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September 2009


MONDAYS

Hatfield Tai Chi Chuan Club Tel Pat 01707 331526 6:30 to 10:00 pm Not in August Chinese Health Exercise Classes Puppy Training Classes Tel Gill Tel 07967 226 796 7:00 to 9:00 pm TUESDAYS * Dinky Dancers Tel Lorry 01438 831281 9:20 to 10:20 am and 10:20 to 11:20 am Activity classes for children under 4 years. Mind Drop In Coffee Morning Tel Rhoda 01707 654633 10:00 to 12 noon Drop in coffee morning for those with mental health issues, but open to all. *Pat Reid School of Scottish Dancing Tel Pat 01707 338478 5:15 to 8:30 pm Scottish Dance classes ages 3½ & above. WEDNESDAYS

NCT Bumps and Bundles Tel 01707 320422 2:00 to 4:00 pm Drop in sessions for pregnant mums and babes in arms. * Girls and Boys Brigade Tel Glenys 01707 336433 6:15 to 8:00 pm For children aged 4+ * Denotes term time only.

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THURSDAYS *Chatter N Tots Tel Ann 01707 327277. 9:45 to 11:15 am Parent/ Carer and child group. Play, arts and crafts, music and refreshments. New Thursday Club Tel Rosemary 01707 330660 2:30 to 4:00 pm Alternate Thursdays but not in August. Activities, Trips etc for the over 50’s. The Cellar 4:15 to 6:30 pm Drop in centre for vulnerable people. Providing snacks, tea and social contact. English Country Dancers Tel Terry 01707 320299 8:00 to 10:00 pm Not in August Folk Dancing. Trefoil Guild 8:00 to 10:00 pm 2nd Thursday in the month. Not in August. FRIDAYS Welwyn Archaeological Society Tel Daphne 01707 335729 7:00 to 10:00 pm Sept. to April. 2nd & 4th Friday in the month. Talks, slide shows etc. WGC Art Club Tel Bryan 01438 714528 8:00 to 10:00 pm September to May 3rd Friday in the month Meetings, Talks etc * Denotes term time only. Page 3


MINISTER Rev Jane Weedon 01707 375133 Freechurch

Woodhall Lane

CHURCH SECRETARY

CHURCH SECRETARY

Mrs Joyce Nicolson Tel 01707 326829 email :- secretary@freechurchwgc.org.uk

TBA

HON. TREASURER John Meers 12 Brockswood Lane Welwyn Garden City AL8 7BG Tel 01707 327277

e mail :- treasurer@freechurchwgc.org.uk CONFIDENTIAL REGISTRAR Mr Alan Tyler 23 Harmer Green Lane Digswell AL6 0AS

Youth Worker Sara Taylor 102 Wellcroft Road Office 01707 321270 Mobile 07903236458 email :- youthworker@freechurchwgc.org.uk

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Letter from the Manse What a lovely day we had together at the beginning of August when a group of us went off to St Albans Abbey. There was a real sense of community as we travelled on the coach together, worshipped together, shared lunch and became pilgrims together as we shared the prayer pilgrimage around the Abbey at the end of the day. We also had fun and got to know each other better and that is so important, our sharing and sense of belonging to each other is what being part of a church family is all about. Providing a place where friendships and a sense of belonging can grow is at the heart of church groups like Chatter N Tots, the New Thursday Club at the Free Church and the Fellowship Club at Woodhall Lane. We make friends and feel we belong when we work together; making coffee after church, making food at the Cellar Club; listening and coffee making at Listening Space; providing the drinks for Chatter N Tots, giving lifts and helping with refreshments for the Thursday Club; organising the Fellowship Club; helping with the Christmas Fayre; visiting and keeping people in touch with one another; working in any capacity – flowers, décor, finance, buildings, welcome, Brigade, Junior Church, music, grounds, prayer chain, web sites, communications –anything that keeps things running smoothly or helps in the life and worship of the church! We really are better together, that’s the way God intended it to be and it is good to remind ourselves of that from time to time. It is stories of just such times that we want to gather together – See ‘Collecting the stones’ later in the magazine, to remind ourselves of God’s part in our fellowship. We are a church family, a Christian community and that adds another dimension altogether. Page 5


As Austin Farrar wrote ‘We are all members of one another and one of us is Jesus Christ….’

Every blessing Jane

Did God Really Say That? The Lord won't give you more than you can bear, right? Well, not exactly. Norris Burkes

I confess there is a sort of sadistic streak in me that revels in the embarrassment of people who suddenly realize a Baptist chaplain heard their off-colour remarks. They look at me like they are suddenly 7 years old again and I'm their mother threatening them with a bar of soap. "Jeez, chaplain, I'm sorry. I didn't see you standing there." ….it is moments like these in which I jokingly step into the role of theological grammarian. For instance,…. if you blurt, "Jesus!" I might ask, "Was that a prayer?" If I sneeze, and you respond with "God bless you," I'll say, "Thank you, he does." But, there is one thing about which I will correct you with all sincerity. If I hear you try to comfort someone with the words, "God won't give you more than you can handle," I'll say, "The Bible doesn't say that!" The quote is a poor paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 10:13, which is more accurately paraphrased as, "God will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to escape." Page 6


The folksy paraphrase of the verse changes the meaning of temptation to burden, and it burdens people with an understanding that God "gives" us calamities. I guess I had heard that misquote one too many times when, one afternoon at the hospital, I ran into a woman on the oncology ward who was losing her son to AIDS. She had that misquote wrapped around her neck, and she was stumbling under its weight. It didn't seem to me that she had any kind of superhuman power. It did not seem possible to come to the conclusion that God required this woman to have the strength of the Greek god, Atlas, to hold up her world. "Chaplain," she asked, "can you talk with my son?" was her immediate request upon meeting me. "Sure." "He has AIDS, and you might have to put on some protective clothing," she instructed. Protocol did not require the clothing, but this was different. He had Hepatitis B, TB, AIDS, and, if that wasn't enough, the room was "hot" with the radioactive isotopes used to treat his cancer. His projectile vomiting was a serious danger to staff, and that was just the danger he posed to us. His immune system was shot, and a sneeze from anyone of us might finish him off. I entered the room looking like the Michelin Man, double-wrapped for freshness inside a space suit. With no shortage of expletives, he sincerely expressed how glad he was to see me—definitely not time to play theological grammarian. He had played a dangerous game with his life—the combination of drugs, male and female prostitutes, all washed down with a considerable amount of alcohol had left this man delusional. However, he knew he was dying and sorry for the pain he had caused his mother. After I finished my visit, I found the mother talking to the social workers outside. She told us how she had once been the Sunday school director of her church and now people rarely spoke to her. Then she quoted it—that saying I mentioned—"People tell me that God won't give me more than I Page can7 handle, but I don't know . …"


. …" her voice trailing, "having both sons die of AIDS is more than I can bear." It takes a lot to give caregivers a cold shudder, but one went down the spine of everyone listening. Had she said two sons? That would mean this patient was not her only son, he was her only living son. She had been so heavily burdened with this misquote of Scripture she now had the added burden of believing she was failing a test sent from God. Jesus jumped all over the preachers of his day for burdening people with loads they would not carry themselves. I find this to be one of the most reckless misquotes of Scripture, because God doesn't give us our "share of calamities." Much of what we are "given" is either put upon us by others or self-acquired. I let her know that while this seemed to be much more than any human being could possibly handle, God had also endured pain as he watched the sacrifice of his only Son. But she had watched two. The only difference between the losses of these two parents—and the most important difference—was the way in which Jesus lived and the new life that was opened to humanity through his death and resurrection. There was no way to make this woman's situation better. There was no way to create a happy ending to our conversation and no point pretending otherwise. I simply took her hand and held it and let her know that for the next several days, I would be here to help her shoulder this enormous burden. Chaplain Burkes lives in Northern California. Reprinted from Florida Today (March 12, 2002), © 2002 Norris Burkes. Used by permission. "This article first appeared in an issue of Today's Christian. Used by permission of Christianity Today International, Carol Stream, IL 60188." Page 8


CHRISTMAS FAYRE SATURDAY 14th NOVEMBER I hope you all have this date in your diary and are thinking about what you can do to help us make this a huge success. If you have not already volunteered there are still forms at the back of the Church for you to take and complete. SILENT AUCTION We have at present only four items for auction so we really need you to think about what you can offer very soon if we are to go ahead. You may have an ornament, old camera piece of furniture or some other item you no longer want that could be just the thing someone else is looking for. Remember you can put a reserve price on your item. It may be that you could offer a service that someone else needs eg gardening, cleaning, dog walking, painting, transport to visit a friend etc. The list is endless and I am sure most of us could find at least one thing to put up for auction so let’s have your offers. Please contact Sue Cory on 01707325896 email c.cory@tesco.net Cherylle and I are usually very tired by the time we get to the close of the Fayre so we are looking for someone to organise a team of able bodied helpers to come in at 3.30 to help us dismantle the Fayre and set out the Church for Sunday Service Could this be you? Please get in touch with Cherylle or Joyce. BOXES Boxes for collecting donations for the various stalls will be in church from the beginning of September all labelled to remind you of what we are collecting. SMALL CHANGE BOXES These are already in place at the back of the Church for you to take away and fill / bring back and exchange for another empty box /as many times as you can. Page 9


DRAW TICKETS These will be ready for you to take away and sell to your friends and family in September. OUTSIDE ATTRACTION Have you any suggestions for a noticeable attraction outside Church which would catch the attention of passers by and encourage them to come in? Looking forward to hearing from you Joyce and Cherylle ============================= BOYS AND GIRLS NIGHTS It has been suggested that the ladies of our church may enjoy a “ girlie” night out together and the men a” boys “night out. Jane has found out that it would be possible for us to use SPACE on a Monday or Friday. Nothing too wild is envisaged. Coffee and a chat, try out our skills on the WII or perhaps order in a takeaway. Would anyone be interested? Please let Jane or me know. It could be fun and a way of getting to know each other better. Joyce =============================

Exam Success At the time of writing several of our young people are waiting for exam results and we hope for smiles all round when they arrive. Congratulations to Jane and Rogers’s daughter Chantal who has passed the Graduate Diploma of Law and has one more year to go at the College of Law. Page 10


EVERY LITTLE HELPS It’s the little things that can make all the difference to the general appearance and care of our building and grounds. Could you sign up to carry out any of the following tasks in your own time. Any materials required for any of the tasks would be paid for by Church. !) Re-stain Remembrance Garden Benches ( one or both) 2) Paint the new cupboards in the Lower Hall 3) Varnish the new Pulpit Cover 4) Paint the repaired cupboard in the kitchen 4) Sew a cover for the coffee trolley 5) Make Cushion covers (2 Chairs) 6) Wash down the leather suite in the new meeting room 7) Treat the washed suite with leather protector. 8) Look after the Notice Boards (Weekly old material off new displayed) 9) Take responsibility for washing and ironing tea towels as required. I will place a list of these tasks at the back of the church in the hope that there are some people who feel they could help. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support with any of these tasks, Joyce Nicolson

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Collecting the stones: marking my memorable moments in the life of this church. You will have read in the last church magazine (Article: Visions old and new) that the Elders have been working on a way to gather stories from the history of our church. The title of this story collecting task; Collecting the stones, comes from a sermon Jane preached on Joshua 4:1-18 where God held back the Jordan River to allow the Israelites to pass through to the promised land. Joshua instructed 12 men to gather 12 stones from the riverbed to create a memorial to remind people of Gods faithfulness and so that future generations would never forget. Our stories are also a memorial to Gods faithfulness. We have got as far as beginning to shape the questions we hope to bring to everyone in the church family. We want to include everyone because all of our memories are equally important. The main focus of these questions is to remember the church at its best. Here are the questions‌. Questions 1. What was it that attracted you to the Free Church in the beginning? 2. Finding a home at the Free Church could be seen to be part of your spiritual journey. Tell me about a time when your faith was strengthened / challenged. What is the most valuable thing you take away from worship? 3. Can you tell me about an event at church when you felt a real buzz? 4. The Free Church is known as a caring church. Can you tell me about a time when you felt really cared for and supported by the church? Page 12


5. What do you think has been the Free Church’s most valuable contribution to our local community? 6 Without being modest, what do you think has been your most valuable contribution to the life of the church? Why that in particular? Here are the people – so far, who are available for you to have a chat with. Ade Onasile Ann Meers Bertie Everard Derek Groves Joyce Nicolson Jane Weedon Robert Harvey

01707 898044 01707 327277 01707 320694 01707 323126 01707 326829 01707 375133 01707 322339

If you would like to get in early please get in touch with one of them. Thank you in anticipation for being involved. This is the allimportant first step to determining the future direction of our church. The Elders :

Every spiritual master in every tradition talks about the significance of small things in a complex world. Small actions in social life, small efforts in the spiritual life, small moments in the personal life. All of them become great in the long run, the mystics say, but all of them look like little or nothing in themselves. - Joan Chittister Page 13


SHOE BOX APPEAL In the hope that you will again want to support this very worthwhile cause, I have registered our church with the Mustard Seed Charity for this year’s appeal. Please start collecting small toys, sweets, accessories etc to fit into a shoe box which will be sent to deprived children in Eastern European countries in time for Christmas. Your box may be the only present some of these children will receive for Christmas, so think of them as you gather the small gifts together. The leaflets which give all the information you need will be on the table at the back of the church in September. Thank you in anticipation of your support Ann Meers WELWYN TIMES TARGET STAMPS Please remember to cut out the Target stamps when you are reading our local paper. I hope we will have a good number by November when we will redeem them for use at the Christmas Fayre. There is a box on the windowsill in the vestibule for your stamps. Thank you! Sweet and Savoury Preserves Please remember to make a few extra pots of jam, chutney, marmalade and pickles this autumn for our stall at the Christmas Fair this year. We completely cleared our table last year so let's do the same again this year! Contact me if you need any help with recipes, jars, preparation or presentation. Many thanks Dorothy Tulloch Page 14


July Money Free Church Woodhall Income £5,028

£1,498

Expense £7,909

£1,049

FC figures include £1.9K catching up with electricity payments but still are not very good!!. WHL had a pretty quiet month.

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PC HOME HELPER Computer health check Full data backup service Emergency call out Home tutorials New Computers Old computer recycling Broadband installation Wireless networks Internet security check Your local friendly computer home help service! 01707 690468 / 07768 055906

Mark McCahon-Gardene r All aspects of garden maintenance and planting design undertaken. RHS and City and Guilds qualified. Contact: 117 Upperfield Road Welwyn Garden City Herts AL7 3LR Mob: 07984659816 E-mail: markmccahon@ yahoo.co.uk Page 16


Oaklands College Chaplaincy – Help needed please. We now approach our third year as a Christian presence and witness in Oaklands College, each year has had its special moments and learning opportunities for each of us who are involved. For me last year one of the great moments was to enter into an ongoing dialogue with a Sufi Muslim, who has become increasingly interested in the notions of unconditional forgiveness and a personal relationship with God. Other Chaplains will tell you their own stories many of which are remarkable, in their impact on the chaplain and on the person to whom they were talking. At the moment we are in the college recreation and lunch area between 12:15 and 1:15 twice a week and often find the best way to get alongside people is to join them at their tables and join them in food or drink give the chance to enter conversation with them, it is really that easy. ..

The same four of us have continued this work since day one and we would appreciate the help of new people, lay or ordained. I ask you to consider giving this most worthwhile work one hour a week, if you are unable to do this yourself can I ask you to consider asking others in your church or fellowship to consider this ministry in our town centre. If you or someone you know wishes to join with us please contact me or pass on my details. Thank you Paul Rev’d Paul Seymour Associate Minister Hatfield Hyde, Chaplain Central Herts YMCA Tel: 01707 391425 E mail: revpaulseymour@btinternet.com Page 17


HARVEST THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER

The theme for this years Harvest Festival will be A HARVEST OF TIME. We will be inviting people who voluntarily give of there time to provide an insight into the work they do. It could be a group or organisations within our church or out in the community. Please tell me if you know of anyone in our church family who does voluntary work that we may be unaware of as we would hate to miss anyone out. We will be setting out small dis plays with the mate rials they provide for the thanksgiving service on the morning of Sunday 27 th September . Our team would really appreciate help from anyone who is free on Friday 25 th from 10 am onwards. Helpers who do not feel confident working with flowe rs will find there are a wide variety of tasks to be completed. I am sure there will be something for everyone. SO PLEASE come along , lend a hand, enjoy a coffee and a chat while we work and help us to dis play the ite ms we receive . I would also be grateful for donations of foliage , berries etc. During the thanksgiving service Jane will be accepting gifts of dried and tinned foods biscuits, soups etc or anything s uitable for donating to The Cellar Group and The Women’s Refuge.

Please remember to bring them with you on the day. HARVEST LUNCH SUNDAY AFTER THE MORNING SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING

We will be serving a simple lunch of Soup, Cheese and Biscuits, and Apple Pie all free of charge. Now for the catch:I will be looking for volunteers to:- 1) Make soup and apple pies. 2) Help serve on the day 3) Help with washing up and clearing away If you have apples you can give for the pies please let me know. There will be lists at the back of the Church for any help you feel you can offer to make this a truly wonderful Harvest Celebration I am sure there is something you can help with and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you all on the day. Joyce Nicolson 01707326829PageMOB 07886392602 18


Inter Faith Matters The Inter Faith encounter with pupils from Bishops Hatfield Girls School was very positive. A wide spread of some 20 local faith representatives (including plenty of Muslim women) were quizzed about their faith by several groups of girls, who videoed the discussions to make a DVD. We all agreed that the girls were very impressive and asked good questions, enabling us to say how we came to be believers. It was a possible dry run for Inter Faith week, if other schools would co-operate and it is suggested that faith communities might demonstrate their styles of worship (perhaps at the Focolare Centre) so that others can experience them. What else might the Free Church do to support the first national Inter Faith week? Please put your thinking caps on! The picnic and walk in the woods also went well, in sunny weather, and may become an annual event. I had a most interesting discussion with a Muslim father about a lecture on Shia Islam which I had attended at the German YMCA In an evening meeting on Building Communities, an inspiring head teacher from Howe Dell School, Deborah Massey gave an excellent presentation of her work; this may be followed up by IF visits to the school’ open assemblies. There were not many visitors to our Kaleidoscope stand, and we felt that the effort needed to set it up and staff it was inadequately repaid. The public’s apathy was disappointing. Members continue to attend other inter faith meetings, such as the East of England Faiths Council in Cambridge. Such contacts alert us to emerging issues requiring thought and attention – eg instances of positive discrimination against Christianity. The government has set up a new Inter Departmental Group on Religion and Belief which supports Page 19the Faith Communities


Consultative Council – the Government’s main forum for consultation with faith communities, which remain a significant item on all political agendas. Bertie Everard

Poorly Placed Trust The story is told that a national magazine assigned a photographer to take pictures of a forest fire. They told him a small plane would be waiting at the airport to fly him over the fire. The photographer arrived at the airstrip just an hour before sundown. Sure enough, a small Cessna airplane stood waiting. He jumped in with his equipment and shouted, "Let's go!" The pilot, a tense-looking man, turned the plane into the wind, and soon they were in the air, though flying erratically. "Fly over the north side of the fire," said the photographer, "and make several low-level passes." "Why?" asked the nervous pilot. "Because I'm going to take pictures!" yelled the photographer. "I'm a photographer, and photographers take pictures." The pilot replied, "You mean you're not the flight instructor?" —Source unknown; submitted by Brett Kays

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THURSDAY CLUB Our first meeting this month is on 17 September at 2.30 pm. We look forward to seeing all the familiar faces back again as well as seeing new ones. It is possible that we can fit a few more people on to our transport list, so if lack of transport is preventing you from coming please speak to me. There will be some "events" from time to time so there is plenty of time to socialise as well as being entertained. The first of these will be on 1 October and will be a talk by Jean Hughes, one of our friends from the Free Church: her talk will centre on her Junior Church work. As always everybody is most welcome. Rosemary Craig (330660)

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Freechurch Calendar September 2009 Jane - Communion

Sun 6th Sept

7:30pm Elders meeting

Tue 8th Sept

Rev Norman Plumb

Sun 13th Sept

2:30 Thursday Club

Thu 17th Sept

Rev Simon Moore (exchange)

Sun 20th Sept

Jane Harvest Thanksgiving all age

Sun 27th Sept

Harvest Lunch to follow the service

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Woodhall Lane Corner

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PEARTREE FUN DAY This was held on Saturday 15 August outside the Community Centre/Salvation Army. We took this opportunity to promote our church and coming holiday club and sold a few items of children’s books, videos and CDs. This raised a total of £18.- for the Good News Children’s Home in Kenya. GIFT DAY We had an excellent result from our Gift Day on 12 July and raised £234.-. towards our Fabric Fund.

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Woodhall Lane September 2009 .

PREACHERS 6 September 13 September 20 September 27 September

Mr Eric Watterson (from Baptist Church) Rev Jane Weedon (Communion) Robert Harvey Ian Matthews

DOOR STEWARDS

VESTRY

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6 September 13 September 20 September 27 September

Joan Joyce/Grace Joan Joyce/Grace

Linda Barbara Margaret Linda

COMMUNION STEWARD 13 September Linda FLOWER ROTA 6 September 13 September 20 September 27 September

Margaret Barbara Carole Margaret

ELDERS MEETING Thursday 10 September 9.30 am at 55 Great North Road.

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BIBLE STUDY Friday mornings 10am at 114 Parkway FELLOWSHIP CLUB Alternate Thursday 2 - 3.30 pm 3 September Bring Something Old and Something New 17 September Beetle Drive

CHRISTMAS FAIR It has been agreed to hold our Christmas Fair on Saturday 28 November. We urgently need goods for re-sale as follows:1) 2) 3) 4) 5)

Books, CDs, DVDs, Videos Items for ‘good as new’ stall Bric-a-brac Items suitable for the Tombola stall Cakes, Jams and other produce nearer the date

We can arrange to collect items if necessary. Our next meeting of the organisers is on Wednesday 23 September 10 am at the church.

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VISIT TO ST ALBANS ABBEY On 5 August a party from the Free Church and Woodhall Lane were treated to a day out at the abbey. Jane led a service in the Lady Chapel and this was very well supported by people from other churches and visitors at the abbey on the day. After the Service we had a very nice lunch in the Refectory. We then had a time out in the sunshine browsing and walking down to the lake in the park. Jane finished up the visit by taking us on a Prayer Walk around the abbey. This was most inspiring and much appreciation to Jane for a lovely day out. Linda

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From the Immanuel Church magazine Southbourne. This gives a surely infallible reason!! Better than any of the so-called proofs I learned at college!!! A man went into a barber's shop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work they began to have a conversation and talked of many things. Eventually they touched on the subject of God when the barber said, " I don't believe that God exists". "Why do you say that", the customer asked. "Well , you just have to go out into the street to realise that God doesn't exist. Tell me, if God existed would there be so many sick people? So many abandoned children? If God existed there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can't imagine a loving God would allow all these awful things." The customer thought for a moment, but didn't say anything because he didn't want to start a fruitless argument. Instead he let the barber finish his job, then paid and left. Just outside the barber's shop he saw a man with dirty stringy hair and an unruly beard, so he turned and went back into the shop and said to the barber," you know what, you said God didn't exist. Well I say barbers don't exist." " How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber, " I am here and I have just cut your hair and trimmed your beard." "No", the customer replied, " Barbers do NOT exist, because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and unkempt beards like that man there outside this shop." "Ah, but barbers DO exist! That is only what happens when people do not come to me". "Exactly!" affirmed the customer. “That's the point.” “God too does exist.” “That's what happens when people do not go to Him and don't look to Him for help. And that's why there is so much pain and suffering in the world." Page 27


Commitment for Life collection for Jamaica: 27th September Bennetlands is a ghetto community in the heart of Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city. It is home to 5,000 people of whom half are under 25 and over 2,000 unemployed. Once it was a peaceful place with daily life revolving round the primary school, two churches and the S-Corner Clinic - which we support with our donations and which provides health care, and, for school drop-outs, support and education. But, in the 1980s, war broke out between rival “corner” gangs, fighting a bitter battle over Bennetlands’ one high street, terrorising the neighbourhood and preventing children from going to school. The area became a prison without bars. Horace Levy, Chairman of the S-Corner Clinic Board says these gangs are not really criminals as such. They give solidarity and self-respect to a group of youth. They do have guns and they use them but they have not organised for that purpose and they are “redeemable”. The S-Corner complex has won the respect of the whole community including the gang leaders. The elderly women it treats are the mothers and grandparents of the gang members. So when someone was shot just outside the Clinic, everyone was enraged. Meetings were called, and after 15 meetings over several months, the gang leaders agreed to meet each other. The Spirit was at work and at the end of the day there was a fragile cease fire. When another teenager was shot, there was no chain of revenge killings as in the past. Horace Levy says that it’s now a moral force that is driving the peace process. A Community Development Council has been formed, where problems can be discussed and disputes resolved. One former “corner crew” member, Glen, is now a highly respected health worker at the Clinic . Another, Fabien, has completed school and is going to university. Page 28


In the meantime he teaches at the local school. Crime in the metropolitan area, which includes Bennetlands, has fallen by 23% in the last three years. This is the sort of work which we are supporting by our annual donations. We will be having our annual collection for our work in Jamaica at our Harvest Festival Service on 27 September. An envelope for contributions is included in this Newsletter. The envelope can be returned on 27 September or on any Sunday before or after then. If you are a tax-payer, could you fill in the back of the envelope so that the Church can reclaim the tax on your gift? Let’s make a real difference to the people of Jamaica again this year! Robert Harvey ==================================== To grow a little wiser day by day, To train my mind and body to obey, To keep my inner life both pure and strong, To guide my thoughts from guile, my hands from wrong. To shut the door on hate and bitterness, To open it to love and gentleness, To meet with cheerful heart whatever comes to me To turn life’s discords into harmony, To share some weary workers heavy load, To point some straying comrade to the road, To know what I have is not my own, To feel that I am never all alone. Thus would I pray from day to day, As I go upon my way. Author unknown

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Free Church Rotas for September 2009 Coffee 6 Mrs. 13 Mrs. 20 Mrs. 27 Mrs.

M. Kirkpatrick and Mrs. A. Giles J. Nicolson and Mrs. J. Hughes M. Ansell and Mrs. A. Meers H. Kaye and Mr. R. Harvey

Flowers 6th September Janice and Melva Spalding 13th September Robert Harvey 20th September Mr and Mrs Tyler 27th September HARVEST If anyone would like to provide flowers on either of the TBA dates please write your name in the roster in church or contact Joyce Nicolson

Creche It’s great if all the family can come to church together. If your child is too young to attend Junior Church, we have a warm, safe and comfy room where parents can take their babies and toddlers. Hey and there are loads of toys!

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Dust if you must...... Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better to paint a picture or write a letter, bake cookies or a cake and lick the spoon or plant a seed, ponder the difference between want and need? Dust if you must, but there's not much time with wine to drink, rivers to s wim and mountains to climb, music to hear and books to read, friends to cherish and life to lead. Dust if you must, but the world's out there with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain. This day will not come around again. Dust if you must, but bear in mind, old age will come and it's not kind. And whe n you go - and go you must - you, yourself will make more dust! It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Life is short. Enjoy it!

Deadline for October Magazine

Articles requiring typing Sunday 13th Sept Articles sent via email Thursday 17th Septt e-mail documents to magazine@freechurchwgc.org.k , hand your articles to Chris Ewer the Magazine Secretary or leave them in the magazine pigeon hole at the back of the church for the Freechurch or hand to TBA for Woodhall Lane, and if they can be with us before or as near to the deadline date as possible that will be much appreciated.

Please note that it is essential that these dates are respected if the magazine is be printed on time. Magazine will be printed for Sunday 27th September Please note the next magazine will be September Page 31


From Philip Read about possible projects at WGC Free Church for 2010 As a Church, we have not embarked on any special projects recently, and this is no doubt due to the current state of our finances, and it is only right to be careful when times are hard. However I feel that we do better as a congregation when we have set ourselves something to work for. With this in mind, it will be useful for the Elders to be able to gauge what everyone thinks. Rather than asking for suggestions, here is a list of possible future projects. Please tick the top three that might appeal to you, and return the form to Jane or any one of the Elders; there is space for new items too. The form can be named or returned anonymously through the Elder’s pigeon hole in the bookcase. Brief description of possible project

Tick Box

Improv e main Church lighting, a design scheme for this already exists w hic h incorporates a new sound system

Improv e frontage along Church Road, especially around the YMCA entrance

Ov erhaul all Church signs and notice boards, both inside and out

Refurbish the Kitchen, improve insulation and heating for w inter months

Construct discreet tea point at back of the main Church

Carry out redecoration throughout the w hole building

Replace the sound system including the audio loop, could be incorporated in the first item [see abov e]

Carry out further changes to toilets, namely improve drainage and provide more accessible fittings for ease of maintenance

Improv e grounds and outside facilities

New items – please describe briefly Page 32


Woodhall Lane & Free Church Magazine: September 09