Heyou March 2024

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John 11:25-26: ”Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.”


Clement’s Chat The Meaning of Easter

In Philippines, the re-enactment of Jesus’ crucifixion and self-tormenting happen every Good Friday. Scenes of self-mortification, crucifixion and practices of extreme religious sacrifices are so popular on Good Fridays. There are also related practices which include carrying wooden crosses, crawling on rough pavement and self-flagellation. Every Good Friday there is quite a substantive number of Christians who are nailed to crosses to re-enact Jesus Christ suffering. This even draws thousands of devotees and tourists despite being rejected by the Catholic Church and the health authorities.

It has become part of controversial Easter tradition in Philippines where people will undergo real life crucifixions as an expression of their faith. During these realistic crucifixions actors drive four-inch nails into both his hands and feet and lift him on a wooden cross for around five minutes. One of the regular candidates, Enaje, who is a Catholic, said the tradition reminds the world about the plight of Jesus Christ. Enaje has been crucified many times and he has this to say; “To be honest, I always feel nervous, because I could end up dead on the cross, my body begins to feel cold, when my hands are tied, I just close my eyes and tell myself: ‘I can do this.”


Easter is always associated with the death of Jesus Christ. I remember when I was young, how we used to dramatise the death of Jesus. I always played up the role of Jesus where I received a lot of beatings from colleagues who took the roles of Roman soldiers. I do not forget one Good Friday when my mother had to shed tears feeling pity for me. We used to stage this drama at 3pm on Good Friday under a very tense and quiet atmosphere. This shows how important the crucifixion is regarded in Christian circles. While the death of Jesus Christ is crucial in the Christian life, it is the resurrection of Jesus Christ that shapes the Christian faith. Of course, there is no resurrection of Jesus Christ without his death but it is the resurrection that Christians celebrate. The difference between Christianity and other religions is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The preaching of the gospel sprang out from the fact that Jesus was not in the grave. Therefore, people should not put their focus on the death of Jesus Christ simply because it is just the means to the end which is resurrection. The death of Jesus simple reminds us that generally in life there are Good Friday episodes but the destination is the Easter Sunday where we witness that even the grave and the powerful Roman soldiers could not deny him victory. God Bless Clement


Meet The Minister Reverend Dr Clement Matarirano

Hi, my name is Clement and I’m a Minister here at Court Hey Methodist Church. I moved to the UK from Zimbabwe with my family in 2020 to serve here at: Court Hey Methodist Church.


The Will of God The will of God will never take you, Where the grace of God cannot keep you, Where the arms of God cannot support you, Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs. The will of God will never take you, Where the spirit of God cannot work through you, Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you Where the army of God cannot protect you, Where the hands of God cannot mould you. The will of God will never take you, Where the Love of God cannot enfold you, Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears, Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you. The will of God will never take you, Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears, Where the word of God cannot feed you, Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you, Where the Omnipresence of God cannot find you. Everything happens for a purpose We may not see the wisdom of it now, But trust and believe in the Lord That everything is for the best. Author Unknown


Why does Easter’s date change every year? Easter is the holiest day in the Christian calendar. It observes the most central tenet of the Christian faith—that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead. The resurrection represents the triumph of good over evil, sin, death, and the physical body. Easter Sunday marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, and the last day of the Easter Triduum (starting from the evening of Maundy Thursday through Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday), as well as the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year. It’s not always easy to keep track of the Easter date. After all, unlike Christmas, the date changes every year. It can be as early as March 22 or as late as April 25. And go ahead and prepare for an early Easter 2024: the date falls on March 31. Of course, this also means that the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday change dates too. The varied dates from year to year can leave many people wondering why Easter changes dates instead of remaining the same like other set-in-stone holidays. Most Christians know Ash Wednesday’s date depends on Easter, but wouldn’t it be much simpler (and easier to remember) if Jesus Christ’s resurrection were celebrated on a set day, the way other dates like Christmas and Valentine’s Day are observed? Here’s a look at why that’s not the case. Easter’s exact date varies so much because it actually depends on the the moon. It is set to coincide with the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, the first full moon after the vernal equinox.


Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday signals the period of 40 days before Easter, called Lent, when observants typically “give up” some earthly pleasure (wine, chocolate, sugar) as a form of penance. But what does Ash Wednesday mean? This stems from the Old Testament book of Daniel that associated fasting with ashes, according to priest and Duke Divinity School assistant professor Lauren F. Winner. Its main ritual involves a priest invoking Genesis 3:19 (“...for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”) while anointing congregants’ foreheads with a mix of ash from Palm Sunday - itself derived from the story of Christ’s route to Jerusalem being padded by palm fronds-and sometimes oil. Lent is an acknowledgment of the 40 days the Bible says Christ spent in the wilderness. Because Ash Wednesday kicks off the Lenten season, its date is always exactly 46 days before Easter (40 days of Lent, plus six, as each Sunday is skipped). Easter Sundays in future years. : March 31, : April 20, : April 5, : March 28, : April 16, : April 1, : April 21,

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The Bombed Out Church St Luke’s Church, known locally as the ‘Bombed Out Church’, suffered catastrophic damage during the May Blitz of 1941, leaving only its external masonry standing. Overgrown and inaccessible, the site lay derelict for over 60 years, before being cleared, and transformed by a series of cultural events, reopening the space to the public. Having become an established venue for theatre, dance, classical and world music, visual art, cinema, and spoken word, as well as alternate and participatory forms of work, the site now stands as a testament to community spirit and the power of the arts to affect change - a living, working monument to the people of Liverpool. The ongoing story is one of hope and transformation. PAST In 1791, the land on which St Luke’s stands, was granted to the town of Liverpool by the Earl of Derby, on the condition that it should be used for the construction of a church only. The Corporation of Liverpool commissioned John Foster Senior to design St Luke’s in c.1802 and the foundation stone was laid on the 9th of April 1811. Despite this, a legal dispute regarding land to the south of the church meant that building work didn’t recommence until 1826. When John Foster Senior died mid-construction in 1827, the project was taken over by his son. John Foster Junior.


Present After the war, various plans were proposed, including the clearing of the site to make way for a new road out of the city. However in the 1950s, the Bishop of Liverpool suggested that the church ruins be preserved as a memorial to the casualties of WWII, and in June 1952 the church and its surrounding railings became Grade II listed. Despite this, the church’s interior remained largely derelict until the early 2000s when the space was transformed by a series of community arts and cultural events. Today, 80 years later, the church has become an iconic arts venue and community space. Following a series of innovative installations within St Luke’s, it was reopened to the public in 2007, and has since played host to a phenomenal range of arts and cultural events, as well as community and wellbeing activities. The story of St Luke’s regeneration exemplifies the power of the arts to affect change; organised events onsite allow attendees to relate to this story and become aware of the ways in which art and creative expression can enrich and transform their own lives in turn. As a Grade 2 listed building and memorial to the casualties of war, the building also makes a tremendous contribution to Liverpool’s heritage, while standing testament to the fortitude of the city’s community, and in memory to those who have lost their lives due to the effects of war.


Future In the years that have followed its re-opening, St Luke’s, affectionally known as the ‘Bombed Out Church’, has become a much loved and celebrated part of the city. It stands as a cogent reminder of the effects of war, but also as a testament to the power of resilience and community action. The site provides a place to celebrate and engage with the cultural diversity of the city and offers an example of how arts and events can drive regeneration. With its future secured, St Luke’s is set to provide meaningful opportunities for participation with the arts and culture, and a safe haven for community activities for many years to come. Alongside the growing cultural programme, there is a great focus on the creation of heritage engagement projects, the expansion of learning and participation opportunities, and the community-based development of the gardens. Improvements to the site, such as better facilities and accessibility, will further establish St Luke’s as an engaging, family friendly and welcoming space.


Christian Days of the Week Monday - Wash Day Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity, so I may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead. Tuesday - Ironing Day Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles of prejudice I have collected though the years so that I may see the beauty in others. Wednesday - Mending Day O God, help me mend my ways so I will not set a bad example for others. Thursday - Cleaning Day Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart. Friday - Shopping Day O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase eternal happiness for myself and all others in need of love. Saturday - Cooking Day Help me, my Saviour, to brew a big kettle of brotherly love and serve it with clean, sweet bread of human kindness. Sunday – The Lord’s Day O God, I have prepared my house for you. Please come into my heart as my honoured guest so I may spend the day and the rest of my life in your presence.


The Mouse Trap A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?” the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said “Mr.Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.” The mouse turned to the pig and told him “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathised, but said “I am so very sorry, Mr.Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.” The mouse turned to the cow and said “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.” So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.


That very night a sound was heard throughout the house - like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbours came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them. The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember: when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. Each of us is a vital thread in another person’s tapestry.


Easter Quiz Have a go don’t cheat! (Answers at the bottom of the page) 1. Who was the star of the films “Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments”? 2. The Star of David is a symbol sacred to which religion? 3. Easter Day always falls in one of which months? 4. What is the name of the headdress traditionally worn by nuns? 5. In the Bible, which person was created from Adam’s rib? 6. Lot’s wife turned to look back at Sodom and was instantly turned into what? 7. Who traditionally wear hair in dreadlocks? 8. Traditionally, what is the last word of a Christian prayer? 9. Which “virtue” shares it’s name with a card game? 10. The traditionally opening to the 23rd Psalm is “The Lord is my...... what”. 11. In the Bible, what was Gabriel? 12. In the Bible, the Exodus refers to the departure of the Israelites from which country? 13. The city of Canterbury is located in which English county? 14. Followers of which religion worship in a synagogue? 15. Which biblical character was swallowed by a great fish?


16. In the Bible, who authorises the Crucifixion? 17. Sephardim are followers of which religion? 18. Which term connects a type of match and a nickname for the Devil? 19. What is the name for a state ruled by priests? 20. The Golden Temple at Amritsar is sacred to which religion? 21. A yarmulke is a skullcap worn by followers of which religion? 22. In which month is the feast of Epiphany? 23. Who is the founder of the Salvation Army? 24. Mecca is a city in which country? 25. The chador is a robe worn by women in which religion? 26. Which religious leader is said to have found enlightenment? 27. In which cathedral town was Doctor Johnson born? 28. Whose teachings are called in the Hadith? 29. The biblical Epistle to the Ephesians is attributed to which author? 30. Which biblical character is known as “the second Adam”? 31. Which religious order was founded by Saint Bruno? 32. Which saint translated the Vulgate Bible? 33. Zen is the form of Buddhism in which country? 34. In the Bible, who was the mother of Ishmael? 35. What name is given to the 4th Sunday in Lent? 36. In a church, what is a “Galilee”? 37. Which book in the Bible tells of the death of Moses?

Answers

(1) Charlton Heston (2) Judaism (3) March & April (4) Wimple (5) Eve (6) Pillar of Salt (7) Rastafarian’s (8) Amen (9) Patience (10) Shepherd (11) Angel (12) Egypt (13) Suffolk (14) Judaism (15) Jonah (16) Pontius Pilate (17) Judaism (18) Lucifer (19) Theocracy (20) Sikhism (21) Judaism (22) January (23) William Booth (24) Saudi Arabia (25) Islam (26) Buddha (27) Litchfield (28) Mohammed (29) Paul (30) Jesus (31) Carthusian (32) Jerome (33) Japan (34) Hagar (35) Refreshment Sunday (36) Porch (37) Deuteronomy


A-Z of Knowledge Letter F Faith Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Fathers Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow. Life doesn’t come with an instruction book - that’s why we have fathers. Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of songs. Friends : Sometimes, being with your best friend, is all the therapy you need. : Keep the ones that heard you when you never said a word. : I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light. : A true friend accepts who you are, but also helps you become who you should be. : A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. : Sometimes you meet a person and you just click - you’re comfortable with them, like you’ve known them your whole life, and you don’t have to pretend to be anyone or anything. : Because of you, I laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a lot more.


Friends are like Knickers Some snap under pressure. Some crawl up your backside. Some get a little twisted. Some are cheap. Some are your favourite. Some are plain and nasty. Some you throw out. Some don’t have the strength to hold you up. Some you can see right through. Some are full of support. Some comfort like no other. But the best ones will cover your arse when you need them to.


What’s On: Sunday

10.30am.

Morning Worship

Rev Clement Matarirano

0151 216 1170

Monday

9.45am

Tai Chi

Liz Lloyd

0151 489 8076 11.00am

Line Dancing

Margaret Sharp

0151 291 0627 07727 682 610 2.00pm

Craft Group Contact

Jenny Rayner

0151 428 0205 4.00pm

AJM School of Dance & Drama. Alisha McGinn

07754 534 252

Tuesday

10.30am -12.40pm

Sing & Sign.

Beth Kophamel

07841 446 247 5.30pm

Rainbows

www.girlguiding.org.uk

07599 431 195 6.30pm

Brownies

www.girlguiding.org.uk

6.30pm

Guides

www.girlguiding.org.uk


Wednesday 10.00am - 11.00am

Qi Gong

Barbara Shields

07944 662 109

1.30-3.30p.m.

Margaret Diggle

Tea Dance

0151 421 1794 07516 814 013 4.00pm

AJM School of Dance & Drama. Alisha McGinn

7.30pm

Connected Voices

Thursday

9.30am

Toddler Group

07754 534 252

Anthony Seaman

info@connectedvoices.co.uk

Sue Canavan.

07746 407217 4.00pm

AJM

Alisha McGinn

07754 534 252

6.30pm

Boys Brigade

1.30p.m.

Mamafit

Liz Lloyd.

0151 489 8076 Rob Lunn

Email rob.lunn@mamafituk.com

Friday

10.00am - 12.00 noon Place of Welcome

Andy Sproston

0151 208 9518

4.00pm

AJM

Alisha McGinn

07754 534 252


Fortnightly Monday 2pm

Philatelic Society

Peter Williams

0151 280 1482

Thursday

7.30pm

Scottish Dancing

Sandra Piper

0151 724 4966

Monthly Saturday 1st & 2nd Saturday in Month 10a.m. - 12

Art4kids&co

Paul Trubshaw

07947 591 746 Third Saturday in Month 10.00am

Table Sale

Joan Rutledge.

07984 894 597


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John 11:25-26: ”Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.”

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