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On Sunday 28
September Gary,
our Team Rector,
was installed as an
Honorary Canon of
Carlisle Cathedral
The Magazine of the Parishes of St Aidan’s,
St George’s with St Luke’s and St Perran’s,
Barrow-in-Furness
TEAM TALK
The Messy Church Team
October 2014
The South Barrow
Team Ministry
50p
Sunday Worship : October 2014
5 October
12 October
19 October
HARVEST THANKSGIVING
*9.30 am Harvest Celebration at St Aidan’s
*10.30 am Holy Communion (CW) at St George’s
11 am Morning Worship at St Perran’s
3 pm Messy Church at St Georges
*9.30 am Holy Communion (CW) at St Aidan’s
*10.30 am Holy Communion at St George’s
11 am Morning Worship at St Perran’s
10.30 am TEAM COMMUNION SERVICE at St Perran’s
Preacher: Revd Ron Wilson
12.30 pm Baptism at St Aidan’s
*3 pm MEMORIAL SERVICE at St George’s
26 October
*9.30 am Holy Communion (CW) at St Aidan’s
*10.30 am Baptisms at St George’s
11 am Morning Worship at St Perran’s
2 November
*9.30 am Morning Worship at St Aidan’s
*10.30 am Holy Communion (CW) at St George’s
11 am Holy Communion at St Perran’s
3 pm Messy Church at St Georges
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
th
Sunday 9 November 2014
9.30 am Holy Communion (CW) at St Aidan’s
10.50 am Holy Communion (CW) at St George’s
11 am Remembrance Service (CW) at St Perran’s
Join us as we remember with gratitude those who have given their lives
in past and present conflicts, and who are currently serving in places like
Afghanistan & Iraq. God will remember them… will you?
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The South Barrow Team - Useful Contacts
Team Rector
& Rural Dean
of Barrow:
Revd Canon Gary M. Cregeen, The Rectory, 98 Roose Road,
Barrow-in-Furness, LA13 9RL.
Tel. 01229 877367
Email: [email protected]
Team Vicar:
Revd Jo Northey, The Vicarage, 31 Middle Hill
Barrow-in-Furness, LA13 9HD
Tel. 01229 364246
Email: [email protected]
Assistant Curate Revd Matt Hornby, The Vicarage, 98a Roose Road ,
Barrow-in-Furness, LA13 9RL.
Tel. 01229 877755
Email: [email protected]
Churchwardens:
Mr Ted Fenton (St George’s w. St Luke’s & St Perran’s)
01229 820408
Mr Peter Gardner (St Aidan’s)
01229 825870
Mrs Geraldine Southam (St George’s w. St Luke’s & St Perran’s) 466327
Mrs Madge Wignall (St Aidan’s)
01229 820484
PCC Treasurers:
Mrs Pat Liddicott (St George’s w. St Luke’s & St Perran’s)
Mrs Sheila Simpson (St Aidan’s)
01229 839563
PCC Secretaries:
Miss Alison Otto (St George’s w. St Luke’s & St Perran’s)
Mrs Carole Williamson (St Aidan’s)
01229 825802
01229 826017
Vergers:
Mrs Geraldine Southam (St George’s w. St Luke’s & St Perran’s) 01229 466327
Mr Keith Cockburn (St Aidan’s)
01229 826692
Hall Lettings Secretaries:
Mr Ted & Mrs Ruth Fenton (St George’s & St Perran’s)
Mr Keith Cockburn (St Aidan’s)
01229 820408
01229 826692
Weekly Team Newsletter: Judy Cowsill
01229 829710
Team Website: Dave Coram
Email: [email protected]
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Thank you
PAUSE FOR THOUGHT...
“Be strong and courageous.... The LORD
himself goes before you and will be with
you; he will never leave you nor forsake
you. Do not be afraid; do not be
discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31 v.6&8
TEAM WEBSITE!
www.sbtchurches.co.uk
Have you visited lately?
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Happy Birthday Messy Church!
Last October we embarked on a journey into the unknown. Armed with our
MAP objective : To grow a new form of worship service for people in our
community not yet engaged in church. We set off on a very Messy journey!
We have learned how to plan fun craft activities to teach bible truths, that
food is always good in this – especially the chocolate fountain! We have
found games to play to keep the less crafty happy and found songs that
families enjoy. We have been educated in food hygiene and health & safety
to make sure we are safe as well as happy! We have found out how to
logistically cater for such large groups.
What a year! Who knew that teaching people about God and worshipping
together could be such fun!? But it’s only been possible thanks to our amazing team who help plan and resource the activities. Who provide delicious
cakes and those who cook serve and clear up. Thank you to all who have
supported Messy this year both practically and those who have been faithful
in praying regularly for Messy and the families we meet.
What’s next?
As we start a new year of Messy Church, we want to continue in our mission
to help families learn about God without even realising it because we are
having so much fun! We want to continue to get to know the regular families who come and explore ways of helping them grow in faith, and we want
to welcome all who come and join us.
What can you do to support us?
All of you can help us by praying for the team as we plan and deliver our
activities. Pray for our families that they would meet God in a variety of
ways and that they would find and grow in their faith. Many are generous in
Helping us by providing cakes. Would you like to volunteer to help run a
craft, a game, or help in the kitchen? Do you have a skill, something you
might be able to come and do with the families for a one off session?
Eg card making, woodwork….. You can also give financially on a one off or
with a small regular donation to help us fund our activities.
Thank you for all the support you have given Messy – we look forward to a
new year of fun!
Jo Northey
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The South Barrow Team Register
St Luke’s Mothers Union On September 4th, after our summer break,
Baptism
the Revd Jo. Northey presided over our opening service. Many thanks to
her. On September 18th we enjoyed a lovely afternoon with Ted Fenton.
He showed us lovely slides of a journey he, Ruth and two friends took
along a French canal. The weather was beautiful and the scenery glorious.
The afternoon ended with cake and wine provide by Doreen Bates to celebrate her birthday. Many thanks Doreen!
28 September
Dominic Paul Geldart (b: 5 March 2013) @ St George’s
Weddings
6 September
13 September
Darren Jones & Rachel Smith @ St George’s Church
Peter Simpson & Sheila Darlington @ St Aidan’s Church
Funerals
Doreen Finch
We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of:
1 September
4 September
8 September
12 September
12 September
15 September
17 September
24 September
25 September
Matthew Nicholls (85) @ Thorncliffe Crematorium
Harold Hitchin (84) @ Thorncliffe Crematorium
Kerry Hubbold (42) @ St George’s Church
Marjorie MacLaurin (72) @ Thorncliffe Crematorium
Stanley Davies (89) @ Thorncliffe Crematorium
Betty New (84) @ St George’s Church
Glenwyn Davies (65) @ Thorncliffe Crematorium
Dorothy Wilson (89) @ Thorncliffe Crematorium
Christine Betteridge (58) @ St George’s Church
MEMORIAL SERVICE
SUNDAY 19 OCTOBER 2014
at 3 pm at ST GEORGE’S CHURCH
Followed by light refreshments in the Hall
If you would like a loved one to be remembered or know
someone who has been bereaved who could be helped by this
service please contact: Alison Otto by Tuesday 14 October.
All welcome.
Matthew 11:28: �Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who
are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”’
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The Blessings of Giving...
During October the Sunday worship in the South Barrow Churches
will provide an opportunity to reflect on God’s Generosity and to
consider our response...
Giving is good for you! That is a slogan that has the backing of the Bible. As
we review personal giving in response to God it is worth thinking about
some of the really happy times recorded for us in the Bible. Many of these
times happened when God’s people gladly give as they remember God’s
great generosity towards them. A great example of this is in 1 Chronicles
when the leaders of the people gave precious metals and stones for the
building of the temple. “The people rejoiced at the willing response of their
leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD.” And
King David acknowledges that they can give in this way for one reason only.
He says to God, “Everything comes from you, and we have given you only
what comes from your hand.” Every one is happy! “They ate and drank with
great joy in the presence of the LORD that day.” It should come as no surprise that the Bible tells us that God loves a cheerful giver. Giving should be
a happy thing to do! The local church relies on the giving of it’s members
to ensure God’s work prospers locally and further a field. Giving is about
the giving of ourselves to God - in service, in the use of our time and talents, as well as in �giving back’ money God has entrusted to us. Over the
next 2/3 weeks please prayerfully consider your response to God, not least
in giving regularly and efficiently to St George’s, St Aidan’s or St Perran’s.
In the meantime, if you want to read about the happy giving read
1 Chronicles 29!
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Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2014
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD sends a message of
hope to children in desperate situations around the
world through gift-filled boxes & Christian literature.
The programme provides an opportunity for
individuals of all ages to be involved in a simple
hands-on project that reaches out to suffering
children while focusing on the true meaning of
Christmas – Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift.
Operation Christmas Child is the world's largest children's Christmas
project, run by the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse. The charity has
been sending gift-filled shoeboxes around the world since 1990, bringing
joy and hope of into the lives of over 100 million underprivileged children.
Last year, children and adults from across the UK got involved - including
many churches, schools and workplaces - wrapping, packing and sending
nearly 1 million shoeboxes full of gifts to disadvantaged children in Africa,
Eastern Europe and Central Asia. A leaflet providing information about the
project, including a list of items which can be included, is available in
each of the South Barrow Team churches.
You are invited to bring your gift-filled shoe boxes to the
TEAM SERVICE at St George’s on SUNDAY 16 NOVEMBER.
Gift-wrapped shoe boxes can also be delivered to:
The Rectory, 98 Roose Road, Barrow, LA13 9RL,
by Saturday 15 November, at the latest. Thank you.
For more information about the Shoe-box Appeal
please contact Julie Cregeen (01229 877367).
Dust off the Christmas wrapping paper, get those
empty shoeboxes out of the loft or cupboard and start
filling them with gifts for a child who may otherwise
receive nothing this Christmas!
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SHARING YOUR STORY
Some Christians seem to be incredibly confident about sharing their faith, but
most of us feel unsure. We would love our family and friends, and even the
people we meet, to somehow get to know a little of what our Christian faith
means to us, and might mean for them. But how?
'Sharing your Story' is not designed to give you all the answers or turn you into
an embarrassing or annoying God-botherer. It is designed for ordinary Christians who would like to be a little braver and a little better about helping others
connect their life with God. Jesus last words to His disciples were "you will be
witnesses for me". 'Sharing your Story' will help you gently, carefully and more
positively witness to people around you. Each of the sessions will be led by
Bishop Robert. He writes, "Although I often get to stand up and talk about my
faith, I really struggle making conversation with family and friends. It just doesn't come easily for me. So in many ways 'Sharing your Story' will be about me
learning along with everyone else. What we look at will be simple, practical and
do-able. This isn't a course for 'high power' Christians who want a boost.
'Sharing your Story' is for 'ordinary' Christians who want to use the opportunities around them to bring God into the picture."
'Sharing your Story' will be at 9.30 am (until 12.30 pm) on:
Saturday 22 November at St Aidan's, Newbarns.
Don’t miss out! Please sign up for what promises to be a really useful morning!
SCHOOL GOVERNOR Thank you... Peter & Sheila!
Following the �retirement’ of Sandra
Adams as a Foundation Governor at
St Georges CE Primary School the
PCC will need to appoint a new
Foundation Governor - nominations
for this important role should be
forwarded to Alison Otto, PCC
Secretary, by 31 October. Thank you
It was a great delight for many of us to
share in Peter and Sheila’s recent
wedding at St Aidan’s. It was a truly
special and lovely occasion. Instead of
presents Peter & Sheila requested donations for the ’Fit For Purpose’ Fund over £500 was donated! We are most
grateful for this generous gesture.
Thank you! To all those who supported the recent �GOOD AS NEW’ sale
at St Aidan’s—over £230 was raised for the �Fit For Purpose’ Fund!
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Dedication....commitment...
In the city of Oxford stands the Martyrs’ Memorial
which commemorates some of the Protestant
Reformers who died for the sake of the Gospel. The
16th of October marks the anniversary of two of
those who burnt to death, rather than abandon their
faith in Christ; namely, Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of
London, and Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester.
Ridley had been a renowned scholar and Latimer, a
respected preacher; both men were key allies to
Thomas Cranmer in bringing about the English
Reformation, which had positively and effectively
been introduced under the reign of Edward VI (154753). However, when Mary became queen she
attempted to restore Roman Catholicism and
embarked on a campaign to eradicate Protestantism by having about two
hundred bishops, scholars and other men and women burnt at the stake.
Nowadays, when it seems fashionable, in some quarters, to deny there is
any such thing as certainty about religious truth, or any opinions to die for,
perhaps we need to recall the likes of Latimer and Ridley who had
discovered the truth and were prepared to die for it. Indeed, their
testimony of over 450 years ago remains true for many Christians today, in
places such as Nigeria, the Sudan, Iraq and Indonesia, where hostile
persecution is a sad reality. In 1 Peter 3:17-22 those who suffer unjustly
are encouraged to follow Christ’s example by enduring it with meekness,
patience, and faith. For the heart of the gospel is Christ crucified and risen;
His death for the unrighteous, alienated from God because of sins, is
effective once for all because He was the righteous one. This truth was
discovered by Latimer and Ridley and was worth dying for; as the flames
beat around them Latimer encouraged Ridley, saying: “We shall this day
light a candle, by God’s grace, in England as I trust shall never be put out”.
May we, as we encounter opposition for the Gospel’s sake, draw strength
from Christ’s example and His victory, that our lives would be hallmarked
by a radical trust in God and a faithful defence of His Word.
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Barrow Foodbank News
Thank you to everyone who donated this summer, to help feed 989 adults and
898 children during the school holidays.. As well as food donations, the Evening
Mail campaign also raised over ВЈ2000 in cash, which will pay for 1.25 tonnes of
food. Stocks now need to be increased to meet the demands of the coming winter, and collections will be held at Tesco stores at Hindpool Road, Friars Lane,
Rawlinson St and Ocean Rd on Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th
December, 9am to 5pm. If you can help for an hour or two at any of these
stores, please contact Ann at [email protected] At our
Team Harvest Services this year, we will be supporting the Bishop's Harvest
Appeal with cash donations, and Barrow Foodbank with food donations.
If you cannot bring items to church, there are collection points at
Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Roose Road Co-op stores.
Sheila Simpson, SBT Foodbank Co-ordinator
ADVANCE NOTICE: COMMEMORATION - WW I
This year commemorates 100 years since the outbreak of World War One.
Have you lost relations in this war or in WW II or in Korea or Afghanistan? If so,
have you any photos, newspaper cuttings or memorabilia of them, could
Dorothy Baines (St Aidan’s) have them, please? If possible, we would like to
borrow these in order to make a display to honour these gallant men and
women later in the year - to coincide with the Remembrance weekend in
November. These photos would be copied when received and the
originals returned. For more information contact Dorothy (822731) Thank you!
SOUTH BARROW TEAM PRAYER MEETING
The October SBT Prayer meeting will be on Wednesday 22 October at 8 pm at
The Vicarage, 98a Roose Road. Using the framework of Night Prayer the
meeting provides us with an opportunity to pray for individuals, the local
Church and community and wider issues. This meeting is open to everyone,
whether
you
attend
the
weekly
Home
Groups
or
not.
“A Christian Fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for
one another, or it collapses” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Fruitfulness on the Frontline (4): Ministering Grace and Love
�Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the
land. Then the word of the LORD came to [Elijah]: �Go at once to Zarephath
in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have instructed a widow there to
supply you with food.’ So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the
town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks’. 1 Kings 17:7-10
God’s provision can come in the most unlikely of places and through the most
unlikely of people. Having announced to Ahab that there will be a drought in
the land, Elijah is led by God to a brook from which he drinks and where ravens
supply him with food. When the brook dries up, God displays his power to provide in a different way. Just as God �directed’ the ravens (17:4), so now he
�directs’ a widow to feed Elijah. Not the most obvious choice, perhaps. Apart
from anything else, she lives in enemy territory, outside the fold of Israel. In
addition, being a widow, the woman has already suffered loss; we are predisposed to imagine her poor and in need, eking out an existence. Indeed, as it
turns out, she doesn’t have food to spare. When Elijah encounters her, she is
preparing what will be a final meal for her and her son – a last supper.
There is one place for each letter of the alphabet in the 26 empty
squares in the diagram below. Fill in each letter so that a word of at
least 5 letters is formed reading across only. Not all the letters in
each row are used; it's up to you to discover which ones are needed
to complete the right words. Some of the letters may fit in more than
one of the empty squares to complete words; however only one
arrangement of all the letters of the alphabet will complete a word in
each row. Plurals not allowed.
So it is with remarkable faith that she responds to Elijah’s promise that her
meagre resources – a jar of flour and a jug of oil – will not run out. Against all
her instincts as a mother, she is persuaded to feed Elijah first, and she discovers
that God is able to meet their needs. She stakes all on the word of the Lord, and
continues to do so in the daily round of flour and oil, every morning a fresh
reminder of the Lord’s provision, every day a fresh opportunity to minister out
of His riches. And, like other widows in Scripture, she takes her place in the
circle of those drawn into God’s plan, such that Jesus Himself refers to her in
Luke 4:24-26, reminding us that grace extends to – and comes from –
unexpected places.
We too may be the means by which God shares his abundance with neighbours,
with colleagues, with strangers. And we minister grace and love to others as
those who have been on the receiving end of it ourselves. So, it’s not about
how great we are. It’s out of His own amazing generosity that God uses us to
bless and benefit others, and may allow us to see Him work through us in ways
we could not even begin to imagine. Yes, God’s provision can come in the most
unlikely of places and through the most unlikely of people, even through us.
Antony Billington
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HALLOWE’EN - Just harmless fun?
If you visit any supermarket over the next
few weeks you will be welcomed by a large
Hallowe’en display. For many retailers
Hallowe’en is seen as a great sales
opportunity; clearly they detect a market
growth in this area of consumerism in recent years.
As responsible people we all want the best
for those in our care. Of particular concern
is that we do not in any way want to
hinder our children’s development. There
are certain aspects of Hallowe’en which
are clearly unhelpful and for some children
harmful.
THE BACKGROUND
The word Hallowe’en comes from All
Hallows (All Saints) Eve, and is celebrated
the day before the Christian festival of All
Hallows. Halllowe’en was a pagan festival
with a twin emphases: fear of the dead
and evil spirits alongside with the customs
associated with predicting the future.
These pagan customs were remarkably
persistent, so the Church provided alternative festivals that incorporated many of
the old customs. Instead of fearing evil and
worrying about the future, All Saints
provided a time when the achievements of
the saints were remembered and the
ultimate triumph of good is re-asserted.
HALLOWE’EN TODAY
Nowadays Hallowe’en is seen as harmless
fun, it is thought that demons and ghosts
don't’ exist and witchcraft and occult practices are just superstitious
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Nonsense. But whether real or imaginary,
these things are symbols of evil. Concentrating on evil at Hallowe’en can bring
fear to impressionable young minds. For
some it is upsetting and causes nightmares. This is often underestimated.
Hallowe’en can also breed an unhealthy
interest in the occult, which leads to
emotional, mental, and spiritual distress.
This is confirmed by child psychologists,
who are dealing with increasing numbers
of disturbed children. While trick or treating can breed vindictive attitudes, and
lead not just to childish pranks as ’tricks’,
but vandalism and even violence. In addition, it is dangerous today for children to
be knocking on the doors of strangers.
CAUTION RECOMMENDED
Christians believe that good and evil are
opposites. This does not mean that all
characters have to be classified as
�goodies or baddies’ in a simplistic or unrealistic way; however, we need to exercise concern when evil is presented as no
more than �fun’ at Hallowe’en. While it is
recognised that no harm is intended at
Hallowe’en parties we are walking on
thin ice whenever we fail to make clear
distinctions between the harmless and
the harmful.
place. Why not do an alternative
children’s party event on All Hallow’s
Eve - maybe a rainbow party!
Christians believe that evil is a real but
defeated power. Hallowe’en, however, is
about evil triumphant, where it is in the
ascendant and is given to much importance. For Christians Hallowe’en is a
distortion of reality. It may also give children a false sense of the power of evil.
There is in all of us a desire for the
best; whether it be physical or
spiritual. But our appetite for spiritual
satisfaction can lead us to sample
much that is harmful such as
astrology, spiritualism, weird religions
- some of these can become obsessions. It is through such interests that
evil powers can charm their way into
our minds to confuse and oppress.
Therefore it is important that our
children and grand-children get the
power of evil into perspective. A parallel
can be drawn with the reporting of
crimes. At the end of �Crimewatch UK’
the presenters are careful to say that
their programme is unrepresentative.
The nature of the programme means that
it dwells on muggings, burglary, and
violence, but such crimes are put in
context by reminding people that they
are more in danger of being run over
than mugged. The presenters recognise
that it may create a false sense of vulnerability in the audience by focusing on
what is after all a minority event. We
need to be watchful that Hallowe’en is
not allowed to do this. By giving evil undue attention, it might increase young
people’s sense of vulnerability in the
world.
NO NEED TO SPOIL THE FUN
Nobody wants our children to feel
isolated from their peers and the fun of a
�party’. We should not wish to remove
anything enjoyable without putting
something which is equally fun in its
SEEKING THE BEST
But God revealed Himself to be a
caring God. He directly forbids any
dealings with evil powers which
enslave. Through His Son Jesus Christ
He offers a personal relationship with
Himself: we can receive forgiveness
for all that is a barrier between ourselves and the source of all spiritual
goodness.
We can, as the Bible puts it, be ’born
again’; become spiritually alive, able
to know our caring, loving God, as
’Father’.
As Hallowe’en makes us consider the
well-being of our children and young
people, it should also encourage us to
consider whether we are spiritually
secure ourselves - �what does if profit
a person to gain the world but lose
their soul’.
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