I am with you always, to the close of the age
Matthew 28:20
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:


News Sheet


Sunday Services 17th December

10.00am               Communion, led by the Minister

                                Readings: Isaiah 61.1-4, John 1.6-8, 19-23, Luke 1 26-38

4.00pm                 Christingle Service


Services over the Christmas period:

 

Sunday 24th     10.00am       All-Age Nativity led by Frank Heggs, with Jubilate

                           6.00pm         Carol Service

                         11.30pm       Midnight Communion

 

Monday 25th    10.00am       All-Age worship for Christmas Day

                                                      Bring a present you received, and share the story!

 

Sunday 31st      10.00am       Morning Worship, led by Revd Christine Birkett

 

On Sunday January 7th we will have the annual Covenant Communion Service


THIS WEEK’S EVENTS


Monday 18th             2.00pm             Bible Study

Wednesday 20th       6.00pm             Communion

Thursday 21st            2.00pm             Craft Circle

                                   7.30pm             Jubilate Rehearsal


This week’s notices     

After the Celebrations are over:

David and Kath Barber will be having their customary “Open House” Christmas coffee morning again this year on Thu 28 Dec from 10.30am to 1.00pm at 62, Woodland Green Upton St Leonards. All welcome, look forward to seeing you.

 

Those nice CWS people are suggesting that their walk on Fri 29 Dec is just what you need to get over your Christmas over-indulgence. Meet at Christchurch 10am for a stroll + pub lunch.



“Kiss Me Kate” at the Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare on Saturday 7th April 2018. The Box Office opens to the general public on Friday 8th December so our group booking needs to be in by Thursday 7th. Please get your Booking Form from us and send the completed form with your payment to us as soon as possible. Thank you. Mike & Judy Potts


The  December Charity is Action for Children.

Though this is a nationwide charity, there are local projects supported, for example the Gloucestershire Emotional Wellbeing Service (based in Gloucester) and the Kingfisher Supported Housing Project (at Stroud). There is an article about the Charity in the Chronicle. To show your support, please place a donation in the basket at the back of the church. Gift Aid it if you can.


FOODBANK: “…we should continue to remember the poor…”  A letter was received this week thanking us for our donations and making a specific request for such as tins of meat, fish, rice pudding, fruit and UHT milk: these items are continually being used.  There are stocks of most other things.


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.

 

WEDNESDAY WELCOME is a weekly Bible Study and Fellowship held in various homes. Please contact Frank Heggs for details of venue.



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


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