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9th October 2022

9th October 2022

By Justin Dyche in Sunday Service on 15 October 2022

Hello everyone,

I hope you enjoyed our Harvest celebrations last Sunday. The children and young people did a great job in the service and all those who contributed provided a wonderful lunch, so grateful thanks to all involved. Below you will find news of tomorrow’s service and other events coming up in the next couple of weeks, and in one case next month, so do have a good read.

We are looking forward to a service of HOLY COMMUNION at St Columba’s on Sunday at 10.30am. This will include ENERGIZE groups for children and young people. For those who are unable to be in church the livestream link, available from 10.30am on Sunday and afterwards is:
Also tomorrow St Leonard’s, Rockingham will be celebrating their Harvest with a FAMILY SERVICE at 3pm and we will have our usual PRAYER MEETING at 6pm in St Columba’s.

Don’t forget we have our Fellowship Groups meeting on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm and Wednesday morning at 10.30am. This week we are looking at Kindness, the fifth fruit of the Spirit. Do come along even if you have not been before – you would be most welcome.

On Friday 14th October we have our next Ladies Afternoon Tea (men – see below) in the Church Hall at 3pm. Last month we had a wonderful time together, eating sandwiches and cake, drinking tea, chatting and hearing Sheila’s testimony. Do come along and think if there is someone you could invite to this very relaxed but most enjoyable time to meet together.

We look forward to a service of MORNING WORSHIP at 10.30am at St Columba’s, with Rosie leading and Linda preaching.

Our next men’s group (ROCK) is on Friday 21st October in the evening at the church hall. It will have a pub theme…a pub quiz and pub food: pie, gravy, mash and peas. Because we are serving food we need to have numbers so please let us know if you are coming…via list at the back, email or text, but no later than Tuesday 18th October, that would be good. You are welcome to bring your own choice of beverage seeing that it’s a pub theme!

On the subject of Men’s Group we had an email today from one of the founder members, John Melvin, who moved to Ireland last year with his wife Pamela. They especially asked us to pray for the family and friends of the deceased and injured from the Creeslough Petrol Station tragedy, which is about 40 miles north of where they now live. They also asked if we could pray for an outreach meeting on Saturday nights from their church which meets at Anne’s hut, 10 doors up the lane from them (about a mile away) and also for a Friday afternoon charity shop singalong, asking that folks will be reached.

In addition to our morning services of Holy Communion (9am at Rockingham and 10.30am at St Columba’s) we have a MEMORIAL SERVICE for all those we love but see no longer at 5pm. This service is open to all and while those who have been bereaved in the last year will receive a special invitation everyone is welcome to attend and light a candle in memory of loved ones who have died.

Our Christmas Fayre will be on Saturday 26th November from 10.00am – 12.30pm
For this to be a success, we would really appreciate if you can get involved by volunteering:
Beforehand on the Friday evening setting up tables, Christmas Tree, etc;
Helping on one of the stalls on Saturday;
Clearing up afterwards.
If you are unable to volunteer you can still be involved in any of the following ways:

  • Donate prizes for the Raffle
  • Make cakes for the Cake Stall
  • Donate bottles for the Bottle Tombola
  • Donate soft toys for the Teddy Tombola

Thank you very much, any questions please speak to Miriam.

Please find here a new mini SCANS from Steve. It includes a reflection on Jo and my visit to the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth as well as other interesting articles and challenging puzzles. Please note this is a completely different edition from the printed edition that is available to pick up in church.

With best wishes to all,


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