Pruden led a beautiful service for Remembrance Day with music and
prayers in Taize style. Sensitive use of subdued lighting and candles
created a very peaceful atmosphere which was enjoyed by a number of
visitors and regular members.|
|November 3 - This year's
Autumn Church Council meeting saw a major re-shuffle of roles and
responsibilities, resulting from the impending move of Betty and Derek
Snow. Amy Shortman took on the role of Church Council Secretary, which
Betty has filled for several years, while Keith Miller stepped aside
from his role as Senior Steward to take over from Derek as Church
Treasurer. David Shortman becomes Senior Steward while Ken Hatch comes
back on to the team of Stewards to replace Sue Larsson. Meanwhile Wendy
Hatch takes over the position of Property Steward. At this stage, we
are still short of one Church Steward, a situation which we hope to
Sadly, the excitement of a big move has been marred
by Derek's unfortunately timed admission to hospital, and we wish him a
speedy recovery so that they can both enjoy their new home close to
their daughter and her family.
20-21. The church and hall were a blaze of colour when Wendy and her
team of helpers created another stunning Arts and Flowers Exhibition to
coincide with the 167th Anniversary of the Chapel. The theme of "Up The
Garden Path" was interpreted in a variety of ways through flowere
diasplays, paintings, photographs and other art forms. |
Among the more whacky entries was "The Privvy", ideal for those who enjoy making an exhibition of themselves.
|We had two very special visitors at our service on March 29.
Local farmer, Tim Jury, brought two new born lambs for the children to
see. They stayed throughout the service, and were content to sleep for
most of the time, although towards the end of the service they took
centre stage. With a double baptism coming up in just two weeks' time,
it was useful practice for Ian to have to hold something small and
Pett Chapel hosts mobile Post Office
Now Open!Following the
closure of Pett Post Office in December 2014, Pett Parish Council and
the Post Office Limted have accepted an offer from Pett Methodist
Church to host a mobile service in the Church Hall.
new service opened to the public for the first time on Monday 23rd
March, and it will operate every Monday and Thursday (excluding
Bank Holidays) from
12 noon to 3pm.
It should be emphasised that
the Church and its members are not responsible for the running of the
service, which is operated by an experienced Postmaster from Lydd. Nor
will the Church receive any rental payment for the use of the hall.
Having said this, we are very pleased to be able to welcome visitors
onto the premises, and will do our best to offer support where we can. Anyone wishing to discuss any aspect of the service
should contact the Post Office directly using the customer helpline
number, 08457 223344.
On December 23, Ralph Hatch was laid to rest in the chapel
grounds alongside his beloved Ursula. The chapel was packed for a short
Burial Service, which was followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at
Calvert Methodist Church, where Ralph had served as organist for many
|December was a busy month (as always) and we
started on the 7th with a beautiful candlelit service in the Taize
style. Many friends from around the Circuit joined us.|
On the 13th
our Worship Leaders, jointly with those from other churches in the
Circuit, led a lovely Advent celebration at the historic Wesley Chapel
On the following Saturday, our (now traditional)
Carols In The Barn event at Pickham Farm was attended by a record
Only by sitting very closely together (which isn't a bad idea
anyway) did we avoid running our of hay bales. As always, our hosts,
Tim and Anne Jury, furnished us with an ample supply of mulled wine and
mince pies, and donations were received for the charity Farm Africa.
a lively Christmas Eve Christingle Service at the Parish Church, Wendy
led our Christmas Morning Worship ... and then we all went home for a
|Sept 28 - The church was beautifully
decorated for our Harvest Service, led for us by Rev Robin Roberts.
Members were encouraged to bring along gifts of non-perishable food,
which were subsequently taken for donation to our local Foodbank
project. Thus an age-old tradition was observed, whilst providing real
and much needed support to people living in poverty right now.|
14 - The church was packed with friends and family of Andy and Amy
Godfrey, for the baptism of Charlotte. Amy sung a lovely solo,
accompanied by Andy on guitar, and Charlotte proved that she has a
fiine pair of lungs, objecting loudly to Ian's water torture.|
31 - More food, this time a BBQ kindly manned by Peter. A hearty meal
was followed by wonderfully laid-back worship led by an "unplugged"
version of our worship group, Fishy.|
|Aug 24 - A very
civilised Afternoon Tea, largely organized by Sue with a bit of help
from her friends ... and from husband Steve, who manfully carried
garden furniture from their home (thankfully only a few doors up the
road) so that pluckier visitors could enjoy the refreshments al-fresco.
Hogg (centre) was baptized before she and Alison Howard (left) were
both confirmed. Laura Busby was formally welcomed by transfer from her
previous church. Altogether they make a very welcome addition to our
membership, which now numbers 21.
June 8 - A memorable service in which we welcomed no less than three new members into our church family.
In addition, David Shortman was accredited as a Worship Leader, following the completion of his training course.
|March 22 - A Circuit Quiet Day was
led at Pett by Rev Ian Pruden. Focussing on a selection of Psalms (some
better known than others), Ian helped us to see what a rich resource
they can be in our daily lives, for encouragement, comfort and
guidance. Attendees were invited, during the quiet times, to write a
psalm of their own.
|March 9 - Wendy Hatch led a very successful All Age Worship
Workshop on this Sunday afternoon. The Workshop was attended by a
number of friends, including local preachers, from around the Circuit.
The event concluded with a lively time of worship led by our worship
|March 1 - A working party / Spring
cleaning day was well supported by members, who completed a number of
useful tasks in and around the building. Among the most noticeable
results are the lovely bright new blinds at the windows in the Church
Hall. Thanks everyone.
|January - We are grateful to local roofing legend, John Dye,
for fixing our roof which suffered a degree of damage during the
Christmas / New Year storms. We are now weather-tight again.|
|January 8 - We were pleased to
welcome Judah Armani of Christian Aid, paying a visit to
acknowledge the work of, and encourage the supporters of Christian Aid
in the village.