WARKWORTH UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
URC

MINISTER'S MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

I had a birthday last month, not a significant one but another birthday.  I don’t know about you, but I try to mark the day somehow.  Some folks may go out for a meal or have a party.  I decided to do something I have always wanted to do, but never tried.  I went scuba diving!  OK, it was in a training tank and not in the sea and it was with an instructor.  I was afraid I was too old, especially after another birthday, but I didn’t chicken out and actually turned up on the day.  I was exhausted after struggling to get the wetsuit on and scared most of the time in the water, but I did it.  I was certainly no Jacques Cousteau and scuba is LOTS harder than it looks on TV!

The lovely instructor said to me, “You are never too old if you really want to do something.”  I hope that attitude will stick with me.

In June we celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the church.  Like so many things it seems to lose impact and importance as each year goes by.  When we were children we got much more excited about birthdays than we do when we’re 78, for example.  But Pentecost IS important today.  It reminds us of those folks who, scared as they must have been, stepped out and did something new.  It reminds us that we are not alone in whatever we do, that we have each other and we have the Spirit to give us strength and courage.  It reminds us that we are called to continue the work began at Pentecost.

 Are we going to let this birthday slide by unobserved, using the excuse that we’re too old to get excited about it or are we going to mark another birthday by doing something new?  Yes, we might be scared and yes it may be harder than we thought,  but as my instructor said,  “You are never too old if you really want to do something”.    Pentecost only comes around once a year, let’s make the most of it, let’s do something new!

Joan

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Minister and Officers
Minister Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn
Church Correspondence and
Synod Representative
M. Gibson
Worship Secretary H. Peacock
Readers Rota L. Conway
Hall Bookings S. Brooks
Christian Aid Representatives M. and M. Shepherd
Treasurer S. Black  
Organists G. Brooks and
P. Toward
Fabric Convener Minutes at present J. Archibald


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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

 

Date
Name
5th May 2019 W. Nicoll
12th May 2019 I. Frater
19th May 2019 W.J. Dodd
26th May 2019 Vacancy
2nd June 2019 J. Robinson
   
   

Do remember that our flowers continue to give pleasure to others after they are taken from the Communion Table. We receive most appreciative messages from those who are enjoying the flowers and appreciate being remembered.

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Dates for your diary
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Date
Subject
Time
5th May 2019 Songs of Praise service 10:30
12th May 2019 Christian Aid Service led by
Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn
10:30
19th May 2019 Anniversary Service
Preacher: Rev. Ruth Crofton
Followed by lunch
10:30
Thursday 23rd May 2019 Joint Elders' Meeting,
St. James's
19:30
26th May 2019 Service led by
Rev. J. Grindrod-Helmn
10:30
2nd June 2019 Service led by
Rev. June Barras
10:30
     
     
     
   

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 J. Grindrod-Helmn M.A., Mdiv.