This Month’s Letter
Hands that flung stars into space to cruel nails surrendered
Famous words from Graham Kendrick’s hymn, The Servant King, reflecting on God’s creation which is reflected in the child in Bethlehem and the man who gave his life that we might live…the heights and depths of our faith in a few words!
We find ourselves, in the Albion Fellowship, in a similar position to the disciples in the Upper Room, in Galilee and on the road to Emmaus. We need to take courage and guidance from the words of Jesus when we are wondering what will happen and feeling a little lost without local leadership…
We need to look towards the words of Jesus
Love one another as I have loved you.
I will be with you always
Feed my sheep.
Each and every one of us has something to give and some way of helping. So share in these challenging times ahead, be positive, caring and supportive. Dwell not on what is going to happen but how can I help.
God bless us,
|DATES FOR YOUR DIARY|
|4th May||7.30pm||Hurst Nook Fellowship||Hurst Nook|
|7th May||11am-1pm||Coffee Morning||Charlestown|
|7th May||3pm – 5pm||200 Year Celebration Anniversary Afternoon Tea||Albion
|8th May||10.30am||Messy Church||Albion|
|8th May||1.30pm||Willow Wood Prom||Albion|
|10th May||10.30am||The Circle||Daisy Nook Garden Centre|
|10th May||7.30pm||Hurst Nook Committee Meeting||Home of
|11th May||11.30am||Mid-Week Communion Service||Albion|
|14th May||10am -3pm||Craft Fair and Plant Sale||Albion|
|26th May||2.30pm||Women’s Guild||Charlestown|
|21st June||7.30pm||The Circle||Home of Bob and Barbara Drury|
|25th June||6pm||200 Year Celebration Fellowship Meal||Ashton Masonic Hall|
|12th July||TBC||Central Area Road Show||Hurst Nook|
COMMITMENT FOR LIFE PRAYER FOR MAY
We never seem to have enough time
Where does it go?
How can such a precious commodity slip so swiftly through our fingers?
Time to work,
Time to play,
Time to laugh,
Time to love.
We fall between the moments that separate the tick from the tock.
We leak time like air from a flat tyre.
One moment there and then it’s gone
and we have so much to do,
so much life to live,
and every activity takes a few more of those priceless seconds.
Those golden minutes,
those sparkling, blissful hours.
We’re racing headlong into eternity.
Help us Lord to still our footsteps.
Take the time to consider what’s important.
Before I finish speaking another child will die as
a direct result of poverty.
Help me to put the chaos of my life into perspective,
Help me to find time to be still and seek your will.
Help me Lord, to stand beside those who leak blood and sweat and tears
as time pours out of them like an ocean.
For time is precious
and should be used wisely.
PATTERNS OF MINISTRY IN THE NORTH WEST SYNOD
A RENEWED VISION – CENTRAL AREA ROAD SHOW
As part of the process of consultation, there will be two meetings taking place on the 12th July. The afternoon meeting will be held at St. Andrew’s and St. George’s, Bolton, and the evening meeting will be held at Hurst Nook, Ashton. Further details will be published next month but please book this date in your diaries.
200TH ANNIVERSARY BADGE, FLYERS AND POSTERS
There is a new flyer with all the dates for events during 2016 – the front is advertising the flower festival – please distribute these as widely as you can to friends, neighbours, families, other church groups etc.
A sew on badge is on sale at £1 each.
200TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION MEAL
SATURDAY 25TH JUNE 2016 6PM
This will take place at Ashton Masonic Hall and consists of a three course meal and entertainment- music from Christopher Howard. The cost is £22 for adults £10 for children balance now due and final numbers are needed by 25th May. Menu options available from Doris Wallwork –please pre-order.
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 11th May 2016 at 11.30am
Please note we will continue at the new time of 11.30am. Please bring a light lunch to share; a “cuppa” will be served. Anne S
Albion News & Dates
Christine and Geoff plus Philip and Christine With very special memories of a much-loved Mum and Dad,
Vera and Harry H
Edward B and family With grateful memories of Ruth and Edward’s birthdays and wedding anniversary
Glenis O Birthday memories of Dad
Our thanks to these donors for sharing these memories with us all
The next meeting will be held at Daisy Nook Garden Centre Cafe Tuesday 10th May at 10.30am. The June meeting will involve enjoying strawberries in the garden of Bob and Barbara D; weather permitting. Tuesday 21st June at 7.30pm
Bring a friend; enjoy a chat and a brew. Anne and Barbara
WILLOW WOOD MOONLIGHT WALK
Friday 6th May Gillian, Ann Hewson and friends from work are taking part in the Moonlight Walk. Please sponsor us and help us raise funds for Willow Wood. Thank you
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… Please enter via the memorial chapel entrance as there is a wedding at 2.30pm
The dates have been set for Messy Church for the remainder of 2016. The next one is Sunday 8th May during the morning service. All families are invited to join us. 10th July, 11th September, 23rd October, 27th November and 11th December. These dates are shown on the website.
WILLOW WOOD AFTERNOON AT THE PROMS
Sunday 8th May 2016 at 2pm. Tickets £10. An afternoon packed with traditional songs associated with the Last Night of the Proms, performed by the Yorkshire Volunteers Band. See website
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 orders from Colin B – order by 1st May please.
Jean G is appealing for items suitable for tombola or £1 parcels
Refreshments and lunches available.
CLEANING AT ALBION
To help Colin maintain the high standard of cleaning at Albion there is to be a monthly cleaning group. It will be on the first Friday morning of the month where possible. Please contact Jean Goodall if you can join this group or just come along on Friday 6th May. Thank you
Chloe – one of the Guides at 9th Ashton (Albion) has gained the Baden Powell Trefoil Award. This is the highest award a Guide can attain. Chloe had to work independently to gain badges and as part of her patrol on “go- for-its”. Chloe did a sponsored silence to raise sufficient funds to adopt two of the donkeys at the Donkey Sanctuary; she arranged a visit for the Guides. The challenge weekend is the final part of the award; Chloe spent a chocolate themed Easter weekend with other Guides from Manchester County. Congratulations Chloe J
YOUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR:
Lyndsey, Richard and Klara-Mae, Mary B, Barbara D, Val and Martin B, Alan C, Olive Be, 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.
Charlestown News & Dates
Alan W Loving Memories of Barbara a very dear Wife, Mother and Grandmother
Glenys and Phillip Loving Memories of Mum and Dad
Ruth Colin Adam and all Jan’s Family: Loving memories of Jan a Precious friend, Sister, Mum, Daughter and Nanna
Lesley and John Remembering Dad, Jack with Love
Our recent coffee morning raised a total of £203.60. Thanks to everyone for your help and support.
COFFEE MORNING 7TH MAY
Julie, Rebecca and Judith are organising this coffee morning raising money to support people suffering from dementia. Help on the day is required; also any raffle prizes and home bake would be very much appreciated.
SERVICES IN MAY AT CHARLESTOWN On May 1st, there will be hymns and prayers, mediations and an opportunity for us to share our faith – how we may have felt tested or inspired over the last few months; how we have drawn on each other and on God for support and how we can move forward together in God’s strength. On May 22nd, there will be a Prayer Breakfast Service to support the work of Christian Aid. Please arrive for 10.30 am and be hungry! There will be a selection of cereals, toast, crumpets and croissants, as well as fresh juices, tea and coffee. Come along, tuck in, chat to your friends, make a donation and share in prayers for the work of Christian Aid. Please note that Communion will be held on the fifth Sunday of this month.
PRELIMINARY NOTICE GIFT WEEKEND/ CHURCH ANNIVERSARY
Saturday 9th July we will be holding a coffee morning from 11am – 1pm and a Social/Games evening with supper. Tickets for the social will be on sale during June. On Sunday 10th July we celebrate our Church Anniversary. During worship, personal gifts and gifts from our organisations will be received. Please keep these dates free and help us raise money for Church funds.
We continue to pray for Marjorie and Keith, Sam H, Nancy H
and anyone who needs our prayers and thoughts at this time. May they feel God’s love surrounding them. We also think of our young people as they prepare for their summer exams at school, college and University.
The Guild will meet on Thursday 26 May at 2.30pm.
All are welcome to come along.
Hurst Nook News & Dates
Barbara H Memories of Mum and Dad Carole and Roy W Memories of Mum and Dad
Marilyn Wedding Anniversary
Jean Linney M Memories of a dear husband THURSDAY 5th MAY
Church will be open on Thursday 5th May for the Local Elections
HURST NOOK FELLOWSHIP
Irene Whitehead will be speaking on Wednesday 4th May at 7. 30pm about Queen Elizabeth II HURST NOOK COMMITTEE MEETING
The committee meeting will take place on Tuesday 10th May at 7.30pm at the home of Joyce Millin. Pat Bolt will be in the chair.
HURST NOOK TOTS
Tots take place every Thursday 10am –11.30am during term time. The cost is £1 per family.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM HURST NOOK TO:
Marion T, Sarah J, Kathleen L, Brenda C and Georgie.
May God bless you and keep you safe from harm.
YOUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR:
Mark H, Oliver, Callum, Jan after an operation and anyone who needs our special thoughts and prayers at this difficult time
The nights are getting shorter and the days are getting warmer the trees are budding the birds are building nests.
All new life thanks to God for all good things.
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