Dear Friends,

Ah, summer!  Long days and short nights. With any luck, long days filled with sunshine before the grey of winter. Many people are affected by SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – in winter and the recommendation is to sit in front of a bright light and take multivitamins. Many folks take vitamins anyway, do you?  They supposedly improve our health by supplementing vitamins we don’t get enough of in our diet.
It got me to musing, what would a multivitamin for the church contain?  What vitamins do we need to improve our health?  As they all seem to start with letters, how about:
   R – for realistic expectations
   V – for vision, where God is calling us
   E – for enthusiasm, energy, excitement
   S – for spirit, the Holy Spirit
   P – for prophecy
   M – for mission orientation
   G – for growth, the spiritual kind
   L – for learning and study
I’m sure you could come up with a host more vitamins to put into our church multivitamin.  Even with nanotechnology this would be a big tablet!
The thing is, the church itself is a multivitamin. It is made up of all of us and we each have our own specialty.  Put us together and we boost each other.  Let those who have gifts of teaching or preaching or prophecy or whatever God has given, use them.  What improves the health of the church?  WE DO!  We have a rich resource of people in the church, special vitamins all of them and not one past its expiration date!   Combined, we can be powerful medicine for our community and the world!

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

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.


To Lindy and Paddy who have received a Certificate of Commendation for giving over ninety years between them for service to Christianid. 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.

Good Wishes

To Elizabeth and Denis Boyd who celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary on 21st May.

Birthday Greetings

To Naomi who is spending her 90th Birthday with her family in Gloucestershire.

Margaret Gibson

Attended the Congregational Women's Weekend at Pitlochry in March.

As a congregation we say "THANK YOU" to John for all the thought he has given to our new magazine.

Congratulations to Wilma who was the winner of the Title Contest - "Pilgrim Ways".

Two of our ladies are about to embark on special holidays:

Hilga is off to Australia to join her brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Irene when they celebrate their
Golden Wedding.

Katie is having the "Holiday of a Lifetime". She plans to travel from ALNMOUTH to VLADIVOSTOK!

To both ladies we wish Bon Voyage!

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


4th June 2017 Joan Robinson
11th June 2017 Jan Archibald
18th June 2017 Doris Manderson
25th June 2017 Eileen Watson
2nd July 2017 Elizabeth Boyd

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 4th June 2017 Service led by George Scott of Seahouses 10:30
Sun 11th June 2017 Service led by Revd Joan Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv. 10:30
Sun 18th June 2017 Service led by The Elders 10:30
Sun 25th June 2017 Service led by Mrs Helen Bisopp 10:30
Sun 2nd July 2017 Service led by Miss Madeline Russell 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.