July/August 2009 newsletter

HelenMUSINGS FROM THE MANSE…

 

Dear Friends,

 

Recently I had one of my EM2 (Education for Ministers phase 2) training days, at the Moderator’s house in Manchester. This is a chance for ‘new’ and ‘nearly new’ ministers to touch bases, have lunch together, and generally iron out any teething troubles we may have. But, it’s not all chat and coffee – we do actually talk about serious theological stuff as well!

 

Our study session for this particular visit was entitled, ‘Refreshing our Spiritual Stream’, and we were asked to consider how we ourselves are ‘ministered to’ from day to day, and in the midst of what can often be a rather hectic lifestyle.

 

It is often the case that the clergy will ‘put off’ or ‘do when I’ve just finished this little job’, that which should give us the grace and strength to follow our calling in the first place – namely, prayer and reflection. How else are we able to keep our toes in the water of spirituality?

 

But it’s not only ministers who are in danger of becoming spiritually dehydrated! Do you set aside, each day, a time just to be alone with God? Whether you do or you don’t, it might be worthwhile trying what Richard called, ‘A Spiritual Audit’ (taken from an Article by Fred Smith), by asking yourself the following questions…

 

  1. Am I content with who I am becoming?
  2. Am I becoming less religious and more spiritual?
  3. Does my family recognise the authenticity of my spirituality?
  4. Do I have a ‘flow-through’ philosophy? (i.e. Am I like the Dead Sea, which is dead because the Jordan flows into it but nothing flows out of it – or am I like the Sea of Galilee, which is living because the Jordan flows in and out of it)
  5. Do I have a quiet centre to my life?
  6. Have I defined my unique ministry?
  7. Is my prayer life improving?
  8. Have I maintained a genuine awe of God (a sense of reverence)?
  9. Is my humility genuine?
  10. Is my spiritual feeding the right diet for me?
  11. Is obedience built into my reflexes?
  12. Do I have joy?

 

Contemplating our spirituality, as a Christian, is essentially looking at how we obtain a deeper life of prayer and communion with God – and that is, I believe, something we all must do from time to time. As a minister, how else can I hope to pastorally care for those I minister to, unless I have first taken care of my own rootedness in God?

 

Taking care of our physical needs is almost second nature to us – shouldn’t our spiritual needs become even more so?  May you always keep your toes in the water!

 

Yours in Christ,

Helen

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Doesn’t time fly !!   The publication of this July – August edition of the Newsletter marks the beginning of Rev’d Helens’s third year as minister of the joint Christ Church, Longridge and Fulwood URC pastorate.

We pray God’s continued blessing on her ministry

 

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FURTHER CUTTINGS

 

Two more items from the late Jean Hailwood’s cuttings:

 

I want to tell you a story

There is a Chinese story of an old farmer who had an old horse for sale. Before he sold it, it escaped into the hills and when all his neighbours sympathised over his misfortune, all he said was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”  A week later the horse returned with a herd of wild horses. This time he was congratulated on his good fortune. His reply was the same, “Bad luck?  Good luck? Who knows?”      When the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke a leg. Everyone thought this was very bad luck, except the farmer, “Who knows whether it’s bad luck or good luck?”

Some days later the army marched in and conscripted every able bodied young man they could find. When they saw the farmer’s son with a broken leg, they let him off. Was that bad luck? Who knows?

Everything that appears on the surface to be an evil may be a good in disguise. And everything that seems to be a good, may really be an evil. So we are wise to praise God in all things and for all things. All things turn out well for those who love God. As we praise him and leave him in control, so shall we know his marvellous mercy and power working in us.

Thanks to Enid Singleton ( who submitted this from a friend of hers, from a Cistercian nun in Ireland to Fulwood Methodist Magazine in 2003)

 

 

You cannot feel them but they can hurt,

Nor can you touch them, but they touch you.

What are these things which have such power

and influence on all you do?

They are the words you speak each day.

The words that you and others use.

So please be careful what you say.

Think about the words you choose.

 

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Churches together in Lancashire logoFulwood URC was well represented at the Service of Commissioning of Churches Together in Lancashire’s new officers – Rev’d Steven Hughes (Interfaith Development) and Rev’d  Debbie Peatman (Ecumenical Development) held at Our Lady and St Edward’s Church on 3rd June.

The service was attended by members from many churches in Lancashire as well as representatives of other faiths in the area.

Vision4Life Logo (229 x 83)Vision4Life – WELCOME TO BIBLE YEAR Starting in Advent 2008, we began the three year Vision4Life programme, the first year of which focuses on the Bible.

 

BIBLE STUDY DATES: The morning Bible Study Group continue their studies based on a fascinating book by Philip Yancey, “The Bible Jesus Read “  The next meeting will be at 10.30am on Thursday  24th September.

 

EVENING BIBLE STUDIES: In September, we will be holding a series of four evening Bible studies from the Vision4Life material, which are based on John Proctor’sBible “Mark’s Jesus”. You may remember that Rev’d John Proctor preached the sermon at Helen’s Induction Service. He is New Testament lecturer at Westminster College and was Helen’s tutor. We will meet at 7.30pm in the Garrett Room. as follows: 9th Sept –  Bible Study 1: From Action to Passion;  23rd Sept– Bible Study 2: On The Way;  7th Oct– Bible Study 3: Mark’s  Women; and 21st Oct– Bible Study 4:  Death and Resurrection: The story that never ends.

 

SONG TO WELCOME THE WORD One of the Vision4Life suggestions is reintroduce the singing of a short song to “Welcome the Word”, which has a long tradition in Christian Worship. John M Campbell from Northern College has written a number of examples – appropriate verses sung to well-known hymn tunes. We have recently been using some of John’s words to the tune Belmont, as a help in preparing to listen to the Word:

 

God, present in your written word, be present now, we pray,

be welcomed, honoured, given room to say what You would say.

And should our readings be well-known, words often heard before,

surprise, intrigue with further gifts, bring challenge to our door.

 

Maybe someone would like to try writing a verse of our own ??

 

 

 

THE LANCASHIRE GOSPEL

Thank you to our members who wrote out a few verses from Matthew Chapters 8 & 9 as our Church’s part of the Lancashire Gospel. These have been returned to Ernest Wrennell, who hopes to receive contributions from as many possible of the 47 United Reformed Churches in the Lancashire Area of the NW Synod. The finished Bible will be bound as a permanent record of the Bible year of Vision4Life.

 

 

 

Nine year old Joseph was asked by his mother what he had learned at Sunday School

“Well, Mum, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and the Israelites were saved.”

“Now, Joseph, is that really what your teacher taught you?” his mothers asked, somewhat alarmed.

“Well, no Mum. But if I told it the way the teacher did, you’d never believe it!”

Thanks to Court Hey Methodist Oct 08

 

 

 

Lord Jesus,

If through independence, I have said, “ I am not part of your body”,

If through superiority or lack of love, I have said, “I don’t need you”,

If through selfishness, I have refused to share another’s pain,

If in seeing others rejoice, I have been jealous of their success,

If I have served my own interpretation of Christianity, instead of your true word,

If I have loved only those of a similar kind to me, and only those who love me……………………………………….then Lord heal me.

 

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Lectionary Readings July and August 2009

July

 

5th 2 Samuel 5: 1-5, 9-10; Psalm 48 or Ezekiel 2: 1-5; Psalm 123; 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10; St Mark 5: 1-13

12th 2 Samuel 6: 1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24 or Amos 7: 7-15; Psalm 85: 8-13; Ephesians 1: 3-14; St Mark 6: 14-29

19th 2 Samuel 7: 1-14a; Psalm 89: 20-37 or Jeremiah 23: 1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:11-22; St Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56

26th 2 Samuel 11: 1-15; Psalm 14 or 2 Kings 4: 42-44; Psalm 145: 10-18; Ephesians 3: 14-21; St John 6: 1-21

 

 

August

 

2nd 2 Samuel 11: 26-12:13a; Psalm 51: 1-12 or Exodus 16: 2-4, 9-15; Psalm 78: 23-29; Ephesians 4: 1-16; St John 6: 24-35

9th 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130 or 1 Kings 19: 4-8; Psalm 34: 1-8; Ephesians 4:25-5: 2; St John 6: 35, 41-51

16th 1 Kings 2: 10-12; 3: 3-14; Psalm 111 or Proverbs 9: 1-6; Psalm 34: 9-14; Ephesians 5: 15-20; St John 6: 51-58

23rd 1 Kings 8: (1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84 or Joshua 24: 1-2a, 14-18; Psalm 34: 15-22; Ephesians 6: 10-20; St John 6: 56-69

30th Song of Songs 2: 8-13; Psalm 45: 1-2, 6-9 or Deuteronomy 4: 1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15; James 1: 17-27; St Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

 

September

 

6th Proverbs 22: 1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm 125 or Isaiah 35: 4-7a; Psalm 146; James 2: 1-10, (11-13), 14-17; St Mark 7: 24-37


 

 

 

A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages.  Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages…  ‘Mummy, look what I found,’ the boy called out. ‘What have you got there, dear?’

With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered, ‘I think it’s Adam’s underwear.’

 

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BEATRIX POTTER ALSO WROTE DIARIES

180px-Young_BeatrixDid you know that there was a link – admittedly somewhat tenuous – between Beatrix Potter, the famous sheep farmer and writer of children’s books, and a former Preston Congregational minister?

 

Beatrix Potter was born in London in 1866 of wealthy parents. She had a lonely childhood, as she never attended school because her education and care were in the hands of a series of governesses. Her solitary existence was relieved for a short time when she was aged 5 and her brother was born.  At an early age he was sent off to boarding school and her loneliness returned. She spent many solitary hours writing her “secret” journal, a habit that continued into her adult life.

During the summer months the Potter family took their annual holidays, initially in Scotland and later in the Lake District. For many of the holidays they were based for the summer at Wray Castle near Ambleside and this area provided opportunities for young Beatrix to indulge her great interest in the flora and fauna of the area. By this time she had also developed her artistic talents, a skill which later she was able to use when she began writing her children’s books.

Many years after her death in 1943 her journals were discovered and were decoded. Some have been published and we recently read an extract in a collection of `Lakeland Stories` edited by Melvyn Bragg.

In 1895 the Potter family were staying at Holehird on the east side of Windermere and amongst other excursions the following is recorded:-

Sunday, August 18th Went to the Troutbeck chapel – Rev. Parker. I wonder why dissenting ministers are so very un-presentable. The congregation were quite clean and had their hair cut. He preached a long text on the Angel appearing to Manoah and his wife, better than I expected, though very homely.

The Congregationalists are more liberal than the Methodists and Baptists, and this shock-headed, earnest preacher got forth a rational, amiable interpretation, finding sermons in stones and heavenly messengers in every blessing. I thought the singing very sweet, two favourite hymns and a young lady behind me singing in a clear, firm voice. Lancashire folk sing through their teeth so to speak. I suppose very young but quaintly earnest.”

 

There does not appear to be any evidence that Beatrix Potter ever visited Preston, so what is that vaguest of vague connections with our city?

Rev. Parker to whom Beatrix and family listened on that Sunday in 1895 would no doubt have lived in the Manse at Troutbeck Bridge which belonged to the chapel. In the mid 20th century Troutbeck church closed and its members linked up with Carver Memorial at Windermere where the Windermere Centre is situated. The old manse at Troutbeck Bridge continued to be the property of the churches and it was converted into 2 flats. The upper floor was offered for weekly renting through the churches of the Province and provided a good base for a Lakeland holiday – we once had an enjoyable week there. The lower flat was reserved for retired ministers of the Congregational or URC denominations and it was here that Rev. H. Burnley and his wife took up residence when he retired from Grimshaw St. in 1966.  Could this count as a remote link or not?  Well, anyway, it is just a story to inform and entertain!

Donald & Marion Oakley


 

 

 

A wife invited some people to dinner.  At the table she turned to their six year old daughter and said,  “Would you like to say the blessing?”

“I wouldn’t know what to say,” the girl replied.

“Just what you hear Mummy say,” the wife answered.

The daughter bowed her head and said, “Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?”

 

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fulwood.urc.org.uk

 

computer_monitorYou may have noticed that our Home page looks a little different now as the website has moved to a new server and a new version of the software used to create the site.  A new feature is that we can have a set of pictures displayed in rotation rather than a static picture.  Clicking on any of the pictures will take you to the linked article on the website.  If you haven’t already noticed, why not have a look when you have finished reading these extracts from the newsletter.

Another new feature is the facility to get statistics of how many ‘visits’ there have been to the site and how long the visits last.

On the recent course at the Windermere Centre, Lawrence emphasised that we need to do all we can to get people to visit the site by indexing the articles as much as possible so that when someone searches the internet our website will appear near the top of the list of matches.  One way of getting our site noticed is by adding a link to the “Twitter” site.  This means that whenever a new article is put on our website a “tweet” will be created, alerting people who spend time on the social networking sites to look at our site.

The course was very interesting with plenty of laughs in between the concentration, although the programme didn’t mention that we needed to learn a new language!  We all exchanged e-mail addresses so that we can contact the others if we can’t remember how to do something.

I can definitely recommend a stay at the Windermere Centre.

Margery Pitcher

 

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PROOF CHECKER – Our proof reader-in-chief, Brian Fazackerley has been on holiday during the production of this edition.  We are not sure how he would have coped with this:

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The spell checker wasn’t much help on this occasion!!

Thanks to Arnside Methodist Church Newsletter


 

 

 

A new minister was visiting his parishioners. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door. Therefore, he took out a business card and wrote “Revelation 3:20” on the back of it and pushed it through the letterbox.

When the offertory was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned. Added to it was this cryptic message, “Genesis 3:10.” Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation, he broke out in gales of laughter.


Revelation 3:20 begins, “Behold I stand at the door and knock.” Genesis 3:10 reads,       “I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid for I was naked.”

Thanks to Hadleigh URC Sept 07

 

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LANCASHIRE AREA SERVICE  FAIRHAVEN   14th June

White church (176 x 222)Four of us, including the Rev’d Helen, spent a most enjoyable afternoon at The White Church, Fairhaven in delightful weather. What a contrast to the wind and rain at Morecambe last year!  The afternoon activities on offer included walks along the prom- you could see for miles-, a chat with the RNLI members who had brought their small rubber lifeboat into the church grounds, a most interesting talk about church and particularly the beautiful stained-glass windows in the church – they are really worth a visit ! Also included, a recital on the organ and a rehearsal for those joining the choir for the evening service.

It was good to meet old and new friends from other churches in the Area before and during afternoon tea. It was especially pleasing to meet up with Rev’d Nigel Lemon and see for ourselves how sprightly he now is and how well he looks after his recent operation.

lifeboat (165 x 124)The theme of the Service was not surprisingly nautical including a specially written hymn to the tune of “I do like to be beside the sea-side” and the moving Manx Fisherman’s Evening Hymn.  The service was led by the minister at Fairhaven, the Rev’d David Philips . His sermon was based on Luke 8: 22-25: Jesus Calming the Storm and included stories about the I O M ferry disaster in Liverpool Bay exactly 100 years ago . A most excellent service and a reminder of how inspirational it is to worship and celebrate together with a large number of fellow Christians!

Mac Dunsmore

 

 

Continuing the nautical theme:-

 

The Lifeboat

A lifeboat was called out to rescue a yacht in trouble. The coastguard, trying to get the yacht’s location, called it on the radio. “What is your position?  Repeat, what is your position?”

And the reply came back, “My position? Well I’m the marketing director of a medium sized computer software company in the East Midlands

Thanks to Beaconsfield URC

 

 

The Ship of Life

 

Steer the ship of my life, good Lord, to your

quiet harbour, where I can be safe from the

storms of sin and conflict. Show me the

course I should take.

Renew in me the gift of discernment, so that I

can always see the right direction in which I

should go.

And give me the strength and the courage to

choose the right course, even when the sea is

rough and the waves are high, knowing that

through enduring hardship and danger in your

name we shall find comfort and peace.

 

Basil of Caesarea c. 330 to 379

 

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Christian Aid Week 2009

ChristianAid (125 x 66)Thank you to everyone who helped in the house to house collection for Christian Aid, in the neighbourhood of the church. As yet, I have not received the final figures for our collection but when received they will be displayed on the notice board. So far the Preston and District have raised £13,000 but this does not include Fulwood and Broughton or Longton so the figure should be much higher.

You will know that the choir has sung its last two concerts as the Christian Aid Choir North West. Since the year 2000, it has raised over £45,500 and given enjoyment to many people. The choir rounded off its time with a very enjoyable meal at the Dog and Partridge on 12th June.

 

Traidcraft

We are being encouraged to buy more Fairtrade goods at Traidcraft stalls, as extra sales help the security of the fair trade producers. To protect the livelihoods of their suppliers, Traidcraft has been able to increase the overall volume of fair trade products but have had to reduce UK costs by 8% in the face of declining sales volumes. So please support any Traidcraft stalls you see.

QuizAid

Advance notice of QuizAid. To be held on Saturday 19th September – 7 for 7.30pm – teams of 4 – no individual questions – donations from each team for Christian Aid. As last year local churches and our hall hirers are to be invited. We are hoping to have a different set of questions from those used during Christian Aid Week. So – make up teams and come and join us!

 

Walks

The week commencing 14th June saw two walks undertaken in dry weather despite forecasts to the contrary! On Monday, Mac, Elizabeth and Viv joined Helen and Christ Church Longridge Ladies group on a stroll along the canal at Bilsborrow followed by a meal at Owd Nell’s. On Wednesday Jean, her son in law Steve, Kath, Elizabeth and Viv joined Churches Together at Fulwood and Broughton for a walk, led by Steve Garsed, beside the Ribble from The Continental Pub. This took in the old Tram Bridge and the new Pavilion in Avenham Park and finished with a drink at the Continental. Both were enjoyable evenings despite the fact that Mac had to become a lady for the evening on Monday!

Vivien Manners

 

 

Retiring collections on Communion Sundays for the rest of 2009 are as follows:     12th July – Retired Minister’s Housing

9th August – Commitment for Life

13th September – Harvest (Water Aid)

11th October – Commitment for Life

8th November – Earl Haig Fund

13th December – Commitment for Life

C_for_L_logo_small (250 x 59)Commitment for Life encourages all United Reformed and Local Ecumenical Partnership Churches to take action, pray and give for people across the world.  It works with both Christian Aid and the World Development Movement.  Last year we raised over £550,000 to help alleviate the root causes of poverty.  75% goes to Christian Aid to be divided equally among the four partner countries, 10% to the World Development Movement and 15% for administration, resources and grant giving.

 

 

It is the recommended way for all United Reformed Churches to give to Christian Aid.

 

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CHRISTIAN AID CHOIR NORTHWEST

The final concert of the Choir has now taken place and the Choir are most grateful for the loyal support given by members and friends of this Church over the whole of the ten years since we were formed for a one-off performance of “Feast of Life” in 2000.

 

As Margaret Edwards was kindly leading our Communion Service on Sunday 10th May, it was most delightful that she and Ben were able to attend the final concert at St Michaels & All Angels with St Marks on the Saturday evening.

 

We enclose a slightly abridged article which Margaret wrote for the June edition of the South west Group of Churches Newsround, which she now edits:

 

 

CURTAIN CALL …OR ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END

 

Since 2000, Christian Aid Choir Northwest, based in Preston, has devoted Monday evenings, from September to May, to rehearsal.  Membership has been open to those who enjoy singing and are willing to rehearse weekly.  The aim has been to raise funds for Christian Aid.  The concert programmes have usually included prayers, hymns sung by all present and an address related to CA’s work.  The choir has presented 65 concerts at some 40 venues throughout the North West, including:

 

Preston Minster, Chester Cathedral, Peel (IOM) Cathedral and St Peter’s RC Cathedral Lancaster; St Peter’s Chaplaincy, Manchester, Stonyhurst College, Blackburn, and Skelmersdale Ecumenical Centre; Wigan Baptist Church, Fulwood URC, Preston, and Bolton Road Methodist Church, Bury; Kendal URC, St Andrew’s, Leyland, and Christ Church URC, Morecambe, Ulverston Methodist Church, St Chad’s, Poulton-le-Fylde, and Church Road Methodist Church, St Annes; and County Hall, Preston.

Two years ago, the founder and Director, Mrs Christine Medd, a professional musician, decided that the time to retire had come and the decision was made to disband the Choir in 2009 after ten years.  The final performance was held on Saturday, May 9th, at the church of St Michael and All Angels in Ashton, Preston.  The congregation included Rev’d E. J. Burns and his wife.  Eddie is the composer of that established favourite hymn, ‘We have a gospel to proclaim’; and another of his inspiring hymns written especially for the Christian Aid choir, ‘O God of grace and might’, was part of the programme, sung to the tune ‘Darwell’s 148th’ (Ye holy angels bright).

The Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev’d Geoff Pearson, led prayers; and Dr Daleep Mukarji, OBE, Director of Christian Aid, gave a rousing address, which clearly had a great impact on all there.  He let it be known that he was giving up his post at the end of this year; and he moves on leaving as a legacy his example of great commitment and inspiring communication.

 

The Choir, in the course of its existence, has raised over £45,500 for Christian Aid.  What an achievement!

 

And who knows?  Someone else with great musical talent, expertise and commitment may latch on to Christine’s concept, and, through music-making, find a way of giving pleasure to thousands, at the same time raising funds to aid thousands of the world’s disadvantaged people.  I do hope so.

Margaret Edwards

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A man with the surname DOWNE was christened Robert and

consequently put up with being called Bob Downe. When he married and fathered four children, three sons and a daughter, they were christened Sid, Stan & Neil and the daughter Ida.

Thanks to Buxton URC April 09

 

AN ATHEIST IN THE WOODS

An atheist was walking through the woods.  “What majestic trees!”  What powerful rivers!”  “What beautiful animals!” he said to himself.

As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him.  He turned to look.  He saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him.  He ran as fast as he could up the path.  He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing in on him. He looked over his shoulder again and the bear was even closer.  He tripped and fell on the ground.  He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him…  At that instant the Atheist cried out, “Oh my God!”

 

Time stopped.  The bear froze.  The forest was silent.

 

As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky.  “You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don’t exist and even credit creation to cosmic accident.  Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament?  Am I to count you as a believer?”

 

The atheist looked directly into the light, “It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian?”

 

“Very well,” said the voice.

 

The light went out.  The sounds of the forest resumed.  The bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head in prayer and spoke: “For what I am about to receive, may the Lord my me truly thankful, Amen.”

 

Thanks to Upper Coquetdale Church and Community Magazine

(from Margery’s travels in Northumberland)


 

A Sunday School teacher began her lesson with a question, ‘Boys and girls, what do we know about God?’ A hand shot up in the air. ‘He is an artist!’ said the kindergarten boy. ‘Really? How do you know?’ the teacher asked. ‘You know – Our Father, who does art in Heaven… ‘

 

 

 

NEW BOOK

Glyns book (96 x 150)Readers may be interested to learn that Rev’d Glyn Eatock, a regular visitor to our pulpit, has just published a fascinating paperback: “The Quest to be Human” which is described “as a believable exposition of faith, which avoids the false certainty of the fundamentalists and the dismissive writing of the “God Delusion”. It’s about the quest to be human in the image of God. ”Further details from the notice board or from Mac who will order any copies required – price £9.95.


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Dates for July & August 2009

 

July

 

Fri 3rd 7:00pm   Choir Practice

Sun 5th 10:30am   Morning Worship      Mrs Jennifer Liddell

Tue 7th 7:30pm   Finance & Property Committee

Fri 10th 7:00pm   Choir Practice

Sun 12th 10:30am   Holy Communion     Rev Helen Higgin-Botham

Fri 17th 7:00pm   Choir Practice

Sun 19th 10:30am   Morning Worship      Rev Ron Lewis

Fri 24th 7:00pm   Choir Practice

Sun 26th 10:30am   Morning Worship      Rev Helen Higgin-Botham

Fri 31st 7:00pm   Choir Practice

 

August

 

Sun 2nd 10:30am   Morning Worship      Rev John Hopkins

Wed 7th 7:30pm   Quarterly Church Meeting

Fri 6th 7:00pm   Choir Practice

Sun 8th 10:30am   Holy Communion     Rev Helen Higgin-Botham

Fri 14th 7:00pm   Choir Practice

Sun 16th 10:30am   Morning Worship      Mrs Cynthia Longden

Wed 19th 7:30pm   Elders Meeting

Fri 21st 7:00pm   Choir Practice

Sun 23rd 10:30am   Morning Worship      Rev Helen Higgin-Botham

Fri 28th 7:00pm   Choir Practice

Sun 30th 10:30am   Morning Worship      Mr Peter Dawson

 

September

 

Fri 4th 7:00pm   Choir practice

Sun 6th 10:30am   Morning Worship      Mr Colin Garley

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