March – April newsletter

 “We present you with this Book, the most valuable   thing this world affords. Here is wisdom. This is the Royal Law. These are the lively oracles of God.”   

…. spoken by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland as the Bible was presented to Queen Elizabeth II at her Coronation in 1953

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PRESTON GUILD

For several months our Guild committee have been meeting with representatives of St Clare’s Church making plans for our section of the Faith Procession on Monday 3rd September.  CTFB are portraying some of the “I am” sayings of Christ and our section is “I am the bread of life”.  We have sourced a curtain-sided wagon which will provide some cover if we are unlucky enough to have wet weather for the procession.  Recycling Lives, the company providing the lorry will also provide an undercover area for us to use the Saturday while decorating it and to keep it secure and dry until the procession.  We have made a list of props needed to dress the float and will shortly be looking for help with the materials and making the items.

Jean & I have also been attending meetings of the steering group with representatives from churches all round Preston where it was agreed that there should be at least one faith related event every month during Guild year  (see last Newsletter or poster in church foyer)

The first was the successful Unity Week Service in the Guild Hall on 22nd January which received good coverage on Radio Lancashire both before and after the event and a two page spread of photographs in the Lancashire Evening Post.  Favourable comments were received from across the whole denominational spectrum including a Greek Orthodox priest, Reverend Mother from the Carmelite convent and the Pastor of the Free Methodist Church . There were displays in the foyer from organisations such as Christian Aid & CAFOD , Street Pastors & the L’Arche community. 

The “I AM sayings of Christ” series of Lent studies at Preston Minster started on 20th February. The first two have thought-provoking and well attended.  The remaining studies which start at 7.30pm and end at 8.40pm with refreshments are:-

Monday 5th March   I AM  the Door of the Sheep;  Monday 12th March  I AM the Good Shepherd; Monday 19th March  I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life;  Monday 26th March  I AM the True Vine; Monday 2nd April  I AM the Resurrection and the Life.

On Sunday 2nd September there will be an Ecumenical Service in the afternoon, probably in Avenham park.  The national leaders of all the main denominations have been invited to take park and I understand that Rev’d Richard Church, the North West Synod moderator has also accepted an invitation to attend the service.  We have taken advantage of the URC national moderator attending the civic service to invite him to take the service at our church in the morning.

The City Council seem very pleased with the participation of the churches in the Guild celebrations and are hoping the legacy of the Guild will be people working together for the benefit of the people of the city.

Margery Pitcher

“On behalf of churches together in Fulwood and Broughton, A big Thank you to all who supported the Christian Unity service on January 22nd. A few planned it, but we needed a congregation. You did Preston proud in the name of Jesus. Do make this the year of the Lords favour – and beyond”.     Margaret Thompson (chair, CTFB)

 

PRESTON PASSION    The live BBC One programme on the morning of Good Friday 2012 will be a contemporary and dramatic re-telling of the Passion story and feature an exciting combination of live performance and innovative drama. The BBC are looking for 500 sings and 1000 performers – If you wish to take part you need to urgently  contact Guild/Preston Passion website  http://www.presdtonguild2012.com or see Margery Pitcher

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THE WINDERMERE CENTRE

Holidays

If you’re planning on visiting the Lake District this year, why not  consider using the Windermere Centre as accommodation for your stay. They love to have holiday guests join them  whenever they have room, and are in a great location between Bowness and Windermere and will give you their usual excellent customer service and care, and their prices are competitive with others in the area. Why not give them a try?

Synod Retreats Group

The Synod Retreats Group who normall meet in our Church, held a renewing weekend under the title Streams in the Desert on February 3 – 5 at a snowy Windermere Centre.  Led by the Revds Lena Talbot, Michele Jarmany and Richard Davis attracted 24 people and was a mixture of scripture reflection, quiet times and creativity.

Come & Sing  (30 July- 2 Aug 2012) 

Two of us (more would be great!) are looking forward to the annual Come & Sing event with Martyn Smith. Martyn has a wide variety of songs ready for sharing, and all at Windermere are looking forward to hearing the Centre resound with beautiful melodies once again! This is a course not to be missed, for all who love music, fun and fellowship

Full details of courses at the Windermere Centre can be had from our Church Contact, Margery Pitcher or   windermere.urc.org.uk

Mac Dunsmore

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POINTS TO PONDER THIS EASTER-TIDE

The cross of Jesus Christ is a two-way street; we have been brought to God and God has been brought to us.

Anon

Christ became what we are that He might make us what he is.

… and …

When a portrait is spoiled, the only way to renew it is for the  subject to come back to the studio and sit for the artist all over again. That is why Christ came – to make it possible for   the divine image in man to be recreated.

Athanasius of Alexander AD 296 – 373

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APPLES                                                                                     

Up at the head table in the cafeteria, one of the teachers had placed a big bowl of bright red, fresh, juicy  apples. Beside the bowl, she placed a note which read,

“Take only one. Remember, God is watching.”

At the other end of the table was a bowl full of freshly baked chocolate chip biscuits,  still warm from the oven. Beside the bowl lay a little note scrawled in a child’s handwriting which read,

“Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”

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CHURCH FELLOWSHIP

Stephen Garsed from St Clare’s Church was our speaker at the first fellowship meeting of the year of the year. What a super illustrated talk is was!  A journey by Steve and Ann to visit their daughter working in Russia who had planned to travel environmentally and including visits to literary and architectural treasures on route. Steve limited his talk to Russia and has promised to come back and talk about the outward and homewards journey later in the year. It was a joy to welcome several guests from Our Lady and St Edwards church who asked to attend.  £53 was collected for Christian Aid.

Our speakers in February were Jennifer and Ray Jones from Wesham (pronounced  Wessam by the locals!) who spoke about their work for a charity CLEM supporting an ecumenical group of about 30 poor women in Bolivia, who got together for “space” and within a few years had raised funds to build a basic medical centre for the poorest in the barrios north of Montero.  Ethically traded goods made in Bolivia using traditional aguayo cloth are transported for sale in this country and some were available.  Look out for brightly coloured purses or bags among the congregation!!. In spite of a poor evening affecting the numbers £45 was collected for CLEM .Further details are available from www.friendsofclem.org

On Thursday 8th March, Rev’d Helen will speak about her recent visit to Egypt. One or two of us had a brief pre-view at the Manse open day.  It should be interesting. Please come and bring a friend to hear the full story!

At our April meeting on Thursday 12th April our speaker will be another friend from Fulwood Methodist, Veronica Frost. Her subject is “ Singing Safari “ – an amazing trip to South Africa combining singing with the Really Big Chorus in Capetown and the excitement of a real safari .

As usual, a collection will be taken on behalf of the speaker’s chosen charity.

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HOMELY THOUGHTS

When I was a little girl we had an upstairs playroom. When I heard my Daddy come home I would race down the stairs to meet him. When I reached about the fourth step up I would throw myself at him. He would drop his brief case and never failed to catch me.

This is the way we should trust our Heavenly Father and be more adventurous.

 

ENVIRONMENTALLY TRANSPORT

While driving in the countryside, a family caught up to an old farmer and his horse drawn  cart. The farmer obviously had a sense  of humour, because attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign…”Ecologically efficient vehicle: Runs on oats  and grass. Caution: Do not step in exhaust.”

 

   A CELTIC PRAYER FROM SOUTH UIST 

   Christ the Priest

   Christ is the Priest above us to reign,

   Him did the Being of life ordain   For all alive salvation to gain;

   Christ is the Priest of rising again,    Christ is the Priest above.

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FOOTNOTE FOR THE SPELL CHECKERS

No matter how often we proof read each edition, someone finds a typing error!  We read this the other day were quite reassured . . .

The human mind is amazing.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mind. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deson’t mttaer in waht oredr the lteters in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht thefrist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

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WHOM GOD USES      The next time you feel GOD can’t use you, just remember…

Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer,  Jacob was a liar, Joseph was abused,  Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid , Samson had long hair and was a womanizer,

Rahab was a prostitute,Jeremiah and Timothy were too young.

David had an affair and was a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Isaiah preached naked ,Naomi was a widow and Job went bankrupt , John the Baptist ate insects, Peter denied Christ ,the Disciples fell asleep while praying  Martha worried about everything, the Samaritan woman was divorced,more than once , Zaccheus was too small,

Paul was too religious, Timothy had an ulcer, Lazarus was dead!

 

No more excuses now. Whoever you are and whatever your faults God can use you to your full potential.

Don’t forget, you aren’t the message, you are just the messenger.

Thanks to Beaconsfield Magazine Mar 08

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