Janet’s Jottings – July 2017

Yell SOS is run by a group of proactive, dedicated staff  who know how difficult it can be for vulnerable individuals to navigate through life. They enable people to find a way forward by increasing their skills, abilities and, where possible, qualifications.  From an unassuming office on Victoria Road, Mandy Jayne Lace and her team offer help and training in all manner of life skills, together with advice on access to a myriad of services, advocacy, and form filling!

I have been delighted and very proud to help several of Mandy’s clients through their driving tests.  It takes patience, I learned very quickly not to try and explain something on the move!!   You must take things slowly, both literally and metaphorically. However, with lots and lots of practice their confidence grows and they become good drivers.

One cautionary note for the rest of the driving public, for these student there are no shades of grey, it is black and white, therefore if the Highway Code says you should/should not do something, you should comply.  They get very cross if they see someone doing something wrong, you have been warned!

Safe travelling

Janet

07713 646461                            Driving Aspirations, helping drive your aspirations

News Letter Download for August 2017

Here is a PDF copy of the News Sheet, 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 August 2017

Monthly Letter for August 2017

It is August and I hope you have the opportunity for a well earned rest. I came across this amusing story and I hope it will make you smile. It has a point to it so please read to the end and… count your blessings!

A man injured at work filed an insurance claim. The insurance company requested more information, so the man wrote them the following letter of explanation:

“Dear Sirs:

I am writing in response to your request concerning clarification of the information I supplied in Section 11 on the insurance form, which asked for the cause of the injury.I answered, “Trying to do the job alone.” I trust that the following explanation will be sufficient.

I am a bricklayer by trade. On the date of the injury, I was working alone, laying brick around the top of a three-story building. When I finished the job, I had about five hundred pounds of brick left over. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to put them into a barrel and lower them by a pulley that was fastened to the top of the building.

I secured the end of the rope at ground level, went back up to the top of the building, loaded the bricks into the barrel, and pushed it over the side. I then went back down to the ground and untied the rope, holding it securely to ensure the slow descent of the barrel. As you will note in Section 6 of the insurance form, I weigh 145 pounds. At the shock of being jerked off the ground so swiftly by the five hundred pounds of bricks in the barrel, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope.

Between the second and third floors I met the barrel. This accounts for the bruises and lacerations on my upper body. Fortunately, I retained enough presence of mind to maintain my tight hold on the rope and proceeded rapidly up the side of the building, not stopping until my right hand was jammed in the pulley. This accounts for my broken thumb (see Section 4). Despite the pain, I continued to hold tightly to the rope. Unfortunately, at approximately the same time, the barrel hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of the bricks, the barrel now weighed about fifty pounds. I again refer you to Section 6, where my weight is listed. I began a rapid descent.

In the vicinity of the second floor, I met the barrel coming up. This explains the injury to my legs and lower body (see section 5). Slowed only slightly, I continued my descent, landing on the pile of bricks. Fortunately, my back was only sprained. I am sorry to report, however, that at this point I again lost my presence of mind—and let go of the rope. (My head injuries are described in section 8.)

I trust that this answers your concern. Please note that I am finished trying to do the job alone.”

The Christian life is not easy to live “on your own.” You need people who stand beside you to support you and help you to succeed. That’s why God created the church. There are no Lone Rangers in the family of God. We really do need each other. We are a community, a family of faith, and when we all work together, we can accomplish great things for Christ. (See 1 Corinthians 12.)

© 2001 Youth Specialties, Inc.

Andrew

News Sheet for Download July 2017

Here is a PDF copy of the News Sheet, 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 July 2017

Harvest Ceilidh

Following our parish ceilidh last year we can enjoy another night of fun, music and dancing in the Memorial Hall Seamer, on Saturday 30th September starting at 5.30pm. The Bedlam Band who played last year together, with Val their caller who directs the dances, will entertain us again, so there should be much fun, laughter and, if you wish, some serious dancing! The start time is to allow youngsters to join us and we will finish at some time before 9.00pm.

There will be a break for refreshments and to reduce the outlay for everyone, our ‘supper’ will be a ‘bring and share’ food table where we bring our own food to share with everyone. Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Tickets will be only £3.50 per head (a great price at less than the cost of one small pub drink!), and children under 18 will be free! Further information will follow nearer the time, so mark your diaries, and if you want to know more contact Richard or Clare Firth.

Put a date in your diary now for this Harvest social event!

Monthly Letter for July 2017

Currently, the big news in football is that Christiano Ronaldo is considering leaving Real Madrid for the incredible price of… get ready… £200 MILLION! You’ve read that correctly. Ronaldo is a football icon and at this time in history he is arguably the best footballer in the world, but it is still a staggering amount of money to spend on someone who kicks a ball around a pitch.

Have you ever wondered how much you are worth? Scientists tell us that our bodies are made up of elements such as oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. The going rate for the chemicals in my body is £4.50! Of course we are a lot more than the sum of our parts. Analysts estimate the statistical value of a human life at anything from £470,000 to £4 million.

But really these figures are meaningless. None of them give us an accurate picture of the value of a human life. For that we need to look elsewhere—we need to look to our Creator.

What does God say about us? What price does God put on our lives?

Psalm 139 tells us we are individually planned and carefully created by God. We are truly precious to God. In fact every life is precious to God, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, whatever bad choices we or others have made, God cherishes us.

If you think about it, a thing is worth only as much as someone is prepared to pay for it. However unique and incredible Ronaldo’s football skills are, he is only worth £200 million if Real Madrid can find a club willing to pay it.

How much was God prepared to pay for me? He was prepared to give all he had—the life of his Son, his only Son, his beloved Son.

God created us and breathed into us his life. Sadly, sin entered the world and corrupted us but that has not stopped God loving us and showing us how precious we are to him.

When God sent his Son, Jesus, to this earth it was to remind us that we still matter to him, and to assure us of his love. Jesus died to take away our sin and God confirmed Jesus’ Son-ship by raising him from the dead. Paul highlights the extent of God’s love for us: ‘Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5:7-9).

We are reminded every day how carelessly we sometimes treat the lives of others. We can feel devalued by a cruel or thoughtless word or we come to believe that our worth is somehow related to our productivity or to the respect we receive from society. Don’t listen to these false measures of your significance—listen to God!

We all like to spend time with those who think we are special and precious. That is how God feels about you.

Our heavenly Father says we are intrinsically valuable. He loves us and believes in us. Does that make you see your past or your present circumstances in a different light? Does it make you crave the company of the Saviour who values you so much that he was prepared to give everything to save you?  God’s everything is a lot more than £200 million pounds!

Andrew

Dates For Your Diary

Saturday 1st July to 4.00 pm
Summer Fun Day in the church and grounds. Come along for tea, coffee and cake, chocolate tombola, cake stall, teddy stall, traditional games, face painting and much more. Please bring donations for the chocolate tombola stall (use by date after 1 July) and teddy stall and put in the crates at the back of church (This is a fun day, not a church fair, so please don’t bring books, bric-a-brac etc.)

Sunday July 9th
12.30pm approx: Picnic on the Green after the service

Thursday 10th August–Wednesday 16th
Brushstrokes Art Club Annual Exhibition at St Martin’s
10.00am–4.00pm in the church (Sunday 1.00pm–4.00pm)

Friday 18th–Tuesday 22nd August
Inspire 2017
New Wine gathering at Hollybush near Thirsk.
Booking and details please see New Wine website

Saturday October 7th
New Wine Women’s Day at St Martin’s—Dream bigger!
Led by Revd Linda Maslen, Regional Director for North East and Yorkshire
How do we seek out what God is doing, join in and let him fulfil His dreams through us?
Linda will share from her experience in running the growing ‘Saturday Gathering’ in Halifax.

Friday 13th–Sunday 15th October
Archbishop Sentamu’s visit to the Scarborough area.

News Sheet Download for June 2017

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News Letter June 2017