Well, advent has arrived again. Now, I know many of you will be stressed about how much there is to do and how little time there is to do it, but we’re here all month to help you remember what Christmas is supposed to be about.
We’ve got advent services every Sun morning at 10:30 except Christmas Eve.
On 24th we have our Christmas production and carol service at 4pm followed by refreshments. The shops will be shut by this point anyway, it will be a great way to start your Christmas off and we’d love to see you.
- 3rd Dec – 10:30, Meet the real Jesus
- 10th Dec – 10:30, Sovereign Lord of History
We’re staying for lunch after the service on the 10th – ‘bring & share’. Anyone is welcome to join us.
- 17th Dec – 10:30, Perfect Timing
- 24th Dec – 4:00pm, Christmas Production – “Silent Night, Holy Night (gone wrong)” and carol service
Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all…?
Once again we’re delighted to be able to host Treehouse Theatre for their Christmas pantomime rehearsals and invite you to the first showing of this years production. Treehouse theatre run shows in schools every year (Christmas and spring/summer) and use our facilities for getting ready. Since they perform interactive works, their final dress rehearsal really needs an audience, so we get to benefit from a free production, and they get a free audience.
We’ve been able to do this for a couple of years now, and always have a great time with them. Please do come along if you’re free on Sat 25th Nov at 4pm.
Note: posters and flyers that have already gone out may say Sat 26th. The performance is on the Saturday, which is the 25th.
We are delighted to inform you that we have now appointed Mark Petrauskas to be the new Pastor of SCC.
His start date is 1st January and as well as welcoming Mark, we will also be welcoming his wife Karen, his son Joseph (13) and daughter Zoe-Beth (6) into our fellowship. (see further information below).
Mark will join us from being the Pastor at New Forest Christian Fellowship, a thriving church that he pioneered 3 years ago on behalf of Elim. Some of you may also know Mark as he previously spent time with us at SCC during his ministry training and also from his subsequent visits to the Church whilst serving in local ministry. Read More »
We will be hosting our Harvest celebration service this sun, 1st Oct. As in previous years, we will be collecting packaged produce for the Bournemouth Foodbank, but it would be good if people bring some fresh produce as well to make a good display of the harvest. Having something visual demonstrating the harvest helps us all to see what God has provided for us, while having the packaged produce means we can demonstrate God’s love for everyone by doing something practical to help those who are struggling in our area.
We have a list of the items the foodbank needs most urgently below – perhaps you could use this to add some extra to your shopping list and bring something along. It would be great to see a full house
Urgently needed food items
- Tinned rice pudding
- Tinned fruit
- Tinned meat
- Soup (tinned or packet)
Our shopping list
- Breakfast cereals
- Tinned tomatoes
- Tinned vegetables
- Packet of biscuits
- Tea bags
- Instant coffee
- Long life fruit juice
- Milk (UHT / powdered)
- Pasta sauce
- Crisps / snacks
You’ll notice it’s been a while since anything was updated here. There’s been a lot of changes this year, and the website was rather ignored in it all.
We’re still here though – currently looking for a new pastor, but not waiting for them to arrive before we do anything. We’ve got plans we’re working on and we’re determined that no-one gets left behind in the process.
We have the wonderful privilege of being joined by Malcolm Hathaway, who is officially retired, but helping us out with preaching and pastoral work, plus offering great advice, and leading a team who are running the church while we wait. As an Elim church, pastoral recruitment is done through our regional superintendant Simon Foster, and we’ve met with him and will continue to work together to find the right person. Fortunately, God already knows who that is, we’re just doing our bit until it becomes clear who that is.
We’re going to start putting the sermons back on the website as much as possible (some of this depends who’s running the PA desk on a Sunday). We picked it up this week on Elim Missions Sunday with a relevant message on a familiar story. If you missed it, please feel free to download and listen to it.