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MAGAZINE OF CENTRAL ST. ANDREWS AND VICTORIA PARK MINISTER IN PASTORAL CHARGE Tel: 01803 615480 REV GAVIN HANCOCKS email: email@example.com 1
CHURCH CONTACTS - CENTRAL Secretary Treasurers Envelope & Gift Aid Secretary Organist & Choir Director Magazine Editors
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CHURCH CONTACTS – ST ANDREWS. Church Secretary. Senior Steward Magazine Editor
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CHURCH CONTACTS – VICTORIA PARK Lay Pastoral Assistant Church Council Secretary Senior Steward
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Dear Friends, Celebrating anniversaries is a marvellous adventure as you often don’t really know how they’re going to turn out. As it is we’ve had a rather significant one, I mean 150 years isn’t to be sniffed at, at Victoria Park and it went off very well. The Flower Festival, Coffee Morning, Concert, Anniversary Service led by Irene and Rev Val Price, Lunch at the Armitage and Songs of Praise in the afternoon all formed part of an amazing weekend’s celebration, well supported by our own members and the wider church. To everyone who had even the smallest part in the planning and preparation a massive thank you for making the weekend the success it was. Bring on the next 150! The weekend’s events have got me thinking, though. Just what is it that we are doing when we celebrate anniversaries of whatever shape or description? After all we do seem to invest a great deal of energy and effort in them so there has to be a good motivation? For the most part it seems to me that we are remembering what’s been. Just looking at all the old photographs and stories about yesteryear was a most enlightening and interesting exercise. Seeing some of the ways the church engaged the local community and provided opportunity for fellowship and sharing of gifts and talents revealed the wonderful focus it provided for the community and we have indeed got much to give thanks to God for over the years and indeed we do. However, surely if all we do when we celebrate an anniversary is look back then maybe we are looking too much in the wrong direction? Surely celebrating an anniversary is as much about looking forward, anticipating what will be because of what has been, as it is about looking back? The writer of Proverbs puts it like this in 29:18 ‘If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.’ (The Message). The Authorised version says: ‘Where there is no vision the people perish.’ Ouch! Indeed, we need to invest as much, if not more, effort and energy into looking forward as we do looking back because that is an investment in hope. 3
We know what Jeremiah has to say about that: ‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ 29:11 (NIV) Now that’s not always that easy is it? I mean it’s not at all difficult to look back and see and celebrate, as we should, the best of what has been but it takes a bit more investment of ourselves and our time and energy and our co-operation to begin to shape a new future for the church here in Torquay. Indeed we are trying to do just that through the Torquay Town Churches conversation and yes it is hard work. Hard work because we are trying to hear God’s voice in the voices contributing to the conversation; hard work because it means change and change is something we all resist to some degree; hard work perhaps because we need to lay down our own ideas and let God shape His idea in us. We’re getting there though, perhaps a little more slowly than we might like but we’re making progress so perhaps we can say with Charles Wesley: This, this is the God we adore, Our faithful unchangeable friend, Whose love is as great as His power And neither knows measure nor end ‘Tis Jesus the first and the last Whose Spirit will guide us safe home We’ll praise him for all that is past And trust him for all that’s to come (Emphasis added) On a personal note, talking about anniversaries, my parents celebrate their 60�� wedding anniversary on the 26�� June and the family have made it possible for Angela and I to join them for the occasion. We’ll be flying out on the 18�� June and will arrive back again on the 28��. We look forward to the opportunity to join with the family in this significant celebration. Yours in the Gospel, Gavin
FAMILY & FRIENDS Family News & other Bits & Pieces CONGRATULATIONS · To May Benson who was 90 on the 5�� May! · To John Head who was 80 on the 23�� May! · To Barbara Zaple who will be 80 on the 11��. · To Ann Read who will be 80 on the 28��. · Happy Birthday to our Lovely Megan who will be 18 on the 27��. Good luck in your exams – so proud of you! Grandma, Mum and Adam. xxx · Happy Birthday to Margery Vaughan on the 5�� · Happy Birthday to Margaret Cudmore on the 16th · To Patrick & Freda Hancocks (Gavin’s Mother & Father) who will celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 26��. · To Elsie & John Lipscombe for your recent 70�� Wedding Anniversary – from all your friends at St Andrews. · To Gavin & Carolyn Balouza who will celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary on the 10�� June · To Rob & Pat Hawes who will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on the 13th. 50 years wed! We wish them special; blessings for the day, and in the years to come. We acknowledge all the occasions we have called on them for help, and they have never let us down. A very special couple.
THANKS · To all at Central who took part in the Water Aid Appeal during Lent. This ‘Coppers in Jars’ idea raised £137.40.
KAIROS Dear Friends at Central I feel compelled to write to you after having the most wonderful, amazing, awe inspiring, deeply spiritual encounter I have felt following the most inspirational Kairos Event held at church (17th May 2014) For those who sadly missed it, it explored how we are all different and that perhaps the traditional form of service didn't suit all worshipers. And that we are all coming together to hear and learn more about our amazing God and to celebrate that too. To feel close to God and give thanks, praise and to seek continued guidance. Jo initially explained how infants are taught at school so differently these days. I can only speak of helping out at school and my experience as a parent, and yes, things have changed a lot even since my day. In the first year of school, most of the day is child led! They have a choosing board and can pick pretty much how they will embark on a learning experience! One child may find painting numbers a thing to dread, but may become excited at the prospect of counting dinosaur figures! BONKERS you may all cry, but this is a fact. Of course, there are standard more structured periods too, but these play a small part of learning through a 4/5 year olds day. Hopefully this highlights how things evolve. We may not all agree with it, and I for one look back at my simple childhood (little technology) and feel blessed to have had the freedom without the stresses of this new high tech world. This in some way linked into a brief questionnaire we completed that highlighted how we as individuals like to learn, and as you would well expect there was a mixture of how we as individuals respond to different techniques. Some are happy listening to words, others like to see something more visual, for others they like to feel/create something etc etc.
We listened to some uplifting music, some quite energetic action songs, some subtle ones, video clips, experienced The Lord through creativity, the list was endless! I went to Sunday Club here, and yes I did vanish off the radar for some years, but got married here and try to do the best for my children and encourage Sunday club for them too. But it is a fact I have become absent once more from the main Sunday Service. I didn't come skipping out of church, inspired and topped up for the week, feeling close to my glorious God, quite the contrary! It was having a negative impact on my spiritual well being and for that reason I stopped coming. Our church services are more or less a carbon copy of decades ago, this is speaking from experience. I'm thankful that Sunday Club has very much kept with the times and it is no longer an excitement to see a pot of crumbling crayons or a crossword being introduced! I'm not asking or suggesting Central changes beyond recognition, but unless gradual changes are made I can see no future. Look around dear friends. Where are the youngsters to pick up some of the burden of running this super church? Change, acceptance and tolerance of each other is what our glorious God would want. I ask for thoughtful prayer in perhaps out reaching our Service to this ever changing world of ours. God Bless You All
VICTORIA PARK FLOWER FESTIVAL Our Flower Festival is over! It now seems like a dream – although a lot of hard work and worry. We acknowledge it was a rare time when we could work together in friendship, but to happen too often would spoil the atmosphere. The various displays of floral arrangements were really spectacular, bringing the meaning of the displays to life. The displays of memorabilia brought back memories of Sunday School events to mind, and it was good to find we were not the only ones to remember. Our Book of Memories did well, although we still have some copies left. Pat & I would be pleased to send you one – cost is £2.50 or £3 by post.
AFTERNOON CONCERT The Church was filled to capacity on the Saturday afternoon when we all enjoyed the wonderful Concert given by Angela Hancocks, Paul Zaple and Julie Smith, with Clive Bastin on the piano This was followed by a cream tea. The financial result in aid of the Lynx Youth Trust was £252.
ST ANDREWS MISSIONS Thank you to everyone who gave money to the World Mission Fund through Easter Offering, a fabulous total of £124.39 was raised. This will be presented at the circuit Easter Offering dedication service taking place on Sunday 1�� June at 4pm at Goodrington Methodist Church. Rachel George 8
AROUND THE FAMILY AT ST ANDREWS. For the first time in many years I have realised how much I depend on the friendship and kindness of our St. Andrew’s people. To have missed the Easter Morning Worship, all the ‘Allelujahs’, the realisation of the Risen Lord, has been a real deprivation for me. However, Chest Infection dealt with, and a return to normal home and church work in the offing, I promise to keep well in future. Thank you to every one for your enquiries and concern. There are other members needing our prayer and support. Beryl Stapleton, at 93 years of age, has several health problems to deal with. We thank her for her many years as Church Treasurer, and as Church Steward. Hugh George is awaiting special arrangements at home so that his particular needs can be dealt with there. Margaret Freemantle is coping with physical restrictions at home and at work. Sue Jarvis remains cool, calm and hopeful of relief from long-term disabilities. Congratulations to her on her recent graduation! We all know our own needs and I trust we will share them so that as a Church Family we can grow together and support each other. One last request. Do please remember our planned preacher every week. A thought, a prayer, a blessing will make a difference to how we accept God’s message at any particular service. - - Thank you! Sheila Denham
CENTRAL’S MESSY CHURCH Messy Church continues to flourish! At the present time we seem to regularly average round 15 – 20 children. When we add all the parents who bring them, and those who help to run it, we usually finish up feeding around 40 people! For those who are not aware of what we do, it is aimed at young people up to early teens. Each session has a biblical theme, and some recent examples are Mums of the Bible, Paul (his conversion and his travels), Messy Christmas, Advent & Harvest. There are various table games out to start with, followed by Crafts that reflect the theme, and children get involved in producing all sorts of things. There is a period of lively worship, and then we all gather for a hot meal together – things like cottage pie, sausage or chicken casserole, fish fingers etc., followed by a pud – often a sponge with custard - which sometimes turns pink! It’s always a happy time, but also, there is a message, and since many of the children come from outside Central, it is quite a witness. If there are young people in your church, or your neighbourhood, who you think would like to come, they’ll be made very welcome. We usually meet between 4pm & 6pm on the fourth Friday of the month, but this could vary if holidays fall at the same time.
CENTRAL’S WEBSITE. Have you computer buffs surfed our Website lately? It contains a wealth of information about Central, and other things. Several of our Members work hard to keep it really up to date. Why not pay a visit - it’s quite fun! www.centralchurchtorquay.org
OPEN DOORS Radio brings hope to isolated believers in Afghanistan! The day Saif* brought a copy of the Bible into his house he witnessed a miracle: his disabled daughter began to walk. Saif lives in Afghanistan, one of the most repressive countries for Christians. He tuned into a Christian radio station and heard the gospel. Then he managed to obtain a copy of the New Testament from a friend. He took this precious book into his house. “I have seven children” he said “one of them was disabled and could not walk. When I brought the New Testament into my house, my daughter started to move. I began to read from the Bible and she started to walk!” A miracle, news of great joy! But in Afghanistan there was no one he could tell face to face. It was too dangerous, instead he picked up the phone… The church in Afghanistan is one of the most hidden churches in the world. We know it exists, but nobody knows exactly how big it is. A few Christians have fellowship in small groups but many more are isolated and often do not know who to trust. In such circumstances contacting Christians is extremely dangerous so Open Doors work through partner organisations sponsoring them to broadcast Christian radio programmes with follow up by telephone. Through these radio programmes God brings new life to one of the most closed countries on earth. Radio penetrates into the most remote valleys of this inaccessible country. And when there is no one else to whom they can speak, listeners know they can phone the teams behind the programmes. It was one of these counsellors who took a phone call from Saif on the day his daughter began to walk. But miracles are hard to keep quiet, a few days later Saif called again “people in my village want to know how my daughter was healed. What do I tell them? We’ve been to so many doctors and nobody was able to help her and now she walks.” Miracles happen to the glory of God” the counsellor replied “share your experience with Jesus”. 12
“But I am so afraid” Saif said. “I believe in Jesus now my wife also, but I still go to the mosque to pray 5 times a day.” “If you have to go, pray to Jesus” the counsellor said. Not long after this call Saif had to flee to India where he was put in touch with the Afghan refugee community. To hear the end of this story read the Open Doors magazine in the foyer or speak to me! Sue Coatham www.opendoorsuk.org/pray
TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE This summer, spare a thought for the bees who visit your garden. What will they find there to eat? Albert Einstein once said that mankind cannot live without bees, such is their importance in the survival of the global ecosystem. For bees do far more than make honey – they pollinate more than 90 crops that we rely on for food, including apples, pears, blueberries, tomatoes and strawberries. In recent years, the bee population has plummeted. Attacks by varroa mite, the overuse of pesticide and herbicides, combined with intensive farming, is thought to have killed millions. What can we do to help, in even a small way? Plant some traditional cottage garden favourites such as rosemary, lavender, bluebells, foxglove, comfrey and viper’s bugloss in your garden – all of which bees love. Bee welcoming in your garden!
TAKE A SPIN ON THE WHEEL OF GENEROSITY People are being encouraged to ‘spin’ an online Wheel of Generosity and commit to small acts of kindness as part of a new campaign from the Methodist Church. ‘A Generous Life’ is designed to help Christians rethink together what it means to be generous in their local contexts. “Every act of generosity, however small, bears witness to our generous and loving God,” said the Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church. “Generosity can be expressed in many ways, whether through financial giving, dedicating your time to help someone else, or sharing freely your skills and creativity. A Generous Life is a great opportunity to rethink what it might mean for each of us to act generously as disciples of Jesus in our everyday lives.” When asked about the people who had inspired them to be generous, one respondent said: “When the woman who worked as my cleaner and childminder in South Africa (a 'domestic worker') offered to take on an AIDS orphan who was rummaging through our bin on bin collection day - she had so little but was willing to give so much. It inspired me to adopt a child permanently as a member of our family.” Visit www.methodist.org.uk/mission/a-generous-life? for more info.
ALL WE CAN! The Methodist Church has changed the name of its relief and development arm. MRDF will be known as All We Can, the Methodist relief and development partner. “Our new name reflects our Methodist roots and heritage – with its echoes of John Wesley – and also our vision and future role. We believe that All We Can will continue to have a distinctive and important contribution to make to the task of eliminating extreme poverty.” Grandmothers Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you're just a mother. The next you are not just all-wise, but also prehistoric. EASTER OFFERINGS from Central This is to thank everyone who kindly handed back Easter Offering envelopes. The total to date we have given over to the Methodist Church World Mission Fund is £213.40. This will, by the time of this print, have been dedicated at the Easter Offering Service which took place on 1�� June at Goodrington. Enia Dunn
A REFLECTION FROM CENTRAL The old chorus goes “Two little eyes to look to God; Two little ears to hear His word; Two little feet to walk in his ways”. And the next line says “Two little lips to sing His praise”. How good are you at singing? If you are good, then, Clive needs you in the Choir at Central! But, not all of us have good singing voices. However, the Psalmist says ‘Make a joyful NOISE to the Lord, Worship the Lord with gladness’. He doesn’t say you have to have a good soprano, contralto, tenor or bass voice. He says ‘make a joyful noise -- worship with gladness’. And we have two little lips to help us to do just that. So, do we? Do we sing with joy? Do we come to worship each Sunday with gladness? Even after a week when everything seems to have gone wrong, God has been with us, whether we have acknowledged that fact of not. When we come to worship, are we grateful to the Lord for all His goodness towards us? Do we thank Him every day for all the blessings we have received -- the love of family members; the love of a friend; that phone call which came just when we were down; that letter which the postman brought from someone we had not heard from for ages. Those lips of ours need to say thank you to God for His kindness which we receive through others. Then we see a rainbow after rain; a beautiful sunset. Those lips of ours need to praise God for His wonderful creation. But our lips should also help others. Our lips can make such a difference to others. Our lips can speak a kind word if someone is “going through the mill”. Our lips can speak a patient word, or they can be snappy. Our lips can smile, or they can grimace. Our lips can kiss someone better, or they can hurt someone with an unkind comment. Our lips are very important.
The lips of Jesus were always praising God. The lips of Jesus were always teaching about the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. So, are our lips always praising God? Our lips can praise and thank God for our health and strength. Or if our health and our strength isn’t as good as it once was, we can use our lips to thank God for our nurses, doctors, and carers who make us as comfortable as we can be. Are our lips always saying the words which Jesus would say? God wants them to. So, let us all make a determined effort to make sure that our “Two little lips sing His praise” and let us all make a determined effort to make sure that our lips speak like the lips of Jesus. Speak to you again next month.
GARDENERS’ HELPING TIME. Every year for many years now, Central’s gardens have received a prize, and justly so. We’re very proud of them, and they certainly show off our Church. But they don’t just ‘happen’ of course – it takes effort. David soldiers on, and we are grateful to him for that, but the time has arrived when the rest of our gallant team doing this work, are having to restrict their efforts, due to health problems. Monica can no longer do as much as she could, and now Trevor has admitted he cannot achieve anything near what he has in the past. Accordingly, he is taking steps to simplify the gardens, and to buy in the bedding plants, whereas he has for some years grown them – a mammoth task. So, if we want to maintain the standards that have been set, what is the answer? WE NEED MORE HELPERS! Many of our readers undoubtedly have an interest in gardening, and we are asking anyone who could spare a few hours a week, to come forward and help. The more the merrier, and the more we have, the less the load. And it has been noted that gardening at Central is quite a social occasion! It’s amazing how many people stop to talk, admire and encourage. So PLEASE give this appeal some thought, and if you think you can help, see Trevor Badcott – he’d love to talk to you!
SUNDAY SERVICES FOR JUNE 2014. (HC) = Sacrament of Holy Communion (WG) = Worship Group CENTRAL Date
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Revd Gavin Hancocks (HC) At Victoria Park Revd Gavin Hancocks Revd Dr Tom Bush (JMA) Revd Jerry Cook
Mrs Vicki Bryan CTT Revd Gavin Hancocks(HC) Worship Group Revd Gavin Hancocks
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Mr Michael Mann At Victoria Park (HC) Mrs Vicki Bryan United Service with St Johns @St Andrews
Revd Gavin Hancocks 4pm.Revd Gavin Hancocks Mr Adam Hills Bible Study
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Morning 10.30am Mrs Irene Cochran Revd Gavin Hancocks (TTC) Mrs Irene Cochran Revd A McCullock (HC) Mr J Pointon
CALENDAR FOR JUNE 2014 CENTRAL ST ANDREWS VICTORIA PARK Sunday Monday
See separate page for Services – All Churches 4.00 Easter Offerings Service at Goodrington 10.30 Rosemary Gardens Housegroup 6.00 Brownies 6.30 Flexercise Fun 7.30 Lydwell Park Housegroup 7.30 Southfield Housegroup at Jean's 9.30 Midweek Prayers 9.30 Toddler Group 10.00 Coffee & Fellowship 10.00 Busy Bees 9.30 Toddler Group 10.30 Bible Study (Coffee at 10.15) 7.30 Ladies Club: Ukelele Band 9.30 Central Tots 10.00 Church AGM 2.00 URC Annual Day to Luscombe Castle, Dawlish 10.00 Coffee & Fellowship 11.00 Belleplates 6.00 Choir AGM 7.00 Choir Practice 9.30 Contact Centre 10.00 Pop in for coffee See separate page for Services – All Churches. 10.30 Rosemary Gardens Housegroup 2.30 Women's Fellowship – Beetle Drive 6.00 Brownies 6.30 Flexercise Fun 7.30 Guides
9.30 Midweek Service – Revd Roger Whitehead 9.30 Toddler Group 10.00 Coffee & Fellowship 10.00 Busy Bees 7.00 New Life Housegroup 9.30 Toddler Group 7.30 Ladies Club: Bingo 9.30 Central Tots 10.00 Coffee & Fellowship 11.00 Belleplates 7.00 Choir Practice 9.30 Contact Centre 10.00 Special Coffee Morning 1.00 Baptism – Chloe Marie Sanderson See separate page for Services – All Churches 10.30 Rosemary Gardens Housegroup 6.00 Brownies 6.30 Flexercise Fun 7.30 Lydwell Park Housegroup 7.30 Southfield Housegroup at Sally & David's 9.30 Midweek Prayers 10.00 Coffee & Fellowship 9.30 Toddler Group 10.00 Busy Bees 7.30 Circuit Meeting at Brixham 9.30 Toddler Group 10.30 Bible Study (Coffee at 10.15) 7.30 Ladies Club: ‘ROC’ – Robert Owen Communities
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9.30 Contact Centre 10.00 Pop in for coffee 10.00 to 4.00 Quiet Day at Bovey Tracey Methodist Church See separate page for Services – All Churches 10.30 Rosemary Gardens Housegroup 6.00 Brownies 6.30 Flexercise Fun 7.30 Guides 9.30 Midweek Communion 9.30 Toddler Group 10.00 Coffee & Fellowship 10.00 Busy Bees 7.00 New Life Housegroup 9.30 Toddler Group 10.30 Bible Study (Coffee at 10.15) 7.30 Ladies Club: AGM 9.30 Central Tots 10.00 Coffee & Fellowship 11.00 Belleplates 4.00 Messy Church 7.00 Choir Practice 9.30 Contact Centre 9.00 Table Top Sale 10.00 Pop in for coffee See separate page for Services – All Churches 10.30 Rosemary Gardens Housegroup 6.00 Brownies 6.30 Flexercise Fun 7.30 Guides 7.30 Southfield Housegroup at Celia & David's
Plant During our priestâ€™s very lengthy sermon, a large plant suddenly fell over right behind the pulpit, crashing to the floor. He smiled sheepishly and said, "Well, thatâ€™s the first time I actually put a plant to sleep."
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DOOR STEWARDS Verna Stuckey & Sylvia Penny Betty Peachey & Margaret Collins Verna Stuckey & Sylvia Penny Betty Peachey & Margaret Collins Verna Stuckey & Sylvia Penny
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Myra Wise Verna Stuckey Margaret Russell
IN MEMORY OF Her Parents Henry & Beatrice Robins On the occasion of their respective wedding days Her parents George & Susan Wise Her Husband Gordon
VP PRAYER BOARD This is where we remember in prayer those not well. It is available to all and is used in every Sunday service and at Bible Studies. Audrey Avery, Amy Bartrip, Jean Bartrip, Muriel Colefax, Emma Coombes, Sylvia Diamond, Olive Frost, Rob Hawes, Don & Barbara Pugh, Julie Pugh, Edith Wells, Clive Murphy, Sue Summers, Alan Randall. The folk who look out for the children in school – the School Pastors, and School Workers. Our own Church Minister & Lay Pastor.
THE ARK – it would have floated! Did you see the recent film, ‘Noah’? Apparently the film got some young scientists thinking this Spring, and they reached for their Bibles and computers. After numerous calculations, they came up with their verdict: Noah’s Ark WOULD have floated, even with the weight of two of every kind of animal in the world (around 70,000 creatures) packed away inside of it. It seems that a group of master’s students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Leicester University analysed in detail the exact dimensions of the Ark, as set out in Genesis 6:13-22. The passage says that God instructed Noah to build a boat that was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high – and all of gopher wood. The students averaged out the Egyptian and Hebrew cubit measurement to come up with 48.2cm, making the Ark around 144 metres long. Though it would have been a pretty tight fit for the animals, at least the ark would have floated.
PENTECOST On that long ago first morning of Pentecost, Jerusalem was crowded with thousands of visitors, for it was one of the most popular feast-days in the Jewish calendar – the Feast of Firstfruits, looking forward to the wheat harvest. In one small room of that great city, a small group of people who had followed Jesus were praying. There was nothing else for them to do: Jesus had died, he had risen, and he had ascended, promising to send them ‘a Comforter’. They were left alone, to wait at Jerusalem. And so they waited – on him, and for him. They were not disappointed: for that morning the Holy Spirit fell upon that small room, and transformed those believers into the Church, Christ’s body here on earth. Pentecost was not the first time that the Holy Spirit came to the world – throughout the Old Testament there are stories telling of how God had guided people and given them strength. But now his Spirit would use a new instrument: not just isolated prophets, but the Church, his body on earth. Acts opens with the preaching of the gospel in Jerusalem, the centre of the Jewish nation. Within 30 years the gospel had spread throughout the northern Mediterranean: Syria, Turkey, Greece, Malta... to the very heart of the Roman Empire: Rome. The Church was on the move – God was on the move! He was calling people from every nation to repent, turn to Jesus for forgiveness of their sins, and to follow him.
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON – a different view on Father’s Day. ’Dead Ringer’ is the odd phrase we use when referring to someone who looks like somebody else. Sometimes, instead, we say ‘spitting image’ when we see a likeness or similarity between one person and another. This month includes Fathers’ Day (15th June) and is an occasion when dads are particularly remembered by their children. As far as the boys are concerned, how many have heard someone say ‘Oh, you really look like your father’? One day, Jesus was talking to His disciples and said “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (Jn 14:9). What an amazing statement! Jesus was saying that he was the dead ringer or spitting image of God! At another time Jesus said “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” (Jn 14.10) These words must have shocked his hearers, for he was saying that he was equal with God. No one had said anything like this before, but certainly his miracles were proof that he was different. No-one else could do what he was doing. Some people wondered— could he really be who he said he was? So Jesus attempted to make his position clear and said “If you knew me you would know the Father also.”(Jn 8:19) The people were being urged to know Jesus more. They had to look, listen and believe. Were his deeds of God or not? They had to decide! Today, we all stand in a similar position. Who is Jesus? Do we look at him and say ’Yes, this is God in the flesh’ or ’No, he was just a good person — but also perhaps, deluded or crazy?’ Thomas, the disciple with the nickname ‘doubter’, exclaimed: “My Lord and my God” (Jn 20:28) Thomas was convinced that he was in the presence of God, in human form. And when the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Colossae he said clearly: ‘It was by God’s own decision that the Son has in himself the full nature of God’ (Colossians 1:19). Like Father, like Son!
SAINT OF THE MONTH (June 11��) Barnabas – Paul’s first missionary companion Are you going to Cyprus on holiday this year? If so, spare a thought for the Cypriot who played such a key role in the New Testament. He was Joseph, a Jewish Cypriot and a Levite, who is first mentioned in Acts 4:36, when the early church was sharing a communal lifestyle. Joseph sold a field and gave the money to the apostles. His support so touched them that they gave him the nickname of Barnabas, ‘Son of Encouragement’. Barnabas has two great claims to fame. Firstly, it was Barnabas who made the journey to go and fetch the converted Paul out of Tarsus, and persuade him to go with him to Antioch, where there were many new believers with no one to help them. For a year the two men ministered there, establishing a church. It was here that the believers were first called Christians. It was also in Antioch (Acts 13) that the Holy Spirit led the church to ‘set aside’ Barnabas and Paul, and send them out on the church’s first ever ‘missionary journey’. The Bible tells us that they went to Cyprus, and travelled throughout the island. It was at Lystra that the locals mistook Barnabas for Zeus and Paul for Hermes, much to their dismay. Much later, back in Jerusalem, Barnabas and Paul decided to part company. While Paul travelled on to Syria, Barnabas did what he could do best: return to Cyprus and continue to evangelise it. So if you go to Cyprus and see churches, remember that Christianity on that beautiful island goes right back to Acts 13, when Barnabas and Paul first arrived. In England there are 13 ancient church dedications and not a few modern ones. Barnabas the generous, the encourager, the apostle who loved his own people – no wonder he should be remembered with love.
HOLIDAY IN THE ISLE OF WIGHT. Commencing a ‘ short stay holiday’ on the Isle of Wight, We crossed the Solent on a day that was sunny and bright. A picturesque view of a collection of ships and boats, With the ships carving their way through buoys and floats Dinghies bobbing about on the surface, hitting every wave, Preening Yachts, filling their Spinnakers with the breeze they crave. Ferries , the travelling transport work horses, trading to and fro, Cruise Liners sailing proudly by , as off to the Caribbean they go . Dinghies and Yachts rely on a source of energy, they need a stiff breeze, When their sails are filled, billowing with the Wind they move with ease. Riding the waves and powering through the currents of the sea, Becomes exhilarating, for those who sail them so determinedly. As I watched the unfolding scene, musing, and looking out to sea, I felt at ease with the world, encompassed with a sense of serenity. The thirty minute crossing passed all too soon and we were on the coach, Making our way to the Hotel, getting into holiday mood on our approach A Reflection on the poem above In our Christian life, do we like the Dinghies and Yachts bestride the sea ? Our hearts should be filled with the Pentecostal Wind to increase ones activity. In our Prayer time we will receive the source and energy to forge ahead, Overcoming doubts and fears, by plying God’s Holy Spirit instead. J.H.D. Lawrence 30
From May Magazine
ALL IN THE MONTH OF JUNE................IT WAS: 100 years ago:- on 26th June 1914 that Laurie Lee, British poet, novelist and screenwriter was born. He is best remembered for ‘Cider with Rosie’ – a memoir of his childhood. 100 years ago:- on 28th June 1914 that Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated, sparking a conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia that led to WORLD WAR 1. 90 years ago:- on 8th June 1924 that George Mallory, British mountaineer, disappeared on Mount Everest. His body was found in 1999. 70 years ago:- on 6th June 1944 that D-Day took place with the Normandy landings. More than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy at the start of the Battle of Normandy. 65 years ago:- on 8th June 1949 that George Orwell’s novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ was published. 50 years ago:- on 12th June 1964 that Nelson Mandela and seven other leaders of the African National Congress were sentenced to life imprisonment for acts of sabotage designed to end apartheid. (Mandela was released in 1990.) 20 years ago:- on 7th June 1994 that Dennis Potter, British TV dramatist and screenwriter died. (Best remembered for ‘The Singing Detective’, ‘Lipstick on your Collar’ and ‘Gorky Park’)
WORD SEARCH. Submitted by Elizabeth Price – Central Sunday Club. See if you can find the following words in this grid. Jesus. Bible. Moses. God. Matthew. Mark. Luke. John. Daniel. Goliath. David. Joseph. Mary. Esther.
J O H N G R E H T S E
R J Q G D A V I D K M
X O V X M A T T H E W
Y S K S O A O N L Y P
J E S U S I R A R A G
F P T E E X O A N O M
D H B G S Z M D D B P
G O L I A T H A Q E Q
C H Y D R S U N R T V
G O L I P E A I Z K W
L V G J E K K E X U Y
B C I M A U F L X N B
Z E B I B L E C H C D
D P U W H S P T R O I
Marriage During a heartfelt chat with her friend about relationships, my wife sighed and said, “You know, if something happened to Lloyd, I don’t think I could ever marry again.” Her friend nodded sympathetically. “I know what you mean,” she said. “Once is enough.” 33
This next oneâ€Ś A local DJ was introducing a record at our annual church fete/parish party. "This next one," he said, "is for Charlotte Burke, a choir member, who is a hundred and eleven! Hey, Charlotte, congratulations on a ripe old age!" There was a short pause and then the DJ said in a somewhat more subdued voice, "I'm sorry, I got it wrong. This next one is for Charlotte Burke, who is ill.
Encyclopaedias Sorting our books for the local fete, a parishioner came across some well-worn and dusty illustrated encyclopaedias, treasured from his childhood. Unwilling to part with them, he put them on a shelf in the garage where his small grandchildren found them and spent many happy hours looking at the pictures. These books, however, caused him great embarrassment the day the minister came to visit. One of his grandchildren suddenly said: â€œGrandad, can we go look at those dirty books you keep in the garage?â€? 34
CENTRAL’S SUNDAY CLUB. On Easter Day we all gathered the flowers in from the people in church to put on the Easter Cross. Then, in Sunday Club, we did an Easter Egg hunt. We went around the Church, and outside, finding out parts of the Easter Story. It was still really fun even though we had to go out in the torrential rain! We had to answer clues on the way before getting our goodies! Elizabeth Price. We will be celebrating a very special birthday in Sunday Club this month as Megan Smith will be 18 on the 27��. Megan has been coming to Central since she was five years old and has been an active member of the Sunday Club, appearing in pantomimes and nativity performances, as well as reading and participating in services. Megan is currently studying for her A levels, whilst juggling a part time job, and remains a firm favourite of the younger children. Happy Birthday Megan, from all at Sunday Club.
Reasons for marrriage Studying our wedding photos, my six-year-old asked, “Did you marry Dad because he was a vicar?” “Not really,” I replied. “Did you marry him because he was good-looking?” “No, not that either,” I replied. “Did you marry him for his money?” “Definitely not,” I laughed. “He didn’t have any.” “So,” he concluded sadly, “you just felt sorry for him.”
GIVE PEOPLE CONFIDENCE. Sometimes we think that self-confidence is something you either have or don’t have, like a talent for music. But really, it is something that is either created in you, or destroyed, as you interact with other people. We can either intentionally encourage and empower other people, co-creating with them the confidence they need to pursue their hopes and dreams, or we can criticise and undermine them, or even cripple them with fears. We all know people who make us feel better about ourselves for having spent time with them, and also people who make us feel worse! Someone once said: ‘Life is not so much about what happens to people, but what happens between people.’ So – why not make an effort to aim to encourage people? Let them talk to you, and give them the opportunity to share their hopes and anxieties. As the saying goes: ‘A problem shared is a problem halved.’ The Bible puts it this way: ‘Encourage one another and build each other up.’ (1 Thess. 5:11) 36
MY SHEPHERD... a new look at Psalm 23. From timeâ€™s faint dawn the shepherd men, their sheep and lambs have kept
From dangers path oft and again, how safe the sheep have slept!
And that is how my lord loves me, my Shepherd and my Guide. In pastures green my feet shall be. Still waters by my side
In righteous paths my feet shall tread, my shepherd shows the way; His love will light the road ahead. Iâ€™m safe through night and day
Though death may cast its sombre shade, no evil deed befalls Of death I can be unafraid, no sepulchre appals
His rod and staff, they comfort me, they show my God is near His grace to me - my foes can see that Jesus holds me dear
He blesses more than cups can hold, His mercy follows me. His house of love shall me enfold till time shall cease to be By Nigel Beeton
A REFLECTION FROM VICTORIA PARK Dear Friends, As you know, recently we have been celebrating V.Ps 150th Anniversary. It was wonderful to see so many members of the various churches in the Torbay Circuit coming together and using their different gifts and talents to make this event such a success. It brought to mind the Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans. Romans 12: 1-13. "The Body of Christ. For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another." Each member of the family of God must take care of the other. The apostle Paul uses the concept of the human body to teach us how to live and work together. We are like a body with many parts and each member of the family represents a different but essential component. Yet we all belong to each other, for without each other we are incomplete (verse 5 ). In the human body the appendix may seem useless but nevertheless it is still part of the body. The reason why we need each other is because God has given each person different gifts and abilities (verse 6 ). We don't possess the same gifts and abilities. If we did, it would make things very boring. As the saying goes, ' variety is the spice of life'. When we put all our gifts together, we complement each other and make the Body of Christ complete and whole (verses 6-8 ). Someone's strength will supplement another's weakness and vice versa. In the family of God, it easy to fall into the trap of making comparisons among ourselves (verse 9 ). Rather, we should put that aside and learn to accept each other just as God made us. If we can all practice sisterly ( or brotherly) affection and honour (verse 10), hard work ( verse 11 ) and hospitality (verse13), the Body of Christ will be a place that is conducive to love, warmth and mutual growth. Lord it is so easy to pretend that we love others in the family of God when in fact we sometimes find it difficult to accept those we do not like. Help me to love even those I find it hard to love Amen God Bless Irene 38
PLANT A POPPY! Poppies will be grown in the grounds of parish churches and Church of England schools across the country as an act of remembrance for the centenary of World War 1 by the Church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, urges people to plant the seeds ‘to remember the terrible events of the First World War and as a sign of our hope in Jesus Christ for peace in the future.’ The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, welcomed the poppy planting initiative and said: "I encourage parishes and church schools across the country to join together to make many thousand flowers bloom as a tribute to the sacrifice of past generations, and to commemorate the centenary of World War l. Help make the country awash with poppies.” The Rt Revd Nick Baines, the new bishop designate for the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales said: “Only 100 years ago the world fell apart in the most violent way. This simple act of growing poppies reminds us of our past and is a very visual way of pledging ourselves to serve together in the future.” Why don’t you join in! Packs of Flanders poppies are on sale and can be bought at B&Q for £2 with a pound being donated to the Royal British Legion.
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ST ANDREWS JUNIOR CHURCH NEWS. Happy birthday to Callum who will be 9 on June 28th Two of Jesus’ friends travelled along the road to Emmaus. They met a man who they didn’t recognise. They invited him to eat with them and then when he said a blessing and broke bread they recognised him. At St Andrews Junior Church we looked at this bible passage and some photos of 2 of our church members when they were younger to see if we could recognise them. We talked about how we can recognise Jesus is among us and we thought about how Jesus’ two friends felt like their ‘hearts were burning within them’ when they realised who Jesus was. We decorated heart shapes. We have also looked at the bible passage John 10 1 – 10 when Jesus said “I am the gate for the sheep, anyone who comes in through me will be safe.” We played a game with one child being gatekeeper trying to keep balloon sheep out of the pen and others trying to get them in. We talked about what a good shepherd does and how Jesus is like a good shepherd. We talked about times when we are tempted to stray away from the flock. We made sheep and drew pictures to illustrate the story and also enjoyed a wordsearch. DIY Our churchwarden has the courage, but not always the skills, to tackle any DIY job that needs doing around the church. For example, in the church shed are still pieces of the church lawn mower she once tried to fix. So our vicar wasn’t surprised the day he found her in the vestry, attacking the vacuum cleaner with a screwdriver. "This thing won’t cooperate," she complained. The vicar thought for a moment: "Why don’t you drag it out to the shed and show it what you did to the lawn mower?"
VICTORIA PARK’S PUZZLE CORNER From last month: ‘Reconstruction Job.’ “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” This month: Medical Class 1. One of the following does not belong with the rest. Which one, and why? BLADDER. DUODENUM. JEJUNUM. LUNGS. SOLEUS. Medical Class 2. What comes next in the following series? CERVICAL. THORACIC. LUMBAR. SACRA. Answers next month
This next one… A local DJ was introducing a record at our annual church fete/parish party. "This next one," he said, "is for Charlotte Burke, a choir member, who is a hundred and eleven! Hey, Charlotte, congratulations on a ripe old age!" There was a short pause and then the DJ said in a somewhat more subdued voice, "I'm sorry, I got it wrong. This next one is for Charlotte Burke, who is ill.
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