Wight Church Newsletter No 686
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Wight Church Newsletter No 686


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Lionheart Festival

27th-28th July 2024

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Islandwide Church Noticeboard

No 686      Circulation:  561    18th July 2024
Next Issue - 1st  August 2024

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Featured Ministry  - What we do at Embracing Age  - (Up to Two minute video)  

Saturday 20th July - Foodbank £1 Clothing Sale
Saturday 20th July - Melodic Choir does Stevie Wonder and Queen in aid St Mary's Hospital

Wednesday 24th-Friday 26th July - Lionheart Outreach with Cfan - Details
Wed 24th to Fri 26th July  - Mellow Drama Presents "To Timothy" at Ventnor Baptist
aka the "Pier Street Playhouse"
Thurs 25th - Tues 30th July - Christian Beasley Photographic Exhibition at Quarr
27th - 28th July - Lionheart Festival and Prior Outreach - TICKETS NOW ON SALE
27th July to 2nd August - "Days Gone By" Display at St Mary's Cowes
Saturday 27th July - Lionheart Festival - Children's Programme - MEGA BUILDERS
Saturday 27th July - Teddy Para Jump and Zip Wire - St Mary's Brading
Sunday 28th July - Cream Tea Afternoon - St Mary's Brading
Saturday 3rd August - Foodbank Clothing Sale
12th - 17th August - Jigsaw Puzzle Festival - St James' Church East Cowes
22nd - 27th August - Andrew Dowden High Summer Exhibition at Quarr Abbey
Saturday 7th September - Abbey Brass at St Mary's Brading
14th and 15th September - Ablaze Arts Festival at Aspire Ryde and The Priory
13th to 15th December - Shine Your Light
Friday 31st January 2025 - All Island Celebration with Patrick Regan OBE. Cowes Enterprise College

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
Fortnightly on Fridays - Over 65's Youth Club at The Living Room  Postponed until 5th July
Sundays until 25th August - Worship in the Open Air - Rylstone Gardens Shanklin
1st Sunday of Every Month - Cafe Church St Catherine's Ventnor
2nd Sunday of the Month - FaithCafe at Newport Salvation Army Hall
3rd Sunday of the Month - 
Ryde URC Cafe Church
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
IOW YFC New Sponsor Programme
Holidays in Rural France
A chance to help shape local mental health, community and learning disability services in Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Carers Connected seeks Volunteer Hosts

Open The Book - Find out more
Foodbank July Needs
£620 Raised for the Tower Appeal
Foodbank Cowes Evening Sessions to Close
Kelvin Burke - New Book - Lake of Tears
Update about the creation of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Mental Healthcare
Isle of Wight Christian Bikers - Intro'

Of interest to Islanders supporting the heritage and culture of the Isle of Wight
Operation Mobilisation - Mission Opportunities and Resources
Book your Charity/Ministry/Business Stall at Lionheart Festival 2024
Newsletters from other Organisations
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Lionheart Outreach

We are delighted to be partnering with Christ for all nations and churches across the Island for Lionheart outreach. There are 6 bases across the Island where Christ for all Nations will be holding evangelistic workshops at the same time and then will be heading on to the streets to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

These workshops will take place in the run up to Lionheart Festival on the afternoons between Wednesday 24th-Friday 26th July

Evening Session at Cowes Baptist Church

A Lionheart outreach evening session with CFAN will also take place at Cowes Baptist Church on Thursday 25th July 7.30pm-9pm with a time of worship, equipping and ministry.  Doors open at 7pm.

Topics To Be Covered During The 3 Training Days

Day 1 – Wednesday 24th July

Challenging traditional thoughts of Evangelism

Jesus at the door basic training

Workshop – practicing in pairs.

Arming yourself with the right attitude

Day 2 – Thursday 25th July

Sowing and reaping

Jesus at the door basic training

Workshop – practicing in pairs.

Discipleship and the importance of follow up.

Day 3 – Friday 26th July

Partnering with the Holy Spirit

Jesus at the door basic training

Workshop – practicing in pairs.

Growing in your giftings

*Topics given as a rough guide and subject to change nearer the time

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Tickets £5 are now available online or from the Box Office 0n 716767.

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"This performance will feature a few sketches (some comedy) and a short play "To Timothy" (a tragedy) about the life and death of the apostle Paul seen through the eyes of Luke."


Tickets £5 are now available online.

Just click on the this link

Andy Hough

Source:   JC Beasley

We are delighted to be partnering with Christ For All Nations and churches across the Island for Lionheart outreach. There are 6 bases across the Island where Christ for all Nations will be holding evangelistic workshops at the same time and then will be heading on to the streets to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

These workshops will take place in the run up to Lionheart Festival
between Wednesday 24th-Friday 26th July

Get in touch:                                        Grab those tickets now!

For more information, visit our website!

While you're here, check out our previous event highlights video!


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Abbey Brass, the Island’s newest brass band

present a concert featuring music for all tastes at St Mary’s Church, Brading,

on Saturday 7 September at 7.30pm.
The varied programme includes music from stage and screen, pop classics and classical.
The evening includes refreshments and a raffle.

Admission is free with a retiring collection.

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ABLAZE Arts Festival

ABLAZE Arts Festival will be taking place on the 14th and 15th September 2024. It will be held at two venues: The Priory in Carisbrooke and Aspire in Ryde. I believe it is significant for this time as The Spirit moves through His Church in power and direction. This will be a free ticketed event so be sure to put it into your diaries.

It was last held at Aspire in 2019, a celebration of the creativity that Father God has given His children, one that overflows with His love, ability and mercy for all.

Now we have another great oppoirtunity, to offer Him praise through what we create, whether it be poetry, prayer, painting, drama, sewing, cooking or music. The list is endless. Put simply, whatever creative gift we have received from The Lord and would like to share with others.

This event will be a great opportunity to both demonstrate these gifts and to discover new ones. It is also an invitation from the Church family on the Isle of Wight to everyone in the community. It will be free of charge in every way.

There will be living workshops to help rediscover any hidden talents that have been buried by life's difficult journey and a chance to participate and to grow and become the people we were designed to be.

We believe that our Heavenly Father is passionate about reaching out to us all, bringing healing and transformation through the Arts.

Our prayer is that you will join us on these exciting two days and see that this is an invitation to participate by sharing your gifts, and also to receive the blessings by experiencing the light of His presence, new found freedom and healing through the Arts. Jesus encourages us  to let our lights shine and not  keep them hidden.

 “In the same way let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” Matt  Ch5 v16 NLT

“The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognise our good work among you”  2Cor. Ch 3 v2.

If you feel and know that you are able to contribute through your gifting then please speak to your church leaders or connect with me on Lets set the Island Ablaze with His Glory!

Blessing and love in Jesus Name,

Suzi Anderson & the ABLAZE Team,


Imagine 100,000 Christians on the streets at Christmas singing Carols and sharing the Gospel everywhere!

A nationwide Christmas campaign called Shine Your Light, will be taking place this year over the weekend of 13th – 15th December 2024.
This UK and Ireland grassroots movement saw over 75,000 Christians from over 700 churches take their Carol services and nativity events into shopping centres, town halls, high streets and public spaces last December. This was suggested by many leaders to be one of the largest Christmas outreaches on behalf of the UK Church.
Shine Your Light is a united collaboration of many Christian Denominations, organisations,  local churches, and networks; including The Salvation Army, Bible Society, Evangelical Alliance and hundreds of local congregations in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Many church and national leaders endorsed the event including the Prime Minster, Downing Street and politicians. The weekend was highlighted by many media outlets including Good Morning Britain where hundreds of thousands heard that Shine Your Light was about proclaiming Christ at Christmas!
To see Christians recognised for taking the message of hope and joy to our communities from 10 Downing Street was so encouraging. We are praying that the Prime Minister and his new Government would equally get behind this campaign.
As a result of Shine Your Light last year, we heard stories of people coming to faith and churches welcoming in new people. It showed that when Christians come together for the Gospel, whole communities can be reached!
This Christmas, the vision is to mobilise over 100,000 Christians outdoors to reach 1 million people in the streets and public places with the Gospel. Last year, we heard of hundreds of flashmob style carol events, open air Christingle services and nativity events from the small to the large including some in Castles, country parks and housing estates.
This year, the vision is to see how the united Church can put CHRIST back into Christmas so that the whole nation can hear the bold proclamation of Good News and why we sing “Joy To The World!”
All our Shine Your Lights events are solely focused on enabling the true message of Christmas to be heard by those outside the Church. While it is acknowledged, Church attendance increases during the Christmas season, there will be many who will not darken the door of a church. 
The church has a unique opportunity this year in towns, villages and cities to bring Light and Joy to many through our boldness and unity.
Put the date of Shine Your Light in your denomination or church  diary now: Friday 13th – Sunday 15th December 2024.

We encourage you to register today to join the movement of Believers responding to this Gospel Call!
If you would like to connect Shine Your Light to the programme of events you are already planning, explore some of our great resources and to register, please visit:this site or to speak to one of the team, please telephone: 07429 379 777

Dr Jonathan Oloyede
Convenor of the National Day of Prayer and Worship

Ongoing Events


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Access via Priory Road/Popham Road - parking in nearby streets

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Source:  Adrian Pinnock

Here is our latest YouTube worship for all ages with music, prayers & short reflection on 2 Cor. 4: 7 - 2 Cor. 5: 1.
SONGS & HYMNS Broken Vessels (Calvary Chapel), He Will Hold me Fast (Keith & Kristen Getty), Only by Grace Can We Enter, I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say ( Celtic) & I'll Fly Away (Schola Diffusa Choir). Please like and share.
Source:  Stella Hardiman



Source:  Peter Banks




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




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Notices and Nuggets

A chance to help shape local mental health, community and learning disability services in Hampshire and Isle of Wight
There are two Isle of Wight constituency Public Governor vacancies open for Isle of Wight residents. Do you know someone who is passionate about healthcare in Hampshire and Isle of Wight and would like to have more of a say in helping shape Southern Health services during this next exciting chapter. 
If so, a role as a Public Governor at Southern Health could be just the challenge they are looking for! Governors provide a vital link between the public and the Trust by helping communicate the ideas, feedback, and concerns of local people.
Adrian Thorne, Southern Health’s Lead Governor, added: “Governors play a key role in making sure our patients’ and carers’ voices are heard, and they are a critical friend to the Trust. To be most effective, we need individuals with all sorts of backgrounds, interests, and skills to join the Council of Governors and fully represent our communities across Hampshire.”
There is still time to take part, with nominations for the Governor elections closing Friday 12 July at 5pm. Apply today:
For more information, visit our website here. To view our current Governors, visit here.
Kind regards,
Cheryl Soutar
On behalf of Project Fusion
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Project Fusion Communications and Engagement Team
St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, PO30 5TG
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Open the Book

Most churches have very few children these days, so how about going to them instead? Teams of volunteers regularly present Bible stories during assembly in a third of our Island schools. An Ofsted Inspector recently told us that the children had told her they love Open the Book. It looks spectacular, but is really easy (miming to narration so no lines to learn) and tremendous fun. Schools are delighted to have us, and another in The Bay area has asked for Open the Book.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact 

Be like David, telling King Saul that God will defeat the giant. 


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Source:   Isle of Wight Foodbank


Lake of Tears


Just a quick update. The publisher Springmead has made the book - Lake of Tears - available on pre-order. The link for that is here:
If you intend to get more than one copy there will be offers when we have them back from the printers.

Also, I have agreed to do an interview with Simon Guillebaud from the Inspired Podcast. I will let you know when that is available but here is a link to their other postings plus a link to the Great Lakes Outreach which we are pleased to support.

That's all for now folks,
I will be in touch soon,
Kelvin <><



Isle of Wight Christian Bikers

Introducing the Isle of Wight Christian Bikers, an informal, biker friendly, unaffiliated, non-denominational group, encouraging each other in our Christian faith. You’re welcome to join, regardless of wherever you are on your Christian or Motorcycle journey, or still seeking.
Feel free to post details of Biker and/or Christian Events, Meets, Ride Outs, Route Suggestions, Church, Fellowship, etc, as well as requests for prayer, support and encouragement. 
Our Facebook Page                                           

Source:   Ross Andrew


Of interest to Islanders supporting the heritage and culture
of the Isle of Wight

An opportunity for local people to become involved in a Project of the Isle of Wight Heritage & Field Studies Centre Ltd. to restore the Brew House and adjacent Cart Shed in the Grounds of Great Whitcombe Manor for heritage display and community activities. Supporting the work to get this Project up and running, through Planning, Design, Building and Completion, for which professionals are already involved, to benefit education and tourism on the Isle of Wight.  

Volunteers would augment the work of preparing the site and its historic show pieces for public awareness and to augment the school curriculum teaching relating to the life and works of Samuel Pepys.
Great Whitcombe Manor, near Carisbrooke, is the centre of the Isle of Wight, recorded in Domesday Book, but  discovery by a local Victorian archaeologist, Fred Morey, uncovered Bronze Age and Neolithic Tools in the woodland of Whitcombe Hangar, indicating an early  Settlement, safe from the Marauders on the Coast.
It was in the Hangar that the ponies for King Charles I escape from imprisonment in Carisbrooke Castle were hidden, to carry him to the Coast and his wife Henrietta Maria.    The owner of the Manor, Edward Worsley, plotted the King’s escape, sending messages in Farm produce. Sadly, the escape was not fulfilled. However,  a young student at St. Paul’s School, Samuel Pepys, played truant and walked to Whitehall to witness the King’ execution, as recorded in his Diary.     It is the contents of the Samuel Pepys Museum, currently in store, donated by the Corporation of the City of London, that will be displayed as a Tableau in the Brew House, showing Sam, with his wife, Elizabeth, seated at the oak table, with his music and excerpts of his Diary playing.   

Also to be displayed is a Romantics Corner, with the live face mask of John Keats, who lived in Castle Road, Carisbrooke, for his health in 1818 and 1819 and knew the Manor.   

A Collection of State Banquet Menus, Guest Lists and Table Plans, together with the Manor Deeds and Property transaction  parchments  will also be available to explore.   Guided Walks will be arranged.    Refreshments available in the Cart Shed, together with a Book Store and space for Talks and Community activities

If you enjoy research, cataloguing and have your own ideas for participating as a Volunteer in a unique  and rare vision of our heritage, please contact me on, to participate, and enjoy at leisure.

Yours in Christ Jesus.
Mrs. A.M.F. Pembroke, B.E.M., OSt.J.,
The Isle of Wight Heritage & Field Studies Centre Ltd., (a non-profit-making, non-political local amenity company no. 04095363, run by Volunteers)

Registrered Office: Great Whitcombe Manor, Whitcombe Road, Nr. Carisbrooke, Newport,
Isle of Wight. PO30 3DY.


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!


Three 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; each with Wood Burning Stoves. Pet friendly

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

Le Lavoir  is a newly converted gite with pool for 2 persons   NEW

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.

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


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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