Knowing, Growing and Showing the Love of God

Triangle February 2011


In this edition of Triangle

Welcome to ...Marking Lent 2011

Bishop Alistair writes about the Lent Course entitled Marking Lent for use by parishes in Hereford Dioceses in 2011:

"What do we Christians mean when we talk about or wish to engage in mission. “What is mission?” “Whose mission is it?” “Why is it important?” are some of the questions this course seeks to address. The course uses the lent lectionary gospel readings for Sundays and seeks to apply them through the lenses of the 5 Marks of Mission. What we hope you will discover is that all five aspects of mission are vital. It is not a question of pick your favourites but of seeing how each matters and need to be given its proper place. Have a good Lent.”

In the Parish of Madeley, Sutton Hill and Woodside we will be making use of these resources during the weeks of Lent - from Ash Wednesday 9 March until Palm Sunday - as we seek to   explore our Parish Vision and discover God's will and purposes. On Sundays at Morning Worship, these will be the topics for the service with sermons and time for discussion on the theme of the day. On weekdays we are encouraging all church members to join a home group - arranged during the daytime and evenings on different days of the week in people's homes.

Please think about offering your home to host a group, and please join one of the groups for the period of Lent. Details of the five weeks are:

Week 1 - Preparing for Mission
"TELL" - Prepare, Go and Tell

 Week 2 - Growing Disciples
"TEACH" - Teach, Baptise and Nurture

 Week 3 - Caring for Peoples' Needs
"TEND" - Human Need and Loving Kindness

 Week 4 - Challenging what is Unjust
"TRANSFORM" - Seeing and Perceiving

 Week 5 - Sustaining and Safeguarding Life
"TREASURE" - Chaos, Creation and Resurrection

Rev.Henry Morris

 

Reflections on a visit to Egypt

On January 18th 2011 I went on a visit to Egypt. As a Christian I wanted to visit churches to see how people were coping after the New Year’s Day church bombing in Alexandria. Fortunately I did manage to visit a number of churches in both city and rural areas. What I found there surprised me and gave me great joy. Even though Christians suffer so much their faith and love of the Lord Jesus is truly amazing.

The Christians to whom I spoke were able to forgive in a far greater way than I could ever have imagined. I will always remember the children who just wanted hugs. The church services I went to were full, not only on a Sunday, but in the week too. I was in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo when the protest marches started.   Everyone in the museum was eventually evacuated. I will never forget the people in the square who were protesting against  President Mubaraq or the police using water cannon and tear gas. I have since heard that Muslims and Christians have been protecting each other’s homes. My prayer is that a change of government will bring reconciliation for all Egyptians. 

Monica Catley

Open Doors speaker. 

 

Parish Communion Policy

Early in the history of the church there is strong evidence to suggest that anybody who was baptised was welcome to receive communion regardless of age or status. There is no  explicit mention of any special approach to the baptism of children in the New Testament, they were included with the family or household and by implication were welcomed at Communion.

In the orthodox church the right and need of children to receive Communion has always been unquestioned. In the church in the west children have gradually lost their place at the central table of the community. This is to do with the   separation of baptism and confirmation and the rise of the importance of understanding communion before receiving it.  By the nineteenth century Confirmation had developed into the gateway to receiving Communion in the Church of  England. 

Some years ago the Church of England invited its parishes to consider whether allowing children to receive communion before confirmation would help to make the church as welcoming and accepting of children as Jesus was. 

Over the past four and half years the church councils and members of the church have prayed about, heard presentations on and discussed this issue.  There was general agreement that we wanted to consider this step seriously but were worried about some of the practical implications. 

The Parochial Church Council has agreed a new communion policy (copies are available in both St Michael’s and Sutton Hill churches) which has been approved by the Diocese Of Hereford.  As a result, from Easter Sunday 2011 we will admit children to communion under the guidelines laid down in the policy.

Our intention is to be faithful to the teaching of Jesus:

“They brought children for him to touch. The disciples  rebuked them, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant, and said to them, ‘Let the children come to me, do not try to stop them; for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’”

Matthew Lefroy

 

Historical research Item 1

Undertaking a recent project made it necessary to delve into some archived newspaper cuttings. The articles themselves did not  produce the answers that I was searching for. However, I couldn’t help but notice that they all contained similarities, in one form or another, despite having been produced at different times.

I would, therefore, like to present to you - over the next 5 issues of Triangle - the content of the cuttings in the hope that you may find them as interesting as I did - and do.

I will leave you to draw your own conclusions.

 

Melton Mowbray Telegraph

January 1457

Members of the local constabulary have expressed puzzlement over the disappearance of Simple Simon, a well known aficionado of pork-pies. The spokesman, one PC49, is quoted as saying, “Oi don’t know where he be; but he b’ain’t round here as far as oi can tell.”

A close friend, Miss Muffet, said, “ ‘Tis all strange. Oi did talk to a gypsy woman who looked in her crystal ball and tol’ me he would reappear in February 2012. ‘Tis a long time to wait as this be 1457!”

She then sat on her tuffet.

 

[If you want to know what this is all about make sure you don’t miss an issue of Triangle between now and February 2012, when all will be revealed.-Editor]

Abu Dhabi News

A cloudy day in Abu Dhabi, but not with friendly English clouds promising sweet refreshing rain. These were clouds of dust coming across from the deserts of Saudi Arabia, hot and oppressive, leaving a layer of sand everywhere including in the bath!

But against this God is blessing the work here. In Al Ain, the oasis town a couple of hours drive into the desert, a group of Christians praying together have decided to become an  Anglican congregation .  Andrew is working with them to bring this about and this group should be instituted as a church during the next month or so.  Also the government has built a new chapel, attached to the crematorium for non-Muslims, and they are going to hand it over to  St. Andrew’s Chaplaincy soon.

People are coming to Christ. One husband, married for two decades to his Chinese atheist wife, called Andrew after church one Sunday. He arrived home to be greeted by his wife telling him that she was ready to follow Jesus Christ. He was so excited and encouraged as he had been praying for her for many years. She was baptized one month later.

Work is beginning on refurbishing the compound. The paving around the buildings has become rough and treacherous, so resurfacing is soon to begin. Also plans are now in hand to replace one of the more dilapidated buildings with a modern and hopefully iconic structure, which will incorporate      rebuilding the compound wall. A generous donation from the Crown Prince is enabling this work to go ahead.

Part of Andrew’s ministry, at times very demanding, is   keeping Christian harmony between the over 60  groups using the compound. They share a dozen different building and halls, and use 14 different languages for worship (and speak many more), and cover everything from Greek Orthodox, Ethiopian Coptics, Anglicans, Indian Pentecostals and others.

Do remember Andrew and his family in your prayers. Andrew in his demanding and at times stressful ministry, Navina as she hosts assorted visitors, the children as they enjoy their new school, and especially  Rianne as she awaits surgery on her knee and has to cope with wearing a brace to keep it together. 

Wishing you all every blessing   Andrew, Navina, and family.

 

Something to think about

English is a funny language

 

The bandage was wound around the wound

The farm was used to produce produce

The dump was so full it had to refuse more refuse

We must polish the Polish furniture

Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert

I did not object to the object

The insurance was invalid for the invalid

There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row

They were too close to the door to close it

The buck does funny things when the does are present

 

Thank you to Barbara Butterfield for this article

 

Attic Sale

ATTIC SALE at St Michael’s on Saturday 5th March. Please look in your attic, garage, shed, home for all those items you have but don’t need anymore. Someone else is in need of all those items you don’t want-even if they don’t know it! Come and buy, spend your pennies and help raise money for St Michael’s.

 

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 5th Mar  

 

9.30am

 

Men’s breakfast at 

The Brewery, Coalport

Sat 5th Mar

10.30am

Attic Sale

Sat 19th Mar

8am

Ladies' Prayer Breakfast

Sat 26th Mar

7.30pm

Severn Brass Quintet and Soul Band

Sat 2nd April

9.30am

Men's Breakfast at the Brewery, Coalport

Sat 9th April

7.30pm

Telford Orchestra Spring Concert

Sat 16th Apr

8.00am

Ladies' Prayer Breakfast

 

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

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

 

28th Feb

Quiz

Rosemary Freeman

14th Mar

Singing for fun

Hannah Lawrence

28th Mar

A gentle job for a mature lady

Jean Barratt

11th April

Easter meeting

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.

 

Being a pastor isn't easy

"Being a Pastor Isn't Easy"

Two ministers met in the after life.

One said, "Isn't heaven wonderful after the parish ministry?

"The other said, "This isn't heaven!"

(from www.cybersalt.org/cleanlaugh/)

 

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