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TEAM TALK The Magazine of the Parish of St. Aidan and the Parish of St. George with St. Luke and St. Perran

Soli Deo Gloria! - Glory to God alone!

October 2013


SUNDAY WORSHIP IN SOUTH BARROW

8.30am 9.30am 11am

Holy Communion (CW) at St Perran’s Holy Communion (CW) at St Aidan’s Holy Communion (CW) at St George’s

EXCEPT 6th Oct. and 3rd Nov.

8.30am 9.30am 11am 3pm

20th Oct.

10 am

Holy Communion (CW) at St Perran’s Holy Communion (CW) at St Aidan’s Morning Worship with Baptisms at St George’s Messy Church at St. George’s Team Holy Communion (CW) at St. Perran’s

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 10th November 8.30am - Holy Communion (CW) at St Perran’s 9.30am - Holy Communion (CW) at St Aidan’s 10.50am - Holy Communion (CW) at St George’s

Join us as we remember with gratitude those who have given their lives in past and present conflicts, and who are currently serving in places like Afghanistan.


CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX APPEAL 2013

Operation Christmas Child sends a message of hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled boxes and Christian literature. The programme provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages to be involved in a simple hands-on project that reaches out to suffering children while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift. Operation Christmas Child is the world's largest children's Christmas project, run by the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse. The charity has been sending gift-filled shoeboxes around the world since 1990, bringing joy and hope of into the lives of over 100 million underprivileged children. Last year, children and adults from across the UK got involved - including many churches, schools and workplaces - wrapping, packing and sending nearly one million shoeboxes full of gifts to disadvantaged children in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. A leaflet providing information about the project, including a list of items which can be included, is available in each of the South Barrow Team churches. All Team churches are collecting points for gift-filled shoe boxes between now and 10 th November at the latest. Gift-wrapped shoe boxes can also be delivered to The Rectory, 98 Roose Road by 9th November at the latest.

For more information about the Shoe-box Appeal, please contact Julie Cregeen on 877367.

Have you visited our Team website? www.sbtchurches.co.uk


SOUTH BARROW TEAM REGISTER

Baptisms (at St. George’s Church, unless otherwise stated) 1st Sept. 1st Sept. 1st Sept.

Florence Olivia GINLEY - born 16th February 2013 Cody Reece GOODING - born 23rd January 2013 Ethan TOOZE - born 2nd February 2013

Weddings (at St. George’s Church, unless otherwise stated) 31st Aug. 1st Sept.

Lee WHITEHEAD and Sarah HERRINGTON Reece GOODING and Nicola ROACH

Renewal of Marriage Vows (at St. George’s Church) 26th Aug.

Gary and Christy HALL

Funerals (at Thorncliffe Crematorium, unless otherwise stated)

We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of: 27th Aug. 15th Sept. 10th Sept. 10th Sept. 12th Sept. 13th Sept. 19th Sept.

Hildegard FORSTER - aged 86; at St. George’s Church Alan CORNISH - aged 79 Vera DICKOX - aged 76 Joan HARRIS - aged 85 Marion SIMPSON - aged 80 Olive NELSON - aged 90; at St. George’s Church Derek COOPER - aged 80

Enquiries about Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child, Baptism, Weddings, Renewal of Marriage Vows and Funerals should be directed to Reverend Gary Cregeen.


ST. GEORGE’S LADIES’ GUILD

report written by Dorothy Thistlethwaite After a summer break, our meetings started again on 4th September when Revd. Jo Northey kindly offered to take the meeting in the Pennington Room. Someone mentioned that we normally begin with a Communion service in church - within seconds the bread and the wine were brought in and we had a small but friendly service which was very much appreciated by everyone. Jo offered prayers for Thelma and Linda and their families - Thelma has just undergone major surgery while Linda is awaiting a date for hers. We offer our thoughts and prayers to them both. On 11th September, there being no speaker we enjoyed each other’s company over dominoes.

CORNERSTONE CELEBRATION 2013 The Trustees of the Lonsdale Bible Society invite everyone to come and celebrate the work of Cornerstone Christian Bookshop, Ulverston on

12th October - 7pm - The Malt Kiln, Bardsea Faith Supper - Worship, featuring Spring Mount Youth Band

MEMORIAL SERVICE 27th October - 3pm - St. George’s Church Followed by light refreshments in the Hall

If you would like a loved one to be remembered, or know someone who has been bereaved who could be helped by this service, please contact Alison Otto by 23rd October.


ST. LUKE’S MOTHERS’ UNION

report written by Doreen Finch On 5th September, Revd. Gary Cregeen gave us a lovely opening service in the Ramsden Chapel; this was followed by wine, chocolate biscuits and shortbread given by Doreen Bates to celebrate her 84th birthday. Thank you Doreen! Revd. Jo Northey then told us about Messy Church which will take place at St George’s Hall on the first Sunday of each month - please try to help with cakes and sandwiches, in the kitchen (please contact Ruth Fenton 820408) or assist with games or craft, it would be appreciated.

ST. LUKE’S WOMENS’ FELLOWSHIP

report by Pat Hughes For our first meeting following the summer break, we were pleased to welcome Lis Cassley and her friend Barbara - both are Urban Angels who help people in many different ways by visiting people for a chat and a cup of tea and helping people who need company in different ways. They told us about the work of Barrow and District Age UK. There are various different groups at Lakeland House in Abbey Road where you can meet and join in groups from woodworking and knitting to preparing meals. They also arrange outings; anyone would be welcomed and encouraged to join in the activities available. For our next meeting at the end of September we have invited Mrs Love who is going to give us a flower demonstration. In October we look forward to Walter Johnston who is going to talk to us about Walney Island; we really enjoy a visit from Walter whose talks are always most interesting. On 24th October, we will be going out for our Autumn Lunch. Non-members are very welcome to come to any of our meetings (the new programme cards are now available in all South Barrow churches).


Our caring staff are here to listen and advise you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

‘MINISTERING TO PEOPLE WITH DOUBTS’ 14th October - 7.30pm Sunday School Room, Church Lane, Crosthwaite, CA12 5RA

Barrow-in-Furness

103-105 Roose Road 01229 820517 Ulverston

Higgin House Cavendish Street 01229 582167

Martin Ayres, Assistant Pastor of All Saints Church, Preston, will speak at the Carlisle Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship meeting.

LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS A Festival of Remembrance Concert with Dalton Town Band 6th November - 7.30pm St. George’s Church As well as an opportunity to hear and to sing some of the classics associated with the Festival of Remembrance, the concert will include a short act of remembrance to commemorate those who have lost their lives in conflicts. Tickets - £6 (includes a glass of wine and nibbles) available from Jean Mease (829923), Geraldine Southam (466327), Carole Williamson (826017) and Doreen Finch (823230)


SOLI DEO GLORIA - GLORY TO GOD ALONE!

written by the Team Rector, Revd. Gary Cregeen A few weeks ago Julie and I took Laddie, our Springer Spaniel, for a walk up to the Hoad Monument; it was a gloriously clear, sunny day. The Hoad Monument, as it is popularly known, ought more properly to be called the Sir John Barrow Monument. This highly visible memorial - which looks like a huge lighthouse - stands on the summit of Hoad Hill, overlooking Ulverston, and is easily seen for miles around. The monument was erected in 1850 in memory of Sir John Barrow, a native of Ulverston. From humble beginnings Barrow rose through the ranks of the navy to become Second Secretary of the Admiralty and is best known as an advocate of voyages of exploration and scientific discovery. He was one of the founders of the Royal Geographic Society in 1830, and was also a prolific writer in both history and biography. Following his death in 1848, Ulverston wanted a monument in his memory, and the result is the striking structure at the top of Hoad Hill.

The likeness to a lighthouse is intentional; the monument was built to look like the Eddystone Lighthouse. On the day of our visit the monument was open to visitors and so we climbed up the 112 steps which lead to the lantern chamber, giving wonderful views over the Furness Peninsula, Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland Fells, including a distant Blencathra! Needless to say, the views were awesome and the inscription which dominates the ceiling of the monument’s lantern chamber is truly apt – Soli Deo

Gloria! Soli Deo Gloria is a Latin term for ‘Glory to God alone’! This term has been used by artists such as Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel to give God credit for their work; both Bach and Handel attributed their ability and their success to God. Such credit is rare in these days; nevertheless, our very existence is dependent on God, whose amazing compassion and generosity is undeserved yet graciously given. Soli Deo Gloria means essentially that everything


that is done is for God's glory to the exclusion of humankind's self-glorification and pride. Thus, as Christians we are to be motivated and inspired by God's glory and not our own. Observing the awesome scenery from the lantern chamber of Hoad Monument caused me to recall the incredible words of Psalm 121 ‘I lift up my eyes to the hills where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth!’ Psalm 121 was written by someone who looked to the future and was consumed by fear and uncertainty. If you were to look under the heading to this Psalm you can see that it is described as 'A Song of Ascent', which means it was sung by pilgrims from around Israel as they travelled to the Temple in Jerusalem for the major festivals. The trip they had to make was often hard and dangerous and the hills mentioned in verse 1 were the most daunting part of the journey, not because they were physically arduous, but because they were the place where the pilgrims were under the threat of attack by bandits and thieves. So as this Psalmist reached the hills he looked to them and felt fear. He was fearful for his safety, his

possessions and even his life. Faced with this problem he was left saying to himself, 'I am terrified, where am I going to find help?' The Psalmist's situation as he looked at the hills all those years ago is a picture of the worry that many of us may face from time to time in our lives – perhaps due to loss, failing health, a broken relationship or financial pressures. Such situations can cause us to recognise our human frailty and enable us to discover the blessing of realising our dependency on God. Such was the experience of the psalmist whose example provokes us not to look to the hills for strength and courage but rather to trust in the One who created them, God Himself. Which is what the psalmist did and declared: ‘My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.’ The psalmist faced difficult situations, just as we do, and he accepted that the only way he could deal with it was to trust God. Jesus said “Trust in God; trust also in me”. In Jesus Christ God came and dwelt among us and in entering this world Jesus entered into our sorrows and sufferings. continued on page 10


Soli Deo Gloria - Glory to God alone! - continued from page 9 He actually wept at a grave, and went on to die on a cross, in our place, and to conquer death by rising again – securing for those who trust in Him a glorious future in heaven with God for all eternity. And, you know, if we read the rest of the psalm we discover that God did not remove the problem for the psalmist but rather protected him from its effects - God promises to prevent him from slipping on his journey and promises to watch over him as he goes through the hills and valleys – and He can do the same for us.

REMEMBERING ROAD CRASH VICTIMS AND PRAYING FOR ROAD PEACE 17th November - 3pm Carlisle Cathedral The record of injury and deaths in road traffic collisions in Cumbria is a serious one. In recent years more than thirty people have been killed annually in road crashes in our county. This service will allow us to remember those killed and injured, together with their families and friends. We will also acknowledge the careful work and costly dedication shown by all those involved in the aftermath of a crash – including fire, police and ambulance personnel, doctors, nurses and counsellors. Those attending the service will be invited to write the names of those they wish to be remembered on a paper oak leaf. The leaves will be carried to the altar and laid in the sanctuary as part of an act of remembrance. Canon Jan Kearton, the Canon Warden at Carlisle Cathedral, will be the preacher. Relatives and friends of those who have lost their lives, representatives of the emergency services, of the clergy and other caring agencies are warmly invited to attend the service along with those who wish to bring solace to those whose lives are affected forever by road crashes and all who seek a change of attitude towards danger on the roads.


Teaching Day with Bishop James ‘WHAT IS THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT?’ 5th October - 9.30am to 2.30pm St. Mark’s Church, Buccleuch Street WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DAY? This teaching day is part of our programme for ‘Growing Disciples’. Previous days have looked at the Gospels, The Bible, Prayer, Mission, The Church, the Kingdom of God and Evangelism. This year Bishop James will continue the ‘What is…? Series with an in depth look at ‘The Sermon on the Mount’ under the headings ‘Christian Character’, ‘Christian Culture’ & ‘Christian Commitment’. ‘What is The Sermon on the Mount?’ will be offered in only four locations, including one our ‘doorstep’ here in Barrow. The aim of the Teaching Day is to build confidence in the Christian faith, and it is intended to complement the teaching that already goes on so faithfully in our Parishes and Deaneries.

WHO CAN COME? The Teaching days are open to anyone at all.

COST? There is no charge but you may wish to make a contribution to the cost of the Coffee. Please bring your own packed lunch.

If you would like to attend the Teaching Day, please pick up a leaflet from the back of church or contact Gary (877367) and complete the Registration Form (this will help with planning) and pass this on to Gary by 1st October.


THE EMERGING VISION ...

Recently two meetings were held at St. Perran’s, with the aim of discerning God’s good plans for His Church in South Barrow. Over the last year we, as a Church Family, have been prayerfully considering our hopes, our values and our priorities through sermon series and small group discussion. The time has now come for us to make clear decisions and set specific aims which will shape the Church in South Barrow in the future. The vision meetings at St. Perran’s were led by Canon Tim Montgomery, who helpfully encouraged us to consider our priorities as God’s people. Tim asked us to consider who we are and responses included: • • • •

a group of people who enjoy each other’s company and like to worship God together we belong to Jesus and have a message to share we’re imperfect we’re on a faith journey together

Tim also asked us what do we do? and responses included: • • • • • • • •

change! encourage welcome establish relationships as disciples of Jesus invite explore different ways of worship make things accessible hospitality and unblock the sink!

In groups, we then discussed the five marks of discipleship as presented in the Carlisle Diocesan Vision; these include:


• • • • •

Maturity in faith which leads to Prayer and Worship which is expectant and lively Community service and engagement looking outwards Evangelism to share the good news Quality of relationships revealing love for one another

After a time of reflection, it was agreed that all these ’marks’ are vital if the Church in South Barrow is to grow and two emerged as priorities - Prayer and Worship and Community Service and Engagement We need to diversify in our current patterns of worship to deepen and strengthen our current disciples, to communicate among ourselves and into our community and to commit to growing as a strong and healthy family.

Therefore our two goals will be: • •

To develop a more diverse pattern of worship in our churches for our current members. To grow a new form of worship service for people in our community not yet engaged in church.

ST. GEORGE’S MOTHERS’ UNION

report by Sylvia Groves

On 10th September, Revd. Matt Hornby conducted a lovely opening service; this was followed by refreshment. On 8th October our Team Rector, Gary, will be doing a slide presentation, ‘Letter from Laos’ - the afternoon will include slides and anecdotes of a visit by Gary and Julie to this obscure country. St George’s Mother’s Union meets on the second Tuesday of each month and our meetings are open to anyone who would like to come along.


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It’s Church but not as we know it! ‘Messy Church’ is a church for adults and children to enjoy together. It's primarily for people who don't belong to another form of church already. It's all-age. It's fun. Its aim is to introduce Jesus, to give an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him. The first Messy church started in 2004, and now there are many all over the country. Ours will run around a bible theme and include some creative time to explore this through getting messy with crafts, games and time to reflect on it too. This is followed by a celebration time which might involve story, prayer, song, games and similar which will be in the church (while the crafts are tidied and tables set up), and ends with a meal together; a Sunday sandwich tea with nice home made cakes to start with! Messy Church’s values are those of hospitality, creativity and celebration. It models and promotes good ways of growing as a family: a nuclear family, an extended family and a global and local church family. We plan to have our South Barrow Team Messy Church at St Georges on a Sunday afternoon from 3-5pm on the first Sunday of each month starting in October. To get started we need several things:

Please pray that God would inspire us to see how He can use us to be a part of this exciting way to reach out to those in our community.

We need people willing to co-ordinate the crafts and the food; also, volunteers to help run activities and help with the catering and washing up - thanks to those who have already offered help!

www.messychurch.org.uk


TEAM CONTACT DETAILS all telephone numbers begin 01229 Team Rector and Rural Dean of Barrow

Revd. Gary Cregeen, The Rectory, 98 Roose Road, LA13 9RL gary@sbtchurches.co.uk 877367

Team Vicar

Vacant

Assistant Curates Revd Jo Northey, 36 Thorncliffe Road, LA14 1BX jo@sbtchurches.co.uk 826487 Revd Matt Hornby, The Vicarage, 98a Roose Road , LA13 9RL matt@sbtchurches.co.uk 877755 Churchwardens Ted Fenton (St George’s w. St Luke’s and St Perran’s) Peter Gardner (St Aidan’s) Jean Mease (St George’s w. St Luke’s and St Perran’s) Geraldine Southam (St George’s w. St Luke’s and St Perran’s) Madge Wignall (St Aidan’s)

820408 825870 829923 466327 820484

PCC Treasurers Pat Liddicott (St George’s w. St Luke’s and St Perran’s) Sheila Darlington (St Aidan’s)

839563

PCC Secretaries Alison Otto (St George’s w. St Luke’s and St Perran’s) Carole Williamson (St Aidan’s)

825802 826017

Vergers Geraldine Southam (St George’s w. St Luke’s and St Perran’s) Keith Cockburn (St Aidan’s)

466327 826692

Hall Lettings Secretaries: Ted and Ruth Fenton (St George’s and St Perran’s) Keith Cockburn (St Aidan’s)

820408 826692

Weekly Team Newsletter Judy Cowsill

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