WARKWORTH UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
Ah, summer! Long days and short nights. With any luck, long days filled with sunshine before the grey of winter. Many people are affected by SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – in winter and the recommendation is to sit in front of a bright light and take multivitamins. Many folks take vitamins anyway, do you? They supposedly improve our health by supplementing vitamins we don’t get enough of in our diet.
Minister and Officers
|Minister||Rev. Joan E. Grindrod Helmn
|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
Church Family News
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 Christianid. 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.
To Elizabeth and Denis Boyd who celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary on 21st May.
To Naomi who is spending her 90th Birthday with her family in Gloucestershire.
Attended the Congregational Women's Weekend at Pitlochry in March.
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".
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
Katie is having the "Holiday of a Lifetime". She plans to travel from ALNMOUTH to VLADIVOSTOK!
To both ladies we wish Bon Voyage!
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.
THANK YOU, CHANCELLOR
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:
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.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS
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)
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.)
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?’”