The Benefice of Moresby

Serving the communities of Lowca, Moresby and Parton

To know Christ and make Him known

FEBRUARY 2018


Dear Friends,

There are strange noises coming from the church tower, and it’s not the pigeons! As you all know we are getting eight brand new bells which are being made at the John Taylor Bell Foundry in Loughborough (www.taylorbells.co.uk).

In fact, they have all now been cast, fettled and tuned. Each bell has been dedicated to a Saint or to a loved one. 

The headstocks which attach the bells to the ropes have also been dedicated, many including a Scripture verse.  So the noises from the bell tower are from would be bell ringers having a go on our temporary dumbbell.  We are grateful to Chris de Cordova for giving us her expert teaching on campanology.   Our aim is to form a team of resident bell ringers for St Bridget’s. If you are interested or would just like to have a look at what we are doing speak to Anne Denwood or myself. 

We have some repairs to carry out on the church tower before we install the steel cage to house the bells; this has to be done now as it will be difficult to get to it once the bells are installed.  Then the exciting part, the bells will arrive on the back of a lorry, unloaded and lifted up through the porch ceiling into the bell tower. This work will mainly be carried out by a team of volunteers made up from members of the Carlisle Diocesan Redundant Bells Group. You might want to come along at that time to give a hand, make a cuppa or just have a look.  After that, the bells will be rung for Weddings, Funerals, Royal events, or maybe even to ring in the New Year!

The most important time to ring the bells however will be to call believers to worship.  Anne and I had the privilege of going down to the foundry floor at Taylors to be part of the blessing of the bells as they were cast; we prayed that whenever the bells were rung the Lord’s name would be glorified.  Our hope and prayer is for that to become a reality. 


Yours in Christ,

Jim

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SERVICES IN FEBRUARY


FEB. 4TH 2ND SUNDAY BEFORE LENT   
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's           
3:00pm  Methodist Service  St. Mark's
FEB. 11TH 
1ST SUNDAY BEFORE LENT
10:45am
 Service of the Word
 St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Marks in the Parks  St. Mark's
FEB. 18TH 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT  
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Evening Prayer  St. Bridget's
FEB. 25TH 2ND SUNDAY OF LENT  
10:45am  All Age Service   St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Marks in the Parks   St. Mark's
6:00pm  Mission Community Service  St. Andrew's
MARCH 4TH  3RD SUNDAY OF LENT  
10:45am  Holy Communion   St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Methodist Service  St. Mark's

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WEEKDAYS IN FEBRUARY


Mondays

12th Standing Committee, 7:30pm, Rectory


Tuesdays

Every Tuesday Moresby Sparks, 10:00am, 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. A visit and talk on "Hats" at the Helena Thompson Museum, followed by afternoon tea. Competition – a special hat

Thursdays

House Groups / Christianity Explored. Please see Rev'd Paul Kerry if you are interested in joining a group

1st A Time for Everyone, Noon – 1:30pm, St. Mark's Village Church


Fridays

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

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


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

11th – 18th March, "Come to Christ" Mission Week 

During this forthcoming mission week we are planning to hold…....

1.    A meal at the Tractor Shed Brewery with a quiz

2.    A ladies pamper evening

3.    A family fun day

Please consider which of these events (or all!) you might like to come along to. We would like you to also prayerfully consider who you would like to invite to that event.

Please note: There will be no Shrove Tuesday Supper and Quiz this year as we are holding the Supper and Quiz at the Tractor Shed this time.

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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MARY'S CARD

Thank you to everyone who contributed to “Mary’s Card” at Christmas.

It was lovely to read all your messages and we’re sure that Mary (Starkey) would have been pleased that not only have we taken up her idea, but that we are continuing with this.

An amazing £117.13 was raised for C.A.P. (Christians Against Poverty)



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"TIME FOR EVERYONE" AT ST. MARK'S

Thursday, 1st February, 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. 


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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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REFRESHMENTS AFTER CHURCH SERVICES

Many of you agree that staying behind for a chat over a cup of coffee is an important part of our services at church. It provides an opportunity to catch up with friends or to reflect on something we’ve heard in the service that day. We are in need of more people to join the rota for serving refreshments and we always welcome donations of packets of biscuits. If you can help with either please see Dorothy or Jim.


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THANK YOU – A MESSAGE FROM THE KERRYS

Dear all, just a brief note to say a HUGE thank you for your support, prayers, gifts and meals for us as a family as we have adjusted to becoming 6! Thanks to God that Aaron is healthy and happy and that Gabby is recovering. It is a real joy to raise our children as part of the St Bridget’s church family.

We haven’t set a date for his baptism yet but none of our children have god-parents, it’s a little sign that the whole church is responsible for raising our children. So when we say the promises in his baptism service we’d love you all to be there to make them with us – we’ll keep you posted! Paul, Gabby, J, L, B and A!

 

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FLOWERS

4TH FEBRUARY 
11TH FEBRUARY  Mrs. D. Bragg
18TH FEBRUARY  LENT – NO FLOWERS
25TH FEBRUARY    LENT – NO FLOWERS 
4TH MARCH   LENT – NO FLOWERS


Many thanks to all who helped to decorate the church for Christmas or gave money, everywhere looked fantastically festive.

If you’d like to join the team of flower arrangers, please speak to Hazel or Dorothy. We could do with some extra helpers. Also, if you are thinking of bringing in an arrangement for a special occasion, please speak to Dorothy in advance so that a suitable location can be found. Thank you. 



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FROM THE REGISTERS


Baptisms: our congratulations to the family of: Christa Cadwell of Parton


Funerals: Cyril Lythgoe of Parton, Jim Armstrong of Parton, John Armstrong of Seven Acres



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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 - 

Tinned Meat

Tinned Tomatoes

Sponge Pudding

Coffee

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