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Stewards Scribblings - May 2023


Looking up 'thanks' on the computer, it came up with 635 different ways of saying the simple little word 'Thanks'. The word can be said as a throw-away comment, or a deep meaning reaction to a word or gesture by someone.

I would like to thank you all for your support over the past few years, especially my fellow stewards, originally Peter, Claire and Sandy, and more recently Chris, Judy, Sarah and David. Stewarding is very much a team effort, we look out for each other and cover for each other when necessary. We are always looking to appoint new stewards - it is incredibly rewarding, do please speak to any of us if you would like more information, or would be interested in shadowing one of us before making a commitment.

It has been an absolute pleasure to serve Christchurch as a steward over the last 6 years, more recently as Senior Steward. There have been good times and not so good times during those six years - the very worst was having to put up the 'closed' notices when the coronavirus affected us all and the government dictated that all churches and places of meeting and socialising had to close and we went into lockdown. We got through it and are once again 'open for business'. We are aware that there are groups within the church that are not now meeting, for one reason or another, but everything evolves, they have their time span and hopefully other different groups will take their place.

We have been delighted to see some new faces in the congregation recently. We have welcomed Crawford to the Christchurch family and look forward to a wedding this weekend, with a baptism next month.

Judy will be retiring with me, but please remember Chris, Sarah and David in your prayers.


Jill Read, Senior Steward

Money & Property Matters – and Barry’s Babblings
May 2023

We are entering the exciting month of May when we will be having our Festival of Flowers: May 27th - 29th. We really do need all the help that we can muster and please do offer a little of your time and speak to Chris Cox who will be delighted to include you on the duty rota (220524). Another aspect of the weekend is the publicity and everyone has a great opportunity to invite family and friends to make a visit. We are even expecting a mini bus crowd to again come from Haywards Heath! As I write we are about to hold the Annual Church Meeting which is the opportunity for everyone linked with Christchurch to make comments and suggestions about the work and witness of the church.

I have mentioned the Flower Rota before - this is in the vestibule and the floral arrangements in the communion area do greatly enhance our worship. If you feel able to pay for the flowers one week - perhaps to celebrate an occasion or memory - please add your name. Carol or Sue will be pleased to hear from you and to discuss the details etc.

May is also a month that reflects important times in the life of John Wesley. Sunday 21st is Aldersgate Sunday followed on the 24th May with Wesley Day. This mainly tells of the life changing experience and this is what he says in his Journal of that time (May 1738), 'In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street (London) where one was reading Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine... I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me, that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death'. He was a Priest in the Church of England at the time, and aged 35 (he remained a Priest in that church until his dying day). Something special for JW to celebrate!

I am leading the service at Christchurch on 21st May so I suspect that JW will get a mention!

Another celebration in May will be on Saturday 6th when King Charles will have his coronation. That will be another weekend of joy and national celebration and we look forward to a really happy time.

Two days before that event (May 4th) many of us will all be able to vote in the local elections - our church hall is again a Polling Station. Many from the neighbourhood come to our premises on that day and we try to ensure that we look clean, tidy and welcoming. Don't forget you will need photo identification if you choose to vote at a Polling Station - otherwise you will not be able to vote that way!

This is an opportune moment to express our thanks for all those who look after the premises and prepare the church for worship every week. These are important jobs that are not always appreciated and they are quietly done week by week. I have a few signs in our study, and this one seems very opportune 'Nobody notices what I do until I don't do it'. Please be assured that you are noticed and appreciated.

I started with the Festival of Flowers - I will end with the Christchurch Singers Summer Concert on Saturday June 10th 2023 at 7pm. Another date to book and we look forward to seeing you - anyone know any good jokes?!

Enjoy the Springtime weather and may God bless you all.

Every blessing and Christian love from Barry Turnwell

Church Treasurer and a Property Steward

Christchurch Messenger Website

You may know that much of the content of the Christchurch Messenger also ends up on the website - www.christchurchmethodist.org - but not all of it. So it is well worth your while to read the Messenger, but also to keep a watchful eye on the website, which is updated every month.

Over 17,500 visits (hits) are made to the website each year, around 48 each day. There are 18 web pages, and the most popular ones are the Home Page, News & Events, Diary, Contacts, Ninfield, and Christchurch Singers. There is also a link to the Winchelsea Chapel website.

If you have any comments or suggestions to make about the website, please let me know.

Peter Downes
Website designer

Winchelsea Methodist Chapel

Winchelsea Methodist Chapel

May 2023

It will be a delight to welcome the President of the Methodist Conference, Rev Graham Thompson, to the Chapel on Sunday 14th May 2023 when he will lead the 238th Anniversary service at 4:00pm. This will be preceded with hymn singing under the Wesley Tree at 3.30pm.

This will be a very special event in the long history of the Chapel - I cannot recall a President visiting before (apart from Mr Wesley himself!) although Ms Eluned Williams did visit in 2001 when she was the Vice President of the Conference at that time.

We certainly hope for a big crowd and please book the date and try to come along. It should be a very special occasion and a privilege to welcome the President to Winchelsea.

Barry Turnwell, Publicity Officer