WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE GENEROSITY OF FRIENDS AND MEMBERS
This year we had offerings totalling £40,909 very similar to what we received in the previous
a slight reduction in attendance, it is appreciated that those who attended have
This year we received £260 towards the cost of the chronicle, it reflects on how well received
the magazine is to members and friends.
Charitable Donations and
Our twelve charities between them received £1,195 and special appeals during the year raised £679. Some of our monthly
charities might need additional internal promotion to raise
We are grateful for the donation of £1,600 from Christchurch Holiday & Travel and all the individuals and
groups who have made special donations to the church amounting to £630.
Other Fund Raising
Fund raising quiz night, barn dance, ride &
stride, John Clargo, plus concerts and fairs have
contributed £3,103 towards church funds. It
just goes to show how beneficial your support of these events are.
of The Small Donation Scheme amount of £1,250 to our claim,
this year amounted to £10,255. Although
it is a reduction of £1,699 on last year, this amount is essential in contributing to meeting
the church expenditure
not changed over the year and the denominational
payment amounted to £ 8,130.
has been no significant change to this amount, and the payment for this year
This year there
were outlays for replacement
double glazed glass for some of the windows and the purchase of some new arm chairs.
There was also attention for minor repairs and material cost of work week. The amount this year including building
insurance came to £2,356.
With Balance of £7,736
brought forward, the total incomings including gift aid was £82,190 and we had expenditure of £76,769 to leave us with a current
account bank balance of £5,421.
The accounts during the year operated within the
confines of the budget which was set at the start of the year.
The COIF Charity Deposit Reserves stands at £15,845 representing three months expenditure.
The COIF Charity Property Reserves stands at £13,683 and the annual amount of £2,500 was transferred into the account.
The Treasurer is therefore recommending to the
1. That the
Independent Examined Accounts be accepted.
Howard Francis (Treasurer)
During the year, the Health
and Safety Policy document with associated Guidance was updated and re-approved
by Council. In response to current
circumstances, a new section regarding Terrorism and similar threats has been
The Church is subject to a
quarterly risk review and actions noted are monitored and dealt with in a
timely manner. No significant or unusual
hazards have been noted. The Lone
Working Policy and Safeguarding Policy forms part of the Health and Safety
The subject of Health and
Safety is a regular agenda item at both Church Council and Church Meetings. The Policy is clearly displayed on Notice
Boards and copies are available for use by church members and leaders of
organisations using the church.
No serious incidents have
arisen in the year. An Incident Book is
held in the Church Vestibule.
In April 2016 we ran a St
John's Ambulance "Essential First Aid- all ages with AED
demonstration" course in church.
Twelve church members attended and passed the course. Their names have been added to the First Aider's
List displayed in the church.
Abbeydale is committed in providing a safe place for all to come to. We have
adopted the Safeguarding guidelines of the Methodist Church and follow their
processes. We ensure that anyone involved with children and young people and/or
vulnerable adults has a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service check) appropriate
for the level of contact. We recognise
that safeguarding is not a "nice to have", it is essential. Policies for Safeguarding Children and Young
people and Vulnerable Adults have been posted in the vestibule. They are
displayed so that everyone who comes to Christchurch is under no illusion as to
our view of Safeguarding. If anyone enquires about Safeguarding policies they
should be directed to the notice boards in the first instance. The policies are
important as they demonstrate quite clearly that any kind of abuse must not be
ignored be it emotional, physical, financial, discriminatory, domestic,
neglect, institutional, spiritual, or sexual.
training for Christchurch members is being planned for later in 2017. No incidents have been recorded in the last
Thomas has stepped down as Safeguarding Officer and the Minister, the Reverend
Steve Davies, now fills this role until a new Officer can be appointed.
Care is undertaken by the Minister and a team of Pastoral Links. Members of the team are dedicated to giving
their time to support members of the congregation. We do this because God has called us to the
role. Much of the work is unseen.
the year we welcomed Mrs Chris Draycott to the team, which brings our numbers
up to 20. We have a set of Guidelines to
help us and we meet together regularly for discussion and mutual support.
present we are aware that many of the congregation and others in the community
need our support and prayers, whilst awaiting test/operations or are just
finding life difficult. Our message is
"DO not be afraid to ask for help".
If we cannot help personally, in the words of the old advert "we
know a man who can", and with your permission we will seek to find that
someone else. [Ed: man or woman] Ultimately this is God working through
us. Be assured anything you tell us is
treated as confidential unless you say otherwise.
recognising and appreciating that some people need our prayers long term, it
was decided to use the prayer list in the weekly notices for immediate prayer
needs with names staying on the list for an initial four weeks. After this names are transferred to the white
monthly prayer diary insert in the Chronicle, so that we will be very much
aware of those people's continued need for prayer. The insert is not circulated outside the
church congregation. The Prayer Chain
continues to operate with total confidentiality between members of the chain
and is listed within the Chronicle. Any Prayer
Chain member can be contacted to start the circulation of a prayer request.
Sunday flowers continue to be taken on a Monday morning to anyone who needs
cheering up or has a special celebration.
If you know of anyone who would appreciate flowers please speak to Carol
Terry. Our thanks go to all who carry
out these deliveries. We need to show
our loving care in times of need but also to rejoice with those who are
times I hear from people that Christchurch Abbeydale is a very welcoming church
and thanks for this are due to every member of Christchurch, not just the
God be at the centre of our pastoral care.
Our thanks go to all who
have contributed to the youth work of the church. Activities are covered by the various reports
in this Annual Report. Relevant sections
are: Boys Brigade and Girls Association,
Experience Easter and Christmas, Junior Church and The Core, and Open The Book.
We are still a small group of only four members and would welcome
anyone who’d like to give banner making a try.
Making the banners is not as difficult as it seems and rest
assured that very little sewing is done.
The pattern pieces, wording and shapes are cut out using templates from
our stock then ironed on to the banner using a self-adhesive material or fabric
glue. The only sewing we do is to hem
the actual banner which is done by one of the group at home on the sewing
Once we have decided on an idea, which can come from many
different sources, we try to meet weekly until the work is completed after
which we take a break before meeting up again. We would also welcome any ideas
you may have for future banners.
Firstly we would like to thank
the church for its continuing support and encouragement in the ongoing running
of our Boys Brigade and Girls Association.
Our numbers have dropped a bit
over the last year, and we have only have 7 Anchors, but the Junior Section has
grown to 15 and Company Section has dropped by two to 13 as Margaret and Kira
have now become Officers. We have had one new Anchor in the last month, and hope
this section will continue to grow. We have a great team of helpers and I would
like to thank them for all they do in supporting both myself and Gordon.
Throughout the year we have taken
part in the Gloucestershire Battalion events, District competitions at Yeovil,
including the Scripture Exam for the Juniors.
At National level we travelled to Dunstable, taking two teams to take
part in the BB National Ten Pin Bowling.
We were very successful last month in the Battalion Ten Pin Bowling
competition, winning both Company and Junior trophies and both individual
trophies as well. The Juniors have also
just come third in the Battalion Swimming Gala.
We did our usual car wash in aid
of the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal and helped one night at the
warehouse. November saw us at Morrison’s
selling for the Poppy appeal, which they all enjoy doing.
The Company Section children,
once they are old enough, take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and
we have a bronze group just started training who will be doing their
expeditions over the next few months and Margaret is starting her Gold Award,
after receiving her Silver award last year.
The Juniors go away for four days
in the May half term and last May we went to stay at a site just outside of Weston
Super Mare, which has an outdoor heated swimming pool, and we enjoyed it so
much we are going to the same place this year.
In the autumn we took the Juniors on a weekend camp (in tents) to a camp
site at Newent, with other Companies in the Battalion. It was a very successful weekend, and has
become an annual event.
At Christmas the Anchors and
Juniors joined 5th Gloucester for a party with a magician, and
finished off the afternoon taking part in the churches Christingle
Service. The Company Section went to
Company Section went to camp to
Kirkham, which is near Blackpool, last summer with 5th Gloucester
for a week. It was a good week. Devotions at camp are always a special time
and this year saw Margaret realise from those times that she wanted to be
baptised, which she did recently at Hillview Evangelical Church where her
family worship. She actually said this in her testimony, so we were very proud
that we had a part in this decision.
We are doing some fund raising
for ourselves this year, and have taken part in the Christmas Fayre at
church. We are looking to continue fund
raising for ourselves in the future if needed.
In September we thought we would
lose both Margaret and Kira to university, but Margaret has stayed in
Gloucestershire doing an apprenticeship so still comes on a Monday evening.
Kira has gone to Cambridge but comes in when she is back from university.
All in all, another busy and
successful year, for 7th Gloucester Boy’s Brigade and Girls
March 2016- Walkers wandered around Withington woods. The walk started and finished at The Mill
Inn. A dry cloudy day and a walk with no
April 2016- 12 walkers went around Selsey Common, Penn Woods and along the Cotswold
Way. Signs of bluebells and wild garlic
could be seen on a walk with wonderful views and only two stiles.
May 2016- 9 walkers enjoyed a bright sunny day around Woodchester Park and
Mansion, seeing several rare breeds and herons.
There were no stiles and we found a nice picnic site.
June 2016- 10 Walkers visited The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, a walk of 5
miles with no stiles. Picnic was taken
at the end of the walk, seated on tree logs and accompanied by ice cream and
July 2016-8 walkers enjoyed a walk around Park End, Mallards Pike, the Go Ape
picnic site, old mine sites and railway tracks.
There were no stiles and the walk finished with ice creams whilst
watching steam trains come and go.
August 2016- 12 walkers became "GONGOOZLERS" for the day walking from
Saul Junction to Splatt Bridge, on to Frampton Court and with a picnic by the
River Frome. The walk finished with ice
creams, and narrow boat watching. There
were only 4 stiles.
September 2016-9 walkers left Toddington GWR station, crossing the fields to Hailes
Abbey and church. After a picnic, the
way led across fields to Winchcombe, walkers collecting some free marrows on
the way. We made friends with a local
donkey! Ice creams, tea and cakes were
eaten at Winchcombe before catching the steam train back to Toddington. There were only 2 stiles.
October 2016-10 walkers set off in the footsteps of Bertie May and Mrs Fish,
walking from Kilkenny to Pegglesworth, and to Lineover Woods along the Cotswold
Way. It was a bright sunny day and there
were no stiles. A pub lunch was taken at
November 2016-Walk was cancelled owing to bad weather.
December 2016- "Ian's Christmas Walk": 17 walkers enjoyed the walk up to
the Royal William for lunch and drinks, braving the cold, frosty start under a
clear sky with light breeze.
January 2017- 10 Walkers started the year with a 4.5 miles, 2.5 hour walk on a dry,
sunny but cold day around Haresfield Beacon, a walk with 3 stiles. Lunch was taken at the Beacon Inn.
February 2017- 9 Walkers set off from The Bell Inn at Frampton on Severn to walk to
Saul Junction, visiting Whitminster House and church, crossing fields to the
River Frome and Stroud Water Canal.
After a history talk we walked back to Saul Junction. It was a dry cloudy day with cold winds. There were no stiles.
"CAN TWO WALK TOGETHER EXCEPT THEY BE AGREED?" Amos 3v3
The Church magazine is
produced ten times a year. It has a
monthly circulation of around 150 copies. Most material is readily provided by
church members and this includes information on the outside organisations
members actively support. It is seen as a way of sharing the experiences of
members both with each other and with the wider community. The Chronicle is
also distributed to members who are housebound and unable to get to services.
In addition it is made available to other organisations and individuals in the
There is no charge for the
Chronicle but once a year making a voluntary financial contribution is
The Chronicle Team covers all
aspects of production ‘in house’ and thanks are due to this extended team.
is always plenty of laughter at the Craft Circle Meeting- it must be all the
chocolate we enjoy whilst we work! We
sent three large bags of crocheted/knitted items to Greenfields Africa over the
year; although they will be the last as the charity has slowed down and no
longer needs our support. We have
decided to nominate a yearly "cause" and up to August 2017 "The
Chernobyl Children's Lifeline" will be our main charity. We made 83 knitted hanging hearts for the
James Hopkins Trust to sell at their fairs and also gave them 30 teddy bears to
use as needed. The Special Children's
Baby Unit at GRH received 17 hats, 17 cardigans, 5 pairs of booties and 27
blankets from us. Sales at the Church
Fairs raised £194.22 for Christchurch.
We donated £70 to Greenfields, Africa, £50 to the British Heart
Foundation, £20 for the Gnome Hunt supporting Cheltenham Royal Oncology Unit
and St Leonards Church Repair fund. We also
sponsored Andrew Harris' Marathon for the National Autistic Society with £20.
Whitaker asked if we could make some puppets for Operation Christmas
Child. Sheila was travelling to
Macedonia with Samaritan's Purse in December 2016 and wanted to put some in her
suitcase for the children. We hoped that
in the two weeks we were given about 10 could be knitted but the grand total
was 45!! Some will be going to Zambia in
May as Sheila could not fit so many in her bag.
thank our Lord for the talented ladies in our group. They never stint in their generosity and
through their work many are kept warm and shown they are loved.
service is available for all pre-school children. However, due to lack of help,
we ask that a baby can sit up unaided if he/she is to be left in our care. If a child is not comfortable leaving his/her
parent/carer then the choice is either
for the parent/carer to accompany the
child to crèche or for the child to remain in church.
minister has no objection to the child/baby staying in church
and suitable toys will be provided to help keep the child occupied.
is a desperate need for help in running the crèche and although at present we
only have one regular child the problem arises when more than one child
attends, which does happen from time to time. If you feel you can help then
please have a word with either Steve or Carol– this will not commit you to
being on a rota, it would alert us to those people who can help when there is a
a joy it is to welcome so many children into our church to explore the true
meaning of Christmas and Easter.
feedback that we get from both schools, Heron and Abbeymead, is that the
teachers and children really look forward to their visits and appreciate all
the effort that we make with the displays.
have a dedicated and talented team who always turn out each time but a few “new
faces” would be made most welcome.
The year started with our
annual quiz, which Val Doll organised for us, and it was held on the 26th
February. This is always a great success, and well supported. Refreshments were
provided during the evening. The Beetle
Drive was next on the 2nd April. This was purely for fun, and what
fun we had trying to work out which way was clockwise to the next table when
someone had completed their beetle, we enjoyed good fellowship. We held a
Summer Fair on Saturday 4th June, when we had a lovely range of
stalls and lunches were available. We had live music from the Mid Morning
Stompers, which I think adds another dimension to the day. The next event was
the Barn Dance on the 24th September. Frank Heggs was our caller
and, together with the musicians, we had a lovely evening of dancing, and a ploughman’s
supper. Di Dale ran a Fashion Show
together with Hucclecote Methodist Church Boys Brigade, on the 4th
November and the funds raised were shared between the two Churches. The Christmas
Fair was on the 26th November, and we had a good number through the
doors. There were a variety of stalls, some with a Christmas theme, and we had
live festive music from the Mid Morning Stompers. Refreshments and lunches were
This year we invested in some
new bunting for the fairs (which can also be used for other occasions), and two
new advertising banners which can be used for future fairs as they are generic.
I may be writing this report
but I didn't do all this on my own. There were numerous people in the
background helping in the kitchen and with the advertising, getting the Church
ready for the event and then tidying up afterwards or getting it ready for
Sunday morning Worship. I would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to
give a huge THANK YOU to all of you who have contributed to fellowship and
fundraising during the last year.
can I thank all those people who put their names down on the flower rota last
year to pay for flowers in the church on a Sunday, it is really appreciated,
particularly by those that receive them on a Monday, for special occasions or
if they are poorly. I would especially
like to thank those that put their names on the list two or three times a year,
such as Greta Knowles, Carol Terry, and Ron Polledri to name just a few.
is a list outside the Church office on which it is possible to sign if you wish
to sponsor the flowers for a particular week.
Flowers have gone up in price but we can still do a nice arrangement for
£15.00. Empty weeks are paid for from
normal church funds. The church also
bears the extra cost for special occasions such as Easter, Harvest and
if anyone has a special occasion they would like to celebrate or have flowers
in church on a Sunday for their birthday, or would just like to donate towards
the flowers, please put your name on the list in the foyer. If you are a tax payer and gift aid your
donations to the church please give the extra money in your normal way, e.g.
put the money in an envelope marked ‘flowers’ with your name (assuming you have
an existing Gift Aid declaration in place) and add it to the collection plate;
otherwise please give me the money to buy the flowers.
all like to see and enjoy the flowers in the church on a Sunday.
May 2016 we did another Flower Festival and I would like to thank Jan, Alison
and Dawn Pearman from Hucclecote Methodist Church, who did displays, and all
those in the church that helped over the weekend as stewards and in the
kitchen. It is always hard work and
although we did make a reasonable profit, I am not sure if we will do another
one in 2018 or not.
you would like to have flowers in the church but do not want to arrange them
yourself then one of us in the flower team is happy to do this for you, but why
not have a go yourself?
would like to thank Audrey, Isobel, Jan, and Alison for their support over the
last year, and especially Alison who like me has done a great deal of flower
arranging over the last year.
The Trussell Trust operates 425 food banks across the UK providing emergency food and
support for people in crisis. Last year, the charity’s food banks gave
three-day emergency food supplies to more than 130,000 people in the UK, nearly
half of whom were children.
million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going
hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an
unexpected bill on a low income.
We at Christchurch continue to support the
important work of the Food Bank. The Gloucester Food Bank fed a total of 5186
local people including 1727 children and provided emergency toiletries and food
to people in desperate need.
Of the 37.11 metric tonnes of food and
toiletries donated by churches, schools, supermarkets and local people of
Gloucester during the calendar year, Christchurch Abbeydale donated 622.75
Kilograms, an increase from last year's half tonne.
The Food Bank uses a voucher system
and specified referring agencies to ensure that all clients are genuine.
The Gloucester Food Bank has a
guideline of giving no more than three vouchers in any six month period to
ensure that both clients and agency are working toward financial independence
for users of the service thus avoiding dependency on the Food Bank.
All users of the service receive
financial advice to enable them to move toward financial self-sufficiency.
It is therefore a very important part of
treating this tough social problem.
Donations of cash are welcome to help the Food
bank meet running costs of the programme.
Please give cash or cheques for donation to the Food Bank to the
Treasurer or your Food Bank volunteers, Sam and Jane Sims and Carole
Francis-McGann so that a record can be kept of our annual donations for the
The Food Bank represents an important part of
our giving to benefit local people, and this is recognised at Morning
Communions where the Food Bank Hamper is brought forward and presented with the
Carole Francis-McGann, Jane and Sam Sims
had another good year meeting every Friday from 10.30am - 12noon. Numbers vary
but usually between 10 and 20 each week.
We still have our loyal band of helpers, Audrey Cooke, Greta
Knowles, Ron Polledri, Pauline Corcoran and Val Doll. Val Bolton joined us in the autumn and has
become a valued member of the team.
We've welcomed several new folk during the year and would love to
see more new faces in the coming months.
We have had another busy
but enjoyable year in Jubilate. I was away from the group up until September
last year, to give me the chance to complete my degree studies, so I would like
to take this opportunity to formally thank Brenda for stepping in to play piano
in my absence, and to Catherine for keeping things going. Thanks also, of
course, to the whole group for their support and understanding whilst I was
In September we were
invited to sing at the GL4 day, where we sang a selection of our favourite
songs. We had some great feedback, which also led to us being invited to carol
sing at Morrison’s the weekend before Christmas. It was freezing cold, and a
bit of a mix-up when we got there, but it was great to share some of our Christmas
songs with the shoppers.
In October, we were once
again invited to lead the service in Lydney, which is always an enjoyable
experience for both us as a group and the Lydney church. They are always very
appreciative of our visits and seem to look forward to them. After the service
we were immediately re-booked for this year!
We’re planning on setting
aside some dedicated Thursday evenings to practice new songs to increase our
repertoire. We’ve made a start on this already with learning a new favourite (certainly
for me anyway!) called Magnificent,
which was only released at the end of last year.
We look forward to what
this year has to bring, and we’re so grateful for the support and encouragement
we consistently receive from the congregation.
Junior Church and
are very grateful to those who lead and help our children and young people each
Sunday. There is a prepared rota to
ensure that each group has a leader and helper each week.
Junior Church and The Core groups meet most Sunday mornings during the 10am
service. They cater for school age
children. Many different activities are
provided for the children. These include
reading and acting out Bible stories, researching on the computer, prayer time,
quizzes, games, puzzles, discussions, crafts etc. The sessions are organised by a number of
leaders on a rota basis and there is always another adult helper present.
are All Age Worship services about once a quarter when sometimes the children
take an active part such as at Harvest and Christmas. Christmas 2016 saw the children working with
Jubilate to produce a Christmas tableau through music.
is also available for babies and pre-school children.
children are a very important part of our congregation and we show we care for
them in many ways including birthday cards, and gifts given at Easter and
Evans and Sheila Whitaker
These classes, held on a Monday and Tuesday morning, continue to
be popular as we have welcomed five new members this year.
The exercises are aimed at the over 60’s and designed to keep
aging muscles flexible therefore helping with mobility and balance. They are
not overly strenuous and consist of standing and floor work. However if floor
work proves to be too difficult then the same or similar routine can be done
sitting on a chair which is equally as beneficial. Although the class runs for an hour the
actual work out is only 50minutes which enables folk to interact with each
There is no charge for classes although donations for church funds
are always welcome.
For more information see the outside notice boards or our web
There have been so many changes in 2016 it's been hard to keep up
with them all! We welcomed several new
members but we miss others who we used to meet with regularly.
Janet Brett a regular helper and member died in September and
Hazel Ponter died in December both after long illnesses. Ruth Horton is unable to be with us regularly
and Kath Adams is still quite poorly.
We said farewell to Cathy Geoghagen at the end of the year as she was
moving to Surrey to be near her daughter.
We couldn't carry on without our wonderful helpers. Ron
Polledri, Pauline Corcoran and Snooks Davies get the room ready and lay up the
tables and Jane & Sam Sims, and Pam Kelly help in the kitchen -
many, many thanks for all your help.
We are a small group who meet most Monday
afternoons in Church. We have studied a number of books from the bible as well
as biblical themes such as prayer. All are welcome to come and join in as we
explore God’s word and pray together.
The Open the Book Team continue to operate on behalf of
Christchurch. We present the story of the Bible to approximately 520 children
each month at Abbeymead and Heron Schools. All the children look forward to us
coming and are really excited when we arrive. There have been a number of
occasions when team members have had the opportunity to speak to children and
parents outside of school about Open the Book when we have been recognised. We
have a good rapport with the schools and the teachers. There is nothing more
rewarding than telling Gospel stories to children. This makes us all the more
grateful that Christchurch has been able to offer this service to schools
over the last nine years.
Frank and I went on a Story Teller Day in September for a
presentation of the new Christian values material. It was good to meet Bob
Hartman the author of the Open the Book stories. Sincere thanks go to the
current team. Some weeks the story requires only a small team but other times
we need up to twelve people so any offers of help would be welcomed. Whilst we
do appreciate a regular team, it doesn’t have to be a regular commitment every
the Things we Love is a new monthly
group which was set up in November 2016 by Val Stephens and Judy Clinton. We
have now come together on Thursdays (10.30-12.30) for four meetings. Numbers
are steadily growing and we have had many different interests shared – from
biscuit recipes, to special objects of emotional significance, to inspiring
people, to an impressive model pub made by one of our group! Conversation
around the subjects, as well other thoughts and memories prompted by them, is
proving to be very enriching for those involved. We are coming to know one
another better through doing this, and different people coming and going keeps
things lively. It seems to be of special value to those who are living alone.
are taking a break in April as so many people will be extra busy during the
Easter period, but will start again in May. We have tried to keep to the first
Thursday in the month but this isn’t always possible because of clashes with
Open the Book. Forthcoming dates in 2017 (all Thursdays) are:
will take a break again in August and start again in the autumn, future dates
to be announced in The Chronicle nearer the time.
Judy Clinton and Val Stephens
has once again been a successful year for T @ 3 with attendances averaging 40
at each session, the highest being 49 and the lowest 33. Programmes have been
varied and have included talks over a wide range of subjects from Namibian
Travels, Birds of Trinidad and Tobago, The Woodland Trust and nearer to home,
Gloucester Docks and on our very own doorstep “Abbeydale – An Historian's
Perspective” given by one of our own Christchurch members which revealed the
story of the area from the very earliest times right up to the present day. In
addition we have had musical afternoons and even an “Old Tyme Music Hall” with
the performers in period dress!! The year was brought to a close at Christmas
in appropriate fashion by the Westbrook Singers and this session ended with the
inevitable Christmas cake and Mince Pies!
again our T @ 3 meetings have enabled the Church to reach out to the community
around us and offer them friendship and hospitality and are open to all who
wish to come. We couldn't do it on our own and we thank our willing band of
helpers who come along regularly, they are much appreciated. All are welcome
and we would love to see YOU there sometime, why not give it a try?
David & Kath Barber.
small group continues to meet on Wednesday lunchtimes several times a month for
a half hour prayer time after which sandwiches are enjoyed together. Prayers
range over many subjects, from local and church concerns to world church
matters and issues highlighted in the Christian Aid weekly newsletter. If you
are free and would like to spend your lunch hour in this way then please come.
You will be most welcome.