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    • Catalyst THE MAGAZINE OF HAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.) November 2013
    • 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 Contacts Minister: Church Secretary: Fabric Steward Rev. Sue Powell Mrs Mavis Righini Mr. Chris Wood Tel: 020 8462 2212 Tel: 020 8462 1168 Tel: 020 8462 2444 Treasurer: Lettings Secretary: Mr. Simon Narracott Mrs Undine Connolly Tel: 020 8462 2004 Tel: 020 8776 0108 Caretaker: Mr. Ian Jones Tel: 020 8313 1556 Church Website www.hayesfreechurch.com Catalyst Editor: Mr Richard Brown Contents : - Items not covered by the diary of events. Our Vision Statement; Sunday Services 2 Church Notices 3-5 An Inspirational Quote 4 Choir Practice 5 Money Money Money 6 Compassionate Friends Service 7 Catalyst Needs You 9 Notice Board 10 - 11 Kent Association for the Blind 12 Christmas Tree Festival 13 Extra Notice Board 14 - 15 Website of the Month 16 The way things once were 17 Our Mission Statement 20 Church Organisations IBC This month’s website: This month, it is the Normandy Veterans’ Association. 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which is of special significance to the NVA. The website is www.normandyveterans.org.uk Now, turn to Page 16 for more details....... Ed Copy for the December 2013 - January 2014 edition needs to be handed in by Sunday, 10th November. 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.com Thank You. Editor
    • Letter from the Minister Dear Friends, November, and the dark nights and dampness of autumn are here. Curtains are drawn, fires are on, and we snuggle happily in our comfort. Advent will soon be upon us – are we ready? Advent is a time when we prepare for the coming of Jesus. We look to the past as we celebrate the birth stories found in Matthew and Luke; we consider the present; and we look to the future as we remind ourselves to watch for all the times that Jesus comes to us in our everyday lives. The “advent” or arrival of Jesus is what the four weeks leading up to Christmas are all about. In Matthew 11, when John the Baptist was in prison, he sent his disciples to Jesus with the following question, “Are you the One who is to come or should we look for another?” Instead of saying “yes” or “no” Jesus turns the question back upon John’s disciples and ultimately, upon us. Jesus says, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.” Jesus suggests here that the Realm of God is the kind of place where lives are changed. And he offers some concrete examples for us to recognize the changes in our midst. As I look at Jesus’ examples I am reminded of the work of the church, of our vision and mission statements (to be found within this magazine!) and the promises we have made to be God’s people in this place. As Advent approaches, let us all be prepared to spread the Good News of Jesus, invite others to our church, encourage others to be involved, to take part in outreach activities, and make Advent a wonderful time for us all. May God bless us richly this Advent. 1
    • Our Vision Statement W = Worship together through Jesus Christ E = Explain the Gospel L = Love C = Care for our neighbours O = Opening the doors to the community M = Minister according to our gifts E = Encourage discipleship Please turn to Page 20 for the HFC Mission Statement. Sunday Services November 2013 3rd 10.30 am - Morning Service - Margaret Smith 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister 10th 10.30 am - Church Parade - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 17th 10.30 am - Morning Service - Dr Clive Timehin 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 24th 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Glynis Hill December 2013 1st 10.30 am - Morning Service - Jim Holman 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister Some notes on the visiting preachers. v Mrs. Margaret Smith is a Methodist Lay Preacher. She has led services at HFC on a number of occasions. This time, she will be accompanied by a puppet. v Dr. Clive Timehin is a local preacher who comes from Bromley Methodist Church. He is a member of the Methodist Council Medical Committee. He has conducted Sunday worship at HFC on previous occasions. v Glynis Hill is the wife of the Rev. Paul Hill. The Hill family is involved with the Haiti Hospital Appeal. v Jim Holman is a Methodist preacher. He has lead services at HFC in the past. 2
    • News of the Church Family Announcements are welcome :BMD - Changes of address, etc. Announcements Thank you for the flowers with everyone’s love and good wishes for my wife, Flora, who had heart related pains in October. Flora has recovered well, but needs to take things steadily. Richard. Your prayers would be appreciated for: Marjorie Curry, Ruth Rees, and Jessie Martin. Church Meetings The next Elders’ meeting will be on Tuesday 5th November at 8.00 pm in the small hall. The next Church meeting will be on Sunday 24th November at 12.00 noon after the morning service. Women's Contact Group The Contact Group will meet at 8.00pm on Monday the 4th of November at Jean Ritchie’s home, 25 Burford Road, Bickley. We will NOT be meeting in December. Sylvia Mack Tuesday Prayer Meetings for November Held at 10.00am at the following homes:5th Betty Coster’s. 12th Martin Nunn’s. 19th Brenda Cordingley’s. 26th The Church. Then in December: 3rd Martin Nunn’s. Please address any queries to Martin Nunn. Saturday Fellowship The next meeting, which will be the last one for 2013, will be on the 2nd of November at 2.30pm at Barbara Jones’ home. Martin Nunn will be leading a Bible Study. You are welcome to join us. Men's Group We will be meeting in the small hall on Thursday 21st November at 8.00 pm for a Bingo evening organised by Bruce Tannock. 3
    • Ministry of Flowers Thank you to those who will be providing flowers in November 2013 3rd - Dorothy 10th - Mike Duke 17th - Linda Michie 24th - Mavis Righini - i.m.o. Mum & Dad Lorna & Gilbert Plater A big thank you to those who kindly arrange the flowers when needed. After the Sunday evening services, the flowers are distributed to members and friends, bringing joy to the recipients. Mavis Righini Hayes Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club We welcome all babies and children under school age, accompanied by their parents, grandparents or carers, to our club on Friday afternoons between 2 and 4pm 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. There is no meeting on November 1st during the half term break. Our CHRISTMAS PARTY and last meeting for this term is on December 6th at 2.15 pm. Tickets priced £2.50 per child will be on sale from November 22nd. We look forward to seeing you. Judith Stoner - Secretary. Bible Study Group The Bible Study group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 2.30pm in the small hall. Worship Group The Wednesday Reflections Group meets at 6.30pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Linda Michie An Inspirational Quote Don't make life too stressful. Always find time to laugh. It may not add years to your life, but it surely adds more life to your years. Abiodun Oladipupo 4
    • Notice Sheets - November & 1st Sunday in December 3rd Joan Smith 8462 3920 10th Joan Smith 17th Daphne Cummings 8777 2487 24th Daphne Cummings December 1st Brenda Cordingley 8462 3867 If you require items to be included in the notice sheets, please contact the appropriate person by the previous Tuesday. Women's Fellowship M eetings are in the small hall at 2.00 p.m., unless otherwise stated, on Tuesdays and finish about 3.30 p.m. The November meetings will be: 5th Hedgehogs! 12th Bromley House Cat Rescue Centre(tbc) 19th Our Favourite Book or Author 26th Outing Then on: 3rd December Emmanuel Women’s Fellowship Tea MINI-AMBULANCE Members who use the mini-ambulance are asked to phone Marion Swanborough on 8462 3981 by 9.00 am on any Tuesday when they are unable to come to the meetings. As always, we welcome all ladies to our meetings. Please come along for a pleasant afternoon. We do have a very varied programme with plenty to interest everyone. Sue & Marion Choir Practice The choir is curently preparing for the Candles by Candlelight service which takes place on the evening of Sunday, 15th of December. Martin Nunn , the choirmaster, is looking for volunteers to join the choir. If you are interested in taking part as a chior member, please contact Martin who will welcome you & advise of rehearsal dates and times. 5
    • Women’s Contact Coffee Morning There will not be a coffee morning in November because the Christmas Fair falls on the day we would have held it. We will be holding the next coffee morning in the Small Hall from 10.00am to 12.00 on the 14th of December, 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? Please note that the monies raised from the coffee mornings are separate from those raised through the refreshments trolley after Sunday morning services. Barbara Jones The Fairtrade Sunday Stall We hold a fair trade stall after the morning service on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. In November the stall will be held on the 10th will be very limited in scope as we will have had a stall at the Christmas Fair on Saturday the 9th. There will be a normal stall on the 24th. We are placing a bumper order for the Christmas Fair. This year, there are beautiful new Christmas card designs, and some great seasonal foods in the catalogue. A selection of these have been included in the order, and will be on the stall. Please continue to support your fair trade stall. Thank you. Richard and Barbara. Money, money money! I am pleased to say that I was able to send £140 for McMillan charity’s “Big Coffee Morning” appeal. That amount was raised from Contact Saturday coffee mornings and Sunday morning coffee. Also, from Sunday morning coffee donations, £8.75 has gone to the Leprosy Mission and £15.30 to the Bible Society. Thank you to everybody who supports our giving by eating cake and drinking tea and coffee. Long may you continue to do so! Barbara 6
    • THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS ARE HOLDING THEIR ANNUAL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE FOR BEREAVED PARENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AT HAYES FREE CHURCH, PICKHURST LANE, HAYES ON SATURDAY 21st DECEMBER AT 6.00 P.M. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT GILL WOOD ON 0208 462 2444 REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AFTERWARDS 7
    • For more information about these events, please contact the organisers: Pamela Collison for the Charity Christmas Card Sale Chris Wood for the Christmas Fair 8
    • 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 pictures, poetry or stories. From: The Common Room, Sackville College, East Grinstead There is so much good in the worst of us There is so much bad in the best of us That it does not become any of us To find much fault with the rest of us. Contributed by Joyce Egan. 9
    • NOTICE Subscriptions for Catalyst Subscriptions for 2013 are due in December. The cost is £6 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 £11 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. If you would like to receive Catalyst on-line, you will not have to pay a subscription. Kindly email the editor if you wish to use this service, and advise Judith & David of this. Saturday 14 December 2013 Due to their previous success the Bromley Rock Choir are returning to Hayes Free Church, this time to raise funds for our friends at Nash College which relies on charity to carry out their very worthwhile work for students with disabilities aged between 17 and 25 years The gig will start at 8 pm and tickets are available from Margaret Tannock @ £10 which will include mulled wine and mince pies. If you didn't come the last time let me encourage you to support this fund raiser, Thanks Margaret I am pleased to announce that with the help of a good team £225 was made for Church Funds at the Harvest Lunch. It was nice to see so many folk there enjoying the friendly atmosphere and with good appetites on such a miserable day Thanks again Margaret Tannock. 10
    • BOARD CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2013 Can you Help? -------------A number of our blind friends from KAB wish to attend the concert to be given by the Beckenham Concert Band. Would you be prepared to give a lift to the Christmas Tree Festival on the evening of Saturday 7th December for them: q A lady plus guide dog from Mayfield Avenue, Orpington q A gentleman from Darwen Close, Farnborough q Two ladies from Hawes Lane, West Wickham q A lady from Eden Way, Eden Park. Please contact John Moren if you can give a lift. Catalyst Jewellery & Boxes It is that time of year again when I ask you to look out any priceless pieces of jewellery, or even just the box it is lying in, for my stall at the Christmas Fair. - for the visually impaired Catalyst is now available as a Word Document which can be read out loud by a computer adapted for the visually impaired. If you know anyone who would like to receive this version by email, please tell the editor. All types of jewellery are acceptable - no diamond is too small! The Mission Tea Thank you everyone who attended the Mission Tea. We raised £200 for the Leprosy Mission, and £45 for Church funds. Dig out those boxes as well. Thank you Barbara 11
    • CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2013 This year the Church has chosen the Kent Association for the Blind as the charity for our Christmas Tree Festival. KAB supports sight impaired people to live independent lives. The charity feels that anyone who has a sight impairment should be able to live a fulfilled, healthy and safe life, exercise selfdetermination and make informed choices, and achieve their own personal goals. The charity makes this a reality by providing comprehensive support services to people of any age and at any stage of the sight-loss journey. KAB works in Bromley, Bexley, Kent, and Medway. Registered charity: 1062345. Editor’s footnote. KAB was the website of the month the April 2013 edition of Catalyst. Working with KAB I recently met with Karen Osborne, the chief executive of the Kent Association for the Blind, and I asked Chris and Gill Wood to come with me. We asked for some of the proceeds of our festival to go towards the funding of a computer expert who trains the blind to use a computer and also a telephone. Gill is currently being taught to use a special type of computer for the blind, but regrettably there is not enough money to fund the trainer, Mike Peak, who teaches a number of blind people in this area for the long term. Possibly we also hope to fund a weekend break for some blind friends for a long weekend at the Torch Trust in Sussex. This would be in conjunction with the Hayes Community Bus. Torch Trust helps newly blind folk and their carers come to terms with their situation and to offer help and advice. John Moren Now, please turn to Page 11 for an appeal for help with lifts on the 7th of December. Also, don’t forget that Catalyst can be emailed to our visually impaired friends for them to read it on their computers. 12
    • HAYES FREE CHURCH CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL IN AID OF KENT ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND FROM FRIDAY 29th NOVEMBER to SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER The Festival will be open each day from 2.00 pm from December 2 to December 7. The Church will be open at service times each Sunday (10.30 am and 6.30 pm) Programme of Entertainment for the Festival November Friday 29th Opening Concert 7.30 pm Saturday 30th Film The Snowman 2.30 pm Followed by Tea for Children Saturday 30th Film It’s a Wonderful Life James Stewart and Donna Reed 7.30 pm December Sunday 1st Pickhurst Junior School 6.30 pm Monday 2nd Bishop Justus School 7.30 pm Tuesday 3rd Friends of the Allegri Singers 7.30 pm Wednesday 4th Wandle Ringers 7.30 pm Thursday 5th Orpington Rock Choir 7.30 pm Friday 6th Christmas Quiz 7.30 pm Saturday 7th Beckenham Concert Band 7.45 pm Sunday 8th Churches Together in Hayes with musical 6.30 pm accompaniment by the musicians from Hayes School Admission charges: All money raised will go to THE SNOWMAN - Children £2.00 the Kent Association for Adults £4.00 the Blind IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Adults £4.00 HAYES FREE CHURCH CHRISTMAS QUIZ - £2.00 per Person 111, Pickhurst Lane (Bring your own drinks & nibbles ) Bromley BR2 7HU Tables of 8. Form a team or we will www.hayesfreechurch.com make up a team if you are on your own. Tickets for the films and quiz from John Curry Tel: 020 8249 3663 Cheques should be made payable to: HAYES FREE CHURCH TREE APPEAL 13
    • extra NOTICE Justice and Peace group We are reviving the Justice and Peace group and would like to invite you to join us. We’ll be exploring ways, as a church, that we can support poor people in the world. You don’t have to be an expert to join the group, just willing to do your bit to help. We are planning to hold our first meeting in November. If you’d like to come along, please contact David at davidw.hawthorn1@btinternet.com, or Tel: 020 8249 7188. Ignatian spirituality group Alison and I will be starting an Ignatian spirituality group in the New Year. Ignatian spirituality aims to help us connect our faith with our everyday life. We will be meeting from 8 to 10 pm on the second and fourth Thursdays in the month – venue to be confirmed. To provide a sample of what the group will be doing, we’re planning to holding a quiet morning in the church from 10.30 to 12 one Saturday in November. If you’re interested in coming to the quiet morning or would like to know more about the group, please contact David at davidw.hawthorn1@btinternet.com, or Tel: 020 8249 7188. 14
    • BOARD extra Bible Society Update -------------The civil unrest in Egypt has resulted in the burning and total destruction of two bookshops in Southern Egypt, as well as churches being the target of violence I have sent a donation of £20, collected from the Sunday Coffee Morning collections to help rebuild the bookshops. Please pray for the protection of Christian communities, may they be witness to God’s love, grace and forgiveness in their local areas. Betty Coster B.S. Representative The Bible There is to be a ten-part drama series entitled “The Bible” telling the story from Genesis to Revelation, and to be broadcast on Channel 5 later this year. It has already been a hit in America. More information is available from: biblesociety.org.uk Search for the term “bibletv”. And from the “Word in Action” winter issue. Betty Coster B.S. Representative 15
    • Website of the Month The Normandy Veterans’ Association (Wording taken from the Norwich Branch website.) The object of NormandyVeterans.org.uk is to obtain and provide information of events which occur over and around the period leading up to the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy, for those Normandy Veterans, friends, families and supporters who are unable to obtain the information for themselves. Norwich and District was the third national branch .... to be formed and has been going since 1981. We are part of the National Association that was the idea of Arthur Foldman. Since its formation we have enjoyed the camaraderie and support of numerous people and organisations. However, in this modern age of technology, we are eager to encourage the younger generation to learn about the efforts given by those involved with the Normandy campaign. Many children have grandparents who were involved and we are keen to express “that there is no glory in war”. Our Schools initiative is an example of our efforts in this. © Copyright Normandy Veterans 2013 From Bromley Council website.... Normandy Veterans Association Planned Pilgrimage The Normandy Veterans Association (South Eastern Branch) is trying to raise funds to help Veterans make their last pilgrimage to Normandy in 2014 to pay respect to the comrades they left behind on the battlefields. There are currently (as at Sept 2012) four Veterans living in Bromley who would like to attend this event and the Association is raising funds to enable them to relive some of the events that took place and they were part of. If you would like to make a donation or would like some further information, please contact Mrs Frances Stone, Branch Secretary, tel. no. 020 8462 4591 or e-mail francesstone39@btinternet.com The Normandy Prayer "Oh Eternal Lord God who has united together all the Veterans of the Normandy Campaign We beseech you to grant your Blessing and give strength to carry on our work to bring aid and common purpose throughout our Association. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, whose courage never fails. Amen" 16
    • Are you a Grandparent? If you are, why not treat your grandchildren to see the film “The Snowman” on Saturday, 30th November at 2.30 pm followed by tea for children. Tickets - children £2.00 Adults £4.00 From John Curry. Tel: 8249 3663 This film is part of our Christmas Tree Festival. Ed’s footnote - The film is fabulous. If you haven’t seen it, you really don’t know what you are missing. The way things once were This year’s theme covers sayings or poetry from the First World War The following poem was written by Robert Graves (1895-1985) in France in November 1915 1915. I've watched the Seasons passing slow, so slow In the fields between La Bassée and Bethune; Primroses and the first warm day of Spring, Red poppy floods of June, August, and yellowing Autumn, so To Winter nights knee-deep in mud or snow, And you've been everything. Dear, you've been everything that I most lack In those soul-deadening trenches - pictures, books, Music, the quiet of an English wood, Beautiful comrade-looks, The narrow, bouldered mountain-track, The broad, full-bosomed ocean, green and black, And Peace, and all that's good. Part of the Robert Graves Collection held by the University Archives at the State University of New York at Buffalo; 420 Cappen Hall; Buffalo; New York State; 14260-1674; USA 17
    • November 2013 1st Fri 2nd Sat 3rd Sun 4th Mon 5th Tue 6th Wed 7th Thu 8th 9th 2.30 pm - Saturday Fellowship Page 3 10.30 am - Morning Service - Margaret Smith 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister 8.00 pm - Women’s Contact Group Page 3 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Page 3 Page 5 Page 3 Fri 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 4 Page 4 Sat 10.30 am - Christmas Fair & Charity Card Sale Page 8 10th Sun 10.30 am - Church Parade - The Minister Followed by Fairtrade stall 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister Page 6 11th Mon Remembrance Day 12th Tue 13th Wed 14th Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 4 15th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 4 16th Sat 17th Sun 18th Mon 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 3 Page 5 10.30 am - Morning Service - Dr Clive Timehin 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister "You are blind and I am deaf and dumb, so let us touch hands and understand each other." Kahlil Gibran 18
    • November 2013 19th Tue 20th Thu Page 3 Page 5 Wed 21st 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship 22nd Fri 23rd 8.00 pm - Men’s Group Page 3 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 4 Sat 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister Followed by Fairtrade stall 12.00 Noon - Church Meeting 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Glynis Hill Page 6 Page 3 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 3 Page 5 24th Sun 25th Mon 26th Tue 27th Wed 6.30 pm - Worship Group Page 4 28th Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 4 29th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club 7.30 pm - Christmas Tree Festival - concert Page 4 Page 13 30th Sat St. Andrew's Day 2.30 pm - Christmas Tree Festival - film 7.30 pm - Christmas Tree Festival - film PP13 / 17 Page 13 December 2013 1st Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Jim Holman 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister and Pickhurst Junior School - Christmas Tree Festival Page 13 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 29th Nov - 8th Dec - Christmas Tree Festival 21st Dec 6.00 pm - Compassionate Friends Service 19
    • Our Mission Statement We will Worship together through Jesus Christ by: communal viable teaching in Spirit led Sunday Worship, throwing new light on the nature of God; encouraging each other and others in prayer; by looking for new ways to offer worship opportunities to those around. We will Explain the Gospel through: our Sunday teaching and sermon and the sharing of prayers, hymns and songs. We will hold House groups to help each other to understand the Gospel teachings and also live our understanding of the Gospel through our actions and our lives We will Love by: showing our love of God through practical action and care; talking and sharing with each other and others, offering time and understanding to those around us. We will Care for our neighbours by: acknowledging who our neighbours are and accepting people into the fellowship; by keeping in touch with our local community and supporting local charities. We will Open the doors to the community through: ensuring the building is suitable for use by all, including the disabled, and ensuring that all are warmly welcomed; offering alternative worship opportunities (Wednesday evening service, Compassionate Friends); updating for extended use the Youth Site in Mounthurst Road and using the church building for Youth and Children’s work, (Uniformed Organisations, Nursery, Mother & toddlers); working with the elderly (Women’s Fellowship, Holiday from Home); sharing our activities (coffee mornings, fairs, Tree Festival, Concerts, outreach opportunities [Royal wedding, Olympic Games]); opening the building to the community through outside ‘lets’ (Cocaine Anonymous, Slimming World, etc.); extending the use of the building for conferences. We will Minister according to our gifts by: recognising and encouraging gifts within and without the congregation and allowing them to be used to the greater glory of God. We will Encourage discipleship in: others outside the church by openly and honestly engaging in conversation with those who seek to know more about God and the Christian faith and in those within the church through friendship and house groups. Our Current Mission Priorities: Children’s Work; Church Growth; Pastoral Care. 20
    • CHURCH ORGANISATIONS Day Organisation Contact Phone Sunday Club Mike Duke 8462 5103 Jayne Carvell 07913 299773 Brownies Cubs Women's Contact Group Sarah Humphrey Brenda Petts Sylvia Mack 8249 9982 8325 3956 8462 1938 10.00am Prayer Meeting Martin Nunn 8462 5918 2.00pm 7.00pm Women's Fellowship Scouts Sue Powell Paul Hasling 8462 2212 3236 0083 3.30pm - 4th Messy Church Sue Powell 8462 2212 5.00pm 6.00pm 6.30pm - 4th 8.00pm Rainbows Beavers Reflections Group Explorers Jenny Longman Brenda Petts Bill Michie Tom Strachan 07730 574962 8325 3956 8658 4167 07745 813 295 2.30pm - 2nd, Bible Study & 4th 5.30pm Brownies Sue Powell 8462 2212 Stevie Blair. 8325 3469 7.15 - 8.45pm Senior Guides Georgina Chappell 07983 471308 8.00pm - 3rd Men's Group Bruce Tannock Sunday 10.25am Weekdays 9.15 -12.15pm Pre School Group 12.15 -12.45pm P/School lunch club Monday 5.45pm 6.30pm 8.00pm - 1st Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 8325 6264 Friday 9.00 - 12.00pm 2.00pm Coffee morning during term times Mothers & Toddlers Judith Stoner 8462 3023 6.30pm Guides Teresa Cheyne 8777 6042 Saturday Fellowship Martin Nunn 8462 5918 Saturday 2.30pm - 1st NOTE: - Some of the organisations meet once or twice per month. This is indicated by 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th. The numbers relate to which week day of the month, NOT the calendar date.
    • Final Thought We see signs of summer’s passing in golden leaves, shortening days, misty mornings, autumn glow. We sense its passing in rain that dampens, winds that chill, Harvest’s bounty placed on show. Creator, God of both green shoot and hoar frost, sunrise and sunset, we bring thanks for seeds that have grown, harvests gathered, storehouses filled, mouths fed. And, as your good earth rests through winter’s cold embrace, we look forward to its re-awakening when kissed by spring’s first touch. John Birch