News

Bible Study

Wednesday 20th November at 7pm in the parish Office. St Mark’s Gospel Chapters 11-12. All welcome.


Making a Will and Funeral Arrangements

The Book of Common Prayer states that Christians ‘should often be put in remembrance to take order for the settling of their temporal estates whilst they are in health.’ The way to do this is to make a Will. Also it is a help to your family and executors if you state in writing your wishes about your funeral. To this end the Church’s pro forma sheet has been updated. They can be returned to one of the clergy and are kept confidentially in the safe.


Legacies

Christ Church has been greatly blessed by the generosity of past benefactors who have remembered the Church in their will. The Church of England’s pamphlet on legacies is available now at the back of Church.  


Mind the Gap

Please pick up a Mind the Gap sheet if you did not receive one last week.  Thank you for all who are considering their response to the appeal to close the gap between our income and expenditure.  Questions on giving by the Parish Giving Scheme (VAT immediately claimed for the church) or by the green envelopes can be addressed to members of the Finance Team – Trevor Davies, Valerie Wilson, or Andy Knight.


Barbara Toll RIP

Barbara Toll’s daughter and family invites any of her Christ Church friends to join them at a requiem mass for her at the Holy Redeemer, Sedlescombe Road North on Saturday 23rd November at 10.00 a.m. Light refreshments will be served in the Church Hall afterwards until about 1.30 p.m. and anyone is welcome to call in even if only for a short time.


Christmas Fayre - Saturday 7th December

Yes, it’s that time of year again!! We need all kinds of everything to make our Fair a cracker of an event!!!

Cakes- jams and Marmalade s- Bric a Brac – Toys and games – Jewellery – Christmas Decorations – Toiletries – Handcrafts etc etc and anything I haven’t thought of!!! A box is at the back of church for your contributions.

THANK YOU. Fiona Evans


A Particular Plea

A particular plea for the tombola – this includes any general, fairly small (due to limited space) items, especially bottles of wine, soft drinks, food items (which still need to be in date by 7/12/19)

Thank you.


Christmas Hampers

As from 24th November raffle tickets will be on sale after mass at £1.00 each and will be drawn after mass on Sunday 22nd December.

Please see Fiona or Celia.


Epiphany Meal Sunday 5th January 2020

The meal will take place on Sunday 5th January at 12 noon in the Parish Centre.

Tickets: £6.00 contact Sue or Celia.

See menu choices on Notice Board in the porch.


Mobile phone Theft

Message from Sussex Police

There have been some reports of phone thefts from unattended bags in churches. Please be vigilant and mindful of your belongings and maybe take bags up to the communion rail with you.


Those being prepared for Baptism & Confirmation

Please pray for those who will begin preparation after Christmas for Baptism and Confirmation at Easter. If you are interested in being prepared for (Baptism and) Confirmation, please speak to one of the clergy.


Christ Church School Food Bank

Our school is developing their own food bank for our children and their families. Donations of food would be very welcome.


Churches Together – Food Bank

Volunteers are needed to staff a Food Bank in Hastings. Please see the sheets at the back of church if you are interested. Or ring : 01424 718880.  Lizzy Mackay


Volunteer Hours

Thank you to all who have completed the form for this survey about how many hours members of our congregation give voluntarily to the work of this Church. We are doing this in anticipation of making a Bid for Money to the National Heritage Lottery Fund. We have to show how much we do to help ourselves. The NLHF would then convert the total number of hours by the daily rate they have chosen. Currently this starts at £60 per day. This is not being given to us as match funding. It shows how much it would cost us to pay for all those hours if we employed outside contractors. So it shows how genuine our request for funding is and how fortunate we are to have so many generous volunteers. Questions to Valerie Wilson , Trevor Davies or Andy Knight.


Seaview –A Well Being Centre for Mental and Physical Well Being

The Seaview Project writes: A few weeks ago our Big Sleep raise just under £15,000 to help us in our ongoing support for homeless people in our area.

Unfortunately the levels of need are rising just as te weather is getting worse and increasing numbers of people are being forced to sleep out, with no chance of immediate accommodation. We are incredibly grateful for the many churches who regularly support us with clothing, food and finances. At the moment we are facing a need to feed and clothe the homeless across the winter and are looking around for specific donations of ring-pull cans, hats, scarves and gloves. An emergency sleeping kit costs £25 and any donations towards this go entirely to the clients.


Citizens Advice Bureau Warm Home Checks

Please visit the CAB website or visit their offices if you’d like to see if you can benefit from a free warm home check.

You can follow the links below for more information,

Citizens Advice 1066

Citizens Advice Bureau Home Efficiency Schemes


Diocese of Chichester Living Faith Course

This course of 18 evening sessions from January to June 2020 is the first step for people who wish to explore different authorised or ordained ministries in the Church but is open to a wider group of churchpeople who wish to explore their vocation as Christians. The publicity for the course states: 'The course about applying the Bible and Christian thinking to discipleship in the Church and the world.' It costs £40, free to the unwaged and retired and is to be held here in the Magnet Centre, Christ Church Courtyard. Further details can be found by looking at the publicity on the Diocese of Chichester website.


Fundraising Event: Weekly Lottery Bonus Ball

The Bonus ball is going very well. How it works: There are nos. 1-59. We know the winner by the national Lottery Draw (Sat). You buy a number between 1- 59 and that number is yours for however many weeks you pay for. Numbers are £1 each so it costs £4 or £5 per month. You win £25 if your chosen number is selected with a rollover if the number drawn has not been selected. To buy your numbers or if you have any queries please see Tina Grevett.