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BANSTEAD UNITED REFORMED CHURCH SERVICES Our Family Worship is held every Sunday at 10.30am a crĂ¨che 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. The Prayer Circle meets every two weeks. Please note: Monday is the Ministerâ€™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:
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Sunday 26th May 2013
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Dear Friends The month of May brings with it a breath of fresh air into the life of the church. And with our volunteers having spent a Saturday morning (and a good amount of preparation before that) on Springcleaning the church â€“ thank you to Caroline and her band of helpers for all your hard work â€“ we now have the challenge of making the most of our sparkling-clean church. So what more appropriate time to be trying something new? On Ascension Day evening we have the first of our Praise and Prayer Services. And I have to admit that as far as I am aware this is the first ever Ascension Day service that I have been involved with in the URC. As Ascension Day is always on a Thursday, when the Ascension is observed in the URC it is normally on the following Sunday. However, it so happens that our first Praise and Prayer service has been arranged for 9th May. So a new form of mid-week evening service is to have its debut at this significant time in the church year. Ascension Day comes 10 days before Pentecost Sunday and so marks an important time of prayer and preparation as we give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit, and ask for the Holy Spirit to renew our worship and our mission. And as we pray for those people and situations that are of concern to us. The form of the service is short, simple and informal: 35 minutes or so of hymns, prayers and Bible readings, with a time of quiet as we offer our own silent prayers. We hope that this form of worship will also appeal to those who do not normally come to church on a Sunday morning, so if you have any friends who are just waiting to be invited, then do ask them to come along. As we reflect on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, and of the refreshing and renewing gift of the Holy Spirit into the life of the church, we are thankful that we have this opportunity to come before God in praise and prayer, offering ourselves as followers of Jesus in the world he loves so much. Yours in Christ Jenny Tidings, May 2013 Page 3
CHURCH FAMILY NEWS In our thoughts and prayers â€Ś We send our congratulations to Jenni and Matthew Simmonds who were married on 6th April. We wish them well as the start their married life together.
Happy Birthday, Bernard! Bernard Sanders recently celebrated his 90th birthday and he thanks everyone who sent him their congratulations and best wishes.
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PRAYING FOR PEACE ON THE KOREAN PENINSULAR With tensions rising in the Korean Peninsula, Moderator of General Assembly, Revd Dr Michael Jagessar, has invited churches to join him in prayer for this troubled region, that God’s will, for justice, peace, conversations, dialogue and reconciliation, be done. God of Life, We pray that you give peace in these troubled times in the Korean Peninsula and in our world. Kindle in the hearts of all the love for peace which we cannot find for ourselves, so that hearts may turn from ways of death to life, from lies to truth, from despair to hope, from fear to trust, from hatred to love, from war to peace. Through your Spirit, transform us from the depths of our hearts into people, through whom your peace is lived out as our lives over flow with peace, peace and more peace. In the name of the peaceful-one. Amen.
PRAYER FOR PENTECOST Loving, generous Father, In your love you gave us Jesus – sent him out to bring us back to you. And when he had completed his work, by dying on the cross, rising again, and coming back to you, you hadn’t stopped giving. You gave us your Holy Spirit. You sent him at Pentecost and you send him today. Thank you Father. Fill us with your Sprit Lord. Equip us with the gifts of your Spirit that we need to serve you. Ripen in us the fruit of your Spirit, so that our lives will be witnesses that you are alive today in this world; that you have the power to renew and restore broken hearts and lives and all creation. Fill us with your Spirit Lord. Send us out in the Spirit’s power to live and work for you, to make your difference today, for your glory. Fill us with your Spirit Lord, we pray. Amen. by Daphne Kitching
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Christian Aid Week 2013 with the theme "Bite Back at Hunger" is fast approaching from May 12th to May 18th. Banstead Five Churches, with encouragement from Diana Parsk, have agreed a co-ordinated coffee-morning approach this year to supplement the usual house-to-house collections for donations of money. You will see advertising publicising all of the Christian Aid events as the weeks go by. The Coffee Morning will arrive at Banstead URC on the morning of Saturday 11th May. Tea and coffee will be available as usual at the Craft Café from 9.30am (overseen by Jo Patel), along with a sale of cakes, either for eating with your cuppa or to take home for later. We will also be holding a sale with various items of general interest (overseen by Joan Higgins). Please kindly contribute by: Donating items for the sale (eg. Toys, Books, CDs) Signing up to demonstrate your cake-making expertise Signing up to help on 11th May Of course there will also be the usual house-to-house collection and the final money count. Emma Sabin will again be collecting volunteer names! Christian Aid week events this year offer something for everyone and give opportunities for all of our talents to be used. For more information please see Emma Sabin, Diana Parsk, Jo Patel or Joan Higgins. Other fundraising activities include …
Saturday 18th May10.30 - 12.00 Coffee Morning at All Saints Church
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BANSTEAD MAY FAYRE 4TH MAY. We need as many people as possible to again make a joyful noise in the annual May Fayre procession. Please wear your URC t-shirt if you have one and all meet in the Church car park at 11o'clock..... rain or shine!!! See you all there. Impact Committee
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY At 3.30pm on Sunday 23rd June (following Praise in the Park see back page) there will be a ‘Cluster Gathering’ and tea at Christchurch URC, Walton On The Hill which will conclude with a ‘Songs of Praise’ service. This will give us an opportunity to meet with the members of the other six churches in our Cluster Caterham, Marsh Green, Oxted, Redhill, Reigate, and Walton. More details next month.
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Global Warming? We’ve had the coldest March since 1962. Does this mean claims of global warming are exaggerated? Think about the following: In March the city of Melbourne experienced a record number of consecutive days where the temperature exceeded 30°C. Japan has had the second earliest spring in living memory. Last summer the Arctic ice receded to its smallest area than at any time in human history, and the last 60 years has shown increased melting of the Antarctic ice. Global warming is not even throughout the world. Scientists at the Meteorological Office have shown that unusually warm air above the north pole can cause cold, easterly winds across north west Europe. In 1996 complex computer modelling at Oxford University predicted that by 2012 the average global temperature would increase by 0.25°C due to carbon dioxide accumulating in the atmosphere. This proved to be a very accurate prediction. Last year the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions increased by 4.5% due to cheap, imported coal replacing gas in power stations. Coal is a less efficient and much more polluting fuel than gas. We ought to care for God’s creation and preserve it for future generations. Therefore consider whether Christians should support the development of a low carbon, low pollution energy policy based on renewable sources of power. Acknowledgements: Nature Geoscience, Energy and Climate Change.
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In April, at the end of the Easter holidays, B5Y attended an evening service at our church led by Jenny. Following the service Natalie Kent (as an ex member of B5Y) gave a talk on her recent volunteering experience in Peru. She showed photos and a video clip and explained how the children live, how the charity helps them and the practicalities of what they actually did as volunteer teachers. The teenagers were very interested; they behaved perfectly and asked some good questions. Some of them said they would be interested in doing a similar thing when they are older. The next B5Y event will be helping on one of the stalls at the May Fayre. UPDATE FROM NATALIE - We are now safely back from our trip; volunteering in Arequipa, Peru was definitely the best and most rewarding experience that we had during the 5 months. The rest of the time was also really great – Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and Guatemala are all very interesting places and we got to know them pretty well by visiting their main cities as well as trekking in the countryside. And now to sum up our travels with some figures: During the five months we visited 4 countries, stayed in 33 different cities, did 5 amazing treks, took 3,936 photos, met many new friends and had hundreds of great experiences. We also wrote 30 blog entries (two of which were made into Tidings articles by Linda), encompassing a total of 33,125 words. That’s a small book’s worth of text! Thanks for reading and supporting us everyone – we hope you enjoyed following our travels and that you weren’t TOO jealous… Natalie Kent Tidings, May 2013 Page 9
Emmaus – the way of faith One of the results of our recent ‘Church that Says Yes!’ meetings was a request for more time to be spent looking at what we believe. So we are going to look at what Christians believe about different aspects of our faith. Do we all believe the same thing? Should we all believe the same thing? Some of the questions we will be looking at are:
What (or who) is the Trinity?
Why did Jesus die? Who is God?
Whose Bible is it?
Does prayer work?
We will meet in the Sanctum at 7.45 for 8 p.m. on Thursday 2 May, Thursday 16 May Thursday 30 May, Thursday 6 June Thursday 27 June and Thursday 4 July.
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THE U IN JESUS Before U were thought of or time had begun, God even stuck U in the name of His Son. And each time U pray, you'll see it's true You can't spell out JesUs and not include U You're a pretty big part of His wonderful name, For U, He was born; that's why He came. And His great love for U is the reason He died. It even takes U to spell crUcified. Isn't it thrilling and splendidly grand He rose from the dead, with U in His plan? The stones split away, the gold trUmpet blew, and this word resUrrection is spelled with a U. When JesUs left earth at His upward ascension, He felt there was one thing He just had to mention. "Now go into the world and tell them it's true That the love I have shown is not just for U." So many great people are spelled with a U, Don't they have a right to know JesUs too? It all depends now on what U will do, He'd like them to know, But it all starts with U.
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CHURCH SPRING CLEAN
A big THANK YOU to everyone who came along on Saturday 13th April to help Spring Clean the church premises. Many hands certainly did make lighter work, you really made a big difference. Thanks especially to Caroline Burns for organising the day and making sure all the jobs got done
REJOICE AND SING - CELEBRATING 20 & 21 CENTURY CHRISTIAN CHORAL MUSIC ReCreation Singers, the choir committed to singing the works of Surrey composer David Perkins, present their concert Rejoice and Sing to help launch the Caterham Festival. It includes works by Leonard Bernstein, John Rutter, Ralph Vaughan Williams as well as extracts from Perkins’ acclaimed Biblical Oratorio Re:Creation and Song of Psalms. The 30 voice choir will be joined by guest soloists, Operatic baritone, John Lofthouse, who sings with many of the UK’s leading Opera companies and West End Musicals’ soloist, John Langley. Rejoice and Sing is on Saturday 1st June at 8.00 p.m. at the United Reformed Church, Harestone Hill, Caterham CR3 6SX. Admission is free with a retiring collection for COAT- Caterham Overseas Aid Trust and ReCreation Music, to continue promoting Perkins’ compositions . Details: ReCreation Music 01483 836776 www.recreationtheoratorio.com
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HOW TO STAY SAFE THIS SPRING 1.
Avoid riding in automobiles - they are responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents.
Do not stay home - 17% of all accidents occur in the home.
Avoid walking on streets or pavements - 14% of all accidents occur to pedestrians.
Avoid traveling by air, rail, or water - 16% of all accidents involve these forms of transportation.
Of the remaining 33%, 32% of all deaths occur in Hospitals. So, ... above all else - avoid hospitals.
BUT .... You will be pleased to learn that only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are usually related to previous physical disorders. Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is at church! ...AND...Bible study is safe too. The percentage of deaths during Bible study is even less. So, attend church, and read your Bible - IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!
QUOTE OF THE MONTH Our prayer and Godâ€™s mercy are like two buckets in a well; while the one ascends, the other descends. Mark Hopkins
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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 Friday 19th April 2013 Please note: 2 days earlier than usual!!!
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