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.