WARKWORTH UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
At the end of October there will be a very special anniversary celebrated around the world! The 31st of October marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg. This act set off a chain reaction that swept through northern Europe called the Reformation. 500 years ago the thinking and actions of a few people changed the course of history. 500 years ago a fire was lit and it hasn’t gone out.
We are a part of the Reformation, because the Reformation has not ended. Reforming is who and what we should be. Our own statement of faith says that we will always be reforming, changing, listening for God’s word for our time and our place.
But what are we called to do? We are called to serve. That is a deliberately vague term because we will serve in different ways. Some will “do”, some will “be”, some will “dream dreams”. God calls us to be disciples and as each of us is unique our purpose is unique. I suppose the trick is finding out how we can serve. For some that knowledge comes naturally, for others it is a bolt out of the blue, for others it is found after long years of prayer and questioning, but that calling is there and it doesn’t go away when you hit 65.
Dare I say, Luther was a relatively ordinary priest; full of doubts and flaws and brilliance, but most of all he was a disciple whose actions changed the world. It is right that we remember him and the movement he started, for it is not only our history it is our present and our future.
Minister and Officers
|Minister||Rev. Joan E. Grindrod Helmn
|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
Church Family News
We send good wishes for her recovery to Wendy Shepherd.
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.
To Lindy and Paddy who have received a Certificate of Commendation for giving over ninety years between them for service to Christian Aid. A representative from Christian Aid, along with Rev David Herbert, Moderator of The Northern Syno Ad, visited Paddy and Lindy personally to hand over the Certificate. They also appeared in a lovely article in the Northumberland Gazette on May 18th alongside a full colour picture - wonderful.
Congratulations also to Lindy and Paddy who celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary on 20th August.
We were delighted to say "Welcome back to Warkworth" to Colin and Alison Biggs when they were enjoying a brief visit to Northumberland.
Birthday greetings to Eric Watson who celebrates a big birthday in August and also greetings to Alan Coulter.
As always, we remember in our thoughts and prayers those who are unable to join us on Sunday mornings.
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.
THANK YOU, CHANCELLOR
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:
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.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS
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)
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.)
THE VALUE OF OLD AGE
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?’”