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St John’s Community Hall, Greenside

What’s On Mondays:

4-5pm CHILDREN’S BADMINTON Contact Claire Lapworth ( 7.00pm SLIMMING WORLD Contact Amanda Greener 01661 831299; 07894 284343;


4-5pm CHILDREN’S BADMINTON Contact Claire Lapworth (


10am-11.30am FOOTPRINTS (pre-school play & learn) Contact Rachel Spencer: 0191 6596714 / 07976 757116 6pm – 8pm Crawcrook Judo Club Contact John Pattison 0191 4476836.


9am – 12noon Crawcrook Judo Club Contact John Pattison 0191 4476836.

St John’s Hall availability

Mondays: 9 - 3 Tuesdays: 9 - 3 and 6 - 10pm Wednesdays: The Hall is currently available all day Wednesday Thursdays: 12 - 5pm Fridays/Saturdays: 1pm - 10pm

If you are interested in booking the newly refurbished Hall with its brand new kitchen facilities for an event, please visit

and go to the tab “St John’s Community Hall”. There you will find a booking form. Alternatively email: or call:

0191 4782085 for enquiries.

Clive’s Page Welcome, friends, to our new look edition of OutReach! As we move into a new season, we would love for you to join us as we seek to share God’s love throughout this community. Seasonal change is something we all experience, especially in January. After a long build up to the Christmas celebrations, we suddenly find ourselves at the start of a brand new year, wondering what lies ahead. How quick the years have passed and the beginning of 2012 seems a long time ago. Even the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics seem a distant past. And here we are at the start of a new year - 2013. I wonder what will be in store for us? Well one thing is for sure, we all have the opportunity to make New Year’s resolutions. I imagine many resolutions have already been made by the time this magazine comes out and no doubt, many have already been broken! What do New Year resolutions mean to us? Are they just a desire made with a bit of fun with everything crossed and yet fade away at the first challenge, or should the resolutions be taken as seriously as promises? Promises are words of assurance and the fulfilling of that promise will determine whether the person can be trusted. I can remember a man coming to the church building in Crawcrook who was desperate for money to help him get to see his family get reunited. He told me his story. As I challenged certain aspects of his story, he looked me straight in the eye and said, “Clive it’s true, I promise you that I am telling the truth, trust me”. A week or so later I found out that his address was false. I would love to meet that man again just to ask him why he could not tell the truth and to offer him forgiveness just as I received forgiveness from Jesus for the promises I have broken. What I find fascinating is that we live in a world culture where promises are no longer set in stone, truth is a moveable feast and people’s promises are expected to be broken. We have

generations of people who have been brought up in a culture where there are no boundaries of truth because of the bad example of those who should be examples of truth and integrity. The truth is that a broken promise is a lie and I hope that is not being politically insensitive. Saying that, there are some promises which cannot be fulfilled, because of unforeseen circumstances. At the beginning of this new year, why not try and start again in a positive way. Ask God to help you to forgive that person who has broken that promise to you but also ask Him to help you keep your promises. I thank God that He has always kept and fulfilled His promises to us, even to the extent of coming to live on earth with us and then to sacrificially fulfil His promise by not only dying for us upon the cross to take away our sins, but also to break the sting and power of death by rising from the grave. The best way we can learn about promises and truth is to look and learn from the promise keeper and the truth teller fully realised in Jesus.

May God richly bless you Facebook: GreensideParish Twitter: @GreensideParish Clive: 0191 4138281 email:

CAP Money CAP (Christians against Poverty) Money is a three session course to help you get back in control of your money. It features weekly DVD presentations to teach budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system. Our next course is planned for:

Tuesday 5th, 12th and 26th February 7.30pm at Holy Spirit Church, Crawcrook Are you in control of your money?

Whether we like it or not, money affects almost every aspect of our lives. Regardless of how much or little money we have, all of us can struggle to manage it and have the right attitude towards it. Being in control of your money is a very simple process - everyone can learn to manage their money. It’s about taking hold of the basic principles and then making sensible decisions.

Over the three weeks, you will learn:

1. How to build and live on a budget. (This is the cornerstone of managing your money well).

2. The CAP Money system, which will help to simplify your money and make it understandable. 3. How to live from week to week using cash. By applying these three principles, you will learn how to manage your money and live your life!

For details of your free local CAP Money course: Call: 0191 4782085 Email: Book online at: And please remember - all CAP Money courses are free but booking is essential!

What’s On in Greenside Parish Key Services

Art Stop

at Church of the Holy Spirit, Main Street, Crawcrook


1st Sunday: Morning Worship 2nd Sunday: Holy Communion

at St John’s Church, Greenside Road, Greenside

3rd Sunday: Holy Communion at Church of the Holy Spirit, Main Street, Crawcrook

4th Sunday: Morning Worship

at St John’s Church, Greenside Road, Greenside All services begin at 10am with Children & Youth Ministries running every week.

Vicarage Wednesday Worship Parish Prayer: 8.15am at Church of the Holy Spirit, Main Street, Crawcrook

Holy Communion:

9.15 am at Church of the Holy Spirit, Main Street, Crawcrook

Coffee Stop

Every Tuesday (term time only) 10am – 2pm Holy Spirit Church Hall, Crawcrook

Every Tuesday (term time only) 1pm – 3pm Holy Spirit Church Hall, Crawcrook Thursday 9.30 – 11am St John’s Community Hall

Home Groups Monday Woodside 7.30pm Contact: 01661 835718 Tuesday Kepier Chare 7.45pm Contact: 0191 4138446 Wednesday The Folly 7.30pm Contact: 0191 4136111 Dene Holm, Old Main Street, 7.30pm Contact: 0191 6596714 Horsley Avenue 7.30pm Contact: 0191 413 52 45 Thursday Heathfield Farm 7.30pm Contact: 0191 4139066

CAP Money

Tuesday 5, 12, 26 Feb Holy Spirit Church Hall, Main Street, Crawcrook. 7.30pm

Marriage Course

Starts date - Wednesday 23rd January.

In association with, Greenside Parish and New Wine Durham Local Network

Ian Parkinson, Evening Celebration, 6pm Sun 20 January 2013 Church of the Holy Spirit, Crawcrook, Ryton, Tyne and Wear and Leaders’ Meeting Monday 21 January at 10.30am

Ian Parkinson is the New Wine North & East Regional Leader.

He leads All Saints’ Church Marple, Stockport, which is a multi-congregational church meeting in three very different communities, urban, suburban and village. Ian’s passion is to support and resource leaders and churches as they seek to reach their communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ian invites you to join him at a New Wine Evening Celebration on Sunday 20 January at 6pm at Church of the Holy Spirit Crawcrook, Ryton, Tyne and Wear NE40 4NB.

For more information about this event, please contact: Revd Clive Devonish Tel: 0191 4138281 or Revd Libby Wilkinson Tel 0191 4773990

Green Pastures Coffee Stop & Art Stop The Coffee Stop is a vibrant busy place most of the time. It exists as a place for everyone within our community to find friendship and conversation. During those cold winter months, when the days get shorter the Coffee Stop offers plenty of warm refreshment. Hot chocolate, tea and coffee are readily available and our expert volunteers bake a variety of different cakes throughout the year. During the afternoon from 12.30pm until 3pm we have an opportunity for people to come along and try out their skills at painting or drawing. There is no expectation for people to be good at art. We are aware that within our community there are many people who are going through very difficult times and sometimes it can be helpful to express how they feel through art work. We are very fortunate to have Margaret as a volunteer working with us in the Coffee Stop. Margaret is an art teacher and is always around to help with some of the lovely pieces of work that have been created. Sometimes people may just want to sit quietly with their own piece of work and reflect on something meaningful to them. All are welcome, so we hope you will come along and visit us.

Men’s Ministry We also have a great group for the men of our church, led by church member Stephen Anderson. On various occasions they have enjoyed going out for a curry or up to Stephen’s farm on the Borders. They don’t get away lightly though, as there are always sheep to be sheared, trees to be felled and a lot of fun on the quad bikes, followed by a barbecue. Everyone is welcome so if you are interested and want to join one of the outings please contact : Clive Devonish on 0191 4138281

Women’s Ministry The purpose of the group is to offer friendship and support for women living in our community. Throughout the year various activities take place. We have enjoyed getting together and going out for a meal, having afternoon tea or visiting a local beauty spot. The ‘Swap Shops’ for nearly new clothing have been fun, Whatever the event, we all need support and encouragement sometimes, so we hope you will feel welcome to come along and get to know other women living within your community. Events are open to everyone, contact: Cyndi Devonish on 0191 4138281.

Youth of Greenside Parish We believe that all of the Christian message and the experience of knowing God is not simply for adults but for young people too! We therefore do our best to offer opportunities for all ages to explore what it looks like to follow Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit in a radical, fun and relevant way. With the commitment of fantastic voluntary workers we are able to ensure there is always a great opportunity for you, your child or teenager to join this adventure with us.

Run by Leanne and Rachel, they say

Footprints is welcoming for parents and

friendly for children. We enjoy hearing the sound of children playing and mums chatting together! Footprints is for all pre-school age children in the area. There are craft activities, story telling and refreshments for our children and their parents and helpers. We aim to provide you with an environment where young children can play, craft and have fun too. Short Craft Sessions, which usually involves lots of colouring and sticking. The children take the craft home (when it has dried a bit!) Rest and enjoy some free play, coffee and chats. Stories read by leaders of ‘Footprints’ and sometimes members of our church congregation Songs – a mix of Children’s Worship Music and General Children’s Nursery Rhymes

Friday Rock (School years 3-6) During

term time we spend Friday evening together in dicussion, games, craft and cooking. We are commited to learning about and making a difference to other young peoples lives via sponsoring a child through a charity. We also attend X:SITE North East.

Impact (11+) We try and gather as often

and when ever we can! From breakfasts before school, midweek small group, to wider fortnightly social gatherings. Our aim is to learn more about life with Jesus through a work based more on investing in relationships rather than a programme. We also attend YFC North East Wired event. If you would like to get involved, contact Youth Minister Andy Hawkins on 0191 4611807

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Fully Rely On God Is our work on Sunday at St. John’s during term time. In the hall we use a mixture of worship and games to explore the Bible.

Jesus And Me Is our work on Sunday at

Holy Spirit during term time. Using a mixture of crafts, art and creative resources we explore the Bible.

Marriage Enrichment Course Care for the Family have launched a wonderful course on 21st Century Marriage. This is a great course for any couple who take their marriage seriously and wish to enhance their relationship even further. Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties. With DVD talks led by Rob Parsons, the series offers down-to-earth wisdom, a healthy dose of humour and real-life insights on marriage.

Lots of fun and food!!

This six week course starts on Wednesday 23rd January 2013. If you would like to come along, please contact:

Clive & Cyndi on: 0191 4138281


Bimonthly magazine for Greenside Parish.

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