CHRIST CHURCH, NAILSEA
At Christ Church we are well into our second year of praying for the roads in our parish in a systematic way. About five roads are selected each month for the whole church to pray for, at services and meetings where appropriate, and in our private prayers. A card is put through each door in those roads telling people that we shall be praying for their road. They are invited to tell us if there is anything or anyone they would particularly like us to pray about. Contact details are given so that they can write, phone or email.
The card also invites them to join us in church on the 3rd Sunday of “their” month, when their roads will be prayed for. Sometimes there are shops, schools, doctors, commercial businesses, as well as people in their homes.
The current month’s roads are on the weekly notice sheet and in the monthly Christ Church Chronicle.
Tony Saunders runs the Traidcraft stall in the Vestry Hall after the 10:00am Sunday Service on the first Sunday of the month. The stall also appears at coffee mornings and other events, watch the Christ Church Chronicle and the weekly newssheet for details. For more details, click http://www.traidcraft.co.uk/
In 1994, the local Church Leaders and GPs established Wellspring Counselling, which offers confidential help and support to people in the North Somerset area irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, religious beliefs or ability to pay.
A team of sixteen professionally trained counsellors are available to come alongside those facing loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, stress and anxiety, depression and issues resulting from physical, sexual or emotional abuse as well as other distressing situations. Wellspring Counselling is an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and as such abides by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Klaus Gottschling co-ordinates our involvement in the Breakfast Run and the Nailsea Food Bank. We work together with other churches to provide breakfast for between 25 to 30 people and sometimes as many as 50 who have fallen on hard times. Over a year, we can provide about 420 people with sandwiches, bacon and sausage rolls, tea and coffee. We also distribute a large number of good quality second-hand clothes and have bought new undergarments for distribution along with a number of good blankets, shoes and personal toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, razors etc. Most of this has been donated by the team or members of the public.
Our involvement with the Nailsea Food Bank goes back two years and we aim to deliver a large carrier bag of mixed basic food items each week to the collection point at Southfield church.
THE COMMUNITY OF THE SISTERS OF THE CHURCH
Every Harvest and Christmas our Administrator, Louise, fills her car with the food gifts, (and presents when Christmas) and takes them over to St Paul’s in Bristol in support of the Community of the Sisters of the Church “Loaves and Fishes Project”. At Harvest Festival, we give thanks for all that God has given us by means of a large donation of food. Thanks to our support and the support of other local churches, hundreds are being helped at this difficult time. Understandably, the Sisters get through huge quantities and rely so very much on churches like us to support them.
CHURCH MISSION SOCIETY (CMS)
We support chosen mission partners working overseas giving their time and talents to help others less fortunate than ourselves. In return, they keep us informed of their work and any specific areas of need.
Christ Church takes part in the annual house-to-house collection in May in conjunction with churches across the town. Do check the Christian Aid website to find out more about this year’s theme and get a sneak peek at plans and resources.
Watch the Christ Church Chronicle and weekly newssheet for details in April. Volunteer collectors are always welcome.
Nicola Bickerstaffe and Margaret Newton co-ordinate our fund raising for the work of the Children’s Society. They hold coffee mornings and support other activities by local churches. Each year, there is a collection in Nailsea Town Centre and in October, a Charity Christmas sale is held in Christ Church Vestry Hall. There are also Christingle Services at both Christ Church and Holy Trinity. A number of donations added to the fund raising total.
Link to Children’s Society website http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/
The Child Contact Scheme at Christ Church Nailsea is an important service that enables estranged parents to meet their children in a safe environment. We share Child Contact with Christ Church in Clevedon. We meet on the third Saturday of the month in the Christ Church Nailsea Vestry Hall. We take four families in Nailsea, some of whom come once a month to a centre or come to both centres (ie two contacts a month). We also do a ‘handover’, when the visiting parent is able to take the child out of the centre for one or two hours. Families are becoming more demanding, but it is very rewarding when we see a parent and child reunited. We have some long-standing families, but most move on after a few contacts as relationships improve. This is especially true if they agree to mediation. We always have a waiting list and need more volunteers; please contact our Benefice Office if you would like to offer your services.
LOCAL MINISTRY GROUP (LMG)
Our LMG consists of the Anglican parishes of Holy Trinity in Nailsea, Wraxall, Tickenham and Christ Church. The clergy of these parishes meet weekly to pray together. The churches also share services at certain times during the year: Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Ascension Day.
CHRISTIANS TOGETHER IN NAILSEA & DISTRICT
CTIND includes Nailsea Baptists, Methodists, Southfield Church, United Reformed Church, St Francis Roman Catholic and the Anglican Churches at Holy Trinity, Trendlewood, Christ Church, Tickenham and All Saints at Wraxall. Our Rector represents Christ Church at the monthly ministers’ gathering. The minister/leader of each member church takes it in turns to lead the group for a year before handing the reins over to another church. One of our projects, The Nailsea/Uganda Water Project has successfully completed all its aims during 2016.
Healing on the Streets (HOTS) takes place fortnightly on Tuesday market mornings in Somerset Square. Members of the HOTS are linked with the Bath group and train with them. They are known by the market stallholders and prayer is available for them and the shoppers.
Prayer for Nailsea takes place on the first Tuesday in the month at 3:00pm and rotates around the churches. On average, about a dozen folk attend to pray for concerns in Nailsea and projects, events, needs etc within the Churches. Watch the Newsletter for the venue each month.
Other joint projects includes Wellspring Counselling Service, AL16HT Alight 2016 Mission, Christmas carols around the tree in the Precinct. At the quarterly meetings, there are opportunities to give out dates about projects, share information about future events and of course, focus on prayer needs.
ST QUIRICUS AND ST JULIETTA, TICKENHAM
FUND RAISING GROUP
The Fund Raising committee go from strength to strength and the money they raise for the church contributes hugely to both the general maintenance of the church and towards longer-term projects.
FRIENDS OF TICKENHAM CHURCH
CHURCH AT MANSONYANE (USPG)
Click on this link to find out more http://www.weareus.org.uk, the new name for USPG