The Benefice of Moresby

Serving the communities of Lowca, Moresby and Parton

To know Christ and make Him known

SEPTEMER 2017


Dear Friends,

Where is your Frontline? We all have one, and it’s never too hard to think where ours might be. Our frontline is the place we each spend the majority of our lives. For some of us it will be at work, for others with family, for others it will be around town, meeting friends, looking after someone. The list goes on. The good news is that God is interested in all of our frontlines, and he has already been making a difference through each of us in those places.

You see Christian ministry, and Christian service, is not something which only happens in a special building at a particular time of the week. Christian ministry happens through us, wherever we are – it all matters. 

So in home groups this term we will spend time thinking about our frontlines and the ways in which we hope to see God at work there. The material we are using is called “Fruitfulness on the Frontline.” And we will explore the different ways God can do amazing things in our work places, our family homes, our friendship groups, our committees, our political parties and our everyday interactions.

If you are not in a home group I would love to commend this term’s material to you and invite you to try just one term in a group to see how you get on. Not just because the material is well worth working through, but also because they are special times of fellowship and strengthening to each other’s faith. Do please speak to me if you’d like to find out more.

Yours in Christ,

Paul

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SERVICES IN SEPTEMBER


SEPT. 3RD 12TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY    
10:45am  Holy Communion
 St. Bridget's           
3:00pm  Afternoon Service  St. Mark's
SEPT. 10TH 
13TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
10:45am
 Morning Prayer
 St. Bridget's
SEPT. 17TH 14TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY  
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Evening Prayer  St. Bridget's
SEPT. 24TH
 
15TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
HARVEST SUNDAY
 
10:45am  All Age Service, Baptism, Harvest   St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Marks in the Parks  St. Mark's
OCT. 1ST 16TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY  
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's
6:30pm  Afternoon Service   St. Mark's


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WEEKDAYS IN SEPTEMBER


Mondays

11th PCC, 7:30pm, Rectory

25th Harvest Supper, 6:00pm, Church Hall


Tuesdays

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

12th Social Committee meeting, 7:30pm, Rectory

12th Onwards Moresby Sparks, 10:00am – 11:30am, St. Mark's Village Church


Wednesdays

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

28th Moresby WI, 7:00pm, Church Hall.  "Whitehaven Castle, The Hospital Years" – A presentation by Maureen Fisher.  Competition – a photograph of old Whitehaven  


Thursdays

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

7th A Time for Everyone, St. Mark's Village Church


Fridays

Chatterbox, 1:15pm – 2:45pm, Church Hall

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


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SOCIAL EVENTS – AND UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES


Monday, 25th September, Harvest Supper and Sale 

Harvest Sunday is on 24th September this year. We have our annual fundraising supper in aid of Tearfund on the next day, Monday 25th in the Church Hall at 6pm. It will be a Pie & Pea supper with cake.  We are asking for people to bake cakes to have on the tables to have with a hot drink. Tickets £5 available from Ruth


FUTURE EVENTS

Please check back for updates in future monthly diaries.

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

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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GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE

The exciting news here is that Westwood landscapers have agreed a date of November 13th to begin work on the garden of remembrance. Once the work is done we can begin discussing burial of any cremated remains. Thank you so much for all the donations we’ve had towards this project so far. 

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CHURCH BELLS

Plans to install 8 bells in the tower at St Bridget’s are advancing well. We hope you enjoyed the little film of the bell tower. If you missed it we have plans to show it again soon.

A trip down to Loughborough to the foundry has been organised for Thursday 19th October. Please see Jim as soon as possible if you would like to go.

A number of people have shown interest in having an inscription put on a bell to commemorate a loved one or special event. If this is something you are considering please see Jim as the foundry urgently needs this information.


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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to what bits and pieces we need to collect for Julie to put into
the shoe boxes for the annual appeal. Here are some suggestions….

TOYS: dolls, toy trucks, soft toys (with a CE label), harmonicas, yoyos, skipping ropes, balls, small puzzles,
etc.  

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils, sharpeners, crayons, felt tips, colouring books, notepads, etc. 

HYGIENE ITEMS: a bar of wrapped soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, hairbrush, flannel. 

OTHER ITEMS: hat, cap, gloves, scarf, sunglasses, wind up torch, wrapped sweets (sell by date must be at least March of 2018).   

Also, we still need lots of empty shoe boxes so why not treat yourself to a new pair of shoes today!  


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MISSION PRAISE HYMN BOOK DEDICATION

If you would like a hymn book dedicated to the memory of a loved one, or if you are celebrating a special event or anniversary, please speak to the Churchwardens.

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FLOWERS

3RD SEPTEMBER   Mrs. M. Billington 
10TH SEPTEMBER  Mrs. B. Stamper
17TH SEPTEMBER  available - please see Hazel  
24TH SEPTEMBER    HARVEST
1ST OCTOBER   available - please see Hazel


HARVEST FLOWERS:  We will be decorating the church for Harvest on Friday 22nd September. If you would like to come and help we will be starting at 9.30am.  Please give donations towards the cost of the flowers to either Dorothy or Hazel. 

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


Baptisms: our congratulations to: Noah Lythgoe, Amelia Henry, and Archie Robson


Funerals: our sympathies to the family and friends of Mandy Norman


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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?

Hello, I am Alison Bird. I am married to John and have been graced with twin boys, Jack and Joseph who are 4. I juggle family life with working part time as an occupational therapist in a community health team. My parents are retired farmers and live near Stranraer.  

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

I think I've been coming around 6 years now.

 
Why do you come to St. Bridget’s?

I chose to come to St Bridget's because of family connections as John was brought up in Lowca. I have found the church family to be friendly and welcoming and I am enjoying getting to know everyone better over time.  It takes a while to develop relationships and feel a part of the congregation but getting involved more with church activities helps with this.  

 
How long have you been a Christian?

I was brought up going to Kirkcolm church which is a village church a few miles north of Stranraer. I went to Sunday School there and attended bible studies.  After leaving home Christianity wasn't my priority but as I got older I realised I was missing it and I wanted to develop my relationship with God again.  I think I have got back into a routine now and having the children helps give me more of a focus and a need to have God back in my life.

 
What does your faith mean to you?

Faith to me gives me peace and hope, it also helps me to focus my time in prayer.

 
Who has been a big influence on you?

I owe a lot to my mum and dad and the way they brought me up on the farm, it gave me a great sense of independence and determination; John has helped and supported me enormously too.

 
What is your favourite hymn and why?

It's not really a hymn but I love to sing "The Lord bless you and keep you“, it is comforting to me and we sung it at our wedding.

 
What is your favourite book / verse of the Bible

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."

I find this particularly useful for dealing with family life and it is a reminder to me of what it means to love one another. I am just finding my way with the Bible and I don't feel very well read compared to others, however coming to home group is helping me grow in understanding and faith.  
 

What does Heaven look like to you?

I see heaven as a happy place where I will be reunited with loved ones.

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

We have some great singers in the congregation and I think it would be lovely to come together and form a choir, an idea for the future perhaps.  It would be a good social for all ages and would be nice for the church to have a choir for special occasions and services.  If anyone else thinks it is a good idea we could chat about it.

 
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 - 

Tomatoes

Vegetables

Tinned Meat

Tinned Rice Pudding

Tinned Soup


Shopping List 2017:

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