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.
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.
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS PAGE A reminder that once again we will be having a Christmas Greetings page in the next edition of the Record. If you wish to send greetings to church friends in this way and give a donation to church funds instead of sending Christmas cards, please hand your gift to Andrew Whitley, no later than next Sunday, 25 November.
‘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.
Thank you to everybody who helped and supported the Circuit Action for Children Organ Concert on 3 November and made the concert such a success. The amount raised was approximately £910. Joan Edwell
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)
THE RECORD The Christmas edition of the Church Record will be published at the beginning of December. Contributions from members of the congregation are always welcome and can be emailed to the church office or left in the yellow folder on the cabinet in the north transept, no later than 1.00 p.m. on Sunday 25 November, preferably sooner. Please also let the church office know of any forthcoming events or church family news that should be included.
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS PAGE A reminder that once again we will be having a Christmas Greetings page in the next edition of the Record. If you wish to send greetings to church friends in this way and give a donation to church funds instead of sending Christmas cards, please hand your gift to Andrew Whitley, no later than 25th November
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.
FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER
10 YEARS OF FAIRTRADE IN FYLDE
In 2008 Fylde achieved Fairtrade status for the Borough. Come and celebrate this ten year anniversary and the local work in fair trade at Lytham Hall on Friday 9 November. Cost £15 which includes food, Fairtrade speaker and entertainment. 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. start. Please contact Elaine Watts for more information and tickets.
SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER
NOT LONG NOW - CHRISTMAS FAYRE from
10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
We would be pleased to have donations of the following for it:
Gifts for the Tombola to Lesley
Luxury food and chocolate items for the Christmas Hamper Raffle to Marion Brett or Caroline Livesey
Good quality, pre-loved bric-a-brac (no clothes or shoes please) to Marion Allinson
Books, CDs and DVDs in good condition to David Turner
Promises of Cakes to Elaine Watts
Christmas Gifts to Val Ball or Sadie Bridge
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.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD This Christmas we will again be supporting Operation Christmas Child. Since 1990, more than 124 million boys and girls in over 150 countries have experienced God's love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child organised by Samaritans Purse. If you don’t have a spare shoe box, Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are now available at the back of the church as well as leaflets explaining what to put in the boxes. If you don’t want to fill a shoebox or would like someone to fill one for you, please give your donation to Linda Butcher. The shoeboxes will be dedicated in Morning Worship on 18 November so if you have not already started filling a shoe box please start now! Donations towards the cost of shipping, which is £5 per box, are also welcome. Please pray for the child who will receive your gift.
CHURCH ROAD FUNDRAISING COLLECTING BOXES
Thank you to all those who returned their boxes for counting at the end of October - the total collected this time was £196.69.
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.