Christchurch Methodist Church

Springfield Road, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex TN40 2BX

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We have had some excellent and inspiring services recently and have exciting plans and services for the Advent and Christmas season and hope to welcome many folk of all ages to share in worship with us. This is a moment when we can thank all who lead and support the weekly services at Christchurch. Many people are involved and we are most thankful to them. It reminds me of the poster in my study that says ‘Nobody notices what I do until I don’t do it!’. Seriously many thanks to all concerned.

At the time of writing the Circuit is seeking a second Minister for our circuit to support Tricia who is our Superintendent (and only) Minister. The plan is that we hope to appoint another Minister (who will become the Superintendent) to take up his/her duties from September 1st 2020. Tricia will remain with us for a further year and retires in August 2021. There is a so called ‘Invitation Committee’ within the circuit that is busy endeavouring to appoint this new Minister. Please hold this process in your prayers.

Progress is being made with the fire prevention equipment and controls that have to be in place in the next few months. Some signs and controls are already fixed, and estimates are being obtained for the main work. We should all be aware of the fire procedures and prevention controls but always have in mind the phrase ‘If in doubt get out!’. We had our fire drill recently following a service and hopefully you all know that if we do have to evacuate the premises we meet by the bus shelter opposite the church (mind the road!). We are very fortunate that the cost of all the work will be met from the legacy kindly left to us by Miss Terry Head – without these funds we could have been in difficulty. For the interim I am the Church Fire Officer so if you have any questions or worries do let me know (I may not know the answer but I know a man who does!!).

While dealing with safety matters, we are grateful to our Stewards who, with Peter as our Senior Steward, will act as the Church Safeguarding Officer. Copies of the Policy will be found on the notice boards and also the church website. Please make yourselves familiar with these details.

On a lighter note (!) I am sure that we are all looking forward to the Christchurch Singers ‘Christmas Praise’ on Saturday 7th December at 6pm. I will do my best to keep the proceedings moving along and it should be a lovely occasion – with the Hooe Silver Band also being with us. No booking or tickets just come and bring a donation for the charity.

Quite enough from me – may I wish you every blessing at Advent and Christmas and peace and joy in 2020. Two thoughts to close:

‘If you take Christ out of Christmas all you are left with is M & S’ , and ‘God’s presence is the best present of all’.

Barry Turnwell, Church Treasurer and a Property Steward

Stewards Scribblings - December

The crossover period from one year to the next is always a time for reflection on what we have singularly failed to do in the past and optimism for all we might achieve in the future.

December reminds us that another twelve months have elapsed in the life of Christchurch and the onset of January gives us the opportunity to think about new beginnings in our personal and church life.

Overall I believe we are a traditional congregation at Christchurch and it is right and proper that we hold onto the best of the past in our worship and church activities. At the same time life does move on and we must remember an old Chinese proverb “The only constant thing in life is change”.

As a congregation we have shown our willingness to embrace new technology, using PowerPoint and the electronic Hymnal in our services. We are also open to experiencing different types of worship and communion when they are interspersed among our more conventional Methodist services. It is a difficult balancing act for Ministers and Stewards to manage conventional worship that appeals to our established members with newer forms of praise and prayer which are more appealing to the next generation.

There is a good and varied selection of Christmas services during December, as well as the Christchurch Singers concert. Thanks to everyone who participates in any way with the preparation and decoration of the church and assists in so many ways with the services themselves. I must make a special mention of Bill Cole who supplies our tree in the church each year and thank the team of members who put on the lights and decorations.

Christmas at Christchurch is always a very special time!

An exciting new initiative this year is the huge number of knitted angels that are to be placed around Bexhill in December, wishing the recipients a Happy Christmas from Christchurch. Many thanks to all the natty knitters who have been hard at work producing the angels and they will be blessed by Rev Cynthia Park at our Advent Service on 1 December.

Finally, just a reminder about the joint Christmas Day service being held this year at Sackville Road Church, please come if you can. If the weather is favourable then you could follow it with a bracing walk along the seafront to build up your appetite for lunch.

Have an enjoyable Christmas everyone, but pray for the recent flood victims and remember all the sad, lonely and homeless people at this time. God bless them.


Angel Yarn Bomb
We are planning a yarn bomb for Christmas 2019! To explain, we are encouraging anyone who would like to, to knit angels from this simple pattern. On a set day near to Christmas, they will be ‘released’ in public places all around the town and Sidley, with a label attached to explain they come with blessings from Christchurch, and that they may be taken home with our love!
Further details from Chris Cox: chriscox60@hotmail.com

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