Dear Friends,

The clocks have gone forward, the days are getting longer, and the first day of spring has passed.  The winter is over and summer is just around the corner.  How we love the long days, days of warmth and sunshine!  Days when it seems all things are good and possible!
And yet in the church we are in the darkest of seasons, deep into Lent and the events of Holy Week that end with that terrible darkness of Good Friday.  Can we imagine what that darkness must have felt like all those years ago?  For the followers of Jesus the time between Friday and Sunday must have felt like an eternity, lost in the darkness of grief and fear, lost and fragmenting from a group of friends and followers to ones hiding in the shadows and going separate ways with only a few clinging to each other in the darkness.
And into this darkness, on Sunday morning, light shines. The light of hope and promise.  The light that offers something more than this world can offer.  The phrase that sticks in my mind is from Revelation, “See, I am making all things new.”  Despite all the darkness of this world, God still brings light.  Not for God’s needs, for ours.  Light, newness, into our darkness.
Unfortunately, we don’t take to newness very well.  We so often prefer what we know, how it always used to be, how we’ve always done it and don’t get why we should go for the newness.  If it was good enough for my grandparents/parents it’s good enough for me.
But that’s not why God sent Jesus to us, is it?  Jesus was all about newness, about taking the light to every corner of the world, about giving hope to those in need, about feeding the bodies and spirits of people who live in darkness.
As we celebrate Easter this year, may we take a moment or two to ask ourselves, what are we about?

Joan Grindrod-Helmn

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Minister and Officers
Minister Rev. Joan E. Grindrod Helmn
01665 798290
Correspondence Secretary Mrs Margaret Gibson
Worship Secretary Miss Hilga Peacock
01665 711 156
Pastoral Secretary Ms Lindy Conway
01665 713 006
Treasurer Mrs Sally Black
01665 711 262  
Fabric Convener Minutes at present Miss Jan Archibald
01665 711 304

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Church Family News

As always, we think first of those who are unable to join us in church on Sunday morning.

Good wishes to all who have recently spent time in hospital but are now recuperating at home. We think especially of Paddy Conway and Ann Burke.

The Flowers

I have had phone calls and written messages from those who have received the flowers. This underlines that the flowers not only give pleasure to the congregation but also become a tangible expression of our concern.


It has been a pleasure to welcome visitors in recent weeks. Do look out for them and "have a word", maybe hand them one of Jan's "welcome cards" which are on the table by the visitors' book.

We say "Welcome to Naomi who has come to live in Abbeyfield House. We were pleased to meet her daughter and son-in-law when they came to morning service."

Margaret Burrell

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Services and Meetings

Most Sundays
Service in Warkworth Church
11.15 a.m.

Please check the "Dates for your Diary" page for more information.

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Flower Rota


2nd April 2017 Vacant
9th April 2017 Mrs Pat Dodd
16th April 2017 Easter Lilies
23rd April 2017 Easter Lilies (retained)
30th April 2017 Cluster Service
7th May 2017 Wilma Nicoll

Do remember that our flowers continue to give pleasure to others after they are taken from the Communion Table. I receive most appreciative messages from those who are enjoying the flowers and appreciate being remembered.

Margaret Burrell
Tel: 01665 711 395

16, The Butts, Warkworth, NE65 0SS

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Shilbottle Transport Rota

Please contact Jan when you need transport

01665 711 304


Dates for your diary
Sun 2nd April 2017 Service led by Rev. Kay Alberg 10:30
Sun 9th April 2017 Sevice led by Revd Joan Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv. 10:30
Wed 12th April 2017 Church walk at Rothbury 10:30
Thur 13th April 2017 Maundy Agape service and light supper 19:00
Sun 16th April 2017 Communion Service with Mrs Marjory Tate 10:30
Sun 23rd April 2017 Service led by Revd Joan Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv. 10:30
Sun 30th April 2017

The Mission Partnership Service at
St. Mark's, Amble

Sun 7th May 2017 Service led by Rev. Malcolm Thomas 10:30


Many of you will recall the letter which Paddy enclosed with your Free Will Offering Envelopes. He felt that many may still have doubts about "Gift Aiding" their Weekly giving so he has produced the following:

To anyone who pays Income Tax
We hear a lot about GIFT AID and some people are nervous about it

Perhaps they remember the covenants in the past where one had to commit yourself to paying a certain sum to charity every year for seven years. The charity could then reclaim tax. People were, not surprisingly, wary of this long term commitment. But all that has gone. In 1990 the Chancellor introduced Gift Aid for larger donations. Ten years later Gift Aid was expanded to cover all donations to charity of whatever size.
NO STRINGS ATTACHED - gift Aid is applied to the individual donation. There is no long term commitment.


The Government have announced an intention to reduce basic rate Income Tax to 20%. (I've used this figure as it's easier to calculate)

You give a donation to a charity of
If you pay tax at the standard rate, then, in order to get £10 in your pocket you will have earned £12.20
i.e. Gross Earnings
Less Tax at 20%
Money in your pocket

If you Gift Aid your £10 donation the charity can reclaim from the Treasury the £2.50 paid in tax.

So for every pound you give the charity gets an extra 25p



All you have to do is fill in a Gift Aid form with your name and address, stating that you are a UK tax payer, you wish the charity to reclaim the tax and you pay in tax at least as much as your total Gift Aid. (Phone Jan Archibald 01665 711304 for form.)

If for any reason you wanted to cancel a Gift Aid declaration you can at any time.

Paddy Conway

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Remember – old folks are worth a fortune – with silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys and gas in their stomachs.

I have become a little older since I saw you last and changes have come into my life. I am quite a frivolous old girl!!! I am seeing five gentlemen each day.

As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed and then I go to see John. Next, it’s time for Mr Quaker who gives me my oats. They leave and Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn’t stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint. After such a busy day I am ready for bed with Johnny Walker.

What a life – and oh yes – I am flirting with Al Zymer. The vicar came the other day and said that at my age I should be thinking about the hereafter.  I told him, “Oh I do. No matter where I am, if I am in the kitchen or upstairs or in the basement, I ask myself – ‘Now what am I here after?’”

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Revd Joan Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv.