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Catalyst
THE MAGAZINE OF
HAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.)

March 2014
HAYES FREE CHURCH
111, Pickhurst Lane, Hayes, Kent BR2 7HU
Sunday Services. 10.30 a.m. & 6.00 p.m.
We are a member of the ...
Letter from the Minister
Dear Friends,
In a recent Bible Study, we looked at the Epistle of
Jude: noting how alike it was ...
Sunday Services
March
2nd

10.30 am - Morning Service - Mike Tinson
6.00 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister

9th

10.30 am...
News of the Church Family
Announcements are welcome :BMD - Changes of address, etc.
Deaths
It is with deep regret we have ...
Ministry of Flowers
Thank you to those who will be providing flowers this month.
2nd - Maggie Greenwood

9th - Anon

16th ...
Women's Fellowship

M

eetings are in the small hall at 2.00 p.m., unless otherwise stated,
on Tuesdays and finish about 3...
Fair Trade Fortnight
Banana pricing campaign
--------------------------The campaign for Fair Trade Fortnight this year is ...
Women’s Contact Coffee Morning
We will be holding the next coffee morning in the Small
Hall on the 8th of March from 10.00...
Marjorie Curry
22 June 1937 - 11 January 2014
----------------------Marjorie was born in Upper Norwood, and lived there fo...
Catalyst Needs You!
This page will be kept for YOUR contributions - NOTHING ELSE will go on this page.
Hopefully, you will...
NOTICE
Women's World Day of Prayer
-------------This year the Service will be led by St. Mary's Parish
Church.
The Service...
BOARD
Kent Association for the Blind … VIPAS group
Visually Impaired Persons Activity and Social group.
Invite you to a Qu...
Website of the Month

The Ainsdale Village Church

Dear Friends,
As you are all aware, our church has now officially got a...
WORDLESS PRAYER
Romans 8 v 26-27
---------------------In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
We do not know ...
ROTARY CLUB OF LANGLEY PARK & DEAF ACCESS

nd

Saturday 22 March
2014
10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
AT

HAYES FREE CHURCH
PICKHUR...
DEAF ACCESS
Undine and I, some 37 years ago, were involved in setting up a charity
for people with hearing problems becaus...
Sacred Space
reflective worship on the fourth Sunday evening in the month
-------------------Alison and I will be planning...
The December Competition
No one tried to answer the competition. Therefore, the
competition is now closed. The answers are...
March 2014
1st

Sat

St. David's Day
10.00 am - Saturday Fellowship

2nd

Sun

10.30 am - Morning Service - Mike Tinson
6....
March 2014
10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister
Followed by Fairtrade Stall
Page 7
12.00 noon - Church Meeting
Page 3
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CHURCH ORGANISATIONS
Day

Organisation

Contact

Phone

Sunday Club

Mike Duke

8462 5103

Jayne Carvell

07913 299773

Br...
Final Thought
Lent
Fast from grumbling and feast on thanksgiving
Fast from criticism and feast on praise.
Fast from self p...
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  1. 1. Catalyst THE MAGAZINE OF HAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.) March 2014
  2. 2. HAYES FREE CHURCH 111, Pickhurst Lane, Hayes, Kent BR2 7HU Sunday Services. 10.30 a.m. & 6.00 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. Sunday Services; CTH items; a saying 2 Church Notices 3-5 The HFC website; FYI - heating 5 Fair Trade Fortnight (J & P) 6 Lunchtime concerts 7 Marjorie Curry - Obituary 8 Catalyst Needs You! 9 Notice Board 10 - 11 Website of the month and Sue’s Interview (Pt 2) 12 Wordless Prayer 13 Deaf Access 15 Sacred Space; Forgiving others 16 December Competition; The way things once were 17 A Thought for Today 19 Whitechapel Mission letter 20 Church Organisations IBC This month’s website: The website of the month is an example of another church's venture into the virtual world. Short excerpts from this church’s magazine have been published in Catalyst in the past.. Here is the web address: www.ainsdalevillagechurch.com Now, turn to Page 16 for more details. Ed Copy for the April 2014 edition needs to be handed in by Sunday, 16th March. Please submit items in good time. You can leave copy in the “B” Pigeon Hole for Richard Brown to collect, or hand it directly to him on a Sunday morning. You can also e-mail copy to richardmbrown6@gmail.com Thank You. Editor
  3. 3. Letter from the Minister Dear Friends, In a recent Bible Study, we looked at the Epistle of Jude: noting how alike it was with the Epistle of 2 Peter, acknowledging various scholars who would argue its inclusion within the Bible, and delighting in the doxology. As ever, no one is quite sure who wrote it, but its message is clear: we are to remain faithful to the moral teachings of the Bible. And we are asked to save those who are wavering. How many of us waver? We all come across parts of the Bible that make us stop and think about our own lives and how we live out our faith. To have lived in the time of the Early Church and to have been a part of it, would have taken great courage. To stand against the strength of Rome, to be thrown out by the Jewish Temple that had been ours since birth, to be strong enough to stand firm in the teaching of Jesus Christ against all the obstacles placed in our way – would we have wavered? Many Christians in our world today face persecution for their faith, many thousands died last year… if we stood in their shoes, would we waver? I’m sure we would all like to think that we would never deny our love of God; but life here is easy by comparison and we have no one to challenge us with any real force. Yet people do waver – they are not sure if they believe in God, they do not really believe there is anything following death, they are not convinced that Christianity isn’t anything other than wishful thinking. And we are asked to save those who waver… Let’s invite in those wavering people, speak to them of God’s love, show them the difference faith can make in life, and how being God’s people can make a difference in this world. Let’s invite and bring, and through God’s love, save. 1
  4. 4. Sunday Services March 2nd 10.30 am - Morning Service - Mike Tinson 6.00 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister 9th 10.30 am - Parade Service - The Minister 6.00 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 16th 10.30 am - Morning Service - Dr Clive Timehin 6.00 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 23rd 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister 6.00 pm - Evening Service - David & Alison Hawthorn 30th 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister 6.00 pm - Evening Service - The Minister Some notes on the visiting preachers. v v v Mike Tinson is a Methodist preacher. 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 many occasions. David and Alison Hawthorn are members of HFC. David has contributed articles for Catalyst. They are taking the lead in two groups at HFC. Churches Together in Hayes At the January meeting, it was decided that the Lent Course this year would once again follow the York Course of booklets as it did over several years. Meetings will be held in the small hall at Hayes Free Church starting on Tuesday 11 March at 7.30 p.m. The course will run for 5 weeks. It was also decided that we will again have an Agape meal which is to be held at Hayes Free Church on Friday 9th May 2014 at 7.00 p.m. The speaker and more details will be announced later. Please keep the date free for this enjoyable evening which we share with friends from other Churches in Hayes. Don't judge men's wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance. Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790) 2
  5. 5. News of the Church Family Announcements are welcome :BMD - Changes of address, etc. Deaths It is with deep regret we have to announce the death of Rhoda Leeds aged 99 years on 9 February. She was the only remaining founder member of HFC. An obituary will appear in next month’s magazine. We offer of sincere condolences to her daughter Christine, her family and other members of Rhoda’s family in this country and in Australia. Your prayers would be appreciated for: Ruth Rees, Jessie Martin, and Helen Hebbs. Church Meetings The next Elders’ meeting will be on Tuesday, 4th March at 8.00 pm in the small hall. The next Church meeting will be on Sunday 23rd March at 12.00 noon after the morning service. Women's Contact Group The Contact Group will be meeting on 3rd March at Connie Russell’s home - 234 Pickhurst Lane. We will then meet on 7th April at Marion Bowman’s home - 26 Stambourne Way, West Wickham. Meetings start at 8.00 pm. Sylvia Mack Tuesday Prayer Meetings for March Held at 10.00am at the following homes:4th Martin Nunn’s. 11th Betty Coster’s. 18th Brenda Cordingley’s. 25th The Church. Then in April: 1st Martin Nunn’s. Please address any queries to Martin Nunn. Saturday Fellowship The next meeting will be on the 1st of March at 2.30pm at Barbara Jones’ home. Martin Nunn will be leading a Bible Study. You are welcome to join us. Men's Group Our next meeting will be in the small hall on Thursday 20th March at 8.00 pm when Tony Russell will lead a Quiz. 3
  6. 6. Ministry of Flowers Thank you to those who will be providing flowers this month. 2nd - Maggie Greenwood 9th - Anon 16th - Mike Duke 23rd - Gill and Chris Wood i.m.o. Matthew 30th 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 last meeting of term is on March 28th and we meet again after Easter on April 25th. 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 Notice Sheets - February & 1st Sunday in March March 2nd 9th & 16th 23rd & 30th April 6th Joan Smith 8462 3920 Daphne Cummings 8777 2487 Brenda Cordingley 8462 3867 Pam Collison 8658 0748 If you require items to be included in the notice sheets, please contact the appropriate person by the previous Tuesday. 4
  7. 7. 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 February meetings will be: 4th Woodland Farm Trust 11th Michies on Cambodia 18th U3A talk on the U3A 25th Anne Bartlett – Holiday Slides The first meeting in April will be: 1st Bromley Museum 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 The Church website ------------We have been given information regarding our website. In the past year we have received: 9,627 Page Views; The number of times a web page has been viewed. 3,557 Visits; The number of people who have looked at a page or pages on the HFC website. 14,157 Hits; The number of times an item, such as a page or an image, has been retrieved from the website. For Your Information ... The Home Heat Help-line (0080 336699) found that one in seven British homes is entitled to assistance with their heating bills. They include low income pensioners, disadvantaged families with children and those who live in deprived areas. You may qualify for the £135 Warm Home Discount on energy bills. Joan Smith 5
  8. 8. Fair Trade Fortnight Banana pricing campaign --------------------------The campaign for Fair Trade Fortnight this year is on the theme of fair prices for bananas. Bananas are a thriving food crop – the fourth most important in the world after rice, wheat and maize. Bananas generated a massive US $8 billion in global export earnings in 2011 but not everyone is enjoying the benefits. The majority of bananas are grown by small-scale farmers in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa, and their earnings have fallen in real terms while their costs of production have soared. The main cause of the problem is the severe pressure to keep prices low imposed by supermarkets. In the last ten years, the cost of producing bananas has doubled while UK supermarkets have almost halved the shelf price of bananas. In the UK, a third of bananas sold are Fair Trade, which brings real benefits to banana farmers and workers by providing a fair income that they can live on. But for other banana workers, the situation is bleak. Fair Trade Fortnight (24 February to 9 March) is calling for change in the banana industry by petitioning the Government to work with supermarkets in the UK to end unfair pricing practices. On Sunday 2 March the Justice and Peace group will be asking you after the service to sign a petition calling on the Government to take action. We would also like you to bake some cakes for Sunday 2 March using free trade ingredients, to help celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight. We will be serving the cakes after the morning service. During the morning service on 2 March we will also be holding a survey to obtain an overview of what members of the church are already doing in terms of supporting the poor. This will help the Justice and Peace group to co-ordinate activities and to build on what is already happening. We’ll be handing out cards and asking you to write down any activities or charities you already support. Don’t forget to support the Women’s Coffee Morning on Saturday 8 March and the Fair Trade stall after the morning service on Sunday 9 March. Both are raising funds for poor smallholder farmers. Finally, if anyone would like to join the Justice and Peace group, we’d love to have you on board. Our next meeting is at 8 pm on Wednesday 2 April at Sue’s house (247 Pickhurst Lane). You don’t have to commit yourself to coming to every meeting; even occasional help will be much appreciated. Justice and Peace group 6
  9. 9. Women’s Contact Coffee Morning We will be holding the next coffee morning in the Small Hall on the 8th of March from 10.00am to 12.00 Noon. 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 March, the stall will be held on the 9th and the 23rd. Please continue to support your fair trade stall. Thank you. Richard and Barbara. F airtrade Fortnight will take place from the 24th of February to the 9th of March. The “Big Brew is a main event during this time. This year, some of the world’s smallest and poorest smallholder farmers will be supported. We will be joining in with the Big Brew on the last weekend of Fairtrade Fortnight: ü Saturday 8th March - The Women’s Coffee Morning will be involved. ü Sunday, 9th March - A contribution will be made from the takings of the Fairtrade stall which will be open after the Morning Service. P lease support the lunch-time concerts in Bromley Central Hall, given by Adrian Boynton and his guests, on March 6th, July 3rd, October 2nd, and December 18th. Time 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm. Tickets are £5.00, available from the Enquiry Desk in the Reference Library. The concerts are always very enjoyable. Betty Coster 7
  10. 10. Marjorie Curry 22 June 1937 - 11 January 2014 ----------------------Marjorie was born in Upper Norwood, and lived there for many years until the family moved to Streatham. She was educated at Virgo Fidelis convent in Upper Norwood. After leaving school she qualified as a Nursery Nurse and set up two nurseries in Upper Norwood, running one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Marjorie and John met at St Aubyn's Congregational Church where Marjorie taught in the Sunday school. They were married on August 30th 1969 and came to live in Hayes. In 1971 they transferred their membership to Hayes Free Church where Marjorie spent many years as a leader of the primary department in the Junior Church. She also worked for St Mary's Church in Hayes in their nursery school for seventeen years. Marjorie had a great love for young children and in 1971 Graham was born followed by Zoë in 1975. After retiring when she was 60 Marjorie worked for an agency helping the elderly. Sadly in 2000 she was diagnosed with cancer and although she recovered , in 2004 she started to decline mentally. John became her full-time carer until 2009 when she went into Homefield Nursing Home. Marjorie's love of children showed through every aspect of her life - in her work with children and her home life with the family and grandchildren. All those who knew Marjorie will remember her for the love and kindness she showed to everybody. Ignatian spirituality group The group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays in the month at 8pm. In March, this will be on 13 March (venue to be confirmed) and 27 March at Sue’s house (247 Pickhurst Lane). In the first meeting each month we reflect upon a passage from the Bible and allow it to speak into our lives. In the second meeting we do a meditation or exercise to help us link our faith and our daily life. If you’d like to join the group, we’d be very pleased to see you. For more details, contact David on 020 8249 7188, davidw.hawthorn1@btinternet.com 8
  11. 11. 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. A LETTER TO ALL AT HFC I want to say a BIG "Thank you" to everyone who has supported me and my family over the past month. I have received just over 100 cards and 35 letters and e-mails. Over 50 people turned up at the crematorium and over 150 attended the Service of Thanksgiving in the afternoon. I have received many favourable comments regarding the Service of Thanksgiving which went really well. My grateful thanks to Malcolm Cheyne. Eric and Malcolm Hitch and Sue for their tremendous assistance. 1 have received £965 for the Alzheimer's Day Centre in Bromley that Marjorie attended twice a week from October 2006-April 2009. With additional donations sent direct to the Undertakers, the total will exceed £1.000. John 9
  12. 12. NOTICE Women's World Day of Prayer -------------This year the Service will be led by St. Mary's Parish Church. The Service will be held at St. Mary's at 2 p.m. on Friday 7th March 2014. The Service has been prepared by Christian women of Egypt and is entitled "Streams in the Desert”. Hayes Ladies Choir will lead the singing , as well as singing their own anthem. Refreshments will be available after the Service and all are welcome; men and women, We do hope to see you there. Sylvia Mack Meetings in March -------13th Thursday - Ignatian spirituality group Sacred Space ---------Sunday, 23rd March at 6.00 pm. Sacred Space: The gift of remembering 27th Thursday - Ignatian spirituality group The meetings start at 8.00 pm. More details on page 8, or from: David Hawthorn Tel: 8249 7188 Details from: David Hawthorn Tel: 8249 7188 10
  13. 13. BOARD Kent Association for the Blind … VIPAS group Visually Impaired Persons Activity and Social group. Invite you to a Quiz night at the Hayes Free Church. --------------------------All proceeds in aid of the Visually Impaired in the local area. Friday 11th April. Quiz Night. Meet 6.45 pm for 7 pm Quiz. At Hayes Free Church, Church Hall. 111 Pickhurst Lane, Hayes, Bromley. BR2 7HU. A friendly fun Quiz night, with Raffle. Teams will be up to 8 people so why not try to raise your own team. Don't worry if you are coming along on your own as we will organize teams on the night. Finish approximately 9.30 pm. Cost £3 per person. -----------------------------Please bring your own drink and nibbles, (and take home with you any rubbish, bottles plates etc.) Book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. To book… Contact: Joan Dixon 020 8462 7903 eyejandk@btinternet.com Hayes Horticultural Society Quiz Night --------------------------Come and join us on Saturday 8th March 2014 at 7.45pm at the Village Hall. Tickets are at £10 each, including a fish and chip supper, and are available from Brenda Cordingley. Tables are for 8, but we will try to accommodate anyone who would like to come. 11
  14. 14. Website of the Month The Ainsdale Village Church Dear Friends, As you are all aware, our church has now officially got a proper website. Hurrah! We have been working very hard to create a site that promotes the friendly and public spirited church which has such a special place in our hearts. Please have a look and tell us what you think ...... Also there is a blog page ....... We would like you to contribute by writing up a monthly news report or a reflection on a past event (e.g. Passover meal) or a 'food for thought' post with your view on anything to do with Christianity or something you found that you would like to share. ........ God Bless, Paul Green & Jonathan Jones Sue Powell’s interview on the Huffington Post website Continued from last month....... 4 I am personally moved by the idea of forgiveness - Mandela is the first example to come to mind but it is actually in 'everyday' life that I feel it can transform people's wellbeing. Imagine the relationships that can be saved if one partner was capable of forgiving the other? It is hard, even impossible for people to see past the hurt that another person has caused him/her - if you could advise anyone on how they can forgive another person, what would you say? If the tables were turned, what would you need? None of us are perfect, no one is totally innocent. I helped a couple where the man had an affair, and it devastated his wife. She asked him to renew his marriage vows... she stood there totally prepared to give him another chance, a complete fresh start, and he stood there checking his mobile phone... Sometimes we want so badly to forgive and start again, and it is not what the other wants or needs. Trying to put yourself in the place of the other, to see things the way they see things, can help you discover what is needed, and sometimes that might not be what we want. But if we cannot forgive, we cannot move on. Forgiveness is not forgetting, it is acknowledging what is wrong, and either doing something about fixing it or moving on - as Christians we say that God forgives when we are sorry - and if we are sorry, it means we try very hard not to do it again. It is hard to forgive someone who intends to behave that way again, and in truth fairly pointless - but for our own well being, we must forgive and if we cannot fix it, we must move on. ... To be continued next month 12
  15. 15. WORDLESS PRAYER Romans 8 v 26-27 ---------------------In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our heads knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God 'Lord, teach us to pray' said the disciples to Jesus (Luke 11 v1). It has long been the cry of believers that they want to pray and yet do not know how. How reassuring, then, that the great apostle Paul, who never seemed to be short of words, also knew what it felt like to be speechless when it came to praying. Now we learn that even the Holy Spirit groans with wordless prayers, through us and for us. Anyone who has kept the faith has surely experienced the frustrated, inarticulate state of prayerlessness that Paul describes. It is comforting to discover that not only Paul, but even the Holy Spirit, are sometimes found to be lost for words — that this is actually a normal state to be in. While we often place a high premium on words, Paul suggests that prayer is not primarily a matter of finding the right words, but more a case of finding an empathy with what God longs for. Sighs, groans, aching and longing: these are prayers in themselves, even if we cannot completely articulate what we mean by them. Prayer meetings can be dominated by a few who pray lengthy homilies while the rest are simply intimidated rather than being drawn into a sense of prayer. Might these meetings be transformed if those present are able to sit in quiet longing instead. Reflection. The pressure is off when we realise that it is not our responsibility to try and make things happen by saying the 'right prayers'. If you would like to have a time of quiet longing, come along once a month on Wednesday from 6 - 7 pm. in the church. Dates are as follows: 26th March, 23rd April, 28th May, 25th June. We are a small group who feel that silent prayer for a particular subject will bring results! "You, Lord Jesus, pray in me. Let me be silent so that your voice alone may be heard". Father Lee 13
  16. 16. ROTARY CLUB OF LANGLEY PARK & DEAF ACCESS nd Saturday 22 March 2014 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 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 14
  17. 17. DEAF ACCESS Undine and I, some 37 years ago, were involved in setting up a charity for people with hearing problems because our young daughter Sarah was born deaf and we discovered that there was little in the way of support for people with hearing problems. That charity ‘Bromley Chain’ eventually formed another charity about 15 years ago being ‘The Bromley Resource centre for the Hearing Impaired’ known as Deaf Access with a venue. Now the company secretary, I was a joint founding chairman of the organisation and Undine was a trustee. The centre was set up to provide support to people of all ages in the borough who have hearing problems from, hard of hearing to profoundly deaf. The centre is located centrally in Community House, South St, Bromley. It provides a resource centre with equipment that can be tried before buying. We have organised meetings for clubs such as the hard of hearing and tinnitus sufferers, mothers with toddlers, hearing parents with deaf children and deaf parents with hearing children. We run job clubs and support for those unemployed, and run Deaf Awareness Courses and signing classes. The centre also provides support by way of advocacy to help those who need guidance, such as understanding letters or to make contact with organisations to clarify or organise matters where that person is unable to use the telephone. The centre represents people with hearing problems and holds a tubing and battery clinic for hearing aid users. As one client said;- “To get my needs across is difficult as I am profoundly deaf I was struggling to get the support I needed.....communication was difficult. Without Deaf Access signposting me to correct people I would not of been able to do it. Their letter given me to support my argument played a big part in my success,” The centre is therefore an important support organisation for people with a hearing problem, more so now as the Bromley Council have removed the last social worker for the deaf and we are finding more people are coming to the centre for help and guidance. We have some paid staff and also many valuable volunteers, but we have to pay rent and maintenance for the accommodation occupied. We are funded by way of a grant from the council which did cover our basic costs but the grant has been cut by 25% over the last few years and funding is now becoming difficult. We therefore are looking for further funding in order to continue the valuable support provided. David Connolly 15
  18. 18. Sacred Space reflective worship on the fourth Sunday evening in the month -------------------Alison and I will be planning reflective worship services on the fourth Sunday evening in the month. We’re calling these services Sacred Space to highlight that they are different to normal Sunday evening services. Each service will explore a different theme and will be reflective in tone. Services may feature times of quiet, meditations, exercises, rituals and displays. They will also include a mixture of hymns and songs. They will not normally feature sermons, liturgy or long prayers. Themes for the next few months are: Loving ourselves (February), The gift of remembering (March) and Personality and prayer (April). We hope that the services will appeal both to existing worshippers and to people on the fringe or outside of the church. If you know of anyone who doesn’t regularly attend the church but might be interested in Sacred Space, please tell them about the service. There are some leaflets at the back of the church which you can give to people. If you would like to help us plan or lead any of the services, please let us know. Also, if you play a musical instrument and would like to play during the services, we’d like to hear from you. It would be great if we could form a music group. David and Alison Hawthorn Forgiving others is good for your heart Forgiving people who have wronged you or even hurt you is good for you. Letting go of anger results in healthier blood pressure. Researchers at the University of California found that hanging on to anger raised the blood pressure which could be damaging over time. Jesus warned that it is even more serious than that. "If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive you your sins". Matthew Ch. 6, verses 14-15. Seen in the Ainsdale URC Village Church magazine. 16
  19. 19. The December Competition No one tried to answer the competition. Therefore, the competition is now closed. The answers are: Item A 1)What is Item A and whose name is associated with it? The answer is.: - A Christmas Comforts Tin which was issued to the soldiers in the trenches by ‘The Princess Mary’. 2)What is Item B? The answer is: - An aeroplane broach 3)How many images are associated with Item A. The answer is: - Five 4)Who contributed the image for the second item? Item B. Item B The Answer is: - Laurie Thomas. On a personal note, the nil response was disappointing, especially as this is the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War. The on-line archive which contains these objects is most interesting, and it should prove educational for those who wish to learn Ed more about the war. The way things once were This year’s theme covers sayings or poetry from the First World War Futility By Wilfred Owen ------------------Move him into the sun — Gently its touch awoke him once, At home, whispering of fields half-sown. Always it woke him, even in France, Until this morning and this snow. If anything might rouse him now The kind old sun will know. Think how it wakes the seeds, — Woke, once, the clays of a cold star. Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides, Full-nerved — still warm — too hard to stir? Was it for this the clay grew tall? — O what made fatuous sunbeams toil To break earth’s sleep at all? © The British Library / The Wilfred Owen Literary Estate ------------------------------------- A scan of the handwritten poem is in The Great War Archive, University of Oxford (www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa); © Julia Allison 17
  20. 20. March 2014 1st Sat St. David's Day 10.00 am - Saturday Fellowship 2nd Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Mike Tinson 6.00 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister 3rd Mon 4th 5th 6th 7th 8.00 pm - Women’s Contact Group Shrove Tuesday 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Tue 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship 8.00 pm - Women’s Contact Group 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Wed Ash Wednesday Thu 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Group Fri 2.00 pm - Women’s World Day of Prayer Page 3 Page 3 Page 3 Page 5 Page 3 Page 3 Page 4 Page 10 Sat 10.00 am - Women’s Contact Coffee Morning (Supporting Fairtrade Fortnight) Page 7 9th Sun 10.30 am - Parade Service - The Minister Followed by Fairtrade Stall (support F/T F’nite) Page 7 6.00 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 10th Mon 11th Tue 8th 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 3 Page 5 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group 8.00 pm - Ignatian Spirituality Group Page 4 Page 8 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Group Page 4 12th Wed 13th Thu 14th 15th Fri Sat 16th Sun 17th Mon 18th Tue 19th 20th 21st 22nd Wed Thu 8.00 pm - Men’s Group Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Group Sat 10.00 am - Antiques & Collectors Fair 10.30 am - Morning Service - Dr Clive Timehin 6.00 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship 18 Page 3 Page 5 Page 3 Page 4 Page 14
  21. 21. March 2014 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister Followed by Fairtrade Stall Page 7 12.00 noon - Church Meeting Page 3 6.00 pm - Evening Service - David & Alison Hawthorn 23rd Sun 24th Mon 25th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 3 Page 5 26th Wed 6.30 pm - Worship Group Page 4 27th Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group 8.00 pm - Ignatian Spirituality Group Page 4 Page 8 28th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Group Page 4 29th 30th 31st Sat Sun BST Begins Mon April 2014 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship 1st Tue 2nd Wed 3rd 4th 5th Thu Fri Sat 6th Sun Page 3 Page 5 10.30 am - Morning Service - Martin Wilcox, Child Aid 6.00 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 17 April 18 April 20 April 25 May Maundy Thursday Service Good Friday CTH Service 10.00am at the Rosary Church. Easter Sunday. Communion 8.00 am AGM. 12.00 noon A Thought for Today Notice the little minor things around you, and feel the inner beauty through all of them. That's what makes your life worth living for. Ritu Ghatourey 19
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  23. 23. 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 5.15pm 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 8325 6264 David Hawthorn 8249 7188 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 8.00pm - 2nd, Ignatian Spirituality & 4th Group 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.
  24. 24. Final Thought Lent Fast from grumbling and feast on thanksgiving Fast from criticism and feast on praise. Fast from self pity and feast on thinking about others. Fast from anger and feast on peace. Fast from despair and feast on hope. Fast from green and feast on contentment. Fast from complaining and feast on gratitude. Fast from pessimism and feast on optimism. Fast from harsh judgements and feast on kindly thoughts. Fast from worry and feast on trusting Divine Providence. Fast from discouragement and feast on being full of hope. Fast from bitterness and feast on forgiveness. Fast from hatred and feast on returning good for evil. Fast from negativism and feast on being positive. Fast from anger and feast on more patience. Fast from pettiness and feast on becoming mature. Fast from gloom and feast on enjoying the beauty that is all around you. Fast from jealously and feast on praying for trust. Fast from gossiping and feast on controlling your tongue. Fast from sin and feast on turning to virtue. Fast from giving up and feast on embracing life for all it's worth.

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