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 PC.c are now looking at a potential replacement with a resitting of the boiler in the lower vestry. In the meantime, we are not able to heat the church. An update on this situation will be given as soon as available. As the weather is now quite cold, for the time being, services are being held in the hall area of the church - it’s quite cosy! (and has an independent heating system). Alternative heating arrangements are being made for the Christmas period as we are assuming a new boiler will not be installed until 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 the next couple of months. A member of the congregation has generously donated the finances necessary for its repair.
The next film to be shown will be our special Christmas showing of Elf (PG) on Friday 6 December . 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 26 November and the Wednesday home groups meet on Wednesday 20 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. As a special event on 22 November there will be an informal communion service from 10.30-11.00am.
There will be a cheese and wine evening at St. Paul’s vicarage on Friday 13 December at 7pm to which all men are welcome. Please let Mark know if you plan to come.
Bring and share lunches are planned for midday on Thursday 28 November and Saturday 7 December both to be held at St Pauls vicarage to which all ladies are welcome. Please let Sarah know on which date you plan to be there.
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 7 December. 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 5 December 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.