Opening letter from the Minister
I recently came across a description of what Christmas might be like in the year
2020 written by a scientist, Dr. Roger Highfield:-
“Later came the highlight of the celebrations a virtual Highfield family reunion. This
year we had consulted an imagineer at Disney’s virtual worlds, one of the best known
providers of on-line gatherings. For our get-together we had asked for ‘something like
Dingley Dell and Santa’s grotto with the full effects - smellyvision, virtual celebs, the
works. I selected a winged Rudolph to get me around. The motion-feedback chair made me
feel a little seasick when my reindeer started in fly.
There were other surprises: photos of some long dead, much loved relatives, scraps
from their voice mail and a few family anecdotes cobbled together by the imagineer and
processed by computer. Though long gone, their digitally remastered bodies lived on to send
a brief Christmas message and even answer a question or two at the family reunion. Using
black and white images and a crackly sound track, the effect was eerie. I bet a few VR
headsets misted up after that. ……You can’t beat a traditional Christmas.”
If I asked for your version of a traditional Christmas I imagine it would be very
different from everyone else’s. How much is conditioned by our own upbringing and present
family life, and how much depends upon the media and commercial world we inhabit? Can we
step out of this occasionally in the next few weeks and seek the origin’s of Christmas from
the biblical narratives? The great significance of the belief that the Son of God, who was
around when the world was made, who would then become a helpless baby in a scruffy stable
in an obscure corner of Palestine. What difference will this belief make to you this
May I wish you a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year,
Services & Preachers for December
Services are held each Sunday at 10.45am and at 6.30pm.
Sunday School - Early Risers (Seniors) meet at 10am,
Juniors (7-11) meet at 10.45am
Primary (3-7) meet at 10.45am, except on Family Service Sunday.
7th 10:45am Rev. Malcolm Jones Communion
6:30pm Mrs. Jayne Watson
14th 10:45am Mrs. Sheila Bowerman in the Trinity Room
6:30pm Rev. Malcolm Jones Fun Club
21st 10:45am Rev. Malcolm Jones Nativity
6:30pm Rev. David Wheatley
24th 5:30pm Stewards Coffee & Mince Pies
7:00pm Friends are invited to walk up to St. Patrick’s after the
5:30pm service and join then in singing carols round the
11:15pm Rev. Malcolm Jones Midnight Communion
25th 11:00am Rev. Malcolm Jones Christmas Day Service
28th 10:45am Mrs. Sue Preston
6:30pm no evening service
Sunday Service Duties for December
Duty Steward Door Stewards Pianist
7th 10:45am Jo Lievesley Lorna White
6:30pm Stephanie Moore Tom & Joan Cullingworth Janet Wilson
& Hannah Lishman
14th10:45am Anthony John John Wakefield
6:30pm Jenny Seeley Anthony John Music Group
& Janet Lander & Richard Smith
21st10:45am Kathryn Blount Janet Wilson
6:30pm Jo Lievesley Chris & Pat Curtis Silver Band
24th 5:30pm David Gorton Janet Wilson & Amy Lishman
11:15pm Jenny Seeley John Wakefield
25th11:00am Kathryn Blount Janet Wilson
28th10:45am Stephanie Moore Janet Wilson
31st 6:30pm Steve Ridal
Evelyn & Roy King would like to say thank you to everyone, for their
prayers and cards received during Roy’s illness. It was all very much
Ann & John Towne & family wish to thank friends for the flowers,
prayers and messages of sympathy on the sudden loss of John’s sister.
Come and enjoy an oasis of peace, worship and fellowship before the
For six days from 1st Dec., we are meeting together with friends from St.
Patrick’s in our Church, at 12 noon for lunch (bring your own packed
lunch, but we will supply tea, coffee and mince pies). This will be
followed by a time of worship at 12:30.
Our leaders will be: Monday, 1st Rev. Malcolm Jones
Tuesday, 2 Gordon Tantum
Wednesday, 3 Rev. Janet Henderson
Thursday, 4 Ron Earl
Friday, 5 Shirley Chambrelan
Saturday, 6 Peter Knight.
Church Christmas Cards
We are again joining with St Patrick’s church in sending a Christmas card
to all homes in Nuthall, with details of services at both churches. Please
help to deliver them by collecting the packs for a few streets from the
coffee lounge, and enjoy a brisk winter walk!
Tumble dryer for sale, in return for donation to church funds. Seller can
deliver (locally!). White Knight, 6.6lb load capacity, 2 heat settings,
working. Please call Anthony John 01159 193164 if you are interested.
A team from our church will once again take on a team from St Patrick's
for the annual festive football match. The match takes place on the Basil
Russell play fields on Monday, 29December, kick off 1.30 pm. Anyone
interested in playing should contact either Barry Langford or Dave
Tantum. Supporters welcome to cheer on the team
The coach committee would like to thank Treve Lander for his 20 years of
service as Treasurer and then Chairman, as he retires this year. They wish
Richard Smith well as he takes over as the new Chairman.
Congratulations to Mike and Sheila Bowerman as they celebrate their
Golden Wedding Anniversary on 24th December. Since this is such a busy
date for everyone, they would like to welcome all friends to join them on
Saturday, 24th January for an “At Home” between 11a.m. and 6p.m.
Our gifts of food from the Harvest Festival Services were greatly
appreciated by all at the Salvation Army Sneinton House Centre when we
delivered them a few weeks ago and we were asked to pass on their
grateful thanks for our continued support.
Alan Booth from our own Erewash Valley Circuit who is part of the
management team at Sneinton House also offered to come and talk to any
groups about the work of the Centre, if it was felt that this would be
something of interest.
If anyone would like to contact Alan at Sneinton House the number is
9504364 or at his home on 01773 715556.
Toddler’s Christmas Party
All helpers are welcome to come and join in the fun and, of course, all
help will be appreciated, at 12 noon on Wednesday, 17th December. We
plan to finish at 2:30pm.
Rowing across the Atlantic
Faye Langham is rowing across the Atlantic, competing in the Atlantic
Rowing Challenge to raise money for the Bluebell Wood Children’s
Hospice. Faye is the daughter of Roger Langham, our church architect and
the granddaughter of Arthur & Peggy Adkin, former members of our
Do you get tired of clearing up after others?
Can all leaders of groups please ensure that before they leave the premises
all the furniture is put back where it belongs, that pots are washed and put
away and that the Church is fit for the next group to use it without having
to spend 20 minutes or so clearing up after you and your group. Thank
Recycling at Nuthall Methodist Church
Now that the village has the twin bin system our recycling centre becomes
more important for every household. Our centre can take your non-green
bin items: - textiles, newspaper, glass and even your aluminium cans. The
collection tonnages from our centre for the period January to September,
2003 was an incredible 20.671 tons. This earned the Church £193.04!!
There is no need to make a special journey. Bring your recyclables when
you visit any Church based activity. If you want a social time as well
recycle on Saturday morning and enjoy a coffee at the Coffee Corner
whilst recycling your news at the same time.
9th December at 12:30pm we will be having a faith lunch followed by
Christmas Entertainment. There will be no coffee morning in December
The Sunday School warmly invite you to the Family Service on December
21st at 10.45am. Come and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas as the
Primary children present the nativity in their own special way!. The
Sunday School staff wish all parents and children a very Happy and
Peaceful Christmas. Sunday School will not meet on December 28th.
Church family Week-end
24th – 26th Sept., 2004 at Cefn Lea Conference Centre in Mid Wales.
Speak to Judith Jones for more details.
We have invited our friends at St. Patrick’s to join with us in celebrating
the traditional Methodist Covenant service on January 18th at 6.30pm.
This is especially significant this year after the signing of the National
Anglican Methodist Covenant in November which commits the two
churches to working together more closely over the coming years..
Cliff College Mission 26th March – 4th April 2004
We have invited Cliff College to share with us in mission. A team of 8 or
9 people will be here to join in with many of our regular events but there
will be other special events during the 10 days. At this stage we need to
begin to pray for the mission and gather a Team to plan what is possible.
The students and one leader will need accommodation and meals while
they are here. Offers gratefully received!
Duties & Rotas for December
7th Gail Brockway 14th Sandra Tantum
21 Rosie Lishman 28th Wedding
Sadly, although the rota is currently empty for December, several cars
have been broken into on our premises during October and November.
We must continue our vigilance on Sunday evenings, so please spare a
little time and miss the odd service to keep our cars safe.
Please remember the residents of the following streets in your prayers.
Our friends at St. Patrick’s Church join us in this activity.
7th Larkfield Road 14th Osterley Grove
21st Horsendale Avenue 28th Springfield Drive
Toddlers Tea Rota
3rd Sue Shepherd & Ann Knight
10 Margaret Cains & Julie Lee
17 Christmas Party
24 No Toddlers meeting
31 No Toddlers meeting
Dates for your diaries
1st-6th 12 noon Advent Celebrations
4th 7:30pm Local Preacher’s Recognition Service for Judith Milner
8 7:30pm Bible Study & Fellowship Group 29 Meadow Rise
9 2:00pm Prayer Ministry meeting
12:30pm Women’s Fellowship Faith Lunch
11 7:30pm House Fellowship 28 Coronation Road (Jean Aram’s)
13 7:30pm Sounds Familiar Concert Awsworth Methodist Church
29 1:30pm Football Match Basil Russell Playing Fields
26th 7:30pm BPFA Committee meeting rearranged from 12th.
30th 2:00pm Jumble Sale jumble Friday night or from 1pm
Regular Weekly Activities
Sunday 10.00am Early Risers (Senior Sunday School)
10.45am Sunday School (Ages 3 to 11)
Family Service (3rd Sunday of the month)
6.30pm Evening Worship
Sunday Fun Club (2nd Sunday of the month)
7.30pm Templars Youth Fellowship
Monday 7.40pm BB & GB Silver Band
Tuesday 2.00pm Women’s Fellowship (2nd Tuesday of the month)
7.30pm Prayer Ministry (2nd Tuesday of the month)
8.00pm Wives Group (1st & 3rd Tuesday of month, in homes)
7.00pm Badminton Club
Wednesday Ramblers (3rd Wednesday of the month -
contact George Rimmington)
7.00am Prayer Meeting
10.00am Bible Study (in homes, tel: 9755583 or 9383551)
1.30pm Toddlers’ Group
6.00pm Girls’ Brigade (Explorers – age 5 to 8)
6.30pm Girls’ Brigade (Juniors – age 8 to 11)
7.00pm Girls’ Brigade (Seniors & Brigaders – age 11+)
Thursday 7.15pm Art Group
7.30pm House Fellowship (fortnightly – in homes)
Friday 2.00pm Bible Study (46 Larkfield Road)
5.55pm Boys’ Brigade (Junior Section – age 8 to 11)
6.00pm Boys’ Brigade (Anchor Boys – age 5 to 8)
6.30pm Boys’ Brigade (Company Section – age 11+)
Saturday 10.00am Coffee Corner
Come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, homemade cakes
and scones, and, of course, a chat with friends.
Minister (Friday is the minister’s day of rest)
Rev. Malcolm C. Jones 50 Maple Drive, Nuthall (0115 875 7414
Mr. David Gorton 51, Nottingham Road, Nuthall (0115 927 3942
Ms. Stephanie Moore 49, Cliff Boulevard, Kimberley (0115 945 8200
Sunday School Superintendent
Mr. Roy Lacey 81, Nottingham Road, Nuthall (0115 927 8729
Items for January newsletter to any of the Stewards
or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
by Sunday, 14th December, 2003