Fwd: Wight Church Newsletter No 617
Wight Church Network
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Islandwide Church Noticeboard
No 617                   Circulation:  466           7th May 2020

In the current difficult circumstances with Covid 19 and the lockdown it has not been possible to bring you an Events Diary but as we have had a few other interesting items sent into us we have decided to share these with you.

If you have any interesting news or resources or snippets at this time do send them in so that we may let others know.

The UK Blessing
Spring Harvest On Line Resources
National Day of Prayer and Worship
Youth For Christ Update
Project Opera Update
Free Window Graphics
Useful Numbers and Contact Details for Island Residents
Age Space Hampshire & IOW hub
Clarion Call - Prayer and Proclamations
Carisbrooke Priory
UK Island Christian Fellowship - On Line Teaching
Part Time Youth Worker Sought by SWAY
Watch and Pray
St Andrew's Hall Cowes.- Lease available


Quick Links

Wight Church Website
Directory of Island Church Congregations
Directory of Island Christian Organisations
Directory of Island Christian Businesses 

Newsletters from other Organisations
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Supporting Wight Church Network
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At this unique and challenging time in the United Kingdom over 65 churches and movements, representing hundreds of others, have come together online to sing a blessing over our land. Standing together as one, our desire is that this song will fill you with hope and encourage you.

But the church is not simply singing a blessing, each day we're looking to practically be a blessing. Many of the churches included in this song have assisted with supplying over 400,000 meals to the most vulnerable and isolated in our nation since COVID-19 lockdown began. This alongside phone calls to the isolated, pharmacy delivery drops and hot meals to the NHS frontline hospital staff.

Our buildings may be closed but the church is very much alive!



Some On Line Resources.

Andrew and Virginia Howe say they have been greatly blessed by some of the online resources available - including Spring Harvest.

"I am taking the liberty of sharing two of them with you.

The first one deals with Church Leadership and in particular how we should be responding to the current situation plus the challenges and opportunities it presents.

The second one explores communion.  This very helpful "video" goes right back into its Jewish roots and reveals some surprising features that I did not connect with."

Spring Harvest Home - Sofa Session

Listen in to Sim Dendy, Ali Herbert, Cathy & Mark Madavan and Jim Mcneish talking about the joys and challenges of Church Leadership in these difficult days.
This is the Link

Whatever Happened to Communion

Peter and Michele Guinness look together at communion in the past, the present and as our future hope.

Click on the Image


You are on the forefront of change, transformation and breakthrough and we urge you to press on and persevere in prayer. The nation needs you...
The Nation is in "Lockdown" just as Peter was in prison but prayer is being made without ceasing by The Church unto God!
(Acts 12:5)
Dear Rob and Cath,
We have been praying for several weeks now but we need to continue with our intercession unabated. We need to press into endurance and perseverance.
"And let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not."
Galatians 6:9
"And he spoke a parable unto them saying men ought always to pray and not to faint"
Luke 18:1
With the daily media and news reports, there is a temptation to look at the natural and take our eyes off God. I want to encourage you, your group and community to rise up and stand strong in prayer and intercede for the land like never before.
We want to thank all of you that have prayed and are still praying.
Be assured that our unity in this regard is making great power available. We now encourage you to issue a call and rally the saints to even more prayer! 
We will NOT stop praying until the news reports and media blogs change into praise reports.
It is a great testament to your response that all days are covered by at least two groups from now till the end of June.
However, we need as many people praying everyday as possible. We also need people in every geographical area praying right across the whole land.
To this end, we encourage you to visit the website and book a 24-hour slot (churches & groups) or a 1-hour slot (individuals) to join the prayer wave.
We have discovered over 2000 churches and communities praying daily in Ireland, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales .
We have ourselves connected with over 11,000 individuals, groups and organisations... and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
With your help we can connect with millions - praying across the land.
Here is what you can do:

1. Reach out to all the churches, individuals and communities you know and invite them to join. (Send them to MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "wightchurch.us4.list-manage.com" claiming to be www.unitedinprayer.co.uk)
2. Forward this email to every Church, group and network you know, asking them to rise up in prayer.
3.Reach out by phone, by text and social media to all the churches, communities and individuals you know, inviting them to join.
Please note we are NOT asking you to join an organisation but rather to join in prayer with tens of thousands of fellow Christians praying all across the land.
The website is like a national altar, highlighting all the prayers of the saints everywhere.
Thank you.
Grace and Peace be with you,
Jonathan Oloyede
National day of prayer and Worship.
Send us an email to tell us about any revelations and testimonies you receive in the place of prayer (join@unitedinprayer.co.uk)
Share revelations and testimonies to join@unitedinprayer.co.uk
How to Get Involved
  1. Visit MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "wightchurch.us4.list-manage.com" claiming to be www.unitedinprayer.co.uk
  2. Click on “Join now” or “Book your Slot”
  3. Share this with every christian and every church you know.
  4. Share prayers and testimonies to join@unitedinprayer.co.uk

Youth For Christ Update

We hope you are adjusting to this new reality we find ourselves in. A challenging and uncertain time, however God remains faithful, and many people are searching for meaning and hope which is often providing opportunities to share the good news.

We had been planning to gather to celebrate 20 years of partnering with the local church to reach and disciple young people here on the Island. Instead we’re hoping to gather to have a 21st birthday next year!

In the meantime we thought it would be good to update you on how we’re currently operating in the midst of this lockdown.

We are continuing to run many of our groups and events online using Zoom, Youtube live and other platforms and are seeing a good level of engagement from young people, as well as increased mentoring and messaging to help stay connected. The team are working hard to familiarise themselves with new technology and software and being really creative!

This has its challenges (you can’t really play dodgeball!), it’s proving harder to engage with some fringe young people, and we’ve had to obtain parental permission for the new ways we’re contacting young people and ensure we’re doing it safely.

We are however seeing some encouraging signs: young people are reporting that their regular Youth for Christ group is a highlight of their week; some young people are engaging more with prayer and praying out loud for the first time; and many parents (including unchurched) have said how grateful they are that we’re making the effort to stay connected to their children.

We are also increasing our social media presence, including posting daily on Instagram and a new Bible reading plan.

Our work in schools is obviously on hold and we’re looking into furloughing some staff due to the decreased workload overall but are planning for this to be minimal.

We will be putting together a newsletter in the coming weeks to let you know more about what we’ve been up to.

We really appreciate your ongoing support, both financially and in prayer.
Do let us know if we can be of any help to you practically and in prayer, we’re aware many people are struggling and isolated at this time.

Thank you for standing with us as we seek to see Island young people’s lives transformed by Jesus.

Every blessing,

Chris, Ian & the Isle of Wight Youth for Christ team



Dear friends of Project:Opera,
I hope this email finds you well.
It has been a period of change and learning for most of us, with cancellations of classes and concerts.
We will, of course, let you know once we are back to normal.
Meanwhile, most of you may have noticed that I have taken to live-streaming breathing and vocal exercise classes on Facebook:
Having seen how helpful deep breathing has been to all the people I've taught over the past two years, it is very close to my heart to share the simple message of how to breathe deeply and with ease. 
Regular breathing and light vocal exercises are essential towards building up muscle memory that will help you manage respiratory health and anxiety, so important during these uncertain times.
If you are on Facebook, all past and future videos are visible on my personal page and on This Link
For those of you who are not on Facebook, I have recorded the following video to get you started: 
And I have started live-streaming onto YouTube Friday mornings at 11am.
If you view the video in the link above and subscribe to my channel, you will be able to view my 'Friday morning live' class every Friday.
The videos are free to view and there entirely to help people prevent and manage respiratory problems.
If you find them useful, please share them with anyone you think would benefit!
At this stage, I have no other news.
I just wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you again,
Annalisa Vaughan.  MD, Voice Coach and Soprano, Project:Opera
Facebook         Twitter       Tel: 07757 965339


Free Window Graphics
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Source:   Father Emmanuel and Eileen Finch  StSandSTC@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk



Age Space Hampshire & IOW hub

Dear Parishes of Hampshire, 

I hope this letter/email finds you well in this strange and unsettling time. 


I’m writing to tell you about the new Age Space Hampshire & IOW hub, in the hope you might help share our website to your communities; in fact anyone who might need information and advice on caring for elderly relatives!  


We are a social enterprise and our site is a free online guide to elderly care. We are a one stop shop of local information, advice and services to help families navigate the complicated world of care. This is something the founder Annabel James experienced first hand when her mother suffered a stroke and she tried to care for both parents whilst living in a different county and not knowing where to begin. Her aim was to bring all the elements of care together and make the journey as easy as possible with regards to information, advice and signposting. 


We have lots of useful and varied content from financial advice on equity release to legal advice on Wills to care advice on how to choose a care home. We recognise that some of the best support comes from smaller local charities, community groups and businesses and are excited to launch our web site    to join our family of 8 local hubs across the country and shares a wealth of information about local services, dementia-friendly businesses, accessible days out (for when we’re all allowed out!) and so much more. 


Now more than ever, we hope that our site will be an invaluable resource with a dedicated Coronavirus section and downloadable practical guide to help families in distress. Especially if they’re trying to care for elderly relatives from a geographical as well as social distance.


Age Space is a completely free website, but as a not for profit we don’t have expansive marketing budgets to promote and are reliant on our community friends to help us reach those individuals and family who find themselves in a new caring role but with no idea where to start. We would be incredibly grateful if you could spread the word via your internal and external communications - newsletters, intranet, website and social media. We would be very happy to write up a bulletin for your newsletter or website personal to your parish or area. 


Our local hub address


People can follow us on social media  - Facebook


We have a dedicated Coronavirus support group Supporting Relatives at Risk of Coronavirus Age Space


If you would like to chat about future information sharing, news or partnership opportunities please do get in touch as we’d love to keep talking. 


Best wishes,

Izzy Kessell

Marketing Assistant 

m. 07595589848

e. isabella.kessell@agespace.org




Clarion Call - Prayer and Proclamations

          Click on this Link



Carisbrooke Priory

A place of peace and healing

In accordance with Her Majesty's Government and Public Health England guidance relating to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, Carisbrooke Priory is now closed to visitors until further notice.  However, the work of God in this place continues, and our telephone will be operated between the hours of 9.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday.  If you have any prayer needs or requests during this very challenging period, please contact the Priory within those hours, or e-mail opendoor@carisbrookepriory.org.uk.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.



UK Island Christian Fellowship - On line Teaching

This year I have been working on a project to get videos of Christian teaching
on the internet that are geared to those who are new to the faith, and then find
ways make it known to people on the IOW
I have now begun by creating a Youtube site called  UK Island Christian Fellowship

To connect
There are a number of messages uploaded and I plan to add 1 more each week



Part-time Youth Worker

South Wight Area Youth (SWAY) are seeking a suitably inspiring candidate for a 16-20 hour a week post at an hourly rate of £10 per hour, subject to experience and qualifications. The candidate must be able to work two/three evenings a week (6-9pm) and the occasional weekends.

SWAY is an innovative youth project aimed at 9-18 year-olds in the South Area of the Isle of Wight. Can you see yourself being part of this successful, energetic and dynamic team? You will be supporting Youth Groups and Events and Volunteering activities within the area. You will be expected to undertake appropriate training and require a DBS disclosure.
To apply for a pack and application form please contact: swayoffice1@gmail.com

Closing date for applications: Saturday 13th June 2020 and interviews during the week beginning 15th June 2020.

South Wight Area Youth Partnership Charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Our website - do have a look!

Finally, all applicants should be sympathetic to the Christian ethos of SWAY.


Looking forward to seeing you!

We will be holding our WATCH + PRAY ONLINE
next Monday 11th May from 1-2 pm via Zoom.

It is a key time to come together to WATCH + PRAY for our
nations and hear what the Lord is saying in this season
and being led by Him to pray.

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You can get more info by clicking below:
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World Prayer Centre
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Lease of St Andrews Community Hall Cowes now Available at a modest rent

Later this year The Community Church Cowes will cease to function and as such is surrendering it's lease of St Andrew's Hall Cowes at the end of July 2020. This is a valuable community facility, in great condition, and will continue to be available from Isle of Wight Council at a modest rent.

Any other church or community group that would be interested in taking on the lease should contact Mrs Valerie Rawe (The Community Church)
valerie.rawe@gmail.com Tel: 01983 280067



ACJ Services

Painting Decorating

General Repairs

Bespoke Carpentry and

Maintenance Services

Tel: 07488330112

Two Comfortable Gites in France

For After the Lockdown!!

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

Landline:  0033 549699146
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.
Wonky Doodle Designs by Suezi Anderson

Her greetings card range goes from Christmas to Birthday celebrations and a percentage of each card sold goes to support charity.

Please browse her
Web Site and see if there's anything you would like for that special someone.  Contact Suezi: suezi@mail.com
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.

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