Dear Friends,

Summer.  We come again to that time of year when so many of us will be looking for a break, a rest, a step back from the busy day to day tasks that take up so much of our time.  It is needed refreshment time.  Some of you will have visiting families in the school holidays, some of you will travel yourselves, some of you will tend your gardens, some will  sit in the sunshine and some will barbeque in the long light evenings.  (I am an optimist, even after all these years in Northumberland!)  Whatever you do this summer, enjoy it!

Time for rest and refreshment is necessary for all people.  Our workaholic world spins out of control sometimes.  Ministers have long accepted the joke that we only work an hour a week.  Some of you might agree with that statement, but I have noticed that at meetings of ministers so often the talk is of the long hours.  Now I say this not because it is a moan, but because for many it has become a badge of honour.   It seems that if we said we worked the standard 48 hour week we would be seen as “slacking”.  I have seen ministers trying to outdo each other in numbers of hours worked.  Sadly, this trend is mirrored in the world of secular work.  Some of you might have experienced it firsthand.
Refreshment is essential.  We have read in the Bible about how Jesus, when tired, withdrew and took some time apart.  Jesus didn’t do nothing in that quiet time, though.  He did something very specific.  He prayed.

This summer I do want you all to take a step back from the day to day busyness for refreshment, but I encourage you to fill some of that time praying and listening.   When you come back in September to all the work and busyness again, how is it different?  Have you found something in prayer that you haven’t felt before?  Are you energized to do something new? 

Summer.  What a wonderful time of year!  Enjoy it and take some time to have a conversation with God. 


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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


1st July 2018 M. Gibson
8th July 2018 K. Macfarlane
15th July 2018 B. Cromie
22nd July 2018 H. Peacock
29th July 2018 Cluster
1st Aug 2018 M. Dixon

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

Please contact J. Archibald when you need transport


Dates for your diary
1st July 2018 Mrs Barbara Allen 10:30
8th July 2018 Communion 10:30
15th July 2018 Rev. Jim Watson 10:30
22nd July 2018 Rev. Joan Grindrod-Helmn 10:30
29th July 2018 Cluster 10:30
1st Aug 2018 Rev. Ruth Crofton 10:30
12th Aug 2018 Rev. Joan Grindrod-Helmn
19th Aug 2018 Rev. John Durell
26th Aug 2018 Rev. Joan Grindrod-Helmn

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