GRAPEVINE – 20th October to 3rd November 2019.

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- 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.

We were saddened to hear of the death of Betty Graham on Sunday 6th October after a short illness. Over the years Betty had attended Church, been a member of our choir, and attended Ladies Circle and Knit & Natter. The funeral service when we will give thanks for Betty’s life, will be held at Greens Lane on Friday 25th October at 10.30am. We offer our sincere condolences together with love and blessings to all of her family at this sad time.

We are aware that we are all getting older as more and more church families keep on growing, meaning more great grandparents for Greens Lane. With this in mind we offer Congratulations and Best Wishes to Sheila Carter following the birth of her Great Grandson Miles, and also to Christine and David Smart following the safe arrival of their Great Granddaughter Norah Rose (in Australia) Babies and their parents are all doing well. Love & Blessings to the new arrivals XX

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

Dates for your Diary

Saturday

16th November

Christmas Fair – Do YOU have any ideas for different stalls?

Friday 7.00pm

13th December

Bella Canta Choir Concert at St. Pauls.

Our Two Sunday Harvest Services

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the wonderfully stocked tables of goods following our Harvest and Homelessness Sundays. We give thanks that both Sundays were so well supported with gifts. These have been split into four sizeable donations of goods and distributed as follows:- to Stockton Hope (via the food bank which is run from St. Andrews Church, Hardwick. The Men’s Hostel, at Bridge House on Bridge Road. “A Way Out” at Stockton Quayside which supports disadvantaged families and people with accommodation problems: and Keith Burrows will ensure that a box of goodies will be taken to support Asylum Seekers. When delivering the boxes on Tuesday to the first three charities, they were received with surprise and great gratitude. Our Harvest Celebrations have therefore been beneficial to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Thank you again to everyone.

(Please see notice on the board in the vestibule if you are interested in continuing to support the local Food bank organisation – particularly in the run-up to Christmas)

90 Minute Group

The November meeting for the Group will be on the last Tuesday which will be the 26th. This will follow the usual format of informal and friendly study and discussion on St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, in conjunction with Martin Luther’s “Preface to the letter of St Paul to the Romans”. This Preface was being read in Aldersgate when John Wesley experienced his heart-warming conversion. These sessions last just 90 minutes and are open to all to come along.

Tuesday Coffee

Tuesday Coffee morning could still benefit from more helpers to share serving coffee on a rota basis, and if anyone thinks that they could help in this way, perhaps only once a month, then please have a word with Margaret Schofield – watch her smile when YOU offer.

Christmas Quiz

John Schofield in his own inevitable way has again prepared a new Quiz to keep everyone alert as we approach Christmas – every answer has a Christmas connection!! The Editor thinks it is hard, but excellent value at still just £1 a copy. There is plenty of time to complete it over the coming weeks as entries are to be in by 29th December and the winner will be announced at our Faith Tea on Sunday 5th January 2020

These Feet were made for Walking

Throughout October Heather Wilkinson will be taking part in the “Asthma UK Step Challenge” and hopes to complete striding out at least 270,000 steps by the end of the month. All donations will go towards research into Asthma, which many people are affected by, and also to help with the support specialist Asthma Nurses provide. If anyone would like to sponsor Heather, she would really appreciate you having a word with her on Sunday. She can always be found on our sound mixer desk at the rear of the church.

Concert at Greens Lane

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

Tickets priced at £5 are now available

Christmas Fair

Yes, it is nearly round again and this year the event will be held on Saturday 16th November and we are open to any new ideas for different stalls that anyone may have. If YOU have an idea, please share it with one of the Stewards so that we can have it up and running on the 16th.l

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.

Release International – The Voice of Persecuted Christians – from Christine Cockerill.

The October to December issue of R.I’s “Voice” magazine is now available to read and contents include:-

*Faith under Fire – New for your prayers

*Serving God – Whatever the Cost. Pakistan’s Christians continue to endure persecution

*Christ is sufficient – for North Korean believers.

*Crackdown in Iran – pray for prisoners Ebrahim Firouzi and Naser Navard Gol=-Tapeh.

*Persecution persists inside Eritrea

*Wisdom from the cell – Richard Wurmbrand’s meditations

*The year’s International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians (IDOP) takes place on Sunday November 17th. There is a power point presentation available for Church Leaders, with topical prayers. See page 9 for details.

There will be a Special Service at The Garrison Memorial Church in Catterick on Saturday 9th November from 1.30 – 4.00pm for IDOP, where R.I’s CEO will share his testimony and speak about the Ministry of R.I. For further information please have a word with Chris.

Please do take the time to read some, if not all of the magazine and continue to pray for and support out persecuted brothers and sisters in anyway you can. Thank You.

*All information taken from magazine.l

Seafarers Mission

A couple of weeks ago, Ladies Circle was visited by Mrs. Alison Liddle who works for the Seafarers Mission and the afternoon proved very interesting as to what comes under Alison’s role in her capacity of ‘Port Welfare Assistant and Ship Visitor’ a position she took up in February of this year. We were told that, like many other people, she will be working on Christmas Day, and her role on this special day will be to welcome any seafarers who come into port and visit the Mission, and to ensure that they receive small gifts whilst they are so far away from home and families. Often seafarers who ensure that such of wide range of goods come to and go from Great Britain are away at sea for around nine months of the year. Over the next few weeks we will have a box in the porch and would ask, that if at all possible people donate toiletries mainly suitable for the male members of crew, although we were informed that there are some female Captains who bring their ships up the Tees!!! Particular attention was drawn to moisturiser and hand creams – as being out in all weathers, faces and hands can become very sore. Alison also added, plain soap, shower gel, shaving foam, paper hankies, in fact anything that could be used to make up a gift. Can we, as a church family ensure that she has a good supply of items to give as presents on Christmas Day? We do hope so.

Please remember to keep saving postage stamps so we can support ‘Kidney Care’ 3,496 now 3,5.13 (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

IN AND AROUND THE CIRCUIT AND COMMUNITY

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

St Paul’s wish to advertise their Christmas Singing Workshop which will take place in the Church Hall on Saturday 23rd November from 1.00 – 4.00 pm. We are invited to go along and get into the festive spirit and join an afternoon of song led by Jeanette, Choir Leader of Bella Canta Ladies Choir. Tickets are and £5 and include refreshments. Places are limited, please book your place via email :- singat20@gmail.com

Early notice of “A Festive Nowell” to be presented by the Bella Canta Choir on Friday 13th December at 7.00pm at St. Paul’s Church. This is fund-raising concert for the Choir, Church and British Heart Foundation. Free entry – with a retiring collection. Evening will include a raffle and refreshments after the concert.

The next Grapevine, will be issued on 3rd November 2019

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