Islandwide Church Noticeboard

No 558                       Circulation:  975                  21st September 2017
next issue 5th October        (deadline 3rd October)   
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Throughout September - Dignity Bag appeal - for women who have been displaced through the Middle East

Every Wednesday - Rock Solid Bembridge

5th September onwards Bible Bite - Gospel of John - Shanklin URC Tuesdays at 1.00 pm

10th - 22nd September - Ian Pratt, of Ryde Baptist church on a fact finding mission to Pakistan

13th September onwards - Alpha Course - Ryde Methodist Church - Every other Wednesday

Saturday 23rd September - Phoenix Choir at All Saints Ryde

Saturday 23rd September - Salvation Army International Staff Band at Newport Minster

Sunday 24th September - United Service - Harvest Music and Readings - St Marys Carisbrooke

Sunday 24th September - Songs of Praise 2017 - Isle of Wight Day - Cowes Enterprise College

Monday 25th September - Full Gospel Businessmens Dinner at the Chequers with Justin Dennes

26th September onwards - True Vine Church in Newport will be hosting a Prophetic Foundations course

Thursday 28th September - In the Deep End Ensemble at Holy Trinity Cowes

Friday 29th September - War Room Film at Zion Chapel Ryde

Friday 29th September - Mendip Male Voice Choir

Saturday 30th September - Autumn Fayre at Newport Parish Centre


Sunday 1st October - Car Treasure Hunt from St. John's Church, Newport

Sunday 1st October - Is there really a God? - Deeper Life Bible Church

4th October - FREE training course about terrorism / hate crime particularly against faith groups

5th, 6th and 7th October - Immanuel Approach Advanced Training

Friday 6th October - A Concert by The Isle of Wight Scottish Fiddlers

Friday 6th October - Older Drivers Forum - Newport

Saturday 7th October - Freedom in Christ - Making Fruitful Disciples Castlehold Baptist

Saturday 7th October - Harvest Supper and Beetle Drive in Wroxall

13th October onwards - Youth For Christ - Catalyst and Vibe dates for the coming academic year

13th and 19th October - Dementia Conversations - East Cowes and Ryde

Sunday 15th October - Andrew Kane of Ezra UK at St Paul's Barton

Friday 20th October - Harp on Wight Festival at All Saints’ Church Ryde


Saturday 4th November - Table Top Sale at Cowes Methodist Church

Weekeng of 25th and 26th November - George Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilisation coming to speak on the Island


6th - 10th December - Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival celebrates it’s 21st year

Friday 8th December - Hospice Lights of Love Community Christmas Services 

January 2018

Friday 26th January - All Island Worship Event with Roy Crowne

April 2018

4th - 7th April - Heaven on Earth Musical - Guildhall Portsmouth

Ongoing Events 

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Chatters Cafe at Ryde Baptist Church

Isle of Wight Street Pastors are actively seeking a new Trustee with a financial background

New School, Street and Prayer Pastors needed

Accommodation Urgently Needed by Sally

Free Listening Service

If you need to get Euros for your trip please contact Nick

Part Time Youth Worker Vacancy at Gunville Methodist Church

External PT Chaplain – Free Church Non-Ordained Deacon or Lay Person, HM PRISON ISLE OF WIGHT - ALBANY HOUSE NEWPORT

Youth For Christ Reports, Newsletter and Prayer List

Revive Newport now has an active You Tube channel

A new scheme, which opens the door to housing in exchange for help, has been launched by Age UK Isle of Wight

Medina Vally Centre looking for Staff

Seeds4change looking to receive applications from Trustees

Optio Looking to Recruit Volunteer Drivers

Volunteer needed for NYAS

Great Whitcombe Manor seeking Volunteers

'Behind closed doors' report 

The Constance Coltman century

Calling all Christians - I need your help!

Fresh Footprints - A New Book by John Houghton

For those of you in business

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Directory of Island Church Congregations
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Directory of Christian Businesses
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Dignity Bag appeal

We are collecting Dignity Bags for women who have been displaced through the Middle East, concentrating especially on Iraq and Syria. These bags contain the basic sanitary essentials that we can access with relative ease here, but which are very difficult for many Middle Eastern women to afford. There are full instructions here  .

We will be collecting throughout September, for more information on how you and your church can be involved locally, please contact Chloe 731593



Rock Solid Bembridge - Every Wednesday



Bible Bite in Shanklin

Rev Brian Harley will begin to look at John's Gospel and will continue to explore the text through to Advent.


Ian Pratt, of Ryde Baptist church on a fact finding mission to Pakistan

Ian Pratt, a retired solicitor, and member of Ryde Baptist church is going on a fact finding mission to Pakistan
from 10 –22 September with StarFish Asia, which is a charity supporting schools and homes for disadvantaged children in Pakistan.

StarFish Asia’s priority is the Christian minority population who face prejudice and often lack any other means to educate their children (although their schools also educate many Muslim, Hindu and Sikh children).

Ian is accompanying Mike Wakely, the charity’s founder, and is funding the trip himself.  If you would like to know more about the charity or to support the charity financially please see Star Fish Asia and Charity Choice



Alpha Course - Ryde



Phoenix Choir singing at All Saints’ Church Ryde

A fantastic choir at a fantastic venue:-  AND THEY ARE BACK

Street & School Pastors are a group of about 70 volunteers from over 30 island churches whose aim is to be a listening, caring, helping presence on the streets late at night. They are not there to preach but to help and have been commended by the Police for assisting in the reduction of violent crimes significantly on a Friday & Saturday night.

Since Street Pastors began on the Island they have volunteered over 16,000 hours on patrol and during that time approximately 2000 foil blankets, 3000 flip flops & 10,000 bottles of water have been given out to those requiring assistance. Street Pastors also have a listening ear for anyone who wants to talk.

School Pastors have been operating on the island for 5 years and provide safety, reassurance and a positive adult presence to pupils and the school community and help to reduce anti-social and unpleasant behaviour. They provide support and guidance.

Street & School Pastors are currently running a recruitment programme in preparation for training commencing later in September. Applications are invited from anyone interested in joining the team who is able to meet the criteria described on our  website.

The 50-strong mixed Phoenix Choir will be singing their normal wide ranging programme which will include songs from musicals Les Miserables and Paint Your Wagon, Westlife’s You Raise Me Up, Bette Midler’s The Rose, Men of Harlech from the film Zulu and a new arrangement of music from the film Gladiator.

There will be a raffle and interval drinks available. Admission is free with a retiring collection.

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Salvation Army International Staff Band in Newport


The International Staff Band, or ISB as it is now known still has around twenty percent of its members working for the Salvation Army, with the remaining members employed in a variety of occupations and professions. All are active members of their own particular local Salvation Army corps (Church), with membership spread as far afield as Leeds, Norwich, Bristol, London [and many centres in between]. Many of the band's members are also musical leaders in their local corps (Church) and membership of the ISB is undertaken in addition to their local church commitments.

The band [now and since its beginnings] exists to spread the message of Christ primarily through music and aims for the highest standards of Salvation Army Christian music making. The band visits Salvation Army church centres throughout the UK on a monthly basis, presenting concerts [of varied Christian music] and leading worship and open-air services.

Source:Faye Williams



United Service at Carisbrooke




Songs of Praise 2017 for Isle of Wight Day




Dinner at The Chequers Inn, Rookley
On Monday 25th September 2017 at 7.15pm for 7.30pm
The guest speaker will be Justin Dennes
Justin works for Lloyds Bank PLC and the Lord has given him and his wife Grace an awesome vision for India.
They and their two boys will be going to India next year to start the building work. This will then be their home.
Come and hear their story.
The cost of the evening will be £13.50 per person

To book please contact Sue or Steve Woodford. Either Telephone 528586 or Email
All welcome



True Vine Church in Newport will be hosting a Prophetic Foundations course from September 26th. This year we are making it available to the wider Island Church family.
It will be a fortnightly Tuesday Course with manuals and workshops. The duration is approximately 7 months. However, because it's module based, you can attend the modules that interest you if you are unable to commit to the whole series.
The course is free, however manuals and journals will be needed; this will be at a cost of £14.
The course is DVD based, with teachings by Kris Vallotton from Bethel Church, Redding, California. Kris leads alongside Bill Johnson and has a credible, established prophetic ministry. All these teachings are accompanied with manuals and journals, to help map your prophetic journey, your relationship with God and to meditate on new found truths.
Each session will also include 'workshops' so that you can activate what's been taught and grow in confidence towards God and others.
This is for beginners and for those who would like training to move forwards and deeper into the prophetic gift.... and has already proven to be helpful and fruitful.

"The chief role of a New Testament prophet is not to prophesy. Primarily it is to teach people how to hear the voice of God for themselves. It is to teach people how to find and live in the will of God for themselves. It is to teach people how to move in the prophetic, but even those things are not the prime gifting of a prophet. The real ministry of a prophet, I believe, is to make God radiant, is to tell people how wonderful, how amazing, how astonishing He is and to introduce superlatives back into our prayer language and our witness of who God is."

Please contact me at if you are interested or have further questions or phone 01983539952

Please let me know by August 30th so I can send off for the manuals .


In the Deep End Ensemble at Holy Trinity Cowes



War Room Film at Zion Chapel Ryde



Mendip Male Voice Choir

Is coming to the Isle of Wight on 29th September 2017 and performing at Christ Church at 7.45pm.

The 50 strong choir, which has been entering audiences since 1919, will also be accompanied by soprano Hannah Drury (nee Lockwood).  The evening will include an interval during which light refreshments will be available.

The Mendipmen website provides more details about the choir which is HERE

Entry to the event is free. A retiring collection will be taken in aid of Earl Mountbatten hospice and Christchurch.

For more information contact: 01983 402354



Autumn Fayre at Newport Parish Centre

Source:  Liz Thorne



Car Treasure Hunt from St. John's Church, Newport

Source:  Liz Thorne



Is there really a God?

Source: Pastor Bukky Olaniyan



FREE training course about terrorism / hate crime particularly against faith groups

Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) – Train the Trainer
Target Group:  Any delegates interested in delivering WRAP training in their workplace
Course Aims:  Prevent is part of the governments counter terrorism strategy, the aim of which is to reduce the risk to the UK of terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists in the first place.  The programme has three main aims:
•         Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
•         Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support; and
•         Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address
In order to implement this training across the island we are asking people to attend a one day train the trainer event which will accredit delegates to then deliver basic Prevent Awareness to other staff within their organisation.
It is important to remember that Prevent has come direct from the Home Office, and as such anyone who agrees to attend the Train-the-Trainer course will then be responsible for cascading Prevent Awareness to others in their service areas/organisation, and as such must have the time available to do so.
To book a place on this course, please use the Training Catalogue that can be accessed via the Employee Self Service Portal.
If you do not have access to the corporate network please complete an online application form and return to
We also ask that all delegates complete the online training module, which can be found here
Course Trainer:  Jonathan Finch

Date: 04 October 2017    Time: 2 pm - 4:30 pm

Venue:  Thompson House, Sandy Lane, Newport, PO30 3NA

Cost:  Fully funded


Places of worship: security funding scheme

Apply for funding for security measures to prevent hate crime.
About the scheme
The scheme is one of the main commitments contained within the Government Hate Crime Action Plan. It will provide protective security measures to places of worship that have been subject to, or are vulnerable to a hate crime attack.
Funding will not be available for improvements, security upgrades, crimes such as anti-social behaviour, burglary and theft of lead from church roofs.
You can bid for funding from 3 April 2017.

Bid Application





Pastor Patti Velotta from Wisconsin USA
Web Site
Thursday evening 5th October. All day Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October 2017
Times to be arranged but probably 7 -9.30 pm on Thursday & 9.30 - 4.30 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Cost will be between £50 - £60 per person (cheap for someone flying from USA!!)
This may seem a long way ahead, but Pastor Patti travels all over the world
and has to plan ahead so we need to have some idea that there will be a viable group.
To attend this, you must first have attended a beginners seminar....
Please indicate your interest to Maureen and Pennant Jones in Salisbury at 
We will try to help with accommodation.
Any questions contact Rob Whillier 01983 240426 



A Concert by The Isle of Wight Scottish Fiddlers

St John’s Church, Wroxall
Friday 6th October 2017   at 7.30pm

Followed by Refreshments in  St John’s Church Hall 



Older Drivers Forum - Newport

There are currently just over 4.75 million people in the UK aged 70 and over driving on our roads and the expectation is that this will double if not treble in the next 20 years as we all live longer. The oldest person who holds a driving licence is a male aged 109 years. Hampshire is shown as having the highest number of older drivers outside London.
We know that older motorists have a wealth of experience, confidence and tolerance. However, sight, hearing, reaction time and judgement of speed and distance may not be as sharp as it once was.
Fragility increases with age, so injuries tend to be more serious and recovery takes much longer. Casualty rates do increase for car drivers aged over about 65, and the fatality rate increases significantly.
That’s where we come in. The Older Drivers Forum is about keeping mature motorists on the road safely for longer. Whether that’s helping giving you practical and informative help and support to continue driving or pointing you in the right direction for an assessment to identify your driving needs – from wing mirror adapters to an elevated driving seat – we’re here to help.
We’re a not-for-profit organisation made up of experts in road safety from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – from representatives from the emergency services, to charities, local authorities and businesses specialising in keeping older people on the road.
If you know an older driver, have contact with them regularly in your job or are perhaps just concerned for a friend or relative who is still driving then the Older Driver Forum may be able to help. Please visit their website for more information.
The event is free to attend and open between 9.30am to 3pm, no appointment is required and people can pop in anytime during these hours. The events are aimed at anyone with an interest, from older drivers themselves, to friends and relatives.
Advice will be available on:
  • brushing up your skills
  • booking a driving assessment
  • arranging a regular eyesight test
  • getting advice on health and wellbeing issues that could affect driving ability
  • renewing your licence at 70
  • learning about road safety and consequences of not being fit to drive
  • discover alternatives to being independent without a car
Safety is the top priority; it should be the most important thing older drivers consider when there is concern over driving ability. The best advice is don’t become complacent and wait for an accident or a near miss to convince a driver to stop, instead seek advice, support and help.
Research suggests that:
  • Drivers under 70 are no more likely to be the cause of a crash than other driver. But once over 70, they are more likely to be at fault, particularly where right-of-way violations are involved
  • Drivers over 85 are four times more likely to have caused a crash than to have been an innocent victim of one
  • Drivers over 65 take 22% longer to identify a hazard and react to it. At 70mph that is two car lengths
  • Drivers who do less than 2000 miles a year have an increase risk of collision
  • However, age-related decline in mental and physical abilities, coupled with age-related frailty, can make older drivers more likely to be involved in a crash and more vulnerable to serious injuries
Lets help Older Drivers to carry on Driving Safely for Longer


Freedom in Christ - Making Fruitful Disciples Castlehold Baptist




Harvest Supper and Beetle Drive in Wroxall
Source: Rita Goddard



Youth For Christ - Catalyst and Vibe dates for the coming academic year
Catalyst is from 7.30pm to 9.30pm for School year 8+ and
Vibe is from 7.00pm - 9.00pm for School year 7+

13th October 2017 - Catalyst
24th November 2017 - Catalyst
8th December 2017 - Vibe
12th January 2018 - Catalyst
23rd February 2018 - Catalyst
16th March 2018 - Vibe
23rd March 2018 - Catalyst
27th April 2018 - Catalyst
18th May 2018 - Catalyst
15th June 2018 - Catalyst
Source:  Sarah Rudd  AdministratorIsle of Wight Youth for Christ



Dementia Conversations

For bookings:


Andrew Kane of Ezra UK at St Paul's Barton




Harp on Wight Festival

Harp on Wight at All Saints’ Church Ryde

Friday 20th October

Opening Concert -  The Many Sided Harp
By Anne Denholm
Official harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales and Patron of Harp on Wight

An evening exploring the diversity of the classical Harp repertoire

Tickets £10 children £5.00  can be bought on the door
Saturday  21st October

4.00pm  PERFORMANCE PLATFORM featuring Winners of the North London Festival Camac Harp Competition
Noelia Cotuna from Spain and Nicolette Chin from Singapore


Music composed by Fran Barsby

Tickets £7 children £3.50 can be bought on the door

There will be a bar at the Friday concert and Tea and cakes to celebrate the winners on the Saturday concert.

Once again is a real international flavour to the 4th Annual Harp Festival taking place in Ryde between October 20th and 24th inclusive. Ryde Methodist Church and All Saints' Church are the two main concert venues. The opening concert at All Saints' on October 20th features the festival's newly-appointed patron Anne Denholm who is the officially appointed harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales.  Among those performing and teaching at the festival are Robin Huw Bowen and Ben Creighton-Griffiths (both from Wales), Adriano Sangineto (Italy), Savourna Stevenson (Scotland) and Yolanthe Cornelisse (Netherlands). The afternoon concert at All Saints on October 21st features leading young harpists Noelia Cotuna (Spain and Nicolette Chin (Singapore).
During the festival there is a free exhibition of harps made by national manufacturers at Ryde Methodist Church.
For further information, including how to book tickets, please visit
the website or telephone 01983-730930.

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Table Top Sale at Cowes Methodist Church

Saturday 4th November, 11:00 - 14:00
Cowes Methodist Church, Birmingham Road
Raising Funds for the Island Homeless

To book a table for £5 contact 07958802708
Money payable before the event to secure the booking

Source: Margaret Hill



George Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilisation coming to speak on the Island

He is provisionally coming on the weekend of 25/26 November.
The programme will probably include a ministers’/leaders’ breakfast, an open meeting at Ryde Baptist Church and then worship at RBC on Sunday morning.

Operation Mobilisation Web Site




Join in the festivities - Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival celebrates it’s 21st year.

There will be a lot to see and enjoy. Those who have been before know how special this major island event is, and if you haven’t done so,  give yourself and the family a real treat. You won’t believe what you see and you won’t be disappointed..
Commencing with a special carol service and tree lighting in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on Wednesday, Dec 6th at 7pm in Brighstone Church to which all are welcome, the festival will then open in all seven local venues the next day.

The four days will be from the 7th to the 10th Dec with further concerts into the following week and the trees will stay in three venues (Brighstone Church, The Methodist Church and the Isle of Wight Pearl) until the end of December.

Look out for the “Diary of events” in next months’ issue” or nearer the time visit the web site



Lights of Love Community Christmas Services

The Earl Mountbatten Hospice welcomes local churches and communities to come together to host their own Lights of Love services in December to remember loved ones at Christmas time.

If you are planning on hosting a Lights of Love service at your local church or group or you would like to make a donation or collection at the end of your carol services for the hospice during the Christmas/ Advent period, please get in touch with Bryony Young on by 13th October.
The main Lights of Love service, hosted by the Earl Mountbatten Hospice will take place at Newport Minister on Friday 8th December at 7pm.


Source:     Bryony Young,  Major Events Fundraising Assistant

Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Halberry Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2ER
Direct Line: (01983) 217337      Fundraising Office: (01983) 217300   website



All Island Worship Event with Roy Crowne

Source:   Wight Church Network Team




Heaven on Earth Musical

Guildhall Portsmouth      04 April 2018 – 07 April 2018

Telephone    08712200260  to book       Web Site

The musical is a wonderful portrayal of the Christian message through the story of Adam and Eve.  Using the very latest technology the audience will witness the creation of the universe and the formation of man from the dust.

The stage-set for Eden is breathtaking.  Our West End director describes the show, “a visual treat and a delight to the ears; one that will transport the audience to another world.”

The musical stars Kerry Ellis (First Lady of the West End) as EVE, and Hugh Maynard (Jesus Christ Superstar/Miss Saigon) as ADAM, and Russell Watson as ‘THE VOICE OF GOD.’


Source: J.Hibbert  Eden International Productions     




Chatters Cafe

We are based in the George Street Centre in Ryde which is the home of the Ryde Baptist Church.
We are open Monday to Friday from 10am till 2.15pm.

If you live in Ryde or just visiting from another part of the Island why not drop in for a cup of tea
or coffee, a slice of cake or a scone and take a peep at our reasonably priced menu of snacks and
main meals. There is also a specials board every day.

We look forward to welcoming you to Chatters Cafe.
Website:  Ryde Baptist Web site

Source:   Tel:  
01983 615181 or 07731638732

Isle of Wight Street Pastors

Isle of Wight Street Pastors are actively seeking a new Trustee with a financial background.

Please call 07874 098528 or email us on



New School, Street and Prayer Pastors needed 



Accommodation Urgently Needed

Single, young, Mature lady of 64 looking for one bed Bungalow, furnished or unfurnished Non smoker, quiet living, house proud, loves gardening. Will be claiming housing Benefit to pay the rent, up to £400. Will be on a pension next year with limited budget to pay bills and to live on. Housing Benefit pay up to £394 I will pay the top up. Would love a little dog in the future. I do lots of Voluntary/charity work, have been a Street Pastor for seven and a half years, so always busy. Need a car space. Preferably East Wight area as this is where my life has been for the last 11 years.

Contact Sally 01983 240 408


Free Listening Service

A Free Confidential Service
Is something worrying you. Want someone to listen to you. Why not come to the Living Room in Newport (next to the Baptist church) for chat over a cup of coffee. We have someone here you can chat to every Monday from 11am - 2pm.

Source: Nava Young

If you need to get Euros for your trip please contact Nick

Due to our car breaking down on the M25 our holiday to the Netherlands was cancelled. ditto collecting our Dutch tent. As a result we have 1750 Euros which we are anxious to convert back into Pounds. So if you are about to go to Europe please contact me to buy your Euros as the buy back rate is poor. Obviously I will match the current exchange rate.
I am Nick Mills 07774758101 or



Part Time Youth Worker Vacancy at Gunville Methodist Church
We have an opportunity for a Part-Time (20 hours / week) Youth worker working in the Gunville & Carisbrooke area with IOWYFC. Starting in September 2017

See full details 




External PT Chaplain – Free Church Non-Ordained Deacon or Lay Person, HM PRISON ISLE OF WIGHT - ALBANY HOUSE NEWPORT
An external PT vacancy for Chaplain – Free Church Non-Ordained Deacon or Lay Person, HM PRISON ISLE OF WIGHT - ALBANY HOUSE NEWPORT in Newport (Isle of Wight) has recently been advertised (18.5Hrs per week).

Detail of the post can be found on FCG website here.
Revd Bob Wilson, Free Churches Faith Advisor to NOMS & Secretary for Prison Chaplaincy, Free Churches Group, 27 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HH  020 3651 8336   Web Site



Revive Newport now has an active You Tube channel
We are uploading a new Video every other Friday with updates on how and what we are doing together as the church of Newport.  Like, share and subscribe to stay up to date with all things Revive.
Click on the image to see the Video


A new scheme, which opens the door to housing in exchange for help, has been launched by Age UK Isle of Wight.

Download further information

Source: Lorraine Lord & Diane Coppell,    HomeShare Coordinators
Age UK Isle of Wight, 147 High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight,  PO30 1TY
Working Hours:  Tues - Thurs, 9.00 a.m.– 3.00 p.m.      Telephone: 01983 525282


Looking for Staff

Medina Valley Centre is a Christian 80 bed Field Studies and Activity Centre just outside Newport and is currently looking for staff in the following position:

Domestic Worker
This is a part time non-residential position of 16 hours a week, early morning shifts starting from 07.30 am, with some weekend work, to start as soon as possible.  He/she will be joining a domestic team, the duties include making up beds before guests arrive, daily cleaning throughout, including showers and toilets. The ability to be flexible on which mornings worked is essential.  National Minimum or Living Wage Rates are paid.
For further information and an application form contact Frank Cope, Medina Valley Centre, Dodnor Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5TE, or email . For further information about the Centre please look on our web site:
Source: Frank Cope   Centre Manager, Medina Valley Centre, Dodnor Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight. PO30 5TE . Tel:  01983 522195   Fax: 01983 825962



Seeds4change looking to receive applications from Trustees  

Seeds4change Family Therapy Ltd, is a locally home grown Isle of Wight grass roots Christian charity
and is looking to receive applications from Trustees in the areas of business, finance and fundraising.

This charity has been operating on the Island since 2008.    Web Site
Seeds4change seeks to support children , youth and families offering counselling , family therapy and systemic training opportunities.



Looking to Recruit Volunteer Drivers


Volunteer for NYAS


•       Do you want to make a difference to a young person’s life?
•       Do you have 1- 4 hours per month to spare?
We urgently require more volunteers, so why not volunteer as a mentor/befriender for NYAS as an Independent Visitor for children and young people in care. 
As a volunteer you will:
•       Have fun, take young people on outings and maybe share a hobby, sport or interest.
•       Offer support and a listening ear and be a positive influence in a young person’s life.
•       Help build self-esteem and confidence.
You don’t need any special qualifications. We are looking for reliable and dependable people from all walks of life.We will provide training and on-going support. We will pay expenses to a set limit.
Here is what some of our young people and volunteers have to say about this rewarding role:
•       I like how my Independent Visitor isn’t anything to do with social services and is here to support me, not to judge.
•       They have boosted my confidence.  Now I feel like when I go places I can just relax and have fun.
•       My Young person always looks forward to me coming. They have had such a disjointed life and I'm a stable figure in their life. This has to be important for them as everything else changes around them a lot.
If you would like to apply, please visit our website  
Enquiries can be made via: Rebecca Ludlow, NYAS Independent Visitor Co-ordinator – Isle of Wight 07768 790037 


Great Whitcombe Manor seeking Volunteers
If you have a love of the Isle of Wight Heritage, and wish it maintained and conserved, three hours working at Great Whitcombe Manor each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon will bring a fantasy into a reality.

We particularly have need of a Domestic Cleaner who respects heritage and antiques.

First recorded in Domesday Book in 1086, Great Whitcombe Manor  is the oldest residence in the Isle of Wight and the first domestic property to be listed Grade II as being of Historic Interest and Architectural Merit by the Ministry of Works in 1952.
The Tithes show that the Plantagenet Catherine Pole lived in the Manor in the sixteenth century, her in-laws were executed by the Tudor King Henry VIII, King Charles 1 was assisted to escape from imprisonment from Carisbrooke Castle by the Worsley family who lived at the Manor in the seventeenth century , signalling and hiding the ponies for the escape to the Coast in the Ancient Woodland of Whitcombe Hangar.   In the eighteenth century John Churchill, M.P. for Newport made the Manor his home.

We would also welcome Volunteers willing to undertake historical research and assist in maintaining the grounds of 8.5 acres which include a Walled Garden, Hanging Garden, Rose Garden, Woodland Garden, 3 acres of Ancient Woodland , 3 acres of a Wild Flower Meadow and a Pond.    The site of the findings of Neolithic and Bronze Age tools and weapons in the 1930’s.
The base of The Isle of Wight Heritage & Field Studies Centre, this is a stimulating and interesting environment.
Further enquiries, and applications, to: The Administrator, Great Whitcombe Manor, Whitcombe Road, Nr.Carisbrooke, Newport, PO30 3DY.



'Behind closed doors' report

Behind closed doors – voices agBehindClosedDoorsainst gender-based violence, human trafficking and modern-day slavery, is a research project, commissioned by Churches Together in England, and made possible through a legacy gift of the former Leicester Free Church Women’s Council.

Source: Eileen Finch



The Constance Coltman century

This year, as well as being a major anniversary for the Reformation, marks a century since the ordination of the first female minister in Britain. Kirsty Thorpe looks back in celebration

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Source: Eileen Finch



I am on a mission to write a book to recruit non-Christians to Christianity. The book will contain the ‘epiphany moments’/testimonies of how individual Christians came to their faith. If you are willing to share your testimony I would like to hear from you. Call Ted Prewer on 01983 875346. Alternatively, submit your testimony through my:  website , then click on 'Calling all Christians’.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to WaterAid.



Fresh Footprints - A New Book by John Houghton
John Houghton
Fresh Footprints
: Paperback
Size: 198mm x 130mm
Pages: 264
Release Date: November 2017
Price: £9.99
ISBN: 9781910786789

John Houghton became a God-searcher at a time when churches were going under the hammer, vicars no longer believed their own faith, and God was pronounced dead. But John possessed an insatiable curiosity and wanted to find out for himself…

In spite of a relentlessly scientific and rationalistic education, something nagged inside him. Could there be more to life? Science can only observe and measure, but how could you measure the unmeasurable? The artistic, creative side of his personality demanded answers that science could never supply. So can God still have a place in a world rules by science and technology? How can there be a God of love given so much appalling suffering in this world? Hasn’t evolution disproved the existence of God, anyway?

Fresh Footprints seeks to answer these and many other questions. Using the idea of a seashore journey, the author invites readers to discover a relationship with God for themselves.

John Houghton is a layperson’s philosopher, theologian and artist with a down-to-earth take on science, faith and spirituality in the 21st Century. John is the author of many books, including both children and adult fantasies, practical faith lifestyle, and home group Bible study.

They include Hagbane’s Doom and the Oswain Tales series, A Touch of Love and The Harry Potter Effect.
He is an experienced public speaker and teacher. John and his wife, Jan, live in southern England. They have
three adult children and ten grandchildren.

‘John’s helical ‘slinky’ approach to God and life is very persuasive. His retelling of the grand biblical narrative is compelling. Throughout, John asks questions galore, refusing to force-feed us. Above all, we are offered the good news in fresh clothes. If you’re brave enough to dip your feet in the water for the first time, just do it! If you’re already swimming and want to bring those with arm-bands gently with you, this would be a great stimulus.’
Rev Andrew Whitman MA, Theologian and spiritual teacher

‘There are just a few books I have given away, again and again. This book may well join that short list! Reading John Houghton’s latest book is like taking a long walk with the author, probably along the seashore. Rather like John himself, it is approachable and conversational in style, yet rich and broad in scope. Infused with humour, metaphor, parable and anecdote, yet engaging creatively with science, philosophy, theology and the arts; Fresh Footprints is an extraordinary read which takes the reader on a journey from positive beginnings, through the inevitability of tension, failure and struggle, and on to a truly hope-filled conclusion. Rather than trying to win arguments, John Houghton seeks to win friends and fellow travellers to join him in this glorious and extraordinary search.’
Daniel Pritchard, Centre Manger Letton Hall

Source: Rob Whillier


For those of you in business

Apart from my spiritual role here on the Isle of Wight and internationally, as some of you will know, I also run my own business as a business and life coach. It’s in that capacity that two years ago I started a business network group, called Vectis business link,  that meets every other Tuesday morning for breakfast at the Ryde Castle Hotel on Ryde Esplanade, Ryde from 7am till 9ish. This is a great opportunity to promote your business to other businesses from across the island.

We are now opening our group to any other still unrepresented businesses/trades that wishes to join us or at least visit us and as a guest enjoy a FREE breakfast.

If you wish to attend or require more information please get in touch via email or give me a call on 563144.
Thanks and God bless.
Alex Tana

Gite for Two Persons in France

Situated midway between Futurascope, The Loire Vally Chateaux and Puy du Fou, Le Petit Toit is a lovingly restored rural gite for two in the grounds of La Charpenterie, parts of which date back to the 15th Century.
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Contact Helen Rogers
Steve and Helen were formerly members of the Church on the Isle of Wight

We have a great selection of food and drink, at fair prices and made with love to be enjoyed in our cosy cafe. Why not pop in and say hello.prices.

Don't forget our amazing book and gift shop; we sell a variety of Christian books, CD'S and gifts. We can also order Christian material into Store.

We have a Facebook page. If you have Facebook then please give us a like, to see what we are up to on the Facebook Page

The Greenhouse is a Place of Prayer and Worship. A place of Enounter with God. A Place Where You Can Grow
The Greenhouse Christian Centre is situated between Poole and Bournemouth and just a 20 minute walk to the beach. The Centre holds Led and Silent Retreats, Quiet Days, Healing Services, Art Weeks, Discipleship Training Days and so much more.
More information can be found on the website.
Are you lonely and not particularly enjoying facing life on your own? Do you wish God would answer your prayers for a soul mate? Then you should contact Friends1st the off-line Christian friendship and introductory agency who've been introducing Christians to each other since 1999.
Click here to find out more.