July & August 2016 Messenger
This Month's Letter
A SPECIAL MOMENT
Lounging in my easy chair watching the Queen’s Birthday Party celebrations (in the Mall) on television; I was reminded of a pleasurable incident some 29 years ago!
Sally and I were in Blackpool at the time – so was Princess Diana! We were close to the Talbot Square – so was Diana!
With a smile on her face, Diana approached us. As she and Sally shook hands, I casually mentioned that it was a special day for us! It was our 40th Wedding Anniversary.
“Oh lovely” said Diana with that wonderful smile she had, “My congratulations”
Only a moment in a lifetime but, together with the red (deep red) roses Sally always received on our Anniversary, a moment of wonder for both of us – but particularly for Sally.
Thanks for sharing this lovely memory George and we all wish you a very happy 94th birthday. The Editor
COMMITMENT FOR LIFE PRAYER JULY
Don’t make me weep, then speak of justice
Tie my hands and expect me to thrive,
Cover my wounds with sack cloth and ashes,
Park your second hand car on my drive.
Ensure my poverty to double your wealth.
And never speak of change.
Cover your eyes as my land is ravaged
Frackers, trackers, coal mines or land mines
Water your garden and let my thirst rise,
Hopes dashed by democracy misused by the powerful
Tear down my trees, no cedars in Lebanon,
Bulldoze my house; build a wall in it’s place
Uproot my olive trees, rub out the green vine,
Remind me, remind me the twentieth time
I do not count, my value is lost,
Don’t speak of change without counting the cost.
Stand if you will, stand here with me,
My brothers and sisters, let new hope arises,
When is replaced as life’s greatest prize,
Bring justice, bring peace, let the love of God reign
It refreshes the desert, it eases life’s pain,
Stand together for justice, work together for change,
Your speaking, your listening, is all the world’s gain.
Glenis and Eric Massey
COMMITMENT FOR LIFE PRAYER AUGUST
A PRAYER FOR PEACE IN LIFE
Hear me Jesus. When we sit here in silent meditation,
bring your power for peace to all the Politicians and
Tribal Heads of the warring tribes and Nations in the Middle East.
Show them that envy and greed lead to permanent destruction
and that history shows that there are no winners.
Be you known as a follower of Isaiah, a Holy Prophet,
or The Son of God; bring your Peace to the Arabic Countries
|DATES FOR YOUR DIARY|
|2nd July||Gift Day Afternoon Tea||Hurst Nook|
|6th July||7.30pm||HN Fellowship||Hurst Nook|
|9th July||11am-1pm||Coffee Morning||Charlestown|
|9th July||7pm -9.30pm||Gift Weekend Evening Social||Charlestown|
|12th July||7.00pm||Synod Road Show||Hurst Nook|
|13th July||11am||Mid-Week Service||Albion|
|19th July||7.30pm||The Circle Meal Out||TBC|
|21st July||7.30pm||Full Church Meeting||Charlestown|
|24th July||7.30pm||Tameside Choral Festival Choir||Albion|
|28th July||2.30pm||Women’s Guild||Charlestown|
|10th Sept||7.30pm||Saddleworth Male Voice Choir||Albion|
|24th Sept||7.30pm||Jonathan Scott
HERITAGE DAY 10TH SEPTEMBER
10AM - 4PM
This year will be a spectacular event as we celebrate our 200th Anniversary.
Along with an exhibition showing our history, we will have baptism, marriage records and cradle roles on display when we hope that good advertising will bring along people from around Tameside whose names might well appear.
This year, however, we will also have some of our members dressed in Victorian costume representing past members of Albion who will be able to discuss with visitors the history of the person represented.
We will also have an interesting ‘box of tricks’ which, when opened, will display interesting artefacts relating to our church and Sunday schools which should be of interest to young and old alike.
Please support us and ask your friends and families to join us at this special event.
FULL ALBION FELLOWSHIP CHURCH MEETING
This meeting will take place at Charlestown at 7.30pm on Thursday 21st July.
This meeting will take place on 27th July at 7.30pm at Charlestown. Please note this is a change of date to enable a visit from Rev Andrew Mills, Synod Moderator and Ken Greer, Pastoral coordinator.
PATTERNS OF MINISTRY IN THE NORTH WEST SYNOD
A RENEWED VISION - CENTRAL AREA ROAD SHOW
This meeting will take place on12th July at 7.00pm at Hurst Nook. Please let your secretary know if you plan to attend as numbers are required.
FLOWER FESTIVAL - THANK YOU
Many thanks to all who got involved and helped in any way at the Flower Festival; to all who sponsored the arrangements, to those who acted as stewards or on door duty, to all responsible for the excellent refreshments, to Derek and David for providing organ music, to Gillian for liaising with the printers who were responsible for posters, flyers, banners etc. and to the flood action squad!
I want to extend a special thanks to the members of the Stalybridge Flower Club and friends who were responsible for the wonderful arrangements, which visitors described as “awe inspiring”.
It was good to have descendants of Nathanial Buckley and Hugh Mason sharing the event with us. Thanks are due to Mary Whitehead for making contact with them and for preparing the exhibition in the Hazelhurst transept. The event could not have taken place without this team effort. Thanks to you all,
Thanks to all who supported our Afternoon Tea. We raised £210 which will go towards supporting our sponsored children
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.
Congratulations to our Treasurer, John, who had been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. This award recognises his work as HOLMES (Home Office Large Major Enquiry System) Coordinator for Greater Manchester Police. HOLMES is a computer system used by the Police in all major incidents including serial murders, multi-million pound fraud cases and major disasters.
It also recognises his voluntary work, including;
- Church Fellowship Treasurer since 1996.
- Main Responsible Person for weddings and related official returns.
- Conducting initial wedding interviews and arranging cover, in the absence of a Minister.
- Managing the maintenance of our Grade II* listed building (Albion Church) and some ‘hands on’ repairs.
- Fundraising eg creating woodwork pieces to sell at church functions.
- Arranging and helping his wife to prepare and cook a Christmas meal for up to 30 church members, some of whom might otherwise have been alone.
Thanks to John for all you do.
Wednesday 13th July 2016 at 11.00am The fellowship of a light lunch after the service will continue for those who wish to stay; a “cuppa” will be served. There will be no service in August.
Albion News & Dates
Olive Warner Birthday memories of Harry, a loving husband
Hilda, Enid and families Loving memories of a very dear father
Amanda and David Hey Wedding Anniversary
Colin Camping Holidays with Jim Potter
Judith, Phil Nicola & Debbie In loving memory of Mum and Dad (Sutton), Nana and Grandad
Olive, Heather Roger & families In loving memory of Nora
Gregson Family Loving memories of our MUM and DAD, Eileen and Harry
joined in eternal peace, August 15th and August 21st.
May the Lord be with all these friends uniting them in your love
The dates have been set for Messy Church for the remainder of 2016. The next one is Sunday 10th July during the morning service. All families are invited to join us. Future dates are11th September, 23rd October, 27th November and 11th December. These dates are shown on the website.
ALBION PARENTS AND TOTS
Friday morning 9:30am -11:00am term time only. In the memorial chapel. £1 per family ALL welcome
Congratulations to John on being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Congratulations to Janet R as she takes up her new role of District Commissioner for Girl guiding Ashton District 1.
YOUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR:
Edward B, Mary B, Barbara D, Val and Martin B, Olive B, Brian P, Dorothy C and anyone who needs our prayers at this time. Our sympathy, love and prayers go to Barbara and Bob D and family following the death of Barbara’s mother.
There is a prayer book in Albion, please add concerns; to be included in our prayers of intercession.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 19th July at 7.30pm – a meal out together, venue to be confirmed. There will be no meeting in August. Anne and Barbara
200 YEAR CELEBRATION
FORTHCOMING CONCERT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Sunday 24th July Tameside Choral Festival Choir
Saturday 10th September 7:30pm Saddleworth Male Voice Choir Tickets £6
Saturday 24th September at 7:30pm Organ Recital - Jonathan Scott
Please note the date on the “pink flyer” for Jonathan Scott’s organ recital is incorrect – it should read SATURDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm The cost is £8
Charlestown News & Dates
Larrayne W In loving memory of a wonderful Husband, Dad and Grandad
Birthday Wishes to Mum/Grandma from all "Your Family
Pat O'Brien For Loved Ones
Ruth, Colin and Adam Loving memories of a dear Mum, Grandma and Great Grandma
Nancy H Loving Memories of Stan Dearly Loved Brother and Uncle
Barbara P Loving Memories of her Mother
GIFT WEEKEND / CHURCH ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY 9TH AND SUNDAY 10TH JULY
- SATURDAY 9TH JULY:
We are holding our usual morning coffee morning 11:00-13:00. All money raised will be for church funds, this is being organised by Christine, help and support on the day would be greatly appreciated. All are welcome
We are hosting a family fun and games night from 7:00pm until 9:30pm. Tickets are available £2.00 for adults and children are free. This includes potato pie supper. This is our main fund raising event and we ask for everyone’s support, to make it a success
- SUNDAY 10TH JULY:
During morning worship, personal and organisational donations will be received. Special Gift Weekend envelopes will be available for personal gifts. Donations will be received alongside weekly offertory . Those who Gift Aid are asked to write their name or number on the envelope
AUGUST COFFEE MORNING
There will be no coffee morning during August as our members enjoy their holidays
SUNDAY 3RD JULY
There will be no morning worship at Charlestown on Sunday 3rd July, we will join our friends at Albion or Hurst Nook
Big thanks to all who supported us at our recent Beetle Drive celebrating 80 years of PILOTS
The ladies will meet on Thursday 28 July at 2.30pm. There will be no meeting in August
We continue to pray for Nancy H, Keith B, Lorraine W, Anne S, Barbara R and Kathleen.
Congratulations to Anthony and Julie celebrating their Silver Wedding Anniversary
Hurst Nook News & Dates
Pat B Memories of Dad
Doris and Janet W Memories of loved ones
Phyllis H Memories of Paul, Dad and Grandad
Flo J Memories of loved ones
Marion T Memories of Frank
Natalie W Memories of Derek
HURST NOOK FELLOWSHIP MEETING
This will take place on 6th July at 7.30pm. The speakers are Barbara and Peter. All are welcome.
GIFT DAY AND AFTERNOON TEA Our Gift Day is on 3rd July. We are having an afternoon tea on Saturday 2nd July for our gift day. Gift Day envelopes are available from Marilyn. CHRISTIAN AID
Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to our Christian aid raffle. £90 was raised, well done. HURST NOOK TOTS
Tots take place every Thursday 10am –11.30am during term time. The cost is £1 per family.
YOUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR:
The family of Jack S, Oliver, Janet and Doris W, Mark H, Martin B and anyone who needs us at this time. A lot of people at Hurst Nook are working to keep us with speakers every Sunday. We give them our special thanks.
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