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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. For details of future events and important dates for your diary please see the monthly Diary Sheet or on our Website: www.bansteadurc.org.uk

SERVICES IN MAY ALL AT 10.30AM 4th 11th 18th 25th

All Age Communion service led by Mr John Stewart Morning Worship including presentations by ASCT Cluster Pulpit Exchange service - Revd John Joseph Morning Worship led by Revd Vivien Turner

On Sunday 1st June our Communion Service will be led by Revd Roberta Rominger, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, and will be followed by the Sunday Club fundraising lunch.

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 me by Sunday, 25th May at the latest. Page 2 , Tidings, May 2014


Dear Friends Easter is now behind us but Ascension Day is ahead, so we are within that dynamic period of the early church when everything for the disciples and followers of Jesus changed in a big way. The forty days from Easter to the Ascension were to produce the biggest changes for these men and women, for they were to have their whole knowledge of God turned around. The first being that Jesus was alive and he spoke of the resurrection now being available to all. He confirmed all his teachings and the lessons went home. It was in a sense a BOOT CAMP for the first believers and Pentecost was the passing out parade where they received the power and authority to put into practice all they had come to understand. Yes, they had healed people whilst Jesus was alive, but they were too reliant on him in a way that was immature. This is obvious by the way they fell to bits when Jesus was killed on the cross. Some just sat about, others went to their home towns and the fishermen went back to what they knew best. They were all rudderless. Into their grief and self pity Jesus walks, walking beside them on the Emmaus road. Although they had heard his teaching they did not truly listen, and here, I am tempted to ask the question, ‘do you really listen to the teaching that goes on in your church?’ Sometimes do you truly hear things for the first time? Well, this is what’s happening to the disciples, first to the two men travelling on the road to Emmaus, and then later to the fishermen as they returned after a nights fishing. Jesus eventually appears to over five hundred people on eleven occasions and boy does the message sink home! Now the question is where are you in all of this? Have you really listened to Jesus’ teachings and actually taken them in with the full implication of all they mean? It’s now time for us to understand some of the things that came out of the resurrection. Tidings, May 2014, Page 3


Here is a small list.   

Life after death, death is now but a gateway. Life in all its fullness, living is no longer limited by death so we can truly look forward to an eternal future. The absolute knowledge that God saves, for Jesus made the promise that he would lose no one. So let’s start reading again about this period in the Bible and do so this time with eyes wide open.

And finally, did you get an Easter egg? I hope so, for we all deserve a little kindness and treat now and then. I like treats, no not the chocolate kind but rather the unexpected kind. The one you walk into without any warning, they’re the best, especially if you don’t have to prompt anyone, not that anyone I know ever prompts me. For us, our Easter treat was when two of our grandchildren asked to come and stay. Why? Because they wanted to! - Now that’s a treat, and so we all had a good time with the two boys. Helen baked muffins, cooked lamb for our Sunday lunch and made lots of sandwich fillings. On their last day with us we took them to the ice cream shop in Sutton where they had their choice of the menu. The youngest one chose a bubble gum ice cream, the eldest chose from the adult section and had a big chocolate ice cream overdose. It was a weight watchers nightmare and his mouth was wide open in shock with the realisation that he had to eat it all. Well, in a nutshell, that’s just what he did, but there was to be no running around for the rest of his day as he was absolutely choc full. Now my treat was seeing the boys eat all before them and enjoy it. Isn’t it strange what gives us pleasure as you get older? Just seeing the children eating well is a real treat. Could you get a treat by giving one? God Bless Philip Gray

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CHURCH FAMILY NEWS In our thoughts and prayers ... Mary Calder died peacefully on 8th April at Belvedere House. Mary had been a member of our church for nearly 60 years and had many friends here. We send our love and sympathy to them all and especially to her daughter, Helen. There will be a service at Randalls Park Crematorium at 12.30 on Friday 2nd May and a service of Thanksgiving in the church at 3.30 the same day. Everyone is welcome to attend. At the beginning of April we were delighted to hear that the General Assembly Assessment Board of the URC has accepted Jo Patel for training as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. We send her our love and many congratulations. She will start at Westminster College, Cambridge, in September. Jo, now settling into her new home near Bury St Edmonds, writes, “I would like to thank the whole church for the support, congratulations, cards and messages I've had. It’s lovely and really appreciated.” Jo’s new telephone number is 01359 258939. We send our love and best wishes to Margaret Shuman who is now recovering at home after a spell in hospital.

STOP PRESS: SUNDAY CLUB FUNDRAISING LUNCH On Sunday 1st June the Sunday Club invite you to join them for their annual Fundraising Lunch. This year we will be joined by Revd Roberta Rominger, General Secretary of the URC, who will be leading our worship that day and our German friends who are visiting us from Ludwigshafen. Tickets will be available nearer the time - keep the date free! Tidings, May 2014, Page 5


THE FUTURE OF T IDINGS After much deliberation it has been decided that Tidings will be produced bi-monthly starting with the next edition. The new edition will be available on the first Sunday of the months of June, August, October and December. The latest date for submission of articles will be the last Sunday of the preceding month. The publication dates will be as follows Tidings edition

Publication date

June/July

1st June 2014

August/September

3rd August 2014

October/November

5th October 2014

December/January

7th December 2014

Tidings will still be available to read online through our website www.bansteadurc.org.uk and paper copies will be produced for those who prefer to read it in that format.

BANSTEAD MAY FAYRE It’s that time of year again!! May Fayre 2014 is on Saturday 3rd May and once again we are involved in the parade. BURC is joining in the festivities again but we do need as many people as possible to make a big visible and noisy presence in the village. So, find your t-shirt and come along at 11am and we will go together to join in the fun. If you do not have a BURC t-shirt come anyway‌.the more the merrier. See you there! Impact Committee. Page 6 , Tidings, May 2014


EASTER THANKS A big thank you to everyone who helped to make our Easter celebrations a success. Thank YOU for YOUR contribution whether it was through music, drama, Bible reading, preparing and leading worship, prayers, preparing/serving communion, manning the sound, decorating the church, thatching the cross, working with Sunday Club, planning the Easter Egg Hunt, serving coffee and hot cross buns or dressing up as an Easter Bunny! Everyone played their part and the result was great! Thank you ALL for your efforts. Kevin and Linda

If you want to know the Christian significance of the Easter Bunny ‌ speak to Linda!

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CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2014: GIVE PEOPLE A FUTURE WITHOUT FEAR Individuals, communities and churches can make a real difference this Christian Aid Week. Last year, a magnificent 20,000 churches across the country helped raise £12m for Christian Aid. Thanks to your efforts, many more people can look forward to a future free from poverty.

WHY WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT CHRISTIAN AID: A T RUE STORY Anoon Aleu fled her home in the south of Sudan when militias set fire to her house, killing most of her family. For a while, life in the north was good, but with South Sudan gaining independence in 2011 and growing tensions in the north, Anoon feared for her children’s safety and wanted a life of freedom for them in their homeland. She was shocked by what she found on her return: ‘When we arrived it was just bush. We spent seven days living under a tree. We did not have any shelter.’ She and her family huddled together for warmth in the open air, but on the seventh night, completely unused to the cold night-time temperatures, Anoon’s son, David, died of pneumonia. The family was overcome with grief. David’s father, Madut, tried to kill himself. His sister, Eliza, could not eat or speak and took to her bed. Anoon collapsed, seriously ill.

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Christian Aid and its local partner agency heard about the family’s desperate situation. They provided them with basic equipment and the money to build a brick home. Bringing her family under one roof means so much to Anoon. She says: ‘We can now live together safely. We can now begin to forget.’ It gives her a sense of dignity and the chance of a life free from fear. It is right that we should continue to help with this …

HOW WE WILL HELP Banstead URC will again participate (enthusiastically!) in the Christian Aid Week house-to-house collection, and also meet for sociable refreshments with friends at the coffee morning and sale at our Church on Saturday 10th May from 10am – 12 noon. There are sign-up sheets at the back of the church to show how YOU are prepared, willing and able to help.

Your support is invaluable as we help sustain Christian Aid’s work in the world.

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AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS On 25th March we went to Winchester Cathedral where “At the Foot of the Cross” was being recorded to be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Good Friday. We had tickets, but only on a first come first served basis - we were 47th and 48th – so this meant that we quite near the front of the most magnificent cathedral. Diane Louise Jordan was the host and the actor Stephen Tompkinson was giving readings and poetry reflecting the Good Friday story. The music was provided by the Waynflete Singers, with the BBC 2 Young Chorister of the Year as a guest; a gospel quartet – Tessare and the BBC Concert Orchestra – and of course the audience. In the first half the audience sang some of the traditional Easter hymns with pieces by the choir and Tessare interspersed with readings and meditations by Stephen Tompkinson. After the interval the choir sang Faure’s Requiem – it was wonderful music in a spectacular setting. It was very interesting to see a radio programme being recorded but what impressed both of us was that even though the “stars” were not going to be seen by the BBC audience the whole evening was still done as a proper concert – everyone was smartly dressed and the choir and orchestra were in their usual evening dress. The whole programme was recorded in one go but at the end Diane Louise and Stephen just had to re record a couple of sentences. It was a lovely evening with beautiful music but the outstanding moments for us were the reading about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and Tessare singing “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” By the time you read this the programme will have been broadcast, and some of you might have heard it – did you recognise our voices? Sue Dinnage and Chris Harris Page 10 , Tidings, May 2014


VISIT FROM THE DESSAU CONFIRMATION GROUP Our partner churches in Dessau were fortunate to have a group of nine teenagers preparing for confirmation at Pentecost this year, and we were delighted to welcome them to Banstead from Friday 11th to Tuesday 15th April with their minister Pfarerrin Elisabeth Preckel and the grandfather of one of the boys, Günther Leidiger. After arriving, tired and hungry at Gatwick at 8.30am, the first stop was at Linda’s for a very welcome breakfast of hot cross buns and croissants. Then it was off Box Hill to see the view and some of the Olympic Games cycle route, and then to Guildford. Unfortunately the Cathedral was closed because of a degree ceremony in the afternoon. But the Lady Chapel was open, where a cathedral official listened with interest to the group singing “See ye first the kingdom of God” in two languages. The singing must have been good because he then offered the group a short guided tour of the Cathedral before the guests arrived for the degree ceremony. We moved on to the 11th century castle and gardens where the display of spring flowers was outstanding and the Brits were impressed that one of the German youngsters knew all about the Norman conquest of England. And then time for shopping. Saturday was spent at Hampton Court Palace where audio tours were available in the language of your choice. Here the gardens were also magnificent and photographs at the centre of the maze were high on the agenda. The group asked if they could visit a supermarket to stock up on snacks and drinks so it was into Waitrose on the way back. A traditional fish & chip supper at the church followed by various games and activities rounded off a busy day. Tidings, May 2014, Page 11


On Sunday we were very grateful to Eileen Lawlor for adapting her service to accommodate our visitors. For the talk to the church family the German youngsters introduced themselves and described the activities included in their confirmation course. In Germany children begin to learn English when they are eight so that by the age of fourteen they are very proficient at understanding and speaking English. Lunch at the church gave them the opportunity to meet and speak to members of the congregation. During the whole of the visit the weather was marvellous and Sunday afternoon was spent with a walk through Banstead Woods and a visit to St Margaret’s Church, Chipstead. The day ended with football and chilli con carne at Madeline and Richard’s. Our Tour Guide Doug Nurse led a visit to London on Monday starting at Buckingham Palace where was seen the changing of the guard. Then onto Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey and a good view of the London Eye, which all were keen to see, followed by a lunch break at Trafalgar Square. In the afternoon the group took a bus along the Strand and Fleet Street going to St. Paul’s Cathedral and then through the City to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Everyone enjoyed the sunshine and after taking in these sights returned to St. Paul’s and walked across the Millennium Bridge its great views including the Shard and then to the new Blackfriars Station for the return ride home. In the evening Robin entertained the group to supper. Page 12 , Tidings, May 2014


On Tuesday the group were keen to have some retail therapy and in the morning went to Sutton. At lunchtime they enjoyed friendly hospitality at the Open Door bathed in sunshine in the Orchard. This was followed by a visit to All Saints Church and later in the afternoon the party took the EasyJet flight back to Berlin Schoenefeld.

After they had returned home Elisabeth sent an email expressing the group’s thanks: “We arrived safe at home, everybody was tired but filled with deep impressions. Thank you for your great hospitality and the perfect organization and spending your time and...Please say also thanks to all the helpers in the church during the time we spent there.” There is no need for any readers to feel sad at having missed the fun as they can join in with the next group from Ludwigshafen which is only a few weeks away! Alan Kirby and Robin Sanders

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HOW

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APOSTLES DIED

Matthew suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia; killed by a sword wound. Mark died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead. Luke was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost. John faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil in Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death. He was then sentenced to the mines on the prison island of Patmos but was later freed and served as Bishop of Edessa. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully. Peter was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died. James was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller's club. James the Great, Son of Zebedee, was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip. Andrew was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. Page 14 , Tidings, May 2014


Thomas was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent. Jude was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. Matthias was stoned and then beheaded. Paul was tortured and then beheaded by the Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. It makes grim reading but serves as a reminder to us that any ridicule we encounter is trivial compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples for the sake of the Faith. “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:22 Thank you to Olive Worsley for submitting this article.

SITUATIONS VACANT - CAN YOU HELP? We are fortunate in having many members who give their time freely and willingly to ensure the smooth running of our church. There are always a multitude of jobs needing to be done and as people’s situations change jobs become vacant. We are currently needing some help with … 

Setting the time clock on the boiler to ensure that the heating comes on in the appropriate rooms at the right time each week, so that those who use our premises are kept comfortable.

Being on call if there are problems with the heating during the week.

Programming and operating the digital hymnal on a rota basis.

If you can help or would like further information please speak to Kevin Dinnage (heating) or Ian Catt (hymnal). Tidings, May 2014, Page 15


A POST-EASTER REFLECTION Who is this Jesus? Son of God, Son of man From cradle to Cross this Saviour mine. Who is this carpenter Nazarene Who burst upon the earthly scene? Gentle Jesus meek and mild Friend of sinners - adult and child. What exactly does it mean God's plan divine for humankind And where do I fit in? Will there be room for me within The promised kingdom Paradise Inn? Who is this Christ who died for me Upon the tree at Calvary? Who is this crucified Servant King Of whom the angel voices sing? Suffered death yet rose again Took away death's sting of pain Whipped and scourged, poured out his blood Humbled himself for the common good. Who is this Messiah, Prince of Peace? Born to die for my release. Oh! Glorious elation the TRUTH is revealed: Christ died for poor sinners and by his wounds we are healed. Redeemed by his blood, reconciled, saved And by the power of his Spirit a new WAY is paved For hearts to be opened and in faith to receive God's Son, Jesus Christ, and in him believe. Love is the key to unlock a closed heart With the turn of the key Kingdom LIFE truly starts: No greater expression of love can there be Than God's love poured out on the Good Friday Tree. by Marion Richards Thank you to Val Beard for sending in this poem, written by her cousin. Page 16 , Tidings, May 2014


CHURCH MEETING Our next Church Meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th May at 8.00pm in the Sanctum. Agenda items include 

The Election of Elders following the nominations of Chris Harris, Diane Forzani, Madeline Cranfield and Cliff Houghton to serve for 3 years from July 2014;

Update on the Vacancy arrangements

Presentation of the Church’s Safeguarding Policy

Review of Lent and Easter

News from the Wider Church Church members and non-members are invited to attend the meeting and to take part in the discussions. Only church members may vote.

SMILE LINES A father was at the beach with his children when the four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand. "Daddy, what happened to him?" the son asked. "He died and went to Heaven," the Dad replied. The boy thought a moment and then said, "Did God throw him back down?" A Sunday school teacher asked her class, "What was Jesus' mother's name?" One child answered, "Mary." The teacher asked, "Who knows what Jesus' father's name was?" A little kid said, "Verge." Confused, the teacher asked, "Where did you get that?" The kid said, "Well, you know, they are always talking about Verge n' Mary.'' Thanks to Rosemary Nurse for submitting these amusing anecdotes. Tidings, May 2014, Page 17


FOSTER CARE FORTNIGHT 12TH – 25TH MAY 2014 SUTTON’S NEED FOR MORE FOSTER CARERS As a local authority, the London Borough of Sutton is a corporate parent. This means that it is our responsibility, with other agencies, to ensure that children in care fulfil their potential. We provide safe, nurturing homes with families who will show them how to be healthy, help them through school and give them opportunities that they would not have otherwise had. Sutton needs local carers for local children. Foster carers need to be close enough to manage the school run and meetings with the department as well as facilitate contact with birth families where appropriate. Here in Sutton we have around 140 children living with fostering families. 45% of them are able to remain in Sutton and therefore stay at their school and keep their friends, which gives them a little bit of stability while they are coming to terms with not being able to live with their family. However, 55% have to move away from the area because we do not have enough local carers. To become a foster carer you need a spare bedroom and the space and time in your life to listen and nurture. For more details about the types of fostering you can involved in and the assessment process contact us on 07515 137752 / 020 8770 6672 or look on our website: www.suttonfostering.org.uk

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“THE KING OF INSTRUMENTS” Church Organs of all shapes and sizes from around the world Talk with music and pictures by Mr Edward ROOK at St Peter’s Church, Woodmansterne on Saturday 10th May at 7pm Refreshments available Adults - £5 (£6 on the door) Under 18 - £2.50 (£3 on the door) Family – £13 (£15 on the door) Tickets available from Joyce Leach (01737 351123) 241 Chipstead Way, SM7 3JN (Please enclose SAE) Proceeds towards St Peter’s Church Hall Roof Appeal ST PAULS CHURCH, NORK ART EXHIBITION 2014 Original Art work for sale by local Artists and Photographers To be held at St Pauls Church, Warren Road, Nork Friday 23rd May 10.00am – 5.00pm th Saturday 24 May 10.00am – 5.00pm Sunday 25th May 10.00am – 3.00pm REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE FREE ENTRY For further details please contact St Pauls Church, Nork www.stpaulschurchnork.org.uk Documents for artists/photographers who wish to enter their work for the exhibition may be viewed/downloaded as per attachments. Tidings, May 2014, Page 19


Church Secretary: Kevin Dinnage 01737 356380

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