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The Parish of Christ Church Ashton under Lyne

Church Magazine December 2010 See our website for more information


“Jesus, the light of the world… We celebrate your birth.” Welcome to our Church Magazine ...serving the community in the Parish of Christ Church, Ashton. The Magazine can now be found on the church website in full colour! For a little girl with talent! See page 5 Christmas Greetings to all our advertisers on page 10 Walter from the choir and his wife Carol have a really good idea for raising money for the maintenance fund at church! see page 8 For tips on how to ward off colds and sore throats see page 16 Photos of the flowers were taken in church on Friday 29th October, the Wedding Day of Danielle and Robert Hyde see page 18 . The inside of the back cover is for the children; Encourage the young ones to complete the ‘Christmas Decoration’ Page 25 for music to play and - page 22 there is a story to share P.S. Contributions welcome for the magazine Tel: 338 2647: email:

Lesley Bunce

Don’t Miss… This Year’s Pantomime

Snow White Performances: 7.30pm at Canon Burrows School Monday 27th Dec, Tue 28th Dec, Wed 29th Dec, Thu 30th Dec Tickets: Available 2pm— 3pm Sundays in CBS All adult seats £4 All child seats £2 Contact: Mary & Stenton 330 5796

TAUNTON SUNDAY SCHOOL Quiz and Christmas fun !!! Friday 10th December at 7.30pm

...COME and HAVE a good TIME!


Christmas Carol Services There are a number of Carol Services at Church During the month of December. All of the Carol Services have their own character and are not to be missed! These are services packed full of opportunity to sing and listen to carols, old favourites and new ones too.

Everyone is welcome from any other denomination or faith; If you do not normally attend church, come and join us; Here are the Carol services

“Everyone is welcome� 12th Dec: 3pm Carol Service attended by the Free Masons 19th Dec: 6.30pm Traditional Service of Readings and Carols, led by Christ Church Choir 24th Dec: 6pm Christmas Eve Friday Christingle Service For all the family

24th Dec: 11.30 pm Holy Communion; Midnight service with carols

A Birthday Present to a Wonderful Grandma by Rebecca Kellett 8 years old from our congregation.

Rebecca’s grandma is Brenda Kellett, 70 on 1st December ‘Happy Birthday’


She knits all day long She sits in her bed She knits and knits ‘till her hair goes red. Chorus 3. Mills and Boon Are her favourite books Romance and drama all in one book. Chorus 4. She thinks about others More than herself She visits people when they’re not well. Chorus Last chorus: She’s Grandma, She’s Groovy, SHE’S MINE! 6

Home is calling As Christmas time draws ever near We hear a sound so very clear. Home is calling far away For our return this very day: Filled with thoughts so very dear Our dreams of home seem very clear. Excitement fills our longing soul Making home our special goal. We wish that time would move along So we could be where we belong, Among our kin folk far away Who wait for us on Christmas Day? Christos May Foreman

An Excellent Way to help Christ Church! Walter, Carol and Denise would like to inform all congregation members that this year we will not be sending Christmas Cards to everyone, but will send one card to ‘The Clergy and Congregation of Christ Church’ (This also applies to the Choir) Instead, we feel that the money spent on cards, would be better donated to the ‘Church Maintenance Fund.’ If anyone else feels that this is a good idea please follow suit and give generously to the fund. *********** May we take this opportunity to thank all who gave to Operation Christmas Child and also wish everyone

A very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. 8

Brigade meeting nights Canon Johnson’s school Monday night - 6.30 - 7.45 p.m. All Sections Canon Burrow’s school Wednesday 6.30 - 7.45 pm Martins & Y Team (4 - 9 years) Thursday 6.30 - 7.30 pm - JTC & Seniors (10 years upwards) Thursday 7.45 - 9.00 pm - Band Practice CHRIST CHURCH ASHTON

Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade DISPLAY EVENING FRIDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2010 7.00 p.m. at Canon Burrows School We invite you to attend our Annual Display Evening on the above date ****************************

“Thank you for your prayers and expressions of concern on my unexpected operation whilst on holiday recently. I greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness and am glad to say I am now feeling much better. I want to say a very special “thank you” June, who took all worries away from me, and also to Joyce and Emma, who kept my spirits up! God bless you all.

Margaret Millin.”

A Happy Christmas From all at Haircraft

And ‘A Happy Christmas’ To all our Christ church Magazine Advertisers

Would you like to take part in one of my ‘3 and a half minute’ Interviews? Every month I like to feature one of our advertisers complete with a photo, If you are a Florist, flowers. A Cake maker, one of your cakes etc. Contact me on 0161 338 2647 or Email:

Lesley Bunce Christmas Blessings

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The Ties that Bind The ties that bind we cannot see, They reach out to eternity. Invisible to every eye They live within a lover’s sigh No matter where your life may lead You’ll hear the calling of the seed That planted you so long ago, And loved you when you didn’t know The one who gazed at you with pride, Who always stayed close by your side? But no one knows where life may lead For those who never took no heed, To older or much wiser minds Who never seemed to be unkind? Sometime you may be all alone Without a friend to call your own, Its then you always seem to feel That longing love that left its seal Upon a heart not made of stone That calls the prodigal back home. Christos May Foreman

Prayer of the Heart Our meeting this month was more complex than usual; very moving, very deep, thought provoking and quite lengthy. Below is an explanation and a shortened version of the prayerful exercise we used and one that each member of the group took home to try again in their own time Bible ref: Luke 18; verses 35-43 Jesus heals a blind man on the road to Jericho We used ‘St. Ignatius Way of Imaginative Prayer’ The idea behind imaginative prayer is that you use all of your senses to recreate the Bible story chosen and place yourself in it, allowing God to speak to you, to lead you through your imaginings. Read the passage below, carefully, slowly, twice. ‘As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road side begging when he heard the crowd going by; he asked what was happening, they told him. ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.’ He called out ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted out all the more. ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Lord I want to see,’ he replied. Jesus said to him, ‘receive your sight, your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. Now close your eyes, imagine the scene; the crowds, the noise, the heat, the dust, the smells. Imagine yourself there, who are you? A bystander, one following Jesus, the blind man himself. Imagine every part of the story, the crowd gathering, the blind man asking who is coming, the reply, him shouting, the people rebuking him, the exchange of words, the healing, the joyful response and notice your own feelings. As you finish imagining the story, prayerfully ask God to show you what new light may have been shed on your present life or your understanding. 12

I have done this exercise many times with this and different biblical passages and God revealed many things to me, these I call my musings and I write them down for later reflection. This passage from the Bible is of particular significance, as it is thought by scholars, to contain the origins of the Jesus prayer which we used for our intercessions. ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on…’ add the name of the person you are praying for. Closing Prayer Dear Jesus, when the veils of blindness darken Our eyes, our hearts, our souls. Help us to reach out to you in our infirmity, asking for their removal, Just as the blind man did on the road to Jericho. Let our faith in you be as strong as his Guide us in all that we do Let the light of the love that you have for us Shine into all the dark corners of our lives, Our very being Help us to see the true path you have chosen for us Dear Jesus, journey with us Be our light, be our guide. Amen My prayer to you all and all your loved ones is; “May God keep you safe from harm in the Palm of his hand, ‘till we meet again. Amen” Your sister in Christ Pauline The ‘Prayer of the Heart’ group meet in church on the first Wednesday of the month at 3pm. All are welcome

Calling all Knitters and Crochetors, We need your help The Prayer Ministry here at Christ Church is setting up a

Prayer Shawl Ministry, This takes the form of a group of people who will meet once a month to knit and crochet shawls whilst praying and then continue our work at home in silence and prayer. These shawls will be blessed in a small service at church, before being distributed to those in need, the ill, the elderly and people in residential and nursing homes, hospices, in fact anyone who is in need of comfort. OUR AIM IS ... that whenever the shawls are worn, the person wearing the shawl, will feel God’s loving healing arms enfolding them, bringing them peace and comfort. We are asking for volunteers to knit or crochet for this ministry: You can still take part if you are housebound as we will come to you. We require; Donations of wool, Funds to buy wool

But most of all Your prayers and blessings for us in our new venture 'Pauline leads our Prayer Ministry here at Christ Church' The prayer ministry of Christ church is an on-going ministry into deeper spiritual needs. Contacts: Pauline; 0161 217 9578 Katrina; 0161 370 7918 14

A Thought for Today It was a bitter cold October morning and the roofs round about were all white with frost. (Apparently the swans have returned very soon from Siberia, heralding an early and harsh winter for us.) We’re ready this time though, having learned a few lessons from last time. Use the garden hoe, not the spade, to remove blocked ice on paths. It requires less energy and is extremely effective! Back to this morning: It was 6-30am and cold in the bedroom as I dressed. Then I saw on TV something which turned my thoughts to lovelier things. Two ladies had 260,000 imported Spring bulbs, which they will plant now, before the ground gets too hard. They will give a delightful display in the woods, turf and wild-flower meadows when winter is over. When life plunges us into a cold dark place which seems never ending, perhaps all we have to do is wait and we’ll finally see why it had to be so. “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

Mary Withnall God’s Free Giveaway Angelic voices in lyrical persuasion, coming from on high, A Cosmic chorus down to all of us, out of a bright blue sky. Mingling in the atmosphere, bending with the breeze, Making a backing timpani by the swaying of the trees. Nature in its wonderment, a free gift for all of us, Given to each and everyone, without a hint of fuss. We’re a part of God’s fellowship, in universal trust. To enjoy in its entirety, definitely, a MUST!


Christ church choir

Kath from the choir has kindly shared her secrets for warding off colds and sore throats!

Lots of Carol Singing after these remedies! 16

A Christmas ‘Creed’ I believe in Jesus Christ and in the beauty of the gospel begun in Bethlehem. I believe in the one whose spirit glorified a little town; and whose spirit still brings music to persons all over the world, in towns both large and small. I believe in the one for whom the crowded inn could find no room, and I confess that my heart still sometimes wants to exclude Christ from my life today. I believe in the one who the rulers of the earth ignored and the proud could never understand; whose life was among common people, whose welcome came from persons of hungry hearts. I believe in the one who proclaimed the love of God to be invincible: I believe in the one whose cradle was a mother's arms, whose modest home in Nazareth had love for its only wealth, who looked at persons and made them see what God's love saw in them, who by love brought sinners back to purity, and lifted human weakness up to meet the strength of God. I confess my ever-lasting need of God: The need of forgiveness for our selfishness and greed, the need of new life for empty souls, the need of love for hearts grown cold. I believe in God who gives us the best of himself. I believe in Jesus, the son of the living God, born in Bethlehem this night, for me and for the world.

Walter Russell Bowie

From the website:

Flowers in Church in December 2010. Flowers donated with love, remembrances and thanksgiving by:6th Dec

12th Dec 19th Dec

26th Dec

Evelyn Viney Mrs Wood Ina Mellin Doris Hardy Mr & Mrs Bruce Robbins Ruth Kelly Anne Gordon Kath & Geof’ Pierson Mary Mirfin Denise Croft Aseneth Crebo

Flowers in Church in January 2011. 2nd Jan

Wyn Fletcher

9th Jan

Margaret Astley

16th Jan

Di’ Cronshaw

25th Jan

Mary May

30th Jan

Emma Currah Margaret Yates

Jesus… remember me...


Baptisms: We welcome into God’s family, The Church: 7th Nov. Holly Bradshaw, Evie Ellen Horsfall, Freya Erin Dooley, Samantha Ann Smith (A) Jonathan Francis Smith (A) 21st Nov. Mollie Louise Coles, Alfie Max Booth, Ruby Mae Booth ***********************************************************

Marriages: None at this time Love is patient, love is kind, 1 Corinthians: chapter 13

******************************************* Funerals: We commend to God’s keeping and offer our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of; Edith Summerfield, Frank Atherton, Tom Dawson Jubb **********************************************************

Please remember in your prayers those who are ill: Dave Gee, Eunice Pinkerton, Erika Phillips, Jill Jones, Joyce Oliver, Keiran Troup, Lyn Taylor, Louise Mellor, May Gawthorpe, Margaret Walker, Pat Platt, Peter Blakeney, Pru’ Slater, Suzanne Carter-Harrison, Sharon Ward, Scott, .

Church Offerings Total banked, including all services and donations For the weeks in October 03/10/10










********************************************************** The Treasurer acknowledges the Donations given Book of Remembrance Loving Birthday Memories of Jack 18th November 2009 from Bernice Howarth In loving memory of Derek Howarth... **********************************************************************

Mothers’ Union Events The Mothers’ Union Christmas Lunch will be held at Ashton Park on Wednesday 8th December There is a choice of Menu 2 Course £11.45 3 Course £13.45

Willow Wood Hospice 2011 Calendars £3.25 available from Anne Gordon, please contact, or stop Anne in church if you wish to buy or order one. 20

Services, Readers & Readings for 10.30am Services Also Christmas Services 5th Dec: Holy Communion Readings: Pauline Ward Isa 11:1-10; Rom 14:4-13; Matt 3:1-12 Intercessions: Katrina Deakin

12th Dec: Family Communion Canon Burrows Sunday School 3pm Carol Service attended by the Masons all welcome 19th Dec: Morning Prayer, Traditional Language Readings: Philip Blanchard, Isaiah 7:10-16; Rom 1:1-7; Matt 1:18-end Intercessions: Brenda Dewhurst

6.30pm Traditional Service of Readings and Carols, led by Christ Church Choir all are welcome 24th Dec: Christmas Eve, Friday 6pm Christingle Service 11.30 pm Holy Communion 25th Dec: Christmas Day; 10am Holy Communion 26th Dec: Holy Communion

A Sparkling Night As the first week in September slowly arrived there was the most audible gasp of relief from every mother’s throat. Their little off-spring was off back to school to drive their teacher potty for another year. Peace had finally come, and Guy Fawkes Night could once again be celebrated by the lighting of Bonfires on November 5th all over the country. Going back to school marked the ‘Bonty wood’ collecting for November. We would start methodically, as the public parks were nearest, we would strip the undergrowth for fallen twigs and branches, then we would venture farther a field to Hulme’s and Cemetery Woods armed with saws and large knives etc to rid the trees of their dead branches. All piled and tied on one of my father’s handcarts and dragged through the cobbled streets, home to the back of our terraced houses to be stacked and guarded, thence to be burned under Guy Fawkes in November. The Bennett sisters would then purloin an old suit with shoes, gloves, shirt and hat and then go to the local pet shop for enough straw to construct an imposing Guy Fawkes, adding a mask for his face. We would then go to one of our grand-parents to see if they had a discarded armchair to sit Guy on. About three weeks before ‘Bonty’ night we would place ‘Guy’ at the entrance to our back and begin to collect small change from the passing workers returning home from the nearby Hat making factories. We were in supposedly lean times, but most of the passing workers would contribute to Guy Fawkes burning night, it was quite unusual for anyone to refuse a contribution. Cont... 22

The last week in October and we had collected the contributions and Black Peas were purchased for Grandma Walters to concoct the delicious soup to warm our bellies on the cold night, Treacle and syrup for mum to bake tins of delicious treacle toffee, oats and plenty of sugar for Brian’s mum to prepare the most delicious parkin and Aunty Nora would get a sack of potatoes to roast in her oven on Bonfire night. The corner shop owner would order crates of Sasparilla and Dandelion and Burdock and a full carton of Smith’s crisps and after all that spending, the rest of the collection would go to the purchase of Fireworks – Thunder Flashes, Roman Candles, Catherine Wheels, Bangers and Rip Raps, and of course – Rockets. Bonfire night would go so quickly and after the final spark had been extinguished, what a fabulous night, another long year till we hold a bigger and better bonfire. We certainly enjoyed ourselves so many years ago, when we were so young.

Mike Christ Church Choir

Editor’s note: ’I remember it well!’ This article was too late for the November Magazine but it was too good not to put in this month!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder: And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 King James Authorised version

‘Renaissance’ Kath Nawaz sings with Renaissance Tickets now available for the ‘Renaissance’ Christmas Concert at Bramhall Hall. Monday 13th and Thursday 16th December 8pm Ticket only Admission £10-50 (£11-00 on line) Tel. Bramhall 0161 485 3708 ***************************************************** YES... IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN Christmas! If anyone would like to donate Food Items towards the Christmas Hamper Please give to either myself or Mary Mirfin. All Items must be dated 2011 or later, Thank you ,

Kath Nawaz ******************************************************

"200 Club" draw for November 2010 The Winning Numbers were 1st: 20 2nd: 17 3rd: 10 *********************************************** BOOKS! - BOOKS! - BOOKS! Thank you to everyone who has donated and/or bought books from the Book Corner! Do take a look...There are lots of good “reads” available, only 50p each! All the money is for Christ Church Building Restoration (Repairs and Decoration) So… Please keep reading!! 24

Hear is an easy tune to play! When you can play it, play it for your friends; come and play for me, on recorder, keyboard or whatever you can play. Lesley Bunce

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