In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God
John 1:1
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:


Community and Outreach 

Activities that are relevant are:

  • T @3
  • Boys Brigade and Girls Association
  • Open the Book
  • Coffee and Chat
  • Messy Church (albeit lack of support has caused this now to be put on hold)
  • Alpha (albeit this has not been run during the period where we were without a minister)
  • Craft clubs
  • Holiday activities
  • Flower Festival
  • Church Fairs, special events (eg Songs from the Movies evening), etc.

During the last year we organised a stall at the GL4 Community day, where we gave away over 200 balloon models, provided colouring opportunities for children (book marks and badges) and provided visibility for the Community of what we at Christchurch provide and stand for.  We had a very good reception.  Parents were amazed that we were giving away rather than expecting to receive.  I pray we "gave away" the love of God to those who came.  This included the Mayor and his family!

As a Church our outreach to those around is so important.  We are to be:

1.      A proclamative people, pointing to Jesus with our words

2.      God's local presence- His hands and feet, pointing to Jesus through our actions

3.      A prophetic people standing against injustice

4.      A community of prayer as "without God we can do nothing".


OPEN THE BOOK

Open the Book is a nationally co-ordinated scheme which aims to offer primary school children an opportunity to hear stories from the bible.  Each team presents a story within the context of collective worship.

 

On behalf of Christ Church we have a dedicated and faithful team who visit two of our local primary schools – Abbeymead and Heron – providing three or four ‘Open the Book’ assemblies each term.

We work from specific material using The Lion Storyteller Bible and supporting handbook. We do not have to ‘learn lines’ as the intention is for the story to be narrated as it is enacted.

We wear very basic costumes, usually tabards and headgear, and use some ingenious yet simple props.

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The calendar for the academic year is agreed and made known in advance.  Visits to Abbeymead school are on a Thursday. For this we meet at the church at 9.45 to rehearse before going to Abbeymead to deliver the Assembly at about 10.45.  Visits to Heron School are on a Friday – meeting there at 8.45 for their Assembly at about 9.00. Rehearsals, when needed, take place in the church the day before (Thursday) at 9.45.

We are learning that the more we put into our assemblies the more pleasure and satisfaction we gain from them. It really can be fun! There is no doubt that the children enjoy our presentations and our hope is that this ministry of outreach will bear fruit for years to come.

 

We would welcome a few more volunteers – particularly men – so please give it some thought!


Yvonne Heggs

Team Co-ordinator


  There is a weekly collection of food on a Sunday from Christchurch co-ordinated by Sam & Jane Sims and Carol Francis-McGann

FOOD WE NEED
While the stock of food is at a healthy level foodbank still have items that  they are short of. Hence an up to date list of food items  needed is given below.
FOODBANK SHOPPING LIST
LONG LIFE MILK
LONG LIFE FRUIT JUICE
PACKET MASH
TINNED COLD MEAT
BISCUITS
TINNED RICE PUDDING
CHOCOLATE TREATS FOR CHILDREN
TINNED SPONGE PUDDING FOR FAMILIES
TINNED FRUIT
PACKETS PASTA’N’SAUCE
PACKETS SAVOURY RICE
CEREAL        SUGAR
FUNDING & RECYCLING
Many of you are aware that we need funds towards our running costs to keep the foodbank open. Half of our costs are covered through standing orders. Currently we are managing to cover the remaining costs through one off donations plus the occasional grant. While we are very grateful for all donations this is not guaranteed income. If you know of anyone who would like to support us by making a regular donation please get in touch with us and we can send a standing order form.
To help raise funds on a regular basis we now have an agreement with a recycling company ‘RAG-BAG’ who will pay us for textiles in any condition. If any of you have textiles to recycle why not bring it along with your regular food donation. Or you can do a one off textile harvest within your organisation. Here is a list of items you can donate for recycling:
BEDLINEN      CURTAINS       TOWELS   CLOTHING     
PAIRED SHOES    HANDBAGS       BELTS
CONTACT  FOODBANK       TEL: 01452 30968301452 309683      
E-MAIL: info@food-bank.org.uk

 

7th Gloucester Boy Brigade & Girls Association

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 May sees the end of our winter session, and we are preparing for
our summer programme. We have seen another 4 members join the
Anchor section just before Easter taking our number in the section to
20 youngsters. On Monday the 19th May we will be holding our display
and Awards evening which we would like to extend a invitation to all
church members to support the youngsters in their awards. After the
awards evening we will be going into our summer programme which will
have loads of exciting activities.
Some of our Juniors and Company Section will be joining other
companies from the West of England District for a weekend camp in
Devon at the end of May, with gorge walking, rock climbing, and water
sports as part of the entertainment they will be enjoying. On the
Sunday morning of camp we will attending the service at the Methodist
Church in Bovey Tracey.
Diana Dale (Captain)