APCM Reports Booklet PDF for 2016-2017

Here is a PDF copy of the 2016-2017 APCM Reports Booklet, you can download it to view in Adobe Reader (not necessary if you have any Apple device), or even print your own copy of you haven’t been able to collect a copy from the Church or at the meeting.

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AGM Reports 2017

News Sheet PDF for April 2017

Here is a PDF copy of the News Letter, you can download it to view in Adobe Reader (not necessary if you have any Apple device), or even print your own copy of you haven’t been able to collect a copy from the Church. Please note that all the information on it is included on the website too.

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News Letter Apr 2017

Monthly Letter for April 2017

In this month of April, we fulfil our journey with Jesus through the apparent despair of the Cross of Calvary to the joy of the garden encounter of Mary Magdalene with the risen Christ. In the midst of the joy, the celebration and the chocolate, we are again asked to consider what this event is all about. For this journey of Jesus from death to resurrection is the very foundation of all that we believe. Here we have the fulfilment of God’s promise to his people that the Messiah, the Saviour, will redeem the people of God.

This time of celebration of the Resurrection is one that is not simply to be kept within the confines of our church building, but is that gift of God that is ours to share, and not just on Easter Day but in our lives wherever we may be. But what is it that we share? Yes, there is the immediacy of the gospel accounts of the empty tomb, the meetings with Mary Magdalene and elsewhere, but what is the message we need to bring alive as we share our journey of faith? There are many theological and learned explanations about the meaning of Easter, but can I suggest we need to have an understanding that we can share and live out in our own lives. For it is here, in the everyday routines and responsibilities, that we live out the Easter message, and in doing so bring the hope of the Easter story into how we live.

I believe that the miracle and joy of Easter is a celebration not only of the power of God but also is very much about our human nature, our need to have a hope in a dark world. It is the story of healing and justice and reconciliation that is open to all, but most importantly is a reminder that we have a God who gave us his Son who, through his suffering, death and resurrection, tells us that despite all our human frailties, we are loved. As John records in his gospel; “for God so loved the word that that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”.

The message of Easter is a message of love for all, whoever we are, whatever we think about ourselves. It is this love that we are charged to take with us in life, to show and to share. This was the human life of Jesus, showing, sharing and giving all in the name of love, even to his own death on the Cross.

In the midst of the eggs, the chocolate and the cards that last for those few days, may we also take the love of God shown in the Easter story and share it not just on Easter Day but also over the coming days, weeks and years.

Indeed, Christ is Risen; He is Risen indeed Hallelujah!!

Richard Firth

News Sheet PDF for March 2017

Here is a PDF copy of the News Letter, you can download it to view in Adobe Reader (not necessary if you have any Apple device), or even print your own copy of you haven’t been able to collect a copy from the Church. Please note that all the information on it is included on the website too.

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Letter from the Vicar for March 2017

We have arrived at Lent once more.  Some of us will challenge ourselves to give up things and others will focus on something new.

However we observe it, Lent is a time to re-centre ourselves on God and remember why we were placed on this earth. Last year we studied the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and one chapter looked at the question, ‘what drives your life?’ I’m sure there will be many answers to that question.

I read this true story which asks a similar question—sorry it’s American!

Bud Wilkinson coached one of the strongest American football teams during the late 50s and early 60s. Consistently his undefeated University of Oklahoma teams steam-rolled the opposition. After his retirement Coach Wilkinson was asked the secret of his success. How could he consistently mould young athletes into powerful teams, year after year?

This was Bud’s answer:

“When a football player goes into a game, he can play for the crowd in the stands, working hard for their cheers and avoiding their boos. Or he might play for a special person—his parents or a girlfriend, maybe. Some play just for themselves—for fame and glory.

“My men know that there’s only one person watching the game that matters, only one person they have to please…me.

“Regardless of the cheers or boos, the strength of the opposition, or the play of their teammates, I am the only audience that counts. When everyone knows that, they pull together, do their best, give it their all, and win.”

As Christians we are often distracted by any number of audiences, people we want to please or impress. But only one person in the stands really counts—God. We need to live our lives for him and him alone. (Philippians 3: 13–14; Hebrews 12: 2).

What drives your life? Lent offers us 40 days to set aside time for God, take stock of our lives and, if need be, spiritually reboot them under the guidance of God’s Spirit.

This year in our Lent groups we will be reflecting on John 13, the Last Supper with Jesus and his disciples. We will deliberately slow ourselves down and take time to enter into this scene and reconnect with Jesus. Why not join a group and find encouragement and support as we take this journey together?

Andrew

External doors to church porch

We shall find out during March whether our plans for the porch have been accepted by the diocese or whether we have to revise them. In the meantime we need to raise the money to pay for them. Whatever the final plan, the maximum amount we need should be £15,000 including VAT, which is reclaimable. Some of this cost can be met from grants, but we do need to raise a substantial amount ourselves. Please consider prayerfully whether you could make a donation. There is a box on the table in the north aisle—remember to use Gift Aid if you pay tax!

Lent at Wydale

Wednesday 1st (Ash Wednesday) and every Wednesday in Lent:
Lenten Quiet Days—Encountering Jesus
9.45am–4.00pm £12 including a light lunch
Each day will be led by local clergy and include holy communion.

Thursday 9th March
‘The Matthew Passion’—led by Bishop Graham Cray
A journey through Matthew’s account of the Passion of Jesus
9.45am–4.30pm, £25 including lunch and refreshments

Thursday 23rd March
Spring Renewal Day led by Revd Richard Walker
10.30am–3.30pm lunch and refreshments provided
Free, donations welcome but not required

For full details and booking please see Wydale booklets or
http://www.wydale.org

Janet’s Jottings

Dec

See and be seen!  As I write it is dense fog and -2°, an ideal time to put your dipped headlights and fog lights on.  Sadly some people don’t think the rest of us need to see them.  If visibility is below 100m (25 car lengths) you should have your fog lights on, and don’t forget to turn them off, they are very bright and can mask your brake lights.  Also wipe your light lenses.  There is a lot of dirt on the roads which can dim the brightness of your lights.  You clean your car windows to give a clear view, why not clean your lights to shine out too.

Talking of cleaning windows, we have all seen the drivers peaking through a porthole when their windscreen is icy or wet.  That little hole is all the visibility they have, they can’t see to the sides or the back.  Not very safe either for them or anybody else on the road.  When you draw back the curtains you know if you have to clear the car windows.  Take the time, you sill SEE the benefit!!!

Safe travelling

Janet

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