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									April ’09

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CALENDAR FOR

APRIL

1 Weds 10am Holy Communion followed by coffee & lunches 2 Thurs 11am St. John’s School Easter Service 7.30pm Family Service Planning 4 Sat 9.30am Prayer at the Vicarage 10am – 12 noon Parish Coffee Morning 5 PALM SUNDAY 8am Holy Communion 10am Parish Communion with prayer for healing 8 Weds 10am Holy Communion followed by coffee & lunches 9 MAUNDY THURSDAY 10.30am Chrism Eucharist in the Cathedral 7pm Agape meal and Communion in the round 10 GOOD FRIDAY 9.45am Walk of Witness 10.30am United Service in Wakefield Cathedral 2-3pm Church open for quiet prayer 7.30pm reflective evening service 12 EASTER SUNDAY 8am Holy Communion 10am Celebration Family Communion 15 Weds 10am Holy Communion followed by coffee & lunches 19 SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER 8am Holy Communion 10am Parish Communion with laying on of hands

22 Weds 10am Holy Communion followed by coffee and lunches 7.30pm Annual Parochial Church Meeting in Church 26 THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER 8am Holy Communion 10am Parish Communion – Transformational planning on ‘Evangelism & Outreach’ 28 Tues 2pm Toddler Service 29 Weds 10am Holy Communion followed by coffee and lunches 30 Thurs 7.30pm Family Service Planning

FROM THE REGISTERS FUNERALS 17th March 18th March

Jean Thornber Vera Good

CALENDAR FOR

APRIL
ST JOHN'S PRE-SCHOOL (2 to 5 years) Monday to Friday, 9.15am-11.40am, 12.30pm-2.55pm, Parish Centre 25th (ST. JOHN'S) WAKEFIELD SCOUT GROUP. This group is for boys and girls and is held in the Scout Hut next to St Johns Parish centre at the following times: Beaver Scouts (6-8 YEARS) Thursday 6.00pm - 7.00pm Cub Scouts (1) (8-11 YEARS) Tuesday 6.00pm - 7.30pm Cub Scouts (2) (8-11 YEARS) Friday 6.00 - 7.30pm Scouts (11-14 YEARS) Friday 7.30pm - 9.30pm Nick Fox Church member and Scout Leader In addition the following group for girls only meets in the Parish Centre: 2nd Wakefield Brownies (7-11 YEARS)Thursday 6.00-7.00pm Phillis Barnby (nee Sanderson) – died Feb 20th, well known in the area and loved by many…

REGULAR ACTIVITIES Sundays, weekly, the ‘Vine Tree’ group 7.30pm in Church – see programme in Church or ring 371029 Mondays, fortnightly, St. John’s Guild 7.30pm in the Parish Centre Mondays, weekly, ‘Rock Solid Club’ for 11-14s 7.30 – 9pm in the Parish Centre Tuesdays, fortnightly, 1.30pm ‘Tuesday Talk’ various locations, children welcome – see programme on Church noticeboard or ring 371029 Tuesdays, monthly, Julian prayer group for Christian Contemplative Prayer 7.30pm in Church Wednesdays, weekly, 7.30pm Bible Study at 11 Bradford Road Thursdays, fortnightly, Choir Practice 7.30pm in Church PARISH ORGANISATIONS. PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP Mondays and Thursdays 9.15-11.45am, Parish Centre

Dear friends... ‘You shall go to the ball’
I love pantomime. I think it’s great. It is a wonderfully quirky tradition, full of timeless treasured rituals like ‘He’s behind you’ and ‘Oh yes it is!’, 'Oh no, it isn’t!’. We go expecting to see those things and each time one of them happens there is a fantastic sense of enjoyment and fulfilment. And one of the most wonderful ingredients of the classic pantomime has to be the Transformation Scene. As dramatic music plays, gradually a scene of humdrum ordinariness is magically transformed into something wonderful and enchanting. A pumpkin becomes a coach; a tattered rag becomes a ball gown. Cinderella shall go to the ball! Of course, it’s only fiction, isn’t it? Real life’s not like that, is it? And yet it speaks to something in us, doesn’t it? Some inner longing, some buried hope. Some need for our lives to be touched by something magical and to be transformed. And the amazing thing is that that hope, that longing meet with an utterly real fulfilment in the death and resurrection of Jesus. That has to be the ultimate transformation scene! Death is turned into life, despair into hope, darkness into light, the apparent triumph of evil into the victory of good. And we live within that transformation scene. We are those who have been baptised into the death and resurrection of Jesus. We have been ‘brought out of darkness into his marvellous light’! We are ‘being changed from one degree of glory into another’. For us the way back to God and the promise of eternal life through Jesus have been opened. We shall go to the ball! At Easter we are surrounded by the signs of transformation in the natural world – bulbs becoming spring flowers, tadpoles becoming frogs, winter darkness giving way to light. But the greatest transformation of all is the one brought about by Jesus. By entering into our darkness on the cross, and rising gloriously into the light of resurrection and new life, he has transformed our lives in a way far greater than anything that happened to Cinderella. We now live in hope, set free from the power of sin and death and can face the worst that life throws at us confident in the ultimate victory of God’s transforming power. Hallelujah!

With love

Material for the February issue to the Editor, Tina Dixon, please by Sunday 12th April (43 Walker Avenue WF2 0HH or email - tinaoflaherty@blueyonder.co.uk)

J John’s Lent Letter Dear friends...
I enjoy studying the lives of great men and women of God, who changed communities, cities and nations because of their persevering faith and prayer to make a difference in their world. One such person was Evan Roberts. Evan Roberts was a young man who prayed for revival for eleven years before he saw the fulfillment of it in his own church – Moriah Chapel – in 1904. Moriah Chapel was located in Loughor, in Wales. After asking his pastor for permission to hold a meeting for the young people in their fellowship, permission was granted and several turned up to hear Evan give his testimony. The next evening, more people turned up and God began to move in mighty ways. Working in a coal mine at the age of twelve, Evan was continually witnessing to the men who worked with him in the mine. Every morning, he would arrive at the mine before the other workers so he could meet them at the entrance with a Scripture verse for them to meditate on during the day. At the end of the day, Evan would meet the workers as they came out of the mine asking them if the Lord had spoken anything to them regarding the Scripture given them in the morning. Once the revival started at Moriah Chapel, coal miners were being converted and could frequently be heard singing hymns and praising God in the mine. As a result of the miners’ salvation experiences, the pit ponies (ponies that carried coal out of the mine in carts) no longer understood the commands of the miners because they were only used to obeying curse word commands. Since the coal miners no longer used bad language, the pit ponies were no longer responding to their commands! The coal mine owner was forced to buy new pit ponies so they could be trained to respond properly to the coal miners’ new language. The effects of the revival were awesome. There was a dramatic decline in drunkenness and pubs were deserted each night while the churches were packed. The courts and prisons were deserted and many policemen found themselves without work. The sale of Bibles increased so dramatically that the printers were not able to print Bibles fast enough to keep up with the sales! Meetings were held every night with large crowds attending every service. The services would go well into the early hours of the following morning. Evan was not known for preaching long sermons. Instead, he prayed and gave short exhortations, which brought down the glory of God. Many in the congregation would end up in what was called 'soul travail.' Men and women would cry out to God for mercy as the power of God would fall upon them. Others would shake under the power of God, while others fell out of their seats. Often, after proceeding to the pulpit, all Evan could do was pray and weep for souls. His prayer, Bend us O Lord, was constantly heard as Evan cried out to God for souls and transformation. He would frequently preach on these four points: Confess all known sin Deal with and get rid of anything ‘doubtful’ in your life Be ready to obey the Holy Spirit instantly Confess Christ publicly Ash Wednesday ushers in Lent – a season to cleanse our lives. Lent is a time to be penitent for the past and to prepare for the future. So let us: confess all known sin; deal with and get rid of anything ‘doubtful’ in our lives; be ready to obey the Holy Spirit instantly; and confess Christ publicly. (This article was submitted by Jayne Lane)

Christingle...
A happy time was had by all the usual people who came to help prepare the ‘Christingles.’ Once again it was a pleasure to welcome our younger members, who by now are becoming very experienced members of the team! At the service on Christmas Eve an enjoyable time was had by all. There were 31 contributions in signed envelopes and 55 in unsigned envelopes. Michael Slack donated the oranges & we are very grateful for his contribution. Mr & Mrs Hanson donated the jelly babies & we thank them for that. There were so many people that, at one stage we thought we would run out of ‘Christingles’. After Christmas when we counted all the money, the final total was £804.11. This is a very creditable result bearing in mind the current financial climate. N Webster

St John’s Guild...
At the A.G.M. of the guild last month on a very icy evening the following committee members were elected. President Mrs. D. Birkinshaw; secretary Mrs J. Rhodes; treasurer Mrs. M. Lill; Mrs. P. Gilbank Mrs. M. Nock Miss B. Hepworth Mrs. J. Bailey Mrs. W. Waldie and Mrs. J. Blewitt . We note the sad news of the death of Miss Jean Thornber. She will be remembered for being a devoted member of the Guild, past chairman and committee member. On the retirement of Mrs June Lewendon and Mrs Muriel Hawkins thanks were extended to Mrs. J. Lewendon for her sterling service on the committee and as chairman for the last six years, and to Mrs. M. Hawkins for all the support she has given as a committee member and magazine secretary for a long time. The talk given by Mr. Peter Wood entitled "Where our names come from" was very much enjoyed by everyone, and he had some fascinating facts to tell us about how our Yorkshire surnames and town names evolved. Will members please note that the date of the next meeting when Susan Fielding will be giving us an evening about herbs will be one week earlier than usual, on April 6th, due to the Easter celebrations. Also we would appreciate any gifts for our toiletries stall on that evening, the proceeds of which are going to the church refurbishing fund. Margaret Nock

Material for the February issue to the Editor, Tina Dixon, please by Sunday 12th April (43 Walker Avenue WF2 0HH or email - tinaoflaherty@blueyonder.co.uk)

Update on the Re-ordering Project...
At the time of writing the total raised for the appeal is £65,569. This does not include the sum of £30,000 that the PCC has allocated from our existing resources, so we are close, in fact, to the £100,000 mark, which is very exciting! A big thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way by their own giving or by a fund-raising event. And please don’t stop now, there’s still a long way to go! As well as our own giving and fund-raising efforts, the total includes the following grants received from grant-making trusts: The Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust The All Churches Trust The Garfield Weston Foundation The Church and Community Fund Total £6,000 £4,000 £10,000 £6,000 £26,000

We are grateful to all these for their generosity and faith in our project. An article about one of these, the Church & Community Fund, follows below. We have a number of further applications either in with trusts or to be sent shortly, though some of these are rather long shots and most of them we won’t hear from for a while. A couple are to landfill charities. These are for potentially large amounts, though with no guarantees! They have a long review process and we aren’t allowed under their rules to start the work until they have made their decision, so this may mean a slight delay to the start of the work. The earliest start date now looks like about August this year. The architect is almost ready to go out to tender now and so should be ready to start by then if not before. It’s amazing to think that what we’ve been praying and working towards for so long might soon start to become a reality. God has clearly been leading us down this path and the response from giving and from the grant-making bodies has confirmed that. Please continue to pray for God’s leading and blessing on the project. Paul Dowling

The Church and Community Fund
awards a grant to St. John’s...
The Church and Community Fund (CCF) has awarded a grant of £6,000 towards the St. John’s Redevelopment Project. The CCF makes grants to church and community projects throughout the Church of England. Last year, the CCF awarded over £600,000 to an enormous variety of inspiring parish projects, such as building a new community kitchen and meeting room in the church and employing an outreach worker to support refugees, the elderly, the young and other vulnerable people. The CCF's vision is to support projects which show imagination in responding to need and which seek to bridge gaps between the local church and the local community. As the Ven George Howe, Chairman of the CCF, says: 'It is always inspiring to see what a difference even small projects can make to the life of the church and the local community.' The CCF was founded in 1915 and is based in Church House, Westminster under the trusteeship of the Archbishops' Council. As well as grants to parish projects and projects run by other Anglican or ecumenical charities, it also makes a grant to the Archbishops' Council every year in support of the national work of the Church. Today, the CCF relies on legacies and donations as well as on historic investment income to continue its work. We would like to increase the number of grants awarded each year so that the CCF can support more churches and their outreach projects, and we would warmly welcome your help. Your donation or legacy can go a long way through the CCF; it could help to employ a youth worker in Carlisle, adapt a church to increase community use in Truro, provide hot meals for the homeless in a church hall in Birmingham.... And much more! To find out how to apply for a grant for another project, or how to make a donation or legacy to the CCF, or simply to find out more about the CCF and our work, do contact us (Kevin Norris and Alice Meek) at Church House, Great Smith St, London SW1P 3AZ, by telephone on 020 7898 1767/1541 or by email at ccf@c-of-e.org.uk. We would be delighted to hear from you!

Material for the February issue to the Editor, Tina Dixon, please by Sunday 12th April (43 Walker Avenue WF2 0HH or email - tinaoflaherty@blueyonder.co.uk)

Max Lane Poems
written in chemistry...
I really can’t be bothered Yes, he’s a lousy teacher I’m far behind All these chemical equations Do this Do that They flood my mind No practicals for this class Too much to do We’ve got no time Yet if all we do is theory My mind will wander In space and time………

For birds It has been a bad day. Thankfully, These pigeons Are only made of clay. This is a poem I wrote about the future. I haven’t got a title for it. Mutterings of not doing what’s expected of you. You want to break out of this shell. It’s your life. You choose what you do.

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In the end, Nothing Can actually stop you. It’s your choice at the end of the day. But conscience tags along: My dad and I have recently taken up clay pigeon shooting. Don’t throw your life away. This poem was inspired by the The future is in your hands. last shoot I went to. You just need to grasp it. Whatever opportunity arises, You’ve got to take a chance And hope that you don’t pass shoot... it.

Allerton Bywater

The pigeon soars Through the air Flying fast And high. Numerous shooters Take great care To ensure the pigeon dies. Hundreds lie On the ground. For birds It has been a bad day. Thankfully,

So regardless of others, This life’s for your living You’ve got to take a chance. Just beware – Life’s unforgiving.
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But I’m not dead, This is one of my latest poems. You haven’t heard Just sprawled on the ground. this one before. I wish that all traces Of life would cease. I watched a war film and it got Then I’ll rejoin my brothers, me thinking………… Truly be at peace. Rigorous training turns Boys into men. You hope and you pray That you’ll see them again. We’ll march across land, We’ll sail the sea, We’ll fly through the air Wherever needs be. Fellowship and trust Is what holds us dear. With moral support, We’ve nothing to fear. We’ll march across land, We’ll sail the sea, We’ll fly through the air Wherever needs be.

Is there any point in living When all around me is dead? Life is just a path And the steepest to tread. And it makes me wonder What were we fighting for? Not for good reasons – I’m a weapon no more.

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The sergeant screams For us to fire. The bullets fly passed, The death toll grows higher. And now the ground Is covered in blood. My comrades lay dying, Drowning in mud.
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I can’t understand Why life is so cruel. I’m a soldier and man; I feel a fool. I get shot in the back. I fall down

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