THE OPEN DOOR DEMOCRAT SANS
The Magazine of the Lymington United Reformed Church APRIL 2012
FROM OUR MINISTER Dear friends, I believe that Easter is the major Christian festival of the year. I know that unless Christmas happened there would be no Easter but the staggering depth of what God did for us at Easter is so mind-blowing that no matter how many times we celebrate it we can never plumb those depths. On 1st April we shall celebrate Palm Sunday, a day when Jesus was feted by the crowd who believed he was the all-conquering, heroic Messiah coming to save them. Palm branches and cloaks were laid before him as he rode into Jerusalem on a war horse. No, wait a moment, let’s rewind that: “The disciples/ brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the ground, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’” (Matt 21: 7-9). The point was that Jesus came on a donkey to symbolise that he came as a man of peace, not a man of war. He came to give up his own life, not to take the lives of others. How quickly that crowd turned when five days later, on the day we now call Good Friday, they shouted “Crucify him! / crucify him!” (Matt 27:22-23) We shall remember those events on 6th April in a short, open-air service on our forecourt. Friends from a number of denominations will take part and I shall have the privilege of sharing a short message Where were the crowds when that world-changing event of Easter Day took place? “After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb/ The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know
that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said’/ So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet full of joy.” (Matt 28:1, 5-6, 8) Those first few moments of resurrection joy were quiet, personal moments, although most of our Easter hymns are rousing ones. We shall share them again this year with our Methodist friends when we gather for worship at All Saints Church, Woodside. Two of my favourite hymn verses are these from “My song is love unknown” and they mirror what I have written about above: Sometimes they strew his way, And his sweet praises sing; Resounding all the day, Hosannas to their king. Then: ‘Crucify!’ Is all their breath, And for his death they thirst and cry. Here might I stay and sing, No story so divine; Never was love, dear King, Never was grief like thine. This is my friend, In whose sweet praise I all my days Could gladly spend. I pray that together we may be enabled to walk the emotional journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Day and in doing so rediscover the joy of a resurrection faith this Easter. Your friend and minister, Chris
SECRETARY'S NOTES APRIL 2012 Easter will be our focus at the beginning of the month. There will be a reflective time of worship with Communion on the evening of the 5th (Maundy Thursday). Good Friday (6th) sees another Open Air United Service led by the Baptists at 10 a.m. in our Forecourt. The weather was amazingly perfect last year and it was a spectacular Service with music and drama and much more. It attracted many people on their way up or down the High Street. It was a real outreach opportunity and we hope we can do even better this year. Come rain or shine, there will be coffee, tea and Hot Cross Buns in our hall afterwards, donations for which will go, as usual, to Christian Aid. We look forward to celebrating Easter Day with our Methodist friends at All Saints Church, Woodside. The Service will start at 10.45 a.m. and will be led by the Superintendent, Rev'd. Keith Beckingham. PLEASE note the later time and that there is no Service at our Church. It will be good to be together again. Members will have received their Elders' Election letters asking for your nominations for Elders. Please give prayerful thought to who, amongst the members, you feel would be willing and able to take on this ministry; to be part of the leadership team helping to build up the life of our Church. Please make sure your nominations get to me by Easter Sunday (8th). May you know a special blessing of joy and peace this Easter! Sandra
BASICS BANK Our six monthly figures (September to February) reveal quite a steep rise in the number of emergency food parcels given out. There were 400 parcels, which helped 875 people.
In 2011 there were 299 parcels, helping 651 people. People ask what constitutes a parcel, so here goes with an explanation: A 'parcel' contains tinned, dried and packet food with fresh bread, cheese and spread, to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea and snacks for at least five days, plus toilet rolls; toiletries (shower gel, toothpaste etc.); washing up liquid and J cloths. A parcel for a single person or couple fills four or five average sized carrier bags. When we add food for children in a family, which often includes nappies, wipes and baby food, we can use eight or nine bags. The largest parcel we've made up recently was a family of three adults, four children and a five week old baby and that filled our trusty Tesco trolley. As you can see, we get through a lot of carrier bags and would be grateful to receive any you have got to spare. We are short at the moment. We try to colour code each parcel to help our deliverers, who are packing up to six parcels in the cars to take out to families. They can. then, keep each parcel separate e.g. the Tesco bags for the family in New Milton; the Waitrose bags for the young man in Ashley; the red bags for the couple in Pennington. It stops parcels getting muddled up. Thank you for your continuing support.
CHURCH FAMILY NEWS Very many congratulations to Dennis and Joan Piper who recently celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary. We think that's 'Platinum'. They were married in our Church on 23rd March 1942.That's a wonderful achievement. Well done!! Love and best wishes from us all.
CHILDREN'S BIRTHDAYS 'Happy Birthday' wishes, this month, go to Sam Turberville who will be 14 on the 17th. We hope you have a great day!
THANKS Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to my very special celebration weekend at the beginning of March. I was very touched by all the cards, gifts and messages, as well as by the number of you who managed to visit the manse during the “open afternoon” and then by the “happy birthday” coffee gathering you had arranged after the Sunday morning service. I would also like to record my grateful thanks to my daughters Rachel and Joanna, Rachel’s boyfriend Chris, my sister Sally and my brother-in-law Richard for all their help over such a busy weekend. It is one I shall remember with pleasure for many years to come. Chris
LYMINGTON URC DIARY 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. Every Tuesday the Open Door Cafe proceeds support the Romans One Eleven Trust and local charities and groups. The Open Door Cafe will also open on Fridays and will be staffed by members of the Fellowship and Fundraising committee. EVERY SATURDAY, from 9.30 a.m.—11.30 a.m., in the hall.
SUNDAY WORSHIP EVERY 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday afternoons Lymington Salvation Army services. The 2nd Sunday will be a service in the Sanctuary and the 4th will be a Cafe service. 1st
10.15 a.m. 10.30 a.m.
Elders’ Prayer Time in Vestry Worship including Communion led by Rev'd Chris Vivian
EASTER SERVICES 5th
Evening Communion Service for Maundy Thursday led by Rev'd. Chris Vivian
Churches Together United Service for Good Friday led by Rev'd. Dave Gooderidge (Baptist Church) in the Forecourt. Coffee/tea and hot cross buns in URC hall afterwards
United Methodist/URC Celebration of Easter Day Led by Rev'd. Keith Beckingham (Methodist Church) at All Saints' Church, Woodside (N.B. please note the later time and NO Service at URC) (Elders' 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 led by Mrs. Angela Bevan
10.15 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m.
Elders’ Prayer Time in Vestry Worship led by Rev'd. Chris Vivian (Elders' Voting Forms to go out) 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 (not on Bank Holidays though). EVERY THIRD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, from 10.00 a.m.—12 noon, Carers’ Café in the Open Door Café. EVERY THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH, Cruse Bereavement New Forest outreach in the Open Door Cafe 10am to 12noon. Death is a part of life, and grieving a natural process. Cruse is committed to breaking the stigma around grief and ensuring that everyone, no matter how old or young, can access the highest quality support following a bereavement. Trained Cruse Bereavement volunteers will be on hand in the Open Door Cafe to offer help. Tue 3rd
United Prayer and Praise Fellowship meets in Church led by St. Thomas'
Table Sale (Fund Raising Team) in the Forecourt
Dixieland Band in the Forecourt
CLOSING DATE FOR APRIL 'OPEN DOOR’: 8th APRIL Free Wi Fi connection to the internet available in the Open Door Cafe, Balcony and Main Hall areas. Just ask for the required password!
THANKS 2 The Salvation Army members would like to express their gratitude to all who have helped us in making the move from the community centre to share your beautiful building. Some of you were present at our first meeting in the open air. What a super crowd. A total of £500 was sent to the famine Aid Relief organised by the `Jeshi La Wokovu (Salvation Army) in Kenya. Some of you shared our Carol Service in December when the 2011 BBC Children`s Choir of the Year were our guests as well as the Ringwood Salvation Army Band. £250 was raised for the Salvation Army work in Zimbabwe. This year we celebrate 10 years of the reopening of the Salvation Army work in Lymington after a gap of 50 years. We invite you to share our celebration on May 13th at 3pm, when we have `A Celebration of Praise` followed by tea in the hall. We hope to get to know more of you as we share your Saturday morning coffee rota and join in united events. Thank you all so much. Doug and Ruth Barlow
2012/13 CHURCH DIRECTORY We are looking at updating the Church Directory with a view to issuing the new 2012/13 edition in May. Please can you give or email either myself or Sandra any updates, changes or additions you would like made to your details in the existing directory as
soon as possible but certainly by the 30th April 2012 latest. If your details are not included in the current issue and you have not completed a Church Directory Form, then please ask as we have these forms readily available. Helena - firstname.lastname@example.org Sandra - email@example.com Many thanks for your help on this. Helena.
CHURCH INFORMATION Helenaâ€™s leave dates for 2012: - Bank Holidays - Friday 13/04/12 - Friday 11th and 25th May - Thursday 28th/Friday 29th June and Monday 2nd July - Friday 31st August - Monday 12th November
REMINDER if you have forgotten to pay your ÂŁ5.00 magazine subscription please can you do so as soon as possible. Please take note that this is a voluntary contribution and is anonymous! Thanks, Gill (Treasurer)
NEW SOFAS IN MAIN HALL By the time you read this no doubt everyone will have seen the lovely sofas in the main hall! Well, just to give you the background
on these.........they are owned by the Fernmount Day Centre (Hampshire County Council) who use the main hall and kitchen every Thursday from 9.30am to 3pm. Their funds allowed them to buy the sofas for use by their day service clients. After discussions with the Church plus approval from the Elders you can see the end product which includes lockable wheels and the seats raised off ground level to facilitate floor cleaning. Fernmount are fully aware and appreciate that the Church and others will use the furniture; they have also supplied extra covers in case of accidents! But please if you see anyone not being very kind to them ask them to respect the fact that the Church does not own but shares another group's furniture and we would be grateful for their consideration. Many thanks, Helena.
DREAMS TO REALITY - IN INDIA! * Christian Aid fund-raising evening *
Friday 18th May
* 7pm * In the church * Slideshow and talk by Robert Ellis on his mission to eradicate polio * Light refreshments in the interval * Donations to Christian Aid
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS VERY WORTHWHILE CAUSE 12
OPEN DOOR FELLOWSHIP AND FUNDRAISING Forthcoming events: The Fellowship and Fundraising Committee has a programme of events which we hope will receive your usual enthusiastic support: • Table sale in forecourt 21st April • • • • • •
Strawberry Tea at Jane Saqui’s 25th May Beach BBQ 16th June, chez Ann Webber Moore Blatch garden party 15th July BBQ at Cathy’s 5th August Cream teas Fridays throughout August Anniversary Lunch 21st October with guest speaker. Christmas tree festival, week commencing 5th December.
Ann Webber would be pleased to receive good quality paperbacks to re-stock the bookshelf. Any good saleable items would be welcomed for the table sale, as well, please. PLEASE NOTE: This magazine is printed on paper from renewable sources out of our concern for the environment.
ROTAS FOR APRIL COMMUNION SUNDAY: 1st COMMUNION ELDERS: Judith and Margaret DUTY ELDER 1st: 8th 15th 22nd 29th
Judith Baker John Wiseman Mary Ann Jardine Sandra Jackson Margaret Clark
READING IN CHURCH Jill Haslett Jenny Henderson David Hooper Margaret Clark Helena Carr
STEWARDS SOUND SYSTEM 1st Gill Wiseman and Ron Parker GC 8th Janice Perkins and Jenny Henderson PR 15th Peter and Shelagh Richardson WD 22nd Ann Longney and Kate Noon MS 29th Margaret Evans and Glenys Bradshaw MC COFFEE MORNING ROTAS Saturday 7th June Copperi 14th Ann Webber 21st Mary Ann Jardine 28th Judith Baker
Sunday 1st Janice Perkins 8th Margaret Clark 15th Junior Church 22nd Shelagh Richardson 29th Helena Carr
CONTACT DETAILS Minister:
Revâ€™d Chris Vivian. Tel 01590 675633 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Secretary: Sandra Jackson. Tel 01590 676306 e-mail: email@example.com
Wyn Davies. Tel 01425 616384 e-mail: WynBDavies@sky.com
Church web site:
http://www.lymurc.org.uk/ Tel 01590 676306 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other web sites that list the church: http://www.joinmychurch.com & http://www.findachurch.co.uk Centre Manager: Helena Carr. Tel 01590 676306 On site Monday-Friday 8.30am to 2pm. If the main hall doors are locked during these times there is a door bell located at the rear main hall fire exit door
Basics Bank web site: http://www.basicsbank.org.uk/ Tel 01590 610008 e-mail: email@example.com