Salem United Reformed Church Burley in Wharfedale
DECEMBER 2016 / JANUARY 2017
We are celebrating Christmas in lots of ways in our Church. Whether youâ€™re a little one or a grandma, or anywhere in between, do pop in to one of our toddler services: Mon 12th Dec
Tues 13th Dec
Wed 14th Dec
Village Friendship Group
All age worship: Christmas Eve
10am Come and join the celebration!
Dear Friends, 2016 has not been an easy year. Great changes have swept through our nation and our world and have left many people feeling unsettled in the present and uncertain about the future. Our nation faces an uncertain journey as we embark on the process to leave the European Union and, whilst many celebrate and look forward to that, many others are fearful of what it will entail. Across ‘the pond’, the election of Donald Trump to the office of President of the United States of America has filled many with delight and high expectation and caused many others to question the democratic process and the values of their nation. Throughout the year many thousands of people throughout Africa and the Middle East have had to flee their homes as a result of violence and conflict. This has led to a refugee crisis the like of which we have seldom seen before. It is hard to imagine the fear that these people must experience on a daily basis. Change is sweeping through the world and it is not at all clear whether this will be change for the better. So, 2016 draws to a close in a cloud of great uncertainty and as this happens we in the church embark upon a journey that will lead us through expectation, into celebration and on to revelation. This is the journey of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Advent is a time of preparation and expectation as we reflect on the one who will come in the name of the Lord. It is time for us to prepare our hearts and to think about what it is that the Messiah comes to fulfil. The Prophet Isaiah tells us “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” The Baptist calls us to repentance to “prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Advent calls to a world in pain and despair to have hope. That hope creeps into the world under the cover of darkness and in the poverty of a stable. That hope is greeted first by shepherds and they spread the good news. The hope that creeps into the world is Love! What a wonderful celebration Christmas is as all the voices on earth join with the chorus of angels and sing: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours.” Our story does not end in the stable, it only begins there and so as we move beyond Christmas the church tells the stories of Jesus that reveal to us who he truly is and what he comes to do. Magi visit, Jesus is baptised, he changes water into wine and he fulfils the promise of ancient scripture. Expectation gives way to celebration and celebration to revelation and that is the message that we carry into the world. Whilst it is right to acknowledge that 2016 has not been an easy year we must not enter 2017 with a sense of fear but rather with a sense of hope, p.t.o……
with a message of love and with an eagerness to celebrate the signs of God’s presence with us! This is what we can offer to the world, expectation, celebration and revelation; Advent, Christmas and Epiphany! So, I wish you all a very thought-provoking Advent, a very joyful Christmas and a peace filled New Year sure in the knowledge that God is with us. Love, Jason
FAMILY NEWS We'd like to wish everybody a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2017. Special wishes go to all who cannot be with us to join in the Christmas services. Please remember Doreen, Mirella and family in your prayers.
Vision Day Saturday 12th November 2016 A very hard-working band of members of our Church spent some quality time together, along with our Minister Jason, helping to picture how our Church will look in 5 years’ time. We were accused of being tax-evaders (sorry Ken, “tax avoiders”, who are legal), swanning off to the Bahamas and nipping off to re-join the European Union! But we all came back! We taxed (!) our brains and earned our Fish & Chips. Watch this space as we take our Church forward into the future…….
QUIZ EVENINGS The new format, whereby we now have two short intervals in the course of the quiz, was very favourably received. It was felt that it made the evening more sociable which everyone seemed to enjoy. It also gave us a bit more time to think of answers ! For obvious reasons there will not be a quiz evening in December. Do come along on Thursday January 19th at 7pm, quiz to commence 7.15pm. Bring your friends and family for a good night out. Admission is £5 which includes a free raffle ticket and as much cheese and wine/tea/coffee/nibbles/ cake, etc as you want. Meanwhile we wish all our quizzers a Very Happy Christmas.
A HARVEST TALE A lay preacher arriving to conduct morning worship was asked what he was going to preach about. “About Peter cutting the ear off the high priest’s servant” he said.
“Oh dear, it is our harvest festival celebration today. Could you preach from a different text?” he was asked. The preacher thought for a moment or two and then said “I’ve thought of a different text that will fit in very well. First the blade and then the ear”!!
UR Cinema Come see our film on
Saturday 26th November at 7:30pm It’s about a young person who steals stories….. You could always come along beforehand and join us in Worship in our Church at 6pm?
THE BIBLE What is the shortest chapter in the Bible? Answer : PSALM 117 What is the longest chapter in the Bible? Answer : PSALM 119 Which chapter is in the centre of the Bible? Answer : PSALM 118 FACT : There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118 There are 594 chapters after Psalm 118 Add those numbers up and you get 1188 What is the centre verse in the Bible Answer : PSALM 118.8 An interesting verse for the centre of God’s Word. Think about it!
BECOME A DEMENTIA FRIEND! Burley in Wharfedale Dementia Action Group Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society led initiative which aims to increase dementia awareness and change the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about dementia. A Dementia Friend is someone who has attended a one hour information session and has committed to an action that will make the lives of people living with dementia a little bit better. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend and every action counts - from helping someone in their workplace to spreading the word about dementia on social media. Dementia Friends Champions are trained volunteers who encourage their family, friends, colleagues and local community to understand a little bit more about dementia, what it’s like to live with dementia and how to improve the lives of those living with dementia in their local communities. The Burley in Wharfedale Dementia Action Group has two champions who are passionate about creating as many dementia friends as possible in the village, Quentin Fowler and Sylvia Bergin.
Details of future Dementia Friends information sessions All sessions to be held at St Mary’s Parish Centre, 43, Station Rd, Burley in Wharfedale LS29 7JL by Quentin and Sylvia. Saturday December 10th 2016 10:30am until 11:30am The Jepson Room Saturday January 7th 2017 10:30am until 11:30am The Garden Room. Saturday February 4th 2017 10:30am until 11:30am The Garden Room. To book a place tel. 07768 268061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UR Cinema Come see our film on Saturday 28th January 2017
at 7:30pm. See Facebook for details of the film
Christmas Raffle!!! Look at these wonderful hampers, there’s one for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Tickets are £1.00 each and you can buy them from our Minister and some Church members. The draw will be held at 12.00 noon on Sunday 4th December at Salem Church Hall, Burley. That’s the day after the Christmas Market. Get your tickets quick -- you do not want to miss out!
After having an extra hour in bed and our Church Service being held on the Saturday evening, Joannie asked whether anyone would like to attend the Sunday morning service at Dacre, Harrogate. Doreen, Edith and I were delighted to go with her. The service began at 9.30am. We met outside Salem at 8.45am (happy to have had the extra hour in bed for this early start). It was a beautiful, crisp and sunny Sunday morning, the countryside and colour of the trees were breath taking - a wonderful drive to Dacre. We arrived in the car park across the road from the Church itself, which at first we thought was closed as the doors were shut, but along came two ladies and assured us there would be a service at 9.30. It was a lovely old Church with two, what looked like, stained glass windows, but on closer inspection they had been painted by a gentleman from Dacre and, with the sun shining through, were very effective. We had a chat with the gentleman who had done this work, his name was John, and he told us that he had previously been Mirellaâ€™s mentor. The congregation was similar to ours and we were made very welcome by everyone. Mr Martin Imeson took the service. A Church meeting was held after the service in the Church (with a cup of tea or coffee and chocolate biscuits). With only four items on the Agenda it was short and concise. The Church itself was opened in September 1827 and is the only remaining United Reformed Church in Nidderdale.
An English professor wrote the words: “A woman without her man is nothing” on the chalkboard. He asked the students to punctuate it correctly. All of the males in the class wrote: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.” All of the females in the class wrote: “A woman: without her, man is nothing.” Punctuation is powerful.
Women’s World Day of Prayer Coffee Morning Saturday 14th January 2017 9:30 – 11:30am St. Mary’s Parish Centre Everyone welcome, yes even men!!!
Remember the love and happiness we felt when some of these people came in the summertime for the Teddy Bearsâ€™ Picnic? Get collecting!! Ann
What’s in a name? Above the front door of our Church building is the word SALEM. All around our village and beyond, that’s the name that people recognise as our Church. But what does the name mean? The name Salem is the biblical name of an ancient city later identified with Jerusalem. Salem also has the Biblical meaning of “complete or perfect peace”. What more can we ask for in a Church? The religious denomination of our Church is United Reformed Church. So our full name is
Salem United Reformed Church.
December walk For Sunday December 18, our 5 mile walk will explore some of the lesser known footpaths of Burley Woodhead, heading southwards onto the edge of the moor at Stocks Hill. We will finish off at Bleach Mill for seasonal refreshments kindly offered again by Sue and Simon Richmond.
Future Walks We hope to continue monthly walks in the New Year weather permitting. A suggestion has been made to have refreshments in the village at the end of the walk with the option of staying on for lunch for those interested. The Red Lion has confirmed that they could accommodate a group of any size without the need to book beforehand. Another possibility is to make use of public transport or cars to extend the range of our walks whilst still staying quite local, e.g. returning from Menston or Ilkley by train or using cars to reach the other side of the valley around Askwith.
Otley Brass Band play for the bridge A fundraising event featuring Otley Brass Band in aid of the Burley Bridge campaign is being held at the Queens Hall on Saturday 19th November
at 7.30. Tickets cost ÂŁ10 including refreshments and can be purchased from the Coffee Station, on the door or via 862965. This 40-piece band, just back from a tour to Paris, should provide a great eveningâ€™s entertainment.
ROTAS FOR NOVEMBER / DECEMBER DOOR STEWARD
(Sat) NOV 26th
DEC 12th 9:45am
Edith Robson & Margaret Haley
DEC 13th 9:45am
Stella Fullerton & Val Milford
DEC 14th 10am
Marjorie Slater & Shirley Lofthouse
DEC 24th 6pm
C F H L R O I W S E T R M S A….. S…. FLOWER S
Ann Sanderson & Joanie Simmons
ROTAS FOR JANUARY DOOR STEWARD
** See note below
** See note below
** By 5th January 2017, all cleaners on our rota are asked to help clear and clean the Church after the Christmas Services have finished. See Ann to find out what needs done and how best you can help.
FLOWER ROTA 2017 A new rota sheet will be put up on the vestry door. Please put your name down if you can.
CHURCH CALENDAR for DECEMBER Fri 25th Nov 6 - 7:15pm Fun On Fridays Sat 26th Nov 6pm Evening Worship with Rev’d Jason in Church 7:30pm UR Cinema in Church Hall Sun 27th Nov 10:15am Advent Service with Rev’d Jason McCullagh Followed by Church Meeting, Church Hall Fri 2nd Dec 6 – 7:15pm Fun On Fridays Sat 3rd Dec 9am Decorate Church for Christmas Market (RS/SF) 9:30 – 11:30am Coffee Morning 1:30 – 5pm Refreshments for Christmas Market
Morning Worship with Rev’d Jason McCullagh & Sacrament of Holy Communion (MH / AH) 6 - 7:15pm Fun On Fridays
Sun 11th Mon 12th
Sun 18th Wed 21st Sat 24th
10:15am 2pm 6pm
Morning Worship with Mrs. Elaine Harrison Prayer Group - 32 Hanover Gdns Christingle Service Led by Rev’d Jason
Christmas Day Celebration Service with the Elders
Morning Worship with Rev’d Robert Way 3210 Toddler Group Christmas Service Led by Ann Sanderson Jolly Tots Toddler Group Christmas Service Led by Ann Sanderson Village Friendship Group Toddler Group Christmas Service Led by Rev’d Jason
Ecumenical Prayers for December to be held each Wednesday at 9am at Salem United Reformed Church
CHURCH CALENDAR for JANUARY Sun 1st
Sun 8th 10:15am Wed 11th 7pm Fri 13th 6 - 7:15pm Sat 14th 9:30-11:30am
Sun 15th Wed 18th Thurs 19th Fri 20th Sun 22nd Fri 27th Sat 28th
Morning Worship with Rev’d Jason McCullagh & Sacrament of Holy Communion (ER / KG) Followed by a Faith Lunch in the Church Hall Coffee Morning Morning Worship with Rev’d Geoffrey Tillison Elders Meeting at Ann’s house Fun On Fridays Women’s World Day of Prayer coffee morning, St Mary’s Parish Centre
Morning Worship with Rev’d Jason McCullagh Followed by Church Meeting in the Hall 2pm Prayer Group - 32 Hanover Gdns 7pm QUIZ Night 6 - 7:15pm Fun On Fridays 10:15am
Morning Worship with Rev’d Alan Griffith Churches Together Joint Service St John’s Parish Church, Menston 6 - 7:15pm Fun On Fridays 2:30pm Children’s Cinema 6pm Evening Worship with Rev’d Jason in Church 7:30pm UR Cinema in Church Hall 10:15am 6pm
Fri 3rd Feb 6 - 7:15pm Fun On Fridays Sat 4th Feb 9:30am Coffee Morning Sun 5th Feb 10:15am Morning Worship with Mrs. Elaine Harrison & Sacrament of Holy Communion (AZ / JS)
May God be with you all this Christmas
Best wishes from the Editor
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MINISTER Revâ€™d Jason McCullagh 2 Whiteley Croft Rise, Otley LS21 3NR Tel: 01943 465509 email@example.com
SECRETARY Mrs. Ann Sanderson 13 Greenfields Way, Burley In Wharfedale, LS29 7RB Tel: 01943 862109
TREASURER Mr. Kenneth Robson 20 Lawn Avenue Burley in Wharfedale LS29 7ET Tel: 01943 863600 firstname.lastname@example.org
MAGAZINE EDITOR Mrs. Stella Fullerton 5 The Copse Burley in Wharfedale LS29 7QY Tel: 01943 864551 email@example.com
LETTINGS OFFICER Mrs. Edith Robson 20 Lawn Avenue Burley in Wharfedale LS29 7ET Tel: 01943 863600 firstname.lastname@example.org