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September / October 2013

St Peter’s Church, Elworth www.stpeters-elworth.org.uk


Welcome Welcome to the September/October edition of Speak magazine. I can’t believe that this is the last edition before Christmas. As usual there is a lot of great things going on in the life of St Peter’s. Please take note of the events that are important to you. I hope that you have all had a lovely Summer! Bethany Jones Editor

Vision statement We are committed in love to worshipping God: • • • •

By proclaiming the Gospel in word and action By encouraging growth By serving others By leading people into a personal relationship with Jesus.

Contact Vicar:

Revd David Page

01270 762415 vicar@stpeters-elworth.org.uk

Church Office:

01270 762213

office@stpeters-elworth.org.uk

Magazine deadline November/December 2013 edition

7th October 2013

We welcome your submissions for inclusion in the magazine. Please ensure that material is preferably emailed to comms@stpeters-elworth.org.uk or dropped in to the church office. Thank you. 2


David’s page… Our role: given or chosen? As I write this article, the media frenzy following the birth of Prince George is in full swing. Questions about what he looks like, his temperament etc. are abundant in our newspapers and on television. In addition, there are questions about his future. What will be his role in the Royal Family and in the life of the nation as third in line to the throne and, therefore, one day King? Prince George may have some influence over his future but, because of his birth, many aspects of his life will be defined for him and there are some things that he can do little about. Jesus is our eternal King but, unlike earthly kings, His role as our Saviour was not imposed on him. As we are reminded in Philippians Chapter 2, Jesus chose to come in to our world because of his love for us and he was willing to bear the consequences of his choice in order to fulfil his role. “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2 : 8) However, we know that wasn’t and isn’t the end of his role. “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2 : 9 - 11) As Christians we are more like Jesus than Prince George. We have to make a personal choice, following God’s call to us, to be faithful to His ways. That may mean accepting sacrifices and hardships in this world as we are obedient to Jesus, but it also means keeping focussed on the joy of knowing that we are part of Jesus’ eternal kingdom. On a personal note you may have seen that I have been appointed Rural Dean of Congleton. This is an additional role with its primary focus being one of pastoral care and encouragement for the clergy and parishes of Congleton deanery. Can I take this opportunity to invite you all to a Service of Commissioning to this role at St Peter’s on Monday 9th September at 7.30pm. Bishop Peter and Archdeacon Ian will be joining us for this service. 3


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Saturday 7th September 2013 from 7.00pm St Peter’s Church Hall With live music from the North Staffordshire Accordion Band Please bring your own main course (picnic style) and drinks. Desserts will be provided. Tickets are £2.50 and are available from the Church Office or any Kairos home group member.

D r i v e r ’s needed Could you spare 1 or 2 hours once a week or fortnight? Sandbach Communicare needs volunteer drivers to take people at Ashfields Surgery and local hospitals. If you can help please contact either Roy - 759250, Joyce - 763527 or Ann - 765223. Thank you 4


Ti m e t o g e t h e r An opportunity for any who have been bereaved to share ‘Soup and a Roll’ and a chat

12.00noon – 2.00pm St Peter’s Church Hall

Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving There will be a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for all who have been bereaved at St Peter’s Church, Elworth on Sunday 13th October 2013 at 3.00pm. All are welcome. You are invited to bring a long stemmed flower which will form part of a large arrangement. Refreshments will be served in the church hall after the service. For further information, please contact Kate Page (01270 762415) 5

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Thursday 3rd October


Crafty Christians’

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A card making craft session on Tuesday 10th September from 7.00pm - 9.00pm in the Church Hall, led by Jane HoyHoy-Greening Make a personalised card for a special someone or a special occasion. Everyone is welcome to enjoy fellowship together. There will be a small cost of £2.50 to cover materials.

Wild Portugal in the Spring The Algarve is associated with lazing on glorious beaches; but it has a wealth of wildlife as well. George Hill joined a guided holiday with A ROCHA Portugal in the spring and will describe his experience with the help of slides on Saturday 19th October in the Wesley Centre. The presentation begins at 7.30pm, is free, and light refreshments will be provided. Come and bring your friends! Details from 761189 or 764076. Andrew Bailey 6


Alpha? An Evening with Lisa Potts Lisa first came to prominence when, as a nursery

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machetemachete- wielding attacker. Come and hear the story of this George Medal winner.

Saturday 14 th September at 7.00pm St Peter’s Church Hall, Elworth, Sandbach. Sandbach

To reserve your place: Phone Church Office and leave a message 01270 762213 7

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to introduce our Alpha Course


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Singing with the world d u r i n g Ad v e n t a n d Christmas John Bell was ordained in the church of Scotland and now has a worldwide ministry. He is also known for his connections with the Iona Community. He is an inspirational speaker whose work is in the area of music, worship and spirituality. His passion is the development of congregational song. John is visiting the diocese for 2 days in November leading a song event on Monday 11th and seminars on November 12th.. Contrary to what the carols tell us, it probably was neither snowing nor white on the night Jesus was born. But perhaps if we widened our knowledge of carols, we might get a fuller picture. So, here we sample songs which come from places such as New Zealand (where Christmas is the hottest time of the year) and the Cameroon, where no one sings Christmas carols standing still. And there will be one or two oldies and newcomers from western shores as well. Details - Monday 11th November 2013 - 7.30pm till 9.30pm - St Helen's Church, Church Road, Witton, Northwich Refreshments will be provided. There is no charge for this event. To book, contact Jane Hood on jane.hood@chesteranglican.org or phone 01244 681973 ext 257. John Bell is also leading two seminars on Tuesday 12th November 2013: The Imagination as a Resource For Faith We extol it in children and suspect it in adults. Yet without a lively imagination, there would be little by way of culture in the world, major personal decisions would go awry, and the Bible would be unspeakably dull. Here we re-value one of God's most singular gifts. 8


Singing with the world d u r i n g Ad v e n t a n d Christmas

- Tuesday 12th November 2013 - 10.00am till 3.30pm - St John's Church Centre, School Lane, Hartford, CW8 1NP Lunch and refreshments will be provided. There is no charge for this event. To book, contact Jane Hood by jane.hood@chesteranglican.org or phone 01244 681973 ext 257. Closing date for bookings is Tuesday, 5 November 2013 See Norma Chapman if you would like to go but need a lift.

M e n ’s Breakfast Food, Fellowship and Study The next breakfasts will be on: Saturday 14th September 2013 Saturday 9th November 2013 in the Church Hall, 8.00am-9.30am. 9

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The Spirituality of the Psalms We engage with the Psalms not simply because the church always has, but because Jesus endorsed their use, including the psalms we might be resistant to use. And in so doing, his faith and life were earthed and his prayer life enriched. The same can be true for us, if we are open to this incomparable treasury of religious experience.


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Accessories, Beauty and Craft Show Saturday 2nd November 2013 St Peter’s Church Hall, School Lane, Elworth 10.00am – 3.00pm Lots of Stalls featuring: Jewellery, Toiletries and Cosmetics, Cake Decorating, Fairtrade, Scentsy Candles, Phoenix Cards, Photography, Woodwork and many more. Also book in advance for a Shellac manicure! Refreshments available all day and an activity area for the children. Come along for a first chance to get some Christmas presents! If you would like to book a stall or want some more details then please contact Carolyn Barker on 753494

All proceeds in aid of St Peter’s Church Hall 10


Coffee Stop

Vty°

a warm and friendly welcome is assured

The café offers excellent value for money with toast and toasted teacakes also available. Warm drinks, juice, children’s drinks and sweet treats from 70p. It also offers a warm friendly welcome from its volunteer staff, so why not give it a try?

On Friday 25th October 2013, 10.30am Elizabeth Morris will bring ‘a storytelling experience to enchant all ages’ to the café. www.ataletotell.org.uk

The foyer Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10.00am - 11.30am Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate — 50p There are magazines and leaflets available for you to look through or to take away. FairTrade goods are available for purchase, our receptionists are happy to help if you have any queries about these, or anything else that happens throughout the week.

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The Coffee Stop Café is open on Friday mornings, 9.00am - 12noon, in St Peter’s Church Hall.


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3. Common Worship In our consideration of jargon, or church speak, surrounding church services, we touched in the last issue on the Book of Common Prayer. Alongside the Prayer Book published in 1662, the Church of England now has ‘Common Worship’. Note it’s not the Common Worship Book. For it’s not a book of ‘take it or leave it’ services; rather several volumes of rich resources for ‘pick and mix’ acts of worship. But it has ‘common’ in the title, for the intention of the compilers is that individual services will still have elements common to all Church of England churches, and be recognisably Anglican. All this demands much more of the person preparing and leading worship. Common Worship provides the basis of the worship we share in at St Peter’s at 9.00am and forms the background to our worship at 10.30am. We have home produced leaflets at 9.00am, which can more easily be replaced if we want to vary the content in future. Projecting material on the screen at 10.30am needs more preparation, but provides even more flexibility. Common Worship suggests a framework for services in order to preserve a balance between such elements as praise, confession, Bible reading, preaching and affirming our faith, but within that there’s great freedom. In fact ‘freedom in a framework’ sums up Common Worship! Andrew Bailey 12


A ROCHA News Church Hall Swifts

Many thanks to Steve Noble who put up the speaker under the eaves; to members of SECOS (South east Cheshire Ornithological Society) for technical assistance; to those who paid for the timer, and to those members of St Peter’s who reported their sightings. Swifts in the UK declined by 40% between 1995 and 2011. Anything we can do to help stem the decline of these most amazing of God’s creatures must be worthwhile!

Church House A kind word of notice that as of 27th August 2013, Church House for the Diocese of Chester has moved. The new address is: Church House 5500 Daresbury Park Daresbury Cheshire WA4 4GE All Church House emails will remain the same after the move; however the telephone numbers are yet to be confirmed. (www.chester.anglican.org) 13

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Swifts, which used to breed under the eaves of the old church hall, were seen this summer over the hall from time to time. A timer on the recording of Swift calls set up to attract them meant we could play the calls morning and evening without having to control the machine by hand. Sometimes birds were clearly responding to the recording. More interesting were observations of birds in the vicinity of the hall when the recordings weren’t being played. Did they nest in the ‘Swift bricks’ installed when the hall was built? We don’t know. But the observations were encouraging, and we shall continue seeking to attract them by playing the recording again next summer.


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Lifeline Debt Advice has trained advisers who operate out of the Wesley Centre in Sandbach. Our aim is to help anyone who has money or debt problems and the service is totally free and confidential. If you are in need of help please call us on

01270 750358 to arrange an appointment.

(If no-one answers leave a message and we will get back to you.) Consumer Credit Licence No: 618245/1 14


Do your shopping online and raise funds for St Peter's!

You can access many well known High Street names through easyfundraising, and when you make a purchase, the retailer pays a donation to St Peter's. It’s that simple!

Small groups Small Groups provide an opportunity for people to make friends, grow in their faith and discuss life together in a smaller setting than the Sunday Service. They are informal, friendly and supportive, providing an ideal setting in which to meet new people. Groups run throughout the week. For further details contact the Church Office on 01270 762213 15

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Visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk and select ‘St Peter's Church, Elworth’ as your favourite cause.


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Shoebox Sunday The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

How to make a shoebox! BOX: Wrap an empty MEDIUM shoebox and fill it with great little gifts. Please make sure you wrap the box and the lid separately. GIFTS: There are four categories, which are: Toys, Educational Supplies, Hygiene Items and Other Items. There are lists of gifts that are suggested gift ideas as well as what not to give in the leaflet. CHILDREN: You can do a box for a girl or a boy, or both if you so wish! The age ranges are: 2-4 years, 5-9 years and 10-14 years

Don’t forget, most importantly bring your shoebox along to the service at St Peter’s Church on:

10.30am Sunday 3rd November If you would like any more information please don’t hesitate to contact Church Office or look at www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk 16


What is thy Beloved more than another Beloved? The daughters of Jerusalem asked this question of the bride, and many a non-Christian asks it of a Christian.

To the artist He is the Altogether Lovely One To the architect He is the Chief Corner Stone To the astronomer He is the (Sun), the Son of Righteousness To the baker He is the Living Bread To the banker He is the Hidden Treasure To the biologist He is the Life To the carpenter He is the Rule To the doctor He is the Great Physician To the educator He is the Great Teacher To the farmer He is the Lord of the Harvest To the geologist He is the Rock of Ages To the horticulturalist He is the True Vine To the tree-keeper He is the Loveliest of Trees To the judge He is the Righteous Judge To the juror He is the True Witness To the jeweller He is the Pearl of Great Price To the editor He is the Good Tidings of Great Joy To the philosopher He is the Wisdom of God To the printer He is the True Type To the student He is the Incarnate Truth To the sinner He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world To Christians He is the Son of the Living God, Our Saviour, our Redeemer and Lord

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This quotation from the Song of Solomon answers the question. Just what is our beloved Lord Jesus more than another's beloved?


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Saturday 7th September Last Night of the Proms

Sunday 8th September Commissioning Service

Monday 9th September Commissioning Service of the Rural Dean

Saturday 14th September Men’s Breakfast Church Hall, 8.00am—9.30am

Saturday 14th September Alpha Invitation Meal 7.00pm

Wednesday 25th September Alpha Course starts

Sunday 29th September Harvest

Thursday 3rd October Time Together

Sunday 6th October Harvest at Ettiley Heath

Saturday 12th October Nia Concert

Sunday 13th October Bereavement Service

Thursday 31st October Light Party

Saturday 2nd November Accessories, Beauty and Craft Show

Sunday 3rd November Shoebox Sunday

Saturday 9th November Men’s Breakfast Church Hall, 8.00am—9.30am

Thursday 5th December Time Together

Wednesday 11th December Alpha Party

Sunday 15th December Junior Church Nativity

Sunday 22nd December Carol Service You can now like us on Facebook, just search for ‘St Peter’s Church, Elworth’ For more information, please speak to Bethany Jones 18


From the registers We welcome through baptism: Jonah Patrick Kelly (Son of John and Lucy) Lucy Anne Kelly We celebrate the marriage of: Matthew Cuncliffe and Sarah Robinson Richard Lowe and Laura Baker We join in sadness with the families of the late: Doris Sant; Beryl Yates

Opening times St Peter’s Church is open every Tuesday morning between 10.00am and 11.00am for prayer and reflection. In addition to the regular Tuesday mornings, it will also be open when events, either local or national, lead to a need for quiet contemplation and prayer.

Junior church Junior Church runs concurrently with the 10.30am service at St Peter’s and is for 3 to 14 year olds, split into various groups: Lego (3 to 6 years) Adventurers (7 to 11 years) Youth Church (11 to 14 years)

Editorial disclaimer Whilst every care has been taken in the compilation of this magazine, we cannot guarantee that inaccuracies will not occur. The Editors are responsible for content selection and reserve the right to amend articles and withhold items as deemed necessary. Articles submitted after the deadline date may not be included in that edition of the magazine and the Editors’ decision is final. Should you have any concerns regarding the content in the magazine or wish to submit an article for inclusion, please contact us by email on comms@stpeters-elworth.org.uk or phone the Church Office on 01270 762213. Bethany Jones and Diane Noble, Editors

St Peter’s PCC, Elworth - Registered Charity Number 1130803 19


Sunday services for September and October 9.00am St Peter’s

10.30am St Peter’s

10.30am Ettiley Heath

6.30pm St Peter’s

1st September

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

All Age Service

Evening Prayer

8th September

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

All Age Service

Evening Prayer

15th September

Holy Communion

Alpha Guest Service

All Age Service

Evening Prayer

22nd September

Morning Prayer

Morning Worship

All Age Holy Communion

Holy Communion

29th September

Harvest Holy Communion

All Age Harvest Service

All Age Service

Harvest Songs of Praise

6th October

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

All Age Harvest Service

Evening Prayer

13th October

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

All Age Holy Communion

Special Evening Service

20th October

Holy Communion

All Age Service

All Age Service

Evening Prayer

27th October

Morning Prayer

Morning Worship

All Age Service

Holy Communion

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Speak September/October Magazine 2013