NEWS FOR WEEK BEGINNING SUNDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
HASTINGS FOODBANK REQUEST: The foodbank is desperately in need of the following items (in priority order): Tinned fruit, Tinned meat, Tinned fish, UHT whole milk, Rice, Tea bags, Tinned vegetables, Tinned tomatoes, Tinned spaghetti and Tinned rice pudding, . Thank you!
PRAYER IN CHURCH HOUSE Prayer for the service at St Helens takes place in Church House from 10am each Sunday. All welcome!
ART GROUP Would you like to express yourself through art? We are a group of people meeting together to draw and paint on a Tuesday morning (10—12). We do not have a teacher and bring along our own equipment. If you are interested in joining us we meet at St Barnabas weekly.
HASTINGS STREET PASTORS need a new treasurer to be in place for 1st January 2018. They are looking for a Christian who agrees with the core values and unique ethos of the Street Pastor Movement. If you are interested, please contact the church office for further details.
RAINBOWS! We now have a Rainbow unit which meets in St Helen’s Hall on Wednesdays from 4.45pm until 5.45pm. Since moving to St Helens at the start of the year, the unit has thrived and there are plenty of girls who would like join. However, at the moment they do not have enough adult helpers. If you would be interested in helping at Rainbows, or would like to learn more, please contact the church office for further contact details. Thank you!
PRAYER & PRAISE in St Helen’s Church TONIGHT from 6.30pm.
LOAF is launching an appeal through LOAF Disaster Fund to help victims of the mudslide in Sierra Leone. Whilst the slide was the other side of the mountain from Hastings, many people have relatives there and the health worker we have been supporting has had to organise the mass funeral. We have partners there who we can rely on absolutely to make sure any money donated gets used to the best effect and completely honestly. We are hoping churches in Hastings and St Leonards will respond generously. Donations can be given to Christine Lane.
Mission Week 24th September to 1st October. Everyone can help. Please try to come to the Prayer and Training TONIGHT 6.30 pm at St Helens. Volunteer to Pray (in particular, supporting Door to Door teams on Tues 26th morning, Wednesday 27th afternoon &/or Thursday 28th evening), Leaflet (Monday 25th September), Door to Door calling (Tuesday, Wednesday &/or Thursday) and help with the BBQ on Sunday 1st October. We are inviting people to “Come & See” what Jesus is doing in our community today, in the same way the early disciple were invited to “Come & See” – at our special Harvest Sunday service and BBQ on 1st October. And let’s pray for many seeds to be sown and for a rich harvest.”
STEWARDSHIP September is our annual review of church finances and personal giving to God. Over the coming weeks we will be providing information to help you prayerfully consider this matter. There will be response forms available, and we would ask everybody to fill one in and place it in the boxes at the back of each church whether you are changing your giving or not. Alternatively, please return direct to Ray Keene.
CHURCH GROUNDS TIDY UP! Saturday 30th September from 9am to 12 Noon. Please do come along and help tidy up the church grounds before our mission week. Bring tools! Bacon butties provided!
Skydive for CSWH On Friday September 22nd six members of CSWH including Roger Mitchell intend to take part in a skydive to raise funds for the work in schools. If you would like to sponsor Roger his giving page is: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/rogermitchell1. The page will stay open into October. Perhaps more important is to pray that he returns safely to earth, Margaret says!
The Wednesday (27th Sept) CAMEO meets inside St.Barnabas to join the 1.45 pm guided bus excursion led by Paul Lendon. A bit of a mystery, but we are assured of a comfortable journey, full of interest, and the usual cuppa and cake at the terminus. Not to be missed. (Fare £1.00).
SATURDAY Sept 30th – Let’s Celebrate: a free evening with Pakistani food, worship, regional music and the chance to share in the excitement of seeing the minibuses you have made possible in action transporting disabled children to a special centre. Hear first hand accounts and what the future holds. 7pm Concordia Hall, Church Road St Leonards. Free but donations welcome.
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