tea@thechurch, Charlton - In Its Fifth Year !

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Coming up at tea@thechurch:

- now in its fifth year and as popular as ever!

tea@thechurch will meet as usual on

Mondays 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm at St John's Church, Charlton

on the following dates:

May 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
June 12th, 19th and 26th (NO session on 5th June)
July 10th, 17th and 31st (NO session on 3rd July)

We are then takling a break over August 2017 to resume meeting in September 2017.

If you are new to the area, it can be a bit daunting walking in to a strange building, but you can be assured of a warm welcome if you do take the plunge!

We hope to see you there for a cuppa, a slice or two of home-made cake and some good conversation.

Do come along - you're guaranteed a warm welcome !

PS. If you are small, we have some pretty good toys too.

St John’s Church Patronal Festival, Charlton - 18th June 2017

bishop edThe Patronal Festival of St John’s Church, Charlton

will be held on

18th June 2017 at a special Family Communion beginning at 11.00 am.

This is a very big event for the church, and it would be wonderful to have a really good congregation to meet our Celebrant and Preacher, the Bishop of Ramsbury, The Rt Rev'd Dr Edward Condry (pictured right).

 Please do join us at this service - all will be most welcome.


tea@thechurch - Charlton

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December was a very active month for tea@thechurch.

On 5th December we held a Bring and Buy sale in aid of the Red Cross and are delighted to have passed on to them the grand sum of £86.80. A big thank you to all who so generously donated goods and to those who purchased them!

The following Monday was Christmas Party time with a special festive tea. Jean Winchester kindly played seasonal music on the piano which was especially enjoyed by the young children present as they accompanied her with percussion instruments and much enthusiasm! The following week. the last before Christmas, a shortened tea session was concluded by a well-attended informal sing-along carol service.

January has started quietly but, by the time you read this, we will have had our ‘Do You Remember This’ afternoon when we bring items from 50 years or so ago to jog each others‘ memories. We are hoping that it will be a very entertaining afternoon.

However, you may be interested in taking part in ‘Bob's Quiz’ on 6th February 2017 or our ‘Hat Afternoon‘ on 6th March 2017.

All sessions start at 2.30 pm and finish at 4.30 pm, so do drop in any time between those hours. You can be sure of a warm welcome.

Dates for February and March 2017 are:
-  February 6th and 27th
-  March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
-  April 3rd

See you there!

Telephone 01747 829188 for more details.

Christmas Eve 2016 Crib Service - St John's, Charlton

Christmas CribA Crib Service

will be held at

St John's Church, Charlton


Christmas Eve (Saturday 24th December 2016) at 3.00 pm

'The Christmas story told for everyone who is still a child at heart.'

Tea & refreshments will be served after the service.

You are very warmly invited to join us for this service.
Children might like to come dressed up as one of the characters in the story.
There will also be some simple costume bits and pieces to borrow. 

Palm Sunday at St John's, Charlton - 9th April 2017

hossanahossana 1The churches in the Benefice will be coming together on 9th April 2017 at St John's, Charlton, to celebrate Palm Sunday, Once again, we are marking the occasion by walking from Ludwell Primary School to St John's Church with a donkey. The procession and telling of the Palm Sunday story will start on the school field. This year, we have a real donkey, and our outdoor singing will be accompanied by a group of local folk musicians. The celebration will begin at Ludwell School at 9.30 am.

Children (of any age) are invited to dress up for the occasion. We will have a small supply of costume bits and pieces to lend if needed. Something to wave would be good, perhaps streamers or a flag, and children are welcome to bring percussion instruments. Anything that can be banged or shaken in time with the music would be great, and 'home made' is encouraged. It should be fun!

The procession will be followed by a Family Service in the church. After the service, there will be refreshments (coffee, tea, juice and biscuits) and time for a chat in the church.

Extra parking will be available at the New Remembrance Hall on the other side of the A30 from the church.

All are very welcome - please do come and join us !

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Carol Service - St John's Church, Charlton - 19th December 2016

Christmas 3christmas treeCome and Sing some of your Favourite Carols

in an informal Carol Service at

St John's Church, Charlton


Monday 19th December 2016 at 3.30 pm

Why not come a little earlier and join us for a cup of tea/coffee and home-made delicious cakes from 2.30pm to 3.30 pm at our last tea@thechurch before Christmas and then stay on for the carols!

tea@thechurch, Charlton - New Times 2.30 to 4.30 pm

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tea@thechurch continues on most Mondays at St John’s Church, Charlton, but note the new time of starting is 2.30 pm (it used to start at 2.00 pm). We now have a group of Mums whose children are at school and this later time allows them to come after school for a chat, cup of tea and an opportunity for the children to play without feeling they have to rush off. So, if you have young children at Ludwell School and would like to drop in after you have collected them, please feel free to do so — you can be assured of a warm welcome.

We have a special children’s table with small chairs and have recently purchased some lovely colouring pens and books which have already been greeted with enthusiasm by one small visitor. There is also a selection of toys.

We also extend a warm welcome to our older visitors who love to come for tea, cake and a chat. Recently we provided eight shoe boxes packed with small toys and a knitted hat for the Shoebox children’s charity which ships these boxes at Christmas for children in war-torn areas.

Dates for December 2016:
December 5th, 12th and 19th
- see below for the special events on these dates

 Dates for early 2017:
January 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th
February 6th

Special Events During December 2016:

On 5th December, there will be a Bring And Buy Sale in aid of the Red Cross. Come along for a drink and find Christmas edibles and small gifts on offer.
On 12th December, 
we will have our annual and much enjoyed Christmas Party.

On 19th December, tea will finish at 3.30pm and will be followed by our popular short Carol Service to which all are invited regardless of whether you usually come to tea@thechurch.

If you are new to the area, it can be a bit daunting walking in to a strange building, but you can be assured of a warm welcome if you do take the plunge!

We hope to see you there for a cuppa, a slice or two of home-made cake and some good conversation.

Do come along - you're guaranteed a warm welcome !

tea@thechurch Celebrated HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday

HM The Queentea@thechurch at St John's Church, Charlton, celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday in style on Monday 25th April 2016 with an indoor “Street” party. Everyone was encouraged to wear red white and blue; the church was decorated with flags; a memorabilia table was set up with photos and magazines of the Queen; and an excellent tea was eaten complete with wonderful patriotic cake made by local ex-Army chef, Steve, and decorated by his wife, Donna. Jean played some old songs on the piano as well as the National Anthem.

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!


Some photos of the event are shown below. Click on each picture to see a larger version....


S†ory†ime - St John's Church, Charlton


Songs – Story - Activity – Play

S†ory†ime continues to be popular with parents and pre-school children due to its informality and relaxed nature. The Bible-based songs and stories with actions are geared towards 2—5 year olds but if a child gets bored and wishes to explore the toys at the back of the church instead, nobody minds! The craft activity afterwards is a chance for Mums (and Dads) to chat and have a cup of tea/coffee and slice of cake. So if you have not been, why not come along and give it a try. You can be assured of a warm welcome.

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S†ory†ime is at 4.00 pm on the following dates in St John's Church, Charlton (near Ludwell School):

7th April 2016, 5th May 20169 June 2016 and 7th July 2016

We have plenty of toys, a small kitchen, WC and nappy-changing facilities.

See you there!

 For more details, please telephone Theresa on 01747 829188.

tea@the church - Alice Leaving

aliceg stea@thechurch were very sad to see the Rev'd Alice go as she has been an integral part of our Monday gatherings. However, we wish her all the best in her new ministry in the Benefice of Shelswell and as a token of our appreciation, presented her at our Christmas party with a garden token (so that she can buy something nice to remember us by) and a framed photo of us all.

If you have never been to tea@thechurch we would love to welcome you between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm most Mondays at St John’s Church, Charlton, near Ludwell School (click here for the dates, or look for the banner on the church gate!). We have an active toddler corner as well as a more sedentary area for those of greater years.

Theresa Gowers