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  1. Catalyst July - August 2014 THE MAGAZINE OF HAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.)
  2. Copy for the September 2014 edition needs to be handed in by Sunday, 17th August. 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 Currently vacant Tel: 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: - The website of the month is McCabe. Members have been on pilgrimages led by Past HFC ministers and members. We are going to see the work they do behind the scenes. Here is the web address: mccabe-travel.co.uk Now, turn to Page 16 for more details. Ed Sunday Services; Unused saying. 2 Church Notices 3 - 5 Notes on preachers 3 Cartoon 5 Bible Society update 6 - 7 Things never heard in Church 7 Sunday AM donations; A Joke 8 Catalyst Needs You! 9 Saints Days in July 10 - 11 Catalyst meaning etc 11 Notice Board 12 - 13 Sue’s Sabbatical 14 Junior Church; Thanks from Jim 15 Website of the month 16 Saints’ days in August 17 Year to Kneel 18 Christmas Tree Festival & KAB 19 - 20 The way things once were 20 - 21 Diary dates; Thought for today 24 Church Organisations I B C
  3. 1 Letter from the Minister Dear Friends, I do enjoy the Snoopy cartoons, and one of my favourites is of Snoopy lying on the grass on a beautiful sunny day and his thought bubble reads: “It is good to rest with God for a while”. As the weather warms it is good for us all to ‘rest with God for a while’. Summer months often bring a time of rest and relaxation, whether going on holiday or spending time in the garden; the warmth encourages us to take time away from the humdrum of life and to get out into the world – sometimes in new and exciting ways. We are indeed fortunate to be able to do so. Part of my sabbatical will be spent on retreat (they call it a 25,000 mile service for serving ministers!) and I will be taking time to rest and relax amid the studying. It is so important for us all to find time to rest with God for a while; it is in times of rest that we are encouraged and upheld in God’s love as He gently reminds us of His plans for us; it is in times of rest we find again the renewal of courage and steadfastness that we need to be God’s people in this place. As we look forward to the summer months and the joy that they bring, let us also look to God for the rest and renewal each of us need in our lives. Then we will be more fully prepared for what God asks of each of us. May we all find time for rest and relaxation, and most importantly of all – find time for God. NB Details of Sue’s Sabbatical can be found on page 14.
  4. 2 Sunday Services Some notes on the visiting preachers are on the next page. July 2014 6th 10.30 am - Morning Service - Major Cliff Kent 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister 13th 10.30 am - Parade Service - Margaret Smith with puppet 6.30 pm - Evening Service - 20th 10.30 am - Morning Service (ABCD) - Alison Driscoll 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 27th 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Judy Davies September 2014 7th 10.30 am - Morning Service - Geoff Larcombe 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister August 2014 3rd 10.30 am - Morning Service - Jim Holman 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister 10th 10.30 am - Morning Service - Bill Michie 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Mike Tinson 17th 10.30 am - Morning Service - John Cox 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 24th 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Judy Davies 31st 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister THINGS YOU NEVER HEAR IN CHURCH: I was so enthralled, I never noticed that your sermon went over time by 25 minutes.
  5. 3 News of the Church Family Announcements are welcome :- BMD - Changes of address, etc. Your prayers would be appreciated for: - Jim Pearson, Mike Duke, Ruth Rees, Jessie Martin, and Helen Hebbes. Church Meetings The next Elders’ meeting will be on Tuesday, 1st July at 8.00 pm in the small hall. The next Church meeting, will be on Sunday 27th July at 12.00 noon – after the morning service. There will be NO Church or Elders’ meetings in August. v Major Cliff Kent belongs to the Regent Hall Branch of The Salvation Army (the only church in Oxford Street, London). He was formerly from the Thornton Heath branch of The Salvation Army. He has conducted Sunday worship at HFC on many occasions. 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 Alison Driscoll is a Methodist local preacher. This will be her first service with HFC. Are you curious what an 'ABCD' service is about? Then come along and find out! v Judy Davies gave a talk about Beatrix Potter to the Women’s Fellowship in May. v Jim Holman is a Methodist preacher. He has conducted services at HFC in the past. v Bill Michie is well known to us all. He is a Lay Preacher at HFC. v Mike Tinson is a Methodist preacher. He has conducted services at HFC in the past. v John Cox is known to us, having conducted services at HFC in the past. v Revd Geoff Larcombe is a local representative from the Bible Society. He has taken services at HFC in the past. Some notes on the visiting preachers.
  6. 4 Women's Contact Group We will be meeting at 8.00 pm on the 7th of July at Judith Stoner's home – 113, Bourne Way. We will NOT be meeting in August. On the 1st of September, we will meet at Janet Moren’s home - 48, Woodlea Drive. Sylvia Mack Tuesday Prayer Meetings for July (NO meetings in August) Held at 10.00am at the following homes:- 1st Martin Nunn’s. 8th Betty Coster’s. 15th Brenda Cordingley’s. 22nd The Church. 29th Martin Nunn’s Then in September: - 2nd Martin Nunn’s. Please address any queries to Martin Nunn. Saturday Fellowship We will NOT be meeting in July and August. The September meeting will be on the 6th at 2.30pm at Barbara Jones’ home. Martin Nunn will be leading a Bible Study. You are welcome to join us. Men's Group The next Men’s Group meeting will be on Thursday 17 July at 8.00 pm when there will be a BBQ at the Mounthurst site and will be organised by Andy Luck. We will NOT be meeting in August. Ministry of Flowers Thank you to those who will be providing flowers in July and August. 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 July 6th - Wedding 13th - Sue Powell 20th - Colin Righini 27th - The Hotten family August 3rd - Teresa and Malcolm Cheyne 10th - 17th - 24th - Barbara Jones 31st - Denise Benbow
  7. 5 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 last meeting for the Summer term is on July 11th. We will meet again for the Autumn term on September 12th. Please see centre pages for a notice about the group. 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. We will NOT be meeting in August. Worship Group The Wednesday Reflections Group meets at 6.30pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month. NOTE we will NOT be meeting in August. Linda Michie Book Club We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 8.00pm in the small hall. NOTE we will NOT be meeting in August. Sue Powell Notice Sheets – July (No notice sheets during August) July 6th Daphne Cummings 8777 2487 13th & 20th Brenda Cordingley 8462 3867 27th Pam Collison 8658 0748 If you require items to be included in the notice sheets, please contact the appropriate person by the previous Tuesday. From the Daily Mail of 2nd August 2008
  8. 6 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 July meetings will be: - 1st Christine Pope – Poetry to tickle your fancy 8th Tea at Betty Coster’s with Bring and Buy 15th Tootswood Singers 22nd Lunch at 1pm followed by short service We will then take a break until September. Details for the September programme to be announced in September’s Catalyst. 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 Bible Society update ----------------------- Does the recent news sadden and concern you? There is hope, and at the Bible Society meeting on Monday 16th June that Martin & I attended the hope, help and peace that God gives was presented. The meeting took place at Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament and was chaired by the Rt.Hon.Stephen Timms M.P.with four main speakers to give an account of their work. We, about 60 of us, had a lively beginning to the meeting. While James Catford (Group Chief Executive) was introducing the meeting the division bell sounded calling all M.P’s to the House. Mr Timms discreetly left to vote and Mr Catford continued until, some short time later, Mr Timms returned to address us and introduce our speakers. First to speak was Mr Habib Madanat from Jordan, a politically stable country where the churches are in the forefront of helping the many refugees, mostly families coming from Syria with children often traumatized by their experiences of the fighting. The churches offer sanctuary, practical help, counselling and the scriptures. The gift of a Children’s Bible was received with tears of gratitude by one family. Continued on page 7..........
  9. 7 The stories read to their little boy comforted him and helped him to sleep. As Mr Madarat said “We are the living example of our Bible as we show ‘the better way, the way of Christ’ to others” Our next speaker was Ms Tamar Kirasu, a charming lady from Turkey. She is an Armenian Christian and a trained Teacher and her work is very different. Turkey is a secular state and ‘Religion’ is taught as a subject in schools. As Christianity is a minority religion there are many misconceptions being taught, the main one being that Christians worship three gods, a misunderstanding of the Trinity. She is based in Istanbul and takes seminars for teachers and at the University to outline the main Christian beliefs based on the Scriptures. Mr Kua Wee Seng from China gave a very different picture. There, where about a quarter of the world’s population live, many are turning to the Christian faith. This is inspite of the threat of persecution from a dominant Communist state system. He told the story of one woman seeking to know God. She travelled for two and a half hours to the nearest church, heard a sermon based on the Exodus story of the Jews who were protected from the plagues and led out of Egypt and decided that was the god for her. As she lived so far away the pastor gave her a Bible. In her village she shared her Bible with others and more people came to listen. Now there is a congregation of 300 and we saw a photo of a group of them. The church in China is growing at a phenomenal rate. Our last speaker was from the Bible Society main office and spoke of her duties in promoting the work amongst children in the schools. Again a very inspiring message emphasising how necessary it is that this generation knows and reads the Bible. It is the basis of our moral and spiritual life as she stressed having children of her own. It was a most inspiring and encouraging evening. It was so good to meet like-minded people as well as the Bible Society staff, all highly dedicated to promoting the knowledge of God’s Word and now using modern technology. We are privileged to have this “Book” so readily available in this country. Betty Coster. Bible Society representative. ......... Continued from page 6 THINGS YOU NEVER HEAR IN CHURCH Since we're all here, let's start the worship service early!
  10. 8 Women’s Contact Coffee Morning We will be holding the next coffee mornings from 10.00am to 12.00 Noon in the Small Hall on the 12th of July, and the 9th of August. 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 Morning, 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 July, the stall will be held on the 13th and 27th. In August, the stall will be held on the 10th and 24th. Please continue to support your fair trade stall. Thank you. Richard and Barbara. Sunday morning coffee donations --------------- Due to the continuing drinking of coffee and tea, and eating biscuits, after Sunday morning services I have been able to give £40 to Christian Aid and £40 to the Clinical Science and Educational Foundation (CSEF). The CSEF charity supports projects to improve the lives of Romanian special needs children. Thank you for drinking and munching so productively. Long may it continue! Barbara Ecumenical Cocktail in the right spirit Pope John XXIII used to say what a hard life his parents had had as small wine-growers. With a twinkle in his eye,he would remark that, ‘There are only three ways a man can be ruined: women, gambling and farming. My father chose the most boring of the three.’ From the book Bishop’s Brew assembled by Ronald Brown, Bishop of Birkenhead
  11. 9 Catalyst Needs You! This page will be kept for YOUR contributions - NOTHING ELSE will go on this page. Hopefully, you will be inspired to share some pictures, poetry or stories. Submitted by a very proud Grandad My two grandsons attend school at Hartfield and it is twinned with a school in Malawi. At this school, children cannot attend unless they possess a uniform, which costs £3 - a lot of money in that country. The boys decided to do something about it, so made a short video about the project and got their Mum to submit it to wholesalers to obtain "healthy" snacks and drinks to sell after school. The wholesalers very kindly donated all the goods and the boys raised, from their after school stall, the grand sum of £78. A wonderful effort which will provide 26 uniforms for the children in Malawi. Well done boys. Bruce Tannock An invitation --------- Mike Duke cordially invites all members and friends of Hayes Free Church to support him and his family at the wedding ceremony of his son Simon to Michelle Payne at the church on Saturday 5th July 2014 at 2.30pm. See Page 15 for a note from Jim Pearson.
  12. 10 Saints’ Days in the Church Calendars Here are the principal days for the apostles, major saints and other key events, for July. The information has been drawn from Wikipedia. The prayers are freely available online in Catholic and Episcopal websites. For July there are 3 main dates:- 3rd St Thomas the Apostle. Patron saint against blindness and doubt, and for the blind, builders, surveyors and architects. 22nd Mary Magdalene. Patron of the contemplative life, converts, glove makers, hairstylists, penitent sinners, people ridiculed for their piety, perfumeries and perfumers, pharmacists, and women. 25th St James the Apostle. Also known as James the Greater. Patron saint of Spain, of pilgrims, of St. James guild: workers, chemists, haberdashers and soldiers. James is asked to intercede for them by many people with rheumatism and is the Patron Saint of the city of The Hague.. The Church of England prayer the St. Thomas O Glorious Saint Thomas, your grief for Jesus was such that it would not let you believe he had risen unless you actually saw him and touched his wounds. But your love for Jesus was equally great and it led you to give up your life for him. Pray for us that we may grieve for our sins which were the cause of Christ's sufferings. Help us to spend ourselves in his service and so earn the title of "blessed" which Jesus applied to those who would believe in him without seeing him. Amen. Church of England invitation to confession related to Mary Magdalene If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; everything becomes new. That we may put behind us all that is past, let us call to mind our sins. (ref. 2 Corinthians 5.17). Church of England collect related to Mary Magdalene Almighty God, whose Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of mind and body and called her to be a witness to his resurrection: forgive our sins and heal us by your grace, that we may serve you in the power of his risen life; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen Continued on page 11.......
  13. 11 A prayer of St. Paul (Ephesians 3: 14 - 19) I kneel before the Father, from Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that He may grant you in accord with the riches of His glory to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Amen. Church of England collect for St. James the Apostle GRANT, O merciful God, that as thine holy Apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, without delay was obedient unto the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him; so we, forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore ready to follow thy holy commandments; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ....... Continued from page 10 From the website - Wordsmith Jun 3, 2014 This week's theme - Words from chemistry The week's words included - catalyst PRONUNCIATION: - (KAT-uh-list) MEANING: - (noun) 1. A substance that speeds up a chemical reaction without changing itself. 2. Someone or something that causes an event or change to happen. ETYMOLOGY: - Via Latin, from Greek katalusis, from kataluein (to dissolve), from kata- (down) + luein (loosen). Ultimately from the Indo-European root leu- (to loosen, divide), which is also the source of forlorn, lag, loss, solve, analysis, and resolute. Earliest documented use: 1902. USAGE: - "Doctoroff had seen how the Games served as a growth catalyst for host cities -- Tokyo expanded its subway system, Atlanta transformed its downtown." Ken Auletta; After Bloomberg; The New Yorker; Aug 26, 2013. © 2014 Wordsmith.org
  14. 12 NOTICE HFC TELEPHONE DIRECTORY The Directory is going to be updated. If your address, telephone number or e-mail address has changed please let John Curry know - BEFORE 31 July. If you would like your e-mail address included please contact me. Bank Holiday Ramble. This will be a Wealden ramble which will include beautiful views. The ramble will be about 5 miles long and we will enjoy a pub lunch as part of the day. All are welcome to join us at 10.15 am in the Rosary car park on Monday 25th of August. More details from Martin Nunn.
  15. 13 BOARD Mother & Toddler Toy Cleaning Friday July 18th 2-4pm We would be very grateful if anyone can spare some time to help with the cleaning of our large toys in the large hall. Cleaning materials plus tea and cake provided M&T team
  16. 14 Details of Sue’s Sabbatical -------------- Diploma in Childhood Bereavement with Middlesex University London, Help the Hospices, Candle Project at St Christopher’s Hospice. Module One: Working with Bereaved Children, Young People and Families o Theories of Bereavement o Child Development; loss through the life-cycle; the family context o The death of a child – the family perspective o Pre-bereavement issues o Children bereaved by a traumatic death o Assessment issues o Working with individuals, with families and in groups o Brief versus extended interventions, telephone work Module Two: Context and Framework o Supervision and support o Service development: assessing need and setting up a service o Setting standards for service delivery: record keeping; monitoring and maintaining quality; working with volunteers o Inter-agency working: referrals to other services; working with minority groups o Legal issues and report writing o A parent’s perspective o Training issues for service providers: resources; methods; reflective practice. This includes one 2000 word assignment, two learning journals, group presentations Also: To write a paper for the United Reformed Church on Children and Bereavement – current working title: Children – The Forgotten Mourners
  17. 15 Junior Church ------------ As many readers already know, H.F.C. is planning to re-start a weekly Sunday morning Junior Church in September. We already have a number of thriving weekday groups for young children - the daily Pre- school Group, the weekly Mother and Toddler Group and the Rainbows, Beavers, Cubs and Brownies, plus the successful monthly Messy Church - but there has been nothing for young (or older!) children on Sunday mornings for some years, except of course for the occasional Parade Service. The need to have something in place is obvious, especially as we have had a number of requests or enquiries from parents in recent months..... The launch date for our new Junior Church is Sunday, September 14th, under the leadership of Wendy Smith, who used to teach in our Junior Church some years ago. A number of other people have offered to help on a regular or occasional basis, but we do need a few more. So please volunteer if you feel this is for you (pianists or instrumentalists included!). Initially we shall be mainly catering for the 3 - 7 or 8 age-group. In July we will be contacting the parents of all known children with some existing link to our church within this age-group, to tell them of our plans and give them a warm invitation to bring their youngsters along. If you know or hear of any other families who may be interested, please let them (and us) know! Meantime, please pray about this important venture in our church’s life; there are many details still to be finalised, and we need to keep in step with God’s will and purposes all the way forward. Martin Nunn (Organiser) As many of you will know, I arrived home two hours after my daughter, Susan, had arrived from Australia! I had hoped to attend Church on 8th June but have now discovered that is the day for the Open Air Service in the library gardens. So, I am using Catalyst for the opportunity to say “Thank you” for your prayers, visits, cards, letters & telephone calls during my absence since February. I am not yet 100% - still using a Zimmer in the house, although hoping to graduate to two sticks soon! I thank God for always being there to give me the strength needed. God Bless you all. Jim.
  18. 16 Website of the Month mccabe-travel.co.uk Extracts from the website are below. Main topics in the website: - · Home · Choose a pilgrimage · Latest news · Giving back · See survey results · Information - free call
  19. 17 Saints’ Days in August. 15th The Blessed Virgin Mary. Patron of mothers, virgins, and nuns. Travellers including airplane crews and pilots, bicyclists, motorcy- clists, navigators, sailors, boatmen (boat operators) and yachts- men (yacht operators). Those in trades, including clothworkers, harness makers, construction workers, coopers, drapers, goldsmiths, lamp makers, needle and pin makers, potters, ribbon makers, silk workers, silversmiths, tapestry workers, tilemakers, and upholsterers. Those in the food industry including cooks, fishermen, fish dealers, coffee house keepers and owners, restauranteurs, and distillers. (Information from Wikipedia) 24th St Bartholomew the Apostle. Patron Saint against nervous diseases, neurological diseases and twitching. Of bookbinders, butchers, cobblers, leather workers, shoemakers, tanners, plasterers, trappers, whiteners The following, taken from the CoE website, relate to the Blessed Virgin Mary Invitation to confession. We have done what was wrong in the Lord’s sight and chosen what displeased him. Yet as a mother comforts her child, so shall the Lord himself comfort us. So let us come to him who knows our every deed and thought. The Collect Almighty and everlasting God, who stooped to raise fallen humanity through the child-bearing of blessed Mary: grant that we, who have seen your glory revealed in our human nature and your love made perfect in our weakness, may daily be renewed in your image and conformed to the pattern of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen The Collect on St. Bartholomew’s day (from the CoE website) O ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who didst give to thine Apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach thy Word: Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church, to love that Word which he believed, and both to preach and receive the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  20. 18 "Year To Kneel" "Yield To the King" (Based on Psalm 139) -------------------- OLord, You have searched me, and known me. You know when I sit down at my PC, and when I step away. You understand my modem, and the whole e-mail thing. You know the way I let the Internet waste my time, but too, how it has let me keep in contact with family and friends around the globe. Even before I've touched the keyboard, You know what I'll write. It is hard for me to comprehend that You're standing at my shoulder every time I sign on AOL. You are awesome, Lord, and life’s uncertainties can't disturb You, like they do me and lots of people around me. Where can I go that Your Spirit isn't with me? Or could I get away from Your love and protection, if I was running in fear? If my electricity shuts down, You are there. If I have to sleep under two down-comforters to keep warm when my gas furnace fails to operate, You are there. If the city can't keep the water pumping, or my ATM is "out of service," You'll take care of me. If I cry, "surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night," even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike, to You. You made me Lord, and You love me. Your works have no glitches, no shutdowns, no power failures. My days, with or without computers, were planned by You before I was even born! You, Lord, are without limits, always knowing, and seeing, and doing. Faith in technology is a sin, and I pray for Your forgiveness for the times I've trusted it with my comfort, happiness and cash. Help me to be faithful to You, and not panic when I hear of shortages, outages and chaos. Help me to be prepared to help others, physically and spiritually. Let me be an enemy of fear-mongers, and help me to show those who are truly afraid of the future how to put their trust in You, Lord, the Almighty One. Keep Your eye on me, O God, and touch my heart. Give me Your peace, and make me share it with others. Keep my eyes on You, now and forever.
  21. 19 Mr John Moren Hayes Free Church 111 Pickhurst Lane 16 April 2014 Dear John I am writing to say a huge Thank You to you for the wonderful donation of £5,468.84 from the 2013 Christmas Tree Festival at the Church. I know what an enormous amount of work you put in to making all the events really special, and we are so grateful that you made us your chosen charity. It was lovely to be able to show you around the Sight Centre ..... As promised, we will use your donation to support our IT and AT work with visually impaired people from Bromley. ......... I thought you might like to hear a little more about the Impact that AT training and support has had an our partially sighted clients, as there have been some wonderful outcomes for people In recent months: • ... An elderly client who has very little useful sight and .... extreme food intolerances; she relies on her new smart phone to read the ingredients of food labels out loud to her when shopping, so she not only maintains her independence but stays safe and well. • A younger client, P, tried out a Kindle at KM. He learned how (to increase) his reading speed to how it was ... before his sight loss. He has 2 young children and is now able to listen to them read out loud, .... and help them Continued on page 20. ... Christmas Tree Festival 2013 ----------------- I have received a letter from Karen Osborn, Chief Executive of the Kent Association for the Blind, in connection with the Christmas Tree Festival donation to the charity. Some of you may think I was late in giving the money raised. I will give you an explanation. Gilly has been having IT training with others who are blind, and she mentioned to me that she was concerned that the local branch would not have enough money to pay the trainer for the course. So I decided to raise some additional money after the festival closed. I did this by selling picture vouchers and obtaining some donations. This resulted in the final figure of £5,468.84. This does not include a gift aid amount of £1400.00. John Moren Extracts from the The KAB letter follow ..........
  22. 20 when they get stuck. Previously, ..... his wife had to help the children with their reading. Reading together brings an opportunity to bond and is a source of real pleasure for P as a father. • A lady doing an IT course wanted to read a newspaper online, ..... We helped her to access it via an iPad, a gadget which she had always assumed wasn't for her and refused to try ("not at my age"!), but which she now absolutely loves. She uses it daily to access a whole range of products and information independently, whereas previously she had to rely on family and friends for help.......... Our specialist AT staff ... also help our rehabilitation workers, who get practical training in understanding the phones and devices, and can take the equipment out with them when they do home visits. ..... Our AT work relies hugely on support from individuals and community groups, and much of it just wouldn't be possible without help like yours. Please would you extend our sincere thanks to the other members of your congregation who helped ... (make) the Festival so successful.... The money raised really will make a difference to the work we are able to do in Bromley, and it really will change peoples' lives. Every best wish Karen Osborn Chief Executive ... Continued from page 19. The way things once were This year’s theme covers sayings or poetry from the First World War An item for August Muriel Smith’s Autograph book - dated August 1916 - July 1918 was purchased at auction. The entire book is on the First World War Digital Archive hosted by the University of Oxford. The frontispiece is shown here as an introduction for entries which may be taken from the book for later editions of Catalyst. In the meantime, do look at this treasure on the website. Especially if you have a summer project which relates to the Wars.. ------------------------------------- This item is from The First World War Poetry Digital Archive. (www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa); © University of Oxford
  23. 21 Letter from Joseph Theodore Gedge On 29th July 1914, Staff Paymaster J. T. Gedge was preparing to go to sea. He sent this covering note to an uncle with a farewell letter to be passed on to his parents in the event of his death. Joseph was killed when HMS Amphion struck a mine on 6th Aug 1914. Joseph was the first British officer to die in the war. ------------------------------------- This item is from The First World War Poetry Digital Archive. (www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa); © University of Oxford The way things once were This year’s theme covers sayings or poetry from the First World War
  24. 22 July 2014 1st Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 6 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Page 3 2nd Wed 3rd Thu 8.00 pm - Book Club Page 5 4th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 5 5th Sat 2.30 pm - Wedding Page 9 6th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Major Cliff Kent 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister 7th Mon 8.00 pm - Women’s Contact Group Page 4 8th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 6 9th Wed 10th Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 5 11th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 5 12th Sat 10.00 am - Women’s Contact Coffee Morning Page 8 13th Sun 10.30 am - Parade Service - Margaret Smith with puppet Followed by Fairtrade stall Page 8 6.30 pm - Evening Service - 14th Mon 15th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 6 16th Wed 17th Thu 8.00 pm - Men’s Group Page 4 18th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Toy Clean Page 13 19th Sat 20th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service (ABCD) - Alison Driscoll 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister
  25. 23 July 2014 21st Mon 22nd Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 6 23rd Wed 6.30 pm - Worship Group Page 5 24th Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 5 25th Fri 26th Sat 27th Sun 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister Followed by Fairtrade stall Page 8 12.00 noon - Church Meeting Page 3 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Judy Davies 28th Mon 29th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 30th Wed 31st Thu August 2014 1st Fri 2nd Sat 3rd Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Jim Holman 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister 4th Mon Summer Bank Holiday(Scot.) A Message from the Editor - enjoy your holidays. Please don’t forget material for Your Page which you may wish to share. See you in September 5th Tue to 8th Fri. No events. 9th Sat 10.00 am - Women’s Contact Coffee Morning Page 8 10th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Bill Michie Followed by Fairtrade stall Page 8 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Mike Tinson 11th Mon To 16th Sat. No events. 17th Sun Catalyst Press Date I. F. C. 10.30 am - Morning Service - John Cox 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister
  26. 24 A THOUGHT FOR TODAY Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. Allen Ginsberg, poet (1926-1997) DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 14 September New Junior Church launch date. September 2014 1st Mon 8.00 pm - Women’s Contact Group Page 4 2nd Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 4 3rd Wed 4th Thu 8.00 pm - Book Club Page 5 5th Fri 6th Sat 2.30 pm - Saturday Fellowship Page 4 7th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Geoff Larcombe 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister August 2014 18th Mon To 23rd Sat. No events 24th Sun 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister Followed by Fairtrade stall Page 8 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Judy Davies 25th Mon Summer Bank Holiday (Eng. & Wales) 10.15 am - Ramble Page 12 26th Tue 27th Wed 28th Thu 29th Fri 30th Sat 31st Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister
  27. 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 5.15pm 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 Rangers Georgina Chappell 07983 471308 8.00pm - 1st HFC Book Club Sue Powell 8462 2212 8.00pm - 3rd Men's Group Bruce Tannock 8325 6264 8.00pm - 2nd, & 4th Ignatian Spirituality Group David Hawthorn 8249 7188 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.
  28. Final Thought “We must not grow weary of doing little things for the love of God, who looks not on the great size of the work, but on the love in it.” Brother Lawrence (On the URC website)

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