ABC – Adults bring Children.
Parents, carers and children are invited to meet friends at a very informal service held in North Muskham church on a Monday once a month, followed by tea or coffee. Activities are produced for the children after the service so adults can talk together.
Contact: David and Valerie Mellors 01636 671801
Averham Fishing Match
An annual fishing match is held between the Riverside Parishes and the Averham Church Water Fishing Club by the River Trent in Averham. For dates, see the Benefice Diary.
The Children’s Society
The Children’s Society is a caring organization funded entirely from voluntary donations, which helps distressed and disadvantaged children in the community. In support of this the Riverside Parishes run a boxholder scheme, raising around £500 each year, and also have a popular Christingle service every Christmas supported by local schools, children and the church congregation. If you would like to help please ask for a box or make a donation.
Contact: Sylvia Scholte (Local Secretary) 01636 673122
There are three Emmaus groups with 8-12 people in each. These are Bible based study groups which allow time for discussion, worship and prayer. The main purposes are to encourage one another in the Christian life and to bring our faith to bear on the problems of the modern world. Topics vary but they are designed to help individuals grow in the experience and understanding of their faith and to live it out in daily life.
Contact: Sheila Finney 01636 702613
Meets North Muskham Village Hall on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7.30pm. Membership is £5, which consists of 9 lectures/talks per year plus a visit in July. Coach Trip is at the end of September including a history tour and 3 day trip in early May.
Contact: Ann Heathcote 01636 705566 or David Mellors 671801
A Julian meeting is usually 6 -15 people of various denominations, including both lay people and clergy. They meet regularly in a house, church or chapel. A brief reading, or a piece of music, leads into about 30 minutes of silent contemplative prayer. The Riverside Julian Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, at a member’s house.
Contact: Valerie Mellors 01636671801 http://www.julianmeetings.org/
Kingfishers is a group for young people aged mostly 7-12. They meet at 3.45-4.45pm after school on the 2nd Friday of the month. The children are given a drink and biscuits and then have a few minutes of music and prayer. They then go into age groups for 15 minutes of Sunday school style teaching before returning for singing and final prayers.
Contact: David and Valerie Mellors 01636 671801 firstname.lastname@example.org
Knit ‘n’ Knatter Group
A friendly and welcoming group of ladies who share a love of knitting and nattering! The group meets fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons 2-4pm in the Vicarage. It includes church and chapel members and others from the local community. All abilities of knitters are welcome, from craftspeople to complete beginners. Members spend a lot of time providing knitted items for charities, including gloves, scarves and mittens for the Shoebox Appeal, red squares for the Children’s Society biggest Christmas Stocking Appeal, comfort teddies for Sue’s Place, baby blankets for Glenfield Hospital P.I.C.U. and much, much more. Many of us bring along our own knitting and we also try and help each other with difficulties in patterns etc. new members very welcome.
Contact: Linda Guy 01636 700247 or Linda Glithero 01636 67247
The Mothers' Union is a Christian organisation with more than 3.6 million members in 78 countries worldwide. The local branch meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (except in August), usually in member’s houses, and has a Garden Party at the Vicarage in July
Contact: Branch Leader David Mellors 01636 671801
Mothers Union: http://www.themothersunion.org
The Muskham Book Club
The Muskham Book club is a reading group which meets in the Vicarage Lounge on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 2.30-4.30pm, members pay 50p per session. We read a variety of books which we discuss over a cup of tea or coffee.
Members also bring along books they have read and enjoyed and tell us about them and we swap books with each other. We have access to the second hand bookstall that is run to benefit church funds. The Book club is a small and very friendly group and we welcome new members.
Contact: Jenny Hamilton 01636 705300 or Brenda Ringrose, 01636 673579.
The Muskham Magazine covers the parishes of North and South Muskham (plus Little Carlton and Bathley) and is edited by Judith Turner. It includes information on church and village events and includes useful advertising. The cost is £2 for 10 issues/year (no publication in January or August).
Contact: Judith Turner 01636 676176, email@example.com
The Plough is the parish magazine for the villages of Averham, Kelham and Staythorpe, edited by Lee Whetton, and is full of useful local information, including reports of many groups and organisations. It also includes advertising and is published monthly.
Contact: Editor Lee Whetton 01636 700023
Shoebox Appeal (‘Operation Christmas Child’)
The Riverside Parishes have been involved with this scheme for many years, sending shoeboxes full of gifts and love to places such as India, Kyrgyzstan, Bosnia, Croatia and Romania and more. In 2007 an amazing 110 boxes were sent to Belarus. The boxes brighten the life of a child who has very little. Enthusiasm for this appeal quickly spread beyond church members and many people in the community joined it.
Contact: Linda Guy 01636 700247
Thursday Morning Service
On Thursday mornings at 10am a service of Morning Prayer is held at the Vicarage (with Holy Communion about once a month) and is followed by coffee. All are welcome, anyone who needs transport can contact Jenny.
Contact: Mrs Jenny Hamilton 01636 705300
North Muskham - Mrs Lorna Johnson 01636 671372
Averham/Kelham - Mrs Jenny Quickmire 01636 671554