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The Magazine of the Parishes of St Aidan’s, St George’s with St Luke’s and St Perran’s, Barrow-in-Furness

TEAM TALK

February 2013

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Sunday Worship during February 2013 3 Feb

8.30 am Holy Communion (CW) at St Perran’s 9.30 am Holy Communion (CW) at St Aidan’s 10.30 am Tea & Toast at St George’s 11 am Morning Worship with Bap$sms at St George’s

10 Feb

8.30 am Holy Communion (CW) at St Perran’s 9.30 am Holy Communion (CW) at St Aidan’s 10.30 am Tea & Toast at St George’s 11 am Holy Communion (CW) at St George’s

17 February

10 am TEAM SERVICE with Holy Communion at St Aidan’s

24 February

As 10 February

3 March

As 3 February

Thanksgiving & Farewell Service for The Cronins Sunday 10th March at 10.30 am at St George’s Church followed by refreshments in the Hall You are warmly invited to a*end this Team Service Offers of sandwiches, cakes, scones etc for the refreshments would be most welcome. Please contact Geraldine (466327) 2


PEOPLE…. COMING AND GOING! It was announced on Sunday 13 January that our Team Vicar, the Reverend Linda Cronin, has been appointed Anglican Chaplain at All Saints Academy Cheltenham and Associate Priest in the West Cheltenham Team Ministry, in the Diocese of Gloucester. Linda was ordained in 2008 and served as Assistant Curate at St Mark’s, Barrow, un$l 2010 before becoming Assistant Curate in the South Barrow Team. In September 2011 Linda was Licensed as Team Vicar of South Barrow during which $me she has also served as Chaplain to the Mayor of Barrow. During their $me in South Barrow Steve has been an invaluable member of St George’s with St Luke’s PCC and has been instrumental in enabling the current renova$on work to become a reality. Steve has recently embarked on training to be a Reader and is also a valued member of the Pulse Management Team with oversees the Network Youth Church in Barrow. Her appointment as School Chaplain is an exci$ng opportunity for Linda which will enable her to use and develop her gi>s in an area of ministry close to her heart. The Cronin’s last Sunday with us will be Sunday 10 March and you are warmly invited to a ‘Thanksgiving and Farewell Service’ on that day. In the mean$me, please keep Linda, Steve, Hannah and Rachel in your prayers as they prepare for the next stage in their lives and ministry. Pray too for God’s work in South Barrow during the inevitable interregnum. In the mean$me, it has been announced that the South Barrow Team has been entrusted with an Assistant Curate! Ma4 Hornby is currently training at Oak Hill College, London (where our Team Rector also trained) and he is married to Caroline. They have two children - Rachel who is two years old, and Thomas who was born on 8 January 2013! Ma* will be ordained at Carlisle Cathedral on Sunday 30 June and the Hornby’s will live at The Vicarage, 98a Roose Road from mid June—we look forward to welcoming them among us. Please pray for the Hornbys during their remaining $me in London and as they prepare to serve God alongside us here in South Barrow. 3


The South Barrow Team Register Bap6sms (all at St. George’s Church) 1 December 2 December 2 December 2 December 2 December 9 December

Charlie Jay Ellis Kyra Lionie Parkes Tanisha Eloise Parkes Tegan Freya Parkes Maison Finley McPake Thomas Florrie May Blythe

Funerals (unless stated, at Thorncliffe Crematorium) We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of:

3 December 7 December 17 December 20 December

Ron Dickinson (84) Joan Hughes John Low (97) Kevin Ridley (52) Cemetery Chapel 28 December William Crane (87) 31 December Jodiie-Lee Swarbrick (s$llborn) 3 January 2013 Anne Spoor (96) St George’s 4 January Joan McClure 7 January Bill Ivison (81) 10 January Robert Trueman (88) - St George’s

14 January 15 January 15 January 17 January 17 January 22 January 22 January 22 January 24 January 25 January

Mildred Drury Brenda Howi* (78) Olive Armstrong (77) Ronald Moon (83) St George’s Ena Gibson (88) St Perran’s James Peel (89) Rose Waddington Elizabeth Kneale (87) Brian Aitken (79) Marian Lister

Enquiries about Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child, Bap'sm, Weddings, Renewal of Marriage Vows and Funerals should be directed to either the Revd Gary Cregeen or the Revd Linda Cronin - thank you 4


Disciples Together (Lent 2013) growing in faith and maturity with one another!

Last September you may recall being invited to submit various slips of paper containing your dreams for the local church and your hopes for the future. The PCC spent a useful morning pondering these responses as we consider God’s plans for His Church in South Barrow. The call to ‘grow disciples’ lies at the heart of the Vision of Bishop James and the Carlisle diocese and ‘Disciples Together’ will seek to enable us to: •

explore what it means to be members of the Body of Christ locally

ask ‘what is the Church for?’ and ‘are we really growing disciples?’

consider our strengths and weaknesses as disciple-growing churches

spark ideas for future ac$on together in our church communi$es.

The mee$ngs planned for Lent 2013 will be informal and informa$ve; there will be the opportunity to ask ques$ons and to discuss the following areas: MATURITY OF FAITH Tuesday 19 February at 7.30 pm or Thursday 21 February at 2pm PRAYER & WORSHIP Monday 25 February at 7.30 pm or Thursday 28 February at 2pm QUALITY OF RELATIONSHIPS Tuesday 5 March at 7.30 pm or Thursday 7 March at 2 pm COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Monday 11 March at 7.30 pm or Thursday 14 March at 2 pm EVANGELISM Tuesday 19 March at 7.30 pm or Thursday 21 March at 2 pm c

Evenings at The Rectory, 98 Roose Road and a>ernoons at St. George’s Hall. 5


St Luke’s Women’s Fellowship Our two mee$ngs before our Christmas break were excellent. We are very grateful to both Walter Johnson and Robert Wheatley for their talks; both were most interes$ng and very enjoyable. We met on 10th January when I took along my CD player and some of my most loved CD’s; fortunately everyone agreed with my choice and we had a lovely a>ernoon. We look forward to an a>ernoon with Linda Cronin on 24th January and on 7th February we are going out for our late Christmas Lunch! There will be no mee$ng on Thursday 14 February as we will have been to Church on Wednesday, 13 February, for the Ash Wednesday Holy Communion Service. On 21st and 28th February, as well as 7th, 14th & 21st March. there will be a series of Lent mee$ngs on Thursday a>ernoon at 2 pm at St George’s, which we look forward to. Our Lent mee$ngs are always interes$ng and enjoyable and are open to all—why not come along!

Pat Hughes

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St Luke’s Mother’s Union On 17 January Gary, our Team Rector, gave an extremely interes$ng talk and showed beau$ful slides of his and Julie’s visit to Laos where the Paton family are serving with the Church Mission Society. Laos is a beau$ful country bordered by Vietnam, China, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma). The old name for Laos was ’Land of a million elephants’ but there are only 2000 today. Gary showed us slides of the country which is very diverse with elaborate Buddhist temples and much poverty. Chris$anity is a minority religion and is restricted by the communist government. Even so Chris$ans are making a real difference among real people. The Lenten mee$ngs (see page 5) are always very good and are for the whole parish not just the Mother’s Union. Finally, the MU Tribute £14.15 is now due—please give to Eileen Jones as soon as possible.

Doreen Finch


‘OPEN THE BOOK’ Want to see primary children engaging with the Bible? Enjoy telling stories? Have you ever thought that children in schools might be missing out on what the Bible has to show them? They could go through their en$re school life without ever learning about Adam and Eve, Noah, David, Jonah ... or even the life of Jesus and the stories of the New Testament. Open the Book is a na$onal storytelling programme delivered by Chris$ans in the local primary school; It offers a programme of themed and drama$sed Bible stories delivered by volunteer storytellers using drama, mime, props and costume to present the Bible stories in ways that are lively, engaging, informa$ve ... and great fun for everyone. On Sunday 17 February an ‘Open The Book Team’ will be coming along to the Team Service at St Aidan’s to share something of what they do at St Paul’s and Dane Ghyll Schools; what is striking about the ‘Open The Book Team’ is that none of the ladies involved had done anything like it before but were prepared to ‘give it a go’. Now there’s no holding them back—they love it and the schools love having them to tell stories from the Bible! In the South Barrow Team area we have six primary schools; it is impossible for the clergy to get into all the schools. Across Barrow Deanery we hope to have two or three ‘Open The Book’ Teams who will be available to go into local schools once or twice a month to ‘Open the Book (the Bible). Is this something you might be interested in doing? Come along to the TEAM SERVICE on Sunday 17 February at 10 am at St Aidan’s and see ’Open the Book’ in ac$on. Also, why not chat to Gary, our Team Rector, to find out more. 7


“Forgive, as you have been forgiven...” Just over 10 years ago, on 14 January 2003 Detec$ve Constable Stephen Oake, a 40year-old Special Branch Officer was murdered. He and some of his colleagues had gone to a flat in north Manchester, as part of an immigra$on opera$on. The resident was not expected to be there, but the police found illegal immigrant Kamel Bourgass, who had arrived in England in the back of a lorry three years prior, and two other unknown men. Bourgass was not deemed to be a threat and thus was not handcuffed by the officers. However, he suddenly made an a*empt to escape and, in the process of doing so, punched one officer and picked up a kitchen knife. Oake, who was unarmed and not wearing protec$ve clothing, went to restrain the suspect but was stabbed eight $mes in the chest and upper body, including one blow which penetrated his heart. Despite his extensive injuries, Oake con$nued trying to help his colleagues bring Bourgass under control; three other officers suffered stab wounds before the suspect was eventually contained. Steve Oake later died of his injuries. The anguish and agony which this brief incident represented is quite incalculable. Although 10 years have passed since Stephen’s murder I can s$ll recall vividly, among the news bulle$ns that followed, a

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brief 30 second statement from Steve’s dad, Robin Oake, who was the former chief constable of the Isle of Man, and one of the founders of the Chris$an Police Associa$on in the Metropolitan Police. He said, “This is a very hard blow to take, as you can imagine. But in the police force one has to expect the unexpected. I am praying hard for Stephen’s wife Lesley and the children, as well as my wife and the wider family. I am praying hard for the fellow who stabbed Steve. I am trying hard to forgive him as I am sure Steve would. I am praying that the perpetrator may now seek God himself and find peace and forgiveness with Him. I don’t want any recrimina$on against him at all.” This brief statement summed up the power of the Chris$an Gospel in a sentence. At a $me when people would have expected a violent outburst about judgement and retribu$on they heard about love. It ranked for me, as one of those ‘Jesus moments’ when the Gospel stands above the news. The redemp$ve (saving) power of Jesus Christ beyond the poli$cs of human beings. The love of God is more powerful than the violent deeds of evildoers. Another example of this was the mother of Anthony Walker. Anthony, a Chris$an young man, was murdered as a result of a racially mo$vated a*ack while simply walking his girlfriend home. His mother said, “We stand by what we believe - forgiveness. It will be difficult but we have no choice but to live on


“Forgive, as you have been forgiven...” for Anthony.” Asked why she could forgive her son’s killers, she said, “At the point of death Jesus said, ‘Forgive them, for they know not what they do.’” It seems almost unthinkable to forgive the murderers of one’s son but because she does Gee Walker will be more whole and well in herself. When we have a bi*er and angry spirit it affects every part of us.

clear teaching of the New Testament is that we must forgive. However, we cannot earn forgiveness; it is made possible only through Christ’s death on the Cross and our willingness to forgive is evidence that we know God’s forgiveness. Once we recognise our need of unlimited forgiveness and have received it, we must forgive others “from the heart”, which means totally.

The examples of Robin Oake and Gee Walker also remind me of the gracious words of Gord on Wilson, praying forgiveness for the IRA, the dust and blood of the Enniskillen bombing s$ll on his face. They also bring back memories of the remarkable Corrie Ten Boom - a lady who held out her hand to shake the hand of the German guard who had humiliated her in a concentra$on camp years before.

Forgiveness is an act of the will, we can choose to offer forgiveness or withhold it. I wonder, as you read this ar$cle, is there someone who comes to mind whom you need to forgive? Why not ask God to help you to do just that? Robin Oake and Gee Walker bear tes$mony to this. Too o>en an unforgiving spirit, some$mes going back a long $me, spoils rela$onships in the home, in the workplace, in the community or wherever. As Lent approaches consider the words of Lamenta$ons: ‘Let us examine our ways and test them and let us return to the Lord’. Ask God to help you make forgiveness a life$me habit. We can forgive, not in our own strength, but out of the overflow of God’s forgiveness, ‘For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemp'on, theforgiveness of sins.’ Colossians 1

Forgiveness is never easy but it is vital. We are all human. We make mistakes and we hurt each other. Unforgiveness is at the root of so much anger, quarrelling, division, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. Jesus tells us, in Ma*hew’ 18, that forgiveness is crucial for all rela$onships: for marriage, family life, church life, rela$onships at work and in the community and for our eternal des$ny Indeed, Jesus commands His followers to offer unlimited forgiveness - this is the reasonable response to the unlimited forgiveness we have received for our sins. But also, forgiveness is necessary if we want to be forgiven. The

Your friend & Team Rector, Gary Cregeen

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CROSSWORD The Sermon on the Mount is probably the best known sermon in the world … … but how well do you know its content? The answers can all be found in Ma*hew chapters 5-7 , using the King James Bible..

1. Not to be put under a bushel (6) 2. Jesus gave this as an example of how to communicate with God (5, 6) 3. Let yours shine before men! (5) 4. Don’t lay these upon the earth (9) 5. Whoever says this to his brother shall be in danger of the council (4) 6. Those who are given happiness and good fortune (7) 7. Moth and rust will do this to your earthly store (7) 8. If you do this, you will find (4) 9. When engaging in this, you should enter into your closet and shut the door (6) 10. These should not be done in front of men (4) 11. Where the sermon was given (8) 12. You should search for this first, before worrying about food and clothing (13)

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13. The eight sayings by Christ at the beginning of his sermon (10) 14. What you should do to your eye if it offends (5) 15. They sound trumpets in the street when they are being charitable (10) 16. They which do this shall be filled (6) 17. The hypocrites disfigured their faces while doing this (7) 18. The peacemakers will be called this (8, 2, 3) 19. If you are forced to go a mile with someone, this is how far you should go (5) 20. They were with Jesus when he gave the sermon (9) 21. The foolish man built his house on this (4) 22. You can’t serve God and this (6) 23. Fellow believers (8) 24. The earth is this to God (9)

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THANK YOU! A big thank you to all those who organised, helped and supported the Christmas Fair in December which raised an amazing £854! It was a lovely atmosphere with everyone working together and lots of people suppor$ng the event. Well done & thank you everyone!


The following piece contains some mild Les Misérables spoilers. n an Odeon cinema in Kingston town, I wept. Nothing to do with the singing or facial contor$ons of Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. Rather, it was the visualisa$on of God’s kingdom that first captured my heart nine years ago, evoked so beau$fully in Tom Hooper’s Oscar-nominated adapta$on of Les Misérables, that broke me. As other reviews a*est, Valjean’s tale is one of life-changing grace that reaches out to all, redeeming and transforming. Yet the mo$va$ons behind each of the plot lines tell of a bigger story. Fan$ne’s fall into poverty to pay the debt of suppor$ng her daughter, the revolu$onary students’ belief in a na$on of equality even, ul$mately, at the expense of their own lives, and Valjean’s rescue of Cose*e, Javert and Marius all speak of the other-centred life – where there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13), even those unknown to us. Of course, violent revolu$on is not the model by which our Prince of Peace directs His kingdom. S$ll, my hope remains that despite a $me where the church has been said to be ‘out of touch’ those who see this film may see a beauty – something of the presence of the kingdom – in lives poured out for others, where not our will is done but His, with God enlivening believers and s$rring belief in the hearts of those lost and without hope - as Herbert Kretzmer’s lyrics express it: Do you hear the people sing Lost in the valley of the night? It is the music of a people Who are climbing to the light. For the wretched of the earth There is a flame that never dies. Even the darkest night will end And the sun will rise. They will live again in freedom In the garden of the Lord. They will walk behind the ploughshare; They will put away the sword.

The chain will be broken And all men will have their reward. Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? Somewhere beyond the barricade Is there a world you long to see? Do you hear the people sing? Say, do you hear the distant drums? It is the future that they bring When tomorrow comes... Tomorrow comes! Jay Butcher (L.I.CC) 11


ASH WEDNESDAY HOLY COMMUNION 10 am - St Aidan’s with Revd Gary Cregeen 7 pm - St Perran’s with Revd Horace Grainger Do come along as we embark into Lent 2013 - everyone welcome!

TABLE TOP SALE AND COFFEE MORNING Sunday 17 February Midday to 2 pm St Aidan’s Hall If you would like to book a table. please contact Dorothy Baines on 01229 822731 Tables cost £5 Come along and invite your family and friends!

Avoid truth decay … … read the Bible 12

MOTHERING SUNDAY 10 MARCH 2013

SPECIAL TEAM SERVICE 10.30am St George’s Church Preacher: Revd Linda Cronin

Join us to say ‘Thank You’ for mums!

All welcome! CONFIRMATION 2013 There is to be a Confirma$on Service in South Barrow on Sunday 16 June by the Bishop of Penrith. Adults and young people (school year 9 and upwards) who wish to confirm their faith in Jesus Christ please contact the Team Rector, Gary Cregeen (01229 877367) for details of Confirma$on prepara$on, which will begin a>er Easter. Alterna$vely, if you would like to know more about Confirma$on then Gary will be glad to help


St George’s Ladies Guild Members and friends enjoyed a day at Barton Grange on 28th November and the following Wednesday, 5 December, we went to Clarence House for our Christmas Dinner. It was a lovely evening—the meal was excellent, the staff first class and decora$ons were wonderful. In fact, it was so pleasant members seemed reluctant to leave! On Saturday 8 December it was St George’s Christmas Fair and I’m pleased to say it was very well supported. A big thank you to everyone for supplying the bo*les—we sold out completely! Gary, our Team Rector, took the Guild Carol Service on Wednesday 12 December, which was a pleasure to take part in; refreshments were provided a>erwards by the commi*ee. Due to work being carried out in the Pennington Room in January and early February the Guild mee$ngs will not begin again un$l Wednesday 6 February at 8 pm. If you would like to join us you will be very welcome. In the mean$me, we hope Linda, our Team Vicar, will get well soon and assure her of our thoughts and prayers.. The same message goes to Alma and Maurice—Maurice was recovering from a hip opera$on when Alma was rushed to hospital with pneumonia. We hope to see Alma in the new year, as well as her chauffeur! Dorothy Thistlethwaite

Saturday 23 February 10 am un6l 11.30 am

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WORKS AT ST GEORGE’S Work to improve the ligh$ng, hea$ng and sound system , as well as to install a powerpoint projector and screen, at St George’s, has begun. This work has been under considera$on for some $me has become a reality following an generous grant of up to £11,000 from the Diocese, plus a further £3000 granted this last week! The work is likely to take around four weeks to complete, due mainly to the extensive re-wiring. While the contractor will endeavour to keep disrup$on to a minimum this may not always be possible. The main areas affected will be the church building itself and the Pennington Room; the hall is not .affected Our building were built ‘FOR THE GLORY OF GOD’; as we consider the current state of our buildings across the South barrow Team, along with their present and future use, pray for guidance and clarify in seeking a clear vision of how the buildings entrusted to us might be a resource and not a restric$on to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in whom alone there is a certain hope and a bright future. If you have any queries or ques$ons rela$ng to the current work at St George’s please do not hesitate to contact a Churchwarden or the clergy.

Love in a bag I asked my nephew whether he bought his wife an anniversary gi>. “Yes”, he said, “I bought her a belt and a bag”. “That was very nice of you”, I replied, “I hope she appreciated the thought”. He said, “So do I, and hopefully the vacuum cleaner will work be*er now.” 14

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Pause for thought... Bonhoeffer's Prayer Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote this incredible prayer for his fellow inmates while incarcerated in a Nazi prison awai$ng his death.

MORNING PRAYER O God, early in the morning I cry to you. Help me to pray and to concentrate my thoughts on you: I cannot do this alone. In me there is darkness, But with you there is light; I am lonely, but you do not leave me; I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help; I am restless, but with you there is peace. In me there is bi*erness, but with you there is pa$ence; I do not understand your ways, But you know the way for me… Restore me to liberty, And enable me to live now That I may answer before you and before me. Lord, whatever this day may bring, Your name be praised.

THANK YOU! … to all those who have used fundraising boxes, and bought book and pens at St Aidan’s between September and December - an amazing £241.35 has been donated! A further £235 was raised through Maurice Steel’s slideshow and over £300 has been raised by the sale of hand-kni*ed scarves! Well done & thank you!

TEAM TALK The next edi6on of TEAM TALK will be published in MARCH 2013 News items and ar6cles should be forwarded to the Team Rector by 14 FEBRUARY 2013 Please see contact details overleaf. The annual subscrip$on for Team Talk is only £5 for the year (if posted, please add £5). Cheques should be made payable to ‘St George with St Luke PCC’ and forwarded to Miss Pat Hughes, 24 Kent Street, Barrow-in-Furness, LA13 9 QT. If you pay UK Income tax please consider making your subscrip$on into a dona$on and Gi> Aid it. Thank you


The South Barrow Team - Useful Contacts Team Rector Revd. Gary M. Cregeen, The Rectory, 98 Roose Road, and Rural Dean Barrow-in-Furness, LA13 9RL. Tel. 01229 877367 of Barrow: Email: GMCregeen@b$nternet.com Team Vicar:

Revd Linda Cronin, The Vicarage, 31 Middle Hill Barrow-in-Furness, LA13 9HD. Tel. 01229 830445 Email: linda_cronin@b$nternet.com

Assistant Curate Revd Jo Northey, 36 Thorncliffe Road, (On Placement): Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1BX. Tel. 01229 826487 Email: jonorthey@hotmail.com Churchwardens: Mr Keith Cockburn (St Aidan’s)

01229 826692

Mr Ted Fenton (St George’s w. St Luke’s & St Perran’s)

01229 820408

Mrs Jean Mease (St George’s w. St Luke’s & St Perran’s)

01229 829923

Mrs Geraldine Southam (St George’s w. St Luke’s & St Perran’s) 466327 Mrs Madge Wignall (St Aidan’s)

01229 820484

PCC Treasurers: Mrs Pat Liddico* (St George’s w. St Luke’s & St Perran’s) Mrs Sheila Darlington (St Aidan’s)

01229 839563

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