Christ Church Sandown
The church heating boiler which is situated in the cellar was recently flooded (due to a blocked drain) such that there was significant damage which is currently being assessed by specialists in order to confirm repair is possible and, if not, the recommendation for a replacement (which would be sited other than in the cellar). In the meantime, we are not able to heat the church. An update on this situation will be given as soon as available. If the weather becomes too cold for services in church the hall is subject to an independent heating system and we can transfer services there.
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 the next couple of months. A member of the congregation has generously donated the finances necessary for its repair.
Please arrive at church on 26 October from 9.30am (refreshments and croissants available) for a church work day. There are external gardening and maintenance jobs to be carried out as well as special internal cleaning activities.
The next film to be shown will be Dumbo (PG) to be shown on Friday 8 November. As usual, hot dogs, popcorn, sweets and refreshments etc. will be available for purchase. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
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 next Tuesday group meeting is on Tuesday 5 November and the Wednesday home groups meet next on Wednesday 6 November. 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).
The church is open every Friday from 10-12am. Why not pop in for a look around and a chat. Refreshments are also available.
Keep the date free - the evening of Friday 22 November through to Sunday 24 November. This promises to be a fantastic weekend with our guest speaker Rev. Andrew Hargreaves and is not to be missed. A sign up form is available in church and deposits are now being taken. If you would really like to go but cost is an obstacle a confidential conversation may be held with Rachel or Mark as limited funds are available to help with those in this situation.
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 2 November. Please join us if you can.
The next meeting of the PCC will be on Thursday 28 November 2019 at 7pm.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday 7 November at 2pm. All ladies are welcome. 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 this year are following the theme of Listen, observe and act in step with God.
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.
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.
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.
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.