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Harvest Services in Keresley Sunday 6th October sees both churches holding Harvest services at 10.30am. At KVCC there will be Holy Communion and it will be the first opportunity for the new District Superintendent, Rev Carol Hamilton -Foyn, to worship with the congregation there. At St Thomas’ there will be a Family Service led by the all age worship team. In addition, Messy Church this month will focus on Harvest, Sunday 15th, 2-4pm at KVCC. All welcome, bring a tin for Foodbank.

Holiday Club 2013 More photos on pages 4 and 5.

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It is only with gratitude towards God that life becomes rich. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Inside this issue: Parish Calendar

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Local News

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Holiday Club in pictures

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Whole life discipleship

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From the archives– 1919 Sunday School Teachers Outing

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Parish Register

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Children and Young people

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Mouse page

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What is the point of temptation

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Services at St Thomas’ and Keresley Village Community Church September Sunday1st 9am St Thomas Holy Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am St Thomas Summer worship. All age team 10.30am KVCC Holy Communion. Les Armstrong Sunday 8th 9am St Thomas Holy Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am Family Communion. Mark Norris. Sunday school and Pathfinders restart 10.30am KVCC Family Service. Steve Medley Sunday 15th 9am St Thomas Holy Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am St Thomas Family Worship. All age team 10.30am KVCC Holy Communion. Mark Norris 2-4pm KVCC Messy Church Harvest Sunday 22nd 9am St Thomas Holy Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am St Thomas Family Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am KVCC Family Service. Steve Medley and Ian Worsley Sunday 29th 9am St Thomas Holy Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am St Thomas Family Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am KVCC Family Service. Steve Medley

October Sunday 6th 9am St Thomas Holy Communion. Mark Norris 10.30am St Thomas Family Service. All age team 10.30am KVCC Harvest Festival and Holy Communion. Carol Hamilton-Foyn

Messy Breakfast The next Messy Breakfast is on Saturday 12th October at 9.30am

Jo’s jump Don’t forget, Jo’s skydive will be on Saturday 28th September (UK time). It’s still not too late to sponsor her. Go to: http:// www.justgiving.com/JoGoodwinskydive

or leave a donation with the parish office. Refreshment for all

Tuesday afternoons, 1.30-2.30pm in the Galilee Room. Fortnightly from 24th September 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.

Tear Here A biscuit pack can bring great cheer, But therein lies a trap – You pull just where it says ‘tear here’ And they all land in your lap…..

Nigel Beeton

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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Could you offer someone a home far from home for just a day or two? HOST, a wellestablished charity, is hoping to hear from people who enjoy making others feel at home, and who would love to meet interesting young adults from other parts of the world who are currently studying at universities in the UK, and who want to understand this country better. One host wrote: ‘It is a great to welcome these students and make them feel wanted. They get to see a good side of life in Britain in contrast to what they might learn from the media. It is also fun getting to know someone from another country.’ Invitations can be for a day, a weekend, or 3 days at Christmas. Sharing Christmas with someone who has little idea what Christmas is can be really special – and for the guest, much better than being on a deserted university campus. Invitations are urgently needed from volunteer hosts, no matter how far they live from a university. To find out more, please see www.hostuk.org or contact local organiser Lesley Higgins 01869 347385 Thank you.

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on’t forget to pick up some items from the list below when you go shopping.

Sunday 15th September

2-4pm Keresley Village Community Church

Messy Church Harvest Celebration Bring a can for Foodbank Next Messy Breakfast, Saturday 12th October 9.30am, KVCC

MACMILLAN CANCER CARE and COVENTRY MYTON HOSPICE

FUNDRAISING WEEKEND Littlehurst Nursery and Garden Centre Bennett’s Road North, Corley CV7 8BG

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 10.00am – 4.00pm

Milk (UHT or powdered)

Sugar (500g) Jam

HOT BAGS AND CRAFTS by The Hot Bag Team

Fruit juice (carton)

Cereals

‘PULL THE LINE and FIND A PRIZE’

Tinned:  soup  baked beans  tomatoes /veg  MEAT/FISH  fruit  sponge pudding  rice pudding

Rice Pasta Instant noodles

DELICIOUS CAKES, COFFEE & TEA

Instant mashed potatoes Pasta sauces

Proceeds from the above will be divided between Macmillan Cancer Support and Coventry Myton Hospice

Biscuits or snack bars

Tea bags (40 or 80) Instant coffee

RAFFLE, TOMBOLA,

WE WILL ALSO HAVE A VARIETY OF STALLS OFFERING GIFTS & CRAFTS

A warm welcome is guaranteed If you would like a stall at this event please call Jo, at the Garden Centre: 01676 540178


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A good time was had by all at the Holiday Club in August. The theme was based on the life of Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, from the Old Testament. It used the idea that being taken from their home to Babylon was a bit like being on a different planet. Each day they looked at a different story—Daniel and his friends refusing to eat forbidden food; Daniel interpreting Nebuchadnezzar's dream; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refusing to bow to a gold statue and being thrown in to the fiery furnace, and walking out unscathed; Daniel interpreting the writing on the wall; and the most famous one of all—Daniel and the lion’s den.. All of these stories show them staying faithful to the one true God and trusting Him even though they were in a different land with different ways and and different gods.


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The Sunday School Teachers had an outing in 1919 after a break for the war. Here’s a report.

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o you know how to train fleas? Take an ordinary jar and place dozens of fleas in it. Put a lid on the top of the jar, and leave them for a few days. When you remove the lid the fleas will only jump to a few millimetres below where the lid has been. The fleas are now trained and will not jump out of the jar. (Though it is probably best not to try this experiment in your home!) In the church today we are often 'trained' not to live beyond the limits, as whole life disciples! We can view discipleship as more about the sacred part of life rather than the secular. Are we aware of what God is doing in our school, workplace, with friends and family, on our street or in our leisure time? Whole life disciples spend every day with an awareness of the presence of Jesus in their lives. As the apostle Paul writes: ‘And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.’ Colossians 3:17 We do ordinary things in the name or character of Jesus i.e. acting in the same way that Jesus would do if he were in our place.

It’s helpful to think in terms of frontlines, the places where we spend most of our week: Everyone has a frontline: young or old, working or not, sick or well. This could be our workplace, home, college, community or club. This is where God has called us! God is at work on our frontline to shape and use us, making it a place where we can grow as a disciple and make a difference to those around. As churches we need to be committed to helping each other see the significance of our frontlines in God's purposes. Are we supporting one another, especially in prayer? As one teacher put it: “I spend an hour a week teaching Sunday school and they haul me up to the front of the church to pray for me. The rest of the week I’m a full-time teacher and the church has never prayed for me. That says it all.” With less than 7% of the UK population going to church, God wants to use us as salt and light wherever we spend time. Christians are exactly where they need to be to serve him, so that others might see what a disciple of Jesus looks like, as we grow as disciples ourselves.

Rev Paul Hardingham, Rector of Bolton

Whole Life Discipleship: ‘And whatever you do!’


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Parish Register BAPTISMS 16th June Oliver Matthew Sephton

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Children and Young People First Steps . . . with Jesus

21st July Isabelle Darcy Kitty Page

For babies and preschool children with their parents and carers, weekly in term time

18th August Reginald Robert Rowlands

Mondays 1.30-2.30pm Meets in the Galilee Room,

1st September Kiana Lena Christy

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Wednesdays 1.30-2.45pm. Meets at Keresley Village Community Church

27th July Philip Williams and Michelle Anne Cooksley; Simon Michael Wilson and Donna Leanne Webb

Trailblazers Children's Club

3rd August John Howard Savage and Claire Elizabeth Dabell

Thursday at St T’s

31st August Mark Andrew Waight an Danielle Bilton

B URIAL 10th June Alice Stella Townsend, 97, of Kenilworth Manor, Thickthorn Orchards

Mondays 5-6pm at Keresley Village Community Church 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

25th July Hilda Annie Stowe, 90, of Thompsons Road 3rd September Maureen Osborne, 87, of Brownshill Green Rd

C REMATIONS 3rd June Dorothy Florence Bowen, 93, of Halford Lodge 17th June William Hall Brown, 73, of The Crescent 27th August Iris May Carpenter, 90, of Schofield Road 30th August Stanley Hughes, 94, of Cottage Farm Road

A SHES I NTERRED 2nd July Glenys Lynne Ford, 63, of Plantshill Crescent 6th July Derek Anthony O’Neil, 72, of Highley Drive, Daimler Green

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.

Our Community September 2013