ENQUIRE WITHIN MAGAZINE OF
CENTRAL CHURCH METHODIST and UNITED REFORMED TORHILL ROAD- TORQUAY
MINISTER IN PASTORAL CHARGE REV GAVIN HANCOCKS
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CHURCH OFFICERS SECRETARY TREASURERS
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CHURCH ACTIVITIES SUNDAY
Morning Worship + Creche Sunday Club Evening Worship Women’s Fellowship Brownies Flexercise Fun Guides Prayer Meeting or Service Coffee & Fellowship Busy Bees Guild Central Tots Coffee & Fellowship Belleplates Group Choir Practice
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CHURCH COUNCIL – 3�� Thursday of February, May, August & November. CHURCH MEETINGS – 3�� Thursday of January, April, July & October. For Details of Sunday Services, Messy Church, Housegroups, Bible Studies etc – see Diary 2
CENTRAL’S FAMILY & FRIENDS Family News & other Bits & Pieces THANKS ·
From Cath & Tom Dunlop to their Central ‘family’ for all their prayers, cards, and offers of practical help, particularly from Monica & Barbara, during Tom’s illness and recovery from his operation. We are glad to say the worst is now over and we hope soon to be back to normal. From Jean Baker, who says: I would like to thank all those who sent cards or phone messages with best wishes following my recent surgery. Especially, I would like to thank Monica who stayed with me for a few days and nursed me back to health. Many thanks to all, your kindness was much appreciated. I am now almost back to normal. Love to all. Jonathan and Norah Buchan would like to thank the folks at Central for the lovely welcome and great fellowship over the 2 weeks we were with you. Special thanks to Clive, Linda and Judith for special friendships. God bless you all and we look forward to being with you again in the future.
CONGRATULATIONS · · · · ·
To Patricia Thomson who will be 70 on 6�� August. To Jean Baker who will be 80 on 14�� September. Margaret & Harold Newman on becoming Great Grandparents to Jack William Daniel To Rita & Neil Price on becoming Great Grandparents to Jamie Mark. To Pat & David Manley on becoming Grandparents to James Maximus (in Australia).
WELCOME · ·
To Sue & Richard Mason who have been brought into membership. To Keith Read, our new Assistant Caretaker – on duty Tuesdays/Wednesdays.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS · · ·
May Grace has moved to number 5 in Abbeyfield – all other details remain the same. Paul Zaple has moved to flat 14, Ilsham House, Asheldon Road, Torquay. TQ1 2QU. Tel: 01803 214981. Georgie Watmore has moved to Carisbrooke Care Home, 50, Old Teignmouth Road, Torquay. TQ1 4ET. Tel: 01803 326409. JOY EMERSON.
Christ is the Head of this House, the unseen Host at every gathering, and the silent listener to every conversation. So why am I leaving? My illness, which came on suddenly on April 18�� 2013, has encouraged me to reflect where I should be living. Both Christopher and Yvonne, with their families, want me to live with, or be near to them. I don’t think this would be right for me. I have several friends who have moved to be near their families and have found that they are lonely, and that they made the wrong decision. The major concern is to be near a church to which I can travel easily. So it is with sadness that I must leave Central. During my illness I have been given lifts to St Johns Church in Shiphay to attend the 8am Holy Communion Service. We have a gathering of between 12 and 18 members each Sunday and I have felt blessed and relaxed to be there. When I am stronger I will go to the 10 o’clock service. What and who will I miss from Central? Firstly, the lovely ladies who used to form the ‘Prayers for Healing’ group. They have been there for me through John’s illness, Nicole’s accident and my difficult times. I could give you several examples of their powerfully answered prayers. Thank you dear friends.
Secondly, the Busy Bees. An active lot of Bees, creating and selling the wonderful things they have made to raise money for those in need, various charities and Central Church. They not only use their talents but their own money to fund this. Generous and thoughtful, kind and willing, and a joy to lead. The list of gifts is endless and include coats to poor families, Bee Hives to help people be independent, money to Shelterbox, Leprosy appeal, Watoto child ministry, Samaritans Purse, Street Pastors, Tear Fund and more. Well done Bees – each one of you is a star! Thirdly, the Choir. It breaks my heart to leave the Choir. It has been such a privilege to be a small part of this. Singing along with all those lovely voices and being moved by Clive’s beautiful music – what more could one want in a Church. The well chosen anthems, with appropriate words to fit the scriptures of the day, and to lead worship. I will miss the Choir most of all. The fun we have at practice, and the warmth of friendship. It has been a wonderful experience for me. I will miss the Choristers, especially those in the first and second rows! God Bless you all. Joy
ANODE the food bank
A word of thanks to all those contributing to this worthwhile cause. We have been getting a little more of late, and it is much appreciated. We’ve taken over another load from our stocks – but please keep it coming!! Just a word of caution. We have also received tins as much as five years out of date – please, can we have current products only!
LILIAN ALLEN (1916 – 2013) We were saddened to hear that Lilian had died at Primley House where she had been a resident for some years, and where she had been looked after with loving care. Lilian spent her early life in Burton-on-Trent and met and married her husband Wilfred there. In the early part of the war he was called up as a ‘Bevan Boy’ and it was a very difficult time for Lilian. She had three children – Norman, Norma and Richard. Norma died some years ago and this was another and sad time for her. Lilian became a very active member of the Women’s Institute, taking part in many dramatic performances. She also gave talks to various groups to help them through difficult times. She also helped in the Women’s Voluntary Service (now WRVS). She was quite a sporty person and was at one time a County Bowls player. She loved to laugh! In 1952 Lilian moved to Buckfastleigh where she became an active member of the Methodist Church. When she moved to Lynway Court in Torquay, she joined Central, and once more became an active member, especially as part of the Women’s Fellowship. Lilian’s family includes children, grandchildren and great-grand children – several living in New Zealand, which she visited when she was 82 – and she was treated like the Queen Mother! A greatly loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and to all of them we offer our loving sympathy. Lilian is now with the Lord she loved and served through many years. Monica Lansley
BIG TEA PARTY. On the 15�� July we had a lovely afternoon when over 60 people came to enjoy a time of fellowship listening to Clive entertain us on the piano and have a scrumptious tea, (either sweet or savoury). The waitresses did a magnificent job of serving everyone. The aim was to raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care and we did just that with £250. To all who attended or helped in any way, Thank You. (See photograph on back page) Sheila
KNITTING. To all the ladies who have been busy knitting jumpers and hats for the ‘Fish & Chip’ babies, ‘Thank you.’ We have now sent off 1,219 jumpers and 165 hats. What a splendid achievement! Our thanks to one of our fellowship ladies Marjorie Young, who has been off loading these for us. I am asking you now if you would consider making scarves and hats (slightly larger), and gloves/ mittens for the shoe box scheme in November. Once again, Thank You. Sheila
THE SECRETARYâ€™S PRAYER Dear Lord, Help me to be a good secretary, and help me to have the memory of an elephant. Help me by some miracle to be able to do six things at once, answer four telephones at the same time while typing a letter that must go out today. And when that letter doesnâ€™t get signed until tomorrow, give me the strength to keep from going over the brink of hysteria. Never let me lose patience, even when the boss has me searching the files for hours for data that is later discovered in his desk. Help me to have the intelligence of a college professor; help me to understand and carry out all instructions without being given clear explanations. Let me know always just where the boss is, even though he left without telling me where he was going. And when the year ends, please let me have the foresight not to destroy records that will be asked for in a few weeks, even though I was told to destroy them all. Help me to keep a level head, and my feet on the ground, so that my secretarial performance will be a proper reflection of the pioneer women who made a place for me in the business world, and those who established me in a profession. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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Hearing is not believing A wise schoolteacher sent this note to all parents on the first day of school: ‘If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I’ll promise not to believe everything he or she says happens at home.’
IN CELEBRATION OF PRINCE GEORGE. Love is in the air It’s a royal affair Of a child that is born to reign By royal decree The sovereign to be Will rule over Britain’s domain. We hear the glad news That a prince has been born, Elation fills the air. A baby boy We hear with joy This news of a royal heir. We all are excited, Even delighted To think of this happy event. We send prayers above To our God who is love That blessings will come heaven sent.
National joy! She’s had a boy! Three Cheers for Duchess Kate! A healthy son, a healthy mum; A very healthy weight! So, after all the stories tall There’s no more need to guess No fingers still as newshounds fill The pages of the press.
And then we glimpse the Cambridge Prince Within his mother’s arms Protected by his mother’s eye The world falls for his charms. His name is George, and he will forge The future royal line; And so we cheer, for George is here – The future’s looking fine! Nigel Beeton 12
GLOOM AND DOOM Apparently gloomy days really do leave you under the weather, because sunlight boosts energy levels, and makes muscles work more efficiently. It’s all to do with Vitamin D – which enhances the activity of the mitochondria, or ‘batteries’ of a cell. While found in fish, fish liver oils, egg yolks and some cereals, around 90 percent of our intake comes from sunlight. The study was done at Newcastle University.
LOSE SLEEP – GET FAT. Lack of sleep makes you want to eat. When healthy young adults were given only four and a half hours sleep a night, they had higher blood levels of the molecule which controls the enjoyment of eating in the brain, US researchers in Chicago found. The molecule is similar to the narcotic content of marijuana. As one scientist explained: “Millions of individuals are at an increased risk of obesity and its health consequences because of chronic short sleep or sleep disruption.” (Note from Editor P – well that’s a new excuse for me!)
REFLECTIONS Welcome back after the Summer break. I hope you had a good holiday and feel refreshed and relaxed. July was an exciting month wasn’t it. -- The Royal Baby was born. But I can tell you of another baby born that month. Harold and I became Great-Grandparents for the first time. August was an exciting month for Neil and Rita Price when they became Great-Grandparents for the second time. -- The stork was busy! These new arrivals meant that the parents had been mulling over what names they were going to give their sons. George Alexander Louis were the names chosen by Kate and William. Jack William Daniel is what our Great Grandson is going to be called, and Rita and Neil’s baby has been named Jamie Mark. It is quite a responsibility naming a son or daughter. That name will be used by that tiny baby in the cradle until his or her dying day, when, hopefully, they will be a great age. Many names given are those belonging to their parents or other family members. George is a good name for a future king, and is a name which the Royal Baby’s Great-great-grandfather used when he was king. William is a name in our family which goes back several generations. My Dad’s father was a William, Dad was William (Bill), our son is Peter William, our grandson is Ryan William, and now our granddaughter has named her first child Jack William. Daniel is Jack’s daddy’s name. Then names have meanings. George means ‘farmer’ or ‘earth worker’ -- well?! Jack means ‘gracious’ 14
Do we live up to our names? -- Well, Margaret means ‘Pearl’ -- and I AM of great price!!!! Will Jack be gracious? Will George Alexander be a good ‘defender’ of the faith? Alexander means ‘defender’. Mary and Joseph were told, by an angel, what they were to call their Baby -- Jesus. ‘Jesus’ means ‘God Saves’. Jesus certainly lived up to His Name didn’t He. God gave us Jesus, and Jesus saves us from our sins. What a blessing that is. You notice that the Name Jesus doesn’t mean ‘God SaveD’, but ‘God SaveS’. It is in the present tense. Why don’t we allow Jesus to do that for us? Why don’t we let Jesus save us now from all that is wrong in our lives. And we can do that by praying to Him and asking Him to help us and renew us. Look up the hymn “What a Friend we have in Jesus”, and re-read those words. Babies, whether born to Royalty, or we ordinary folk, are a Gift from God. We pray God’s Blessing on each and everyone of them, whether we know them or not. Margaret Newman. DON’T TWEET YOUR BURGLAR Who is reading your tweets? Burglars are monitoring Twitter and other social networking sites in order to target people who are away from home, the police have warned. Burglars look for people who have posted a tweet about enjoying a night out, or a holiday – and then go and break into their properties. So when you tweet, be careful of mentioning where you are, or what valuables you may have.
MORAL PERIL Britain is in a “very parlous state morally” after effectively losing its way in the 1980s, the Archbishop of Canterbury warned this summer. The Most Rev Justin Welby said that people - especially the young - had lost a sense of ‘vision’ for a better society. He admitted the Church was partly responsible because of its failure to communicate with people, and an ‘institutional deafness’. He was speaking to leaders in the East End of London.
MUSINGS ON FAITH & LIFE If you don't want to reap the fruits of sin, stay out of the devil's orchard. In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma, but never let him be the full-stop. Are you wrinkled with burdens? Come to the church for a facelift. Prevent truth decay. Brush up on your Bible. It's hard to stumble when you are down on your knees. Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live. Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open. When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water. Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today. Many lovely things pass out of life when jealousy comes in.
STEWARDS ROTA - SEPTEMBER 2013 1st
1. Alan 2. Paul 3. Monica 4. Roy 5. Margaret 6. Philip 7. Barbara G Hymns & Book Stewards – Front Door – Heather 8th 1. Lesley 2. Sue M 3. David 4. John C 5. Judith 6. Trevor 7. Marion Hymns & Book Stewards – Jean & Sheila 15th 1. Alan 2. Paul 3. Monica 4. Roy 5. Margaret 6. Philip 7. Barbara G Hymns & Book Stewards – Front Door - Bolt 22nd. 1. Lesley 2. Sue M. 3. David 4. John C 5. Judith 6. Trevor 7. Marion Hymns & Book Stewards – Front Door – Wells 29th 1. Alan 2. Paul 3. Monica 4. Roy 5. Margaret 6. Philip 7. Barbara G Hymns & Book Stewards – Front Door – Heather
URGENT! If any member would be willing to act as a Steward, please see Jeff Carter (Tel: 01626 363069) or Graham Davey (Tel: 07966 260505) Would Stewards unable to be in attendance on their rota dates please notify either Jeff or Graham before the Sunday involved, and if at all possible, try to arrange a mutual swap with any colleague. LAST DATE FOR ITEMS FOR THE OCTOBER 2013 ENQUIRE WITHIN IS SUNDAY 8�� SEPTEMBER 2013. 18
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CALENDAR FOR SEPTEMBER 2013 10.30 Church Anniversary –Rev Gavin Hancocks 6.30 Evening Worship – Mrs Vicki Bryan 2ⁿ� 10.30 Rosemary Gardens Housegroup 6.00 Brownies 6.30 Flexercise Fun 7.30 Guides 3�� 9.30 Midweek Prayers 10.00 Coffee & Fellowship 10.00 Busy Bees 7.00 New Life Housegroup 4�� 6.30 Contact Centre Meeting 5�� 9.30 Central Tots 7.00 Finance & Property 6�� 10.00 Coffee & Fellowship 10.00 Messy Church Meeting 11.00 Belleplate Group 7.00 Choir Practice 7�� 9.30 Contact Centre 7.30 Military Wives supported by Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir 8�� 10.30 Morning Worship-Mrs Margaret Newman 6.30 Evening Worship – Gavin & Worship Group 9�� 10.30 Rosemary Gardens Housegroup 6.00 Brownies 6.30 Flexercise Fun 7.30 Guides 7.30 Lydwell Park Housegroup 10�� 9.30 Midweek Service – Rev Peter Killick 10.00 Coffee & Fellowship 10.00 Busy Bees 11�� 7.30 Circuit Meeting at Central 12�� 9.30 Central Tots 13�� 10.00 Coffee & Fellowship 11.00 Belleplate Group 1��
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Choir Practice Contact Centre Morning Worship – Mr David Welsh Evening Communion – Rev Gavin Hancocks
Rosemary Gardens Housegroup Women's Fellowship – Mr John Lawrence
Brownies Flexercise Fun Guides Midweek Prayers Coffee & Fellowship Busy Bees New Life Housegroup Torquay Town Churches at Victoria Park Contact Management Meeting CTT Meeting at Abbey Road RC Church Central Tots Coffee & Fellowship Belleplate Group Choir Practice Contact Centre United Harvest Supper at St. Andrew's Riviera Concert Brass United Harvest Festival at Central – Rev Gavin Hancocks JMA Evening Worship – Gavin & Worship Group
Rosemary Gardens Housegroup Women's Fellowship – Music with Bill Bell
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Central Tots Torbay Police Choir Concert Coffee & Fellowship Belleplate Group Messy Church Choir Practice Contact Centre Morning Worship – Rev Gavin Hancocks Evening Worship – Rev Peter Killick Rosemary Gardens Housegroup Women's Fellowship – Mrs Val Elms: My Trip to the Holy Land Brownies Flexercise Fun Guides Southfield Housegroup @ Jean’s.
Some musings on everyday life…. (Part one) I live in my own little world, but it's ok... they know me here. I don't do drugs or alcohol, 'cause I find I get the same effect just by standing up really fast.
SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE ROTA. SEPTEMBER 2013. DATE GROUP
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SUNDAY SERVICES FOR SEPTEMBER 2013. (S) = Sacrament of Holy Communion (WG) = Worship Group Date SEPT 1�� 8�� 15�� 22ⁿ� 29��
Revd Gavin Hancocks (S) Mrs Margaret Newman Mr David Welsh Revd Gavin Hancocks Revd Gavin Hancocks
Mrs Vicki Bryan Revd Gavin Hancocks(WG) Revd Gavin Hancocks (S) Revd Gavin Hancocks(WG) Revd Peter Killick
SUNDAY WELCOME ROTA FOR SEPTEMBER 2013. Date SEPT 1�� 8��
Monica Lansley & Philip Kay Barbara & Tony Zaple
Paul Sherriff & Philip Kay Margaret Newman & Judith Holmwood Monica Lansley & Philip Kay Judith Holmwood & Barbara Gissinger Celia & David Bolt
Celia & David Bolt
Tessa Goodwin & Hazel Nightingale Sheila & John Lawrence
PRAYER ABOUT PRIORITIES (reflecting on Martha and Mary’s encounter with Jesus in Luke 10:38-42) Lord, we are all so busy. Life is full of demands and deadlines, each one urgent, or so it seems. We rush around trying to do everything, trying to please everyone and sometimes we miss what is really important – and don’t realise until it’s too late. Remind us, Lord, that some opportunities don’t come again. And that actually, we do have time. We have all the time of our lives, which you give to us. Help us to take our time and use it wisely, to choose to sit at your feet, like Mary, and listen to you; to seek you first, so that the rest of our life time will be in balance. In Jesus name. Daphne Kitching
SUDOKU SOLUTION FROM JULY/AUGUST MAGAZINE
ALL IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER. It was.... 125 years ago: on 8th Sept 1888 that the first matches in the English Football League were played. Also 125 years ago: on 26th Sept 1888 that T S Eliot, American-born British poet, playwright, literary critic and editor; considered the most important English-language poet of the 20th century, was born. 75 years ago: on 27th Sept 1938 that Cunard launched its largest passenger liner, the ‘Queen Elizabeth’, at Clydebank, Scotland. 60 years ago: on 26th Sept 1953 that sugar rationing ended in Britain. 40 years ago: on 2nd Sept 1973 that J R R Tolkien, best known for ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’, died. 30 years ago: on 29th Sept 1983 that Microsoft Word 1.0 was released – the first version of the popular word processor. 15 years ago: on 4th Sept 1998 that Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, students at Stanford University, California. It was based in a friend’s garage in Menlo Park. Also 15 years ago: on 21st Sept 1998 that eBay, the online auction site, went public and began trading its shares.
Some musings on everyday life…. (Part two) I don't approve of political jokes... I've seen too many of them get elected. The most precious thing we have is life. Yet it has absolutely no trade-in value. 24
Some musings on everyday lifeâ€Ś. (Part three) I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. I married my wife for her looks... but not the ones she's been giving me lately!
SAINTS OF THE MONTH St Protus and St Hyacinth – victims of mindless violence On this, the 12th anniversary of the Twin Towers, we remember two innocent people who also met their death in the flames of mindless violence. These were Roman martyrs mentioned in the 4th century list of martyrs. Hyacinth’s tomb was discovered in the cemetery of Basilla, with his name and the date of his burial (11 September). Inside were charred bones, indicating death by fire. An inscription by Damasus says Protus & Hyacinth were brothers, and another ancient source called them ‘teachers of the Christian law’. Old leaf? A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mum, look what I found!" the boy called out, turning the leaf over and over. "What is it, dear?" asked his mother. With awe in his voice, the young boy ventured: "I think it's Adam's underwear.”
WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP Over twenty members attended our Annual General Meeting and Tea on August 12��. A report on the year 2012/2013 was presented and discussion took place on certain issues. A report was given on behalf of the Treasurer showing a fairly healthy position. As a result, it was unanimously agreed to donate £800.00 to Central Church towards the use of the hall and kitchen for our meetings. Special thanks were extended to Zinnia Mockler and Doreen Head for the support they had given as a Leader and Treasurer respectively. Appreciation from the ladies was shown by the presentation of bouquets. Barbara Lawton 27
BUSY BEES Bee of the month - Sue Rider. Having spent much of her childhood in Weymouth, attending a Church School, Sue belonged to the Christian Uniformed Youth Movement called Campaigners. She went through the ranks and at 16, while still at school, she became a Chief (leader). Her leadership still shows. With all the bad publicity recently, Sue hardly likes to admit that she worked for a bank – Barclays! She manned the sub branch in Portland with an elderly guard for protection! She transferred to Torquay in 1971 to be near her parents. Attending Upton Parish Church she was soon made Treasurer, a post she held for eight years. When ladies were allowed to join the Choir for the first time (!) she was invited to be part of that, and she still enjoys singing. Sue’s banking experience gave her opportunities to travel and she particularly enjoyed the French posting. She took early retirement to care for her parents. She bought her own home and adopted Poppy, her little poodle. Poppy is also a member of the Busy Bees, attends every week, and featured in Enquire Within last year. She has always been a crafty crafter and joined us when Wendy told her of the group. Thanks to her Mum, who one day came home with a trolley full of cross stitch magazines bought in a charity shop for 5p each, she was hooked. She has produced wonderful items for our sales. Although her favourite is embroidery she does bead work, knitting, sewing, card making and quilting. It’s lovely having you as a Busy Bee Sue, and Poppy is as popular as you! Friends of the Bees. This month we thank Sheila Nelson for the lace fabric, and Marie Tanton for the wonderful packs of cross stitch and tapestries. All these have been taken by the Bees and will be used. Thank you. Joy Emerson
CROSSWORD SOLUTION FROM JULY/AUGUST MAGAZINE
BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY 2013 Back to Church Sunday is nine years old this year, and has a lot to celebrate. It is reckoned that more than 260,000 people have returned to church since its national launch in 2004. This year will be the final year that the initiative is run in its current format, as with its 10th birthday, in 2014, plans for some changes are afoot. Back to Church Sunday’s key to success has been to help ordinary Christians in ordinary churches unlock the potential of a personal invitation. It really is the simplest and shortest step in evangelism: to simply invite someone we already know to come to church with us. And - it works. No wonder Back to Church Sunday has become passionate in helping churches across the country grow by encouraging local church members to invite their families, friends and neighbours to church. Nationally, Back to Church Sunday has had a significant impact. Not only do tens of thousands of people ‘come back’ to church on one Sunday in September, but it also sees many go on to become members of their local churches Simon Boxall, Southwark Diocese Next year, for the 10th anniversary, Back to Church Sunday will see the launch of A Season of Invitation, with six different events for churches to get involved with during the autumn term. For more info on this year, and next year, visit www.backtochurch.co.uk
THE SUMMER OF 2013.
The Sun’s rays radiated a searing heat, out of a cloudless blue sky, Summer returned with a vengeance, in the glorious month of July. With Readings on the Thermometers’, soaring to above thirty degrees, Many people took the chance to laze… beneath the shadow of leafy trees. The warmth of the Summer Sun, bringing smiles to many faces, Everyone mellowing, leaning towards a friendlier basis. Strangers inclined to nod their heads, and pass the time of day, To hear their cheerful greetings is uplifting as I stroll along the way A Royal Birth; thousands flocked to a London Hospital, to hear historic news. On a barmy Summer’s Evening they stayed: partied: and expressed their views. Proudly wanting to show their patriotism, on this ‘right royal’ occasion, For the Babe to be born would be a future Monarch of the British Nation. Yes July 2013 will be a month to remember when Britain basked in the Sun, The return of the ‘ feel good factor’ restoring hope for everyone. Banishing the recessional blues, belief for a growing economy, Old and Young enjoying life, which should be their ultimate destiny.
BE A MESSY GARDENER This autumn, don’t clean up your garden too much for the winter – leave some messy bits. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds fears that ‘sterile’ gardens where nature cannot survive are contributing to the decline in wildlife. Instead, build ‘homes for nature’, urges the RSPB: leave some weeds and garden debris, let the grass stay long, don’t cut all the nettles, leave the odd log to rot, and cut a hole in your fence for the hedgehogs. You can also fill a bucket with woodchips, soil and rotten branches for insects. Or fill up an old washing bowl with water and gravel to create a ‘mini pond’. Many celebrity gardeners applaud this approach. Monty Don of the BBC’s Gardener’s World recently tweeted: ‘Do not strive after tidiness’. The RSPB campaign is in response to a report that 60 per cent of species in the UK have suffered declines in the past few decades. Our sparrows, starlings, grass snakes, frogs, voles and badgers need our help to breed, move around and survive. Mike Clarke, chief executive of the RSPB, says: “Nature in the UK is in trouble. Gardens provide a valuable lifeline for species like starlings, toads, hedgehogs and butterflies, which are struggling to find homes in the wider countryside. Although the overall problem is huge, the solution can start on a small scale....Our aim is to provide one million homes for nature across the UK, because if there is no home for nature, then there’s no nature – it really is that serious.”
SUMMARY OF CHURCH MEETING 18�� JULY 2013 Chairman: Rev Gerald Morris Church Family News: DIED: John Lakin UNWELL: Zinnia Mockler, Gwen Kassell, Peter Perry, Harold Newman, Joy Emerson, Jean Baker (operation end of July) RECOVERING: Tom Dunlop, Yvonne Thorne. BIRTHDAYS: Eileen Barber 90�� on 20�� May, June Powell 70 on 22ⁿ� June, Zinnia Mockler 80 on 3�� August. NEW ARRIVALS: Great Grandsons for Doreen Blackler and Harold & Margaret Newman, Grandchild for David & Sally Welsh. Gerald brought greetings from Pam Brinded, May Grace and Eve Finlinson Weekly Notice Sheet – Trial run in July. Some discussion, for and against took place, but as only two weeks of the trial had taken place it was agreed to continue and also use the new set-up during August. Final decision to be made at the October Church Meeting. Conversation on the Work of God: Annual Report for Charity Commissioners & Annual Statement of Accounts 31/12/2012. A Summary of Income & Expenditure for 2012 was presented along with copies of the Final Accounts for the year ending 31�� December 2012. The meeting accepted these. A legacy of £36,000 had been received from the estate of Mrs Hannalore Cusworth. Elections & Appointments: Barbara Lawton, Margaret Newman, Christine Sherriff and Alan MurraySmith were elected Trustees to serve on Council. Richard Mason was appointed Auditor/Examiner. Torquay Town Church Conversations - two meetings had been held with positive results for the future. There would be a United Harvest Festival Service at Central on 22ⁿ� September and a Harvest GetTogether at St. Andrew's on 21�� September. Further meeting in September. Paignton Town Church Conversations were also proving very good with a United Church Meeting having been held recently. 33
Youth Genesis – Support needed from everybody for this project. A meeting on 24�� July for anybody interested in Youth Work. Membership Report – Richard and Susan Mason's names were brought forward for membership. Agreed Mission Team & Other Reports Written reports from Caring, Discipleship, Finance & Property, Witnessing and Worship. Tessa Goodwin reported that the Caring Team would be in charge of distributing the Harvest gifts. Not known at this point if the other Town Churches would want to be involved. Philip Kay, Witnessing Team, gave a plea for support for Anode’s food bank. New edition of the 'This is Central' booklet now available in front foyer. Special Events Future events include Tea Dance, Coffee Morning with a Sponsored Sing, Table Top Sale, Organist Michael Woodridge in Concert. Military Wives/Brixham Orpheus Choir Concert, Cameo Singers Concert. Sunday Club – Now using material supplied by The Scripture Union. Youth Group held once a month with Gavin and Sue Coatham. Picnic on Torre Abbey Sands very successful. Thanks expressed to all those who, week by week look after our young people. Circuit – Farewell Service been held for Rev Dermot Thornberry and Charlene. As things are about to change in the Circuit please remember Jerry Cook, John Haley and Gavin in your prayers. URC – Members had attended the Valedictory Service for Rev David Grosch-Miller and the District Day at Killerton House. Property – Slabs at the bottom of the front steps had been repaired. Sound system has had attention and roof problems been attended to. Some decorating of rooms been done and double glazing in the hall, also problems with hot water in ladies toilets rectified. Szilard, our Relief Caretaker would be terminating his employment on 24�� July. Multi-Media. Wherever possible the wording is re-produced under guidance rules from the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Requests had been made to have the Bible readings and Lord's Prayer projected. No decisions were made. Tear Fund. Agreed we once again support Tear Fund on Harvest Sunday. 34
OPEN DOORS Serving Persecuted Christians Worldwide WILL YOU STAND ALONGSIDE CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA? For two thousand years there has been a Syrian church, but now its very survival is threatened by violence, conflict and persecution. The church is on its knees. Here is a prayer, written by Syrian Christians. Please pray with them, and also sign the petition to be presented to the UK Government, the European Union and the United Nations. God, we pray for all the people living in Syria. For those who are so scared they canâ€™t sleep at night: give them peace. For those suffering from trauma or injuries: give them healing. For those who have lost loved ones: be with them in their mourning. For those who have been kidnapped: protect and release them. For the children: give them back their childhood. For those who have had to flee their homes: give them shelter. For those who are hungry and donâ€™t know how to feed their children: give them what they need. We ask for a miraculous reconciliation between the different groups. Let peace return. What seems impossible for us, is possible for you Lord. Let the people of Syria repent and find you. We pray for your protection for Christians in Syria: guide them in these difficult days. May the church be a place of refuge for many, and may the churches be united. We pray that the church will not be banned from Syria, but that it will stay, and grow stronger than ever before. Thank you God, that during all this suffering your hand is very strong. Muslims are coming to church and discovering how great you are. The prayer is growing in Syria, and we feel you are near. We are stunned in amazement o Lord. Your wisdom is far above us. We submit in peace to your sovereignty. Let your will be done, Lord. Let your glory and goodness be over Syria. Amen. Peggy Douglas
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How to get to heaven – children’s view. “If sold my house and my car, had a big car boot sale and gave all my money to the church, would I get into Heaven?" the teacher asked her Sunday School class. "No!" the children all answered. "If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the grass, and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get into Heaven?" Again, the answer was "No!" "Well”, she continued, "then how can I get into Heaven?" A five-year-old boy shouted out, "You gotta be dead first!"
Some musings on everyday lifeâ€Ś. (Part four) Everyday I beat my own previous record for the number of consecutive days I've stayed alive. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane. The Lord gave us two ends: One to sit on and the other to think with. Success depends on which one we use the most. Long ago when old people cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today itâ€™s called golf.
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Womenâ€™s Fellowship BIG TEA PARTY held on 15th July in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care (see page 9)