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  • 1. Catalyst THE MAGAZINE OFHAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.) December 2012 - January 2013
  • 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: Mrs Mavis Righini Tel: 020 8462 1168Fabric 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 New curate - at St Mary’s 15Preachers’ info 3 Holy Land Pilgrimage 16Church Notices 3-5 Support at home 17Thank you notices 6 The Way things once were 18Christmas Greetings 7-8 The Scout Group 19Thank you for caring 8 Words of Thank you 19Linda Jennings Obituary 9 - 10 Website of the Month 20Christmas Tree Festival 11 Muriel Stone 21Notice Board 12 - 13 Church Organisations IBCThis month’s website: -One World Futbol. The idea behind this product is, in my humble opinion, truly inspirational. Virtually indestructible footballs are made and distributed to communities worldwide.Website: - www.oneworldfutbol.comNow, turn to Page 20 for more details....... Ed Copy for the February 2013 edition needs to be handed in by Sunday, 13th January. 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. Letter from the MinisterDear FriendsI am sure we all realise the importance of words – we have to be careful how we use them, they can sometimes fail us, and we constantly need to refine our understanding of them. The philosopher J L Austin tells us that words ‘do things’ in the world, and can be even more powerful than physical action. Saying what we mean, and meaning what we say, are therefore matters of vital importance.Christmas is coming: how often will we talk of Christmas to our friends and neighbours? Informal chatter about buying gifts and writing Christmas cards, the cost of postage, the need to ensure the food cupboards are stocked. How will we challenge the idea of Christmas as only being a time of expense, of worry and stress?What words will we use to bring back the real meaning for the season?Words that we mean, words that explain the vital importance of this celebration to us as Christians…Everything that happens at this time of year is a celebration of the love of God that Jesus made real for us through his birth, death and resurrection. Surely Christmas celebrations are all about sharing that wondrous love of God with our family and friends through the exchange of cards, gifts and the sharing of meals.But do we say so?I’m not suggesting a lecture on the meaning of Christmas, but on our Christmas Cards, on our gift labels, could we add ‘may God’s love bless you’; at our meals, say a grace that gives thanks for the love shown to us through Jesus and that includes God’s blessing on all gathered; simple little ways to remind ourselves and those we love that we celebrate Christmas because of God’s great love for us.I pray we all know God’s love this Christmas, and enjoy a peaceful, blessed, Christmas. Sue 1
  • 4. Sunday and Christmas Services December 2012 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev John Marchant2nd 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Minister with Pickhurst School 10.30 am - Parade & Gift Service - The Minister9th 6.30 pm - Evening Service - CTH - Allan Evison 10.30 am - Morning Service - Mrs. Margaret Smith16th 6.30 pm - Carols by Candlelight - The Minister 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister23rd 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Rev. Dr. Peter Stevenson24th 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The MinisterMon25th Christmas DayTue 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister30th No evening service January 2013 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev. Geoff Larcombe6th 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - Marion Bayley 10.30 am - Morning Service & Baptisms - The Minister13th 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 10.30 am - Morning Service - Martin Wilcox20th 5.30 pm - Evening Service - CTH at The Rosary 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister27th 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Rev. Robert Draycott February 2013 10.30 am - Morning Service - TBA3rd 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister Some notes on the visiting preachers. See facing page............... 2
  • 5. News of the Church FamilyAnnouncements are welcome :- BMD - Changes of address, etc.DeathsWe regret to announce that Audrey Walters passed away on the 3rd of November after being ill for some time. We extend our deepest condolences to her husband Brian and his family at this time.Brian and Audrey were Church members for many years. The family moved to Ringwood some years ago.Brian’s address is 48 Lakeside, Hightown, Ringwood, Hants, BH24 3DX.Your prayers would be appreciated for: -Tony and Kay Atkinson , Marjorie Curry, Doreen Hobbs, Ruth Rees, and Pat Rumble.Church MeetingsThe next Church meeting will be on Sunday 24th February, 2013 at noon, after the morning service.The next Elders’ meetings will be held at 8.00 pm in the small hall on Tuesday 18th December, 2012 and Tuesday 15th January, 2013 . Some notes on the visiting preachers.v Rev John Marchant is the assistant minister at Coney Hill Baptist Church. He has conducted Sunday Worship at HFC on a number of occasions.v Allan Evison is a lay preacher at Hayes Parish Church. He has conducted worship on a number of occasions.v Mrs Margaret Smith is a Methodist Lay Preacher.v Rev Dr. Peter Stevenson is the Minister of Crossways URC Church at the Elephant and Castle. This Church has a long and rich history of serving the community for almost 150 years. For example, the South London Mission was established at Elephant and Castle by the London Congregational Union in 1866.v Mrs Marion Bayley is a Lay Preacher and an Elder from our sister church in Beckenham. She regularly leads our services.v Revd Geoff Larcombe is a local representative from the Bible Society. He spoke at the Bible celebration supper in the spring of 2011, and took one of our services in October, 2012.v Martin Wilcox represents Child Aid, a charity which is transforming the lives of children and young people in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and the Ukraine.v Rev Robert Draycott is the Chaplain at Eltham College. 3
  • 6. Womens Contact GroupThe Contact Group will NOT meet in December. We will next meet at 8.00 pm on Monday 7th January, 2013 at Joan Cook’s home - 12, Broadoaks Way. On the 4th of February we will meet at Jenny Carr’s home - 152, Langley Way.Sylvia MackTuesday Prayer Meetings for December & JanuaryHeld at 10.00 am at the following homes:-Dec 4th Martin Nunn’s. 11th Betty Coster’s. 18th Brenda Cordingley’s. Then no meetings until: -Jan 8th Martin Nunn’s 15th Betty Coster’s. 22nd Brenda Cordingley’s. 29th The ChurchFeb 5th Martin Nunn’s.NOTE. Double check these dates in the Sunday Link sheets. Please address any queries to Martin Nunn.Saturday FellowshipThere will be NO meetings in December or January. We will next meet at 7, Sedgewood Close on the 2nd of February, 2013. Martin Nunn leads the discussions.Mens GroupWe will NOT be meeting in December. The next meeting is on Thursday 17th January, 2013 for a New Year’s Feast organised by Bill Bowman, starting at 8.00 pm in the Small Hall. If you wish to attend, please contact Bill before 13th Jan on 020 8777 0626 or email wfbowman@hotmail.comMinistry of FlowersThanks are due to those who will be providing flowers in December, 2012 and January 2013 December 2012 2nd - Pamela Collison - 9th - Joan & Bob Cook 25th Wedding Anniversary 16th - Margaret - 23rd - Joan Carter i.m.o. Nell & Syd Williams (30th TBA at time of publication) January 2013 6th - Gill and Chris Wood - 13th - Sue I.m.o. Matthew 20th - Mr & Mrs Yonge 27th - Ruth White i.m.o. her Mother 4
  • 7. Ministry of flowers - Contd .........A big thank you to those who kindly arrange the flowers when needed.After the Sunday evening services, the flowers are distributed tomembers 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 Christmas party is on December 7th at 2.15 pm. Tickets will be on sale, priced £2.50 per child.We meet again in the New Year, on January 11th at 2.00pm.We look forward to seeing you all.Judith Stoner - Secretary.Bible Study GroupThe Bible Study group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 2.30 pm in the small hall. To confirm, listen for announcements & check Sunday Link.Worship GroupThe Church will be open for Quiet Meditation & Prayer every Wednesday - 6.00 - 7.00 pm. To confirm, listen for announcements & check Sunday Link.Notice Sheets - December - 1st Sunday in February, 2013December 2nd & 9th Daphne Cummings 8777 2487 16th & 23rd Brenda Cordingley 8462 3867 30th Pam Collison 8658 0748January 2013 6th Pam Collison 8658 0748 13th & 20th Joan Smith 8462 3920 27th Daphne Cummings 8777 2487February 5th Daphne Cummings 8777 2487If you require items to be included in the notice sheets, please contactthe appropriate person by the previous Tuesday. 5
  • 8. 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 December meetings will be: - 4th Invitation from Emmanuel West Wickham Womens Fellowship to their Christmas meeting. 11th Memories of past Christmases. 18th Christmas party.In January, the meetings will be: - 15th Bring and Buy and Members afternoon. 22nd New Year Service conducted by our Minister Sue. 29th More fun with Barbara Stevens.In February, our first meeting will be: - 5th Illustrated talk by Mary Moore on WestminsterIf you have any questions, do contact Sylvia Mack on 8462 1938.MINI-AMBULANCEMembers who use the mini-ambulance are asked to phone Jessie Martin on 8462 5621 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. Marion and Sylvia 80TH Birthday thanksI had a dream of the only way I would like to celebrate my birthday this year and would like to thank everyone who had any part in it for helping that dream to come true.I can think of no better way to mark the occasion than spending it with family and friends so a great big THANK YOU. Brenda Cordingley Thank you’sThe members of Hayes Free Church wish to express their appreciation and thanks to Richard Brown for editing the Catalyst each month, and also thank Mike Duke for his time and energy in printing the magazine. AnonThe Hayes Free Church members wish to express their thanks to the lady who keeps the Church Diary up to date (with never a double booking) and is always helpful to those who wish to book the Church premises.Thank you Undine Connolly. Anon 6
  • 9. Catalyst Needs You!This page will be kept for YOUR contributions - NOTHING ELSE will go on this page. Hopefully, you will be inspired to share some Christmas / New Year break stories. GREETINGS We wish all our friends in Hayes Free Church a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. David and Ann Watson GREETINGS We wish all of our friends in the Church a happy & joyous Christmas Marjorie & John Curry SEASON’S GREETINGS John and Margaret Robinson (North Devon) send the Church Family at Hayes Free every good wish for Christmas and the New Year 7
  • 10. GREETINGS Wishing all friends at Hayes Free Church Love, peace and joy at Christmas SEASON’S GREETINGS I would like to thank everyone for their contributions To Catalyst, and To wish everyone at Hayes Free Church All the best for Christmas and the New Year Richard Brown Thank you A word of thanks and appreciation is due to the members and friends who helped Linda through her illness.Linda lived alone without close relatives living near, but she wasnever without help when it was needed in many different ways &she was very grateful.This was Christian love and pastoral care in action. Thank you everybody! Anon (Linda’s obituary is on pages 9 & 10 - Ed) 8
  • 11. Linda Jennings (1950 - 2012)Linda was born on October 14th 1950 to Edgar and Olive Jennings in Pulborough, Sussex. Her sister Pat was born 4 years later and her brother Michael 14 years after Linda. During her lifetime Linda kept in touch with her family members and took an interest in and was very fond of her four nephews.Linda was born with a congenital back defect which affected her all her life. She was educated at St Gabriel’s C of E School where she remembered that the headmistress told the girls to be sure that‘God was working his purpose out’. When the family moved to Tenterden Linda went to the local secondary school, where she took her O-levels. During her school days Linda was an active and enthusiastic member of the Guide movement and gained her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. She retained her interest in the Guide movement throughout her life. On leaving school she gained a qualification at Secretarial College and had various jobs. One of which was at ‘Chorleywood College for Girls with little or no sight’, where she was led to the Lord by one of the staff and started on her Christian journey.In 1975 she went with the C.M.S. to Israel but returned after four months when war broke out. She then went to a Nursery Training College and gained her NNEB qualification and worked with children for some time. Finding this work did not suit her she did the SRN course followed by Midwifery. She worked for some years as a midwife and on leaving midwifery went to Nash College as Senior Nurse. She stayed there for four years until she was made redundant.This was a difficult time for Linda but with the help of Christian friends she trained as an aromatherapist and chiropodist and set up her own successful practice. In her spare time she studied for, and gained, a degree in complementary therapy. She also did counselling courses and was a Counsellor to her clients and to students at Greenwich University through the student support service. During this period Linda and her elderly mother Olive shared a house as Olive did not feel able to continue to live alone. She cared for her mother until she died. 9
  • 12. Linda’s Christian life grew through her membership of the Ichthus Fellowship and the New Horizons Choir, of which she was an enthusiastic member. Having friends in Hayes she joined Hayes Free Church and became an active member, singing in the choir and serving on the eldership, being responsible for pastoral care. She was called to become a local preacher and completed the course and was inducted as a local preacher in 2011. She took a number of services at Hayes Free Church and was looking forward to developing her preaching practice when she became ill.Linda lived a full and busy life despite health problems. She loved animals and always had cats and a dog. She was skilled in handicrafts, enjoyed travel, going to concerts, reading and tending her garden. She found friendship in Group 88 of which she became chairman and where her conscientious leadership and her distinctive laugh will be missed. She faced her final illness with fortitude, determined to live her life to the full to the end. She died in peace, trusting, as the song says, that the Lord had woven the strands of her life both dark and light into a pattern pleasing to Him. WEAVE ME, LORDLord, my life is like a weaving, and the weaver, Lord, is You.And You choose the many colours, spinning bright and dark ones too.Carefully You weave the pattern, Lord, that You have plannedAnd although I cannot see, I rest, Lord, in Your hand.Weave me Lord, weave my life closer to You.Soon the work will be completed and I’ll see what You have done,How You’ve woven all the colours in the image of Your Son,And I’ll understand the dark threads, Lord, that You have spun.But for now I’ll trust You to complete what You’ve begun soWeave me Lord, weave my life closer to You,Not by chance, my circumstance is in Your handYou fulfil Your sovereign will so I’ll be still and let You - Weave me Lord, weave my life closer to You 10
  • 13. Hayes Free Church Christmas Tree Festival In aid of The Chartwell Cancer Trust From Friday 30th November to Sunday 9th December 2012 The Festival will be open each day from 2.00pm from November 30 to December 8The church will be open at service times each Sunday (10.30am and 6.30pm)Programme of Entertainment for the FestivalFriday 30th November Opening Concert by Members 7.30pm and Friends of Hayes Free Church Saturday 1st December Rock Choir * 7.45 for 8.00pm *Ticket £5.00 from Margaret Tannock 020 8325 6264 or Alistair Wilson 020 8402 0026 or on the door Sunday 2nd December Pickhurst Junior Academy 6.30pmMonday 3rd December Bishop Justus School 7.30pmTuesday 4th December The Christmas Story 7.30 pm by Adult performersWednesday 5th December The Wandle Ringers 7.30pmThursday 6th December Bromley Boy Singers 7.30pmFriday 7th December An evening of Songs and Poems 7.30pm by Just Voices and The Shortlands Poetry CircleSaturday 8th December Beckenham Concert Band 7.45pm Sunday 9th December Churches Together in Hayes with 6.30pm the Musicians from Hayes School All the money raised will go to Christmas Craft Fair in the Church Hall Saturday 1st December from 10.30am to 2.30pm Lots of stalls full of Christmas Goodies Hayes Free Church, 111 Pickhurst Lane, Bromley BR2 7HU web site: hayesfreechurch.com 11
  • 14. NOTICE PHOTOGRAPHS OF PEOPLEIf you take photograph(s) of people intended for publication inCatalyst or on the HFC website, you MUST obtain their permissionBEFORE you take the photograph(s).This is important because photographs in which people can beidentified will be in the world wide domain - on the Internet.So, from now on, when you submit photograph(s) of people forpublication, these must be accompanied with a statement thatpermission was obtained BEFORE the photograph was taken. Theonus is on group leaders, and organisers of events to get thispermission. Also, if photographs are to be taken during a service,permission will be requested before the service starts.There are "permission to take photographs" forms available, andfurther guidance is being developed. Please ask your editor or church elder for more details. COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS NEW YEAR’S SOCIAL SERVICE on 12 JANUARYIn view of the success of FOR BEREAVED PARENTS AND THEIR the last New Year Social FAMILIES IS TO BE HELD we are going to have AT 6PM AT HAYES FREE CHURCHanother one on SATURDAY ON SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2012 12 JANUARY starting at REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AFTER 6.30 pm. There will be a THE SERVICE charge of £3 for adults. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE Refreshments will be CONTACT GILL WOOD ON available. TEL 020 8462 2444Tickets can be obtained OR E-MAIL cwood596@btinternet.com from John Curry Many thanks (8249 3663). Gill W 12
  • 15. BOARD The post box will be available from Sunday 9th December. PLEASE NOTE the LAST POST will be on Sunday 16th December at 10.30 am. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE put your cards in alphabetical (surname) order and put an elastic band round them before posting. This will help the PMG John Curry CHRISTMAS POSTAGE RATES From 6 November people who receive Pension Credit, Employment and Support Allowance or Incapacity Benefit can buy their Christmas stamps at Christmas 2011 prices (i.e. 36p). All you have to do is to produce evidence of your allowance. You will be able to buy up to 36 stamps Subscriptions for Catalyst Subscriptions for 2013 are due in December. The cost is £5 if you wish to receive Catalyst via the pigeonholes at the back of the church. Please let Judith or David Stoner have this amount as soon as possible. There is an envelope attached to this issue of Catalyst for you to use. 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 7EX Cheques 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. 13
  • 16. Deck the halls with boughs of holly,Fa la la la la, la la la la.Tis the season to be jolly,Fa la la la la, la la la la. 14
  • 17. Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la, la la la, la la la. Troll the ancient Yule tide carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la. HAYES PHILHARMONIC CHOIR CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT in aid of ST CHRISTOPHERS HOSPICE Saturday 15 December at 7.45pm in Hayes Parish Church Admission £7 (school-age children £2) Box office 07989 192928 or on the doorCome along and enjoy our well-established mix of familiar favouritesfor you to sing, and some less well-known carols to listen to - followedby our traditional post-concert celebration. Your attendance will helpto make this a great Christmas for St Christophers too!(Note - since we do not start till 7.45 you should be able to attend the Compassionate Friends service first if you wish) NEW CURATE AT ST MARYS, HAYES STREET, HAYES A new Curate will be installed at St Marys on Thursday 31 January at 6.30 pm. He is Revd Napoleon (Napo) John, aged 57.He was born in Pakistan into a strongly Christian family. He obtained a BA in Pakistan then a degree in Theology from Oakhill College in the UK and an MA from the University of Essex. In 1993 he was ordained and served in churches in Leytonstone and Dagenham and since 2007 he has been the Team Rector in Felixstowe.He is a Bible based preacher, a strategic thinker with experience of mission and evangelism.We look forward to meeting him and working alongside him for many years to come. 15
  • 18. See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Strike the harp and join the chorus. Fa la la la la, la la la la. Bromley Central Library presents the Annual Christmas Celebration Concert on Thursday, 20th December 12.00 noon - 2.00 pm.Do come to this concert with the New English Singers, directed byAdrian Boynton, and soloists.Tickets at £5.00 are available in the Library. Drinks and mince pies provided in the Punch interval.This is always an excellent prelude to Christmas festivities. Betty Coster You are invited to join a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2013Revd Bill Bowman, minister of Emmanuel URC, West Wickham and Elmers End Free Church (URC) together with his wife, Marion, will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land 15th -24th October 2013 arranged through the reputable travel company – McCabe’s. Bill and Marion would like to extend the invitation to join their pilgrimage to local churches in the Synod Area. (Particularly members and friends of HFC!!)The party will be based 6 days in Jerusalem, within sight of its ancient walls and 3 days by the shore of Lake Galilee. From these two locations you will be able to see and experience a great many of the places associated with the life of Jesus.Not only does visiting the Holy Land help bring the Bible story alive, a pilgrimage is a wonderful place to share fellowship and meet new friends. If you are travelling on your own you will be assured of being among a warm friendly group.Places are limited so it is best to book early. If you would like a brochure and application form or would like any more information, please feel free to contact Bill either by phone (020 8777 1150) or email wfbowman@hotmail.comNB: If the security situation in Israel makes it unsafe to visit at the time of travel then a full refund (incl. deposit) is guaranteed. 16
  • 19. Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la, la la la la. While I tell of Yule tide treasure, Fa la la la la, la la la la. A Musical Celebration brought to The Friends and Members of Hayes Free Church on Saturday, 5th January 2013 at 6.00 pm. Finish by 9.00 pm at Hayes Free Church. The music is written or arranged by Martin Nunn and will be performed by Martin and his niece, Jenny. The celebration is open to Invitees - no small children.There will be a buffet supper afterwards. Food contributions to the buffet would be welcome. Please contact Martin Nunn for details and more information, if required.This celebration is in aid of the Westminster College Refurbishment Appeal. Martin Nunn SUPPORT AT HOME If you are getting older and would like help with household tasks, meals, shopping, transport, everyday paperwork; or help to enjoy reading, hobbies, using your computer, getting out by wheelchair and by car; or want to give a break to someone who usually looks after you - please get in touch with me. My goal is to make your independent life at home continue to be possible, with a kind and committed service! Christopher White 020 8149 6933 or pjm741-rose@yahoo.co.uk 17
  • 20. Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la la.Women’s Contact Coffee Morning 10.00 am - 12.00We will be holding coffee mornings on these dates: - 8th of December, 2012 12th of January, 2013.We are continuing to raise monies to contribute to disaster relief funds in different parts of the world.We hope to see you at the Coffee Mornings, and why not bring a friend. Barbara JonesThe Fairtrade Sunday StallWe will be holding a fair trade stall after the morning service on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. So, in December 2012 the stall will be held on the 9th and 23rd. In January, 2013 the stall will be held on the 13th and 27th.The message is please buy Fairtrade. Every purchase helps in a good way. Your support through 2012 has been superb. Thank you for your support. Can we do any more in 2013?Please continue to support your fair trade stall. Thank you. Richard and Barbara. The way things once were What did those nursery rhymes mean? We will be looking at this up to the October edition, 2013 Sing a Song of SixpenceBelieved to have been referenced in Shakespeares play Twelfth Night. Putting birds in a pie, was a real form of entertainment at grand meals during the 16th century.Another theory suggests that the rhyme is about the dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII with the blackbirds as the monks, his first wife Catherine of Aragon as the queen in the parlour and Anne Boleyn the maid in the garden 18
  • 21. Sing we joyous, all together, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Heedless of the wind and weather, Fa la la la la, la la la la. The Scout GroupThere have been some changes recently among the scout leaders, which mean that the leadership team is now as follows:Brenda Petts leads the Beavers and Cubs, assisted by Hazel Ward at both and Rolf Parker and Sam Bonome at Cubs.Paul Hasling is Scout Leader, assisted by Katy Reeves and Nathan Lucking. Steve Bowman has decided to step down as Assistant Scout Leader in order to concentrate on his duties as an Assistant District Commissioner. Steve has been a member of the Group since he was a boy and has made an enormous contribution as a leader. Im pleased to say that we will not be losing him entirely, as he intends to remain involved with the Group.Tom Strachan leads the Explorers, assisted by Anna Potenza, who is our newest recruit, and Charles Jaynes.All leaders are volunteers, who give up their time to make sure that the young people in the Group experience the best that scouting has to offer. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all that they do.Of course, we are always keen to hear from anyone who would like toget involved, whether as a leader of in any other capacity. If youwould like to help out, please contact me or any of the leaders.Simon NarracottGroup Scout Leader Words of Thank youKay and Tony Atkinson would like to thank everyone for all their well wishes and prayers over the last few months.Kay had three operations on her nose to remove a cancerous growth, followed by the reshaping of her nostril.Tony had three operations to remove cancerous growths from his bladder, followed by a course of 6 weeks’ intensive chemotherapy. He was told in October that he was now in remission. Kay & Tony Atkinson 19
  • 22. The page header verses are from the Carol - Deck the Halls. When published in 1866, the words were attributed to Thomas Oliphant.Website of the Month One World Futbol Wording taken from the website……Soccer, (“football” or “futbol”) is the world’s most popular sport. The traditional ball can be easily punctured or ruptured. Players in disadvantaged communities are often left to play soccer with rocks, cans, or “rag balls” made from rubbish, and string.Our mission at the One World Futbol Project is to make a meaningful impact on the lives of youth around the world. Our goal is to bring the joy of soccer and play to youth in disadvantaged communities so that children can be children no matter where they live.One World Futbol inventor Tim Jahnigen was inspired to start the project after watching news footage of kids in Darfur playing a soccer game using a ball of trash tied up with twine.Tim’s idea remained as a concept until a chance conversation with world renowned entertainer Sting, who immediately provided the support for research and development. In recognition of Sting’s crucial, early involvement, the name of the ball and of the project are based on the song “One World (Not Three),” written by Sting. Sting continues to be an advocate for and supporter of the One World Futbol Project.About the footballü Virtually-Indestructible. It never needs a pump and never goes flat, even if punctured. It can also be used for netball, volleyball, and many other games.ü All-terrain. It can withstand the harshest conditions without deflating.ü Sustainability. The ultra-durable ball eliminates the waste of discarded, punctured soccer balls.ü Buy One, Give One. For every One World Futbol you buy through our “Buy One, Give One” programme, we give a second ball through organizations working in communities such as refugee camps, war zones, disaster areas and inner cities.ü No Child Labour. Many traditional soccer balls are still stitched together by hand by children and adults working under deplorable conditions in Pakistan, China, and India. The One World Futbol is manufactured using state-of-the-art technology that does not require stitching.PS - could we participate as a church? Any Ideas? Editor 20
  • 23. Muriel StoneEarlier this year, Bob Morley wrote in about Muriel Stone. (Reminder. Her address is Room 5, Danesbrook House, Cadoc Place, Danescourt, Cardiff CF5 2QN & Tel: 02920 552245.)Here is what Bob had to say. : -A s many of you may know Muriel Stone is now living in Cardiff. This note is based on correspondence with her daughter Judith(whom shes now living very close to) and we thought that as HFChad always been such a big part of Muriels life her many friends inHayes might like to know all about the move and how shes doing.Unfortunately Muriel never really settled into her flat in Bromley - in spite of efforts by friends to keep her going she was becoming quite depressed living in her flat in Durham Avenue. She had moved there when her memory was failing so didnt have the confidence to make new friends and join in with the various activities in the complex. She had gradually been deteriorating and a fall in May this year highlighted the fact that she was unable to cope independently and was really needing more family support.Daughter Judith and son Andrew put nursing care in place which provided a stop gap for a few weeks and Judith started looking at residential care in Cardiff. She found a small very homely home which has 18 ladies who have varying degrees of dementia but mild rather than advanced dementia.Muriel visited for an assessment in June and moved in a week later!The fact this small home had a room available when it was neededseems a sign it was meant to be. Now that stress has been takenaway Muriel can enjoy continual companionship and support andhas settled really well, has a lovely room with en suite and has madenew friends really quickly.Sadly this comes with a price as the less she does herself the less she can remember - it seems a catch 22 situation. However both Muriel and Judith are very much enjoying being nearer each other - first time for over 20 years so its a real treat for Judith to call in for a cuppa or to bring Muriel home for tea. Muriel is more content than shes been for years. Mentally she is deteriorating but she still recognises the family and theyre making the most of that. Shes still able to walk around but now has a zimmer frame as shes very unsteady - if taken out for the day she enjoys borrowing a wheel chair!I just wanted to let you all know how Muriel was getting along. 21
  • 24. December 20121st Sat 7.45 pm - Rock Choir Page 112nd Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev John Marchant 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Minister with Pickhurst School3rd Mon 7.30 pm - Bishop Justus School Page 11 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 44th Tue 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 6 7.30 pm - The Christmas Story Page 115th Wed 6.00 pm - Worship Group Page 5 7.30 pm - The Wandle Ringers Page 116th Thu 7.30 pm - Bromley Boy Singers Page 117th Fri 2.00 pm - Hayes Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 5 7.30 pm - Evening of Songs & Poems Page 11 10.00 am - Women’s Contact Coffee Morning Page 188th Sat 7.45 pm - Beckenham Concert Band (at HFC) Page 11 7.45 pm - Beckenham Chorale Page 14 Christmas Tree Festival ends9th Sun 10.30 am - Parade & Gift Service - The Minister Followed by Fairtrade Stall Page 18 6.30 pm - Evening Service - CTH - Allan Evison Page 1110th Mon11th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 612th Wed 6.00 pm - Worship Group Page 513th Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 514th Fri15th Sat 6.00 pm - Compassionate Friends Service Page 12 7.45 pm - Hayes Philharmonic Choir Page 1516th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Mrs. Margaret Smith 6.30 pm - Carols by Candlelight - The Minister17th Mon 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 418th Tue 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 6 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Page 319th Wed 6.00 pm - Worship Group Page 520th Thu 12.00 Noon - Christmas Celebration Concert Page 1621st Fri 22
  • 25. December 201222nd Sat 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister23rd Sun Followed by Fairtrade Stall Page 18 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Rev. Dr. Peter Stevenson24th Mon 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister25th Tue Christmas Day 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister26th Wed Boxing Day27th Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 528th Fri29th Sat30th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister No evening service31st Mon January 20131st Tue New Years Day2nd Wed 6.00 pm - Worship Group Page 53rd Thu4th Fri5th Sat 6.00 pm - Musical Celebration Page 176th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev. Geoff Larcombe 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - Marion Bayley7th Mon 8.00 pm - Women’s Contact Group Page 48th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 49th Wed 6.00 pm - Worship Group Page 510th Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 511th Fri 2.00 pm - Hayes Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 512th Sat 10.00 am - Women’s Contact Coffee Morning Page 18 6.30 pm - New Year’s Social Page 12 10.30 am - Morning Service & Baptisms - The Minister13th Sun Followed by Fairtrade Stall Page 18 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 23
  • 26. January 201314th Mon 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 415th Tue 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 6 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Page 316th Wed 6.00 pm - Worship Group Page 517th Thu 8.00 pm - Men’s Group Page 418th Fri 2.00 pm - Hayes Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 519th Sat20th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Martin Wilcox 5.30 pm - Evening Service - CTH at The Rosary21st Mon22nd Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 623rd Wed 6.00 pm - Worship Group Page 524th Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 525th Fri 2.00 pm - Hayes Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 526th Sat 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister27th Sun Followed by Fairtrade Stall Page 18 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Rev. Robert Draycott28th Mon29th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 630th Wed 6.00 pm - Worship Group Page 531st Thu February 20131st Fri 2.00 pm - Hayes Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 52nd Sat Candlemas Day 2.30 pm - Saturday Fellowship Page 43rd Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - TBA 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The MinisterDATES FOR YOUR DIARYThere were no further dates at the time of going to press. 24
  • 27. 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 Sylvia Mack 8462 19386.00 - 8.00 pm Weight Watchers Area Office 0845 345 15007.00 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 Lorraine 0785 115 36768.00 pm Explorers Tom Strachan 07745 813 295Thursday5.30 pm Brownies Stevie Blair. 8325 34697.15 - 8.45 pm Rangers Georgina Chappell 07983 4713088.00 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
  • 28. Final ThoughtClear the wayGracious God,as the days shortenand the pale wintry sunbathes the sky with light,so may our anxiety abateand the warmth of your lovecleanse and purify our lives.Promised One,as ice skims the pondand bright frostgilds the leaf with glory,may the clarity of your callawaken us to new hopeand new beginnings.Holy Spirit of transformation,help us to clear the wayfor the coming Christ-child.As the red sun sinks behind black branches,slip into our livesand surprise us by the welcome warmthof your coming. Kate Mcllhagga

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