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Compass is the name of St.Mary's Parish magazine. It is published at the beginning of every month and is distributed throughout the Parish by a band of volunteers.

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Editors                          Robert Pearson
                                     Mary Norris 
                                     Ed Sands    
Distribution Manager    Vacant

Articles from our July/August 2019 Magazine

Sadly our Administrator Janice is leaving us at the end of August and so she has some final words for us!

In the beginning ….. new birth ….. new life …. new beginnings … starting afresh …………. there are so many ways to describe a change of state of
being and God has demonstrated this to humanity; from stars being born from great gaseous clouds swirling as nebula or a seed so small that it can grow into a tree that it can be used by birds for nesting or children building a tree house.

However not all changes bring into being something new or different, many changes often involve loss or letting go of something precious in order they can evolve and grow. Parents wave children off to new beginnings as they go to university, get married or take up a job far away from the family home.
Sometimes someone can lose their ability to do something due to age, illness or disability which leaves a gap in their lives and results in a change in relationships. They need someone to care for them, help them to do things they otherwise could not do alone.

Changes ripple out and cause other changes and this is what Jesus spoke about when he told his disciples to follow the new commandments to love God, love others as they love themselves. Love has a habit of rippling outwards and inwards bringing change, responding to change and creating life where there may have been loss or hurt or releasing people into new life. This is the kind of fruit that Jesus spoke about that are seen when people are living in love .. that kind of love that is compassionate, respectful and inclusive of all …. ‘You shall know them by their fruit….’

During my time at St Mary’s Church as the administrator I have seen how the ripples of love and life move out and inwards as people give selflessly with
humility to those in the community and the church. There have been many conversations held over the past two years with people wishing to book the Family Centre, enquire about the church or as I have been updating the church records which have evidenced this. I have been told how these people have been bright lights of human kindness and giving, needed more now than ever as society faces such difficult times. It is, also a time of change for St Mary’s as I  leave my role as church administrator. It was a decision that was made with a heavy heart as I have loved the job … as it was more than just any job, it was fun, greatly satisfying and full of interesting challenges. There has been such a lot of laughter and joy despite all the paperwork any organisation has to deal with. However, more recently I have experienced personal loss and a change of circumstances that has resulted in
the need to become a carer, whilst trying to complete a master’s degree in psychology. In spite of moving on I know I have made new friends (I will be
keeping in touch) , found a new depth of faith in God as well a great appreciation for the strength that a community of compassion and grace can provide for those in need.

It is a change for me and a change at St Mary’s ….. but I believe that out of this more new beginnings will occur that bring life and love and joy as we all share the love of God through our caring, sharing and giving.
Janice Yelland-Sutcliff

P.S. All at St.Mary's wish her all the very best for the future and pray that she will find new opportunities to use her gifts.

Update from Lesotho
A recent visit to the mountain St James Hospital gave this feedback. This hospital is some 3 hours by road from the capital Maseru. The route twists through lovely scenery, and over steep inclines, --- The “God Help Me” pass is a most apt name for a section of the route!

Currently, the hospital suffers a lack of water, the nearby stream has run dry. The hospital manager has agreed to use some water from a nearby village, and with the Government to take water from a dam about 1 hour’s drive away (but this has yet to produce any). In winter, snow often cuts off
the hospital, meaning that staff incur hotel bills (paid by the hospital) until they can be helicoptered out.

Staff recruitment reports that nurses are easy to recruit – 100 applicants for 1 recent vacancy, but doctors and specialist nurses are in short supply. The
Government pays for drugs, and the salaries for medical staff, but payment is very slow! Apparently “industrial action” is remedial! Much of the hospital’s equipment is old and needs expensive replacement, a new X ray machine would cost in the region of £45000. The anaesthetic machine whose purchase we supported in 2018 is now up and running. It has many benefits, and is particularly valuable in certain caesarean procedures. The 2 nurses currently being trained in its use have passed their exams to date, and will complete their course in May.

How fortunate we are to have our NHS!

Last October, a party of students from an Academy in Co Durham went to Lesotho and their reports back include:-

  • The child-headed household weekend was an extremely memorable experience. Spending time with the young enriching – their culture and lifestyle
were inspiring.
  • I loved Lesotho because it enriched me in a culture that I had never experienced. It gave me a different outlook on life and made me immensely
grateful for where and how I live.
  • The child-headed household weekend inspired me through the strength and courage of the children. Even when they had lost so much, they still smiled and were so excited all of the time. They taught me that even the smallest things in life matter.

With the latter in mind, we shall donate the proceeds from this year’s HotCross Bun & Coffee Morning on 13 April to an educational project for Lesotho

Marion Broadley  

The Bible that was thrown away

The story is told by Brother Andrew, who worked for many years with the Persecuted Church, of a Christian pastor who was travelling some years ago on a train in the old Soviet Union.
There was just one other passenger in the railway car, and soon the two men were chatting. The subject of religion came up, and the other man extolled the logic of atheism and criticised religious belief. Then the Christian bravely expressed his own views, and even took out his Bible to show the man some relevant verses. But the atheist was both unmoved and annoyed. As the futility of their argument became clear, the men lapsed into silence. When a little later the Christian was nearing his stop, he left the compartment for a few moments to get his suitcase. He returned to find his Bible was missing. The atheist was just closing the train window and sneered at him. It was clear that he had thrown the Bible out.

The journey continued the final few miles in stony silence. A few months later, a stranger came to call upon the Christian pastor in his village. It was a man from a neighbouring village who asked to be baptised. The pastor was astonished and asked him what he knew about such things. The stranger told him this story:

“Until a few months ago I knew nothing of Christianity. I am just a local builder, working on a site near the railway track. Then suddenly one afternoon a book came flying out of the window of a passing train and landed in the dust nearby. I walked over and picked it up. It was a Bible – the first I had ever seen. “So I took it home and out of curiosity began to read it. I was amazed by what I read, and I have become a Christian. Now I want to be baptised and meet with other Christians. I have heard rumours that you are also a Christian, so I hoped that you would help me.”

The astonished Christian pastor did indeed baptise the builder, and also confided his side of the story of the flying Bible. Within a few years the builder had converted several of his neighbours, and a tiny Christian church had been planted within his own community. All because of a thrown-away Bible

Mary Sumner and the Mothers’ Union

The Mothers’ Union is now more than 140 years old. It has accomplished a staggering amount in that time, and nowadays numbers more than four million members, doing good work in 83 countries. That is a far cry from the modest circle of prayer for mothers who cared about family life, which is how it all began with a rector’s wife, Mary Sumner. Mary was born in late 1828 in Swinton, near Manchester. When she was four, her family moved to Herefordshire. Mary’s father, Thomas Heywood, was a banker and historian. Her mother has been described as a woman of “faith, charm and sympathy” – qualities which Mary certainly inherited. Mrs Heywood also held informal ‘mothers’ meetings’ at her home, to encourage local women. Those meetings may well have inspired Mary’s later work. Mary was educated at home, spoke three foreign languages, and sang well. While in her late teens, on a visit to Rome she met George Sumner, a son of the Bishop
of Winchester. It was a well-connected family: George’s uncle became Archbishop of Canterbury, and his second cousin was William Wilberforce. Mary and George married in July 1848, soon after his ordination. They moved to Old Alresford in 1851 and had three children: Margaret, Louise and George. Mary dedicated herself to raising her children and supporting her husband’s ministry by
providing music and Bible classes.

When in 1876 Mary’s eldest daughter Margaret, gave birth, Mary was reminded how difficult she had found the burden of motherhood. Soon she decided to hold a meeting to which she invited the local women not only of her own class, but also all the village mothers. Her aim was to find out if women could be brought together to offer each other prayer and mutual support in their roles as wives and mothers. That meeting at Old Alresford Rectory was the inaugural meeting of the Mothers’ Union. For 11 years, the Mothers’ Union was limited to Old Alresford. Then in 1885 the
Bishop of Newcastle invited Mary to address the women churchgoers of the Portsmouth Church Congress, some 20 miles away. Mary gave a passionate speech about the poor state of national morality, and the vital need for women to use their vocation as mothers to change the nation for the better. A number of the women present went back to their parishes to found mothers' meetings on Sumner's pattern. Soon, the Mothers’ Union spread to the dioceses of Ely, Exeter, Hereford, Lichfield and Newcastle. By 1892, there were already 60,000 members in 28 dioceses, and by 1900 there were 169,000 members. By the time Mary died in 1921, she had seen MU cross the seas and become an international organisation of prayer and good purpose.

Nottingham Street Pastors is a project set up by the Malt Cross Trust in 2010. The aim of the Malt Cross Trust is to improve Nottingham’s nightlife. The project sees over 70 volunteers go out to care for and look after the on average 30,000-40,000 visitors who use Nottingham city centre’s nightlife every weekend.

Street Pastor volunteers patrol the city in teams of three on Friday and Saturday nights between 10pm and 3am to help when someone’s night out takes a turn for the worst. We offer practical, non-judgemental and compassionate help to vulnerable people at risk for their own safety or that of others.
By having the Street Pastors in the City of Nottingham they offer a calming effect to often drunken and rowdy people, the offer a lollipop or a bottle of water has an amazing effect on people.

They are an integral part of the partnership in the city centre their knowledge and advice is invaluable to the development of our shared initiatives to make Nottingham a safer and more vibrant city.

Whilst speaking at the Home Office launch of the Local Alcohol Action Area in March 2017 I described the work they do as the fourth emergency service, without them the NTE in the City would be a far busier, less safe environment for people to enjoy themselves and feel reassured they are there to help”
– Chief Inspector Mark Stanley, Nottinghamshire Police.

2018 in numbers
First  Aid Interventions - 102
Referrals  and signposting - 493
Bottles  collected and safely disposed of - 1994
Equipment given out
Water  Given Out - 933
Space  Blankets - 122
Flip  Flops - 231
Homeless - 392
Intoxicated - 358

Here are some stories from last year:
“Bumped in to a male over 25 who used to be homeless and has got his own place now. He wants to give back so he collects tins and bottles all evening.”

“We were called to a bar to a young girl who was very drunk. She had been there for an hour so we stayed with her for a while but she wasn’t good. She soiled herself badly so we cleaned her up as best we could making a screen with foil blankets. The guy at the bar was really helpful and we got her into a taxi all wrapped up.”

“We came across a lad in a doorway, who had been separated from his friends, was very anxious and also quite intoxicated. Managed to get him upright and talking. We were able to contact his friends, who were so grateful for the help we were giving. We waited an hour until his friends arrived and they took care of him from there.”

They are incredibly grateful for funding and support from Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham BID, Boots Charitable Trust, Big Lottery Fund, the Jones 1986 Charitable Trust and the Jessie Spencer Trust in 2018.

Finally Street Pastors would not work without being underpinned by prayer. 

All those who are surrounding this initiative with prayer are invaluable and are truly making a difference in reclaiming the streets for God.
Easter faith
Three years after the Russian Revolution of 1917, a great anti-God rally was arranged in Kiev. The powerful orator Bukharin was sent from Moscow, and for an hour he demolished the Christian faith with argument, abuse and ridicule. At the end there was silence.

Then a man rose and asked to speak. He was a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church. He went and stood next to Bukharin. Facing the people, he raised his
arms and spoke just three triumphant words: ‘Christ is risen!’

At once the entire assembly rose to their feet and gave the joyful response, ‘He is risen indeed!’ It was a devastating moment for an atheist politician, who had no answer to give to this ancient Easter liturgy. He had not realised he was simply too late: how can you convince people who have already experienced God, that He does not exist?

Arnold Foodbank would like to take this opportunity to tell you about the work they are doing in our local community and to ask for your assistance to enable them to continue to fulfil their vision. The increase in demand they have been experiencing reflects a dramatic rise in the number of clients who are being referred to them and to the increasing pressure on some members of our Community. During the last 6 weeks they have provided a massive 5,873 kilograms of food to 663 clients.

During the same period the total amount of food donated to them amounted to 3,975 kilograms-almost 2,000 kilograms short of the level needed to maintain our stock at a consistent level. In addition to the impact on stock levels our financial reserves have also been significantly depleted over recent months as they struggle to meet demand.

Please could you consider responding to this urgent situation in one of two ways:

1. If you are able make a special effort to boost your food donations. They are currently particularly short of all of the following: tinned fruit, tinned
vegetables, coffee, jam, long life milk and juice.
2. Please can you consider making a one-off donation or signing up to a promise to make a regular cash donation to support our work. Cheques can be made payable to Trussell Trust Arnold Food Bank, or by BACS payment: sort code 40-08-46 account number 21820907. If you would prefer to set up a regular standing order please follow the guidance on their website and in either event if you are a UK taxpayer please complete the relevant form so that Gift Aid can be claimed on your donations.

Thank you for reading this and for any support you are able to give.

With grateful thanks. Arnold Foodbank

Page was last altered 26 June 2019

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