Knowing, Growing and Showing the Love of God

Easter 2011


In this edition of Triangle

Worship at Easter 2011

 For all the churches in Madeley, Sutton Hill and Woodside:

 

Maundy Thursday

7.00pm Agape Meal at Sutton Hill Church

 

Good Friday

11.00am Join with all the churches in Madeley for Service of Stations of the Cross at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and walk to Madeley Centre.

 

St. Michael’s Church

 

April 17: Palm Sunday

10.30am Morning Praise

Maundy Thursday

7.00pm Agape Meal at Sutton Hill Church

Good Friday:

2.00 to 3.00pm St. Michael’s Open for Quiet and Prayer

Easter Day:

10.30am Easter Drama Presentation and Communion

6.30pm Easter Communion

 

Sutton Hill Church

 

April 17: Palm Sunday

10.30am Family Worship

Maundy Thursday

7.00pm Agape Meal at Sutton Hill Church

Easter Day:

10.30am Easter Communion

 

Woodside Church, Park Lane Centre

 

Wednesday 20 April

9.30am Easter Communion at the Park Lane Centre

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day events - join with St. Michael’s and Sutton Hill Church.

 Answers to Easter Anagrams

 

PATSY HEAPER                      HAPPY EASTER

DAY SUN LAMP                      PALM SUNDAY

STEERED A RAPA                  EASTER PARADE

CRUSH BOSTONS                  HOT CROSS BUNS

SEEN ANY TRUB                   EASTER BUNNY

CT GOOGLE ACHE                CHOCOLATE EGG

RUSTY AND A SEE               EASTER SUNDAY

TREE BANS TONE                 EASTER BONNET

HUG STRANGE TREE         EASTER EGG HUNT

SKEIN A CLAM                       SIMNEL CAKE

 

Pause for thought at Easter

Some years ago, several people, including myself were  approached by our vicar to run a group specifically for those on the periphery of Church life, who happened to be, for the most part, men. Many of these men had various issues with Christianity and Church life. After meeting these men on several occasions, these ‘issues’, we discovered, were many and diverse. Most of their questions  about  Christianity, centred around two distinct areas: intellectual objections, and the relevance of our faith in today’s world.

How were we to take such a group forward? The three of us met, several times over a period of weeks, and what became clear was that we needed a ‘bed-rock’, or a foundation, to build upon. Christianity, not dissimilar to most other religions in this respect, is a bit like a pack of cards – if you take one card away, particularly the one at the bottom, the whole will collapse. We all agreed that this was the case. However, what caused some lively discussion was which article of our faith could be considered as the foundation stone. Various suggestions were made, particularly the existence of the Godhead; after all, our Creed begins with this confession doesn’t it?

After some, again, lively discussion, we came to the  conclusion that although the existence of God may be considered a starting point, this ‘point’ easily degenerates into a ‘circular’ argument. The more foundational aspect of our faith has to be the resurrection of Christ. The resurrection of Christ was the bed-rock for the early disciples’ faith and there need to be good reasons as to why our faith in the 21st Century should differ so radically. The resurrection of Christ proved to the disciples that Jesus was the Son of God and therefore through Him the Godhead could be known. As we consider the Easter story this year, may our faith be   strengthened, as we think through the implications of an empty tomb.

                                                                           Rev. Dave Moulden

 

Easter Eggs

Perhaps, like myself, you have wondered why we have Easter eggs and already have some notion as to the reason for this tradition. This year I decided I would like to know more, so I set about researching the origins of our present day chocolate eggs.

 The egg has been seen as a potent symbol from ancient times in most cultures and has great significance as a sign of fertility, regeneration and new life. This is certainly true of the Christian religion where the hatching of a chick from an egg has  become  associated with the resurrection of Christ from the tomb. Today there are many different traditions involving eggs, depending on the culture of the country in which you live.

It may be that the Christian tradition of eating eggs at Easter sprang from the celebration of the end of the privations of Lent. The eating of eggs was forbidden during Lent as well as on other traditional fast days. All the eggs had to be eaten up before the traditional forty day fast and this gave rise to the tradition of  Pancake Day.

It was during Easter that the consumption of eggs resumed and they were a mainstay of Easter meals and a prized gift for children and servants.

It became popular to paint, dye or decorate eggs, which could then be used in holiday games. Parents hid eggs for children to find or eggs were rolled down hills. The oldest tradition was to use dyed or painted hard boiled chicken eggs; but today, in egg hunts, it is more usual to find them made of chocolate or candy.

In parts of Britain and in several other countries they hold  competitions where hard- boiled eggs are knocked together and the winner is the holder of the last intact egg. Sometimes the  winner gets to eat the loser’s egg and sometimes it is the losers who get to eat their own eggs.

 Today’s Easter egg has become a chocolate treat, which can cost anything from a modest sum for mini eggs to a fortune for the expensive designer eggs favoured by some celebrities. In some Scottish fish and chip shops you can even buy deep- fried Chocolate Easter eggs around Easter time. What a  cholesterol cocktail they must be!

Whatever your taste in eggs may you enjoy them and have a happy and blessed Easter.

                                           Carol Greenwell

 

Holiday Highlights from Abu Dhabi

The highlight of our visit to Abu Dhabi was spending time with our lovely grandchildren, who are growing up so fast, and settling in very happily to their new life.

Our visit to the Grand Mosque was an awesome experience. The mosque is sensational, with acres of marble, gold leaf and colourful inlays. The magnificent carpet is the biggest in the world and is absolutely beautiful. All shouted “No expense spared!” Malcolm almost lost Nancy in the throng of black clad ladies, but she was the one with her veil falling off.

Rivalling the mosque was the opulent Emirates Palace Hotel where even the coffee could be served with gold leaf! Nancy did have a camelchino made with camels’ milk. Not  recommended! We did admire the ATM, the only one in the world that issues gold instead of money. Admire, but not   partake!

A Friday in the Church Compound was quite an  experience. From 7.30a.m. until 11.00p.m. we were  surrounded by the sound of worship as, one after another,  congregations met in the three churches and numerous halls. Add several languages, and many different traditions and  nationalities. All just outside the vicarage front door!

This helped us to appreciate the need for Aslam, the Muslim housekeeper. Meeting him was another highlight, as he took such good care of us. We threatened to bring him home in our suitcase!

After all the man made beauties it was good to have a purely natural one in the shape of a Purple Sunbird whose brilliant iridescent purple/blue plumage brightened up the back garden.

When we returned to St. Michael’s it was really good to be home with the warm welcome and enthusiastic worship – we missed you all.    

Nancy and Malcolm Thompson

 

Historical research item 2

 

This particular cutting is, I find, very interesting.

As you can see a very similar story to that in the last issue - excepting the preference for lychees over pork-pies!

 

More to follow                                                                 DAB

(Don’t worry if you can’t understand this, just make sure to read the next issue of triangle when a little more of the  mystery of February 2012 will be revealed. The editor.)

 

How to Live

 

Live as though Christ died yesterday, rose from the grave today and is coming back tomorrow.

Theodore Epp

 

Concert at St Michael's

On Saturday March 26th an audience in St Michael's was entertained by music performed by "The Shropshire Soul Band" and the "Severn Brass Quintet" - and when I say  entertained; I mean entertained.  

The Shropshire Soul Band is comprised of students from the William Brookes School. Their repertoire ranged from Stevie Wonder to Michael Buble, and was delivered with style, verve and an ability which was breathtaking. Their whole performance was, in that somewhat overused word, amazing! Their enjoyment and enthusiasm infected the whole building - as did the enjoyment and enthusiasm of the Severn Brass Quintet

These slightly more mature musicians were appearing in their first formal concert, but no inexperience was apparent as they led us through their programme, which began with the "Entry of the Gladiators" and ended with everyone clapping to the "Can Can" and "When the Saints Go Marching In". They too conveyed an infectious enthusiasm for their music, which was caught by the whole audience, who gave a  rapturous reception to all they heard. 

Altogether we enjoyed a joyful evening of music. The musicians expressed a wish to come back to St Michael's and the audience certainly hope that they will.

                                                                          Hazel Shipman

 

St Michael's Fellowship Programme of Events

May-July 2011

 

9th May

Our favourite things-to eat!

Member's afternoon

23rd May

Open Doors talk

Monica

6th June

King's Tankard

Shelagh Lewis

20th June

Trip to Evesham Country Park

Depart church 9:45

4th July

Bulgarian Holidays

Carol and Ralph

18th July

Summer Tea Party

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

Thu 5th May

8pm

Open Doors Prayer Time

Sat 7th May

9.30am

Men's Breakfast at The Brewery, Coalport

Tue 10th May

7pm

Archdeacon's Visitation

Sat 21st May

8am

Ladies Prayer Breakfast

Sat 21st May

7.30pm

Auction of Promises

Thu 2nd June

8pm

Open Doors Prayer Time

Sat 4th June

9.30am

Men's Breakfast at The Brewery, Coalport

Sat 11th June

7pm?

Eroica Camerata Concert

Sat 18th June

8am

Ladies Prayer Breakfast

Sat 2nd July

9.30am

Men's Breakfast at The Brewery, Coalport

Sat 2nd July

7.30pm

 

Brewood Singers and Abraham Darby Band Combined concert

 

All the above are at St Michael's Church unless otherwise stated

Easter Anagrams

 All these are phrases associated to Easter. Can you solve them? Answers at the bottom of the Easter services page.

PATSY HEAPER

DAY SUN LAMP

STEERED A RAPA

CRUSH BOSTONS

SEEN ANY TRUB

CT GOOGLE ACHE

RUSTY AND A SEE

TREE BANS TONE

HUG STRANGE TREE

SKEIN A CLAM

 

Thank you

Thank you to all who have contributed to this edition of  Triangle. The closing date for articles for the next 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