Posts filed under 'activities'

Cakes, cakes and more cakes

Posted on 1st August 2015

For some time now one of our members, Sue, has been selling cakes after the morning service on the second Sunday of the month, to raise money for various charities, often for the Mustard Seed Project and for Action for Children. Over the last few months the morning’s takings have exceeded £60! Well done Sue, and thanks to everyone who buys the cakes (very timely if there is a café church in the evening!) There’s a summer break in August and in October, to make a change, Trevor’s delicious home made preserves will be on sale to boost funds for the Nigeria healthcare Project, something that the Wesley Guild has been supporting for a number of years.

Artbeat Festival

Posted on 24th June 2015

Artbeat, the Clarendon Park Community Arts Festival, has just come to an end. Christchurch hosted the launch event last Friday, and three classical concerts, on Saturday lunchtime with Marika, Sunday afternoon with the Knighton Chamber Orchestra and Tudor Chior, and Monday lunchtime with musicians from the University of Leicester. The concerts attracted audiences of about 50, and the players remarked that they really liked the Worship Centre as a venue.

Keep up!

Posted on 7th June 2015

The Wild Honey project will soon be starting a new project, Keep Up!, to help people gain confidence with electronic devices (computers, tablets and smartphones). It has been running a very popular drop-in on Tuesday afternoons for about a year now and there has been plenty of demand for help with computers, so it has been decided to start a new project just for that. The first session wil be during adult learner’s week in partnership with Knighton Public Library on Friday morning, 19th June, from 10.30 to 12.30, then it will be open every Wednesday evening in Christchurch from 6.30 to 8.00. More and more services now have to be accessed online and many people struggle with this new way of doing things. This won’t be structured training but we aim to offer one-to-one help to people with their individual requirements.

Christian Aid Week

Posted on 7th June 2015

Christian Aid Week was, as usual in the middle of May. Many volunteers from Christchurch went out to our allotted streets, delivering envelopes and knocking on doors. The result of all this work was £1632.08, an increase of £240 on last year. Does this say something about the economic state of the country, or that so many crises around the world are in the news these days? The money raised this year is going to Christian Aid’s partners in Ethiopia to support their work in rural communities. But just as important perhaps is that the door-to-door collecting across the country is a gentle reminder of the presence of Christ.

Jars of Change

Posted on 7th June 2015

Go to the Jars of Change websiteDuring Lent members of the church collected their small change for the Water Aid “Jars of Change” appeal. The organisers were hoping to raise £250, to pay for a locally manufactured rope pump in Ethiopia. When all the jars were counted the amazing sum of £580 had been raised! Enough for two pumps and a few buckets!! Thanks to everyone for filling jars, emptying those drawers and pockets, giving your coppers and 5p’s, they all mounted up to a fantastic total!

More on Willersley Castle

Posted on 28th March 2015

The main driving force behind our recent weekend at Willersly Castle was Bethan, aged 13. Nearly 2 years’ ago she started badgering her parents (and others) to have a weekend away and this was the result. Here’s what she has to say: [read the full More on Willersley Castle post]

A weekend at Willersley Castle

Posted on 3rd March 2015

Over 40 members of the church recently spent the weekend together at Willersley Castle in Derbyshire.

Willersley Castle weekend

Morning service in Willersley Castle

The Friday evening was spent playing board games, chatting, and relaxing after the journey. I’m told that the Monopoly game went on into the small hours, but I was asleep by then. Saturday was a fine sunny day (after a brief snow flurry during breakfast) and most people wnet out, either walking or by car. A keen group of 16 people went for a walk up to the Black Rocks above Cromford in the afternoon. After dinner the evening was taken up with a quiz. On Sunday morning we gathered together for a service, which was planned and led by members of the church, with the music provided by our own band. After a roast beef lunch we made our our separate ways back to Leicster, through appalling rain.

[read the full A weekend at Willersley Castle post]

Latvian Girl Guiding

Posted on 15th December 2014

One of our younger members recently spent three weeks in Latvia on a Guide project. The following is what she wrote for the newsletter.

[read the full Latvian Girl Guiding post]

Queen’s Road Street Fair

Posted on 8th December 2014

nativity sceneDuring the Queen’s Road Street Fair on Sunday, Christchurch opened its doors to visitors to come in out of the cold, rest their feet and have some refreshments. A nativity scene was set up, with a large variety of fancy clothes for dressing up, which was very popular with the children (and their granddads). Despite the cold the street fair was very busy and a great afternoon.

Operation Christmas Child

Posted on 5th December 2014

The following is taken from the latest newsletter, with some minor edits, and was written by Olwen, who organises the annual Shoebox Appeal for us.

LogoThank you to all those who contributed once again to this appeal! Christchurch was a Drop-Off centre for other local churches and members of the public and we received 144 boxes which were collected on 24th November to begin their journey to underprivileged children living in Serbia. We again purchased the readymade boxes from O.C.C. which proved very successful but it was also nice to see a variety of covered boxes on display.
Thanks go to Kathryn who donated several tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes from Overdale School, Susan who again knitted numerous hat, glove & scarf sets and other members who generously donated cash to enable me to fill extra boxes.

Operation Christmas Child website