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. The Diocesan authorities have given the go ahead for the new boiler installation which will take place in the week beginning 23rd March.
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 shortly.
The next film to be shown will be The secret life of pets 2 (U) on Friday 6 March. The doors open at 6pm and the film starts at 6.30pm. As usual, hot dogs, popcorn, sweets and refreshments etc. will be available for purchase. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that due to the delay in getting the new boiler up and running this event will be, as last month, in the hall - cosy!
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 morning and Wednesday afternoon home groups meet next on the 25th and 19th February respectively. The evening home group is to meet next on the 4th March. 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).
Starting on Ash Wednesday (26 February) church members are encouraged (both young and old) to follow the Church of England's 40-day Lent Challenge. Using a booklet of daily scripture verses, a short reflection and a suggested action we will be invited to consider our personal response to the issues facing our planet and climate change. There is both a children's and adult version of the booklet which can be collected from the church.
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 7th March. Please join us if you can.
The next meeting of the PCC will be on Thursday 12th March 2020 at 7pm (the next Steering group meeting is on 5th March)..
The next meeting will be on Thursday 5th March 2020 at 2pm when there will be a service of Holy Communion and healing. 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. As a forward notice there is an MU all Island Reflexion day on Monday April 6th from 10-4 at Carisbrooke Priory. A ticket is required for this event.
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.