The Benefice of Moresby

Serving the communities of Lowca, Moresby and Parton

To know Christ and make Him known

DECEMBER 2018 – JANUARY 2019


Dear Friends,

Can I suggest we all adopt the same New Year’s Resolution? It’s a resolve which has struck me recently in a little book called Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. At one point the writer encourages us to cultivate hearts which adore God, and points to one way the famous C.S. Lewis went about it in his life. 

Lewis made it his aim to turn every pleasure in his life into praise. “He deliberately tries to see all pleasures ‘as shafts of the glory as it strikes our sensibility … I have tried … to make every pleasure into a channel of adoration … one’s mind runs back up the sunbeam to the sun". 

What are the sunbeams in your life? “Lewis means things as diverse as a beautiful mountain valley, delicious food, a great book, or a piece of music". What is it for you? A good movie and a glass of wine? The ringing of a bell? A favourite walk? Time with a particular person? 

Whatever brings you joy and pleasure, and I trust its more than just one thing, will you resolve with me, in the moment it does, to ask yourself this question: What kind of God would create this, give me this? 

When Lewis drove himself to ask that question it cultivated a heart of praise. “[Lewis] concludes that while he doesn’t succeed in always keeping this discipline, it has enriched both his joy in everyday life and his concentrated times of prayer.” New Year’s resolution: may my mind run back up the sun beam to the sun, and may yours too.

Yours in Christ,

Paul

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SERVICES IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY


DEC 16TH
3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT   
10:45am Holy Communion St. Bridget's           
6:00pm Carols By Candlelight St. Bridget's
DEC 21ST
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL  
3:00pm
Traditional Carols St. Mark's
DEC 23RD  4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT  
10:45am
All Age Service with Baptism  St. Bridget's
3:00pm Family Carols St. Mark's
DEC 24TH  CHRISTMAS EVE  
3:30pm Christingle Service St. Bridget's
11:30pm Midnight Communion St. Bridget's
DEC 25TH  CHRISTMAS DAY  
10:00am
All Age Service with Communion  
St. Bridget's
DEC 30TH 1ST SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS  
10:45am Morning Prayer  St. Bridget's
JAN 6TH EPIPHANY  
10:45am Holy Communion St. Bridget's 
3:00pm  Methodist Service St. Mark's
JAN. 13TH 2ND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY
10:45am Morning Prayer St. Bridget's
3:00pm Marks in the Parks St. Mark's
JAN. 20TH 3RD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY  
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's
3:00pm Evening Prayer St. Bridget's
JAN. 27TH 4TH SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY  
10:45am All Age Service w/Baptism St. Bridget's
3:00pm Marks in the Parks St. Mark's
FEB. 3RD 5TH SUNDAY BEFORE LENT  
10:45am Holy Communion St. Bridget's
3:00pm Methodist Service St. Mark's

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WEEKDAYS IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY


Mondays

17th Dec. St. Bridget's School Nativity, 1:30pm 

10th Jan. Standing Committee, 7:30pm, The Rectory


Tuesdays

Every Tuesday Moresby Sparks, 10:00am - 11:30am, St. Mark's Village Church

18th Dec. Moresby Sparks' Nativity, 10:00am

18th Dec. Lowca School Nativity, 6:00pm


Wednesdays

Every Wednesday – Holy Communion, 9:30am, St. Bridget’s, except 26th December. Please check announcements in church or on Facebook for any changes

27th Dec. Festive Stroll, 1:00pm, Meet at St. Bridget's Church


Thursdays

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

6th Dec. A Time for Everyone, Noon – 1:30pm, St. Mark's Village Church (feel free to invite friends or family).

13th Dec. Carols in Church, followed by refreshments, 7:30pm, St. Bridget's


Fridays

Friday Friends, 10:15am – 11:30am, Church Hall

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

11th Jan. 10-pin Bowling and Supper at the Golf Club, 5:30pm


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES


THURSDAY, 13TH DECEMBER, CAROLS IN CHURCH, 7:30PM, ST. BRIDGET'S

This is an informal gathering around the piano with Tom to sing our favourite carols. Bring along neighbours, family and friends and enjoy festive refreshments afterwards.

 

THURSDAY, 27TH DECEMBER, FESTIVE STROLL, 1:00PM, MEET AT ST. BRIDGET'S 

We are planning a stroll somewhere local. Please listen out in church or look on Facebook for further details. Bring along nibbles and a drink to share back at the car park.


FRIDAY, 11TH JANUARY, 10 PIN BOWLING AND SUPPER AT THE GOLF CLUB, 5:30PM

We are making a return trip to the Eclipse Leisure Centre, Workington for a game of 10 pin bowling. Always a popular trip out, and this year we will be meeting for supper either beforehand at the Caspian from 4:15pm (for families), or afterwards at The Whitehaven Golf Course – Paul will be at both and won’t blame anyone else for doing the same!!! Pre booking is essential, especially for the food. Ruth will be circulating menus and taking orders for the golf course. Barbara is taking names for the bowling. Caspian food is just ordered at the restaurant, but we will need to know numbers. You can go to just the bowling or just the supper or you can go to both! It’s up to you, but whatever you choose to do, it will be a good night out. This is not an exclusive church event, so if you want to invite someone to come along, just let us know!


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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"TIME FOR EVERYONE" AT ST. MARK'S

Thursday, 6th December, 12:00 noon - 1:30pm

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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DAY OF PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING

We would like to offer a very big thank you to those who took part in the Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving.  Your prayers, your time, and your gifts are appreciated and will directly benefit the life of our church.  This year, the Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving has raised a total amount of £3155 before Gift Aid is claimed.  The money will be used for the St. Andrew’s Shepherd role and the restoration of the bell tower. If you missed the day and would like to make a donation, it’s not too late.  Please give your envelope to Dorothy, Jim, or Alistair.  ~ Paul.       

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CHURCH BELLS UPDATE 

114 people joined with us on 26th November for our Bells Dedication Service with Bishop James. Lots of people found this very moving as the story behind the naming of each bell was revealed. 

If you missed the service there are several photos and regular updates on our Facebook Page, plus the dedications that were read out for each bell. Also, a booklet has been produced telling the story of the bells. Together with mugs, coasters and Christmas cards, they are being sold to raise funds for teaching resources to train new bell ringers. Currently on sale in church or contact Chris de Cordova on 01946 62986.

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MARY'S CARD

Once more, we are encouraging people to join in with the signing of the big card at the back of church as an alternative to sending individual cards to members of the church family. Last year, we were able to send £117.13 to help support the national charity CAP. This year, we will be giving our donations to Safe Families for Children.

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CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN BOOKSHOP

Anne will have a stall in church for the next three weeks with Christmas cards, gifts, etc. Please support.

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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOE BOX APPEAL

Thank you so much to all those who contributed to this.  We were able to send 45 boxes to needy children. Thank you to Julie and Jeff for organising this once again.

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TEAR FUND . . . A MESSAGE FROM HAZEL

Thank you to all who regularly buy my homemade marmalade and in that way support the work of Tear Fund. We recently sent £65 to support their work in Indonesia following the Tsunami. Please pick up a copy of “Tear Times” from the back of church to learn more about this amazing work. At present I am in need of 1lb jam jars! And would value more customers too!

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CAP FOOD HAMPERS

This year we are supporting one CAP client in Moresby Parks with food hampers. Please can you bring in non-perishable foods (staple meals as well as treats!) for us to give as a practical demonstration of the love of God this Christmas? The final Sunday for this will be Dec. 16th.

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A MESSAGE FROM NORTH LAKES FOOD BANK

Thank you for your help this year.  Without your help we could not have helped so many people. On behalf of The North Lakes Foodbank, thank you very much.

Prayer Requests 

  • For staff and our amazing team of volunteers as they cope with a busy Foodbank which is continuing to meet the demand of people in crisis within our area. 
  • For every person who receives food, may they understand what it stands for. 
  • For safe travels for our driving team. 
  • For the Network of over 400 Foodbanks within the Trussell Trust network. 
  • For the smooth roll out of our Holiday Lunchpacks 4kids over the School holiday and the provision of food to enable us to help over 220 families experiencing Hidden Hunger this Christmas period.  

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EMAIL MAILING LIST

If you would like to be kept up to date with things that are happening around the parish and in the mission community please let Ruth have your email address to put on the mailing list. We send out regular emails as well as updates on the website and on Facebook.

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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

2ND DEC   Mrs. V. Fulton
9TH DEC  AVAILABLE
16TH DEC   CHRISTMAS FLOWERS 
23RD DEC  CHRISTMAS FLOWERS
30TH DEC  AVAILABLE

We shall be decorating the church for Christmas on 15th December (9.30am), and help with this will be much appreciated. Donations towards the flowers may be given to Dorothy or Hazel.

Thank you to all those who have given money or helped to decorate the church with flowers throughout 2018; if you would like to give the flowers on one Sunday in 2019 in memory of a loved one, or to mark an anniversary or other event, we have a number of weeks to choose from on the rota. We are also in urgent need of more people to help arrange flowers, maybe once every 5 or 6 weeks. Please see Hazel. 




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FROM THE REGISTERS

Funerals: Our sympathies to the families and friends of Isaac Stewart from Seven Acres Parton, Lauren Ferguson of Buttermere Avenue (formerly Parton).


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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 Ruth Barwise and I’m married to Jim. We have three sons – James (28), David (25) and Michael (22). They live in Cambridge, London and Kendal and we are looking forward to having them all back home for Christmas and New Year.


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

35+ years: we moved to Lowca in July 1983 following our wedding at Isel near Cockermouth. We were not regulars then but often came to the evening service when Walter Wade was the vicar. We also attended services at Isel and at St Andrew’s, Mirehouse which was Jim’s home church.

 
Why do you come to St Bridget’s?

At first it was because it was our “local”. But when James became Sunday School age we decided to attend regularly. That was during Guy Thorburn’s time and we enjoyed the worship and the friendliness of the people there. It has become a second home to us now and we love the supportiveness of being part of a church family. Our boys have had so many “grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins” and friends through us being members of the church here. 


 
How long have you been a Christian?

Growing up in Ennerdale the church was central to village life. I attended Sunday School and later helped teach other children. I sang in the choir and even helped clean the church! I was a Christian. When we moved to Dovenby I attended the nearest church which was at Bridekirk but when I was 17 we moved to Cockermouth and so began a falling away from going to church altogether. When I went to University in Liverpool I definitely didn’t have anything to do with the chapel or God it seemed! But three years into my four year course my dad died quite unexpectedly at the age of 56. That was a watershed moment and saw me gradually turn back to God. I attended Isel church regularly. But I didn’t become a true Christian until I opened my heart up to Jesus. That was after a “Just Looking” course with Guy. That was probably 25 years ago and I’ve never looked back.


 
What does your faith mean to you?

It’s been so humbling to find out that God chose me before he ever made the world. My faith is my rock. There used to be times when I would wake in the night and panic thinking that death is the end. But now I know that it is only theend of this chapter of my life here on earth. I know I have something more amazing to look forward to. 


 
Who has been a big influence on you?

Jim, my best friend for 40+ years now; as we’ve journeyed through life together he has always helped me see the other side of situations and how as a Christian we should approach whatever life puts in front of us. His deep faith and the way he responds to people has and continues to be such a big influence in my life.  


 
What is your favourite hymn and why?

I love to sing with other people and that is a favourite part of my worship time at St Bridget’s. I have hymns that remind me of different times in my life. I think the last hymn of any service should be an uplifting one that you sing for the rest of the day. A definite favourite would be “Jesus shall take the highest honour”.

 
What is your favourite book / verse of the Bible?

Again so much to choose from; another watershed moment in my life was giving birth to our sons. When you hold that little miracle in your arms you ponder on what is and will be. So whenever I hear Luke 2:19 “Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart” I really feel an empathy with Mary from one mother to another. We all store up things in our hearts which we ponder over; and you don’t necessarily have to be a mother.

 
What does Heaven look like to you?

It is a place full of joy and happiness where I will see Jesus face to face.


Do you have an amusing story connected to St. Bridget's?

When our boys were going through Sunday school they took part in some cracking plays. We always had one on Christmas Eve and one in July. They went through church with a great group of children including Lucy, Michael, Amelia, Joe, Jessica, Hannah, Laura, James, Ruth, Jack, Grace ….. and a whole lot of others! It got that they began to write their own plays. One summer they came up with “Priscilla and Aquilla’s tent making boutique”. The church was transformed with the choir stalls packed with popup tents. What the congregation didn’t realise was that David was hiding in the pulpit dressed as a vicar. At the appropriate moment in the play the vicar had to appear to Priscilla and Aquilla. So up popped David who caused quite a stir – it made people jump and it took a long time for the laughter to die down! It was talked about for a long long time after that!

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

Nothing! St Bridget’s keeps changing and responding in a positive way to meet new challenges and situations. I love the people here who have enriched my life far beyond words can express. Couldn’t imagine life without you all!s


 

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

UHT Milk 1 litre (NOT Skimmed)

Jam (NOT Homemade)

Tinned Sponge Pudding

Tinned Tomatoes


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