Church News

News about recent happenings at Christchurch. This is organised as a blog, with the most recent news at the top.

The Methodist Church in Zimbabwe

Posted on 3rd November 2017

Last week was One World Week and on Sunday our minister, Edson, who comes from Zimbabwe, gave us an interesting account of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. Here is a link to his presentation. Some of the slides don’t convey much as they were just headings which he spoke about, but others are really interesting.

The Church in Zimbabwe (PDF file)

 

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New Floor in the Atrium

Posted on 26th October 2017

photo of new atrium floor

A new floor doesn’t sound very spiritual, but first impressions are important and we want people coming into Christchurch see that we care for our church. The premises are very heavily used and the footfall, not to mention children’s buggies and spilt food and drink, made it impossible to keep a carpeted area clean. I’m sure Jane, our cleaner, will appreciate it, and the new floor really does look good. The work was done by Mitton’s, next-door.

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Welcome Service

Posted on 2nd September 2017

Christchurch was packed yesterday evening for a service welcoming two new ministers to the Methodist Circuit – Rev Jenny Impey and Rev Edson Dube. The service was led by the new District Chair, Rev Helen Cameron and also marks the amalgamation or the Leicester Trinity and Leicester North Circuits.

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Rev Jenny Smith preaching

Posted on 6th July 2017

Next Sunday evening, 9th July, we are looking forwards to a service led by Rev Jennifer Smith. Jenny worshipped at Christchurch before being ordained as a Methodist minister and is now the superintendent of the Ealing Trinity Circuit. In the autumn she will be taking up the position of superindendent of Wesley’s Chapel in the centre of London.

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25 Years of Traidcraft

Posted on 18th March 2017

Christchurch has had a Traidcraft stall now for 25 years. In 2016 it had a turnover of £9774. £6321 of this was from sales within Christchurch and rest from supplying other churches and a local college. A total sales of £200,000 is expected to be reached before the end of 2017. Traidcraft is not only a supporter of fairly traded goods, it also works to help people in developing countries to boost their skills and increase their income. Thus they are better able to protect their families from the harsh effects of poverty.

Traidcraft also campaigns for justice – over the last two years its ‘Justice Campaign’ has highlighted that some irresponsible British companies are causing toxic pollution, serious injury and even death through their operations in developing countries.

So a big thanks to all the dedicated people who run the Traidcraft stall week by week.

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Saying Farewell to our Minister

Posted on 20th October 2016

Paul's last serviceLast Sunday we said farewell to our Baptist minister Paul. He has looked after us for nine years and now moves on to pastor Whitley Lodge Baptist Church in the north of England. We wish him and Lynn every happiness in their new church.

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Recent Baptisms

Posted on 12th October 2016

Here are some pics from the recent baptismal service, when two of our teenage members were baptised.

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Tuesday Group Art

Posted on 27th September 2016

Tuesday Group Art

A beautiful painting by one of the Wild Honey Tuesday Group’s regulars. Painting is very popular and we have some brilliant artists.

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Thank you Christchurch

Posted on 10th August 2016

Most of you have met the Chinese girls who have become so much a part of our church scene over the past year. We are writing this to let you all know just how much they have appreciated our friendship. Claire, Sharon and Lily have flown back to Taiwan this week (Lily is to return in two weeks to finish her project.) Sharon made us a beautiful booklet full of pictures, thoughts and memories which she said would stay with her for the rest of her life. It must have taken her many hours of careful work – all done in a language which she has only learnt recently. She has expressed in it some feelings for her faith, which we had not realised were so deep because of the language barrier. We had some lovely gatherings with them and knew that they enjoyed them, but this touching memento was the confirmation that we had not expected.

So, never forget, that a warm and friendly welcome can mean so much especially to friends from abroad.

This is abridged from an article in the August newsletter, written by Janet and Mike Asher

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Wild Honey Summer Saturday

Posted on 31st July 2016

There was an excellent summer fair at Christchurch yesterday to raise funds for the Wild Honey project. There were stalls for craft work by the Tuesday Group, paintings by local artists, indoor plants, books and bric-a-brac; lots of wonderful home-made cakes, and really good lunches. £505 was raised, which will support the running costs of the project. Images

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