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What You Need To Know – Our Latest News (29th November 2021)

Here is your start-of-the-week newsletter. It should have all you need to know about what’s happening amongst us. And a quick look should mean you are updated each week.

What’s Happening on Sundays in November

We want to invite you to pray together before the service. From 11am there will be chance to gather together in the small chapel area in the side aisle in the church. It would be great if you could be there.

Sunday 4th December: Communion

Sunday 12th December: Worship & MInistry


What if Christmas isn’t like it’s portrayed in the songs? What if it’s more complicated, more disappointing, more disruptive?

We’re not the only ones to feel like this – it was like this on the first Christmas.

But there is hope…

The Vine Community Hub

After many weeks of waiting, praying and hoping, we have finally moved all the furniture in to our new place of community engagement on Cholmondeley Road! 

A massive thanks to all who have helped load vans, paint walls, dig up weeds, cut grass, clean windows, install wi fi and more – we couldn’t have done it without you!

It’s really exciting to be able to have such a great space to reach out in the name of Jesus. 

Like most things, it’s a work in progress; there’s still bits to do and we may try some things and see how they go.  We can’t do this without volunteers and here are just some opportunities for those who have some free time through the week.

What’s Happening This Week

Tuesday 30th November

10am: Art Group

On Tuesday Janet has started a new art group that will in The Vine from 10am. Chat to her if you would like more info.

The Crafty Crew Gang will be meeting in the Vine Community Hub from 1pm – 2.30pm. If you’d like to turn up earlier and bring your own lunch, then come from 12.

Wednesday 1st December

10.30-12.00: Prayer Group

We begin meeting again in person in The Vine Community Hub. You will be very welcome to join them. There is chance to share lunch at 12.

Thursday 2nd December

2-3.30pm: Christmas Themed Afternoon Tea.

You’re invited to come along to this afternoon tea, and bring friends that you know would love it. The afternoon will include live music by Heather Kass.

There will be a £3 minimum donation.

Tickets are required in advance and are available at the church information point on Sunday mornings or contact Judith.

7.30pm: Praise and Prophecy in The Vine

A chance to worship, hear from God together and bless one another.

Friday 3rd December

Play and Stay Begins again!

Play and Stay is starting again. There will be two sessions every Friday. One from 10.00 am – 12.00, and one from 1.30-3.30pm.  If you would like to be involved as a helper, please talk to Judith or Colin. If you have little ones, please come along.

Looking Ahead

Saturday 11th December

Christmas at The Vine

In the afternoon from 2.00 – 4.00 there will be a Christmas Family Fun event. There will be games, food, crafts and all the fun you would expect at Christmas.

In the evening from 7.30-9.30 there will be an evening of songs, quiz, mince pies and mulled wine.

Monday 13th December

1.30pm: Annelise’s Funeral

The funeral will be at 1.30pm at Holy Angels, followed by a committal at Agecroft Crematorium.

Sunday 19th December

4.30pm: Carol Service

There will be traditional carols, a sprinkling of newer ones, readings, a brass band, candles. All you would want in a carol service. Invite family and friends to join you.

There will be NO morning service that day.

Monday 20th December

4.30pm: Carol Singing in the Royal Sovreign Pub (opposite church building)

Join us for some carols, and a chance to have a drink together afterwards. We will be doing this with folks from St James.

Christmas Day: 10.30am

It’s our traditional gathering – ask your children to bring some of their presents, come ready to worship in a relaxed environment as we get Christmas off to the best start.

There will be NO service on Boxing Day

Alpha Online

We have just finished the first of three Alpha courses we are running this academic year and it was great. There were five regular attendees and a couple of others who came to some sessions. One of them said:

It was not what I was expecting at all. There was much more debate and open discussion and the videos answered most of my questions about the Christian faith; in fact, the arguments were really compelling! There was a lot of diversity in the people who shared their stories too. Since starting the course, I’ve noticed things changing in the way I think and react and although I wouldn’t say I’m ready to commit just yet, I’m much nearer than I was. Alpha should be advertised much more!’

The next course starts on Monday the 10th of January 2022 and will be hosted by Dave and Chris Swindells online.

Do think and pray about who you could invite – it might just change their life! 

How we Support One Another

We are a church that wants to be a place where relationships are formed that will ensure you will have people around you who will be able to support you on the hard days.

But there is more.

One of the things we want to be true is that every week there will be a chance for you to be prayed with individually if that would help. At the end of each service there will be chance for you to have an unhurried time of prayer in the side chapel.

Another way we can help is through the ministry of the Community Counselling Service. Headed by Judith Thompson, this counselling ministry offers you the space to explore what is happening in your own life at this time. Anyone can access this ministry and there is no cost. If you feel you would benefit from this please don’t hesitate to contact Judith, Neil, or Ian or fill in the form on the church website.

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