THE OPEN DOOR Estranglo Edessa
The Magazine of the Lymington United Reformed Church
FROM OUR MINISTER Dear friends, Do you ever feel you can’t do something, you can’t cope any more, it’s all too difficult? Although I am writing for the June magazine I am delighted that it is due to be published on 27th May, which is Pentecost, the day we remember the gift of the Holy Spirit in all his power to the church and to individuals within it. Before that Jesus had said, “Stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49), then in Acts 1 he said, “Wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit3You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” (verses 4,5,8) In God the Holy Spirit we find the answer to our inabilities, to our lack of power, to our fears when we are thrust into things at the deep end. We may feel we cannot cope, but that is just the time when we need to hand things over to God and rely on his strength and his direction. As Paul said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (I Corinthians 12:9). My prayer is that as we continue to develop as individuals committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and as we work together to develop the life of the church and its witness in the community, we may be empowered by the Holy Spirit. I do not want us simply to follow good ideas for our programme, but to do what God by his Holy Spirit is leading us into and to be strengthened by him. I do hope and pray that the events coming up in the next few weeks are ones which are being directed by God at 3
this time in Lymington URC’s life: I believe they are and warmly commend them to you. Let me draw particular attention to the following: Two Bible Study groups are beginning in June and I warmly invite you to join one of them. On Friday 1st June an afternoon group will be starting at 2.30pm and on Friday 8th June an evening group will be starting at 7pm. Both will be held in the Open Door Café and it is anticipated that both will last for one and a half hours. They will run initially until the end of July, with a break during August, and each will be held every other week, giving you the choice of an afternoon or an evening meeting. I have a choice of Biblical discussion material available and exactly what is studied will be for the groups to decide. Our Getting to Know You meeting for people who may be interested in becoming church members is being held in the church hall on Saturday 9th June at 5pm. It will start with refreshments, then there will be a presentation about what church membership does (and does not!) involve, followed by time for questions and answers. Some of you have received personal invitations but anyone is welcome – please let Sandra or me know if you plan to be there. At the end of June is our Romans One Eleven Trust weekend which I really hope you will support. On Saturday 30th June at 7pm there is a “Worlds Apart?” evening, open to people from all churches or none, when my good friend Rev. Dr. John Hall (who preached at my induction) will look at how Christians worldwide work together for the Kingdom of Jesus. He and I will speak in particular about the work of the Romans One Eleven Trust, illustrating this from the work carried out in Uganda and in particular the links with Osborne Nursery and Primary School, Nkondo, which we now support. John and I 4
will then share together in leading the Sunday morning Communion service on 1st July. I believe that these initiatives have been encouraged by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and commend them wholeheartedly to you. As Romans 1:11-12 says, “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” God bless you all, Chris
SECRETARY'S NOTES JUNE 2012 There are three opportunities to 'find out more' this month. The first is a 'Getting to know you' meeting (9th), mainly for invited guests, mostly from our Church Family, some have been with us for many years, others have arrived recently. It will be an informal gathering, with tea, of course, where we can chat to each other. One of the topics of conversation will be Church Membership. We hope to persuade people to take this step of commitment. By answering your questions, we hope to allay the fears that some people have. Please come whether you are invited or even if you would like to know more about our Church. Secondly, we have long been concerned by the lack of provision for homeless people in Lymington. The River of Life do a wonderful job but their resources are limited. At the CTLP Council Meeting (12th), we have invited Rory Paget Wilkins to speak. He is with the Green Pastures Housing Project and may be able to lead us to providing accommodation for homeless people in our area. If you are interested, please come to the 5
Meeting, you can just come for the beginning of the Meeting and the speaker, and don't have to stay for the business meeting, unless you want to! Thirdly, we have started to support the Romans 1:11 Trust and there is an exciting opportunity to learn a lot more about their work on 30th when our Minister, with John and Gwen Hall will put on an evening for us. John and Gwen will also be part of our Worship, the following day, 1st July. It's lighter on these summer evenings so here are three chances to get out and about, meet with friends and likeminded people and learn more about what is happening within our Church, our local area and beyond. Please come, transport can always be arranged through your Pastoral Care Visitor. Look forward to seeing you! Sandra
BASICS BANK Many thanks to those people who've donated carrier bags. We should be OK now for quite a while. We have more than plentiful supplies of baked beans, dried pasta, tuna and teabags and would rather not receive any more for a while, please!! We are, though, short of tins of fruit and rice pudding and squash and jellies for children come in very useful. Many thanks again for your support. It is much appreciated.
CHILDREN'S BIRTHDAYS We send 'Happy Birthday' wishes to Tazmin Toms who will be 13 on the 10th Peter Wildschut who will be 4 on the 29th We hope your special day will be just that - very special!
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. 3rd:
10.15 a.m. 10.30 a.m.
Elders’ Prayer Time in Vestry
Worship including Communion led by Rev'd. Chris Vivian 7
10.15 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.15 a.m. 10.30 a.m.
Elders’ Prayer Time in Vestry
Worship led by Mrs. Brenda McCarron Elders’ Prayer Time in Vestry
Worship led by Mrs. Mary Ann Jardine
10.15 a.m. Elders’ Prayer Time in Vestry Worship led by Mr. Tony Coghlan 10.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 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.
Wed. 6th 7.00 p.m. Elders' Meeting Sat. 9th 5.00 p.m. 'Getting to know you' at Church 8
Tue. 12th 7.30 p.m. CTLP Council Meeting at St. Thomas'. Speaker: Rory Paget Wilkins of Green Pastures Housing Project 13th - 27th: Minister on holiday Sat. 16th 2.00 p.m. B-B-Q at Calshot, thanks to Ann Webber 18th - 23rd : Lymington Arts Festival Sat. 30th 7.00 p.m. 'World's Apart?' - A Uganda Evening with The Romans 1:11 Trust CLOSING DATE FOR JULY/AUGUST 'OPEN DOORâ€™: 10th JUNE Free Wi Fi connection to the internet available in the Open Door Cafe, Balcony and Main Hall areas. Just ask for the required password!
CHURCH FAMILY NEWS Congratulations to Bob and Esme Cook who celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 14th June. Sixty years together is a wonderful achievement! Well done and love from us all. Congratulations, too, to Esme Chamberlain who will celebrate her 90th birthday on 7th June. Lots of love from us all and we hope you have a very happy birthday!
PRAYER MEETINGS Our churchâ€™s main meeting together for prayer is in the sanctuary on a Wednesday morning from 9.15am to 10.00am. It is
disappointing that it is currently such a small meeting and Chris would encourage anyone who is free at that time to come along to join us. There is no expectation that you will pray out loud, unless you wish to. The meeting is led by one of a small group of people who provide varied meditative and prayer input, which always includes praying through the items in our intercessions book. It would be a great encouragement to us if we were joined by more friends and would undoubtedly strengthen the prayer base of the church, which is vital to our life together as a Christian community.
THANKS Thank you for all my cards, phone calls, letters and prayers for the untimely death of my son, Alan. Michelle, his wife and all the family are very shocked. Please remember us all in your prayers. Stella
CHURCH INFORMATION UPDATED: Helena's 2012 holiday dates; - Bank Holidays - Thursday 28th/Friday 29th June & Monday 2nd July - Friday 31st August - Monday 3rd September - Tuesday 25th September - Monday 12th November Time to remind everyone of our fire procedure, please see the advertisement at the back of the magazine.
ADVANCE NOTICE September 2nd, Sunday lunch with Alan and Brenda Green, a way of saying thank you for all they have done for us.
TIME TO SMILE The Minister hadn't been at the Church long when he needed his car servicing. He said to the garage owner: 'Keep the cost down as I am only a poor preacher.' 'I know that,' replied the garage man, 'I heard you last week.' A visiting preacher came to a little village chapel. He was a few minutes into his sermon when, without warning, about twenty square feet of thick and decayed Victorian plaster fell from high on one wall and crashed into a group of empty pews below. As the dense fog of dust settled, he first sought reassurance that no-one was hurt. Then, just about to resume, he paused, looked heavenward, and in a slightly pained voice asked 'Was it something I said?'
A Santa in June??!!!!!!!! Cards for Good Causes (CFGC) shop - November/December 2012. Yes I know a little toooo early for a Santa!! This has been discussed at a few Church meetings recently and I have decided to manage/coordinate this in 2012. Mistakes will be made, hiccups will frustrate us............... but I feel the Church ought to give a go at
hosting it to see what happens!! But just to remind you of the background to CFGC you can visit www.cardsforcharity.co.uk or here are some basic details.... How Cards for Good Causes began In 1959, James “Jim” Jackson, Secretary of the British Diabetic Association, gathered a group of medical charities together to discuss the coordination of publicity for selling charity cards at Christmas. In 1964, they began selling cards from empty shops in town centres. The name “Cards for Good Causes” was first mooted in 1971, but it was not until 1988 that it was formally established as the trading arm of The 1959 Group of Charities. Cards for Good Causes Today Are the UK’s largest multi-charity Christmas card organization with the most shops in the country. Their aims are simple – offer the widest choice of charity cards and keep raising as much money as possible each year for their charities. Cards for Good Causes sells cards on behalf of more than 320 national and local charities. In most shops at least 25 charities are represented. Cards for Good Causes manages a national network of around 300 charity Christmas card shops, throughout the country, from Truro to Pitlochry. Cards for Good Causes sells charity Christmas cards from temporary shops set up in sites such as churches, libraries, community centres, tourist information centres and museums. Cards for Good Causes shops are staffed by volunteers NOW - here's the request, if someone could spare some time to volunteer in the CFGC shop please let me know. The shop dates and times are;
Open Monday 05/11/12 and 15/12/12 (inclusive).
Days: Monday to Saturday. Times:10am to 4pm (subject to volunteers) split as 10am to 1pm & 1pm to 4pm if possible. Many thanks for your time and look forward to hearing from some willing hands!!
Helena. A GIFT FROM A FRIEND We recently lost a friend, Rev Derek Strange, whom we had known since 1959 and whom we always referred to as “our first minister” When we met, I was an Anglican and Alec a Congregationalist, and in 1959, expecting our first baby, we moved, bought our first house, and family life began. We had alternated between the Parish Church up the hill and the new Congregational Church down the hill. However ‘up the hill’ had no crèche, while ‘down the hill’ there was. By such matters as a crèche, is the choice of church decided. So began forty years membership of this new ‘church plant’ to which Derek had been called as first minister three years earlier, and we began learning about the difference between being a Christian in isolation and as part of a local fellowship. As well as welding together this new congregation, part of Derek’s teaching was about the elements of liturgy in any service. Clearing some paperwork recently, I came across 13
some notes from this time and realised how significant this understanding has been to my own worship all these years. He explained that public worship usually begins with an Approach to God – in praise and adoration, soon followed by Confession and assurance of forgiveness. Next comes Listening to the Word and responding to it in a variety of ways including Offering of oneself and one’s gifts. Then comes Prayer for others with Intercession and Thanksgiving and sometimes after the consecration gathering round the Lord’s Table receiving God’s great gift. Most services ending with a Blessing These elements are expressed either in silence or song, preaching or music, listening or responding, but they are there. Only since Derek’s death have I realised what a tremendous gift he gave – the freedom to move freely between all kinds of worship and find within them, all these elements. We can express our relationship with God, and allow it to be nurtured in a formal or informal framework – set liturgy or different words every week, hymns ancient and modern, dance and silence, Anglican or Non-Conformist 33333 Only now, am I recognising that gift of freedom and the richness it has brought. Such a gift from a friend Christine Luxon PS In September Derek celebrated 60 years in the ministry and their Diamond Wedding. Soon taken ill, he died in November. 14
FROM THE NEW MILTON RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION TWO WOLVES An old Apache, telling stories to his grandson, spoke of a battle which goes on inside people. He said "My child, the battle is between two wolves within us all. One is Evil - anger, envy, jealousy, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is the Spirit -joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, tolerance, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The grandson thought for a few moments and then asked "But Grandfather, which wolf wins?" The old Apache replied "The one you feed!".
Calshot is situated on the spit of land at the entrance to Southampton Water and is 14 miles from Lymington. The journey time is approximately 25 minutes. Cross the Lymington river and follow the B.3054 signposted to Beaulieu. Turn right at Beaulieu just before the Mill pond and pass the Montague Arms on the right and Beaulieu Abbey on the left. Continue to the top of the hill and turn right and follow the signpost for Holbury. Cross the heath land and continue straight across at traffic 15
lights into Newlands Road. (Gang Warily on the left). At junction turn left and at T junction turn right onto B 3053. This road (B 3053) leads straight to Calshot and when the sea is facing you, turn right and find somewhere to park. The Car Park is a Pay & Display unless you have a coastal car park pass, but there are quite a few free spaces along the side of the road all around the one way system. The entrance to the Beach is in front of the bright blue cafe on the left of the road in front of the first house. Turn right onto the beach and No. 27 is the fifth chalet along.
New Bible Study Groups Please join us in the Open Door CafĂŠ for one of our new Bible Study groups, when you will have the opportunity to learn and discuss relevant issues from Scripture. An afternoon group Starting on Friday 1st June, 2.30-4.00pm Running every other week An evening group Starting on Friday 8th June, 7.00-8.30pm Running every other week Hope to see you there! Ask Chris Vivian if you need further details
IT'S NOT THE SAME ANY MORE! They've brought you up to date, Lord, down at St Cecilia's. They've pensioned off the organ, and they're praising with guitars. they've done it for the young ones; we want to draw them in, but I do wish they could worship without making such a din, For I'm growing rather deaf, Lord, and when there's all that noise, it gets so very hard, Lord, to hear your loving voice. They've written brand-new hymns, Lord, with tunes that I don't know, so I hardly ever sing now, though I did love singing so. My mind's not quite so agile as it was some years ago and I miss the age-old beauty of the words I used to know. It's very clear to me, Lord, I've overstayed my time; I don't take to change so kindly as I did when in my prime. But it can't be very long now before I'm called above, and I know I'll find you there, Lord, and glory in your love. So till then I'll stick it out here, though it's not the same for me, but while others call You "You", Lord,
WORLDS APART? An evening of worship and challenge at Lymington URC Saturday 30th June, 7-9pm (refreshments will be served during an interval)
Looking at how Christians worldwide work together for the Kingdom of Jesus Looking in particular at the work of the Romans One Eleven Trust in Uganda With Rev. Dr. John Hall, retired URC minister, missiologist and Director of the Romans One Eleven Trust and Rev. Chris Vivian, minister of Lymington URC A retiring offering will be taken for the work of the Trust
IN THE EVENT OF FIRE KEEP CALM! ( DO NOT PANIC! DO NOT RUN! / IF YOU DISCOVER FIRE CALL 999 FOR THE FIRE BRIGADE and RAISE THE ALARM BY INFORMING YOUR GROUP/ACTIVITY LEADER OR THE NEAREST CHURCH/STAFF MEMBER. S THE FIRE ALARM WILL SOUND. LEAVE THE BUILDING CALMLY BY THE NEAREST SAFE EXIT. DO NOT STOP TO COLLECT PERSONAL BELONGINGS. YOU SHOULD GO TO THE “ASSEMBLY POINT” LOCATED BY THE SMALLER GATEWAY AT THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH GROUNDS. AVOID BLOCKING THE PAVEMENT AREA OR OBSTRUCTING THE MAIN GATE WHICH ALLOWS ACCESS FOR THE EMERGENCY VEHICLES. YOU SHOULD NOT LEAVE THE CHURCH SITE UNTIL YOUR GROUP/ACTIVITY LEADER OR CHURCH/STAFF MEMBER HAS TAKEN YOUR NAME AND KNOWS YOU HAVE LEFT THE SITE. (This is important so that the Emergency Services do not attempt to find you in a burning building.) DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES RE-ENTER THE BUILDING.
FIRE OFFICER CHECKS; / CALL FIRE BRIGADE/EMERGENCY SERVICES ON 999 / CHECK ALL ROOMS/TOILETS / ENSURE EVERYONE EVACUATES CALMLY TO THE ASSEMBLY POINT. / RECORD ALL NAMES.
Local Churches welcome you to join them for a short time of praise and worship in the setting of his creation..... and in whatever weather he chooses!
Time: 6pm Dates: (1st Sunday of each month) rd
3 June 1st July 5th August Venue: Horseshoe Bottom 20
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: •
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Beach BBQ 16th June, chez Ann Webber New Forest Children's Choir, 7th July. BBQ at Cathy’s 5th August Cream teas Fridays throughout August September 2nd, lunch at church Anniversary Lunch 21st October with guest speaker, Mr Alastair Read, Headmaster of Ballard School. Christmas tree festival, week commencing 5th December.
PLEASE NOTE: This magazine is printed on paper from renewable sources out of our concern for the environment.
ROTAS FOR JUNE COMMUNION SUNDAY: 3rd June COMMUNION ELDERS: Margaret and John DUTY ELDER
READING IN CHURCH
3rd: Catherine Bowell 10th: David Bywater 17th: John Wiseman 24th: Mary Ann Jardine
Maureen Kerr John Wiseman Margaret Evans David Bywater
STEWARDS SOUND SYSTEM 3rd Gill Wiseman and Ron Parker MC 10th Janice Perkins and Jenny Henderson GC 17th Ann Longney and Kate Noon PR 24th Peter and Shelagh Richardson WD COFFEE MORNING ROTAS Saturday 2nd Judith Baker 9th The Salvation Army 16th June Copperi 23rd Ann Webber 30th Mary Ann Jardine
Sunday 3rd Ann Webber 10th June Copperi 17th Janice Perkins 24th Margaret Clark
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 http://www.searchchurch.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
News from Lymington United Reform Church 2012 - The Open Door