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... • Your Letters • News from Congregations • Church House News Update • 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. Page 122 Page 123 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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”. Page 124 Page 125 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 Page 126 Page 127 3 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? Page 128 Page 129 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 Salem Page 130 Page 131 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. 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