GRAPEVINE – 8th to 22nd September 2019.

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Margaret Pringle who fell whilst on holiday. Ann Brewer, who following a fall, was in hospital during the holidays. Margaret Jefferies also had a fall, but thankfully did not require hospital treatment. Jean Burdon has also been out of circulation for a number of weeks, so it was good to see her back at Church last Sunday. 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.

Congratulations are the order of the day for the Brookes family following the safe arrival on 16th August ( after a very stressful nine months ) of Azaria, a baby daughter for Jessica and Dion, granddaughter for Angela and David, and great granddaughter for Barbara and Colin. Azaria is also a very special ‘little niece ‘ for Liam and Jordana, and a great niece for Mark and Stephanie and family. Additional celebrations have also taken lpace following Liam and his girlfriend getting engaged on Friday 6th September. Best wishes to you all from the Church Family at Greens Lane.

After morning worship on Sunday 15th September, we will welcome by Holy Baptism, Layla Steel, daughter of Rebecca and Nathan, and we extend to all the family, God parents and friends who will share in Layla’s special day and the Baptismal celebrations, a very warm welcome. The Church Family wish you God’s Blessings Layla, for a long, healthy and happy life. XX

Happy Birthday, Congratulations and Best Wishes to all who have Birthdays and/or Anniversaries over the next few weeks. Belated Silver Wedding congratulations to Diane and Stephen Tierney who celebrated their special day on 27th August, and enjoyed a few days away in the Lake District. Slightly belated, Happy Birthday greetings, to Margaret Bullock and Hazel Errington who celebrated their 91st birthdays on 6th and 7th September. We hope you both had a very happy day,

An 80th Birthday – just around the corner (16th) is that of Margaret Pringle, and we take this opportunity of wishing Margaret Congratulations, Best Wishes and God’s Blessings for a very happy day, and trust she will be feeling a little more ‘on the road to recovery’ when the day arrives.

Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 7.30pm

10th September

Local Preachers & Worship Leaders Meeting at St. Andrews

Saturday 7.30pm

14th September

Concert – See later information. Proceeds to Church Funds

Thursday 7.30pm

19th September

Finance and Property Committee Meeting

Saturday 9.00am

21st September

Car Boot Sale at Greens Lane – Please spread the word


24th September

Our Annual Macmillan Coffee Morning arranged by Mgt Schofield

Wednesday 7.30pm

25th September

Circuit Meeting at North Billingham – all reps please try to attend

Thursday 7.15pm

3rd October

Meeting for all Pastoral Visitors – please bring your lists with you.

New Beginnings in September

We think of September as being the beginning of a new Church year as it is the time when Ministers not only from Methodist Circuits move on to pastures new, but Clergy throughout the country in general move to new churches to continue God’s ministry. Rev. Dr Martin Ramsden, our new incoming Minister, together with his family (Rev. Sarah, Nathan and Sophie) received a very warm welcome to the Circuit at Thornaby Church on Friday 30th August. We wish them a happy and rewarding ministry with us. Throughout September and October, many Church meetings are held with great discussions as to how to move forward in all areas of our church commitment, and we pray for God’s blessings as many subjects are discussed. This week, children from schools within our immediate area have gone back after their six weeks holiday, and for many of them it has been changing classes, changing schools, moving onto College and even leaving home to head for University. At the other end of the age range a number of ‘little people’ will be starting nursery and school for the first time as they start on their education path and all that lies before them.

Bible, Month September 2019 – Study of the Letter to the Colossians

For the four Sundays, from 8 September, our Morning Services will be looking particularly at Colossians as part of the ‘Bible Month’ study plan. As with our previous Bible Months, the four Sunday services will be further enhanced by the opportunity to study further on the following Tuesday evenings, beginning Tuesday 10 September at 7.00 pm (for just 90 minutes). The study groups will be led by Jim Wilkinson and anyone is welcome to attend these informal and friendly discussions, designed to help us better understand this particular Epistle.

Summer Holidays

We trust that all who have had holidays over the last few weeks have enjoyed their break ‘away from it all’ and that the rather mixed very hot/sometimes very wet weather we have had, has been kind to you, and your healthy colour is because you have caught the sun – hopefully not burnt – and that it is not ‘rust’. Welcome back to everyone

Winner of the ‘S’ Quiz

Thank you to everyone who ‘had a go’, at the recent ‘S’ Quiz produced by John Schofield. The winner was Simon Heap. It is good to know that all who took part enjoyed doing it and it must be admitted it does keep the ‘old grey matter’ functioning

August Coffee Mornings

Thank you to everyone who supported the four “fundraising” coffee mornings held in August. Each morning did very well and quite significant sums of money were raised overall. HALO Project £189, Christian Aid £175 and a total of £200 for Church Funds. Thank you once again to everyone.

One More Step Along the World They Go

Heartiest congratulations to all our young people who waited patiently and perhaps nervously for ‘O’, ‘A’ level and NVQ results. They all did very well and this means that even more of the young people connected with Greens Lane in various ways will be heading off to pastures new – Colleges and Universities here and there throughout the country. We take this opportunity of wishing each one of them Good Luck as they step out, and trust God’s Blessings will surround them always.

As you all know, Graham Stoves will be one of these new students, as he begins his studies at Newcastle University in the next couple of weeks. Despite his young age, Graham has contributed greatly to Greens Lane, with his skills on the projection desk, being part of the Stewarding Team, working with the group of young people and particularly in his innovation and organisation of the Saturday Night Worship events over the last few years. We shall miss Graham, although we will of course see him during home visits, and he can be assured of the thoughts and prayers of the Greens lane Church family who wish him every blessing in his studies and his future career. We should spare a thought for parents, Dawn and Andrew, since Holly is now in her own home, Graham and also younger brother Martin are going to study in Newcastle – from having a full house, they may find themselves suffering from @Empty Nest Syndrome’ !

Meeting of Pastoral Visitors – from Christine Cockerill & Jacky Booth

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 3rd October at 7.15 pm and it would be greatly appreciated if all Visitors could possibly attend. All reports (for various groups etc), to be forwarded, before the meeting please, to Jacky Booth who is our new Pastoral Secretary. We give Jacky thanks for taking on the role and look forward to working with her. We thank Chris for all the work she has done whilst in this position over the last few years.

Tuesday Coffee

Tuesday Coffee re-started on 3rd September, if anyone feels they could help serve coffee, once a month, please have a word with Margaret Schofield

Tidings Magazine

Margaret and John Schofield request that any articles for the Tidings Magazine due out in the near future should be handed or sent to them by NEXT SUNDAY 15th September. We thank John & Margaret for bringing us our informative and very enjoyable magazine.

Wednesday Afternoons

Ladies Circle got back into routine last week and Knit & Natter get their knitting needles clicking once again by meeting on the 12th. (They did in fact have an afternoon together on Wednesday 28th August, when those attending enjoyed catching up with the news of the last few weeks and admiring what had come off the needles during that time – and of course, enjoying tea and biscuits!) Both groups extend a warm welcome to any ladies who would like to pop in and see what the groups are all about.

Finance and Property Committee

The next meeting of the Committee will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 19 September in the side annex at Church. Copies of the Agenda will be in Committee members’ pigeonholes before Sunday 14 September.

Songs for an Autumn Evening This is the title of a concert to be held at Greens Lane on Saturday 14th September commencing at 7.30 p.m. The evening will include popular music from opera and musical theatre. The event will feature:- Susan Grogan, Judith Redfern and Bill Greenwood, and the accompanist will be Isaac Conroy. Tickets are priced at £5 and are available/pay at the door (Tea and coffee available). Proceeds to Church Funds

Car Boot Sale

Our second Car Boot Sale will take place on Saturday 21st September from 9.00am to 1.00p.m. Please support the event in any way you can. If you are not already helping but would like to, please let Christine of David Smart know, prior to the event. You can also help by telling all your family, friends and neighbours about it, and if anyone wishes to claim a pitch contact Andrew Stoves. As previously, bacon butties will be on sale, so come and enjoy. The last event raised a significant sum, so let us see if we can beat it.

Fund Raising Coffee Morning

Once again Margaret Schofield has organised the usual annual Coffee Morning on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday 24th September 10.15 – 11.30 am. Coffee and Scones £2.00p plus there will be a Tombola. Please make a note of the date and come along and support this extremely valued Charity. Why not bring a friend along, (perhaps someone who doesn’t get out very much) for some time out of the house for coffee and chat?

Stockton Circuit Administrator

As some of you may know, Chris Hutchinson is re-locating north of the border and has had to relinquish this role. Chris has been a great help with Circuit matters and “paperwork” and the thanks and best wish of Greens Lane have been passed on to him and his wife for their move and future in Scotland. From 1 September, the new Circuit Administrator is Jenny Prior and we welcome her to the position and look forward to working with her. The email address remains the same:- and Jenny’s telephone number is

07541 777470.

Please remember to keep saving postage stamps so we can support ‘Kidney Care’ 2,924 now 3,257 (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, on behalf of the Circuit, the ‘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

The next Grapevine, will be issued on 22nd September 2019

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