Wight Church Newsletter No 676
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Wight Church Newsletter No 676


Wight Church Network
Transformation Partnership Connection
Islandwide Church Noticeboard
No 676         Circulation:  535     22nd February 2024

Next Issue - 7th March 2024

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19th - 23rd February - "The Healing has begun" at Newport Congrgational Church
Sunday 25th February - St Paul's Barton welcome Francois Botes
Friday 1st March - STOP - The Band with a Message - at Church on the Roundabout
Sat/Sun 2nd and 3rd March
- One Body Worship March 2024   (24-hour worship)
Sunday 3rd MarchCafé Church at St Catherine's Ventnor
Thursday 7th March - Lake of Tears - Open Worship at Carisbrooke Priory
7th - 12th March - Love Russia - Charity Returns to the Isle of Wight
Friday 15th March - Pray the Wight - Youth Focus - Newport Methodist to host  7.30-9pm followed by refreshments.
Saturday 23rd March - Spring Fayre at St Mary's Cowes
Saturday 23rd March - Tritone Singers - St Catherine's Ventnor - Celebration of Church Music
Satueday 23rd March - Holding on to Hope - Quiet Day Carisbrooke Priory
Tuesday 26th March - Talk by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Tuesday 9th April - Children's Spring Craft Morning - Ryde Methodist
Sunday 19th May - "Free The Wight" Prayer Initiative

26th to 28th July - Lionheart Festival

Ongoing Events
First Tuesday every month- Coffee Morning St Mary's Cowes
2nd and 4th Thursdays - Warm Hub - Community Lunch - St John's Church Hall
1st Sunday of Every Month - Cafe Church St Catherine's Ventnor
2nd Sunday of the Month - FaithCafe at Newport Salvation Army Hall
Every Monday - Renew Cowes Wellbeing Cafe
Every Monday - Table Tennis at St Mary's Cowes

Every Tuesday in Term Time, Toddlers – 9.30-11am.  Cowes Baptist Church. Email
Wednesdays 1.00pm - 3.00pm - The Cuppa Club at Ryde Methodist Church Hall
Every Wednesday  - Living with the Word of God at Verbum Dei Retreat Centre
Thursdays from February - Art and Craft Group St Mary's Church Cowes

Notices and Nuggets
All Saints Ryde and a new Church Plant
Fusion - delivering community, mental health and learning disability services
Packs of Hope: New opportunity to Serve & Bless people.
Book your Charity/Ministry/Business Stall at Lionheart Festival 2024
Christians in Care Web Site

Could you visit a prisoner?
Home for Good
Newsletters from other Organisations
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Quick Links
Wight Church Website
Directory of Island Church Congregations
Directory of Island Christian Organisations
Directory of Island Christian Businesses 

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.

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Source: Suzanne Anderson

One Body Worship March 2024
All are invited to join in a time of 24-hour worship between
Saturday March 2nd 12pm - Sunday March 3rd 12pm
at True Vine Church in Newport High Street.

This is the 2nd One Body worship event which is about bringing churches together to worship as one body. Worship will be led by musicians and teams from across the Island and people can come and go as they please throughout the 24 hours.


Contact or 07534 068134 for more details




Love Russia - Charity Returns to the Isle of Wight

A charity that used to be based on the Isle of Wight. We have a large number of supporters still there, so this March we are returning!
Help us to spread this news, and are there other places where we could speak.
We are a Christian charity that partners with Russian Christians to meet needs of communities in Russia. Our work has always  been unique, and today it is even more so.
Helen, my colleague and I, will be on the Isle of Wight from March 7th to 12th, 2024.
We’ll be sharing about Love Russia
at True Vine Church in Newport
on the 10th March during their Sunday morning service at 10:30 am
(26a High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight).
We’d love for others to join us there. And, if you know of anyone else – be it friends, family or church family – who might be keen to have a chat about what it’s like being a Christian in Russia today, let us know. We’d really love to meet more people while we’re there.
We are also up for more small scale meet ups – perhaps you want to meet Helen and I for a coffee, maybe you’re part of a home group or another church group and would like a visit from us during our time on the Isle of Wight. We’re open to all offers!
Please ring me at the office during our opening hours  +44 (0)115 983 1100 , or send me an email at and we can arrange something. Looking forward to meeting you
Kind regards,
Anna Thwaites
CEO and International Director
Love Russia
          Registered Charity: 1092154      Company No: 04222680   


Source: Heather Cobb

Source: Angi Millard


If you would like to book a place please email

 Source:   Shirley Whittingstall

Ongoing Events


Source:   Alexandra Bruce


Source:  Adrian Pinnock


Here is your worship on YouTube with childrens' content, music, clips & a brief reflection. SONGS Draw Me Close to You, Open the Eyes of my Heart Lord, Speak to Me (Kari Jobe), The Little Voice (One Voice Children's Choir) & HYMNS I The Lord of Earth & Sky & Caught in Your Courage (Steve Parsons). 

Source:  Stella Hardiman




Renew Wellbeing Café – A place where it’s OK not to be OK. 
Every Monday, 10-2, including soup lunch.  Cowes Baptist Church, Victoria Road, Cowes. 
All welcome.

Source:   Heather Cobb


Source:   Shirley Whittingstall


Living with the Word of God”

Meeting EVERY Wednesday facilitated by the Community from 12.00 – 2.30 at the

Verbum Dei Retreat Centre, Nunnery Lane Carisbrooke,

a time for:

coffee, a themed talk, prayer, sharing and light lunch.

Cost  - a donation of £5


Source:   Patricia Yandell




Source:   Heather Cobb

Notices and Nuggets

All Saints Ryde and a new Church Plant
A team from East Wight have been praying into a HTB church plant for several years and now God is resourcing a new and exciting church plant into Ryde.

Led by Heath Monaghan, attracting other vicars from HTB Kensington and even people from other nations wanting to come and join in with what could be an exciting new church that will work alongside the existing services at Ryde All Saints. They are undertaking  Refurbishment of the All Saints site this Summer whilst building a team to deliver great children’s & youth work with services that will be aimed at all age groups.

For any further information please contact: Heath at - Heath & the team are so looking forward to working with other churches and ministers to see kingdom growth - reaching out to those who don't yet know Jesus.
Project Fusion is the name for the programme taking place to create a new, combined NHS
Foundation Trust to deliver community, mental health and learning disability services across
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

See the whole document

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Project Fusion is the name for the programme taking place to create a new, combined NHS
Foundation Trust to deliver community, mental health and learning disability services across
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

See the whole document

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Packs of Hope:  New opportunity to Serve & Bless people. 

If you want to help with the admin required or other voluntary roles please message Mark Evans at

We have significant funds via connect4communities, to help people at this time. We just need the volunteers to make it happen.

If you know anyone who would benefit please also give them my details.





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We are looking forward to Lionheart Festival 2024 from the 26th to 28th of July. We invite you to take part and would like to offer you the opportunity to represent your Business, Ministry, or Charity at Lionheart Festival 2024.

We do not charge a 'pitch fee'. Our hope, aim, and prayer is to all work together.

To find out more, please get in touch:

Find out more about Lionheart Festival by visiting our website

Lionheart Festival provides a space for believers to be refreshed, restored, and revived. Along with a place where ‘not yet believers’ can experience God and ‘the church’ as a united body in celebration in the great outdoors.

Check out our full   Lionheart 2022 highlights video!


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Could you visit a prisoner?

For many varied and complex reasons some prisoners at HMP Isle of Wight do not receive any visitors.
Sometimes this is because it is too far to come. Prisoners do not choose which prison they go to and sometimes they are very far from home and family. For some would be visitors it is not possible to come because of mobility problems, ill health, child care needs or the cost and time it takes to get here is too prohibitive.
For the purpose of rehabilitation it is important that prisoners are able to keep contact with the outside world and to have a feeling of worthiness and that they will be accepted when they leave prison. This all helps with their mental health whilst inside and their ability to engage with courses that help them to address their offending behaviour and hopefully reduce their chances of re-offending.
Official Prison Visitors are volunteers who give up a couple of hours a month to come and visit a prisoner who would not otherwise have a visitor. Someone they can talk to about things not necessarily connected to prison, like what is going on in the world, interests that are shared, hobbies, to name but a few. Visits take place in the Visits Hall along with other visits that are happening.
Official Prison Visitors (OPV)have training and receive on-going support. There is also the opportunity to talk to other Official Prison Visitors and support each other.
Prisoners here who already have an OPV find it a great help and look forward to their visits. The OPVs themselves find it very rewarding.
If you feel this is something you might be able to do please contact me, Rev Judith Swaine, in the first instance, without any obligation. Ring me on 01983 635414 or e-mail me on and I can answer any questions you may have.
I look forward to hearing from you.


Rev Judith Swaine, Anglican chaplain, HMP Isle of Wight  Tel 01983 635414


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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.


Have you visited Newport’s Living Room yet?

We are now open                                                                                                                                            
MONDAY : 09:00 – 14.00
TUESDAY : 09:00 – 14.00
THURSDAY : 09:00 – 14.00
FRIDAY : 09:00 – 14.00
SATURDAY : 09:00 – 14.00

The Living Room is a community café in the heart of Newport High Street. 

  • A place to relax, chat with friends or enjoy some time to yourself, and enjoy great coffee.
  • a be place where everyone from our community can come, feel at home, be valued and looked after
  • a range of teas, coffees and soft drinks are served as well as an enticing array of cakes

For all the latest news and information please visit their Facebook page (you don’t need a Facebook account to read the updates)

Nail cutting, removal of hard skin and corns, diabetic care, cracked heels,
general footcare advice and treatments. 
All appointments in your own home, providing a friendly and gentle service. 
30 minute appointment £28 
PLEASE CALL LEANNE - 07552628465
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.


Kingdom Creative, an initiative that seeks to help churches/ministries with their graphic design work in order to reach more people for the kingdom. 
Projects, posters, branding or any other graphic design work.
Helping churches with their youtube thumbnails for their weekly livestream, so that instead of having the same image, each livestream has a designed thumbnail suitable for the specific message. The idea of this is that this way the videos get viewed more by the public when they see a thumbnail specifically representing that talk.

Peter Herman

Accredited Counselling Training
on the Isle of Wight

Known as WCTI ( Wight Counselling Training Institute) We are an established counselling training provider in Shalfleet, Near Newport that provides 3 accredited Counselling Qualifications:

An introduction to counselling over 10 weeks

A professional certificate in Counselling over 12 months

A professional diploma in Counselling leading to registration as a counsellor ( 2 years)

We also provide organisations on the island with funded counselling support.

If you would like more information or wish to apply, please do get in touch

Charlotte Collins Co-director Wight Counselling Training Institute
Web Site    01983 722625




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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