Catalyst   THE MAGAZINE OFHAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.)      April 2012
HAYES FREE CHURCH               111, Pickhurst Lane, Hayes, Kent BR2 7HU               Sunday Services. 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 ...
Letter from the MinisterDear FriendsOur belief in One God: Father, Son and HolySpirit, is given to us freely – a gift we c...
Sunday & Easter Services                               April 2012          Palm Sunday1st   Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service...
News of the Church FamilyAnnouncements are welcome :- BMD - Changes of address, etc.Baptisms booked for this year: - 27th ...
Tuesday Prayer MeetingsHeld at 10.00 am at the following homes:-April   3rd Martin Nunn’s.            10th       Betty Cos...
Notice Sheets - April - 1st Sunday in May    1st               Daphne Cummings         8777 2487    8th               Bren...
Spinnaker Trust Ltd                                                                   172 High Street                     ...
Catalyst needs youThis page will be kept for YOUR contributions - NOTHING ELSE will go on this page.It would be great to r...
Christmas Tree Charities proposed for 2012.At the February Church meeting the following charities were proposed.Please giv...
Samaritans is a confidential emotional support                    service for anyone in the UK and Ireland.               ...
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PRESENTATION FOR MARCH 2012 CHURCH PARADE RE GOATSThe Scout Association has 3 Partnership Awards that Section members can ...
NOTICE                                Advance notice       Churches Together in Hayes are booking stalls for the          ...
BOARD               75 Years of Hayes Free ChurchA one-off special event aimed at the uniformed associations       of Haye...
NOTICES -                     SATURDAY 28th APRIL 9.30 – 10.30 am        This is an opportunity to meet together in the Ch...
EXTRA BOARD                    Holy Week – Holy Land!!The group, including friends from Hayes Free Church, Emmanuel West W...
A world in crisis?            Your church seeking direction?                 Is God is calling you?                       ...
...... Continued from the previous page.WHAT IS TLS?It is   · A spiritual journey   · A variety of courses on subjects rel...
London Marathon 2012 Jenny Carrs son, Phillip, is running the London Marathon in April in   support of Tommys, the baby ch...
Spiced Easter Biscuits                       Recipe makes 20 biscuits.                                ---------------At Ea...
.... Continued from page 11This is a short report from Karen’s Husband.We were asked by a cub pack to buy a pair of breedi...
OUR WELL-BEING                          ---------------------------------                   Some common winter ailmentsThe...
April 2012             Palm Sunday1st    Sun   10.30 am - Morning Service - Linda Jennings              6.30 pm - Holy Com...
April 2012             10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister22nd Sun                  Followed by Fairtrade Stall      ...
Card fraud telephone scam            Important message from your local Safer Neighbourhoods team                          ...
CHURCH ORGANISATIONSDay              Organisation          Contact          PhoneSunday10.25 am         Sunday Club       ...
Final Thought                 Easter blessingHow beautiful is the blossomspilling from the tree,the hidden primroseand the...
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  1. 1. Catalyst THE MAGAZINE OFHAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.) April 2012
  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. Ian Jones Tel: 020 8313 1556Church Website www.hayesfreechurch.comCatalystEditor: Mr Richard Brown Contents : - Items not covered by the diary of events.Sunday Services 2 TLS promotion 16 - 17Preachers’ info 2 The way things once were 17Church Notices 3 - 5 London Marathon 2012 18Women’s Fellowship 5 Our Big Brew for Fairtrade 18The Future; Catalyst dates 5 Spiced Easter Biscuits recipe 19Letter from Spinnaker 6 Our well-being 21Catalyst needs you 7 Funerals in 2012 21Xmas Tree charities proposed 8 - 9 Card Fraud telephone scam 24March Parade presentation 11, 20 Church Organisations IBCNotice boards 12 - 15This month’s websiteThe Spinnaker Trust Ltd s well known to us all. Turn to page 6 for a thank you letter from the charity which benefited from the Christmas Tree Festival. Check out the website for full details about this charity and the work which it does.The Website address is www.spinnaker.org.uk Ed Copy for the May 2012 edition needs to be handed in by Sunday, 15th 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 FriendsOur belief in One God: Father, Son and HolySpirit, is given to us freely – a gift we can acceptor deny. We are shortly to celebrate Easter,a time of great joy and the highlight of our faith; a time when weremember the sacrifice made willingly for us so that we might knowthe presence of God for eternity. A sacrifice we can have faith in,believe in, and accept – or we can ignore it, deny it, and pretend itdidn’t happen. But if we accept it, then we must respond to it; notresponding to such a gift is surely to deny it.What should our response be? How can we show our acceptance of the gift so freely given?A phrase I have used before is one of ‘being Easter People’, being people who live out faith in our Resurrected Lord all year round, not just at Easter. And part of our response to Easter must be to tell others of the wonderful gift God waits to bless them with – the gift of faith. A priceless gift that blesses all who receive it, for as that well known verse from John 3:16 tells us: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”God so loves each one of us that He gave us His only Son, and we surely cannot ignore that gift, any more than we can ignore His love. Sharing such a wonderful gift is not as hard as we make it out to be; our natural British reserve holds us back from being as open and honest about our faith as we should be, prevents our sharing the good news.As Easter People, let us make the promise to tell one person this month about God’s love and God’s promise to each of us – for He will always be with us, eternally. Sue 1
  4. 4. Sunday & Easter Services April 2012 Palm Sunday1st Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Linda Jennings 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister Maundy Thursday5th Thu 7.30 pm - Service at Elmers End URC - Bill Bowman. Good Friday 10.00 am - Morning Service - CTH The programme: -6th Fri 9.10 am from the Village Hall, moving to St Marys, then to the Rosary church, on to Hayes Station Approach, meet for the service at Hayes Free at 10 am. Simon Gray to preach. Easter Sunday8th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Bill Michie 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 10.30 am - Morning Service - Allan Evison15th Sun 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister22nd Sun 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Pastor Roy Powell 10.30 am - Morning Service - Linda Jennings29th Sun 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister May 2012 10.30 am - Morning Service - Martin Wilcox, Child Aid6th Sun 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister Some notes on the visiting preachers.v Linda Jennings is one of our Elders who has lead our services on a number of occasions.v Rev Bill Bowman is the Minister of Emmanuel URC, West Wickham. Bill was a member of HFC before he became a Minister.v Revd Simon Gray is the Minister at Hayesford Park Baptist Church.v Bill Michie is well known to us all. He is a Lay Preacher at HFC.v Allan Evison is a lay preacher at Hayes Parish Church. He has conducted worship on a number of occasions.v Pastor Roy Powell is Lay Preacher at Camberwell Green U.R.C. – as well as being Sue’s husband!v Martin Wilcox represents Child Aid, a charity which is transforming the lives of children and young people in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and the Ukraine. 2
  5. 5. News of the Church FamilyAnnouncements are welcome :- BMD - Changes of address, etc.Baptisms booked for this year: - 27th May – Edward Dye (from the Pickhurst Pre- School and Friday coffee morning) 24th June – Zach Gubb (son of a couple married in the church) 8th July – George, Charlotte and Teddy (we prayed for George when he was born – Charlottes his baby sister - from the Friday Coffee Morning) 28th October – Sophia Jopson (sister of Holly – from Pickhurst Pre-School)Weddings booked for this year: -19th May - Sarah and Ben from the Church of God in Hayes – theirown minister presiding.6th July – Karen and David BlissDeaths: -We regret to announce that Pat Neal, our former Caretaker, died from lung cancer on the 27th of February aged 76. Her funeral was in Norwich on the 16th March. It is with deep regret we have to announce the death of Pauline Chapman on 8 April. We send our deepest condolences to her husband, John, and to her family at this sad time. An obituary will appear in next months Catalyst.Change of Address: -Please note that Mike Duke’s correct email address is michael.duke@o2.co.ukChurch MeetingsThe next Church meeting will be held on Sunday, 22nd April at 12.00 after the morning service.The next Elders’ meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th April at 8.00 pm in the small hall.Womens Contact GroupThe Contact Group will meet at 8.00 pm on the following Mondays: - 2nd April at Marion Bowman’s home - 26 Stambourne Way, W. Wickham. 14th May at Daphne Cummings’s home - 4 Croft Avenue, W. Wickham.Sylvia Mack 3
  6. 6. Tuesday Prayer MeetingsHeld at 10.00 am at the following homes:-April 3rd Martin Nunn’s. 10th Betty Coster’s. 17th Brenda Cordingley’s. 24th The Church.May 1st Martin Nunn’s.Please address any queries to Martin Nunn.Saturday FellowshipPlease note that there will not be a meeting in April.We will next meet in May.Discussions are lead by Martin Nunn.Mens GroupThe next meeting will be an extravaganza organised by Bill Michie. We will meet in the small hall on Thursday 19th April at 8.00 pm.Ministry of FlowersThanks are due to those who will be providing flowers in April. 1st - Gill Bran - Red flowers for 8th - T.B.A. 40th Wedding Anniversary.15th - Mike Duke. 22nd - Sylvia & Laurie Mack for their Golden Wedding Anniversary.29th - T.B.A.A big thank you to those who kindly arrange the flowers when needed.After the Sunday evening services, the flowers are distributed tomembers and friends, bringing joy to the recipients.Mavis RighiniHayes 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. Our summer term starts on April 27th.We look forward to seeing you all.Judith Stoner - Secretary. 4
  7. 7. Notice Sheets - April - 1st Sunday in May 1st Daphne Cummings 8777 2487 8th Brenda Cordingley 8462 3867 15th Brenda Cordingley 22nd Pam Collison 8658 0748 29th Pam CollisonMay 6th Joan Smith 8462 3920If you require items to be included in the notice sheets, please contactthe appropriate person by the previous Tuesday.Womens FellowshipM eetings are in the small hall at 2.00 p.m., unless otherwise stated, on Tuesdays and finish about 3.30 p.m.The programme for April is:- 17th Opening Service led by Rev. Sue Powell. 24th My babyhood in Prison of war camp by Mrs Dee Larcombe May 1st The Shortland SingersMINI-AMBULANCEMembers who use the mini-ambulance are asked to phone Jessie Martin on 8462 5621 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. Linda, Marion and Sylvia The FutureAt the February Church Meeting, a member of the Wednesday group asked that a letter be read to the meeting expressing concern at the decline in numbers attending worship. The writer asked if a prayer or quiet day be considered to be followed up by a Church meeting.Please turn to Page 14 for details of what was agreed. Catalyst publication datesSome folk were asking why Catalyst won’t be published 1 week ahead of April 1st. Catalyst is published on the last weekend of the month. April 1st is on a Sunday, so publication is Saturday 31st March. Likewise, The Jul/Aug edition will be published on 30th June.The continuity of diary date information will not be broken. Ed 5
  8. 8. Spinnaker Trust Ltd 172 High Street London SE20 7QS Tel: 020 8778 3181 Email: spinnaker@spinnakerorg.uk Website: www.spinnaker.org.ukMr J Curry 04 January 2012132 Hayes LaneBromleyKentBR2 9EPDear John Gift of £ 221.75 for Spinnaker plus voucher for £50 from Hayes Free Church U.R.C.Thank you so much for this gift towards Spinnakers work from your churchsChristmas collection.We do greatly value your support and prayers for our work in primary schools.I have written separately to thank XXXX for XXX gift via voucher.We wish you and your fellowship many blessings for this New Year.Yours sincerelyGill Ashley-SmithAdministrator With grateful thanks for your contribution to the ministry Spinnaker Trust Ltd - a company limited by guarantee. with charitable status, Company No- 5503977 Charity No- 1111351Martin Sweet, Spinnakers Development Director, loves to inspirechildren to think about and react to Bible stories, and consider howChristian faith can relate to life today.He encourages churches to get involved with their local school.Martin has taken a number of services at HFC. 6
  9. 9. Catalyst needs youThis page will be kept for YOUR contributions - NOTHING ELSE will go on this page.It would be great to receive items from Leaders - please encourage your charges other groups - Mothers and Toddlers, the to be creative. Catalyst has wonderful cubs, brownies, Sunday Club. Also, material from the adult members and family members are most welcome to friends, but this magazine should be for all submit material. of us to enjoy. Also, isn’t it nice to see yourUniformed groups - can your members message or creation in print? earn a badge for contributions to this Surely, an important aspect of our lives is to page? encourage the youngsters to develop - toPictures, poems, letters or thoughts are all be creative. So, this page is here to helpwelcome. with this. Pictures of goats referred to on Page 20 Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 7
  10. 10. Christmas Tree Charities proposed for 2012.At the February Church meeting the following charities were proposed.Please give these your consideration and come to the Church meetingon 22nd April to vote for the charity of your choice. Anthony Nolan is a UK charity, but does not have a local Bromley branch. It focuses on leukaemia and Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. It manages and recruits donorsto one of the three bone marrow registers in the United Kingdom.It also carries out research to help make bone marrow transplantsmore effective.The charity is named after Anthony Nolan (born 1971, died 1979),who did not suffer from leukaemia but from Wiskott-Aldrichsyndrome, a rare inherited blood disorder.[2] It was founded byAnthonys mother Shirley (1942–2002) in 1974 as the "AnthonyNolan Register". Initially based at the Westminster ChildrensHospital, it moved to St Mary Abbots Hospital in 1978 and to itspresent offices, laboratory and research institute in north London, inthe grounds of the Royal Free Hospital. The charity was renamed in2001 to the "Anthony Nolan Trust". and again in 2010 to "AnthonyNolan". Kent Association for the Blind KAB has six local rehabilitation teams throughout the region, three based at KAB Sight Centres in Maidstone,Canterbury and Bromley, and three based in offices in Gravesend,Dover and Medway.All six teams provide comprehensive rehabilitation services,mainly on an outreach basis in services users own homes.Specialist services for people with learning disabilities are alsoavailable.The Bromley centre is located in Blyth Road, Bromley. As well asbeing a base for rehabilitation teams, our Sight Centres provideadditional services. These include: Resource Rooms displaying arange of equipment and new technology, Low vision clinics offeringassessment and provision of low vision aids, Skills training coursesfor people with all levels of sight impairment. Awareness Trainingcourses for carers and professional workers, VolunteerCoordinators are based in each office. 8
  11. 11. Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress ordespair, including those which may lead to suicide.Volunteers offer support by responding to phone calls, emails andletters. Alternatively people can drop in to a branch to have a faceto face meeting. Our purpose is to: enable persons who areexperiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those whomay be at risk of suicide, to receive confidential emotional supportat any time of the day or night from appropriately trainedSamaritans in order to improve their emotional health and to reducethe incidence of suicide; and promote a better understanding insociety of suicide, suicidal behaviour and the value of expressingfeelings which may otherwise lead to suicide or impaired emotionalhealth. A locally registered charity, which supports the specialist NHS Cancer and Leukaemia Treatment Unit in the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Kent. The Unit is run by a team of dedicated doctors,nurses and support staff. The Unit provides patients with acomfortable environment in which to receive care from theprofessional, multi-disciplined team who address their symptomcontrol and pain relief. NHS budget policy dictates the service levelsand equipment availability in the Chartwell Unit. There are shortfallswhich The Chartwell Cancer Trust helps to overcome.OUR AIMTo increase the staff to patient ratio and help to provide the bestavailable equipment when treating patients with cancer andleukaemia related illnesses. The Trust currently funds an additionaldoctor and an extra healthcare Assistant. Help us to continue thatwork. The dates for the 2012 Christmas Tree Festival are Friday 30th November to Sunday 9th December 9
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  13. 13. PRESENTATION FOR MARCH 2012 CHURCH PARADE RE GOATSThe Scout Association has 3 Partnership Awards that Section members can achieve. The Awards encourage a Section to link up with another Section within their own Group or another Group or organization on a project to help other people. They could also link up with a Partner outside of Scouting e.g. UNICEF.The Cubs chose the International Friendship Award (IFA). During one of our meetings last term we decided to raise money by having a home made cake stall to buy a goat for a family possibly in Africa. We asked the Beavers to join us; all Cubs and Beavers who took part would earn their IFA. For our October Church Parade the Cubs & Beavers made cakes to sell after the Service. Those who were unable to make cakes, raised money by doing some small jobs for family members – one cleaned his brothers shoes for a week! I am pleased to confirm that ALL Cubs & Beavers who were with me last term took part. £181.00 was raised selling cakes & a further £47.50 from Cubs and Beavers who did ‘odd jobs’, making a grand total of £228.50 !!The initial idea was to involve OXFAM. However, they were unable to tell me when they would be able to purchase any goats or which country they would go to. By chance, another Scout Leader told me that her friend Karen was involved in helping to educate children via GAMBLE - ‘Gambia Building Links in Education’ & their school had been thinking of purchasing a goat but could not afford to do so. I contacted Karen who explained that she and her husband often travelled out to the school in Gambia and would put my proposal to the head teacher that our Cubs & Beavers wanted to purchase a goat for them, possibly two, a male and female – he was absolutely delighted. This was before I realized how much we had raised; we could buy a goat (slightly more expensive as she is pregnant), her two kids & some feed. We have some money left over to go towards another goat when the school is ready, or, in some other way to benefit the schoolchildren. The school built a goat-shed and the schoolchildren are helping to look after them. By being at the school the goats are protected & cared for properly - if the goats were given to the families they would probably be stolen. When I was talking to Karen, it was decided that the Cubs could name a male goat & the Beavers a female goat. Lots of names were suggested. They had to be names that the Gambian schoolchildren could relate to. Amy was decided for the female, & Ben & Bill for the two male kids. At the head teacher’s request a photo of all Cubs & Beavers involved will be given to him to show the schoolchildren who had bought the goats for them. Continued on page 20.... 11
  14. 14. NOTICE Advance notice Churches Together in Hayes are booking stalls for the Hayes Village Fair on Saturday 23rd June. The three stalls will be: - 1) Traidcraft 2) leaflets and games 3) bouncy castle. Please put the date in your diary as we will need helpers to run the stalls. The fair will be open from 12 noon to 4.30 pm. Contact details to follow / listen for announcements Christian Aid Week 13 - 19 May 2012 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, 19th 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 Bank Holiday Rambles. There will be a ramble on 2 dates in the Kentish Weald. Each will start out from the Rosary Car Park at 10.15 a.m. 9th April - mainly on the level. ch a pub lun 7th May. - Details next month. We w ill stop for ramble. More details from Martin Nunn. on each 12
  15. 15. BOARD 75 Years of Hayes Free ChurchA one-off special event aimed at the uniformed associations of Hayes and all friends and members of HFC (Minimum age 8 Years) Hayes Free Church Scalextric Challenge To be held in the large hall of Hayes Free Church 1st September 2012 - 10.00 am - 4.00 pm Teams of 4 drivers (no experience necessary)To make this a successful day, we will need offers of help forthe preparation of the hall and refreshments on the day and very importantly sponsors to help with the cost of track and cars. Please call Chris Wood on 020 8462 2444 (home) 0776 114 20 33 (mobile) or cwood596@btinternet.com Agape Supper Please keep the date of Friday 11th May free in your diaries for our Churches Together Agape Supper. The speakers this year are Simon Gray and his daughter who will talk about their trip last year to work with the street children of the Philippines. Beginning at 7 pm and costing £5 - it includes a meal. For more information, please contact Sylvia Mack. 13
  16. 16. NOTICES - SATURDAY 28th APRIL 9.30 – 10.30 am This is an opportunity to meet together in the Church for prayer and reflection, to seek God’s guidance for our ongoing work of worship and witness. For those who cannot manage a Saturday morning there will be another opportunity to meet with the same intention on WEDNESDAY 2nd MAY 6.15 – 7.15 pm In this our 75th Anniversary Year we need to look to the future and it is hoped a good number will come to meet in fellowship on one or other of these dates – or both. Talent Exhibition As we celebrate our Church 75th Anniversary, let us give thanks for our many God-given talents.On Saturday, 13th October we are having a special exhibition. Anything from composing, to knitting, art, poetry to woodwork.You have plenty of time to create something wonderful, or you can dig out the lace or oil painting that you made years ago and youd like it to see the light of day again.Please ask for a letter about this event and as you create, pop more money in to your little green box and return it when full. Take another which can also be filled. Thank you Mavis Righini. A Bible study group is beginning in the small hall on Thursdays from 2.30 – 3.30 pm beginning on Thursday 26th April. Please sign the sheet at the back of the church if you plan to attend. 14
  17. 17. EXTRA BOARD Holy Week – Holy Land!!The group, including friends from Hayes Free Church, Emmanuel West Wickham, Elmers End Free Church and others who went on the pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November 2011 met for a reunion in February 2012 and we watched an excellent DVD of the trip put together by Alan Deverson (a member at Emmanuel) with his usual aplomb and humour.We thought the members of the wider churches may wish to see the DVD and so it will be shown at Emmanuel, West Wickham on the Wednesday of Holy Week (4th April) at 8pm. It will be free of charge but there will be a retiring collection for the Bethlehem Arab Rehabilitation Centre which we visited during our time in Israel. The Centre is to be Emmanuel’s Overseas Charity for 2012/13.Especially if you have not been to Israel before, this film will be a good introduction and insight to the places where the events of Holy Week and Jesus’ ministry took place. Places you may like to visit for yourselves in the future? Bill and Marion Bowman The Diamond Jubilee Celebrations On Tuesday 15 May 2012, HM The Queen will be coming to Bromley. ...... The London Borough of Bromley has been selected to host a momentous event as part of South London s Jubilee celebrations. Residents and visitors will be able to see Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh as they visit the borough for a special event to commemorate the Queens 60 years on the throne. The visit will be part of a regional tour.As many of you are aware, there is a great discussion happening around the word “Marriage”, what it means, and who it is for.If any of you would like to take part in an open discussion on this, please sign the sheet at the back of the church, indicating which time would suit you best. Sue 15
  18. 18. A world in crisis? Your church seeking direction? Is God is calling you? TLS offers an opportunity to: Examine your faith Enrich your discipleship Explore your calling To get going with GodTraining for Learning and Serving has been around for over 25 years. Since 1995 it has provided the opportunity for more than 800 people in the United Reformed Church to learn and train to serve God more effectively.This is what some of those who have experienced TLS say:‘TLS has helped me get a better understanding of God and myself’‘It gave me the confidence to open prayer to the community in an effective way.’‘The educational value of the course has been great to someone starting with only a small knowledge base.’‘I didn’t think I could do it but others did, and with support and encouragement and prayerful backing I now feel I am where God wants me to be.’‘My year on TLS has been a fascinating and wonderful journey.’ Continued on the next page.... . 16
  19. 19. ...... Continued from the previous page.WHAT IS TLS?It is · A spiritual journey · A variety of courses on subjects related to Christian life and discipleship · A diverse learning experience with opportunities for o Reflective and practical work o Personal and group study o Local and residential gatherings · A fellowship of friendly peopleYOU CAN DO TLS · Just out of personal interest, to help you be more understanding and effective in your Christian discipleship · To explore opportunities to serve God in the future · To help you acquire United Reformed Church Assembly Lay Preaching accreditation · Because it doesn’t matter whether you have some academic experience or none.HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?More details, including the current prospectus and application form, are to be found on the United Reformed Church Web-site at www.urc.org.ukClick the TLS icon on the front page or follow the route through ‘What we do’ ORContact the TLS Administrator, Mrs Heather Skidmore, at 27 Yew Tree Road Elkesley, Retford Notts. DN22 8AY Tel: 01777 838634 E-mail: tlsskid@btinternet.comwho will be happy to send to you the TLS Prospectus and Application Form. The way things once were From The Nottinghamshire Almanac for April 1841. The statesman, lawyer, merchant man of trade, Pants for the refuge of some rural shade, Improve the remnant of his wasted span, And, having lived a trifler, die a man. 17
  20. 20. London Marathon 2012 Jenny Carrs son, Phillip, is running the London Marathon in April in support of Tommys, the baby charity. Phillip decided to run the 26.2 miles after his cousin and his wife, Michael and Robby, had their first baby, Rosie, stillborn in April last year, and wanted to support other families in similar situations. Tommys goal is to reduce the incidence of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth which cause so much suffering to more than a quarter of all parents across the UK. Through medical research and information campaigns, Tommys seek to minimise the risks of pregnancy. Happily, Michael and Robby gave birth to a second daughter, Cherry Rose, on 1st March this year. If you feel able to support the work of Tommys by sponsoring Phillip, you can sponsor: either online at www.virginmoneygiving.com/philcarr or by ringing Jenny on 020 8777 5749 or Phillip on 020 8460 1099. Thank you.Women’s Contact Coffee Morning 10.00 am - 12.00Our next coffee morning will be on the 14th of April. We raise monies to contribute to disaster relief funds in different parts of the world.We hope to see you there, and why not bring a friend. Barbara JonesThe Fairtrade Sunday StallIn 2012, we will be holding a fair trade stall after the morning service on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. So, for April the stall will be held on the 8th (Easter Sunday)and 22nd.2012 is a year of many celebrations, from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, to the Olympics and the 75th anniversary of HFC. We have stocked up with some baking ingredients in anticipation of some cakes and biscuits being made..Please continue to support your fair trade stall. Thank you. Richard and Barbara. Our Big Brew events raised £60.00. Thank you for your contributions to this vital cause. 18
  21. 21. Spiced Easter Biscuits Recipe makes 20 biscuits. ---------------At Easter time both hot-cross buns and Easter biscuits remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Maybe we can think of some different ways that we can be like spice in a needy world - preserving standards, healing hurts and giving people a new taste for the things of God. ---------------Ingredientsv 110g (4oz) butterv 75g (3oz) golden caster sugarv 1 medium eggv 200g (7oz) plain flourv 1 level teaspoon mixed spicev 50g (2oz) chopped candied peel (Can use dried cranberries in place of the candied peel)v 50g (2oz) currantsv 1-2 tablespoons milkv Extra sugar for sprinklingMethod1) Preheat oven to gas mark 6 / 200°C / 400°F. Grease two baking trays2) Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.3) Separate egg and beat yolk into mixture.4) Sift flour and spice together and add to mixture with fruit.5) Stir together with enough milk to make a stiff dough.6) Knead lightly on floured surface until smooth, then roll out to about 5mm (¼in) thickness.7) Cut into 20 rounds using 7.5cm (3in) fluted cutter and bake for 8 minutes.8) Lightly beat egg white. Remove biscuits from oven. then brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.9) Return to oven for a further 2-3 minutes until golden.10) Cool on wire rack. 19
  22. 22. .... Continued from page 11This is a short report from Karen’s Husband.We were asked by a cub pack to buy a pair of breeding goats for poor people in Africa.After lots of discussion with our head teacher we realised that it would be necessary to also supply food for the goats for them to eat until the first sale of a goat which would buy more food & give some funds to help the poor children afford to attend school. Initially we were looking for a male & female to breed & produce kids. We went to look at available goats. Some did not look very healthy & others looked old. Then we were introduced to someone who was selling a female goat. When we saw her we found that she was very healthy & obviously able to breed as we were told that she had recently had 2 male kids. He wanted more money than we had, as we still had to buy a male. We were then told that the kids were included in the sale & she was already expecting more. This sounded like a good proposition as we would have 3 goats & hopefully when the kids are born we would have another female. If not we could sell one of the males & buy a female with the proceeds. So we decided that this is what we would do & agreed a price with the owner.The next day I went with Ebrima, who works in our school, to collect the goat. We stopped to buy a short length of rope . It was quite hard to catch her and eventually the owner enticed her to come and eat some food. He grabbed her & slipped the rope around her neck.We shook hands with the previous owner & left with the goat in tow. She seemed quite happy to come, but I asked Ebrima about her kids & he said not to worry about it. Sure enough, as soon as we went out of sight of the kids they came scampering after us & followed us all the way back to the school. We put them in a nice large airy shed for their new home, gave them some food & water & they soon settled in. When I left to come back to the UK three days later they were very happy, had settled in & would come towards us for a stroke. We would now like some names for them please. We are returning to The Gambia in March & will then let you know how they are. It would be good if we could have a picture of your Cub Pack to take with us so that the Gambian children could see who provided the Goats.The man in the picture feeding the goat is the previous owner, the man leading her away is Ebrima who works at the school & the third picture is of Amy and her 2 kids Ben & Bill. (The pictures are on page 7)Brenda Petts22nd Bromley Beaver and Cub Scout Leader. 20
  23. 23. OUR WELL-BEING --------------------------------- Some common winter ailmentsThe following are the last in the list. Hopefully, with spring in the air we will not suffer from them.Sore ThroatsAlmost always caused by a virus, sore throats can nevertheless be aggravated by going quickly from a warm indoor environment to the icy-cold outdoors.Gargling with warm, salty water is a quick way of making a sore throat feel better. It doesnt kill the infection but has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe the pain. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of cooling boiled water.Heart AttacksObviously this is quite a rare one, but heart attacks do become more common in the colder months - when the heart is working harder to keep your body warm and blood pressure can be higher.If at risk, stay indoors on cold days and wrap up warm when you do go out with a hat and scarf.FluThis can range from being highly unpleasant to being a killer, with pregnant women and the elderly being particularly at-risk.If you think you might be vulnerable to flu see your GP and ask about getting the flu jab. It lasts a year and gives good protection against flu. The vaccine is updated each year as flu bugs adapt and the previous vaccine decreases in effectiveness. Funerals in 2012.January: Douglas Brewster (Father in Law of Doug Mills) Edith West (Church member) Hilda Newman (member of the Wednesday Friendship Club and Womens Fellowship)February: Audrey McNelly (Church friend)March: Pauline Chapman With apologies for the juxtaposition of these items. This is a temporary place. In future, announcements will be under Church Notices. Ed 21
  24. 24. April 2012 Palm Sunday1st Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Linda Jennings 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister2nd Mon 8.00 pm - Women’s Contact Group Page 23rd Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 44th Wed 8.00 pm - Holy Land Trip film Page 155th Thu Maundy Thursday 7.30 pm - Service at Elmers End URC - Bill Bowman6th Fri Good Friday 10.00 am - Morning Service - CTH Page 27th Sat Easter Sunday8th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Bill Michie Followed by Fairtrade Stall Page 18 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister9th Mon Easter Monday 10.15 am - Bank Holiday Ramble Page 1210th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 411th Wed 7.00 pm - Agape Supper Page 1312th Thu13th Fri14th Sat 10.00 am - Women’s Contact Coffee Morning Page 1815th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Allan Evison 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister16th Mon 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 417th Tue 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 5 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Page 218th Wed19th Thu 8.00 pm - Men’s Group Page 420th Fri21st Sat 22
  25. 25. April 2012 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister22nd Sun Followed by Fairtrade Stall Page 18 12.00 noon - Church Meeting PP 3, 8 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Pastor Roy Powell23rd Mon St. Georges Day24th Tue 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 5 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 425th Wed26th Thu 9.30 am - Prayer & Reflection in Church Page 14 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 1427th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Group Page 428th Sat 7.45 pm - Hayes Philharmonic Choir Page 1029th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Linda Jennings 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister30th Mon May 20121st Tue 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 5 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 42nd Wed 6.15 pm - Prayer & Reflection in Church Page 143rd Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 14 7.30 pm - Annual General Meeting4th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Group Page 45th Sat 2.30 pm - Saturday Fellowship Page 46th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Martin Wilcox, Child Aid 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The MinisterDATES FOR YOUR DIARY 11 May CTH AGAPE SUPPER 13 –19 May CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 15 May QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE VISIT TO BROMLEY 8 –10 June OPEN WEEKEND & FLOWER FESTIVAL (75th ANNIVERSARY) 23 June HAYES VILLAGE FAIR 15 July CTH OPEN AIR SERVICE in the LIBRARY GARDENS (11.15 am) 23 July OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY THROUGH BROMLEY 23
  26. 26. Card fraud telephone scam Important message from your local Safer Neighbourhoods team -------------------------------------In the news (07/03/12) it was stated that card fraud has fallen to its lowest level in 11years. This is positive news. However, we want to highlight the need to be evervigilant to new and existing card fraud scams such as the one detailed below.How does this scam work?You receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be from your bank.He or she will say their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on your card orthat your card is due to expire and needs replacing.You may be asked to ring back using the telephone number on the back of yourcard - which further convinces you that the call is genuine. However, the caller keepsthe line open at their end so, when you make the call, you are unknowinglyconnected straight back to the fraudster.Then, by seeming to offer assistance, the fraudster tries to gain your trust. In mostcases you are asked to ‘cancel’ your existing card or ‘activate’ or ‘authorise’ areplacement card by keying your PIN into the handset of your phone.The fraudster then poses as a bank representative who agrees to collect your cardfrom your home, sometimes offering you a replacement card, which is a fake.In some cases a genuine courier company is hired to pick up the card from yourhome address. The victim will have been asked to place the card into an envelopeready for collection. Once they have your card and PIN the fraudster uses them tospend your money.A variation of the scam involves the fraudster ringing a prospective victim andclaiming to be from the police – again with the aim of going to the victim’s home tocollect the card and PIN.What can I do to avoid being a victim of this scam? · Neither your bank nor the police would ever ring you and state that they are coming to your home to pick up your card, so never hand it over to anyone who comes to collect it. · Your bank will NEVER ask you to authorise anything by entering your PIN into the telephone handset. · NEVER share your PIN with anyone – the only times you should use your PIN is at a cash machine or when you use a chip and PIN machine in a shop / restaurant.I think I might have been a victim of this scam - what should I do?If the criminals are nearby ring the Police immediately on 999, otherwise report thecrime to your local Police via 101.If you think you have been the victim of a fraud or scam of this nature you shouldalso call your bank or card company immediatelyAmanda Evans - Operations ManagerTel: 020 8658 7168. Email: amanda.evans@bcef.org.uk Web-site: www.bcef.org.uk 24
  27. 27. 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 Linda Jennings 07778 2385876.00 - 8.00 pm Weight Watchers Area Office 0845 345 15007.15 pm Scouts Paul Hasling 3236 0083Wednesday5.00 pm Rainbows Tania Venables 8462 97596.00 pm Beavers Brenda Petts 8325 39566.30 pm Worship Group Bill Michie 8658 41676.45 pm Slimming World Val 0750 60150647.30 pm Explorers Tom Strachan 07745 813 295Thursday5.30 pm Brownies Stevie Blair. 8325 34697.15 - 8.45 pm Senior Guides (also Georgina Chappell 07983 471308 known as Rangers)8.00 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
  28. 28. Final Thought Easter blessingHow beautiful is the blossomspilling from the tree,the hidden primroseand the bluebellringing out the news.He is risenhe is alivewe shall livefor evermore.The dark winter is past,the slow, cold, foggy days are over.May the warmth of your resurrectiontouch our hearts and mindsas the warmth of the sunblesses our bodies. Kate McIlhagga

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