Magazine October 2017

Christian Aid

Very many thanks to Barry Francis for his stalwart efforts over the past ten years with the organisation of the Christian Aid collections in Stonehouse.

He has done a magnificent job, but he has now retired from that, so there is an opportunity for another to take it up. Please let the Vicar or churchwardens know if you are willing to organise the Christian Aid collections...



Please can you all support us with gifts of filled shoe boxes, gifts to put into shoeboxes and/or money to help towards the transportation of shoe boxes to their destination to children all over the world living in very deprived conditions and to whom the items in the shoe box are the only gift they will have this Christmas. Please speak to me if you would like more information and hear about the impact that the shoe box has on every child following my vision trip to Zambia in May this year,

God Bless you and thank you,                                                 June Dolphin

CRIB SERVICE – Sunday 24th December – 2pm

Dear all,

The nights are drawing in and I've noticed Christmas cards in the shops and grottos being prepared in the garden centres. And so my thoughts are stimulated to think about our Crib Service ,which is an occasion to reach out and invite our community to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus. It would be good for a small group of us to share ideas for this special service. Please contact me if you would like to help me to prepare our Crib Service.

Tel 01453 82 6797 mobile 07784902822 

Thank you, with love, Glenis 



In trying to keep on top of the jobs that need doing in the churchyard, the Fabric & Finance Committee thought it would be useful to publish a list of the on-going jobs needed to retain a tidy churchyard.

These jobs are all small and can be done on the publicised dates – the one is November 18th (with skip – to clear the flower dump) – or if you have a couple of hours to come along on your own.

The only tools you need to bring are secateurs, small loppers, hand trowels and forks.

“The churchyard” consists of the old area surrounding the church, the area “over the lane” and the “new” area (containing the trees and cross).

The jobs are :


removing the broken wooden sign, amongst the heathers, below the east (altar) window;


removing the ivy from churchyard walls and from the graves;


cutting down the saplings / small trees / bushes growing on graves;


clearing the porch gutters (accessible with a small ladder);


clearing the stone church gutters (accessible with longer ladders)  - which you would need to bring with you – do take care!;


weeding the gullies around the church walls (and at some point,

putting new gravel down);


weeding the beds outside/opposite the church porch.


We hope you agree that the churchyard is already looking better for more frequent attention - and so it is hoped we can keep up the good work.

Let us know if you have any questions - and thanks in advance for the work you are going to put in.

 Steve Allen and Barry Francis (on behalf of the Committee).



A Thought!

If you're spiritually alive, you're going to love this!

If you're spiritually dead, you won't want to read it.

If you're spiritually curious, there is still hope!


A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.

He wrote: "I've gone for 30 years now, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them.  So, I think I'm wasting my time, the preachers and priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."


This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column.


Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

"I've been married for almost 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals,  but, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals.

"But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I
needed to do my work.

"If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.

"Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"


When you are DOWN to nothing, God is UP to something!

Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible & receives the impossible!

Thank God for our physical and our spiritual nourishment!



B. I. B. L. E. simply means:   Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth!



A couple of pieces from Christine Minchin – thoughtful!:

Trust the past to the mercy of God

The present to His love

The Future to His Providence

                                                St Augustine  354-443


The Loom of Time:

Man’s life is laid in the loom of time
To a pattern he does not see,
While the weavers work and the shuttles fly
Till the dawn of eternity.


Some shuttles are filled with silver threads
And some with threads of gold,
While often but the darker hues
Are all that they may hold.


But the weaver watches with skilful eye
Each shuttle fly to and fro,
And sees the pattern so deftly wrought
As the loom moves sure and slow.


God surely planned the pattern:
Each thread, the dark and fair,
Is chosen by His master skill
And placed in the web with care.


He only knows its beauty,
And guides the shuttles which hold
The threads so unattractive,
As well as the threads of gold.


Not till each loom is silent,
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God reveal the pattern
And explain the reason why


The dark threads were as needful
In the weaver’s skilful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
For the pattern which He planned.