Dear Friends,

There are some traditional things that get done after Easter; potatoes planted, gardens tidied after winter, commitments made to clean out the shed…all good things.   I decided to clean the shed this year.   The shed is not a place I would go often, it was Monty’s domain.  I understood the need for a “man cave”, so I left him to it. 
On entering this dark, musty shed I noticed how neatly everything was organized.  There were jars of nails, of screws, of garden ties.  There was a big ball of rubber bands.  There was a box labelled “string” and a box labelled “string too short to be saved”.  Think about it.
A box labelled “string too short of be saved”.  And yet, here it was with all the other pieces of life that had been saved.  It got me to thinking, in these days after Easter, when we really wonder what it was all about – resurrection – if that’s not it in a nutshell?  We are all imperfect people.  Some have gone hugely wrong, some have not.  We may consider that we are string not good enough to be saved because of our shortcomings.  But we are all in God’s box of string and even though we are “too short”, God keeps us anyway.  God sees something in us that has use and purpose and God forgives our shortcomings.  Easter is about Jesus being risen.  When Jesus is risen he raises us, for he promises to go ahead of us.  Being risen is, I suppose, discovering and accepting that you are that “too short” piece of string that doesn’t deserve to be saved, but is saved anyway.  Doesn’t deserve forgiveness, but gets it anyway.  Doesn’t deserve unconditional love, but gets it anyway.
What a lesson for us on forgiveness.   Will we keep the many strings that are “too short to be saved” in our lives or throw them out?

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.

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."

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".

We were delighted to be joined by Andrew, Cath, Helen and Anna Black when they came to stay with
Grannie and Grandpa over Easter.

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


7th May 2017 Mrs Wilma Nicoll
14th May 2017 Vacant
21st May 2017 Mrs Pat Dodd
28th May 2017 Vacant

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 14th May 2017 Christian Aid Service
The Rev & Mrs M Shepherd
Sun 21st May 2017 Service led by Rev Sue Wilson 10:30
Sun 28th May 2017 Service led by Rev Joan Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv. 10:30
Sun 4th June 2017 Service led by George Scott of Seahouses 10:30

Sat 13th May 2017


Christian Aid Week



Cakes and produce stall


Fair Trade goods

Entrance £1.50 - includes drink and scone

Christian Aid Week



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.