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Articles from December 2013 & January 2014 Magazine
A message from our curate Sam Hustwayte
I love light, but at the moment it seems that every time of venture upstairs in our house I have to turn off a light which has been left on in one of the children’s bedrooms. This happened so much that it resulted in me threatening to remove light bulbs if they continue to be left on. Remarkably for a day or two light switches have been found, but now those invisible people who live the bedrooms
and need lights on when everyone else is downstairs have begun to reappear. To be fair there is not much light pollution entering our
house from the street, so it is particularly dark when the lights are off, and particularly in the gloom of winter it doesn’t feel very nice.
Winter can be a time of depression and loneliness, longer nights and cold temperatures don’t tend to encourage us to be joyful and smile.
Maybe it’s no wonder the children leave their bedroom lights on. Lights though bring a smile, a glimpse of joy and wonder to our faces
throughout the year …..the fireworks in the dark sky, the flames of a bonfire, the candle flame flickering on a table, the warmth of the sun on your face….and so as the Christmas lights go up (and so do our electric bills), it struck me that the house doesn’t feel quite so
gloomy and the atmosphere in the streets and town is lifted for a short time. The lights that decorate our homes and streets through
December and into January may well be part of the temporary secular celebration of Christmas, but they speak about the permanent light of Christ, the light that shines in our lives, banishing the gloom and darkness.
The Bible is full of the contrast between light and dark, perhaps one of the most famous passages is in John’s gospel where Jesus speaking to Pharisees and other Jewish leaders says this ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’. We often say of Jesus, over the Christmas period, that he is the light that shines in the darkness but the darkness has not overcome it. Christmas comes and goes again so quickly, for a moment we focus in the birth of Jesus, the gift, the light come into our dark world and then the lights are put away, but the cold wet weather and dark winter nights remain, perhaps even more starkly than before after the joy of Christmas time. The light though that has come into the world has not gone, he is with us each day bringing light into our lives and often we need to open our eyes to see it.
The upstairs of our house is not so dark that when you are up there without a light on you can’t see anything, as eyes readjust things can be seen. Jesus’ light through the power of the Holy Spirit enables our eyes to readjust, enabling us to see things God’s way and have those moments of joy as our faces catch the light of Christ. As we put up and take down our lights this year let’s not forget that Jesus brings light to everyone, every day of the year.
THE BIBLE comes to Channel 5
This month (December) sees the launch of THE BIBLE, a mini-series to be broadcast on Channel 5. It will be
followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release by Fox. From Genesis to Revelation, THE BIBLE series features some of the
most famous stories, such as Noah's Ark, the Exodus and Daniel in the Lion's Den, to the crucifixion and
resurrection of Jesus.
The first episode is on Saturday 30th November and there are 5 episodes.
The Christmas present your children will love the most
This Christmas there is one very special Christmas present that only you can give your children. Don’t give it all at once, on Christmas
day, but in regular chunks throughout the month (and on into next year). It is your time in letting your child talk to you.
Sounds silly? Think again: nearly 30,000 head teachers across the UK are now so concerned at certain trends in modern family life that they have launched a national campaign to wake parents up. The problem is this: parents enjoy their mobile phones and TV in the evenings. It is so easy to get engrossed in these that they cut time in talking with their children (who can be much harder work!). So children are put to bed without much conversation and no story-time.
Days and weeks (and years) slip by, and children do not get a chance to develop their speaking and listening skills. Eventually, the child arrives at school – and really struggles to know how to talk and how to listen in the classroom. The head teachers are warning that the problem is now so critical across the UK that many parents risk damaging their children’s long term social development. The campaign, Ready to Learn Everyday, has been backed by the school minister, and will be distributing four leaflets through nearly 30,000 schools.
The campaign urges parents to turn off electronic devices. “Give your child your attention. Don’t check your mobile phone at the same time as they are talking to you. Switch off the television and laptops well before bedtime and chat with your child, or read a bedtime story together instead.”
The guidance also urges parents to be patient when their child is talking, and not to interrupt them. Instead, ask them questions,
discuss their day, and have a family meal together where possible. Praise your children when they in turn listen to you, and follow your instructions.
A Special Gift
Christmas is the time for giving special gifts to those we love. This can be both a challenge and an adventure, as we seek out just the right present. Thinking about what makes that gift special, reminds us of God’s gift to each one of us at Christmas in the person of Jesus Christ.
A Personal Gift The best gifts are always those which are really appreciated by the person receiving them. The birth of Jesus tells us
that God knows each one of us personally and wants us to know him too. Amazingly, the creator of the universe relates to us on our level, ‘The Word became flesh and blood and moved into our neighbourhood’ (John 1:14, The Message).
A Practical Gift When buying a gift for someone, we want it to be practical. A middle-aged woman posted her Christmas wish list on the refrigerator for her husband to read. She requested ‘something that will make me look sexy and beautiful.’ To her surprise the husband gave her an exercise bike as a gift! Santa may bring what we deserve; God delivers what we don’t deserve i.e. life with him. This is God’s gift to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus, which brings forgiveness, joy, peace and a new start.
A Permanent Gift Unlike some gifts, God’s gift to us has lasting value beyond Christmas Day. Jesus spoke of ‘life in all its fullness’ ie
eternal life. This is a friendship which can start today and last forever, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only
Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16).
A Purchased Gift A popular form of present today is the gift voucher; we don’t need to spend the money, just claim the value of
the gift ourselves. This is the good news of the gospel, because Jesus has already purchased salvation with God for us. Our part is simply to receive this gift by faith for ourselves, recognising that there is nothing more we can do to attain God’s forgiveness other than accepting it through Jesus Christ. ‘At Christmas time, when we receive presents we don’t really need, God offers us a gift we cannot do without.’ (J John).
So as we celebrate again this Christmas season, with Paul we can say of this baby in the manger, ‘Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift’ (2 Corinthians 9:15).
Footsteps of Jesus
Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him.
He asked people for change to buy food – no one in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.
As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up
and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation. “We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah
Steepek.” The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and
started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with all eyes on him.
He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment then he recited,
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared
for you since the creation of the world. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry
and many heads were bowed in shame. He then said, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has
enough people, but not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?”
He then dismissed service until next week.
Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ should be more than just talk. It ought to be a lifestyle that others around you can love about
you and share in.
The Arnold Food Bank
Trussell Trust which organises Food Banks has been named 'Britain's most admired charity'.There are now 360 Food Banks in operation across the United Kingdom. In 2012-13 the number of people helped by Food Banks increased by 170%. The Arnold Food Bank has been in operation since the week before Christmas 2012, and in the weeks since then over eleven tons of food have been collected and donated and some nine and a half tons have been distributed. This represents over a thousand meals worth of
It is interesting to see what the analysis of the figur es reveals :The main reasons for people needing help to survive include benefit
changes (195 individuals); benefit delays (273); debt (174); delayed wages (9); domestic violence (11); homelessness (14); low income (128); refused crisis loans (19); sickness (21); and unemployment (70)The wards in our area in which individuals have received vouchers to be able to access food include :Bestwood ward (54 individuals); Bonington ward (15); Calverton ward (130); Daybrook ward (50); Gedling ward (11); Killisick ward (30); Kingswell ward (23); Mapperley Plains ward (10); Mapperley ward (9); Porchester ward (12); Saint Mary's ward (57); and Woodthorpe ward (4).There are 25 other wards in the Gedling constituency, of course.
Overall the age range of people receiving vouchers is :16 to 24 year olds (73 individuals); 25 to 64 year olds (798); not
disclosed (82); over 65 (11)The family types include :Couples (59); family (83); other (24); single (166); single parents (76)
We may well find these figures shocking, especially in what we might think of as a reasonably affluent area. But it is an equally amazing fact that the Food Bank is keeping pace with the demands being put upon it. There are many volunteers from Arnold Churches and from outside the Church who help regularly. There are generous donations from supermarkets and from different churches and from various clubs and organisations in the area. Money has been raised generously too by groups and special events.
Four of us from St Mary’s travelled to South Africa in June, on a Diocesan Link trip to Natal: Michael Bullett, Anne Elphick & David and Maureen Rodgers. The purpose of our visit was to establish a link with St Michael and All Angels in Himeville in the Parish of Drakensberg.
We were welcomed warmly by everyone we met and had the opportunity to experience many different aspects of life in the parish.
We visited a clinic,schools,the orphanage,the church and parish centre,attended Bible study and a parish council meeting to name
but a few! Rector and Archdeacon Paul Mosdell is very keen for the link to flourish.
You will have a chance to come and see a presentation of our trip later in the year,watch out for the date!
Our hosts,Merryl and Rick James and Gill and Barry Williams were very hospitable and we all felt we had made real connections.
Friends were made and relationships strengthened which we hope to build on over the coming years. We have had prayer requests from St Michaels which are mentioned during the intercessions in our Sunday services.Any prayer concerns from St Mary’s are included in their services too.We hope to have a regular page in Compass to keep everyone updated.
Your prayer support is appreciated.
Maureen L. Rodgers
Sammy and Luke were married at St. Mary’s on Saturday July 20th on what was a fabulous day. Here we have a picture of the happy couple and also another with some of the R2 Youth Club, looking very smart!
Tour de France for Malaria Appeal
Tim Friend has been the Youth Ministry Adviser for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. In July he starts a new role with CPAS overseeing their national youth camps. In his short break between jobs he’s decided to go for a bike ride in France:
“I'd no idea what I'd signed-up for when I booked my flights to France but thought Bike+GreatOutdoors+Banter for 7 days sounded fab... Then I was sent the itinerar ythought, "Oh pants".
It begins: Tuesday (25th June) and Wednesday: Over two days from Perpignan to Andora; will climb 1579m then 1920m then 2400m finishing on the top of Ordino-Arcclis at 2223m in Andora - this being a Tour de France climb and Bradley Wiggins favourite”
The 400 mile ride will take the 31 year old from Arnold, Nottingham, over the Pyrenees from Perpignan to Lourdes in six days.
Tim went on to say : “I live a comfortable life, my daughters are healthy little girls. I wanted to support this project because it’s making a tangible difference to families whose lives are completely different to mine.”
Tim is hoping that his vintage Dawes Galaxy bike holds out during this challenging ordeal, not to mention his body!
To sponsor Tim, go to: Just Giving website
Tim is hoping to raise at least £500 for Christian Aid’s Malaria Appeal. Malaria kills a child in Africa every minute & responsible forof all child deaths in Sierra Leone. What's even more shocking is that this cruel disease is entirely preventable.
£500 would provide the training and equipment needed for a local malaria control volunteer to save lives by giving communities essential health education.
Find out more on Christian Aid website.
Introducing the Hustwaytes
We have lived in Bramcote for the past 2 years while Sam has been training at St John’s, but before that we lived in
Kenilworth where Sam did mainly Youth and Families ministry, Matt was a facilities Manager at CPAS and the children began their lives. Sam knew God was calling her into fulltime ministry almost from the moment of becoming a Christian and spent 4 years after doing her A-levels at a Bible College in Birmingham studying theology, it took a while for the vision of what that calling looked like to be formed into a priest, but 20 years on here we are, arriving at St Mary’s to continue the journey that began in Southwell where both Matt and Sam grew up.
We all love walking, cycling, gardening and baking as well as going on holiday together. Sam particularly enjoys cooking, Matt hockey, Will cars, Amy animals and Oliver being outside. As well as the 5 of us we also come with a rabbit, 2 guinea pigs, a gerbil and some fish.
The move to Arnold has given us all something to look forward to…..Sam is excited to be living and working in a parish again,
particularly one that contains Sainsbury’s, Matt is looking forward to going back to work after 2 years of being Dad at home, Will is enjoying the prospect of getting up half an hour later in order to catch the bus for school, Amy loves singing and was pleased that the youth are involved with the music in the services and Oliver is happy that Mum can start taking him to school again.
So you see we are all looking forward to getting involved at St Mary’s and becoming part of the community there.
We would like to say ‘Thank you’ for having us.
Sam, Matt, Will, Amy and Oliver
Sam, Matt, Will (12), Amy (9) and Oliver (6)
St. Mary's Bake Off
If I knew you were coming I'd have baked a cake !
At the start of Christian Aid week we watched a DVD at the 1045 service about how families in Bolivia (?) were being given practical help from Christian Aid. They were given Chickens and land to grow Cocoa; it meant families were able to sustain their own existence while the Fathers worked away for long periods of time to earn money.
Very interesting, but what was Ken doing with a bowl of water and a Microwave? Ken asked for a volunteer, Ruby it was ! Apron on and hands washed (that's what the bowl of water was for!) a mixing bowl was filled with flour, sugar, baking powder and a slab of margarine, but what was missing for a chocolate cake, arh yes Cocoa and Eggs of course (there was the Christian Aid connection !).
I don't think Ken does a lot of baking because in went the whisked eggs and the cocoa and then in went his hands - URGH !
The mixture was poured into a clean bowl and duly put in the mircowave for 7 minutes, as we sang lovely smells came wafting from the front, then we prayed (mainly for the cake I think!). Out it came, a bit crumbly, but certainly a cake ! After the service it was passed round, the children swooped on it and it tasted ..... lovely by all accounts, only crumbs left over for the picnic.
So there you have it perhaps with a bit practice he might be the next Mary Berry !
Saint Mary's Church, Arnold In 1764
In the eighteenth century, it was customary for a newly appointed bishop to visit all the parishes in his diocese and find out details about the state of religion there. In 1764 the new Archbishop Robert Hay Drummond of York undertook a visitation of the parishes in the Archdeaconry of Nottingham, which included Arnold. The results of his investigations have recently been produced as a book, recording details of all the parishes in what today is the diocese of Nottingham and Southwell.
We are told in the documents that the vicar of the parish of Arnold was an Edward Beresford, and that the churchwardens were Thomas Allen and Thomas Bennett. There were 221 families in the parish, twelve of whom were Dissenters (i.e. not members of the Church of England), one being a Quaker.. The Dissenters met in a licensed meeting house and were taught by a Mr Harrison. There was a charity school supported partly by the parish and partly by private donations. The private donors were Rev'd Daniel Chadwick who left £50 to help eight poor children, a Mr Sherbrooke who left £3 per annum for seven poor children, and Margaret Birch who left £2 per annum for six children – the instruction was for all these children to be taught to read the Bible. The parish bought the house where the schoolmaster, Thomas Allen, lived.
There were no alms houses or hospitals in the parish, but several donations had been left to help the poor. The churchwardens and
overseers had the responsibility for the distribution of these donations. There was no evidence of abuse or fraud in the management of this money. There had not been any donations for the church building itself.
The vicar did not reside in the vicarage; he had let the house to a 'good tenant' and he himself lived in Nottingham. He claimed to
perform his duties punctually, although as a Fellow of a college in Cambridge he was occasionally called away for duties there, and on
those occasions he found a 'proper curate' for Arnold. Arnold did not have a curate at this time. The vicar claimed to perform divine
service twice on Sundays with a sermon in the morning, and on Holy Days. He declares that he does not perform divine service in any other church apart from Arnold. He knows of no-one who comes to church who has not been baptised, or of anyone 'of competent age' who has not been confirmed. He has not baptised any adults. He catechises children and servants frequently in the summer, and does not 'make use of any particular exposition of the church catechism'. The sacrament of the Lord's Supper is administered four times a year, for which he gives open and timely notice. Between sixty and seventy persons usually receive, and he had not refused the sacrament to anyone. There is no chapel within the parish, and only one public penance had had to be performed (no indication why!)
A short extract from the Guardian newspaper on 14/06/13
The Church of England's most senior civil servant has warned that it cannot afford another "train crash" over the issue of female bishops when the matter is discussed at the General Synod next month. In November last year, the synod rejected draft legislation that would have allowed female clergy to become bishops by just six votes, leaving the church fractured and facing criticism from parliament.
On Friday, William Fittall, the synod's general secretary, said the matter needed to be dealt with as soon as possible, adding that even
opponents of the move must recognise the harm the delay was doing to the church. A working group was set up by the house of bishops following the defeat of the legislation in November, comprising members from all three synod houses – clergy, bishops and laity. "The working group and the house of bishops are both very clear that they want a process which this time is going to lead to legislation getting the necessary majority," Fittall told a press conference in London.
"One train crash is extremely bad; two would be quite unacceptable."
The synod, which meets in York from 5 to 9 July, will dedicate a day to private consultation on the issue of female bishops before debating whether new draft legislation should be introduced at its next gathering in November.
If the proposals are accepted, the synod could give final approval to the introduction of female bishops by mid- to late 2015.
Church growth in Notts
Facebook and community focus are some of the factors giving church attendance a boost in Nottinghamshire’s Anglican churches.
As national statistics on attendance across the Church of England are announced this week, the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham saw more than a third of its churches growing in the statistics comparing 2010 with 2011. Clergy also reported increasing numbers attending church across a range of parishes, from the inner city and suburbs to former mining communities and rural areas.
Clergy who have seen their numbers increase cited ‘closer engagement with their communities’, ‘having a church facebook site’,
‘offering both traditional and contemporary worship’ as some of the elements that appeared to have helped churches grow.
The Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler said, “This is very heartening news for us all. It’s always encouraging to see people exploring faith or re-discovering a faith they once had. Since arriving in Nottinghamshire, I’ve been very impressed with how welcoming many of our churches are and also how well some are connected into their communities.
We’re not driven by the statistics though, because whatever they say, we will continue to be there for people in all our parishes, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and showing his love through practical action, particularly as we work to seek justice for the most vulnerable.”
Average weekly attendance for the diocese was up by 10.7%, while Christmas attendances were even higher with some 42,200 people attending Christmas services, up more than 20 per cent on the previous year. Children’s attendance was also up in Southwell &
Nottingham, reflecting new initiatives like ‘messy church’ which many churches have been running.
Christenings also rose in the diocese by 11%, although marriages and funerals dropped slightly on the previous year’s figures.
Arnold Sports Quiz
A long time ago in the depths of winter, three churches in Arnold got together and decided it would be fun to run a sports quiz. The venue was chosen, the Waggon & Horses, a date was agreed, January 18th , the pie and chips supper was arranged and the publicity went out.
Everything was set and then the snows came and with inches of snow on the ground there was no option but to cancel it, although a few hardy souls managed to brave the elements to enjoy a beer or two!
A new date had then to be agreed and in view of the weather, it was decided that March 18th might be more reliable as Spring would of course be upon us. How wrong we were but fortunately the snow was not as bad and everybody did manage to get there.
About 35 men turned up and a good evening was enjoyed by all. The quiz was of a very high standard including video and audio clips giving it more of a feel of "Question of Sport" than a Pub Quiz. The pie and chips were also excellent! A mixed team from a couple of churches came first and all I can say is that the St.Mary's team came in the top half.
We would also like give a big 'Thank You' to the Waggon & Horses for not only providing us with some wonderful food but for also for being so understanding when we had to cancel the first one; also a big thank you to Tim Friend and the Ministry of Sport for the Quiz.
We are all looking forward to next quiz!
Weddings on the Web
As the 2013 wedding season gets underway, the Church of England expects to welcome hundreds of thousands of people to www.yourchurchwedding.org. It’s an exciting online service for couples and churches that supports this very special time in people’s lives. In 2012, more than half a million visitors checked out its content.
“You are welcome to marry in church!” is the overriding message. It is the duty and the privilege of a church to be a part of someone’s wedding day. Wherever legally possible, we want to say ‘Yes’ to those who ask us to share their marriage celebrations.
However research shows that many couples disqualify themselves from having a church wedding before even contacting a vicar. The reason? They think they aren’t allowed, or feel hypocritical, because they are not regular churchgoers. Yet many also believe a church is the ‘proper’ place for an event as significant and special as a wedding. Couples are needlessly missing out on their dream of a church wedding, along with the chance to get to know the church better and come back again afterwards.
So the web site lets couples know that their right to marry in church does not depend on how often they go to church and whether or not they are christened or confirmed. All the legal requirements are plainly set out.
The most popular feature is the interactive Wedding Ceremony Planning tool. Couples use it to create a draft of their marriage ceremony, listen to hymns and choose readings. The bride and groom’s names are popped in the right slots, so they get a very personal feel of their wedding service. They can take this draft to the vicar for further refinement.
The Church of England will go on ‘Investing in Weddings’ because it knows they can help churches grow. It has tried and tested resources to help churches welcome people to church for their wedding in a way that encourages them to stick with church afterwards. The Archbishop of York has said: “..remember the Church does not belong to us. It belongs to Christ and all of us are his invited guests – his invited friends.”
If a couple wants to marry in our church, then we need to find out how we can make them feel so welcome that they want to come back. Visit or order the Church Weddings Handbook (available from Church House Publishing, ISBN No: 9780715142875).
A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on. As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche.
My parents were complementary instructors: Mum tau ght me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger... he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies. If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to our first FA Cup final.
He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind. Sometimes, Mum would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.) Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honour them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home - not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our long time visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush.
My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing..
I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked ... And NEVER asked to leave. More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents' lounge today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.
His name?.... We just call him 'TV.'
He has a wife now....we call her 'Computer.'
Their first child was "Mobile Phone".
And not forgetting a Grandchild born last year "IPAD".
Kirkheaton vicar's £10 handout raises thousands
A vicar who handed out £10 notes to his West Yorkshire congregation and asked them to invest it to help raise cash has had his prayers answered. The Rev Richard Steel distributed £550 last November in the hope of raising money for repairs and improvements at St John's Church in Kirkheaton, near Huddersfield.
“Already £375,000 had been raised but a further £73,000 was needed and I thought this would be a good time to try it out as a final push to our fund raising programme.” He said
This programme will see the church developed to make it more flexible for the wider community as well as for church use. This will include repairs to the roof, a new floor, new heating system, kitchen and toilets, office, as well as entailing a complete redecoration and replacing the pews with chairs.
Mr Steel said he decided to give his congregation a new challenge to find the remaining cash.
Inspiration came from the parable of the talents in the Gospel of Matthew, in which Jesus tells the story of a man who entrusts money to his servants. Two servants made money and one didn’t. The members of the congregation were more successful!
The money was used to buy materials and make products which could then be sold at a profit. Greeting Cards, Pictures and Chocolate truffles were some of the items made.
The challenge, which ended on Easter Sunday, resulted in the church raising nearly £10,000, which means the work can now go ahead.
"It's inspired people. It's just taken off fantastically and they've really put their creativity into it. That was always my idea - that everybody could take part," he said.
Arnold Food Bank
Arnold Food Bank received its first customers on 17th December 2012 just in time for Christmas. So far, 24 people have
crossed the threshold, helping 67 individuals that's 670 "meals" since opening.
It is still very early days and there is no doubt that this will grow as there is a significant need within our community.
The Foodbank is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1.30pm till 3.00pm at Daybrook Baptist Church. A team of
volunteers run the centre for each session. We have 5 volunteers from St Mary's so far. If you are interested and want to know
what's involved, just call in during one of the sessions.
If you decide to help you will be given a form to fill in and return, then you will be put on the rota. Volunteer jobs include
welcoming clients and receiving donations, checking vouchers, making and serving hot/cold drinks and snacks, sorting
donations and weighing them, choosing and packing food for distribution. It is a very worthwhile project that is really helping our community.
There is now a collection box for food items at the back of church.
Natal Link Lines
You probably know that we,(Southwell and Nottingham) have a Diocesan link with Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa.
Well, now, we at St.Marys, Arnold have established our own link with St Michael and All Angels, Himeville in the parish of
Drakensberg. Some of you might remember that Amy Rodgers went to South Africa in 2010 to volunteer at the Clouds of Hope Orphanage,and St Michael’s was their parish church so she worshipped regularly there with the children.
More recently,earlier this year, our curate Louise did a two week placement there; getting to know the clergy,(Rev.Paul Mosdell
and his family)and the congregation. For some months now, a small steering group consisting of Chris Baker, Mary Norris, Claire Ball, Louise Nicolls,and David and Maureen Rodgers, have been meeting to try to come up with ideas of how we can share our faith and our stories and reach out in friendship across the world.
We hope to learn from one another, support each other through prayer and be part of the worldwide Anglian church. Merryl and Rick James are encouraging the congregation at St Michaels. This is a really exciting project which we hope will continue for many years to come.
It is vital that we involve all the congregation so we would value your contributions and suggestions. There is to be a Diocesan visit to Natal in June 2013 led by Bishop Tony and so far, Claire, Maureen and David are hoping to go. If anyone else is interested and would like more details,(dates,cost,etc.) please ask one of the group.
Do have a look at the display boards at the back of church and watch out for articles in the Compass.
Everyone can be involved in prayer support and we will have regular prayers for St Michaels and their congregations.
Archbishop – older people ‘are still participants in society, not passengers’
In his final appearance in the House of Lords as Archbishop of Canterbury late last year, Dr Rowan Williams led a debate about
the place and contribution of older people in society. Dr Williams argued that instead of society seeing older people as
‘a burden’, they should instead be recognised for the enormous amount of work that they do in their communities. “More than
half the over-60 population are involved in some sort of formal and structured voluntary work... a majority of the older
population are ready to do what they can, unpaid, to support the fabric of society; they are doing exactly what we expect
responsible citizens to do. "
Though older people may well find their physical independence reduced, the Archbishop urged that they should be supported so
as to allow them to continue making their valuable contribution to their communities. Dr Williams also stressed the importance of
different generations engaging with one another, and said that the Churches and other faith communities have a key role in
facilitating this at grass roots level.
"We tolerate a very eccentric view of the good life... as one that can be lived only for a few years between, say, eighteen and
forty. The ‘extremes’ of human life, childhood and age, when we are not defined by our productive capacity.... these are hard for
our society to come to terms with."
What makes the perfect neighbour?
The Bible tells us to love our neighbours. But that doesn’t mean we have to live in each other’s homes! So this year, how do you
measure up as ‘the perfect neighbour’ to those who live near you? It seems that ‘the perfect neighbour’ stops to chat for no longer
than four minutes, according to research carried out by the insurer More Than. If you borrow something, aim to return it (in
good condition) within a couple of weeks. Invite your neighbours around for a drink or meal about six times a year. If you need to
ask for favours, that is fine, but keep it to only a couple a month.
Mow your neighbour’s lawn, should the need arise. Take in any parcels. Feed their cats/rabbits/guinea pigs/fish and keep an eye
on their home when they go on holiday. NEVER cut a tree, plant or shrub that is on their land, and which has grown over onto
yours, without asking them first.
The Golden Rule sums it up well: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. (From Mt 7:12)
Coach House Grand Opening
After weeks of disappointing weather, which had seriously slowed down some of the building work, the day arrived when everything was done and the Coach House was finished.
Sunday July 22, the official opening day, dawned with the first sunshine to be seen for what seemed forever and so it turned out to be a perfect day for what was another important date for St. Mary’s and the young people in our community.
The day started with an early breakfast, which had been prepared by Marion and her team, and close to 100 people were present, including our honoured guests: our MP Vernon Coaker, our Mayor Sandra Barnes and local councillors Pauline Allen, Michael Payne and Bob Collis and the Bishop of Sherwood, Tony Porter. We should also not forget Cheryl Raynor from WREN ( Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd.) whose company provided a significant part of the funding.
This was followed by a simple opening ceremony at which Vernon Coaker complimented St. Mary’s on being outward looking and endeavouring to support the community and wished us every success in helping all young people in our parish fulfill their full potential.
We cannot finish this article without some thank yous. Without Norman our resident architect and Gordon our amazing fund raiser and to Kerstin and Ken who had the vision of what the coach house could be, this project would have not have been started.
One Big Story, one hundred small stories
Have you ever fallen in love within a very short space of time? It happened to me within the space of a week. Back in January, as part of my curate training, I had the opportunity to visit South Africa. Having spent time listening to the current issues facing the country we were dispatched to different parts of the diocese to experience parish ministry South African style... eight days later and much to my surprise emotional farewells were said.
In 2002 our diocese of Southwell and Nottingham began a Companion link with the diocese of Natal, South Africa. In the following years representatives from both dioceses have been exchanging visits and establishing the link. The intention is to learn from each other and share our skills and resources in God's mission. Having agreed on the big story of diocese linking to diocese the next phase is to encourage smaller stories... parishes linking to parishes.
Over the past few years a natural link has been developing between our parish and St Michael's Church, Himeville, Natal, beginning with a visit from England by Amy & Jonathan Rodgers who on several occasions have spent time there helping at the local orphanage 'Clouds of Hope' and worshipping at St. Michael's on a Sunday. In 2011 their mother, Maureen, was given the opportunity to visit Natal to represent Mothers' Union as part of a diocesan trip. Maureen visited Himeville and like her children was soon smitten by the country and the people. She has stayed in contact with some people and hosted a family from St. Michael's for a day when they were passing through Nottingham last year. This year as I journeyed to South Africa one of my aims was to consider the potential of a parish link.
So what will a link involve? The benefits of joining together with fellow believers across the world are to form friendships and learn from one another. This can be done in as many creative ways as 10 people can think of but will mainly involve the sharing of our stories and supporting one another in prayer. Rick & Merryl James are a lovely hospitable couple who will encourage the link to grow at St. Michael's while here at St. Mary's, Maureen Rodgers will lead a team of people who will encourage us to pray, write and share our news. As you will see Rick & Merryl have written a short article for Compass to introduce us to St. Michael's so please begin to pray for them as a church and parish.
If you would like to get involved with this new and exciting parish link please get in touch with Maureen or myself.
Ukuthula akube nani (Peace be with you)
St Michael and All Angels, Himeville
The parishioners of St Michael and All Angels are all thrilled with the news of the official linking with St Mary’s. We look forward to many years of walking together as we worship and give all praise and glory to God.
St Mary’s Community Woodland Project
As many of you may have noticed, there has, over the past two years, been a bit of a transformation in the woodland area at the back of church.
I would like to take full credit for the transformation, as it looks amazing! Unfortunately I can’t. My involvement has been little more than making a couple of phone calls to the county council and leaning on the nearest tree trying to avoid any heavy lifting.
The whole areas new look is down to the hard work of Richard, Thomas and Matt, three fantastic lads who attend Community Youth Club on Friday evening. The guys needed somewhere to carry out their voluntary service as part of the Duke of Edinburgh awards they were working towards.
They saw the potential of the area while we were litter picking around the church and came up with the idea of turning it in to a usable space for the church and local community to enjoy.
We spoke to Ken who was able to get us permission from the diocese to use the area, we then got in touch with the county council to ask about getting funding from the local land improvement scheme.
County councillor Ged Clarke came to look around and signed our application form and that is when the hard work began.
The guys started by clearing the mountains of rubbish that had built up, as it was being misused by a very small but extremely messy minority of people of an evening. We then started to clear the old trees and brambles as well the mountains of rubble. This took best part of a year, a lorry load of black bags and several large bonfires with guys working, every other Saturday, in all kinds of weather.
We were also able to draft in the guys who took part in the Noise Project for some much needed help over a weekend that saw us finally have the space in a state, where we could actually see the ground.
The boys and myself then sat and put some ideas down as to what we would like the woods to look like and sent the plans to the council who carried some tree work before bringing in the diggers to lay the paths and put the benches in place.
There have been seven new trees planted in the woods to replace the dead ones that had to be taken out as well as several hundred bulbs and the county councillors came along to help plant those along with Ken. We also have some bird boxes and a barn owl box going up in the next few weeks.
The number of young people volunteering to help maintain the space has gone through roof which is fantastic and we are planning some cool events for the community in the summer.
Also the number of young people coming to us as part of their voluntary service for D of E is brilliant. We currently have six young people all at different levels, they are working towards one Bronze, three Silvers and two Gold awards. There is always room for more young people who want to get involved for their D of E’s or just be part of a fun outdoor project on Saturday morning.
In the mean time please do take advantage of having this small but very beautiful woodland oasis on your door steps. The project was carried out so that the area could be enjoyed by everyone!
How to be a good neighbour in our big society
As the nation gathers to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this month, the idea of good neighbourliness is on the agenda. What does it take to be a good neighbour? Here are some ideas for how you can meet up with local people and develop friendships.
1. Open your front door, and simply get out and walk more! That’s the best way to meet people in your neighbourhood. Just ask any dog owner...
2. Invite two or three of your neighbours around for coffee to get to know each other. Keep it simple, so that they feel comfortable to return the invitation.
3. Think about offering a neighbour a lift into town for a shopping trip – you can agree a time to meet up for the trip home.
4. Compile a neighbourhood directory with useful addresses and telephone numbers to give to people moving into the area. Ask at the town hall for ideas of what you might include.
5. Do you know of a lonely, perhaps elderly person on their own? Consider taking them with you to a local event.
6. Offer to feed your neighbour’s cat or water their plants when they go on holiday.
7. If your neighbours are students, why not send them a card for when they return to college, wishing them well for their new term?
8. Take a simple meal around to new parents, to people just back from hospital, or even a family recently bereaved. Offer it on disposable plates, so that they don’t have to wash up.
9. Keep an eye out for parcels left on your neighbour’s doorstep and take them in until they return.
10. Accept occasional help from your neighbours as well as offering it – everyone needs to be needed!
Modern life tends to isolate us. According to a recent study, community spirit seems to be dying out in the UK. More than 40% say we have never even spoken to people whose front doors are less than 10 feet away from our own. But we CAN make opportunities to be friendly with the people near to us.
Food poverty real – and growing
This seems incredible – but there are more than five million households in the UK who live in ‘food poverty’ these days. Such families have low incomes, and with food prices rising, they must spend more than 15 per cent of that income on groceries. It leaves them struggling to meet other household bills.
It is a worrying trend. Morrisons, who carried out the survey, observes: “It’s worrying to see the effect that the necessity of buying food is having on those households with a limited income. It is a situation which, certainly in the short-term, is not set to improve.”
Things are really bad out there: seven out of ten families are on the edge of financial survival. Nicknamed ‘the ledgers’, they could face ruin if hit by further price rises or falls in income.
Meanwhile, almost half of all families has sold or pawned goods to survive. One in five mothers regularly misses meals so that her children can eat; one in four families is living on credit cards. One in six parents is being treated for a stress-related illness, due to lack of cash. One in 20 families is having to take regular payday loans and one in 100 families has even sought the help (?!) of loan sharks.
The survey was carried out by Netmums.
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