Following our Cartoon Caption competition in December/January Link magazine, we are pleased to announce that John Hinchliffe came up with the winning caption – see cartoon below.

Well done John!

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'Good news, I hear we may be out of here for Christmas'




First of all may I say a HUGE Thank-you to all who helped at the Christmas Fayre. It was a big fact we raised a record breaking £1785!!!!!!!!!!!

For the first time ever we had a queue waiting to come in and it was busy from then on (we even had a visit from John Penrose who had seen it advertised in paper)! Lunches were well attended but apologies to all those who missed out on the tomatoes (they had hidden themselves in the kitchen). All the stalls did really well and some even sold out. Once again thanks to all who helped in any way and to all who attended, lots of hard work but what a result!!

Christ Church and Emmanuel Weston-super-Mare Parish Profile January 2012Our joint parish of Christ Church and Emmanuel Weston-super-Mare is in a Vacancy period at present.

Representatives of the two PCC's have put together a document called a Parish Profile.  It describes the parishes, the services, the needs and the aspirations that we have for the future.  The purpose of the document is to guide would be applicants as they think and pray about applying for the Vicar post.

An advert is being placed in national press, on the Diocese of Bath and Wells website and here in the New Year.  The closing date for applications will be January 27th 2012 at 1pm.

The Parish Profile is available to download here now.

Click here for the advert.

SteepholmI don’t know how many of you know but the island of Steep Holm is in the parish of Emmanuel.

Doug Halstead was given the challenge of going up the tower of Emmanuel to take a photo of the island to be used in the parish profile.  Doug took Rhys Thomas with him.

They went through a door having no idea what they would find and began climbing the narrow, steep, spiral staircase.

It was so narrow they had to tiptoe up the stairs and the only light they had was from the torch which Rhys had held in his mouth so he was able to steady himself on the way up.

Mary Passey...Mary Passey

Earlier this year I retired after working 57 years as a trained nurse.  I felt I had done my bit for Queen and country - as the old saying goes.

I knew I must retire at sometime and I was looking forward to having a little bit of time for myself - but I also prayed - “Lord keep me working, don’t let me be idle”.  Two days later I had a phone call from Meg asking if I would consider being church warden again.  I had been church warden for 11 years previously and had had two years off.  My prayer had been answered.  And I have never been busier.

Dear fellow Christ Church and Emmanuel members, We are all going through a time of considerable change in our lives.  And change is something we all find difficult to adjust to, let alone respond to.  But we are responding to the changes the vacancy has produced.  It is wonderful to see so many actively responding in whatever way is necessary in order that the life of both Christ Church and Emmanuel should not only continue, but also thrive. We are conscious of the need to go further, much further, and that our churches should become the focus of many people coming to faith and trusting in God.  I wonder if the following may have a resonance in your mind as you read.  There are two questions on my mind at this point in time. 1. How have I become so complacent, so uninspired with my own faith and experience of God that it is so difficult to encourage others to seek both God’s forgiveness and His presence?
2. What can I do to remedy this situation?