GRAPEVINE – 8th to 22nd March 2020

Church Family News

Please remember in your prayers:- Mavis Brown who hasn’t been at all well over the last couple of weeks. We hope she will be feeling much better soon and be able to return to worshiping with us. Pleased to report that Andrew Stoves has been doing well since he came home. He has regular visits from his Occupational Therapist and every day is a step forward. He wants to be busier than he can be, but is channelling his energy into contacting all who attended our Car Boot Sales last year, and hopefully badgering them to attend the next one scheduled for April. We are very glad of his help in this way. 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.

Millie has requested that the following message be posted in Grapevine:- Grateful thanks from Mille, Jim and David Bruce to all who helped in any way with John‘s funeral service and the tea afterwards. Thank you also for the cards and flowers. All the family were impressed with the welcome and friendliness they received. It is a blessing and privilege to belong to our Church Family. God Bless X

An e-mail received from the Stoves Family reads as follows:- Dawn, Andrew, Holly, Graham and Martin want to say a huge thank you to our Greens Lane family for all the love and support we have received since Andrew had a stroke on 16th January. Thank you for all the cards, flowers and chocolates received and for all the prayers. Andrew found it particularly hard when he was in Durham waiting everyday for a bed in North Tees. He is progressing well and now he is at home he will continue with therapy from the Community Stroke Team and hopefully over time will make a full recovery. Andrew has always been someone who is on the go and even now he needs reminding to have a rest!. Thank you again, much love and God’s Blessings to you all. x

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

Dates for your Diary


18th April

Please book the date and see if you can pick up a bargain – or at least come and enjoy a bacon buttie with a tea or coffee.


28th April

General Church Meeting

Lettings of Church Premises …………..PLEASE NOTE

Following Andrew’s return home, Dawn Stoves has now taken the Church diary back into her care. Please advise anyone who wishes to book space that Dawn is now the contact.

Methodist Women in Britain – Circuit Lunch at Greens Lane

The lunch is this Wednesday, 11th March and will consist of meat pie, peas (or beans) and mash followed by dessert, and a cup of tea or coffee. The cost will be £7.00p. All monies raised from the lunch will be for the COCO project that all MWiB Groups within Circuits, within the Darlington District MWiB will be contributing to from various fund raising events. COCO stands for Comrades Of Children Overseas and their mission statement indicates that all children are entitled to an education and that by ensuring as many children as possible benefit from the charity, and gain an education, there will, in time, be a better life for all by strengthening families and communities to become self sufficient in varying ways. Tickets are available from Judy Morrison, and we do hope that all who came along and enjoyed friendship and fellowship at our meal held last year, will join us again this year. We will have a short service in the Church at 11.30 am to be followed by lunch. Please remember that we are ALL Methodist Women in Britain and you/we don’t have to ‘join anything’. .

Daffodil Week in support of Marie Curie Charity – from Sandra Wilkinson

This runs from tomorrow, Monday 9th until 15th March, and you can help support this very worthwhile charity by picking up a lapel ‘Daffodil’ badge from the box on the table in the porch and leaving a donation. The Charity does wonderful work in caring for all who are terminally ill. Thank You

Easter ‘Tidings’ Magazine

Margaret & John Schofield have requested that any items for inclusion in the next issue should be passed/forwarded to them by Sunday 22nd March. Perhaps YOU have something that would make interesting reading, or a special poem for Easter etc – please pass on to John and Margaret as soon as possible. Thank You

Car Boot Sale Our next Car Boot Sale will be held on Saturday 18th April Anyone who wishes to assist in any way on the day, please contact David or Chris Smart – Teamwork at such events as this is of the essence.

Annual Church Meeting

The date scheduled for this year’s meeting is Tuesday, 28th April. This is an open meeting which ALL can attend; you do not have to be a Committee member etc. More importantly, if you wish to order Fish and Chips (or alternative) to have before the meeting, please watch for the relevant list appearing in the vestibule and add your name and requirements.

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

Please remember to keep saving postage stamps so we can support ‘Kidney Care’ We start at 668 Now 1,265!!!

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