NEWS FOR WEEK BEGINNING SUNDAY 23rd & 30th July and 6th August


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!

HASTINGS STREET PASTORS—Celebration and AGM followed by Tea and Cakes on Friday 28th July  at 7.30pm at Wellington Square Baptist Church.   All Welcome!

GARDEN TIDY BEFORE THE HOLIDAY CLUB  Saturday 29th July from 9am to 12 Noon.  Please bring gardening tools and let Lynne Clayton know if you will be coming so that breakfast can be arranged!!

CHANGES TO SERVICE PATTERN Advance warning that there will not be a service Holy Communion on Sunday 30th July  in either Church and there will be Holy Communion only in St Barnabas on Sunday 13th August.  The service in St Helen’s on the 13th will be an All Age with Baptism, celebrating the end of the Holiday Club.  Thank you.

HOLIDAY CLUB We will be running another Holiday Club ‘Polar Explorers’ from Tuesday 8th August until Friday 11th August.  We have 37 children signed up,  please do take a ‘named’ prayer card and pray for that specific child and all those who will be attending and everyone who is helping out.

MONDAY LUNCHTIME PRAYER GROUP will not be meeting throughout August.

MISSION TO SEAFARERS  The Appeal on Sea Sunday raised £95. If anyone wishes to donate direct there are envelopes at the rear of St Helens.

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.

A COLOURFUL EVENT took place on 14 July when a Remembrance Service was held in Old St.Helen’s Church to honour General JAMES MURRAY who died in 1794 and whose body was interred in the chancel.  Details of other burials in the family vault were recorded on a plaque which now is fixed to the south wall of the present St.Helen’s Church, where the wreaths from the open-air service were later placed.

OLD ST. HELEN’S CHURCH & CHURCHYARD is always open and of historical and botanical interest.   An added attraction is the view from the TOP OF THE TOWER, which is open (with voluntary guides on duty)  on the 2nd Sunday of each month until October.  This means it is next open on SUNDAY 13 AUGUST from noon until 3 pm – well worth a visit.

CAMEO’s Mystery Tour on 12 July turned out to find members enjoying a leisurely halt at Hillier’s Garden Centre at Stone Cross, culminating in a delicious Cream Tea.   Thanks to Pearl Wingfield and her team for organising everything and everybody so well.       Back at St.Barnabas on Wednesdays at 1.45pm CAMEO next meets July  26 –  Illustrated talk on  CHESTNUT TREE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE ; August  2  – Monthly  QUIZ  and  TABLE SALE; August  9  – “MY LIFE IN THE NEWS ROOM”   Local personality JONATHAN MENDENHALL  relates some of his varied experiences – reported and otherwise…….

FIRST SUNDAY WALK—6th August, 2.30pm at Brede High Woods.  Meet at the car park on the B2089 1.45 miles after turning right at the Broad Oak crossroads.

FILM NIGHT –Friday 11th August

EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT  Heather Porter-Taylor is trying to put on an evening of entertainment at St Helens on 2nd September at 7.30pm.  If you would like to take part, please talk to Heather.  Money raised for Young Colts football team in Uganda.  Please take part or support this event—Music, poetry, dance and  comedy.  Thank you.

JONATHAN DAY (Jennifer & Nigel’s son) will be taking part in the London to Brighton cycle ride on 17th September. He is fundraising for Demelza children’s charity who provide care and support for children who do not have live long to live. Any donations big or small would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate please go to and search ‘John Day’.  Thank you.

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