April 2005 Alicia Petty, Anglican curate to the parish of Ockbrook with Borrowash, recently enjoyed A Day out with Dawn Alicia (right) with Dawn French An email to meet with TV’s Vicar The Make Poverty History taken part in a public demonstration of Dibley, Dawn French, and hundreds Campaign is calling on world leaders and as well as the delight at being with of women priests from all over the to do three things: so many other women, it was good to country, promised too exciting an Trade justice – to see an end to make our voices heard for something opportunity to turn down and so I the rules of international trade that so worthwhile. Television’s Seaside made my way down to London along are currently stacked in favour of the Parish vicar from Boscastle, Christine with 600 other female clergy on most powerful countries and have Musser, was also there with her own January 13th. The TV show had helped them rewritten so that they favour camera crew, looking a little tired but to launch the Make Poverty History those who are poor and vulnerable. clearly heartened by the encouragement Drop the Debt – that the unpayable and praise she received from the other Campaign in the moving New Year debts of the world’s poorest countries women. broadcast, and Dawn was leading this demonstration of Christian ordained should be cancelled in full, by fair and On arriving at the gates of Downing women to 10 Downing Street and a transparent means. Street, most of us were herded into meeting with the Prime Minister. More and Better Aid – that ‘pens’ on the opposite side of the Mall governments should deliver and (just in case we rioted, apparently), We began by meeting at St Martin while a delegation of twelve was invited in the Fields, where we signed a card increase the aid they have promised, ensuring it is made to work more inside to meet with the Prime Minister. to be taken to Tony Blair and collected During the long wait for the delegation effectively for poor people. our white fabric armbands which, along to emerge, we sang and prayed with our dog collars, were our symbol After the service, we moved out together, waved at the passing buses of protest. There was a short service into the sunshine of Trafalgar Square and persuaded the policemen on duty and on down the Mall. Every step was in the church along with prayers for to take pictures to record the event. photographed and recorded by a large the victims of the Tsunami disaster The mood was celebratory and number of the media, with reporters and speeches from Dawn French and prayerful; those participating felt they asking questions as we marched. We Christian Aid. Ms French confessed to were really making a difference. were even photographed by tourists “feeling a bit of a fake”, surrounded who stood open mouthed at this Finally, the women returned to by all these ‘real’ women priests, but unprecedented grouping of female Trafalgar Square, triumphant that the her heartfelt passion for the campaign clerics in the capital. For some of the Prime Minister’s timetable for the day theme was evident. women this was the first time they had had been wrecked by his insistence at continuing to talk through the issues and express his commitment to the INSIDE THIS MONTH’S ISSUE campaign. A round of photographs Around the with Ms French finished the day and I Paul Holdsworth made a returned home, exhausted but thrilled Journey to Jerusalem Beth Torkington has had District Conferences an exciting month in From The Provincial Board Report at having been part of such a Exploring the path that has led to The Diary Lancashire District memorable day. service People on the Way Eastern District (See also this month’s Diary, p.42) Rosalind Davey at Br. Joseph Cooper Paul Gubi continues the Remember – April 10-16 – Global The Ordination of 1925 - 2005 series on Moravian hymns Week of Action for Trade Justice. Br David Howarth Hymn for the Month PLUS ALL THE REGULAR FEATURES • Your Letters • News from Congregations • Church House News Update • A word from the Editor A General Election seems to be just around the corner to the cleansing of the Temple (and beyond) is full of – perhaps by the time you read this, a date will have reminders of the Old Testament prophets with their calls been announced – and electioneering has begun: what for peace and justice. Jesus sets the claims of the Kingdom has been called the imprecise and childish point-scoring of God against the claims of the authorities in Church that too often passes for political debate in the U.K. And once again we are hearing from certain quarters, “politics and State. How much more political can you get? Summer Camp ’05 Christians know that faith must influence every part A great programme has been planned and religion don’t mix.” and bookings are arriving for Summer Camp of life, not least our thinking about politics and the way Christians know this cannot be true. I am writing this we vote. This does not mean that any of the political by almost every post – if you know any on Palm Sunday. As we listened again to the story of parties can claim to be “the” Christian party. And our young people who want to take part please Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem being read from the Harmony, judgements about where our vote goes must depend on remind them to get their applications in the words that especially spoke to me this time were those that tell of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem; weeping an assessment of the total aims and policies of a party rather than on its position on any single narrow issue, before all the places are filled. We can’t squeeze in extra beds nowadays! Yorkshire because he realised the consequences for the city because whether it be abortion or immigration or whatever. But District its rulers and its people had rejected his way of peace. as we prepare for an election, let us not be misled by Children Test “If you had only recognised today the things that would those who want to keep politics and religion in separate Youth Party give you peace! But you can’t see it.” The whole of this story from the entry into Jerusalem boxes. A living faith must influence all our decisions and actions. Of that there can be no question. New Resources The Yorkshire District had a Over the years the Moravian Church marvellous time on Saturday has taken part in more and more afternoon recently. The occasion? The 548th ecumenical activities. At a local level, Letters to the Editor Birthday of the Moravian Church in the British Province!! From Ted Wilson, Glo congregations share in youth clubs and ucester Children aged between 18 months and 16 years met for holiday events and worship with other an afternoon of traditional party games and food. The denominations. At Provincial level the games ranged from ‘Duck, duck goose’ to ‘Pictionary’ and From Vivienne Tugwell, Bath Dear Br Editor church is represented at Churches Together in from ‘Stations’ to ‘Donut eating’! England (CTE) and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland The Yorkshire District has quite a few children in the (CTBI). And now it’s the children’s turn to get ecumenical. lower age range and we were looking for an activity where Dear Br. Editor, Lindsey House, Chels ea Several sessions of Roots for Children and Young People all ages could join together. We felt that a ‘real’ party would I would like to take this opportunity to thank Those who are not Na fit the bill. tional Trust members have been written by our PYCO, then tried and tested by the members of the Renewal Committee who hosted may not be aware tha t the Trust owns Lin our youth and children’s leaders before going to press. It was great to see all the youngsters enjoying themselves the February Fellowship Weekend. Once again it House and lets it as private accommoda dsey 15,000 people from around the world subscribe to Roots, and for the Mums and Dads it was a chance to catch up was a very interesting weekend with lots to think will be opened to the tion. It which is a resource for Churches of all denominations. As with old friends (Summer School again) and let others take public on four days about and do. It was a lovely time of fellowship and year, 11 May, 15 Jun this well as two bi-monthly magazines - Roots Children and the pressure off them. e, 14 September an a great opportunity to meet new people from other October, between 2 d 12 Young People and Roots Worship, there is a companion and 4pm on each of We really do have some wonderful young people in congregations. days. Although free, those admission will be res website providing constantly updated material. Contact Yorkshire and it would be nice to think that these youngsters It is good to have a an event like this when you to the hall and stairs tricted , front and rear garde Sheila if you’d like a trial copy. are the future of the Moravian Church! can get away from the normal hustle and bustle of This should give a rar e chance to visit this ele ns. daily routin es and touch base with God. 17th century house wh ich was Zinzendorf’s ho gant Thank you for all your hard work, it was very much appreciated. and the Provincial he 1772, when it was sol adquarters from 17 me 49 to A call for help from the Youth Committee d, along with the est of Herrnhag and Marie ates Readers may be interested to know that the Western District is hosting a Quiet Day at Tytherton Unity debt. Zinzendo as the nucleus of a ma nborn, to liquidate a hu rf’s plan had been to ge use it Summer Camp 05 We need your help Church on Saturday 17th September from 11.00am jor Moravian settleme to which end the Ch nt, - 3.30pm. So, if you couldn’t make a whole weekend elsea Chapel and bu Memories – friendships – church growth – keeping in touch - new dimensions ground were the first rial away but feel like some ‘time out with God’ then steps. come and join us. If you would like more details of Do you remember your time at Summer We want to make sure that our young people can benefit in the this event or a booking form, please do not hesitate School (or Summer Camp)? Shared memories same way as previous generations, but cost is now becoming a major Yours sincerely to contact me. (01225 423933) - occasionally hair-raising! - are still part of problem. We need to provide a programme that both attracts young Ted Wilson, the conversation at many Provincial events. people and is priced at a level acceptable to their parents. This means Yours We want today’s youngsters to have these that the event has to be subsidised in some way - and as government Vivienne Tugwell memories too. grants are not available for events run by Moravians for Moravians we Friendships that begin at Summer Camp hope that congregations and individuals will provide financial support. continue throughout the years and add to How you can help Fellowship Weekend the “family” atmosphere in the church. Many people who went to Summer Camp now have a responsible role in the church £3.00 will pay for a Junior to go swimming £6.00 will pay for a Middle or Senior to visit a local place of interest. today. £7.50 will pay for an on-site supervised activity 6th – 8th May 2005 Helping at Summer Camp encourages young (abseiling, raft-building, archery etc.) people to keep in touch with the church £18.00 will buy an entrance ticket to a theme park. This is to be held at when they have moved away from home. £200 00 will pay for a coach and driver for a half-day trip. Shallowford House in Staffordshire As space is Like Paul Greenhough (see last month’s Messenger) hundreds of people have £400.00 will pay for a coach and driver for a day trip. limited ple a Booking forms are available from your minister or contact Paul Greenhough on: book early se experienced a new dimension to their faith Please make cheques payable to “Moravian Union” and send to at Summer Camp. Tel: 01274 872633 Fax: 01274 865351 or e mail: email@example.com avoid them to Sheila Mitchell, 34 Pans Lane, Devizes, Wilts. SN10 5AL disappoin tment. Page 38 Page 39 Paul Holdsworth made a Rosalind Davey (Fulneck) found great encouragement at Journey to Paul (in trousers) The Ordination of Br David Howarth Jerusalem at Calpernaum At the end of January of this year Patsy and In our discussions with I were fortunate enough to travel to Israel/Palestine local people, in a school and on one of the first pilgrimages after the recent a hospital in Bethlehem, in troubles. We went with a group of ministers from a children’s home in Bethany various denominations in order to see how the and in a hotel in Tiberias we country had changed after the second intifada heard many stories of hurt and to attempt to confirm whether the Holy Land and hatred, which was was a safe place to visit again. We also took the upsetting and seemed so opportunity to meet with representatives of the soul destroying in the land Jewish, Arab, Armenian and Christian of the birth of the Prince of communities. Peace. The building of the As many of you know the Holy Land is a wall between the West Bank and Jerusalem seemed to An atmosphere of busy expectation filled Fulneck on of the Moravian Church. He referred to Bishop Shawe's beautiful and moving place with so many images confirm the idea of separate Wednesday, February 2nd, Candlemas Day. As our minister, booklet, "The Spirit of the Moravian Church" and suggested from our Bible stories and so much raw emotion communities and a country Br. Dickinson, told us, this was the day on which at one that "integrity", a virtue possesed by David, could be added in every sacred site. The violence of the last few torn apart by years of time our ministers were always ordained. All the planning to the list of the qualities attributed to Moravians in this years has forced tourists and pilgrims alike to conflict and abhorrence. and work over the last few weeks was to culminate that booklet We then sang Br. David’s choice of hymn, "As the stay away and the area was almost completely However, there was a glimmer of hope in what was being evening in the ordination as deacon of Br. David Howarth, deer pants for the water, So my soul longs after You." The devoid of all foreigners. This meant that we had unlimited and exclusive access to many of the sites, from the birthplace said that was also reflected in what was happening in the the popular assistant to Br. Dickinson. The food was chapel was silent as Br. Howarth answered the questions of Jesus to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. We had the country as a whole. prepared, the Chapel ready, the chapel servants primed as put to him by Br. McOwat who then went on to the act of time and space that we needed in order to worship and The seemingly spontaneous withdrawal of troops and to their various duties, and everything was completed in ordination. After the charge to the candidate a surplice was share Holy Communion in these places, but somehow it settlers from Palestinian areas and the move towards a time to receive the many Moravians expected to attend. As presented to him by Br. Greenhough from Lower Wyke and was desperately sad to see that nobody else was there. ceasefire also seem to support a mood of optimism that it happened there were many more than we expected, so a Bible by Br. Burkitt from Wheler Street, Br. Howarth's belies the years of dispute and fighting. May be we are many friends from the congregations with which Br Howarth From the huge new airport in Tel Aviv to the numerous home congregation. We concluded the service by singing finally moving towards agreement and peace and the creation had been associated came to wish him well. It was a great new hotels built for the millennium there was literally no "Guide me, O thou great Jehovah". As was to be expected, of a place where people can live together in harmony. The pleasure to welcome them, on this special occasion, especially one about, beyond the usual crowds of locals in the markets the singing was magnificent, filling our souls and lifting Holy Land is so important to so many believers that it the contingent from Sparkhill who had come such a long going about their daily routine. Even the Western Wall was our spirits. should be a place of peace and a place where one can truly way to witness the ordination of their new minister. not as busy on the evening of the Sabbath as it has been in feel closer to God. Perhaps the time has come for religious As the chapel began to fill to capacity we knew we were The evening ended with refreshments in the Boys’ Brigade the past, although there were a few Americans lamenting the destruction of the Great Temple. So much money has travellers, pilgrims, to return to this land, helping to make going to experience a time of wonderful praise, singing and Building; a time for old friends to greet each other and for been ploughed into the region and it seems, at the moment it a land of prosperity, a land of peace, a land of pilgrims. fellowship. Bishop John McOwat presided and Br Robert the fellowship of the Moravian Church to be expressed as at least, all to no avail. People were incredibly pleased to Br. Holdsworth is hoping to organise a group to visit the Hopcroft presented Br. David for ordination. Br. McOwat heartily as ever. The warmth and joy of this ordination will see us, delighted perhaps that the tide had turned and that Holy Land in February 2006. For further information, contact preached an outstanding sermon pointing out the strengths live in our hearts for a long time. tourists may be on their way back at last. him at 5 Locksley Park, Belfast BT10 0AR. The fourth in a short series exploring the path that has led to service a local Methodist Church and worshipped there. However out we should give support to those who cannot. So I I met a good friend, Jasmine Pottinger, and she told me work at pastoral care and visiting the elderly. Sometimes People on the Way that her sister, Clarissa Johnson, was minister of a Moravian Church in Hornsey. At this time I was at a crossroads in my spiritual journey and this opportunity to be in a church where I could relate to my friends meant my medical background enables me to help with medications and relating to doctors. God has been good to me, I count my blessings and I’m glad I’m able to help others with skills I have achieved. I still feel I am growing This month Beth Torkington talks to Rose Griffith, a member of Hornsey Moravian a great deal. I found so much peace and spiritual uplifting spiritually – with God’s help I will continue to grow and Church. After a full professional life as a nurse and a health visitor she has recently at Hornsey. Jasmine and Clarissa were a great source of to love. retired and has more time for church life – and has just preached her second sermon! inspiration. I attended confirmation classes and became B.T. And now you have taken up preaching… a member. I also met my husband, Laurie, at this time and introduced him to the church and in due course, he R.G. I feel there are things I would like to share with B.T. Rose, I know that you have when my mother sang ‘I surrender all’ in church and for was also confirmed by Clarissa. others. For example, I recently spoke at an M.W.A. service, physically journeyed, not least from the first time I started to understand what it meant to be B.T. I am sure that in your working life you were able thinking of women in the bible, selfless women through Jamaica to England, what about your spiritual journey? a Christian. However it was difficult for me to develop to serve God. How does your faith sustain you and challenge the ages – and it makes us look at our roles as women. R.G. I would say that I came from a Christian family, as a true Christian, with an adult faith. It was only when you now? The M.W.A. helps us as women today to let our light shine my parents were both believers, so I attended church I came to train in England, in my twenties and with maturity and experience that I came to realise the part and to go out there and help those who are less fortunate. and Sunday School and I was taught Christian values, the R.G. I think that God has continued to bless us and God played in my life. It was difficult for me to worship I do feel that God wants me to help others – and I want importance of right and wrong, and to be respectful of we feel very fortunate to be worshipping at Hornsey. as I had done in Jamaica because of my working hours to share my life to His glory. others. I would often hear my mother singing hymns, I We have great encouragement and leadership from our didn’t understand their meaning at that time but now I and living in the nurses’ home, so the times when I minister Joachim. We are very involved at the church My thanks to Rose, I am sure that she has much that is often remember those hymns and they are deeply accompanied patients to services in the hospital chapel and we feel this is what God wants us to do. We are now worthwhile to share with others, both in her practical service meaningful to me. I remember being deeply touched were special. Later, when I was able to live out, I found retired and we feel that as we are physically able to go and preaching. What could you share? Page 40 Page 41 Beth Torkington has had an exciting month – and it’s not finished yet The Diary Br. Joseph Cooper Make Poverty History were talking for well over an hour. So, as we waited we sang, no words but we knew them all anyway. The first Since my last Diary I’ve been out demonstrating, and oh hymn was ‘Amazing Grace’, written by John Newton, one- dear and gentle reader of the Messenger, I hardly dare tell time master of a slave ship. At his conversion he realised you this, out demonstrating with actresses. Well, alright then, only one actress, but that one was enough to cause the full depth of his sin and his wretchedness. 200 years later as we sang his words I thought of the emphasis Jesus 1925 - 2005 a disdainful comment at the Churches Together meeting gave to the poor and imprisoned and the need for all that I missed as a consequence. (Have you ever noticed how Christians to live out His gospel. And the feeling of a quick people are to tell you about critical comments rather connectedness to history, and to the Kingdom imperative The funeral service for Br. Joe Cooper took place on than all the others who quite approved?) Friday, March 5th at the Cliftonville Moravian Church, of good news to the poor, made me feel very small – and Belfast, a congregation which Br. Cooper had served as The occasion was a ‘Make Poverty History’ march from very grateful to be there. minister for 27 years, from 1963 until his retirement in 1990, with Ballinderry added from 1971. A large congregation St. Martin’s in the Fields to Downing Street, with about 600 The Touching Place met to pay tribute to Br. Cooper and to offer support and other women clergy – and Dawn French. Yes, it was a sympathy to his widow, Edna and sons John and David with gimmick, but actually I don’t mind that if it gets the campaign I’ve just returned from a Provincial Fellowship Weekend their wives and families and brother Eddy. A number of representatives of other denominations were present, the attention it deserves. Yes, it was all about publicity, and, like all Moravians after any event I can sigh with showing their appreciation of Br. Cooper and his work for but for a cause that I strongly believe in; the Christian thankfulness and say, ‘oh the fellowship was wonderful’. closer relationships between the Churches. After retirement from congregation ministry, Joe gospel demands that we are on the side of the poor. No, And it was, but can I also tell you this story that sums up After military service and preparation for the ministry continued to serve as Bishop and to conduct services as we didn’t get loads of coverage on the day because Prince how I felt about the weekend. At worship on Sunday morning at Fairfield College, Br. Cooper, who grew up at Coronation required, particularly in the Irish congregations. There was Avenue congregation in Bath, was ordained in 1950 and also great appreciation of the Moravian Historical Magazine, Harry chose to do something stupid and gobbled up all the as we stood to sing I could see a workman outside on a married Edna Weir (Gracehill) that same year, moving to which he and Edna have been producing for the past thirteen column inches but the television company will be using the ladder working on the chapel windows. My mind toyed with his first congregation unit at Pertenhall, Riseley and years. In this as in so many things, Edna shared his ministry footage they obtained as part of a special edition of The the thought that he was climbing his ladder while inside Kimbolton. Other ministries were at Baildon and Leominster and supported him fully – a true partnership. before they moved to Belfast, staying there through the Vicar of Dibley for Comic Relief. In that sense they are using we were trying to climb to heaven; but it actually felt far Commenting on Br. Cooper’s life, many have said simply: difficult years of the troubles. Many in these congregations “He was a good Bishop. He was a good man.” Perhaps we us but actually I don’t mind that because inevitably far more as if, rather than us climbing up, God reached down remember his ministry with affection and respect – a caring may also see him as representing the Moravian spirit at its more people want to watch The Vicar of Dibley than listen pastor, an efficient administrator, a thoughtful preacher best in a simple, joyful, life of service. His faith is well and touched us. It was an incredibly good weekend. and a practical man who could turn his hand to anything. expressed in one of his favourite hymns, sung at the funeral to my sermons. Unaccountable I know but hey, there’s no Congregation service was always most important to Br. service. accounting for taste. Back to the Future Cooper but he also served the Province effectively in many All the way my Saviour leads me, other ways. He was elected onto a number of inter-synodal Some memories of the day will stay with me. Firstly, At the end of this week Western District Conference is What have I to ask beside? committees: Faith and Order, Inter-Church Relations, Church being with 600 women basically all like me, possibly scary… looming up – and I’m excited by the thought. I don’t usually Service Advisory Board and Church Book. He filled various Can I doubt his tender mercy, As we walked along Whitehall one man was walking in the get excited by District Conferences - are District Chairmen offices at Provincial Synod and attended Unity Synods in Who through life has been my guide? Herrnhut and Antigua. For a number of years he and Edna Heavenly peace, divinest comfort, opposite direction, head down, deep in conversation on his allowed to say that? - but this one is going to be different. helped at Summer Camps for young people (then known After a shorter business session in the morning we are Here by faith in him to dwell! mobile phone, completely unaware that he had blundered as Summer Schools) and in Northern Ireland he was pleased to be able to keep in touch with local schools, taking regular For I know, whate’er befall me, into the middle of a march. Suddenly he looked up and going to use the afternoon for discussion. We are going to assemblies and serving as a member of the local School Jesus doeth all things well. realised that he was surrounded by hundreds of women, think about what we have as a church that is precious, what Management Committee. all in dog collars. Just for a moment there was a look of we have to offer to the future and, accepting the nature of His sphere of service widened further when he was total panic on his face; did he think he had died and gone today’s society and our smallness, how we can start to make elected Bishop at the 1976 Synod. In addition to his pastoral role as Bishop he was able to speak with quiet authority on Thank you to heaven – or hell? Then there was the worship at St. that future. I don’t think that our afternoon of discussion matters relating to the Moravian Church and effectively Edna, John and David Cooper and the family Martin’s in the Fields, which was exceptionally beautiful is going to come up with any solutions but I do think that represented the Church in the wider community. He visited circle want to thank everyone who telephoned and moving. Outside Downing Street most of us were kept we need to open this whole topic up through discussion Labrador, where he had the pleasure of ordaining the first or sent cards, letters and e-mails during Joe’s Inuit Moravian minister, Br. Ray Hunter, and in India he recent illness and since his death. It was a great in the riot pens (!) by the police whilst our representatives and earnest prayer. I know that other districts are also ordained Br. Elijah Gergan and consecrated Br. Obed Kundan comfort to know that he and they were supported went inside to present a petition to Tony Blair. We expected beginning to have similar discussions. May our Saviour lead and Br. Thsespal Kundan as Presbyters. With all this, the by the prayers of so many Moravian friends. them to have 15 minutes but in fact it was far longer, they us all. congregations at Cliftonville and Ballinderry were never neglected. Page 42 Page 43 Around the District Conferences Paul Gubi continues the series on Moravian hymns which was begun by the late Joe Cooper FROM THE PROVINCIAL BOARD REPORT EASTERN DISTRICT Conference met at Bedford, St. Hymn for the Month UNITY ordained deacon, will commence his • A date for your diary!! – a Luke’s, on March 5th and was Songs of praise the angels sang, heaven with hallelujahs rang, ministry at Sparkhill in March. We celebration for the 550th anniversary welcomed by Br. David Binney, the When creation was begun, when God spake and it was done. • Br E Moos was consecrated Bishop new minister who also led the opening wish David every blessing at this time. of the founding of the Moravian of the Unity in Port Elizabeth, South Songs of praise awoke the morn when the Prince of Peace was born, Church is planned for Saturday 3 devotions. Africa on December 5th, 2004 • Ministry Assessments. Thanks to Songs of praise arose when he captive led captivity. March 2007 in Coventry Cathedral. Officers were elected as follows: those Congregations/Treasurers who Heaven and earth must pass away: Songs of praise shall crown that day: • Unity Board will meet in Cape Chairman, Br. J. Kreuzel; Secretary have set up standing orders or who • From time to time the Baildon God will make new heavens, new earth; Town, South Africa from March 9 - 19 and Treasurer, Br. R. Winfield; Youth are paying their assessment by cheque congregation has some Committee rep., Br. E. Quildan; Social Songs of praise shall hail their birth. and will consider ‘the Meaning and on a monthly basis. Could we appeal accommodation available for let. Responsibility Secretary, Br. C. [James Montgomery. MHB 447] Role of the Unity’. to those who have not taken either Further details from Sr Sarah Groves. Winfield; Renewal secretaries, Sr. J. • The Seminary at Mbeya, Tanzania, course to seriously consider this Winfield (Midlands), Sr. E. George, has been recognised as a university (London). Continuing the series of Moravian hymns begun this year by Br Joe approach as it is a great help to Church with effect from 1 January 05. There House cash flow, in ensuring that ECUMENICAL Following the Treasurer’s Report, Cooper, we come, not surprisingly, to James Montgomery (1771-1854). are three faculties and it is known as Outstanding among English hymn-writers, Montgomery produced, at the funds are available to meet Ministers’ • Br Hopcroft and Sr Mullin will be there was some discussion about the the Bishop Kisanji University (BIKU). behest of Synod 1835, the first truly English Moravian hymnbook which Stipend payments each month. attending a Christian Aid 60th donation paid to Summer Camp. It This will allow the seminary to receive was agreed that each congregation appeared in 1849. To select one of his hymns is difficult as there are thirty Anniversary service at St Paul’s accreditation for its degrees and • PEC is looking into the possibility should be asked to pay £10 to in the current hymnbook. Many of these are very well-known and loved and Cathedral on 26 April. another day one might choose differently. There are enough to provide for certificates. of having both the Messenger and the Conference funds and that £50 be Textbook put onto audio tape to help • Sr Jan Mullin has represented the sent to help Moravial and £50 to help a series on their own. • Br David Howarth will attend the church at the Church Representatives’ the visually impaired Summer Camp. As a young journalist Montgomery joined the staff of the Sheffield Unity Seminar in Tanzania this Meeting of the CTBI and will attend Sr. Jackie Morten presented Register, shortly after which he took over from the owner/editor, who had summer • A number of congregations have the Assembly with Br. Paul information from PEC and Br. Quildan had to flee the country. As editor Montgomery renamed the paper Iris and still not produced an entry on the Greenhough. information about youth work. A was himself imprisoned twice (1794), once for reporting a riot in Sheffield Webpage – this is an opportunity PROVINCIAL missed! All that needs to be done is • Sr Jan Mullin will attend the URC London area youth service will be held and again for criticising the Government. A man of deep Christian conviction, at Harlesden on May 3rd. The Social he was actively involved in Education, Social Betterment, Industry and • A Celebration to mark the formal for a page of text – no more than one Assembly this year as an ecumenical Responsibility Secretary, Br. C. Commerce, including the Sunday School movement in Sheffield. Such a recognition of the Blackbird Leys A4 side – and a couple of photos to guest Winfield, drew attention to Fairtrade biographical snippet gives a glimpse of the stature of the man. His poetic Society will take place at Blackbird be sent to Br Dave Bull (address on • Br David Newman continues to Fortnight. The Midlands Renewal gift adorns his hymn-writing. Personally I count it a privilege to have known Leys on Sunday 26 June at 4.00pm back page of the Messenger) and he represent us at the General Synod of Secretary, Sr. J. Winfield reported that a descendant of his in the late Geoffrey Birtill, one of our finest preachers • Br David Howarth, recently will do the rest! the Church of England. renewal studies are taking place with in recent times. the Methodists at Leicester. Woodford Halse share services and studies with To call “Songs of praise” a Moravian hymn seems almost to place a Methodists and Anglicans. Sr. George limitation on a hymn that has a universal appeal to Christians of many reported a monthly meeting at traditions. Its Moravian characteristic, however, lies in its capture of the LANCASHIRE DISTRICT CONFERENCE (March 5th at Fairfield) Harlesden. Sr. Hilary Smith requested joyous contribution of hymn-singing to public worship, of which the clarity about which area Bedford was Moravians, and later the Methodists, were leading proponents. The meeting opened with an act speaker at the District Mission Rally. however noted that Christian Aid was in. It was confirmed that it is in the From the first line to its last the hymn wraps the whole of life in praise. of worship and a brief period of silence Sr Cheetham presented the Social an ecumenical success because of its London area. The glory of Creation, the Incarnation and Resurrection victory of Christ, in memory of Br J Cooper Responsibility report making mention concentration on social issues rather Members were happy to continue the hope of glory that echoes the vision in Revelation chapter 21. The first Elections followed and then Br of the Aids information she now had than Faith and Order ones where little the present arrangements for the half reverberates to the glory of God. Then what about mankind’s response? Hopcroft read the report from the and of Fair Trade fortnight. All agreement would be achieved between Prayer Watch. Br. M. Rea will make the That is addressed in the second half. churches in the district were urged to the Churches. preparations for the District as before. PEC. From the report interest was use Fair Trade products wherever After lunch, Conference moved expressed in the plans of Eastern and Br P. Cooper reported to the And can man alone be dumb till that glorious kingdom come? possible and a reminder was given of into the small room where it was a Western District Conferences to hold meeting that an offer for the buildings No! the Church delights to raise psalms and hymns and songs of praise. the excellent work of Br Brierley from little warmer. Br. David Howarth discussion sessions as part of their at Westwood had been accepted by introduced further discussion about Saints below, with heart and voice, still in songs of praise rejoice; Salem in his long standing Fair Trade meetings. It was suggested that an the congregation and was awaiting the future of the Moravian Church. Learning here, by faith and love, songs of praise to sing above. goods sales. annual conference might be the way PEC approval. The congregation was He described three student placements Borne upon their latest breath, songs of praise shall conquer death; forward for the Lancashire District. Br Cooper presented his report now looking for a place to meet he had been involved in, each with a Then, amidst eternal joy, songs of praise their powers employ. from the Greater Manchester Churches temporarily until a new permanent different approach to the work of the The District Youth report was then Together (GMCT). The GMCT have church. Discussion following Br. read by Sr Cheetham. Forthcoming home could be found. The conference The Christian’s delight is to praise God with the whole being. The apostle decided to have a theme each year Howarth’s introduction was mainly events included a District swimming was also reminded of the forthcoming Paul exhorts us to give thanks in everything, and the hymn suggests that and with many international events about activities in individual gala, a meeting to encourage and celebrations of Dukinfield’s 250th congregations, but little about the when faith and love are couched in such continuous songs of praise, it happening including Christian Aid’s becomes a growing process – in modern idiom, a spiritual learning curve explain about the Millennium anniversary with a Flower Festival on question of the future of the province, 60th Birthday and the G8 Summit the – that, maintained to the very last breath, lifts us over the threshold of Volunteers scheme and a fun event in 19 March 2005 followed by a District which was the purpose of the theme chosen is ‘One World – God’s discussion. death itself and into that eternal joy when we become one with the Church June, which would be based around Service the next day and a concert on World’ for 2005. Some concern was Triumphant. the puppet group from Dukinfield. the 16 April by George Hamilton IV. Conference closed with a Cup of expressed that there seemed to be a In our hymnbook this hymn is set to John Wilson’s lively tune, The meeting then closed with grace. Covenant service conducted by Br. Br McIlwaine reported that Br move towards a humanitarian agenda Binney. appropriately named “Lauds”, and it matches the words perfectly. When Howarth would be able to be the rather than a spiritual one. It was Janet Warr you just feel like bursting into praise, here’s the very thing to get you going. M. Grubb Page 44 Page 45 Time for God Congregation News Ballinderry, Co. Antrim Yet another successful Auction took place in University A further reflection from Hilary Smith Road Church. All of the congregation worked hard to make it the success it was. Ray Clark and Henry Wilson acquired Ockbrook, Derby their usual imaginative items for auction. A book by Simon Wiesenthal , 'What would you have done?', was acquired 9 Abiding in God for sale. Virtually every regiment in Britain sent something, Once again we enjoyed a wonderful concert to celebrate including the Chelsea Pensioners and the Paratroopers, who Hannah Maskalick’s birthday. Hannah is a brilliant violinist Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch sent part of their uniform from Iraq. The R.A.F. helicopter and with her friends entertained us with delightful music. cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, crew, who did such a sterling job in rescuing the people of There is a great amount of talent among the young neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the Boscastle from the floods, sent a signed print. An oil painting people in our church and to prove this they held a social vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and talent show. We enjoyed some great musical items, by De Frejas, specially commissioned for Ray was sold and and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from dances, sketches and three prints from Henry's old art teacher made £400. Three me you can do nothing….If you abide in me, and my contributions from ‘Tommy Talent show charities benefited from the proceeds of the auction. The Cooper’ and ‘Frank Spencer.’ at Ockbrook words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and British Legion, which had donated a case of wine, received All this was to raise money for it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, £1000. Action Cancer received £1000 and £1000 went to the Elim Home in South Africa. Again it was time to prune the that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. help the hospital in Sikonge. Our church hosted the Ash lime trees in front of the church As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide Wednesday United Service and and although two days were set We were sorry to say farewell to Ray Clark, who left us in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will on Passion Sunday the United aside for the job, all was in January to go and manage Emmaus, a home for the abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's Service with combined choir. completed in one – so many homeless in Bristol. (See March Messenger) people turned up. Our minister commandments and abide in his love. I have said On Mothering Sunday the Carols by Candlelight began the Christmas season in a these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and children distributed bunches was delighted and has booked of daffodils to the ladies in the same team for next year! Of most enjoyable way. The children from Ballinderry Primary that your joy may be complete. the congregation and on March course, other work was found for School performed " Whoops-a-Daisy Angel " and also John 15:4-11 13th Ella Louise Audrey the second day – clearing rubbish entertained us with instrumentals on guitar, clarinet and Williams was baptised. On February 20th we were delighted from the lecture hall in preparation for the renovations we recorder. The Christingle Service was enlivened by a to welcome Nick Battelle into membership by confirmation. hope will be starting soon. Although Jesus will soon no longer be physically close performance of the Nativity Play by our own Sunday School For many years he has been active in our church life. Marie Rose to his disciples, they will nevertheless remain closely children. The Odyssey Centre was the venue for the children's connected to him by very strong ties of love, service and outing this year. This gave a choice of activities to the children. Some went to the cinema and some went to the obedience. Jesus describes this wonderful concept as science exhibition. Afterwards they went for pizza and mutual ‘abiding’. This word conjures up a picture of a University Road, Belfast everybody had a great time. long-term relationship where both partners share a deep trust in and respect for one another through knowledge The annual Children’s Day was held on 29th August. It enjoyed the vibrancy and inspiration which Kathryn, Roy It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death was a great success, and the highlight was a puppet show. and their son James brought to our congregation. We wish of Bishop Cooper and we would like to express our heartfelt of each other’s needs, hopes, aspirations and expectations. The puppets had been bought with money generated from Kathryn and Roy health and happiness in their new home sympathy to Mrs Cooper and the family. The end result of this process is mutual deep joy. congregations donations received when coffee is served and in their new positions. after the service on two Sundays a month. Puppeteers were The annual Moravian Women’s Association service took Marilyn Marshall Len Broadbent, Tanya Costley and James Woolford. place in October and the guest speaker was Sister Gloria Challenge: At the beginning of September we once again welcomed David. members of our sister church, Home Moravian, Winston- Deborah Doherty from Christian Aid spoke at the Harvest Do I feel that I am abiding in God Salem, North Carolina, USA. It had been nine years since the last visit from Home Church, and members in both Service. She encouraged us to buy goats as Christmas presents! In explanation, she referred to the Christian Aid Swindon and that God is abiding in me? congregations had been planning and looking forward to gift service whereby the giver buys, for example, goats for this visit for many months. The group arrived on the Do I sense deep joy within me? a village in Africa, and receives a card describing the evening of Saturday 4th September and we held a Lovefeast purchase. On February 13th we were happy to welcome Br. Hopcroft in their honour on Sunday 5th. A former policewoman, to conduct the Holy Communion service and we look forward Our new minister, Brother Paul Holdsworth, and his wife Home Church’s Charlotte Disher had recently graduated Patsy are no strangers to University Road, and we were to future Communion services, which he has agreed to lead. with a Masters in Divinity, and we were delighted to have her as our preacher. The week was spent on various outings delighted to welcome them to Belfast in November 2004. The service was followed by a light lunch and then a Council C ONGREGATION R EGISTERS Prior to their move, members of the congregation both Meeting at which plans for the rest of the year were agreed. around Northern Ireland. Kilwarlin provided a barbecue young and old decorated the manse according to the tastes on a beautiful sunny evening, and a farewell get-together At the Mission Service on February 27th. the sermon BAPTISM of the new inhabitants. The young people sought was hosted by Derick and Marian Woods. A wonderful sponsorship for their participation and raised enough to was given by Mrs Latika Singh of Bath Road Methodist March 13th Ella Louise Audrey Williams week of fellowship was had by all those involved in the buy 6 goats through Christian Aid! Church who also spoke to the young people and taught Ockbrook visit, those who joined in the activities as well as those who hosted visitors. Already, plans are in hand for a return visit The prayers and sympathies of the congregation are them a song in Hindi about the Lost Sheep. by members of University Road to Winston-Salem in a few with our minister on the death of his mother and also with CONFIR the Mewha family on the death of Jim’s father. Jim is a On March 12th the MWA held a Bring and Buy sale to years time. 6th February Tom Marsland Dukinfield member of the Church Committee and manages the Property which people from the neighbouring streets were invited. At the end of September, the congregation was sorry to 20th February Nick Battelle Ockbrook sub-committee. bid farewell to Kathryn Woolford, our minister of four years, Derek Ives who had accepted a call to Ockbrook. We had thoroughly Helen Gilmore Page 46 Page 47 FROM CHURCH HOUSE Provincial Diary for April Br Joe Cooper Wednesday 5 Faith & Order & Inter-church Relations It is with sadness that we record the death on February Committee meets at Baildon 28th of Br Joe Cooper, bishop of the Unity. We remember – Sr Jan Mullin & Br Robert Hopcroft Sr Edna, John, David and their families as they mourn his Saturday 9 MWA Rally at Lower Wyke passing and we give thanks for his life. Monday 11 – Friday 15 Serving ministers’ retreat E-mail addresses – amendment and change: in Montmirail, Switzerland Please note the following: Wednesday 20 Hymnbook revision sub-committee – Br Robert Hopcroft & Sr Jackie Morten Br John McOwat’s e-mail address is now: Thursday 21 CTE Free Churches’ Group meeting John.firstname.lastname@example.org – Sr Jackie Morten Br Trevor Auty’s e-mail address should read: Tuesday 26 Christian Aid service at St Paul’s Cathedral email@example.com – Sr Jan Mullin & Br Robert Hopcroft Br. Geoffrey Tate’s e-mail address is now: Wednesday 27 PEC, Unitas Estates & BMB meetings – the PEC Geoffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday 28 the above meetings continue Knitting for Tanzania We have been really blessed by the number of blankets, stump socks and mitts that have been knitted and sent to Jamaica Diary Church House for onward transmission to Tanzania. These As a 250th anniversary gift to our sister Province of have been extremely well received in Sikonge and we thank Jamaica, we have had made a replica of the first diaries you all for your support and efforts for the Leprosarium. written by the early missionaries to Jamaica – starting with However, at present we have received sufficient quantities an account of Br Caries’ voyage to Jamaica in 1754. of these goods for the time being. So, please now stop The PEC feels that, as the setting up costs have already knitting for Tanzania until further notice. been met, there might be some interest within this Province Notelets for the Leprosarium for the purchase of further copies. The price will, of course, be very high – if only one further copy is ordered, it will We remind you that there are still packs of notelets cost £160 and this will reduce to somewhere within the available for sale from Church House – all proceeds from region of £125 if several are commissioned. the sale will be sent to the Leprosarium at Sikonge. The pictures are of African landscapes with animals and have We therefore ask anyone who is interested in ordering been painted by one of the patients being treated for leprosy. a copy, to speak to Sr Jackie Morten by the end of April so The cards cost £1.75 for a pack of 5 cards and envelopes that the benefits of ordering several copies at one time can and £3.00 for a pack of 10. be passed on. P R AY E R N O T E S Patience is a virtue Read Proverbs 4 v 1-13 v1 Listen, children, to a father’s instruction, One moment of patience may ward off great disaster, and be attentive, that you may gain insight. one moment of impatience may ruin a whole life. Chinese Wisdom Let us pray, O Master, let me walk with thee In lowly paths of service free; O God, give us the patience that we need so much. Tell me Thy secret, help me bear The strain of toil, the fret of care. Give us patience with people; Patience with those who need and ask our help; Help me the slow of heart to move Patience with those who need our sympathy; By some clear, winning word of love; Patience with those who want us to listen while they talk to us. Teach me the wayward feet to stay, Give us patience with our work; And guide them in the homeward way. Patience to work and study until we make ourselves good craftsmen; Patience to accept the discipline of learning, of training and Teach me thy patience; still with thee of practice; In closer, dearer company, Patience to persevere with every task we do until we finish it. In work that keeps faith sweet and strong, In trust that triumphs over wrong; Give us patience with life; Patience to accept things, even when we do not see either In hope that sends a shining ray the meaning or the reason for them; Patience when hopes are very slow to come true; Far down the future’s broadening way; Patience to take the long view of things and not to be discouraged. In peace that only thou canst give, O God, you are the God of all eternity with all time to work in, With thee, O Master, let me live. help us to learn to wait in patience and hope. The Columbus School for Girls William Barclay. T H E M O R A V I A N M E S S E N G E R Official Journal of the Moravian Church in the British Province. 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