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April 2012 Short cuts

It fascinates me why some people, including Christians, become preoccupied with building their lives on sand when we are warned against it. The secular mind is unaware of the dangers of life building on sand. They of course choose to hide things under the heading of short cuts. The adverts for DIY are littered with numerous ways of doing things more quickly, or in a less costly or better way than anyone else offers. Are we caught up in a similar ideology where we present a gospel that appeases rather than a gospel than challenges? I remember. hitch-hiking back to camp during my National service days. Our first lift took us to Sheffield, the driver telling us he would drop us on the Rotherham road a short cut to the A1. My fellow hitch hiker and I duly decamped on the road to Rotherham. In two hours of speed marching no vehicle of any sort used the road. Eventually we arrived at the A1 and the first car to pull up was our squadron Commander. He let us sleep and took us to within 50 yards of our billet and an hour later inspected the squadron on first parade. I never took a short cut again and even today I always prefer going the long way round or a way I am sure of. Even so, there are some for whom a short cut has become a way of life and we can expect to find them in the church; they do not have the will or the time to meet Jesus head on and to walk with him, carrying the cross. In over sixty years trying to follow the Christian path I have never found God to be offering an easy way or a short cut. You cannot pretend that reading the first six verses of Matthew or Romans is an easy way out of reading the New Testament, for by their fruits ye shall know them. There needs to be the desire to search holy writ so that the whole teaching of God open up the way, truth and the light - not a short cut. There is a problem for some, in that as we get older our memory fades. But even then no short cuts are available only more concentration and application. Dear Dorothy, our sadly missed organist, in her latter days when things were anything but easy, never

looked for a short cut - only the best was good enough for God. Her music, her life was not the easy way, it was pure and honest, costly but beautiful. This leads nicely into our worship, for that is another act that requires attention and discipline. There are no short cut that I am aware of that add anything to our worship. There is only one way our choir sounds so good, by hard work, discipline and working together. That could well be a motto for our worship. Can you imagine the joy and love that such an approach could bring. There is an old cliché that is bang up to date in the 21st Century, “If you don’t put something in, why are you surprised when you get nothing out?” Again there is the humorous saying of Confucius, “Blessed is the man who thinks hard before becoming open to change and new ways”. If it’s a short cut that is being offered think twice before choosing and then choose a path that is certain, taking longer, but one you know you will enable you to reach the desired destination. Harry A prayer for the journey God be with you in every pass, Jesus be with you on every hill, Spirit be with you on every stream, headland and ridge and lawn; each sea and land, each moor and meadow, each lying down, each rising up, in the trough of the waves, on the crest of the billows, each step of the journey you go, go with God. Anonymous Celtic


PARISH DIRECTORY Vicar Curate Honorary Assistant Curate Reader Churchwarden Churchwarden PCC Chairman PCC Vice Chairman PCC Secretary PCC Treasurer PCC Electoral Roll Officer Administrator Altar Linen Assistant Treasurer Assistant Treasurer Book of Remembrance Chalice Bearers Child Protection Co-ordinator Children's Society Children's Work Christian Aid Church Cleaners Church Hall Bookings Coffee Makers Coffee & Rolls Director of Music Friends of Etterbeek Fund Raising Events Co-ordinators Fund Raising Events Co-ordinators Fund Raising Events Co-ordinators Good Shepherd Players Good Shepherd Players Intercessors Jimmy's Night Shelter Lesson Readers Monday Club Good Shepherd News Editor North Cambridge Area Deanery Synod North Cambridge Area Deanery Synod North Cambridge Council of Churches North Cambridge Council of Churches Pastoral Care Co-ordinator Planned Giving Secretary Registrar of Planned Giving Envelopes Rural Development Movement Sacristan Servers Sidesmen & Sideswomen Sidesmen & Sideswomen Social Events Co-ordinator Sound System

Rev. David Maher Rev. Anthony Lees-Smith Rev. John Polkinghorne Linda Dean Terry Barringer Rhodri James Rev. David Maher Rhodri James Ruth Banger Ginni Carroll Lilas Davison Ruth Banger Finsetta Cummings Bill Elsey Jim Bass Horace Giles Bill Elsey Ruth Banger Ruby Leyshon John & Alison Phillips Simon & Clare Redfern Ruth Banger Ruby Leyshon Gill Ambrose Fiona Blows

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READINGS FOR APRIL Sundays and holy days 1 PALM SUNDAY Mark 11: 1-11 8




EASTER DAY Acts 10: 34-43 Mark 16: 1-8


8am Holy Communion 10am Parish Communion (LAST Sunday in the month is an All-Age service and we are joined by those who attend the Community Church in Orchard Park) Mondays

9.15am Morning Prayer

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER Acts 4: 32-35 John 20: 19 - end


9.15am Morning Prayer


9.30am Holy Communion

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER Acts 3: 12-19 John 15: 18-21


9.15am Morning Prayer


9.15am Morning Prayer

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Acts 11: 1-18 John 10: 1-10

Wednesdays 4 Isaiah 50: 4-9 John 13: 21-32 18

Acts 5: 17-26 John 3: 16-21


Acts 15: 35 - end Mark 13: 5-13


on April 1st 8-9pm at 51 Highworth Avenue

Services at Orchard Park see the weekly bulletin.

CHURCH CLOSURE The church will close after the 10am service on Easter Day (April 8) and will re-open for the 10am service on April 15

SPECIAL SERVICES IN APRIL Saturday April 14 at 11am at St. Laurence’s Church – baptism of Jakub Lovell Saturday April 21 in the afternoon Dave & Hazel Maher will renew their wedding vows

EVENTS IN APRIL Sunday April 1 at 12 noon Sunday Lunch Club meets in the Church Hall. Wednesday April 18 at 7.30pm in Church an RSCM event at which John Barnard will introduce his new publication. See page 10 Sunday April 29 Last Orders at a local pub

MEETINGS IN APRIL Standing Committee Meeting in the Vicarage at 6pm on Sunday April 22 Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Sunday April 29 in church at approx. 11.30am

HOLY WEEK 2012 at The Good Shepherd Monday April 2 10am to 12 noon Easter Family Activity Morning at Orchard Park Community Centre April 2 - 5 at 9.30am Holy Communion Wednesday April 4 at 7.00pm Final Lent Compline Thursday April 5 at 7.30pm Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion Friday April 6 (Good Friday) at 11am Joint service of witness in Arbury (meet outside the Community Centre) and at 1.30pm Service of meditation for Good Friday (see pages 7-8) Sunday April 8 (Easter Day) at 5am Easter vigil at 8.30am said Holy Communion 9.00-9.45am Shared breakfast 10am All Age Easter Day Communion followed by Easter Egg hunt

A prayer before the washing of the feet God of dirty hands and tired feet, taking people as they come, kneeling and healing, touching where others turn away, forgive us when we ant to be too clean, forgive us when we despise life for the messy business it is. If we are too proud to won up to our brokenness, if we keep hidden what needs refreshment, how can you care for us? You can care – and this is how; when we are ready to move from distance to involvement, from intent to touch, then you will wash the feet that tire on rocky roads; you will care and heal beyond our expectation. Thanks be to God David Coleman

An Easter thought A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son. About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands. He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art.' The young man held out this package. 'I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.' The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. 'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift.' The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected. The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his

paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection. On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?' There was silence. Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.' But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?' Another voice angrily. 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh's, the Rembrandts. Get on with the Real bids!' But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son! The son! Who'll take the son?' Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the long time gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10 for the painting.' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford. 'We have $10, who will bid $20?' 'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.' The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections. The auctioneer pounded the gavel. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!' A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with the collection!' The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is over.' 'What about the paintings?' 'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets everything!' God gave His son over 2,000 years ago to die on the Cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: 'The Son, the Son, who'll take the Son?' Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything! FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WHO SO EVER BELIEVETH, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. THAT'S LOVE (This was sent to me by a friend who was on my music ALM course. It seemed a great Easter message.)

A Meditation for Good Friday This Good Friday afternoon we are doing something a little different from our usual practice. We shall still have a service of meditation which John Polkinghorne will lead but we shall also be listening to some music. Don’t worry – you don’t have to be a musical expert (in fact, if you don’t want to listen to the music, just don’t!) but many people find music a great aid to meditation. It may well be this is music you have never heard before – that does not matter either. Music is very important to me and life would be a really grey thing without it. I cannot think of a happy occasion in my life in which music has not played a significant part. For me, it’s usually singing – as it is with all our other choir members, I’m sure. It’s a central part of the worship we offer to God. St. Augustine wrote For he who sings praise, does not only praise, but also praises joyously; he who sings praise, is not only singing, but also loving Him whom he is singing about/to/for, in the song of the lover there is deep love. Augustine is saying that when the praise is of God, then something happens to the song of the praiser that makes it more than just any kind of song. The object of the song in a way becomes the subject. Something happens so that the song itself becomes Love in its manifestation of love of the one who truly is Love itself. (St. Augustine entry quoted from Wikipedia) So come along on Good Friday afternoon anyway. You know John’s meditations will be well worth listening to and the music by Haydn is truly gentle and beautiful. Come and be transformed by some great music. The initial suggestion of the music came from Tom Ambrose and I asked Tom to write a bit about how the music came to be written. We shall be listening to the quiet string quartet version which Haydn himself created but Tom has the original full orchestral version. But if you become interested in the music and ask Tom nicely …! Ruth Banger

Haydn’s Seven Last Words A meditation on the last words of Jesus from the Cross forms a traditional devotion for Holy Week, and particularly for the hours when Jesus hung on the cross on Good Friday. Not all seven sayings can be found in any one account of Jesus' crucifixion. In the gospels of Matthew and Mark only one of the sayings appears: Jesus is quoted in Aramaic, shouting ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?’ He finally cries out wordlessly before dying. Luke’s gospel provides three more sayings, and John’s gospel three different ones. This devotion on these words was already well known when Haydn was asked to compose music to accompany a Good Friday devotion. He later described how this came about. ‘Some fifteen years ago I was requested by a canon of Cádiz to compose instrumental music on the seven last words of Our Saviour on the Cross. It was customary at Cádiz to produce an oratorio every year during Lent. The walls, windows, and pillars of the Church of the Holy Cave were hung with black cloth, and only one large lamp hanging from the centre of the roof broke the solemn darkness. At midday, the doors were closed and the ceremony began. The bishop ascended the pulpit, pronounced the first of the seven words and delivered a meditation. This ended, he left the pulpit and fell to his knees before the altar. The interval was filled by music. The bishop then pronounced the second word, then the third, and so on, the orchestra following on the conclusion of each meditation. My composition was subject to these conditions, and it was no easy task to compose seven adagios lasting ten minutes each, and to succeed one another without tiring the listeners; indeed, I found it quite impossible to confine myself to the appointed limits.’ How difficult it must have been for Haydn, and how unlikely that he should have written something so sombre. For in all his music an irrepressible sense of fun always seems to break through. Great joy, and a profound sense of the goodness of God abound, particularly in his oratorio ‘The Creation’. So how strange it seems that he should have composed this untypically sombre work for a country he had never visited. But the Spaniard who commissioned the work had pestered Haydn constantly. And Haydn does not leave us in misery but takes us beyond the tragic words. Unfortunately the full work is rarely performed. Haydn later adapted the seven slow movements to be played by a string quartet, and the resources to perform this are easily found. But the original commission demanded the resources of a full orchestra, and only this allows the majesty of God’s Son to be revealed. It also provides Haydn with the resources for a magnificent finale. After the seven last s p o k e n words Matthew 28.50 has something more. ‘Jesus cried again with a l o u d voice a n d breathed h i s last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split.’ Haydn springs a surprise, and brings joy out of tragedy. As Jesus ‘breathes his last’ the earthquake is signalled by crashing kettledrums in the darkened church. How poignant it would have appeared in Cádiz, where many would have remembered the widespread destruction in the Lisbon earthquake on All Saints’ Day 1755. Haydn uses the earthquake in Matthew’s gospel to announce the resurrection. Victory is snatched from the jaws of death, and the worshippers in Church of Holy Cave will go from their darkened tomb into the light of day, filled with hope that indeed everything for which Jesus lived and died is indeed accomplished. Tom Ambrose

Something to think about Not a good day I know you are angry, says God. Your silence screams. So get real, be your hidden self with me; be the one that is not nice, not nice at all. Don’t be embarrassed, bawl if you want to. Rage. Sulk. Kick and pout like a child; I like children. Yes, poo, tantrums and all, since you ask. So when someone says, ‘Let us pray …’ Knot your arms and mutter, ‘Shan’t!’ If it helps, it’s where you are just now. And where you are is exactly where I want to be too. With you. Frances Copley

Welcome to the city (but one wee word of advice) Lord Jesus, if only you would come to our city like you did to Jerusalem. We’ve some great hymns to sing to welcome you! Our guitars would be out to lead the singing; we’d wave our scarves and dance. You would get a real red-carpet welcome – five-star treatment. There would be a real religious revival. It would be wonderful. If only you would come here to our country to rescue us. But in case you do, just one wee word of advice – stick to religion, but be careful. Don’t interfere with politics, or economics, or big business and all that, and be careful not to make unpopular changes in the way we worship. Save us from what might happen in the next life, yes, but leave us to go on our own way, the way we are used to in this life. If you get it wrong for our city, who knows? We, too, might have to liquidate you. Ian Cowie (These two poems are quoted from Eggs and ashes. Practical & liturgical resources for Lent and Holy Week by Ruth Burgess & Chris Polhill. It is published by Wild Goose Publications)

The Plant Workshop 2012

During the plant workshop, because it was so interesting I made a few notes about what you can and can’t do with a plant. Some of the things I didn’t know already which meant that I was learning more and I was interested, so here are some of the things I’d like to point out to you: • With a plant ALWAYS water it with warm water. • If your plant has yellow leaves-it means it’s feeling stressed • Plants don’t like having wet feet-don’t place the bottom of your plant in a wet spot. • If you have it-use ‘Just Friendly Fungi’. • Look out for magazines with facts about plants in it-you’ll find out more! Thank you to all plant experts and look out for next year’s plant workshop in 2013.

Erica Lees-Smith Curate’s daughter!

An Invitation Thank you to all my friends at The Good Shepherd for all the many kindnesses you have shown me since Dorothy’s death. As it happens, I have a significant birthday this year and I would like to celebrate it with my friends – i.e. all of you! Please note the date of Saturday May 19. I have spoken with Dave and reserved the church for that evening. The plan is that we shall have a Bring and Share Supper but that I will provide all the drinks. In addition to the supper I would like everyone to come prepared to “do” something – read, sing, play, whatever you like. We shall provide our own entertainment and I am sure we shall have a great time. I thought we might party from 7pm to 9pm which would give us the time (and energy) to put the church back to rights for the services the following day. I do hope as many as possible will come. Ruth

Thank You I would like to say “thank you” to everyone for their love, prayers and support since Horace’s death. My family and I are most grateful for the many cards, messages and practical help we received and also for the generous donations to The Papworth Trust given in Horace’s memory. Margaret Giles

EASTER LIVES When Friday times are all we know It's then we feel there's lack of aim In life and world's a place of dark And tears. It's just a pointless game. With Saturdays this winter world Has ground to halt and God is dead, Along with dreams of justice, peace And hope. We wait in sleepless bed. When Sunday comes with sun again, Our Easter joy erupts in heart And mind. We rise with call to walk In Gospel's Way, to play a part. Today, as children, live in now Alone, for what's beyond the grave Is golden light exceeding dreams Of what we hope's beyond our cave. Henry Disney

Easter Eggs Thank you to all those who purchased Fair Trade Easter Eggs from the Meaningful Chocolate Company. We sold 30 to our congregation. The company manufactured 120,000 and as we go to press there are less than 3,000 unsold – they are confident they will sell out. This is such an easy way to spread the real message of Easter. Ruth

Songs, Psalms and Spirituals The Good Shepherd will be hosting an RSCM evening on Wednesday April 18 from 7.30 to 9.30pm. John Barnard will be introducing his new publication Songs, Psalms and Spirituals and copies will be available to purchase on the night. This should be an informative and enjoyable evening. The cost will be ÂŁ5 and bookings should be made with Jan Payne (C. 576345 or

Shoeboxes – an update While we pursue that elusive target of 100 filled shoeboxes from our congregation, it will, I am sure, be of interest to you to know the following statistics for 2011. 1,089,018 shoeboxes were sent out from the UK and Ireland to children overseas 500,000+ children and adults were involved in making up gift-filled shoeboxes 16,184 churches, schools, workplaces and community groups were involved 7,500+ overseas volunteers helped to distribute the shoeboxes 5,000+ UK volunteers helped to collect, prepare and send out the shoeboxes 1,927 public places served as Drop Off points to collect the shoeboxes 14 countries in which children received the shoeboxes 1 child who received each box

Thank you to Ruby who supplied the information

Thank you to Bill Elsey who sent me this.

First Aid Course If you had been in church on a couple of Monday evenings in February, you would have witnessed a strange sight: the curate and ten members of the congregation moving each other round the floor while mouthing mantras such as “Dr ABC”* , “FAST”** and “SEEP”***. No, not an outbreak of charismatic phenomena or rehearsals for a bizarre liturgical dance but the First Aid at Work Course. We were practising what do, and in the right order, in an emergency, with special attention to CPR and the recovery position. We have covered resuscitation, recovery position, choking, bleeding, heart attacks, strokes and shock and will soon be in possession of certificates. We hope we never have to use what we have learned for real but are very grateful to Ruth for organising the course and our energetic and engaging instructor Anne Sellwood. It was serious stuff but we had a lot of fun, posh biscuits (despite Lent) and getting to know each other better on the way. * Check for Danger, seek response from the casualty, Airway, Breathing, Circulation ** The test for Stroke – Facial weakness, Arm weakness, Speech Problems, Time to call 999 *** Treatment for bleeding – Sit, Examine, Elevate, Pressure Terry Barringer As this has obviously been a great success and I know of other people who would like to have done this course, I hope we shall be able to arrange a further course. Watch for details in GS News and in the weekly bulletin.

A helping of good cheer This is a story about a little girl who, on the way home from church, turned to her mother and said, "Mommy, the Preacher's sermon this morning confused me." The mother said, "Oh! Why is that?" The girl replied, "Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?" "Yes, that's true," the mother replied. "He also said that God lives within us. Is that true, too?" Again the mother replied, "Yes." "Well," said the girl. "If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn't He show through?"

Mom walks into the kitchen and sees her daughter with the whole box of animal crackers spread on the counter top. Mom: "Why did you pour out the whole box?" Daughter: "The box says, 'Do not eat if the seal is broken. I'm looking for the seal."

Several days ago as I left a meeting at our church, I desperately gave myself a personal pat down. I was looking for my keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing. Suddenly I realized, I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. My wife, Diane, has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition. My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them. Her theory is that the car will be stolen. As I burst through the doors of the church, I came to a terrifying conclusion. Her theory was right. The parking lot was empty. I immediately call the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen. Then I made the most difficult call of all, "Honey," I stammered. I always call her "honey" in times like these. "I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen." There was a period of silence. I thought the call had been dropped, but then I heard Diane's voice. "Ken" she barked, "I dropped you off!"

Now it was my time to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, "Well, come and get me." Diane retorted, "I will, as soon as I can convince this policeman that I did not steal your car!!!"

A new business was opening and one of the owner's friends wanted to send him flowers for the occasion. They arrived at the new business site and the owner read the card, "Rest in peace." The owner was frustrated and called the florist to complain. After he had told the florist of the obvious mistake and how frustrated he was, the florist replied, "Sir, I'm really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting frustrated, you should imagine this - somewhere there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying, 'Congratulations on your new location.'"

Strange Facts The average adult will eat—inadvertently, mind—a pound of insects over the course of a lifetime. The average bank teller loses about £200 every year. The average bolt of lightning is 6 miles long. Its temperature can reach 50,000°F—over four times that of the sun. The average chocolate bar has 8 insects' legs in it. The average flight speed of a house fly is five miles an hour. The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night. The average human produces 25,000 quarts of spit in a lifetime, enough to fill two swimming pools. The average human sheds around 18kg of dead skin in a lifetime The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night. The average person supposedly falls asleep in seven minutes The average person will spend 2 weeks over their lifetime waiting for the traffic lights to change The average talker sprays about 300 microscopic saliva droplets per minute, about 2.5 droplets per word. The Aztec played a game using a solid rubber ball shot through a stone ring, the loser was put to death, the winner, on the other hand, got all the spectators’ clothing. The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep. The Bible has been translated into Klingon

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds, that makes the catfish rank #1 for animals having the most taste buds. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match The closest living relative of the t-rex is the chicken The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day, to be confronted by a welldressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner. "Good morning," said the young man. "If I could take a couple minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners..." "Go away!" said the old lady. "'I'm broke and haven't got any money!" and she proceeded to close the door. Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open... "Don't be too hasty!" he said. "Not until you have at least seen my demonstration." And with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet. "Now, if this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet, Madam, I will personally eat the remainder." The old lady stepped back and said, "Well let me get you a fork, 'cause they cut off my electricity this morning."

"I don't want a new baby." Our oldest son Brian was pretty adamant when I told him his father and I were expecting a third child. We'd survived the first round of sibling rivalry when his younger brother, Damian, was born, so we were surprised that he was digging in his heels over a new baby. We spent about and hour trying to convince him it was a positive thing. Three-yearold Brian made his stand about this new baby, and neither logic nor persuasion could budge him. Puzzled, I finally confronted him with a straight-forward question, "Why don't you want a new baby?" With wide and teary eyes, Brian looked straight at me and said, "Because I like Damian, and I want to keep him."

IN THE CHURCH HALL THE SUNDAY LUNCH CLUB John & Elizabeth Lamont 1st Sunday of the month noon – 1.30pm


THE MONDAY CLUB Monday 2.30 - 4pm

Eva Hutson


Charles Brown

07720 441123

Mrs B Wright


Margaret Briggs

01954 250870

THE GOOD SHEPHERD RAINBOWS Tuesday 6.15 – 7.15pm

Miss Rachel Marsh


DOG TRAINING CLASSES Tuesday 7.30 - 9.30pm

Susannah O’Hanlon


The Manager


THE 18th & 25th GOOD SHEPHERD BROWNIES Wednesday 6 - 7.15pm

Mrs Pat Marsh


THE CAMERA CLUB Wednesday 7.30 – 9.30pm

Anthony Tyler

01954 719315

Yvonne Wisbey


THE GOOD SHEPHERD CUBS Monday 6.30 - 8pm LINE DANCING Tuesday 10.15 - 11.45am KEEP FIT 50+ GROUP Tuesday 2.30 - 4pm

CARERS & SUFFERERS OF DEMENTIA Wednesday 10 – 12 noon

GUILDHALL RETIRED MEMBERS CLUB 2nd Wednesday of the month 2 - 4pm

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION 3rd Wednesday of the month 2.30 - 4.30pm March to November TGWU 4th Wednesday of the month 2 – 4pm

Evelyn Hunnyball


D. Fisher


Emma Roberts


THE GOOD SHEPHERD SCOUTS Thursday 7.30 – 9.00pm

Chris White

0700 891511

CHURCH TODDLERS’ CLUB Friday 9.15 – 11.30am

Claire Duell

0787 4850867

Mike Tabrett


Arbury Road Vet. Surgery


CAMBRIDGE INSTRUMENTS PENSION FELLOWSHIP 3rd Thursday of the month 10am - noon THE GOOD SHEPHERD BEAVERS Thursday 6.15 - 7.30pm

TAI CHI Friday 2 – 3pm DOG TRAINING CLASSES Friday 7.30 - 9.30pm

TO BOOK THE CHURCH HALL Please phone 352151 (evenings)

Submission date for May Newsletter: April 15 (Publication date April 29) Vicarage 01223 351844 Church Hall bookings (evenings) 01223 352151 Newsletter Ruth Banger 07764 613862 OR

CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD Here at the Good Shepherd we like to help you to celebrate and commemorate many of the milestones on the journey through life; these include weddings, anniversaries, funerals, and baptism services. If you wish to find out more about these, the first step is to contact the Vicar, the Reverend David Maher. He will be able to tell you what is involved and arrange for a meeting with you if you then wish to take things further. He can be contacted on 01223 351844

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