For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them
Matthew 18:20
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:


News Sheet



Services for 16th December – Advent 3

10.00am               Holy Communion led by Revd Norman Whitaker

 

4.00pm                 Christingle Service, led by Frank Heggs

                              All are welcome.  (please note the earlier start time)


Christmas Services and other events until the New Year

Monday 17 Dec

5.30pm                 Boys Brigade & Girls Association Carol Service

                                All are invited to attend and support the boys & girls and their leaders.

 

Tuesday 18 Dec

7.30pm                 “It’s Really Christmas” with the Salvation Army Band and Songsters Once again, the Salvation Army Band and Songsters are booked to sing for us, on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Tickets, including refreshments, adults £5, children £1 are available from Kath and David Barber - 616034.

 

SUNDAY 23 DEC

10.00am               All Age Worship led by Revd Christine Birkett

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

6.00pm                 Carol Service, led by Revd Norman Whittaker

11.30pm               Christmas Communion, led by Revd Christine Birkett

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

10.00am               All Age Worship, led by Frank Heggs. Bring along one of your Christmas Presents as we give thanks for the greatest gift of all.

 

Saturday 29 Dec

10.00am               The annual Christmas Walk. The Christmas Walk is a chance to take a not too strenuous walk to work off those extra pounds. Meet at the church at 10am, lunch at the Royal William at Cranham, and back by 4pm.

 

SUNDAY 30 DEC

10.00am               Morning Worship, led by Revd Marilyn Sharland

 

Saturday 5 Jan

2.30pm                 Progressive Christianity Network

 

SUNDAY 6 JAN

10.00am               Covenant Communion Service, led by Revd Vernon Godden

The first Sunday in January represents a very important occasion when we use the Methodist Liturgy of the Covenant Service to re-dedicate ourselves to follow Christ in the year to come.


THIS WEEK’S EVENTS



Friday 14                    10.30am           Coffee & Chat

                                     7.00pm             Carols & Flowers

Saturday 15                  3.00pm             T @ 3


 

CHRISTMAS WITH JUBILATE

Rev. Norman Whitaker has asked Jubilate to sing at the Carol Service on Christmas Eve at 6pm. Carol choices not yet finalised, but if you would like to join us for that please do. For more information speak to Daniel or Catherine.

COMING UP . . .

 

CAROLS AND FLOWERS – Friday 14 Dec

Tickets are now available from Di Dale and Alison Apperley for “Carols and Flowers” on Friday 14 December starting at 7pm. The cost is £5 per ticket which includes a welcome drink. Thank you.

 

“ITS REALLY CHRISTMAS” – Tuesday 18 Dec

Once again, the Salvation Army Band and Songsters are booked to sing for us, on Tuesday 18 December at 7.30pm. Tickets, including refreshments, adults £5, children £1 are available from Kath and David Barber - 616034.


The charity for December is the Acorns Hospice which is active in the West Midlands area, including Gloucestershire, providing care, support, fun and laughter for children with life limiting or life threatening conditions, and their families.

There is an article about the charity in this month’s Chronicle. To make a donation, please use the basket at the back of the church, and use a Gift Aid envelope if you are able to.


COMING UP . . .

 

CAROLS AND FLOWERS – Friday 14 Dec

Tickets are now available from Di Dale and Alison Apperley for “Carols and Flowers” on Friday 14 December starting at 7pm. The cost is £5 per ticket which includes a welcome drink. Thank you.

 

“ITS REALLY CHRISTMAS” – Tuesday 18 Dec

Once again, the Salvation Army Band and Songsters are booked to sing for us, on Tuesday 18 December at 7.30pm. Tickets, including refreshments, adults £5, children £1 are available from Kath and David Barber.


Nativity on a Lorry.

Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th Dec.

We need volunteers to knock on doors, to tell people what we are doing, give

them a leaflet, a chocolate and a book to children if there are any.

On the lorry, we need to provide an angel and two shepherds.

We need people to dress in costume and walk alongside the lorry and interact

with the children we meet.

We need a Marshall to direct operations, to coordinate the house visitors

and the lorry as we travel the streets.

There will be sign up sheets in church throughout November and December.

This is a unique opportunity to bring the Good News of the birth of Jesus to

the streets. Frank Heggs


Our Christmas Nativity at 10am on Sunday 23rd Dec.

Whilst we can normally provide all the costumes for a nativity from ‘Open

The Book’, this year our cast includes a multinational crowd representing all

nations, so if anyone has any form of national costume, please let Frank Heggs

know. Also there are a lot of animals, Donkey, Cow, Sheep and a Polar

Bear (Yes a Polar Bear), so if anyone has any ideas how we can represent

these, please let Frank Heggs know.


FROM YOUR LOCAL CHURCH TO YOUR LOCAL PUB

FRIENDS FROM CHRISTCHURCH WILL BE SINGING CAROLS IN THE RIDGE AND FURROW WITH OUR VERY OWN MUSICIANS!

ON SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER AT 6.45PM

DO COME AND JOIN US. WE EXPECT TO SING FOR AROUND 45 MINS.


FOODBANK: “…we should continue to remember the poor…”  Christmas Eve Appeal for FOODBANK

Christchurch has recently received a letter from the Gloucester

Foodbank trustees who are facing an especially challenging time this

winter. They have already seen an increase in demand for their services

among families being moved onto the new Universal Credit funding. In

addition to this, the building used by the Foodbank is suffering from

subsidence.

Although the Foodbank does receive some financial assistance from

Tesco and Asda, its main source of income continues to be the

generosity of local churches and individual Christians. The bottom

line is that, in order to continue functioning effectively, our

Foodbank needs to raise an extra £20,000 by March 2019.

Church Council have considered this special request and agreed

that the collection taken at our Christmas Eve Carol Service should be

given to the Gloucester Foodbank. Please be aware of this and donate

whatever you can.


WEDNESDAY COMMUNION

Each Wednesday at 6.00pm there is a celebration of Holy Communion to which all are invited. This service, usually led by one of the retired ministers who worship at Christchurch, lasts no longer than half-an-hour, but provides an opportunity to ‘Do this in remembrance of Me’ as Jesus bids us. Those who regularly attend find this valuable time of worship and fellowship.

 


Raise funds for Christchurch: do you use Amazon? Or one of a host of other retailers? At no cost to you would you like to raise money for Christchurch on your online purchases? (You pay no more; a percentage of the sale value will accrue to the church.) Visit

www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/christchurchabbeydale to see how.

 

There is always a box in the foyer for your donations to Gloucester’s Foodbank.

 

The Community Roll: This has been updated and a new version is available. Please remember that the information contained in there is for your personal use only.

 

To help cleaners and chair shifters plan their week, all Church bookings will be in the notice sheet as from this week. I hope this helps, thank you.

 

Banners

After a very extended break the banner making group are planning to meet again on a regular basis.                                                                                        

 

Prayer Lunch

The Prayer Lunch which has not been held over the Christmas period, will start again on Wednesday 1 February at 12.30 and on the first and third Wednesdays of each month in the Church lounge. Time is spent in prayer remembering current world and local situations, before eating a packed lunch, finishing at 1.30. Drinks are provided.

All welcome.

 

Need a Photographer?

Portraits, events, conceptual images - whatever your photography needs, contact Daniel Tuck for a good price and professional service. With Christmas coming up maybe a photo could make a special gift for someone? Speak to Daniel Tuck or please take a leaflet from the back of the church.

 

Prayer Chain

For some years Christchurch has had a Prayer Chain, who are a group of people dedicated to praying for people during difficult periods in life - illness, times of worry, etc.  It is a very valuable ministry, one that can be done at home or anywhere, with new prayer topics being passed round the group by telephone.

 

It would be wonderful to have more people involved in this ministry of prayer.  If you would like to speak to someone, you could ask any of the current prayer chain members - Pat Dettmer, Val Stephens, David & Joan Perkins and John & Olive Flemons, or have a word with Les.  People value prayer, so please think about being part of the prayer chain.

 

Jubilate

Do you love to sing? Would you like to join us?

We meet on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm for practice and sing on the 2nd Sunday evening (at Cafe Church), and on the 4th Sunday morning. We do a broad mix of music as well as some 'hot off the press'. We are a relaxed and very friendly group and will give you a warm welcome.

Please ring Alison (417328) for more details.

 

‘Contact-a-Contact’

This is an initiative for you to provide names and phone numbers of trades people you would recommend, who have given you good service, been reliable and reasonably priced. We do not charge for this, and if you can recommend someone please pass on their details to either Alison, Mike or Mavis Wood. Their names will stay in for 4 Chronicles. I hope you will find

 

Please give us the details of people you recommend


BM Services  Barrie Minett Tel 07963 217998 (2)

- for repairs to UPVC doors and windows including locks and hinges

Recommended by - Peter Muff


Brennan Roofing & Building / Fencing (2)

Tel: 01793 704988 Mobile: 07808 523075

Recommended for fencing work by Norman & Sheila Whitaker


THE CLOTHES PRESS - for all your Ironing & Laundry needs (2)

35a Churchfield Rd, Upton St Leonards GL4 8BA

Tel: 01452 616477

 

BOB’S LINE TAXI - local journeys Tel: 610683

PHELPS ELECTRICAL - qualified electrician Tel: 611127

ROGER BROWN - decorator Tel: 617750

All Rec. by Ann Scott who has used these services for many years

 

THE GARDENING GIRLS - Garden Maintenance

contact Debz Leaverland Tel: 537856 or O7733 170604 (2 Rec. by Christine Pritchard)

 

MILLINGTON & RAMSTEDT - Wood supplied & cut to requirements + DIY

Bristol Rd, Gloucester Tel: 522607 (2 Rec. by David Barber & Mike Wood)

 

SPARKY - UK Freeview, Sky & Freesat installations

Tel: 07849 013933 (Mark) Tel: 07906 205465 (Derek)

Rec. By Cleone Acomanni

 

GARAGE SERVICES Cheltenham & Gloucester Autocentre, Staverton

Proprietor: Martyn Longbridge Tel: (01452) 855555

Rec. By David Barber

 

FOOT CARE, including cutting toe nails, in your own home:

Karen Pascoe, Tel: 01452 729489, Mob 07557 689574

Rec. By Rita & Peter Muff (1)



 

HAIRDRESSER will do home visits or work in her own home.

See Rita or Peter Muff for contact details

Rec. By Rita & Peter Muff (1)

 

SEAMSTRESS from Abbeydale, who does dressmaking and alterations.

Contact Wendy 01452 309528.

Rec. By Phyllis Martinger (1)

 

CARPENTRY - AM Carpentry, - all aspects of carpentry

Contact: Alan Morris 01452 533100, 07919 180014

www.amcarpentryglos.com

Rec. By: Catherine Tranter (1)

 

ROOFING SERVICES - Ridge tiles, leading etc.

Russell David 01453 376329

Rec. By Patrick Marks 2)

 

FOOT HEALTH PRACTIONER - all forms of foot care

Jenny Palmer 01452 547501

Rec. By Bruce Rhodes (2)

 

HOMEPLAN DRAFTING SERVICES - provide planning and architectural

services for house extensions and alterations.

Contact Glenn A Church on 01452 423407 or 07584 082621.

Rec. By David Barber (Glenn is David’s Son-in-Law) (2)

 

MOBILE HAIR DRESSER

Contact Eileen Wealle on 01452 533708 or 07901 228365

Rec. By Linda Bradley