The Benefice of Moresby

Serving the communities of Lowca, Moresby and Parton

To know Christ and make Him known

APRIL 2018


Dear Friends,

Skype is a wonderful thing! Last Sunday night, at 8:30pm BST, a team of 7 people from Evansville, USA skyped West Cumbria to introduce themselves ahead of their upcoming visit in June.  Some are musicians, others are actors, all have stories to tell of God’s outrageous love. They are excited and nervous about their upcoming trip but above all expectant that God will be at work while they are with us.

One thing I was able to share with them was that we would be praying for them ahead of their visit so do please hold Steve, Tom, Bridget, Audrey, Tim, Venita and Seth in your prayers. Each of our churches will also plan one event for the time they are with us so let’s pray God gives us continued vision for what might best serve our friends, families and neighbours.

The dates for the trip are June 15th-25th and as it turns out the World Cup kicks off the day before. So we’re running with the title: “Come to Christ: Life Goal” to tie into the football mania which will sweep the nation. 

It gives us an ideal opportunity to reflect with people on their personal goals in life and introduce them to the one whose life goal was for them, was “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19v10).

May you know the peace he brings this Easter    


Yours in Christ,

Paul

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SERVICES IN APRIL


APRIL 1ST EASTER SUNDAY   
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's           
3:00pm  Methodist Easter Service  St. Mark's
APRIL 8TH


10:45am
 Morning Prayer
 St. Bridget's
APRIL 15TH 
 
10:45am  Holy Communion   St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Evening Prayer  St. Bridget's
APRIL 22ND
 
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Marks in the Parks   St. Mark's
APRIL 29TH
 
10:45am  Morning Prayer  St. Bridget's
6:30pm  Mission Community HC  St. Bridget's
MAY 6TH 
 
10:45am  Holy Communion   St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Methodist Service  St. Mark's

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WEEKDAYS IN APRIL


Mondays


Tuesdays

Every Tuesday Moresby Sparks, 10:00am, St. Mark's Village Church

Every Tuesday Moresby Ringers practice, 7:00pm

17th April AGM of PCC, 7:30pm, St. Bridget's Church (refreshments from 7:00pm)


Wednesdays

Every Wednesday – Holy Communion, 9:30am, St. Bridget’s. Please check announcements in church for any changes. (Note: No service 4th April or 11th April)

11th Moresby WI, 7:00pm, Church Hall. Group Meeting.  Talk by someone from the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

25th Moresby WI, 7:00pm, Church Hall. "70th Birthday Party" with refreshments.  Competition – wear a hat for a special occasion   

Thursdays

House Groups, 7:30pm. Please see Rev'd Paul Kerry if you are interested in joining a group

5th A Time for Everyone, Noon – 1:30pm, St. Mark's Village Church (feel free to invite friends or family)


Fridays

Friday Friends (formerly Chatterbox), 1:15pm – 2:45pm, Church Hall

Ignite Youth Group, 7:00pm – 9:30pm, St. Andrew's


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES


SATURDAY 21ST APRIL, COFFEE AND CAKE, 1:00PM,  CHURCH HALL 

followed by...

SATURDAY 21ST APRIL, CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 2:45PM, ST. BRIDGET'S CHURCH

The Ellen Ensemble (www.ellenensemble.com) are a group of up to 26 semi-professional musicians who perform music composed by Cistercian monks. The concert will include highlights from their 'Cistercian' concerts and include a repertoire that includes music composed by Jesuits or composers who studied with Jesuits.

Retiring collection for the Jesuit Refugee Service (https://www.jrs.net/) and church funds.

SATURDAY 7th MAY, CHURCH FAMILY WALK AT PARTON (details to follow).



The Social Committee members are Jim and Ruth Barwise, Anne Denwood, Anne Grierson, Pauline Morphew, and Barbara Southwell.


Our aim is to try and organise a variety of events each month to encourage fellowship not just amongst our church family, but also for outreach into the wider community.

We need your help and support. Please come along and support our events.  We would welcome any suggestions. 


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RELEASE INTERNATIONAL

During Lent we have had a collection box at the back of church for RELEASE INTERNATIONAL. www.releaseinternational.org. Release describes their work as being “the voice of persecuted Christians,” and works to support them in the many ways they suffer around the world. Thank you for donations given so far in recognition of what you might have done this Lent. The box will be there for another couple of weeks.


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"TIME FOR EVERYONE" AT ST. MARK'S

Thursday, 5th April, 12:00 noon

This once monthly get together is for all ages. Why not come along this month and enjoy a tasty bowl of soup followed by a choice of puddings. Feel free to bring along friends and family.


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ANNUAL AGM

Tuesday 17th April is the AGM of the PCC at St Bridget’s church (not the hall) at 7.30pm with refreshments served from 7:00pm.

There will be an open time for questions/comments on the evening but any you wish to make need to be fed to Paul beforehand so he and the wardens can also give a thought through response.  Do be in touch through April with anything you want raised.

   

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FELLOWSHIP

After all our services both at St. Bridget’s and St. Mark's, we provide refreshments. This gives us the opportunity to chat and catch up with each other. Many people enjoy the fellowship that this time provides. If you would like to join the rota for serving refreshments or can spare a packet of biscuits to share please see Jim or Dorothy.    


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MORESBY RINGERS

A small number of willing volunteers have come forward to learn how to ring a church bell using the dumbbell in our church tower. We are being taught by Chris deCordova who is very passionate about the art of bell ringing. We are building up a team of people who will be able to ring our own church bells once they are installed later this year. Bell ringing is an excellent activity providing exercise for the body and the mind. 

Practice night is Tuesday at 7:00pm.

If you would like to know more, please ask Anne Denwood or Jim Barwise. 



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BIBLE DEDICATION

We are no longer doing hymn book dedications, but have moved on to pew bibles. If you have a special event, or someone you would like to remember (baptism, wedding, anniversary, in memory of, … etc.), please consider having a dedication in one of our new pew bibles.  Please see Ruth.


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FLOWERS

1ST APRIL   EASTER FLOWERS
8TH APRIL
15TH APRIL
22ND APRIL     
29TH APRIL   
6TH MAY  MRS. K. TODHUNTER 

Flowers play an important role in our church. Not only do they enhance the surroundings, but they are a form of worship. They remind us of creation and how we are eternally thankful to God for the beautiful world He created. There are still some dates available if you would like to have flowers arranged for you in remembrance of someone special or a special date in your life. Please see Hazel.
 



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FROM THE REGISTERS

Funerals: Alan Johnston, Ghyll Grove, Lowca

Baptisms: Celebrating the new life of Sebastian Isaac Mckee, Aaron Eliah Kerry, Avani Willow Smith


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USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS


 Priest In Charge 

 Rev'd Paul Kerry
 
 66168
 
 paulkerrywork@gmail.com
(Day off Saturday) 
 Churchwardens  Dorothy Bragg  694102   
   Jim Barwise  61686  jimbarwise@aol.com
 Local Lay Minister (pastoral)   Anne Denwood  63809  annedenwood@sky.com
 Retired Clergy  Martin Brion  691912  
 Verger  Rhoda Doran  63948  
 Finance Team  Alistair Norwood, Treasurer   591267  treasurer.sb@gmail.com
   Bridget Norwood  "  "
 Church Hall Inquiries  Dennis Billington  61056  


*** Rectory Telephone Number: 01946 66168 ***

Church Website: http://www.stbridgetschurchmoresby.btik.com/

Facebook: Moresby Church, St Bridget's Whitehaven

and

St Mark's Village Church - Moresby Parks (Facebook)



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WHAT MY FAITH MEANS TO ME


Who are you and what family do you have?


I’m Paul married to Gabby and enjoying life with our children Joseph, Lydia, Benjamin and by the end of January (Lord willing) little Aaron.

 
How long have you been coming to St Bridget’s?

2 years.

 
Why do you come to St Bridget’s?

Two reasons:  1. We love you all and feel deeply loved by you.  2. I’m the vicar.

But it’s definitely in that order!

 
How long have you been a Christian?

14 years.

 
What does your faith mean to you?

It means I’m chosen by God from before he made anything. It means he worked a miracle in my heart so I could believe in him. It means I’m forgiven for every stain. It means I’m full of his Spirit. It means I’m a child of the Father. It means I’ve got a job to do. It means I’m certain of eternal life. It means Jesus is my greatest treasure.

 
If you could ask God anything what would it be?

What is the best thing I could do to help my brothers take steps towards you?

 
What is your favourite hymn and why?

“It is finished, The Messiah Dies” – a hymn of absolute, certain, conviction and humility about what Jesus has done for us – we’ll learn it soon!

 
What is your favourite book / verse of the Bible?

I keep coming across different ones. When we moved here I said it was 1Peter 1 v8-9, right now it’s probably Romans 5 v1-11. Have a read of it, we’ll look at it on Sunday mornings in January! Even better, have a go at memorising verses 1-2!

 
What does Heaven look like to you?

Seeing Jesus and delighting in him with the security that comes from a crowd of people no one can number and the intimacy of a child being with their loving Father.

 
Who has been a big influence on you?

Close mentors called Andrew and Scott who shared their lived with me, opened their homes, encouraged me in Christian ministry and pointed me to Jesus in good times and bad.

 
What would you change about St Bridget’s if you could?

Me!

 

If you haven’t already done so, why not ask yourself these questions or ask Paul about his answers. Paul said he found it really helpful working his way through them and so might you! 


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NORTH LAKES FOOD BANK



Reg Charity No 1067541


We have a collection box in the foyer at the back of church. 

SOS Appeal Items - 

Fruit Juice 1 litre

Jam (NOT homemade)

Tinned Fish

Coffee

Tinned Fruit


Shopping List 2018:

No Low Calorie Foods please.

No Sachets of 'Pasta and Sauce' mixes, please.


Fruit Juice (1 ltr carton UHT)

Tomatoes (400g tinned/carton)

Tinned Fruit (400g)

Tinned Vegetables (400g)

Tinned Meat (400g)

Tinned Fish (100g)

Rice Pudding (400g tinned)

Cereal (Medium, 500g ONLY)

Pasta Sauces (jars or sachets)

Pasta (medium bags 500g of dried pasta)

Milk (Full fat or Semi-skimmed, UHT ONLY)

Sponge Pudding (400g tinned)

Biscuits, Snack Bars, Chocolate

Coffee

Jam (not homemade)

Tinned Beans (400g)

Tinned Soups (400g)

Instant Mash Potato (1pkt)


Due to storage, distribution and health considerations unfortunately the Northlakes Foodbank cannot use: Perishable or fresh food (e.g. meat, cheese, dairy, bakery etc.), Damaged tins or packages, Food outside of its use-by date.


The foodbank is designed to help individuals and families in crisis, through the provision of emergency food supplies. Local professional care-workers within Allerdale and Copeland refer them, with a food voucher, to the foodbank centre where they are given their food supplies, a cup of coffee and help in finding other professionals who can help them out of their crisis. In rural areas they are given Emergency Food Boxes direct by the local care-workers.

• The foodbank allows the general public to contribute to and support local well-being in a simple practical way. Emergency Food Supplies are a short-term measure allowing a breathing space at times of great need. For further details of the work of the foodbank and how you can be involved contact:

THE NORTH LAKES FOODBANK
e-mail: info@thefoodbank.org.uk
www.thefoodbank.org.uk

Tel: 0750 2311 452