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Issue [5] August & September 2015

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This bi-monthly magazine brings you news from the Christian community in Ballasalla and the surrounding villages, along with details of what’s on in the weeks ahead. Our cover image this edition is an early photograph of Monks Bridge showing the seasons turn from late summer into early autumn. If you have a suggestion for a theme for our cover images for the coming 12 months do get in touch.

A time  to  reflect  for  all  ages   The  resources  are  ready  and   the  space  is  prepared.  Find   out  about  the  launch  of  our   new  initiative.     News  News!   Find  out  about  the  latest   updates  on  the  many     ongoing  projects  around  the   parish,  and  brief  updates  on   the  many  events  from  past   few  weeks.    


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Greetings from  the  Vicarage!   As  I  write,  the  vicarage  kitchen  is  becoming  something  of  a   culinary  workshop,  (well  not  quite).  As  every  parent  and   grandparent  knows,  in  these  school  holidays  filling  the   endless  summer  days  is  a  never  ending  task.  George  has   taken  to  making  jam,  (fruit  supplied  from  over  the  fence   curtesy  of  Bill  &  Eldine  Martin).  At  the  moment,  each  day   sees  a  new  batch  cooked,  bottled  and  labelled.  These   delights  are  all  for  a  good  cause:  ‘Jams  by  George’  will   hopefully  be  on  sale  with  funds  raised  going  to  a  family  sponsored  through  manx   charity  Ro-­‐man-­‐aid.  Small  effort,  sweet  pleasures  and  time  well  spent  helping   someone  in  a  distant  place.     There  has  been  a  great  deal  of  similar  activity  going  on  of  late  right  across  the   parish.  Many  have  given  effort,  time  and  skills  to  support  the  parish  events  of  the   past  weeks.   Often  involving  food,  we  gathered  to  share  together  around  a  ‘meal’  of  some  kind.   In  doing  so,  the  community  has  rallied  round  to  support  not  only  the  parish,  but  a   number  of  other  good  causes  too.     The  example  of  spriture  is  often  one  of  sharing  time  and  food  together.  In  these   encounters  community  grows,  relationships  deepen  and  new  friendships  begin.     A  year  in,  and  I  am  confident  that  our  parish  will  continue  to  grow  and  thrive,   though  not  because  of  my  efforts.  When  we  stand  strong,  we  stand  strong  as  a   community  because  we  have  firm  foundations;  foundations  of  faith  and  friendship   found  through  our  community  activity.  May  these  long  continue.     Over  the  early  autumn  our  parish  will  step  aside  from  the  Sunday  lectionary   readings  to  look  over  a  number  of  weeks  at  the  book  of  Revelation  with  it’s  letters   to  the  early  churches  in  Asia.  I  wonder  what  we’ll  descover  from  scripture  about   the  place  of  time  and  effort,  faith  and  friendship  from  those  early  writings?     In  the  meantime,  thankyou  once  again  for  the  many  ways  which  you  have  been   part  of  the  life  of  our  parish  whether  through  volunteering,  keeping  an  eye  out  for   a  neighbour,  a  quiet  word  here  or  there,  praise  on  a  Sunday  or  a  quiet  moment  of   prayer  in  private  –  glorious  fruits  of  the  parish  which  when  added  together  make   for  a  sweet  delight!   With  every  good  wish  and  prayer   James.    


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The book  of  Revelation  is  not   written  to  mystify  or  confuse   Christians.  It  is  a  word  of   encouragement  to   struggling  churches  which   we  all  need  to  hear.  It’s   letters  deal  with  some  of  the   central  issues  of  Christian   Spirituality,  such  as  transparency,  truth,  holiness,  mission  and  spiritual  passion   that  point  forward  to  ultimate  spiritual  renewal  for  all.       Over  the  summer,  a  number  of  people  have  taken  copies  of  Tom  Wright’s   Revelation  for  Everyone.     During  the  months  of  September,  October  and  November,  we  will  continue  to   follow  the  set  Gospel  readings  for  each  Sunday,  but  on  some  weeks  we  will   substitue  the  old  or  new  testament  reading  for  a  section  from  the  Book  of   Relevation.  On  these  Sundays  –  with  a  break  to  celebrate  Harvest  and   Remembrance  –  we’ll  consider  together  the  Gospel  reading  for  the  week   alongwith  one  of  the  letters  to  the  Seven  Churches  of  Asia  as  we  reflect  on  the   life  of    our  own  church  community  across  the  parish.     In  addition,  twice  a  month  there  will  be  an  opportunity  to  gather  together,  to   share  thoughts  on  the  sermon  series,  our  current  church  life  and  to  consider   Tom  Wright’s  commenatry  on  the  book  of  Revelation.  For  more  information  on   dates  and  times  please  see  the  table  opposite.     In  the  meantime,  if  you’re  stuck  for  some  summer  reading,  or  want  to  have  a   look  for  your  self  have  a  look  at  Revelation  for  Everyone.     Copies  are  available  from  amazon,  the  Churches  Book  Shop  in  Douglas  (RRP   £9.99)  or  from  the  Vicarage  for  £5.                      


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Sunday’s  in  Autumn     Themes  for  services  at  The  Abbey,  along  with  some  services  at     St  Marks  and  Malew.  

Date Sept  20th   Sept  27th   Oct  4th   Oct  11th   Oct  18th     Oct  25th     Nov  1st   Nov  8th   Nov  15th     Nov    22nd  

Theme The  Letter  to  the  Church  in  Ephesus  (Rev  2:1-­‐7)   The  Letter  to  the  Church  in  Smyrna  (Rev  2:8-­‐11)   Harvest   The  Letter  to  the  Church  in  Pergamum  (Rev  2:12-­‐17)   The  Letter  to  the  Church  in  Thyatira  (Rev  2:18-­‐29)   The  Letter  to  the  Church  in  Sardis  (Rev  3:1-­‐6)   The  Letter  to  the  Church  in  Philadelphia  (Rev  3:7-­‐13)   Remembrance  Sunday   The  Letter  to  the  Church  in  Laodicea  (Rev  3:14-­‐22)   The  Church  of  Christ  the  King  

Conversations A  chance  to  get  together  to  reflect  on  the  Sunday  sermon  series  and   the  Book  of  Revelation  as  we  consider  our  own  lives,  our  parish  and   the  world  in  which  we  live.     Held  at  the  Vicarage  on  Monday  evenings  lasting  around  an  hour  and  half   from  7:30  on;   Sept  22nd     Oct  6th  &  20th   Nov  2nd  &  16th  


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Isle of  Man  Flower  Festival  2015   Thank  you  to  all  those  who  helped  to   organse  or  steward  at  the  Abbey  or  with   the  wonderful  lunches  in  the  hall  during   the  flower  festival.  Over  £3500  was   raised.  This  will  cover  the  cost  of  thenew   lighting  in  the  Abbey  which  we  hope  to   complete  by  mid  September.      


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News From the Pews

a snapshot of what’s been going in our churches St Marks

Life in  the  village  has  been  busy  over  the  summer.   The  village  fair  started  the  season  well,  social  events   continued  with  a  highlight  being  the  ‘Poetry  and     Pudding’  evening  in  early  August.  Thank  you  to   Jenny  and  Isy  for  co-­‐ordinating  this  evening.  Over   £500  was  raised;  this  was  shared  equally  between  the  Church  and  the  Parkinson’s   Society.  The  Schoolroom  finally  welcomed  it’s  first  group  of  campers  over  the  first   week  of  August:  by  the  end  of  the  month  the  schoolroom  will  have  been  ‘lived’  in   for  a  total  of  13  nights.  August  will  see  the  repair  of  the  rotten  window  frames   around  the  hall,  (and  if  the  weather  holds  –  maybe  even  a  coat  of  paint  on  the   outside  walls).  The  activity  concludes  for  a  little  while  in  September  when  the   completion  of  the  central  heating  in  the  schoolroom  is  due  to  take  place.  We’re  also   pleased  to  see  that  our  friends  at  Ballagarey  have  begun  their  own  works  to  extend   their  chapel;  we  look  forward  to  celebrating  with  them  in  time  to  come.

St Sanctain.

Minor works  listed  in  the  recent  survey  of  the  building     have,  in  the  main,  been  completed.  Thank  you  to   Donald  for  organising  this.     The  early  summer  saw  the  first  Santan  Summer     Barbeque  take  place  at  the  Santan  Old  School.     This  afternoon  (and  early  evening)  saw  around  80     people  gather  in  great  weather.  With  music  and     entertainment  provided  by  Hamish  Faragher  and  Sue  McMaster  &  co,  the  evening   was  a  great  success.  Thank  you  to  Doreen  and  Carol  for  their  efforts  in  organising   and  ‘manning’  the  kitchen  on  the  day!   Do  you  have  an  hour  or  two  spare?  With  seven  buildings  across  the  parish  to  keep  in   good  order  for  the  benefit  of  the  wider  community  if  you  have  any  spare  time  and   you’d  like  to  help  out  with  a  specific  job  or  routine  works  do  let  us  know!  

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Issue [5] August and September

News From the Pews

a snapshot of what’s been going in our churches St Lupus, Malew

At the  time  of  writing  we  await  the  installation  of  the     window  in  the  west  wall.  In  addition  the  two  roof  lights     which  are  in  the  worst  condition  are  currently  being     manufactured  and  should  be  installed  before  the     weather  turns.  The  Southern  100  Café  ran  again  this  year,  raising  over  £1,500  :  our   thanks  are  noted  to  Pat  Tattersall  for  organising  an  efficient  team.  Some  of  these   funds  have  been  used  to  install  an  oven  &  hob  in  the  kitchen.  Ashley  (our  architect)   and  Derek  (contractor)  have  –all  being  well  –  resolved  the  problem  with  the  leaking   east  window.  We  wait  for  the  weather  to  put  this  to  the  test  before  the  interior  wall   is  tidied  up.  Faculty  and  Planning  papers  are  being  drawn  up  for  the  first  phase  of   interior  works  which  will  see  the  relocation  of  the  font,  the  removal  of  two  pews  and   in  the  installation  of  a  ledger  stone  and  level  access  into  the  church  and  throughout   the  nave.  A  local  historian,  Dr  Pat  McClure,  is  developing  a  series  of  ‘story  boards’  to   feature  as  part  of  history  trail  around  Malew  to  tell  a  little  of  the  development  of  the   building  and  the  faith  that  is  lived  out  there.    

The Abbey Church, Ballasalla

Some new  lighting  has  been  installed  in  the  nave.  The  first   phase  is  designed  to  ‘show  off’  one  of  the  finest  features   of  the  Abbey  Church  –  the  wonderful  roof  structure  (this     is  in  addition  to  providing  an  enhanced  ambient  or   background  light).  The  second  phase  of  the  works   should  be  completed  by  mid  September.  This  will  provide     better  light  at  ‘reading  level’  across  the  Nave  and  Chancel.   Thank  you  to  Orry  for  organising  these  works  (along  with  many  other  aspects  of   parish  life).  The  old  lighting  has  been  retained  to  keep  the  character  of  the  building.   The  TT  café,  Flower  Festival  and  in  the  coming  days,  the  MGP  Café  have  seen  a  busy   period  in  the  kitchen  in  Ballasalla.  We  are  hugely  grateful  to  all  those  who  have  given   time  and  effort  to  these,  and  other,  social  and  fundraising  events.    

 

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Godly Play

Godly Play  sessions   are  open  to  adults   and  children  alike.   They  offer  the   opportunity  to   increase  our  biblical   literacy,  reflect  on   our  current  life   situation  and  pause   in  a  time  of  wonder   either  in   conversation,  play   or  creativity.   The  sessions  will  be   held  in  church.   This  is  a  new   initiative  for  not   only  the  Parish,  but   also  the  Diocese.   If  you  would  like  to   find  out  more,  or   are  free  to  help  do   get  in  touch  with   Caroline  –  or  why   not  come  along  and   find  out  what  it’s   all  about?      

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Children surprise us with their innate sense of faith and capacity for wonder The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their sense of God through story, wonder and play Godly Play @ St Mark’s will take place on the dates below from 3pm-4.30pm Saturday 12th September Saturday 26th September *Sunday 11th October* Saturday 24th October Saturday 14th November Saturday 28th November Saturday 12th December !

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