Dear Friends,

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.  
Our tradition has always taken Luther’s words about the “priesthood of all believers” seriously.  It gives us all the freedom to think and pray and read and learn about God for ourselves, not needing a “priestly” interpreter. God can and does speak to us all.   We need to remember the priesthood of all believers these days, as “professional” ministry is less and less evident and we are all called to be disciples.  

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.

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

We send good wishes for her recovery to Wendy Shepherd.
We remember with our love and prayers Soo Brooks whose sister is gravely ill.


Our Church was filled to give thanks for the life of Chrissie Farrall. This dear, friendly, generous, loyal member of our congregation will be greatly missed by all. We remember in our prayers all Chrissie's family to whom she gave a life of devoted love.

The Flowers

I have had phone calls and written messages from those who have receilved 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 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.

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


15th Oct 2017 Mrs Sheila Darling
22nd Oct 2017 Mrs Pat Dodd
29th Oct 2017 Mrs Linda Egan
5th Nov 2017 Mrs Margaret Gibson
12th Nov 2017 Mrs Pat Dodd
19th Nov 2017 Miss Jan Archibald
26th Nov 2017 Mrs Pat Dodd
3rd Dec 2017 TBA

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
15th Oct 2017 Rev Barry Hutchinson 10:30
22nd Oct 2017 Revd Joan Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv.
- Church Meeting
29th Oct 2017 Rev Jane Rowell -
Mission Partnership Service
5th Nov 2017 Rev Ben Hopkinson 10:30

11th Nov 2017



Coffee Morning






12th Nov 2017 Revd Joan Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv.
Remembrance Service
19th Nov 2017 Mr George Scott 10:30
26th Nov 2017 Revd Joan Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv.
3rd Dec 2017 Rev Canon Alan Craig 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.