday at Home’ Day, aimed at our more senior members, and the date set aside for Greens Lane is Thursday 22nd August. Greater details will be released in the next issues of Grapevine but it is anticipated the cost will b e £5, but for that sum you can ‘Bring a Friend Free’ – watch this space for further info, or have a chat with Margaret Walton, Judy or Cynthia.

Summer Holidays

Our youngsters have now all broken up for the school holidays – with a number of the older ones having to wait patiently for examination results, due out at the end of August. However if you are heading off on holiday over the forthcoming ‘summer’ weeks, we wish everyone a safe journey to wherever you may be travelling, and we hope the sun will continue to shine for you. Please take our good wishes to any Churches you may visit during this time and on your return we look forward to seeing you ‘healthy and refreshed’ even if it is only due to the change of scenery and time to chill out and relax. E N J O Y.

Please remember to keep saving postage stamps so we can support ‘Kidney Care’ 2,815 now 2,924 (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


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:- 8th August:- Do we have a Christian duty to be involved in politics?

The next Grapevine, will be issued on 4th August 2019

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