Christchurch Methodist Church

Springfield Road, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex TN40 2BX

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Stewards Scribblings - October 2020

My notes this month are fairly brief!

On Sunday mornings we seem to have settled into a fairly comfortable routine for our Service and almost all our members and friends have returned for worship. A pity that we are still unable to serve refreshments in the hall after the service, talk and fellowship now seems to take place outside the front of Christchurch (weather permitting!).

There was an excellent Harvest Service organised and led by Kerry Halliday that involved a number of our young people. No harvest supper this year nor the well-loved auction of produce, but a large amount of non-perishable foods were donated for Bexhill Food Bank.

We are expecting to hold a combined Church Council meeting with our overdue Annual Church meeting sometime during October but are awaiting a date that is convenient to the new Superintendent Minister. We are also seeking his guidance on procedure for holding Coronavirus compliant Communion Services. On the Circuit Plan the Rev Cynthia Park is due to take one here on 18th October.

Everything still seems so unsettled at the moment, but God’s love for us remains constant.

Peter Watson, Senior Steward


It is so good that from the beginning of August we have been able to return to worship. Grateful thanks to all who have made this possible including the Stewards and Property Committee. The average attendance so far is 38 with the highest being 48. Much appreciation is extended to all local preachers and Ministers for leading worship – and also the stewards who gave us an excellent ‘Local Arrangement’. The premises are regularly cleaned and sanitised and there are clear guidelines for those who attend.

We also extend a warm welcome to some friends who have transferred their membership from the now closed Sackville Road church. We are delighted to have you with us. Incidentally, there will be a final service at Sackville Road on Sunday October 4th at 4pm. It will be a sad occasion but also one where we can thank God for all the work and witness at the church since 1896.

It has to be said that not being able to sing hymns is a real disappointment! However, the power point has helped and, thanks to the operators, some lovely videos have been seen to accompany the hymns. It was a pleasure to welcome our new Minister, Rev Philip Wagstaff, to lead our worship and we look forward to the future with him. He is settling in after his move from Crewkerne and his wife, Catherine, who is also a minister is settling into her new home in Dover. Frequent car trips are made between Dover and Hastings!!

I have completed the annual accounts for the fiscal year ended 31st August 2020. This gives an opportunity to thank you all for your regularly giving and donations. Running costs remain whether we use the premises or not and these funds are much appreciated.

A number of folk are still isolating, or feel unable to return to church yet, and we would assure them of our support and care. The Pastoral Visitors system within Methodism is an excellent concept and works really well at Christchurch. The membership is divided between the nine Pastoral Visitors and regular contact is made with each member.

In case you do not know, the Pastoral secretary is Virginia Cole, (who is also a Pastoral Visitor), and the others are Jan Corke, Carol Johnson, Clive Loader, Pam Malpass, Lisa Pestell, Maureen Pullen and Joan and Barry Turnwell. Incidentally, Virginia is in course of moving to Bexhill and we wish her every blessing in her new home. She is much nearer the church now!

Our worship is greatly enhanced by the beautiful floral arrangements each week. We are grateful to Carol and Sue and others who ensure that they are provided and displayed. If you feel able to help by donating6 to cover the cost of the flowers there is a diary in the vestibule. If there is a particular reason or event for the flowers this is usually mentioned on our weekly diary.

Well, enough from me and just a thought - ‘God loves each of us as if there were only one of us’ St Augustine.

Every blessing,
Barry Turnwell
(Treasurer and a Property Steward)

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