Hello Everyone, you  may read  this email or download and print  off  the attachment where you can see all our Services with Rotas as well as our Activities and Events and our Winter Wednesdays + Rotas. Here are some of the details

Please check the Rotas to see when you might be on duty.  Paper copies are available in church.  You can always make arrangements to swap if something crops up.

First of all, don’t forget that you have a lie-in on Sunday 29th as the clocks go back an hour!!

Rev David writes: We are holding an All Souls service at Nunthorpe on Sunday 5th November 2023.  During this service we will remember by name loved ones and friends that we have lost.  We will read their names during the service and offer prayers for them.  If you would like your loved one(s) name(s) to be read out then please contact David Godfrey or Ruth Lewis in good time before the service so that they can prepare a list.  David’s Email is david.godfrey@methodist.org.uk .  Ruth’s Email is: ruthlewis449@yahoo.co.uk   If you don’t like emailing either phone Ruth [see Handbook]  and leave a message,  or write the name down on one of the slips under the pigeon holes in the foyer.

Winter Wednesdays: As Wednesday Hour closes down for the winter we are starting up Winter Wednesday Afternoons. Starting at 2.00pm on 8th November there is a varied programme of guest speakers and music. There is a programme available; in addition each Newsletter will give a few more details about what’s on offer. In November we have John Summersgill talking about and playing some of his kind of music, Mark Braithwaite telling us about Hartlepool’s own “canoe man”. In December Ann Gartside is our speaker entertaining us with memories and stories, and Eric and the band will entertain us with Christmas music. Make sure you get your programme.

On Sunday 12th November it will be our Service of Remembrance [Poppy Day] and the service will start earlier at 10.55 so we can keep the 2 minutes silence.

On Sunday 19th November there is NO SERVICE at NUNTHORPE instead there is a joint service at Marton starting at 10.15am

On Saturday 25 November we have our fundraising event Christmas Fair 10.00-12.30. Please offer help to Kay and Julie, as well as items for the stalls and the Chocolate Tombola. Santa will be there as well as the Band! They will be setting up the evening before!. Come and bring your friends and family!

Christmas Cards. As in previous years, you are invited to just buy  and write ONE card for all your friends in Church Family and put it up on the Notice Boards at the back of the church, donating a sum for Action for Children.

On Saturday 2nd December  Julie is organising Christmas Crafts 10.00a.m. until 12 noon. For children under 7 – Crafts and activities on an advent and Nativity theme.  Help with refreshments and at craft tables would be welcome. For those of you who miss seeing Children in our services, this event is a must! Your support would be most welcome! You are always welcome at the Wednesday morning Play & Chat. Look out for their Christmas session. It will be advertised.

On Sunday 3rd December  we have our Toy service. All that involves is bringing gifts of money or new toys/games for disadvantaged children which Christine and Keith will take to the Salvation Army in Middlesbrough.

On that same afternoon Sunday 3rd December there is a Circuit Carol service at Grove Hill, starting at 3.00pm.

The Luncheon Club Christmas Dinner is  Thursday 7th December. Marton are invited  and to help too. Book with Harry

On Sunday 17th December  we have our Christingle Service

On Sunday 24th December our morning service is at 10.15 am Joint Service with Marton at Marton

On Christmas Eve at 6.30p.m. Carols on the Grass.  Weather permitting  Eric and the  Band will decide if the weather is clement enough for them to play outside. If not, we will just go inside church for a very  informal carol service where the band will play the same programme as planned for outside. Hopefully the community will support us as in the past three years.

On Christmas Day we have a  Joint Service with Marton at Nunthorpe 9.30 am. David likes us to bring a small gift we have received unwrapped.

The last service of the year Sunday 31st December is again at Nunthorpe , a joint service starting at 10.15am.

Church book stall. Our book stall currently raises money for the work of Action for Children. Any donations of clean paper backs for resale are always  welcome.

After our excellent response in the Harvest collection of money and food for the Food Bank we have decided to keep a box in the foyer for your continued  donations of cans,  jars and envelopes with money which monthly, Kay will take to Middlesbrough Food Bank  at Grove Hill.

At our Church Council meeting, Kay our treasurer, also said that since so many of us now give by Bank  transfer she finds it easier to plan our finances. She suggested we might like to review and increase our standing orders in the light of increasing charges for heating our church.