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					                                                                                                                     November
                                                                                                                       2006

From her own experience in Bradford,
Sarah Groves (Horton and Baildon)
writes about


                          Lifting the Veil
    Following the vitriol that has been                                                        who live in purdah or who have no
heaped on the Islamic community in                                                             English language skills but that should
Britain over the past few weeks I would                                                        just give Christian women more
like to share a few positive accounts                                                          impetus to reach out to them.
of interaction between Christians and                                                              Recently Sr Hazel Clayton, from
Muslims in the Bradford area.                                                                  Horton Moravians, and I shared in a
    Our Moravian Church in Little                                                              women only forum to discuss our
Horton is set in an area of great                                                              various faiths. Here women looked
cultural diversity. Many in the local                                                          at Christian and Muslim practices of
community are Muslim, but this does                                                            prayer, pilgrimage, weddings and
not mean that they are one amorphous                                                           special food. We saw our similarities
mass of people, looking the same and                                                           as women practicing our faith in our
reacting in identical ways. There has                                                          homes and communities. Of course
been much discussion about Islamic                                                             there were differences that emerged
dress but what has been printed does                                                           but what struck me was how similar
not really do justice to the full range                                                        women's concerns were. Hopes and
of clothing that can be seen here.                                                             plans for marriage, complaints about
Some Muslim women wear western              often have designer names woven into               bad marriages and talk of divorce,
clothes, many others wear traditional       them. Traditional dress it may be,                 concern for children and teenagers,
and colourful salwar kameez (the tunic      but a slim Muslim woman wearing                    cooking and cleaning are much the
and trousers suits) older women             slim fitting traditional robes with                same if you are from Christian or
choosing to wear the original baggy         subtle fashion notes and nail varnish              Muslim background. It was a colourful
version and younger women choosing          can look stunning! Women like nice                 and often humourous morning and
tailored versions with slim fit trousers.   clothes what ever their religious                  the Christian women were deeply
    Some women in our community             background!                                        moved when a Muslim girls' choir sang
wear robes and a hijab (headscarf)             Certainly the Muslim women I                    songs of worship for Allah, songs for
and a very few wear a full veil (niqab)     meet and work with are not shrinking               peace in the world and one song that
covering all but their eyes. However        violets. They have strong opinions                 was titled "Jesus is my Prophet too".
I have noticed that these black robes       and work hard for their families and                   Last week I was invited by Sr Katie
are often very attractive with lovely       communities and some have careers                  Woolford, from Baildon Moravian
details and stitching and that the veils    as well. Of course there are some                  Church, to go into her class and the
                                                                                               class of a colleague, at a Church School
                                                                                               to share a Bible story about Jesus.
                       INSIDE THIS MONTH’S ISSUE                                               We looked at the story of Zacchaeus
                                                                                               and the children participated in role
The Editor listened to some                 Philip Cooper brings a minister's perspective to   play and then sat in rapt attention as
Music to Enjoy                              this month's Diary                                 I read the story from the Bible. They
Reaching out for renewal                                                                       knew about other Bible stories from
                                            Br Stephen Hishey 1952 – 2006
                                                                                               their teachers and they knew that
Fellowship Day       Photo gallery          Around the District Conferences                    Christians believed in Jesus as 'The
                                            The Provincial Board and the Eastern District
From the Social Responsibility Committee,                                                      Son of God' and that Muslims believed
Rosemary Power (Swindon) writes about                                                          in him as a special Prophet. The
                                            Bible Study 3   The Holiness of Jesus
Fair Trade for All                                                                             session ended with the singing of
                                            Margaret Connor (Fulneck) was surprised to find
Hymn of the Month         from Paul Gubi    Hidden Treasure in Fulneck!                        'Zacchaeus was a very little man' and

                          PLUS ALL THE REGULAR FEATURES                                                               continued inside...

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Lifting the Veil                                continued


'He's got the whole world in his hands'.       warmly welcomed by the Asian               they will be able to share their faith
Only one child out of the two classes          patients as we are by the others.          appropriately and with confidence.
was of Christian heritage, the rest
were all of Muslim heritage.
                                               Often when Christians and Muslims
                                               meet they will offer to pray for each
                                                                                          We need to pray for ourselves that we
                                                                                          will not be shy about our Christian
                                                                                                                                    Core Skills Launch
                                               other, lifting the other’s needs and       faith but be able to use it to build
    Soon it will be Christmas and                                                                                                       Members of the London District were the
                                                                                          bridges with other people of faith.
Churches Together in Little Horton             concerns in the presence of Almighty                                                 first to sample the new Core Skills in
                                                                                          Lastly perhaps we ought to pray that
will be going into St Luke's Hospital          God.                                       more women will be involved in inter-     Children’s Work when they spent a Saturday
carol singing, and in every ward we               We need to pray for our Christian       faith contacts and discussion at much     morning exploring Spirituality and the Bible,
will do a short Bible reading and a            teachers in schools with mixed or          higher levels in both Islam and           one of six sessions in this new programme.
prayer about the nativity. We are as           predominantly Muslim pupils, that          Christianity.                             Core Skills was developed by an ecumenical
                                                                                                                                    group and launched at Nottingham University
                                                                                                                                    last month. The Methodist and United
                                                                                                                                    Reformed Churches have already taken it up
                                                                                                                                    as part of their foundational training for children's leaders
                                           The Editor listened to some                                                              and we hope that the Moravian Church will shortly follow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PYCO cuts the cake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        at the launch of
                                                                                                                                    their example.


                                           Music to Enjoy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Core Skills




                                       I've just enjoyed            verses, "Most holy Lord and God" sung firmly but quietly,       Children’s Festival
                                   listening to a CD of the         with reverence and a sense of awe. There does seem to be
                                                                                                                                        It was “Action!” from start to finish in Birmingham last
                                   Yorkshire Moravian               a tendency in many congregations to sing these verses as
                                                                                                                                    month when children from all over England joined together
                                   Singers. It was a real           loudly as possible. It is good that this recording recognises   at the Children’s Festival. The theme was “Action!” and
                                   pleasure to hear some            that these are moments of deep devotion.                        there were crafts, songs and games to go along with the
                                   Moravian music, together                                                                         theme. Katie, Deborah, Eleanor and Vanessa had planned
                                                                        The recording was made in response to a request from
                                   with some other                                                                                  the worship which involved the children doing action songs,
                                                                    congregations who were not too familiar with the chants
traditional hymns, beautifully sung by a choir whose                                                                                prayers and drama. There were action men (or women),
                                                                    and even some of the hymns included here. We should be
members seemed to enjoy and understand what they were                                                                               finger paints, spinning wheels – and a “hands-on” map of
                                                                    grateful to Maureen Colbert and Rodney Wood and the
singing. 23 items in all, including the Hosanna, "Come, let                                                                         the British Province showing where all the children had
                                                                    Singers for reminding us that we have a great musical and
us all with gladness raise", and "Our lamb has conquered"                                                                           come from.
remind us that, properly sung, our traditional hymns can            liturgical heritage and helping to preserve it. Perhaps the
be as joyful and give as much pleasure as anything from             next step could be some workshops to encourage greater
contemporary writers and composers. It is not a case of             use of that heritage – and, perhaps, to introduce some of
"either/or" but of using the best, wherever it comes from.          the best new hymns available to enrich our worship As we
                                                                    prepare to use new hymn and liturgy books, this would
    A number of liturgical items are included, with a new
                                                                    seem to be a good time to try and renew and revitalise our
version of the hymn sung in the service of infant baptism,
                                                                    worship From that renewal could come renewal in other
"New life, O Lord, to you we bring" and the doxologies for
the ordination of deacons and presbyters and for the                parts of our church life.
consecration of bishops, this latter also in a newer version.         The CD "Our Lamb has Conquered" can be obtained from
It was a particular pleasure to me to hear the communion            Church House, price £5.00 plus postage and packing

                                                                                                                                       Finally, Sally Biggs from Bath showed us how to sign a
                                                                                                                                    hymn and use our hands to spell out our names. It was a
  A word from the Editor                                                                                                            great day for children to meet up and get to know each

                                              A Time to Remember                                                                    other – we hope that even more will join us next year.


      Remembrance Sunday calls us to think once again of            authority of the world-community. In spite of all its
  "all who gave themselves, in life and death" in the two           weaknesses and failures, the United Nations is inching
  great wars of the last century and in the many other              towards this but will need nations to be more ready to          Midlands                                                                             Reminder: Summer Camp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2007 dates have been confirmed
  conflicts, past and present, which have marked the                put aside their own interests for the common good if the        Area Youth                                                                           as Saturday August 4th to
  modern world. Courage and commitment are qualities                goal is to be realised. Someone described the U.N. as "the      and Children’s                                                                       Saturday August 11th. The cost
  always to be honoured.                                            only, if flawed, hope of negotiating the beginnings of          Representative                                                                       will be £182 for the first child
      But Remembrance Sunday reminds us too of the                  world peace." It is worth our support.                                                                                                               in the family, with younger
                                                                                                                                        Clare Battelle from Ockbrook has                                                 brothers and sisters paying £173
  destruction and horror and suffering that war brings and              In the meantime, Christians must still hold before
                                                                                                                                    taken over from Cliff Winfield as youth                                              each (a discount of 5%). Booking
  of the desperate need for humanity to find some other             the world another way, a greater vision - a way of
                                                                                                                                    and children’s representative on the                                                 Forms are on their way to
  way of dealing with disagreements and problems. It may            forgiveness and reconciliation, of loving the enemy and                                                                                              ministers. Last year Summer
  be that there will always be international gangsters              turning the other cheek. This is the way of the Prince of       Provincial Youth and Children’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Camp was oversubscribed so
  dressed up as statesmen, and groups and nations who               Peace who goes on challenging his followers to a stronger       Committee. She’ll be the local contact
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         please encourage the children
  ignore international law and are interested only in building      witness for peace in his name. As we are faithful to that       for the midlands area of the Eastern                                                 in your congregations to send
  up their own power. Let them be dealt with by a truly             vision we truly honour those who gave themselves, in            District and is looking forward to                                                   their forms in as soon as
  international peace-keeping force working with the                war and peace, in life and death, for the common good.          meeting the youth and children’s               Kingswood children with some of the   possible if they want to make
                                                                                                                                    leaders there.                                 books they collected for Book Aid     sure of a place.

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Reaching out for renewal                                                                                                              From the Social Responsibility
                                                                                                                                       Committee, Rosemary Power
                                                                                                                                            (Swindon) writes about                       Fair Trade for All
                                                                                                                                        The British Province of the Moravian Church is now a                 Please keep the Social Responsibility Committee informed
   The Renewal Committee want to make the sharing of               prayers and a hymn after a real baby Jesus appeared in a         Fair Trade denominational area. Over half the congregations          if you are awarded the Fair Trade certificate, or engage in
ideas for outreach a regular bimonthly section in the              manger. Over eighty people gathered in the Sunday School         are actively engaged in using Fair Trade products and at             other fair trade activities, so they can report in to the Fair
Messenger. If you are engaged in any projects, or have any         for tea and biscuits. At the stable we had a collection for      least ten have also got the congregation certificate.                Trade Foundation on each year’s achievements.
ideas that you want to share that ‘reach out’, please can you      the horse and donkey sanctuary.                                      The Head of Communications at the Fair Trade
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Moravian Church is not the only denomination
email them to peter.gubi@moravian.org.uk or post them to                                                                            Foundation congratulated the Moravian Church on its
                                                                                                                                                                                                         seeking to become 100% Fair Trade. Others include the
Dr Peter Gubi, Sanctum, 38 Capesthorne Road, Crewe,                Christmas Tree Festival                                          promotion of Fair Trade.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Quakers, who are seeking to get a Fair Trade certificate for
Cheshire, CW2 8PA. Pass it on!                                         In order to hold a Christmas Tree Festival it is important       This is only the beginning. With the Fair Trade
                                                                                                                                                                                                         each of their meeting houses. Some of the larger
                                                                                                                                    Foundation’s encouragement, the social Responsibility
    Sr Beth Torkington contributes two ideas in preparation        to invite participants some months in advance to allow the       committee is now hoping that every congregation applies              denominations are also hoping to go down this route.
for Christmas:                                                     various groups time to organise. The church provided a           for its own Fair Trade certificate.                                     The British Province of the Moravian Church has a
                                                                   number of small trees (approximately one meter high) which           All this needs is a committee resolution                         particular advantage in having such strong overseas links
Nativity Walk                                                      were placed in the church window recesses, as well as a
                                                                                                                                      • to use only Fair Trade teas and coffees for church               through the Unity. There are members who know from
    The idea for a Nativity Walk arose in Brockweir because        large tree at the front of the church. The central theme was         meetings and, as far as we can, other activities on the          personal and family experience the impact of Fair Trade in
of the proximity of the church, the horse and donkey               to decorate a tree that reflected each group’s work within           premises                                                         the Caribbean, and how it can change lives.
sanctuary and the village inn. It was an opportunity to re-        the village, as well as choose a suitable carol. By the side       • to use other Fair Trade products such as sugar, bananas              In a few months time there will be the celebration in
tell the birth of Christ at its simplest level and forget the      of each tree words from the carol were displayed, as well            or chocolate wherever possible                                   Coventry Cathedral of the 550th Anniversary of the Moravian
commercial trappings of Christmas, if only for a while. It         as an A4 sheet with information that highlighted the work          • to promote Fair Trade, in particular during Fair Trade           Church. Is this the time for each congregation to apply for
also proved to be incredibly popular. The idea was shared          of the various groups. The various groups and societies              Fortnight.                                                       a certificate and make this commitment to something which
with churches in St Briavels (neighbouring village) and the        were very creative in their choice of decorations, e.g. the          Some congregations are doing other things, such as               people, whether they go to church or not, are beginning to
Nativity Walk was performed first in St Briavels village and       Table Tennis Club chose ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’ as           running a Fair Trade stall so that products can be bought            understand? It may be a way for people of faith to make a
then in Brockweir on two consecutive evenings. The walk            their carol and ping-pongs featured quite heavily on their       at church.                                                           real impact far beyond the current membership.
began with the singing of a hymn and then there were               tree! The History Society had various photographs of village
various re-enactments from the Bible, from the villagers’          elders who had contributed to the oral history of the village


                                                                                                                                                          Hymn of the Month
upper storey windows to the crowd below. A narrator kept           and this sparked off many reminiscences. The trees were
the story flowing as we moved from one location to another         unveiled at the Christingle Service and were well-received.
following Joseph and Mary on a donkey to the village inn.          The festival publicised the work of different church and                                                                                                                     from Paul Gubi
We continued to sing hymns as we encountered shepherds             village groups and brought people together, putting the
in the fields and wise men on our journey. We didn’t have          church at the heart of the village once more.                    Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,                               Rolf Harris has a wonderful artistic gift with which you
any live music but this could be added to give greater                                                                              There is no shadow of turning with thee                              may be familiar. The term ‘broad brushstrokes’ might have
                                                                      Can you adapt any of these ideas for your church this
atmosphere. Elaborate costumes were not used and the                                                                                Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not;                    been invented for him, especially when he used to swish
                                                                   Christmas or next Christmas, whether it is situated in a town                                                                         away happily on a big canvas in children’s television
story was told simply as if it was happening for the first                                                                          As thou hast been thou for ever wilt be.
                                                                   or a village?                                                                                                                         programmes of yesteryear which I used to watch with my
time. This straight-forward approach seemed to strike a                                                                                 Great is thy faithfulness, great is thy faithfulness!
chord with villagers. The walk ended at the stable with                                                          Peter Gubi             Morning by morning new mercies I see.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         children. He might ask, ‘Can you see what it is yet ?’ This
                                                                                                                                                                                                         second verse of the hymn also contains such broad
                                                                                                                                        All I have needed thy hand hath provided;                        brushstrokes. The four seasons in their order; sun, moon
                                                                                                                                       Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.


      Fellowship Day Carrs Lane, 2006
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and stars moving in their set courses; the examples to be
                                                                                                                                                                                     MP 200              seen in the natural world – can you see what it is yet ? It is
                                                                                                                                                                                                         a picture of order – that reliable framework around which
                                                                                                                                           Thomas Chisolm and W M Runyan were contemporaries
                                                                                                                                                                                                         our daily life moves. This is the great faithfulness of God,
                                                                                                                                       during the latter part of the 19th Century and the first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                         on whose mercy and love we can rely. It echoes the promise:
                                                                                                                                       of the 20th . They died in 1960 and 1957 respectively.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, heat and
                                                Saturday 7th October was an enjoyable and                                              Chisolm wrote the words and Runyan the tune to this hymn
                                                                                                                                                                                                         cold, day and night … shall not cease.” All the things we need
                                             inspirational day for over 200 people of all ages!                                        which enjoyed a surge in popular usage during the early
                                                                                                                                                                                                         fall within this framework which God the Creator has provided,
                                             A full report will be in next month’s Messenger.                                          Mission England campaign of Billy Graham and remains a
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ever faithful, ever sure.
                                                                                                                                       regular choice among Christians of various traditions.
                                                                                                                                           Some have a problem with the idea of the God who never           Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
                                                                                                                                       changes, but I think that the author here is emphasising the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
                                                                                                                                       God “Whose property is always to have mercy”, property, in
                                                                                                                                       this context, being used in the chemical sense where it applies      Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
                                                                                                                                       to a component in a substance that remains constant. Thus            Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
                                                                                                                                       the faithfulness of God, his compassion and mercy, is
                                                                                                                                       something on which we mortals can rely. Our feelings may              When we have contemplated the great breadth of Divine
                                                                                                                                       vary from day to day as we awaken, but God’s mercies are          mercy and compassion and our minds have been opened to
                                                                                                                                       new every morning, and this is expressed in a personal way        the thought of God and the wonders of his creation, this final,
                                                                                                                                       – a statement that comes from the writer’s, and singer’s, own     and beautiful, verse acts as a zoom lens that reminds us of
                                                                                                                                       faith. There is an inherent joy in the hymn that lifts us and     its meaning for us, and what a lot we have for which to be
                                                                                                                                       leaves us with a similar feeling to that of the writer in Psalm   thankful. As our general prayers for the world need to be
                                                                                                                                       40: “He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to         given a more clearly defined meaning in our particular lives,
                                                                                                                                       stand ... May those who love your salvation always say, ‘The      so too our general praise of God here is enlivened through
                                                                                                                                       Lord be exalted!’”                                                our realisation of what it means for us. This is our personal
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ‘Amen’ to the theme, so count me among the thousands who
                                                                                                                                    Summer and winter, and spring-time and harvest,                      love to sing the hymn. It is a vigorous riposte to the denial
                                                                                                                                    Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,                          of a God – a power beyond ourselves - who is the source of
                                                                                                                                    Join with all nature in manifold witness                             life, who cares, inspires and strengthens. At the risk of
                                                                                                                                                                                                         sounding a bit simplistic, it says “That’s what you think and
                                                                                                                                    To thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         this is what I know and believe from my experience”.


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                                                                             The Diary
Philip Cooper (Westwood and Wheler Street) brings a
minister's perspective to this month's Diary. Along
with the regular Diary contributors we hope to include                                                                            Br Stephen Hishey                                                                               In 1989 they returned to
a variety of ministerial doings in the coming months.
                                                                                                                                                                 1952 – 2006                                                   Rajpur. Stephen was no longer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               directly in the service of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Moravian Church but founded a
                                                                                                                                     We are sorry to note the death of Br. Stephen Hishey,                                     Tibetan radio programme
    During the last two weeks in                                                     On one Saturday this month, Br.              aged 54, on September 24th.                                                                  "Gaweylon" (Joyful Message)
August, my family and I enjoyed                                                  Michael Newman and I took the                                                                                                                 which today reaches thousands
                                                                                                                                      Br Hishey came from a Tibetan family background but
our summer holiday in Holland.                                                   teenagers from the Wheler St.                    was baptised at Rajpur and married Sungzin, daughter of         of Tibetans. His gift for languages was also put to good use
We visited the Moravian                                                          congregation ten pin bowling. I                  Mrs Sungkil and the late Br Eliyah Thsetan Phunthsog in         in translating parts of the Bible into modern Tibetan.
Settlement at Zeist. We saw some                                                 finished second. The winner was                  1973. After study in Canada, he was ordained in 1976 and            Br Hishey continued to do much work with the Tibetan
original Van Gogh paintings in an                                                Laura Larkin. If I had got a strike              became Principal of the Moravian Institute School and one       community, especially the young people. A representative
art gallery. We also went to                                                     on my last go, it would have been                of the ministers of the Rajpur Moravian Church. Br. Thsespal    of the Dalai Lama's government, speaking at the memorial
                                                                                                                                  Kundan, present Principal, paid tribute to Stephen's work       service, called him "a wonderful friend of the poor and
Amsterdam, where we visited the                                                  another story. Not that I am the
                                                                                                                                  at the School at the Memorial Service.                          helpless. His work for...some of the most challenged youths
Anne Frank House. The visit to                                                   least bit competitive you                                                                                        of the Tibetan community will always be remembered."
                                                                                                                                     In 1981, Br Hishey and his family moved to Leh, Ladakh,
the Anne Frank House was an                                                      understand!                                      where he served as minister of the congregation and Principal      Br Hishey leaves a wife, Sungzin and 2 sons, Isaac and
interesting, moving and heart-                                                       You know, in my own                          of the newly re-opened Moravian Mission School.                 Joshua, to whom we offer our sympathy.
rending experience for all five of       Outside Anna Frank’s House
                                                                                 experience, a significant amount of
us. At the end of the museum,                                                    the pastoral care and counselling
printed on a plaque, I came across some words that       that is carried out by the minister, does not take place in


                                                                                                                                  Around the District Conferences
particularly touched me:                                 the manse/study or the home of a member of the church,
    "I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people.      and it is not pre-booked. Instead, it takes place on the
And therefore I am so grateful to God for giving me this        telephone, on a hospital ward, at a bus stop, at the local
gift of writing, of expressing all that is in me.”              shops, in the Sunday School hall. I say this because I had
                                                                just such a pastoral encounter while helping a person move                                                                        form and new ways to maintain our relationship are being
   Anne Frank, 25th March, 1944.                                                                                                  NEWS FROM THE PROVINCIAL BOARD
                                                                a cupboard in the Wheler St. Sunday School building. A                                                                            considered.
   Obviously, my diary is going to be some what less
                                                                person who happened to be present in the building at the          Provincial                                                         Commissioner Elizabeth Matear of the Salvation Army
significant than Anne’s.
                                                                time, asked me all sorts of questions about the Christian            Ockbrook School: Ms Denise Bolland, School Head, will        has been elected Moderator of the Free Churches Group of
   At the end of the holiday, it was more or less straight
                                                                faith and why I believed in God. This person then went on         be leaving the school at the end of the school year, after      Churches Together in England.
back to school for my three children. All three children                                                                          11 years as Head. The PEC would like to thank Ms Bolland
                                                                to share a significant event that had happened in her life.
are now at the same school, and it is Joshua’s first year at                                                                      for all her hard work and commitment to the school. We          Unity
                                                                    During part of September I had a bad cold. One night,
secondary school. Janet and I have both found it rather                                                                           wish her well as she pursues her interest in charity work.         The British Province will host the All Partners Tanzania
                                                                due to my cold and all the sleeping I had done that day, I
emotional to see Joshua in his new school uniform, setting                                                                        The School Governors are now in the process of finding a        Conference from May 11th to 15th, 2007. Some of those
                                                                couldn’t sleep. So I got up, made myself a drink and turned
off to catch the bus with his older brother and sister.                                                                           replacement for Ms Bolland.                                     attending the Conference may be available to speak in
                                                                on the television. I ended up watching a documentary,
   A week or so later, my daughter, Hannah, as part of her                                                                           Western District Ministry: Sr Torkington has accepted        congregations.
                                                                presented by Tony Robinson, called, “The Dooms Day
homework, had to ask a number of parents what the best                                                                            a Call to serve the Bath Weston and Brockweir congregations.
                                                                Code.” It was a programme about a certain group of
                                                                                                                                  She will act as chaplain for the Coronation Avenue Girls'
thing was about being a parent. When she asked me, my
                                                                Christians in the U.S.A., who believe we are living in the                                                                        THE EASTERN DISTRICT
answer was “watching my children grow and develop”.                                                                               Brigade and pastoral support for the congregation will be
                                                                last times and that Jesus is about to return.                     provided by the Western District ministers. PEC are having          The Eastern District met for their autumn conference
Hannah also had to ask what the worst thing about being
                                                                   In some ways the documentary was perturbing. In other          discussions with the Leominster congregation about their        at Harlesden with Br Joachim Kreusel in the chair. It was
a parent was. I’ll leave you to answer that one for yourself.                                                                                                                                     a day to enjoy fellowship in worship and generous hospitality.
                                                                ways it was somewhat amusing, in a Monty Python kind of           future.
Hannah was very grateful to all the parents at Westwood,
                                                                way. These Christians believe that first will come “the              Future Synods: The dates for the next two Synods, to            It was a time for exchanging lots of news and information
who queued up after the Sunday worship service to help
                                                                rapture”, when certain people will disappear and go straight      be held at Swanwick are: 2008 – Friday 4th to Tuesday 8th       from the Board and from the various congregations. There's
her with her homework.
                                                                to heaven. Then will follow a time of great tribulation.          July; 2010 – Monday 19th to Thursday 23rd July.                 much going on, often in small ways, but endued with such
   The Wheler St. congregation is part of a group of                                                                                                                                              enthusiasm for the Gospel. It was also a time to look forward
                                                                     In some American stores you can buy a super-duper               Text Book: Sr Dorothy Moreton who has edited the
churches called Churches on the Edge (C.O.T.E.). Within                                                                                                                                           to many more opportunities of service, with no changes
                                                                thick manual on how to survive this time of tribulation.          Watchwords for 12 years has resigned for health reasons.
the group there is one United Reformed church, two                                                                                                                                                among the ministers helping our continuity.
                                                                However, the manual points out that your chances are slim.        PEC recognises how much work this has involved and thanks
Methodist churches, one Anglican church and my own                                                                                                                                                    The afternoon session was led by Br Sanniez, who
                                                                 It suggests that you find a deserted place, equip yourself       her for her dedication over the years. Br Paul Gubi has
congregation. At a local elderly persons’ home, C.O.T.E.                                                                                                                                          prompted an important discussion on what holds back a
                                                                                                                                  agreed to take over from Sr Moreton. 2007 Textbooks are
holds a worship service on the first Tuesday in each month      with all sorts of survival gear, including a machine gun,                                                                         congregation from its purpose of mission and witness, and
                                                                                                                                  now available and cost £4 plus postage and packing.
and a Communion Service on the third Thursday in each           and then pray. But get this! If you survive this time of                                                                          what could be done to enrich and further such purpose.
                                                                tribulation, next comes Armageddon, and then the Last                550th Anniversary: Plans are moving ahead for the
month. The ministers from the various churches in C.O.T.E.                                                                                                                                        We defined so many elements that can hinder our work,
                                                                Judgement. I tell you, it never rains, but it pours.              celebration service to be held at Coventry Cathedral on
take it in turns to lead these services. This month, I led                                                                                                                                        and were also made aware of many often quite simple
                                                                                                                                  Saturday, March 3rd at 3p.m.
the worship service, and Br. Michael Newman and I led the          There are some crazy people out there – real religious                                                                         initiatives that would help. The Cup of Covenant reminded
Communion Service. It is always a real joy to lead these        nutcases. If we don’t fill the religious void in people’s lives   Ecumenical                                                      us in closing of the essential task before us and the joys
services. The residents really look forward to our visits       they will, and some will throw in a survival manual and                                                                           that we share in addressing it.
                                                                                                                                     The Moravian/Anglican Contact Group (set up to further
and are therefore so welcoming.                                 machine gun as well.                                              the Fetter Lane Agreement) will cease to meet in its present                                             David Bunney

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                                                                                                                                                           Margaret Connor (Fulneck)
   Bible Study                                                                                                                                                  was surprised to find


 The third and last of the Bible studies presented by the editor at Synod.                                                        Hidden Treasure
                      The Holiness of Jesus                                                                                           in Fulneck!
                        After Jacob and Isaiah, we come to the N.T. to look at another story which, Otto
                                                                                                                                  A Secret Cupboard
                        suggests, conveys the sense of awe and wonder in the presence of the Holy.                                    We never imagined that the redecorating
                        If you were looking for such a story, what would you choose?                                              of our church vestry in the summer of 2006
                                                                                                                                  would reveal a secret cupboard! Br Chris                                The Common Touch
                        This is, on the face of it, a rather unexpected choice: Luke 5, 1 – 11                                    Spanton, our newest Church Commitee                                         Also among the same papers, and giving a vivid
                                                                                                                                  member, carefully prodded the wall over                                 glimpse of the Sisters' lives, is an undated Workbook
                                                                                                                                  the doorway leading to the church to check                              of a Sister still using 'f' for 's'. She was not the
     (This may not even be a miracle story. Barclay says: "In    on, Peter's life and the lives of the disciples, will be         on electrical wiring prior to the decorating.                           Warden but appears to have had some responsible
                                                                                                                                  To his surprise the surface gave way. On                                position. There are details of needlework orders
 the Sea of Galilee there were phenomenal shoals which           intimately bound up with his. Their mission, their ministry,
                                                                                                                                  further investigation, under five layers of                             such as, 'the frock that Annie & Martha have between
 covered the sea as if it were solid for as much as an acre."    will spring from that relationship.                              wallpaper, a small cavity with hinged door                              them will be 2/6 when made up' and then scribbled
 He suggests that we don't need to think of Jesus as creating                                                                     came to light, long concealed in this portion                           alongside are notes such as 'Jack will get manure
                                                                     And so it remains. In John's Gospel, Jesus says: I am
 a shoal of fish. What he has was "the eye that sees".                                                                            of wall which is about 14" thick.                                       of R Proctor for the potatoes.'
                                                                 the Way, the Truth, the Life. For us, the wonder, the majesty,
 Certainly, during a visit to the Holy Land earlier this year,                                                                        The cavity was arched and lined with                                     The glass items are now in our Museum with two
                                                                 the mystery, the holiness of God shines above all through
 standing by the Sea of Galilee, I suddenly saw a shoal of                                                                        bricks, though the church is stone built (1746). Glass objects   simple albums on the embroidery. These show photocopies
                                                                 Jesus of Nazareth. He doesn't give us answers to all the
 fish, swimming just below the surface of the water, near                                                                         were revealed. How long had they been there? There was           to avoid over-handling of originals and are freely available
                                                                 questions. He doesn't say, "Believe this" and give us a book
 where we were standing – not big enough to "break the                                                                            an unidentified bell shaped object, with two items similar       to visitors. It is remarkable that after all the refurbishing
                                                                 of doctrine or a book of rules for every occasion. He says:      to flagons with double handles and separate lids of heavy
 net" but I did wonder if this was the sort of thing that had                                                                                                                                      of the Choir Houses over the years these finds have only
                                                                 "Follow me. I am the Way, the Truth, the Life." As we try        handblown glass, slightly irregular in form. Hopefully we        now surfaced. Life goes on in the Choir Houses today. And
 happened in this story.)
                                                                 to follow him, live the life, so we come more and more to        can get an expert to date them and indicate likely use.          I wonder how many of us have walked unknowingly under
    On the face of it, not an obvious story to convey the        know the truth.                                                  Before resealing the cavity a CD showing pictures of Fulneck     the vestry's ancient hidey-hole, going about our present
 idea of the Holy, the sense of awe and wonder in the                                                                             today was placed in it for future discovery.                     day Church business?
                                                                     I began these studies by talking about a book. Let me
 presence of God we have been talking about. Yet, if you                                                                          Early Embroidery Designs
                                                                 finish with another one.
 think about it, wonder and mystery is there. And that
                                                                                                                                      Additionally, when we had long thought there was
 which Jacob and Isaiah experienced in the presence of               600 years ago in a little whitewashed cell in a Dutch
                                                                                                                                  nothing archival left unrecorded in Fulneck, two discoveries
 God, Peter experiences in the presence of Jesus of              monastery, a monk called Thomas a Kempis was writing
                                                                                                                                  were made around this time by Sr Rosalind Davey, who
 Nazareth.                                                       a series of meditations, The Imitation Of Christ, which have     shares Wardenship of the Choir Houses with her husband
                                                                 had a profound influence on so many Christians – and             Br Ron Davey. In the Widows' House Ros found a card box
    1. Peter already recognises the authority of Jesus. "...if
                                                                 non-Christians too. He writes:                                   crammed with embroidery designs used by the Fulneck
 you say so, I will let down the nets.."                                                                                          sisters when carrying out whitework orders of intricate
                                                                    "Follow me: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
     2. Then there comes a sudden, overwhelming sense                                                                             embroidery on cambric and muslin. This new discovery was
                                                                 Without the Way, there is no going; without the Truth,           a very welcome addition to designs we have already. I was
 of fear and awe. "Depart from me for I am a sinful man."
                                                                 there is no knowing; without the Life, there is no living. I     able to date some of the 'new’ design papers from
  Peter's response is connected with the fish, but more than

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                years
                                                                 am the Way, which you ought to follow; the Truth, which          watermarks, the earliest was 1801. Most designs would

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Celebrating
 that. He becomes aware that this is a man not like other
                                                                 you ought to Trust; the Life, which you ought to hope for.       have been copied from various contemporary sources but
 men. He can only fall down before Jesus.                                                                                         there are notes that some were 'our own design.'
                                                                    If you remain in My way, you shall know the truth and                                                                                                                        1457~2007
     3. As with Isaiah, Peter's experience is infused with                                                                        Royal Correspondence
                                                                 the truth shall make you free, and you shall lay hold on
 the ethical. He feels not just awe before this mysterious,
 tremendous personality; he feels his own unworthiness
 before absolute goodness. "Go away from me Lord, for I
                                                                 eternal life."
                                                                    Thomas still speaks to us: the holiness, the mystery of
                                                                                                                                     About a week later and also in the Widows' House, Ros
                                                                                                                                  found a sheaf of papers, the highlight being original
                                                                                                                                  correspondence between the royal court and Sr Esther
                                                                                                                                                                                                     A Provincial Celebration!
 am a sinful man..." This is not the only time people feel       God, brought down to earth in the life of                        Jarrett, our Sisters' warden, regarding embroidery on a           To Mark 550 Years of the Moravian Church
 like this in the presence of Jesus. Think of the Roman          Jesus. As we put him at the centre, perhaps we shall find,       muslin dress for Queen Adelaide, consort of William IV,
 soldier, asking for healing for his servant – "I am not         as many people have, that the mystery is, in the end, the        who had visited Hernnhut before her marriage. She, and
                                                                                                                                  indeed other monarchs, ordered whitework at several
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Saturday 3rd March 2007
 worthy that you should come under my roof." And there           mystery of love. In the words of Charles Wesley's great
                                                                                                                                  Moravian Settlements but we had no previous record of any             at Coventry Cathedral at 3pm
 are many others.                                                hymn (M.H.B. 212 – do read it all!) based on the story of                                                                                    (People to be seated by 2.45pm)
                                                                                                                                  embroidery being done for royalty in Fulneck.
                                                                 wrestling Jacob:
    4. Then comes the Assurance and the Call. Don't be                                                                               The court official, writing on Queen Adelaide's behalf,
 afraid – how often Jesus says that to people - I will make         The morning breaks, the shadows flee;                         stated that the embroidery must be worked inside 'pink               Guest Preacher: Revd. Dr. Robert Sawyer
 you fishers of men. And their response: They left everything                                                                     marks' and that the fabric was 'not to be cut' but sent back            (immediate past President of the Moravian Unity)
                                                                    Pure universal Love thou art;
 and followed him. This is so like the story of Isaiah's call:                                                                    for the dress to be made up. The cost of the embroidery
 almost a complete parallel. The difference is that this            To me, to all, thy heart doth move;                           was £30. There is a particularly clear postmark for 1833
                                                                                                                                  on the 'envelope' (reverse of the folded letter) and a broken
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Districts – Why not book a coach,
 experience is centred on a man from Nazareth. From now             Thy nature, and thy name, is Love.
                                                                                                                                  red wax seal.                                                       so that everyone can travel to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                               service together?
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    Congregation News                                                                                                             Westwood, Oldham
                                                                                                                                       When we cleared out Westwood in July last year I said that
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Woodford
                                                                                                                                                                                                             There have been both sad and happy events at Woodford
                                                                                                                                                                                                         since my last report. The church was full for the christening of
                                                                                                                                  we were going to “climb up sunshine mountain”. It's taking a           two cousins, Joshua and Keira, on what was also a lovely day,
                                                                                                                                  little longer than perhaps many of us thought, but we are still        weather wise, with the sun coming through the windows. As you

University Road, Belfast                                                                                                          climbing.
                                                                                                                                     We have received from the Architect, draft / proposed plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                         may recall from my last report, Woodford school choir had
                                                                                                                                                                                                         performed at our "new" church centenary service; in recognition
    An extraordinary congregation council meeting was held      is presently chaplain and tutor at the Church of Ireland                                                                                 of this we presented the school with a copy of each of David
                                                                                                                                  which have been seen by Church Committee, congregation and             Dickinson's books with an inscription in them.
in March to discuss the future of our building. Several         Theological College in Dublin, led the service which was
                                                                                                                                  PEC and we are now awaiting an estimated cost from the Architect.          Sadly, George Turner, one of our members died after a long
options were put to the meeting and after discussion and        followed by a buffet lunch.
                                                                                                                                     In the meantime we are still worshipping at St Luke's and           illness. One of our memories is of his cheerfulness when he was
a vote, it was agreed to remain at the premises on University       Elizabeth Mewha and Lynsey Kernohan attended Synod                                                                                   able to attend services and take part in events and the example
Road. Following this decision, it was agreed that a Property    as provincial youth representatives. What a coincidence           looking forward to the visit of Sr Hilary Smith who is to take our
                                                                                                                                                                                                         he gave of carrying on being part of things even though he was
Committee should be formed. During the summer, work             that both are members of our congregation! Margaret and           Harvest Service.                                                       not well and not giving up. One particular memory I have is when
began on installation of a lift, fitting a new heating system   Elizabeth made an interesting and informative presentation            Our Fellowship/Discussion group still meets and at the             he asked if I would like any help during a very busy summer tea,
and upgrading the facilities in the church hall. We were        to the congregation about their experiences at Synod.                                                                                    when I was starting to forget who wanted tea or coffee, I was
                                                                                                                                  present we are studying the Emmaus Course and those who
unable to hold our regular Sunday service on 10th September,                                                                                                                                             very grateful when George sorted out who wanted what and we
                                                                    The University Road Moravian Women’s Association              attend enjoy the fellowship and find the course meaningful.            were able to work together distributing the drinks. Our love goes
however when we returned the following Sunday, we were
                                                                remains an important ingredient in the life of the                   Our newsletter is still useful in keeping in touch with everyone    to his wife Avril and his family at this time.
delighted to see our church newly painted and with radiators
                                                                congregation. The Irish district rally took place in September,   and members have said how much they appreciate this.                       On another sad note, one of our Methodist friends, Sylvia
installed along the pews! As I write, the lift is now in use,
                                                                hosted by University Road, at which the guest speaker was                                                                                Barrett also died. Members of our congregation knew her for a
while work continues in the church and the hall downstairs.                                                                           The MWA and Coffee mornings are still being held in members'
                                                                Sister Kathleen Kitson. However, since our premises remain                                                                               long time as she often attended services and events and likewise
    During Holy Week, we once again opened the church           out of action, our friends at Lisburn Road Methodist Church       homes, and some work has already started on the garden attached        when we attended Methodist events. Again, we send our love to
each day at lunchtime for the Passion week readings. This       kindly permitted us to use their church and hall. Some of         to the new church.                                                     Sylvia's family at this time.
has proved yet again to be a successful venture. As usual,      our MWA members attend Lisburn Road Methodist and we                 On June 13th we were saddened by the death of one of our                                                         Jane Holland
the readings were repeated in the evening. On Palm Sunday,      thank them for their continued support and assistance             older members, Sister Agnes Scholes – aged 100 years. Agnes
the children and young people participated in the “Flowering    particularly on this occasion.                                    was a well loved and respected member who had played an active
of the Cross”. The beautiful wire cross, covered with fresh
flowers, remained in the church until Easter Sunday. The
flowers wilted during the week as we read about Jesus’
                                                                    We welcome back Sister Emma Kinghan, who has just
                                                                returned from six months working in South Africa, and
                                                                                                                                  part in the life of the church for many years: what memories she
                                                                                                                                  had, what a wonderful link with the past.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Horton, Bradford
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Starting on a sad note, Sr. Margaret Stephenson died at her
                                                                Sister Nicola Costley who recently spent some time studying           So! We are still climbing and still together. Please keep us
suffering, but the young people re-flowered the cross in                                                                                                                                                 daughter's home on July 17th following a long illness. The church
                                                                in Australia.
time for the Easter Sunday service. The flowered cross was                                                                        in your prayers.                                                       was packed for her funeral. We will all miss her greatly.
fresh and vibrant on Easter Sunday as we celebrated Jesus’          The Art Club and Garden Club met regularly over the
                                                                summer months. Despite the church hall being out of
                                                                                                                                                                                 Annie Geary                Sr Kathleen Colbert celebrated her 90th birthhday on July
resurrection. This beautiful tradition was introduced at                                                                                                                                                 8th with a get together in the church hall; family and friends
University Road following the visit of a group of members       action, our autumn activities are proceeding. The Art Club                                                                               came from near and far.
to our sister church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where    continues, Br Paul enthusiastically leads a Bible Study group                                                                                In June we as a church went to the seaside at "Grange over
the Flowering of the Cross is an annual Palm Sunday activity    which is looking at the Acts, and Sister Monika McCurdy                                                                                  Sands". All weekend we were there playing games, having meals,
for the children.
    Our annual church anniversary service took place on
                                                                has agreed to teach a German Language Class. The classes
                                                                will cater for all levels and any funds raised will go towards    Wheler Street, Higher Openshaw                                         talks, and on the Sunday worshipping God. It was a good weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and the weather was very kind.
                                                                the building fund.                                                   In February, we held a Service of Thanksgiving on the occasion          Sunday 17th September was our Harvest festival. The invited
14th May at which we were delighted to welcome back Br
                                                                                                                                                                                                         preacher was Br Philip Cooper, and we were reminded that we
Livingston Thompson and his family. Br Livingston, who                                                   Helen Gilmore            of the closure of our cubs and scouts, Wheler St being the first
                                                                                                                                                                                                         are now a "fair trade" church province wide. This was a good
                                                                                                                                  ever Moravian Church having a scout troop. The Church was
                                                                                                                                                                                                         service followed by a Harvest Lunch of soup and bread.
                                                                                                                                  packed, standing room only, as about 250, mainly men, reminisced
                                                                                                                                  and renewed friendships. Refreshments and memorabilia were                                                           Jim Spencer
Fairfield, Droylsden                                                                                                              provided, and many didn’t leave until mid-afternoon. A wonderful
                                                                                                                                  occasion to be treasured by all. Our Scout leader, George Bradley
   Here we go again                                             see our Sunday School still has a good number of regular                                                                                               C ONGREGATION R EGISTERS
                                                                                                                                  supervised the event in great style, only to pass away 3 months
   Yes, with the peace of summer holidays seeming so long       attendees and thank you to all the teachers who turn up so        later. He is greatly missed. George was an extremely active                                    INFANT BAPTISMS
                                                                devotedly week by week.                                                                                                                   30th July      Ella Jade Bradbury                   Fairfield
gone, September saw us restart the busy weekly calendar.                                                                          member of the church for all his life, and our Scout leader for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Lucy Mae Bradbury                    Fairfield
                                                                   On a personal note you will see from the registers that        over 30 years. This commitment and dedication to the Church             30th July      Bronwyn Elizabeth Henshall           Salem
    On the 9th & 10th September we participated in “Heritage
                                                                                                                                  and Scouting were second to none.                                       27th August    Jack Lewis Fox                       Salem
Weekend” with the church adorned in fresh flowers and           Sr Maureen Clapham died this summer. My earliest memories                                                                                 24th September Eleanor Hough                        Fairfield
opened for visitors; conducted tours round the settlement;      of Maureen were when I was in hospital as an 11 year old.            Congregation life continues as usual.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     WEDDINGS
college building opened for information and artefacts from      The experience was terrifying, but she would come to see             Fundraising events over the last few months included the             1st July      Stephen Morrison & Karen Smith Fairfield
the archives and of course the necessary refreshments                                                                             Summer Fair with table top sale, a coffee afternoon, BBQ, cake          29th July     Emma Fraser & Peter Greaves    Fairfield
                                                                me and make me feel I was in safe hands (she worked at                                                                                    29th July     Sharon Cook & Chris Wells      Kingswood
(fresh steak sandwiches from the barbeque proving very          the hospital at that time). As a young adult in the               stall at Fairfield’s Craft Fair and we still have some pews for sale    5th August    Andrew Birchwood
popular). The turn out of visitors was rewarding. It is a                                                                         if you are interested. We are very grateful to Br J Thompstone                        & Rachel Slinger               Fairfield
                                                                congregation she always made me feel as if my opinion was                                                                                 2nd September Antony Cope & Joanne Colley    Fairfield
pleasure to be able to share some of our history with what                                                                        for baking cakes and selling them to raise funds for church. He
                                                                valuable. Then later when I became a mother she was quick
are mostly local people who did not previously know of                                                                            has now raised £5,000 over the last few years and we don’t know                                     DEATHS
                                                                to assure me that I was doing a good job with my boys. In         where we’d be without this financial lifeline. We are very              May              Br George Bradley aged 72          Wheler Street
our existence. A cheerful atmosphere was given a helping                                                                                                                                                  17th July        Maureen Clapham                    Fairfield
                                                                more recent years she has been a friend with whom I could         appreciative of the help from preachers, alternating with Br.           7th September    Winnie Godwin aged 82 years        Kingswood
hand by the lovely sunny weather. I know we’re in Manchester
but it doesn’t actually rain all the time! Oh and we raised     share a joke and on many an occasion a shriek of laughter         Cooper, and the help of Br. M. Newman with our morning worship.         8th October      Patricia Edith Groves              Brockweir

£1,299.37 for church funds!                                     would erupt from the kitchen where we would be working               Members are greatly looking forward to attending the                                            FUNERALS
                                                                together. Maureen touched my life and for that I am grateful.                                                                             4th September    Frank Rhodes                       Salem
                                                                                                                                  consecration of Sr. Torkington as Bishop.
   Sunday 10th was also our Sunday School prize giving                                                                                                                                                    19th September   Elsie Wood                         Salem
and teachers' Act of Rededication service. It is so good to                                          Margery Sutcliffe                                                             Ann Larkin             25th September
                                                                                                                                                                                                          28th September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Arthur Toogood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dorothy Pemberton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Weston, Bath
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     FROM CHURCH HOUSE                                                            Provincial Diary for November
     Consecration
                                                                                  Wed 1      PEC, Unitas Estates and BMB meetings - the PEC
         On Saturday 2nd. December Sr. Beth Torkington will
     be Consecrated as a Bishop of the Moravian Unity at
                                                                                 Thur 2      Finance Committee - the PEC
     Blackbird Leys, Oxford. The Service will begin at 2.00pm.                      Sat 4    Western District Comference, Bath Weston - Br. Cross
     and anyone making individual arrangements to attend the                       Fri 10    Renewal Committee, Lower Wyke - Sr. Morten
     service is asked to notify Br. Hopcroft at Church House
                                                                                 Sun 26      Church Service Sunday
     before November 17th, to assist with the catering
     arrangements.                                                              Wed 29       Unitas Estates Meeting, Gomersal -Br.Cross, Br. Hopcroft

     Ministerial Calls
         Sr. Beth Torkington has accepted a call to serve the                 Vacancy:
     Bath Weston and Brockweir Congregations. The date of the                    Applications are invited for the tenancy of: 13 The Settlement, Ockbrook.
     actual move is yet to be finalised.                                      A Terraced Brick Built and Slated Cottage.
           In addition, the Bath Coronation Avenue Congregation                   The accommodation comprises:
     have been informed and have accepted the fact that they                      Ground Floor: Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen
     will no longer receive full ministerial cover. Sr. Torkington
                                                                                  First Floor: One Double and one Single Bedroom, Bathroom with WC.
     has agreed to act as Chaplain for the Girls' Brigade and
     pastoral support will be provided by the Western District                    General: Gas Central Heating throughout.
     Ministers, through Sr. Torkington.                                           Rent will be in the region of £1200.00 per quarter. (£400.00 per month)
        Br. David Howarth has accepted a call to serve the                        Application forms can be obtained from the Unitas Agent,
     Leominster Congregation, in addition to the Sparkhill
                                                                                 John Forrester, Chartered Surveyors and Land Agents, First Floor,
     Congregation. He will conduct one service each month at
                                                                              19/21 Chapel Brow, Leyland, Preston. PR25 3NH Tel: 01772 421 566
     Leominster (the service of Holy Communion) and give one
     day each month to pastoral visiting, including any hospital                 Completed forms should be returned to the Agent by 24th November
     and sick visiting required.                                              2006.


       P R AY E R                N O T E S


    Let us remember all those who have
                died to bring us peace
   Read: Isaiah 11 v 1-9               FOR the healing of the nations,                        Let us pray,
                                       Lord, we pray with one accord;
                                                                                              Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of war:
                                       for a just and equal sharing
   V6 The wolf shall live                                                                           for the injured and the disabled,
                                       of the things that earth affords.
   with the lamb, the                  To a life of love in action                                  for the mentally distressed,
   leopard shall lie down              help us rise and pledge our word.
   with the kid, the calf                                                                           and for those whose faith in God and in man
   and the lion and the                Lead us, Father, into freedom,                               has been weakened or destroyed...
   fatling together, and a             from despair your world release;
                                                                                                    for the homeless and refugees,
   little child shall lead             that, redeemed from war and hatred,
                                       all may come and go in peace.                                for those who are hungry,
   them.
                                       Show us how through care and goodness                        and for all those who have lost their livelihood and
                                       fear will die and hope increase.
                                                                                              security...
                                       All that kills abundant living,                              for those who mourn their dead,
  The springs of human                 let it from the earth be banned;                             those who have lost husband or wife, children or parents,
  conflic t cannot be                  pride of status, race or schooling,
                                       dogmas that obscure your plan.                               and especially for those who have no hope in Christ
  eradicated though
                                       In our common quest for justice                              to sustain them in their grief...
  institutions, but only               may we hallow life’s brief span.
                                                                                              Almighty God, our heavenly Father, infinite in wisdom, love
  through the reform of
                                       You, creator-God, have written                         and power: have compassion on those for whom we pray;
  the individual human
                                       your great name on humankind;                          and help us to use all suffering in the cause of your kingdom,
  being.                               for our growing in your likeness
                                       bring the life of Christ to mind;                      through him who gave himself for us upon the cross, Jesus
            Douglas MacArthur
                                       that by our response and service                       Christ your Son, our Lord.
                                       earth its destiny may find.
                                                                                                                                                         Source unknown
                                                                     Fred Kaan

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