mar 2015 newsletter - Upton United Reformed Church

Upton United Reformed Church-
SUNDAY SERVICES
Morning Service
(with children’s groups and crèche)
Evening Worship
Holy Communion
10.30 am
6.30 pm
1st Sunday morning
2nd Sunday evening
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REGULAR ACTIVITIES
Monday
6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
7.30 pm
Churches Together in Upton
Coffee Morning at Scout HQ,
Weston Grove)
Girls’ Brigade
MOT Group
Tuesday
2.30 pm (1st & 3rd weeks)
10.00 am (every 2 weeks)
Friendship Group
NTG (New Tuesday Group)
Wednesday
9.45 am (1st Wednesday)
1.30 - 2.45 pm
6.45 pm
Upton Amblers Midweek Walk
Babies & Toddlers Group
Prayer & Praise in the Vestry
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
10 00 am- 12 noon
10.00 am
7.30 pm (1st and 3rd weeks)
1.00 pm (last Thursday)
WD 40’s (Women’s Discussion
Group)
Thursday Home Group
Food ‘n’ Fun
6.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Boys’ Brigade
10.00 am - 12 noon
10.00 am
Church open for coffee
Upton Amblers (dates vary)
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MONTHLY ACTIVITIES
st
Church Meeting (alternate months)
rd
Elders Meeting
1 Wednesday 7.30 pm
3 Wednesday 7.30 pm
Task Groups (dates vary)
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GOD’S LOVE IS FOR ALL
OUR MISSION IS TO SHOW IT, SHARE IT, LIVE IT
Heath Road, Upton, Chester, CH2 1HX
Tele: 01244 373854
MARCH 2015
visit our website at:
www.uptonurc.org.uk
email:
[email protected]@org.uk
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN UPTON
SECRETARY
Mrs Marilyn Roberts
01244 678248
[email protected]
FRIENDSHIP LUNCH
Thursday, 12 March
in our Church Hall
TREASURER
Robin Hodgkins
12 noon - 1.00 pm
Homemade Soup
Sandwiches
Cakes
01244 383038
Everyone is welcome
[email protected]
Donations, please, to the Hospice of the Good
Shepherd
NEWSLETTER EDITORS
Mrs Margaret Hainsworth
01244 381396
FRIDAY LUNCHEON CLUB
[email protected]
in Upton Village Hall
Mrs Christine Beeston
Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month
01829 740556
From 12 noon until 3.00 pm
[email protected]
Membership £2 per term and then each lunch £6
Open to over-65s
CHURCH HALL BOOKINGS
Robin Hodgkins
(Welcome drink, 2-course meal, tea/coffee/mints and
cabaret)
01244 383038
All enquiries and bookings—tele: Geoff 380068
[email protected]
If you have difficulty in getting to the Hall, transport is
available, telephone 323527 £2 for return trip—
payable when booking lunch
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New Life in the Spring
SUN 15
Give thanks for the love we know, or have known,
from our mothers.
Mon
16
For the Ambulance and Paramedic Services.
Tues
17
For those suffering from dementia
Wed
18
Pray for our Elders as they meet tonight.
Thurs 19
Pray for all who are awaiting medical tests and / or
results.
Fri
Sat
20
For those in our congregation who are unable to attend
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church because of age or illness.
Give thanks for the work of the Guide Dog
Association
SUN 22
For Revd Philip Kennerley and Ms Sheila Dunbar
who lead our services today.
Mon
23
For those seeking employment.
Tues
24
For the work of the Samaritans.
Wed
25
For the work of the Macmillan Nurses.
Thurs 26
For all who use our church premises.
Fri
27
For all who maintain our church premises and
gardens.
Sat
28
As British Summer Times starts, give thanks for the
Susan loves to feed the birds in our garden, and we are noticing
a lot of activity and tweeting as they start to mark out their territory and call for mates for a new year and hopefully new offsprings.
The plants are showing new shoots and buds and the first
blossoms are already out. We have planted our first batch of
seeds to go out in the greenhouse in April and May.
I find this gives me a tremendous uplift after the dark winter days
and the increasing warmth of the sun gives us hope to look forward to the full summer days ahead. In the same way we can
look forward to Easter and the hope which the resurrection
brings.
A wonderful time of the year – and don’t forget Mothers’ Day and
putting the clocks forward !
Keith Reading
beauty of Spring.
SUN 29
Today is Palm Sunday - take time to remember
the start of Jesus’s journey to the Cross.
Mon
30
For the lonely and housebound.
Tues
31
Pray for the work of Save the Family.
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PRAYER DIARY FOR MARCH 2015
ROTAS FOR MARCH
FLOWERS
1
8
15
22
29
CAR FERRY
Anne & Richard Sykes
Margaret & John Hainsworth
Felicity & Alan Crewe
Sue & Keith Reading
Anne & Richard Sykes
SUN
Mon
2
For those who care for rescued animals.
Tues
3
For the work and dedication of Macmillan Nurses.
Wed
4
Pray for guidance as we meet for our Church Meeting
Thurs
5
The Spiritual Centre at the Countess of Chester
Hospital.
SUNDAY MORNING TEA / COFFEE
Eric Morgan
Keith Reading
Niall Ormerod
John Hainsworth
1
8
15
22
Debbie & Phil Mason
Margaret & John Hainsworth
Lesley & Paul Ivison
Eleanor & Stan Hornsby
URC ‘BIG DAY OUT’ 2015 at SOUTHPORT
SATURDAY, 18 JULY
10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Mersey Synod is joining North Western Synod at the Southport Convention Centre for this Big Day Out. There will be
keynote speakers (Revd Michael Jagessar and Steve Chalke),
workshops, Blackburn People’s choir, market stalls, Bollywood
dancers, a magician, balloon modelling and children’s events.
We are planning to go as a group from church, and coach
transport will be arranged. If you would like to go, please
sign up on the notice which is on the back wall of church.
Cost for the event is £7 per adult if booked before 5 April
(£10 if later), and under 18’s go free.
John Hainsworth
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Revd Arnold Harrison who leads our
service this morning.
Fri
1
8
15
22
1
6
The power of prayer as we celebrate Women’s World
Day of Prayer.
Sat
SUN
7
8
For the staff who work for MAF.
For John Yates and Peter Linsey who lead our
services today.
For all volunteers who work at the Foodbanks
Mon
9
Tues
10
And for the people who need to use them.
Wed
11
For the work of the committee members of Churches
Together in Upton
Thurs 12
Pray for the work of the RSPB.
Fri
13
For the work of the Street Pastors.
Sat
14
From Christine Beeston’s Pastoral Group we pray
for:
Betty Hall
Catherine Hinchcliffe
Marjorie Kemp
Anna Patterson
Doreen & Peter Pleasant
Paul & Margaret Seymour
Peter Sowerby
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PASTORAL NEWS
A Prayer for those who live alone
·
Lilian Dangerfield died on Sunday, 1 February and her
funeral will be on Friday, 27 February. The Cremation Service will be for family only following which a Service will beheld in our church at 2.00 pm. We extend our sympathy
and prayers to her daughters and family at this sad time.
·
Greta Latham is in hospital, please remember her in your
prayers.
·
Please also pray for those who have recently been
bereaved, those who are undergoing or awaiting hospital
treatment.
·
We also remember in our prayers those of our Church
family who are not able to attend church at this time.
I live alone, dear Lord, stay by my side.
In all my daily needs be Thou my guide.
Grant me good health, for that indeed I pray,
To carry on my work from day to day.
Keep pure my mind, my thoughts, my every deed.
Let me be kind, unselfish, in my neighbour’s need.
Spare me from fire, from flood, malicious tongues;
From thieves, from fear and evil ones.
If sickness or an accident befall,
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Then humbly, Lord, I pray,
Alison and Brian Stephenson would like to thank everyone for
the lovely flowers, kind thoughts, get well wishes and prayers
sent to them during their illnesses.
Hear Thou my call.
And when I’m feeling low, or in despair,
Lift up my heart and help me in my prayer.
I live alone, dear Lord, yet have no fear,
Because I feel Your presence ever near.
Amen
Many congratulations to
Alison Stephenson says:
“I found this in my mum’s handbag, she carried it
since my Dad died. I hope it may help our friends
who live alone.”
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John and Margaret Hainsworth
who celebrate their
50th Wedding Anniversary on
6 March
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On Thursday, 12 February,
we held our second
Messy Church.
DAY DATE TIME
Fri
20
6.30 pm
Sat
21
10.00 am
10.00 am
SERVICE / MEETING
Boys’ Brigade
Upton Amblers to Rawhead—Leader
Phil Jones
Church open for coffee
The theme was ‘God is Love’
SUN 22
10.30 am
6.30 pm
Amy painting her
hands
Mon
23
Tues
24
Wed
25
Thurs 26
Fri
27
Sat
28
SUN 29
As did all the children and
this is the finished painting!
10.00 am
6.30 pm
2.30 pm
7.30 pm
1.30 pm
6.45 pm
10.00 am
1.00 pm
6.30 pm
10.00 am
10.30 am
6.30 pm
There were heartshaped biscuits to
decorate.
Pictures to colour and
loom bands to make.
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Mon
30
10.00 am
6.30 pm
Tues
31
10.00 am
MORNING SERVICE led by
Revd Philip Kennerley
EVENING SERVICE led by Ms
Sheila Dunbar
CTU Coffee Morning at Scout HQ
Girls’ Brigade
CTU Lent Study Group
CTU Lent Study Group
Babies & Toddlers Group
Prayer & Praise in the Vestry
WD 40’s - Easter Thoughts
Food ‘n’ Fun
Boys’ Brigade
Church open for coffee
PALM SUNDAY
MORNING SERVICE led by Mrs
Liz Warrington
Churches Together in Upton
EVENING SERVICE at Holy
Ascension Church
CTU Coffee Morning at Scout HQ
Girls’ Brigade
NTG
2.30 pm
CTU Lent Study Group
7.30 pm
CTU Lent Study Group
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DAY DATE TIME
Mon
9
10.00 am
6.30 pm
Tues 10
2.30 pm
7.30 pm
7.30 pm
Wed 11
1.30 pm
6.45 pm
7.30 pm
Thurs 12
10.00 am
12 noon
Fri
Sat
13
14
6.30 pm
10.00 am
SUN 15
10.30 am
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
SERVICE / MEETING
CTU Coffee Morning at Scout HQ
Girls’ Brigade
CTU Lent Study Group
Saving to Share Meeting
CTU Lent Study Group
Babies &Toddlers Group
Prayer & Praise in the Vestry
Churches Together in Upton Meeting
WD 40’s - Clumps
CTU Friendship Lunch in our church
hall
Boys’ Brigade
Church open for coffee
MOTHERING SUNDAY
MORNING SERVICE led by Mr
Alan Robinson
6.30 pm
EVENING SERVICE at Caldy
Valley
Copy Date for APRIL Newsletter
All items for inclusion to Margaret Hainsworth, please
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10.00 am
CTU Coffee Morning at Scout HQ
6.30 pm
Girl’s Brigade
17
10.00 am
NTG
2.30 pm
Friendship Group
2.30 pm
CTU Lent Study Group
7.30 pm
CTU Lent Study Group
18
1.30 pm
Babies & Toddlers Group
6.45 pm
Prayer & Praise in the Vestry
7.30 pm
Elders’ Meeting
19
10.00 am
WD 40’s - Recipes and Food Tasting
7.30 pm
Thursday Home Group
10
Morgan and Eilidh
decorated spiral hearts
and Amy and Gracie made
‘Lovebugs’
Daisy (with a little help from Mum
and Granny) made a badge.
Owen made a Lovebug, a butterfly and
decorated a heart biscuit (then had a nibble).
Now what shall
I make next?
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Women’s World Day of Prayer
Friday, 6 March at 10.30 am in our church
The Day of Prayer service for 2015 has been
CHURCH DIARY for MARCH 2015
DAY DATE TIME
SUN
1
10.30 am
written by the Christian Women of the Bahamas, an expanse of
water with scattered islands covering approximately 100,000
square miles in the Atlantic Ocean. Although written by women,
all are invited. Increasingly, men and children are participating.
Mon
2
Tues
3
Over 36 hours, 170 countries will have taken part. In England,
Wales and Northern Ireland, over 5,000 services will be held
focusing on the theme:
6.00 pm
10.00 am
6.30 pm
10.00 am
2.30 pm
2.30 pm
7.00 pm
‘Jesus said to them,
“Do you know what I have done to you?”
Wed
4
7.30 pm
9.45 am
This is an ecumenical service to which men, women and children
are welcome.
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN UPTON
LENT STUDY GROUP
‘CALLED TO COMTEMPLATIVE ACTION’
Thurs
5
Fri
6
1.30 pm
6.45 pm
7.30 pm
10.00 am
7.30 pm
10.30 am
Sat
7
6.30 pm
10.00 am
SUN
8
10.30 am
Holy Ascension Church, Kempe Room
SERVICE / MEETING
MORNING SERVICE with
COMMUNION led by Revd Arnold
Harrison
EVENING SERVICE at Vicars Cross
CTU Coffee Morning at Scout HQ
Girls’ Brigade
NTG
Friendship Group
CTU Lent Study Group at Holy
Ascension , Kempe Room
MOT Group - Meal at West
Cheshire College, Ellesmere Port
CTU Lent Study Group
Upton Amblers Midweek Walk
Leader - Mr Frank Mawdsley
Babies & Toddlers Group
Ecumenical Prayer & Praise in the Vestry
Church Meeting
WD 40’s - Room 101
Thursday Home Group
Women’s World Day of Prayer Service
in our church
Boys’ Brigade
Church open for coffee
Tuesday 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March
Two sessions on each Tuesday at 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm
ALL WELCOME
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6.30 pm
MORNING SERVICE with Church
Parade led by Mr John Yates
EVENING COMMUNION SERVICE
led by Mr Peter Linsey
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