CHURCHES TOGETHER IN HEATHFIELD & DISTRICT
Your CTH & District Christmas cards will soon be arriving with a Christmas greeting from us and details of all the Christmas services in our 17 churches. We hope you will enjoy worshipping in your own churches this Christmas season and perhaps also at a convenient service in one or two of the other churches in the area. Perhaps you might also encourage a neighbour or friend to join you in welcoming the new born king.
One service which is not listed in the card is ‘SILENT NIGHT at St. PHILIP’S’. This is a carol and crib service, at St. Philip’s Burwash Weald, for anyone who prefers a gentler experience of Christmas. It is designed for children on the autistic spectrum and will welcome family of all ages and neurotypes. It is on Sunday December 16th at 3.00 pm, but, as numbers at the service will be limited to 20, there may need to be a repeat of the service at 4.00 pm. and at 5.00 pm. if necessary. For this reason, they are asking families to book in advance using their Facebook page www.facebook.com/stphilipburwash
CTH & District Diary for 2019
The diary leaflets containing our programme of events for the whole of 2019 is now available. Please ask your CTH & D representative for a copy if you would like one before they are distributed generally in your churches. They will also be available, from early January, in many locations throughout Heathfield and the surrounding villages.
Sunday January 20th at 6.30 pm. United Evening Service for the ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’ at Welcome Baptist Church.
(The collection at this service will be for the books ‘It’s Your Move’ which we give to about 200 Year Six children in our local primary schools in the Summer Term, to help them with the transition from primary to secondary Schools.)
Saturday February 9th at 8.30 am. CTH & District will host a Breakfast event with a speaker at The Heathfield Tavern! Graham Horsnell from the Mattew 25 Mission in Eastbourne will speak on ‘Bed Rolls, Bread Rolls and Loo Rolls!’ A full English breakfast will be available and the cost will be £8.95 per person. The Tavern is opening especially for us that morning, so a minimum of 30 bookings will be required to make the event viable. This is an experiment which we hope will prove to be a popular occasion. Do please plan to join us and bring your friends too! If it is successful, we plan a similar event on a date in July. These two breakfast events will take place instead of the usual united evening services, in these two months.
A heartwarming experience: One Friday evening recently, when the Street Pastors were out, they met a young man in his late twenties who said to them: “I’m so glad you are out on the streets. Ten years ago when I was a wild teenager, just out of prison, you Street Pastors spoke to me and this led me to turn my life around. Thank-you.” An invitation: There will be a number of full day or half day courses taking place in the first half of 2019 which are designed as training for Street Pastors but are open to anyone in the community who is interested or who may be working with individuals or groups in the community. A poster listing these courses will be sent to each church in the next few days. A plea: Please may we ask again if your church could provide a team of 2 or 3 people to pray together while the Street Pastors are out, on just two Fridays next year? ( evenings at Kings or afternoons on 2nd Fridays, at Welcome.)