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2012 The magazine of Banstead United Reformed Church Tidings, June 2012 Page 1


BANSTEAD UNITED REFORMED CHURCH SERVICES Our Family Worship is held every Sunday at 10.30am a crèche is provided. Junior Church for children aged 3-14 meets at the same time, and we have a music group which meets at 10.10am. Holy Communion is normally celebrated during our morning service on the first Sunday of each month. An Evening Service, in a variety of styles, is held at 6.00pm on the third Sunday of the month. This service is shared with the Methodists and is held alternately at our church and the Drive Methodist church. Please see the diary sheet for details. The Prayer Circle meets every two weeks. Please note: Monday is the Minister’s day off. For details of future events and important dates for your diary please see the monthly Diary Sheet or check out our Website:

www.bansteadurc.org.uk

Tidings is edited by Linda Richards. Address: 3 Breech Lane, Walton on the Hill, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 7SQ Tel 01737 813617, e-mail burctidings@hotmail.co.uk I am happy to receive your contributions, ideas and suggestions for Tidings at any time but copy for the next edition should be with the editor by

Sunday, 24th June 2012

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Dear Friends, By the time this edition of Tidings is published, Christian Aid week will be over for another year, and the results of the house to house collections will be known. But as I write this, the volunteer envelope distributors and collectors are only just starting their work (and no doubt hoping that the sun continues to shine on them as they go back to pick up the envelopes). It seems to me that Christian Aid week is one of those important times when we can show our unity as churches in the things that matter – loving our neighbour as ourselves, and working for justice for all. And doing it because of our shared faith in Jesus Christ. Through Christian Aid Week the profile of Christianity in this country is raised and the message is reinforced by advertisements on billboards and public transport. Living out the Christian faith is seen to be effective in changing people’s lives for the better. However, collecting can be a daunting task and while we are of course aware that whether or not someone gives is their own choice, not all those who refuse do so as politely as we would wish. But now the money is in and counted. And our own curiosity has been further raised by the stories that Christian Aid tells of its work among those people who do not have enough of the basic things of life – food, shelter, sanitation, health care, education, and clean water. Throughout the year we have opportunities to give to Christian Aid, by regular support, coffee mornings and so on. And these are valuable aspects of our giving and the fellowship of the church. During Christian Aid week, we can enable people who are not yet part of church life to meet real Christians who, out of love for Jesus and their fellow human beings, are prepared to make what is at times a difficult effort to do something to change the world. Tidings, June 2012 Page 3


So to all who organised, distributed, collected, counted and banked – congratulations, and well done for your part in this demonstration of a faith that is alive and active in the world. Yours in Christ Jenny

Date for your diaries! Junior Church BBQ Sunday 1st July Tickets on sale from 10th June

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH Never say that you don’t have enough time! You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein.

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CHURCH FAMILY NEWS ... is available in the members’ log in page or in the paper copy of Tidings. For details of the log in and password please contact burctidings@hotmail.co.uk It is good to hear news from past members and friends. This month we have received a letter from Betty Smith. She writes “I follow the news of Banstead URC with interest, even though some of the individuals mentioned I remember as members of the church youth club!! My late husband, Francis, and I were two of the founder members of the church, and our four children were brought up within the church family, so when we had to move because of Francis’s job, it was a great wrench to all of us. I am now a member of Thornton Hough URC which is a great contrast to Banstead. We have a beautiful building which, because it is listed, limits any changes we might wish to make. It also has only 40 members and no church hall! We have good relations with our Anglican neighbours, and have some joint activities mainly in their church hall and joint services in both churches. Please pass on my best wishes to those who may remember me.” Betty Smith

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A A Celebratory Celebratory Lunch Lunch to mark the to mark the The The Queen’s Queen’s Diamond Diamond Jubilee Jubilee will be held at will be held at our our Church Church on Sunday 3rd June on Sunday 3rd June after after morning morning service. service. Tickets £6 (£3 for Tickets £6 (£3 for children) children) from Olive Worsley from Olive Worsley or or Chris Chris Harris Harris DIAMOND JUBILEE PRAYER God of time and eternity, whose Son reigns as servant, not master; we give you thanks and praise that you have blessed this Nation, the Realms and Territories with Elizabeth our beloved and glorious Queen. In this year of Jubilee, grant her your gifts of love and joy and peace as she continues in faithful obedience to you, her Lord and God and in devoted service to her lands and peoples, and those of the Commonwealth, now and all the days of her life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. This prayer was written by the Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral at the Queen's direction for Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. It will be used in the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday, 5th June.

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OLYMPIC TORCH – A CASCADE OF PRAYER AND PRAISE During the Olympic Torch’s 70 day relay across the UK it will pass through over a thousand communities. More Than Gold, the agency helping churches respond to the 2012 Games has launched a 70-day prayer relay which tracks the same dates and venues as the official torch relay. The aim is to inspire a cascade of prayer and praise, with individuals and churches taking time to pray, alone and together, as it travels through their area. The 70day lead in to the Games also includes a physical prayer relay between the 70 locations hosting the torch’s overnight stays. At each location Christian leaders will receive prayers of blessing from the churches where the Torch has just visited, and pass them on to the next overnight venue. A daily prayer guide covering the Torch Relay, the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games is available at: www.morethangold.org.uk/prayer

A PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR THE 2012 GAMES Eternal God, Giver of joy and source of all strength, we pray for those who prepare for the London Olympic and Paralympic games. For the competitors training for the Games and their loved ones, For the many thousands who will support them, And for the Churches and others who are organising special events and who will welcome many people from many nations. In a world where many are rejected and abused, we pray for a spirit of tolerance and acceptance, of humility and respect and for the health and safety of all. May we at the last be led towards the love of Christ who is more than gold, today and forever. Amen Tidings, June 2012 Page 7


BOCKETTS FARM To misquote a well known song – “Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to Bocketts?” Yes – the Junior Church certainly did have a lovely time! Despite the Church secretary’s reassuring words about life guards and buoyancy aids we barely noticed the torrential rain! We set up camp in our own barn and then went off exploring leaving Jenny and Chris guarding the food. There is a large indoor play area with slides, ropes and obstacle courses and this was a big attraction and we built up a good appetite for our lunch.

JesusG and Chris had produced a wonderful picnic lunch for us all – all of Junior Church had individual picnic bags with their favourite sandwich in and so, after singing Grace, we tucked in. Someone was looking down on us – the sun came out and so, with the children clutching a bag of animal food each, we went to find the animals. We saw the new born lambs and the twin lambs that had been born that very morning, whilst Sam was reading to us about Jesus the Good Shepherd – how appropriate! We visited the goats and horses. We saw llamas and pigs and then, as everything was drying out, the outdoor play activities were put to the test. The grand finale of the day was the Pig Race when the winning pig was called ……Curly Sue! Page 8,

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It was a great trip and thank you to everyone who made it possible and to Madeline for all her hard work with risk assessments and booking. I’ll leave the final word(s) to our young (and not so young!) people. Fenella: I just loved the white goat! Sophie: It was a.m.a.z.i.n.g! Jamie: Nice cake! Karen and Glenda: We’re having a rabbit each! James: Best outing ever! Lizzie: I’m coming back here for my 19th birthday! Alex: I love Bocketts Farm because I had lots of fun! Jenny: Yummy food! Chris: The sun is shining! Georgie: The bouncy pillow was my favourite! Verity: My favourite thing was everything! Lucy: I liked the bouncy pillows! Sue Dinnage

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Our church has received information about the hosepipe ban from Sutton and East Surrey Water Company ... 

The south east is the most densely populated and the fastest growing region of the UK, and is the region where water resources are under the most pressure.

Spring 2011 and winter 2011/12 were the driest periods since records began in 1921.

A hosepipe can use as much water in an hour as a family of four uses in a day.

A dripping tap wastes 10,000 gallons of water in a year, the same amount used by 250 people each day.

What is covered by the hosepipe ban? Using a hosepipe for the garden, for filling swimming pools and paddling pools, for cleaning motor vehicles, boats, windows, patios. paths and buildings etc, except where necessary for health and safety reasons.

How can we save water? Put only full loads in washing machines and dish washers. Take a shower instead of a bath. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Use a water butt to collect water for watering plants. Fix leaks and repair dripping taps.

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A massive THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who took on the weather and in the dry patches helped us to deliver and collect envelopes in support of Christian Aid during the week (although rain is a distant memory since the sun made its timely appearance!). Just as big a THANK YOU also goes to those dedicated people who came along to the count on Monday night and helped to open all the envelopes and log all the money taken (with the help of a supply of cakes of course!). With your assistance we raised a fantastic £1,006 from the street collections, plus an additional £79 from the collecting boxes which the young people and others took home over recent weeks. When combined with £346 from Joan Higgins’ coffee morning and £28 Craft Café contributions collected by Jo Patel, the URC made significant input to the £4,470 combined total (including Gift Aid) from URC and All Saints. All of this will help Christian Aid continue their work to get people in poverty out of poverty through their valuable partnership projects throughout the world. We very much appreciate your support with respect to the URC’s Christian Aid efforts this year, and we look forward to Christian Aid week 2013. Jo and Emma

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THE EVENING CLUB This month our evening meeting and meal was somewhat more than the usual. Terri and Tony Milton invited us to arrive at mid day to set off for a canal walk, The Lee Canal plus other bits!, and picnic lunch. With a very short walk from their house we caught the No. 42 bus which went right across London via Tower Bridge, then one more bus and we arrived near the canal and had a delightful walk stopping for our picnic lunch in large wooded park and passing many landmarks including the Olympic Games site. The security in that area was clearly very well thought out with raft blocks to prevent boat access and electric fences presumably to prevent human access!! We came across a very good French coffee restaurant that looked very basic, but served wonderful coffee. We passed many locks and barges and passed the time of day with a mixture of interesting characters including the occupants of a barge being used as a wedding hen party, a dancing lady and lost tourists!! We even spotted a resting Pike (fish) basking in the sun about a foot under water. A Moorhen swam so close we thought that it would be attacked, but it was clearly not the Pike's dinner time. We completed the canal walk at Limehouse where there is a fascinating array of new and old in the form of boats, property and

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engineering. Then time to catch another bus and back to the Milton's house for a super evening meal, we all felt so well looked after and all agreed it had been a brilliant day out. Charles Morgan

Have a look at the website for more photographs.

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North Downs Cluster of Churches You are invited to an afternoon at Marsh Green Church on Sunday 24th June at 3.30 pm Enjoy a walk in the Kent countryside or, if less energetic, a sit in the church garden, with gentle entertainment followed at 4.30 pm by tea and at 5.30 – 6.15 pm approx. a short act of worship Do come for all or any part. Please sign the list on the noticeboard in the Atrium so that we can let Marsh Green know how many people to expect.

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HOLIDAY FUN WEEK 2012 Anyone who would like to help with HFW refreshments on any or all days between 23rd to 27th July from 9.30 to 11.30 need to let Ruth Hunter Currie or Caroline Burns know as soon as possible.

NATIVITY PLAYS Have you got a shelf of videos of Banstead URC children’s Nativity plays which you can’t bring yourself to throw away? As people move from videos to DVDs many of our old videos are becoming obsolete. Ken R and Ken W have transferred the Nativities from 1997 to 2003 onto a single DVD and are happy to make copies for anyone who is interested for a donation of £2 to church funds. Please let Ken Richards know if you would like one.

TRINITY TREK FOR JUNE Saturday 9th June starting at 2pm Further details available from John Mason 01737 812943

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OPEN DOOR VOLUNTEERING The satisfaction and fun experienced when one volunteers for a worthwhile cause can’t be overstated. Here is a chance to enjoy this without committing to a regular day at the Open Door coffee shop. Many folk cannot promise this level of commitment and it prevents them from offering to lend a hand on an ad hoc basis. This is often required when one of the ‘regulars’ is ill or away on holiday. The biggest staffing problem is to find and maintain a list of stand-ins. Folk, men or women, who are able to fill a gap in the usual team on a certain day. This will not always be at short notice as is the case with sudden illness. Holidays are planned after all and adequate warning can be given. If there are less busy days in your week, when regular commitments are not as pressing, please think about putting your name down on the supply list. The person responsible for that particular day at the Open Door will be delighted to have you on his/her list. There will also be the opportunity of going in beforehand, on a day when they are not short-handed, meeting everyone and learning the ropes by working a part shift. This makes for more confidence on the day when you are first asked to come help out ‘for real.’ Everyone had to learn when they started and your colleagues will be happy to help you until you can shed your learner plates. Come along and enjoy the happy feeling you get from doing some- thing really worthwhile in your community. Please think about it and ask me who to contact if you find a little gap in your diary. Nettie Cooper

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ELDERS HOUSE GROUPS Elders House Groups will be meeting in early June when we will be talking about ‘The things Jesus did’ and also talking about a few aspects of church life to give you a chance to feed your views back to the Elders. The evening will be structured to allow everyone, who wishes, to participate and learn from one another and the Bible. Below you will find a list of when the house groups are taking place. Please let your Elder know which group you are able to attend. Leaders

Day / Time

Keith Pollock Joyce Carlisle

Mon 11 June. 7.30pm

Linda Richards Charles Morgan

Wed 13 June 8pm

Jo Patel John Mason

Thurs 14 June 8.00pm

Cliff Houghton Diane Forzani

Thurs 14 June 7.45 pm

Madeline Cranfield Sheila Costello

Fri 15 June 8pm

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The next B5Y event is a service and Fun & Food at St Ann’s Church on 24th June at 5.45 pm. Look out for information about “Venture 2012” Saturday 7th July to Sunday 8th Details coming soon!

SAFETY NOTICE This notice is for EVERYONE :    

young and old, drivers and pedestrians, disabled and able bodied, and all those in between ….

Please remember that our Church car park is just that - a car park. There are likely to be vehicles reversing and turning. Please take extra care at all times.

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SERVICE FOR CWM The URC is one of the constituent churches of the Council for World Mission (CWM), the successor of the London Missionary Society. As Tidings goes to press there will be a service of thanksgiving on 26th May at the City Temple as CWM prepares to move its headquarters from London to Singapore later this year. Those attending the service include the moderator and other representatives of the CWM trustee body, CWM staff, former missionaries and representatives of the member churches including the Presbyterian Church in Singapore. The Revd Richard Mortimer, deputy general secretary of the United Reformed Church, will represent the URC. The Revd Jane Rowell, the URC’s secretary for world church relations, said: “It's an absolute delight and a joy to mark this stage in CWM's journey, and to share with them as they look forward to the next steps on our journey of partnership in mission.” When CWM was founded in 1977 it was never intended that London would be its permanent base, but the move to Singapore has been prompted by the UK government’s immigration policy which has made it difficult for CWM to employ non-EU staff in London.

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THE PROBLEM OF SHADE IN YOUR GARDEN Shade never seems to be taken seriously enough by professional gardening experts. I think the reason is that they usually have larger-than-average gardens, without the high proportion of shade with which many ordinary gardeners have to contend. In larger gardens, there may be plenty of dappled shade, the kind found under a high canopy of deciduous trees, but that’s nothing like the dense shade cast by solid walls, fences and buildings, which impinges upon so much of the growing area in a small garden. Disposing of dappled shade first, many choice plants find this their ideal light level. Among them are rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. In fact, most plants will flourish in these conditions, provided that the soil is not too dry. However, roses always prefer nothing over their heads and will tend to become spindly in any kind of shade. Shade cast by conifers and beech or sycamore trees is usually dense and accompanied by dry and impoverished soil beneath. You don’t have a lot of choice for planting, but the hardy geranium ground cover plant Geranium macrorrhizum will endure these conditions, provided that it is well watered-in at the beginning. Periwinkle Vinca minor will also do well; pick the plain green variety, not the variegated one. Variegated plants, with white or gold splashes to their leaves, are generally less vigorous than the plain green ones, and need higher light levels to flourish. There are exceptions, and one is ivy; I have Hedera helix ‘Goldchild’ growing out of a pot and covering a north-facing wall

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with ease. Another is Symphytum ‘Goldsmith’, a fast-growing spreading comfrey, 30cm tall, with attractive gold- and creamvariegated green leaves and pretty pale blue, pink or cream tubular spring flowers. To compensate for a lack of sunshine, you need to help your plants by extra feeding and watering. Although a brick wall provides shelter and acts rather like a storage heater at night, releasing heat collected during the day, the earth within a metre of a wall is likely to be exceptionally dry and probably starved of nutrients. So you must be prepared to water as required and, even if you can’t feed all the plants in your garden, please remember to feed the ones in shady areas – even a handful of Growmore round each large plant once a year will make a great difference, provided you water as well. The other positive step you can take to cope with shade is to ensure that you choose the right plants. Move roses and rockery plants such as aubrietia to sunnier areas and replace them with shade-loving plants. For cold, draughty, shady walls, an outstanding hardy climber is Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris, but it does need some room to display its creamy-white lacecap flowers. Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’ is a less vigorous climber, but unlike most clematis it prefers shade because its colourful blooms will not fade so easily. Other climbers you could consider for furnishing your

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shady walls are two honeysuckles, Lonicera tragophylla (cream/ yellow flowers) and Lonicera tellmanniana (yellow/orange). For a hardy bush that can also be trained up a wall, you can’t beat Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Moerloosei’, a variety of the flowering quince or japonica, with exquisite pink-flushed white flowers in spring. Useful perennials to fill shady flowerbeds include any of the heuchera varieties, ranging from lime green to deep bronze, and pulmonarias (lungworts), with attractive spotted foliage and pretty blue and pink-red flowers in spring, from which arises their nickname ‘soldiers and sailors’. If you require shrubs for a dark corner, try some plants that will lighten it up. Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ is an evergreen with glossy, aromatic yellow leaves and fragrant white flowers. Its leaves will be a little less bright than in a sunnier spot, but many gardens would benefit from its cheery appearance and easy maintenance, even in a shady place. A Victorian favourite that has stood the test of time is the spotted laurel, Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’, which will grow into a handsome shrub even in quite dense shade. These are just a few of the many plants that will flourish in lowlight situations. If you choose wisely and help the plants to get well established, you will be able to make the most of the darker areas of your garden, to complement the brighter parts. Gardeners must always remember that there cannot be sun without shade. Tony Smith

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Minister: Revd. Jennifer Morgan, 01737 355026 Church Secretary: Kevin Dinnage 01737 356380 Copy for the next edition should be with the editor by Sunday, 20th May 2012. Email: burctidings@hotmail.co.uk

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