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Contact The Parish Magazine

St. Mary’s Church, Ilkeston the church in the market place

March 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: John Puxty Tel: 930 1601 32 Summerfield Way, Shipley View email:


Peter Hodson Mary Hawkins

Tel: 932 2974 Tel: 854 2634


Sue Attenborough

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Cantelupe Centre: James New Tel: 932 1329 email: Contact Magazine Editor: Stella Petitt Tel: 932 8540 email: Archivist:

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Letter from our Churchwardens…

Contact Magazine Unfortunately, due to changing circumstances, it is no longer possible to continue producing this magazine and production will cease after the current (March) edition. Many thanks are due to our producers, subscribers and advertisers without whose support Contact would not have been possible. We hope to be able to produce a similar publication at a future date and, in the meantime, relevant information will be posted on the Church notice boards and monthly sheets. Peter Hodson & Mary Hawkins

LENT 2017 Ash Wednesday – March 1st We begin Lent with a joint service of Holy Communion held here, at St Mary’s Church, at 7.30pm, where we will welcome friends from All Saints Church, Kirk Hallam, and St John’s Church. The Reverend Christine French will be taking the service and it will include Ashing. 4

Lent Group This year the Lent Group is being led by one of our Readers, John Puxty, and will be on the theme of Prayer. We will be meeting on Tuesdays during Lent, in the Cantelupe Centre, at 7.30pm and finishing at 8.45pm. At the first meeting, on Tuesday March the 7th, the format of the following weeks will be discussed so that everyone can get the most from the experience. Everyone is invited to come along.

The National Health Service has been busy again! After a couple of cancellations, Sue Attenborough has now had her knee replaced! As we go to print it is early days but she is getting on well. We wish her all the best in her recovery over the next few months. Sue is at least the second person in the congregation over the past few months with a new knee. Grace Henshaw, a regular member, and sidesperson, at our 8am service had her knee replaced before Christmas and she is now very much out and about again. 5

March dates for your diary… (in addition to the regular Sunday & Wednesday Services) 1st

Ash Wednesday – Holy Communion at 7.30pm


Women’s World Day of Prayer – 2pm at St Wilfrid’s Church, West Hallam See page 25


JC Club meets during the 10am Service


Lent group 7.30pm – See page 5


Lent Group


Lent group

25th Also

Preparing of the posies for Mothering Sunday – 10am Churchyard Working Party


Clocks go forward 1 hour!!!!!


Mothering Sunday


Lent Group

Advance Notices… April 2nd

Annual Parochial Church Meeting following the 10am Service


Lent Group


Palm Sunday. Everyone will receive Palm Crosses at the services. 6


Compline in Church at 7.30pm


Lent Group concludes in the Cantelupe Centre - 7.30pm


Compline in Church at 7.30pm


Maundy Thursday Service - 7.30pm


Good Friday – Walk of Witness starting with a short Service at St Mary’s Church at 10am and concluding at St Andrew’s Methodist Church where there will be refreshments. 2pm – The Last Hour by the Cross – A Devotional Service in Church



Holy Saturday – Preparing the Church for Easter-9.30am

Easter Day

Services of Holy Communion at 8am & 10am – Do come and join us to celebrate the most important day of the Christian year – everyone is very welcome. There is also an ‘Ilkeston Area Council of Churches’ Easter Dawn Service at the Dale Abbey Ruins at 6am. 7

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From the registers….. Funerals Thursday 9th February Memorial Service for Marie Mabe (Service taken by the Rev Geoffrey Halliday)

Monday 20th February Deryck Simpson

(Service taken by the Rev Geoffrey Halliday)

Did you know… that it was 20 years ago, on 6th March 1997, that Queen Elizabeth II launched the official Royal website: Talking about websites…. Remember, St Mary’s has a website too - – which is looked after by Garth Newton. Please keep Garth informed if there is anything relevant that needs to be ‘out there’!

The weekly notice sheets on Sunday Mornings… The regular notice sheets in Church will now be produced monthly instead of weekly, for the next few months, while we are looking for someone to take over this task. If you could spare a short time, preferably each week, to put the sheets together please have a word with one of the churchwardens. The congregation find the weekly sheets, and their information and reminders, very helpful. It is also good for the sidespeople to be able to hand out a ‘Welcome to St Mary’s’ notice sheet to visitors. 9

What a treat!! Evan Evans who many of you will know, as he was a regular member of St Mary’s congregation until his health stopped him a couple of years ago, was delighted to meet his favourite singer – Katherine Jenkins! Evan had been taken to one of her concerts in Nottingham at the Royal Concert Hall just before Christmas, on Friday 23 December 2016. As well as meeting her, a lovely photograph was taken of them both together which is proudly displayed in his room at Cedar Lodge where he now lives. He has lots of her CDs and loves listening to her singing. Although he is no longer able to come to St Mary’s, Evan has had the Contact magazine every month and so follows what is happening here. He often asks after people.

I thought a picture of daffodils was appropriate as both Evan and Katherine Jenkins are Welsh !!!

(The Editor)

Soon after writing this article I heard that Evan is now seriously ill and in hospital. Please remember him in your prayers. Stella Petitt 10

Men and women Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large raging river. Needing to get on the other side, the first man prayed, "God, please give me the strength to cross the river." Poof! God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim across in about two hours, having almost drowned twice. After witnessing that, the second man prayed, "God, please give me strength and the tools to cross the river." Poof! God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once. Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed, "God, please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the river." Poof! He was turned into a woman. She checked the map, went one hundred yards up stream and walked across the bridge.

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St Mary’s held a simple Pre-lent lunch on Sunday 26th of February which was a fund-raiser for Christian Aid. The following is an article about what the charity is trying to promote during Lent this year and what any money raised can buy in South Sudan...

Christian Aid appeals for good ‘neighbours’…. As Christians around the world mark Lent, Christian Aid is asking the British public to support people seeking a safe place to call home. Based on the hymn ‘When I Needed A Neighbour, Were You There’, Christian Aid is asking its supporters to follow Christian Aid’s Lent calendar, and reflect each day on the good things in their lives, thinking about daily opportunities to give, act and pray for communities around the world, and helping them to find a safe place to call home. This Lent, Christian Aid is working with local partners in South Sudan, to provide much-needed food, safe water to drink and sanitation facilities to desperate communities. The charity says that £15 can provide fishing gear for a family; £8.50 could provide two cooking pots so they can eat a hot meal; and £3 could pay for two plastic jerry cans so they can store safe drinking water.

The following appeared in the magazine of the Light Music Society: Agnus Dei was a woman composer famous for her church music –schoolchild’s essay. Most composers don’t live until they are dead – child’s essay Sign on door of music shop: Gone Chopin, but have Liszt, so Bach in a Minuet! 14

Maundy Thursday This year we will be welcoming Rev Bob Short who is taking the Service. Our organist will be Ian Massey. We are very grateful to both of them for stepping in during our time of need. The Service, on April the 13th, will be at 7.30pm and will conclude with the customary, and very moving, symbolic stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday.

Spring Another winter finished; Our hearts are full of joy! The icy frosts diminish And summer sun’s ahoy! Last summer seems so distant The autumn leaves long gone; But now, each passing instant Is full of sunny song. The seasons flow reminds us – The climbing, sinking sun; That death’s dread cords won’t bind us Our time with Christ will come! by Nigel Beeton


Letter from the Editor… Following on from the Churchwardens’ letter on page 2 I would like to add my thanks… to everyone who has supplied me with the many and varied articles and ideas, letters, poems, cartoons and jokes over the past 6 years while I have been the editor. Also thanks to all those who have advertised in ‘Contact’ and to Mary Hawkins who has proof-read every edition, bar two, over that period! A big thank you to Michael who gave me the confidence, and practical help (together with Doreen Beighton), to do it originally! Also thank you to James in the Cantelupe Centre, who currently prints it, and to Kate and Michelle before him. I have enjoyed putting it together – learning quite a lot about computers etc, gradually, over the years! Please support your next editor, in the coming months -whoever that may be - as generously as you have supported me!

Stella Petitt


Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, Reformation Martyr – remembered on the 21st of March If you have ever been caught up in a great event at work, which has gone on to change your own life, then Thomas Cranmer is the saint for you. He was the first ever Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury, following King Henry VIII’s decision to pull away from Rome, and set up the Church of England. Born in Nottingham in1489, Thomas Cranmer became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1533. He was adviser to both Henry VIII and Edward VI. He helped Henry with the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and along with Thomas Cromwell, supported the principle of Royal Supremacy (where the king is sovereign over the Church in his realm). Under Edward VI, Thomas Cranmer made major reforms to the Church of England. He put the English Bible into parish churches, compiled the first two versions of the Book of Common Prayer, and worked with continental reformers to change doctrine on everything from the Eucharist and veneration of saints. But kings and queens, like American presidents, change, and the Catholic queen Mary I was determined to wipe out Protestantism. Thomas Cranmer was imprisoned for two years, found guilty of heresy, and burned at the stake on 21st March, 1556. 17

Crossword for March… Solution on page 29 – NIV used

Across 1 These letters come between Romans and Galatians (11) 9 ‘You will not — me to the grave’ (Psalm 16:10) (7) 10 King of Moab to whom the Israelites were subject for 18 years (Judges 3:14) (5) 11 Town possessing mineral spring (3) 13 Mede (anag.) (4) 16 High-fidelity (abbrev.) (4) 17 He succeeded his father Rehoboam as king of Judah (1 Kings 14:31) (6) 18 A son of Simeon (Genesis 46:10) (4) 20 Controversial religious book of the 1970s, The — of God Incarnate (4) 18

21 ‘He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you — — and hear’ (Acts 2:33) (3,3) 22 ‘You — me together in my mother’s womb’ (Psalm 139:13) (4) 23 Edit (anag.) (4) 25 ‘Who has believed our message and to whom has the — of the Lord been revealed?’ (Isaiah 53:1) (3) 28 Abraham’s brother (Genesis 22:23) (5) 29 ‘When Mordecai learned of — that had been — , he tore his clothes’ (Esther 4:1) (3,4) 30 Sympathetic (Proverbs 11:16) (4-7) Down 2 ‘That was why his parents said, “He is — —; ask him”’ (John 9:23) (2,3) 3 Integrated Services Digital Network (1,1,1,1) 4 4 ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his — of thousands’ (1 Samuel 18:7) (4) 5 Concept (John 8:14) (4) 6 ‘Do we, then, — the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law’ (Romans 3:31) (7) 7 Industrious (2 Timothy 2:6) (11) 8 ‘I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be — in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you (Ephesians 1:18) (11) 12 ‘Out of the same mouth come — and cursing’ (James 3:10) (6) 14 This was how many of the Jewish leaders described Jesus (John 10:20) (3) 15 Vitality (Job 20:11) (6) 19 He urged David to kill Saul at Hakilah (1 Samuel 26:8) (7) 20 ‘So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul — with the church and taught great numbers of people’ (Acts 11:26) (3) 24 ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord — — ’ (Deuteronomy 6:4) (2,3) 25 Parched (Matthew 12:43) (4) 26 ‘In the image of God he created him; — and female he created them’ (Genesis 1:27) (4) 27 Disparagement (Psalm 15:3) (4) 19

Canon David Winter looks at what self-denial really means.

Lent, and true Self-denial The whole of this month is Lent – bad news for smokers desperately waiting for Easter so that they can get at the fags again; but for those who take selfdiscipline seriously, it’s a reminder that Christianity isn’t a short-term option. Among the harder sayings of Jesus was this one: ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’. The phrase ‘deny themselves’ is the challenge of Lent, and the origin of the idea that for those six weeks we ‘give up’ something. Once upon a time it was meat; nowadays it’s more often something that we know is damaging to our health or wellbeing. Neither option really meets the demands of ‘self-denial’. Jesus was certainly not thinking of dieting or giving up luxuries. For one thing He and His followers were known to enjoy their food and drink (and were criticised for it!). They knew about fasting as a religious discipline, because at specified times it was part of their Jewish faith – a discipline, but not ‘self-denial’. For Jesus, self-denial is a total mental attitude. It’s not self-loathing or seeing ourselves as valueless. We are made in God’s image and of infinite value to Him. Jesus demonstrated true self-denial in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He simply prayed ‘Not my will, but yours, be done’. ‘Me first’, ‘looking after Number One’, is selfindulgence. Self-denial is its precise opposite. Oddly enough, putting God’s will before our own seems to make for happiness, not misery – even in Lent.


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Mothering Sunday falls on March 26th – Here are 2 Prayers of thanksgiving … As a mother protects her children, watching over them day by day, alert to danger, and ready if necessary to sacrifice herself for their sakes, so you Lord protect, your arms constantly encircling us, your hands delivering us from harm. For the intensity of your love, Lord Jesus we thank you.

Amen Loving God, we thank you for mothers – for all they mean or have meant, for the love they have shown and the care they have given. We thank you for the qualities of mothers – their patience, their kindness, concern and understanding. We thank you for the part they play in our lives, and we thank you for this day of saying ‘thank you’ this opportunity to say what we so often mean to say but so rarely do. For mothers and motherhood, for children and families we bring you this day our grateful praise.


Please also remember in your prayers all those who, for many different reasons, find this is a very difficult day. 23

For the Children……


It’s time to ‘dig out’ your gardening tools again! As we move into spring the Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard will be in action again. As a rule, from March, there is usually a working party on the last Saturday of each month from about 10am with the aim of keeping the churchyard tidy and welcoming. The weeds need to be kept under control and we also look after the flower borders, tubs and rosebed. Anyone can come along and lend a hand – in fact we welcome any help! Hopefully, by the time you read this, the snowdrops and daffodils will be putting in a show!

Women’s World Day of Prayer 3rd March – Philippines A reminder and more information about the service… On Friday 3rd March over 5,000 services will be held in the British Isles on the theme of ‘Am I Being Unfair to You?’ The Christian women of the Philippines wrote the service and it has been translated into 1,000 different languages and dialects, to be used, throughout the whole world, on that day, starting at sunrise over the island of Samoa and continuing until sunset off the coast of American Samoa. In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan – named locally as ‘Yolanda’ – struck the Philippine islands in the western Pacific Ocean. This is mentioned in the service but you will also hear the stories of a girl, a mother and an older woman, recounting their situations and their hopes and fears. The service focusses on the Bible story of the workers in the vineyard: Matthew 20 v 1-16. There is a reflection on the artwork designed by Rowena ‘Apol’ Laxamana-Sta.Rosa. It is very thought provoking and illustrates contrasting scenes. The Day of Prayer is not just for women. Everyone is welcome to attend the service. (2pm at St Wilfrid’s Church, West Hallam) 25

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Tim Lenton (Parish Pump) looks back with fondness…

The man who brought us Thomas the Tank Engine A reluctant author who created characters loved by millions of children died 20 years ago this month, on 21st March 1997, aged 85. The Rev Wilbert V Awdry is best known as the writer of Thomas the Tank Engine and 25 other railway books, which at the time of his death had sold an estimated 50 million copies. They have also given birth to toys, games, videos and a television film series. He invented the stories initially to tell his son Christopher when he was ill with measles, and had to be persuaded by his wife Margaret to get them published. Mr Awdry, who was made an OBE shortly before his death, was a clergyman who ministered in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Birmingham and Cambridgeshire. He was also a pacifist who once lost his curacy as a result. He was always interested in railways, having been fascinated as a child in Wiltshire by listening to steam trains ascending the grade into the nearby Box Tunnel. The Fat Controller in the stories is sometimes thought to be a Godlike figure, but he was intended as a satire on bureaucracy. For Mr Awdry, the morality of the stories was clearly Christian, and analogies between the Christian faith and the ways of the railway were obvious: the engines are meant to stay on the right track, and they pay the price if they go off the rails. But they are always forgiven, and never scrapped. Asked how he hoped to be remembered, he said he would like his epitaph to say that “he helped people see God in the ordinary things of life, and he made children laugh”. 27


Still lost in translation When it’s English, but not as we know it… (Seen in a Korean hotel in Seoul) Measles not included in room charge. (Qatar hotel welcome notes) Please do not use the lift when it is not working. (French hotel in Paris) Please leave your values at the front desk. (Indonesian hotel menu in Bali) Toes with butter and jam. (Street sign in Japan) Waiting will be prosecuted (Private school in Nairobi, Kenya) No trespassing without permission (Road sign in Malaysia) Caution: Water on road during rain (Restaurant in Acapulco, Mexico) The manager has personally passed all the water served here (Luggage trolley at Singapore airport) Not to be removed from Crewe Station (German hotel cloakroom) Please hang yourself here Source: Our thanks to Løst in Tränšlatioπ, Charlie Croker, Michael O’Mara, 2006, for these gems!

Solution to the Crossword


Rotas for March Please swap with someone if you are unable to make any of these dates - Thank you

Sunday Service at 10am Date 5th Mar 12th Mar 19th Mar 26th Mar

Reader Sue Attenborough Franklin Bishop Hilary Pearce Janet Reeve

Intercessor Janet Reeve Mary Hawkins John Puxty Sheila Spencer

Sunday Sides Persons Rota 5th Mar 8am 12th Mar “ 19th Mar “ 26th Mar “

B Spibey M Turner G Henshaw Frank Pinder

10am “ “ “

Coffee Janet Reeve& Margaret Turner Sharon Topping & Sue Att. Sue Bell & Mary Morton Graham & Sandra Neep

G & S Newton V Rennie S Bell S Baker

Wednesday Service at 9.30am Date 1st Mar 8th Mar 15th Mar 22nd Mar 29th Mar

Reader John Bell Patricia McHale Mary Hawkins Sandra Neep Janet Reeve

Coffee Margaret Turner & Val Rennie Sue & John Bell Janet Reeve Val R./Sue Attenborough & Margaret Turner Sue & John Bell

Tuesday - Mother and Toddler Drinks & Snacks Date 7th Mar 14th Mar 21st Mar 28th Mar

Betty Murphy Janet Reeve Val Rennie Mary Morton & Joyce Rich

Saturday Coffee Bar (Coordinator for March is Val Rennie) Date 4th Mar 11th Mar 18th Mar 25th Mar

Sue Attenborough, Patricia McHale & James New Sandra & Graham Neep & Stella Petitt Janet Reeve, Mary Morton & Betty Murphy Mary Hawkins, Sandra & Garth Newton



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

Wednesday 9.30am

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)

Uniformed Groups

Rainbows Contact: Candy – 0115 932 8244 Brownies Contact: Brown Owl - Lynne Cresswell – 0115 877 1592 32

Contact - March 2017 edition  
Contact - March 2017 edition  

The Parish magazine of St Mary's Church, Ilkeston, Derbyshire