News for the Pews

PLEASE NOTE:  All news items should be sent to Sarah Botez, our Secretary in the Church Hall at no later than 5pm on the preceding Wednesday, preferably by email or in writing. These should be as concise as possible as sheet content some weeks can be ‘heavy’. Priority will be given to items relating to Christ Church and St. Oswalds's, Newton mattersthose relating to other activities can only be included if space permits.


News items from our Service Sheet

Village Prayer Cycle – The areas for prayer walking continue with Skottowe Crescent and Drive from 17th to 23rd and Church Drive from 24th to 30th December.  There is more information on the Prayer Board.

Simple Prayers the Sentamu Way – Friday mornings in Advent in Church from 9.00 to 9.30am.  Come and join us.  Thanks for praying alongside us at home if you can’t make it to Church.

Pastoral Care - We would like to hear from anyone who would like a pastoral visit in the run up to Christmas.  In addition, please tell us if you or someone you know, would like Home Communion at this time.  Contact Rosemary Wheway on 01642 - 722451.

Funeral – We were sorry to hear of the death of Julie Bishop this week. Philip and Julie were here at the Vicarage in the 80s before moving to Guisborough. Julie’s Funeral Service will be on Friday 22 December at 2pm at St Peter’s Church, Stockton-on-Tees.


A HUGE THANK YOU - to the ladies of our Flower Guild for managing such a wonderful display in Church despite losing several members this year. It is really appreciated. If anyone is interested in joining the team, please see one of the members, for we can’t expect the same again without considerably more help. Also thanks to the Flower Guild for the Memory Tree and Jackie and Delyse for the Christmas Tree.

MEMORY TREE  - is there to place a prayer for a loved one to show they are still remembered. IF you wish to make a donation in support of Herriot Hospice Homecare, please put any monetary contribution in the wall safe to the left of the main door. Thank You.

BOXING DAY – ST STEPHEN’S DAY  - After all the hussle and of Christmas, we have a quiet service of Holy Communion on Boxing Day morning at 9.30am. It is the day when we recall the tragic death of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. If you have lost a loved one this year, and just want some quiet worship to reflect, this is the ideal time.

Hymns - have been chosen this month by Mr Peter Titchmarsh.

Christ Church Visitors – If you know any member of the congregation (past or present) who would appreciate a regular visit from a member of the group please pass details to Rosemary Wheway on Tel:  01642 722451.

Children in Distress - Please remember that we collect the following which can be turned into cash for the charity - used stamps, postcards, printer cartridges (except Epson), foreign coins and mobile phones. They can be left in the black box at the back of church on the north side.  N.B.  All ink Cartridges must be empty before putting in a plastic bag to avoid any leakages, and please don’t put mobile phones in same bagThank you.

Welcome Packs - The Visitors Group are constantly looking for people new to the village!  Please contact Helen Dickinson on 01642 724450 if a pack is needed.

New Switches - Please use the new switches on the right hand side of the electric cupboard for lights and heaters. Do not use the fuses/tripper switches any more in either electric box. We’ve been made safe – let’s keep it that way!

Coffee - is usually served after our 9.15am service. We are pleased to welcome visitors and newcomers to our church and you will find us in the Coffee Lounge through the double doors on the north side of the church.

Greetings Cards

Please don’t throw away your Greetings cards, they can be recycled for the Children’s Society.  All you need to do is leave them in the labelled box at the back of Church.  NO CHRISTMAS CARDS, THANK YOU!


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