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  1. 1. Catalyst THE MAGAZINE OFHAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.) February 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 Notice board 10 - 11Preachers’ info 2 Obituary - Edith West 12 - 13Funds raised in December 2 Christmas Quiz answers 13The URC website 3 The way things once were 13Church Notices 3 - 5 Justice & Peace Group 14An energy saving scam 5 Walk through the Bible 15Letter from Parkinson’s UK 6 Bible Reading Fellowship 16Catalyst needs you 7 Our well-being 17Pastor’s Business Card 8 Story from Potters Bar 19Antique & Collectors Fair 9 Church Organisations IBCThis month’s websiteThe URC has a comprehensive website, which is very much up to date. The site covers most of that which we do, and believe in. There is a useful find a local church section. I note that there is a link to the HFC website. Turn to page 3 for more information The URC Website address is www.urc.org.uk Ed Copy for the March 2012 edition needs to be handed in by Sunday, 12th February. 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 FriendsA New Year begun, I suspect any resolutions made are already forgotten, and we are in 2012: the year of the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of our Queen.The Olympics have been going for quite a while now, and it has long been that phrase used at sporting events, “Personal Best,” that holds my attention. People at the top of their sporting fitness achieving a“Personal Best” in timing or distance or height or points…I’m sure the Queen has her own “Personal Best” moments when something personal, national or even international happened or was achieved.I wonder what our own “Personal Best” moments are?For some of us they may be similar – the birth of a child, an achievement of a loved one, a personal goal set and reached…Do we have “Personal Best” moments of faith too?Do you remember that moment when the Bible suddenly made sense and became real to you? Can you recall the first time, as John Wesley puts it, ‘your heart felt strangely warmed’? Have you had those moments in worship when you felt God to be close? Could these be some of your“Personal Best” moments?It is important for each of us to keep our faith alive, to keep it active, and to make it relevant to our everyday lives. This is why it is so important to ensure that we come together to worship and experience faith as a corporate body, and not just as individuals. If we want our faith to be part of our “Personal Best” moments, we need to work at making sure our faith is alive and well – and we do that best together. Sue 1
  4. 4. Sunday Services February 20125th 10.30 am - Morning Service - Allan Evison 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister12th 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister19th 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev. John Marchant 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister26th 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Mrs Marion Bayley March 2012 10.30 am - Morning Service - Allan Evison4th 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister Some notes on the visiting preachers.v Allan Evison is a lay preacher at Hayes Parish Church. He has conducted worship on a number of occasions.v Revd John Marchant is the assistant minister at Coney Hill Baptist Church. He has conducted Sunday Worship at HFC on a number of occasionsv Mrs. Marion Bayley is a Lay Preacher and an Elder from our sister church in Beckenham. She regularly leads our services. Funds raised in Decemberü The Christmas Tree Festival raised over £6,000 for the work of the Bromley branch of Parkinson’s UK. Now, turn to page 6. The Christmas collections amounted to :-ü The Christmas Post for SPINNAKER TRUST £271.75.ü Christmas Day for HELP for HEROES £280. 53. 2
  5. 5. News of the Church FamilyAnnouncements are welcome :- BMD - Changes of address, etc.There were no announcements at the time of going to press.Church MeetingsThe next Church meeting will be held on Sunday, 26th February at 12.00 noon after the morning service.The next Elders’ meetings will be held on Tuesday 21st February, and Tuesday 20th March at 8.00 pm in the small hall.Womens Contact GroupThe Contact Group will next meet at 8.00 pm on Monday 6 February at Jenny Carr’s home - 152 Langley Way. Sylvia MackTuesday Prayer MeetingsHeld at 10.00 am at the following homes:-February 7th Martin Nunn’s. 14th Betty Coster’s. 21st Brenda Cordingley’s. 28th The Church.March 6th Martin Nunn’s.Please address any queries to Martin Nunn.Saturday FellowshipWe will next meet at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday the 4th of February at 7 Sedgewood Close for a continuation of the discussion on the theme of “Blessings and Praise”. Discussion lead by Martin Nunn.All are welcome to join us.Mens GroupThe next meeting will be a quiz organised by Tony Russell. We will meet in the small hall on Thursday 16th February at 8.00 pm.The URC website includes discussion forums for Commitment for Life, Community Work, Evangelism, Feedback and Suggestions, Finance, General Discussions, Prayer, Reform Magazine, and the Mission Council.The prayer forum opens with “Welcome to the Prayer Forum. This forum is for requests for prayer as well as discussions of prayer in general.” The latest post, on 13 December 2011, by craigbowman , states, “Prayers arising.” 3
  6. 6. Ministry of FlowersThanks are due to those who will be providing flowers in February.A big thank you to those who kindly arrange the flowers when needed. February 5th - T.B.A. 12th - T.B.A.19th - Judith & David Stoner 26th - Win BrowneAfter the Sunday evening services, the flowers are distributed tomembers and friends, bringing joy to the recipients.Finally, please turn to page 11 for a notice about the the flowersMavis 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 Spring Term started on January 13th. Half term is on February 17th when there is no meeting.We are planning to have a SELL and BUY Sale of Childrens clothing, toys and equipment on February 3rd and 10th.We are asking people to label the articles they wish to sell, with their name and asking price.The money taken will go directly to the seller but we suggest they make a small donation to the club so we can replace equipment as it gets worn outAnything not sold will have to be taken home on the day as we have no safe storage.We look forward to seeing you all.Judith Stoner - Secretary. Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. 4
  7. 7. Notice Sheets - February - 1st Sunday in March 5th Daphne Cummings 8777 2487 12th Brenda Cordingley 8462 3867 19th Brenda Cordingley 26th Joan Smith 8462 3920 March 4th Joan SmithIf 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 February is:- 7th "Holiday in Costa Rica" illustrated talk by Ann Bartlett 14th Valentine’s Day Beetle Drive 21st Illustrated talk by member of Crystal Palace Museum about the 1851 Exhibition 28th Musical afternoon with Ken and Mavis Baker Then, in March 6th Lent Service with Linda JenningsMINI-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 An energy saving scam.The Trading Standards Institute is urging consumers to be aware of rogue telephone cold callers offering energy saving devices after reports of hundreds of complaints.A plug in device, claimed to save 40 per cent off energy bills, is offered. These products pose a risk of fire and electrocution and a safety recall has been issued for the items traced so far.If consumers have responded to one of these cold calls they should report the matter to Action Fraud on www.actionfraud.org.uk , or phone TSI on 0300 123 2040 or Consumer Direct on 0845 4040 506 . They should also contact their bank to stop their debit/ credit card. If a device has been received do not use it and dispose of it carefully. 5
  8. 8. Dear Alistair rt in on behalf of the branch for all your effoI wanted to write to thank you personally and the have spoken to was greatly impressedarranging the tree festival. Everyone I and iously have a great team working with youwhole event was truly magical. You obv iate if you on’s UK we would very much apprecon behalf of The Bromley Branch Parkins event ny people worked very hard to make the would pass on our heartfelt thanks. Ma helpful personal thanks to Theresa who was very a success. But I would like to pass on my to me and made us feel very welcome. s and ge our support to your future tree festivalAs we discussed we will of course pled rish. hope the relationship will continue to flou nk you rities is fantastic and once again we tha The work you and your team do for cha you and e very much enjoyed meeting with for your efforts. On a personal level I hav t. your team and hope to remain in contac With very best regards ir Parkinson’s UK Signed by Bob Fisher, Bromley Branch Cha 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. This photograph was taken at the December nativity - with our real baby Jesus! Sarah Humphrey is our Brownie leader, and Daniel (Jesus) is her son! 7
  10. 10. Women’s World Day of PrayerThe Service this year will be held at Hayes Free Church at 2 p.m. on the 2nd March. It has been prepared by Christian Women of Malaysia and is entitled "Let Justice Prevail"Sue will be talking on the theme and Barbara Jones will be leading the service. Hayes Ladies Choir will be taking part in the Service and leading us in our singing.Refreshments will be served after the service and all are welcome,including all men.We do hope that we will get a good number from our Church to joinwith those coming from other Churches in Hayes and Keston.Sylvia Mack The Rotary Club of Beckenham QUIZ NIGHT Saturday 18th February, 2012 7 pm - 10 pm. at Emmanuel United Reformed Church, The Grove, West Wickham, BR4 9TS Quiz Master: Rev. Bill Bowman £2.00 per head, including a fish & chip supper. Bring your own drink, glasses, plates and cutlery. In aid of Medicines Sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders), which was founded in France in 1971 by a group of doctors and journalists. The volunteer agency provides medical aid and assistance to more than 60 countries worldwide.Tickets from John Moren.On a lighter note.... Pastor’s Business CardA pastor was visiting the home of one of his lady parishioners. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks so he wrote “Revelations 3:20” on the back of a business card and pushed it through the letter-box.The following Sunday he found that his card had been returned. Added to it was this message “Genesis 3:10”. He checked the text in his Bible and had to smile. Revelation 3:20 begins, “Behold I stand at the door and knock” and Genesis 3:10 reads, “I heard your voice in the garden and was afraid for I was naked!” 8
  11. 11. ROTARY CLUB OF LANGLEY PARK & DEAF ACCESS th Saturday 24 March 2012 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. AT HAYES FREE CHURCH PICKHURST LANE HAYES KENT LUNCHES & REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE Interested table holders – tables available David Connolly. Tel: 020 8776 0108. ENTRANCE £1.00Sponsored by:- Ennis-Webb & Co. Solicitors, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts Elite House, 155 Main Road, Biggin Hill, Kent TN16 3JP tel. 01959 577000 9
  12. 12. NOTICE Subscriptions for Catalyst Subscriptions for 2012 were due in December. The cost is £5 if you wish to receive Catalyst via the pigeonholes at the back of the church. If you haven’t already paid, please let Judith or David Stoner have this amount as soon as possible. If you wish to have the magazine sent by post, the cost is £8 and you should send your subscription to: nt 113 Bourne Way Judith and David Stoner orta Im p Bromley BR2 7EXCheques should be made payable to Hayes Free Church. It would be helpful if subscribers who no longer wish to receive Catalyst by post would let us know. Quiz Night Hayesford Park Baptist Church is holding a quiz night to raise funds for SMILE. Anyone interested in putting together a team of no more than 8 on Saturday 25th February, talk to Sue. £6 a head, bring your own food and drink. 10
  13. 13. BOARD Thank you Did you miss New Years Day services? Then you missed receiving a little green money box, there is one for you. This box is to say "Thank You" that Hayes Free Church is 75 years old this year. Please pop coins in when you are thankful for a beautiful day; when a friend unexpectedly phones you. You may want to unload a lot of coins from a heavy pocket or purse. Perhaps there is a coin you dont like, pop them in the box. This money is over and above our Gift Day. Let us be thankful for all we have, especially for our beautiful Church where we can freely worship God and we are blessed with having a minister, Sue. Have you any ideas as to what the money could be for? I will let you know when the boxes are to be handed in. Please ask for YOUR box. Many thanks Mavis Righini Sunday Flowers Apologies The new flower list is up and Your editor needs people to add their apologises for name. misspelling the You may want to mark a names of special day like an Jean Ritchie Anniversary or Birthday. and John Curry If youre not sure what is under the Season’s involved have a word with Greetings last me. month. Thank you Mavis Righini. 11
  14. 14. Edith West (1919 - 2012)In 1996 after investing in a wonderful piece of machinery, an electronic typewriter, Edith wrote an autobiography, and husband Bert patiently typed it with two fingers!The oldest of four children, Edith was born in Stockport on 4th Feb 1919 and out lived her younger siblings, Lillian, Harry and Norman.From an early age Edith liked to dance. Her neighbour was a dance teacher who taught the children in the street dance steps and routines. However Ediths professional dance career came to an abrupt end when on her one and only dance performance at school, her shiny satin halter neck dress came undone and she finished the routine in just her drawers!Aged 15, Edith would take all afternoon to get ready for local ballroom dancing at her old school and this is where she fell in love with Bert, aged 16. To this day Strictly Come Dancing was one of her favourite television programmes!After leaving school Edith became a hairdresser - her stories of Gas Perms sound more like forms of torture….chains from the ceiling, and gas jets and hammer shaped heaters wound around hair. Edith fondly told the story of when she permed a gentlemans hair in the salon……which in those days was unheard of!In 1939 she left the salon to go to war work. She made gas proof coats for the forces, but when the girls in the factory found out she was a hairdresser they coaxed her to set up a salon in the cloakroom and a blind eye was turned because everyone wanted their hair set! At this time Bert was in hospital in Oswestry where he was recovering from a spinal operation, unbelievably he remained there for three years. Edith used the extra money from her cloakroom salon to travel back and forth to see him. Bert came home from hospital in 1941 and the following year they were married, that evening in August they danced together in the Empress Cinema Ballroom.After the war Peter and Anne were born and Edith became a modern working mother, a business woman with her own salon. A few years later the family moved to London where Edith continued to work to support the family and even became a DIY expert, wallpapering ceilings and laying lino in their new home. Berts health continued to deteriorate, when he was in hospital Edith juggled work and the children, and when he was at home she was his carer. As Edith said in her story, ‘there must have been more hours in my day then anyone elses, but where theres a will theres a way.Edith and Bert enjoyed travelling. In the 1970’s they visited Peter who was working in Bahrain and were Continued on the next page.... . 12
  15. 15. ...... Continued from the previous page. picked up from the airport in his pink Cadillac! In 1981 and 1988 they visited Canada to see Ediths old school friend Claire and also took in the sights of San Francisco. Edith returned to Canada more recently with Anne and Peter to visit family. Edith and Bert had a love for Spain and holidayed there many times, and after Berts death Edith travelled to stay with Anne and Peter who moved there in 1998. Music also had a big impact on Ediths life, whether it was Bert strumming his guitar, singing in the local Streatham Ladies choir, or armchair karaoke to Songs of Praise, and getting annoyed along with Bert when the tunes to the hymns that they had learnt from Sunday School had been modernised and changed! This love for music lead Edith to her local baptist church in Tooting and later to the church in Hayes where she made many friends and had a good sing every Sunday. Finally, who better to have the last word, than Edith…All I can say now Bert is thank you for an eventful but happy married life. Thanks to Anne and Peter and Kathy and Peter for their love shown to us. It has all been worth it. Christmas QuizHow well did you do? The answers are below: -1. How did Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem? Answer - d; The Bible doesn’t say.2. Which animals were present at Jesus birth? Answer - d; The Bible doesn’t say.3. What did the angels sing? Answer - e; the Bible doesn’t say they sang.4. How many wise men came to see Jesus? Answer - d; The Bible doesn’t say.5. Where did the wise men find Jesus? Answer - c; In a house.6. What is frankincense? Answer - c; A precious perfume.7. Where do we find the Christmas story in the Bible in order to check up on all these facts? Answer - g; Only Matthew and Luke. The way things once were From The Nottinghamshire Almanac for February 1841. Low, on the utmost bound’ry of the night, The rising vapours catch the silver light; Thence Fancy measures as they parting fly, Which first will throw its shadow on the eye. 13
  16. 16. The Justice and Peace Group.By the time you read this, all the tinsel and Christmas stockings will have been put away, and many New Year’s resolutions will already be things of the past. But perhaps that doesn’t really matter.You may know that poem (or is it a prayer?), which says that after the shepherds and wise men have left the manger, “the work of Christmas begins” - this is where we start to apply the Christmas message. At Christmas itself we are overwhelmingly aware of the universality of Christ’s birth: the Bible speaks of “the true light that gives light to every man” – and our Christmas carols ram the idea home with images of angels “winging their flight o’er all the earth”.But we are individuals, and what we personally can do for Justice and for Peace in 2012 may seem tiny. But it is still an opportunity to pursue a cause to which we are already committed, or, perhaps, to take up a new one.Perhaps we can find new ways of making a difference. It may be chilly February, but it is an exciting time!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 - 12.00Our next coffee morning will be on the 11th of February.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 February the stall will be held on the 12th and 26th.The regular items for sale are food and drink - all of very good quality. Remember that by purchasing Fairtrade goods you are helping to support communities in the poorer countries of the world, and to give those communities a chance to enjoy a better life for their families - standards which we may take for granted here in the UK.Please continue to support your fair trade stall. Thank you. Richard, Barbara and Helen. 14
  17. 17. "WALK THROUGH THE BIBLE" A Lent Presentation ---------------This year, Churches Together in Hayes have arranged that instead of a Lent course spread over several weeks, there will be a one day Seminar on Saturday 10th March from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. in the Rosary church annexe.This will cover the whole of the Old Testament as youve never seen it before, exploring the Bible geography and history of the time. A colour workbook will be provided, along with video presentation and audience participation.The cost will be £14 per head to cover the workbook and presentation by the Walk Through the Bible Ministries. Fuller details will be available shortly in the form of leaflets and posters, but please do try to keep the date free so that we may have plenty of support for this interesting event. Janet SladdenMore information..... Walk Through the Bible is the Old Testament as youve never experienced it before. People who have seen it are still talking about it years later. Its fun, interesting, lively and amusing. Children cannot come as it is not suitable, but 11 - 16 year olds can attend for free with an adult. It takes all day (well it is the whole of the Old Testament!) and costs £14 per person and needs to be booked in advance. You bring a packed lunch on the day to Hayes Free Church, where you know you will be welcome. You can bring as many people as you like, as long as you book them in before the end of February!Booking forms at the back of the church - please give them to Sylvia Mack (who will pass them on).Lent is an important time in the life of the church so do make a special effort to come and support this wonderful seminar - over 2 million have already seen it and raved about it! 15
  18. 18. BIBLE READING FELLOWSHIP (BRF) NOTESThe BRF issues a range of different notes to help with daily Bible readings, and these can be ordered through me on behalf of the church. This gives you a reduction from the rate of an individual subscription, since the group is not charged postage (though you can also buy over the counter, e.g. at Wesley Owen in Bromley).I have to send in the next order (covering May 2012 – May 2013) in mid-February – so please let me know by Sunday 12 February, and preferably earlier, if you would like to try the notes.The prices for 2012-13 are as follows (NB these are prices for the year – an individual booklet covers 4 months and costs one-third of the price quoted below):New Daylight £12 (a short reading (text included) for each day, with a comment and point for reflection or brief prayer: there is a new theme and a new writer each fortnight)New Daylight De Luxe £14.97 [i.e. New Daylight large print]Guidelines £12 (a more in-depth study than New Daylight: takes weekly themes which are not so rigorously divided into daily readings)Day by Day with God £12 (similar in style to New Daylight, this is subtitled “Rooting women’s lives in the Bible”)Upper Room £11.10 (individual reflections from many individuals worldwide – not necessarily professional writers or scholars in this case)Quiet Spaces £14.97 (takes a general theme, such as “Sit” or “A light for my path” or “Tomorrow” and includes general articles on this theme – again not tied too closely to individual days)There should be samples of some of these at the back of the church, or online at www.biblereadingnotes.org.uk.I look forward to hearing from you,Christine Rees 16
  19. 19. OUR WELL-BEINGA number of health-related items have been handed in for publication in Catalyst. These articles could fill 3 or 4 pages if published together. So, your editor has decided to publish the items as a series. The first items follow: - --------------------------------- Bromley: Health and Social Deprivation 2011 Public Health Profile http://www.apho.org.uk/resource/item.aspx?RID=50269Overall, the health of people in Bromley is better than the Englandaverage. However, the difference in male life expectancy betweenthe most and least deprived areas is almost nine years and the levelof statutory homelessness in Bromley is worse than average.Over the last ten years, rates of deaths from all causes combined, andearly deaths from cancer and from heart disease and stroke have allimproved and remain better than the England average. Levels ofchild poverty, breast feeding initiation and GCSE achievement arebetter in Bromley than the England average. ---------------------------------- Some common ailmentsColds It seems your mum might have been right after all when she told you to wrap up warm or youd catch a cold. Weve known for some time that the common cold is not caused by being cold, but it is believed that the body finds it harder to resist the cold virus when it is diverting energy elsewhere to keep you warm. The best way to avoid catching a cold though is to be careful to avoid possible contamination by keeping surfaces and household objects clean and using disposable tissues rather than fabric ones. And remember to wash your hands frequently.Norovirus Known colloquially as the "winter vomiting bug", this nasty bug does what it says on the tin and more besides. Its most common in places with lots of people such as hotels and schools and sufferers usually experience an unpleasant couple of days of vomiting and diarrhoea - making dehydration a risk. Its a good idea to drink rehydration fluids, which are available from pharmacies. 17
  20. 20. February 20121st Wed2nd Thu Candlemas Day3rd Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 44th Sat 2.30 pm - Saturday Fellowship Page 35th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Allan Evison 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister6th Mon 8.00 pm - Women’s Contact Group Page 37th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 58th Wed9th Thu10th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 411th Sat 10.00 am - Women’s Contact Coffee Morning Page 14 10.30 am - Morning Service - The Minister12th Sun Followed by Fairtrade Stall Page 14 Catalyst contributions due. I.F.C. 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister13th Mon St. Valentines Day14th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 515th Wed16th Thu 8.00 pm - Men’s Group Page 317th Fri18th Sat 7.00 pm - Rotary Club Quiz Page 819th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Rev. John Marchant 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister20th Mon Shrove Tuesday21st Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 5 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Page 3 18
  21. 21. February 201222nd Wed Ash Wednesday23rd Thu24th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 425th Sat After 7.00 pm - Quiz Night for Smile Page 10 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister26th Sun Followed by Fairtrade Stall Page 14 12.00 pm - Church Meeting Page 3 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Mrs Marion Bayley27th Mon28th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 529th Wed March 20121st Thu St. Davids Day Mothering Sunday2nd Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 4 2.00 pm - Women’s World Day of Prayer Service Page 83rd Sat4th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Allan Evison 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The MinisterDATES FOR YOUR DIARY10 March WALK THROUGH THE BIBLE6 April GOOD FRIDAY8 April EASTER SUNDAY22 April CHURCH MEETING (12.00 noon).11 May CTH AGAPE SUPPER23 June HAYES VILLAGE FAIR Story from Potters BarI live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbour call the Highways Department to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason: Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I dont think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore. 19
  22. 22. A 17th Century Nuns Prayer about Old AgeLord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older, and will some day be old.Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.Release me from craving to straighten out everybodys affairs.Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy.With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but thou knowest Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others pains, but help me to endure them with patience.I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint - some of them are so hard to live with - but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the Devil.Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and tal-ents in unexpected people.And give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.Amen. Tail-enders A vicar in Surrey adopted two kittens. He decided to name one “Ancient” and the other “Modern”. On being questioned regarding his choice of names he replied, “Well, they are both hims.” ------------- A lady was very nervous about her appointment with the dentist. Before leaving home she sought courage by reading the text for the day from her calendar. It was Psalm 81:10 “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” 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 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 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 ThoughtJohn 20:19-31 Unlock the doors Liberating God, when we are locked in by fear and doubt. break through our barriers and set us free. When we are afraid and distressed. speak peace to our troubled minds. When we are hesitant and untrusting. take our doubting hands in yours. When we are anxious and lacking in confidence breathe the energy of your Spirit into us. Unlock the doors of our hearts and our churches and set us free to go out and share what we see and know of the risen Christ. Jan Berry