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. The PCC has decided to replace the boiler with a new one re-siting it in the lower vestry. In the meantime, services are being held in the church hall which has its own heating. We are hopeful the new boiler will be installed in January/early February.
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/early February.
It is not too late to join. The next session is on Saturday 8 February from 6-8pm of this special introductory course to Christianity for 11-18 year olds (i.e. secondary school ages) and importantly it includes pizza!. For details and sign up forms please see Janice or Paul Willmott. Paul can be emailed by clicking here.
This brilliantly simple 8 week introductory course from the Bible Starts on Monday 17 February. There are two times to choose from either 2.00pm to 3.30pm or 7.00pm to 8.30pm. The course booklet which is really good costs £5. The course is video based and will be run in Christ Church hall. Sign up now in church or email Paul Corbett with your preferred time by clicking here. This course is for all and no bible expertise is expected or required.
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.
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 Tuesday and Wednesday evening home groups meet next on the 4th and 5th February respectively with the Wednesday afternoon group meeting on 29th January. 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 normally open every Friday from 10-12am . Why not pop in for a look around and a chat. Refreshments are also available.
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 1 February. Please join us if you can.
The next meeting of the PCC will be on Thursday 12th March 2020 at 7pm.
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.
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.