Get Warm – Stay Warm The private sector housing team of Herefordshire Council secured funding from the Warm Homes Healthy People Fund and have been running the Get Warm Stay Warm Project, expiring at the end of March 2012. Part of the project is distributing Stay Warm Packs. The packs contain thermal hats, gloves, slippers, gel hand warmers, thermo cards and torches. The team will have a number of these packs at Kindle, Newton Farm Information Centre and Women at No. 14. If you know someone who would benefit from a pack please call into either of these centres with slipper sizes! The project does offer other benefits i.e. oil-filled radiators for those in need of extra heating, grab rails or draught-proofing. The best way to get any of these is to complete a referral form or call Wendy Button, the Get Warm Stay Warm Administrator, Private Sector Housing, Herefordshire Council. Tel: (01432) 260235; or fax: (01432) 260357 and Wendy will then ensure that the customer receives what they need.
For enquiries, please contact Rev Matt Powell – 01981 241613 Email – email@example.com Assistant Pastor – Joy James - 01981 240368 Secretaries – Catherine Beman - 01981 240355, Joyce James on 01981 240816 and Jill Bacon – 01981 240775 Bee’s Neeze contributions to – Jenni Whistance – 01981 240889 / email firstname.lastname@example.org Pease ensure written contributions are made by 18th of each month. If you cannot send your article by email, please hand it directly to Jenni or leave it with Matt Powell.
The Bee’s Neeze March 2012
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men… “ 1 Timothy 2:5-6
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Men’s Breakfast – will be held on Saturday 3 March, from 8:00am in the Baptist Hall and all men are invited to come and share a deliciously cooked th breakfast together. There will be no men’s breakfast on April 7 . Sunday Prayer Meeting – on Sunday evening March 4th, prayers led by Richard and on 18th, prayers led by Sharon, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the hall. Everyone is welcome to come along, please support this meeting if you can. Monday Matters – March 19th at 7:30pm, leader and venue to be announced. See Pam Wright for any enquiries Tuesday Ignite Group – meet in the evening on March 6th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the manse for a time of fun and fellowship for younger teens. The next meeting will be on 1st May. See Matt Powell for any enquiries. Rainbow Arts – meet each Wednesdays in March from 10:00am to 1:00pm where every one of different abilities is always welcome. Any enquiries to Sarah Prosser on 01981 510272 Koffi Pot – every Friday from 10:00am to 12 noon in the Baptist Hall. A warm welcome and a delicious drink and slice of cake await you there. Any enquiries to Joy James or Sharon Jones. Please note there will be no Koffi Pot on Good Friday, April 6th. Jam Club – is for children aged from 7 yrs to 11 yrs, in the Baptist Hall each Friday evening from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Any enquires to Julie Ritchie Jam Packed – For young people aged between 11 yrs and 14 yrs, in the Baptist Hall, every second Friday during term time. On March 9th, there will be an evening at the church from 8:00pm to 9:30pm, themed “Science and God”. On March 23rd, the group will meet from 7:00pm to 9:30pm with Abergavenny Baptist Church. More details about this activity will be supplied by Matt, Caroline and Ian. 10.
Elders, Deacons and Officers Meeting – On Monday 5 March, 7:30pm at the Baptist Hall. th
Church Tidying Morning – On Saturday 10 March from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Please join us on this morning as there will be a job for everyone, doing those things we perhaps don’t usually get time to do! th
Elders Meeting – On Monday 12 March at 7:00pm, the elders will be meeting at Richard and Joy’s to discuss the Church constitution. nd
House Groups – will run during March, usually on 2 and 4 weeks of the month, but best to check with your pastoral care leaders for the exact dates. Anyone is welcome to join a House Group or change group depending on what suits you best. The House Groups are organised by the pastoral care leaders: Helen Capel 01981 251258 meeting Wednesday evening Annette Jones 01981 240370 meeting Wednesday evening Faith Hands 01981 240881 meeting Thursday morning Naomi Powell 01981 241613 meeting Thursday evening th
Rural Churches Prayer Lunch – on Saturday March 24 at 12:00pm at Garway Hall, see Matt or Joy if you need a ride or directions. Churches Together Lent Studies Please join us in the Baptist Hall from 12:00pm where we will be studying the topics below. At 1:00pm we will share soup and rolls together and enjoy a time of fellowship. We aim to be finished by 2:00pm each week. st Thursday 1 March - Humiliation and Loneliness – Revd. Matt Powell. Soup from the Baptist Church th Thursday 8 March – Temptation – Revd. Jon Chesworth Soup from the Methodist Church th Thursday 15 March - Misunderstanding and Bereavement – TBC Soup from Joy and the Baptist Church nd Thursday 22 March -Criticism and Prejudice – Tony Hemson Volunteers to make the soup, please. th Thursday 29 March - The Resurrection Power of Jesus – Revd. Ashley Evans. Soup from the Anglicans 3.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45 What is really inside will come spilling out for all to see when life puts the squeeze on us. My Mama used to say "What's down in the well comes up in the bucket." In other words, a crisis will usually reveal what is really in our hearts. It is easy to do and say the right things when life is calm and everything is going right, but what we say and do when chaos hits and the pressure is on tends to paint a more accurate picture of who we really are. It is kind of like sponge theology. Suppose you have five sponges lying on your kitchen counter. Each member of your family has been cleaning different areas of your home, but the sponges all look the same. You are curious about what was cleaned but you can't tell just by looking at the sponges since they all look the same. So what do you do? You squeeze each sponge to see what happens. As you squeeze the first sponge, brown cola comes pouring out. Someone must have cleaned the kitchen with that sponge. Upon squeezing the second sponge, you see blue tub and tile cleaner oozing out of the sponge which leads you to believe someone used that particular sponge to clean the bathroom. In the third sponge, you find motor oil and conclude your husband was using that sponge to clean the garage. The fourth sponge produces a puff of baby powder when it is squeezed. The baby's nursery was obviously cleaned with that sponge. Finally, the last sponge is dripping with floor wax which tells you someone used that particular sponge to clean the hall floor. As you lay the last sponge down, you look again at their similarity. They all look the same -- until they are squeezed. We are a lot like sponges when it comes to our faith in God. We look and act as if God is Lord of our lives. We say all the right things to all the right people and do right things in order to prove we are right. But what is really inside? What do our hearts really look like? When a crisis comes and the pressures of life squeeze us mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, what comes out? Do we respond to that difficult person in anger or with patience and love? Does revenge spill out in ugly words to that person who has hurt us more times than we can count or do we take a breath and remember that God loves them and that hurt people tend to hurt people? Does the pain of unresolved sin flood our hearts and minds as guilt spills out of our heart with a vengeance? Just like the sponge, we can only squeeze out what is put in. Fill your heart with the things of God. Stay in the Word each day. Spend time with faith builders who will encourage you in your faith. Seek God and His plan for your life. Pray about everything so that when life puts the squeeze on you – and it will – the very nature of God will come pouring out. From www.biblegateway.co.uk 21st Feb 2012 – Mary Southerland, Girlfriends in God. 8.
Koffi Pot News – We are, at present time, keen to find a volunteer to be involved as a Team Leader at Koffi Pot. If you have an interest in food and enjoy meeting people, then please see Sharon or Joy or phone Joy on 01981 240368. Easter Events – Just to let you know that we are arranging a few different events at Easter time to help us all focus on the true meaning of Easter with the death and wonderful resurrection of Jesus. More will be said in April’s Bee’s Neeze, but this will just give you an idea of what’s coming up in early April: th
Maundy Thursday 5 April: - We will be holding a meal and an evening of fellowship from 7:00pm that will be suitable for all ages, in the Baptist Hall, organised by the House groups. th
Good Friday 6 April: - At 12:00pm, there will be a time of drama and music by Tony Hemson in the Baptist Hall. th
Good Friday Evening 6 April: - At 7:30pm, there will be a Reflection led by Matt Powell th
Easter Sunday 8 April: - There will probably be an early morning walk and then at 10:30am, there will be an all-age Communion Service, to celebrate that Jesus is Risen - Hallelujah! Ewyas Harold Parish Plan with Rowlestone, Dulas and Llancillo – The Parish Plan covers everything from education and health to housing development. It’s the village’s blueprint for the future; acting as a guide to the Group Parish Council and to Herefordshire Council for the next ten years. The Steering Committee has completed the first draft which can be seen at www.ewyhasharoldparishplan.wordpress.com You can leave comments online or write to: The Parish Plan Steering Committee leaving your envelope at the Post Office. Please come to the next public meeting, details below:
Parish Plan Public Meeting
3 March 2012, Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall, 10:00am – 1pm. Questions, queries and refreshments. This is YOUR opportunity to decide how the village will develop over the next ten years. LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY! Money matters – from Julie Ritchie In January, we received £2,592.54 through the collections and those who give directly via electronic banking. Thank you all for your generosity in supporting the running of the church. 5.
March 2012 – Services
Sunday 4 March 10:30am Service – Revd. Matt Powell – ‘Respect in all relationships’ Worship will be led by Naomi and the Youth Band Sunday Club – 3-6 yrs with Laura ‘David’ Sunday Club – 7-11 yrs with Mim Sunday Club – 11+yrs with Jenni Reader – Janet Manifold – Reading – 1 Timothy 5:-6:2 Flowers – Jill Bacon Sunday Night Prayer Meeting - 6:30-7:30pm – to be led by Richard
Sunday 1 April – Palm Sunday 10:30am Service – Revd. Byron Jones Worship led by Kath Keene Sunday Club – 3-6 yrs with Laura Sunday Club – 7-14 yrs with Jenni Reader and Reading – TBC Flowers – Joyce James Steward for March – Don Davies Steward for April - Mary James Announcements for March – Ian Mathison Announcements for April – Dianne Foster Let us keep remembering those in the congregation who preach God’s word st
Sunday 11 March – Communion Service 10:30am Service – Revd. Matt Powell – ‘Living in a materialistic world’ Worship led by Rob Ritchie Sunday Club for 3-6 yrs with Julie ‘Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego’ Sunday Club for 7-14yrs with Gill ‘Love of money’ Communion Table Setting – Pat Davies Communion Servers – Ian Mathison and David Baines Reader – Cynthia Mills - Reading 1 Timothy 6:3-21 Flowers – Jill Bacon th
Sunday 18 March – Mothering Sunday 10:30am Service – Revd. Matt Powell and Joy James – ‘Faith today’ Worship led by Rob Ritchie Sunday Club for 3-6 yrs with Julie ‘Joshua’ Sunday Club for 7-14 yrs with Julia -‘Faith today’ Reader – Mary James – Reading 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Flowers – Janet Manifold Sunday night Prayer Meeting - 6:30-7:30pm – to be led by Sharon U-Nite, for older teens, will meet in the Manse from 7:00pm to 8:30pm th
Sunday 25 March - Reflective and Café Services 9:30am – Reflective Service 10:15am – Refreshments 10:30am – Café Service led by Revd. Matt Powell and Clint Light Reader and Reading to be confirmed Flowers – Janet Manifold If parents with babies or young children need to use a crèche during this service, then the sectioned corner of the hall will be available to them. 6.
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Joy James will be taking the service and communion at Dulas Court Joy James will be taking the service at Cwmerra Baptist at 3:00pm Matt Powell will be taking the service at Orcop Baptist at 9:00am Matt Powell will be taking the service at Norton Baptist at 3:00pm Joy James will be taking the service at Goytre Baptist at 6:00pm Matt Powell will be taking the service at Dulas Court at 4:15pm Byron Jones will be speaking at Pandy Baptist Church at 11:00am Matt Powell will be speaking at the assembly at Ewyas Harold Primary school at 1:10pm Matt Powell will be speaking at the Madley Lent Reflections at Tibberton at 7:30pm Joy James will be taking the service at Kincoed Baptist at 3:00pm Matt Powell will be attending the HEBA Planning meeting in Birmingham at 10:00am Joy James will be taking the service at Pandy Baptist at 11:00am Matt Powell will be taking the service at Goytre Baptist at 6:00pm Matt Powell will be speaking at the assembly at Ewyas Harold Primary school at 1:10pm 7.
Quiz Night - Saturday 24th March - It’s going to be good! good! The night will start at 7.30pm where 8 teams on 8 tables will be competing for the ultimate honour of EHBC Quiz Champ and to raise money for this year’s chosen local charity, Longtown Longtown Mountain Rescue. Rescue Organised by Mim Roberts, Helen Capel and Jenni Whistance, this event will kick off the celebration of our 150 year Anniversary. Tickets are £20 per table or £2.50 per person (max 8 people per team), drinks and nibbles are included in the ticket, but you are also welcome to bring your own drinks too. See one of the organisers or Matt Powell if you haven’t yet got your ticket sorted. Don’t miss out on a great evening! Here’s a question to get you thinking. Who said: “My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and I told him off course he could, so long as he didn’t take it out of my garden.” The answer is…EM.
HOUSE OF PRAYER The House of Prayer is open each Wednesday at Pam’s house, The Acres, between 10.30am and 3.30pm, where there is a time of lead reflection and prayer between 11.00 and 11.20am and a time of intercessory prayer between 2.00 and 2.20pm.
A big thank you for a big birthday card Early one evening a knock came on the door and there was Ian carrying a large birthday card. When I opened the card it was such a pleasant surprise to see that it was full of signatures and messages from so many of you. I was so pleased to receive your love and kindness and the card was duly placed on the mantelpiece along with all the others from family and close friends. When I stood back and looked at these cards, I realized that there in front of me was my whole spiritual family and this is what makes fellowship at Ewyas Harold Baptist Church so special, a love and care for everyone. Margaret and I miss being with you on Sunday mornings as I have been advised to keep away from large gatherings in confined spaces, but I am responding well to chemotherapy and there are times when I am feeling as well as I have ever been but at other times I am not. Thank you all for your prayers and we look forward to being with you again soon. Roger.
A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. He read, 'The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.' His son asked, 'What happened to the flea?' st
You are invited to bring any concerns that you may have and want prayer for and you are welcome to come at any time and stay for as long or short or as often or seldom as you like. There are books to help you to reflect and pray or you may prefer just to sit in quiet. These days are for setting aside the demands and stresses of life and to receive from God - his peace, healing, support and love. The times of reflection and prayer are led by Heather Baker, Sheila Hughes, Janet Manifold and Pam Wright. For more information, contact Pam on 240202.
If you would like to contribute to the cost of producing this magazine, then a suggested donation of £5.00 per year can be made to Dianne Foster. Please place your donation in an envelope marked ‘Newsletter’ and Dianne will be able to allocate it to the magazine costs. I’d like to thank those who support me each month in producing this magazine by sending me articles, information and encouragement, it is all very much appreciated. Jenni. 4.
Spring Harvest – Matt and Naomi will be away at Spring Harvest from 31 th March to 5 April. If you need to speak to anyone, the deacons and elders will be available.
Prayer Wall in the Hall You may have noticed that half of the BMS board has been taken over by white paper. This is space for a Prayer Wall. The Sunday Club and Jam Club have already put some of their concerns and praise onto sticky notes and pinned them to the wall and you are invited to do the same. There are spare sticky notes and pins in a bag and we encourage you to place any prayer of concern, request of guidance / understanding or just praise and worship onto the Prayer Wall. You can do it anonymously if you wish and it will be good to revisit your prayer over the following weeks / months and see how God has answered you. 9.
And Finally…. In March we enter into the period of Lent; a time to reflect and a time to prepare ourselves to remember all that God has done for us as a world and as individuals. In our Churches Together Lent studies we will be looking at material called Wounded Saviour by Selwyn Hughes. “This lent study follows a theme leading up to Easter that will not only deepen your love for Jesus, but help you understand in an even greater way the truth of His ability to enter into and sympathise with every phase of human need. Our Lord is a wounded Healer – His ability to heal our wounds flows from the fact that He Himself experienced our wounds. The God we see in Jesus did not study our sufferings from a distance in a cold and detached way, but wrapped Himself in our flesh and felt what we felt. His wounds answer our wounds”. Whether you can join us for our Lent series on Thursday lunch times or not, let me encourage us all to use this time of Lent to reflect and to prepare. If you would like a copy of the material being used please come and ask me. We are living in challenging times but we live in the knowledge that we have a Saviour who loves us so much, a Saviour who cares for us so much and a Saviour who identifies with us in every way. We also live in the power of Christ’s resurrection. Let Lent be a time when our faith is strengthened and our strength is renewed.
A note from Mike Fawcett: I wanted to take the opportunity to first thank you all for your words of encouragement and financial support for our challenge to kayak 100 miles from Skenfrith to Swansea. More than £950 of sponsorship for a bursary fund to support children from Cross Ash Primary School on residential activities has been received so far. You may have heard (or read) that conditions proved extremely tough on Saturday morning with rough seas and winds in our faces gusting to gale force – we simply couldn’t make any headway. Unfortunately, this was the point at which we were forced to abandon our attempt for the time being. At this point we had paddled 51 miles. Having been beaten back some distance along the coast I decided to make up the distance by running the 11 miles into Cardiff with Prickles (the Year 2 mascot). We plan to complete the remaining section from Cardiff to Swansea in the spring. ************************** Reverend Billy Graham Makes a Big Impression on a Small Boy This story is allegedly true: Reverend Billy Graham tells of a time early in his ministry when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. Wanting to post a letter, he asked a young boy where the post office was. When the boy had told him, Dr. Graham thanked him and said, 'If you'll come to the Baptist Church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to heaven.' The boy replied, 'I don't think I'll be there... You don't even know your way to the post office.' *****************************
Happy Birthday Lauren Meyrick – 2nd March Joseph Fawcett – 17th March
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40: 29 & 31) God bless you all, Matt. 2.
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