The Benefice of Moresby

Serving the communities of Lowca, Moresby and Parton

To know Christ and make Him known

JULY / AUGUST 2017


Dear Friends,

In this month’s diary last year we wrote to invite you all to a morning of planning and prayer for Moresby Parks. You will have seen different ways in which those plans have moved forwards, especially in the report on our ministry in the recent “The Way” article. I just thought I’d write briefly on two lessons we’ve learned along the way.

1.    Be flexible. We are used to church and ministry being routine and regular. That’s because society used to be routine and regular - people worked the same hours each week, stayed around at weekends and didn’t move house often. But society has changed. At Moresby Parks we’ve had mums in the toddler group return to full time work when their children are just 6 months old, families move out of the village, and someone else buying a caravan for use at weekends. Ministry needs to be able to adapt to these changes. That’s partly why we’ve stopped the drumming classes for a time and started a monthly party for primary school aged children. The flexibility to not be afraid to make changes like that has seen the outreach grow – we will regularly see 30 through the door at the party, the vast majority of whom are non-churched.

2.     Be thankful. When we look at Marks in the Parks in particular there are 3 or 4 new families who really make it regularly. Sometimes it feels small. But when we stop and consider that these are people who had no church connection before we started and probably as yet know very little of the love and grace of Jesus, we begin to see how God is answering prayer. Please continue to pray (and be thankful!) with us and we explore how the ministry will develop.


Yours in Christ,

Paul

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SERVICES IN JULY AND AUGUST


JULY 2ND 3RD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY    
10:45am  Holy Communion
 St. Bridget's           
3:00pm  Methodist Service  St. Mark's
JULY 9TH 
4TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
10:45am
 Morning Prayer
 St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Marks in the Parks  St. Mark's
JULY 16TH 5TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY  
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's
JULY 23RD 6TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY  
10:45am  Morning Prayer & Baptism   St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Marks in the Parks  St. Mark's
JULY 31ST 7TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY  
10:45am  Morning Prayer  St. Bridget's
6:30pm  Joint Mission Community Communion   St. Mark's
AUGUST 6TH  8TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY  
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's
3:00pm   Methodist Service  St. Mark's
AUGUST 13TH   9TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY  
10:45am  Morning Prayer  St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Marks in the Parks  St. Mark's
AUGUST 20TH 10TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY  
10:45am   Holy Communion  St. Bridget's
AUGUST 27TH 11TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY   
10:45am  All Age Service & Baptism  St. Bridget's
6:00pm  Joint Service  St. Andrew's


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WEEKDAYS IN JULY


Mondays

10th PCC, 7:30pm, Rectory


Tuesdays

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

12th Federation Lunch at Hunday Manor

26th Moresby WI, 7:00pm, Church Hall.  "20 Years On" – Gilda Wells will talk about the progress made in Africa in recent years. Competition – a piece of silver jewellery  


Thursdays

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

20th House Group Social, 7:30pm, Rectory.  Bring a pudding or a bottle


Fridays

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

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

21st Moresby WI will be providing refreshments for the Farmers Market at Egremont Town Hall


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WEEKDAYS IN AUGUST

During August, our house groups and certain other events around the parish take a break, but do join us at either or both of the social events planned for August.    

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SOCIAL EVENTS – AND UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES


Sunday, 16th July, Children's Celebration; Picnic and Games, following the morning service 

Children's celebration, picnic and games for all the church family. Bring your own picnic, and join us after the morning service on the church lawn.


Sunday, 27th August, Church Family BBQ, 3:00pm, Rectory

Come along to enjoy a BBQ with the church family and either cheer on or join in with a number of events. Please bring your own meat, but all other food will be provided.    


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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WILLIAM PIT MEMORIAL SERVICE

This year is the 70th anniversary on the William Pit disaster. If you are able to come along to the memorial service on the 15th of August from 5:30pm at the Pit Head we can all show our support to the families of those who lost loved ones. Paul has the privilege of being involved in the service itself or you could speak to Joyce Hewer for more information.


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KESWICK CONVENTION

Wednesday 26th July, 6:15pm. Mission Community trip with coach pick up from Parton bus stop (£5) – More details from Paul.

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A TIME FOR EVERYONE

Hopefully by now we’ve all seen the encouraging article in The Way about our work at Moresby Parks. We can’t all be involved in everything, and much is still to be ironed out, but we thank God for what he’s done so far. One way you might be able to get involved could be to occasionally make a pudding for the “Time For Everyone” lunch club. If that’s something you’d be interested in, do speak to Julie Rudman, or see the sign-up sheet at the back of church.


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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

2ND JULY   Mrs. M. Johnston 
9TH JULY   available
16TH JULY  Mrs. J. Messenger 
23RD JULY    Mrs. F. Moore
30TH JULY  Mrs. F. Telfer
6TH AUGUST  Mr. J. Tinkler
13TH AUGUST  Mrs. D. Law
20TH AUGUST  available
27TH AUGUST  Mrs. J. Dockerty
3RD SEPTEMBER   Mrs. M. Billington


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


Check back for updates in future monthly diaries.


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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 - 

Jam

UHT Milk

Tinned Fruit


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