Congratulations to Reverend Bernard Fidder on his calling to the joint pastorate of St Andrew’s URC, Canterbury and Sandwich URC. The ordination takes place in September 2018 and some of the Christ Church Congregation will be travelling to take part in the service, as well as looking forward to seeing both Bernard and Ada. Many of you will remember Ada from her work serving in the cafe on Tuesdays (inbetween her eco work, including Kent Amphibians Group), Bernard from his initial training year here and his Prayer days and other training events as the Spiritual Development Officer for WKESSA. Both Bernard and Ada have worked together through Dunamis, including arranging courses at Ashburnham Lodge.
We ask for many more blessings on them as they settle into their new life, new job and new home.
Apologies to all our regulars but LifeSprings Cafe is CLOSED throughout August, due to volunteer holidays. We look forward to seeing everyone in September!
We have our usual service at 10am and all are welcome. See later for times and details of the evening service.
Now is a good time of year to be looking at those things niggling at us and perhaps giving them up. It is very easy to make superficial resolutions to stop this or that, but sometimes it is our whole life that needs to go in a new direction.
Many people are seeking something and this is often spiritual – but in our rush to find some new meaning in an alternative way we can overlook the obvious – the God of all the Ages – who was and is and is to come.The miracles of the New Testament are not confined to the New Testament, but still seen here in Tonbridge. The stories of lives changed or or people healed (on Big Bridge & elsewhere) the Holy Spirit has never been more present and live.
Come and have a chat to us – or others in the building. Come and spend some of your New years Eve with River Church 6pm-9pm or with Pastor Charles 9pm-midnight and find out what God has planned for your life in 2018!
Don’t Forget! International Woman’s Day on Thursday 8th March – only we will be celebrating it here on FRIDAY …..
Calling all ladies – Bring & Share Lunch – 12 -2pm
Bring something that represents your country
If you would like please wear something from, or that represents, your country. Or perhaps you can share a folk or traditional song or other music, or a traditional dance.
Come and have a great fun time meeting new people.
Women supporting women – Help others from your home country to settle in to a new town/country. Share what you like about Tonbridge. Where are the best doctors/dentists? Which is your favourite restaurant? Invite people to come along and try your local hobbies or interests. Help people to find their feet and find new friends.
Then – pitch in and help us clear up.
Check out Facebook West Kent International Women’ Day group and see what they get up to the rest of the year!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go via the Facebook page so the organisers have some idea of numbers or to find our more details. See you there!
As the year began with prayer and praise lead by Pastor Charles in his New Year service, so many continue to pray in hope & expectation – here at Christ Church; on Sundays, at the fortnightly Monday 2.15 prayer group; at the Tuesday River Church 8am at Wetherspoons; at the monthly Tonbridge Prayer Initiative (1st Fri 7pm -midnight here at Christ Church); at the joint TACTEG and TACT Tonbridge All Churches Together meetings.
It doesn’t matter where and when you pray, but just P-U-S-H – pray until something happens. This time last year we were praying for the right person to come and be the minister – and now Angela and her family are here! Pray & Keep praying!
Sunday 31st December 2017
Pastor Charles will be at the church on New Years Eve 9pm until midnight to see in the New Year with prayer and praise.
River Church International will be having a celebration service from 6pm -9pm Drop in and join in – as you are led or as you are able.
Don’t forget to look on the website or The Messenger magazine to see what each of the three churches in the building are planning for this coming year! What would you like to see taking place in these buildings?
All churches will be having their usual services on Sunday 31st December. Check their websites for more details.
This year we are taking part in the Festival by hosting a window display – part of a townwide book trail.
Take a look at our balcony window and see what book it is representing.
As a clue it is not the bible with Adam, an apple and the serpent!
Pop down to our cafe 10-1pm Monday – Saturday (free drinks after the Sunday service!)
Full festival details at http://www.tonbridgefestival.co.uk/
Any ideas how we could get more involved next year?
Bands and other activities start up at the Castle at 11.30, but the main parade will take place from our end of the High Street at 12.15. It will move up the High Street and into the Castle grounds.
Not only is our church as great vantage point, but it is an opportunity to open up our foyer – so volunteers to serve drinks, play music or support other activities would be great. Speak to Sharon
Don’t forget all this will affect parking in the car park – so turn up early – or walk if possible. Sometimes the exits to the car parks are closed until 12.30 so keep an eye on the noticeboards in the week leading up to the event.
If any church members have not yet received their Elders nomination forms, please check the noticeboard in the church. Should you not be able to find your form – or would like it send via email please contact Sharon
Our process starts in June with prayerful consideration by all members and time to chat with those who they feel God is calling to be ordained as an elder (or become a serving elder again). Existin elders are available during this time to share what the job involves. By early July all nominees will have been visited. July and August is a time to have social activities – to let us get to know the nominees better and for them to consider their nomination. By September the final list of names for consideration will be known. The September election is followed by a 2-3 month period shadowing existing elders, during which it is still possible for prospective Elders to withdraw before their ordination 1st week of Advent. Elders take up their new roles in Dec/Jan.