– April 2016 Messenger

MISSION STATEMENT

“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.

 

THANKYOU

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. 

Alan.

 

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 

FAREWELL SERVICE

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.

Jean G

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 

DATE

TIME

EVENT

PLACE

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

28th April

2.30pm

Women’s Guild

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

Forgiven? Never?

 

But forgiveness is a need

If peace is to succeed

A new start, a new life

A reconciliation

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.

 

Theresa Mansbridge

 

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

 

ALBION

FLOWERS                            APRIL

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

THE CIRCLE

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HURST NOOK

FLOWERS                            APRIL

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.

EASTER FAIR

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.

SHALOM!    

CHARLESTOWN

 

FLOWERS                                    APRIL

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.

Thankyou

Christine

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.

FAMILY CONCERNS

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.

WOMEN’S GUILD

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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