Catalyst   THE MAGAZINE OFHAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.)  September 2011
HAYES FREE CHURCH               111, Pickhurst Lane, Hayes, Kent BR2 7HU               Sunday Services. 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 ...
Letter from the MinisterDear Friends“The word Community refers to a group of  people living together in one locality who  ...
Sunday Services                             September 20114th      10.30 a.m. - Morning Service - Geoff Larcombe          ...
News of the Church FamilyAnnouncements are welcome :- BMD - Changes of address, etc.On 26 June it was a pleasure to welcom...
Ministry of FlowersThanks are due to those who will be providing flowers in September. September 4th - Cath Brown         ...
Womens FellowshipM    eetings are in the small hall at 2.00 p.m., unless otherwise     stated,on Tuesdays and finish about...
Holiday from HomeT  he first week in August saw the 3rd Holiday from   Home held at the church. A full programme of differ...
The week ended with some informative talks from the Emergency Services followed after lunch with a Farkle Party, something...
A Prayer for the week 14th August                     Based on Matthew 15: 21-28O God of all,we come many times to ask you...
The Justice and Peace Group.Even if we are no longer personally caught up in the academic year, this is the time when, ref...
NOTICE        Commitment for Life                              VIVALDI’S GLORIA                                           ...
BOARD           Ministers Surgery                       SONGS OF PRAISE                                             We are...
Its 101 for Londons police101 is a new Police phone numberAs latest figures reveal that less than a quarter of 999 calls r...
Church Caretaker.On Sunday evening 17th July a good number of members attendedthe evening service and the supper organised...
At the farewell reception for Colin Ramsell several people asked for the recipefor the Courgette and Walnut loaf that was ...
Just a short note to thank                      all of you for sending get                      well wishes over the      ...
"Creed from an Urban Community in Britain"We believe in God who made the world,  loves it and laughs at it.Who created hum...
BEXHILL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH                 A church with Welcome and a Clear Christian                                ...
September 20111st   Thu2nd   Fri3rd   Sat    2.30 p.m. - Saturday Fellowship                    Page 34th   Sun   10.30 a....
September 201122    Thu              Today is the start of Autumn in the UK23rd Fri     2.00 p.m. - Mothers’ and Toddlers’...
Oxfam GROW CampaignGROW is an Oxfam campaign and a movement of individuals who care and act.There is a short video on our ...
CHURCH ORGANISATIONSDay              Organisation          Contact          PhoneSunday10.25 am         Sunday Club       ...
Final Thought           It’s easy to be happy. All you need           Is to add up your assets: strength and health       ...
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  1. 1. Catalyst THE MAGAZINE OFHAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.) September 2011
  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; Preachers’ info 2 Church Caretaker; Security 13Church notices; 3-4 The way things once were 13Comments after Minister’s Letter 5 Recipe - HFC Cookery Book 14Holiday from Home 6-7 Thank you note; Just a push 15Prayer for the week 14th Aug 8 Creed from Urban Community 16The HFC J&P Statement 8 Bexhill URC; Commitment for Life 17Justice & Peace Group 9 Oxfam GROW; A Hymn 20Notice board 10 - 11 Church Organisations IBCIt’s 101 for London Police 12This month’s website - Oxfam’s food campaignHave you really read your receipt for purchases made at Oxfam’s shop? The receipt which I am reading right now has a statement on it. “The System’s bust. Rising food prices, climate change and complacent world leaders are letting people down. Join our GROW campaign www.oxfam.org.uk/eat “Turn to Page 20 for more information. Ed Copy for the October 2011 edition needs to be handed in by Sunday, 11th September. 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 Friends“The word Community refers to a group of people living together in one locality who inhabit a culture of shared values.”1**Do you remember how, in your youth, any adult was allowed tochallenge your behaviour? Now it would seem that we are all fartoo scared to challenge anything – just in case...Our Bromley community has recently suffered riots in the streetsimply because those taking part do so, not because theyhave a cause to fight for… The outcome of all this is that peoplehave lost their homes, their livelihoods, even family members andfriends.In our society have we placed undue emphasis on the autonomy of the individual? Is the word ‘community’ now old fashioned; do we view ‘community’ almost as nostalgia for the good old days when we knew who lived next door and along our street? Perhaps that is what we have lost – the knowledge of our area, our street, and who our neighbours are. Our local police have been busy recently updating our local Neighbourhood Watch schemes – if you’re not involved in yours, find out about it; be involved in community events and find out what is going on in your area.As Christians we are called to a realism based on the fact that we serve a God who works in history, who looks to us to give hope and refuge, and to work in this world, in the here and now, to- ward justice and peace.It is our job to be part of our community, working together with others in Jesus’ name, and we ought to be seen as God’s people involved in and caring about all those around us.Together in Christ.Sue1 ** ‘Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology’ pg 108. Turn to page 5 ............... 1
  4. 4. Sunday Services September 20114th 10.30 a.m. - Morning Service - Geoff Larcombe 6.30 p.m. - Holy Communion - The Minister11th Back to Church Sunday 10.30 a.m. - Morning Service - The Minister 6.30 p.m. - Evening Service - The Minister18th 10.30 a.m. - Morning Service - Martin Sweet, Spinnaker 5.30 p.m. - Evening Service - CTH at The Rosary25th 10.30 a.m. - Holy Communion - The Minister 6.30 p.m. - Evening Service - Allan Evison October 20112nd 10.30 a.m. - Morning Service - Rev. John Marchant 6.30 p.m. - Holy Communion - The Minister 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 Martin Sweet, Spinnakers Development Director, loves to inspire children to think about and react to Bible stories, and consider how Christian faith can relate to life today. He encourages churches to get involved with their local school. Martin also serves on the SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) for both Southwark and Bromley local authorities, and is a member of the Free Church Federal Council Education Committee.v Allan Evison is a lay preacher at Hayes Parish Church. He has conducted worship on a number of occasions.v Revd John Marchant is the assistant minister at Coney Hill Baptist Church. He has conducted Sunday Worship at HFC on a number of occasions. Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. 2
  5. 5. News of the Church FamilyAnnouncements are welcome :- BMD - Changes of address, etc.On 26 June it was a pleasure to welcome Chrisand Sam Brittain who brought their four children,Stanley, Lola, Archie and Buster for Baptism.DeathsWe regret to announce that Grace Porter and one of our former members, Daisy Priest, both died on 3 July. We send our deepest condolences to both of their families.Church MeetingsThe next Church meeting will be held on Sunday, 18th September at 12.00 noon.The next Elders’ meeting will be held on Tuesday, 20th September, at 8.00 pm in the small hall.Womens Contact GroupThe Contact Group will next meet at 8.00 pm on Monday 5 September at Sylvia Mack’s home - 7 Dene CloseSylvia MackTuesday Prayer MeetingsHeld at 10.00 am at the following homes:-September 6th Martin Nunn’s. 13th Betty Coster’s. 20th Brenda Cordingley’s. 27th The Church.Please address any queries to Martin Nunn.Saturday FellowshipWe will meet at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday the 3rd of September at 7 Sedgewood Close.There will be a Bible discussion lead by Martin Nunn.All are welcome to join us.Mens GroupThe next meeting is on Thursday 15 September at 8.00 pm and will be a meal in a local restaurant arranged by John Curry. Please contact John for further details. 3
  6. 6. Ministry of FlowersThanks are due to those who will be providing flowers in September. September 4th - Cath Brown 11th - Pat Marshall. Celebrating 50th wedding anniversary 18th - Win Browne 25th - A big thank you to those who kindly arrange the flowers whenneeded.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.The Autumn term starts on Friday, September 9th.A photographer is to visit in October - details to follow next month.Do come and join us!Judith Stoner - Secretary.Notice Sheets - September - 1st Sunday in October 2011 4th Brenda Cordingley 8462 3867 11th & 18th Pam Collison 8658 0748 25th Joan Smith 8462 3920October 2nd Joan SmithIf you require items to be included in the notice sheets, please contactthe appropriate person by the previous Tuesday. 4
  7. 7. 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 September is:- 13th Service conducted by Martin Nunn 20th Quizzes 27th Hayes Ladies ChoirOctober4th "A Holiday in Spain", by Linda Jennings.Note:Jessie Martin has now retired from leading Womens Fellowship after many years of devoted service. Thank you Jessie for all your hard work. At our summer lunch, Jessie was presented with a beautiful hydrangea in a pot to go on her patio.Linda Jennings, Marion Swanborough and myself are now jointly following in Jessies footsteps and leading Womens Fellowship. We welcome ladies of all ages . Do come along for a friendly hour or so and relax in pleasant company. We do have a very varied programme with plenty to interest everyone. Sylvia Mack........... Continued from the Minister’s letter. We already allow people to jeer at our faith, to ignore the simple good sense of Biblical Justice, to seemingly disregard the basic human need for love. When do we stand up and tell people of the unrelenting and freely available love of God – no questions, no strictures, simply limitless and free to all? When do we stand up and question the behaviour of those who ignore basic justice and the rights of the people to live in peace and harmony? All right, you may well say that we are not strong enough, it’s too dangerous, it’s not our job… but we surely don’t expect the police to do it alone… do we? Government cut-backs to our police force means that it is already overstretched – we cannot expect others to do the job of being community for us. 5
  8. 8. Holiday from HomeT he first week in August saw the 3rd Holiday from Home held at the church. A full programme of different activities catered for the interests of the many who attended, starting and ending each day with light refreshments with a 2-course meal midday setting us up for the afternoon activities. It would have been interesting if each person attending had been weighed on his or her arrival and subsequent departure as the fare received each day was magnificent. I feel Weight Watchers would have had some new members.During the week it was great to renew acquaintances from Beckenham and meet new people from Hayes.Activities, which were optional, consisted of quizzes, with demonstrations from a dance group showing dances from Serbia, Russia and Israel. At the end those more nimble were able to join in. Costumes from the countries were also shown.In addition to making greeting cards, an arts and craft session enabled decoration of porcelain cups and saucers with many different designs and those involved keenly await their return following firing in the kilns. Though optional the men performed well in the Flower Arranging later that day.The following day commenced with ‘gentle exercising’, a short time showing how to keep fit, preventing ‘seizing up’ as so often is the case as age creeps up on us. A talk by John Thompson on village signs with a power point presentation kicked off the afternoon followed by Roland on the piano and Dave on the accordion leading a Sing-a-Long. No new choir members were recruited but it was a very rousing sound that hit the roofOuting day weather wise was a bit of a damp squib as we made our way to Hever Castle but despite the rain it was enjoyable especially as after the visit we went through the picturesque countryside making our way to the Station Tea Room at Shoreham in Kent for a lovely cream tea. [Worth a visit 10.00 a.m. -4.30 p.m. including weekends but excluding Mondays and Tuesdays however open Bank Holiday Mondays] 6
  9. 9. The week ended with some informative talks from the Emergency Services followed after lunch with a Farkle Party, something new to most present.There was a good spirit throughout the whole week with plenty of laughs.Some were heard to say “When is the next one being held.” but I’m afraid at present they will have to wait until next year. Each person attending will receive copies of photos taken as they engaged in the activities as a reminder of this short holiday.Without the organisers, helpers, cooks who provided such filling meals, the various speakers and performers with people who provided transport, in particular Allan Evison who drove the minibus, this special week could not have taken place.Many thanks to you all.Mike DukeMonday’s Tuesday’smembers memberswere fair were fullof face, of grace,Wednesday’s Thursday’smembers memberswere full of had far towoe, go,Friday’s Saturday’smembers memberswere loving worked hardand giving, for their living,And the member that is born on the Sabbath dayIs bonny and blithe, and good and gay. 7
  10. 10. A Prayer for the week 14th August Based on Matthew 15: 21-28O God of all,we come many times to ask your helpand sometimes it seems that you turn away.Our cries are unheard.The hungry are still hungry.Wars still wound and destroy.People we love become ill and die.So we read the story of the Canaanite woman and we cheer her on.She shouted, and she knelt, and she argued, and her prayer was heard.And we will go on shouting for those who need your help;and we will kneel and pray with all our hearts;and we will argue and protest and make a fuss;until our cries are heard, and the hungry are fed,until peace comes and the sick are healed.Our faith too is great and our resolve,to keep on longing and praying and hopingfor what we believe is your will for all your children.God, help us.by Susan DurberIn the URC prayer book "The HFC Justice & Peace Statement"A few months ago I put something into Catalyst about the statement we make inside the front cover of Catalyst that we believe in justice and peace. I suggested that it was something to think about and perhaps give a reason for that belief.Recently John Moren brought me a copy of the Magazine from Bexhill URC, where John and Janet attend when down there.It seems to give a very clear statement of the church’s aim and also an interesting paragraph on the formation of the URC.Has anyone else picked up the magazine from a church they have visited while away – could we perhaps gather them and sometime have a display to show us how other churches proclaim their belief’.Brenda Cordingley The Bexley URC statement is reproduced on page 17. 8
  11. 11. The Justice and Peace Group.Even if we are no longer personally caught up in the academic year, this is the time when, refreshed by the holidays and watching everyone in education knuckling down to the autumn term, we should perhaps give some thought to those issues of peace and justice on which we want to concentrate in the coming months.The riots of early August certainly gave us much food for thought - about the need to keep the peace, and exactly what is meant by that; the issue of justice in relation to the offences committed and the punishments meted out, (or proposed in national discussion); and the wider social issues associated with these events.But then there is another perspective - here we are concentrating on the fate of, say, designer clothing and trendy TV sets while many thousands in the horn of Africa lack basic food and shelter: where and what are our priorities? We cannot concentrate on everything - we must leave that to God - so where should we turn our individual and our churchs attention?Perhaps we should include this question in our prayers as the children set off for their new schools in their new uniforms.Women’s Contact Coffee Morning 10.00 am - 12.00We continue to raise funds for disaster relief causes.Our next coffee mornings will be on the 10th of September.We hope to see you there, and why not bring a friend. Our cakes are to die for!! (Yum, yum) Barbara JonesThe Fairtrade Sunday StallThere will be a stall after the morning services on the 11th and 25th of September.Do visit the stall; we have restocked those favourite lines, and have some refreshing summer goods for sale.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 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. 9
  12. 12. NOTICE Commitment for Life VIVALDI’S GLORIA HAYES PHILHARMONIC The choice is yours CHOIR It is now that time of year when your Our ‘Come and Singcommitment for life envelope is attached Workshop’ will be held on to your copy of Catalyst. Wed 14th Sept 2011 Please turn to page 17 for more details.See the posters in the church and take the at 8.00 pm information leaflets from the table at the at the Old Church Schools, back of the church. 86 Hayes Street, FURTHER INFORMATION FROM Hayes, BR2 7BA CHRIS WOOD ON 0208 462 2444 (next to the car show-room) For further details please call 07989 192928 ******** Events planner HAYES FREE CHURCH From now on, a CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARD SALE ******************* new section will Saturday, 29 October 2011 follow the diary. It 10am - 2pm gives notification Refreshments Available **************** of future events. Fascinating Rhythms – on tour HFC will be hosting a cabaret style evening on Friday 30th September starting at 7pm. Tickets , costing only £8, are available from Teresa Cheyne – 020 8777 6042 – and the money raised will go towards the Mercia Sanson Mounthurst Development and St Christopher’s Hospice. Come along and enjoy the waitress bar service whilst being entertained with music, dance and sketches. 10
  13. 13. BOARD Ministers Surgery SONGS OF PRAISE We are proposing to start a Sue’s monthly surgery Songs of Praise on the second at the Church will be Wednesday of each month held on the SECOND starting on 12 October from Wednesday of each 3.00 – 5.00 p.m. month in the small hall. from 3.00 - 5.45 pm. The Hayes Community Bus is available for those requiring transport. Help please This is an opportunity for you to Your editor is looking for bring your spouse, family, material for your page friends and neighbours for a Catalyst needs you good sing-song followed by tea and cakes. Back to Church Sunday 11th September 2011This is the BIG opportunity we have to invite spouses, relatives, friends and neighbours to come to church.First, pray about inviting people, then decide whom you will invite and pray about them and inviting them. Then invite them. Suggested invitation words are “My church is having a special Sunday, would you like to come along?” A refusal is of the church, not of the person making the invitation - you will not lose a friend by asking.There are special invitation cards which can be obtained from either John Curry or Sue. These are in 2 parts. You can give one part to the invitee (after filling out the date and time) and keep the other half which reminds you to continue praying for the person holding the other half of the invitation.Try the 3 minute rule - after church each Sunday try to talk to someone you would not normally talk to - for three minutes. Do this before talking to your friends. By the time Back to Church Sunday arrives, you will be used to doing this. 11
  14. 14. Its 101 for Londons police101 is a new Police phone numberAs latest figures reveal that less than a quarter of 999 calls require an emergency response. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), together with other police forces in the south east, launched a new contact number for the public on Monday 11 July.For example, the public should call 101 to report a crime that has already happened, seek crime prevention advice or make us aware of local policing issues.In London the new number is just one of the ways the Metropolitan Police Service is modernising and improving our services while making them more accessible to the public.Only about 20% of 999 calls require an emergency response from thepolice. You can also get in touch with your local (SaferNeighbourhoods) policing team to discuss policing or crime concerns inyour area.It will make crime easier to report and help the police to tackle crime and disorder."Commander Ian Dyson, City of London Police and ACPO lead on contact management, said: "101 is a number to ring your local police force. If its an emergency call 999, if its not call 101. This number provides a universal, easy to remember 3-digit telephone number for people living or working in London.· Help communities to keep their neighbourhoods safe by giving them one easy way to contact their local police and to report non-emergency crime and disorder;· Help the police to cut crime by making it easier for the public to pass on information about crimes in their neighbourhoods and allowing the police to take swift action.Sheila Humphreys Secretary, Hayes & Coney Hall Safer Neighbourhood PanelThe numbers to dial are: -· 999 for emergencies· 101 for information, advice and access to your local policing teams. This number will replace 0300 for London. 12
  15. 15. Church Caretaker.On Sunday evening 17th July a good number of members attendedthe evening service and the supper organised by Margaret Tannockto thank Colin Ramsell for his work these past 17 years as Caretaker.Colin was presented with a cheque for £650.00 and his wife Alexreceived a bouquet of flowers. We wish them both a long and HappyRetirementOur new Caretaker Ian Jones will commence his duties on the 26thJuly and is contracted to 20 hours per week. There will be noCaretaker on duty on Sundays or Mondays.Ian will be opening up and setting up for all of the weekday hall lets with the exception of the Guides, Senior Guides and the CA Group who will be responsible for their own opening and locking up.Ian will not be living in the flat so be prepared to see him working around the building when you are attending your meetings. I am sure he would appreciate a cup of tea of coffee if you are making one any afternoon.Do welcome him and make yourself known to him.Alistair. A little girl flying in an aeroplane during a storm, said, when asked by a friend, “she is not frightened because her daddy is the pilot. “He is in control and will take her home. “Don’t worry.” Perhaps we should think of God, our Father, who will take us home, when the need arises. The way things once were From The Nottinghamshire Almanac for September 1841.GARDEN.Take up all the potatoes, and prepare the ground and plant it with savoys and brocoli (sic). Potatoes keep best during the winter in clumps, that is, covered over with dry straw, fern and earth, to keep from frost. Turnips sown last month should be hoed and thinned to a foot apart. Draw earth to the stems of the cabbages, and earth up the celery as it advances. Passages transcribed as shown Ed 13
  16. 16. At the farewell reception for Colin Ramsell several people asked for the recipefor the Courgette and Walnut loaf that was served. (See the recipe below.)I am sure there are many wonderful cooks in the church and I just wonderedif there would be any interest in compiling a Hayes Free Church CookeryBook to mark the 75th anniversary of the church next year.If you think this is a good idea look out your favourite starters, main coursesand desserts as well as cake and biscuit recipes and hand them to me oremail them to: alistair.wil114@ntlworld.comAlistair. Courgette LoafServes 8-10 1. Coarsely grate the courgettes, put them into a250g (8 oz) courgettes sieve, and leave for about 30 minutes to drain.2 eggs 2. Beat the eggs until light and foamy. Add the sunflower oil, sugar, vanilla essence, and125ml (4fl oz) sunflower oil, courgettes and mix lightly until combined.plus extra for greasing 3. Sift flour, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl.250g (80z) caster sugar Make a well in the middle, pour in the courgette mixture, and stir to mix thoroughly.¼ tsp vanilla essence Stir in the chopped walnuts.375g (120z) self- raising 4. Pour the mixture into the greased loaf tin andflour bake in a preheated oven at 180deg C (350F,1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ Gas 4) for about 50 minutes until firm. Turntsp salt out and cool.60g (2oz) walnut pieces, Cook’s Tip. For best results, the courgettescoarsely chopped should be thoroughly drained. Press into the* 1kg (2lb) loaf tin sieve with your hand or the back of a spoon to extract the excess juices. Sign on motorway garage: "Please do not smoke near our petrol pumps... your life may not be worth much, but our petrol is." 14
  17. 17. Just a short note to thank all of you for sending get well wishes over the many weeks I have been out of action. From cards to flowers to visits, all have been very wel- come, and it has been a great boost to me to know how much care there is in our church. Sue Just a push Old but funny!A man and his wife are awakened at 3 oclock in the morning by a loud pounding on the door. The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push."Not a chance," says the husband. "It is 3 oclock in the morning." He slams the door and returns to bed."Who was that?" asked his wife. "Just some drunk guy asking for a push!" "Did you help him?" she asks. "No. I did not. It is 3 oclock in the morning and it is pouring with rain outside!" His wife said, "Cant you remember about three months ago when we broke down and those two guys helped us? You should be ashamed of yourself!"The man reluctantly gets dressed and goes out into the pouring rain. He calls out into the dark, "Hello. Are you still there?" "Yes," comes back the answer. "Do you still need a push?" calls out the husband."Yes! Please!" comes the reply from the darkness. "Where are you?" asks the husband. "Over here on the swing!" replies the drunk. 15
  18. 18. "Creed from an Urban Community in Britain"We believe in God who made the world, loves it and laughs at it.Who created human beings each to be different and asked them to get on with each other,Who took the risk of leaving us alone, knowing that one day our differences might become a threat to the earths safety.Who trusts us with full knowledge of our frailty.We believe in Jesus Christ, who came among us insignificantly,Who grew among us uneventfully, who walked among us incognito;Who to change the world, became redundant and called others to do likewise;Who befriended those whose company would discredit him,Who pardoned those who were hopeless cases,Who spoke the deepest truths in the language of the living room,Who contradicted common sense by accepting the cross and taking on the grave and was liberated on the third day.Who calls us now, as then, to a life which is absurd by the standards of the world.We believe in the Holy Spirit through whom God surprises, disappoints, cajoles and questions us;Who is the bringer of strength and source of humour,Who leads us to discover the truth we avoid,Who is a paradox... ever present yet predictable;And we believe that the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of the worldAnd we rejoice that God has made it so. Source Unknown from: A Place for Us - compiler and editor Geoffrey Duncan 16
  19. 19. BEXHILL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH A church with Welcome and a Clear Christian messageOur aim is to be a welcoming Community Church and the local beacon forcommunicating Gods Word through Preaching, Prayer, Pastoral Care & SocialFellowship, and to be The Church in the area.Here you can come to worship God with us. You can meet with Jesus Christ,who is head of the Church, because he lives in the hearts of his people. Hereyou can find companionship & build lasting relationships with us, & much more.The Minister and Elders are available to help you. Notify the Minister for prayersupport through the Prayer Chain. For a visit or to leave a message, please writein the Contact Book to be found in the church.Although we belong to one of the smaller mainstream denominations, the URCplays a dynamic and challenging part in the British Christian community. It hasbrought together English Presbyterians, English, Welsh and ScottishCongregationalists, and members of the Churches of Christ, through unions in1972, 1981 and 2000. 100,000 people make up 1600 congregations, withnearly 800 ministers.As part of the United Reformed Church, we are called to be Gods people,transformed by the Gospel, making a difference in todays world. Commitment for Life“Money’s too tight to mention” is the opening line sung by Mick Hucknell of the band Simply Red, which paraphrases our modern life where however much we own there is always something else ‘we must have’. The recent unedifying spectacle of people rampaging through our streets burning and looting had no better reason than society’s ideal of spend, spend, spend, or in their case steal, steal, steal. I guess very few of those mindless individual’s stole to feed themselves or their families. But the one thing the journalists forget to tell us is that the looters represent a very small minority and we the silent majority need to put ourselves above the immediate social problems in England. We at HFC have, over time, done a remarkable job with Commitment for Life, which along with Christian Aid is the U.R.C’s major recipient of your generous donations to support people with a genuine need; who have just the most basic essentials to survive. Money is too tight to mention, but we in Hayes are amongst the luckiest in the U.K. We are the lucky few born in the right place. That is how thin the line is between a Mum and Dad in Hayes and a couple in Bangladesh, which has momentarily slipped from our newsreels but the problems there are huge, the need is immense BUT YOU CAN HELP every penny is needed, I know you care, Gilly and I have experienced your Love over the last few months (for which we thank you). Please give what you can for the needy, worthy people of Bangladesh. With thanks - Chris Wood 17
  20. 20. September 20111st Thu2nd Fri3rd Sat 2.30 p.m. - Saturday Fellowship Page 34th Sun 10.30 a.m. - Morning Service - Geoff Larcombe 6.30 p.m. - Holy Communion - The Minister5th Mon 8.00 p.m. - Women’s Contact Group Page 36th Tue 10.00 a.m. - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 37th Wed8th Thu9th Fri 2.00 p.m. - Mothers’ and Toddlers’ Group Page 410th Sat 10.00 a.m. - Women’s Contact Coffee Morning Page 9 Back to Church Sunday Page 1111th Sun 10.30 a.m. - Morning Service - The Minister Followed by the Fairtrade Stall 6.30 p.m. - Evening Service - The Minister12th Mon13th Tue 10.00 a.m. - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 p.m. - Women’s Fellowship Page 514th Wed 3.00 p.m. - Minister’s Surgery Page 11 8.00 p.m. - Hayes Philharmonic Choir Page 1015th Thu 8.00 p.m. - Men’s Group Page 316th Fri 2.00 p.m. - Mothers’ and Toddlers’ Group Page 417th Sat 10.30 a.m. - Morning Service - Martin Sweet, Spinnaker18th Sun 12.00 Noon - Church Meeting Page 3 5.30 p.m. - Evening Service - CTH at The Rosary19th Mon Today is the first of the Scottish Autumn days 10.00 a.m. - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 320th Tue 2.00 p.m. - Women’s Fellowship Page 5 8.00 p.m. - Elders’ Meeting Page 321st Wed 18
  21. 21. September 201122 Thu Today is the start of Autumn in the UK23rd Fri 2.00 p.m. - Mothers’ and Toddlers’ Group Page 424th Sat25th Sun 10.30 a.m. - Holy Communion - The Minister Followed by the Fairtrade Stall26th Mon27th Tue 10.00 a.m. - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 328th Wed29th Thu30th Fri 2.00 p.m. - Mothers’ and Toddlers’ Group Page 4 7.00 p.m. - Fascinating Rhythms on tour Page 10 October 20111st Sat2nd Sun 10.30 a.m. - Morning Service - Rev. John Marchant 6.30 p.m. - Holy Communion - The MinisterDATES FOR YOUR DIARY 9 October HARVEST FESTIVAL, CHURCH PARADE and LUNCH13 October BIBLE IN VOICE & VERSE - Bromley Central Library29 October CHARITY CARD FAIR12 November CHRISTMAS FAIR13 November REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY and CHURCH PARADE27 November CHURCH MEETING 12.00 noon2-11 December CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL10 December CRAFT FAIR11 December CHURCH PARADE18 December CAROLS by CANDLELIGHT 19
  22. 22. Oxfam GROW CampaignGROW is an Oxfam campaign and a movement of individuals who care and act.There is a short video on our web-site which offers an example of why the campaign is so important so please share it with your friends – either online or face-to-face. Simply ask people to have a look.Whatever you can do you’ll be raising awareness of our broken food system – and what can be done to fix it. If you haven’t already, join us or learn more about the campaign to fix the System.The global campaign is growing into something massive; soon, with your help, well be taking on businesses and governments.Your school can get involved by learning and thinking about the issues, and taking action to help create a world where everyone has enough to eat.We will have a range of inspiring new active global citizenship resources to help 7-14 year olds learn about food- available from September 2011.These resources will cover 3 topics: Growing, Selling and Eating. A HymnLet His Dawn Light New Horizons When the storm clouds of GoodWhen a blind man came to Jesus Fridayasking for the gift of sight; drained the light out from the sky,in those first few anxious moments broken ones who followed Jesushe could only see faint light. could not see the reason why.Then the full truth dawned upon Only with the dawn of Easter him, could their heads be lifted high.broke through his eternal night. When our lives are drowned inWhen a widow, lost in grieving, darkness,knowing that her son was dead, when our faith is under strain,followed, weeping, to his burial, we can also look to Jesus,Jesus saw what lay ahead. give to him our fear and pain.With compassion he approached Let his dawn light new horizons her, as our hope is born again.raised the boy up from his bed. (Marjorie Dobson, England) Metre: 8.7.8.7.8.7. Collection at the CTH Open Air Service 17th JulyJust to let you know that the collection for the East African Emergency Appeal amounted to £263. 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 2385877.00 - 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 It’s easy to be happy. All you need Is to add up your assets: strength and health (Well more or less), a home, a life to lead, An interesting job, sufficient wealth To keep me comfortable, things to do -- Like books to read, a garden to be -- well, Not dug, but cultivated -- one or two Good friends, a voice, etcetera. To spell My various interests and pastimes out In detail here would take too long. But think Of these, put all your discontents to rout, Let all those fears and lacks and wants just sink From consciousness. It’s easy: just thank God, Forget the rest. Except I don’t. How odd! W. S. BeattieThis year, the image on this page was a visual variation of this scene - to challenge how we see things, and to help us appreciate how different people may actually see the world around them.From next month, the image will revert to one which will compliment Final Thought. Editor

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