|October. We heard the sad news that Barbara Wilkinson, recently
received into membership by transfer, had died in St. Michael's
Hospice. A service at Hastings Crematorium was attended by friends,
family and neighbours, and plans are being made for a Service of
Thanksgiving at the Church that Barbara served faithfully for many
years in Bollington, near Macclesfield. We hold Walter and daughter,
Heather, in our prayers, along with the rest of Barbara's family.|
|September 22. Our Harvest Festival service,
led by Ian Pruden, included the welcoming of Barbara Wilkinson as a new
member, by transfer from her previous church. Sadly, Barbara, who is
grandmother to Lucie (see baptism on Aug 11) was too unwell to be
present, but at her request the transfer was formalised anyway and she
was welcomed in her absence.|
|September 15. Our
Afternoon Tea, originally planned to be held on the front lawn, was
moved inside the chapel due to inclement weather. Despite the
conditions, a couple of dozen brave souls met and enjoyed some lovely
fresh baking, plus good company and conversation.|
7. The chapel was packed to bursting point for the wedding of Andy
Godfrey and Amy Shortman. A delightfully laid-back service was
followed by an equally informal reception at Half House Farm in Three
Oaks, the couple being driven between the two by Keith in Bubbles the
|August 11. We were delighted to welcome Neil and Heather Black for the baptism of their daughter, Lucie. |
|July 27. Pett members were joined by others from around the circuit for a "Quiet Day cum Pilgrimage" at Rye Harbour. |
The day consisted of times of discussion and prayer in the lovely old Parish Church,
plus a stroll around the nature reserve and communion on the beach. The
whole event was led by Rev Ian Pruden, who very cleverly managed to
complete the outdoor elements before the heavens opened.
14. Our annual Sea Sunday service was held on a glorious morning
outside the Headquarters of the Pett Level Rscue Boat. On this occasion
we were joined not only by the members of Pett Parish Church, but also
by members from St. Andrews, Fairlight, so a goodly crowd bore public
witness to their faith, and the rescue boat was blessed in the
|June 22/23. Our Art & Flowers
Festival marked the 165th anniversary of the chapel, and visitors were
treated to a fantastic array of original paintings, photographs,
stained glass, and other items, all set off by stunning flower
arrangements throughout the building. The weekend was rounded off with
a Songs Of Praise service, at which we were joined by members of
Churches Together in Rye. |
The celebrations were tempered by the sad news of the death of Ursula Hatch, one of our most faithful members. One
part of the display was adapted into an impromtu memorial to Ursula,
whose funeral took place a few days later in a packed chapel.
May - Happy 100th birthday to our oldest member, Doreen Cleland. Wendy
Hatch visited her in the nursing home where she now lives, to convey
greetings from the whole church, and she was delighted to bump into our
old friends Adrian and Bergit who had travelled up from Cornwall to
share the day with Doreen.|
|We are experiencing something of a baby boom at
Pett, with two baptisms and a birth all within the space of a couple of
weeks, and another arrival due very soon.|
First up was young Oscar
Benjamin Howard, brought for baptism by his parents, Alison and Gavin on 21st
April. The baptism took place within our normal morning service, and
thanks to friends and family, the chapel was pleasantly full. Alison's
friend Olive, visiting from London, gave us a beautiful rendition of
Schubert's "Ave Maria" during the communion.
on May 5, Benjamin Theo Samson was baptised in a short ceremony after the
A few days later, Amy Shortman gave birth to Charlotte. Proud father, Andy, who was at her side throughout, supplied this photo.
Benjamin was brought by mum, Penny (daughter of our
own Sue Larsson) and dad, Florent, who was well supported by his family
who had travelled from France for the occasion.
23 - Our Spring working party day was well supported, with 12 members
and friends getting stuck into various jobs both inside and (despite
sub-zero temperatures) outside of the church premises. |
largest single task was to be the complete repainting of the main hall,
and excellent progress was made, with thorough preparation completed,
and the first coat of paint applied to two of the four walls, and the two doors.
made an impressive mess demolishing some damp affected
plaster-board under the front windows, Keith is seen here demonstrating
his technique by demolishing a cup of tea.
|March 1 - Meanwhile, five ladies from Pett will be "waddling" over
to Fairlight to take part in the service at St. Peter's Church to mark
the Women's World Day of Prayer.
|March 1 - Pett Waddlers is the new parent and toddler group, which
is opening on Friday March 1st at Pett Chapel. Open to all
parents/grandparents/carers and children aged from 0 to school age, we
will meet at 1-30pm – 3pm, so that anybody with school age children can
then go and pick them up.
There will be toys for the children, a cuppa for the adults, drinks and
fruit or bikkies for the children, craft, music, stories and more!
For more information contact Wendy on 812297 or Philippa on 422874 or
just come along.
|February 9 - Members of Pett Chapel
an "Awayday" together ... a time to consider aspects of our work and
worship. We were reminded by Ian that "a small church is not a failed
large church", and that the value of our offering in terms of worship
and service is in no way diminished as a consequence of our relatively
Indeed, there can be advantages to being small in
terms of the quality of fellowship and opportunities for individuals to
use and develop their individual gifts.
discussions resulted in
a number of ideas which might be incorporated into our church life over
the coming months, so stay tuned ... or better still, come along to see
Our Awayday took place at the historic Methodist
Chapel in Winchelsea, which has a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere, and
a nice pub around the corner where we enjoyed a hearty lunch.
30 - Our first ecumenical bible study of the year took place at the
home of John and Ray Taylor. We were pleased to be joined by the new
Rector and his wife who, unfortunately, didn't get the message about
not parking in the back garden, and got well and truly stuck in the bog
which currently masquerades as John and Ray's back lawn.
with the help of a few willing volunteers, and a rousing chorus of
"From sinking sands, He lifted me!" (actually, I just made that bit up,
but it would have been a good idea) we were able to extract the vehicle
from its sticky predicament, and the study session proceeded with a
room full of shoeless participants, whilst muddy boots stood in orderly
ranks by the kitchen door.