September-October 2018 Newsletter

SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2018

Dear Friends

Following on from the launch of our Missional Partnerships on Pentecost Sunday, an event has been arranged in each Missional Partnership Area. For our Area this will be held on Saturday 6th October 2018 from 10:00am to 13:00pm at Chorley United Reformed Church. It is hoped that this event will help to build relationships and learn from each other’s mission activities and ‘to celebrate and build on becoming a movement of Jesus-shaped churches.’   Everyone is welcome to attend.

At the end of June, The Elders met with Daleen Ten Cate, the Lancashire Mission & Discipleship Mentor, and heard about her busy few months in beginning to meet and build relationships with as many members of the forty churches in the Lancashire Area as possible.   She said that this has given her the opportunity to come to know what mission projects are already in place and also to identify the needs and opportunities of the different context of the churches she has already met. Daleen spoke of the ‘visible green shoots’ as people attend training, as churches begin to work together and share ideas.

Daleen will be leading worship at Fulwood URC on Sunday 23rd September and will be introducing the Discipleship Cycle, which she has already delivered at several churches. In Darleen’s words, ‘the idea is the churches will engage and grapple with the booklet and the nine worksheets that accompany the Discipleship Cycle so that we can grow in our commitment as disciples’. We will hear more from Daleen later in the month.

I have recently received a letter from the Synod Pastoral Committee outlining the proposed next steps in establishing Missional Partnership Steering Groups, supporting the work of existing stipendiary ministers, issues of finance etc.   A full copy is included below.

The NW Synod had decided to present every member. with a copy of Mark’s gospel. This version has been translated by Lawrence Moore and designed by Mike Walsh. Copies have already been delivered by Daleen and there will be enough copies for everyone. These will be given to members starting on Sunday 2nd September.

Churches are encouraged to hear Jesus’ call to follow and set out on a journey, following Mark’s Jesus. If you are already “Walking the Way”, it is a resource to help you.

In the past, some of our Elders have attended Bible Study Courses led by Lawrence Moore, when he was Director at the Windermere Centre. These have included the Old and New testaments and each of the four Gospels. For his course on Mark’s Gospel we were encouraged to prepare for the course by reading the whole of the gospel in one go – it is the shortest of the four gospels!   I found it an interesting experience when compared to reading or hearing short passages read on Sunday in church, and give a greater understand of the overall story Mark is trying to present..

Mac Dunsmore
Church Secretary

 

THE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, NORTH WESTERN SYNOD  

To all Churches and Ministers in the North Western Synod                                                     1 August 2018

Dear Friends,

Implementation of Missional Partnerships – An Update
I am writing to provide you with an update concerning the work that is being done on Missional Partnerships and to request your help as we set up the Partnerships.  Since the Synod Meeting agreed its policy on the Missional Partnerships many people in our churches have been keen to learn how the policy is going to be implemented.  We hope that the following points are helpful to you as we move forward.

Representatives to serve on Missional Partnership Steering Groups
Each local congregation will appoint a serving Elder as a member of the Steering Group of the Missional Partnership to which they belong. We ask that each Elders’ Meeting should now prayerfully choose one of its number to serve in this way – someone who can explain the mission objectives of your local church, and also be able to appreciate the scope of what God is saying across the whole Partnership. [The concurrence of the next Church Meeting to this appointment should be sought, although if the next Church Meeting is not until after the first meeting of the Steering Group the nominated elder should attend the Steering Group.]

Once the members of the Steering Group are identified, a meeting will be convened. Each Missional Partnership Steering Group will arrange dates for meeting together, at least bimonthly during the first year. The Convenors of the Steering Groups will update the Synod Pastoral Committee periodically on progress so far, challenges and achievements.

An external Convenor for each Missional Partnership Steering Group
The Synod Pastoral Committee will identify and appoint an independent Convenor for each Missional Partnership Steering Group.

Support for the Convenors of the Missional Partnership Steering Groups
A programme of support is being identified to assist the Convenors in undertaking this new role. It is expected that this support will be on-going and will be helpful to the effective working of the Partnerships.

Development of the Missional Partnership Steering Groups prior to commissioning the Missional Partnership
In establishing the Steering Groups we recognise that support will be needed to help these new teams to work well from the outset. In order to help the Steering Group prepare in the period before the Missional Partnership is commissioned, synod staff and others will be available to provide guidance and help. We are also working with Northern College staff to consider how their expertise may be made available to the Partnerships.

Grasping the Vision
It is important for the members of a local church to understand the vision for their church, the purpose of the Missional Partnership and the role of the Steering Group.

Again, synod staff and others will be available to lead sessions to enable congregations to understand more clearly this new way of approaching mission and the role of stipendiary ministry.

Each local church will be asked to complete a profile summary [for which a skeleton form will be provided through the steering groups as these are set up] so that a prospective minister can begin to explore the vision(s) and mission opportunities within the churches in the Missional Partnership.

Supporting the working of stipendiary ministers within a Missional Partnership
The Synod Clerk and the Convenor of the Synod Pastoral Committee have been visiting every serving minister in the Synod. It is important that there is ongoing support for ministers in each Missional Partnership as they continue to explore the pattern of their ministry, and this will be provided in various ways.

Issues of finance and manses
The Synod Treasurer is working on the range of issues to do with finance, property and expenses that are involved in the transition from Pastorates to Missional Partnerships. These are matters of concern to every local congregation and a clear strategy will be set out before the commissioning of Missional Partnerships. The arrangements will be equitable across the Synod.

Commissioning each Missional Partnership
Each Steering Group will propose a date when their Missional Partnership will be commissioned. The Commissioning Service will be a service in which the churches of the Partnership and representatives of the Synod will share. The Synod will prepare and make available liturgical resources for this purpose.

Opening up New Opportunities for Ministry on the Moderators’ Vacancy List
We are delighted that we were able to place 3 new opportunities for ministry on the Moderators’ Vacancy List in July – one each in Lancashire, Central and South Areas. We expect that a further 3 new opportunities for ministry will be placed on the Moderators’ Vacancy List in October. Additional work will be done later in the year to determine how many further new opportunities can be opened up to attract new ministers into Missional Partnerships in this Synod.

All of this will require a lot of prayer, faith and commitment! Set down in writing it may look rather “dry” but in practice it will be challenging and exciting as we continue together to Walk the Way of Jesus in our congregations and in our Synod.

On behalf of the Synod Pastoral Committee

Revd Marion Tugwood (Convenor)

   

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2018

September

2nd     Songs 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

9th     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

16th    Proverbs 1: 20 – 33; Psalm 19 or Isaiah 50: 4 – 9a; Psalm 116: 1 – 9; James 3: 1 – 12; St Mark 8: 27 – 38

23rd    Proverbs 31: 10 – 31; Psalm 1 or Jeremiah 11: 18 – 20; Psalm 54; James 3: 13 – 4: 3, 7 – 8a; St Mark 9: 30 – 37

30th    Esther 7: 1 – 6, 9 – 10, 9: 20 – 22; Psalm 124 or Numbers 11: 4 – 6, 10 – 16, 24 – 29; Psalm 19: 7 – 14; James 5: 13 – 20; St Mark 9: 38 – 50

 October

7th       Job 1: 1; 2: 1 – 10; Psalm 26 or Genesis 2: 18 – 24; -Psalm 8; Hebrews 1: 1 – 4; 2: 5 – 12; St Mark 10: 2 – 16

14th    Job 23: 1 – 9, 16 – 17; Psalm 22: 1 – 15 or Amos 5: 6 – 7, 10 – 15; Psalm 90: 12 – 17; Hebrews 4: 12 – 16; St Mark 10: 17 – 31

21st    Job 38: 1 – 7, (34 – 41); Psalm 104: 1 – 9, 24, 35c or Isaiah 53: 4 – 12; Psalm 91: 9 – 16; Hebrews 5: 1 – 10; St Mark 10: 35 – 45

28th Job 42: 1 – 6, 10 – 17; Psalm 34: 1 – 8, (19 – 22) or Jeremiah 31: 7 – 9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 7: 23 – 28; St Mark 10: 46 – 52

 November

1st All Saints Isaiah 25: 6 – 9; Psalm 24; Revelation 7: 9 -17; St John 11: 32 – 44

4th     Ruth 1: 1 – 18; Psalm 146 or Deuteronomy 6: 1 – 9; Psalm 119: 1 – 8; Hebrews 9: 11 – 14; St Mark 12: 28 – 34

11th    Ruth 3: 1 – 5, 4: 13 – 17; Psalm 127 or 1 Kings 17: 8 – 16; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9: 24 – 28; St Mark 12: 38 – 44

Remembrance Day Isaiah 52: 7 -12; Psalm 72: 1 – 19; Romans 8: 31 – 39; St Matthew 5: 38 – 48

 

THE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH VISION STATEMENT

Called to be God’s people, transformed by the Gospel, making a difference in the world for Christ’s sake”

 

 

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS                   

2nd Sept      Dorothy Sumner

14th Oct      Jean Fazackerley

21st Oct      Jean Dunsmore

28th Oct      Camille McCullough

4th Nov      Frances Fraser

 

 

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN FULWOOD & BROUGHTON

REMINDER: PILGRIMAGE TO ST PETER’S, HEYSHAM AND ST PETER’S CATHEDRAL, LANCASTERSATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2018

WELCOME   We extend a warm welcome to the Rev’d Chris Boland, the newly inducted vicar of Christ Church, Fulwood and Pray for every blessing on his ministry.

 

 

Remembrance Sunday

Do you have any photographs of relatives who served at any time in the Armed Forces? If so, could I borrow them for a few days to scan so that I can include them on the PowerPoint for our Remembrance Sunday Service. Colour, black & white or sepia and it doesn’t matter if they are a bit dog-eared. Thank you.

Margery

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – JAMIE SCOTT

Whenever I’m disappointed with my spot in life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott.

Jamie was trying out for a part in the school play. His mother told me that he’d set his heart on being in it, though she feared he would not be chosen. On the day the parts were awarded I went with her to collect him after school. Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and excitement.

“Guess what Mum” he shouted, and then said those words that will remain a lesson to me… “I’ve been chosen to clap and cheer.”

 

Harvest Service

Our Harvest service will be held on Sunday 9th September and our display will focus mainly on tinned & packet to be donated to the Salvation Army food bank. You are invited to bring any of the following items or there will be a plate at the back of church for donations.

Tinned Spaghetti; Tinned tomatoes; Packet / tinned soup; Beans; Tinned fish; Tinned meat; Tinned potatoes; Tinned vegetables; Tinned fruit; Rice pudding; Custard; Baby food; Tinned cake; Jars of sauces; Packets of noodles or rice; Long life milk; Sugar; Tea bags; Coffee; Cereal; Cordial; Fruit juice; Biscuits/Sweets; Jams/Spreads.

Thank you.

 

Quiz for Christian Aid

We will be holding a Quiz for Christian Aid on Friday 28th September, 7:00pm to approx. 9:00pm. This is a fun quiz not University Challenge! Teams of up to 4 people – no individual questions. There will also be a FairTrade stall. Spectators welcome.

 

Missional Partnership Get-Together

There will be a chance to meet people from the other churches in our Missional Partnership and find out about the churches on Saturday 6th October at Chorley URC (Hollinshead St, Chorley. There is a Pay & Display car park next door).

 

Coffee Morning and Bring & Buy Sale

Our second coffee morning to support St Catherine’s & Derian House hospices will be held on 27th October, 10:30am – 12:00 noon. Stalls will include toiletries, groceries, cakes, gifts, needlework & handmade cards. Come along for a cuppa and a chat to support these two charities.

 

UNICEF MITE SCHEME  

Following receipt of our latest donation of £140.00, Vivien has received the following note from Keith Garner, the Scheme Coordinator.

“Please pass on my thanks to the good folk at Fulwood URC for this generous donation and faithful support.
With Every Blessing Keith “

 

A REMINDER – WHAT IS THE MITE SCHEME?

The Mite Scheme raises funds by collecting 5p coins, to purchase Oral Rehydration Sachets through Unicef to keep children around the world healthy and safe. These salts can re-hydrate your body. However, for a child suffering from cholera or malnutrition, five sachets could mean the difference between life and death. Did you know that just £6 could save the lives of as many as 15 children suffering from dehydration caused by diarrhoea?

Unicef is supported entirely by your donations, and The Mite Scheme is one of the ways your faith group can raise money so that together we can help make a lasting difference for children worldwide.

At present, it is mainly Christian churches of various denominations throughout the UK who make up the membership of the scheme, but there are also youth groups and other organisations and individuals not linked to a church who are involved with the Mite Scheme too. Everyone is welcome.

What difference will this make for children?
All money raised through the Scheme comes to Unicef. The delivery and production in various locations locally of each sachet, costs an average 8p.

 

 

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)

 

THE LIFE BOAT

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

 

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

 

ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES  

(OUR CHOSEN PARTNERS)

POWER TO THE PEOPLE

Amina smiles as she remembers how she got involved with Christian Aid partner YMCA in Raboud, a village in the Hebron governorate of the West Bank.

“We were passing by and decided to join a meeting with the YMCA because we thought that we might get water tanks [for our homes], or something else… But then we heard about the approach of the project – it’s different. It has a focus on the role of women, and the importance for women to speak up and participate.”

Amina joined a community protection group which involves women, men and young people. Amina is 27, she has a degree in business administration, she has four children and she wanted to see improvements in her community. The protection group discusses issues in the area; their aim is to address these issues through a community action plan that they develop together. The work is part of Christian Aid’s Participatory

Vulnerability Capacity Assessment approach with partners in the occupied Palestinian territory. The approach empowers communities by giving them confidence and skills to take collective action: if they understand the risks they face, they can identify opportunities to make changes.

“I started becoming active and going to meetings’ says Amina. “And I realized… myself and other women were becoming more self confident; we started sharing our thoughts and having an actual role in tackling issues in our community.”

Israel and the occupied territories update

Communities solving problems
One issue that the Raboud protection group identified was that their rubbish wasn’t being collected and their local village council wasn’t hearing their concerns about the associated health risks. “We decided that one of our group should run for the village council so that we would have more access,” Amina recalls. “At the beginning, some people discouraged me. They were saying: ‘you have children, a husband, you won’t have time to be in the village council’. But then we sat together as women in the protection group; we were thinking that there were already seven men on the council and there needed to be representation of women there. My husband has been very supportive too. He always encouraged me to be part of the group and active in the community. ”With the support of the community protection group, Amina was nominated and then elected as the first female member of the local village council. Since then, she has been an important link between the council and the group. Through the support of Christian Aid and the YMCA, the community in Raboud have improved their health clinic, where they can now carry out breast cancer screenings. They also built a culvert and bridge so that they can cross the stream of sewage running onto their land from a nearby illegal Israeli settlement, which cuts off access to their olive and almond trees.

Mai, Director of the YMCA East Jerusalem Women’s Development Programme, revealed the secret to their success: “We do not do anything – we transfer the power to the people. We do not hold the control. That is the point of the approach that we have learned from Christian Aid.”

 

 

To all our members and friends who are unwell, unable to come to Church, feeling lonely or under the weather, we offer our best wishes and assure them that they are remembered in our prayers

 

 

Rotas for September & October 2018

 

Welcoming Reading Refreshments
 

2nd Sep

 

Ben Millar
Norman Croll
Jean Dunsmore
Ben Millar
Richard &
Frances Fraser
 

9th Sep

 

Brian Fazackerley
Mavis Orrell
James Millar
Mac Dunsmore
Norman &
Elizabeth Croll
 

16th Sep

 

Viv Manners
Norman Croll
Viv Manners
Jean Dunsmore
Mavis Orrell
 

23rd Sep

 

Craig Millar
Mavis Orrell
Brian Fazackerley
Mac Dunsmore
Jean & Brian
Fazackerley
 

30th Sep

 

Jean Dunsmore
Brian Fazackerley
Margery Pitcher
Craig Millar
Jean Dunsmore &
Margery Pitcher
 

7th Oct

 

Norman Croll
Viv Manners
Mac Dunsmore
Jean Fazackerley
Norman &
Elizabeth Croll
 

14th Oct

 

Brian Fazackerley
Craig Millar
Craig Millar
Margery Pitcher
Mavis Orrell
 

21st Oct

 

Mavis Orrell
Viv Manners
James Millar
Viv Manners
Jean & Brian
Fazackerley
 

28th Oct

 

Craig Millar
Jean Dunsmore
Brian Fazackerley
Jean Dunsmore
Norman &
Elizabeth Croll
 

4th Nov

 

Norman Croll
Mavis Orrell
Mac Dunsmore
Jean Fazackerley
Jean Dunsmore &
Margery Pitcher
 

11th Nov

 

Viv Manners
Brian Fazackerley
Viv Manners
Craig Millar
Mavis Orrell

Tea, coffee, biscuits etc are supplied by the Church

If you are unable to attend when you are on duty,

please arrange a swap with someone and notify

Mac Dunsmore or Margery Pitcher.

 

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