GRAPEVINE – 22nd September to 6th October 2019.

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Ann Brewer, who is now in the care of Park View Care Home (enjoying chats with Jean Rains). Margaret Jefferies has also been in hospital in the last fortnight. 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.

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

Dates for your Diary


24th September

Our Annual Macmillan Coffee Morning arranged by Mgt Schofield

Thursday 7.15pm

3rd October

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

Retiring Collection for Bahamas Hurricane Appeal

In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain have launched a joint appeal for those affected in The Bahamas. The All We Can Missions Partner in the region, is responding with food, clean water and medicines, thanks to any emergency cash grant. However, they have issued an appeal for more support as the full extent of the devastation is uncovered. Please therefore, donate if you can, so that necessary further aid will be available for all who may need it.

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.

Harvest Weekend – 5th & 6th October

Flowers for decorating the church may be brought along on the Friday evening or the Saturday morning (please note there will NOT be a Coffee Morning on that day). We will be having a bring and share tea, around 5.00pm and following on at around 6.00pm will share social time with games and quizzes. Please come along and enjoy an early evening out. If you have a problem with transport, please have a word with one of our Stewards and we will hopefully be able to ensure that all who wish to attend will be brought along. If you can supply anything for the buffet table please check the list that con be found in the vestibule. Our Sunday morning Harvest Service together with Communion will be conducted by Rev. Richard Bielby. Any gifts of tinned or dried goods for the Harvest table will be greatly appreciated and will, as usual, be distributed to those who need them most.

Your Story

We all have a story to tell, but having the courage to express our faith is a challenge that has been given to us in the coming year by the Methodist Church designating 2019 – 2020 to be a ‘Year of Testimony’. The theme of testimony was suggested at 3Generate in 2017 and builds on the ‘l,000 Letters’ campaign. Testimony – the sharing of stories of faith – has always been a core component of Methodist practice and it shapes both teller and listener. At Synod held last Saturday, there were small booklets available for the purpose of starting to write daily, weekly monthly comments – however often you like, as a start to look at individual stories and reflection on faith. The little booklets can be found on the table in the vestibule and should we run out, Margaret Walton will be only too pleased to obtain further copies for us. Do YOU feel able to take on the challenge set before us?

Car Boot Sale

Thank you to everyone who helped in ANY way with yesterdays ‘different’ fund raising event – so many different ways of help were greatly appreciated.

Coffee Morning – Fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support

Once again Margaret Schofield has organised the usual annual Coffee Morning on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. This year’s event will be held this coming Tuesday 24th 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?

Tuesday Coffee

Tuesday Coffee is now well underway after the summer holiday period, however if anyone feels they could help serve coffee, once a month, please have a word with Margaret Schofield. More names on any Rota is always a good thing. Could YOU perhaps offer to share with the other ladies who do this on a rota basis? ……………….No training required!

Christian Aid – from Harry Whitehouse CA Secretary

The August Tuesday Coffee Morning, in aid of Christian Aid, raised £130 plus £60 in donations. Together with the £715 raised so far this year, gives us a running total of £905. A very big ‘Thank You’ to all who have made this possible.

Concert at Greens Lane

On Saturday 26th October there will be a Memorial Concert when members of the Stockton Synphonia Male Voice Choir (conducted by Janet Howells) and Billingham Choral Society (conducted by Margaret Pringle). Tickets priced at £5 will be available soon. All proceeds to be shared between “Bloodwise” and “Myeloma” Charities.

Annual Concert organised by Linda Richardson

Linda has scheduled this year’s Concert for Saturday 30th November starting at 5.00 pm. All funds raised will be for the Great North Air Ambulance Linda has asked for anyone who can help on the evening and also anyone who wishes to take part and perform to speak/confirm with her a.s.a.p. If you can help with either of these requests Linda will be extremely grateful.

Please remember to keep saving postage stamps so we can support ‘Kidney Care’ 3,257 now 3,326 (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


The next Grapevine, will be issued on 6th October 2019

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