– April 2016 Messenger
“By God’s help, the Church will seek to proclaim the inclusive Gospel of Jesus Christ through word and action within the life of the Church and reaching out into the life of the world. It will be prepared to respond to the ever new challenges the Gospel presents.”
ALBION FELLOWSHIP CHURCH MEETING
This will take place on Thursday 21st April, 7.30pm at Charlestown.
The weekend of the 5th / 6th March was certainly memorable and will stay with me. The celebration of Charlotte’s wedding on Saturday was a most happy occasion, and the opportunity of leading worship the next morning for the last time at Albion amongst friends was also very special.
Anthea and I would like to express our sincere thanks to all our friends in the Albion Fellowship for the extremely generous gifts, cards and messages of support we have received. We also extend thanks to all who provided the wonderful buffet after worship on Sunday. As I have said before, it is the people who make up the Albion fellowship, and they will always have a very special place in my heart. May God bless you all as the new chapter in the life of Albion unfolds.
The gifts presented to Alan included the following:
- Financial gifts – from across the Fellowship – Alan was not aware of the contents at the time as the money was wrapped up in a box
- A ‘wordle’ – a framed cross made up of words relevant to Albion Fellowship – done by Gillian
- A photo album of things that have happened across Albion Fellowship – done by Gillian
- A banner made by Jean G
- The Albion celebratory book made by Jean G
Thank you to all who took part in Alan’s last service and Mothers’ Day service on the 6th March. It was wonderful to see the whole fellowship and friends from local churches joining together. The food was wonderful too. Thanks to your generosity everyone was fed and the excess food used in the community. A special thank you to all who helped out in any way.
|DATES FOR YOUR DIARY|
|9th April||11am-1pm||Christian Aid Coffee Morning||Charlestown|
|10th April||After Worship||Charlestown Church Meeting||Charlestown|
|12th April||2pm||The Circle||20 Beverley Close|
|20th April||11.30am||Mid-Week Communion Service||Albion|
|20th April||7.30pm||Hurst Nook Fellowship||Hurst Nook|
|21st April||7.30pm||Full Church Meeting||Charlestown|
|7th May||3.30pm -5pm||Celebration Afternoon Tea||Albion|
|8th May||1.30pm||Willow Wood Prom||Albion|
|14th May||10am -3pm||Craft Fair and Plant Sale||Albion|
COMMITMENT FOR LIFE PRAYER FOR APRIL
Sadness and grief
Cannot be brief
It lasts forever
But forgiveness is a need
If peace is to succeed
A new start, a new life
Of hearts and minds
To be “other”
To see another
As enemy, as foe
From this nothing can grow
Peace, perfect peace
Is not the absence of war
But a recognition of the other
So that we might all live together.
ALBION FELLOWSHIP MEAL
CELEBRATING 200 YEARS
SATURDAY 25TH JUNE 2016 6PM
All are welcome.
Three course meal & entertainment- music from Christopher Howard.
The cost is £22 for adults £10 for children balance now due
Menu options available from Doris W –please pre-order
BI-CENTENARY FLOWER FESTIVAL
I am contacting all the groups within the Church, inviting them to sponsor one of the arrangements at the Festival by donating to the cost.
If any individual, couple or family would like to do so, perhaps in memory of a loved one or in thankfulness for a special event, please let me know. Barbara P
ALBION BOOKS FOR SALE …. £10 EACH
On sale at Albion are two books – please contact Jean Goodall or any elders at Albion
‘A Tribute to the People of Albion, Ashton-under-Lyne.’ In Celebration of Albion’s 200 Years of Ministry 1816 – 2016.
Researched by: Mary Whitehead MA Mary’s book tells the story of Albion through the people of the past.
Albion United Reformed Church, Celebrating 200 years 1816-2016. This book, by Mrs Jean Goodall contains information and colour pictorial of Albion church and all its events plus Charlestown, Hurst Nook and Hazelhurst.
MIDWEEK COMMUNION AT ALBION
Wednesday 20th April 2016 at 11.30am
Please note change of time. Please bring a light lunch to share; a “cuppa” will be served. Anne S
Valerie, Martin, Claire & Karen Loving memories of a very dear mum and Nana
Olive B Treasured memories of a dear husband
Olive W Happy Easter thoughts for the family
John and Helen B Wedding Anniversary
Irene M and family Loving memories of a very dear husband, dad & granddad
Dorothy & Elizabeth C Loving memories of a very dear mother & grandma
Margaret and Ken G Loving memories of a dear mum and dad (Elsie and Jack D)
Our thanks to these donors for sharing these memories with us all
Our last get-together has resulted in our group being known as “The Circle”; the next meeting will be held at Anne and John S’s home on Tuesday 12th April at 2pm. The change of time is to accommodate those unable to attend mornings, all very welcome.
Bring a friend; enjoy a chat and a brew.
Anne and Barbara
CELEBRATION AFTERNOON TEA
Saturday 7th May 2016 3.30pm to 5 pm. Tickets are £5, Musical Entertainment. Please note new time and pass it on to others who may have received the blue flyers…
WILLOW WOOD AFTERNOON AT THE PROMS
Sunday 8th May 2016 at 13:30. Tickets £10. An afternoon packed with traditional songs associated with the Last Night of the Proms, performed by the Yorkshire Volunteers Band. See website events
SATURDAY 14TH MAY CRAFT FAIR AND PLANT SALE 10AM TO 3PM
Tables £10 each or £15 for two. Book via Pat J.
Details for plants from Colin B
Jean G is appealing for items suitable for tombola or £1 parcels
Refreshments and lunches available.
CLEANING AT ALBION
Albion church is looking for volunteers to help with the cleaning whilst Colin is away on holiday. If anyone can spare a couple of hours on a Friday morning them please let Jean G know. The Eagle Lectern is in need of a good clean has anyone got the expertise?? A permanent team of volunteers are needed to keep / get it looking nice. “Anyone interested?”
YOUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR:
Alan and Anthea in their new home. Mary B, Barbara D, Val and Martin B, Alan C, Olive B, Irene M, Brian P, Judith S, Margaret G, Ros S, Gillian D and anyone who needs our prayers at this time. There is a prayer book in Albion, please add concerns to be included in our prayers of intercession.
Joyce M Wedding anniversary
Kathleen L Memories of Friends
Irene W Birthday Memories of a dear Husband
Jean B Birthday memories of dear Husband and brother
HURST NOOK FELLOWSHIP
The fellowship group is meeting on Wednesday 20th April at 7.30 pm when they will be painting with Geoff.
HURST NOOK TOTS
Tots take place every Thursday 10am –11.30am during term time. The cost is £1 per family.
Many thanks for all the contributions and help given towards our recent fair. The grand total of £504.05 was raised. Well done everyone.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM HURST NOOK TO:
Jackie W, Natalie W, , Phyllis H and Joyce M.
YOUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR:
Mark H, Jan A, Callum, Oliver, Flo J and Mavis D.
Denise, Jim, Jennie and Nicola Loving Birthday memories of Ann O, Grandma and Great Grandma
Velma and Tamlyn In loving memory of Dad and Grandad
Nancy and Family Loving Birthday memories of Eric a Dear Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandad
COFFEE MORNING 9th APRIL
The coffee morning is to raise money for Christian Aid. Doris is organising this on behalf of the Charlestown Fellowship. Help on the day will be appreciated. Donations of home bake and raffle prizes are also required. If you can help, please speak to Doris.
LENT SOUP LUNCHES
Thank you to everyone who supported our soup lunches, together with our February coffee morning we raised £580 pounds for Reuben’s Retreat, which they were very pleased to receive.
Well done everybody.
CHARLESTOWN CHURCH MEETING
This will be held on Sunday 10th April following morning worship. Reports will be given.
Your prayers are asked for Nancy H, Marjorie and Keith, Sam H, Kathleen C, Keith C and anyone who is in need of our prayers at this time.
The Guild will meet on Thursday, 28 April at 2.30pm, when the speaker will be Barbara R. Any ladies who might like to come along would be very welcome.
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