In this edition of Triangle
Pause for Thought
Where do I begin? Isn’t modern technology wonderful, well some of it anyway.
I was fortunate enough to need a new radio so off I went to the local store without a clue of what I was really looking for. There were big ones little ones and all different shapes and colours.
Eventually I chose a compact little number, took it home and connected it up (first time I have ever attempted this), it worked - probably because the instructions were foolproof.
What was harder was trying to find out how it worked and eventually I had to ask a younger member of the family to show me how to turn it on, change stations etc.
So when on my own I had a play and found all these stations that I did not know existed. I then came across UCB Christian radio and wow it is amazing! It is the first thing I put on in the morning, it helps me daily with fantastic music, word for today and brilliant discussions. I can honestly say that it has become a life line with daily reminders of how great our Lord is and much much more.
So I would recommend a DAB radio and the UCB station if you are looking for a new radio, easy to connect but you will need a younger person to show you how it works!
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The Penine Way 2010
Walking some 270 miles over a fortnight through the highest country in England with a 20 pound pack on my back is not something I would ever have thought of as being a holiday, and yet here I was, with just over 2 weeks away from work, sitting with my brother David on a train to Edale in Derbyshire to pick up the Pennine Way, Britain's iconic first and longest distance walking trail.
A little training and previous experience had led us to believe that travelling light would be a key to success. However little could have prepared us for the hammering our feet and ankles would take over the next few days as we became acclimatised to the rigours of walking significant distances on consecutive days. There were times when we thought we would have to give up, our boots split and we had to strap our joints only for our bodies to quickly recuperate after a couple of beers and a night's sleep. We found curry to be a great restorer and anaesthetic also!
Our overnight stopping points were Crowden, Mankinholes (near Todmorden), Haworth (we were whisked away for a night in Bradford to be dropped back the next morning to continue), Airton, Horton in Ribblesdale, Hawes, Keld, Baldersdale, Forest in Teesdale, Garrigil, Slaggyford, Somewhere near Hadrian's Wall, Bellingham (although we left the trail for a rest day and to attend a family funeral here) and Byrness before completing the walk in Kirk Yetholm. In the 15 walking days our shortest distance was 10 miles and the longest about 27. The vertical distance climbed and descended over the two weeks is about 40,000 ft so I'm told. The highest point is Cross Fell at 893 metres or approx 2800 feet.
High points were the camaraderie with other walkers we met; walking along Hadrian's wall; the waterfalls in Teasdale; climbing past Malham cove and tarn; the hospitality of our B & B hosts; camping and toasting sausages on the fire; some incredible views of the mountains and dales; the company and finally the knowledge that we could and needed to eat and drink to our hearts’ content without having to worry too much about weight and waistlines.
Low points were thinking I would not be able to continue after the first day as my feet were in agony and hearing the news of a family bereavement during the early days of the walk.
At the time of writing nearly £900 has been collected for 3 charities and a further £500 or so has been promised. The charities are Kreativity, a project which works with young people in Cherkassy, Ukraine helping them to find employment and training the church leaders of the future; Sutton Hill Family Groups, a self-help project based on a large housing estate in South Telford that uses volunteer help from local people and provides a valuable service for local families; and St Michael’s Church, Madeley for a reordering and restoration project which has improved the facilities the church provides for the community.
Would I do it again? A couple of days after finishing I have to say no, there are plenty of other walks to be done. But I already miss the simple challenge, not to say the exercise, of walking 15 or so miles a day on foot not to mention the views.
I would like to thank the people of the Madeley churches and particularly Henry Morris, Rosemary Freeman and Dave Moulden for supporting me in this venture, David for being such a long-suffering colleague on the journey, Jimmy and Sarah and Jeremy and Janet for accommodation and transport, Rachel, Rebecca and Kate for allowing their Dad to be away to Jo and to Doris for holding the fort while I was away.
Thank you to all who sponsored me!
Greetings from Kuwait
It is now countdown for leaving Kuwait and it's getting hot in every way. You turn on the cold water tap and you have your shower with scalding hot water which has been heated in the pipes by the sunshine. The water is so hot, the best time to have a shower is either last thing in the day or first in morning when the water has cooled slightly. Since we last wrote much has happened. The book launch at the Embassy went really well and saw an equal mix of Muslim and Christian leaders from various embassies, churches, government ministries attend. The book is selling well and is providing funds for the ministry of the church here. (see www.stpaulskuwait.com for pictures).
This last month has thrown up some real challenges and problems. These include theft of church funds, a revelation of a bigamous relationship in the congregation, a drugs scandal potentially implicating significant companies, constant visits to a jail to help send a pastor's wife home, and a race to set up a new ecumenical mechanism for paying salaries to pastors in line with Kuwait's new employment laws. It has been pretty intense.
Navina has now finished another year of Open University studies and is preparing for her exam. She has been busy with hospitality, recently hosting a Human Rights director from Middle East Concern which resulted in a series of fascinating meetings with diplomats and church leaders, and at present we have the director of a large Indian Orphanage and schools group, whom Navina met last year on her visit to North India. We are currently exploring a partnership with this work in Northern India as we are deeply impressed with the way they provide care, shelter and education to 2,000 children every week.
In the meantime the children are looking forward to starting at their new school in Abu Dhabi. Their new school will be right next door to our house which means no stressful school runs in the morning in hostile traffic. Hurray! Kathryn has just celebrated her eighth birthday - the baby of our family is growing up fast! We are coming to the UK on June 28th and have a busy schedule visiting Telford, London, North Wales, Matlock, Derby,Leicester, Essex with a week's trip to Hungary in the middle! We are looking forward to seeing family and friends and having a chance to recharge our batteries before returning to the Gulf.
The future is Abu Dhabi! One of the fastest growing cities on the Arabian Peninsula. I will be chaplain of St Andrew's and will be living on a busy compound which is home to 80 congregations. Several thousand worshippers pass through the compound every week. One of my roles is to facilitate and manage the space in the compound to enable Christian worship. Some exciting opportunities lie ahead with the Abu Dhabi government offering land to develop up to three compounds in other parts of the Emirate. Please pray for wisdom and stamina as we take on the most demanding post yet in our ministry. We do hope to see many of you over the summer. We return to the Gulf on August 16th.
With love and prayers Andy, Navina, Rianne, Benjamin and Kathryn Thompson
On May 15th we attended an evening of music and song at St Michaels Church Madeley with Temponilla and their guests The Lord Silkin School Steel band.
We have been fans of Temponilla for some time (they sang at our wedding reception ) and we were not disappointed. Although a slightly smaller group than usual they filled the church with wonderful melodies and harmonies, singing a wide variety of songs ranging from the traditional Latin “Gaudeamus Hodie” to the modern “You raise me up”.
An accomplished versatile group, who are equally at home singing the quiet contemplative music such as “Ave Maria” as the more rumbustuous “Drunken Sailor”, they always provide great entertainment.
The steel band from The Lord Silkin School was a revelation, producing wonderful rhythmic music that had the audience clapping, toe tapping and wanting to get up and dance. Their music was vibrant and exciting – and then they showed their versatility by playing a beautiful arrangement of “Amazing Grace” . They were a joy to listen to.
It was a wonderful evening of music which was much appreciated by those who attended.
Followers of Jesus
Peter and Libby Hayes from Middle East Christian Outreach have been working in Lebanon for some ten years – and on a recent visit to St. Michael’s Church shared how they went about being ‘followers of Jesus’ in that volatile country. To call yourself a Christian was to risk misunderstanding –the label ‘follower’ avoided unhelpful political connotations – and for such followers there should be four ‘O’s:
Obligation – Followers are responsible to preach the gospel – and if necessary to speak. It’s about lifestyle.
Obedience – Followers are to ‘keep my commandments’ – with a passion.
Opportunity – Followers can plant seeds ‘lighting the fires that burn for eternity’.
Opposition – The devil does not want others to know what we know of Jesus.
‘I will build my church’. Wherever we are we, Beirut or Shropshire, we can be part of God’s activity. How are you getting on with those four ‘O’s? Our thanks to Peter and Libby for being with us.
St Michael's Fellowship Programme of Events
Life in Nepal
Carol and Rita
Burford House Trip
(leave 10am and return 3.30pm)
Born and Bred in the Workhouse
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 your Diary
Sat 3rd July
Men’s breakfast at
The Brewery, Coalport
Sun 15th August
Strawberries and Cream Tea at St Michael’s
Sat 18th September
Concert—John Moore Quire-Harvest Thanksgiving
Sun 19th September
Strawberries and Cream Tea at St Michael’s
Thank you to all who have contributed to this edition of Triangle. The closing date for articles for the Autumn 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