The Benefice of Moresby

Serving the communities of Lowca, Moresby and Parton

To know Christ and make Him known

JUNE 2018


Dear Friends,

As I read the Gospels, the Jesus I discover is one who can both speak to religious leaders in the Synagogues but who also drew alongside a lonely Samaritan Woman and stayed up to talk with Nicodemus late into the night. For all the big events what mattered were the “one to ones”, the personal meeting, the individual care and attention he paid to all who sought him.  

That historical Jesus is the same today, extending that personal invitation, that individual attention, through us as we pray for and draw alongside our family and friends ask them to come and meet Jesus, now revealed as the living, loving Christ and seated alongside Our Heavenly Father.   

It is also important to recognise that all our faith stories are a journey, where deciding to acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Saviour is not the finishing line but the starting gate. Moreover those faith journeys are all unique, just as we are. Some may have walked with Jesus since childhood; others may come to recognise Christ’s Lordship in our old age.  Most of us take a while, often years, to draw near to God slowly recognising His love for us and our need for Him, becoming convinced over time of the truth of Jesus’ words until we fall at His feet and worship Him like Thomas as “Lord and God”.    

So keep praying and if perhaps you have been coming to Church but not yet met with this life giving Jesus, not yet felt the peace and joy knowing him as the living God brings, then come, with or without a friend, and discover more when we welcome our team from the USA.


Yours in Christ,

Paul

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SERVICES IN JUNE


JUNE 3RD
TRINITY 2  
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's           
3:00pm  Methodist Service  St. Mark's
JUNE 10TH  TRINITY 3  
10:45am  Morning Prayer   St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Marks in the Parks  St. Mark's
JUNE 17TH
TRINITY 4  
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Evening Prayer   St. Bridget's
JUNE 24TH TRINITY 5  
10:45am  All Age Service  St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Marks in the Parks   St. Mark's
JULY 1ST  TRINITY 6  
10:45am  Holy Communion   St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Methodist Service  St. Mark's

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WEEKDAYS IN JUNE


Mondays

11th Mission Community Leaders Meeting, 7:30pm, 3 Round Close Park

25th St. Mark's Team meeting, 7:30pm, The Rectory


Tuesdays

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

12th Standing Committee, 7:30pm, The Rectory


Wednesdays

Every Wednesday – Holy Communion, 9:30am, St. Bridget’s. Please check announcements in church for any changes.

27th Moresby WI, 7:00pm, Church Hall. "Mysteries from Moresby and Beyond” – presented by Alan Cleaver. Competition: Something you find mysterious. It could be an object or a written account of an experience


Thursdays

House Groups, 7:30pm. Please see Anne, Paul, Martin or Jim if you are interested in joining a group

7th A Time for Everyone, Noon – 1:30pm, St. Mark's Village Church (feel free to invite friends or family)


Fridays

Friday Friends, 1:15pm – 2:45pm, Church Hall

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

15th Friday Friends For Everyone, 1:15pm – 2:45pm, Church Hall


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES


SATURDAY 9th JUNE, VISIT TO LOWTHER CASTLE & SHAP CHIPPY, 11:00AM

Lowther has something for everyone. There are indoor exhibitions, extensive gardens and “The Lost Castle” adventure play area. We suggest that you bring a packed lunch or you can use the café. After we have finished at Lowther, there is the option to visit the award winning Shap Chippy. 

www.lowthercastle.org                                                                                                    www.shapchippy.co.uk 

We are meeting at church at 11:00am. There’s a sign-up sheet at the back of church. If you have space in your car, or you are in need of a lift, please let Ruth know. 

FRIDAY 15th JUNE, FRIDAY FRIENDS FOR EVERYONE, 1:15PM – 2:45PM, CHURCH HALL 

Do you know that Chatterbox playgroup has a new name? It’s now known as “FRIDAY FRIENDS”. On Friday 15th June, they will be opening their doors and encouraging older members of the parish to come in. There is much research at the moment into the benefits of bringing all ages together; benefits for both young and old. You will be able to play games, read stories, drink tea and eat cake in a very relaxed atmosphere!

For more information, contact: Cathy 07907 916344 or Alison 07500 044312.


SUNDAY, 15TH JULY, COMMUNITY PICNIC, SAVE THE DATE!

We are opening up our Sunday School Celebration to the wider community. Please think about who you could invite. Sunday July 15th, straight after the morning service.

 



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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COME TO CHRIST: LIFE GOALS

Do be praying for June 15th-25th when our visiting team from America are with us. For our own breakfast event and for all the schools work which will take place in the parish.


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"TIME FOR EVERYONE" AT ST. MARK'S

Thursday, 7th June, 12:00 noon

If you are able to provide a pudding or cakes please see Julie or add your name to the sheet at the back of church.


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CHURCH BELLS UPDATE

Work to prepare the tower continues ahead of the installation of the bells this Autumn. 

 


A trap door has been inserted in the ceiling of the porch directly under the ringing room floor. The purpose of this is to enable the bells to be winched up into the tower when they arrive. Photos of Ron, Mike and Barry carrying out the work can be seen on the St Bridget’s Facebook page. Everyone agrees that it has been a first class job! We are now awaiting the electrician to put extra sockets and lights in the tower. 

Recently Anne, Barbara, Alison, Julie, Anne, Peter, Jim and Ruth were presented with their Level 1 awards during a morning service. This means that they can safely handle bells. They have now progressed to ringing real bells and practice weekly at St Michael’s church, Arlecdon. They can’t wait to get their hands on our own bells! 

If you are interested in learning how to ring bells please see Jim or Anne and they will arrange for you to meet up with Chris who will start you on dumbbell lessons in our tower. 

   

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ST. BRIDGET'S PCC

UPDATE - following the APCM in April, Dorothy Bragg and Jim Barwise were re-elected as church wardens. Your PCC is made up of: Alistair Norwood, Anne Denwood, Paul Kerry, Jim Barwise (vice-chair), Glad Morris, Mandy Wright, Barbara Southwell (secretary), Pauline Morphew, Dennis Billington, Gillian Troughton, Julie Rudman, Richard Wilkinson and Dorothy Bragg. 


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GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE

We have set a provisional date of July 1st to officially open our Garden of Remembrance. We will have a short time of prayer after the morning service on that Sunday around the garden for all who wish to attend.


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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

3RD JUNE   
10TH JUNE  Mrs. J. Wildgoose 
17TH JUNE  Mrs. V. Spedding 
24TH JUNE   Mr. H. Hartley
1ST JULY  Mrs. M. Johnston 

 

Thank you to those who give so generously so that the church can be decorated throughout the year. If this is something you would like to contribute towards please see Hazel.




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FROM THE REGISTERS

Weddings: Congratulations to Sarah and Matthew McCarron

Baptisms: Congratulations to Hudson Parker of Church View, Lowca

Funerals: Our sympathies to the family and friends of: Bert Bone of Foundry Road, and Kathleen Stewart of Criffel Road


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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?


My name is Richard Wilkinson. I am a father of two grown up children, Jack and Lucy, both of whom join me at Church when they visit, although they don’t visit me as often as I’d like!  I work at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, cleaning up the legacy of the nuclear industry from the past 60 years. My role as an Engineer is to provide assurance to the Government that the money they spend is being spent wisely.  I’ve worked in lots of different industries over the years, but they all have a common theme; cleaning up the waste and mess, so the place we live in is a cleaner, safer, nicer place to be.

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

I started attending St. Bridget’s in December 2015 when I first moved to Cumbria, so just over two years ago.

 
Why do you come to St Bridget’s?

At first I came to St. Bridget’s because I was living over the road at Moresby Hall for a couple of months after working in Canada.  I’ve carried on coming to St Bridget’s because of all the lovely people who make up the Church family; I’ve always been made most welcome at St. Bridget’s…. and Jim makes nice pies!

 
How long have you been a Christian?

I became a Christian when I was about 40 years old, so you’ll just have to guess how long I’ve been a Christian!


 
What does your faith mean to you?

My faith has been a journey; a journey which I’m still stumbling along… I’m still developing in my faith, still practicing stuff, praying hard, thanking God for his patience… but mainly thanking God for his unyielding faith in me!
 
Who has been a big influence on you?

That would have to be my Father, who brought me and my two brothers up on his own.  His quiet strength, care, dogged determination and simple approach to life has been an inspiration to me.

 
What is your favourite hymn and why?

That’s an easy one; “How great Thou art” is my favourite. When you sing it, you can really pump up the volume!

 
What is your favourite book / verse of the Bible?

My favourite verse can change, but at the moment it is from John Ch3 v16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. “  I find myself reflecting on how unfathomable God’s love is.

 
What does Heaven look like to you?

I think heaven is filled with all our loving friends and relatives, who abide together surrounded by and immersed within God’s unconditional love.

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

This is the hardest question to answer!  I think on reflection… better speakers, so that everyone can comfortably hear people speaking


 

Why not try responding to these questions yourself and if this is something that you feel you could share with others then please see Ruth. She will be more than happy to include it in a future diary.

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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

Tinned Fruit

Tinned Fish

Smash


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