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  1. 1. Catalyst THE MAGAZINE OFHAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.) December 2011 - January 2012
  2. 2. HAYES FREE CHURCH 111, Pickhurst Lane, Hayes, Kent BR2 7HU Sunday Services. 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m. We are a member of the United Reformed Church. We believe in Justice and Peace.Principal ContactsMinister: Rev. Sue Powell Tel: 020 8462 2212Church Secretary: Mr Alistair Wilson Tel: 020 8402 0026Fabric Steward Mr. Chris Wood Tel: 020 8462 2444Treasurer: Mr. Bill Michie Tel: 020 8658 4167Lettings Secretary: Mrs Undine Connolly Tel: 020 8776 0108Caretaker: Mr. Ian Jones Tel: 020 8313 1556Church Website www.hayesfreechurch.comCatalystEditor: Mr Richard Brown Contents : - Items not covered by the diary of events.Sunday Services 2 Notice board 10 - 11Preachers’ info 3 Christmas Post items 12O Glory be! 3 Nostalgic items 13Church Notices 3-5 Justice & Peace Group 14Season’s Greetings 7 The Lord’s Prayer 16November’s Parade Service 8 Christmas Quiz 17Renewal of Commitment 9 Church Organisations IBCThis edition’s websitePlease take a look towards the top third of this page. Hayes Free Church has a website. It is a pretty young one, and will develop over time. However, the important thing is that we have a worldwide presence, which is easy to access. Ed Copy for the February 2012 edition needs to be handed in by Sunday, 15th January. The date is quite early, and you can fill in those quiet post Christmas hours putting together your item(s). Please submit items in good time. You can leave copy in the “B” Pigeon Hole for Richard Brown to collect, or hand it directly to him on a Sunday morning. You can also e-mail copy to richardmbrown6@gmail.comThank You. Editor
  3. 3. Letter from the MinisterDear FriendsWhat a joy to be celebrating Christmas again. The time when we remind ourselves of the wonder of that Christmas morning so many years ago, as the birth of our Saviour hit the ‘headlines’ of the evening skies to those shepherds expecting nothing more than yet another night of bleating sheep! You can quite understand the disbelief of those who heard the shepherds’ story that night, wondering if perhaps a little strong drink had aided or befuddled their memories. But, as always, there was more than one shepherd, more than one witness to the events, more than one to tell the story – and so the event is recorded.Nowadays we would want photographic evidence, a video plus soundtrack, a ‘U Tube’ download at the very least, and still we would presume someone was pulling our legs…How jaded we have become.We have lost our awe and wonder in this technological age; we seem to have lost the ability to be spiritually moved by the presence and symbol of our God; we are too involved in our own lives and needs and wants to give much time to the God of the Bible, the God of our lives.As we approach the celebration that reminds us of the birth of a small child, one given to change the world, let us try to grasp some of that awe and wonder as we again listen to the Bible stories that explain just how special this small child would be to our world. It is nothing short of miraculous that the birth of one child in the middle of a busy city would be able to change millions of lives over two millennia of time – miraculous that still today we remember not just the child, but what he said and did throughout his life, and how he died for us on that cross that we might have life in all its fullness…So as we begin the celebrations for the birth of a small child, hold on to the wonder of the story, and be awestruck again this Christmas.For our faith is wonderful, it fills us with joy anew, and so it is right we celebrate together.Sue 1
  4. 4. Services for this time of year December 2011 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev Geoff Larcombe4th Sun 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister and Pickhurst Junior School Gift Sunday 10.30 am - Parade Service with gifts for the homeless at11th Sun Whitechapel Mission - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Churches Together in Hayes with Hayes Schools Orchestra15th Thu 4.00 pm - Christingle Service17th Sat 6.00 pm - Compassionate Friends Service 10.30 am - Nativity Service - The Minister18th Sun 6.30 pm - Carols by Candle light - The Minister24th Sat 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister Christmas Day25th Sun * 10.00 am * - Christmas Day Service - Mavis Righini January 2012 New Years Day1st Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Major Cliff Kent 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister8th Sun 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister 10.30 am - Morning Service - Bill Michie15th Sun 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister22nd Sun * 5.30 pm * - Evening Service - CTH at The Rosary 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister29th Sun 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister February 2012 10.30 am - Morning Service - Allan Evison5th Sun 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister Notes on visiting preachers at the foot of the facing page. 2
  5. 5. News of the Church FamilyAnnouncements are welcome :- BMD - Changes of address, etc.DeathsIt is with deep regret that we have to announce the untimely death of Ewan Wilson on 27 October at the age of 39. Our deepest condolences are extended to his parents, Alistair and Elizabeth, and to his younger brothers, Graeme, Murray and John. It was good to see the crematorium was overfull on 9 November, which showed just how many lives he had touched.Alistair and Elizabeth have written:-We wish to thank everyone for their cards, prayers and concern expressed during Ewan’s illness and for your attendance at his funeral.CorrectionIn the Church telephone directory, Eric Hitch’s e-mail address should be erichitch@tiscali.co.uk. Eric apologises to all those who have unsuccessfully tried the address in the directory Some notes on the visiting preachers.v Geoff Larcombe is a local representative from the Bible Society. He spoke at the Bible celebration supper in the spring of 2011.v Mavis Righini is one of our Elders who is the HFC flower arranger, and has led several of our services. She has taken responsibility for the visiting preachers list, and keeps internal notice boards updated as well as taking on several other roles.v Major Cliff Kent belongs to the Regent Hall Branch of The Salvation Army (the only church in Oxford Street, London). He was formerly from the Thornton Heath branch of The Salvation Army. He has conducted Sunday worship at HFC on many occasions.v Bill Michie is well known to us all. He is a Lay Preacher at HFC.v Allan Evison is a lay preacher at Hayes Parish Church. He has conducted worship on a number of occasions. Oh Glory Be!The following mistakes were made in transcriptions of the 1901 Census: The street name "Holly Bank" shown as "Holy Buck"! A Weslyan Minister shown as a Plate Layer. Then there was a Clergyman of the Chief of England. 3
  6. 6. Church MeetingsThe next Church meeting will be held on Sunday, 26th February at 12.00 noon.The next Elders’ meetings will be held on Tuesday, 20th December, Tuesday, 17th January, and Tuesday 21st February, at 8.00 pm in the small hall.Womens Contact GroupThe Contact Group will next meet at 8.00 pm on Monday 9th January at Joan Cook’s home - 12 Broadoaks Way. We won’t be meeting in DecemberSylvia MackTuesday Prayer MeetingsHeld at 10.00 am at the following homes:-December 6th Martin Nunn’s. 13th Betty Coster’s. 20th Brenda Cordingley’s. Then no meetings until : -January 3rd Martin Nunn’s. 10th Betty Coster’s. 17th Brenda Cordingley’s. 24th The Church. 31st Martin Nunn’sFebruary 7th Martin Nunn’sPlease address any queries to Martin Nunn.Saturday FellowshipThere won’t be a December meeting. We will next meet at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday the 14th of January at 7 Sedgewood Close for a Bible discussion lead by Martin Nunn.All are welcome to join us.Mens GroupThe next meeting will be a New Year’s meal on the 19th of January at 8.00 pm, organised by Alistair Wilson. We will not be meeting in December.Ministry of FlowersThanks are due to those who will be providing flowers in December and January.A big thank you to those who kindly arrange the flowers when needed. The list of those who will be providing flowers is on the next page ...... 4
  7. 7. Continued from the previous page.... . December 4th - T.B.A. 11th - T.B.A. 18th - i.m.o. Amelia Burke 25th - Joan Carter January 1st - Sue Powell Remainder of month - T.B.A.After the Sunday evening services, the flowers are distributed to members and friends, bringing joy to the recipients.Mavis RighiniHayes Mothers’ & Toddlers’ ClubWe welcome all babies and children under school age, accompanied by their parents, grandparents or carers, to our club on Friday afternoons between 2 and 4 pm during term time.The fee is £1 per family – tea, squash and biscuits are provided.This is a time when adults can meet up, while the children in their care are busy playing with toys and activities in the company of other children.Our end of term Christmas party is on December 2nd. Tickets, priced £2.50, are on sale. The Spring Term starts on January 13th. Spring Half Term will be on February 17th. We look forward to seeing you all.Judith Stoner - Secretary.Notice Sheets - December - 1st Sunday in February 2012 4th & 11th December Daphne Cummings 8777 248718th & 25th December Brenda Cordingley 8462 3867 1st & 8th January Pam Collison 8658 074815th & 22nd January Pam Collison29th January & 5th February Daphne CummingsIf you require items to be included in the notice sheets, please contactthe appropriate person by the previous Tuesday.Please turn to Page 8 for the Women’s Fellowship programme for December and January. 5
  8. 8. Hayes Free Church Christmas Tree Festival In aid of Parkinson’s UK From Friday 2nd December to Sunday 11th December 2011 The Festival will be open each day from 2.00pm from December 3 to December 10 The church will be open at service times each Sunday (10.30am and 6.30pm)Programme of Entertainment for the FestivalFriday 2nd December Opening Concert by Just Voices 7.30pm Shortlands Poetry Group and Friends of Hayes Free ChurchSaturday 3rd December Fettuccine Opera 7.30 for 7.45pmSunday 4th December Pickhurst Junior School 6.30pmMonday 5th December Bishop Justus School 7.30pmTuesday 6th December Variety Show 7.30 for 7.45pm by The Talent Optional PlayersWednesday 7th December Wandle Ringers 7.30pmThursday 8th December Bromley Boy Singers 7.30pmFriday 9th December An Evening of Songs from the Shows 7.30pm by In HarmonySaturday 10th December Beckenham Concert Band 7.45pmSunday 11th December Churches Together in Hayes with 6.30pm the Musicians from Hayes SchoolAdmission to Fettuccine Opera, the Variety Show All the money raised willand Songs from the Shows is £8.00 per personPlease book a table for 4 or more and bring yourown drinks, crockery, cutlery, glasses etc (Call Alistair Wilson on 020 8402 0026 to reserve seats for these 3 events.) Cheques payable to Hayes Free Church Tree Appeal Hayes Free Church, 111 Pickhurst Lane, Bromley BR2 7HU 6
  9. 9. Season’s Greetings Christmas GreetingsTo all my Church Family, may 2012 be aHealthy and Peaceful Year. Love Jean RichiePS. Please no cards, as I will be with my family inSingapore from 7th December. God Bless You ALL. Season’s Greetings Christmas greetings and every blessing for the New Year from John and Margaret Robinson (North Devon) Season’s Greetings Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year to friends at HFC from David and Ann Watson Season’s Greetings Greetings to Sue and my friends at H.F.C. Wishing them a peaceful, happy Christmas & New Year. From Denise Benbow. Season’s GreetingsThis is to wish all of our friends at H.F.C. andcontributors to Catalyst a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. From Richard & Flora Brown Season’s Greetings Season’s greetings to all of our friends at HFC From Marjorie and John Currie. 7
  10. 10. Womens FellowshipM eetings are in the small hall at 2.00 p.m., unless otherwise stated, on Tuesdays and finish about 3.30 p.m.The programme for December is:- 6th Illustrated talk on Bromley, by John Ruler. 13th Christmas PartyFor 2012, the provisional programme is: -January 10th Opening Service 17th Bring along a favourite Christmas card 24th "Time spent as a child in India" Mrs D. Larcombe 31st Bring and Buy.February 7th "Holiday in Costa Rica" illustrated talk by Ann BartlettMINI-AMBULANCEMembers who use the mini-ambulance are asked to phone Marion Swanborough on 8462 3981 by 9.00 am on any Tuesday when they are unable to come to the meetings.As always, we welcome all ladies to our meetings . Please come along for a pleasant afternoon. We do have a very varied programme with plenty to interest everyone. Linda, Marion and Sylvia November’s Parade ServiceIt was a privilege for the Guides to lead the Remembrance Day service on Sunday 13th November.They raised awareness of conflicts past and present and of the injuries that last long after the initial confrontation.Many people have expressed their praise for the service and wewould like to thank you all.And the generous gift that was left on my doorstep on Thursday 17th will be put to good use.Thank you,Teresa Cheyne 8
  11. 11. Renewal of Commitment to MissionWe will delay our mission no longer.We will live in ways that show those around usthe good news of Gods love in Jesus.We will demonstrate by our actionsas well as by our words how much God longsfor the healing and wholeness of the world.We will build one another up in love,so that those who encounter our common lifewill find in our sharing a foretaste of Gods kingdom on earth.Amen Wedding Blessing The couple are Matthew and Donniece Smith. They were married in the church on 7th November 2009 and every year around their anniversary they come back for a blessing. They are a lovely, lovely couple. 9
  12. 12. NOTICE Subscriptions for Catalyst Subscriptions for 2012 are due in December. The cost is £5 if you wish to receive Catalyst via the pigeonholes at the back of the church. If you haven’t already paid, please let Judith or David Stoner have this amount as soon as possible. If you wish to have the magazine sent by post, the cost is £8 and you should send your subscription to: Judith and David Stoner 113 Bourne Way Bromley BR2 7EXCheques should be made payable to Hayes Free Church. It would be helpful if subscribers who no longer wish to receive Catalyst by post would let us know. CHRISTMAS FAIR 12 NOVEMBER The amount raised was £1784 which, considering the general economic state we are in, is very good. Grateful thanks go to EVERYONE who ran stalls, organised the lunches and to those who bought goodies. It was a brilliant example of teamwork. Well done everyone. Ministers Surgery Sue’s monthly surgery at the Church will be held on the SECOND Wednesday of each month from 3.00 - 5.45 pm. 10
  13. 13. BOARD Helping the Homeless at Christmas This year we are supporting the centre at Whitechapel, which supports homeless men and women. Please bring along a small carrier bag filled with items such as warm hats, scarves, disposable razors, shower gel, toiletries, underwear or gloves to our Parade Service on Sunday 11th December or hand them in anytime during the Christmas Tree Festival. Show them that you care and help make Christmas a little more special for them. ITALIAN JOURNEY Rev John Robinson invites YOU to join him on an NEW YEAR’S SOCIAL Ecumenical Pilgrimage to on 7 JANUARY Rome, Assisi and Tuscany, In view of the success of 7th-15th September 2012. the last New Year Social A comprehensive we are going to have programme of sightseeing another one on SATURDAY the major sites of Ancient 7 JANUARY starting at 6.30 pm. There will be a and Imperial Rome and the charge of £3 for adults.Vatican City; followed by day Refreshments will be excursions from the Umbrian available. base to Assisi, Sienna Tickets can be obtained and San Gimignano from John Curry and romantic Florence. (8249 3663).A brochure and booking form with full details on request from John (01271) 813783. 11
  14. 14. HFC CHRISTMAS POST The post box will be available from Sunday 11 December. PLEASE NOTE the LAST POST will be at 10.30 am on Sunday 18 December.PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE put your cards in alphabetical (surname) order and put an elastic band round them before posting. This will help the PMG. CHRISTMAS CHARITIESIt was agreed at the September church meeting that the following charities would benefit:: -CHRISTMAS POST. Contributions in lieu of postage will go to the SPINNAKER TRUST who are a Christian organisation which began in 1986 and supports primary schools with their assemblies and RE lessons. We already support them in Pickhurst Primary School. A school commenting on their Spinnaker visitor said "the children always cheer when she comes in. She makes real life and to-days childhood link so well to the Bible and Christian teaching".CHRISTMAS DAY. HELP FOR HEROES. Regarding the war in Afghanistan, the media is quick to let us know how many of our Servicemen have been killed, but they do NOT mention about those who are wounded or had limbs amputated.The charity came into being on 1 October 2007 and wanted to raise £5 million. It has already raised £100 million and they say "dont stop now!"Tedworth House in Tidworth, Hampshire is being turned into a Recovery Centre for wounded Servicemen and women. By Spring 2012 they will be able to have 50 residents in superb adapted accommodation. We owe it to our wounded heroes to give them our support. 12
  15. 15. Christmas in a WorkhouseO n 12th January 1861 the Ripon & Richmond Chronicle [Yorkshire] reported: -"Lady Denys of Draycott Hall [Fremington], with her usual liberality gave a treat of roast beef and plum pudding on Christmas Day, to the inmates of Reeth Union Workhouse, for which they were exceedingly thankful."No doubt this was well received as the normal diet in the ReethWorkhouse was not exactly inspiring nor indeed particularly healthy.Christmas Day 1860 fell on a Tuesday so the fare would otherwise havebeen: Breakfast - 16oz of oatmeal potage with 3/8 pint of milk; dinner - 16oz of suet pudding with sweet sauce. Supper - 1pt of oatmeal boiled with milk and water plus 7oz bread.Breakfast & supper were the same every day; dinner varied a little with 4.5oz of meat with 1.5lb of potatoes twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays. No other vegetables, tea, coffee or anything else which was not on the approved dietary. Information found at The National Archives, and posted on a Genealogy discussion forum. The way things once were From The Nottinghamshire Almanac for December 1841. A Christmas tale should be clear and succinct, The language plain and incidents well linked; Tell not as new, what everybody knows, That old and young still hasten to a close. From The Nottinghamshire Almanac for January 1841. Sweet then the ploughman’s slumbers hale and young, When the last topic dies upon his tongue; Sweet then the bliss his transient dreams inspire, Till chillblains wake him, or the snapping fire. 13
  16. 16. The Justice and Peace Group.We wish you all a merry Christmas, and a peaceful New Year, during which we pray for Justice in our world.We, in the J&P Group, are Laurie Hobbs, Barbara Jones, Jim Pearson, Christine Rees, Judith and David Stoner.Women’s Contact Coffee Morning 10.00 am - 12.00News from the Contact Group.Womens Contact Group have sent £120 to toilet twinning.org (Tearfund). This will provide latrines in Burundi or Cambodia. Since the launch of Toilet Twinning in 2009, more than 1,600 latrines have been built in Burundi - providing safe loos for nearly 10,000 people, which means these people can now go to the loo in a safe, private and hygienic way. For any more information about the charity, please see Barbara or Daphne.We have 2 certificates showing the toilets. To see them, visit the men’s or women’s toilets at church!The Macmillan coffee morning held on Saturday, 8th October raised £120. This was part of the World’s Biggest coffee morning and thanks to all who came. Our next coffee morning will be on the 7th of January. We hope to see you there, and why not bring a friend.Please note that there won’t be a Coffee Morning in December. Barbara JonesThe Fairtrade Sunday StallFirst of all, may we thank you for your support during 2011. Helping by purchasing Fair Trade goods really does make a difference.In December, there will be a stall on the 11th after the morning service. This will be the last stall for 2011. In 2012, we will be holding a fair trade stall after the morning service on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. So, for January the stall will be held on the 8th and 22nd.The regular items for sale are food and drink - all of very good quality. Remember that by purchasing Fairtrade goods you are helping to support communities in the poorer countries of the world, and to give those communities a chance to enjoy a better life for their families - standards which we may take for granted here in the UK.Please continue to support your fair trade stall. Thank you. Richard, Barbara and Helen. 14
  17. 17. Christmas Craft Fair atHayes Free Church 111 Pickhurst Lane Bromley BR2 7HU On Saturday 10th December 10.30 - 2.30 pm Stall holders £18 a table Public admission - 50p Raising Funds for The Mercia SansomYouth Development Fund and Parkinsons UK Please contact Teresa Cheyne on 020 8777 6042 for more information or to book a stall 15
  18. 18. The Lords PrayerOur Father who art in HeavenNot distant above the earth, but ever present within our Heaven here on earthHallowed be Thy nameMay we never lose the reverence Your authority deserves, whilst we bask in the tenderness of Your love.Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.Lord we long to be part of that Place where Your rule is willingly in action by all who dwell there.Give us this day our daily bread.Father Your manifold blessings poured out upon us, constantly remind us that You are sufficient for all our needs.And forgive us our trespasses,Lord, how we need this reassurance as we so often choose what suits us, rather than what we hear Your Spirit telling us is best.As we forgive those who trespass against us.This means totally, unconditionally and without exception or future reference, for this is how You deal with us.And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.Father You know our weaknesses, Youve forgiven us so many times; nudge us away from all that will cause us to fall. And if that isnt possible. Lord, pick us up, change us and bring us back to You.For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the gloryEverything, everyone, everywhere is Yours. You alone have the right and ability to claim allegiance from us and take the glory Lord; remind us in the birdsong, sunrise and mighty surging sea.For ever and ever.Amen 16
  19. 19. Christmas QuizIt is amazing to realise how much we absorb as true, and to note how accepting we are of what we are told or sounds plausible.See how you get on with these questions - you may be surprised to realise how much of what we accept as true, is in fact fiction! ------------------------------------------1. How did Joseph and Mary 5. Where did the wise men find travel to Bethlehem? Jesus? a. By donkey a. In the manger b. By camel b. In a stable c. On foot c. In a house d. The Bible doesnt say d. In an inn2. Which animals were present at 6. What is frankincense? Jesus birth? a. A precious metal a. Cows, sheep, goats b. A precious fabric b. Cows, donkeys, sheep c. A precious perfume c. Sheep and goats d. An eastern monster d. The Bible doesnt say 7. Where do we find the Christmas3. What did the angels sing? story in the Bible in order to a. "Joy to the World" check up on all these facts? b. "Alleluia" a. Matthew c. "For unto Us a Child is Born" b. Mark d. "Glory to God in the c. Luke Highest" d. John e. None of the above e. All of these f. Only A and B4. How many wise men came to g. Only A and C see Jesus? h. Only A, B and C a. Three i. None of the above b. More than three c. Less than three d. The Bible doesnt say ------------------------------------------ Answers will be published in the next edition Catalyst - February 2012 17
  20. 20. December 20111st Thu2nd Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 5 7.30 pm - Christmas Tree Festival Opening Concert P 63rd Sat 7.30 pm - Christmas Tree Festival Fettucine Opera P6 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev Geoff Larcombe4th Sun 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister and Pickhurst Junior School5th Mon 7.30 pm - Christmas Tree Festival Bishop Justus School P 6 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 46th Tue 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 8 7.30 pm - Christmas Tree Festival Variety Show Page 67th Wed 7.30 pm - Christmas Tree Festival Wandle Ringers Page 68th Thu 7.30 pm - Christmas Tree Festival Bromley Boy Singers P 69th Fri 7.30 pm - Christmas Tree Festival Songs from Shows P610th Sat 10.30 am - Christmas Craft Fair Page 15 7.30 pm - Christmas Tree Festival Concert Band Page 6 Gift Sunday 10.30 am - Parade Service with gifts for the homeless11th Sun at Whitechapel Mission - The Minister Followed by the Fairtrade stall Page 14 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Churches Together in Hayes with Hayes Schools Orchestra12th Mon13th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 814th Wed 3.00 pm - Minister’s Surgery Page 1015th Thu 4.00 pm - Christingle Service16th Fri17th Sat 6.00 pm - Compassionate Friends Service18th Sun 10.30 am - Nativity Service - The Minister 6.30 pm - Carols by Candle light - The Minister19th Mon20th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Page 4 18
  21. 21. December 201121st Wed22nd Thu23rd Fri24th Sat 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister25th Sun Christmas Day * 10.00 am * - Christmas Day Service - Mavis Righini26th Mon Boxing Day27th Tue No events through to: -31st Sat January 2012 New Years Day1st Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Major Cliff Kent 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister2nd Mon Day After New Year (Scot.)3rd Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 44th Wed5th Thu6th Fri7th Sat 10.00 am - Women’s Contact Coffee Morning Page 14 6.30 pm - New Year’s Social Page 11 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister8th Sun Followed by the Fairtrade stall Page 14 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister9th Mon 10.00 am - Women’s Contact Group Page 410th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 811th Wed 3.00 pm - Minister’s Surgery Page 1012th Thu13th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 514th Sat 2.30 pm - Saturday Fellowship Page 4 10.30 am - Morning Service - Bill Michie15th Sun 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister Copy date for February’s Catalyst I.F.C. 19
  22. 22. January 201216th Mon 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 417th Tue 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 8 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Page 418th Wed19th Thu 8.00 pm - Men’s Group Page 420th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 521st Sat 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister22nd Sun Followed by the Fairtrade stall Page 14 * 5.30 pm* - Evening Service - CTH at The Rosary23rd Mon24th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 825th Wed26th Thu27th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 528th Sat29th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister30th Mon31st Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 8 February 20121st Wed2nd Thu Candlemas Day3rd Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 54th Sat5th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Allan Evison 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The MinisterDATES FOR YOUR DIARY 26 February CHURCH MEETING (12 noon). 20
  23. 23. CHURCH ORGANISATIONSDay Organisation Contact PhoneSunday10.25 am Sunday Club Mike Duke 8462 5103Weekdays9.15 - 12.00 pm Pre School Group Jayne Carvell 07913 299773Monday2.30 & 7.30 pm West Wickham Carol Crouch 8462 3642 Arts Association5.45 pm Brownies Sarah Humphrey 8249 99826.30 pm Cubs Brenda Petts 8325 39568.00 pm - 1st Womens Contact Sylvia Mack 8462 1938 Mon monthly GroupTuesday2.00 pm Womens Fellowship Linda Jennings 07778 2385876.00 - 8.00 pm Weight Watchers Area Office 0845 345 15007.15 pm Scouts Paul Hasling 3236 0083Wednesday5.00 pm Rainbows Tania Venables 8462 97596.00 pm Beavers Brenda Petts 8325 39566.30 pm Worship Group Bill Michie 8658 41676.45 pm Slimming World Val 0750 60150647.30 pm Explorers Tom Strachan 07745 813 295Thursday2.30 pm - See Justice & Peace David Stoner 8462 3023 Catalyst Group5.30 pm Brownies Stevie Blair. 8325 34697.00 - 8.30 pm Senior Guides Kerry Sullivan 8777 31398.00 pm - 3rd Mens Group Bruce Tannock 8325 6264 Thu monthlyFriday9.00 - 12.00 pm Coffee morning during term times2.00 pm Mothers & Toddlers Judith Stoner 8462 30236.30 pm Guides Teresa Cheyne 8777 60427.30 pm Choir Martin Nunn 8462 5918Saturday2.30 pm Saturday Fellowship Martin Nunn 8462 5918
  24. 24. Final Thought Joy —The NativityMary treasured up all these things andpondered over them - Luke 2:19.Lord,I love the Nativity story.Its all so cosily familiar,like an old sweateror a well-worn pair of slippers.It brings memoriesof childhoods magic:the smell of firand the aroma of tangerines.Perhaps, however,its very familiarityhas hidden the sheer wonderof your coming among us,of your joy exploding intothe lives of very ordinary people.You remind us, Lord.that ordinary folk are not bypassed by you,and that, no matter how powerless we feel,we have a part in your ongoing story. AMEN.