From the Church Secretary
Rev Carolyn White
We offer a warm welcome to Carolyn and Les White as they move into the manse at 104 Heights Lane on 3rd December. Karen (secretary at Hallfold) and I have already had meetings with Carolyn to discuss dates and information about the churches. Carolyn’s Induction Service will take place on Saturday 18th December at 3pm at Hallfold United Reformed Church. The service will be followed by refreshments. As many of us as possible are encouraged to attend. In the meantime, Carolyn will be attending services and events when she can in between unpacking. We are grateful to Gillian Galloway for her continued support.
On Sunday, 21st November, some of us were able to attend the Ordination and Induction Service for Rev Anthea Wickens, at Littleborough. This was a most joyful and meaningful occasion, and assisted us as we prepare for the service on 18th December.
Town Centre Redevelopment update
A development group of five people from St Andrews is in the midst of discussing the way forward for the church as we consider various options suggested to us by both Kath Fowler, Legal and Trust Officer, for the URC, and by officers of the Rochdale Development Agency. All of these people are working hard to assist us at this time. We will pass on further information as it becomes available.
Preparation for Christmas
As we prepare for Christmas, there are various services and events listed in the magazine and on the notice-board to assist us in our celebrations and contemplation. On 26th December, we will share in morning worship at Hallfold when the service will be led by our minister, Rev Carolyn White.
Christmas is a time for giving and sharing and in the midst of our shopping for Christmas gifts, we are reminded of how we can give to people we may not know.
Each year at our Nativity and Gift Service, we give presents to the babies and young women of Gabriel Court. I asked Lesley Foster of Gabriel Court for ideas for gifts and she suggested the following:
Babies – any items from newborn to 12 months because the mothers and babies are still supported even after they have left Gabriel Court.
Women – the gifts we have given in previous years have been ideal e.g. toiletries, make-up, small items of clothing such as gloves, scarves and socks, jewellery, sweets/chocolates, small items stationery, diary – in fact anything for a young woman. Individual gift boxes are made up by the staff from all the items given by various groups.
We are asked to give UNWRAPPED gifts please, because the staff will only have to unwrap those that we wrap in gift paper before deciding to whom it should be given. Sheets of wrapping paper can also be given separately. You may remember the small Christmas booklets we distributed last year and we have a similar booklet, The Gift of Christmas, for distribution this year. These will be available to the congregation, all our visitors and copies can be taken back to Gabriel Court.
Christmas Hamper – This year for the first time, we have agreed to participate in the Family Action (formerly Family Service Units) Christmas Hamper scheme 2010. The charity has been working with disadvantaged and isolated families in the Rochdale area for over 60 years. Our family is a single mother called Emma and her two daughters, Bethany 9 years, and Melissa 5 years. The list of items required was put up on the notice-board on Sunday 21st November, and by the end of the morning almost every space was filled. This was an amazingly generous response. There may be one or two spaces left to fill, and if you would like to make a financial contribution to the perishable items such as chicken, bacon and eggs, that will be most acceptable. Please bring items by 12th December so that the hamper can be put together during the following week. Is there anyone who can cover a large box with Christmas paper as our hamper?
I would like to wish you a happy Christmas and every blessing for the New Year.
We will need help with offers of food for the refreshments to be served after the Induction Service at Hallfold on 18th December.
We are hosting the Methodist Circuit Carol Service on Wednesday 22nd December and we need help with serving a cuppa, plus biscuits and mince pies after the service.
Bible Readings for December
Matthew 3: v.1-12
Isaiah 11: v.1-10
Psalm 72: v.1-7, 18-19
Romans 15: v.4-13
Luke 2: v.1-20
Isaiah 35: v.1-10
Psalm 146: v.5-10
Matthew 11: v.2-11
19th December – Lessons as chosen
25th December – Christmas Day readings as selected by minister
Matthew 2: v.13-23
Isaiah 63: v.7-9
Hebrews 2: v.10-18
Thanks for Flowers
5th Mr & Mrs J Emmott
12th Mrs S Lunn
19th Miss V Riley
26th Mr G Sutcliffe
Jessie Seddon has had a fall and is incapacitated at home. We send her our good wishes.
We pray for Carolyn White and her husband Les, as Carolyn begins her ministry in Rochdale.
We pray for Rev Anthea Wickens as she begins her ministry at Littleborough URC.
We pray for the family of Kinumbu, the son of Alexander of the New Life Christian Fellowship. Kinumbu has died after being ill for some time and we offer our condolences at this sad time.
We have sent our grateful thanks to the family of Jim Brownlie following the receipt of a donation of £100 to St Andrews. We remember Jim with affection, and with gratitude for his friendship and his example of faith.
For contributions to the World Mission Fund of the Rochdale and Littleborough Circuit – See details on world church board
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES in Circuit Churches
Castleton Moor – 11.30pm
Trinity – 4.00pm
Dearnley – 11.15pm
Smithy Bridge – 11.15pm
Thrum Hall – 11.30pm
A Message from our New Minister
When Les and I were younger, moving house was second nature. In the first 10 years of our marriage we averaged a move a year. Les was in the Army, which explains a lot, but even so we still moved a lot more than normal. Since those days we’ve had chance to settle down a bit and experience the joy of getting to know our neighbours and be a part of the community we live in. The last couple of years have been unsettled again, so we’re both really looking forward to joining you in Rochdale, getting to know you all, becoming part of your church family and being involved in the local community.
You will soon find out that Les and I are complete opposites in many ways. I’m very open about being excited at the thought of what the future might hold. Whereas Les is far more reserved. There is no doubt though that we both consider this move to be a wonderful, God-given opportunity that we can’t wait to get started on.
As exciting as the next few months may be, we also have to remember that as with all new relationships, it won’t all be plain sailing. Whatever differences we may discover in each other, what’s more important is what we have in common – to know the love of the one true God.
As we approach Christmas and consider afresh the implications of the incarnation in all our lives, let’s not forget how God uses the ordinary, the unexpected, the unacceptable to grow his kingdom. Where will we find God in the months ahead? Who among us will he use in ways we may not expect?
A new age is beginning for all of us. Where our journey will take us, only God knows. Exciting, isn’t it?
May God grant you a very merry Christmas, and every blessing for the New Year.
METHODIST CONNEXIONAL MAILING
The recent Connexional Mailing will be the last to be produced and future communication will be available in other formats.
In this mailing, there is information on Mission Matters, describing partnerships, programmes and people all over the world. There is a particularly interesting article about The Knitters of Whitby, of Whitby Methodist Church in Ellesmere Port who are said to offer woolly compassion and care. They formed the group two years ago and now have over 50 members. Over the past two years they have delivered over a quarter of a tonne of knitted jumpers, hats, scarves and blankets to people in need at home and abroad.
There is also information about Methodist Heritage and reference to the History of the World in 100 Objects. This is a unique partnership and major project between the BBC, the British Museum, and 350 museums and institutions across the country, including reference to items of Methodist interest.
As well as the above, there are other leaflets and these will be available on the table in the foyer.
A New Guide Unit for St Andrew’s
We are very excited to have a brand new Guide unit here at St Andrews; The 101st Rochdale Guides.
So far we are only a small unit with seven girls joining us from the Brownie Unit here at St Andrews, but we hope that we will soon have a larger group as more girls join us.
Hopefully the Guides will become well known to the church, as they have already agreed to take part in our Nativity service on the 12th December and to come and help out at the Christmas coffee morning on the 4th.
Guides is for girls aged between 10-14, so if anyone knows of any girls of that age who are interested, please let them know about us. For any more information please see Claire Costello.
Post Christmas Re-Cycling!
Please save the postage stamps from the mountains of post you will receive over Christmas and recycle them to help the R.S.P.C.A. There is a box in the foyer, or they may be given to Ken Uren directly. Also, Elizabeth Watson would be happy to receive any old Christmas cards (or Birthday cards!) for use in school. Thanks in anticipation!
St Andrew’s Coffee Shop
Please note: the Coffee Shop will be closed
December 28th and on January 4th 2011
Diary Dates for December & January
Sunday 5th – 10.30 am
Rev Donald Whitehead. Lunch after Morning Service to celebrate Muriel Taylor’s birthday.
Tuesday 7th – 7.30 pm – Annual Candlelight Service at Hallfold
Wednesday 8th – 1.00 pm – Sharing Stories
Friday 10th – 6.00 pm – Cristingle Service at Hallfold
11.00-3.00 pm – Carol singing in the Wheatsheaf Centre organised by the Multi-Faith Partnership.
10.00 am – Jarvis St. Christmas Coffee Morning
7.30 pm – Rochdale Festival Choir Concert at St Martin’s Church, Castleton.
Sunday 12th – 10.30 am – Nativity and Gift Service at St Andrew’s Civic Carol Service at Rochdale Town Hall
Saturday 18th – 3.00 pm – Induction Service for Rev. Carolyn White at Hallfold
Sunday 19th – 10.30 am – Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. FairTrade stall after Service
Monday 20th – 7.30 pm – Housegroup with carols and supper in aid of Action for Children, t 13 Bramley Road
1.00 pm – Sharing Stories
7.30 pm – Methodist Circuit Carol Service at St Andrew’s (+ refreshments)
Saturday 25th – 10.30 am – Christmas Day Service at St Andrew’s, Rev. Donald Whitehead
Sunday 26th – 10.30 am – Rev. Carolyn White. Joint Service at Hallfold.
Sunday 2nd – 10.30 am – Rev Carolyn White Annual Covenant Service
Saturday 9th – 3.00 pm – Induction Service for Rev Richard Bradley at Bamford Chapel
Church News – November 2010
From the Church Secretary
I am very pleased to announce that St Andrews and Hallfold Churches (Rochdale East Pastorate) are no longer in vacancy. Following a meeting with the Vacancy Committee on 29th September, it was agreed that the Rev Carolyn White should be invited for the day on Sunday 24th October to preach and socialise with both congregations. On Monday, 25th October, both Church Councils met together for discussion and a vote. The vote was 96% in favour of a Call being given to Carolyn and this has been agreed and accepted. It was good to welcome both Carolyn and her husband Les to Rochdale and we look forward to getting to know them better in the future. The Induction Service will take place on Saturday 18th December at 3pm at Hallfold United Reformed Church. The service will be followed by refreshments. Further details will be available nearer the time.
We are grateful to Gillian Galloway for her continued support.
At the Church Council Annual General Meeting on 17th October, we discussed the Town Centre Redevelopment situation and agreed on a small Development Group to liase with the Development Agency. The new municipal offices are due to be ready by December 2012, and the new bus station at a similar time. Demolition of the area will begin in 2013. We have been informed by the Rochdale Development Agency that they have identified some possible sites for St Andrews but it would be helpful if we could identify some sites in the town centre or on the edges that are already in council ownership or could be acquired for us. Any ideas would be welcome. We need to have a site in place and a new church built for us with equivalent space and quality as the present building. The deal needs to be structured in such a way that we are never homeless at any time. We are being advised by the Synod about the implications for St Andrews at the present time.
Other items on the agenda included:-
- Discussion about membership and whether our present list is realistic in terms of members who haven’t been able to worship with us over recent years. Some members had found it difficult to complete the recent election nominations for Elders and Stewards because of the uncertainly about the status of some members. This discussion in ongoing.
b. Noise before the beginning of the service. There have been comments about the amount of noise in the church prior to the beginning of the service. It is good to greet friends when we see them but we are asked to remember and respect those people who wish to spend time in private prayer and meditation at this time.
For details about any of the above matters and more, please refer to the copy of the Minutes that is available on the notice-board or ask for an individual copy. A copy of the Annual Reports is also available.
Following the ordination of Claire Costello as an Elder, the induction of Andrey Greenwood and Bill Turner as Elders and the commissioning of three new stewards, Wendy Byrne, Beryl Lloyd and Betty Routledge, on Sunday 31st October by Anthea Wickens, we would like to pass on our good wishes and every blessing for the future as they take up these roles. The full updated list of Elders and Stewards appears elsewhere in the magazine.
We would also like to express similar sentiments to Anthea Wickens who will be ordained as a URC Minister at Littleborough URC on 21st November at 2.30pm.
We extend our thanks and good wishes to Glynis Whitehead as she takes a sabbatical year.
Preparation for Advent and Christmas
The new Vision4Life booklets will be available as we begin the third year of the project at Advent.
On 4th December, we are holding a Christmas Coffee Morning and there will be a meeting at 10am on Tuesday 9th November for all those who are available, interested and/or would like to help.
Each year at our Nativity and Gift Service, we give presents to the babies and young women of Gabriel Court. I asked Lesley Foster of Gabriel Court for ideas for gifts and she suggested the following:
Babies – any items from newborn to 12 months because the mothers and babies are still supported even after they have left Gabriel Court.
Women – the gifts we have given in previous years have been ideal e.g. toiletries, make-up, small items of clothing such as gloves, scarves and socks, jewellery, sweets/chocolates, small items stationery, diary – in fact anything for a young woman.
Individual gift boxes are made up by the staff from all the items given by various groups.
Christmas Hamper This year for the first time, we have agreed to participate in the Family Action (formerly Family Service Units) Christmas Hamper scheme 2010. The charity has been working with disadvantaged and isolated families in the Rochdale area for over 60 years. Each year individual participating churches are supplied with the details of a specific family. Our family is a single mother called Emma and her two daughters, Bethany 9 years, and Melissa 5 years. Emma struggles with ill-health.
During November, there will be a list of suggested food items and gifts on the notice-board for you to sign up for if you are able to participate. We will put together a hamper for the final date of 12th December.
Bible Readings for November
Luke 20: v.27-38
Job 19: v.23-27a
Psalm 17: v.1-9
2 Thessalonians 2: v.1-5, 13-17
John 15: v.12-17
Malachi 4: v.1-2a
2 Thessalonians 3: v.6-13
Luke 23: v.33-43
Jeremiah 23: v.1-6
Colossians 1: v.11-20
Matthew 24: v.36-44
Romans 13: v.11-14
Isaiah 2: v.1-5
Matthew 3: v.1-12
Isaiah 11: v.1-1
Psalm 72: v.1-7, 18-19
Romans 15: v.4-13
THANKS FROM PETRUS
We have received a letter of thanks from Petrus for the harvest goods that we donated. See letter on notice-board
Thanks for Flowers
7th Mrs M Taylor
21st Mr & Mrs N Sampson
28th Rochdale & District Scottish Society
5th Mr & Mrs J Emmott
We note with sadness the death of Jim Brownlie on 21st October. Jim’s funeral took place at St Andrews on 1st November.
We have sent condolences to Dr Frank Hossack on the death of his wife, Sheila. Our thoughts and prayers are with both families.
Ken Uren and Allan Fenton are both looking better, and it has been good to see them back at church.
Hilda Edge has been in Tudor Court for respite care following a fall, and she sends her good wishes to everyone.
John Hamnett had an overnight stay in the Infirmary after he was taken ill at the Coffee Morning, Eleanor Clarke has had a short spell in hospital recently. We wish them well.
Our get-well wishes are extended to Lynn Cutting, a member at Hallfold who was involved in a road traffic accident outside St Andrews following our joint meeting on Monday 25th October.
We would like to thank Brenda Jones for the magnificent kneeler she presented to the congregation on Sunday 31st October at the beginning of the service. It represents a lot of work for Brenda and celebrates 100 years of Guiding. It was appropriate that, after it was blessed by Anthea, Claire, a Guider herself, used the kneeler as she was being ordained.
ORDINATION, INDUCTION AND COMMISSIONING
What does it all mean? Sometimes we get lost in the terminology so this is a simple attempt at an explanation. All these words are about introducing someone to a new role or task.
ORDINATION happens to new ministers as they begin their ministry. Ordination is an official ceremony of consecration. Anthea Wickens is to be ordained at Littleborough on 21st November and from then on, she will be Rev Anthea Wickens.
URC Elders are also ordained because they share with ministers in pastoral oversight and leadership of the local church. Once elders are ordained they can be available for re-election or may become non-serving elders when they take sabbatical years, or are unavailable for duty or are unable to continue in a serving role.
INDUCTION is the process of introducing someone into a new position. Rev Carolyn White, our new minister has been ordained previously so the service for her on 18th December will be one of Induction.
Elders who are re-elected have been ordained previously, so enter upon their office again by induction. On moving to another church an ordained elder is eligible for election to the elders’ meeting by that church.
COMMISSIONING takes place when an individual person or a group of people is authorised for a particular duty. We commission our stewards in recognition of their duties on our behalf.
Jan Hicks has a Traidcraft catalogue for fairly- traded Christmas cards and gifts. Please see her for details
STORIES FOR CHANGE 58
These are anxious times for Zimbabwe.
It is just five months until their new constitution – in process of being written – goes to referendum in January 2011. If the constitution is accepted, then a general election is expected in early in 2011. Whatever the outcome, Christian Aid’s partners are doing all they can to limit the likelihood of a recurrence of the violence that marred the last election in March 2008. The situation remains peaceful so far but conflict is not far below the surface. Fellow civil society organisations and aid agencies, including Christian Aid partners, are reporting increased verbal attacks, and access issues to some communities due to the constitutional consultations taking place there.
Partners are also striving to ensure the constitutional process is open, transparent and truly representative.
In previous reports we have highlighted the work of partners Habakkuk Trust and SCMZ (Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe). As reports come through of mounting tensions with the constitution writing process, these two partners remain crucial for Christian Aid’s focus on aiding an outcome genuinely determined by the will of the Zimbabwean people.
The Habakkuk Trust reports that ‘the programme (of constitutional reform) is two months behind schedule and political parties appear to be controlling the process … Civil society, although represented in the process, is playing a cameo role as powers of negotiation lie largely with the political players.’ With fears that the constitutional reform process may not be transparent, the Trust reports how it has been investigating its impact in communities.
Meanwhile SCMZ report on their recent initiatives designed to promote the non-violent political participation of youth in Zimbabwe’s democratic transition.
Two other partners, ZimPro (Zimbabwe Project Trust) and Dabane Trust, are this year working on a combined project, co-funded by the UK government, that will help families grow more and diverse food. They report no restrictions to movement. Christian Aid staff in Zimbabwe are optimistic that in this coming hunger season (Jan-March 2011, when families tend to run out of food), the numbers reliant on food aid will drop for a second year running.
Extracts from Christian Aid report to CforL Reference Group September 2010
The 2011 United Reformed Church personal diary is available at a cost of £6.25 + P&P. It includes URC Synod information, notable dates, full year planner = forward planner for 2012, road maps and other useful information. There is also an insert available which fits any standard organizer. It comes in soft or hard cover and is available in red or green (soft cover) and blue or black (hard cover). Let Jan Hicks know if you want to place an order.
URC Prayer Handbook
The Prayer Handbook for 2011 is called ‘Still Praying’. The Prayer Handbook has been published every year for well over 30 years. Its collection of unique prayers and meditations has attracted a wide and dedicated readership within the United Reformed Church and elsewhere. This year 2011 is the URC Vision4Life year of evangelism and this edition of the Prayer Handbook has been prepared with this in mind. There is a sample copy available. The cost is £5 per copy. P&P is free because we have already ordered more than 10 copies. There is a list on the notice-board so do add your name if you wish to order a copy.
Church Duties for November
f = foyer, h = hymnbooks, v = vestry
7th – Miss E Thorpe (f), Mr K Uren & Mrs J Thomas (h), Mrs D Watson (v)
14th – Miss V Riley (f), Mrs B Greenwood & Mrs M Burgess (h), Dr W Turner (v)
21st – Mrs A Jones (f), Mrs I Marshall & Mr J Emmott (h), Mrs S Lee (v)
28th – Mr D Morton (f), Miss V Riley & Mrs E Clarke (h), Mrs J Hicks (v)
5th – Miss J Burrows (f), Mrs M Taylor & Mrs B Skelton (h), Mrs A Jones (v)
5th – Dr W Turner & Mrs J Hicks
Diary Dates for December
Sunday 7th – 10.30 am – Mr K Greer
Tuesday 9th – 10.00 am – Meeting to discuss Christmas Coffee Morning
12.00 noon – Midweek Communion
Wednesday 10th – 1.00 pm – Sharing Stories
Thursday 11th – 2.00 pm – Dearnley Methodist Church Network Meeting Rev. Sharon Jones on Namibia Project
Sunday – 14th – 10.30 am – Remembrance Sunday Service led by Mr & Mrs A Jones and Elders
Monday 15th – 7.45 pm – Planning meeting for World Action Event 2011 at Dearnley Methodist Church
Friday 19th – 1.00 pm – St Andrew’s Flexible Walkers
Sunday 21st – 10.30 am – Mr Michael Priestley. Prisons Sunday FairTrade Stall after Morning Service
2.30 pm – Anthea Wickens’ Ordination at Littleboro’ URC
Tuesday 23rd – 7.00 pm – Joint Elders & Stewards meeting and meal
Wednesday 24th – 1.00 pm – Sharing Stories
Church News – October 2010
From the Church Secretary
As I begin this article, there are two items of good news to report; one is connected with the ministerial vacancy and the other is about our new windows.
Gillian Galloway, our Interim Moderator, informed us last month that a minister is looking at our Pastorate Profile. That is all the information available at present but if or as soon as there is further information, I will let you know.
As far as the church windows are concerned, we have splendid new windows throughout the building, and these are protected with a polycarbonate covering. It is wonderful to see the daylight once again. We are grateful to people from other churches and community groups who offered to assist in various ways. We would like to thank all those involved in this repair work and the additional cleaning involved.
I would like to remind you that the Annual General Meeting takes place after the morning service on Sunday 17th October. Everyone is encouraged to attend if at all possible. I would like to express thanks to all those who were able to participate in the election of Elders and Stewards, and to Bill Turner and Sheila Lee for consulting with those people who have been nominated. The names will be brought to the AGM, for agreement by the members. The ordination/commissioning and induction of Elders and Stewards will take place during the morning service on 31st October. The Annual Reports will be available for us to peruse before the meeting. These offer an overview of the life of the church throughout the year and are always interesting. Another aspect of October is the church count. You will note one or two people counting us all during the Sunday morning services throughout the month. These statistics, together with details about membership and other information, are required by both the Methodist and United Reformed Church denominations.
Kindly note that there will be two Services of Holy Communion in October because of the special service planned on 31st October. This second service will be instead of one on 7th November.
Policing and St Andrews
If you come to the Tuesday morning Coffee Shop, you will have noticed that police officers are now calling in on a regular basis. If you need to ask questions or are concerned about any aspect of policing, they will be pleased to listen and advise. There is information about many aspects of policing on a table in the corridor. Do help yourself to the leaflets. You may also contact the Rochdale North Neighbouring Policing team on 0161 856 9961.
Is it that time of year already? Earlier in the year we agreed to participate in the Family Action (formerly Family Service Units) Christmas Hamper scheme 2010. The charity has been working with disadvantaged and isolated families for over 60 years. Each year individual participating churches are supplied with the details of a specific family. A list of items required will be supplied and we can sign up to one or more of these with the aim of putting together a hamper. More information will be available next month.
Bible Readings for October
Mark 8: v.1-8
Leviticus 19: V.1-10
Psalm 37: v.1-9
Luke 17: v.5-10
Luke 17: v.11-19
2 Kings 5: v.1-3, 7-15c
2 Timothy 2: v.8-15
Luke 18: v.1-8
Genesis 32: v.22-31
2 Timothy 3: v.14 – 4:v.5
Luke 18: v.9-14
Jeremiah 14: v.7-10,19-22
Psalm 84: v.1-7
2 Timothy 4: v.6-8, 16-18
Luke 19: v.1-10
Psalm 32: v.1-7
Isaiah 1: v.10-18
2 Thessalonians 1: v.1-4, 11-12.
Thanks for flowers for October
10th – Mrs S Cornell
17th – Mr & Mrs J Hamnett
24th – Mrs H Edge
31st – Mr K Uren
- It was good to see Joan Doyle at church again recently and looking very well.
- Barbara McKie is now living at Rosemary Care Home, Milnrow, where she has settled happily.
- We send good wishes to Ken Uren and Freda Whitehead who are not well, and to Jim Brownlie who has been in hospital.
- Congratulations to Jenny and Gordon Seddon on their special Wedding Anniversary
URC Prayer Handbook
The Prayer Handbook for 2011 is called ’Still Praying’. The Prayer Handbook has been published every year for well over 30 years. Its collection of unique prayers and meditations has attracted a wide and dedicate readership within the United Reformed Church and elsewhere. This year 2011 is the URC Vision4Life year of evangelism and this edition of the Prayer Handbook has been prepared with this in mind. There is a sample copy available. The cost is £5 per copy + p&p. P&p will be free because we have already ordered more than 10 copies. There is a list on the notice board so do add your name if you wish to order a copy.
If you’ve got any old shoes taking up space in the bottom of your cupboard, why not put them to good use? UNICEF and Clarks run a successful recycling initiative called the Shoebiz Appeal that helps children around the world go to school. There are collection points at more than 500 Clarks stores, including Rochdale, where you can leave your old or unwanted footwear. All the shoes are recycled in the UK and the money goes towards UNICEF”s education programmes. Every pair of shoes that is recycled could provide a pencil or exercise book – essential items to enable a child to go to school. So please don’t throw those worn out trainers or your child’s old school shoes in the bin. Take them to your nearest Clarks store and you can help a child take their first steps to a brighter future
THE STORY OF A SMILEY FACE
During August, there was a Feel Good Festival in Rochdale. Readers of the Rochdale Observer were invited to colour or decorate a special page out of the paper to contribute to a huge picture that was mounted on the windows of the ex-Littlewood’s store in the shopping centre. St Andrews Coffee Shop contributed one of the pages and we filled it with smiley faces. One of the first faces on that page was drawn by Lee, a faithful Coffee Shop customer, who has called in at the Coffee Shop every week with his friend, Dave, and other friends from time to time. After the weekend, Lee and Dave went to look at the picture but it had been taken down and we didn’t know where the art-work had been stored. However, we did some detective work and eventually phoned the organiser of the Festival, Emrys Morgan. He listened to our story, found the art-work and looked through all of them to find some smiley faces. Emrys came to the Coffee Shop one Tuesday and brought all the contributions that featured smiley faces and we were able to find ours. There is now a copy on display at church and Lee has taken the original back home with him. We are grateful to all those who contributed especially Lee, and to Emrys Morgan for his time and kindness in giving us a happy ending to the story.
A little boy was overheard praying: ‘Lord, if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it. I’m having a real good time like I am.’
Stories for Change (Commitment for Life) – ZIMBABWE
Highfield Uniting Presbyterian Church is situated in a high density area on the outskirts of Harare. On every street corner you find people selling basic food such as tomatoes and onions that they have grown on the land around their homes. Mothers can be found, with their children, sitting all day under trees trying to eke out a meagre living. Like these sellers, the majority of the congregation is unemployed, so the church has become very much the centre of the community. As well as a playschool and other youth activities, some time ago they decided to set up The Tariro AIDS Group. With 1.3 million people living with HIV in Zimbabwe this is an increasing problem and has left may children being brought up by grandparents. The group is made up of church members who meet to share fellowship and support those living with and affected by HIV within the community
The group decided that they needed an income-generating scheme and after much thought decided to try making peanut butter. Peanut butter is used in traditional Zimbabwean dishes where it is mixed with pumpkin leaves, tomatoes and onions. Peanut butter is even served with mealie porridge for breakfast. To start with they bought a peanut butter making machine and a sack of peanuts. After selling the peanut butter at Synod events and other churches in the area they were able to buy more bags of peanuts and have been producing excellent peanut butter ever since.
Following on from the success of their first venture they then turned their hand to making floor polish, or Cobra as it is known. Most floors are concrete and covered with either black or red polish so this is something people want to buy. People come to the Manse to buy the polish, often very early in the morning before finding a spot in the market. At present there are twelve members in the group and although turnover is small, they consider being together a great gift from God and support throughout the week. The profit enables them to give small food parcels to those who need them within the group or the congregation. The parcels consist of basic commodities such as oil, beans, rice and sugar.
With unemployment at 90% the church fulfils its role as the hub of the community. By reaching out to all and providing them with events and schemes it not only provides a small income but also self-esteem and companionship. The Sunday worship is lively and uplifting with many of the AIDS group leading the prayers and the singing in the three hundred strong congregation.
Diary Dates for October
10.30 am – Rev. Ron Hicks
6.15 pm – Methodist Circuit Service at Dearnley
12.00am -5.00pm – ONE in CHRIST – See poster
12.00 noon – Midweek Holy Communion
7.30 pm – Elders’ meeting
1.00pm – Sharing Stories
1.00 pm – Andrew’s Flexible Walkers
10.30 am – Mr Fidele Bolton Fair Trade Stall after Service
17th – 24th – One World Week 2010. Theme: “Peacing Together One World.” This coincides with the Week of Prayer for World Peace.
7.00 pm – Social and Quiz Night at Spotland. £5 inc Potato Pie Supper. (Nos. required for Catering)
10.30 am – Mr Ian Royle
7.30 pm – Housegroup at 16 Somerset Grove
1.00pm – Sharing Stories
7.30 pm – Concert by Rossendale Male Voice Choir at Hallfold. Tickets £5.00 – See Poster
10.30 am – Service for Ordination/Commissioning of Elders and Induction of Stewards and Holy Communion.
After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, ‘That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys.’
Church Duties for October
(F) = Foyer, (H) = Hymn Books, (V) = Vestry
10TH – Mrs A Jones (F), Mrs E Clarke & Mrs B Greenwood (H), Mrs S Lee (V)
17TH – Mr D Morton (F), Mrs I Marshall & Mrs M Burgess (H), Mrs A Jones (V)
24TH – Miss J Burrows (F), Mr J Emmott & Miss V Riley (H), Mrs J Hamnett (V)
31ST – Mrs S Lunn (F), Mrs M Taylor & Mrs B Skelton (H), Mr J Emmott (V)
7TH – Miss E Thorpe (F), Mr K Uren & Mrs J Thomas (H), Mrs E Watson (V)
3rd – Miss V Riley & Dr W Turner
31st – Miss G Whitehead, Mrs B Lloyd, Miss J Burrows, Mrs J Hamnett
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older robes.
Every Tuesday – 10 –11.45
TRY Andrew’s Coffee shop
Coffee, Chat, Bric-a-brac, Books
Items for inclusion in the November issue of ‘The Magazine’ should be in the hands of the editor, either in writing or preferably by E-mail [email protected] by October 31st at the latest.
Material received after this cannot be guaranteed publication
Church News – July & August 2010
Greetings from your Student Minister
Well, another month has passed – doesn’t time fly when you are having fun?!
I would like to thank you all for my warm welcome to St Andrew’s, I have enjoyed my time here so far and am looking forward to the last few weeks that I have left with you. Everyone has been so friendly and helpful; it has made my job so much easier. So thank you all.
Apologies and thanks to those who have filled in feedback sheets for me. While I object in principle to using them – I do not conduct worship to have people tell me how wonderful (or not!) I am – it is a requirement of my course to have some sort of feedback to show I am doing what I say I am!! So thank you to those who have filled them in and returned them.
As I was thinking about my article for this month, I was drawn to consider what it is to be church. I came up with 3 C’s.
Commitment: There are a lot of very committed people at St Andrew’s who take their faith and their responsibilities within the church very seriously. So often their work goes unnoticed, but without them, the work of the church would fall apart.
Communication: without this, the church fails to exist. If the elders, stewards and the minister do not know what is going on then they cannot do anything to help. Knowing who is ill or in hospital or struggling is important if we are to meet our pastoral needs. Knowing who does what and when their meetings are is helpful to keep the building and its members going. We must all talk to each other to make this happen.
Finally, and most importantly, Christ. He is the centre of our church, our very reason for being. We as his people must learn about his message, and live our lives by his example by allowing him to live in us and work through us in our daily lives. By doing this, we are truly building his kingdom here on earth and showing the people of Rochdale that Christ is alive and well in the 21st century with a message of hope for the future.
The church is not bricks and mortar, it is the people within. We are the representatives of what Jesus came to do. Without us, the message dies with him.
Let us take our commitment seriously; talk to each other often; and remember Christ daily to support and guide us throughout our daily lives.
Bible Readings for July and August
Luke 10: v.1-11, 16-20
Isaiah 66: v.10-14
Psalm 66: v.1-9
Galatians 6: (1-6), 7-16
Luke 10: v.25-37
Deuteronomy 30: v.9-14
Psalm 25: v.1-10
Colossians 1: v.1-14
Luke 10: v.38-42
Genesis 18: v.1-10a,
Colossians 1: v.15-28
Luke 11: v.1-13
Genesis 18: v.20-32
Colossians 2: v.6-15 (16-19)
Luke 12: v.13-21
Colossians 3: v.12-17
Ecclesiastes 1: v.2, 12-14 and 2: v.18-23
Psalm 49: v.1-12
Luke 12: v.32-40
Genesis 15: v.1-6
Psalm 33: v.12-22
Hebrews 11: v.1-3, 8-16
Luke 12: v.49-56
Jeremiah 23: 23-29
Hebrews 11: v.29 – 12: v.2
Luke 13: v.10-17
Isaiah 58: v.9b-14
Psalm 103: v.1-8
Hebrews 12: v.18-29
Luke 14: v.1, 7-14
Proverbs 25: v.6-7
Hebrews 13: v.1-8, 15-16
Thanks for Flowers
4 – Mr & Mrs A Costello
11- Mrs B McKie
12 – Mr I Niven
13 – Mr & Mrs R Fletcher
1 – Mr & Mrs E Fletcher
8 – Mrs J Seddon
15 – Mr & Mrs D Watson
16 – Mrs S Lunn
From the Church Secretary
I am beginning this article with some words of thanks. First of all to Ruth Watson because by the time you read this, she will almost have completed her six-week placement with us. The time seems to have passed very quickly but we are most grateful for her cheery presence with us at St Andrews and her ministry amongst us. It has been good to get to know Ruth and her family, and we wish her well in her further years of training, with every blessing for the future.
Secondly, I would like to pass on our thanks to the Brownies and their leaders who shared in the morning service with Ruth on 27th July, their first Parade Service for some time. It was very interesting to hear about their history and development over the last hundred years. The animated film that accompanied the presentation was excellent. We are grateful for the presence of the Brownies and Rainbows at St Andrews and also for the faithful service of the Trefoil Guild.
This is the time of year not only for summer holidays but also the time when the United Reformed Church and the Methodist Church meet for their General Assembly (2 – 5 July at Leicester) and Methodist Conference (24 June – 1 July at Portsmouth) respectively. The purpose of these gatherings is to oversee the work of the church, to discuss issues of concern and to decide on policy. The prayers of the whole church sustain the work of the Assembly and the Conference and we are encouraged to share in those prayers. Rev Carolyn Lawrance of the Rochdale and Littleborough Methodist Circuit was ordained on Conference Sunday, 27th July and I have sent our good wishes to Carolyn.
At the local level, St Andrews Church Council meets on Sunday 11th July after the morning service and it is important that we attend if at all possible. An update on the Ministerial Vacancy will be available from Gillian Galloway, our Interim Moderator, who will attend the meeting. Towards the end of July, members will receive the election list so that they can participate in the annual election of Elders and Stewards.
Meet the Moderator on his Wheel Mission
You may recall that the Synod Moderator, Richard Church, will be on his bike during July and August, visiting as many parts of the North Western Synod as possible. Hallfold have invited him to visit them on Thursday evening 29th July and we have agreed to share in the event. The evening will consist of supper and musical entertainment. Everyone who is available is very welcome to attend and if we are able to contribute food and/or entertainment, we will be even more welcome. There will be more detail about this at a later date.
We also send our good wishes to friends at Hallfold as they celebrate their Church Anniversary on 11th July.
Talking of summer holidays, we’re all going on a summer outing, on 6th August. Hope you can come too. See details elsewhere in the magazine and check the list on the notice-board
Freewill Offering Envelopes
A new set of envelopes will be out in August for the next twelve months. If anyone wishes to join the freewill offering scheme, please see Ken Uren. The amount you give is known only to you. If you are a tax-payer, you may wish to Gift Aid your amount, so that the church can reclaim the tax at no cost to you. Thank you for past giving.
St Andrews Flexible Walkers
We have had 4 walks since my last report and have been very fortunate with the weather.
Our first one in May was again round the Piethorne Valley at Ogden. We took a different route this time going round Kitcliffe and Piethorne Reservoirs. During the walk we passed Binns Ruin which is an area of mixed ruins dating back to the 13th and 15th centuries. There was a large farming community there in the 1600’s and the area was still being farmed in the mid-1800’s when Oldham Corporation compulsorily purchased the property for £2,340 to construct the reservoirs. It never ceases to amaze me that people have been living locally since time immemorial.
Our next walk was a return to Hopwood Woods timed to be when the bluebells were in flower and we weren’t disappointed. The show was delightful!
Our next sojourn was a continuation of our first walk of the season and we went round the Chelburn Reservoirs – a new area for us. We set off from the Moorcock Inn in Littleborough and followed a route which took us over the moorland and past a farm and on towards the Rochdale Canal at Summit. We then came back along the canal, branching off to return to the Moorcock. During this walk we were greeted by some peacocks and discovered there was a home for retired animals. It is called the Field of Dreams where we spotted donkeys, horses, ducks, geese and various wild fowl. It was quite a surprise.
The other side of Rochdale was our venue for our latest walk when we went from Bamford to Carr Wood and on past Millcroft Tea Gardens, which unfortunately were closed. We returned to Bamford and had a cup of tea at one of our walkers’ houses, which was very pleasant. Vivienne Riley
Every Tuesday morning Coffee and Chat, and second-hand stall
10 – 11.45 at ANDREW’S COFFEE SHOP.
CHURCH OUTING – 2010
I have been making enquiries about the proposed outing to the East Lancashire Railway.
It was intended to have this on Wednesday, 4th August, but as this is half-day closing in Ramsbottom, where we intend to have a stay and have time to eat, it has been decided to go on Friday, 6th August. This is unfortunate but I went on Wednesday (any excuse for a trip out) and was disappointed that there weren’t more places open.
We propose leaving Heywood on the train at 10.20 a.m., when it will be steam haul, and going right through to Rawtenstall. We will remain on the train and come back to Ramsbottom arriving there in time for lunch. There are plenty of eating places, a pleasant park to wander through and a wide variety of shops. There is a train back from Ramsbottom at 4.00p.m., which I think would fit in with our day.
If you are interested in joining us on this trip, please sign the list in the foyer. Once I know how many people are interested, I will contact the East Lancashire Railway to see if we can get a Group Booking and possibly have a carriage to ourselves. As a guide, the adult fare would be £12.20 return or £8.20 concessions unless we can get a discount for a group.
Those of us who have cars would be happy to transport people to Heywood Station where there is plenty of parking, so don’t let getting to the station stop you from coming. Vivienne Riley
You may recall that St Andrews was the final stop for the Faith Walk in August 2009, when representatives from various faith groups that meet as the Multi-Faith Partnership, walked around Rochdale Town Centre, stopping at different venues for prayers. This year, the Walk is planned for Saturday 7th August but with St Andrews as the place where participants will assemble at the beginning of the Walk. Further details will be available at a later date.
- Mrs Joan Doyle is in hospital and feeling better. We wish her a speedy recovery.
- Mrs Barbara McKie is also in hospital and we send our good wishes.
- Our condolences to Philip Lowe and family, on the death of Philip’s son. Philip is the organist at St Chad’s Parish Church
- Our prayers are with Rev James Read following a road accident last month.
- We send our best wishes to Miss Jean Read and to Mr Tom Taylor who are both residents in Half Acre House and are both readers of The Magazine. Although they are not able to attend church, they nevertheless show a keen interest in news of the congregation.
- We send greetings to John Hamnett will be 90 on 6th July.
- Every blessing to Rev Carolyn Lawrance of the Rochdale and Littleborough Methodist Circuit who was ordained on Sunday 27th June in Portsmouth at the Methodist Conference.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 9th – 15th May
Thank you for all contributions to the work of Christian Aid. The total collected at St Andrews was £566.70. Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. Details of the total raised throughout Rochdale will be available in a future magazine.
Your money saves lives. Here’s how. Christian Aid works with local organisations that they know are best-placed to tackle the poverty they see every day, respond during emergencies and challenge their governments. So in the slums of Kenya, Christian Aid supports Maji na Ufanisi (MNU). In turn MNU works with smaller community groups to help people in Nairobi’s slums clean up their water supplies, transform their neighbourhoods and gradually work their own way out of poverty. Last year, each Christian Aid Week collectors raised an average of £30 each.
This could help pay for a month’s salary for a sanitation block worker in Kenya, who cleans the block, collects a nominal fee from people using it to ensure it’s well-maintained.
Joyce Robinson and Jan Hicks
COMMITMENT FOR LIFE
News from Zimbabwe
Chickens, Clinics and Classrooms
When Stanley Muzingwa gave up his job to be part of his minister’s dream, little did he realise that a few years on he would be responsible for a clinic, a school with sixty children and forty hens in the empty manse garage.
Lomagundi Uniting Presbyterian Church of South Africa, Chinyhoi has a five hundred strong congregation, two hundred of which are children. Since the departure of many of the white farmers in the area, due to the violence against them, they have lost many of their English speaking congregation. They still have two services, one in English and the other in Shona but the Shona service is now by far the largest. Today, as a congregation, they are responsible for a clinic, an informal school and have big plans for the future despite the hardships they face.
The clinic, which is the only one in the area, the nearest being five kilometres away, provides a life line for the local people. There are three staff, two nurses and a doctor. Small sick children nestled in parent’s arms wait patiently to be seen. Most come for family planning, HIV testing and anti retroviral drugs given by their Presbytery in Denver, Colorado. The clinic is small and cramped so the church are looking to make the now empty manse into a new clinic with a small ward. Plans are already in hand for this change of use but Stanley explained that these things take time and will need a little help along the way. Corruption is rife in all parts of Zimbabwean society and planning officers are no different.
They will then buy a new Manse away from the church for a new minister when he or she comes. At present the garage is being used as a hen house to give food to those in the congregation who struggle because unemployment is so high at ninety two percent.
In the church hall, sixty children cram round large tables, diligently listening to their teachers. Whilst the head teacher is qualified the rest are volunteer church members brushing up on their maths and science. With school fees often out of reach for most parents, a generation is growing up with no formal education. The ramifications of this are disastrous for Zimbabwe, which is why the church answered their needs with this temporary arrangement. The pupils have been able to register at the local school to take their exams but Stanley hopes that soon the school will itself be registered.
In the afternoon the children enjoy lifestyle activities and games including sewing and football. Before independence schooling was free but many were prepared to pay for education as a way to develop the nation. Sadly this did not happen and the children are now suffering.
To see a church so in tune with the needs of the local community and congregation is astounding. Stanley is creating the old Minister’s dream but it is evident he has made it his own. He looks forward to the day when they can open the new clinic and children can be taught in proper classrooms with modern facilities and resources. With a faith that seems to move mountains, chickens, clinics and children we are sure he will succeed.
Christian Aid’s Prayer Diary for 16-22nd May asked people to pray for the people of Zimbabwe for whom the past two years have been a rollercoaster ride. The politically motivated violence, the collapse in the economy and desperate food shortages meant that at least 5.5 million Zimbabweans are estimated to have depended on food aid to survive during 2009. Christian Aid partners have pioneered simple and cost effective farming techniques to help poor, small-scale farmers there to survive.
Please pray for:
• ZimPro, promoting agricultural techniques that help poor farmers in Zimbabwe to grow more food in a changing climate
• the Dabane Trust, building dams and pumps that bring water to market gardens, ensuring crops all year round
• the Habakkuk Trust, encouraging community ‘action teams’ to restore water pumps ensuring clean and safe water for their communities
• the estimated 4 million Zimbabweans who fled the country during the violence
• the 3 million Zimbabweans believed to be in South Africa, living in appalling conditions in informal settlements Amen
Origins of Well-known Sayings…
On a recent visit to the National Trust property East Riddlesden Hall we were told the origin of a few sayings that are regularly used today. We gleaned this information as we looked round the Hall from the room guides who were well informed on the rooms and their contents.
In the bedroom was a substantial baby’s cradle, and on the edge of the sides were nails. Apparently string was threaded across the cradle and around the nails to protect the baby from animals—mainly cats. Hence the term “cat’s cradle”. In the next bedroom was a rather ramshackle bed with ropes across the frame. They were very loose and each rope had to be tightened before the person went to bed—hence the term “sleep tight.” In the same room was a handsome treasure chest with locks and bolts but apparently if a thief managed those he would be caught “red handed” as at the bottom of the chest were sharp knives.
Downstairs, the large table had drinking vessels on it, a very small one for a child in the shape of a boot and then a huge boot for adult use. From this came the phrase “a drinking bout.” The ordinary folk of the day used a square wooden board with a slight hollow instead of a plate—the phrase “a square meal” originates from this.
“Burning the candle at both ends” is a very common saying, and we saw a candlestick with a taper holder attached and apparently the user would light both the candle and the taper when a better light was needed.
East Riddlesden Hall is near Keighley and it proved to be a very interesting place to visit. Besides the house, there is a garden and a well-stocked herb garden, a café and, of course, a shop.
HALLFOLD ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND 10 – 11th July
Hallfold URC 1698 – 2010, celebrate their church anniversary on Sunday 11th July when the preacher at 10.45am will be the Rev David Wilkinson. This will be followed by lunch and an afternoon service at 2pm.
Saturday, 10th July is the Church Garden Party at 2pm with the Crowning of the Rose Queen. There will be refreshments available + stalls and a raffle. Everyone welcome.
Church Duties for July and August
Foyer = (F), Hymnbooks = (H), Vestry = (V)
4 – Mr A Jones (F), Mr J Emmott & Miss V Riley (H), Mrs. J Hamnet (V)
11 – Miss E. Thorpe (F), Mr K. Uren & Mrs J Thomas (H), Mr J. Emmott (V)
18 – Mr D. Morton (F), Mrs E.Clarke & Mrs B Greenwood (H), Mrs B. Jones (V)
25 – Miss J. Burrows (F), Mrs M. Burgess & Mrs I Marshall (H), Dr. W. Turner (V)
Communion Servers on the 4th :
Dr. W.Turner, Miss G. Whitehead, Mrs B. Lloyd, Miss J. Burrows
1 – Mrs S. Lunn (F), Mrs M. Taylor & Mrs B Skelton (H), Mrs D. Watson (V)
8 – Mrs B. Jones (F), Mr K. Uren & Mrs J Thomas (H), Miss G. Whitehead (V)
15 – Miss E. Thorpe (F), Mrs E. Clarke & Mrs B Greenwood (H), Mrs J. Hicks (V)
22 – Mr D. Morton (F), Mrs M. Burgess & Mrs I Marshall (H), Mrs S. Lee (V)
29 – Miss J. Burrows (F), Mr J. Emmott & Miss V Riley (H), Mrs B. Jones (V)
Communion Servers on the 1st :
Mrs S Lee & Mrs J Hamnet
5 – Mrs B. Greenwood (F), Mrs M. Taylor & Mrs B Skelton (H), Mrs J. Hamnet (V)
Communion Servers on the 5th:
Mrs J.Hicks, Mrs D. Watson, Mrs B. Lloyd & Miss J. Burrows
Some Diary Dates for July and August
(But keep an eye on the Notice Boards!)
Sunday 4th – 10.30 am, Mrs Ruth Watson – Holy Communion
Wednesday 7th – 1.00 pm – Sharing Stories
12.00 noon – Lunch at Jarvis Street
7.00 pm – Rochdale Festival Choir Concert at St Martin’s
7.30 pm – Northern Baroque Orchestra concert at St Andrew’s
Sunday 11th – 10.30 am – Mrs Ruth Watson (Church Council meeting after Service)
Hallfold Church Anniversary (See Notice)
Tuesday 13th – 12.00 noon – Midweek Communion. Mrs Ruth Watson.
Friday 16th – 1.00 pm – Andrew’s Flexible Walkers
Sunday 18th – 10.30 am – Mrs Jean Spencer (Fair Trade stall after Service)
6.00 pm – Service at Hollingworth Lake.(July 18 -Aug29)
Tuesday 20th – Syke Methodist Church Arts Festival begins.
Wednesday 21st – 1.00 pm – Sharing Stories
Sunday 25th – 10.30 am – Rev. Donald Whitehead
Monday 26th – 7.30 pm – Housegroup at 16 Somerset Grove
Thursday 29th – 7.00 pm – Meet the Moderator at Hallfold as part of his Wheel Mission. Musical Evening + food by Hallfold and St Andrew’s, with the Synod Moderator, Rev Richard Church.
Sunday 1st – 10.30 am – Mr & Mrs A. Jones – Holy Communion
Friday 6th – St Andrew’s Summer Outing
Saturday 7th – Faith Walk
Sunday 8th – 10.30 am – Mrs Susan Booth
Tuesday 10th – 12.00 noon – Midweek Communion. Rev Carolyn Lawrance
Sunday 15th – 10.30 am – Service led by Elders (Fair Trade stall after Service)
Friday 20th – 1.00 pm – Andrew’s Flexible Walkers
Sunday 22nd – 10.30 am – Rev David Hardman
Sunday 29th – 10.30 am – Mr Keith Bearcroft
Church News – June 2010
Greetings from a Student Minister!
Happy Birthday to the Church! As we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we are reminded of the work of the Spirit in our own lives.
Happy Anniversary St Andrew’s! Apparently you felt the coming of the Spirit strongly thanks to Alan and his leaf blower?
So how present is the Spirit in our lives? Is there a definite date when we can honestly say we were first aware of the presence of Christ in our life? As I have been on placement for the past 8 months at a Roman Catholic Church, I have been able to experience the children taking their first communion following confirmation, where they are told they will receive Christ for the first time. Such is their belief that the bread and wine at communion actually becomes the risen Christ, the children could put a date on the first time they received him into their lives.
For me there is no particular date when I became aware of his presence. I was taken to church from a very young age and was brought up in the Methodist Church. I was confirmed in a Local Ecumenical Project into the Methodist Church, Church of England and United Reformed Traditions. I had all the top bods there – David Jenkins Bishop of Durham; David Jenkins, Moderator of General Assembly and the Chairman of the Methodist Conference, although I can never remember his name!
I trained as a Methodist Local Preacher in the North East and in the North West, carrying out my studies alongside A-levels and my degree. I was accredited in Nov 1993 into the Bury and Heywood circuit.
I moved to the United Reformed Church when I met Ian, now my husband. It was not a fall out with my tradition; it was simply a matter of going where he was! Ian and I have now been married almost 12 years and we have 3 sons. Luke is 8; Mark 6 and Joel will be 2 on the longest day!!!
They have all supported me through my first year of ministry training despite the comments “Mum are you out AGAIN?”
It is only looking back that I can really see the Spirit at work in my life. They say hindsight is a wonderful thing, but looking back, not just at the last year, but throughout life, I can see and feel his presence, guiding, supporting, celebrating and leading me onward.
As I prepare for 6 weeks with you, I can only pray that you too can take the time out to reflect at this time of Pentecost on the work of the Spirit in your lives. I look forward to working with you to discover more of what God has in store for us all.
Every blessing, Ruth Watson
Bible Readings for June
1 Kings 17: v.8-16, (17-24)
Galatians 1: v.11-24
Luke 7: v.11-17
1 Kings 21: v.1b-10 (11-14), 15-21a
Psalm 5: v.1-8
Galatians 2: v.15-21
Luke 7: v.36 to 8: v.3
1 Kings 19: v.1-4, (5-7), 8-15a
Galatians 3: v.23-29
Luke 8: v.26-39
2 Kings 2: v.1-2, 6-14
Psalm 77 v.1-2, 11-20
Galatians 5: v.1, 13-25
Luke 9: v.51-62
Thanks for Flowers
13th – Mrs J Doyle
20th – Mr & Mrs S Ratcliffe
27th – Mr & Mrs A Fenton
4th – Mr & Mrs A Costello
FROM THE CHURCH SECRETARY
We celebrated our Church Anniversary on 23rd May, when the morning service was led by the Rev Alan Crump. We were pleased to welcome both Alan and Shelley, and visitors, to the service and to the meal afterwards. We are grateful to Alan for his ministry and for his inspirational visual aids about the Holy Spirit. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this such an occasion of celebration.
Alan has sent us the following message:
Many many thanks again to all at St Andrews for making me feel I had come home and I shall continue to read your church magazine with interest and see the developing story of God’s plan for ministry with you.
With love in Christ
We extend a warm welcome to Ruth Watson as she begins her student placement with us at the beginning of June for six weeks. We look forward to her ministry with us at St Andrews. She will be leading each service on the six Sundays, together with Sharing Stories, House-group, and other meetings.
Ministerial Vacancy update
The good news about the ministerial vacancy is that after 15 months of waiting the Vacancy of the Rochdale East Pastorate comprising Hallfold and St Andrews Churches has now been declared. Copies of the Pastorate Profiles are now with Richard Church, the Synod Moderator, and a Summary Profile (like an advert) will be available to ministers during the coming weeks. We are grateful to Gillian Galloway, our Interim Moderator, for getting us to this stage of the process.
Rochdale Town Centre Redevelopment update
Jonathan Hindle from the Development Agency dropped in to see us last month and we await more news about the next stage in the proceedings during June.
You may recall that the Synod Moderator, Richard Church, will be on his bike during the week beginning Monday 26th July, visiting as many parts of the North Western Synod as possible. We had originally suggested that we could invite him to share in the Coffee Shop on Tuesday 27th July with the opportunity to meet friends from Hallfold, other churches and representatives of groups that use our building. However, it wasn’t possible to fit this into his programme so Hallfold have invited him to visit them on Thursday evening 29th July. This suggestion has been agreed and we are welcome to join in as well. The evening will consist of food and entertainment of a musical nature.
If we are able to contribute food and/or entertainment, we shall be even more welcome.
Finally, a word of grateful thanks is extended to the Elders who led the morning service on 30th May.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 9th – 15th May
Thank you for all contributions to the work of Christian Aid. Joyce Robinson and Jan Hicks will report the final total in a future magazine.
- Mrs Joan Doyle is in hospital and we wish her a speedy recovery.
- Greetings to all at St Andrews from Rev Shaun Swithenbank. Shaun and Jane will be moving from Harrogate this year to take up ministry in Durham.
- Birthdays: Kathleen Hope celebrated her 90th birthday in May, and John Hamnett will be 90 on 6th July.
- Jean Reid has recently received her 60 year certificate as a Methodist Local Preacher.
- Rev Dr David Foss, Vicar of Rochdale and of St Chad’s Church, is retiring from ministry.
We send our good wishes and every blessing to all of these people.
(This notice was received too late for inclusion in last month’s Magazine)
We would like to thank everyone who helped us celebrate our Golden Wedding by sending us cards and gifts and enjoying with us the splendid buffet which our church friends provided for us.
A cheque for £260 was sent to N.C.H. Action For Children.
Once again many thanks, John and Jill
If details about St Andrews do not appear on the weekly Faith News page of the Rochdale Observer, it is because of technical problems at the paper’s headquarters and not the fault of Wendy Byrne, our link with the paper. In fact, Wendy has had to try various methods to ensure that the news about the church is included and we are very grateful for her persistence.
NETWORK EASTER OFFERINGS
Many thanks for all donations for the Easter Offering for World Mission collected at St Andrews for the work of mission in the Methodist Church. All contributions from the circuit churches were received at a special service at St Andrews in April. The total for St Andrews was £120. See letter of thanks on the notice-board.
CAR PARK TIDY-UP
On Saturday June 12th at 9.00am we are having a work party to tidy up the Car park – weeding, clearing branches etc. If you can help, please bring along tools – secateurs, weed killer (or flamethrower), strimmers etc.
Refreshments will be served!!!
ACTION FOR CHILDREN
Action for Children celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2009 and more than £167,000 was raised by over 1000 churches that took part nationally. The money helps in the work of supporting vulnerable children, young people and families, in various centres in the district. Our nearest centre is Gabriel Court in Rochdale, and we have a special link with them especially at Christmas-time.
Earlier this year, Action for Children launched a new child neglect campaign. Neglect is the regular failure to meet a child’s basic needs, from love and support to food and clothing, health and security. Neglect has a huge impact on a child’s life, leading to loneliness and isolation, low self-esteem, poor mental and physical health, and an uncertain future. Studies suggest that 10% of our children experience neglect in some form or other. That’s almost 1.5 million children desperately in need of help, and yet most people are unaware that it is happening in their neighbourhood. As part of their appeal, they are petitioning the UK government to wake up to neglect. Find out more at www.actionforchildren.org.uk or look at the information on the notice-board.
OUTING TO ARLEY HALL
On May 4th, six members of St Andrew’s joined members of Spotland Ladies Fellowship and visited Arley Hall and gardens, near Knutsford in Cheshire. We were blessed with a fine, sunny day and after about an hour’s drive we arrived at Arley. We were delighted with the beautiful and extensive gardens which surrounded the house. We enjoyed an excellent lunch in the café and then visited the house, the church, the inevitable shop and the nurseries. We all came home refreshed from a day in the sunshine in new surroundings.
USED POSTAGE STAMPS FOR RSPCA
Thank you to all who have donated used stamps for the above cause. Please keep them coming! Please keep a 1/4” border round the stamps, as torn stamps have no value. Stamps may be placed in the box on the table in the foyer, or handed to Ken at any time.
NAMES IN THE BIBLE
The top ten names mentioned in the Bible are:
1 Jesus Christ – 1560
2 David – 1064
3 Moses – 847
4 Jacob – 377
5 Aaron – 352
6 Solomon – 305
7 Joseph – 250
8 Abraham – 250
9 Ephraim – 183
10 Benjamin – 164
Every Tuesday – 10 –11.45
TRY Andrew’s Coffee shop…
Coffee, Chat, Bric-a-brac, Books
The minister was very ill, and was told by his doctor not to have too many visitors. However, when his agnostic friend called, the unbeliever was ushered into the minister’s bedside.
“I do appreciate,” said the agnostic, ”you seeing me when so many of your friends have not been able to see you.”
“Well, it’s like this,” said the minister. “I feel confident that I shall see my friends in heaven, but I was worried that this might be my last chance to see you!”
One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake a dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begin a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room.
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true.
One life can make a difference,
You see it’s up to YOU!
“We have a Polish lad working at our factory. I had always called him Justin, but one day he corrected me. ‘My name is Justinas.’
‘Oh, sorry,’ I replied. ‘Is there a shorter version of that I can use?’ ‘No.’ ‘Well, what does your mum call you?’ I asked.
WHAT’S ON IN JUNE
10.30 am – Mrs Ruth Watson. Holy Communion
12 noon – Midweek Communion. Ruth Watson
1.00 pm – Sharing Stories
No choir practice. Rehearsal at Dearnley Methodist Church for those in the choir for the District Service in Bolton on June 13th
10.30 am – Mrs R Watson. Service of Infant Baptism.
6.30 pm – District Celebration Service, Victoria Hall. Preacher: Rt Rev Chris Edmondson, Bishop of Bolton.
Methodist Homes Sunday
Theme:PilgrimAGE. (See notice –board).
7.00 pm – Champness Hall, hosted by Hebron Church, A concert by the DESTINY AFRICA CHILDREN’S CHOIR. (See notice-board. Jan Hicks has tickets)
2.30 pm – Strawberry Tea a trinity Methodist Church – In aid of Women’s Network of the Methodist Church. Admission £2.00
1.00 pm – Andrew’s Flexible Walkers
10.30 am – Mrs Ruth Watson. Fairtrade stall after Service
6.00 pm – Bolton Rd. Methodist Church, Bury. Shape Up for Mission. A District Evangelism Event.
‘Summer Serenade’ at Middleton Arena, by Oldham Choral Society, with Shane Ruane, Tenor. All seats £10.00 See Poster.
1.00 pm – Sharing Stories
7.30 pm – ‘Glenn Miller Event’ at Hallfold. £5.00 – Duncan Routledge has details and tickets
10.30 am – Mrs Ruth Watson. Church Parade.
7.30 pm – Housegroup at 13 Bramley Road. (Note change of venue).
7.30 pm – Elders’ Meeting.
June 24th to July 1st is the Methodist Conference at Portsmouth. Rev Carolyn Lawrence will be ordained on Sunday, 27th June and we wish her every blessing as she continues her ministry in Rochdale.
CHURCH DUTIES FOR JUNE
(f) = Foyer, (h) = Hymnbooks, (v) = Vestry
6th – Mr A Fenton (f), Mr K Uren & Mrs J Thomas (h), Miss G Whitehead (v)
13th – Mr D Morton (f), Mrs M Taylor & Mrs B Skelton (h), Mrs J Hicks (v)
20th – Miss J Burrows (f), Mrs E Clarke & Mr B Greenwood (h), Mrs S Lee (v)
27th – Mrs S Lunn (f), Mrs M Burgess & Mrs I Marshall (h), Mrs A Jones (v)
4th – Mrs A Jones (f), Mr J Emmott (h), Mrs J Hamnett (v)
June 6th – Mrs J Hicks & Mrs D Watson
July 4th – Dr W Turner, Miss G Whitehead, Mrs B Lloyd & Miss J Burrows
Items for inclusion in the July edition of ‘The Magazine’ should be in the hands of the editor, either in writing or preferably by E-mail
by June 27th at the latest.
Material received after this date cannot be guaranteed publication
Church News – May 2010
From the Church Secretary
This month we celebrate our Church Anniversary on 23rd May at 10.30am when the Rev Alan Crump will be leading our worship. We offer a warm welcome to Alan who is now a minister of two churches in Liverpool and who was on placement with us in 2006 when he was training for the ministry. Lunch will be served after the service and if you are able to stay, please put your name on the list.
The Church Council met on 18th April. A copy of the Minutes is available on the notice-board and individual copies are available on request. During the meeting, the Ministerial Vacancy was discussed. Gillian Galloway, our Interim Moderator, attended the Church Council Meeting to update us on the vacancy and she expressed her thanks for the work entailed in completing the Pastoral Profile. She reported that there had been a meeting of representatives from Hallfold, Littleborough and St Andrews on Wednesday 14th April, and that most paperwork is complete with Littleborough in the process of preparing theirs. Gillian commented that the process had taken a long time and that there had been complications. All three churches were in agreement to date and the vacancy may be declared in May. Further details about the next steps in the process of the vacancy, the procedure for when a minister is invited to preach and how the vote will take place, are included in the Minutes of the Church Council Meeting.
A question was asked about the length of time we had been in the vacancy situation. Gillian acknowledged how difficult it is without a minister and assured members that the Moderator and Synod Care Team are looking at everything with care. Gillian wants things to move quickly, and she will tell Richard Church, Synod Moderator, of our urgent concerns and that we would like the situation to move on as quickly as possible.
However, since that meeting, members at Littleborough have met and the proposal for them to be a part of the Pastorate did not receive the majority vote required in matters relating to the vacancy. We understand that St Andrews and Hallfold will be able to continue as a two church pastorate. We think especially of friends at Littleborough at this time.
Rochdale Town Centre Redevelopment update
We await further news from the Development Agency and the Developer. In the meantime, letters of support have been sent by other churches in the town centre, and by Pastor Andre Diba on behalf of the New Life Christian Fellowship who reminds us of the importance of bringing everything to God in prayer.
Ruth Watson begins her student ministry placement with us at the beginning of June for six weeks. We look forward to her ministry with us at St Andrews.
Bible Readings for May
Revelation 21:10, 22 and 22:1-5
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
John 14:8-17 (25-27)
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Thanks for Flowers for May
2nd – Mrs K Hope
9th – Mrs J Seddon
16th – Mr T Taylor
23rd – Mrs M Taylor
Beryl Sampson has had a spell in hospital but is now recovering; it was good to see her back in church last Sunday.
Hilda Clayton who celebrated her 100th birthday on 1st April, died one week later on 8th April. Angela, her daughter and her family, have been pleased to receive not only our birthday cards but also our cards of sympathy.
We were sorry to hear of the death of Alan Fern on April 25th after a long illness. Our thoughts go out to Maureen and the family whom we will remember in our prayers.
NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – SUPPORT FOR REFUGEE FAMILIES
Food (maize meal, oil, sugar, beans/pulses (dried or tinned, not baked beans), rice, Biscuits.
Items can be left in the boxes near the front door.
Thank you, Pastor Andre Diba
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 9th – 15th May
Christian Aid is the official international relief and development agency of 41 church denominations in the UK and Ireland. For almost 65 years it has been empowering people in poor communities around the world to find their own solutions to the challenge they face.
The Revd John Marsh, Moderator of the URC, writes:
Poverty- let’s end it.
The early words of the book of Genesis remind us that all humanity is created in the image of God. This year, Christian Aid will use Christian Aid Week to remind us that poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. As members of Christian Aid we are encouraged this year to draw more people into this movement to rid the world of poverty. A movement not only to expose it as a scandal and help in practical ways to bring it to an end; but also to tackle its root causes.
In May around 22,000 churches from all over Britain and Ireland will unite for Christian Aid Week; churches driven by a passion to end the injustice of systems that favour the rich over the poor and keep billions of our neighbours around the world from experiencing life in all its fullness. I am actively encouraging all members of the United Reformed Church to be part of this under our leadership. There are many ways we can support Christian Aid Week in 2010 through our local churches. Could you highlight issues of poverty and injustice during a service, show a short film about Christian Aid’s work and hold a collection or organize a fundraising event? **
Christian Aid Week has the power to transform lives, such as those in Kiambiu slum in Nairobi, Kenya. With the support of Christian Aid partner organisation Maji Na Ufanisi (MNU), a community-led group there has been able to construct five new sanitation blocks and install clean water points.
The United Reformed Church’s response to the recent earthquake disaster in Haiti shows our compassion. But it is the ongoing work to end poverty that needs to be addressed with much urgency. Christian Aid has this vision with the churches – an end to poverty. Let’s work together this Christian Aid Week to help make this vision a reality.
May God richly bless you and your fellowship this Christian Aid Week.
Yours sincerely, John Marsh.
** We will be highlighting the issues of poverty in the service led by David Hollows on May 9th, you can see a short film about Christian Aid at the House-group on 24th May, and we will be holding our usual church collection over those weeks. Your support is always very much appreciated.
Commitment for Life
For more information on the work of Commitment for Life see the articles on pages 6 and 7. Page 6 focuses on Climate Change and page 7 on our partner country, Zimbabwe, and the change that Christian Aid partners by helping some communities to grow enough food to last them through the year.
THANKS FROM TRAIDCRAFT
We have received a letter of thanks for the contribution we sent from the Big Brew morning we held in conjunction with our Tuesday Coffee morning during Fair Trade Fortnight in February. We were one of 800 such groups and our gift of £25 will enable Traidcraft to help producers across Africa and Asia.
CHURCH OUTING – 2010
A number of people have expressed an interest in having a church outing again this year and various enquiries have been made.
At the last Church Meeting a suggestion was made that we go on the East Lancashire Railway from Heywood to Rawtenstall and back, alighting from the train at Ramsbottom for refreshments. This would possibly be on the 4th August when it would be a steam train.
The finer details need to be sorted out but before doing so we need to know how much interest there is in such an outing. Therefore, if you are interested would you please let me know and we can take it from there.
Many thanks, Vivienne Riley
Andrews Flexible Walkers
After the long, hard winter the walking group has put a spring into its step and we have had two walks so far this year – our sixth season! Through contacts we seem to have gathered people into the group and we now have a core of about 10 people who enjoy the informality and flexibility.
It is intended to have our walks on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month covering the local area and possibly Saddleworth and Rossendale areas.
Our first walk this year took us from Littleborough through Ealees and over the tops down on to Halifax Road, from where we went along the canal to Summit and back to Littleborough. This wasn’t entirely the intended walk but the conditions underfoot were so bad that we had to be flexible and get on to some solid ground.
We encounter a variety of situations on our walks and as we were returning to Littleborough along the canal we could hear someone singing from an opera. As we got round the bend there was an elderly man singing away under a bridge and he said he liked to come and sing there because the acoustics were good! He then tagged along behind us until we got to Littleborough.
Our second walk was around Watergrove Reservoir on a beautiful afternoon. We were busy chatting about the Festival ’80 choir and somebody said that this had been formed by Roy Lunn for the Rochdale Churches Festival in 1980. A comment was made that there was a tree in his memory at the reservoir, and there it was just in front of us. A very nice reminder of a very nice man!!
The walks are an enjoyable interlude where we can get in the fresh air (or possibly wet through) and are open to anybody who wishes to come with us. If anybody would like to come along, please let me know.
JUBILEE DEBT CAMPAIGN – VULTURE FUNDS
Have you ever heard of Vulture Funds? These are investment companies that buy up cheap portions of defaulted third world debt and then sue poor countries for immediate repayment. It is profit from poverty. Vultures are a major obstacle to the fight against poverty and corruption. On April 8th, a Vulture Funds Bill was passed in the Commons. On that day, in the final hours of the Parliamentary session, the UK became first country in the world to ban ‘Third World Debt’ profiteering. A landmark bill to protect the poorest countries in the world from profiteering by so-called vulture funds became law after passing in the House of Lords during the ‘wash-up’ at the end of the Parliamentary session. The Jubilee Debt Campaign welcomed the successful passage of the Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Bill, which is the world’s first law to restrict the ability of Vulture Funds to sue some of the world’s poorest countries for full repayment of debts that they have bought up cheaply.
Last November two Vulture Funds were awarded $20 million in the High Court from Liberia – the second poorest country in the world – for a debt dating back to the 1970s. This law is expected to make that verdict unenforceable.
There was an outcry last month after the bill was blocked at the third reading by an unidentified Conservative MP but the Government made time for the Bill in the wash-up, after securing cross-party agreement with a sunset clause which will mean the law has to be reassessed to be made permanent in a year’s time. This will mean that the poorest countries in the world can no longer be attacked by investment funds that grow fat from the misery of others.
Andrew Gwynne MP, sponsor of the bill said:
“I am absolutely thrilled that my bill has been passed into law. It was completely unacceptable that a small number of companies were ever allowed in the UK courts to profiteer off the third world debt market. These “vulture funds” were completely unjust and it is to the credit of this parliament, and the efforts of the Jubilee Debt Campaign that we have finally managed to pass this law. I said I would put a stop to these vulture funds, and I did.”
Diary Dates for May
Flower Festival ‘The Colour of Music’ at Tonge Moor URC, until 3rd. See poster for details.
Sunday 2nd – 10.30 am – Rev Ron Hicks – Holy Communion
Friday 7th – 1.00 pm – Andrew’s Flexible Walkers
Saturday 8th – 10.00-2.00
Spring Fair at Spotland Methodist Church. 50p entrance incl tea & biscuit (See poster.)
Sunday – 9th – 10.30 am – Christian Aid Sunday. Mr D. Hollows
6.00 pm – Testimony Service for Rev Carolyn Lawrence, and Rev Jan Nendick prior to ordination. Central Meth. Church, Bacup. (See poster.) Christian Aid Week begins.
Tuesday 11th 12 noon – Midweek Holy Communion led by Brenda Jones
7.00 pm – Charity Dinner at Milnrow Balti Restaurant organised by Milnrow Methodist Church in aid of Christian Aid. (See poster)
Wednesday 12th – 1.00 pm – Sharing Stories
Saturday 15th – 7.30 pm – Cowboy Evening. Hallfold. £5 inc. supper
7.00 pm – ‘6 Baltic Cities’ Christian Aid slide show & supper at Moorhouse Methodist Church (See poster)
Sunday 16th – 10.30 am – Mr Ian Royle. Fair Trade stall after Service
Friday 21st – 1.00 pm – Andrew’s Flexible Walkers
2.00-4.00 – Epworth Grange Summer Fayre, Methodist Home, 1 Chirmside St., Bury BL8 2BX
Saturday 22nd – Rochdale Parish Church Lunchtime Concert & refreshments. (See poster)
11.00-1.00 – Coffee Morning with a French Theme at Hallfold
Sunday 23rd – 10.30 am – Church Anniversary. Rev Alan Crump. Meal after Service
Monday 24th – 7.30 pm
House group at 16 Somerset Grove
Wednesday 26th – 1.00 pm
Sunday 30th – 10.30 am – Service conducted by the Elders
Church Duties for May
(f) = Foyer, (h) = Hymn books, (v) = Vestry
2nd – Mrs S Lunn (f), Mrs M Burgess & Mrs N Marshall (h), Mr J Emmott (v)
9th – Miss E.Thorpe (f), Mrs J Thomas & Mr K Uren (h), Mrs B Jones (v)
16th – Miss J Burrows (f), Mrs M Taylor & Mrs B Skelton (h), Dr W Turner (v)
23rd – Miss V Riley (f), Mrs B Greenwood & Mrs E Clarke (h), Mrs D Watson (v)
30th – Mrs A Jones (f), Mr J Emmott & Miss V Riley (h), Miss G Whitehead (v)
May 2nd – Mrs S Lee, Mrs J Hamnett, Miss J Burrows, Mrs B Lloyd
June 6th – Mrs J Hicks, Mrs D Watson
Every Tuesday – 10 –11.45
TRY Andrew’s Coffee shop – Coffee, Chat, Bric-a-brac, Books
Items for inclusion in the June edition of ‘The Magazine’ should be in the hands of the editor, either in writing or preferably by E-mail [email protected] by May 29th at the latest. Material received after this date cannot be guaranteed publication
Church News – April 2010
From the Church Secretary
First of all, I would like to wish you many blessings at this season of Easter.
Rochdale Town Centre Redevelopment update
Most of us will be aware that plans have been unveiled showing the proposed redevelopment of the east side of Rochdale Town Centre which includes St Andrew’s. I think we would agree that some form of regeneration is required in the town.
On Tuesday morning, 9th March, staff from the Rochdale Development Agency (RDA) via Jonathan Hindle, Senior Project Manager, had arranged for a special presentation at St Andrew’s, before the display was taken to various public venues over the following two weeks. We were grateful that this could happen and that a lot of people were able to attend. Members of the public have been encouraged to respond to the current plans. These plans do not seem to include St Andrew’s or the adjoining Broadwater Centre at this stage, and this has naturally caused anxiety and disquiet. Mike Smith, Director of Genr8 Developments, representing the short-listed developer, describes the present plans as a ‘broad brush’ approach as yet, and that feedback from the public is requested and encouraged before the next Consultation later in the year. Both the developer and the RDA staff want to come and see representatives of St Andrew’s when this can be arranged.
John Rea, URC Synod Trust Officer and Legal Property Consultant, attended the Elders Meeting on 16th March to advise us about procedure over the coming weeks. He reassured us by pointing out that St Andrew’s is not just a single church in Rochdale town centre but part of a wider community i.e. the URC and the Methodist Church.
One of our first tasks in this process has been to write a letter for the attention of Genr8 Developments via the Development Agency describing the present life of the church, something of its history and detailing our requirements as a church and community facility. A copy of this letter is available on the notice-board and individual copies are available on request.
Letters of support are being sent by other churches in the town centre and Pastor Andre Diba of the New Life Christian Fellowship reminds us of the importance of bringing everything to God in prayer.
In the meantime, we continue with our mission here at St Andrew’s in caring for each other and bringing the good news of God’s love to all with whom we come into contact day by day.
Gillian Galloway, our newly appointed Interim Moderator, also attended the Elders Meeting to update the Eldership on the Ministerial Vacancy. Littleborough have been invited to be a part of the Pastorate. The allocation (or scoping) for ministerial oversight would be 45% St Andrews, 45% Hallfold and 10% Littleborough. This will mean that the minister would preach on two Sundays each month at both Hallfold and St Andrew’s, as previously and on one Sunday each quarter at Littleborough. We await Littleborough’s decision. When all negotiations are complete and have been considered by the Moderators’ Committee, the Vacancy can be declared.
Student Minister Ruth Watson will be on placement with us at St Andrew’s for six weeks from the beginning of June. She will be taking all the services during that time and will be leading other meetings. We look forward to her ministry among us.
TLS resources The United Reformed Church Training for Learning and Service leaflets (TLS) are available for you to pick up from the notice-board below the TLS poster. They have been redesigned and simplified this year. There are just two items; the poster and the folded leaflets. A variety of courses are on offer for all aspects of our Christian life.
Thank you to Harry Thomas for making the splendid board for community group mail and information. It is on the wall on the corridor and enables the groups to help themselves to their mail.
Thank you to Duncan and Barrie for installing new lights on the church foyer. They make the entrance to the church bright and more welcoming. These have been bought in memory of Miss Ida Badger and would seem to be an appropriate way of remembering Ida.
Circuit Easter Offering Dedication Service at St Andrews **
19th April 7.30pm – We do need help please with welcoming visitors at the door, giving out hymn-books and making a cup of tea after the service. Is there anyone who can assist? Thank Jan
Bible Readings for April
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150
Revelation 5: 11-14
Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)
Thanks for Flowers
4th EASTER DAY
11th Mr & Mrs A Jones
25th Mr & Mrs B Greenwood
2nd Mrs K Hope
9th Mrs J Seddon
Jill and John Hamnett celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Friday 9th April.
We extend our sympathies to Joan, Ruth, David and family, on the death of Joan’s husband, Walter, who died on 23rd March.
We extend our sympathy to Rev Eric Joselin on the death of his wife, Ann, in March. Eric was the Methodist minister at Champness Hall and on his retirement, he and Ann went to live in Clitheroe.
Tom Taylor is now resident at Half Acre House, Roche Valley Way, and would be happy to see old friends again. (Jean Reid is also a Half Acre House resident).
Prayers are asked for Rev Keith Forecast, URC Moderator General Assembly 1989-90, Moderator North Western Province 1992-2000. Retired and living in Conwy, Wales.
NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Support for refugee families
Pastor Andre thanks us warmly for our kindness and reports that their present needs are:
FOOD Maize meal, oil, sugar, beans/pulses (dried or of tinned, not baked beans) rice, biscuits
Bedding, old computers, Washing machine
NO clothing, at present, thank you.
Thank you very much.
“Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal operation?
His Goal: transcend dental medication.”
St Andrew’s supports ActionAid and this is one of the good news stories from Action magazine Spring 2010.
Signs of life
Being young and deaf in a poor country is no easy ride. Claire Soames reports from the Democratic Republic of Congo on an ActionAid funded school that is helping build communication. “I’m not coming back until the boy can speak.” That brutal goodbye delivered, the man turned his back on his wife and infant son and left.
Five years later, Yannick Masika still struggles to enunciate even the most basic words. Trying to say ‘mama’, his voice is alternately squeaky and croaky, exertion and self-consciousness written on his face. The word is almost strangled in his throat before finally, incredibly faintly, it escapes. His mother’s proud smile conveys the importance of this seemingly humble achievement. But it has not been enough to bring the boy’s father home.
Life has dealt seven-year-old Yannick a bad hand. He was born in the eastern city of Goma in the closing stages of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) war, a conflict that claimed the lives of many relatives. In his short life, he has survived the devastating eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, cholera epidemics and militia clashes, including an assault that brought rebels to the gates of the city a year ago. On top of all that trauma, Yannick is deaf in a place where rudimentary, let alone specialised, healthcare is hard to find. His mother Madeleine – abandoned by her husband and trying to scrape by on her meagre washerwoman’s salary – feared the worst for her son. “He used to be totally mute,” she says. “We couldn’t communicate at all. When he was sick, he couldn’t tell me where it hurt. I worried about what sort of future he could possibly have.” Then she discovered the Ephata school for the deaf.
It is not much to look at: a collection of wooden huts, some with mud floors, many with mismatching planks that let in water during the rainy season. Pupils strain to see the blackboard in classrooms that have few windows and no electricity to light them. Yet for a quarter of a century, this school has been transforming the lives of marginalised deaf children in a troubled corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo. And thanks to ActionAid supporters, it is about to get a makeover.
Ephata is the only school for the deaf in the whole of North Kivu, a province twice the size of former colonial power Belgium. When it opened in 1985, there were just nine pupils; today there are 169, with some coming from more than 130 miles away. It is overcrowded as a result, but this month construction will start on six purpose-built classrooms. “It will make all the difference,” says John Gakuru, the head of the school’s primary section. When they start at Ephata, many of the children cannot utter a single word; their parents mistakenly believe them to be mute. Usually, it is simply the case that no-one has taught them to talk.
The school, which was mainly church-funded, came to the attention of our ActionAid DRC Education Rights Co-ordinator, Muteho Kasongo, at a conference where an Ephata pupil delivered an impassioned speech in sign language. “It touched me so much,” she recalls. “He spoke about how deaf children had the right to an education too, how they needed people to translate what was happening in the world. He spoke about seeing people fleeing during the war but having no idea why.
Although ActionAid is providing the funding for the new school, toilet block and office, the parents are responsible for the actual construction. A seven-strong committee is charged with managing the budget, allocating the tenders and ensuring the building is completed to spec and on time. “This way, if ActionAid were to leave, the local community has been empowered to do it for themselves in the future,” says Ms Kasongo. “The parents also know the hard work that has gone into making it happen so they are more disposed to maintaining it properly.”
Diary Dates for April
Sunday 4th 10.30 am EASTER DAY Holy Communion
Mr & Mrs A. Jones
Tuesday 6th NO Coffee Shop today
Wednesday 7th 1.00 pm Andrew’s Flexible Walkers
Friday 9th 10.30 –12.00 Coffee Morning at Jarvis St. in aid of Network
Saturday 10th 12.00 noon Concert at St Chad’s (see Poster)
‘Larks of Dean Quire’ at Spotland M. C.
Sunday 11th 10.30 am Mrs P Rea. Lunch after Service to celebrate Jill and John Hamnett’s Golden Wedding Anniversary
Tuesday 13th 12.00 noon Midweek Holy Communion. Rev M Sharrock
Wednesday 14th 1.00 pm Sharing Stories
Thursday 15th 7.30 pm Concert for Christian Aid. RNCM –see Poster
Saturday 17th 10am-10pm Musicthon at Bess’s o’th’Barn Church
Sunday 18th 10.30 am Mrs M Sheriff. FairTrade stall and Church Council meeting after Service
3.00 pm World Church Event at Jarvis St Methodist Church
6.00 pm Circuit Service. Theme—Out of Africa
Monday 19th 7.30 pm Circuit Easter Offering Dedication Servce at
Saturday 24th 9.30 am Methodist District Synod at The Bridge Methodist Church, Prestwich and Radcliffe Circuit.
Sunday 25th 10.30 am Rev Ruth Wollaston
Monday 26th 7.30 pm Housegroup at16 Somerset Grove. Vision for Life
Wednesday 28th 1.00 pm Sharing Stories
Sunday 2nd 10.30 am Rev Ron Hicks
Saturday 8th Christian Aid Week begins.
Thinking of coffee..
Reminds one of St Andrew’s!
10 –11.45 – Every Tuesday
Meet friends for Coffee, Chat, Bric-a-brac, Books
Church Duties for April & beginning of May
Foyer (F), Hymn Books (H), Vestry (V)
4th Mr A Fenton (F), Mr K Uren & Mrs J Thomas (H), Mrs J Hicks (V)
11th Miss J Burrows (F), Mrs M Taylor & Mrs B Skelton (H), Mrs S Lee (V)
18th Miss V Riley (F), Mrs E Clarke & Mrs B Greenwood (H), Mrs B Jones (V)
25th Mrs B Jones (F), Miss V Riley & Mr J Emmott (H), Mrs J Hamnett (V)
2nd Mrs S Lunn (F), Mrs M Burgess & Mrs I Marshall (H), Mr J Emmott (V)
April 4th – Miss G Whitehead & Mr I Niven
May 2nd – Mrs S Lee, Mrs J Hamnett, Miss J Burrows & Mrs B Lloyd
Items for inclusion in the May edition of ‘The Magazine’ should be in the hands of the editor, either in writing or preferably by E-mail
by April 25th at the latest. Material received after this date cannot be guaranteed publication
Church News – February 2010
From the Church Secretary
January seemed to get off to a slow start with the wintry weather preventing us from getting out or perhaps encouraging some of us to stay indoors. Since then, it has been a busy month with a Church Council Meeting, an Elders’ Meeting, the Churches Together United Service hosted by St Andrews on the 24th, and for the Elders, preparation for the service on the 31st. Thanks are due to many people for all kinds of assistance and support. Thank you too for the donations to the Haiti Disaster Appeal. These amounted to £327 from the retiring collections at the morning and evening services on 24th January. The Coffee Shop made it up to £350 and this has been sent to the Disaster’s Emergency Committee, which is an umbrella group for a number of the major charities including Red Cross, Christian Aid and ActionAid.
The retiring collections during Lent will be donated to Commitment for Life (C4L). C4L is a network of United Reformed Churches and Local Ecumenical Partnerships committed to praying, giving and campaigning for change. C4L encourages all United Reformed and Local Ecumenical Partnership churches to take action, pray and give for people across the world. It works with both Christian Aid and The World Development Movement. Last year, C4L raised over £550,000 to help alleviate the root causes of poverty. Our partner country with C4L is Zimbabwe. There are updates about the work of C4L on the World Church notice-board.
The Church Council Meeting was held on Sunday 17th January and a copy of the Minutes is available on the notice-board, with individual copies available on request. During the meeting it was reported that we are closer to declaring the ministerial vacancy at St Andrews and in the Pastorate. It was noted that even though we have been in a vacancy situation since Craig’s departure, the vacancy is only officially declared when we are ready to advertise the fact. In connection with this, the Pastorate Profile has been amended to include a clear statement about the focus of St Andrews, the addition of photos that include people as well as the building, and updates on facts. Ask me to see a copy at any time.
The second year of the Vison4Life programme was introduced to the congregation during the service taken by the Elders on 31st January. The focus this year is on prayer, following last year’s focus on the Bible. There is a booklet available for everyone in the congregation.
Thinking of warmer days ahead – what about a Church Outing? This was a suggestion made at the Church Council Meeting because it was felt that our first church outing when we went to Saltaire in 2008 had been very enjoyable. We wouldn’t want to travel too far and we have to think about costs but in order to gauge whether this suggestion is worth exploring, will you please sign the list on the notice-board if you think you might be interested?
For information, Vivienne Riley is in the process of producing the very useful calendar of St Andrew’s dates for the year and we are grateful to Vivienne for collating all the data.
Bible Readings for February
Isaiah 6: v.1-8 (9-13)
1 Corinthians 15:v.1-11
Luke 5: v.1-11
Luke 9: v.28-36, (37-43)
Exodus 34: v.29-35
2 Corinthians 3: v.12 to 4: v.2
Deuteronomy 26: v.1-11
Psalm 91: v.1-2, 9-16
Romans 10: v.8b-13
Luke 4: v.1-13
Genesis 15: v.1-12, 17-18
Philippians 3: v.17 – 4: v.1
Luke 13: v.31-35
Thanks for Flowers
7th Miss F. E. Thorpe
21st Mr I. Niven
28th Mrs B. McKie
7th Mrs M. Taylor
TOWN CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT
We have received notification of an outline planning application in respect of the proposed new council offices to be built on land at Smith Street. The information has been sent to us because the development may affect us. The plans will be available at Telegraph House, libraries and online until at least 15 February. We are welcome to inspect the plans and make comments. See details on the notice-board.
Our recipe book sold extremely well before Christmas and we were able to send a cheque for £1,000 to Springhill Hospice. (see the notice board). Thanks to everyone who bought them.
We have had a reprint so there are more copies available. Please ask Brenda, Isobel or Bery.
St Andrew’s Tuesday coffee morning is a good place for people to meet up for a chat. It also has a stall with books and other small items which can be many and varied. Bessie and Norma look after this and send things off to new owners in exchange for small sums of money.
One Tuesday morning in early December a number of brown and white pre-war German, Dutch and English postcards appeared. However, there were no brown and white picture postcard collectors amongst us that morning and it was suggested that I might find out where there might be some.
It wasn’t long before I had a very interesting conversation with the receptionist at Capes Dunn in Manchester who suggested I should call in. I have never been to an auction as I’ve always thought it likely that I would scratch my nose and find I‘d bought a big piece of furniture for a large sum of money.
The next morning I went off to Capes Dunn and learned rather more about auction houses all of which was fascinating. One of the valuers looked at the postcards, couldn’t say if they would be of interest but would show them on the Internet. They could be worth a few pounds or nothing at all.
This week St Andrew’s received a cheque for £16.55 for the pre-war German postcards showing paddle steamers and other shipping on the Rhine. So, a collector somewhere is happy and the Tuesday stall has a nice addition to its funds.
There are always treasures to be found on a Tuesday morning and they are the people who make the coffee and look after the stall. But if you find anything which could be another little treasure, bring it along on a Tuesday morning.
9th February at the Coffee Shop
On Tuesday 9th February, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and advice about cardiovascular health. Two NHS workers, Jill and Juliet, will be pleased to chat with you, offer lifestyle advice and take your blood pressure. Everyone welcome.
LETTER FROM NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Our Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ at St Andrew’s URC
We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the kindness you have shown to us in 2009. Words cannot express our appreciation for all the gifts that you have provided to us, especially at a time when we needed you most. Your prompt response ensured that our refugee brothers, sisters and children had warm clothing and bedding in time for the cold season. Your continuous generosity also ensured that no member of our congregation went without something to eat.
We are unable to mention or repay you for all the things that you have done to support our ministry. However, the God we serve will remember what you have done for His children and it is our prayer that His favour will be upon you always.
We wish you a Happy New Year, full of Joy, Peace, Happiness and Prosperity. May God’s blessings flow your way throughout the year.
With warmest regards
New Life Christian Fellowship
Rev Andre Diba Musangu -Senior Pastor
Pastor Andre reports that there is enough clothing at present and requirements now are:
Maize meal, oil, sugar, beans/pulses (dried or of tinned, not baked beans) rice, biscuits
LETTER FROM GABRIEL COURT
(Action for Children)
Thank you for inviting us to your children’s gift service, it is always nice to meet with people who support our services here in Rochdale.
I would like to thank your congregation for their kindness and generosity – it really makes a difference to the festive celebrations which our young families have whilst living at Gabriel Court.
I hope that you all had a safe and happy Christmas and that your new year will bring you joy and good health.
(Please look at the laminated certificate on display. Jan)
The Big Brew
Hold a Big Brew and join thousands of people in the UK in bringing about positive change in the lives of many millions of tea workers.
Traidcraft’s Big Brew is a national initiative encouraging schools, churches, workplaces and any other organisations, to host a Fairtrade tea party event anytime during Fairtrade Fortnight 2010.
Whether you simply put the kettle on and invite people along or you use it as an opportunity to put on a large event ranging from a café to a carnival, Traidcraft’s Big Brew has something for everyone.
Big Brew aims:
To raise awareness of the difference we can all make to the lives of tea producers by:
- buying Traidcraft Fairtrade tea
- campaigning with Traidcraft for more Fairtrade products
- supporting Traidcraft’s vital development work through donations.
Either 23rd February or 2nd March will be a BIG BREW morning at the Coffee Shop.
- Edna Stockton now lives at Carders Court Residential and Nursing Home in Castleton.
- Tom Taylor is temporarily residing at Tudor Court Nursing Home in Heywood.
- Congratulations to Mrs Barbara McKie who celebrated a special birthday on February 4th.
ROCHDALE CHRISTIAN AID EVENING
Monday 8th February at 7.30 pm at St. George’s Church, Oakenrod.
Theme: An Introduction to Christian Aid’s Partners in Kenya
Presentations by Holly Davis and Jenny Kehoe on their trip to Kenya in 2009.
Quiz, Activities, Worship Refreshments, Fair Trade and Christian Aid stalls.
Always a good evening of information and inspiration.
See poster for details and if you require transport, ask Jan Hicks.
FAIR TRADE FORTNIGHT
22nd February – 7th March
For this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, the nation is being asked to join in The Big Swap. For two whole weeks we’re asked to swap our usual stuff for Fairtrade stuff. Our usual bananas for Fairtrade bananas, our usual cotton socks for Fairtrade cotton socks, and our usual cuppa for a Fairtrade cuppa. This means that every time we go shopping, we can use our wallets to make a difference.
Traidcraft, one of the main suppliers of fairly traded products is challenging us to swap our usual tea for fairly traded tea. We use fairly traded goods at St Andrew’s already but we are challenged to organise: The Big Brew !!
Church Duties for February
(F) = Foyer, (H) = Hymnbooks, (V) = Vestry
7 – Mrs S. Lunn (F), Miss V. Riley & Mr J Emmott (H), Mrs J. Hicks (V)
14 – Miss F.E.Thorpe (F), Mrs M. Burgess & Mr I Marshall (H), Mrs S. Lee (V)
21- Mr A. Fenton (F), Mr K. Uren & Mrs J Thomas (H), Mrs B. Jones (V)
28 – Miss J. Burrows (F), Mr E. Clarke & Mrs A Greenwood (H), Mr J. Emmott (V)
7 – Miss V. Riley (F), Mrs M. Taylor & Mrs B Skelton (H), Mrs J. Hamnett (V)
7th February – Dr W Turner & Mrs E Watson
7th March – Miss V. Riley, Mrs S. Lee, Miss J. Burrows, Mrs B. Lloyd
Items for inclusion in the March edition of ‘The Magazine’ should be in the hands of the editor, either in writing or preferably by E-mail
by February 28 at the latest. Material received after this date cannot be guaranteed publication