Dear Friends,

Lent is upon us again, when we have barely given up on our New Year’s resolutions!  Lent is a time when many people “give up” something or “fast”, which is another form of giving up something.  What do you “give up”?  Chocolates?  Wine?  Caffeine?  Going to the cinema?  Skip a meal?  So often we choose something to give up that didn’t matter much in our lives to begin with and we wonder why we don’t feel any different. 
I’d like to turn this space over to Pope Francis this month, because he has given us all a very good list of things we can “give up” or “fast from” during Lent.

In The Words of Pope Francis

Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and have trust in God.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

Try just one and see what a difference it makes, not just for Lent but all year long!

Joan Grindrod-Helmn

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Minister and Officers
Minister Rev. Joan E. Grindrod Helmn
01665 798290
Church Correspondence and
Synod Representative
Mrs Margaret Gibson
Worship Secretary Miss Hilga Peacock
01665 711 156
Readers Rota Ms Lindy Conway
01665 713 006
Hall Bookings Mrs Soo Brooks
Christian Aid Representatives Max and Maureen Shepherd
07889 118708
Treasurer Mrs Sally Black
01665 711 262  
Organists Dr Geoff Brooks and
Mr Paul Toward
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.

As always, we remember in our thoughts and prayers those who are unable to join us on Sunday mornings.

Margaret Burrell

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Services and Meetings

Most Sundays
Service in Warkworth Church
10.30 a.m.

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

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Flower Rota


4th Mar 2018 Miss K McFarlane
11th Mar 2018 Miss M C Burrell
18th Mar 2018 Mrs J P Warwick
25th Mar 2018 Vacant
1st Apr 2018 Easter Lilies

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
4th Mar 2018 Mrs Barbara Allen
The Leprosy Mission

10th Mar 2018



Spring Flowers


In URC Hall, The Butts, Warkworth

Do come and enjoy this, our first,
social event of 2018

It is an opportunity to support
"WATER AID" as well as
meet up with friends and enjoy a chat.

10:00 - 11:30
11th Mar 2018 Revd Joan Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv. 10:30
18th Mar 2018 Mr David Simpson 10:30
25th Mar 2018 Revd Joan Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv.
Church AGM
29th Mar 2018 Maunday Thursday Service 19:30
1st Apr 2018 Rev Kay Alberg, Easter Communion 10:30
8th Apr 2018 Revd Joan Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv. 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.