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A friend of mine went on a journey to the Holy Land, something I had always wanted to do, and so I was anxious to hear about her experiences. When she returned, I was surprised to learn that she had felt rather disappointed. “I was expecting to find Jesus there,” she said, “and nothing happened.” The three wise men also went on a journey to find Jesus – the one whose birth they had seen written in the stars – and they did find him; and when they found him, they gave him their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. We know this story very well, but have you heard the story of the other wise man? Artaban was his name, a friend of Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar, who also had a deep understanding of astrology. They were studying the sky together when they saw the star heralding the birth of a great teacher who would bring a universal message, and they agreed to travel together to find the child and take him gifts. Artaban arranged to meet his friends when he had made preparations for the journey. He sold his property and with the proceeds bought three jewels – a sapphire, a ruby and a pearl – as gifts for the new king. But things did not go according to plan. As he travelled, he encountered people who were in need of help and could not pass them by, but the delay caused him to miss the meeting with his friends and so he journeyed on alone. He gave the people he met his time and attention but also used the jewels as a means of providing care and safety. So for thirty-three years Artaban travelled in search of Jesus and eventually reached Jerusalem at the time of the Passover, to be told that there was to be a crucifixion and that one of those to be crucified was Jesus of Nazareth, who called himself the Son of God. Artaban knew that this

January 2011 was the King of Kings whom he had been seeking for so many years, and he had nothing left to give him. Suddenly, the sky grew black, roof tiles and stones crashed into the street, one of them striking Artaban. As he lay dying, he heard a soft voice : “Peace be with you Artaban. When I was hungry you gave me food. When I was naked you clothed me. When I was in distress you comforted me. As often as you did these things for the least of my children you did them for me” This was his Epiphany moment, he had found his King. He had lived and practised the universal message of Jesus, dedicating himself to a life of service as he searched for him. And my friend? When she returned from her journey she realised that she didn't need to travel to the Holy Land to find Jesus, he was here all the time in the ordinary, in the everyday. At this time of Epiphany, may we recognise him in our lives and in the people we meet as we seek to live out his message. If you would like to know more about Artaban's journey, read “The Other Wise Man” by Henry van Dyke, just one of several versions of this story. Linda Dean


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 Flower Arrangers Flower Arrangers 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 Newsletter 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 Dorothy Holliday Iris Brown Jeanne Elsey John & Elizabeth Lamont Eva Hutson Ruby Leyshon Evelyn Walker Liz Collinson Ruth Banger John Lamont Ann Callear Lilas Davison Eva Hutson Ruth Banger John Phillips Linda Fiagbedzi Ruby Leyshon Michael Lovell Linda Dean Lilas Davison Tom Shipp Henry Disney Bill Elsey Terry Barringer Rhodri James Bertha Wilson-Njenou John Lamont

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READINGS FOR JANUARY Sundays and holy days 2 SECOND SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS Ephesians 1: 3-14 John 1: 10-18 9




EPIPHANY Ephesians 3: 1-12 Matthew 2: 1-12


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

9.30am Morning Prayer

SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9 John 1: 29-42


9.30am Morning Prayer


9.30am Holy Communion

THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY James 1 Matthew 4: 12-23


9.30am Morning Prayer


9.30am Morning Prayer


Wednesdays 5 1 John 3: 11-21 John 1: 43 - end 12

Hebrews 2: 14 - end Mark 1: 29-39


Hebrews 7: 1-3, 15-17 Mark 3: 1-6



Hebrews 10: 11-18 Mark 4: 1-20

Apart from Sunday services the Church will close after the Christmas morning services. It will re-open on Wednesday January 5. Services at 10am ONLY on December 26 and January 2

Family Worship at Orchard Park will be every Sunday at 4pm (starting on January 9) in the Orchard Park Community Centre on Central Avenue. Light refreshments. All welcome. For further details see the weekly bulletin.

EVENTS IN JANUARY Sunday January 16 at 12 noon Sunday Lunch Club meets in the Church Hall.

SPECIAL SERVICES IN JANUARY Sunday January 23 North Cambridge Council of Churches joint act of worship at Orchard Park

MEETINGS IN JANUARY Week beginning January 16 – House Groups start. Monday January 17.PCC meets at the Vicarage at 7.30pm.

The Dawn Project What is the Dawn Project? The Dawn Project is funded by the Ministry of Justice and is available to women throughout Cambridgeshire. The Project is cited at Cambridge Women’s Resource’s Centre, Hooper St. The project offers women information, support and an opportunity to change aspects of their lives they’re not happy with. All our services are free and confidential.

What sorts of things might I get help with?         

Finding suitable accommodation Accessing education, training & work Coping with health issues; including anxiety, stress, low self esteem or anger Drug or alcohol problems Managing finances, benefits or debt Coping with relationships or being a parent Understanding how to manage feelings Violent relationships or sexual abuse Issues around prostitution.

How can the Dawn Project Help?  Offering you somewhere you can feel safe and supported in a women only environment.  Opportunities to meet other women to share experiences  Practical advice  Referral to people who can help you  Access to training courses  Listening ear when you want to talk  Someone to be alongside you when you need extra support Starting in January we are running the following courses. Make the Best of You Understanding Anxiety Freedom Programme (for women suffering domestic violence either physical, verbal or emotional) For details please contact: 01223 321148 or email

Gas Cooker Claire has a perfectly good gas cooker looking for a new home if anyone needs it. For more details contact Clare Redfern (C. 740513)

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2011 A new year is about to begin, and we are again called to think about the unity of Christians worldwide. This year we will be thinking especially about the Christian community in the Holy Land, and the theme this year is “all things in common” and is taken from Acts Ch 2 .v. 42-47. The churches in the Holy Land call us to think about our roots with the early church which grew out of the Holy Land, and especially about how they were one through the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and through prayer. This year, the North Cambridge Council of Churches and Orchard Park Community Church invite you to a family-friendly act of worship where we shall explore our ties with the early church and with Christians living in the Holy Land. We will also be holding a Bring & Share meal after the worship. Sunday 23 January 2011 at 4pm in the Orchard Community Centre, Central Avenue, Orchard Park, Cambridge, CB4 2EZ.

Our Church Christmas cards Thank you to all who sent their ‘card money’ this year directly to help a charity. I think you will be amazed, as I was, at the range of charities supported. Here in no particular order (as they say!) are the charities you told me you were supporting this Christmas. If you want to know more about these charities, talk to the following: Zipper Club (Bill and Jeanne Elsey) Toybox (Linda and Neville Dean) Jessie’s Fund (Jeanette Lee) Mercy Ships (Margaret Handley) Age UK (John and Alison Phillips) Jimmy’s (Ann Callear) Jimmy’s was our default charity this year, i.e. if you gave me a message for GS News and some money, that’s where it went. We have raised £65 in this way – thank you so much. And here’s some information about those charities for all to share.

Zipper Club The British Cardiac Patients' Association Zipper Club started in 1981 and National Registered Charity status was granted in 1986. Membership is open to all cardiac patients and their carers. Full members are those who have received heart surgery – and we have a number in our congregation. The primary aim of the association is to give support, reassurance and advice to cardiac patients, their families and carers. Whether it be heart attack, angina, cardiac investigations, arrhythmias, stents, implantable cardiac devices or cardiac surgery for bypass, valve replacement, aneurysm, hole-in-the-heart, heart or heart and lung transplant, they are available to offer free advice and information. A further objective is to undertake fund-raising activities to help our local hospitals, and give us the opportunity to say "Thank You" for a better quality of life. We are a Registered Charity, and all our work is purely voluntary.

Toybox Toybox is a Christian charity committed to helping street living and street working children and those at risk of becoming so, principally in Latin America. Their vision is of a world where there are no street children, where families are restored, those who are disadvantaged have choices and hope and all children have a voice. Their mission is to bring lasting and positive change to the lives of street children, street working children and those at risk of becoming so, through front line work, prevention and advocacy, being a facilitator and enabler, galvanising people and resources in the UK, Latin America and worldwide.

Jessie’s Fund Jessie's Fund is a UK charity helping seriously ill and disabled children by using music for communication and for therapy. They work with children in hospices and in other settings nationwide, providing a wide range of musical instruments and giving the children access to music-making and to music therapy. The Soundtracks programme takes them into schools for children with special needs, where their creative workshops and staff training allow children the opportunity to develop through music.

Mercy Ships Mercy Ships is a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender, or religion. Around the world, billions of people live in fear and desperation - with impure water, inadequate food, and little or no access to health care. More than 1.2 billion people survive on less than $1 per day. Nearly 50% of Africa's population has no access to a hospital or doctor. More than 6 million children die each year from completely preventable causes like malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia. But, behind every statistic is a story, a life - a person waiting for hope and healing.

Age UK We believe that age needs respect. It needs kindness. Sometimes it needs help. Because there is strength in numbers, Age Concern and Help the Aged have joined forces to become Age UK – so that we can be here for everyone in later life.

Their vision is of a world in which older people flourish is a world in which older people will: • • • • • • •

be equal citizens with equal rights have enough money for a secure and decent life, and have access as consumers to the products and services they need at a price they can afford have access to the healthcare and social care they need have the opportunity to live healthier longer lives and to enjoy a sense of well-being live in homes and neighbourhoods that are safe and comfortable and which enable them to lead fulfilling lives have opportunities to participate and contribute as volunteers, active citizens, good neighbours, family members, and workers enjoy the benefits of longer life, wherever they are in the world.

Jimmy’s Jimmy’s aims to provide welcoming, safe and warm accommodation throughout the year, to anyone who would otherwise be forced to sleep rough or in a vulnerable environment. They want their service to be non-judgemental and caring and endeavour to offer each guest as much chance as possible to deal with some of their lifestyle issues and move on to more appropriate accommodation. Their volunteer team is invaluable in helping them to provide this service, and they believe that this type of involvement is enriching for all. Jimmy’s works in partnership with statutory, non-governmental and voluntary organisations for the benefit of their guests so providing a coherent approach to the problems of homelessness in Cambridge.

Christmas Market 2010

1. Advent tells us Christ is near; Christmas tells us Christ is here In Epiphany we trace All the glory of his grace.

4. Yes, and Christ ascended, too, To prepare a place for you, So we give him special praise, After those great forty days.

2. Those three Sundays before Lent Will prepare us to repent, That in Lent we may begin Earnestly to mourn for sin.

5. Then, he sent the Holy Ghost, On the day of Pentecost, With us ever to abide: Well may we keep Whitsuntide!

3. Holy Week and Easter, then, Tell who died and rose again: O that happy Easter Day! "Christ is risen indeed," we say.

6. Last of all, we humbly sing Glory to our God and King, Glory to the One in Three, On the Feast of Trinity.

Arabella Katherine Hankey Born: January 12, 1834, Clapham, Middlesex , England. Died: May 9, 1911, London, England. Daughter of banker Thomas Hankey, Katherine (known to her friends as Kate) belonged to an evangelical group known as the Clapham Sect. The group was mainly known for its anti-slavery and pro-missionary stances. While still a teenager, Hankey taught Sunday School for girls. Later, she travelled to South Africa to be a nurse, and to help her invalid brother. In her early 30’s, Hankey contracted a severe illness. During her protracted recovery, she wrote a long poem about Jesus. It is in two parts, with the first, 50 stanzas in length, asking about Him, and the second answering the question. I Love to Tell the Story and Tell Me the Old, Old Story both come from this poem. As of 1881, Hankey was living with her unmarried brother Reginald at 78 Ebury Street, London, Middlesex.

Do you have trouble remembering the Church seasons? This hymn was remembered by Phyl [Barringer] and found for her on the web by Jane [Kay]. We hope you find it a useful mnemonic. My only comment would be – what about all those weeks of Ordinary Time? I remember John Polkinghorne speaking about the opportunity that Ordinary Time gives us to grow in faith – we are not madly dashing about celebrating as we tend to do at Easter and Christmas and have time to really think. With all the activity of Christmas, Ordinary Time seems very attractive!

Shoebox Sunday My thanks to everyone who gave a shoebox this year. We managed to donate 90 boxes, so we fell a little short of the target, but I'm sure that the “Magic 100” is attainable. If you find a shoe box now and keep a good lookout for bargains in the sales, I'm sure it will fill up in time for next Christmas, ready to bring some light and happiness into a small child's life. I managed to find a hat & glove set in Tesco's for 50p last week! That's just one example and I'm sure that you will find many other things, like crayons and felt tips to put in for just a few pence over the months to come. It just needs a few extra people for us to hit that target next year and it will give you a nice feeling, knowing that you have shared the spirit of Christmas with a small child far away. Love to all, Ruby

Children’s Society Winter Box Opening Children’s Society box facts:- 29 boxes were opened, with a total of £445.95. There were 15 Good Shepherd boxes with a content of £171.77. The total is down on last year which is not surprising in the current climate, but it will still help to provide for disadvantaged children and teenagers in need. Many thanks to you all. Ruby

P.S. Do take a candle box and put any spare coins in it. There are plenty of boxes in church! The boxes will be collected in on the first Sunday in February at our Christingle Service which is in aid of the Children’s Society


Good Shepherd Players Advent Party 2010

Saturday 27th November was the 3rd occasion that Advent was welcomed in at the Collinson household in Cottenham. I'm beginning to think that it's tending to take the place of the annual Panto in our yearly calendar of events, but we have to perform without an audience, so it's not quite the same. This year the attendance was severely curtailed by the threat of icy weather and several of our stalwarts were missing from the usual line-up. Nevertheless, we still managed to enjoy an evening of reading and song, interspersed with a break for a splendid supper provided by all who attended. We missed the sure hand of Dorothy on the piano, but Tom proved to be a more than adequate stand-in and without the usual numbers we all had to sing a little louder and read a bit more. After complaints from David that the Advent Party had been too quiet when he arrived last year, we made a concerted effort to be VERY LOUD on his arrival and he was greeted by gusts of merriment, which may have seemed a little contrived. (They were, David; the rest of us are quiet and refined) Later that night, we left Cottenham under a bright, starry sky and I wondered for a moment if this was the same sky that had been scanned by the Magi as they made their way to Bethlehem. Now I'm getting ahead of myself, so Merry Christmas to you all and hopefully, Advent 2011 will see us back to our usual numbers, ready to celebrate the coming of our Lord once more. Geoff Leyshon


Do you recognise this? Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others. HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the senior citizens who took: the melody out of music, the pride out of appearance, the courtesy out of driving, the romance out of love, the commitment out of marriage, the responsibility out of parenthood, the togetherness out of the family, the learning out of education, the service out of patriotism, the Golden Rule from rulers, the nativity scene out of cities, the civility out of behaviour, the refinement out of language, the dedication out of employment, the prudence out of spending, the ambition out of achievement, or, God out of government and school. And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others!!

YES, I'M A SENIOR CITIZEN! I'm the life of the party...... even if it lasts until 8 p.m. I'm very good at opening childproof caps.... with a hammer. I'm usually interested in going home before I get to where I am going. I'm awake many hours before my body allows me to get up. I'm smiling all the time because I can't hear a thing you're saying. I'm very good at telling stories; over and over and over and over... I'm so cared for -- long term care, eye care, private care, dental care. I'm not really grouchy, I just don't like traffic, waiting in long lines, crowds, lawyers, unruly kids, barking dogs, politicians and a few other things I can't seem to remember right now.

I'm sure everything I can't find is in a safe secure place, somewhere. I'm wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that's just my left leg. I'm having trouble remembering simple words like..... I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps. I'm sure they are making adults much younger these days, and when did they let kids become policemen? I'm wondering, if you're only as old as you feel, how could I be alive at 150? I'm a walking storeroom of facts..... I've just lost the key to the storeroom door.

Yes, I'm a SENIOR CITIZEN and I think I am having the time of my life! Now if I could only remember who sent this to me, I wouldn't send it back to them, but I would send it to many more too! Supplied by Bill Elsey

For those with computers (and apologies to those who haven’t!) Have a look at these two websites. The first was sent me by Bill [Elsey] and the second by a friend and I hope you like them – I though they were quite uplifting! Remember to turn your speakers up. and

"Jesus Knows You're Here"

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said, 'Jesus knows you're here.' He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze. When he heard nothing more, after a bit, he shook his head and continued. Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard 'Jesus is watching you.' Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.

'Did you say that?' he hissed at the parrot. 'Yep', the parrot confessed, then squawked, 'I'm just trying to warn you that he is watching you.' The burglar relaxed. 'Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?' 'Moses,' replied the bird. 'Moses?' the burglar laughed. 'What kind of people would name a bird Moses?' 'The kind of people that would name a Rottweiler Jesus.'

STRANGE BUT TRUE There is only one exceptional child in the world...and every parent has it. A child's greatest period of growth is the month after you've purchased new school clothes. 'The covers of this book are too far apart' (Ambrose Bierce's one line review of a book) 'How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world' (Anne Frank) 'The art of diplomacy is letting the other fellow have your own way' (Anonymous Indian diplomat) 'Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing to take away' (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) China now exports as much every six hours as it did in the whole of 1978. An unemployed jester is nobody's fool.

GOOD DOG! A man went to visit a friend and was amazed to find him playing chess with his dog. He watched the game in astonishment for a while. "I can hardly believe my eyes!" he exclaimed. "That's the smartest dog I've ever seen." "Nah, he's not so smart," the friend replied. "I've beaten him three games out of five."

WEDDED BLISS? A couple was arranging for their wedding, and asked the bakery to inscribe the wedding cake with "1 John 4:18" which reads: "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." The bakery evidently lost, smudged or otherwise misread the noted reference, and beautifully inscribed on the cake "John 4:18": "For you have had five husbands, and the man you have now is not your husband."

CHANGE AND DECAY‌ At our bank consulting firm, most of our customers liked that our credit card machines automatically print "Thank you, please come again" at the bottom of receipts. However, as we branched out to handling computer billing and credit card processing for other types of businesses, some things changed. One guy phoned to ask if I could take off the "Thank you, please come again" note. "Sure," I said. His request pricked my curiosity, so I asked, "Do you mind my asking why?" "It just seems inappropriate," he answered. "You see, we're a funeral home."

Speaking up for the deaf It has sometimes seemed to me rather ironic that having spent all my professional life in situations where listening and hearing are essential I have found myself becoming progressively deaf. Deafness is an invisible affliction, apart from the use of deaf aids which have become, thanks to modern technology, less and less obvious. Perhaps it is because of this that, unlike blindness which rightly provokes sympathy and consideration, deafness often provokes impatience and inconsideration. People may feel embarrassed if asked to speak up, especially in everyday conversation when nothing of great importance is being said. They may also feel irritated. I remember a friend when asked to repeat what she had said replying “Watch my lips”. I am thankful that I refrained from acting out the reaction that this provoked in me! Deafness can also be the cause of misunderstanding, sometimes serious, sometimes not very important. One of my brothers, trained as a barrister and then called to the priesthood, loved discussion and argument. He became increasingly deaf, much to his sorrow and disappointment. Once when greeting members of his congregation after a service a woman replied to his enquiry as to her welfare. “I’m alright except for the fat”. “You don’t look fat to me” replied my brother. “Not fat – the vat – V.A.T!” This same brother was also very adamant that he should be the one to wash up after the family meals. He confided to me that this wasn’t total unselfishness, it gave him great relief to turn away from the others whilst facing the sink so that he could stop listening without appearing rude. I am not particularly unsociable but I find gatherings such as having coffee in the Church Hall after morning service more than I can manage. The loop system now installed in most churches is a marvellous blessing. A friend of mine in Devon told me that she was now hearing her first sermon in years. Beware however to those who wear microphones to switch them off if anything private is going to be said. I have recently discovered a new advantage to being deaf. In answering those intrusive cold calls on the telephone I reply “Speak up, I’m deaf” and they nearly always ring off! I entitled this article “Speaking up for the deaf”. I end with a plea that people will also speak up to the deaf when it is required. Pat Givan


Twelve Days of Christmas?? Each year, American wealth management company PNC tracks the cost of the items listed in the festive carol The 12 Days of Christmas. They use the figure they reach, which they've dubbed the 'Christmas Price Index' (or CPI), to track the state of the economy compared to the previous year. This year, if you wanted to buy one of each of the items listed in the carol it would cost you £15,083.32 compared to last year's total of £13,140. That's a hefty increase of £1,943.32. To buy all of the items as per the lines of the song (two turtle doves, three French hens, four calling birds, etc., repeated each time a new gift is added) would cost £62,301.39, an equally sizeable increase on the £53,455 it cost in 2009. PNC calls this figure "The True Cost of Christmas".

Please pray We are hoping to include regular prayer requests from Romsey Mill. Here is the first: Please pray for young women in a new anger management group in South Cambridge. Please pray for our social inclusion team running a new young women’s art group in collaboration with the University. Please pray for Ellie Howes as she moves on. She writes: I am writing to you today with news of a move.... after 8 years of work with Romsey Mill, first as a student and for the last 5_ years coordinating the Transitions work, I will be leaving Romsey Mill in the New Year. I have accepted a new post working as a Youth Life Coach Co-coordinator/Social Worker in Nelson, New Zealand! I am really excited about this great new opportunity and adventure to a new country! My last day of work will be on the 28th January 2011. I will of course be coming to see you all (along with Mary) for the next NCCC meeting in January and hope that this will be a great opportunity for me to spend a few minutes reflecting on my time working with you all and thanking you for all you as churches have done. I know that I will have a chance to do this in person, but I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you how grateful I have been for your prayers, encouragement and support in the time I have been here – it has been wonderful to have this great programme of work rooted within the church community. I’d also like to thank you for making Mary feel so welcome – I look forward to her continuing the work in the North City in the future and hearing from her about how God has continued to work in the lives of the children and young people that are reached by the Transitions Programme.

GOSPEL'S WAY* When gale has passed and damage done Is slowly put to rights and limbs So fiercely torn from trees are cleared, I'm not in mood to sing a hymn Of praise to God for gentle rain And caring sun caressing crops. Despite the prophet's claim the Lord Of Hosts is force within the storm And tidal wave, I choke on such Capricious God whose random moves Have zapped both good and bad alike. Instead I know this world is realm Of risk in which we're free to choose The way of love or greed. To turn To Holy Spirit's grace can help Us cope with pain and sudden death Of those for whom we care. Besides The greatest risks are due to men Whose only care is for themselves Or naked power. This Christ had learned For self on cross, on which he found He's on his own, until the hand Of Father hauled him from the grave To rise anew beyond constraints Of time and space. He'd wandered free In tiny state to tell the world, By word and his own fate, that death Is gate to life beyond our dreams, Beyond our fears and limping loves. This glowing spark of hope exceeds All other creeds that man conceives. It places loving care above All other ways to live our lives. Henry Disney *First published in 2009 in "GUIDED BY KNOWLEDGE, INSPIRED BY LOVE" Eloquent Books, New York.

Thank You to all who came and helped clean the Church before the start of Advent. I’m not sure I have ever seen the higher areas of the Church (tops of windows, the crucifix etc.) so thoroughly cleaned (thank you, Tom). Thank you too to Evelyn who cleaned all the window sills (ready for the Christmas decorations!), to Linda who cleaned the Chapel, to Dave and Anthony who did wonders with the tower including cleaning all the light fittings, to Clare who single handedly tackled the office and to all the others (including helpful children) who came along and did what was needed on the day. Hazel looked after our refreshment needs with great tea and coffee. If I have forgotten anyone I am really sorry – blame it on the fact that part of my mind was on the fact that I had to be home for an emergency visit from the Gas Board as our central heating was on the blink!


Eva Hutson


Charles Brown

07720 441123

Mrs B Wright


Mrs V Ford


Miss Rachel Marsh


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 THE GOOD SHEPHERD RAINBOWS Tuesday 6.15 – 7.15pm 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


Mr Richard Luff


Emma Roberts


THE GOOD SHEPHERD SCOUTS Thursday 7.30 – 9.00pm

Alan Leader


CHURCH TODDLERS’ CLUB Friday 9.15 – 11.30am

Claire Duell

0787 4850867

Mike Tabrett


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


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

TO BOOK THE CHURCH HALL Please phone 352151 (evenings)

Submission date for February Newsletter: January 16 (Publication date January 30) Church Office 01223 312933 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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