WARKWORTH UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
URC

MINISTER'S MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

We so often think of September as a time of change. Children go to school, groups start up again after their summer breaks. New people seem to appear and there is an energy for getting down to work that just wasn’t there in August.

In the church September is known as Creation Time, a relatively new season when we think of all of God’s creation. This year’s theme, Passing On the Gift, is a very apt one. Over the weeks of Creation Time we are asked to think about what we are passing on to a younger generation. Each week has a different theme: integrity, hope, wisdom, service and discipleship. What gifts are we passing on to others? Which do you think is the most important? Do you have your own list? For me the most important on that list is to pass on hope. We must have hope. Hope gives us a chance to change. Hope gives us the possibility of forgiveness. Hope reminds us that anything is possible. Hope is a flame within each of us that burns brightly at times and is no more than a smouldering heap at others. Hope means that everything else on our lists is possible and it gives us that spark of energy to try, rather than to accept the way things are.

I have great hope for our planet, just as I have great hope for all of creation. Young or old, rich or poor, male or female, we all have a part to play in God’s great creation. With hope in our hearts may we work to pass on a better planet and a better society to our
grandchildren and all those who will come after us.

Pope Francis wrote a prayer for Creation Time, part of which says:
“God of love, show us our place in this world as the channels of your love for all creatures of this earth, for not one of them is forgotten in your sight. O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future, to hope for the coming of your Kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty.”

Amen!

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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Church Family News

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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
2nd Sept 2018 Contribution Box
9th Sept 2018 B. Grogan
16th Sept 2018 A. Temperley
23rd Sept 2018 K. Burke
30th Sept 2018 Cluster
7th Oct 2018 Vacant
   
   
   

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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Shilbottle Transport Rota
Date
Driver

Please contact J. Archibald when you need transport

 

Dates for your diary
by
Date
Subject
Time
2nd Sept 2018 Rev June Barras 10:30
9th Sept 2018 Rev. Joan Grindrod-Helmn
Communion
10:30
16th Sept 2018 Rev. Joan Grindrod-Helmn 10:30
23rd Sept 2018 Mr Andy Lie,
Northern Synod Ecumenical Officer
10:30
Saturday
29th Sept 2018
Tastes and Temptations 19:00
30th Sept 2018 Cluster Service at
St Mark's, Amble
10:30
7th Oct 2018 Mr Peter Waugh
10:30
     
     
     
   

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