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The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

that the cynics may be wrong: that love does cast out fear, light shall overcome the darkness and hope will triumph over despair.

Some hope!

And so it is just hoping against hope, whistling in the dark, keeping on keeping on?

That God has come to live with us and life can never be the same again.

No– it is confidence in the possibility David Walton Vice President of the Methodist Conference 200809



Church Magazine Volume 6 Edition 6 June 2019 Allhallowgate Methodist Church, Ripon. North Yorkshire. Minister: Rev’d Helen Bell: Tel. 01765 698288 1

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Editor’s Letter Thoughts of an Islander Thank-You from Nepal Ordinary Women; An Extraordinary Legacy Eating in the 1950’s (cont’d from last month) Timeless Moments Yield not to temptation Diary June 2019 Puzzle Page Wonderful Love Prayer for the month Church News An Inconvenient Truth to Power Do you know your hymn Pentecost Miscellaneous Church Council 2019 Hope was felt

The final date for the submission of articles for the July issue will be Sunday 16th July 2019 Contact details: Roger Le Duc-Barnett (Editor) mail to: roglbarnett@talktalk.net Tel (home) 01765601672 (mobile) 07852618154



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Editor’s Letter

Church Garden

Dear Friends,

As you are aware Daphne Smith has been looking after the Church Garden for 25 years and is now in the process of having to give it up. Last month we asked for a volunteer or volunteers to look after this garden for us, but as yet we have not received any offers. If you would like more information please talk to Daphne Smith to see what the job consists of. Thank– you.

Joke of the Day. An eight-year-old girl went to the office with her father on “Take Your Kid to Work Day”. As they were walking around the office, the young girl stated crying and getting very cranky. He father asked what was wrong with her. As the staff gathered round, she sobbed loudly: “Daddy, where are all the clowns that you said you worked with?”

Answer to crossword puzzle from page 16 Which Bible character had no parents? Joshua, son of Nun! Why did the unemployed man get excited while looking through his Bible? He thought he saw a job!


Audrey and I are just back from a weeks break in Orebic Croatia, a beautiful place. We had a lovely hotel with a sea view and balcony. We woke up to a view to die for with a view of 8 Islands in the bay and as, you turned around to the land, great mountains behind us. There was a great walk along a small esplanade path to the town from the hotel, a 7 minute walk in fact, where we found a small town with a rather large port for the size of the town. We learnt that in the last century it had been a very productive fishing port, where some two hundred captains built their beautiful stone houses with balconies overlooking the sea. I couldn't help but think of the wonder of the beauty of our planet, and I reflected on that thought throughout the week. We visited a very beautiful Island called Korcula, an medieval town with plenty of steps, small beautiful streets, craft shops, café and restaurants. In the small port were luxury yachts awaiting their passengers for luxury cruises, way out of our price bracket. I reflected on the goodness of God in my life, how he had directed me in certain paths and developed me into who I am now. It is at times like these when you see the handy work of creation that you realise how fortunate we are and how much we value what God has provided for us as regards our planet. We are living in concerning times of pollution and destruction of God’s wonderful gifts which have been provided for us. We are challenged not only to be thankful for what God has given us but to do our part to preserve it for the future.

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Thoughts of an Islander


The Channel Islands, and in particular the Island of Jersey, have been in my thoughts in recent days as 9th May marked the celebrations for Liberation Day. Jersey was where I was born and the home of my youth and although I was not born until after the war, it had an impact on my immediate family and that of my wife, Audrey, whose mother is also an Islander.

What is Pentecost?

Between 2nd July 1940 and 9th May 1945 Jersey was occupied by units of the German Armed Forces. Together with the other Channel Islands it was the only part of the British Isles to share the fate of occupied mainland Europe during the Second World War. The Occupation was preceded by a bombing raid by the Luftwaffe on June 28th 1940 and number of civilians were killed. Sadly, although the Island had been demilitarised and made an open town, this information was not passed on to the German forces in case it encouraged an even earlier occupation. On 19th June 1940 it was announced that there would be ships made available for civilians to evacuate the Island if they so wished. This included wives and families of serving British troops, pensioners, men of military age and Jews. Some 20,000 people went to the Town Hall to register for evacuation. Among them were my grandparents, great grandfather, mother, aunts and uncles. It also included Audrey’s grandparents and her mother, who at the time was 15 years old, and other members of her family.

Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, "fiftieth"). It is also called Whitsun, but does not necessarily coincide with the Whitsun Bank Holiday in the UK.

Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, and the start of the church's mission to the world. Celebrating Pentecost Pentecost is a happy festival. Ministers in church often wear robes with red in the design as a symbol of the flames in which the Holy Spirit came to earth. Hymns sung at Pentecost take the Holy Spirit as their theme, and include: Come down O Love Divine Come Holy Ghost our souls inspire Breathe on me breath of God O Breath of Life, come sweeping through us There's a spirit in the air Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me

Shops, houses and farms were abandoned. The Bailiff and other politicians did their best to allay people’s fears and this, along with the shortage of boats, meant that in the event just over 6.500 islanders left for the mainland.

Pentecost Symbols

My grandparents and family arrived at Southampton and on to an immigration centre in Bristol and from there on to Harperhay in

Pentecost comes from a Jewish harvest festival called Shavuot.


The symbols of Pentecost are those of the Holy Spirit and include flames, wind, the breath of God and a dove.

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Do You Know Your Hymns?

Thoughts of an Islander; cont’d.

Dentist’s Hymn Crown Him with Many Crowns Weatherman’s Hymn There Shall be Showers of Blessings Contractor’s Hymn The Church’s One Foundation Tailor’s Hymn Holy, Holy, Holy Golfer’s Hymn There’s a green Hill Far Away Politician’s Hymn Standing on the Promises! Optometrist’s Hymn Open My Eyes That I Might See IRS Agent’s Hymn I Surrender All Gossip’s Hymn Pass It On Electrician’s Hymn Send The Light Shopper’s Hymn Sweet Bye and Bye Realtor’s Hymn I’ve Got a Mansion Just Over the Hilltop Massage Therapist’s Hymn He touched me

Manchester where they found refuge with a Salvation Army family. They remained there for the duration of the war. After the war my mother , now married and expecting me moved back to Jersey.

AND for those who speed on the highway – a few Hymns 55 mph 75 mph 85 mph 95 mph 100 mph

God Will Take Care of You Nearer My God to Thee This World Is Not My Home Lord, I’m Coming Home Precious Memories

Audrey’s family were sent initially to Barnsley but her grandfather could not find work to support the family and so they scraped together the funds to move to Bolton where a relative assured them work could be found. After the war Audrey’s grandparents went back to Jersey, where life in the aftermath of the war was extremely distressing and difficult. Her mother, Joyce, married a young man she had met at the local Salvation Army Corps and remained in Bolton. These were very hard years for our families. However both our parents testified to the goodness of God, his continued presence and his leadings in their lives.

As a sequel to the tale I met Audrey who was on holiday in Jersey staying with one of the relatives who had returned to Jersey all those years before. Roger

Give me a sense of humour Lord, Give me the grace to see a joke, To get some humour out of life, And pass it on to other folk.

Condolences: It is with a great sense of sadness that I pass news onto to you of the passing away of Desmond Walker. He was a faithful member of our Church until a few years ago, when Eileen and Desmond because of age decided to go to live with their daughter. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family at this time. 24 The Gate June 2019

Picture of Jersey being Liberated May 9th 1945; outside of German Headquaters; the Pomme D’Or Hotel. 5

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Thank you from Nepal. An Inconvenient Truth to Power; cont’d During the time that the UK government were ‘doubling’ our giving to the Leprosy Mission friends at Allhallowgate gave a total of just over 800.00 – doubled to 1600.00. Truly amazing. Thank you.

The film’s website offers many ideas for taking action, under the banner #BEINCONVENIENT. While much of the detail is USfocused, the main principles apply to all of us: use your choice, use your voice, use your vote. The challenge now is to get involved and become part of the solution.

The following letter was sent to Elisabeth Hogerziel in acknowledgement of Allhallowgate’s support of this vital work among leprosy patients in Nepal. Dearest Friends at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Thank you so much for your wonderful compassion for Nepal. On behalf of the people affected by leprosy and all the amazing staff at Anandaban Hospital, I want to say a huge thank you. Thanks to your overwhelming kindness and generosity, Anandaban Hospital can be the beacon of light needed by so many throughout Nepal. You have become a link in a chain of love that will change many lives now and into the future. Thanks to the UK government all your generous gifts have been doubled! This means that your money goes even further to help people affected by leprosy. Because of you, newly trained community leaders will go out into hard to reach areas to find people affected by leprosy and make sure they get the cure quickly before they become disabled. Those already badly affected by leprosy will receive healing at Anandaban Hospital through life-changing physiotherapy and surgery, enabling people like Ram to regain the use of their hands, restore their independence and livelihoods – making sure they can provide for their families long into the future. Your generosity means we an begin to see an end to this ancient disease forever. 6

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Thank you from Nepal; cont’d.

An Inconvenient Truth to Power The follow-up to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth is a challenging watch which provides a balance of near-despair and hope, writes Nicky Bull This new film – to mark ten years since the award-winning An Inconvenient Truth – was screened in 340 local cinemas on Friday 11 August 2017, a week before its UK general release, and was preceded by a live Q&A interview with AL Gore. Former US Vice-President Gore is an energetic, tireless and passionate advocate for tackling the issue of climate change but he also, very notably, does not get either angry or rude when dealing with people who oppose him or try to undermine his case. This came across not only in the film, but also as the interview opened and a heckler invaded the stage: the man was calmly and swiftly removed and AL Gore carried on regardless and with no complaint. This humility probably helps to explain why he appears to have a wide circle of contacts and friends who respect him and are prepared to listen and to help – which became very clear when, towards the end of An Inconvenient Sequel, his role in encouraging India’s participation in the Paris 2015 COP agreement was explained. This was a hugely challenging film, its incredible shots of melting glaciers and newsreel footage of extreme weather events paired with conversations, negotiations and coverage of the worldwide trainings that Gore organises through his Climate Reality Project, providing a balance of near-despair and hope. Ultimately it is a hopeful film, but the realisation of that hope depends crucially on the mobilising of public opinion and the ‘people power’ to change laws and corporate planning. 22

My visit to Nepal last year where I met Ram was truly humbling and my eyes were opened to the amazing work that is happening at Anandaban Hospital. You have enabled this not only to continue but to flourish! Thank You! Anandaban Hospital can now shine even brighter for the people of Nepal. I’m so thankful to partner in this work with you. “May the lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make his face to shine on you and be gracious to you; may the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26 NIV) All my blessings Pam Rhodes The Leprosy Mission

Ray & Pauline Spensley INVITE you to a

STRAWBERRY & CREAM TEA on Wednesday 17th July 2019 between 2-4pm At 109 KIRKBY Road, HG4 2HH


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An Ordinary Women; An Extraordinary Legacy; Continued from last month

Sunday Morning Worship 10.30 –11.30am. Why not come along and share with us at our service on a Sunday morning. Good singing, lively hymns, opportunity for reflection and time for processing ones own thoughts. A warm welcome awaits you. Café Church takes place on the 2nd Sunday in the month starts at 10.45am—11.45am. Light breakfast is available at no cost and the service is basically prepared for families. Music is provided by a music group and the atmosphere is one of excitement and joy. Why not come as a family and enjoy a hour of relaxation, and an excellent start to the week. A warm welcome awaits. Our thoughts and prayers are for Barbara Dean as she improves in hospital at present. Please remember her in your prayers. Also members and friends known to yourself who are in need of prayers please remember to pray for them. Editor

PLEASE CAN YOU HELP This is an important announcement. If you have a couple of hours to spare could you consider volunteering to help one Thursday each month at the Church Coffee Morning. If so please have a word with either Pam Williams or Pauline Spensley. Thank you.


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An Ordinary Women; An Extraordinary Legacy; cont’d There is very little church news this month as I have not received very much. If you value this page please contribute to it, any little comment or article about something that you have shared in, in our church or with our fellowship is interesting especially to those who are house-bound or unable to take part. Thank you Please remember the following weekly or bi-weekly/monthly functions taking place in our church as part of our fellowship. Tuesday afternoons at 2-4pm, Tea dance. A good number of people attend this friendly afternoon with live music every other week and taped music on the alternative week. Refreshments are provided and there is an excitement around during the afternoon as people take to the floor. Why not come along and enjoy. Wednesday evening 7-9pm A exciting eventful evening playing carpet bowls. A growing number of people meet to take part in a regular competition with one another playing in teams. Refreshments provided a small subscription is asked for. Why not give it a go and come along and meet the folk gathered, you will receive a very warm welcome. Thursday Morning 9.30am—11.30am. Coffee Morning. Usually a full house, Tea, coffee served with biscuits priced £1. Toasted tea cake can be ordered at a price of £1. If you haven't tried us, why not come along to a very friendly café and enjoy a chat over coffee. You will meet new friends. Friday 1.30pm—3pm Twiglets. A play group for pre-school children. Run by a friendly group of women, with plenty to do, toys, singing and usually a theme. To learn more contact Jane Perrot telephone No: A warm welcome awaits you.


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An Ordinary Women; An Extraordinary Legacy; cont’d

Wonderful Love; cont’d The final songs were Christian, either in the local dialect or – in the case of ‘Amazing Grace’ – translated into Mongolian. Afterwards 20 ‘winners’ were called to the front and left the concert with bags full of Christian books and other gifts. By Sunday with all 3 concerts over, approximately 2,000 people had heard the Word of God. So it was time for the singers to get on board the plane for a three-hour return flight over the Gobi Desert and Khanga Mountains. Next year, the Wonderful Love team will plan similar events. And – thanks to MAF supporters – our aircraft will be ready to take them wherever the team needs to go. Taken from Flying for Life Magazine of Mission Aviation Fellowship

Prayer for the month In the Beginning God, great Three in One You began a conversation and through your Word the world was born. Help us to find ways to talk naturally of you and all that we believe of your love. Through our words may your Word be known, and may our lives be signs of your grace. Amen

News May Harrison would like to thank all those who have sent birthday cards for her 90th birthday. Many Happy Returns to May.


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:1; (NRSV)

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Eating in the 1950’s (cont’d from last month)

Wonderful Love In August last year, MAF Pilot Roy Rissanen enjoyed an evening’s entertainment courtesy of the passengers on his long-haul flight. On this particular weekend, I was flying a group of Mongolian Christian singers more than 1000 miles from the capital Ulaanbaatar to Altai. They were scheduled to perform three concerts as part of a project called Gaihamshigt Khair (‘Wonderful love’) The project team works with local churches to create worship events such as these – travelling to a different county each year. At noon on the Friday, we landed in Altai – six hours before the first concert was due to start. The MAF crew was given tickets and invited to join the throng making its way to the town’s sports hall. The concert was free to all, but numbered tickets were issued so that prizes could be presented at the end of the evening. By my rough calculation at least 400 people attended. A cursory glance at people’s clothes told us the both town and countryside were well represented in the audience. The programme of events included folk dancing, traditional Mongolian singing and contemporary songs. Oronchimeg the lead singer will turn 60 next year. She has been a celebrity in Mongolia for more than three decades. Inbetween songs singers shared what Jesus had done in their lives. Oronchimeg and her husband gave powerful testimonies. Then a local pastor delivered a short sermon before inviting people to give their lives to Jesus and – praise the Lord – a few people came forward. 18

A bun was a small cake back then. The word “Barbie” was not associated with anything to do with food. Eating outside was a picnic. Cooking outside was called camping. Seaweed was not a recognised food. Pancakes were only eaten on Pancake Tuesday. “Kebab” was not even a word never mind a food. Hot dogs were a type of sausage that only Americans ate. Cornflakes had arrived from America but it was obvious they would never catch on. The phrase “boil in the bag” would have been beyond comprehension. The idea of “oven chips” would not have made any sense at all to us. The world had not heard of Pot Noodles, Instant Mash and Pop Tarts. Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as white gold. Lettuce and tomatoes in winter were only found abroad. Prunes were medicinal. Surprisingly muesli was readily available in those days, it was called cattle feed. Turkeys were definitely seasonal. Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one. We never heard of Croissants- we certainly couldn’t pronounce it. We thought that Baguettes were a problem the French need to deal with. Garlic was used to ward off vampires, but never used to flavour food. Water came out of the tap, it someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than petrol for it they would have become a laughing stock. Food hygiene was all about washing hands before meals. Campylobacter, Salmonells, E. Coli Listeria and Botulism were all called “food poisoning”. The only thing that we never ever had on our table in the fifties was our elbows. Our thanks go to Pam & John Williams for sharing this interesting and amusing find for us.

Smiles Which Bible character is a locksmith? Zaccheus! 11

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Poem; Timeless Moments


Crystal clear sunrise And coolness in the air, Smoky lakes of pure mist With dewdrops everywhere – Above, celestial amethyst, A new and shining brightness Reflects upon the swaddled fields Of unpolluted whiteness; What precious jewel can compare, What colour so renown, To match this dawn of pageantry In summer’s precious crown? Such crowded hours lie ahead And life is riding high – All Nature seems in harmony Beneath this radiant sky! These colourful yet simple things Bring summer’s days full measure Of rare and timeless moments To give life’s greatest pleasure. Gordon Currie


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Yield Not to Temptation.

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Both the words and the music of this song are done by Horatio R. Palmer. He was born on April 26, 1834 in New York, and died November 15, 1907. The inspiration for this song came while studying the dry subject of music "Theory", both the words and music came to him immediately and putting aside his theoretical work, he wrote down the words and music as fast as he could. A friend suggested some slight changes on the third verse, and the tune was afterwards transposed from the key of A flat to B flat, otherwise it is exactly as it came that day from Palmer's pen. A remarkable thing happened in a State Prison in Sing, Sing, New York. On one occasion, the women were allowed to sit in the corridor to listen to an address from a lady, the prisoners rebelled one of the orders that was given by the matron, causing a terrible scene, during which screams, blasphemy and profanity filled the place, causing the matron to call for help. When a voice suddenly rose above the tumult singing, Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin. When the voice first started singing, it began to quiet down, then the women joined in the hymn, and finally marched quietly back to their cells. "Yield Not to Temptation" was the women’s favourite hymn. One of the hardest things for Christians to do is to not yield to temptation. There was one lady that said she was plagued till she was ashamed to even attend church. She was scared that the more mature Christians would be critical of her. Temptation is something that comes to all Christians, young and old, mature or immature. Even though temptation can severely test our faith, it is something that can be overcome in the power of Christ, who has triumphed over it. Christ fasted and prayed for 40 days and nights and proved that steadfastness in God can withstand the brutal and twisted attacks of Satan himself, even when the body is emaciated and physically incapacitated through denial. 13

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Extraordinary Uses Toothpaste Shine bathroom and kitchen chrome. You can buy commercial cleaners with a very fine abrasive designed to shine up chrome, but if you don’t have any, the fine abrasive in non-gel toothpaste works just as well. Smear on the toothpaste and polish with a soft, dry cloth. Prevent steamed up goggles. Whether you are woodworking, skiing or scuba diving, nothing is more frustrating (and sometimes dangerous) than goggles that steam up. Prevent the problem by coating the goggles with toothpaste and then wiping them off. Prevent bathroom mirrors from fogging. It is impossible to see clearly in a fogged-up bathroom mirror. Coat the mirror with non-gel toothpaste and wipe it off before you get in the shower. When you come out, the mirror wont have misted over. 14

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Monthly Publication for for Allhallowgate Methodist Church Ripon UK.

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Monthly Publication for for Allhallowgate Methodist Church Ripon UK.