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February 2017 1
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Who’s who at St. Mary’s……. Vicar:
Rev. Michael Petitt St. Mary’s Vicarage, 63B Manners Road, Ilkeston. DE7 5HB
Tel: 932 8540
Andrea Swarbrick, Tel: 932 6523 7 Drummond Rd, Ilkeston email: firstname.lastname@example.org John Puxty Tel: 930 1601 32 Summerfield Way, Shipley View email: email@example.com
Peter Hodson Mary Hawkins
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Tel: 930 4140
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Trevor Beighton Tel: 932 0480 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter from our Reader, Andrea… At this stage in a relatively new year, I usually find that I am working from two diaries and two calendars – just to keep the continuity going! Now, I know that the modern way is to record everything electronically on computers, tablets or smartphones. The trouble is - they are all smarter that I am! So I fall back on the tried and trusted way of my archive of scribbled notes which I then have the pleasure of being able to re-read so that I can focus on what I am going to write in the next year. It only seems moments ago that I was planning for Christmas and now, suddenly, the season of Christmas and Epiphany has ended with Candlemas, which we celebrated on Sunday the 29th of January*. Our attention is now sharply focussed towards Lent. In past years, Lent was observed in a most austere manner. It was forbidden to wear certain colours; music ceased and meat was almost banished from the diet, which meant that many people were condemned to eating either poor quality fish or suffering malnutrition. Happily, for us, such severe restrictions are a thing of the past and we can use these weeks of preparation to carefully consider our Christian pilgrimage. Our present day and age isn’t without its’ own changes and challenges. We live in times of political uncertainty and economic instability brought about through the election of a new American president and a democratic referendum, and though all this is most unsettling, it surely can’t be as devastating as the years which our parents and grandparents lived through during the First World War. They were taught and brought up in the faith which so many people in our current society have lost and unless we do something about it, the next generation will also lose. 4
The most important thing for us to do is to re-affirm our faith through reading and studying scripture and then gently, tactfully, share it with others. Our gospel readings for this year come mainly from St. Matthew. I am greatly encouraged and sustained by the final words of Jesus, as recorded by Matthew, coming right at the end of his gospel: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”. Whatever the future holds, there is nothing that God and we between us, can’t handle together. Yours in the love of Christ,
Andrea Swarbrick (*Although we, at St Mary’s, celebrated Candlemas on January 29th, there is also a Deanery celebration of Candlemas on Thursday February 2nd to which everyone is welcome – please see diary page – the Ed.)
Advance notice… The evening service on Ash Wednesday (March the 1st) is going to be a joint service of Holy Communion with All Saints Church, Kirk Hallam, and St John’s Church and the Reverend Christine French will be taking it. It is being held here, at St Mary’s Church, at 7.30pm and will include Ashing. Do come along if you can – it’s a good way to start Lent.
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February dates for your diary… (in addition to the regular Sunday & Wednesday Services)
Deanery celebration of Candlemas at Saint Michael's, Breaston - 7:30pm - Preacher Archdeacon Christopher
JC Club meets during the 10am Service
Memorial Service in church at 12 noon for Marie Mabe
Advance Notices… Wednesday March 1st – Ash Wednesday - see page 5 Friday March 3rd – Women’s World Day of Prayer – 2pm at St Wilfrid’s Church, West Hallam (see below)
Women’s World Day of Prayer - Friday March 3rd. This is a worldwide Ecumenical organisation whose purpose is to promote prayer and understanding amongst women. Its motto is ‘’Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action’’ The theme for this year, chosen by the women of the Philippines, is ‘Am I being unfair to you’. Filipino Christian women of all denominations have come together to compile the 2017 service which reflects the many problems which have plagued this nation through time. It has suffered greatly over the years from disasters, injustices, poverty and forced migration. Yet the people’s trust and faith in God and His justice has not faltered. This strength of faith is reflected throughout the liturgy. It is a lesson for our Western society to bear in mind.
Everyone is welcome. 7
From the registers….. Henry-James Thomas Philip Wright On Sunday 8th of January 2017 (Service taken by the Rev Bob Short)
Funerals Friday 6th January Marion Haseldine (Service taken by the Rev Geoffrey Halliday)
Tuesday 17th January Frances Farmer (Service taken by Rev Christine French at the Crematorium)
St Mary’s Fellowship Group After some consideration it has been decided to wait a few months, so that all the bad weather is out of the way, before making a decision about the Fellowship Group’s future meetings. If anyone has any fresh ideas please have a word with one of the churchwardens or a PCC member so that they can be discussed by the PCC at one of their meetings.
Marie Mabe We were very sorry to learn of the death of Marie Mabe at the beginning of January. Marie, who was just 2 days off her 96th birthday, was a lifelong member of St Mary’s Church and belonged to our Mothers’ Union. She was a very keen golfer, who also liked tennis and badminton, and, over the years, also played bridge regularly with several friends from church and other local friends. After down-sizing from her house on Scarborough Road she lived for a while in Nesfield Court before moving into the Victoria Court Care Home where she lived for two years. Her friends say she took the moves in her stride and made the most of her situation, without making any fuss. A private family cremation service has taken place and there is a memorial service planned for her in St Mary’s Church on Thursday, February the 9th, at 2pm. Marie will be greatly missed by all of her friends at St Mary’s.
Some observations on Love We only deliberately waste time with those we love – it is the purest sign that we love someone if we choose to spend time idly in their presence when we could be doing something more constructive. Sheila Cassidy
A friend forgives your defects, and if they are very fond of you, doesn’t see any.
Congratulations to the Christmas Raffle winners… Richard Stevenson and Peter Hodson won the Luxury Christmas Hampers. Adam Newton (Sandra and Garth’s Son) won the Fortnum and Mason’s Tea. Lucky them!!! Thank you to all who contributed the prizes – an overall total of £92 was raised.
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God’s army Dewey was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the vicar was standing at the door, as he always is, to shake hands. Suddenly he grabbed Dewey by the hand and pulled him aside. The vicar said sternly “Dewey, you need to join the Army of the Lord!" Dewey replied, "I'm already in the Army of the Lord, Vicar." The vicar retorted: “Then how come I don't see you except at Christmas and Easter?" Dewey replied in a whisper: "Well, I'm in the secret service." 11
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Cantelupe Centre Roof Appeal Update As we ‘go to print’ the current total raised is £22,264.69 !!! I have just received news from Ilkeston Brass – their pre-Christmas concert at St Mary’s was for the Roof Appeal this year. They are sending us a cheque for £740 !! THIS WILL TAKE US OVER £23,000. A FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT! We are also grateful to Helen at the Nationwide Building Society who organised a Community Raffle for the Roof Appeal over the autumn and this raised just over £300. Thank you so much to Helen and to all the customers who contributed. The hampers were wonderful, so we hope the lucky winners enjoyed them! Support from organisations in the community is helping the appeal no end, so if anyone knows of any other groups, businesses or individuals who may be able to help us please, please let us know. Thanks to Sandra and Garth for organising the 2017 Calendars – the amount raised this year was £124 and this has been given to the Roof Appeal. Well done you two! And we must mention the Cantelupe Preschool who donated the money from their Christmas Disco – a total of £165 – thank you all so much! One kind lady has donated an OIL PAINTING for us to sell in aid of the appeal. It is an original by local artist, Patricia Tilford (nee Darby), painted, we think, about 45-50 years ago. It is of St Mary’s Church before the Cantelupe Centre was built. If anyone is interested in this painting please get in touch with us at the Centre. We are open to any reasonable offers!
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On 6th February we celebrate the Queen’s Accession to the Throne 65 years ago… Norma Murrain, a jewellery designer, notices that the Queen loves pearls…
The beauty of pearls – out of darkness and trial "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking goodly pearls; who when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it " Mathew 13:45-46 Have you noticed how often the Queen wears pearls? Is it because pearls are the birth-stone for June (when she celebrates her official birthday)? Or because she loves their natural beauty? Or is it because pearls represent wisdom and purity? We will never know. Natural pearls form when an irritant - usually a parasite or grain of sand - works its way into an oyster. As a defence mechanism, the oyster secrets a fluid to coat the irritant. Layer upon layer of this 'nacre' is deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed. A cultured pearl undergoes the same process, though here the irritant is a surgically implanted bead or piece of shell. Pearls can come from either salt or freshwater sources. Once the irritant is in place, it can take up to three years for the pearl to reach its full size and nacre thickness. Of all the pearls produced, only about five per cent are of true gem-quality. There is a parallel with the way pearls are formed in nature, and the way we grow as Christians. To form ‘pearls of wisdom ‘in humans, three conditions should be present: Timing – Just as an oyster must mature for about three years before it can transform an irritant into a pearl, so Jesus spent three 14
years maturing his disciples, and when we go through tests as Christians, timing is crucial. Like the disciples, we need to spend time with God, building our relationship with Him. We need to know His promises, so that when testing times come, we already have the precious Word of Truth as our nacre-forming ammunition! With His truth in our hearts we can cover every negative thought with layer upon layer of truth. It may seem that our struggles will never end, but rest assured God will never give us more than we can bear, and He will never leave us or forsake us. Irritant – What is the irritant in your life? I have faced a few that have forced me to my knees, forced me to fast, and forced me to cry out to God! My irritants came in the form of sickness, divorce, bereavement, friendship failures, financial frustrations, to name a few. Yet through them all, God built up layer upon layer of his Word and His Love in my life, until my ‘irritant’ became a testimony to His faithfulness. Every problem has resulted in another layer of ‘nacre’ of His grace. Darkness – Natural pearls are formed in the deepest, darkest waters, and we will find ourselves in dark places whilst our pearls of wisdom are being formed. Illness and emotional pain may lead to isolation and depression. Yet I have emerged from deep darkness with more wisdom, more compassion, a greater ability to empathize with others in trouble, a greater love for God, and a greater passion to share His love. All of my best jewellery designs are based on my personal faith journey. No wonder Jesus describes the Kingdom of Heaven as a precious pearl. No wonder He is also the Pearl of Great Price!
A Milestone in our History From 6th February 1952 For threescore years and five, Our Queen has ruled this land of ours With love, devotion and grace besides. Her coronation the following year, With the Oath and the oil of consecration, As St. Edward’s crown was placed on her head Our Queen was anointed to rule this nation. Tudor Elizabeth, Victoria too Great queens that ruled this island race, But as the longest reigning monarch It’s Elizabeth II that takes this place. Loved and revered throughout the world, Fulfilling her duties with visits of state, Wherever she travels her poise and her presence Has served to make Great Britain – great.
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FORTHCOMING EVENT IN AID OF THE ROOF APPEAL
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Canon David Winter looks forward to Lent…
THE WAY I SEE IT : Resisting Temptation Immediately after His baptism in the river Jordan, Jesus faced and resisted three powerful temptations during 40 days in the wilderness of Judaea. This time of testing and temptation was His preparation for the work God had sent Him to do on earth. It’s the principle behind the season of Lent, which begins on 1st March. Although the temptations were personal to Jesus, I suspect most of us will recognize their relevance in our own lives. The first was simple. ‘You’re hungry. You can do miracles. Well, turn these hot stones at your feet into loaves of bread’. It sounds quite plausible, but in fact it’s an invitation to put one’s own needs first. Temptation rejected. Then came the second: ‘throw yourself off a pinnacle of the Temple. You know that God will send His angels to catch you before you hit the ground’. Again, it’s plausible (there was even a verse from the Bible to back it up). But this would be to substitute one spectacular stroke for the hard slog of travel, preaching, healing and touching individual lives. Temptation rejected. The third was outrageous. ‘Fall down and worship corrupt and evil power, and you will have infinite worldly power and success’. In other words, abandon your principles and reap rewards. For the third time, temptation resisted. I know these temptations were tests of the Messiah Jesus, but can’t we see in them temptations that come to all of us from time to time? Look after number one, and all will be well. Take the short cut to success and avoid all the hard slog. Compromise, in order to fulfil your ambitions. Or walk the narrow path of honesty, commitment and truth. That’s really the Lenten choice. 18
Wordsearch for February… Solution on page 27
The Queen’s Accession 65 years ago this month, King George VI died in the night between 5th & 6th February 1952, while at Sandringham. In far-away Kenya, his daughter, Elizabeth, was proclaimed sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II. Proclamations were then made in different realms on 6, 7, 8 and 11 February, depending on geographical location and time zone. On 6th February The Accession Council issued for publication in that day’s London Gazette, a statement which began : ‘WHEREAS it has pleased Almighty God to call to His Mercy our late Sovereign Lord King George the Sixth of Blessed and Glorious memory, by whose Decease the Crown is solely and rightfully come to the High and Mighty Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary…” and a new chapter in British and Commonwealth history had begun. Find these words in the grid… Sixty London Five Gazetter Years British King History George Whereas Died February Kenya Daughter Elizabeth
Almighty God Mercy Blessed Glorious
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Prayer from the Community of the Holy Name:
Holy Name Prayer Almighty God whose blessed Son Jesus Christ was given the Name above every name: give us grace faithfully to bear His Name, to worship Him in the freedom of the Spirit, and to proclaim Him as the Saviour of the world, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen Provided by John Puxty
This is another of Franklin Bishopâ€™s Cartoons â€“ Thank you Franklin.
For the Children……
The Christingle Service… We are very grateful to our Reader, Andrea Swarbrick, who once again led the Christingle Service just before Christmas. The Christingle Service is a very special start to the Christmas celebrations for lots of families. The children, and adults too, love to receive the orange with the red ribbon round it (the world and the blood that was shed by Jesus), the fruit and sweets (the fruits of the spirit) and, nestled in the orange, the candle (the light of the world). Singing Silent Night by the light of these candles is another special moment.
We were very pleased to welcome, in the congregation, residents from the Victoria Park Care Home.. it is always lovely to see them. Thank you to Ruth Bedford who played the organ for the service. The total raised at the service for the Children’s Society was £101.98. 24
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The finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls – 70 years ago by Tim Lenton
Just 70 years ago this month, on 7th Feb 1947, the first of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a cave at Khirbat Qumran (now in the West Bank, Palestine) – in an echo of a biblical story, by a shepherd looking for a lost sheep. The Dead Sea Scrolls have been called the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century. After an initial lack of interest – some of the scrolls were advertised in a small ad in an American newspaper – many more were discovered in nearby caves.
Qumran cave 4, where ninety percent of the scrolls were found inside.
For the first 40 years the study of the thousands of text fragments was monopolised by fewer than a dozen international scholars, which prevented quick publication of the texts. But in the early 1990s, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) nominated Hebrew University Professor Emanuel Tov as chief editor, and the publication was divided among about 100 international scholars. By 2001 most had been published. Numerous biblical manuscripts were discovered that were around 1000 years older than those already existing – and surprisingly, they are almost identical, indicating the great care taken by copyists down the ages. One more manuscript that has come to light in recent years refers to the predicted birth of a wonderful child and provides a fascinating 26
background to the New Testament messianic hope. It has been reconstructed from twelve small fragments, giving less than two columns of writing. Most of the scrolls are in Hebrew, but others are in Aramaic, the language spoken by many Jews – including Jesus – between the sixth century BC and the siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD. One of the most intriguing manuscripts from Qumran is the Copper Scroll, a sort of ancient treasure map that lists 64 hidden treasures around Israel. None of these has been uncovered.
Frances Farmer Many of you will remember Frances Farmer who recently died aged 94. Frances and her husband Walter were regular attenders here at St Mary’s Church, including at Evensong. She was unable to come along in recent years but kept a keen interest in all that goes on here and avidly continued to read the Contact Magazine. Her family were responsible for refurbishing several things in St Mary’s, including the chairs that are regularly used by the Vicar and Readers at the services. Her cremation service was taken by the Rev. Christine French, from Kirk Hallam, on the 17th of January. She will be sadly missed by her loving family.
Sometimes women are overly suspicious of their husbands. .. When Adam stayed out very late for a few nights, Eve became upset. "You're running around with other women," she charged. "You're being unreasonable," Adam responded. "You're the only woman on earth." The quarrel continued until Adam fell asleep, only to be awakened by someone poking him in the chest. It was Eve. "What do you think you're doing?" Adam demanded. "Counting your ribs," said Eve. Off to the vet In his younger days our golden retriever Catcher often ran away when he had the chance. The vetâ€™s surgery was about a mile down the road, and Catcher would usually go there. The nursing staff knew him and would call me to come pick him up. One day I called the vet to make an appointment for Catcher's yearly vaccine. "Will you bring him," asked the receptionist, "or will he come on his own?"
Solution to the Wordsearch
Rotas for February Please swap with someone if you are unable to make any of these dates - Thank you
Sunday Service at 10am Date 5th Feb 12th Feb 19th Feb 26th Feb
Reader Sheila Spencer Sylvia Puxty David Bamford Sue Bell
Intercessor Anne Evans Ceril Little Sylvia Puxty Andrea Swarbrick
Sunday Sides Persons Rota 5th Feb 8am 12th Feb “ 19th Feb “ 26th Feb “
B Spibey G Henshaw Peter Brown Frank Pinder
10am “ “ “
Coffee Janet Reeve& Margaret Turner Sharon Topping & Sue Att. Sue Bell & Mary Morton Graham & Sandra Neep
TBA S Puxty D Bamford S Petitt
Wednesday Service at 9.30am Date 1st Feb 8th Feb 15th Feb 22nd Feb
Reader Janet Reeve Margaret Turner John Puxty Stella Petitt
Coffee Sue Attenborough & Janet Reeve Stella Petitt Sue & John Bell Margaret Turner & Val Rennie
Tuesday - Mother and Toddler Drinks & Snacks Date 7th Feb 14th Feb 21st Feb 28th Feb
Val Rennie HALF TERM Sue Bell Andrea Swarbrick
Saturday Coffee Bar (Coordinator for February is Val Rennie) Date 4th Feb 11th Feb 18th Feb 25th Feb
Janet Reeve, Mary Morton & Betty Murphy Mary Hawkins, Sandra Newton & Garth Newton Sheila Spencer, Ceril Little & Val Rennie Sue and John Bell & Helen Crisp
Services at St Mary’s Church Sunday 8.00am
Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
Main Service - followed by Coffee and Fellowship First Sunday of the Month - J.C. Club and Creche
Holy Communion (Common Worship) Followed by Coffee and Fellowship
Thursday 7.30pm -9.00pm Bell Ringing Practice Contact: Colin Shaw – 0115 932 7072
Last Saturday of each month at 10am
Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard - Working Party (Mar-Oct)
Rainbows Contact: Candy – 0115 932 8244 Brownies Contact: Brown Owl - Lynne Cresswell – 0115 877 1592 32
Published on Feb 10, 2017