The Lantern June/July 2018
THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON Among the various pictures above my desk is Rembrant’s ‘Return of the Prodigal Son’ shown here. It is one which has fascinated me for many years because I feel it has a number of indications of tensions and tenderness. We probably all know the Parable (Luke 15:11-32) of how one of two sons asked his father for the share of his inheritance and how he went out and squandered it and when it was all gone he returned home. Rembrant’s interpretation is full of references but space demands that we can only consider one or two. Who the shadowy figures in the background are we can only speculate but clearly the man in the red cloak on the right is the elder brother. He stands apart resentful of the attention which his father lavishes on his wayward brother and he is only there because his father had pleaded with him. He could not bring himself to forgive his brother. It is as though he is saying “you made your bed lie on it” to use a colloquial expression. Have we not all at some time taken the same stance?
In contrast the wayward son kneels before his father in total penitence. He has nothing left materially or socially. His head is shaven and his shoes like his clothes, worn out. Rembrant allows him only one item of dignity and that is the short sword he carries on his belt. But his loving father accepts him as he is, embracing him just as he is. Particularly notice the father’s hands. His left hand on the son’s shoulder is firm and strong, it is clearly masculine but his right hand gently resting on his back is more tender and feminine. It is a moving scene full of tenderness and tension. Rev Stan
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REGULAR SERVICES AT ST PETER’S EUCHARIST Usually sung Eucharist with children’s groups. Tea & Coffee follows in the Green Room.
• 11.00 am
EVENING SERVICE We have a variety of evening worship styles including Taize, Songs of Praise, Quiet Meditation and Iona Worship
• 6.00 pm
• 10.00 am
EVENING PRAYER is said each day - a quiet and contemplative service of prayer and readings
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From the Vestry
These are important too, for both the church and its community and for our outreach and ministry. Again they are God-given, and to be used. We hear too about time and skills, or time and talents (a more biblical phrasing of it). How often do we truly stop to recognise our own gifts, the gifts God has given us, to be thankful for them, grateful for them, and perhaps even righteously proud of them? And then consider how God would like us to use those gifts? How can we use them in his service? To facilitate our worship of him, to enable or use them in our mission of witnessing to his grace and glory?
This edition of The Lantern has gifts and giving as its underlying theme. When we talk about giving in church, it ’s usually heard in financial terms – and of course this is a part of our giving. In fact it’s really important that our financial giving means that to us – it is a return gift to God in thanks for what he has given us, directly and through his church. By our financial support of the church, we enable our worship to continue and our mission of witnessing to God’s grace and glory to continue too, our ministry of bringing his love to others. It’s also important, where we can, that we do give back in this way – the church gets no grants or financial support from any body or organization, contrary to what some people believe, both inside and outside the church, so all our maintenance of the building as well as our outreach comes from our own resource, from what’s left when we have made our collective gift of our ‘parish share’ to the central diocesan finance to be able to pay for the ministry of our clergy.
I wonder, as we move from the feast of Pentecost and the Spirit falling on disciples to empower and inspire them in their gifts, into ‘ordinary time’ where day by day we live out our discipleship, how each of us might be being called to u s e t h e p a r t i c u l a r g i f t s / combination of gifts we have received. An article by US pastor Rick Warren: When you use the gifts that God has given you, it is an act of worship.
When we talk of gifts, we more often hear the idea of spiritual gifts – patience, kindness, compassion… 4
What is it that makes God smile? Some people think God only smiles when you’re praying or singing or going to church. The truth is, God smiles when you use the gifts that he’s given you. When you’re doing what you were wired to do and shaped to do, God goes, “That’s so cool! I made him to do that!”
In the Bible, the word “joy” and the word “gift’ actually come from the same Greek word. It’s the word for “grace.” When you use your spiritual gifts, it brings joy to God, and it brings joy to you. God goes, “He’s doing what I made him to do.” And you go, “This feels good!” The greatest feeling in the world comes from using your gifts for God’s purpose because it works, and you know it, and you enjoy it.
Remember in “Chariots of Fire,” when Erik Liddell said, “When I run, I feel God’s pleasure”? God shaped some guys to run. He shaped others to ride bikes, drive fast cars, or surf. They’re just good at it. I think when God looks at them, he says, “That is so cool! I made the wave. I made the surfer. This is cool.” You don’t have to always be doing something spiritual to bring God glory.
It is the greatest thrill in the world to be used by God. If you haven’t ever felt that, I pity you. You need to develop the spiritual gifts that are in you so you can enjoy your life and bring glory to God. There’s no feeling in the world like being used by God, knowing that you’re doing what he made you to do. Father, I want to bloom where I am planted and resist the temptation to compare myself to others. Help me see the ways you have uniquely gifted me to serve you and your Kingdom. Thank you for making me just as I am. Forgive me for the ways I have compared myself and coveted the abilities of others. I pray that, starting today, I would see the opportunities if front of me to use my gifts and abilities. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
The Bible says, “When you produce much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified” (John 15:8a AMP). When you use your gifts correctly, God gets the glory. And you certainly can’t please God with gifts you don’t have. God doesn’t expect you to be talented or gifted at everything. He just wants you to use what he’s given you.
How Much Should I Give? By Rachel Phillips
In the New Testament there are lots of stories about generosity, offering different perspectives to “tithing”. And in fact if anything they’re much more challenging than “tithing”. Zacchaeus gave “half [his] possessions to the poor”. The widow in the Temple gave “all she had to live on”. Jesus told the rich young man to sell all that he had, give it to the poor and “come follow me”. The woman at Simon the Leper’s house gave up something of incredible value, which she gave a b u n d a n t l y a n d e x t r a v a g a n t l y (perfumed oil), so much so, that it caused arguments among the disciples. The Good Samaritan, as well as providing first aid and transport to the injured stranger, gave money for his lodgings and offered to pay whatever extra it would take. And then, of course, there’s Jesus, who gave everything so that we would live. These New Testament examples of generous giving (and there are many, many more) help us to see what generosity looks like through the eyes of God. Obviously from these examples a l o n e , fo l l o w i n g J e s u s i s v e r y challenging. It takes great faith to step out and be more generous than we have ever been in the past. So we really mustn’t try to do it alone. We can really only do it in God’s strength, not our own. This is why prayer is so important. Let us remind ourselves that God knows everything, and feel safe in that knowledge. He knows our troubles, our circumstances, our hearts. Give this question of generosity to God.
Although the church is reluctant to lay down hard and fast rules about giving, all of us can do with some advice in this area. Otherwise some people feel guilty that they don’t give enough while others simply reach for loose change w h e n e v e r t h e y h e a r t h e w o rd ‘collection’. The Church of England suggests that church members give at least 5% of net income to their local church and 5% to charities they wish to support. This approach of giving a set percentage helps people to be disciplined and regular with their giving. It encourages good habits and really helps the local church to plan and budget better. This is based on some Old Testament teaching which suggests setting aside a tenth of our earnings for the church and charities: other major world religions have similar guidance. Giving can transform the world – our lives as well as the lives of others, our community and beyond. Some people refer to this as “tithing”. But…could there be another way? Isn’t generosity much more important than percentages of income? So maybe a better question to ask is “God, what is a generous amount? How much do I need? How much can I give to others? What feels right?” This is a really personal decision and is between you and God. When generous giving is done prayerfully, it feels right. It doesn’t feel stingy or burdensome, too little or too much. 6
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names and contact information, how we store it and how long for, what we do (or might do) with it, and who sees it. Lots of people/ churches see it as a bureaucratic imposition (and a nightmare). In fact I think it’s a good tool for mission. We have audited what information the church holds and continues to hold on regular members, baptisms, weddings, funerals etc and what we do with it. Over the coming months we will be providing some new contact cards which will ask you for your up-to-date contact info and permission to use email to send you details of activities and events. This is to hold the data of ‘internal’ members alongside that of ‘occasional’ visitors in one consistent manner. But it will also signal the beginning of a new communication strategy to keep people up to date – if we have the info, we may as well use it!!
At the end of May, the largest o v e r h a u l o f p e rs o n a l d a t a protection since 2000 came into force. If you use email, you will no doubt have been inundated with requests to confirm subscriptions with ‘consent’ to be contacted, on everything from English Heritage, John Lewis, Tesco to hobby or society newsletters; even the vicarage cats got a text message from the vet’s to ask if they could be contacted in the future! What is it? It’s supposed to secure the personal information/data that organisations hold about you and cut down cold calls and spam contacts. Particularly it will mean that your details cannot be passed on to third party without your explicit (not simply assumed) consent. Everything becomes optIN not opt-OUT. It also requires everyone to give you a very clear opportunity to opt-out and be deleted from their databases at any point. But it applies to everyone, so churches are also caught up in it. There has been much panic and paranoia about the definition of ‘legitimate interest’ in holding 8
Gifts and giving In the light of the article earlier in this issue, we were discussing the question ‘How do you define a gift?’ Someone said they thought it involved practical things such as being able to put flowers into a beautiful arrangement or being able to bake delicious cakes. Someone else said they thought that as well as these things, it is also about giving the best of yourself. Both involve time and dedication but the latter is more difficult to define. For instance, what about a smile?
Another gift we considered was the skill of listening. Hearing is a physical ability while listening is a skill. Sometimes we listen in silence; just being with the person in their pain. Sometimes you become the vessel into which the person can pour out their pain. By listening to someone we are giving them support and helping them by showing we care. We can all give at different times, in different ways. It might be just remembering a birthday or letting someone know you are thinking of them. R a l p h Wa l d o E m e r s o n , a n American essayist, lecturer, philosopher and poet said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. I t i s t o b e u s e f u l , t o b e honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” We thought the following quote sums it all up.
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Mother Theresa
Millicent Garrett Fawcett
improving education for women, h av i n g co -fo u n d e d N e w h a m College, Cambridge in 1875. She was a Suffragist, (as opposed to Suffragette, more of which later) and from 1897 became president of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). That year marked the growing anger of rejection of enfranchisement of women, but Millicent believed that non-violent campaigning and lobbying would bring about constitutional change, by proving that women could be seen to be capable of responsible negotiation. After six years Emmeline Pankhurst, a member of the Manchester branch Suffragists group, became frustrated with this approach, and advocated more militancy. ‘Deeds not Words’ became the motto of the newly formed Women’s Social a n d Po l i t i ca l U n i o n ( W S P U ) founded in 1903. They demanded, rather than negotiated, rights. By 1912 they applied more militant tactics, some of which were arson attacks on libraries and churches, and a meat cleaver attack on a painting in the National Gallery. Fawcett sympathised with the aims
I wrote in an earlier issue of the Lantern about anniversaries. A n o t h e r m a j o r e v e n t b e i n g celebrated this year is 100 years of Women’s Suffrage and I have been i n s p i r e d b y t h e w o r k a n d involvement of one woman in particular. Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett GBE (1847-1929 ) , was sister to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, (who herself was the first woman in Britain to qualify as a physician and surgeon, and founder of London School of Medicine for Women, and a supporter of Women’s Suffrage). Millicent was not only a tireless campaigner for women’s rights but f o u n d e r o f t h e S u f f r a g i s t s movement. She had been concentrating her energies on 10
of the Suffragettes, as they were then called, many of whom suffered some well documented punishments and indignities, but realised how damaging their tactics were to the cause. The p u b l i c d i d n ’ t d i f fe r e n t i a t e between the two groups. Both groups suspended their activities in 1914 to support the war effort. The fact that many women took on the men’s jobs in their absence, became the catalyst to their cause. Although the c o l o u r f u l a c t i v i t i e s o f t h e Suffragettes, and in particular the Pankhurst family, is what is remembered more today, it is to the memory of Millicent Garrett Fawcett that so much is owed for her foresight and integrity. In a poll carried out by Radio 4 in February 2018, she was voted the most influential women of the past 100 years. Her achievements were finally acknowledged and honoured with the erection of a a statue to her memory in Parliament Square on 21st April this year. Her effigy - which will sit between statues of Benjamin Disraeli and Edward
Smith-Stanley, the 14th Earl of Derby - has been designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing and will be unveiled on Tuesday morning. The bronze figure shows a 50year-old Fawcett holding a placard reading “Courage calls to courage everywhere” - a quote taken from the speech she gave after the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, who was trampled by the king ’s horse at the Epsom Derby. The public voted suffragist Dame Millicent Fawcett as the 'most influential' woman of the past 100 years in a poll conducted Anita Buyers
Constance Spry a Remarkable Lady to beautify their homes or decorate their weddings. For the wedding of Lady Violet Bonham Carter’s daughter Laura to Jo Grimond in 1938 she filled the church with billowing sprays of cow parsley, creating a beautiful lacy effect. It was she who decorated the chateau for the wedding of Wallace and Edward and it was she who decorated Westminster Abbey for the wedding of Elizabeth and Philip. Constance was also part of the team who co-ordinated the flowers for the coronation in1953.
You may have heard of Constance Spry for her work expounding the virtues of flower arranging. She believed that every home would be made more beautiful by the addition of flowers, and that every person could enjoy arranging and using flowers. But not just cultivated flowers, wild flowers too and what in many instances would be called weeds, or as she put it, ‘thrown out in the wheelbarrow’. She used hedgerow twigs and seed heads and vegetable leaves not only for home arrangements but for weddings and sumptuous occasions. She was a remarkable lady who as her second career became famous for her work with flowers and many of the rich and royals of the time employed her and her team 12
Her first career had however been far from h e r l o v e o f flowers.
toimprove the health and safety conditions for the female workers. Her work was noticed and she was moved to London to work at the Ministry of Munitions.
Born in 1886 Constance did n o t e x c e l a c a d e m i c a l l y at school. In 1905 at the age of 19 she went to London for two years to take a Health Lecturers Course . She was employed by Lady Aberdeen the Viceroy of Ireland’s wife to tour Ireland in a caravan explaining about the need for good health attitudes and giving first aid training. Consumption and infant mortality were rife and Constance was among the poor of Ireland helping to improve health issues.
After the war she became a head mistress of a newly formed east end continuation school in London where once again she worked among the poorer classes to raise achievement and awareness. Her first flower arranging book was published in 1933. In a later book, ‘How to do the Flowers’ she recounts the story of how she took a basket of flowers regularly from her garden to the school to add joy and colour, but rarely got all the flowers to their destination as on her journey she gave them away; ‘There was the bus conductor who had to have a pansy for his button hole because his grandmother grew them in the garden when he was a boy.’ O n e r e m a r k a b l e lady, who used h e r g i f t s i n many ways.
During the first World War Constance took herself and her young son to Scotland and worked in as a welfare officering a m u n i t i o n s f a c t o r y h e l p i n g 13
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Peter’s Basilica, to come to his monasteries to teach the new plainsong. The centre was also the forerunner of stone buildings and stained glass windows and became the centre of Anglo Saxon learning in England.
SNIPPETS STORIES AND SOUNDBITES. The end of the First World War, as well as being a time of great relief and celebration, seems to have been something of a cultural revolution, noting the number of anniversaries and centenaries being celebrated. One such is the centenary of the Choir Schools Foundation currently comprising 44 choir schools from cathedrals, college chapels, churches and public and state schools. The tradition of course, goes back for hundreds of years. After the 1832 Acts bringing about improvements in working conditions, when children h a d t o h a v e a g e a n d h o u r s restrictions, they also had to be paid a reasonable wage. This also included junior choristers. I don’t know whether it still happens, but I remember the enjoyment of the ‘perks’ our sons experienced when our choir turned out for a wedding!
ooooooooooOoooooooooo Continuing the subject of music, at t h e t i m e o f w r i t i n g w e a r e approaching the date of the royal wedding, and the media has gone into overdrive (both good and not-sogood). Very many of the programmes either include or start with a few bars of Sir Hubert Parry’s spine-tingling anthem – “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord’” (Psalm 122), How appropriate it would be in the present climate to include the quiet bit – “ P R A Y F O R T H E P E A C E O F JERUSALEM”. Anita Buyers
Here in Northumbria, the cradle of Christianity, our forebears were ahead of their time. Benedict Biscop, the founder of the twin monasteries of Wearmouth and Jarrow (647 and 685 respectively) travelled Europe extensively, and on one of his visits to Rome invited arch cantor John of St
St Mark & St Cuthbert’s Coffee Morning: - 10.30 to 12 noon Saturday 9th June & 14th July
Messy Church: - 10.30 -12.30
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1. Preheat the oven to 150C. Place the Bournville, syrup and butter into a large heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water and allow to melt, stir untilcomqpletely combined. 2. Once melted, cool slightly and then add the biscuits, Mini Eggs, m a r s h m a l l o w s , H a r i b o a n d almonds(if using). Mix until all the ingredients are coated in the chocolate. 3. Pour in a medium sized deep baking tray and use the back of a spoon or spatula to distribute evenly. 4. Place into the fridge and allow to cool and set for a minimum of three hours or overnight. 5. Cut and serve and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Ingredients (Serves 8-10) 350g Bournville 150g butter 50g golden syrup 100g broken chocolate fingers 90 g broken Mini Eggs 75g chopped marshmallows 100g Haribo 50g toasted chopped almonds (optional)
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Activities at St Peter’s In Church Various days Bible Study Groups meet (see weekly service sheet for details of venue) Choir Practice (meet in church)
• 6.30 pm
• Craft Club meets on the last
• 2.00 pm to
• after the
Thursday Green Room
Wednesday afternoon of each month from January to November 2018
10.00 am service Sunday
• after the 10.45
• Messy Church - we organise a
programme of activities one Sunday afternoon every three months for all ages when we do craft , sing, pray, share time and food together. Dates and times are published in the Lantern Parish Magazine
Last Saturday • Coffee morning in each month Monthly Draw
• 10.00 am to 11.30 am
Winners March £50 - J Major; £20 - J Mills; £10 - D Massie
Activities at St Peter’s Church Hall Weekly Social Activities Monday
• Parents & Toddlers
• Art Club U3A • 1.30 to 3.30
• Pilates (Judith Briggs)
• 9.30 am to 10.30 am
• Keep Fit (Debbie Storey)
• 5.30 pm to 7.15 pm
• Art & Craft Club Carol White
• 10.00 am to 12 noon
• 9.30 am to 11.00 am
• Keep Fit (Ethel Ramsey) • 12.30 pm to 1.30 p.m • Line Dancing (Ethel • 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm Ramsey) • Yoga (Carrie Kirston) • 6.45 pm to 8.45 pm Thursday
• Art Club (Tom Finch) • 10.00 am to 12 noon • Keep Fit (Ethel Ramsey) • 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm • Art Club U3A • 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
• Parents & Toddlers
• 9.30 am to 11.00 am
• Kingscote Christian Group
• 10.30 am to 1.00 pm
Uniformed Organisations’ Weekly Activities Monday
• 5.30pm to 7.15 pm
• 7.00 pm to 8.15 pm
• 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
• Cubs & Scouts
• 5.45 pm to 9.00 p.m
• 5.30 pm to 7.15 pm
Activities at St Mark & St Cuthbert’s In Church Thursday fortnightly
• Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) discussion group (phone Anita Buyers 0191 5365452 for details
• 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
• 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
• Bertie’s • Coffee
• 9.15 am to 11.30 am • after the 10.00 am Eucharist Service • 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm
• Brownies Wednesday
• Flower Arranging Class • 10.00 am to 12 noon • Friends Together (1st Weds • 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm every month)
• Line Dancing
• 10.00 am to 11.30 am
• Rainbows • Line Dancing
• 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm • 7.30 to 9.30 pm
• Coffee Morning (2nd Sat every month) • Messy Church (Last Sat every month except Dec)
• 10.30 am to 12 noon • 10.30 am to 12 noon
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Miss Janet Gardener, Mrs Barbara Matheson, Mrs Dulcie Proudlock, Mrs Audrey Yarrow, Mrs Eileen Wraith
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50th Anniversary Fundraising Concert
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The Lantern, the parish magazine of St Peter's Harton and St Mark & St Cuthbert Cleadon Park, South Shields.