The Benefice of Moresby

Serving the communities of Lowca, Moresby and Parton

To know Christ and make Him known

NOVEMBER 2017


Dear Friends,

Amazingly it is almost a year since we left ‘Sunny Lowca’ to move to what at times seems a less sunny North Devon. The rectory is surrounded by trees and the garden was like a jungle, but now it is only half a jungle! A work in progress, but we haven’t come here to do the garden. 

There are three churches involved, one of which is called Pip and Jim’s (St Philip and St James) in Ilfracombe, Andy Edwards was the rector there in the 1980s, and they still remember him with affection. The other two churches are village churches both called St Peter and very different in their walk with the Lord. One in fact was standing still, treading water, but the other was raring to move forward.

Since arriving we have started 3 home groups, Sunday school, music group, and are learning about the healing ministry. There is a need for Bible teaching, and a need for people to apply what they learn. There is also a very large Messy Church that seems to be growing. None of this would have been possible without the ground being prepared by others. It seems that we are in the privileged position of seeing people grow in their faith in Jesus and light up with the Spirit. Bill was asked to help at a full immersion baptism in the sea: fortunately the sea is at its warmest in September!

It is always difficult to know where to finish other than to say we miss you, and thank you for your prayers, they are very much appreciated.


Much love in Christ,

Bill and Jenny

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SERVICES IN NOVEMBER


OCT. 22ND 19TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY    
10:45am  Morning Prayer
 St. Bridget's           
3:00pm  Marks in the Parks  St. Mark's
OCT. 29TH 
20TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
10:45am
 All Age Service with Baptism
 St. Bridget's
6:30pm  Mission Community Holy Communion   St. John's
NOV. 5TH 3RD SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT  
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Methodist Service  St. Mark's
NOV. 12TH
 
2ND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
 
10:45am  Morning Prayer; Act of Remembrance   St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Marks in the Parks  St. Mark's
NOV. 19TH CHRIST THE KING  
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Memorial Service   St. Bridget's
NOV. 26TH  CHRIST THE KING  
10:45am   All Age Service   St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Marks in the Parks  St. Mark's
6:00pm   Combined Service  St. Andrew's
DEC. 3RD 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT  
10:45am  Holy Communion  St. Bridget's
3:00pm  Methodist Café Church  St. Mark's


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WEEKDAYS IN NOVEMBER


Mondays

13th PCC, 7:30pm, Rectory

20th Preacher's Training, 7:30pm, Rectory


Tuesdays

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

7th C2C mission discussion meeting, 7:30pm, Rectory


Wednesdays

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

8th Deanery Synod, 7:00pm, Calder Bridge

22nd Moresby WI, 7:00pm, Church Hall.  Jennifer Carruthers and Rose Watson to lead a practical crafting evening. Competition – a piece of festive china

22nd C2C evangelism training  


Thursdays

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

Making Waves, 3:15pm, Parton

2nd A Time for Everyone, Noon – 1:30pm, St. Mark's Village Church

16th Party in the Parks, 5:30pm, St. Mark's Village Church


Fridays

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

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


Saturdays

4th Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving, 10:00am to 3:30pm, St. Bridget's

      Supper and Fireworks, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Saturday, 4th November, Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving followed by supper and fireworks 

10:00am-3:30pm (prayer and thanksgiving with a short service at 3:00pm)

4:00pm-6:00pm (food and fireworks)

This year at the day of prayer and thanksgiving any money raised will go towards the refurbishment of the church foyer. It would be exciting to develop this area into a more welcoming space for the many visitors who come to look at the church and to even run new ministries from it. We will look at seating, carpeting, refreshments and much more.

That same evening we will meet at The Rectory from 4:00pm for bacon butties then head up to the Hensingham Rugby Club Firework display from 5:30pm (costs £2 per adult, £1 per child)

 

Sunday, 19th November, Memorial Service, 3:00pm, St. Bridget's Church

On Sunday 19th November at 3.00pm we will be having a special service for those who have lost a loved one especially during the last year. If you know anyone who might appreciate coming to this service please do invite them to come along. Many people in the past have found this service of quiet reflection most helpful. 



FUTURE EVENTS (December and January)

·      7th Dec.: Carols in church, 7:30pm

·      17th Dec.: Carols by Candlelight, 6.30pm, St. Bridget's

·      23rd Dec.: Family Carols, 3:00pm, St. Mark's

·      24th Dec.: Christingle, 3:00pm, St. Bridget's

·      27th Dec.: Festive Stroll

·      5th Jan.: Bowling and meal

Check the December diary for further details . . . 


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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C2C DISCUSSION MEETING AND TRAINING EVENING

Tuesday Nov. 7th and Wednesday 22nd from 7:30pm

The first of these is an open evening for the St. Bridget’s church family to meet together at the Rectory and hear about the idea behind the mission weeks in 2018 and to share thoughts on the ways we might use them to best engage with Moresby Parks, Parton, Lowca and our own friendship circles. A couple of weeks later (Weds 22nd) we will meet at St. Andrew’s church with the wider mission community to be trained in evangelism and outreach by a visiting speaker who will help us with this often daunting but also exciting ministry. See Paul for more details.


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HARVEST SUPPER UPDATE

The final figure for our Harvest Supper event was £308.20 which will go to Tear Fund; thank you once again for supporting this.


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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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BIBLE DEDICATION

If you have a special event (baptism, wedding, anniversary, in memory of, … etc.) that you would like to have remembered, why not have a dedication in one of the new Bibles.


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FLOWERS

5TH NOVEMBER   available - please see Hazel 
12TH NOVEMBER  Mr. & Mrs. J. Barwise
19TH NOVEMBER  available - please see Hazel  
26TH NOVEMBER    available - please see Hazel
3RD DECEMBER   Mrs. V. Fulton


Thank you to all those who give money for flowers or help to decorate the church. 

If you’d like to join the team of flower arrangers, please speak to Hazel Brion. 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 families of: Sabrina-Grace Jackson, and Jem Bragg


Funerals: Bill Hutchinson



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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

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St Mark's Village Church - Moresby Parks (Facebook)



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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 Fruit

Tinned Custard

Tinned Rice Pudding

Small tea bags


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