Christmas Proclamation and the New Year News of the Church Family Letters and emails Light of the World A Christmas Test â€“ and some answers Lament for Syria Classic Cinema Club Collection Point Rotas
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EALING GREEN CHURCH (Methodist and United Reformed) Ealing, London W5 5QT Telephone (020) 8810 0136 Web site http://www.ealinggreenchurch.org.uk/ Email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Contributions to Unity firstname.lastname@example.org Ministers Rev. Rachel Bending 07986 461787 Rev. Susan Male Church Office Manager Mrs. Sarah Hunter (020) 8810 0136 Church Secretary Position Vacant Church Secretariat Hector Chidiya Choir Leader Mrs. Fleur Hatherall (020) 8248 6774 Organist Mrs. Fleur Hatherall (020) 8248 6774 Communion Steward Ms Nora Masih Unity Newsletter Mr. Lee Horwich (020) 8567 2851 Unity Distributor Mr. Peter Chadburn (020) 8537 1966 Ecumenical Officer Mr. David Groves (020) 8933 8315 Bible Reading Rota Church Administrator (020) 8810 0136 The Church Office is open on weekdays between 10am & 3pm except on Wednesdays, when it is open 1pm â€“ 6pm. If you are new to the church, the following groups meet on a regular basis, either weekly or monthly: Afternoon Bible Study Monday Fellowship (fortnightly) Choir Practice Luncheon Club
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Christmas Proclamation and the New Year
Dear Friends Christmas and New Year are periods of the year which strongly make us think about time, and not just because we often find ourselves, running out of time, or managing to squeeze 2 or 3 times as many tasks into it as we do at other times of the year. I love the genealogies which place Jesus’ birth in time and place, and give it meaning, and I am moved by the following – the Christmas Proclamation - which is traditionally said or chanted at the beginning of the midnight mass on Christmas Eve. It gives us a real sense of Jesus being a part of history and encourages us also to think about the time we have been born into, and to consider God’s plan for our own lives. CHRISTMAS PROCLAMATION Today, the twenty-fifth day of December, unknown ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth and then formed man and woman in His own image. Several thousand years after the flood, when God made a rainbow shine forth as a sign of the covenant. Twenty-one centuries from the time of Abraham and Sarah, thirteen centuries after Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt. Eleven hundred years from the time of Ruth and the Judges; one thousand years from the anointing of David as king; in the sixtyfifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel. In the one hundred and ninetyfourth Olympiad; the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome. The forty-second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus; the whole world being at peace. Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to sanctify the world by His most merciful coming, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, and nine months having passed since His conception, was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary. Today is the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh. Somehow by placing the extraordinariness of the incarnation firmly into the pattern of history and time, that we are so familiar with, the events become more real and tangible, more able to speak to us. Time passes quickly, and we are now moving away from Christmas – the nativity, the epiphany - and the Christmas decorations will go away for another year. Before you leave it behind you - just reflect. How has this Christmas changed you? Now we move into a New Year – 2019. A whole new period of time for us to enjoy one another and God! Consider, what will this year hold for you? How will you make the best use of all of the time that God has given to you? 3
What about us as a church? Many of us will be involved in our part of the Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter for the homeless project. I have already seen it in practice at Kingsdown this year - and the quality of the theological discussion with guests was amazing. I will have to share with you sometime the insights one man gave me into the purpose and nature of prayer. Thank you to all of you who are involved in any way with this valuable work. My prayers for a smooth time, which builds all involved, guests and helpers alike, and helps us to grow in Christ and for Christ. Ealing Green Church will also soon become a venue for the Foodbank Café – distribution centre. We will be providing emergency food for those with referrals, who need it on Tuesday mornings week by week. Many of you have expressed a desire to be involved. If you would like to hear more come to a meeting to explore and learn at EGC on Tuesday 15th January at 10AM. There are so many ways that we can be God’s workers in his world. This project will certainly help us to do that better. Many thanks to all of you for being so positive about it and taking it on board. Finally, I would like to draw your attention to something that the staff at Chestnut Lodge Care Home (W5 1SL) have asked me to do. They specialise in care for people with dementia. They have many Christian residents. Most of these are Roman Catholics, and for them a monthly Mass is provided, but there are also a small number of Protestant residents. Two of these have already expressed a desire to receive communion, and I have celebrated Holy Communion with them after the Roman Catholic Mass. The care home staff have asked me if it would be possible for me, and other Methodists, to build up a relationship with the Protestant Residents, with the aim of bringing them to a point where they also could attend a monthly service of Holy Communion. In the short term that would involve a commitment to visiting the care home once or twice a month to visit residents. Once we have built up a relationship with individuals, we can provide worship for them I would be delighted to hear from anyone who might be willing to give time – and love – to this. So, we begin this New Year together. My prayers are for a happy and fruitful 2019 for us all as individuals and as a church. I am looking forward to getting to know you all better. With Blessings
Sue x New Year’s Day now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. – Mark Twain
News of the Church Family We were all shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Vera Marston, on 8th December, following a fall. Vera has been a much-loved member of our Church Family for many years – she was, of course, a member at Ealing Broadway Methodist before that congregation moved to Ealing Green. Vera had held many official positions in our Church and Circuit. As a Local Preacher, Vera was well known throughout the Circuit. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and especially by her sisters; Anne, Jean & Rona and the rest of the family. Please include them all in your prayers at this sad time. May Vera Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory. A proper tribute to Vera will be included in next month’s issue. We ask all who knew her to send us their memories of Vera, so we can cover as much of her life, as possible. Vera’s Funeral Service will be at 1.15pm, on 7th January at Ealing Green Church, the church which Vera loved and worked so hard for. This will be followed by a short service at Mortlake Crematorium, at 2.40pm. Afterwards, refreshments will be served in the hall, back at Ealing Green. Times to be confirmed Unfortunately, Vera’s sister Anne was taken to hospital an hour or so after Vera had been taken to a different hospital. Anne is very poorly and is having lots of investigative procedures and is being well-cared for. Needless to say, she is finding it difficult to accept the loss of Vera. Please pray that Anne will feel God’s healing presence, comfort and peace. Please pray for Marian Martin who is having surgery at the end of January. Please also include Dorothy Ravillious in your prayers, as she is unwell. We pray for those mentioned above and for all who carry the burden of illness and for their families and friends. We wish all our readers a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2019. A number of Christmas cards have been sent to the Ealing Green Church Family. These include messages from Deacon Richard Goldstraw and Josh, Chris & Christine Follett, Jean Rose, Peggy Allaway, Liz and Mauri (in Singapore), Margaret Lewis, Steve Robey (son of Irene & Ted Robey) and Susan Peatfield (friend of Penny who has recently taken 2 services for us). The cards are on or below the Photo board in Foyer. Greetings have also been received from Ian & Michelle (Australia) and Merle & Colin Paige (South Africa). Gill Hatherall Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to. – Bill Vaughan 5
I hope you had a Merry Christmas, and are looking forward to 2019. I got a card yesterday from a friend I used to go to school with asking me if I was going to go to the 50th reunion, or at least the reunion for the 50th year since we both left. I thought he had made a mistake – surely it hadn’t been that long since we were at the school together. But it is/was and here I am wondering where it all went. It was full, there were ups and there were downs. Curiously I have forgotten many of the downs, but the ups come through whenever I think of them. I am looking forward to 2019, not just for the reunion, which I will probably go to, but for the promise it offers. I hope that you are in a position to do the same and wish you all a very Happy and peaceful New Year. On a different note you may have heard that the number of homeless people has risen over the last few years. Even worse than that the number of homeless people dying has increase by 25% over the same time period. The Winter Night Shelter, run by the churches in Ealing is only one of the many organisations trying to do its part to help alleviate the problem locally. Solving is not something that it can do alone. We start our contribution to the work in a few days, on the 3rd of January. Any help in contributing toiletries would be gratefully received. Ealing Green is, as you well know, is centrally located with regards to Ealing Broadway. We are lucky with our facilities here and have now taken on the role of providing a home for the food bank in Central Ealing. There is an announcement in this month’s newsletter inviting volunteers. The growth in the need for food banks is not all that the statistics might indicate. The first Trussel food bank was opened in 2000, after a mother in Salisbury called on Carol and Paddy Trussel for help. They had, until then, been helping feed 60+ children sleeping at the Central Railway Station in Bulgaria. Realising the need at home, the Trussel foundation was formed and started a food bank. Over the following years and in association with churches and organisations throughout the country this grew and grew. The financial crisis of 2007/8, led to an even faster growth in the demand for these food banks which now range from Kirkwall in Shetland to Helston in Cornwall. At the time of writing this, there is a network of over 420 food banks in the UK, working out of more than 1,200 centres, to provide emergency food and support to hundreds of thousands of people in crisis in the UK. Come along on the 15th January, if you have time, and see if there is anything that you might want to do to help. Lastly, and as you can read about it elsewhere in this month’s issue, we have to report on the passing of Vera. Seeing the two empty chairs in church where she and Anne, now in hospital, used to sit, brought a lump to my throat. I, and I know I speak for many of you, will miss her. God bless you 6
Letters and emails From Sarah Hunter Dear Friends I have now received details of Vera's funeral arrangements and would like to let you all know. This will be held here at Ealing Green Church on Monday 7th January at 3.30pm, following a short service at Mortlake Crematorium, with refreshments served in the hall after the service. All are most welcome to attend. Note: Timings to be confirmed Best Regards Sarah Hunter, Church Office Manager From Helen Harper Dear Friends, The Salvation Army in West Ealing are well l known for their work feeding and clothing the hungry and needy. They are now setting up a Baby Bar to distribute items to families. They need baby clothes in good condition, pushchairs, baby baths etc. If you have anything to donate please ring them on 0208 840 0348 or speak to me. Let's help them in their valuable work in the local community. Thank you. Helen From Colin & Merle Merle & I met and held our new greatgranddaughter Kate for the first time a few days ago, when her parents, our granddaughter Lauren & husband Michael, arrived in Pietermaritzburg from Pretoria with Kate. They will be spending Christmas with us, which is a real treat. Here are two quite interesting photos; the first shows 4 generations of the female side of our family - from left are the baby's mother Lauren, baby Kate (now 2 months old), grandmother Sharon (our eldest daughter) and great-grandmother Merle. The other photo is of the proud greatgrandparents Merle & Colin with a sleeping Kate. Merle & I send very warm greetings to all of you for Christmas and all the best for 2019 Much love from us both. Colin & Merle 7
Sunday 16th December- Light of the World The service included a section, led by Junior Church, on light, which, forgive the pun, was particularly illuminating. It showed the connection between the light that guides us in the physical sense (candles and the first incandescent lightbulb – actually invented before Thomas Edison by Thomas Swan – but that’s another story) and the light that Jesus, ‘Light of the World’ offered. Junior Church also showed us how lucky we are to live in a country where Christians are not subject to the pressures and violence shown in many parts of the world. Candles were set on some of the countries in the world where fellow Christians are persecuted solely because of their faith – even today in the supposedly enlightened 21st Century. Unfortunately many of those candles were placed on countries in the Middle East reminding us that although this is the place where three of the world’s most followed monotheistic religions were founded, there is still a long way to go until one of their fundamental tenets are followed – the idea that we should love one another and live in peace with each other. None of the great religions of the area, or the world, come to that, appear to condone the violence, however it is a practice that all too often results in misery for minority religions. The Junior Church presentation made clear how far we have to go to ensure that Jesus’ message, along with those of the founders of the other religions, is heard and acted upon. It was a lovely and thoughtful presentation and we look forward to more from our younger church members. Thanks to all concerned.
Christmas Test So – how did you do with the Christmas Test? Did you get any of these? Question
26 – L of the A
26 Letters of the Alphabet
7 – W. of the A.W.
7 Wonders of the Ancient World
1,001 – A.N.
1001 Arabian Nights
12 – S of the Z
12 Signs of the Zodiac
54 – C. in a D (with the J.)
54 Cards in a Deck (with the Jacks)
9 – P.in the S.S.
9 Planets in the Solar System
88 – P.K.
88 Piano Keys
32 – D.F. at which W.F.
32 Degrees Fahrenheit at which water freezes
18 – H. on a G.C.
18 Holes on a Golf Course
10 90 – D. in a R.A.
90 Degrees in a Right Angle
11 3 - B.M. (S.H.T.R)
3 Blind Mice (See how they run)
12 4 – Q. in a G.
4 Quarts in a Gallon
13 24 – H. in a D.
24 Hours in a Day
14 1 – W. on a U.
1 Wheel on a Unicycle
15 57 – H.V.
57 Heinz Varieties
16 11 – P. on a F.T.
11 Players on a Football Team
17 29 – D. in F. in a L.Y.
29 Days in February in a Leap Year
18 64 – P. on a C.
64 Points on a Compass
19 40 – D. and N. of the G.F.
40 Days and Nights of the Great Flood
20 1,000 – W. that P. is W.
1000 Don’t Know
Lament for Syria - by Amineh Abou Kerech Syrian doves croon above my head their call cries in my eyes. I’m trying to design a country that will go with my poetry and not get in the way when I’m thinking, where soldiers don’t walk over my face. I’m trying to design a country which will be worthy of me if I’m ever a poet and make allowances if I burst into tears. I’m trying to design a City of Love, Peace, Concord and Virtue, free of mess, war, wreckage and misery. Oh Syria, my love I hear your moaning in the cries of the doves. I hear your screaming cry. I left your land and merciful soil And your fragrance of jasmine My wing is broken like your wing. I am from Syria From a land where people pick up a discarded piece of bread So that it does not get trampled on From a place where a mother teaches her son not to step on an ant at the end of the day. From a place where a teenager hides his cigarette from his old brother out of respect. From a place where old ladies would water jasmine trees at dawn. From the neighbours’ coffee in the morning From: after you, aunt; as you wish, uncle; with pleasure, sister… From a place which endured, which waited, which is still waiting for relief. Syria. I will not write poetry for anyone else. Can anyone teach me how to make a homeland? Heartfelt thanks if you can, heartiest thanks, from the house-sparrows, the apple-trees of Syria, and yours very sincerely. My thanks to Jonathan for bringing this to our attention.
Classic Cinema Club Ealing, Ealing Town Hall, Fridays 7:30pm Happy Families These stories relate sibling rivalry, marital strife, and kinship between parents and their offspring. Some are seen from a child’s eye view; several are period dramas looking at generations over time; others describe dysfunctional dynasties. All are acclaimed and popular films, by various American and European masters, from both classic and contemporary cinema. Friday 4th January No screening Friday 11th January The Dead
Director: John Huston Starring: Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Helena Carroll Two sisters in Dublin host an Epiphany party, with dinner, dancing, music and merriment. The guests include a married couple who are moved to memory and reflection. John Huston’s final film, adapted from James Joyce’s short story.
Friday 18th January The Magnificent Ambersons
Director: Orson Welles Starring: Tim Holt, Joseph Cotton, Dolores Costello In a small town in America, a high society family lives through broken engagements, lovelorn jealousy, and a spoiled spiteful son. Modern progress brings a reversal of fortunes, in Orson Welles’s saga, made after ‘Citizen Kane’.
Friday 25th January El Sur - The South
in Spanish with English subtitles Director: Victor Erice Starring: Omero Antonutti, Sonsoles Aranguren, Iciar Bollain A young girl living in the north of Spain is fascinated by the mythology of the south, where her mysterious father spent his secretive past. “Exquisitely beautiful, profoundly moving”, it was voted one of the best films in Spanish cinema history. The movie tells a melancholic story of a little girl who is living in a city in the north of Spain. She is fascinated by the secrets of the south where her mysterious father spent his secretive past. “Exquisitely beautiful, profoundly moving”, it was voted one of the best films in Spanish cinema history. Friday 1st February My Life as a Dog
in Swedish with English subtitles Director: Lasse Hallström Starring: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidèn Ingemar lives with his brother and his terminally ill mother. He may have a rough time, but not as bad as Laika - the Russian dog sent into space. He gets sent away to live for the summer with his uncle in a rural Swedish village full of eccentric oddballs. While there, he meets various strange characters, giving him experiences that will affect him for the rest of his life. A charming, funny coming-of-age tale.
Collection Point The British Red Cross Yemen Crisis Appeal To provide food, water and health care to people in the world's largest humanitarian crisis Yemen is the world’s single largest humanitarian crisis. More than 80 per cent of the population urgently need emergency aid. Around 20 million people do not have enough nutritious food and more than half of the population live without clean water. The worst cholera epidemic ever recorded is still active in Yemen. There have been over one million suspected cases and more than 2,250 deaths. Extreme hunger, disease and conflict are killing or injuring an estimated 75 people every day. Support the Yemen Crisis Appeal. What we’re doing in Yemen The Red Cross works with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Yemen Red Crescent. Together we provide food, clean water, medical help and essential household items. This includes providing food and supplies such as blankets, water containers and soap. The Red Crescent provided free health care for over 17,000 people in one of the country’s worst-affected areas. This includes emergency obstetric care for over 6,200 women and their babies. But so much more is needed.
Please support the Yemen Crisis Appeal.
The seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross The fundamental principles were created in Vienna in 1965. They bind together the National Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. This makes the British Red Cross part of a worldwide movement. The fundamental principles mean that people we help can trust that we’re neutral, independent and impartial. Our supporters know that we help those most in need both in the UK and internationally, and our staff and volunteers can see they’re a part of something unique. 14
The seven fundamental principles are: Humanity The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield. The Movement endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, co-operation and lasting peace amongst all peoples. Impartiality The Movement makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress. Neutrality In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature. Independence The Movement is independent. The National Societies, whilst auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement. Voluntary service It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain. Unity There can only be one Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory. Universality The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide. We recognise weâ€™re only able to work in conflict zones such as Yemen, Syria and South Sudan because weâ€™re neutral, impartial and independent, and because the Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems reflect these principles. Please support the Yemen Crisis Appeal. Please give generously . 15
Church Rotas January
Could we have some volunteers for readers and the prayer rota â€“ Please see Sarah or myself if you are interested/willing to help. Thanks, Lee Preacher
HC, CH, AK, ET
Readers for: February 3rd 10th 17th 24th
Fleur Hatherall Helen Harper Elspeth Singleton Alicia Moyo
May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions. Joey Adams