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					                                                                                                                        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: paul.greenhough@moravian.org.uk       avoid                                                                                       them to Sheila Mitchell, 34 Pans Lane, Devizes, Wilts. SN10 5AL
                                                                                 disappoin
                                                                                           tment.

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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?



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          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.



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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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  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

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     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.mcowat@talktalk.net                                                   – Sr Jackie Morten
     Br Trevor Auty’s e-mail address should read:                                            Tuesday 26 Christian Aid service at St Paul’s Cathedral
                               trevorauty@activemail.co.uk                                                 – 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.tate@blueyonder.co.uk                               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.


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