Knowing, Growing and Showing the Love of God

Autumn 2010


In this edition of Triangle

Parish Vision

‘Knowing – growing – showing the love of God’ – these words may be the ones eventually chosen to capture the  essence of the vision behind all the work we do in the Parish of Madeley, Sutton Hill and Woodside. Matthew has put pen to paper to help us explore just what lies at the heart of our parish vision. To prompt us at this initial stage in this process he says:

‘God is a person who can be known.  He has chosen to make himself known personally through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and then through his followers and believers.

We in Madeley Parish are some of those followers and believers.  We are people who in different ways want to experience the love of God in our lives and for his love to be the environment and motivation in which we develop our  potential as his people.  We think that the main message of Jesus Christ was about God's love:  Jesus' life, death and   resurrection are so significant in helping us to know God's love that we don't want to keep that significance to ourselves. By who we are, what we do and what we say we would like to think that anyone who wants to will have the chance to catch a glimpse of what God means to us and perhaps begin to discover his love for themselves. 

We don't think we have all the answers.  We are a group of people from mixed backgrounds and with a wide age range. Many of us have struggled to find or to hold onto faith at times. Our lives are still "untidy" in some ways. We believe God loves us all and that's what holds us together. We try to support and encourage each other - sometimes we fail! 

Because the way we relate to God is personal, we value and seek to strengthen our relationships with each other and with members of our community locally and further afield. 

We are part of a wider family of believers with partner churches in Madeley such as Fletcher Methodist Church, Madeley Baptist Church, Springfield Christian Fellowship,  St Mary's Catholic Church, St Luke's Ironbridge, Holy Trinity Coalbrookdale and St Lawrence's Little Wenlock and through the Telford Christian Council. We are also part of the Diocese of Hereford in the Church of England.’

Would you like to think and pray about these questions and let us have your views and comments as we try to define and clarify our parish vision.

 

Rev.Henry Morris

 

Words of Prophecy

Over the past few years Kathy, Jan and others have been meeting together to pray. We have had some words of prophecy that we would like to share with you: (the dates in brackets are when the words were first heard)

A certain time would be coming when:

Churches would begin working together (1996)

Churches would be like hospitals with Jesus sending in the sick. (1997)

People would be coming into the churches and there would need to be a balance of outreach and nurture.

The industrial revolution in this area was significant-we felt that God was going to put something right starting here with regard to fathers and sons. (1999)

God said he would make a bridge to Jesus for the lost to run across. The bridge would be made of people, like a strong network.

We need to be connected with each other and pray for God’s power to come. (1998)

We would hear the sounds of marching in the treetops. (2001)

God showed us a triangular area of Coalport, Newport and Shrewsbury, and as we prayed we were shown that the centre was Wellington. We felt that this would be a starting place for the things above, and that an old well of healing would open up here and spread out.

More recently we have heard the following:

You’ve seen the industrial revolution in the natural, expect a revolution in the supernatural.(2006)

A cloud will descend on the land and all that hold onto me shall be safe.(2007)

A note given by an angel saying ‘power is coming’. (2007)

Images of suffering and illness, there was to be a bubbling of the Holy Spirit with waters stirring for healing for the second time, not as in renewal-this would be different. (2007)

We kept hearing the word ‘land’ and that the land was important. We felt the need to pray for spiritual fire to burn away the sickness in our land.(2009)

We saw an erupting volcano. God said that a volcano would be headline news and it would be a sign that there would be an opening of a well of healing following. We heard the words ‘fire will meet ice’ (Dec 2008) [April 2010 was of course when the Icelandic volcano happened. We had thought that a volcano being headline news would mean a great loss of life but obviously it wasn’t. This was the sign that God had spoken of. Therefore we can only assume that a well of  healing will open up.]

We write these words to encourage you to pray for our country, our land, and particularly for Telford. If you would like to know more about what we have heard please contact us through church.

Kathy Rodgers and Jan Holt

 

Greetings from Abu Dhabi

 Greetings to all at St. Michael's Church

We had a wonderful summer visit to the UK and enjoyed connecting with  family and friends. It was good to visit the churches at Telford,  Oakwood, Derby and Enderby. It was also great to connect with folks at Matlock too.

 For the last 9 days we have been completing our paperwork in Kuwait and preparing for the move to Abu Dhabi and generally resting. We have met up with friends here for many meals and we leave Kuwait (fatter!) thanking God for the time we have served here and for the friends we have made. God Bless St Paul's Kuwait. Do pray that they will find the right man to lead them in the near future.

We arrived at 1pm on the 25th August and at 5pm the same day I attended my first service at St Andrews. Tragically it was a memorial service for Rev Penny George who was killed in a road crash in the UK last week. Do pray for her family. Penny was a member of the ministry team at Abu Dhabi and I was looking forward to working with her. She was a popular priest and  the congregation at St Andrews are reeling from her sudden death. It was a deeply moving occasion.

Unfortunately we have to stay in an hotel apartment for a few days as our vicarage is not yet ready to live in, in spite of  knowing our time of arrival for many weeks.  The children start school on the 1st of September so please pray for them as they settle in, especially as we will have hardly moved in to our own home by then. Pray that they will soon make good friends and especially friends who will inspire them in their faith in the  Lord Jesus Christ.

The official licensing service is on the evening of Sunday 19th September so please remember that day in your prayers.

If you are passing through the UAE do come and visit us. We would love  to see you. We will write again to describe life in Abu Dhabi after we have settled in.

Latest news.

The family are now settled into their home in the church compound although it will be a week or two before it is fully shipshape. The children are at school, looking very smart in their new uniforms and enjoying it very much. From their point of view the best thing of all is that Charlie has arrived.  He is an old Retriever, who belonged to friends in Dubai. A new post in  Malaysia meant that they had to part company with him, as they were not allowed to take him there. So they asked Andrew if he felt that they could take him on.  The children were delighted as they always enjoyed Charlie and he is well accustomed to the climate.

Andrew was invited to one of the Sheik’s Ramadan evenings, and then on to the Palace.   He did not get home till 4.00a.m.! To  balance that he had to deal with a raving drunkard who invaded the church compound the very next day.  Such is parish life!!!

Thanks again for your love and prayers.

Andy, Navina, Rianne, Benjamin and Kathryn Thompson

 

Pause for Thought

Change. That one word can mean many things. It can be something that is chosen, like the joy of two people starting out married life together or it could be something unexpected like the loss of a job. We are born with all the potential for what life can bring, the joys and the sorrows, the success and the failures. But through all this, change is a common theme that runs through our life experiences.

I once read that without change we can become stagnant and set in our ways. If you have ever seen a stagnant pond then it is clearly not a healthy place to be. So what ever the change is we need to embrace it in a way that is appropriate for the situation we face, whether it is to celebrate or seek help. The people we are today reflect how our experiences and the changes in our lives have shaped us. How we deal with tomorrow’s changes can depend on whether we allow the changes of the past to rule our potential for the future.

At the moment I feel that lots of things around me are changing over which I have no control. The one thing I can say is I stand, safe in the knowledge no matter how hard changes are God is with me through it all and if through the changes I allow Him to change me I will be all the better for it.

Dawn Taffinder

 

Ladies Prayer Breakfast

For the past few months a small group of about 8-10 ladies have been meeting monthly for breakfast. Unlike the men’s breakfast held at The Brewery, we meet at St Michael’s and our food is  cholesterol free (well almost). Imagine... Delicious fresh fruit, sumptuous butter croissants served with lashings of strawberry jam, a wonderful variety of healthy cereal, a selection of fresh juice delicately flavoured with the fruits of summer, warming vessels of aromatic flavourings of the coffee bean and generously served with gently browned and warmed bread (toast to everyone else). This isn’t that famous advert...it’s St Michael’s!

After we have eaten, and chatted, one of the ladies gives a short talk before we spend time praying together. We are usually finished by about 9.15am. We are a friendly bunch who would welcome any ladies who would like to join us. You don’t have to come every month and you don’t have to pray out loud. However, you do have to be an early riser as we start at 8am! We meet on the third Saturday morning of each month. The cost is £1 to cover the cost of buying that wholesome feast. If you would like any further details, have a chat with Nancy or myself or just turn up at St Michael’s at 8am on Saturday 16th October.

Jan Holt

 

St Michael's Fellowship - Programme of Events

4th October

Harvest Lunch

 

18th October

Burford House Trip

(leave 10am and  return 3.30pm)

1st November

Talk

Raphael

15th November

Born and Bred in the Workhouse

Mary Linder

29th November

Shropshire Heritage

Richard Bifield

13th December

Christmas Lunch

 

4th October

Harvest Lunch

 

18th October

Burford House Trip

(leave 10am and  return 3.30pm)

1st November

Talk

Raphael

15th November

Born and Bred in the Workhouse

Mary Linder

29th November

Shropshire Heritage

Richard Bifield

13th December

Christmas Lunch

Fellowship meetings are held in St Michael’s Church unless otherwise stated and commence at 2.30 pm.

All are welcome

Tea, coffee and biscuits are available afterwards.

 

Dates for the Diary

Sat 2nd Oct

9.30am

Men’s breakfast at

The Brewery, Coalport

Sat 2nd Oct

7.30pm

Memorial concert for Les Beresford

Sat 9th Oct

6.30pm

In house Cabaret

Thu 14th Oct

2-4pm

Tea Dance

Sat 16th Oct

8am

Ladies Breakfast

Sun 31st Oct

6.30pm

All souls service

Sat 6th Nov

9.30am

Men’s breakfast at

The Brewery, Coalport

Sat 27th Nov

7.00pm

Concert by Telford Orchestra

Sat 4th Dec

9.30am

Men’s breakfast at

The Brewery, Coalport

Sat 4th Dec

7.30pm

Temponilla Christmas Music

Sat 2nd Oct

 

9.30am

 

Men’s breakfast at 

The Brewery, Coalport

Sat 2nd Oct

7.30pm

Memorial concert for Les Beresford

Sat 9th Oct

6.30pm

In house Cabaret

Thu 14th Oct

2-4pm

Tea Dance

Sat 16th Oct

8am

Ladies Breakfast

Sun 31st Oct

6.30pm

All souls service

Sat 6th Nov

9.30am

Men’s breakfast at

The Brewery, Coalport

Sat 27th Nov

7.00pm

 Concert by Telford Orchestra

Sat 4th Dec

9.30am

Men’s breakfast at

The Brewery, Coalport

Sat 4th Dec

7.30pm

Temponilla Christmas Music

All the above are at St Michael’s church unless otherwise stated.

Thank you

Thank you to all who have contributed to this edition of  Triangle. The closing date for articles for the Christmas edition will be announced in the church notices. Please pass to your church representative:
Woodside: Angela Handley, Sutton Hill: Anne Koe, St Michael’s: Hazel Shipman.  Or if possible e-mail: triangle(at)tf7.org.uk