The Christian Aid Quiz is back! We all love a good quiz, and the Christian Aid Team are organising a special quiz at the Church Centre in Winscombe (BS25 1BA) at 7.00pm on 8th October. We will be raising funds for the Haitian Earthquake Appeal.
Tickets (£7 per person) are available from William Du Croz (07960697874). Buy tickets individually, or for Teams of 5 people. Attendance is limited to 50 people to avoid overcrowding.
Please bring your own drinks. There will be a light supper and a raffle. It promises to be an enjoyable evening.
In response to humanitarian aid being sought around the globe, the benefice of Winscombe & Sandford with Churchill have launched a September appeal
Three major charities will be supported:
18 million people in Afghanistan need humanitarian help – due to decades of conflict, years of extreme drought, and weeks of heavy fighting. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been supporting the people of Afghanistan for over 30 years. We won’t stop now.
There are estimated to be around 1,200 Christian families in Afghanistan, totalling 5,000 to 8,000 individuals. But only the Lord knows the true number. As first-generation converts from Islam and their children, they face almost certain death at the hands of the Taliban, who now control virtually the whole country, and will kill them as apostates. Unless they can escape.
Christian Aid has been working in Afghanistan for thirty years and we will not desert now; more support will be required for poor and marginalised communities in the coming days. We’re doing all we can to continue distributions of food and emergency supplies to the most affected communities. We hope that humanitarian access will remain, especially access to women and girls in the communities as we are very concerned about their safety.
For details of how to make a donation please click here:
The Church Centre is the new name for St James’s Church Hall in Winscombe.
The new name supports our vision which is for the Church to be at the heart of the local community. It also shows that this is a centre for all three churches that are currently working together, St James’s, All Saints and St John’s.
You will see this new name being used on our posters and publicity.
You will also start to see some changes at the Church Centre itself. We are working hard to make the outside of the centre more attractive so look out for a mural appearing gradually over the coming months and we are planning to have new curtains indoors.
This is just the start of a long term project to improve our facilities so that we can further serve and support the local community.
The mural will feature flowers designed and painted by members of the local community including children from Winscombe and Sandford Primary Schools.
A new Parish Magazine covering Winscombe, Sandford and Churchill was launched on 1st. September. And it’s FREE!
Aone off printed copy is being delivered to everyone who subscribed to the old magazine. At the same we are sending out email copies to people who have subscribed to the Church Newsletter during the pandemic. Please check your spam if you don’t see it in your inbox.
From October, Signpost will be available by email and only those few people who are unable to receive it electronically can request a printed copy by calling the Church Office on 01934 844650, leaving a message including their full name and address.
A copy of the magazine will also be available to download from this website.
A limited number of printed copies will be available from our three Churches and the Church Centre plus a few local shops.
We hope you enjoy it and that you will want future copies. If so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list.
If you wish to contribute an article to the magazine please email email@example.com. The deadline is the second Sunday of the month prior to publication.
Today we delivered copies of the Christmas booklet’ “It Begins in Bethlehem” to Winscombe and Sandford Primary Schools. There is a copy for each child and Rev Andrew has recorded a special Christmas Assembly which the children can watch in their classrooms or view here
What do a dog dressed as a reindeer, a guitar, and an ‘It Begins in Bethlehem’ booklet have in common? – it must be time to record our Primary Schools Collective Worship Christmas Video! This video will be accompanying the nativity booklets our churches are giving to every child next week.
On Sunday 20th September Rev’d Andrew made the following announcement;
I amdelighted to be able to welcome St John’s Churchill to our Church community of Winscombe and Sandford. Archdeacon Adrian has asked me to take temporary pastoral and ministerial oversight of St John’s, whilst arrangements are being made concerning their long-term future. St John’s has good links with Churchill Academy, works ecumenically with the Methodist Church in Churchill, similar to our approach in Churches Together, and has historic links with All Saints, Sandford. We welcome them to our benefice in prayerful expectation that their time with us will promote the flourishing of all our churches. I intend to work closely with lay ministers and retired clergy to ensure we are able to provide services at all of our parisheschurches in the future’.