News and notice

News update

The church heating boiler which is situated in the cellar was recently flooded (due to a blocked drain) such that there was significant damage. The PCC has decided to replace the boiler with a new one re-siting it in the lower vestry.   In the meantime, we have arranged for a space heater to be hired to cover activities in the church until after Christmas.  We are currently working on the assumption a new boiler can be installed in the early new year.

As many know, the church clock has not worked for several years.  Work is currently in hand with Cumbria Clocks (who have recently worked on Big Ben) to repair the clock including its chimes.  We hope to have the clock (which has been taken away) back and working in January. A member of the congregation has generously donated the finances necessary for its repair.

Christmas Eve Carols

As part of the Sandown Town fun day there will be carols sung from 12.30-1.30pm.  Churches in the town have been  invited send people to join in. Look out for the location on the High Street on the day.

New Year Party

It is hoped to be able to have a party in the church hall on Saturday 4 January from 6pm.  The evening will be a bring and share event - please bring both food and entertainment!

Family Film Club

The next film to be shown will be Toy Story 4 (U)  on Friday 7 February.  As usual, hot dogs, popcorn, sweets and refreshments etc. will be available for purchase.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Home Groups

There are currently three home groups which meet fortnightly on Tuesdays at 10.45am (Paul and Janice’s) and on Wednesdays in the afternoon at 2pm (Rob's) and in the evening at 7.30pm (at Rachel's). The Wednesday home groups have now finished their programmes until the New Year but the Tuesday home group has its last meeting this Tuesday (17th).  If you would like to join a group please contact Paul Willmott for the Tuesday group or for the Wednesday groups Carolyn Corbett (afternoon group) or Rachel Forrest (evening group).

Church opening

The church is normally open every Friday from 10-12am although the next time this will happen now is in the New Year. Why not pop in for a look around and a chat. Refreshments are also available.

Prayer

We have a time of prayer each Saturday at 8.30am for around half an hour, except for the first Saturday in the month when we start at 9.30am and follow prayer with coffee/tea and croissants/brioche. The next 9.30am prayers will be on Saturday 4  January.  Please join us if you can.

PCC meetings

The next  meeting of the PCC will be on Thursday 23 January 2020 at 7pm.

Mothers Union

The next meeting will be the AGM on Thursday 6 February 2020 at 2pm. All ladies are welcome to MU meetings. If you would like to join MU or are interested in their activities please see Sue Williams who would be glad to talk to you. The MU are currently following the theme of Listen, observe and act in step with God.

Prayer team

The church has a prayer team which is available to pray with anyone after a service or otherwise by appointment.  You may want to give thanks, ask for personal prayer for a situation including healing or pray for someone else.  The prayer team is there to be a support to you as we invite God to work.

Little Friends

The mums and toddlers group meets on Mondays from 10-12am and Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am in term time.  If you would like to join the group which is aimed at 0-4 year olds please turn up on the appropriate day or contact Mark or Sarah Williams or Sue Cotton and you will be made very welcome.

Food Bank

There is a collection point for this in the hall which you are free to use. However, some of the local supermarkets do now provide a direct collection point which we would encourage you to use when you can, as it reduces the volume of items we need to physically take to the  main collection point in Cowes.

Other items

Various collections are organised by the church in addition to Food Bank referred to above.  Milk bottle tops are collected for Dogs for Disabilities, used stamps are collected for the Island Blind Society and Mother's Union collect used greetings cards.