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2013 sep

  1. 1. Catalyst September 2013 THE MAGAZINE OF HAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.)
  2. 2. Copy for the October 2013 edition needs to be handed in by Sunday, 15th September. Please submit items in good time. You can leave copy in the “B” Pigeon Hole for Richard Brown to collect, or hand it directly to him on a Sunday morning. You can also e-mail copy to richardmbrown6@gmail.com Thank You. Editor Principal Contacts Minister: Rev. Sue Powell Tel: 020 8462 2212 Church Secretary: Mrs Mavis Righini Tel: 020 8462 1168 Fabric Steward Mr. Chris Wood Tel: 020 8462 2444 Treasurer: Mr. Simon Narracott Tel: 020 8462 2004 Lettings Secretary: Mrs Undine Connolly 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. 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. This month’s website: - Do you remember the Scottish schoolgirl, Martha Payne who ran an Internet critique (blog) of her school dinners? The local authority tried to close down her blog but capitulated in the face of criticism. Well a lot has happened since then The website is www.justgiving.com/neverseconds Now, turn to Page 16 for more details....... Ed Sunday Services; A quote 2 Church Notices 3 - 6 The Women’s Fellowship 6 Holiday From Home 8 Catalyst Needs You 9 Notice Boards 10 - 11 Messy Church 13 Actionaid letter; The Way things once were 14 The summer B-B-Q 15 Website of the Month 16 - 17 17thC Nun’s Prayer 17 Creating a Place of Prayer 20 Church Organisations I B C
  3. 3. 1 Letter from the Minister Dear Friends, What a lovely summer we have enjoyed. The magazine is full of photographs of the various church activities throughout the summer, so do make a point of seeing if you can see yourself in them! It has been a busy summer, with much happening, and I thank all of you who have been involved in organising, assisting, and taking part in all that we have done together. As we look forward to September and the coming autumn with the changing leaves in the garden, it is good to take some time to sit, perhaps in the garden, and reflect on all God’s goodness around us. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). In the midst of our world with all its war and turmoil; in the midst of our lives with all the change and stress; in the midst of all that life can be, God invites us: Be still, and know that I am God. As many of you know, the past weeks have been difficult for me, and this verse has kept my strength secure. To be still and know that God is there, whatever we face in life, is quite something. In this midst of all that comes, we have a God who invites us to be still – to take just a moment to focus and balance ourselves in His love. It takes just a few seconds to pause while cooking the dinner, or before answering emails, or while out walking to give thought to God. And as we give thought to God, we can be inwardly still and gain that strength that only He can give. And so I invite you, be still and know God in your lives; be still and focus for just a while each day – it is amazing the difference it makes.
  4. 4. 2 Sunday Services 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 Revd John Marchant is the assistant minister at Coney Hill Baptist Church. He has conducted Sunday Worship at HFC on a number of occasions. v Bill Michie is well known to us all. He is a Lay Preacher at HFC. v Revd Geoffrey Dunstan is the former head of Religious Broadcasting in South Africa and a retired URC Minister. v Mrs. Marion Bayley is a Lay Preacher and an Elder from our sister church in Beckenham. She regularly leads our services. v David Stoner is well known to us. He is a member of various groups at HFC. September 2013 1st 10.30 am - Morning Service - Allan Evison 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister 8th 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev. John Marchant 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Allan Evison 15th 10.30 am - Morning Service - Bill Michie 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Bill Michie 22nd 10.30 am - Holy Communion - Rev. Geoffrey Dunstan 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Marion Bayley 29th 10.30 am - Morning Service - David Stoner 6.30 pm - Evening Service - CTH at St Mary's, Hayes An Inspirational Quote Be the person who touches the lives and hearts of people. Be a positive light to others as you put a smile on their faces. For in the end... it's not what you say that matters, it's how you make them feel that lovingly stays in their memory. Unknown
  5. 5. 3 News of the Church Family Announcements are welcome :- BMD - Changes of address, etc. Marriages The marriage of Tom Strachan and Kirsty Johnson will take place at Hayes Free Church on Saturday, 21 September at 1.30 pm. Any members and friends who would like to help them celebrate this occasion are most welcome to join the family and guests for the service. Deaths We regret to announce that Sue’s mother died on 16 August. We all offer our deepest condolences to Sue, Roy and their family at this sad time. Your prayers would be appreciated for: - Marjorie Curry, Ruth Rees, and Pat Rumble. Church Meetings The next Elders’ meetings will be on Tuesday 3rd September and Tuesday 1st October at 8.00 pm in the small hall. The next Church meeting will be on Sunday 22nd September at 12.00 noon after the morning service. Women's Contact Group The Contact Group will meet at 8.00pm on Monday the 2nd of September at Joan Smith’s home - 18, Hurstdene Avenue. The next meeting will take place on the 7th of October - venue TBA. Sylvia Mack Tuesday Prayer Meetings for September Held at 10.00am at the following homes:- 3rd Martin Nunn’s. 10th Betty Coster’s. 17th Brenda Cordingley’s. 24th The Church Then in October: - 1st Martin Nunn’s. Please address any queries to Martin Nunn. Editor’s Footnote, I would like to thank Sue for making her many contributions to this edition of Catalyst. This time must have been particularly difficult, but nevertheless you have looked after your flock very well indeed. Thank you Sue. ☺
  6. 6. 4 Saturday Fellowship The next meeting will be on the 7th of September at 2.30pm - venue to be announced. Martin Nunn will be leading a Bible Study. In October, we will meet on the 5th; venue TBA. You are welcome to join us. Men's Group The next meeting will be on Thursday 19th September and will be a meal at the White Bear, Warlingham at 8.00 pm. John Curry is arranging this evening. Ministry of Flowers Thank you to those who will be providing flowers in September 2013 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. Our Autumn term starts on September 13th at 2pm. On October 18th the photographer- Sue Fitzgerald- is booked to come to the club. Our half term is on November 1st. Finally, we look forward to seeing you all. 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. 1st - Ruth Rees 8th - David & Undine Connolly - Wedding Anniversary 15th - Rhoda Leeds 22nd - from Tom & Kirsty Strachan’s wedding 29th - Ann Barker
  7. 7. 5 Worship Group The Wednesday Reflections Group meets at 6.30pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Linda Michie Notice Sheets - September & 1st Sunday in October 1st Pam Collison 8658 0748 8th Joan Smith 8462 3920 15th Joan Smith 22nd Daphne Cummings 8777 2487 29th Daphne Cummings October 6th 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 Meetings are in the small hall at 2.00 p.m., unless otherwise stated, on Tuesdays and finish about 3.30 p.m. The September meetings will be: - 17th Fun with Flowers 24th Our Holiday Memories Then on: - 1st October Musical Interlude IMPORTANT NOTICE There have been some changes to our group. Details of what has happened and new arrangements are on Page 6. 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 A thought for today The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it. Madame De Stael, writer (1766-1817)
  8. 8. 6 The Women’s Fellowship Sylvia Mack has served the Women's Fellowship as their leader for three years, but now has to stand down. The members thank her for all her hard work and are sad to say goodbye. So far no one has been found to lead this group of ladies. However, a steering committee of three has met under the leadership of the Minister and drawn up a programme for the next term. Marion Swanborough has taken on the organising of the mini bus should you need a lift. Otherwise, all queries should be addressed to the Minister (020 8462 2212) Elders In July new Elders were inducted and the Eldership now comprises: Malcolm Cheyne, John Curry, Mike Duke, Alan Hotten, Sylvia Mack, Bill Michie, John Moren, Martin Nunn, Mavis Righini, Joan Smith, Bruce Tannock, Chris Wood. What event is this? Turn to page 8 to find out.
  9. 9. 7 Women’s Contact Coffee Morning We will be holding a coffee morning in the Small Hall from 10.00am to 12.00 on the 14th of September, 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 September the stall will be held on the 8th and 22nd. The message is: “Please buy Fairtrade. Every purchase helps in a good way”. You will find new lines on the stall, including some “stocking fillers” as a foretaste of what will be on the Christmas Card Fair stall. Please continue to support your fair trade stall. Thank you. Richard and Barbara. What’s going on? Turn to page 8 to find out.
  10. 10. 8 HOLIDAY FROM HOME If you had looked in at the Church Halls during the week of August 4th, you would have seen a hive of activity. The Holiday from Home was underway. During the week we painted pots, arranged flowers, played skittles, took part in a beetle drive and answered quizzes. We listened to an organ recital and sang along to piano and accordion. A day out to Clandon Park was enjoyed by all, with a fabulous cream tea and those that needed it were pushed in wheelchairs. The week finished with everyone watching “Top Hat”, an old Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film. There was a lot of chat as we made new friends and got to know old friends better. Each day we were served a two course home-cooked meal prepared by volunteers. All of this was achieved by a band of amazingly energetic volunteers under the leadership of Sue Powell and Joan Smith – they were all unfailingly cheerful and helpful, particularly towards those with disabilities. Transport was arranged for those who could not get to the Church under their own steam. Those of us who took advantage of this opportunity say a big “Thank you!” to everyone concerned! Personally I saw the occasion as Christianity in action – the love of God working through His people for His people. Marion Swanborough
  11. 11. 9 Your contributions to Catalyst will be most welcome. Can you fill space on YOUR page? How about a picture, or a poem? What did you do at Sunday School? Do you have any special stories; such as from your holidays which you would like to share? This page is yours. So please make use of it! Please contact Richard Brown - The Editor. I would love to hear from you. Anyone interested in meeting up from time to time for a game of chess? If so, please contact David Email: davidw.hawthorn1@btinternet.com Tel: 020 8249 7188 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.
  12. 12. 10 NOTICE Reporting back on Cambodia Bill and Linda Michie recently went to Cambodia to help build houses. They will be reporting back on Saturday 21st September at 7.30 pm on their work and thanking everyone for their support. A Cambodian Curry will be provided. Tickets £10.00 Thank you all "Thanks to all the members who have helped Undine and me in the last few weeks as our daughter Sarah recuperates from her badly broken leg. She and her two children Emily 11 and Bobby 7 months have kept us very busy and we appreciated particularly the meals provided and for the interest and prayers of all the church members. We pray for Sarah's continued recovery and trust that she will be able to return to work in the autumn as soon as possible." Also, thank you for the flowers sent from the church display at the end of July. David & Undine Connolly The CTH Contact is Janet Sladden. Her email is aj.sladden@btclick.com Otherwise, contact may be made through Sylvia Mack
  13. 13. 11 BOARD Music to the ears Martin’s niece, Jenny Nunn, has produced a professional recording of some of her most recent songs. It is a beautifully moving performance including keyboard, violin, flute and clarinet. Copies of the CD are available from Martin Nunn at the special price of £10 (normally £11.50). Catalyst - 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.
  14. 14. 12 ROTARY CLUB OF LANGLEY PARK & DEAF ACCESS Saturday 26th October 2013 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. AT HAYES FREE CHURCH PICKHURST LANE HAYES KENT LUNCHES & REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE Interested table holders – tables available D P Connolly. Tel: 020 8776 0108. ENTRANCE £1.00 Sponsored by: - Ennis-Webb & Co. Solicitors, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts Elite House, 155 Main Road, Biggin Hill, Kent TN16 3JP tel. 01959 577000
  15. 15. 13 At the July Messy Church we looked at the story of the Good Samaritan, and we practised bandaging each other up!!!
  16. 16. 14 Georgie Porgie Mad King George III's first son was also the subject of a rhyme. As Prince Regent and then George IV he was famous for his womanising and often lampooned in satirical cartoons of the time. He was also famous for his enormous appetite and, when he died, he had a waist measuring 50 inches. The way things once were What did those nursery rhymes mean? We will be looking at this up to the October edition, 2013 ActionAid Phone +44 (0)1460 238000 Chataway House Fax +44 (0)1460 67191 Leach Road Email supportercare@actionaid.org.uk Chard www.actionaid.org,uk Somerset TA20 IFR United Kingdom 1st July 2013 Supporter Reference: 0657446 Dear Saturday Morning Contact Group I would like to say an enormous thank you for your very generous gift of £100 in response to ActionAid's Global Hunger Appeal 2013. With your help my ActionAid colleagues in Brazil, Rwanda. Kenya and other developing countries will be able to continue helping children who face hunger on a daily basis. Your support means so much to girls like Elminha, who was given emergency food by ActionAid, and Ralie who will now have a seed-bank in her community. Your donation will help many children to survive. thrive. and look forward to the future. Thank you again for your incredible generosity. Best wishes. Glyn Duke Glyn Duke Head of Supporter Care actionaid
  17. 17. 15 A good time was had by all at the Summer B-B-Q. It was so hot that, at one stage, the hose was put to good service!
  18. 18. 16 Website of the Month No More Seconds The wording is taken from the charity donations pages on the “Just Giving” website. Wording has been edited down. Martha’s words I mentioned in my blog http://www.NeverSeconds.blogspot.co.uk that last year my friends and I set up Charity Children at school and we made felt soaps and candle holders. We had a sale and raised £70 for Mary's Meals enough to feed 7 children for a whole year! My blog is being read all over the world and some people have said I am very lucky to have lunch at all. They are right. Lots of readers have asked how they can support Charity Children but because I can't make enough felt soaps it is best if you support Mary's Meals directly. My grandpa says, “Mary's Meals is a very efficient and effective charity which works with local volunteers to help them provide meals in school for their children. The charity was founded in 2002 by Magnus MacFarlane- Barrow, who lives near us in Argyll, Scotland. Now Mary's Meals feeds over 600,000 children in 16 countries, including Malawi, Liberia, Kenya and Haiti. Many of these children go to school for the first time because of this food. How can you go to school when you have to worry about where the next meal is coming from? “It costs just £10.70 (US$16.80) to feed a child in school for a whole year. This is the average cost worldwide. In Malawi, the children are given a mug of Likuni Phala, maize porridge with soya, vitamins and malt extract. If it is all a child gets to eat, which it will be for some children, it is just enough to keep them healthy. It costs only £7 (US$11) to feed a child for a year there. At least 93p in every pound donated is spend directly on this charitable work.“ When Mary's Meals starts doing lunches in a new school they have to build a kitchen first. They cost £7000. I'd really like there to be a NeverSeconds kitchen but maybe it shouldn't be called NeverSeconds because there will be seconds, for everyone! Updates from the website The BBC documentary 'Martha, Meals and Malawi' airing this weekend on BBC News channel. Saturday 3rd - 05.30; 14.30; and 21.30 Sunday 4th - 03.30; 10.30; 14.30; 23.30 Monday 5th - 01.30 Hope you manage to catch it! Martha and Dave 02/11/12 - 09:37 Continued on Page 17.....
  19. 19. 17 ...... Continued from Page 16 Thanks for all your support. BBC Scotland made a TV documentary called 'Martha, Meals and Malawi' airing on BBC News channel all this weekend (3rd & 4th Nov). Catch it if you can and see how your donations have been put to fabulous use by Mary's Meals. 29/10/12 -14:11 ---------------------------------------------- Thank you for making the Friends of NeverSeconds kitchen at Lirangwe school happen! Visiting the school in Malawi in October. Will share the trip on the blog. Very excited to be finalist in the Great Scot Awards. In Malawi at time of ceremony but hope to win for all at Lirangwe! 25/08/12 - 09:48 --------------------------------------------- Finally. Martha wanted to raise £7,000 to fund school building projects in Africa. Her target has been exceed by 1868%. £130,793.08 was raised by the 18th of August 2013. Ed Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older, and will some day be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but thou knowest Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others' pains, but help me to endure them with patience. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint - some of them are so hard to live with - but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the Devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people. And give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so. Amen. A 17th Century Nun's Prayer about Old Age
  20. 20. 18 September 2013 1st Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Allan Evison 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister 2nd Mon 8.00 pm - Women’s Contact Group Page 3 3rd Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Page 3 4th Wed 5th Thu 6th Fri 7th Sat 2.30 pm - Saturday Fellowship Page 4 8th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev. John Marchant Followed by Fairtrade stall Page 7 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Allan Evison 9th Mon 10th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 11th Wed 12th Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 4 13th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Group Page 4 14th Sat 10.00 am - Women’s Contact Coffee Morning Page 7 15th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Bill Michie 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Bill Michie 16th Mon 17th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 5 18th Wed 19th Thu 8.00 pm - Men’s Group Page 4 20th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Group Page 4 21st Sat 7.30 pm - Reporting back on Cambodia Page 10 22nd Sun 10.30 am - Holy Communion - Rev. Geoffrey Dunstan Followed by Fairtrade stall Page 7 12.00 Noon - Church Meeting Page 3 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Marion Bayley
  21. 21. 19 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 13th Oct Harvest Festival & Church Parade 19th Oct 4.00 - 7.00 pm - Mission Tea - Bible Society (Date TBC) 27th Oct 12.00 Noon - Special Church meeting to discuss the LMMR 9th Nov Christmas Fair & Charity Card Fair 24th Nov 12.00 Noon - Church Meeting 29th Nov - 8th Dec Christmas Tree Festival September 2013 23rd Mon 24th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 5 25th Wed 6.30 pm - Worship Group Page 5 26th Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 4 27th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Group Page 4 28th Sat 1.30 pm - Wedding Page 3 29th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - David Stoner 6.30 pm - Evening Service - CTH at St Mary's, Hayes 30th Mon October 2013 1st Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 5 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Page 3 2nd Wed 3rd Thu 4th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Group Page 4 5th Sat 2.30 pm - Saturday Fellowship Page 4 6th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - 6.30 pm - Holy Communion -
  22. 22. 20 Creating a Place of Prayer Many people find that creating a special place in their home for prayer helps them to commune with God. Imagine that you are setting up a prayer shrine in your home consisting of objects, writings or pictures that have a spiritual meaning for you. The shrine should include at least one thing that appeals to each of the five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. The shrine should be a place of ‘prayer’ in the widest sense, that is, a place where you spend special time with God either in quiet or engaged in activities that open up for you a way to God. 1. Where in your home would your place of prayer be? 2. What would you include in it? 3. How would you spend time in your place of prayer? 4. Try to think of something special that you could add to your prayer place to make it attractive. It could be a favourite drink, a vase of flowers, a favourite picture. 5. You might like to draw how your prayer space might look. Show where you would sit, where you would place each element of your prayer space. Then you just need to make your prayer space a reality. David Hawthorn
  23. 23. CHURCH ORGANISATIONS Day Organisation Contact Phone Sunday 10.25am Sunday Club Mike Duke 8462 5103 Weekdays 9.15 -12.15pm 12.15 -12.45pm Pre School Group P/School lunch club Jayne Carvell 07913 299773 Monday 5.45pm Brownies Sarah Humphrey 8249 9982 6.30pm Cubs Brenda Petts 8325 3956 8.00pm - 1st Women's Contact Group Sylvia Mack 8462 1938 Tuesday 10.00am Prayer Meeting Martin Nunn 8462 5918 2.00pm Women's Fellowship Sue Powell 8462 2212 7.00pm Scouts Paul Hasling 3236 0083 Wednesday 3.30pm - 4th Messy Church Sue Powell 8462 2212 5.00pm Rainbows Jenny Longman 07730 574962 6.00pm Beavers Brenda Petts 8325 3956 6.30pm - 4th Reflections Group Bill Michie 8658 4167 8.00pm Explorers Tom Strachan 07745 813 295 Thursday 2.30pm - 2nd, & 4th Bible Study Sue Powell 8462 2212 5.30pm Brownies Stevie Blair. 8325 3469 7.15 - 8.45pm Senior Guides Georgina Chappell 07983 471308 8.00pm - 3rd Men's Group Bruce Tannock 8325 6264 Friday 9.00 - 12.00pm Coffee morning during term times 2.00pm Mothers & Toddlers Judith Stoner 8462 3023 6.30pm Guides Teresa Cheyne 8777 6042 Saturday 2.30pm - 1st Saturday Fellowship Martin Nunn 8462 5918 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.
  24. 24. Final Thought The mist enfolds the hills in its mantle: Embrace us in your love. O Lord. The rain washes the rocks and leaves: Cleanse us in your love. O Lord. The beck tumbles down to the valley: Direct us in your love, O Lord. The mountain peaks stand firm: Establish us in your love. O Lord. The rowan tree clings to the side of the gill: Root us in your love, O Lord. The night veils the fells in darkness: Hide us in your love, O Lord. This night and every night. Hide us in your love, O Lord. Amen. I found this prayer after visiting Hawkshead Methodist Church in the Lake District. This tiny church is presently the oldest building used for Methodist worship in the world. It was built as a cottage in the 15th century and until 1862 was used for residential purposes. It was converted to a church and opened on 20th November 1862 as a Union Chapel, then handed over to the Wesleyan Methodist Conference in 1926. Barbara The photograph of Hawkshead Methodist Church © Graeme Dougal & reproduced courtesy of thecumbriadirectory.com