Notices – w/c 21st May 2017

“Gifts of the Spirit”

In our recent Lent Group meetings we talked about “Receiving Christ” in different ways. Jesus told his disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit who would come and support them when he wasn’t physically with them anymore. We soon celebrate Pentecost, Whitsun, when we remember the coming of the Spirit.

 

What does that mean for us today?

At our discussion on May 27th and June 10th & 24th at 10.30am, we will look at various “Gifts of the Spirit”.  Acts 2:v1-4

 

Christian Aid Week

Envelopes for donations will be available TODAY.

 

Ruislip Lido Walk – Saturday 27th May 2017

Walk around Ruislip Lido plus coffee stop. Meet at Church 10.00am

 

Invitation: Churches Together in Uxbridge (CTU) Annual General Meeting

 

You are warmly invited to the CTU AGM which will be held on Sunday 25th June 2017 at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Hillingdon Road, Uxbridge, UB10 0AE from 12.45pm – 2.30pm.

 

It promises to be an enjoyable afternoon, so please save the date. Hope to see you there!

 

PLEASE NOTE: Church Email Address has changed

After many years of service with Orange our email address  Office @ christchurch2001.fsnet.co.uk  will close on 31st May 2017.

 

This means that from this date onwards we will not be able to access this email address.

 

So please use our new email address: Office @ christchurchuxbridge.org.uk

Notices – w/c 30th April 2017

Christine Sweeting

The funeral for Christine Sweeting will be held at Breakspear Crematorium on Wednesday 3rd May at 3.00pm

 

 

BOYS’ BRIGADE – Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers

Active Kids Vouchers finishes on Tuesday 2nd May 2017. By collecting the vouchers our Company can redeem them for a wide range of activity and cooking equipment.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

 

Concert by “Rockchorus”

Saturday 13th May 2017 at Pinner Methodist Church, Love Lane at 7.00pm. Tickets £8, proceeds to the ‘All we can’ charity. See poster on the notice board for more details.

 

URC Big Day Out Event

The URC Big Day Out – Feasts and Festivals event is at Warwick Castle on Saturday 20th May 2017. Details on the notice board.

 

Congratulations to Lynn Duckmanton

Lynn raised £215 for our charities by completing a twelve month sponsored slim. Thanks also to all who sponsored her.

 

LENTEN APPEAL

Thanks to all who responded to our Lenten Appeal for the East African crisis. We raised £226 of which £90 was Gift Aided.

This amount, together with a contribution from our Outreach Funds, has been sent to the appeals office.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Church Email Address has changed

After many years of service with Orange our email address Office @ christchurch2001.fsnet.co.uk  will close on 31st May 2017. This means that from this date onwards we will not be able to access this email address. Please use our new email address office @ christchurchuxbridge.org.uk

Notices – w/c 23rd April 2017

Members’ Meeting

Please note that the Members’ Meeting follows the service next week (30th April).  Agenda and reports are available in the vestibule

 

Congratulations to Lynn Duckmanton

Who raised £215 for our charities by completing a twelve month sponsored slim. Thanks also to all who sponsored her.

 

Lenten Appeal

Thanks to all who responded to our Lenten Appeal for the East African crisis. We raised £226 of which £90 was Gift Aided. This amount, together with a contribution from our Outreach Funds, has been sent to the appeals office.

 

BOYS’ BRIGADE – Sainsbury’s Active Kids voucher

We have once again signed up to Sainsbury’s Active Kids voucher scheme. Active Kids vouchers are available every time you shop in store at Sainsbury’s and spend £10 or more and can be collected until Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

By collecting the vouchers our Company can redeem them for a wide range of activity and cooking equipment.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Church Email Address has changed

After many years of service with Orange our email address Office @ christchurch2001.fsnet.co.uk will close on 31st May 2017. This means that from this date onwards we will not be able to access this email address.                             

Please use our new email address – office @ christchurchuxbridge.org.uk

Notices – w/c 2nd April 2017

LENTEN APPEAL

Many of you will have seen on tv the plight of people in East Africa. For each of the Sundays  up to and including Easter we will be having a retiring collection. A collection plate will be in the vestibule.

 

Maundy Thursday – 13th April

A service of reflection at Christ Church at 7.00pm. All are welcome

 

Good Friday – Joint Churches March of Witness

On 14th April 2017 starting at 11.00am from St. Andrews Church. Followed by refreshments at St. Margaret’s. All welcome to join us.

 

The April ‘Pub Lunch’

The April ‘pub lunch’ will be on Wednesday the 19th of April 2017. Meet at Christ Church at 12.30pm.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Church Email Address has changed

After many years of service with Orange our email address Office@christchurch2001.fsnet.co.uk  will close on 31 May 2017. This means that from this date onwards we will not be able to access this email address.
So please use our new email address:  office @ christchurchuxbridge.org.uk

 

BOYS’ BRIGADE – Sainsbury’s Active Kids voucher

We have once again signed up to Sainsbury’s Active Kids voucher scheme. Active Kids vouchers are available every time you shop in store at Sainsbury’s and spend £10 or more.

 

Active Kids vouchers can be collected until Tuesday 2nd May 2017. By collecting the vouchers our Company can redeem them for a wide range of activity and cooking equipment.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

Notices – w/c 26th March 2017

LENTEN APPEAL

Many of you will have seen on tv the plight of people in East Africa. For each of the Sundays  up to and including Easter we will be having a retiring collection. A collection plate will be in the vestibule.

 

Maundy Thursday – 13th April

A service of reflection at Christ Church at 7.00pm. All are welcome

 

Good Friday – Joint Churches March of Witness

On 14th April 2017 starting at 11.00am from St. Andrews Church. Followed by refreshments at St. Margaret’s. All welcome to join us.

 

Concert ‘Birth of a Quartet’ – NEXT SATURDAY

Saturday 1st April at 7.00pm at Christ Church.

 

Tickets will be £10 each and proceeds will be shared between the Christ Church Charities and a musical charity chosen by the players. Tickets are now available from the Church Office.

 

BOYS’ BRIGADE – Sainsbury’s Active Kids voucher

We have once again signed up to Sainsbury’s Active Kids voucher scheme. Active Kids vouchers are available every time you shop in store at Sainsbury’s and spend £10 or more.  Active Kids vouchers can be collected until Tuesday 2nd May 2017. By collecting the vouchers our Company can redeem them for a wide range of activity and cooking equipment.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

 

Notices – w/c 1st January 2017

The church office and buildings remain closed till Tuesday 3rd January.  Regular activities restart on the following dates:

  • Coffee Morning – 7th January
  • Tuesday Club – 10th January
  • Christ Church Café – 10th January
  • Craft Group – 12th January
  • Pop-In – 19th January
  • Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade – 13th January

NOTICE OF CHRIST CHURCH MEMBERS’ ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Our next Members’ AGM will be held on Sunday 29th January 2017. Meeting papers and reports will be made available in due course. Please save the date.

 

THANK YOU

Sue and want to express our thanks to everyone for the many cards and good wishes we received at Christmas.  We wish all in the church a peaceful and blest 2017.  Nick Skelding

 

 

NOMINATION OF CHRIST CHURCH ELDERS/TRUSTEES

In preparation for the upcoming Members’ AGM in January 2017, nominations are invited for church elders/trustees. If you as a member of Christ Church wish to nominate a member to be considered as a member of Church Council/Trustee, please pick and complete the nomination form in the vestibule and hand it to Patience Parker or another Church Council member by Sunday 8th January 2017 at the latest.

 

Please ask the nominee to sign the form in order to confirm that you have their agreement. Thank you.

 

Offertory envelopes for 2017

Offertory envelopes are now being distributed. If anyone who has not had them before would like a set please speak to Brian or Peter. Similarly if you would like to set up a standing order they can advise you.

Notices – w/c 25th December 2016

In Our Church This Week

Apart from Sunday Worship on 1st January the church office and buildings are closed till Tuesday 3rd January.  Regular activities restart on the following dates:

 

  • Coffee Morning – 7th January
  • Tuesday Club – 10th January
  • Christ Church Café – 10th January
  • Craft Group – 12th January
  • Pop-In – 19th January
  • Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade – 13th January

 

NOMINATION OF CHRIST CHURCH ELDERS/TRUSTEES

In preparation for the upcoming Members’ AGM in January 2017, nominations are invited for church elders/trustees. If you as a member of Christ Church wish to nominate a member to be considered as a member of Church Council/Trustee, please pick and complete the nomination form in the vestibule and hand it to Patience Parker or another Church Council member by Sunday 8th January 2017 at the latest.

 

Please ask the nominee to sign the form in order to confirm that you have their agreement. Thank you.

 

Offertory envelopes for 2017

Offertory envelopes are now being distributed. If anyone who has not had them before would like a set please speak to Brian or Peter. Similarly if you would like to set up a standing order they can advise you.

 

Advent and Christmas Season Services and Events at Christ Church

Sunday 1st January, 11,00am, Sunday Worship (Holy Communion) – Our Calling – Service

 

 

A Merry Christmas & a very Happy New Year to everyone

Notices – w/c 16th October 2016

Funeral of Hilda Hookham

Will take place on Friday 21st October.

At 1.30 there will be the service of committal at Breakspear Crematorium led by Reverend Nick Skelding

Then at 2.15pm there is a Service of Thanksgiving at Christ Church, which will be led by Reverend Nick Skelding and Mr Ken Pearce.

 

Remembrance Sunday 13th November

Local Preacher, Peter Davies will be leading the Service at 10.55am on this day.

He would like a number of members of the congregation to share photos and (very) brief details of the memories of their families who served in the forces and/or died, particularly in the two World Wars,  but potentially in any other conflict.

If you wish to help with this, please contact Peter King by Sunday 30th of October.

Advance Notice

There will be a brief Special Church Members’ Meeting on Sunday 6th November at the start of the service at 11.00am to consider a proposal to form a local area group of United Reform Churches in the London Boroughs of Hillingdon and Harrow.

Further details are given on the sheet giving notice of this meeting which is available from today.

Fund raising for our three Church Charities 2016

Recent Fund raising for our three Charities has raised:
£53 from the first round of ‘Recognise me?’
£84 from the flower arrangement afternoon
and £76 from the Film Afternoon.

Thanks to everyone who took part.

 

‘Walk through Bible – New Testament’

On Saturday 22nd October 9.30am – 5.00pm at Hayes End Methodist Church. A day event opened to all. There is a charge for attending and this will be reduced if you book in advance by Monday 17th October.  Please contact Peter King (01895 253674) if you are interested.

 

Our Calling ‘Open Morning’

From 10am to 1pm at Ruislip Manor Methodist Church on Saturday 29th October 2016. This event provides an opportunity for members of churches to learn about the circuit ‘Our Calling’ groups and the activities in which they are engaged.

Please put the date in your diary and watch out for further details over the next few weeks.

Bee Active

At our Harvest Service last month, Nick spoke about bees and their importance in providing the food that we eat.  Bees are essential for pollinating crops and other plants and it’s estimated that they play a key role in providing at least a third of the food that we eat, if not more.  What is worrying though is the decline in the numbers of bees since the start of this century – since 2010 alone, the bee population has reduced by 45% in the UK, and this is thought to be mostly due to the use of pesticides.  Two species of bee have become extinct in the UK since the start of the 21st century and several more are now endangered.

A bee on a white flower

Here are some facts about bees and why they are so important to us:

  • Bees pollinate 80% of flowering plants on Earth and 70 of the top 100 human food crops.
  • One single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day.
  • 1 in 3 bites of food we eat is derived from plants pollinated by bees.
  • Almonds are completely dependent on bee pollination; avocados, apples, and cherries are over 90% dependent on bee pollination and cucumbers, kiwis, and melon are majorly dependent on bee pollination.

 

A threat to the bees is a threat to our own existence.  It can be tempting, when faced with a huge problem like this, to bury our own heads in the sand.  After all, what difference can just one person make? And whilst, on our own, it may seem we make very little difference, if we all stopped to play our part in helping the bees we could make a massive difference.

 

Here are some ways in which we can help the bees (taken from the information sheet which was made available after the Harvest service):

 

Action you can take about habitat loss:

  • Ask your council not to mow wildflower verges, and request that your friends and relatives do the same. Councils manage large areas of land and can make a positive contribution.  For example, they can manage hedgerows sympathetically, and create pollinator gardens.  Public pressure makes a difference.
  • Think of your garden as a feeding station and safe-haven for bees.
  • Make your garden bee-friendly, and include wildflowers in your garden.
  • Plant hedgerows – some local wildlife and council groups will even give away native hedgerow species to encourage this. Plant hawthorne, prunus, ribes, honeysuckle, berberis and holly.
  • Provide hollow canes for solitary bees and upturned plant pots beneath sheds for bumblebees to consider making a nest in. Don’t use pesticides, including on your lawn – bees may forage or nest in lawns.

 

Action you can take about pesticides:

  • Please don’t use pesticides in your garden. Support organic wherever you can, or better still, grow your own organic food if possible, even on a small scale.
  • We need to change our attitudes towards insect species and realise that most are beneficial or harmless. It seems we put much at risk for the sake of a few “pests” – the role and habits of which we may not fully understand, and in many cases, environmentally friendly alternatives are available.
  • Please help raise awareness that most insect species are beneficial or harmless.
  • Ask your local council and golf course not to use pesticides.
  • Get involved! Campaign for changes to the system and bans of harmful pesticides by signing petitions, sharing with friends, writing to politicians and so on.

 

Action you can take about climate change:

  • A difficult one, other than being considerate in using the Earth’s resources as best you can.
  • However, with regard to gardening, there are some things you can do to provide for bees in difficult conditions (within reason!) For example, if you live in a drought area, take this into account in your choice of plants and provide shallow water and damp mud for bees.

 

For more ideas and information go to http://www.buzzaboutbees.net

Louise George

This article was first published in the April 2016 issue of Look-In, our monthly church magazine.  To download the full issue, please click here: Look-In Oct-2016

Notices – w/c 9th October 2016

Remembrance Sunday 13th November

Local Preacher, Peter Davies will be leading the Service at 10.55am on this day.

He would like a number of members of the congregation to share photos and (very) brief details of the memories of their families who served in the forces and/or died, particularly in the two World Wars, but potentially in any other conflict.

If you wish to help with this, please contact Peter King by Sunday 30th October.

 

Fund raising for our three Church Charities 2016

Recent Fund raising for our three Charities has raised:

£53 from the first round of ‘Recognise me?’

£84 from the flower arrangement afternoon

and £76 from the Film Afternoon.

Thanks to everyone who took part.

 

‘Walk through Bible – New Testament’

On Saturday 22nd October 9.30am – 5.00pm at Hayes End Methodist Church.  A day event opened to all. There is a charge for attending and this will be reduced if you book in advance by Monday 17th October.

Please contact Peter King (01895 253674) if you are interested.

 

Our Calling ‘Open Morning’

From 10am to 1pm at Ruislip Manor Methodist Church on Saturday 29th October 2016.    This event provides an opportunity for members of churches to learn about the circuit ‘Our Calling’ groups and the activities in which they are engaged.

Please put the date in your diary and watch out for further details over the next few weeks.

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