St Peters News Sheet 19.11.17

The collection at Sunday’s 9.30 service will be going to Operation Christmas Child. We welcome Karen Levitt – the official logistics Co Ordinator for Christmas Child who will be speaking to us.

STEWARDSHIP – Will all those that give regularly under the ENVELOPE SCHEME note that your new box is ready for collection for the coming year by the South Door as you come into Church. Thankyou – Caren Bumpstead. Stewardship Sec.

POSTCARDS for MAF. Thank you to everyone who donated used, old and new postcards. A total of 1184 cards have been taken to Mission Aviation Fellowship from St Peter’s and St Andrew’s Churches. The collection will be ongoing throughout the year in the MAF Box on the table by the South Door.

CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED will be held this year for the Year 6 children of St.Peter’s Juniors on the afternoon of Friday 8th December and Bromstone primary school on the morning of Thursday 7th December. In total 165 children will be going to St Peter’s Baptist Church to explore the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus’ birth!

Can you help? We need everything from Tea & Coffee making and Mince Pie making to general welcoming and hosting duties. It would be great if people can join us from each of the churches as it is likely that some of these children we may have already met through the recent Messy Church.

If you can help please let me know by Sunday 26th November. Rev Jan

Christmas Tree Festival 8th, 9th and 10th December
If your club, organisation or business has not yet booked a tree at this popular event, please contact Pauline Osborne. There are still a couple of trees available.
Thanet Community Gospel Choir are singing at a concert in the Church on Saturday 9th December. Join us for an evening of Christmas songs and carols with some audience participation in the church lit by all the tree lights. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available in the interval. Tickets £5.00 from the parish office or at the door.

FUND RAISING NEWSMake a note of the dates!
Festive Fayre. Saturday 25 November 10.30am-3pm. Last push please for contributions of raffle prizes, bottles for the Tombola, good quality bric a brac, preserves, nice clothes, books and CDs. Roger Waddell is coordinating the event. Spread the word and bring your family and friends too.
Wine & Wisdom at 6.30 for 7pm (prompt) Friday 1st December with a Fish & Chips supper and a raffle. There are only a few tables left so book ASAP. Also, there are some spaces for individuals or pairs of people on the booked tables which you would be made most welcome to join. Tickets from the Parish Office @ £9 each. Did you know that the Fish & Chips comes from the Newington Fish Bar, which came top in Kent and was in the top 20 in the country this year?
Indoor Boot Fair on 16 December from 9am-midday. Come & visit us to browse, buy or chat over coffee/tea and hot snacks. All 22 tables are now booked. The last Indoor Boot Fair raised over £400!
Christmas Music & Dance Night. Saturday 16 December 7-11pm. Great music, dancing and a raffle and all for just only £5.
Indoor Boot Fairs on Saturday 27 January 9-12pm and Saturday 17 February 9-12pm-bookings are now being taken (£10 non-refundable)
Raffle prize donations, are wanted for the Festive Fayre and Wine & Wisdom ASAP, please.
New Church Website. This has been launched and you should really visit it to see what’s going on and learn more about the history of our ancient Church.
It’s linked to Facebook (FB), includes videos on YouTube and a full Calendar facility, detailing all events notified to the Church. Joint webmasters are Trevor Hogben and Patrick Dunn. Please visit it on a regular basis and if you are on FB, support our Church by ‘liking’ our posts.

LOOSE” Change Home collection boxes
Another big THANK YOU to all who continue to support this scheme. So far this year, very quietly, almost £1,000 has been received for fund raising from this source and the overall total is just short of £5,500. Can I encourage you to keep filling your boxes and emptying them in the office for me to count. I have a few spare boxes if anyone wants to start. Also (Cheekily) what better way to get rid of your old £1 coins to a worthwhile cause – improving your own Church buildings. Just put them in your box or if you don’t have one hand them into the office. I can then Bank them to credit the FR a/c. Many thanks Don B.

DIARY OF EVENTS for November
Monday 20 14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive
Tuesday 21 19:30 St Peter’s Women’s Group
Wednesday 22 14:30 Home Group @St Leu
Saturday 25 10:30 Festive Fayre
Monday 27 14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive
19:00 Monday@7 AGM @21 Fig Tree Road
Wednesday 29 14:30 Home Group @St Leu


Friday 01 18:30 Wine & Wisdom St Peter’s Main Hall
Monday 04 14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive
19:00 Monday@7 Christmas Dinner Golf Club
Tuesday 05 19:30 St Peter’s Women’s Group
Wednesday 06 14:30 Home Group @St Leu
Friday 08 16.00 Christmas Tree Festival
Saturday 09 10.00 Christmas Tree Festival
19.30 Thanet Community Gospel Choir Concert
Sunday 10 11.00 Christmas Tree Festival

Website. Please take a moment to look at
and review your areas of interest and then email Trevor Hogben with any updates.

Parish Office in Church Hall (01843) 866061
Open Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm

Halls email:

Parish and Community Halls Administrator – Simon Perry

Priest in Charge – Rev’d Jan Durrans (Day off – Friday)
Direct line – 869169
Pauline Osborne (225801) email:
Trevor Hogben (835007) email:
Parish website:

A warm welcome to the
News Sheet for Sunday 19 November 2017
(Details of Worship and Services in separate white pew sheet)
Monday Home Group
We meet weekly on Mondays at 2:30 pm at the home of Elspeth & Michael Cooke (92 Dumpton Park Drive). Currently, for about an hour we study together aspects of the Bible Readings heard in church the previous day. Advance Notice: In December, we shall be drawing on readings, music and pictures to help us reflect quietly on some of the great themes of Advent. We welcome anyone who’d like to join us for times of stillness in what can otherwise seem a very busy season. If you’d like to know more, do phone us on 863293.

Wednesday Home Group
This coming Wednesday we start our Advent Course, “So what are you waiting for?” We meet as usual at 2.30 at St Leu, Vicarage Street.
Regulars are asked to read both the Introduction and the notes for Session 1 (Go with haste) before coming, preferably that morning if possible. We could still accommodate one or two more, but would like to know in advance so that I can get more booklets. See me this morning! John Cox.
Lots of discussion, and tea and biscuits to follow.

NB. Information for the News Sheet for Sunday 26 November2017 to the
Parish Office please by 10.00 am Thursday 23 November 2017.