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Wight Church Newsletter No 653
Wight Church Network
Transformation Partnership Connection

Islandwide Church Noticeboard
No 653              Circulation:  476        23rd February 2023

Next Issue on 9th March 2023

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Open Now - Hope in Ageing - Poetry Competition
Friday 24th February onwards - Julian Meetings at Carisbrooke Priory
From Sunday 12th February - Faith Cafe events
Thursday 2nd March - Barnabas Project Leaders Day - Lighthouse Church Sandown
Thursday 2nd March - In the Style of Taizé - Carisbrooke Priory
Saturday 4th March - Quiet Day at Carisbrooke Priory
Sunday 5th March - Come and See, Café Church service
Monday 6th March - FGB Dinner with Francois Botes - Holmwood Cowes
Wednesday 8th March - National Parenting Initiative Vision Event

Friday 10 March - Songs of living Waters at Shanklin URC
Saturday 11th March - Music concert at St Mary's Brighstone
Saturday 11th March - Retreat Day at Verbum Dei Retreat Centre, Carisbrroke
Friday 31st March - Tritone Singers - St Catherine's Church Ventnor
Thursday 6th April - When ther are no words - Grace Church Ryde

Saturday 22 April - Operation Mobilisation's Phil Knox - Evangelistic Event
JCWGVA Winter Newsletter    
IOW Youth for Christ  
YFC Ryde Youth Project     

Carisbrooke Priory    

If your organisation or church has a regular newsletter or notice that you
would like others to see, send us a copy and we'll include it here.

Supporting Wight Church Newsletter
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Patrick Dixon


Source: Rebecca Savage


Source: Admin


Offering an alternative laid-back cafe-style worship with lunch around small tables, our aim is to reach out to people who wouldn't normally attend church. We seek to make our worship accessible & easy to understand for new believers without a faith background by providing a brief reflection to help sustain them in their faith during the week (and with additional resources they can dip into online on the FAITHCAFE IOW YouTube Channel). People living alone benefit from eating together & the support of a small community to explore faith within a relaxed setting.

Here is our alternative service for Epiphany with a cartoon 'We 3 Kings,' a clip showing Ukrainian customs, Agnus Deo sung by a Ukrainian choir & a short reflection. HYMNS & SONGS: Brightest & Best from the Gettys, My Heart is on a Journey by Stel Hardiman & In the Deep Mid-Winter sung by Jamie Cullum. The worship ends with Kari Jobe singing Take my Life and Let it Be.   
Youtube Clip                     Membership of Faithcafe                                  

Here is a ten minute reflection on the first three of Jesus' blessings

One Minute Shorts to lift your heart

If you have not had a chance yet to view our All Age Epiphany worship with children's content, here are the prayers in the meantime. Thank you for supporting The FAITHCAFE Isle of Wight YouTube Channel.   

Short with music & captions in various languages. Do share! Thanks 
 Source:   Stella Hardiman

The Barnabas Project Leaders Day

are organised for Current and Emerging Kingdom Leaders, to provide an Encouragement and Support for those wishing to make an impact in Kingdom. It is a ‘Safe Place’ for everyone to be involved and sharing with and encouraging one another, whilst receiving teaching and discipleship from those who have gone before us, to help along the way through the rough and smooth of Ministry, the Normal Christian. Take a moment to view this video, giving an overview of its vision.

Please feel free to contact us for further details.

These events are free and a light lunch is included in the day.




Come and See, Café Church service
this Sunday 5th March at 10:45
St Catherine’s Church, Ventnor

For everyone, for all the family
Free continental style breakfast
We look forward to seeing you there.

Source: Adrian Pinnock


FGB Dinner at The New Holmwood Hotel

65 Queen’s Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8BW
On Monday 6th March 2023 at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start
The Guest Speaker will be Francois Botes

Francois came to faith in Christ Jesus in 1980 during his studies in classical music. He served in a local church as worship and youth leader until 1988 when he entered full-time ministry in Scottsdale U.S.A.
In 1990 Francois was ordained into the ministry and today ministers in the prophetic, worship and teaching. He is also a member of a local church in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
The cost of the evening will be £24 per person

To book, please contact Jan Osborn on Mobile 07944 029132 or Email with your choice of menu  (see attached) by 26th February at the latest.



I’m getting in touch from the National Parenting Initiative  – a Christian charity in the UK with a vision to see churches support and empower families in their community.
I wanted to let you know that on Wednesday 8th March from 12-1pm, we will be running a free online event for churches in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight aimed at those who have a passion for seeing families flourish in their church and community.
The event will feature speakers from great organisations including Who Let The Dads Out? and Parenting for Faith and promises to be a great event – with space to find out more, ask questions and be inspired about what’s possible!

Free registration is here:
I would be very grateful if you could share this information with anyone in your team or congregation who might like to come along – we hope to see you there!
Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you,
Kayte Potter

Communication and Engagement Lead
Registered Charity No 1166031

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Source:  Brian Harley


Retreat Day: "Love poured out - being Eucharist for each other." 

on Saturday 11
th March 

We  start with coffee at 10.30. Event starts at 11.00 finishing at 4.30pm 
The venue is the Verbum Dei Retreat Centre, Nunnery Lane, Carisbrooke.   

There will be a light lunch provided by the community and we will end with tea and cakes. 
The cost is £20 for the day.   

For further information and to book a place please contact Patricia (Trish) Yandell on 07835948435, or Sr. Margarida on 07970083252 or email



See the Video

More Information and Tickets
Source:  Oliver Tucker



Date: 21st - 23rd April
Time : from 4pm on Friday to 2pm on Sunday
Venue: Westbrook Centre, Ryde
Cost: from £35
Book your place and enjoy fun, fellowship and creativity together.
Suitable for Christian women and those who are exploring Christianity.
Visit the Web Site  for more information.


Coming Soon… from the Wight Church Team
Good News for the Wight
           The life-transforming message about Jesus
  Saturday 22 April   7.30pm
       at the home of True Vine Church,
                           26a High Street, Newport above the Slug and Lettuce

With members of a visiting OM team and special guest:  
Phil Knox - - - head of mission to young adults at the Evangelical Alliance

Who could you invite and bring along?

Details and further publicity to follow.
Source:  Brian Harley

County Show Ground Northwood

Ongoing Events

Source:   Heather Cobb
Notices and Nuggets

Don't miss the Video (in 4 parts) of the All Island Worship Event
(organised by Wight Church Network Team)

with Rachel Jordan-Wolf, CEO of Hope Together
which took place on Friday 10th February

Hope In Hard Times part 1 - YouTube

Hope In Hard Times part 2 - YouTube

Hope In Hard Times part 3 - YouTube

Hope In Hard Times part 4 - YouTube

Source:   Bob White  and
                Ben Brown



Cap Debt Centre:
Thank you everyone for your support in getting the debt centre up and running.
We are open and now have our first clients.
Please continue to support the work of CAP. How can you help?
We are looking for people who would like to join a prayer team for the debt centre, if this is something you would like to do, please let me know and I will keep you updated on issues that need prayer.
You can also help the debt centre financially by making donations or setting up a direct debit, again just let me know and I will sort it out.
You can also help out by becoming a befriender which means you will come with me on client visits, for more information on befriending please contact me and I will run through this with you.
Again thank you for your support.
Please email me on or call on 07930166481
John Bastin
Castlehold Baptist Church
T: 01983 521751

Piano for Free

Can you assist me as I am moving to a smaller apartment and unable to keep my piano..I want to give away to anyone interested.
If you are interested contact me or you can refer someone willing to keep it..

Juan Sanchis


Head of Operations

We are looking for a special person to manage operations within Aspires buildings.  Reporting to the Chief Executive you will Line manage departmental heads for our Softplay and Cafe, Escape room, Creative Hub and Shop, and have oversight of both our buildings. You will Manage budgets and ensure the balance between income generation and resourcing the community is maintained.

Maintaining a pattern of daily prayer and developing Aspires partnerships with Churches and other Christian organisations will be of particular importance and you will work as part of a senior team that collaborates to meet the organisation's aims and objectives.

In accordance with Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010, there is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for the successful candidate to be a committed Christian, as you will be expected to lead prayer with individuals and groups as part of your role.

For more information and to apply please see our advert at
Head of Operations | Christian Jobs or email 
To discuss the role in more detail contact our Chief Executive, Trevor Nicholas at



Winter Pressure Partnership Meeting

Mention has been made of the need to have a partnership meeting involving the Isle of Wight Council, Town and Parish Councils, voluntary and community groups and potentially other partners to share intelligence and concerns on the impact of and response to the cost of living and winter pressure crises facing our community.
A wide range of organisations are already delivering/planning a range of responses which can be shared and the objective of the updates will be to share the activities being undertaken, provide intelligence on demand and to identify any patterns of need , gaps in provision and potential further responses.
As always co-ordination and communication will be key given limited resources so your time and input will be greatly appreciated.
It is proposed that a number of zoom meetings be put in the diary as follows:

14th March
With meetings running from 3.30 – 5pm with Community Action IW administering the meetings and Chris Ashman happy to share the first meeting and then a decision can be made regarding an on-going chair.
Community Action IW is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Winter Pressures Partnership Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting – The same link will be used for all meetings unless otherwise advised.

Join Zoom Meeting Link

 Meeting ID: 882 9640 4632
Best regards
Michael Bulpitt.   Chief Executive
Tel:  01983 524058



Source:    Georgie on 07410898723

My name is Lucy Nicholas and I am a volunteer champion for home for good. A few years ago before the pandemic hit, we were part of a group that helped to launch the charity on the Isle of Wight. But with everything closing down, we were at a loss about what we could do. Now that everything is opening up again, a few of us were approached by Adopt South to find out if there were any island churches who would like to engage with them.
My request is therefore two fold.
1) to see if anyone would like to join our Facebook group (link below), so that we could arrange an information event which Adopt South can join. If you are not on social media, please email me in and let me know your interest.
2) To find out if there are any other Christian adoptive parents / foster carers on the island who would like to have a regular meet up where we can provide prayer or peer support for each other. Most probably this could happen quarterly so that it won't be too much of a commitment for anyone.
If anyone can circulate this amongst their church families, I would be ever so grateful. Thanks very much for reading, love and prayers to you all.



Happy Times Gardening
Reliable and professional design and maintenance services. 
Creating outside spaces to make you smile.

For further information:
Call: Justine on 07816608164

I look forward to hearing from you.
Two Comfortable Gites in France

In the grounds of La Charpenterie, parts of which date back to the 15th Century.
Great for all year round breaks; both with Wood Burning Stoves. Pet friendly

Situated midway between
Futurascope, The Loire Vally Chateaux and Puy du Fou,

L'Eèbènisterie is refurbished Stone Cottage (with Pool) for up to 5 persons.

Le Petit Toit is a lovingly restored rural gite for 2 persons

Mobile:  0033 649699146

Contact Helen Rogers

Steve and Helen were formerly members of the Church on the Isle of Wight and, with family here, regularly visit.
Art and Design Gifts from Suzi Anderson

An exciting range of Garments, Cards, Wonkey Doodle images, Fine Art, Coasters, Place Mats, Mugs and Key rings all with Suzi's unique art and designs.
Ethical too - so no cheap and wasteful goods with poor green credentials

Please browse her new
Web Site and see if there's anything you would like for that special someone.  Contact Suzi:
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
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.

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