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World Day of Prayer Service – All God’s Creation is Very Good

Friday 2nd March at 7pm, Swan Bank Church, Swan Square, Burslem, ST6 2AA

Ours will be one of the 5,000 services held around the world on this day written this year by the women of Suriname in South America & entitled. ‘All Gods Creation is Very Good’

This amazing service has been translated into more than 95 languages & 1000 dialects as the women of Suriname remind us we are responsible for caring for this wonderful world & pray for conservation.

The event is interdenominational and child friendly – all welcome! 

North Staffordshire Christian Aid Sponsored Walk

Saturday 24th March 2018 at Tittesworth Reservoir near Leek

Last year the Walk raised over £50,000 for Christian Aid and remains one of its most successful annual fundraising events. Donations and promises of financial support have already been made to cover all this year’s expenses – so every penny you collect in sponsorship will go directly to Christian Aid.

Tittesworth are allowing walkers to park their vehicles for a payment of £2.50, regardless of how long we stay. (It would normally cost £4.70 to park for more than two hours). Please display the Christian Aid pass given to you on arrival.

Registration takes place from 9.15am onwards. The walk will commence at 10.00am and we ask that walkers aim to complete the course by 1.00pm. You have a choice of two routes – a short ‘easy’ walk of approximately 2 miles or a longer walk of roughly 5 miles, both of which will be clearly signposted. As usual we will have St. John Ambulance Brigade members on duty together with our own stewards and Easter eggs will be distributed to any who come in fancy dress or wear an Easter Bonnet.

If you require this information, posters or sponsorship forms please contact Michael Willmot at mwillmot@talktalk.net  or phone John Bamford 01782 516137.

Download your sponsorship form here. After obtaining as many sponsors as possible, please remember to bring your sponsor form with you on 24thMarch. We look forward to seeing you there. 

UNITE MEETINGS

February 24th:   A unique opportunity for Christians to unite together and share testimony of Jesus, to be prayed for and ministered to; also for people to get to know Jesus!  This is a UNITE event with a difference!!  We have with us international singing group ‘SIMPLE FAITH’ – extremely professional presentation but with a heartfelt love of Jesus!!  7pm, New Life Church, West Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4EY

March 14th  UNITE  A MID-WEEK (Wednesday) event, once again with a (BIG) difference!!  This time we have PAUL JONES – former lead singer with ‘Manfred Mann’ pop group (lots of number 1 hits in the 60s!) – ‘Doo Wah Diddy Diddy’ .  Paul, together with his wife, Fiona Hendley present Christian music, testimony and a very clear gospel message with an appeal for people to receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. 7pm at Kidsgrove Grace & Faith Victory Church, The Avenue, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1AE

For more info call Cedric on 07815 830123 

NEWCASTLE WEEKLY BLIND SOCIAL CLUB NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

We are a well established charity which tries to meet some of the needs of adults who are blind or partially sighted in the Newcastle- under- Lyme  area. Our base is The Bethel Centre in May Street, Silverdale. ST5 6NA.

The age range of the group is 37 to 97 but predominately + 80 and mainly ladies. We have a varied programme of events,eg .flower arranging, baking, crafts, with quality entertainers and speakers on a regular basis. Every month we take the members out for a meal at a local restaurant.

The average number of members attending each Friday is 20 and we are sure that this could be increased with a little advertising. However, we are reluctant to do this because we have a shortage of volunteers! Safety of the members is paramount and during the last few months we have had to close on two occasions due to an insufficient number of volunteers being available.

We are struggling on at the moment but the future does not look good unless we increase the number of volunteers.

On a normal Friday, the club starts at 10am (most of the members are brought on Newcastle Community Transport’s minibus) and finishes at 2pm. However, we are very flexible with volunteers – they could come on a rota basis; half a day and/or every two weeks, whatever suits them.

If anyone is interested or requires some more information they need to contact Elizabeth Glover – Co-ordinator on 01782 719273 (leave a message if necessary) or e-mail nwbsclub@gmail.com  

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