WARKWORTH UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
URC


MINISTER'S MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

A man named Stuart McLean passed away this week.  I don’t expect more than two or three of you know who he was.  He was a Canadian writer, broadcaster and excellent storyteller.  In thinking about him this week one of his quotes stuck in my mind.  He said, “It’ll all come out right in the end, and if it doesn’t…it’s not the end.”
Perhaps that quote stuck in my mind because of the uncertainty of the church these days or because we do go through hard times in our lives.  Perhaps those words stuck there because we are about to begin the season of Lent.  We know the story of those last weeks and days of Jesus’ life and ministry.  We know what awaited him.  We know the Good Friday story when the world seemed its darkest and hope seemed lost.  And we know it did come out right in the end, God did not abandon God’s people.
Too often we are quick to judge and move on; declaring something a failure, bemoaning the fact that all seems lost, dumping the experience with the rubbish.   Maybe we need to hold on and see what might come next.  Maybe we need those words…”It’ll come out right in the end, and if it doesn’t it’s not the end”.   God is active in this world and in our lives.  Sometimes we need to wait a bit to see what is coming to us before declaring that we have lost.
The Christian church in the western world is in deep trouble, we know that is a fact.  But God didn’t give us Christ lightly.  We have a place and a purpose wherever we are.  What we know may change, but what we share with others – God’s love – doesn’t change.  It may seem hopeless now, but is this our Good Friday?  Can we wait in expectation and listen to God’s Spirit saying to us, It’"It'll all come out right in the end; and if it doesn’t it’s not the end?"  Stick with it; be open to where the Spirit might lead us.  We aren’t ready for our ending, we have too much yet to do!

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

These recent weeks have brought great anxiety to some of our church friends. Do keep especially in our thoughts and prayers Paddy and Lindy.

We send our sympathy to Doris Manderson whose sister died in early January.

As always we also think of all those who are not able to join us each Sunday morning.

We are pleased that Joan Robinson is making good progress after her recent fall.

Good Wishes to our good friend Masie Luke as she undergoes knee surgery and also Rev June Barras, Acklington, who is having hip surgery in February.

Thank You

To all those who gave their time to prepare our church over the Christmas season.

Also to "Homespun" Thank you to the group - Hilga, Sally, Maureen and Wilma who took our "Homespun" Service. They had given much thought to an encourageing and inspiring subject - the value of even the humblest people in God's world.

A huge "Thank you" to Ann and Richard who have replanted the containers. They are such a brilliant splash of colour on these grey days.

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.

Visitors

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

 

Date
Name
5th March 2017 Jan Archibald
12th March 2017 Vacant
19th March 2017 Beattie Warwick
26th March 2017 Margaret Burrell
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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
Date
Driver

Please contact Jan when you need transport

01665 711 304

 

Dates for your diary
Date
Subject
Time
  PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM 4TH SEPT SERVICES WILL COMMENCE AT 10:30

3rd Mar 2017

Women's Day of Prayer
Service prepared by Christian Women of
The Philippines

14:30

10th Mar 2017

Come and enjoy an evening of

MUSIC AND THE SPOKEN WORD

BEDLINGTON TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH CHOIR

TICKETS - £5.00

Members are asked to bring items for a
Savoury Finger Buffet Supper

19:00

18th Mar 2017

ANNUAL SPRING COFFEE MORNING

IN THE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH HALL

THE BUTTS

WARKWORTH

COFFEE, SCONES, STALLS AND RAFFLE

ADMISSION £1.50

DO COME, BRING A FRIEND,
ENJOY A CHAT

PROCEEDS FOR
"THE LEPROSY MISSION"

OFFER YOUR HELP TO KATIE

10:00 - 11:30
     
     
     
   
     
     
     
     
   
   
   
   
   


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:

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.

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)


You give a donation to a charity of
£10.00
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
£12.50
Less Tax at 20%
2.50
Money in your pocket
£10.00

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

 

Simple:

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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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?’”

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