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Stewards Scribblings - December 2022


We are so glad that you are able to keep in touch with us each month, through the Messenger, and we can keep in touch with you.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers, and we are constantly thinking of you. You would be amazed at the number of times you are talked about in conversations as we remember events at Christchurch that you were involved in.

You are still very much part of our church family, whether you are at home or in residential care, and are very much missed.

We had some really good times together and hope that your memories too, are good ones.

We hope that you are well and will be enjoying yourself this Christmas time.

God Bless, Jill

Jill Read, Senior Steward

Money & Property Matters – and Barry’s Babblings
December 2022

Another year has passed as we say goodbye to December and welcome in a brand new 2023! Before we pass into 2023 there is much to celebrate and to be thankful for. Full details of all the Advent and Christmas services and celebrations will be found in the Diary within this Messenger. Perhaps I can suggest that you enter them into your old and new diaries so that you do not forget!

You will also see my article about Carol Singing and your help and support will be most welcome. It is a lovely way to engage with the community but we do need your support! A leaflet is also to be prepared to deliver to the houses around our church giving full details of all services etc. Again, help will be needed with delivery.

The next Christchurch Singers Concert – ‘Christmas Praise’ - will soon be upon us. This is on Saturday December 3rd at 6pm in the church. The choir has had a difficult time but it is good that they will again be able to perform - no booking or tickets – just come along and enjoy. Collection for CAP (Christians against Poverty). I hope to MC the event and will try to find a few new jokes!

Help will also be needed to erect the candlesticks in church, and to remove the screens for the Concert. The church is usually beautifully decorated and our thanks to all involved including those who help with the costs. Flowers beautify our church and aid our worship and the rota for 2023 will soon be available. If you can sponsor a Sunday (around £20) that would be most helpful – just enter your name and/or speak to Carol or Sue.

As we come to the end of a year may I thank all those who donate to the church in so many ways – not just in finance but in time and talents. When I show potential users of the premises (this greatly helps our income) I always show them the church and invariably they comment on the ‘lovely, friendly, feel of the chapel’ – this is no accident and is down to the support of so many people. I always give them a copy of The Messenger as well.

Many of you will remember David Wall who died in July 2021, (son of the late Maureen and Gordon Wall) and we have been told that he has left a legacy to the church in his Will. We are most grateful and David was a lovely, quiet gentleman that we all miss.

This does lead me to a quick comment (with my Bank Manager hat on!). Please do make sure that you have made an up to date Will (and perhaps also Enduring Powers of Attorney). It is sometimes a procedure that we never quite get around to prepare – but they are so important. Also, if you leave a sheet giving details of your wishes for a service, hymns, readings, etc this can be most helpful to your family and Executors. Death can be very stressful at the best of times so the more detail that is available the easier it is for those who are left.

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year and we hope that you will be able to join with us at the various events. We are grateful to our new Minister and he will be sharing in our services whenever possible (he does have Little Common, Ninfield and St Leonards-on Sea churches to also look after. May God bless Crawford in his ministry (and also Rev Philip Wagstaff our Superintendent Minister who lives in Hastings).

Quite enough from me – just a thought. ‘Wise men came and knelt where Jesus lay – Wise men and women still do’. A very blessed Christmas to you all and may you feel that God is with you during 2023.

Barry Turnwell
Treasurer and a Property Steward.

Winchelsea Methodist Chapel

Winchelsea Methodist Chapel

December 2022

We are grateful to those who have joined/renewed their ‘Friends’ donation to the Chapel – these gifts generate the main income for the chapel. It is one of the Methodist Heritage sites and dates from 1785 and is correctly called a ‘Methodist Preaching House’. We would value your support and please do consider joining with us – I will be pleased to let you have a Newsletter that gives full details.

On Saturday December 10th at 11am there will be ’Christmas Carols and Reflections’ led by the Rev Philip Wagstaff with seasonal refreshments to follow. Do try to join with us.

The plans for 2023 will be discussed at the Management Committee on 19th January and any thoughts for events would be welcomed. We do value all the support that the Chapel receives.

Barry Turnwell,
Publicity Officer