As you are aware building works have now started. There will be times in the near future when access to the Choir Vestry will be denied for health and safety reasons but this will only be temporary
UNSOLD FOOD ITEMS
The Tesco table with donated unsold food items that have reached their sell by date but not there use by date will be at the back of the church each Sunday. Please take any items for yourself or to pass on to others. There is no charge but if you wanted to make a donation, it will go to the Benevolent Fund.
‘ALL WE CAN’ EXTRAORDINARY GIFTS CATALOGUE Give a life-changing gift for your loved ones this Christmas. Every gift and donation made helps to transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities. Ask Elaine Watts for more information or pick up a leaflet at the back of the church.
KEYHOLDERS - SAFEGUARDING
Would all keyholders please see Anne Mayes as soon as possible in order to sign this year's Safeguarding Form C.
LEAGUE OF LIGHT BOXES
Thank you to those who support Action for Children with League of Light collecting boxes. Please note that, in future, these should be returned to the new circuit treasurer, Jim Edwell. (Tel: 723031)
ADVENT STUDY COURSE Based on the 4 Alls of Methodism, the Advent study course will commence this week across the Circuit Churches. Here at Church Road, we will be holding a weekly session on Thursdays at 11.00 a.m., the first session commencing this coming Thursday, 22 November. Please see the poster in the porch for details of sessions being held in the other churches.
Our Church collects used and unused postcards. The money raised goes to the Christian charity Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). MAF planes transport essential medical care, food, water, relief teams and church workers to those in desperate need in developing countries. At least £8,000 is raised each year from the sale of postcards. There is a box at the rear of the Church to place the postcards in. Thank you for your support. Elaine Watts
TRAIDCRAFT ADVENT CALENDARS
These each include a free Christmas story activity book and 25 chocolate shapes for a cost of £3.99. Our Fairtrade group is hoping to donate calendars to Brian House Children’s Hospice, Sydney Street Children’s Centre, Home Start and Women’s Aid. If anyone would like to donate an Advent Calendar, please let Elaine Watts know TODAY.
FROM GROCERIES TO GETAWAYS GO TO EASYFUNDRAISING AND HELP RAISE MONEY FOR OUR CHURCH
If you are on-line shopping for a holiday, travel, groceries or anything, please remember to buy through Easyfundraising and help raise funds for our Church. There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation; these include Amazon, John Lewis, Argos, Debenhams, Ticketmaster, Aviva, Marks and Spencer, the trainline, Sainsbury's, holiday companies and so on – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...
1. Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/churchrdmethodist/ and join for free.
2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to our church for no extra cost whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges and the church will be really grateful for your donations.
USERS OF CHURCH PREMISES
This is a reminder to users of the Church that the premises must be left in the same condition at the end of the period as at the start. This also includes any furnishings moved, which after use must be returned to their original position.
TRAIDCRAFT The new Traidcraft catalogue is available and can be obtained from Elaine Watts. Traidcraft Advent Calendars and Christmas Cards can now be ordered from Elaine. The Advent Calendars each include a free Christmas story activity book and 25 chocolate shapes and costs £3.99. Our Fairtrade group is also hoping to donate calendars to Brian House Children’s Hospice, Sydney Street Children’s Centre, Home Start and Women’s Aid. If anyone would like to donate an Advent Calendar, please let Elaine know.
As we prepare for Christmas, please remember our standing appeal for donations for the Fylde Food Bank. Without contributions from a network of collection points in churches, schools, shops and businesses throughout Fylde, the Foodbank would not be able to provide emergency help for local people in crisis. There is a basket at the rear of our church for donations of tinned and packaged goods for this very worthy cause. Thank you.
FLEXIBLE USE OF THE CHURCH
Thank you to all the organisations using the church during the week for their part in keeping our church clean and tidy and ready for use. During the week, chairs are placed round the sides and across the front of the church; please be careful not to put chairs in front of the heaters as this causes the wood to become very hot to the touch and is potentially a safety issue.
To help get the church ready for our Sunday morning services each week we need volunteers to put the chairs back into rows and set up the coffee area at the back of the church. This job takes 3 or 4 people approximately 10 minutes and can be done on Saturday or on Sunday at around 9.30 am, or 9am for Activ8 on the first Sunday of each month. With sufficient volunteers we will be able to set up a rota so you won’t need to commit to doing this every week.
If you are able to help please speak to one of the stewards or email Linda Butcher at email@example.com
USED POSTAGE STAMPS Please do remember to save these after opening your Christmas cards. There is a box at the rear of Church. These help the work of Guide Dogs for the Blind locally.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE
To prevent any risk of accidents or damage, will all organisations please note that under no circumstances must any chairs or other items be placed in front or on top of any of the Church heaters, nor within 10-12 inches at the side of the heaters. This notice must be observed and adhered to at all times. Thank you for your co-operation.