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Mustard Seed Evangelical Church June

For the people of Callington and the greater glory of God

Newsletter

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www.msec.org.uk


Welcome!

I have   a  friend  called  Andy.  He  has   been  involved  in  church  leadership   for  many   years  and  has  been   a  full   time  Christian   worker   for   some  of   that  time.

At the   same   time,   there   had   also   been   the   suggestion   that   there   should   be   a   church   football   team   formed   and,   as   Andy   was   a   keen   footballer,   he   thought   that   this   was   a   good   idea!   Amazingly,   not   only   male   church   members   came   to   play,   but   the   non-­‐church   attending   husbands   of   wives   who   c a m e   t o   c h u r c h   t u r n e d   u p   regularly   and   they   brought   their   friends   who   had   never   came   to   church.

He was   telling   me   recently   of   a   particular   evangelistic   outreach   that   his   church   felt   would   be   an   effective  means   of  challenging  the   neighbouring   community.   They   purchased   some   hundred   or   so   v i d e o s   b y   a   w o r l d -­‐ r e n o w n   evangelist   putting   across   the   claims   of   Jesus   effectively   and   clearly.

As they  went   through   the   joys  and   tribulations   of   playing   together   in   a   team,   so   bonds   and   friendships   were   formed   and   these   men   began   to   attend   church,   many   came   to   recognise   Christ’s   claim   on   their   lives   and   some   were   baptized!

They had   decided   to   distribute   these   house-­‐to-­‐house   in   their   neighbourhood,   but   they   thought   that  it  would  be  a  good  cost-­‐saving   exercise   if   they   sent   out   a   letter   explaining   what   they   were   about   to   do   which   would   give   each   household   the   opportunity   to   refuse   the   video   offer   in   the   unlikely   case  that   they   would   feel   strongly   enough   to   spend   time   filling   in   the   form   and   returning   it   to   the   church!   Of   the   hundred   households   that   received   this   l e t t e r ,   o v e r   n i n e t y   p e r c e n t   returned   the   form   declining   the   offer!  

I have  recalled   this  story  whenever   I   am   tempted   to   separate   the   spiritual  from  the  rest  of  life.  I  have   been   greatly   encouraged   that   in   each  social  event   that  we  have  had   as   a   church   fellowship   in   this   last   year   there   have   been   those   who   do   not   go   to   church-­‐friends   or   members   of   family   who   have   attended. Church   services   are  a  place  where   we   meet   to   worship   God   and   2


because of   the   present   layout   of   the   church   and   time   constraints   there  is  not  the   opportunity   to  get   to  know   people   as   we  would   like,   so  these   ‘social   gatherings’   give   a   greater   space   to   meet   with   each   other  and  with   those   from  outside   the  fellowship  in  a  non-­‐threatening   place.    We  have  a  couple  of   BBQ’s   coming   up-­‐one   at   our   house   and   one  at  Jean  and  Willis’s  farm-­‐and  it   would   be  lovely  to  see  you  and   any   friends,   neighbours   or   family   you   can  bring  along.

Street. They   are   very   content   there,  but  they  do   remark  on  how   much  they  miss  the  friendliness  of   our   church.   They   have  attended   a   few  churches,   but  some  they  have   dismissed   because   no   one   has   spoken   to   them.   Please   continue   to   look   around   you   Sunday   by   Sunday   and   make   a   beeline   for   anyone  who  is   new  or   is   on  his  or   her  own.  It  is   one  of   the   strengths   of   our   fellowship,   but   we   should   not  take  it  for  granted! God  bless  you  this  coming  month,  

Fiona and  I  went  to  visit  Barry  and   Pam   recently  in  their  new   home  at  

Date

Monthly Activities

Time Event

Sunday 5/6 Monday  6/6

– David

Location

No evening  service 19:30

Monthly Prayer  Meeting

Saturday 11/6 3–7  pm BBQ

The Parlour David  Jewell’s

Sunday 12/6

15:00

Churches Together  in   Cornwall  Service

Gwennap Pit  (see   David  for  a  lift).

Thursday 16/6

14:15

Residential Homes  Visit

St. Theresa’s

Friday 17/6

18:00

Fun on  Friday

Lower Hall

Saturday 18/6

14:30

Walk &  BBQ  afterwards

Mustard Seed  /   Willis  &  Jean’s

Saturday 25/6

14:30

Café Church  Social

Mustard Seed

Sunday 26/6

18:00

Café Church

The Mustard  Seed

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Q&A  John  Cole WITH

Are you  young,  middle  aged  or  re0red?

At what  age  were  you  when  you   recognised  that  you  could  not  manage   life  on  your  own?

Close to  re0ring. Describe  yourself  in  four  words.

I was  30  when  I  gave  my  heart  to  the   Lord.

Well past  my  best. What  is  your  favourite  pas0me,  sport  or   interest?

Name someone  who  has  been  a   par0cular  influence  for  good  in  your  life.

It’s hard   to   choose   just   one;   I   love   angling,   birding,   gardening,   surfing   and  snorkelling.

Bill Selleck   nurtured   me   as   a   young   Chris0an;   he   gave   me   a   love   for   God’s  word,  was  always  encouraging   and  asked  for  nothing  in  return.  

What is  your  favourite  meal?

Tell us  something  about  yourself  that   not  many  others  know.

Fillet steak   with   chips   mushrooms   and  tomatoes.    

I haven’t  got  any  pyjamas.

What is  your  favourite  day  out?

Have you  experienced  God’s  hand  in   your  life?

A day   on   the  beach   with   family   and   friends  followed  by  a  BBQ.  

When I   commiOed   my   life   to   Jesus   my   pastor’s   wife   gave   me   this   scripture   verse;   Be   confident   of  this,   that   he   who   began   a   good   work   in   you   will   carry   it   on   to   comple0on   un0l  the   day   of  Christ   Jesus.  Twenty   seven  years  down  the  road  I  can  look   back   and   see   His   hand   has   been   upon   my   life  and  know  that   He’s  not   finished   with   me   yet;   there   is   s0ll   plenty  to  work  on.  

What would  be  your  chosen  holiday   des0na0on? A   quiet   Greek   Island   like   Kefalonia   (before  the  film).   How  do  you  relax? What’s  that?  When  I  do  get  a  chance   I  like  to  listen  to  music  and  poOer  in   the  garden. Have  you  a  favourite  Chris0an  song  or   hymn  and  a  Bible  passage  or  verse? John  1:12  always  warms  my  heart.   4


Do you  think  that  the  Chris0an  lifestyle  is   relevant  in  today’s  world?

When you  get  to  Heaven  who,  a\er  your   nearest  and  dearest  and  Jesus,  would  you   most  like  to  meet?

Of course,   it’s   a   victorious,   eternal,   abundant  life.  

I haven’t   really   thought   about   mee0ng   others   but   I   think   Abraham   would  be  interes0ng.        

What, a\er  the  Bible,  is  your  favourite   book? Captain   Corelli’s   Mandolin   or   one   Nicholas  Evens  novels.

Callington foodbank Hunger   is  not   just   a   Third   World  problem.   Across   the   UK,   13.5   million   people   live   below   the   poverty   line,   meaning   that   individuals,   couples   and   families   are   struggling   to   feed   themselves.   The   foodbank   is   a   Christian   answer   to   this   need.

Last year,   the   Liskeard   and  Loo   foodbank   delivered  over  60  food  boxes  to  people  in   Callington,   and   that   seems   to   be   just   the   tip   of   the   iceberg.   Aware   that   there   is   a   need   in   Callington   and   the   surrounding   area,   the   Churches   Together   in   Callington   are   in   the   process   of   starting  up   our   own   foodbank.  

Since 2004,   the   Trussell   Trust,   a   Christian   charity   based  in  Salisbury,   have  helped  set   up  100  foodbanks  across  the  UK.  Since  the   start  of  this  year  they  have  launched  a   new   foodbank  every  week.  There  is  a  real  need   in  our  country,  and  in  our  local  area.

We are  hoping  for  an  autumn  start,  but   for   that  to  happen  we   need  to  raise  money  to   cover   our   start-­‐up   costs.   These   costs   include:  converting  a  garage  to  store  food,   r e c e i v i n g   t h e   n e c e s s a r y   t r a i n i n g ,   advertising   and   administration.   When   we   start   we   will   need   the   support   of   volunteers   who   will   help   with   the   collections   and   deliveries,   so   be   sure   to   look  out  for  more  information!

In the   past   12   months   61,000  people   have   received   emergency   food   supplies   from   foodbanks  supported  by  the   Trussell   Trust,   that’s  50%   more  people  than  last  year.  The   majority   of   people   receiving   emergency   food  supplies  are  from   low-­‐income   families   who  are  going  through  a  crisis,  people  who   have   lost   their  jobs,  or  people   experiencing   benefits  delays.  

If you   are   interested   in   supporting   us   in   this   venture,   or   to   find   out   more,   please   contact  David  Jewell  on  01579  389576.

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Isn't science  more  rational  than  faith? Reprinted  with  permission  from  the  Evangelical  Alliance’s  IDEA   magazine,  http://www.eauk.org/resources/idea/index.cfm

One of   the   core   arguments   of   Richard   Dawkins’   book   The   God   Delusion   is   that   religious   faith   is   irrational.   “Dyed-­‐in-­‐the-­‐ w o o l   f a i t h -­‐ h e a d s   a r e   i m m u n e   t o   argument,”  he  opines.  Faith  is  a  “process   of   non-­‐thinking”,   which   is   “evil   precisely   because   it   requires   no   justification,   and   brooks   no   argument”.   This   is   typical   of   Dawkins’   swashbuckling   style,   which   mingles  overheated  rhetoric   with  a   scant   regard   for  evidence   and  accuracy.  So  let’s   look  at  things  in  a  little  more  detail.

immunology. In   a   book   titled,   Medawar   reflects   on  the  question   of  how  the   scope   of   science   was   limited   by   the   nature   of   reality. E m p h a s i s i n g   t h a t   “ s c i e n c e   i s   incomparably   the   most   successful   enterprise   human   beings   have   ever   engaged  upon”,  he   distinguishes  between   what   he   calls   “transcendent”   questions,   which   have   to   be   answered   by   religion   and  metaphysics,  and  questions  about  the   organisation  and  structure   of  the   material   universe.

Everyone agrees  that  science  is   one  of  the   most   secure   forms   of   knowledge   we   possess.   How   do   we   know   that   the   chemical   formula   for   water   is   H2O?   How   do   we   know   the   structure   of   DNA?   The   answer   is   simple:  because  that’s  what  the   scientific   evidence   tells   us.   I   don’t   think   anyone  will  quibble  with  this.

With regard  to   the  latter,  he  argues,  there   are   no   limits   to   the   possibilities   of   scientific   achievement.   He   thus   agrees   with   Dawkins   –   but   only   by  defining   and   limiting   the   domain   within   which   the   sciences  possess  such  competency. So   what   of   other   questions?   What   about   the  question  of  God?  Or  of  whether   there   is   purpose   within   the   universe?   As   if   pre-­‐ empting   Dawkins’   brash   and   simplistic   take   on   the   sciences,   Medawar   suggests   that   scientists   need   to  be   cautious   about   their   pronouncements   on   these   matters,   lest   they   lose   the   trust   of   the   public   by   confident  and  dogmatic  overstatements.

Dawkins is   right  to  praise  the  sciences  for   their  ability  to   give  clear,  reliable  answers   to   some   important   questions,   such   as   “ h o w   i s   g e n e t i c   i n f o r m a t i o n   transmitted?”   So   far,  so   good.  But  look  at   another   question:   “What   is   the   meaning   of   life?”   This   is   clearly   an   important   question.   But   can   science   answer   it?   Dawkins’  answer  is   that   science   discloses   no   meaning   to   life   –   and   therefore   that   there  is  no  meaning  to  life.  But  is  he  right?

Though a   self-­‐confessed   rationalist,   Medawar   is   clear   on   this   matter:   “That   there   is   indeed   a   limit   upon   science   is   made   very   likely   by   the   existence   of   questions   that   science   cannot   answer,   and   that   no   conceivable   advance   of  

Let’s look  at   some   wise  words  written   by   Peter   Medawar,   one   of   Oxford’s   most   brilliant   scientists,   who   won   the   Nobel   Prize   in   Medicine   for   his   work   on   6


science would   empower   it   to   answer....   I   have   in   mind   such  questions   as:   How   did   everything   begin?   What   are   we   all   here   for?  What  is  the  point  of  living?

famous Human  Genome   Project,  came  out   with  The  Language  of  God. Both   of   these   top   scientists   argued   passionately   and   persuasively   that   their   Christian  faith  gave   them  a  way  of  making   sense  of  the  world,  which

“Doctrinaire positivism   –   now   something   of   a   period   piece   –   dismissed   all   such   q u e s t i o n s   a s   n o n q u e s t i o n s   o r   pseudoquestions   such   as   only   simpletons   ask  and  only   charlatans   profess  to  be   able   to  answer.”

resonated strongly   with   their   scientific   careers  and  research.  It   was,  they  argued,   deeply  satisfying  intellectually.

Perhaps The   God   Delusion   might   have   taken  Sir  Peter  by   surprise,  on   account  of   its   late   flowering   of   precisely   that   doctrinaire   positivism   which   he   had   happily,   yet   apparently   prematurely,   believed  to  be  dead.

Now this   doesn’t   resonate   with   Dawkins’   somewhat   simplistic   take   on  things   at   all.   But   it   does   make   the   fundamental   point   that   thinking   people   can   be   outstanding   research   scientists,   enjoying   the   respect   and   admiration   of   their   peers,   while   believing  in  God.

The point   is   obvious   and   important:   Science   cannot   tell   us   whether   there   is   a   God.   It   cannot   tell   us   why   we   are   here   (although   it   may   have   some   very   i n t e r e s t i n g   i n s i g h t s   i n   h o w   t h a t   happened).  When  it   comes  to  questions  of   meaning,   purpose   and   value,   science   is   blind.   And  that   is  no  criticism   of  science   –   it   is   simply   about   recognizing   and   respecting  its  limits.

Belief in   God   is   not   irrational,   but   possesses   its   own   distinct   and   robust   rationality.   It   represents   a   superb   way   of   making   sense   of   things.   “I   believe   in   Christianity   as   I   believe   that   the   sun   has   risen   –   not   only   because   I   see   it,   but   because   by  it,  I   see   everything   else,”   said   CS  Lewis. To   use   the   language  of  philosophy,  God  is   the   “best   explanation”   of  the   way   things   are.  We   can’t   prove   that   God  is   there,  any   more  than  an  atheist  can  prove  that   there   is   no  God.  But   all  of  us,  whether   Christians   or  atheists,  base  our  lives  on   at  least  some   fundamental   beliefs   that   we   know   we   cannot   prove.   That’s   just   the   way   things   are.

Dawkins is   not   typical   of   science   at   this   point,  as  most   scientists   are   aware   of   the   limits   of   their   discipline,   and   see   no   problems   in   seeking   answers   elsewhere   when   it   comes   to   the   really   big   issues   of   life. The   God   Delusion   was   published   in  2006.   In   that   same   year,   some   other   notable   books  were  published  by  leading  research   scientists.   Owen   Gingerich,   professor   of   astronomy  at  Harvard,  published   his  God’s   Universe;   Francis   Collins,   director   of   the  

For more  information,  read  Alister   McGrath's  books  The  Dawkins  Delusion?   (SPCK,  2007)  or  Dawkins'  God  (Blackwell,   2004).  Further  material  is  available  from   Christians  In  Science  at:  www.cis.org.uk 7


Youth Work  Update Since   last   month   a   number   of   exciting   things   have   happened;   first,  we  had  a  great  Guy’s  Night  for   young   people   from   the   Mustard   Seed  and  from   Café  Church.  We  had   a   good   number   of   young   people   there,   and   it   was  great  to  be  able   to   spend   time  getting  to  know  people   better.

learn these   tools   to   interact   with   God   better,   and   so   we   spend   time   looking   at   how   we   can   put   them   into  practice  each  week.   Please  pray   for  us   as  we  meet   on  Sundays,  that   we   would   be   honest   with   each   other,  and  that  we  would  be  able  to   experience   deeper   relationships   with  God.

Then we  had  our  first   Fun  on  Friday   for   the   slightly   younger   ones.   We   had   a   good   time   playing   games,   making  sun   glasses,   playing  quizzes,   learning  Bible  stories  and  more.   We   may   have   started   small,   but   watch   this   space  to  see  how  we  grow!  Our   next   Fun   on   Friday   will   be   on   the   17th   June,  and   if  you  are  able  to  help   out,  then  please  let  me  know!  

At the   time   of   writing,   we   are   still   waiting   to   hear   back   from   the   school   in   regards   to   setting   up   a   Christian  Union.   Please  pray   that   we   will  hear   back   soon,   so   that   we   will   be  able  to  get  something  started  as   soon  as  possible.   A   special   thank   you   to   Fiona,   Geraldine,   and   David,   who   helped   with   Fun   on   Friday,   and   have   all   supported  either  Soul  Space  or  Café   Church  (or  both!).  

At Café   Church   this   month   we   looked  at   Relationships.  It   was  good   to  be  able  to  spend   time  looking   at   this   topic,   as   we   were   able   to   look   at   the  Christian  perspective  on   what   the   young   people   learn   at   school   and  elsewhere.   On   Sunday   mornings   we   have   started   looking   at   the   Spiritual   Disciplines,   and   are   working   our   way   through   them   week   by   week.   Our  focus   is   looking  at   how  we  can  

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Weekly Activities Mondays 19:30

Home Group  at  Iris  Wilson’s  Led  by  John  Cole

19:30

Youth Group  in  the  Hall.  A  chance  for  all  the  young  people  aged   13-­‐18  to  get  together  and  have  fun  playing  games,  pool  and  table-­‐ tennis.  

Tuesdays 14:30

Home Group  at  Jenny  Jane’s  led  by  David  Jewell

Wednesdays 09:15

Seedlings in  the  Hall.  For  pre-­‐schoolers  and  parents/carers.  

19:45

Home Group  at  David  Jewell’s  led  by  David  Jewell

Thursdays 10:00

Ladies Bible  Study  in  the  Parlour.  

Sundays 10:45

Morning Worship  at  the  Mustard  Seed.  Join  us  for  a  time  of   prayer,  worship  and  teaching.  There  are  groups  for  children  and   young  people,  through  which  they  will  learn  more  about  God  and   enjoy  finding  out  more  about  Him.

18:30

Evening Service

Contributions for  July  newsletter:  

Deadline: 24th  June  2011 Speak  to:  Tim  Cadoux Email:  tim@cadoux.me 9


Contacts Leadership David Jewell (01579)  389576 (Pastor) davidjewells@aol.com Peter  Coombe (01579)  382197 (Elder) petercoombe@btconnect.com John  Cole 01752  366109  (Elder) j.t.cole@btinternet.com

Youth and  Children’s  Work Tim  Cadoux 07954388377  (Youth  Worker) tim@cadoux.me

Outreach Kathy Cole   01752  366109 (Seedlings) j.t.cole@btinternet.com Geraldine  Parkyn (01579)  384197 (Residential  Homes) gparkyn@tiscali.co.uk

Other Activities John  Cole 01752  366109 (Monday  Home  Group) j.t.cole@btinternet.com David  Jewell 07900472379 (Tue/Wed  Home  Groups) davidjewells@aol.com

If you  have  anything  which  you  think  might  be  appropriate  to  go  in   the  newsletter,  such  as  a  joke,  an  event  which  is  happening  in  the   future,  or  a  report  about  something  which  has  already  taken  place;   please  pass  it  on  to  Tim. 10


The Back  Pew As  a  tribute  to  the  people  of  Aceh  –  those  who  lost  their  lives  and  those   who  survived  and  are  getting  on  with  their  lives  –  here  are  some  lines  I   wrote  in  January  2005  as  I  struggled  to  come  to  terms  with  what  I  saw   and  felt  in  Banda  Aceh.

I stood  and  mourned  the  desolation  where  thriving   neighbourhoods  once  lived  and  children  played I  stood  and  watched  men  sifting  through  remains  of  house   and  home.  Now  junk  and  rubble,  twisted  steel  and  rags  –   luxuries  of  a  former  age I  stood  and  saw  the  body  bags  offloaded  into  graves  –   thousands  of  lives  now  sealed  in  plastic. I  stood  and  watched  planes  large  and  small  parked  on  the   airport  apron.  Disgorging  boxes  of  food,  clothing  –  aid  of  any   kind I  stood  and  looked  into  the  faces  of  those  who  queued  for   water.  Young  and  old,  men  and  women  with  pain  etched  on   their  faces. I  stood  upon  the  beach  and  watched  the  breakers  rolling  in   where  once  tsunami  struck.  A  reconfigured  landscape… I  stood,  and  from  the  mud  and  junk  I  spotted  green  –  a  banana   shoot  pushing  skyward. I  stood  and  saw  the  rainbow  arching  over  the  desolation.  The   promise  is  still  there  for  the  people  of  Aceh. –  Frank  Gray 11


The

Mustard Seed Evangelical Church For the people of Callington and the greater glory of God

Who We  Are: The  Mustard  Seed  is  a  fellowship  of  Christians  committed  to   discovering  God’s  love  and  truth  for  today.  During  our  worship  and   study  times,  in  our  family  and  social  events,  and  through  our  caring   and  Outreach  Ministries  we  explore  and  share  God’s  grace  and   guidance  as  He  helps  us  become  and  grow  as  His  followers.  

What We  Believe: •God  is  real. •Jesus  is  Lord. •The  Holy  Spirit  gives  life. •God  speaks  through  the  Bible. •God  forgives  us. •Jesus  cares  for  us. •Jesus  is  coming  back.

We warmly  welcome  you,  or  anyone  else   to  meet  with  us!

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June 2011  

Our June 2011 Newsletter

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