Our Community www.keresleychurches.org.uk When and where:
Wednesday evenings, 7.30pm Starting
Wednesday 8th May at
Keresley Village Community Church Rathbone Close, Keresley Village What on earth?
How does it work?
Socrates famously said, ‘An unexamined life is not worth living’. Sometimes it’s easier not to ask questions but on the Alpha course. . We think life is worth exploring. The course is fun, relaxed and totally non -pressured.
It’s a course with small groups with a host and helpers. There are usually around ten sessions with a day or weekend away in the middle. Each session begins with a meal, followed by a short talk looking at different aspects of the Christian faith and time for discussion.
What’s so great about it?
Ever wanted to explore the meaning of life or ask challenging questions about the Christian Faith? Maybe you’re just curious about church and want to have a look? Maybe you’ve been going for years and want to take a fresh look at faith? It doesn’t matter what your background is.
May 2013 50p
To be filled with the Spirit is to have the Spirit fulfilling in us all that God intended him to do when he placed him there. L S Chafer
Can I invite a friend to come?
Yes, invitations are available in church, or contact the Alpha Administrator, Stella Powell, or the Vicar, Mark Norris through the Parish Office, 7633 2717.
Saturday 18th May 9.30-11am Keresley Village Community Church Rathbone Close
The theme will be
Inside this issue: Parish Calendar
The way I see it
The way I see it
Christian Aid Week
From the archives
Children and Young people
The U in JesUs
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Services at St Thomas’ and Keresley Village Community Church May Sunday 5th 9am St Thomas Holy Communion and hymns. Mark Norris 10.30am St Thomas Family Service and Baptism. All age worship team 10.30am KVCC Holy Communion. David Musgrave Sunday 12th 9am St Thomas Holy Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am St Thomas Family Communion, including adult Baptism. Mark Norris and Claire McArthur 10.30am KVCC Family Service. Steve Medley Sunday 19th 9am St Thomas Holy Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am ST Thomas Family Worship and Communion for Pentecost. All age worship team 10.30am KVCC Holy Communion. Steve Medley Sunday 26th 9am St Thomas Holy Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am St Thomas Family Communion. Pete Hudson and Mark Norris 10.30am KVCC Family Service Steve Medley and John Parnham
June Sunday 2nd 9am St Thomas Holy Communion and hymns. Mark Norris 10.30am St Thomas Family Service. All age worship team 10.30am KVCC Holy Communion. David Musgrave
Other Events Alpha course starts Wednesday 8th May See page 1 Monday 13th May First meeting of the newly elected PCC Saturday May 11th Conference. See page 4 Saturday May 18th Concert featuring Nigel Ogden. See page 4 Christian Aid Week Sunday 11th to Saturday 18th May. See page 3 and page 5
on’t forget to pick up some items from the list below when you go shopping. There are collection boxes in both churches.
Milk (UHT or powdered)
Sugar (500g) Jam
Fruit juice (carton)
Tinned: soup baked beans tomatoes MEAT/FISH fruit sponge pudding rice pudding
Rice Pasta Instant noodles
Biscuits or snack bars
Tea bags (40 or 80) Instant coffee
Instant mashed potatoes Pasta sauces
Refreshment for all
Tuesday afternoons, 1.30-2.30pm in the Galilee Room. If you need transport or would like to request prayers, please contact Margaret Bosworth on 7633 7932 leaving a message if necessary with your name and telephone number and she will ring you back. Sunday Morning Activities at St. Thomas’ Church at 10.30am for Children and Young People (during term time) 1st Sunday Family Service in Church 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays 3-11s, Sunday School in Galilee Room, 11+, Pathfinders in the Church Hall. All join the service at the Peace 3rd Sunday All ages start in Church
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Family Services The Family services from the beginning of May will look and feel different. They will begin with tea and coffee in the Galilee Room before we all move into the church to continue in worship. Each service will be exploring a particular theme, and might include music, drama, different ways of praying, readings, perhaps things to watch on screen, activities, and sometimes incorporating a baptism or thanksgiving. We are aiming that each service will have something which all those who attend can be touched, challenged or encouraged by. And we’ll have another cuppa afterwards.
12–18 May 2013 Bite Back at Hunger Christian Aid Week 12-18 May ‘It’s very rewarding to know that Christians of different traditions are working together for one common aim during Christian Aid Week.’ Christian Aid Week volunteer Thousands of churches will stand together this Christian Aid Week to speak out for change. Some 100,000 committed volunteers will go out and put their faith into action, raising funds to help some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. This includes Britain’s largest house-to-house collection, an extraordinary act of witness – demonstrating to our communities that we care about ending poverty and injustice. This year’s Christian Aid Week tells the story of how Christian Aid is helping communities to bite back at hunger through the lens of land rights in Bolivia, new technology in Kenya and innovative agriculture in Zimbabwe. We have a number of streets allocated to our church, but we need more collectors. If you would like to be involved please see Margaret Bosworth or contact her via the Parish Office.
A Snapshot of Spring Harvest 2013 “Uplifted by being among such a large group of Christians, I enjoyed the Bible studies particularly, and found the beautiful dancing very moving.” Stella “Enjoyed the worship led by Pete James; lots of food for thought on BEing, SAYing, and DOing the gospel” Heather “It was great to hear some good, inspiring Bible teaching and to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to spend time with Jesus.” Mark “Highlight for me all age worship, it was quite traditional all age worship but Abi and me loved every second of it, and listening to Abi sitting in a supermarket last week singing the memory verse we learnt to other shoppers.” Jo M
“The Big Start was our family's highlight the children loved getting involved up on stage (and have the badges to prove it!)” Jo W
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The Way I See It: How are the mighty fallen!
hree thousand years ago David said it about the deaths of the man who hated him and his son who loved him, Saul and Jonathan: ‘how are the mighty fallen!’ He resisted the temptation to gloat over Saul’s downfall, but the human race has generally been more than happy, down the long ages, to record with glee and satisfaction the fall of the mighty, whether they be politicians, sports stars, archbishops or entertainers. In the first couple of months of this year we had a positive spate of it, the red-top papers screaming their delight as yet another famous name bit the dust. Most of us, I suspect, read these stories of the downfall of the powerful, famous and respectable with a mixture of guilt and satisfaction. Our guilt is that we know perfectly well that if the truth were told (and we were worth the column inches) we could stand alongside them. Not many of us would want all the details of out past lives, including out miserable little sins and failings, exposed to public view. Our satisfaction is summed up in the comment someone always makes about such
cases: ‘See, they’re no better than we are!’. Let them - the pious, the mighty, the law-makers, the feted stars of screen and television - be revealed in all their tawdry fallibility. It makes us feel better. The first reaction is at least honest. ‘There is none righteous, no, not one’ says the Bible. There is a fellowship of failure which embraces the entire human race. ‘There but for the grace of God go I’ is at least a truthful response to the trumpeted failures of others. The second response - echoing the joy of the headline writers as another idol is shown to have feet of clay - is (let’s face it) judgmental and selfrighteous, two things specifically condemned by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount. We should not (the Bible again) take pleasure in the sins of others. Prayer for them would be more appropriate - for the grace of repentance, the gift of forgiveness and the possibility of a new start. Not a bad idea at the same time, of course, to include ourselves in those prayers.
Editor: Canon David Winter, a former Head of Religious Broadcasting at the BBC, continues his series presenting a point of view...
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The power of a text message This Christian Aid Week, we’re standing with poor communities to help them bite back at hunger. Farmers in Kenya are discovering that they can grow enough food for all if they harness the potential of their mobile phones, while in Zimbabwe, communities are reaping the rewards of new technology. Kenyan farmers Justin and Truphena Ireri used to struggle to feed their family. ‘When there is erratic rain, we didn’t get enough for our family to eat, let alone to sell,’ says Truphena.
It then sends this information out by text message, with monthly and seasonal updates and advice on using different crop varieties and agricultural techniques to adapt to changing weather patterns. Such innovative use of technology means that CCSMKE is able to work with thousands of farmers, whom it would have been difficult and expensive to reach by road. More than 80 per cent of farmers in the area have a basic mobile handset, and are able to respond to the text messages by asking further questions about their own situation and getting advice from CCSMKE’s staff over the telephone. All this has followed from initial farming workshops held by CCSMKE in church congregations, where it built trust with the local community by showing that it understood what it was like to try to farm in a difficult environment. This use of new technology is giving the Ireris hope for the future:
But thanks to the use of new technology and their mobile phones, things are beginning to change for farmers in the Mbeere district in Kenya’s Eastern Province. ‘Traditional ways of forecasting are failing us due to climate change. When we turn to scientific ways, farmers will be able to plan very well,’ Truphena explains. Farming methods in the district have been revolutionised by the introduction of simple, targeted weather forecasts sent to farmers by text message. Previously, farmers were unsure how to plan for increasingly erratic weather patterns, and the daily reality for many families was failed crops, disappointment and hunger. The only weather forecasts that did exist were targeted at the large towns and cities, where the climate is often different. And anyway, as most farmers in rural areas don’t have televisions, they couldn’t even see these forecasts. Working with the Kenya Meteorological Society, Christian Aid partner Christian Community Services Mount Kenya East (CCSMKE) takes specific, scientific forecasts for the rural areas and translates them into simple language that the farmers can understand.
‘When we see a plan coming into fulfilment, it brings us joy, [we can] watch our children grow and also see ourselves go grey – grey is wise!’ says Truphena. And while mobile technology is increasing crop yield in Kenya, innovative agriculture is helping families in Zimbabwe produce enough varied crops in their own gardens to feed themselves and provide a surplus to sell to neighbouring communities. Sikhanyisiwe Ndlovu (known as Skha) has seen her life transformed. Where failed harvests and acute hunger were once the norm, now families in the Gwanda communities can grow vegetables. Due to this new varied diet, Skha’s children are much healthier than when they had to rely on porridge as their staple food. And it’s thanks to a sand dam that provides a reliable water supply. (Continued on page 6)
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Here is a snapshot of life in the parish in 1915. First the Keresley Ladies Gym class distribution of prizes:
But in times of war, other needs were not forgotten:
And then new of the local Tennis Club. I wonder whereabouts the tennis courts were? (Continued from page 5) Christian Aid
Christian Aid partner Dabane Trust worked with local communities to access the clean, naturally filtered water that is stored, hidden, beneath rivers of sand. By building sand-abstraction pumps that suck up the water, and dams and boreholes, people can access clean water buried under the sand. Without this technical support, families used to dig holes in the sandy river bed to create shallow wells, but these were often contaminated and people ended up drinking the same water as animals. As their fruit and vegetable harvests increased, the Gwanda communities discovered that much of it was going rotten because it couldn’t be consumed in time, even if some was taken to market. And so the idea of a processing centre was born.
Together the communities provided the labour needed to construct the building and Dabane Trust provided the materials not available locally. With the processing centre in place, the communities can now dry their crops to store them and process their nuts into peanut butter, adding value to their products and providing a source of nutrition in the winter months. Skha helped build the dam and is now chairperson for her community garden, where she grows sweet potatoes, pumpkins and butternut squashes for her family. If she has any left over to sell, she uses this extra income to buy uniforms for the children, and she is able to send them to school. ‘Once Dabane Trust helped us put this garden in it was like a new life – and I could start thinking about the future,’ she says. (Continued on page 7)
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Parish Register B APTISM
First Steps . . . with Jesus
7th April George William Hall
T HANKSGIVING 28th April Isabelle Darcy Kitty Page Reginald Rowlands
C REMATION 8th April David Cleaver aged 70 of Church Park Close 12th April Francis Edwin Evans of Bruce Road aged 68
B URIAL 4th April Robert Jones of Thompsons Road aged 75 19th March Robert Sydney Trippass of Alwynne Freeman Court aged 76. Interred at Windmill Road
Children and Young People
28th March Doris Skeggs of Richmond Lodge, Hospital Lane aged 98 (Continued from page 6)
Key costings £5 could pay for text messages to be sent to 100 farmers in Kenya to provide them with an update on the local weather forecast. This helps them to prepare their land, plan their planting and harvesting activities, and produce healthy crops. £47.50 could pay for 250 plastic jars to store peanut butter made at the Gwanda communities’ processing centre in Zimbabwe. The peanut butter can be stored for use when the harvest runs out, or sold to get extra income. One in eight people in the world are desperate for food. Bite back at hunger and show your support for Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May.
For babies and preschool children with their parents and carers, weekly in term time Mondays 1.30-2.30pm Meets in the Galilee Room, Wednesdays 1.30-2.45pm. Meets at Keresley Village Community Church
Trailblazers Children's Club Mondays 5-6pm at Keresley Village Community Church
Thursday at St T’s
Thursdays From 6pm to 7pm For 5-11 years Meets in the Galilee Room
Youth Essence Thursdays 7.30pm to 9pm in the Galilee Room, School year 9 upwards
Uniformed Groups Meet in the Church Hall : 9th Rainbows, Mondays, 6-7pm 13th Brownies, Mondays, 6.00 - 7.30pm 9th Brownies, Wednesdays, 6.00 - 7.30pm 9th Guides, Thursdays, 6.30 - 8.30pm Meet in the Scout Hut: 41st Cubs, Mondays, 6.45 - 8.30pm 41st Scouts, Tuesdays, 7.00 - 9.00pm 41st Beavers, Fridays, 6.00 - 7.30pm (for 6-8 year olds ) Regular Activities in the Church Hall NB the Church Hall is not usually available for late night Discos
Pre-school Playgroup: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 11.30am and 12.30pm – 3pm Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts meet on weekday evenings. See above for details.