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Greenacres Congregational Church

Special edition

GREETINGS Are you sure this Is the way to Southam?

In this issue..... Page 5- ‘5 minutes Debby Page 6/7– children’s ministry, Remembrance Day. Page 13– Little things mean a lot

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Greetings to each other, all our neighbours—and everybody whose eye this leaflet meets Dear Friends, Twenty years ago, in my very first pastoral letter in Greetings, I mentioned how I had just been on a canal boat holiday. I explained that instead of being a completely peaceful and relaxing holiday encountering several canal locks along the way had been daunting, frightening and hard work. I went on to make the analogy that our Christian faith has similar challenges and follows a comparable journey. Looking back on my ministry at Greenacres I can see those times when I have felt daunted, frightened and had to work very hard. But those times have been totally eclipsed by the sense of blessing and grace that serving God in this place has brought. It has been a real privilege to lead this Church on its journey of faith, and I hope a number of pages have been added to its very distinguished history. I estimate that in those years I have led worship on 1300 occasions, preaching approximately 1200 sermons, which, if each sermon lasted about 15 minutes, meant I have preached for 300 hours without stopping for breath! I’ve chaired upwards of 300 Deacons and Church Meetings, christened over 70 children, married 36 couples and taken over 500 funerals. But it is the friendship and the camaraderie that has meant the most. The invitation to be a part of people’s lives, to be trusted and welcomed, to share in joys and in sorrows. Debby, Charlotte, Kristian and Jacob join me in simply saying thank you. The memories and your love and support will remain in our hearts forever. I must also say a very big thank you to everyone for the very kind expression of love shown in the marking of my 20 years as Minister of Greenacres Congregational Church. Ruth baked a most wonderful cake and I received a tremendous sum in John Lewis vouchers - of which I’ve not spent a single one yet, although they may come in most handy for something for our new house in Southam. Thank you once again. I read a story recently that immediately made me think of Greenacres. In sharing this with you, I pray that it may be a source of inspiration and hope and encouragement. Several centuries ago in a mountain village in Europe, a wealthy nobleman wondered what legacy he should leave to his townspeople. He made a good decision. He decided to build them a church. No one was permitted to see the plans or the inside of the church until it was finished. At its grand opening, the people gathered and marvelled at the beauty of the new church. Everything had been thought of and included. It was a masterpiece. , 2

But then someone said, "Wait a minute! Where are the lamps? It is really quite dark in here. How will the church be lighted?" The nobleman pointed to some brackets in the walls, and then he gave each family a lamp, which they were to bring with them each time they came to worship. "Each time you are here'" the nobleman said, "the place where you are seated will be lighted. Each time you are not here, that place will be dark. This is to remind you that whenever you fail to come to church, some part of God's house will be dark". I finished that first letter twenty years ago by commenting on my surprise in discovering a cupboard full of food to welcome me to The Manse – I’ve still got a steamed pudding and a tin of kidney beans to eat! My closing words are still as relevant today. I very much appreciate the warmth of your love and welcome that you have extended to me and I look forward to serving you and living among you. May God give us grace and strength, love and peace, as we walk his way together. May God truly bless us all,

Neil Chappell


Church membership Church membership is a very important part of the life of a Congregational Church. We at Greenacres value the commitment that is expressed through Church Membership, devotion and service. If you would like more details about becoming a Church Member, we have an information pack you may find interesting and informative. Please ask our Minister or one of the Deacons for a copy.

Weekly activities Sunday

10.45am Morning Service Communion follows the morning service on the first Sunday in the month


8.00pm Tuesday Club (Alternative weeks)


6.30 pm Karate classes


6.30pm Beavers, Cubs and Scouts


8.00pm Choir


7.30pm Youth Club (Alternate weeks)


5 minutes with … Debby Chappell Most prized possession: Family. No value can be put on the love, comfort, strength and happiness that my family brings me. Why do you come to Greenacres? I‟ve been coming to Church since I was a small girl. My dad made me come, and whilst I probably didn‟t appreciate it at the time I‟m now eternally grateful to him. The friendship, fellowship and faith has meant so much to me over the years. Favourite words of inspiration: No such word as can‟t Saddest moment of your life: Being separated from family Happiest moment of your life: Realising what strong, independent, level headed children I have A figure in history who you’d like to have afternoon tea with: Nelson Mandela. I‟d love to ask him how it felt to make that long walk of freedom after so many years in prison. And how he had the strength to forgive those who wronged him so terribly. Person in your life who has influenced you the most: Neil Piece of wisdom you would pass on: Never have any regrets Which record would you want to hear if you were washed up on a desert island: 19/21 by Adele. Her first album was good, her second album brilliant. She puts so much expression, energy and depth into her singing. Really like Someone like you. Which film could watch again and again: The King and I – Yul Brynner‟s finest hour


November is the time of the year when we wear a red poppy in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us during wars. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One. At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. Remembrance Day is on 11 November. It is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. At one time the day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War. Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is usually the Sunday nearest to 11 November. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain. A national ceremony takes place at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. The Queen lays the first wreath at the Cenotaph. Why the poppy became the symbol of Remembrance. Flanders is the name for whole part of Western Belgium. It saw some of the most concentrated and bloodiest fighting of the 1st world war. There was complete devastation. Roads, buildings, trees and natural life simply disappeared. Where once there were homes and farms there was now a sea of mud- a grave for the dead and where men still lived and fought. Only one other living thing survived. The poppy flowering each year with the coming of the warm weather brought hope, life colour and reassurance to those still fighting. Poppies only flower in rooted up soil. There seeds can lay in the soil for years without germinating, and only grow after the soil has been disturbed.


John McCrae, a Doctor serving with the Canadian Armed Forces, was so deeply moved by what he saw in Northern France, that in 1915, in his pocket book, he scribbled down the poem „In Flanders Fields‟. The poem was published and poppies became a symbol for soldiers who die in battle. Each year the „Royal British Legion‟, sell poppies, made by exservicemen and women, to raise funds to support men and women who once served in our Armed Forces. We will remember all ..... Sadly, due to the current intensive operations, the names of many young men and women are now being added to war memorials throughout the land. We give thought also to the many who are injured but, due to the miracles of modern medicine, are increasingly surviving with horrific injuries. So, on Remembrance Day, we remember these people as well as those from the two great wars.


Lola submitted this article from a friends Church magazine, and thought the message is probably appropriate to us all.

The King is Dead! “Long live the Queen!” With this proclamation in February 1952, the young Princess Elizabeth became Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch had died, but the monarchy continued. So it is with parishes; the incumbent may move on, but the ministry continues. For the time being The Border Group of Parishes and rectors is without a Rector. But the Kingdom of God is not leader-less. Long, long before parishes and rectors were thought of, our Lord Jesus Christ promised His unpromising earliest followers, “ I will build my church.” It is His, not ours. He has never taken a break from building. So it‟s business as usual. A vacancy presents a church with enormous opportunities for growth. Statistics show that there is usually an initial loss of members. Often these have formed a depth of relationship with the departing incumbent for which they feel there can be no substitute. Even vicars make friends! Whatever the reasons, with change comes loss. But what gain! John Betjeman famously wrote „It gets it over rather quicker if you leave it to the vicar.‟ The fact is that with no vicar to leave it to, ministry becomes what in fact it always is– the responsibility of the whole fellowship. The New Testament has many models of the local church: a building under construction, a field maturing towards harvest, clearest of all a body in which all the parts are functioning healthily. Read about it in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, most notably. So All Saints (with other congregations) now gains the opportunity to become more than ever what it already is– the living presence of Jesus Christ in the village, a community serving the community. Even Jesus said “Even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” The very best service we offer is surely so to live the life of the Kingdom of God in the ordinary stuff of each day that people ask “Why do you do this? Why are you like this?” Living as Christians should make them ask questions about Christ. We need no rector to be able to do that. We need the indwelling and empowering Holy Spirit of God. The King is not dead. Let Him be seen in us to be very much alive. (Revd) Roger Derbridge 8

Church Diary Church Diary October 1st –

Tuesday – 7.30pm - Deacons

6th –

Sunday – 10.45am – Family Worship & Communion

8th –

Tuesday – 8.00pm – Tuesday Club

13th – Sunday – 10.45am – Family Worship and Church Annual General Meeting 15th – Tuesday – 7.30pm – Peace and Quiet Time 20th – Sunday – 10.45am – Family Worship and Faith Lunch 22nd – Tuesday – 8.00pm – Tuesday Club 27th – Sunday – 10.45am – Family Worship, led by Mr Geoff Cooke of Wycliffe Congregational Church November 3rd –

Sunday – 10.45am – Family Worship & Communion, led by Mr Peter Butler

5th –

Tuesday – 7.30pm – Deacons

10th – Sunday – 10.45am – Family Worship – Remembrance Sunday, led by Mrs Pam Wild 12th – Tuesday – 8.00pm – Tuesday Club 16th – Saturday – 10am-12noon – Festive Coffee Morning 17th – Sunday – 10.45am – Family Worship, led by Mr Dave Richards 19th – Tuesday – 7.30pm – Peace & Quiet Time 24th – Sunday – 10.45am – Family Worship, led by Mr Oliver Kinchin ` of Padfield Congregational Church 26th – Tuesday – 8.00pm – Tuesday Club


Also a number of people from church have lost a good friend, neighbour or family member recently. We pray that you will take some comfort knowing that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. We think especially of

Edith Horton John Wood

Memorial Service for Joyce Ogden Oldham Choral Society will perform the Choruses of Handel's Messiah on Sunday 15th December at 6.30, in our Church. This performance will be linked by a Narrative and Conducted by the Emeritus John Bethell, MBE. For over 30 years Joyce was Secretary of Oldham Choral Society and they wanted to remember and give thanks for her life in this way. There will not be an admission charge but a retiring collection will be taken for our Church Tea and coffee will be after the

served in the Church Hall performance.



Saturday 16th November 10am—12 noon Tickets £1 including tea/coffee and mince pie Stalls including: Tombola, Raffle, Home bake, Crafts, Gifts, Cards, Jewellery,, Bottles Gifts for the stalls will be much appreciated

Church Offertory's August

4th Aug. £166.65 11th Aug. £302.70 18th Aug. £288.20 25th Aug. £203.00 Total



1st Sept. £331.30 8th Sept. £221.29 15th Sept. £239.35 22nd Sept. £257.54 29th Sept. £280.32 Total


£ 1329.8

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring tidings of good things!”Romans 10:14-15 We want to impact the communities of Oldham with the good news that God wants to transform people’s lives. This year, through our Harvest Festival Thanksgiving Service, we are supporting the work of the Oldham based group, the Impact Community Project. Based in Limeside, the Impact Community Project works with its local community to provide practical help and support. They work will all parts of the community, but especially have an influence for the good by delivering food parcels to ex-prisoners and to victims of domestic abuse. We thank everyone for their very generous donations of various tinned goods and items, just as we thank all those who brought flowers to make the church look so beautiful, and to everyone who helped take them to our church family.

Help wanted LOFT115 YOUTHCLUB

Are you fun and friendly? Can you spare a few hours every month? Would you like to become part of the Greenacres Community and volunteer @ LOFT115 youth club? This post is subject to DBS (previously CRB) check

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I’ve got this covered Many year ago, the time came for my children to write their wish list to Santa. Prise of place on my daughter‟s list was register. The following Saturday I went „up town‟ on an expedition worthy of any great explorer. Eventually I emerged with not only the register but a collection of plastic coins to enhance fer future shopping experiences. On Christmas morning both children opened their presents and all was going well until the opening of the cash register, at which point my daughter said, “what‟s this?” „That‟s the register you asked Santa for,‟ I replied. Then came the following explanation:„Mummy, I wanted a black book like teacher has so that I can line up my toys and check off their names, this is a till. It‟s a nice one though and I will play with it, but…..‟ Eventually I did get a class register and learnt a valuable lesson along the way. You see, I had made an assumption based on my understanding and frame of reference and not checked hers. However, in my defence, I do not think I am the first one to make this mistake, am I? Now rather than jumping in with both feet, I try to remember the register/ till debate and ask for further clarification, if I feel it is necessary. I know that this line of questioning can sometimes be a scary prospect (particularly in China where cultural fear of „losing face‟ means that in order to not appear ignorant, people often press on regardless) but I think it can often achieve the best results overall. Incidentally, I think that the problem of assumption has affected many issues, throughout the ages, including Christianity. Hence the debate around Faith and Deeds in James 2 14:25, which states, „You see that person is unjustified by what he does and not by faith alone‟. I guess this is suggesting that it is important to be a Christian 24/7, demonstrating faith throughout our lives, not just in periods of worship. Thorson seems to have a better explanation though… Let us be Christ‟s true disciples, Looking to another‟s need Making stony pathways smoother By a gentle word or deed Beverly Fielding 13

We welcome boys and girls Between the ages of 6 and 8 And we meet every Wednesday at 6.30 in Greenacres Church Hall. Contact Louise Gill on 07777608729 for more information. 14

LOFT115 YOUTH CLUB @Greenacres Church Hall Galland Street

Are you aged 8-13yrs? Would you like some fun and make new friends? We meet every other Friday7pm—9pm October opening dates are 4th & 18th Just come along or ring Leighton or Jenny On 07843148990 Activities include

Arts and crafts Air hockey Table Football

Pool & snooker DJ


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Competitions and games 15

Greenacres Congregational Church, Contacts and Organisations.


Rev. Neil Chappell BA Home 0161 624 6337 53 Redgrave St. Church office 0161 626 2018 Oldham OL4 2DY


Mrs Joy Dean Tel no: 01274 81 4689 7 Fieldfare Drive, Clayton Heights, Bradford BD6 3XL


Mrs Rowena Bairstow Tel no: 01422 884559 Redacre Barn, Mytholmroyd, HX 5DG Miss Margaret J Fowler Tel no: 0161 633 1914 238 Greenacres Rd, Oldham, OL4 3ET

Greetings Editor

Mr Steve Sinclair Tel no: 0161 627 4175 4 Cranberry St. 0759 2301714 Oldham, OL4 1AT


Joy Dean Ian Bairstow Margaret Fowler Muriel Booth David Hopkins Peter Butler (


Miss Margaret Fowler Tel:0161 633 1914

Gail Waterhouse Audrey Whiteman Pam Wild


Mr David Hopkins 0161 626 1291

Ladies Tuesday Club Gift Aid Mrs Audrey Whiteman Tel: 01706 846445 Greetings Subscriptions Mrs Muriel Booth Tel: 01457 870084 28, Summershades lane Grasscroft

Freewill envelope distributor Mr Gordon Bell 0161 678 7114

Postal Greetings Mrs Olive Shuttleworth 0161 287 1051 4, Jowett St Oldham 16

Greetings October 2013  
Greetings October 2013  

The Bi-Monthly Magazine of Greenacres Congregational Church, Oldham.