Film Club – December 2015

Friday evening, 11th December 7:30pm

‘Nativity 3: Dude, where’s my donkey?!’ (2015)

This Christmas the pupils of St Bernadette’s and their much-loved, madcap teacher Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton) are back for their biggest adventure yet involving fantastic flashmobs, excitable elves, Christmas carols and of course Archie the donkey. When their new teacher Mr Shepherd (Martin Clunes) loses his memory and forgets all about Christmas, his fiancée Sophie (Catherine Tate) and the whereabouts of the beloved Archie, it’s up to the pupils of St Bernadette’s to save the day. Led by the ever enthusiastic Mr Poppy, they embark on a   Christmas journey like never before – but time is against them if they are to help Mr Shepherd get to New York in time for his magical yuletide wedding. Come and see this if you want to enjoy some     madcap family fun to get you in the mood for Christmas!

Doors open 7pm, film start 7.30pm

Free admission, tea & coffee; bring your own popcorn!

Bills Letter Christmas

Bill’s Letter for December 2015/January 2016

Christmas starts with Christ

I find this slogan or challenge really helpful at this time of year. It was used last year and has been appropriately resurrected. With all the rush and bustle of Christmas, it is sometimes hard to keep the focus on Jesus.

The commercial pressure seems to get stronger every year. So we now have ‘Black Friday’ when there are bargains to be had, and there is pressure to ‘shop while you can’. I was interested to find out why this day got its name. It is of course tied into Thanksgiving in  America, being the day after. One theory is that because of the great celebrations on Thanksgiving Thursday, record number of people called in sick, hence employers called it ‘Black Friday’.

Most people appreciate a bargain, but when you see the crowds fighting to get into stores and then arguing who got to the bargain first, it is a black day; when selfishness comes to the fore rather than a   generosity that is about finding appropriate gifts for others. Another pressure on us is targeted advertising. Don’t you find it uncomfortable if after you have researched something, adverts for it keep popping up on our computer screens?

We have a number of good traditions that make this a special time; such as giving and receiving presents to show that we care. On the 6th December we have our St Nicholas day service when we bring presents for children who do not otherwise receive much, which are distributed by Barnardo’s. Another tradition is singing carols, old and new that tell the story and encourage us. There are a number of       occasions to join in with that advertised in this magazine. There are some for all different ages and at different times so that at least one should be convenient. Coming together at this time will help us think about not only receiving the gift of Christ afresh for ourselves but also being willing to share the good news and spirit of goodwill. Please take the opportunity to come and join us.

Rev Bill Henderson

Christmas 2015

What’s on – Christmas 2015

Sun 29th Nov


Advent Sunday service: a family service to celebrate the start of advent.
Sun 29th Nov—Sat 5th Dec ‘Snow White and the Magnificent Seven’: our popular Christmas pantomime, click here for details of performances and tickets.
Sun 6th Dec


St Nicholas Day service and parade service. An ideal opportunity to donate a wrapped gift to a child in need.

The St Nicholas family and parade service is an opportunity to donate a wrapped gift for a child who might otherwise not receive much this Christmas. The gifts will be handed over to the Barnados charity to be distributed. Please bring a wrapped gift, labelled with a suggested age and gender.

Fri 11th Dec


‘Nativity 3: Dude, where’s my donkey?!’ (2015)

U rating

Free Film Club, doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm, free tea and coffee.

Sat 12th Dec


Coffee morning at Stanley Community centre with the usual great stalls and refreshments.
Sat 12th Dec


Torchlight procession and carol singing around Stanley. More information soon.
Sun 20th Dec


Carol service: a traditional carol service with carols and Bible readings.
Thurs 24th Dec


Crib service : all-age Christmas service followed by a craft activity and refreshments.
Thurs 24th Dec Midnight Communion starting at 11pm
Fri 25th Dec Christmas Day Family service at 10am

Film Club – November 2015

Friday evening, 13th November 7:30pm

‘Paddington’ (2015) PG rating

Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, ‘Paddington’ follows the comic misadventures of a polite young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at       Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kind Brown family (Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters), who offer him a temporary haven. But then this rarest of bears catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist (Nicole Kidman), and it isn’t long before his home – and very existence – is under threat. Paddington the bear is extremely well   animated and the mix of CGI and real people is completely seamless. This film is a wonderful homage to the original Michael Bond stories.

 Doors open 7pm, film start 7.30pm

 Free admission, tea & coffee; bring your own popcorn!


Film Club – October 2015

Friday evening, 9th October 7:30pm

‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ (2015) PG

Check in at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel once again for more love and laughter as new arrival Richard Gere joins an all-star ensemble cast (including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel) as they return for this heart-warming sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Now that his first venture has been proven successful, ever-confident Sonny (Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second resort, as well as his own wedding. But his efforts are constantly hampered by hilarious complications, and in order to pull it all together, he’ll need a little help and encouragement from his resident friends. Touching and hilarious in equal measure, with witty dialogue as well as moments of poignancy, it’s impossible to watch without a smile on one’s face!

Doors open 7pm, film start 7.30pm

Free admission, tea & coffee; bring your own popcorn!


Bill’s Letter for October 2015

This is the time of year when we think about harvest; the good gifts that come from the earth and our gratitude to God and those who work the land to provide for us.

Honouring God’s creation means honouring those who look after it. It’s very easy to go to the shops and buy what we want, as cheaply as possible, without any real thought about where our food is coming from. The principles of Fairtrade are important: to help each person in the supply chain get a just reward. Our choices of where we shop and what we buy can make a difference.

As usual we are encouraging people at Harvest to bring gifts to symbolise our gratitude for what we have. St Peter’s school is joining us in this too. This means that the younger children will bring gifts of food. Some of this will be used by the church to provide a harvest lunch for people in the community (on Tuesday 13th October, 12pm). The rest will support the local food bank so they have enough to give to families that need support. Older children will bring gifts of money. This will go to our Water for Life Project which is helping people in Tanzania.

We have a special link with a village called Sakawa, where we have sponsored a water tank to collect rain water. I was fortunate to be able to visit the village in May and see the tank complete (see my June letter). So we know the money has gone to the right place. The village would like another tank so we are continuing to raise funds for that.

Harvest is when we are encouraged to stop and think but also   celebrate and enjoy the good things that we have and this is much more than the food we can eat. We would like to invite you to join in these celebrations. On Saturday 10th October we are holding an Arts & Crafts Day with various local skills and talents being displayed and demonstrated. If you have a skill to share please come and join in. If not, come along anyway to see the exhibitions. There will be a Ceilidh with a live band in the evening at St Peter’s School (please call the office for tickets). On Sunday 11th October after the morning Harvest Festival service there will be a soup and roll lunch. Please join us.

Rev Bill Henderson