Church Market: The first one of the year takes place tomorrow Saturday January 2nd at the usual time of 10.30am to 12 noon. This Church Market promises to be a great opportunity for a New Year get together with good food, plenty of coffee and chat. Also on sale will be home-grown produce, plus quality books and the proceeds will be gratefully received towards church maintenance.

Later time: A reminder that there has been a change in service times at St Thomas’ Church and as from January 3rd the 10.30 morning worship begins at 11am. This does not affect the earlier Holy Communion service which still begins at 8am.

Slippery warning: It is important to tread cautiously around St Thomas’ and St Richard’s churches because of wet slippery paths and at this time of the year you will need to be more attentive due to the onslaught of winter storms. At least one person recently slid over (me) en-route to collect the weekly news sheet from St Thomas’ (all part of the role of correspondent) so be alert and make sure you have shoes with a good grip.

Back to school: The new term at St Thomas’ Primary School starts on Tuesday January 5th and rocket building is on the list of science investigations for the term. To help the children understand volcanic eruptions members of staff from the science centre at Herstmonceux will be coming to the school to demonstrate cause and effect.

Winchelsea Beach

Evening Prayer: On the first Sunday of the month St Richard’s Church holds its Evening Prayer meeting which is followed by light refreshments. Everybody is welcome to come along and celebrate the start of 2016 with a word or prayer to the Lord God of the universe. The next service is on January 3rd at 3.30pm and will be led by the Rector.

Service time: Don’t forget that, from January 3rd the Sunday morning services at St Richard’s will start at the later time of 9.30am. This does not include the first Sunday in the month because of the evening prayer service at 3.30pm.

Fellowship Lunch: If you are coming to the monthly Fellowship Lunch remember to book in good time by contacting 01797 227168. A variety of appetising dishes will be on offer with a request for donations to charity. As usual the doors of the Community Hall will be open at 12 ready for lunch to begin at 12.30pm on Friday January 29th.

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