I am writing this month’s newsletter on the day of the Scottish referendum. Over the past few weeks we have been hearing the arguments for and against Scottish independence. We have heard from those who have very strong views, and even our political masters have been moved emotionally. David Cameron was visibly upset in one interview at the thought of Scotland breaking away, whilst Gordon Brown’s passion spilled over leading one commentator to describe him as being rather like a ‘Revivalist preacher.’ Passions are certainly running high, and it seems to me whichever way the pendulum swings (and by the time you read this we will know) there is a great danger of division between friends and families in the aftermath of the referendum. I would ask you, therefore, to hold the people of Scotland in your thoughts and prayers just now AND all the rest of UK folk who will also be affected emotionally.
All of this brings to mind the choices that we have to make in our own lives. From simple things such as what we are going to wear; or have for breakfast; to the life-changing choices such as where to live; what career to pursue; whether to get married or not, etc. Our lives are made up of choices. Some of the choices we make don’t really impact on others, however other choices will have a major impact on family and friends.
Within the life of the Church, there are times when we have to make choices. For example, at our October Church meeting we are being asked to discuss the recent booklet One plus One: thinking together about marriage. This is a booklet designed to help our discussion in connection with same sex marriages. I would stress at this point that we are not being asked if we agree or disagree to these services taking place at Albion. What we are being asked to do is to consider both sides of the argument and to reflect and share our thoughts with the working group who created the One plus One booklet. This working group have been tasked to oversee this issue on behalf on the denomination and ensure that we feel that ultimately we have made the right choice.
Thankfully, within the Church, the choices we make can be underpinned by prayer as we seek God’s guidance. For this reason, I would encourage you to make the effort to attend Church meeting to add your voice to the conversations taking place. Whereas the folk in Scotland are being told ‘there will be no going back’ thankfully with God, even if we make bad choices, he never turns his back on us.
You may recall in the Old Testament Joshua was faced with a group of people who couldn’t make their mind up as to who they were going to follow. Maybe Joshua’s words, although written hundreds of years ago, nevertheless speak words of hope and encouragement to us today in our 21st century lives:
Choose this day whom you will serve….but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’ Joshua 24 verse 15
Your friend and Minister,
|DATES FOR YOUR DIARY|
|28th September||6pm||Worship||Hurst Methodists|
|1ST October||7.30pm||AGM||Hurst Nook|
|3rd -5th October||Family Church Weekend||Foxhill House
|7th October||7.45pm||Bible Study||Manse|
|8th October||11.15am||Mid-Week Service||Albion|
|9th October||7.30pm||Church Meeting||Hurst Nook|
|11th October||11am||Coffee Morning||Charlestown|
|18th October||7pm||Potato Pie Supper||Albion|
|21st October||7.45pm||Bible Study||Manse|
MIDWEEK SERVICE AT ALBION
The next mid-week Communion Services are on Wednesday 8th October at 11am in the Choir Vestry.
FULL CHURCH MEETING
9th October 7.30pm at Hurst Nook
BIBLE STUDY GROUP
The Bible study group will meet on 7th and 21st October at the manse. We will continue our study of ‘Jesus the Jew’ and all are welcome to come along and join the group.
INVITATION FROM HURST METHODIST
On the 28th September at 6pm, the Rev Jackie Smith will be joining forces with Youth Emmaus to lead evening worship at Hurst Methodist Church. Jackie was a minister in the Ashton Circuit between 1991 and 1997. We have been invited to join them on this special occasion for tea at 5pm followed by the service, the theme of which will be "what it means to follow Jesus".
Conducted by the Revd. Alan Wickens
13th September Hugh James McDERMOTT and Hannah Jade TALBOT
27th September Dean Kevin RICHARDS and Kelly-Marie CERVEN
Albion URC, Stamford Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne Tel. 0161-343 7054
Charlestown URC, Alexandra Rd., Ashton-under-Lyne
Hurst Nook URC, Nook Lane, Ashton-under-Lyne
Albion Website: www.albionurc.org.uk
ALBION TOTS GROUP
Albion Tots group will meet at Albion Church on Friday 9.30am till 11.00am
POTATO PIE SUPPER
Saturday 18th October at Albion 7pm.
Firstly I would like to thank everyone who came to support and/or help on Heritage Open Day which I think everyone enjoyed. We had 78 adults and five children visiting, these figures do not include any members of our church who came along, so that there is a clear view of how many people we have drawn in from advertising. Also during the evening I am told that upwards of 50 people browsed the displays during the concert interval, so all in all the day was quite successful.
I have been researching the Albion fellowship and schools history for many years now and have also been approached on many occasions to give help to find ancestors; mainly these enquiries have come through e-mail and I have enjoyed having these contacts. One of the most enjoyable contacts has been with ancestors of Abel Buckley who, after visiting local studies and reading the work I did on the People of Albion, contacted me for more information on the Buckley Family. They sent me their family tree dating back to 1664.
I am sure that most of you will know that our very first Minister was Jonathan Sutcliffe. He married Susan Collier Buckley, daughter of Nathaniel Buckley who drew the Ashton members away from Dukinfield Old Hall Chapel in 1795 to set up a group of worshipers in Ashton which became the Albion we know today. We have only had an idea of what Jonathan Sutcliffe looked like from a drawing which has been passed down to us. Well, surprise, surprise, my Buckley contact has sent me a photograph of a portrait painting of both Jonathan Sutcliffe and his wife Susan. Next year I hope to concentrate on the people of Albion when the picture of Jonathan and Susan can be put on display.
I was also informed that a grandson of Abel Buckley of Ryecroft and Galtee (Ireland) found considerable fame as a court photographer. His name was Anthony Buckley and there are over 200 photos, including many of the Queen, in the National Portrait Gallery.
I am sorry there is no ‘history’ item this month – been very busy.
Loving Memories of Parents
Memories of the Dalgleish Family
HURST NOOK FELLOWSHIP
This meeting will take place on Wednesday 1st October. It will be our Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm.
FULL CHURCH MEETING
This meeting will take place on October 9th at Hurst Nook.
HURST NOOK TOTS
Every Thursday 10am -11.30am during term time, £1.00 per family.
There will not be any Tots during the month of August.
Thanks for the support I have received from the Albion fellowship. I am now back on my feet, learning to walk and will soon be back in circulation. Your prayers have been appreciated. Thanks for the cards phone calls and visits, what would I have done without you?
Love from Sandra Butlin
Belated Birthday Greetings from all at Hurst Nook to:
Satie Sameays, Doreen Whitehead, Barbara Cope, Kerry Cull, John Haynes, Coby Wood, and Pam Davenhall.
Congratulations Pam on your 40th birthday
Birthday greetings to May Williams, Jack Stirrup, and Amanda Harrison
May god bless you all.
YOUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR:
Your prayers are asked for Callum who has just started at High School, Oliver who has not been well, Eva Hague, Flo Jones, Joyce Millin following an operation on her eye, Mavis Defley, Kyla Howard and anyone who needs our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Autumn is with us the nights are getting shorter may God be with us all. SHALOM!
Christine and Tom
Mary Penky and Susan Travis
In Loving Memory of Margaret Heap, a much loved friend and very dear member of Charlestown
In celebration of Carole and Paul's Wedding Anniversary
Loving Birthday Memories of Margaret a Dear Daughter and Sister
Loving Memories of my Dear Wife Sally
Loving Memories Of Loved Ones.
The amount raised was £82.50, many thanks to all who were able to give.
Barbara Robinson would like to thank all who supported her effort, the help, donations and customers on the day were fantastic. The amount raised was £250. This money has been given to Stamford Court, the nursing home where Cyril is being looked after and will be used to pay for extra social activities.
As well as supporting Commitment for Life, we are asking for donations of tinned meat which will be given to Carpenters Arms to help them in their work on Tuesdays.
2014 Gift Weekend was held in July and a total of £2,079.10 was donated, which includes some significant donations from our weekly groups as well as individual personal giving.
Many thanks to everyone for such a great effort.
CYSTIC FIBROSIS TRUST 50TH BIRTHDAY FUND RAISER
Cystic Fibrosis is the UK's most common, life limiting, genetic disease causing thick Mucus to build up in patient’s lungs and digestive system. For 50 years the Trust has been supporting families in many ways and is currently carrying out vital research to try and find a cure.
So this year we are asking you to come along to Charlestown URC on Saturday 11th October between 11am and 1pm for a light lunch or a cuppa and some cake. We will also be holding a raffle and a Bring and Buy Stall.
Looking forward to seeing you there. . . Please tell your friends and family . . . All are invited!
Francesca and Antonia Popat xxx
PS If anyone wants to help us, we'd really appreciate it. Mum is rubbish at making bacon butties!
The next Guild meeting will take place at 2.30pm on Thursday 23rd October, when the speaker will be Gail Sheppard. Gail is no stranger to our Fellowship, as she has conducted many services at the Branches and if any ladies would like to come along to meet her again, they would be most welcome.
Thank you to everyone for the cards, flowers and concerns following my accident. I'm improving now but unfortunately not quickly enough.