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  1. 1. Catalyst THE MAGAZINE OFHAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.) April 2011
  2. 2. HAYES FREE CHURCH 111, Pickhurst Lane, Hayes, Kent BR2 7HU Sunday Services. 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m. We are a member of the United Reformed Church. We believe in Justice and Peace.Principal ContactsMinister: Rev. Sue Powell Tel: 020 8462 2212Church Secretary: Mr Alistair Wilson Tel: 020 8402 0026Fabric Steward Mr. Chris Wood Tel: 020 8462 2444Treasurer: Mr. Bill Michie Tel: 020 8658 4167Lettings Secretary: Mrs Undine Connolly Tel: 020 8776 0108Caretaker: Mr. Colin Ramsell Tel: 020 8402 0502CatalystEditor: Mr Richard Brown Contents : - Items not covered by the diary of events.Easter & Sunday Services; 2 The London Marathon;Church notices 3-5 The way things once were 13Agape Meal 5 Jesus Christ Superstar;Reflection ; Jonah & the Whale 6 Places of Worship. 14Catalyst needs You - Cubs 7 Kibera in Need 15Paradise Lost - 8 A letter from Sendai 16Justice & Peace Group; Big Brew 9 Your Mobile Telephone 20Notice board 10 - 11 Church Organisations IBCURC Holiday Forum; 12A humanitarian website.By the time you read this, Red Nose Day will have taken place. However, the needs of those supported by the event and charities are ongoing. Some, such as those living in the Kibera slum by Nairobi, are in desperate need of help. Who wasn’t moved by the BBC documentaries “Famous, Rich And In The Slums.” Turn to page 15 to read more about a charity which works in the slum .Visit the website at www.kiberainneed.org Ed Copy for the May 2011 edition needs to be handed in by Sunday, 10th April. Please submit items in good time. You can leave copy in the “B” Pigeon Hole for Richard Brown to collect, or hand it directly to him on a Sunday morning. You can also e-mail copy to richardmbrown6@gmail.comThank You. Editor
  3. 3. Letter from the MinisterDear AllEaster is coming! Alleluia! The Son of God rises from the grave, pushing aside the stone of all that separates us from God’s love, and leads us into a new understanding of what it is to be children of God. This is the time when we remember again God’s great love for his creation – when we are reminded that we are God’s people given the responsibility for care of this world.And what an onerous task this seems: with earthquakes, tsunamis, people suffering from oppressive regimes; what on earth are we supposed to do; how do we respond to the injustices, to the natural disasters – is God to blame?Living on this planet is a risky business: the natural processes of nature endanger life, our own ability to make decisions about what we do and how we do it affects others. This is how living on this planet works. If God were to step in and halt everything that might injure another, we would not be free – we would simply be ‘puppets’. Our own independence would be lost. We have the right to choose, to make our own decisions – for better or for worse.So what are we to do?In the book of Micah Ch6 v8 we are told: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”To do justice means to stand up for those who are unable to stand up for themselves – wherever they live; the recent Comic Relief programmes have shown us how we can make a real difference; and if you missed those, then donating to charities who work towards justice and fairness in coun- tries (including ours) is the easiest way to respond. To love kindness is to respond to those throughout the world who find themselves in difficult situations, who need a hand to get through difficult times – we have all known them and appreciated those who have helped us. And if we walk humbly with our God, we will find those who need our help, we will want to respond to those in trouble; we will insist that justice for all people is a right, not a luxury, and lobby those with the power to make a difference in the lives of our fellow human beings. Continued on page 5 ............... 1
  4. 4. Easter & Sunday Services April 2011 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev. Geoffrey Dunstan3rd Sun 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister10th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister17th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Mrs Emma Perry B.D. 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister21st Thu Maundy Thursday 8.00 pm - Evening Service - Beckenham U.R.C.22nd Fri Good Friday 10.00 a.m. – Churches Together in Hayes - H.F.C.24th Sun Easter Sunday 8.00 a.m. - Holy Communion - The Minister 10.30 a.m. - Morning Service - The Minister 6.30 p.m. - Evening Service - Pastor Roy Powell May 20111st 10.30 a.m. - Morning Service - Major Cliff Kent Sun 6.30 p.m. - Holy Communion - The Minister Some notes on the visiting preachers.v Revd Geoffrey Dunstan is the former head of Religious Broadcasting in South Africa and a retired URC Minister.v Mrs Emma Perry B.D., a student from Westminster College, Cambridge, is serving her internment with HFC until May 2011.v Pastor Roy Powell is Lay Preacher at Camberwell Green U.R.C. – as well as being Sue’s husband!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. Church Bulletin Blooper:This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Jones to come forward and lay an egg on the altar. 2
  5. 5. News of the Church FamilyAnnouncements are welcome :- BMD - Changes of address, etc.Congratulations to Margaret Keir on her 90thbirthday on 20 April.Church MeetingsThe next Elders’ meeting will be on Tuesday, 19th April at 8.00 pm in the small hall.The next Church meeting will be on Sunday, 10th April at 12.00 noon.Womens Contact GroupThe Contact Group will next meet at 8.00 pm on Monday 4th April at 26, Stambourne Way, West Wickham - Marion Bowman’s home.Sylvia MackHouse GroupsWe are sorry to say that the above House Group has closed down due to lack of numbers after running for 40 years. Mercia Sansom started the group in 1970 as an ecumenical house group and was taken over by ourselves in the nineties. We would like to thank those who came over the years for their contributions.Jan and John Moren.Tuesday Prayer MeetingsHeld at 10.00 am at the following homes:-April 5th Martin Nunn’s. 12th Betty Coster’s. 19th Brenda Cordingley’s. 26th The Church.May 3rd Martin Nunn’s.Please address any queries to Martin Nunn.Saturday FellowshipOur next meeting will be at Ruth White’s home - 7, Sedgewood Close - on the 2nd of April at 2.30 pm. The theme will be ALLF (Aid to Learning and Living the Faith) focusing on Jesus; who He was and why He came.Details from Martin Nunn. 3
  6. 6. Ministry of FlowersThanks are due to those who will be providing flowers in April. 3rd - Jim Pearson and family 17th - Pat Marshall10th - Mavis and Colin Righini 24th - Margaret and Bruce TannockA 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 RighiniJustice and Peace GroupOur next meeting will be announced at a later date. You will bewelcome to join us.Mens GroupThe next meeting will be at 8.00 pm on Thursday 21st April in the Small Hall for a Fiasco organised by Bill Michie.Hayes Mothers’ & Toddlers’ ClubWe welcome all babies and children under school age, accompanied by their parents, grandparents or carers, to our club on Friday afternoons between 2 and 4 pm during term time.The fee is £1 per family – tea, squash and biscuits are provided.This is a time when adults can meet up, while the children in their care are busy playing with toys and activities in the company of other children.The Spring term finishes on April 1st. Summer term starts on May 6th, with our last meeting on July 15th. There will be a half term break on June 3rd.Do come and join us!Judith Stoner - Secretary.Notice Sheets - April 2011 3rd Daphne Cummings 8777 248710th & 17th Brenda Cordingley 8462 386724th & 1st May Pam Collison 8658 0748If you require items to be included in the notice sheets, please contactthe appropriate person by the previous Tuesday. 4
  7. 7. Womens FellowshipM eetings are in the small hall at 2.00 p.m. on Tuesdays and finish about 3.30 p.m.The programme for the next 6 weeks is:-April 5th The Shortlands Singers12th The Foothills of the Himalayas - Ann Bartlett19th Songs of Praise26th No Meeting - EasterThe programme is varied. Who knows, you may like the Womens Fellowship and decide to come to future meetings. I hope so. Jessie MartinC hurches together in Hayes will, once again, be holding an Agape Meal at our Church (In the Church) on the evening of Friday 6th May.Following the last two years format, a delicious meal will be served. Then there will be an after-dinner speaker.This has proved to be a very popular event and is a good opportunity for the four Churches to meet together socially. More details will be given in the May Catalyst but please keep the date free and try to come!! Sylvia Mack......... Continued from page 1God isn’t to blame for the troubles in this world.We are.Every time we look the other way,Every time we keep all the pennies in our pockets.Every time we let slip by the opportunity to do something for someone else.As Easter people we are called to respond.As we celebrate together this month and remember together the life of Jesus Christ our Lord, we must allow ourselves to be reminded of our responsibilities to those around us locally, nationally and internationally – and work towards everyone having a reason to celebrate the love of God working in their lives.Sue 5
  8. 8. Jonah and the Whale Hmmm.One day, a teacher was talking to her first grade class about whaleswhen a little girl had a question.Little Girl: "Do whales swallow people?"Teacher: "No, even though they are much bigger than a person, they have throat pleats that filter their food of krill and plankton.Little Girl: "But Mrs. Thurston says Jonah was swallowed by a whale."Teacher getting angry: "Blue whales cannot swallow people."Little Girl: "Well, when I get to heaven Ill just ask Jonah if he was really swallowed by a whale."Teacher, still red with anger: "What if Jonah went to hell?"Girl: "Well, then you can ask him." 6
  9. 9. Catalyst needs you This page will be kept for YOUR contributions - NOTHING ELSE will go on this page. Well Done Cubs In February Bromley District Scouts had their Annual ‘Tough Scout’ Event held at Halls Green Centre in Sevenoaks. Normally this event is just for the Scouts but this year they invited all Cub Packs in the Bromley District to enter Teams of their older Cubs. Our Pack was represented by Alexander Robertson, Jack Jackson and Patrick Carney. The event is an outdoors assault challenge in the woods. The Team(s) had to negotiate various obstacles such as crawling through cargo nets, crossing rope bridges, climbing over wooden structures etc .etc. The following is a report on the day by Alexander and Jack: -“The Tough Scout Assault Course was extremely difficult, as we had to climb over logs, crawl under cargo nets, jump down a steep tall hill and cross an unstable rope bridge and sprint to the finish line. Our time was 2 minutes 49 seconds.. There was thick mud and deep water but we managed to win medals and get mentioned at Church Parade.” I would again like to congratulate our Team on a tremendous victory, as joint winners with the 23rd Pack. A rarity to have two teams with the exact time!Akela - Brenda Petts Cub Scout Leader 7
  10. 10. Paradise Lost: Sailor Finds Starving Islanders Sky News - 10th May 2010A group of "desperate and starving" islanders have been rescued by a British sailor on his way to Australia.Alex Bond, from Penryn, Cornwall, docked his 33ft yacht Mary Powell on Kanton Island - a tiny atoll between Hawaii and Fiji - for a rest.But he soon discovered the atoll was home to 14 adults and 10 children, who had been without supplies for months because the ship due to deliver them had got stuck.The families had been surviving on coconuts and fish and were desperately low on water.So Mr Bond shared everything he could spare with the islanders.The skipper - who is a fundraiser and supporter of the ShelterBox charity based in Cornwall - contacted Falmouth Coastguard for help and they, in turn, called their American counterparts and the Honolulu authorities to arrange for a fresh boat-load of supplies."When the British sailor arrived, he was met by the desperate and starving islanders who had not been delivered any supplies for months," explained the Falmouth coastguard."The supply ship which should have brought them provisions was stuck at a nearby island. They had been living off just coconuts and any fish that they could catch for months."The coastguard told Sky News Online there was no way of knowing who would have found the starving population, had Mr Bond not decided to stop off.Richard Williams, Falmouths watch assistant said: "The British sailor has given the islanders all the supplies that he can spare from his 33ft yacht."We are now working with the Americans to drop supplies or land on the island. As the island was used by the Americans and the British during the war it does have a runway."We dont normally get requests like these, but hopefully we will be able to help the islanders to get the supplies that they need."So far, we have been given a shopping list of provisions such as cooking fat, rice, sugar and flour which we have passed on to the Americans." 8
  11. 11. The Justice and Peace Group.This month there is not much doubt about the issue on which we are bound to focus. By the time you read this, the situation in Libya will probably have changed, but as I write there is much uncertainty about what is going to happen and what if anything the international community will or should do about it.The requirements of Justice and of Peace, it may seem, pull in very different directions just now. At any time we can debate, in a rather academic way, how far other nations should intervene in quarrels in which they have no direct part, and how far they should risk the lives of their own service personnel in order to put right a perceived wrong. But just now it is a very practical issue, and we can think and feel and decide, just as our own and other governments are doing – but with the difference that we do not bear the heavy direct responsibility that they do. Whatever happens though, many Libyans are already in desperate circumstances, and more will be, and we must pray for them now, and for a much better future to come soon for the country as a whole.We in the J&P Group are Laurie Hobbs, Barbara Jones, Jim Pearson, Christine Rees, Judith and David Stoner.Women’s Contact Coffee Morning 10.00 am - 12.00We continue to raise funds for disaster relief causes.Our next coffee morning will be on 9th of April. Hope to see you there, and why not bring a friend. Our cakes are to die for!! Barbara JonesThe Fairtrade Sunday StallThere will be a stall after the morning services on the 10th & 24th of April. Fairtrade Fortnight and The Big Brew. Thank you to everyone for your support at the HFC Big Brew event on the 13th of March. We raised £17.90 from donations for refreshments.This year’s theme for the Big Brew focused on honey and the money raised from the events will help Traidcraft Exchange support all its work helping people in Africa and Latin America build better futures for themselves and their communities.Traidcraft is supporting beekeepers by providing a market for fair trade honey and helping to improve the quality and quantity of their honey.Please continue to support your fair trade stall. Thank you. Richard, Barbara and Helen. 9
  12. 12. NOTICE HAYES PHILHARMONIC CHOIR The choir’s spring concert takes place on Saturday 9 April 2011 at 7.45pm in Hayes Free Church. It will be conducted by Rodney Williams with soloists Jay Britton (Soprano) and William Townend (Baritone), accompanied by Peter Lea-Cox. We hope the programme includes something for everyone, with The Peasant Cantata (JS Bach); the anthems Zadok the Priest and The King Shall Rejoice (GF Handel); and a Te Deum by William Boyce – perhaps not such a well known composer, but one of great charm, who is certainly capable of holding his own with the other two. Tickets cost £10 (concessions £8; school-age children £2) from 020 8654 6712, or 07989 192928, or on the door. 22ND BROMLEY SCOUT GROUPMany of you will know that Sainsbury’s arenow giving out ‘Active Kids’ vouchers for Ministers Surgery every ₤10.00 spent. Sue’s monthly surgery These vouchers can be exchanged for at the Church will be sports equipment, books and even held on the SECONDcamping equipment depending on howmany we collect. Last year we collected Wednesday of eachover 8,000 and I would again like to thank month all those members of the Church who from 3.00 - 5.45 pm. helped us. T So, if you are not already giving your here seemed to be vouchers to someone else, please save some confusion about them for the Scout Group. the timing of the LentPlease put your vouchers in the box next to course meetings. our yellow recycling box on the table in We have agreed that from the entrance to the Church. now on they will be Thanking you in advance. 7.30 p.m. for a 7.45 p.m. start. Brenda Petts Simon Gray Hayesford Park BaptistCub Scout Leader & Beaver Scout Leader Church 10
  13. 13. BOARD Advance warning On Sunday 8th May we will be having a Wedding Blessing within the morning service. Any of you THIS FUN EVENING WILL BE TO RAISE lovers out FUNDS FOR THE AUGUST HOLIDAY there wishing FROM HOME PROJECT FOR LOCAL to renew your SENIOR CITIZENS wedding vows, YOUR FAVOURITE CALLERS! this is the PAT MARSHALL & JANET JACOB morning to come – all are TICKETS £7 AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE. welcome! RING JOAN ON 020 8462 3920 DOORS OPEN 7.00 P.M.BRING YOUR OWN NIBBLES AND DRINKS Christian Aid Week 15 - 21 May 2011 Every year during Christian Aid Week 300,000 people from across the country are united in the UK’s biggest house-to-house collection, reaching millions of people with messages about beating poverty. We are one of 20 churches in the Bromley area pooling resources for the house-to-house collection during this week. Hayes Free Church is responsible for the delivery of gift envelopes to, and collection from, 1300 houses in 28 roads. We need FOUR new people to help with the house-to-house collection. Collectors are also required for the flag day on Saturday, 21st May in Bromley town centre. Could you please spare an hour to help this worthy cause? If so, please contact us: Kathryn Strachan 8658 9609 John Curry 8249 3663 11
  14. 14. This Forum is for singles/ couples/ families and the ages range from 3-90 years! I have been for the last two years and am going again this year. The food, accommodation and fellowship are all good. Its easy to get there by public transport and if you obtain your train ticket by mid-June, its cheap!If you are interested, please give me a ring.John Curry It only takes a moment to say “I love you” But it will take a lifetime to show you how much. 12
  15. 15. Inter Church Ramble Easter Monday 25th April 2011 Please assemble at the Rosary Church Car Park by 10.15 a.m. for a 5 mile ramble in the Wealden Area. The route is a mystery, but I guarantee there is a pub lunch in prospect. All are welcome. Martin Nunn MARJORIE CURRY THE LONDON MARATHON---SUNDAY 17 APRIL My daughter-in-law, Nic, (Graham’s wife) has been accepted for this years London Marathon. In her fundraising page on the Internet, Nic says “It’s been an ambition of mine to run the London Marathon for years and now my chance has finally come! “I have chosen to raise money for the Alzheimers Society as it is a charity close to my heart. My mother-in-law, Marjorie, has suffered from this debilitating disease of the brain now for 9 years. She now lives in a wonderful care home but she no longer recognises or can communicate with her family which has left a huge hole in our lives. “Your donation will help fund this vital research into the cause, care, cure and prevention of dementia.” I know Nic would be greatly encouraged by any support you could give her. John Curry The way things once were From The Nottinghamshire Almanac for 1881 - Gardening AprilSow and plant as in the former month, for a later crop; towards themiddle of the month, dung should be prepared for ridges of melonsand cucumbers; snails and slugs ought to be killed, and weeds keptdown, should this not be attended to, they will increase fast and theirdestruction be rendered difficult. Passages transcribed as shown Ed 13
  16. 16. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR THE STORY BEHIND THE ROCK OPERAIn 1969 lyricist Tim Rice and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber werelooking to make an album based on the life of Jesus.Having written it they set about finding their Jesus.They heard an early rough mix of Deep Purples Child In Time with singerIan Gillan, who had been confirmed a Catholic in his youth but no longerpractising. They were taken with his range and voice and asked him tosing the part of Jesus. He accepted.Some of the other singers they used were - Murray Head as Judas,Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene, Barry Dennen as Pontius Pilate, MikedAbo as King Herod, Paul Davis as Peter and John Gustafson as SimonZealotes. They also used other musicians and an orchestra conductedby Alan Doggett with strings by the City Of London Ensemble.The album was recorded in 4 different studios. Gillan recorded his parts ina couple of days. Whereas the other singers and musicians were paid aflat fee, Gillan was given royalties.Released in October 1970 it reached No.6 in the UK, No.1 in the USA andNo.6 in Australia. Over 19 million copies were sold world wide by 2006.Ian Gillan is supposed to have performed the rock opera live at St. Peters Lutheran Church New York. He turned down the film (they only offered him $1,000, he said he wouldnt get out of bed for less than $250,000 !) and stage versions in favour of staying with Deep Purple.The film soundtrack version was released in September 1973 reachingNo.23 in the UK charts with Ted Neely as Jesus.There are lots of other versions abounding.In 1984 when Deep Purple reformed with Gillan and started touring again, they included a brief rendition of the title track of Jesus Christ Superstar during their performances.A rock opera that lives on after its 40 year anniversary in 2010. James Wyatt Places of WorshipI would welcome any contributions to this theme. I have one or two places waiting in the wings, but would still appreciate articles, and photographs. The idea behind the heading is to look for unusual places in which we or our ancestors worshiped. Are there community centres or halls used for worship. Are there redundant churches put to appropriate new uses. I hope you get the drift. After all, All the world is a stage. Ed 14
  17. 17. Home in KiberaThe Kibera is a slum area of 2.5 sq. Km in Nairobi, Kenya which is home to 800,000+ people.Houses are sheds with corrugated iron roofs, roads are tracks strewn with litter, sanitation is non existent and raw sewage spills over the pathways. The stench is overpowering and disease is rife. Some 20% of children die before their fifth birthday and close to 60% of people living in the Kibera have HIV/AIDS. Few have jobs. Lives are short and high in misery, yet many people retain a sense of dignity and a desire to make something of their lives.What the charity does is provided support and practical help in the following areas: - Guardianship Feeding Businesses EducationHow to help Needs as at 12th March 2011Activities Description Cost in £Child A Treatment at Kenyatta for Typhoid 284School fees for Four children joining form one secondary school 1320form ones having completed primary school - First Term FeesSchool transfers 4 students moving to better schools - additional first 188 term feesAssessor/ 5 students for guidance on vocational training 120 consultantYouth needs For Comic Relief application 224 surveyKBSS Funds to lend to small businesses 2400 Total . 4536 Contact details: - KIN (Kibera in Need) Pownall Hall Farm; Broad Walk; Wilmslow Cheshire; SK9 5PZ Tel: 01625 538902 email: estelle@kiberainneed.org Website: www.kiberainneed.org Registered Charity Number 1117658 15
  18. 18. A letter from Sendai 14th March 2011 from Anne Thomas who decided to stay.Things here in Sendai have been rather surreal. But I am very blessed to have wonderful friends who are helping me a lot. Since my shack is now even more worthy of that name, I am staying at a friend’s home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and beautiful.During the day we help each other clean up the mess in our homes. People sit in their cars, looking at news on their navigation screens, or line up to get drinking water when a source is open. If someone has water running in their home, they put out a sign so people can come to fill up their jugs and buckets.It’s utterly amazingly that where I am there has been no looting, no pushing in lines. People leave their front door open, as it is safer when an earthquake strikes. People keep saying, ‘Oh, this is how it used to be in the old days when everyone helped one another.’Quakes keep coming. Last night they struck about every 15 minutes. Sirens are constant and helicopters pass overhead often.We got water for a few hours in our homes last night, and now it is for half a day. Electricity came on this afternoon. Gas has not yet come on. But all of this is by area. Some people have these things, others do not. No one has washed for several days. We feel grubby, but there are so much more important concerns than that for us now. I love this peeling away of non-essentials. Living fully on the level of instinct, of intuition, of caring, of what is needed for survival, not just of me, but of the entire group.There are strange parallel universes happening. Houses a mess in some places, yet then a house with futons or laundry out drying in the sun. People lining up for water and food, and yet a few people out walking their dogs. All happening at the same time.Other unexpected touches of beauty are first, the silence at night. No cars. No one out on the streets. And the heavens at night are scattered with stars. I usually can see about two, but now the whole sky is filled. The mountains are Sendai are solid and with the crisp air we can see them silhouetted against the sky magnificently.And the Japanese themselves are so wonderful. I come back to my shack to check on it each day, now to send this e-mail since the electricity is on, and I find food and water left in my entrance-way. I have no idea from whom, but it is there. Old men in green hats go Continued on page 20 ......... 16
  19. 19. A m u l ti m e d ia p re s e n t a t io n a n d liv e c o n c e rt b y O r ga nis e d b y B e c k e n h a m R o ta r y C l u b on rd S u n d a y 3 A p ril 2 0 1 1 at 3 :0 0 p m atK e l s e y P a rk S p o r ts C o l le g eI n a id o f T h e R o t a ry F o u n d a t io n a n dT ic k e ts in a d v a n c e £ 1 0 e a c h P hone 0208 464 4573 17
  20. 20. April 20111st Fri2nd Sat 2.30 pm - Saturday Fellowship Page 3 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev. Geoffrey Dunstan3rd Sun 3.00 pm - Jazz & Big Band Music Page 17 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister4th Mon 8.00 pm - Women’s Contact Group Page 35th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 56th Wed 6.30 pm - Prayer and Meditation - Worship Group7th Thu8th Fri9th Sat 10.00 am - Women’s Contact Coffee Morning Page 9 7.45 pm - Hayes Philharmonic Choir Page 10 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister10th Sun 11.45 am - Fairtrade Stall Page 9 12.00 Noon - Church Meeting Page 3 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister11th Mon12th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 513th Wed 3.00 pm - Minister’s Surgery Page 10 6.30 pm - Prayer and Meditation - Worship Group14th Thu15th Fri Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge 18
  21. 21. April 201116th Sat17th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Mrs Emma Perry B.D. 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister18th Mon 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 319th Tue 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 5 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Page 320th Wed Maundy Thursday21st Thu 8.00 pm - Evening Service - Beckenham U.R.C. 8.00 pm - Men’s Group Page 422nd Fri Good Friday 10.00 a.m. – Churches Together in Hayes - H.F.C.23rd Sat St. Georges Day Easter Sunday 8.00 a.m. - Holy Communion - The Minister24th Sun 10.30 a.m. - Morning Service - The Minister 11.45 am - Fairtrade Stall Page 9 6.30 p.m. - Evening Service - Pastor Roy Powell25th Mon Easter Monday 10.15 am - Inter-Church Ramble Page 1326th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 327th Wed28th Thu29th Fri Bank Holiday - Royal Wedding30th Sat May 20111st Sun 10.30 a.m. - Morning Service - Major Cliff Kent 6.30 p.m. - Holy Communion - The Minister 19
  22. 22. ......... Continued from page 16 from door to door checking to see if everyone is OK. People talk to complete strangers asking if they need help. I see no signs of fear. Resignation, yes, but fear or panic, no. They tell us we can expect aftershocks, and even other major quakes, for another month or more. And we are getting constant tremors, rolls, shaking, rumbling. I am blessed in that I live in a part of Sendai that is a bit elevated, a bit more solid than other parts. So, so far this area is better off than others. Last night my friend’s husband came in from the country, bringing food and water. Blessed again. Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed an enormous cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don’t. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that is much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent. Thank you again for your care and love of me, With love in return, to you all, Anne Published online at Ode magazine.I cut the following item short to make room for the letter from Sendai, which has been published in full. Ed A final piece - for Peace of Mind - continued ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Your Mobile TelephoneYour mobile phone can be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival.FIRST - EmergencyThe Emergency Number worldwide for all Mobile Phones is 112.If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and your mobile will search any existing network in your area to establish the emergency number for you. This number 112 can be dialled even if the keypad is locked.This works on all phones worldwide and is free. It is the equivalent of 999. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please pass this along to everyone.This is the kind of information people dont mind receiving, so pass it on to your family and friends. 20
  23. 23. CHURCH ORGANISATIONSDay Organisation Contact PhoneSunday10.25 am Sunday Club Mike Duke 8462 5103Weekdays9.15 - 12.00 pm Pre School Group Jayne Carvell 07913 299773Monday2.30 & 7.30 pm West Wickham Carol Crouch 8462 3642 Arts Association5.45 pm Brownies Sarah Humphrey 8249 99826.30 pm Cubs Brenda Petts 8325 39568.00 pm - 1st Womens Contact Sylvia Mack 8462 1938 Mon monthly GroupTuesday2.00 pm Womens Fellowship Jessie Martin 8462 56217.00 - 8.00 pm Weight Watchers Area Office 0845345 15007.15 pm Scouts Paul Hasling 3236 0083 Now closed - The Hilldown House Group - See Notice on Page 3Wednesday5.00 pm Rainbows Tania Venables 8462 97595.30 pm Beavers Brenda Petts 8325 39566.30 pm Worship Group Bill Michie 8658 41676.45 pm Slimming World Val 0750 60150647.30 pm Explorers Katy Reeves 07779 039 295Thursday2.30 pm - See Justice & Peace David Stoner 8462 3023 Catalyst Group5.30 pm Brownies Stevie Blair. 8325 34697.00 - 8.30 pm Senior Guides Kerry Sullivan 8777 31398.00 pm - 3rd Mens Group Bruce Tannock 8325 6264 Thu monthlyFriday9.00 - 12.00 pm Coffee morning during term times2.00 pm Mothers & Toddlers Judith Stoner 8462 30236.30 pm Guides Teresa Cheyne 8777 60427.30 pm Choir Martin Nunn 8462 5918Saturday2.30 pm Saturday Fellowship Martin Nunn 8462 5918
  24. 24. Final Thought Easter (A carol for Holy Week, to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.)On the day of Good Friday All the days after EasterMy true love gave to me My true love gives to meHis own self upon a bare tree. Grace for my living, Joy in my giving,On the Saturday that followed Comfort in sorrow,My true love gave to me Strength for tomorrow,Rest after pain Love without end -And his own self upon a bare tree. His risen light, Life, new life,On the first day of Easter Rest after painMy true love gave to me And his own self upon a bare tree.Life, new life,Rest after pain Pamela EganAnd his own self upon a bare tree.This year, the image which accompanies Final Thought will be a visual variation of this scene. The idea is to challenge how we see things, and to help us appreciate how different people may actually see the world around them. Editor