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  1. 1. Catalyst THE MAGAZINE OFHAYES FREE CHURCH (U.R.C.) April 2013
  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: Mrs Mavis Righini Tel: 020 8462 1168Fabric Steward Mr. Chris Wood Tel: 020 8462 2444Treasurer: Mr. Simon Narracott Tel: 020 8462 2004Lettings 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, Doors 2 P.9 continued, Your Page plea 12Church Notices 3-5 The rain 13Faith 5 Big Brew,Absolutely Priceless Jokes 6 The Way things once were 14Catalyst Needs You 7 We did it - Fairtrade 15A way forwards, Website of the Month 16 Family history forum message 8 Crime Prevention Advice 17Financial Security per King David 9 The Perfect Minister 20Notice Board 10 - 11 Church Organisations IBCThis month’s website: -The Kent Association for the Blind, which benefited from the Christmas Post. This charity helps church members and carers.The charity’s website is www.kab.org.ukNow, turn to Page 16 for more details....... Ed Copy for the May 2013 edition needs to be handed in by Sunday, 14th 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 FriendsWhat a joy it is to greet you with the words: Happy Easter!Through the season of Lent our Bible readings have covered the Temptations of Jesus, Jesus being warned to leave an area for His own safety, the story Jesus told of a fig tree and one of the Prodigal Son, the anointing of Jesus’ feet, the sharing of the Passover meal and the story of the crucifixion. Toward the end there was a depth of drama and controversy that had the whole community of that time aware of what was going on.We face a very different problem in our culture and time. People are not looking for or waiting for Jesus and many have become indifferent to the local Church. We should not be disheartened but look on this as a time to go back to the basics of Christianity: mission, service and evangelism. Jesus took the initiative and “caused” a stir by many of the things he did. People were surprised, pleased, excited and some became angry. Jesus upset the status quo by revealing the real nature of God and showing how foolish ‘religion’ really was.Being a Christian is all about how we live, each and every day of our lives. It is about the choices we make, the decisions we reach, and how we behave with each other and others.At Easter we celebrate the resurrection, which is the cornerstone of all that we believe. The events around the life of Jesus were and are world changing. As a church, we need to be living that world changing life that tells others there really is something to celebrate – a life lived in the fullness of God’s love brings joy to us and to those around us.Let us all share the joy of Easter! Sue 1
  4. 4. Sunday Services April 20137th 10.30 am - Morning Service - Dr Clive Timehin 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - Marion Bayley14th 10.30 am - Parade Service - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister21st 10.30 am - Morning Service - Bill Michie 6.30 pm - Healing Service - The Minister28th 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Margaret Smith May 2013 10.30 am - Morning Service - TBA5th 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The Minister Some notes on the visiting preachers.v Dr. Clive Timehin is a local preacher who comes from Bromley Methodist Church. He is a member of the Methodist Council Medical Committee.v Mrs. Marion Bayley is a Lay Preacher and an Elder from our sister church in Beckenham. She regularly leads our services.v Bill Michie is well known to us all. He is a Lay Preacher at HFC.v Mrs. Margaret Smith is a Methodist Lay Preacher. DOORS At last an explanation: Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was? Turns out, doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses. Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing through a doorway triggers whats known as an event boundary in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next. Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale. Its not aging, its the door! 2
  5. 5. News of the Church FamilyAnnouncements are welcome :- BMD - Changes of address, etc.Thank youJohn Egan, Joyce’s husband, died very unexpectedly on Saturday, 9th February, without any suffering. He was 84. The funeral, conducted by Sue, has already taken place. Joyce and her daughters would like to thank all who have expressed their condolences.Your prayers would be appreciated for: -Marjorie Curry, Ruth Rees, and Pat Rumble.Church MeetingsThe next Church meeting will be on Sunday 28th April at noon, after the morning service.The next Elders’ meeting will be held at 8.00 pm in the small hall on Tuesday 2nd April.Womens Contact GroupThe Contact Group will meet at 8.00 pm on Monday 8th of April at Marion Bowman’s home - 26, Stambourne Way, W. Wickham. The May meeting will take place on Monday 13th of May at Daphne Cummings’s home - 4, Croft Avenue, West Wickham.Sylvia MackTuesday Prayer Meetings for AprilHeld at 10.00 am at the following homes:- 2nd Martin Nunn’s. 9th Betty Coster’s. 16th Brenda Cordingley’s. 23rd The Church 30th Martin Nunn’s.May 7th Martin Nunn’s.Please address any queries to Martin Nunn.Saturday FellowshipWe will meet at 7, Sedgewood Close at 2.30 pm on the 6th of April for a study in Isaiah. We then meet on the 4th of May. You are welcome to join us. Martin Nunn leads the discussions. 3
  6. 6. Mens GroupThe next Mens Group meeting is an adventure into the unknown with Bill Michie on Thursday 18 April at 8.00 pm in the small hall.Ministry of FlowersThanks are due to those who will be providing flowers in April 2013 7th - Linda Michie 14th - Mike Duke21st - TBA 28th - Sylvia and Laurie MackA 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 Spring term ended on Friday March 22nd.We meet again for the Summer term on Friday April 19th.We look forward to seeing you all.Judith Stoner - Secretary.Bible Study GroupThe Bible Study group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 2.30 pm in the small hall. To confirm, listen for announcements & check Sunday Link.Worship GroupThe Church will be open for Quiet Meditation & Prayer every Wednesday - 6.00 - 7.00 pm. To confirm, listen for announcements & check Sunday Link. If tin whistles are made of tin, what are foghorns made of? 4
  7. 7. Notice Sheets - April, & 1st Sunday in May 7th Brenda Cordingley 8462 3867 14th Brenda Cordingley 21st Pam Collison 8658 0748 28th Pam CollisonMay 5th 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 April meetings will be: - 23rd Opening Service taken by Sue 30th My work as a policewoman in the 1950s by Eileen CrichtonThen, in May the first meeting will be: - 7th The Crystal Palace by Barry Mckay.If you have any questions, do contact Sylvia Mack on 8462 1938.MINI-AMBULANCEMembers who use the mini-ambulance are asked to phone Sylvia Mack on 8462 1938 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. Marion and Sylvia Faith A little girl flying in an aeroplane during a storm said that she is not frightened because her daddy is the pilot. He is in control and will take her home. Don’t worry. Perhaps we should think of God, our Father, who will take us home, when the need arises. 5
  8. 8. Absolutely PricelessUNANSWERED PRAYERThe preachers 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon.One day, she asked him why.Well, Honey, he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages. Im asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.How come He doesnt answer it? she asked. ________________________________BEING THANKFULA Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, So your mother says your prayers for you each night? Thats very commendable. What does she say?The little boy replied, Thank God hes in bed! ________________________________UNTIMELY ANSWERED PRAYERDuring the ministers prayer one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back pews.Tommys mother was horrified. She pinched him into silence and, after church, asked, Tommy, whatever made you do such a thing?Tommy answered soberly, I asked God to teach me to whistle, and He did! ________________________________TIME TO PRAYA pastor asked a little boy if he said his prayers every night.Yes, sir. the boy replied.And, do you always say them in the morning, too? the pastor asked.No sir, the boy replied. I’m not scared in the daytime. 6
  9. 9. Catalyst Needs You!This page will be kept for YOUR contributions - NOTHING ELSE will go on this page. Hopefully, you will be inspired to share some Christmas / New Year break stories. SUPPORT AT HOME If you are living independently at home, but getting older and would like help with household tasks, meals, shopping or transport; or would like help using your computer, pursuing indoor interests or getting out by wheelchair or by car; or would like to give a break to someone who usually looks after you; or would like help with something not mentioned here - please get in touch with me. My goal is to maintain your independent lifestyle with a kind and committed service. Christopher White 020 8149 6933 or pjm741-rose@yahoo.co.uk Printer Ink Cartridges If anyone uses an Epsom printer that takes black TO611, Cyan TO612, Magenta TO613, Yellow TO614 all with the picture of a teddy bear on the front, then Sue has some to pass along! 7
  10. 10. A way forwardsA teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car.His father said hed make a deal: You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut. Then well talk about the car.The boy thought about that for a moment, decided hed settle for the offer, and they agreed on it.After about six weeks his father said. Son, youve brought your grades up and Ive observed that you have been studying your Bible, but Im disappointed you havent had your hair cut.’The boy said, You know, Dad, Ive been thinking about that, and Ive noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair. Moses had long hair ... and theres even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.Youre going to love the Dads reply: -His father replied, Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?’Margaret Alan A message on a Lincolnshire family history forumHi, Missing Lincs,Now that we are past Valentines Day, with the commercial emphasis on cards and candy, I want each of you to reach out to a relative and give them a hug. It can be an electronic one, a written one, or a real one. Ask forgiveness for having been out of touch, ask how they are doing, tell them about your latest family history "find", etc. But stay in touch.My mother once went 25 years without speaking to her brother. It wasnt Sibling rivalry, it was just the routines of daily living. "Not having anything to say," she once said. I got her a phone card as a present and told her to call his number, which she did. She cried a lot that first call. But it started something and they stayed in touch afterward, even though they lived a world apart.What will it take to get you to carve out some time to stay in touch with your family? Lou (list admin.) 8
  11. 11. FINANCIAL SECURITY ACCORDING TO KING DAVIDThe money markets of the world are in turmoil. This affects each one of us - our pensions, our plans, our job. And it affects the church and its mission. It forces us to ask the question: Where is my security?In 1923 the eight most powerful financiers in the world met in Chicago. Their combined wealth was greater than the US treasury. If anyone knew about financial security it was this group! So what can we learn from them?One died penniless, one spent the rest of his life in prison, one became insolvent, one was pardoned from prison so he could die at home, and the other three killed themselves.King David of Israel offers much better financial advice, from a proven track record. Psalm 16 may be used for personal meditation and direction:v1 Keep me safe, 0 God, for in you I take refuge. Where is your security? Is it in your finances, your job, your family, your health? Jesus told of a rich man who said he was so secure he could take his rest. But Jesus said he was a fool.v2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” As you think of your family and your future, dare you say Lord, my welfare rests in you alone?· Any thing we hold on to for security robs us of true security in God.v3 As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. v4 The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods. I will not pour out their libations of blood or take up their names on my lips. David is comforted to have friends who take the same approach as himself.· Where do you look for advice and direction for you and your children?v5 Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup: you have made my lot secure.v6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Do you realise God cares in detail about all your needs? The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer; less than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions. In the Gospels, one in every 10 verses (288 in all) deals directly with money.· Do you follow this guidance to find security? Continued on page 12 . . . . . . 9
  12. 12. NOTICE We believe in life before death Christian Aid Week 12 - 18 May 2013Every 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, 18th of 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 Martin Nunn regrets to announce that he will not be leading a ramble on Easter Monday. Please keep a watch for announcements about forthcoming rambles. Thank you. 10
  13. 13. BOARD The January Concert Martin Nunn is pleased to advise that he has CDs of the concert for sale. The CDs are £5.00 each. ---------- All proceeds will be donated to Hayes Free Church ------------ CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL Thank you to 2013 Malcolm Cheyne In anticipation that we will for producing the CDs. be holding another Festival this year, we need to have a list of charities who will benefit from the proceeds. The HFC We will consider more than Telephone Directory one charity. ------------ This is important. Please submit your ----------- suggestions to John Curry Please check your details in ASAP please. the HFC Directory of members and friends.If any corrections or updates are needed please send them to John Curry - ASAP. ----------If you wish to have your email address listed, please tell John Curry. 11
  14. 14. . . . . . Continued from page 9v7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. v8 / have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. v9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure. This is the fruit of Davids security in God. It can be yours. It affects your relationship with yourself - I shall not be shaken. It affects your attitude - my heart is glad. It affects your conversation- my tongue rejoices. It affects your health - my body will rest secure. And it affects your eternal destiny:v10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. v11 You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.Guidance published by: -The Maranatha CommunityAn interdenominational Christian Community committed to Unity, Renewal and Healing.102 Irlam Road,Flixton,ManchesterM41 6JTTel: 0161 748 4858Fax: 0161 747 7379 Your contributions to Catalyst will be most welcome. Can you fill space on YOUR page? How about a picture, or a poem? What did you do at Sunday School? Do you have any special stories? The page is yours to use, so please feed your imagination! Please contact Richard Brown - The Editor. I would love to hear from you. 12
  15. 15. THE RAINIt was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got theneeded supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctors appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.The gentleman told me no, but he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.I enquired as to her health.He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimers Disease.As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognised him in five years now.I was surprised, and asked him, And you still go every morning, even though she doesnt know who you are?He smiled as he patted my hand and said, She doesnt know me, but I still know who she is.I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, That is the kind of love I want in my life.True love is neither physical, nor romantic.True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.The happiest people dont necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.Life isnt about how to survive the storm, But how to dance in the rain. We are all getting OlderTomorrow may be our turn. 13
  16. 16. Women’s Contact Coffee Morning 10.00 am - 12.00 We will be holding a coffee morning on the 13th of April, 2013.We are continuing to raise monies to contribute to disaster relief funds in different parts of the world.We hope to see you at the Coffee Mornings, and why not bring a friend.Please note that the monies raised from the coffee mornings are separate from those raised through the refreshments trolley after Sunday morning services. Barbara JonesThe Fairtrade Sunday StallWe will be holding a fair trade stall after the morning service on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. So, in April the stall will be held on the 14th and 28th.The message is: “Please buy Fairtrade. Every purchase helps in a good way”.Please continue to support your fair trade stall. Thank you. Richard and Barbara. The Big Brew HFC participated in Big Brew fortnight. Our participation was low key. Proceeds from the Women’s Contact Coffee Morning, refreshments after the Sunday morning service and a contribution from the Fairtrade stall have been sent in. The amount raised was £100. A BIG Thank you to everyone. The way things once were What did those nursery rhymes mean? We will be looking at this up to the October edition, 2013 Little Jack HornerIts thought that Jack Horner was actually Thomas Horner a steward to Richard Whiting, the last abbot of Glastonbury put to death under King Henry VIII.The story goes that in a bid to stop his abbey being destroyed the abbot had sent Horner to the King with a huge Christmas pie, secretly containing the deeds to 12 manor houses as a sweetener. But Horner arrived with only 11, taking one for himself.Whatever the truth, the ploy didnt work. The abbey was torn down anyway.. 14
  17. 17. We did it! Supermarkets watchdog given power to fine What a victory! We’re celebrating the Government announcement this week that the supermarkets watchdog will have the power to fine, from day one. ------------------------------ Announcement dated 6 December 2012 ------------------------------This is a huge success for Traidcraft supporters, who have been campaigning determinedly for the watchdog to be established with the powers it needs to stop supermarkets from bullying their suppliers. Jo Swinson, the Minister charged with setting up the body, has been deluged with emails, postcards and letters over the last few months from campaigners calling for a supermarkets watchdog with strong powers.And it worked! A statement by the Government acknowledged that‘the power to fine… would give the Adjudicator more teeth’. Jo Swinson even sent a tweet saying ‘well done to all who campaigned for this’.We couldn’t have done it without you. Here’s how you’ve helped to bring about a strong watchdog:• Over 12000 postcards, letters and emails were sent to Jo Swinson and MPs calling for a supermarkets watchdog with teeth.• Our very own watchdog visited Westminster to deliver a message that the watchdog must have strong powers to hold supermarkets to account.• In a House of Commons debate, MPs from all political parties called for the body to be given the power to fine, from day one.• Minister Jo Swinson praised Traidcraft supporters for ‘their tireless campaigning’ and even presented the toy ‘toothless’ watchdog, given to her by Traidcraft, at the House of Commons to demonstrate the pressure she was under from campaigners.The perseverance by Traidcraft supporters throughout this campaign has been phenomenal, and the result is a huge victory in the fight to prevent farmers and workers in the UK and overseas from being squeezed by supermarkets. We’re celebrating this impressive campaigns success, and we hope you will too! 15
  18. 18. Website of the Month Kent Association for the BlindAbout us "Services to people of all ages ... at any time during the sight lossjourney"We are a registered charity providing comprehensive support servicesfor people with sight impairments. We have six rehabilitation teamsaround the region and three Sight Centres.We provide free, specialist support for children & adults, including thosewith learning disabilities & those who are deaf-blind. This enablespeople to be independent & to exercise choice & control over theirlives.We achieve this by tailoring our services to peoples needs.Our supporters make all this possible & we can only deliver services ofthe highest quality because of them.KAB Club activities in BromleyEthelbert Road Coffee Morning Club Social club meets weekly on aWednesday morning. 50p per week.VIPAS Varied programme including theatres, museums, pub eveningsetc. No subscriptions, but members pay their own way for activities.Meets fortnightly.Young Persons Group Social group for young people who meet byarrangement evenings & weekends at various venues. There is nosubscription but club members pay for the activities undertaken.Bromley Sight Centre18 Blyth RoadBromley BR1 3RXTel: 020 8464 8406Email: rehab.bromley@kab.org.ukBlyth Road is located between Beckenham Lane and London Road.Car Parking: There are a limited number of on-street pay & display parking bays in Blyth Road, and single yellow lines.Buses: Routes serving Beckenham Lane include numbers: 227, 354, 358, 208 and 320.Trains: Bromley North station is approximately half a mile away.By foot: Please note that the walk from Beckenham Lane to our premis- es is up a long hill. The walk from London Road is flat.Access for people with disabilities: The Centre is accessible. Wording paraphrased from the KAB Website. 16
  19. 19. Crime Prevention Advice – For April 2013Dear all,A particular type of fraud targeting elderly people is on the increase across London. Our aim is to raise awareness and provide some key crime prevention messages to the elderly and their circle of support - friends, family, neighbours etc.By raising awareness we will decrease the likelihood of people falling victim.The average age of the victim is 70 years old. The average loss is £4,000.The Method1) The method varies but essentially involves a victim being telephoned (cold -called) by a suspect who alleges to be someone of authority (eg, from the police, bank, Serious Fraud Office). The suspect tells the victim there is a problem with their bank account (like it has been compromised) and that their bank card must be collected.2) If the victim is unconvinced that the call is genuine they are instructed to hang up and call a genuine number – such as 999 or the telephone number on the rear of their bank card. However, the suspect keeps the telephone line open and so the call goes straight back to the fraudster who then deals with any subsequent call, convincing the victim of their authenticity.3) The victim is then content to reveal their bank details, namely the PIN.4) An often unwitting courier or taxi driver is sent to collect the victim’s card. The card is delivered to a second suspect, who then passes it on to the fraudster. The fraudster then empties the bank account.Key MessagesPrimary: (To potential victims, family, friends) Never give anyone your PIN or bank card – the police and banks will never ask for them.Secondary/supporting message(s): (To cabbies/couriers) Beware of collecting and delivering packages from elderly people as you may be assisting in a criminal offence.Reporting offences: If you have been a victim call the police on 101 or in an emergency by dialling 999. (Generally victims are elderly / vulnerable and therefore it is NOT appropriate to report this matter toAction Fraud). 17
  20. 20. April 20131st Mon Easter Monday2nd Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 8.00 pm - Elders’ Meeting Page 33rd Wed 6.00 pm - Worship Group Page 44th Thu5th Fri6th Sat 2.30 pm - Saturday Fellowship Page 37th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Dr Clive Timehin 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - Marion Bayley8th Mon 8.00 pm - Women’s Contact Group Page 39th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 310th Wed 6.00 pm - Worship Group Page 411th Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 412th Fri13th Sat 10.00 am - Women’s Contact Coffee Morning Page 1414th Sun 10.30 am - Parade Service - The Minister Followed by Fairtrade stall Page 14 6.30 pm - Evening Service - The Minister Catalyst Press Date IFC15th Mon16th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 317th Wed 6.00 pm - Worship Group Page 418th Thu 8.00 pm - Men’s Group Page 419th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 420th Sat21st Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - Bill Michie 6.30 pm - Healing Service - The Minister 18
  21. 21. April 201322nd Mon23rd Tue St. Georges Day 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 524th Wed 6.00 pm - Worship Group Page 425th Thu 2.30 pm - Bible Study Group Page 426th Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 427th Sat28th Sun 10.30 am - Holy Communion - The Minister Followed by Fairtrade stall Page 14 12.00 pm - Church Meeting Page 3 6.30 pm - Evening Service - Margaret Smith29th Mon30th Tue 10.00 am - Tuesday Prayer Meeting Page 3 2.00 pm - Women’s Fellowship Page 5 May 20131st Wed 6.00 pm - Worship Group Page 42nd Thu3rd Fri 2.00 pm - Mothers’ & Toddlers’ Club Page 44th Sat5th Sun 10.30 am - Morning Service - TBA 6.30 pm - Holy Communion - The MinisterDATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2 May AGM - 7.30 pm 10 May CTH AGAPE SUPPER - 7.00 for 7.30 pm 8 June HAYES FAIR - 12.00 - 4.00 pm 10 June CTH OPEN AIR SERVICE 19
  22. 22. The Perfect MinisterThe Perfect Minister: The Perfect Minister preaches for exactly 10 minutes. S/he condemns sin roundly but never hurts anyone’s feelings. S/he works from 8.00 am until midnight and is also the church janitor.The Perfect Minister makes £120 a week, wears good clothes, drives a good car, buys good books and donates £100 a week to the parish. S/he is 29 years old and has 40 years’ worth of experience. Above all, s/he is handsome/gorgeous.The Perfect Minister has a burning desire to work with teenagers, and spends most of his/her time with the senior citizens. S/he smiles all the time with a straight face because s/he has a sense of humour that keeps him/her seriously dedicated to the local church. S/he makes 15 home visits a day and is always in her office to be handy when needed.The Perfect Minister always has time for church meetings and all of its committees. S/he never misses the meeting of any church organization, and is always busy evangelising the unchurched.The Perfect Minister is always in the next district over.If your minister does not measure up, simply send this notice to six other districts that are tired of their minister too. Then bundle up your minister and send him/her to the district at the top of your list. If everyone co-operates, in one week you will receive 1,643 ministers. One of them should be perfect.Have faith in this letter. One church broke the chain and got its old minister back in less than three months ....... 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 299773Monday5.45 pm Brownies Sarah Humphrey 8249 99826.30 pm Cubs Brenda Petts 8325 39568.00 pm - 1st Womens Contact Sylvia Mack 8462 1938 GroupTuesday10.00 am Prayer Meeting Martin Nunn 8462 59182.00 pm Womens Fellowship Sylvia Mack 8462 19387.00 pm Scouts Paul Hasling 3236 0083Wednesday4.00 pm - 2nd Messy Church Sue Powell 8462 22125.00 pm Rainbows Tania Venables 8462 97596.00 pm Beavers Brenda Petts 8325 39566.00 - 7.00 pm Worship Group Bill Michie 8658 41678.00 pm Explorers Tom Strachan 07745 813 295Thursday2.30 pm - 2nd, Bible Study Sue Powell 8462 2212 & 4th5.30 pm Brownies Stevie Blair. 8325 34697.15 - 8.45 pm Senior Guides Georgina Chappell 07983 4713088.00 pm - 3rd Mens Group Bruce Tannock 8325 6264Friday9.00 - 12.00 pm Coffee morning during term times2.00 pm Mothers & Toddlers Judith Stoner 8462 30236.30 pm Guides Teresa Cheyne 8777 6042Saturday2.30 pm - 1st Saturday Fellowship Martin Nunn 8462 5918 NOTE: - Some of the organisations meet once or twice per month. This is indicated by 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th. The numbers relate to which week day of the month, NOT the calendar date.
  24. 24. Final Thought FRET NOT – Psalm 37 for present timesDont get worried when folk are leaving,Dont keep asking: "What shall we do?"Keep things in the right perspective:The Almighty cares for you.Dont keep staring at the problems,Knowing theyre too big for you.Nothing is too big for Jesus –Think of Easter, Calvary too.Keep on reaching out to othersJust as He reached down to you.Shut doors, blank looks, cold sneers – maybe;And a thrill or two.Dont forget the younger people.Underneath that strange hair-doIs someone who could serve the MasterIn Southport or Peru.Dont forget to pray together,Loving even "you-know-who".Dont crucify the love youre speaking,By what you do.When youre tired and despondent,Bewildered, bothered , browned off,blue:Still He says: "I am with you always"And its true. Christine Williams