Catalyst   THE MAGAZINE OFHAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.)     March 2012
HAYES FREE CHURCH              111, Pickhurst Lane, Hayes, Kent BR2 7HU              Sunday Services. 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p....
Letter from the MinisterDear FriendsLent is a time of preparation, a time for thoughtful reflection on our faith. A time w...
Sunday & Easter Services                               March 20124th   Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Allan Evison      ...
News of the Church FamilyAnnouncements are welcome :- BMD - Changes of address, etc.Births: - Our daughter and son-in-law ...
Saturday FellowshipWe will next meet at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday the 3rd of March at 7 Sedgewood Close for a continuation of ...
Notice Sheets - March - 2nd Sunday in April  4th      Joan Smith              8462 3920 11th      Joan Smith 18th      Joa...
Thank you letter transcribed.                                                  16th January 2012                          ...
Catalyst needs youThis page will be kept for YOUR contributions - NOTHING ELSE will go on this page.It would be great to r...
Women’s World Day of PrayerThe Service this year will be held at Hayes Free Church at 2 p.m. on the 2nd March. It has been...
ROTARY CLUB OF LANGLEY PARK & DEAF ACCESS                                         th           Saturday 24 March          ...
NOTICE                    Advance noticeChurches Together in Hayes are booking stalls for the       Hayes Village Fair on ...
BOARD                            Thank you Did you miss New Years Day services? Then you missed receiving               a ...
CRABBY OLD MAN (THIS APPLIES TO OLD WOMEN TOO)!!When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in Moosomin, ...
...... Continued from the previous page.At Forty, my young sons . . . . . have grown and are gone,But my womans beside me ...
The Justice and Peace Group.As several members of the Justice and Peace Group are unable to attend meetings, we have decid...
"WALK THROUGH THE BIBLE"                          A Lent Presentation                                 ---------------This ...
The Traidcraft Big Brew                           Fairtrade Fortnight 2012                 Helping families to flourish   ...
OUR WELL-BEING                          ---------------------------------                 NHS care record launch in Bromle...
March 20121st    Thu   St. Davids Day2nd    Fri    2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club           Page 4              2.00 ...
March 201225th   Sun    BST Begins              10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister                          Followed...
Southern Synod Mission CriteriaThis church: -1)    is out ward looking and is actively seeking to reach new people for    ...
CHURCH ORGANISATIONSDay              Organisation          Contact              PhoneSunday10.25 am         Sunday Club   ...
Final Thought             Always ThereAnd I am convinced that nothing can ever       separate us from God’s love.         ...
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  1. 1. Catalyst THE MAGAZINE OFHAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.) March 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 The way things once were 13Preachers’ info 2 Justice & Peace Group 14Church Notices 3 - 5 Fairtrade Fortnight 14Giving 5 Walk through the Bible 15Letter from Help for Heroes 6 The Traidcraft Big Brew 16Catalyst needs you 7 Our well-being 17Rangers appeal for new members 8 Southern Synod Mission Criteria 20Antique & Collectors Fair 9 A Jewish Blessing 20Notice board 10 - 11 Church Organisations IBCCrabby Old Man - poem 12 - 13This month’s websiteHelp for Heroes is well known to us all. Turn to page 6 for a thank you letter from the charity which benefited from the Christmas Tree Festival. Check out the website for full details about this charity and the work which it does.The Website address is www.helpforheroes.org.uk Ed Copy for the April 2012 edition needs to be handed in by Sunday, 18th March. 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 FriendsLent is a time of preparation, a time for thoughtful reflection on our faith. A time when we might fast from food (understood today as 3 simple meals a day and no snacking – except Sundays) and festivities – to save up all our celebrations for Easter day itself.In many churches during Lent “alleluias” are not sung and no flowers are displayed, reminding the congregation that Lent is a time for serious contemplation.The “Walk Through the Bible” day on Saturday 10th is almost upon us and I do hope that you are all going to attend this great event as it is our only Lent ‘happening’.Please give your name to Sylvia Mack if you plan to join us. A journey through the Old Testament is on offer, a time to stop and consider the first part of our Bible.As part of Lent it would be good to spend time individually reflecting on the Good Friday reading: John 18: 1 – 19: 42, where we see those in power lose power as Jesus controls his own destiny. And perhaps going further to our Easter Day Gospel reading – John 20: 1 – 18 – which includes Mary Magdalene’s statement, “I have seen the Lord”. Mary seeks and is surprised by what she finds, or better, by the one who finds her.How might Jesus find us this Lent? Sue 1
  4. 4. Sunday & Easter Services March 20124th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Allan Evison 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister11th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister18th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev. Geoff Larcombe 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister25th Sun 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Mrs Marion Bayley April 2012 Palm Sunday1st Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Linda Jennings 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister Maundy Thursday5th Thu 7.30 pm - Service at Elmers End URC - Bill Bowman. Good Friday 10.00 am - Morning Service - CTH The programme: -6th Fri 9.10 am from the Village Hall, moving to St Marys, then to the Rosary church, on to Hayes Station Approach, meet for the service at Hayes Free at 10 am. Simon Gray to preach. Easter Sunday8th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Bill Michie 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister Some notes on the visiting preachers.v Allan Evison is a lay preacher at Hayes Parish Church. He has conducted worship on a number of occasions.v Geoff Larcombe is a local representative from the Bible Society. He spoke at the Bible celebration supper in the spring of 2011.v Mrs. Marion Bayley is a Lay Preacher and an Elder from our sister church in Beckenham. She regularly leads our services.v Linda Jennings is one of our Elders who has lead our services on a number of occasions.v Rev Bill Bowman is the Minister of Emmanuel URC, West Wickham. Bill was a member of HFC before he became a Minister.v Revd Simon Gray is the Minister at Hayesford Park Baptist Church.v Bill Michie is well known to us all. He is a Lay Preacher at HFC. 2
  5. 5. News of the Church FamilyAnnouncements are welcome :- BMD - Changes of address, etc.Births: - Our daughter and son-in-law had a baby son born on Nov 19th, Jack Malcolm York, a brother for Amy now nearly 4. Regards David and Undine Connolly.Deaths: -We regret to announce the death of Audrey McNelly on 3 February.We offer our deepest condolences to her husband, Alec, and to hisfamily at this sad time. Change of Address: - From the 10th February, Marion Butler will be at 35 Oatley House, Cote Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3TN. Tel: to be confirmed. Email: marion.butler@btinternet.com. David and Undine Connolly now have new e-mail address:- davidundine@hotmail.co.ukChurch MeetingsThe next Church meeting will be held on Sunday, 22nd April at 12.00 noon after the morning service.The next Elders’ meeting will be held on Tuesday 20th March at 8.00 pm in the small hall.Womens Contact GroupThe Contact Group will meet at 8.00 pm on the following Mondays. 5th March at Connie Russell’s home - 234 Pickhurst Lane, and then 2nd April at Marion Bowman’s home - 26 Stambourne Way, W. Wickham.Sylvia MackTuesday Prayer MeetingsHeld at 10.00 am at the following homes:-March 6th Martin Nunn’s. 13th Betty Coster’s. 20th Brenda Cordingley’s. 27th The Church.April 3rd Martin Nunn’s.Please address any queries to Martin Nunn. 3
  6. 6. Saturday FellowshipWe will next meet at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday the 3rd of March at 7 Sedgewood Close for a continuation of the discussion on the theme of “Blessings and Praise”. We will then meet on the 7th of April. Discussions lead by Martin Nunn.Mens GroupThe next meeting will be “Your Desert Island Disc” (bring a favourite CD/track with you) organised by Malcolm Cheyne. We will meet in the small hall on Thursday 15th March at 8.00 pm.Ministry of FlowersThanks are due to those who will be providing flowers in March. 4th - T.B.A. 11th - T.B.A.18th - Maggie Greenwood 25th - Margaret - I.m.o. Mum & Dad Celebrating her birthday. Nell & Syd Williams.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 Spring Term ends on the 23rd of March.Our summer term starts on April 27thWe look forward to seeing you all.Judith Stoner - Secretary.As we pulled into Victoria Station, the driver made an announcement.“Happy birthday to Kevin, who is 7 today. I understand that he is on his way to see Birmingham beat Chelsea by 1 - 0!” 4
  7. 7. Notice Sheets - March - 2nd Sunday in April 4th Joan Smith 8462 3920 11th Joan Smith 18th Joan Smith 25th Daphne Cummings 8777 2487April 1st Daphne Cummings 8th Brenda Cordingley 8462 3867If you require items to be included in the notice sheets, please contactthe appropriate person by the previous Tuesday.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 March is:- 6th Lent Service with Linda Jennings 13th The History of Baston School. Charles Wimble 20th More fun with Barbara Stevens 27th Child Aid _ Martin Wilcox "Renewal of Life and the hope of the Resurrection" We will then meet on the 17th of April.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. Linda, Marion and Sylvia Giving The more you give, the more youll get. The more you laugh the less youll fret. The more youll do unselflessly. The more youll live abundantly. The more of everything you share, The more youll always have to spare. The more you love, the more youll find, That life is good and friends are kind. For only what you give away, Enriches you from day to day. From Fordingbridge parish magazine (contributed by Rhoda Leeds.) 5
  8. 8. Thank you letter transcribed. 16th January 2012 Dear John, Thank you so much for your donation of £280.53 to Help for Heroes (H4H). We appreciate every penny that comes in and will ensure that it is put to use providing direct, practical support for the men and women who are wounded while in the service of our country.When Emma and I decided to do our bit, we had no idea so many people across the UK would decide to join us and together, create the Help for Heroes phenomenon. We are proud parents of a Soldier and know what it is to have him away fighting. We also know what it is like to see his friends injured with their lives changed forever. We cannot prevent these terrible injuries, but by joining together with others in support, we can do something positive and help them on their road to recovery.Since its launch in October 2007, H4H raised over £100m and funded a variety of projects that are already making a big difference. For example, the £8m Rehabilitation Complex at Headley Court; a new £3.5m treatment centre for Combat Stress; Adaptive Adventure Training through the Battle Back programme; and the creation of a £6m Quick Reaction Fund to support individuals within 72 hours of the need being identified.The next project for H4H, which your donation will go towards, aims to ensure those wounded while in service get the very best support; for life. H4H is working in partnership with the MoD and The Royal British Legion, to deliver the Defence Recovery Capability (DRC) – a comprehensive pathway to help the wounded launch back into the next phase of their lives. H4H committed £100m to the DRC, which not only ensures that those who leave service get jobs, but that they have access to a comprehensive range of support whatever their needs.Our work is by no means over. There is a great deal to do, but your contribution will make a great difference to the lives of some very special people. On behalf of all of us at H4H and all those who we will help, thank you.With thanks, Unit 14.Bryn Parry OBE Parkers Close,& Emma Parry OBE Downton Business Centre,Co-Founders Help for Heroes Downton, Salisbury, SP5 3RBRegistered charity number 1120920. Tel: 01725 513212. 6
  9. 9. Catalyst needs youThis page will be kept for YOUR contributions - NOTHING ELSE will go on this page.It would be great to receive items from Leaders - please encourage your charges other groups - Mothers and Toddlers, the to be creative. Catalyst has wonderful cubs, brownies, Sunday Club. Also, material from the adult members and family members are most welcome to friends, but this magazine should be for all submit material. of us to enjoy. Also, isn’t it nice to see yourUniformed groups - can your members message or creation in print? earn a badge for contributions to this Surely, an important aspect of our lives is to page? encourage the youngsters to develop - toPictures, poems, letters or thoughts are all be creative. So, this page is here to helpwelcome. with this. Chiropodist Linda Jennings B.Sc (Hons), SRN, RM, FSSCh, Dip- PodMed, MBChA, HPC Registered Member of the British Chiropody & Podiatry Association Appointments in your own home available Ring 020 8300 9706 or (mobile) 07778 238587 Wedding Presents?Why not try Fairly Traded gifts? That way you will be helping with ethical trade and will receive hand-crafted gifts. Please speak to Barbara Jones or Richard Brown, who would be delighted to help. The Fair trade stall - On the 2nd & 4th Sunday mornings, 7
  10. 10. Women’s World Day of PrayerThe Service this year will be held at Hayes Free Church at 2 p.m. on the 2nd March. It has been prepared by Christian Women of Malaysia and is entitled "Let Justice Prevail"Sue will be talking on the theme and Barbara Jones will be leading the service. Hayes Ladies Choir will be taking part in the Service and leading us in our singing.Refreshments will be served after the service and all are welcome,including all men.We do hope that we will get a good number from our Church to joinwith those coming from other Churches in Hayes and Keston.Sylvia Mack Wine Tasting Friends of Demelza Hospice Care for Children are holding a wine tasting in the annexe of the Rosary Church Sunday 4th March. 7.30 pm for 8.00. Please contact Terry Atkinson 020 8289 7535 for tickets at £15.00 each. Appeal for new members Aged 14-26? Interested in continuing Guiding? Or just want to meet new people? Rangers is based around a fun and flexible programme that will suit all tastes. When: Thursdays 7.15-8.45 Where: Hayes Free Church If interested please contact Georgina on 07983 471308 or georgina.chappell@googlemail.com 8
  11. 11. ROTARY CLUB OF LANGLEY PARK & DEAF ACCESS th Saturday 24 March 2012 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. AT HAYES FREE CHURCH PICKHURST LANE HAYES KENT LUNCHES & REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE Interested table holders – tables available David Connolly. Tel: 020 8776 0108. ENTRANCE £1.00Sponsored by:- Ennis-Webb & Co. Solicitors, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts Elite House, 155 Main Road, Biggin Hill, Kent TN16 3JP tel. 01959 577000 9
  12. 12. NOTICE Advance noticeChurches Together in Hayes are booking stalls for the Hayes Village Fair on Saturday 23rd June. The three stalls will be: - 1) Traidcraft 2) leaflets and games 3) bouncy castle.Please put the date in your diary as we will need helpers to run the stalls. The fair will be open from 12 noon to 4.30 pm. Contact details to follow / listen for announcements Christian Aid Ramble to Wilberforce Oak 2 pm Sunday 25 March 2012 From Keston Parish Church, Church Road, Keston, Kent, BR2 6HT Join us for a delightful ramble to the Wilberforce Oak where Wilberforce wrote in his diary , "...just above the steep descent into the vale of Keston, I resolved to give notice on a fit occasion in the House of Commons of my intention to bring forward the abolition of the slave-trade." We will have a brief act of worship at the Wilberforce Oak before returning to Keston Parish Church for refreshments and a short presentation from staff who recently visited Sierra Leone, this years focus country for Christian Aid Week. We will also have the new Christian Aid Week resources available. The Wilberforce Oak is approximately ½ mile from the church and on a hill. 10
  13. 13. BOARD Thank you Did you miss New Years Day services? Then you missed receiving a little green money box, there is one for you. This box is to say "Thank You" that Hayes Free Church is 75 years old this year. Please pop coins in when you are thankful for a beautiful day; when a friend unexpectedly phones you. You may want to unload a lot of coins from a heavy pocket or purse. Perhaps there is a coin you dont like, pop them in the box. This money is over and above our Gift Day. Let us be thankful for all we have, especially for our beautiful Church where we can freely worship God and we are blessed with having a minister, Sue. Have you any ideas as to what the money could be for? I will let you know when the boxes are to be handed in. Please ask for YOUR box. Many thanks Mavis Righini Agape Supper Please keep the date of FridayLunch for those living alone 11th May free in your diaries for our Churches Together Our next lunch will be on March 25th. Agape Supper.Please put your name on the The speaker this year is Simon list at the rear of the church Gray and his daughter who if you would like to come. will talk about their trip last Barbara year to work with the street children of the Philippines. Beginning at 7 pm and costing £5 - it includes a meal. 11
  14. 14. CRABBY OLD MAN (THIS APPLIES TO OLD WOMEN TOO)!!When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in Moosomin, Saskatchewan , it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.The old mans sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health.And this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this anonymous poem winging across the Internet. Crabby Old ManWhat do you see nurses? . . . .. . What do you see?What are you thinking . . . . . when youre looking at me?A crabby old man . .. . .. . not very wise,Uncertain of habit . . . . . with faraway eyes?Who dribbles his food . . . . . and makes no reply.When you say in a loud voice . . ... . . I do wish youd try!Who seems not to notice .. .. . .. . the things that you do.And forever is losing . . . . . A sock or shoe?Who, resisting or not .. . . ... . lets you do as you will,With bathing and feeding . . . . . The long day to fill?Is that what youre thinking? . .. . . . Is that what you see?Then open your eyes, nurse . . . . ... youre not looking at me..Ill tell you who I am. . . .. . . As I sit here so still,As I do at your bidding, . . . . . as I eat at your will.Im a small child of Ten . . .. . ... with a father and mother,Brothers and sisters . . . . .. who love one another.A young boy of Sixteen . . . . with wings on his feet.Dreaming that soon now . . . . . a lover hell meet.A groom soon at Twenty . . ... . . my heart gives a leap.Remembering, the vows . . . . .. that I promised to keep.At Twenty-Five, now . . .. . . I have young of my own.Who need me to guide . . . . .. And a secure happy home.A man of Thirty . . ... . . My young now grown fast,Bound to each other . . . .. . With ties that should last. Continued on the next page.... . 12
  15. 15. ...... Continued from the previous page.At Forty, my young sons . . . . . have grown and are gone,But my womans beside me . . . .. ... to see I dont mourn.At Fifty, once more, babies play round my knee,Again, we know children .. . . . .. My loved one and me.Dark days are upon me . . . . . my wife is now dead.I look at the future . . . . . shudder with dread.For my young are all rearing . .. . . . young of their own.And I think of the years . . . . ... and the love that Ive known. Im now an old man . . . . ... and nature is cruel.Tis jest to make old age . . . . . look like a fool. The body, it crumbles . . . . . grace and vigor, depart. There is now a stone . . . . where I once had a heart.But inside this old carcass . . . . . a young guy still dwells,And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells.I remember the joys . . . . . I remember the pain.And Im loving and living . . . .. .. life over again.I think of the years, all too few . .. . . . gone too fast.And accept the stark fact . . .. ... that nothing can last.So open your eyes, people .. . ... . . open and see.Not a crabby old man . .. . Look closer . . . see ME!!Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within.We will all, one day, be there, too! The way things once were From The Nottinghamshire Almanac for March 1841. The weather now assumes a milder form, But at the equinox expect a storm: Our feather’d choir, the groves with music fill, Now bloom the crocus and the daffodil. 13
  16. 16. The Justice and Peace Group.As several members of the Justice and Peace Group are unable to attend meetings, we have decided to disband the group, at least for the time being.However, justice and peace issues will still be raised in Catalyst and in prayer items in church services.Women’s Contact Coffee Morning 10.00 am - 12.00There won’t be a coffee morning in March; the 10th is the day of the Walk through the Bible event. Our next coffee morning will be on the 14th of April. We raise monies to contribute to disaster relief funds in different parts of the world.We hope to see you there, and why not bring a friend. Barbara JonesThe Fairtrade Sunday StallIn 2012, we will be holding a fair trade stall after the morning service on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. So, for March the stall will be held on the 11th and 25th. Then on Easter Sunday, 8th April.2012 is a year of many celebrations, from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, to the Olympics and the 75th anniversary of HFC. We have stocked up with some baking ingredients in anticipation of some cakes and biscuits being made..Please continue to support your fair trade stall. Thank you. Fairtrade FortnightW HAT BEGAN IN 1994 with the launch of a single ethically- produced and sold chocolate bar, has mushroomed into 7,000 products carrying the Fairtrade Mark today. Two of the nation’s favourite chocolate bars - KitKat (four finger) and Cadbury’s Dairy Milk are Fairtrade. So are 30 percent of our bananas and half the sugar we buy. Major supermarkets - The Co-op, M&S, Morrisons, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s - have committed entire product lines to Fairtrade. All Olympic venues during the 2012 London Games will be selling Fairtrade refreshments. Chichester Cathedral is now sporting the first ever Fairtrade gold- plated weather vane! If you are planning your wedding, how about a Fairtrade wedding ring? This year, Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 27th February till 11th March, and once again we will be taking part in the “Big Brew” on March 11th in Church. All donations will go to Traidcraft to support people struggling for survival in parts of the world where conditions are very difficult. Richard and Barbara. ( Now, turn to Page 16... ) 14
  17. 17. "WALK THROUGH THE BIBLE" A Lent Presentation ---------------This year, Churches Together in Hayes have arranged that instead of a Lent course spread over several weeks, there will be a one day Seminar on Saturday 10th March from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. At Hayes Free Church.This will cover the whole of the Old Testament as youve never seen it before, exploring the Bible geography and history of the time. A colour workbook will be provided, along with video presentation and audience participation.The cost will be £14 per head to cover the workbook and presentation by the Walk Through the Bible Ministries. Fuller details will be available shortly in the form of leaflets and posters, but please do try to keep the date free so that we may have plenty of support for this interesting event. Janet SladdenMore information..... Walk Through the Bible is the Old Testament as youve never experienced it before. People who have seen it are still talking about it years later. Its fun, interesting, lively and amusing. Children cannot come as it is not suitable, but 11 - 16 year olds can attend for free with an adult. It takes all day (well it is the whole of the Old Testament!) and costs £14 per person and needs to be booked in advance. You bring a packed lunch on the day to Hayes Free Church, where you know you will be welcome. You can bring as many people as you like, as long as you book them in before the end of February!Booking forms at the back of the church - please give them to Sylvia Mack (who will pass them on).Lent is an important time in the life of the church so do make a special effort to come and support this wonderful seminar - over 2 million have already seen it and raved about it! 15
  18. 18. The Traidcraft Big Brew Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 Helping families to flourish What does it mean to be a flourishing family? Health? Happiness? A good education for our children, with its promise of a future full of promise and opportunity? If we could achieve those things then we would feel we had done something worthwhile, wouldn’t we? It’s a vision shared by parents all over the world. Parents like Akhil and Sumi Kha, in Bangladesh, for example. They’re small-scale jute farmers and they’ve struggled to earn enough to support their family in the way they want to. In recent years, climate change has added to their problems, with unpredictable rainfall making river levels unreliable. Now, helped by Traidcraft’s Golden Fibre project, Akhil and Sumi and their neighbours have learned how to overcome some of their difficulties, improve the quality of their jute – and seen their income grow as a result. They have even been able to start saving – and to dream of a better future for their children, Anik (7) and Uttam (4). When his father died, Akhil had to leave school to find work. Aged only 10, he was already helping to build homes in the village. It’s not the sort of life he wants for his sons.“I want to educate my children properly, not like me,” he says. “I know the necessity of education because I am illiterate.” Sumi adds: “I am a little happy with my earnings now. I want to grow more quality jute so I can change my family and also for all of my village family.“I want only for my children. I want to give them good food and to provide them with an education – and animals and land.” Sumi and Akhil’s dreams are shared by the many thousands of producers who are being helped by Traidcraft and its local partners across East Africa, Asia and Latin America. But there are many, many more who could also build flourishing lives for themselves, their families and their communities, if only they get the chance. Traidcraft is determined to give them that opportunity, and it can do it – if we all help. Please support your local Traidcraft Fair Trader or retailer. Find out more about Traidcraft’s work at www.traidcraft.org.uk © Traidcraft 2011 16
  19. 19. OUR WELL-BEING --------------------------------- NHS care record launch in Bromley Originally released on 10th January 2011 & amended for 2012Following a letter in 2010 to all Bromley residents registered with a local GP, the NHS Summary Care Record (SCR) was to be introduced in Bromley during 2011. The SCR is a nationwide initiative focused on ensuring the best possible care for people when they need to be treated by the NHS in an emergency.The SCR holds details of medication the patient is taking and any allergies or adverse reactions to medicines they have had. This is information that could make all the difference to ensuring fast, safe treatment when a patient needs emergency or unplanned care and they are not known to the clinicians treating them. The SCR is accessible only to staff directly involved in treating the patient and access is via a secure NHS line Additional information will only be added to the record with the patients explicit consent and because it could be important to making sure they get the right treatment.Anyone not wishing to have an SCR can opt out from the start or at any point after their SCR has been created. They can do this by completing a form available at their GPs surgery or on-line at www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/summary.GPs from Tudor Way and Bromley Park surgeries, the first Bromley practices to get involved said: "We welcome this move. In our experience, unconnected healthcare causes untold and unnecessary anxiety at very difficult times for patients and relatives. The SCR gives easy access to patient information when it is most needed. For the great majority of patients, making this information available is common sense and they are surprised it doesnt happen already?It is hoped that the SCR will have rolled out across all Bromley practices by the end of 2011. --------------------------------- Some common ailments (continued)Asthma Sufferers can find their asthma flares up more in winter, leaving them short of breath or feeling wheezy. If prone to the illness, you are advised to wear a scarf over your nose and mouth in very cold temperatures, to be strict about taking your medication, carry your inhaler and consider staying indoors on particularly chilly days. To be continued next month........ 17
  20. 20. March 20121st Thu St. Davids Day2nd Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 4 2.00 pm - Women’s World Day of Prayer Service Page 83rd Sat 2.30 pm - Saturday Fellowship Page 4 10.30 am - Morning Service - Allan Evison4th Sun 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister 7.30 pm - Wine Tasting Page 85th Mon 8.00 pm - Women’s Contact Group Page 36th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 57th Wed8th Thu9th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 410th Sat 9.30 am - 5.00 pm - Walk Through The Bible. Page 1511th Sun The Big Brew day Page 14 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister Followed by the Fairtrade Stall Page 14 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister12th Mon13th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 514th Wed15th Thu 8.00 pm - Men’s Group Page 416th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 417th Sat St. Patricks Day18th Sun Mothering Sunday 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev. Geoff Larcombe Catalyst Copy due day I.F.C. 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister19th Mon20th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 5 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Page 321st Wed22nd Thu23rd Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 424th Sat 10.00 am - Antique & Collectors Fair Page 9 18
  21. 21. March 201225th Sun BST Begins 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister Followed by the Fairtrade Stall Page 14 12.00 pm - Lunch for those living alone Page 11 2.00 pm - Christian Aid Ramble Page 10 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Mrs Marion Bayley26th Mon27th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 528th Wed29th Thu30th Fri31st Sat April 2012 Palm Sunday1st Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Linda Jennings 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister2nd Mon 8.00 pm - Women’s Contact Group Page 33rd Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 34th Wed5th Thu Maundy Thursday 7.30 pm - Service at Elmers End URC - Bill Bowman6th Fri Good Friday 10.00 am - Morning Service - CTH Page 27th Sat 2.30 pm - Saturday Fellowship Page 4 Easter Sunday8th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Bill Michie Followed by the Fairtrade Stall Page 14 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 6 April GOOD FRIDAY 8 April EASTER SUNDAY 22 April CHURCH MEETING (12.00 noon). 3 May ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (7.30 pm) 11 May CTH AGAPE SUPPER 23 June HAYES VILLAGE FAIR 19
  22. 22. Southern Synod Mission CriteriaThis church: -1) is out ward looking and is actively seeking to reach new people for Jesus Christ2) is committed to encouraging and enabling people to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ3) is committed to caring for people of all ages both inside and outside its own community4) provides relevant, inspiring and engaging worship which is accessible to all people including those new to church life5) is committed to serving its local community through a variety of programmes and activities6) is committed to resourcing its life and mission through its personnel, finances and buildings7) is committed to the wider Church of God through the United Reformed Church nationally, ecumenical relationships and the world church8) is committed to addressing issues of justice, peace and the environment9) is committed to regularly reviewing its life and mission in light of the above criteria always seeking the prompting and guidance of the Holy Spirit A Jewish blessingI am not thankful for cruelty.Not thankful for the small pettiness embroidered in our characters.I am not grateful, Dear God, for the hunger and hurt that plague us.I cannot thank you for the ways, large and small, that we scar our neighbour’s hearts,Coax tears from angry eyesWound those whom we love,Shame and hurt one another.But my God, my rock, I am so grateful that you taught us to see;So we can heal the hurt, soothe the pain,Raise those who are bowed down.We are thankful for blessings, oh Lord, but also for the gift of giving blessing 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 295ThursdaySee Catalyst - Justice & Peace The group will not Page 14 Group now be meeting5.30 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 Always ThereAnd I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow: Romans 8:38 NLT God has put into each of our lives a void that cannot be filled by the world. We may leave God or put Him on hold, but He is always there, patiently waiting for us…to turn back to Him. Emile Barnes

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