FROM AN ELDER The Angel spoke to the women. ’You must not be afraid,’ he said. ’I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said. Come here and see the place where he was lying. Go quickly now, and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from death, and now he is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him!’ Remember what I have told you.’ (Matt 28 verses 5 – 7) Spring has at last sprung! And that’s official – after a long and cold winter, as I write this, the daffodils are blowing in the breeze and, at long last, my camellias are beginning to flower, much later than usual. Also, this month, much later than usual, we celebrate Easter, the oldest and most important Christian Festival, celebrating the death and coming to life again of our Lord, Jesus Christ. For Christians, the dawn of Easter Sunday, with its message of new life, is the high point of the Christian year. Easter means different things to different people – as it is the first Bank Holiday of the year, to many it means the opportunity to get away. Some friends of ours are keen caravaners and for them it is the chance to take their caravan for its first outing of the year. However, if you mention Easter to our grandchildren, they will immediately think of how many Easter eggs they will get. There are several explanations as to where the name ‘Easter’ comes from. The monk, the ‘Venerable Bede’, who lived in the 7th Century, explained in his writings why this festival celebrating the resurrection of Christ was called Easter. This ancient Christian Monk explained that the title Easter was used in connection with the Anglo-Saxon goddess called Eostre. This was the goddess of spring, to be worshipped at the time of the spring equinox. We can see that this goddess, and the symbolism around her, closely corresponds to the springtime themes of rebirth, new life, new hope, and light - some of the very themes associated with the story of the resurrection. 2
We have had a good deal of sadness in our Church since the joyous celebration of last Easter but, with Godâ€™s help, we can have new life and new hope and, as Jesus died and rose again for us, we too can rise again soon. This joyful Eastertide Away with sin and sorrow! My love, the Crucified Has sprung to life this morrow. Had Christ, that once was slain Neâ€™er burst His three day prison, Our faith had been in vain; But now is Christ arisen! May I wish you all a very happy Easter. Margaret
SECRETARY'S NOTES APRIL 2011 We look forward to Easter at the end of this month. Just a reminder that the Lent Lunches and Services continue on Thursdays in St. Thomas' hall. We are organising both on the 7th. Please come and enjoy our excellent home-made soup, meet people from other Churches and contribute to Christian Aid. The Lent Course continues in The Open Door Cafe on Wednesdays at 2.30 p.m. Easter weekend is a little different this year. There will be a simple Communion Service at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday. The Good Friday Service will take place in the Forecourt, if it's fine> and will be organised by the Baptist Church. This will be our act of witness as Churches Together to the town as there will NOT be a Walk of Witness to the Quay this year. If it is wet/ we will be at the Baptist Church. On Easter Day the Elders have accepted an invitation from the Methodist Church to join them at All Saints. Communion will be included in the Worship, which will be led by Rev'd. Roger Gisborne, 3
a retired Methodist Minister, who has taken Services with us and been very well received. It will be a chance for Churches to worship together which must be good! When Easter arrives may we all celebrate with joy; may we experience the light and warmth of our Risen Lord's love; may we recognise His presence with us, leading us each into His new dawn. Happy Easter! Sandra
STOP PRESS!!! IMPORTANT SPECIAL CHURCH MEETING TUESDAY, 5th APRIL at 7.30 p.m. in the Church Sanctuary. Rev'd. Clare Downing, Wessex Synod Moderator, and Rev'd. Eddie Boon, our Interim Moderator will join us so that we can share together our hopes for the future phase of ministry. Draft copies of our Pastorate Profile are circulating for you to read and consider. We hope as many people as possible will be able to attend and contribute to the discussion. Please make every effort to come. See your Pastoral Visitor if you need a lift to Church.
BASICS BANK There has been an increase in the requests for emergency food parcels, with 63 going out in February. This has meant that the shelves have emptied very quickly. All that we have plenty of are baked beans and soup!! So, please would you help us out by donating tinned, packet and dried basic foods, baby goods and toiletries?? It would be good if we could go back to the idea that we started some years ago that Communion Sunday was Basics Bank 4
Day. We can then fix it in our minds that the first Sunday of the month us the day we take a contribution to Church. It will help us greatly. All the Harvest supplies have gone, except the aforementioned baked beans and soup!! We really would be grateful for the help of Lymington URC's Church family! On the lighter side - we get the occasional request to provide food for pet dogs and cats but we have now had our first referral for a pet mouse. All we were able to send was some cheese! It made us smile. We're never quite sure what we are going to be asked for when the phone rings, but if we can help someone we're content. Continued thanks for your help and support. P.S. communion Sunday is 3rd April.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: GET CRACKING FOR THE BASICS BANK Come and join us at an EASTER EGGS-TRAVAGANZA on the afternoon of Bank Holiday Monday, 25th April, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Elmers Court, with thanks to Jean-Marc and all the staff. Lots to do for adults and children inside and, hopefully, outside in the lovely grounds. Refreshments will be available. All we ask is that you bring a donation for the Basics Bank. We look forward to seeing you!!!
CHURCH FAMILY NEWS Sadly, we bid good bye to Peter Mills as he moves to the Gosport/Portsmouth area, nearer his and Monica's family. Thank you to the members of our Church family who have journeyed with him over the last few months. It has been a distressing time but now he's looking to making a fresh start. He has a special place in our hearts and we pray that all will be well for him, and Baxter and Hardy, too of course. God bless you and keep you. Peter! 5
Peter’s new address is 73 Fisgard Road, Gosport. PO12 4HQ and his telephone number is 02392 528 577. On a further sad note we received the following from the Luxons: Ruby Greenwood died in her sleep on March 13th: she had celebrated her 90th birthday in May. Ruby & her husband Rev Harold joined Lymington URC in 1994, when Harold retired from the ministry and they moved to Milford on Sea. They were very happy here contributing in all kinds of ways, Ruby's cooking being especially appreciated. Her health deteriorated and in late 2009 she moved to her daughter's in Bournemouth where she settled happily into Trinity URC.
FROM PETER MILLS Dear friends A short note to say farewell. As many of you may know I am returning to my family in Gosport to be closer to my aging mother and my two step children and their families, also Monica and I spent 17 very happy years there. I have prayed a lot before coming to this decision and God hasn’t told me otherwise. I had a wonderful time in the Falkland Islands where I was reunited with many of my old shipmates of 30 years ago, they were very sympathetic, supportive and understanding of my situation and of course the comradeship and humour came to the fore. A verse has sustained me through the time since Monica’s untimely death and I feel sure its Monica’s message to me :Turn Again to Life 6
If I should die and leave you here a while, be not like others sore undone, who keep long vigil by the silent dust. For my sake turn again to life and smile, nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine. Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine and I perchance may therein comfort you. Mary Lee Hall Once settled in Gosport my intention is to go on a guided retreat to Iona or Holy Island, accompanied by Baxter and Hardy, my 2 Golden Retrievers, and to reflect on the verse “Turn Again to Life” and to seek God’s guidance for my future. I don’t have to tell you what a beautiful person Monica is, both inside and out and with God’s help and in memory of her, I will try my utmost to “complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine and I perchance may therein comfort you”. Thank you all for your love, support and prayers during this difficult time, a very special and heartfelt thanks to Jenny and Lorna for their tender loving care and ministry to me. Gosport is not a million miles away so I will keep in touch and will hold you all in my prayers for the future of Lymington United Reformed Church. Blessings Peter
CHILDREN'S BIRTHDAY On the 17th Sam Turberville will celebrate his 13th birthday. We wish him a happy birthday as he becomes a teenager! 7
LYMINGTON URC DIARY APRIL 2011 EVERY WEDNESDAY the Prayer Group will meet in the Church from 9.15 a.m. until 10.00 a.m. Everyone welcome.
COFFEE MORNINGS EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, from 10.00 a.m.—12 noon, in the Open Door Café. On Tuesday 15th, Carers' Café.
The Open Door Cafe will also open on the first Friday of the month from the 1st April. EVERY SATURDAY, from 9.30 a.m.—11.30 a.m., in the hall.
SUNDAY WORSHIP 3rd
10.15 a.m. 10.30 a.m.
Elders’ Prayer Time in Vestry Worship for Mothering Sunday including Communion led by Mr Robin Watson Elder’s nominations to be in.
10.15 a.m. 10.30 a.m.
Elders’ Prayer Time in Vestry Worship led by Mrs Mary Ann Jardine
10.15 a.m. 10.30 a.m.
Elders’ Prayer Time in Vestry Worship for Palm Sunday led by Sandra Jackson
EASTER SERVICES Thurs. 21st 7.30 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Evening Communion led by Rev’d Alan Green 8
Fri. 22nd 10.00 a.m.
United worship for Good Friday led by Rev’d David Gooderidge (Baptist Church) in our Forecourt—weather permitting. If wet, in the Baptist Church.
Sun. 24th 10.45 a.m.
United Methodist/URC Celebration of Easter Day, with Communion led by Rev’d Roger Gisborne at All Saints’ Church, Woodside Solent Mead Service
EVERY WEEK there will be Junior Church and coffee/tea after the service.
OTHER EVENTS EVERY FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH, New Forest Disability Information Service Outreach Session in the Open Door Café, 10am to 12noon, with Jean Reece. EVERY 3RD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, Cruse Bereavement Care New Forest are holding outreach sessions in the Open Door Café, 2.30pm to 4pm. Cruse New Forest is part of a national charity that provides information and support to anyone who has been bereaved (children, young people and adults), whenever or however the death occurred. The service, provided by trained volunteers, is confidential and free. Helpline: 01425 628375 Free Wi Fi connection to the internet available in the Open Door Cafe, Balcony and Main Hall areas. Just ask for the required password! Tue. 5th
Wed. 6th 2.30 p.m.
Special Church Meeting with Synod Moderator and Interim Moderator Lent Group in Open Door Café. 9
Lent Lunch and service organised by URC in St Thomas’ Hall.
Lymington Town Band playing in the Forecourt.
Tue. 12th 7.00 p.m.
Wed 13th 2.30 p.m.
Lent Group in Open Door Café.
Thu. 14th 12 noon
Lent Lunch and service organised by Methodists and St Marks’ in St Thomas’ Hall.
Mon. 18th 7.30 p.m.
United Prayer and Praise Fellowship meets in the Church led by URC.
Sat. 23rd 8.00 a.m.
Mon. 25th p.m.
Easter Eggs-travaganza at Elmers Court.
CLOSING DATE FOR MAY 'OPEN DOOR’: 10th APRIL
CORRECTIONS TO THE DIRECTORY Please add Shelagh Richardson to the Pastoral Visitors. (Apologies for the omission)
CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Matthew and Hannah Turberville. Matthew has been a mascot for Saints and thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Hannah has passed the 11+ exam to Bournemouth School for Girls. 10
THANKS Thanks to Mike & Norma Bell who copied, collated and stapled the 2011 Church Directory. It was much appreciated and a job well done!
HANGING BASKETS If anyone with green fingers out there is interested in planting up 3 hanging baskets for the side wall of the Church as you approach the main hall doors (you may have noticed them last year)........then please speak to Helena. We have the baskets but not the liners.
A VISIT TO BUENOS AIRES An appeal from Nicholas Saqui; This summer along with 19 other students from Canford School I am going to stay for 2 weeks in Buenos Aires at a orphanage called the "Horgar El Alba". We will be constructing new buildings for the orphans and giving the children the sort of attention which they do not normally receive. To go on this trip I have to raise ÂŁ400 which will fund the materials needed for the buildings. If you would like to donate any items of value which you are not using which I could sell at the forecourt table sale in April please give them to myself, Jane or Mike. If you would simply like to donate some money please feel free to give it to myself or if I am not at church then Jane or Mike. All donations whether of money or sale items would be very welcome. Many Thanks, Nicholas Saqui 11
SYNOD MEETING AT CHURCH on 12th March
It was Rev'd. Clare Downing's first Synod Meeting as our Moderator & she did very well! The opening worship is always spine-tingling with a full Church & everyone singing their hearts out. We began with “Tell out my soul" and lifted our spirits. The theme for the day was welcoming, overcoming barriers & sharing good news. The children, part of the Synod's first Children’s Day, stayed with us for the first part of the Bible Study on Zaccheus. There were prayers throughout the day for various groups & concerns. We got to stand up, clap our hands and bop around as we sang African songs at intervals through the day, which was fun! There were 'Good News’ contributions from Paul Murphy, one of Heathrow Airport's Chaplains; the Messy Church in Parkstone; and Tim Searle, one of the Street Pastors in Chandlers Ford - all of which were heart-warming. Some news wasn't so encouraging - the falling numbers of congregations, the difficulties for some Churches reaching their M&M targets, many Ministers retiring, only 5 students in training, Churches spending long periods in vacancy, the need to review ministry & leadership in the near future and so on. But there was a feeling of hope for the future and we left feeling encouraged. Why? Because of the upcoming URC Advertising Campaign; the sheer dedication and commitment of the folk who gathered there; the young people - members of the Wessex Synod Youth Executive were with us and got a well-deserved round of applause; and the children, who got the loudest and longest applause as they returned to share their day with us and treated us to the music they'd been rehearsing, accompanied with actions and most of them drumming on African drums. It was a joy to see their enthusiasm and complete involvement in what they were doing. It certainly woke us all up!! 12
The Winchester and Romsey Churches conducted a quieter closing worship, challenging us with Jesus’ Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 and we closed with 'You shall go out with joy’. It was a good day, a lively one!. It was great to catch up with old friends and acquaintances and meet new people and be part, for a while, of the wider Church.
FLOWER PROVISION NOTES 1. Please put your name on the date you require flowers. 2. If you wish to arrange the flowers please put 'A' after your name. If you want the flowers arranged for you please talk to Pauline about colour, etc. 3. Easter etc., funded by donations given for general or specific use. 4. All flowers are left in the church for one week on the dais, followed by one week in the porch. 5. Flower money is recorded in one book with an 'IN/OUT' system which the Treasurer checks and signs each month. At 14/02/2001 the balance is £100—04. This money covers:-Oasis -Candles -Birthday Cards and Stamps (which Pam Butler sends out on Birthdays to all the congregation). -Flowers or Plants for the sick etc. (as advised by the Pastoral Team. Other referrals may come from the Prayer Group.) Note: The cards and paper are in the flower cupboard so that anyone can buy flowers, take a card and paper, and claim the cost of flowers from Pauline. -Easter, Christmas, Harvest are covered by donation or from the fund. 6. There are no flowers in the Open Door Cafe or in the main hall as the risk of spillage and constant moving of tables make it impractical Flowers can be organised for special occasions, e.g. Cream Teas, Weddings, Funerals. 7. At the moment Shelagh Richardson, Ann Hooper, Susan Rolls and I are available for arranging and possibly Janet Taylor if asked. 13
IF YOU ARRANGE FLOWERS FOR SUNDAY:• •
Please remove the porch flowers completely. Move the dais flowers into the porch if possible. Water, remove dead flowers and tidy to look reasonable, or leave the porch empty. Make sure all areas are clean and all green waste is taken away. Old Oasis can be put in the black bag in the flower cupboard (Pauline takes to the tip). If possible come in mid week to water and remove dead flowers. (Helena does water and has disposed of dead flowers but it is not in her job description.) Pauline
WANTED FOR FORECOURT SALE Plants for Christian Aid On April 23rd in addition to the main tables there will be a stall selling plants in aid of Christian Aid. If you have any plants which you have grown, that you could donate, please let Christine Luxon or Shelagh and Peter Richardson know. Come bring - come buy!
THANKS2 Thanks to Helena for her enlightening and thought provoking talk at the St Patrick’s day lunch about growing up in Northern Ireland. We were all very impressed with her obvious talent for after dinner speaking!
OPEN DOOR FUNDRAISING Forthcoming events:
We have an outline calendar of events for the year as follows: • • • • • • •
Lymington Town Band in the forecourt, April 9th, 10—12 noon, Forecourt sale, April 23rd, Zanzibar Supper and slideshow in aid of Christian Aid on Friday 13th May, in our church hall Rotary table sale, May 30th, Zing Choir, June 11th, Beach BBQ, date to be confirmed, Cream Teas, July 29th to August 26th.
WANTED Books and other items for sale at the forecourt sale on April 23rd.
Sandra Jackson. Tel 01590 676306
Wyn Davies. Tel 01425 616384 e-mail: WynBDavies@sky.com
Church: Web site: http://www.lymurc.org.uk/ Tel 01590 676306 e-mail: email@example.com Basics Bank web site: http://www.basicsbank.org.uk/ Tel 01590 610008 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ROTAS FOR APRIL COMMUNION SUNDAY: 3rd COMMUNION ELDERS: 3rd Sandra and Jane. 24th (Easter): 2 Elders may be needed. If you cannot do a particular date, please swap with someone to cover that date. DUTY ELDER 3rd Jane Saqui 10th Catherine Bowell 17th Judith Baker 24th John Wiseman (at All Saints if needed)
READING IN CHURCH Peter Richardson Jenny Henderson Shelagh Richardson Janice Perkins
STEWARDS 3rd Mike and Norma Bell 10th Liz Griffiths and Steve Turberville 17th Jill and Peter Haslett 24th Shelagh and Peter Richardson COFFEE MORNING ROTAS Saturday 2nd Ann Webber 9th Mary Ann Jardine 16th Judith Baker 23rd June Copperi
SOUND SYSTEM Wyn Davies Mike Saqui Margaret Clark Gerry Copperi
Sunday 3rd June Copperi 10th Janice Perkins 17th Margaret Clark 24th Junior Church
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