News Sheet

WELCOME TO ALL  -  whether you are actually worshipping on our Church premises or zooming from your front room a VERY WARM WELCOME is extended to you and we do hope that you are still keeping well and continuing to keep safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.   As we continue to come to terms with some even stricter Covid19 restrictions we continue to put our trust in the loving Lord Jesus Christ to comfort, guide and care for us during this time.  We are still exhibiting the picture depicting our ‘Candles of Hope’ in the Quiet Room Window and an eye-catching poster to welcome everyone back into our Church premises.

 

WILL FRIENDS PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE FOLLOWING WEEKS MAY HAVE TO CHANGE, AS WE STILL BY LAW, HAVE TO FOLLOW ANY NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT ARE IMPOSED ON US BY GOVERNMENT BODIES – THEREFORE PLEASE DO LISTEN OUT FOR NEW INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY THE POWERS THAT BE DURING THESE  UNCERTAIN TIMES

 

NEW NOTICES FOR WEEK COMMENCING 27TH SEPTEMBER 2020

JUST AS A REMINDER the following notice will remain in the News Letter for a few more weeks whilst we get used to our new ‘rules and regulations’  PLEASE SEE THE WORDS IN DARK TYPE RE BOOKING

 

ST ANDREW’S 2020 HARVEST SERVICE – today is our Harvest Service and we are very pleased to have Alison leading it for us.  As with everything else at the moment this service will be very different from a ‘normal’ Harvest Service as this year we are unable to bring ‘things’ for the Harvest on to our Church premises.  We are supporting the work of the New Ebenezer Drop-In Food Centre and also St Augustine’s again this year and we do hope that if you are able, you will give a monetary gift which we have asked you to place into an envelope clearly marked ‘HARVEST GIFT’ and place it in the offertory box which will be in the Vestibule at the end of the Service (PLEASE ASK A STEWARD FOR AN ENVELOPE IF YOU NEED ONE – thank you in anticipation of your usual generosity towards those in need in the Calderdale Community.  You can send donations by cheque to the addresses shown in the St Andrew’s lock-down leaflet you have in your possession.

THANK YOU  - Dorothy Midgley has retired from many years of managing the premises bookings and so we offer her heartfelt  thanks from the  St Andrew’s Family - past and present, for her faithful work organising everyone who uses the church buildings,  she will be sadly missed in this role, but remains a valued church member.  In the interim please contact Glenda Edmondson (01422 350040) or Hazel Bowerman on 07799663106.

BROWNIES AT ST ANDREW’S  - We are sorry to hear that Sarah and Sonia have decided to end their time in Brownies. They had previously decided they were going to finish next year but due to Covid19 have now decided they will not be re-opening up again.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in helping with Brownies in the future please email Kathryn wywcom@gmail.com – Thank you.

CHRIS ROBINSON  - last  Sunday could possibly be the last time Chris preaches at St. Andrew's as he is moving to Bedford to be nearer to his family.  He will be very sadly missed in our Circuit and by all at St Andrew’s. We wish him God’s Blessings and hope he soon joins a new Church family and enjoys life nearer to his family. May God Bless Chris as he moves to Bedford.

SUNDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2020 – Sunday 1st November 2020 at 10.30 a.m. will be the Recognition Service for Val Heward and Chris Partington as fully accredited Local Preacher’s, but as we cannot all get together for this celebration we are hoping that it will be zoomed so as many people as possible can join in.  Further details later.

NEW EBENEZER - New Ebenezer are looking for a lay person to be part of their Management Group.  If you are interested or know of anyone who might be, then please have a word with Geoff Butler.

THE CIRCUIT MEETING - thanked Dr John Hargreaves for his work over the years as Circuit Archivist.  If you would be interested in doing this job or know of anyone who might be, please have a word with Terry.

CALLING ALL KNITTERS - We have been kindly donated lots of wool from ladies at Crossley Alms Houses and Tricia for the knitting of items for St Augustine’s.  Many different colours, types and plys. If you would like any, please let me know.  We have patterns available.  l also have white wool and patterns for angels for anyone who wishes to knit these too.  I have been informed that any wool taken will have to be quarantined for 48 hours before using.  Thank you….Margaret’C’

 

UPDATE ON SALE OF HOME PRODUCE - £120.00 has now been transferred to the development fund.  Marmalade, beetroot chutney, one pot of plum jam and lemon curd all still available.  Please ring Sue (354736) or email sjamwright@talktalk.net to arrange collection or delivery.

 

CHRISTMAS 2020 AT ST ANDREW’S - for Christmas this year, we would like to help celebrate the birth of Christ by giving small gifts to those who would normally be rejoicing with us in our church groups.   We are proposing to make up a bag with small gifts, a knitted angel, perhaps something nice to eat, in them.    If you are a knitter, could you make an angel or two?  Margaret Caulfield has patterns.   If you are making jams, chutneys, pickles etc. could you please make some extra small jars for our Christmas parcels?  If you see something that you could donate – we would receive it gratefully.   All contributions gratefully received by Stella and Leah. 

 

AUTUMN QUIZ - Avril has done a new quiz entitled A Walk on the Canal.  This is available by email from Sue Wright, Enid or other members of O&A.  If you don’t have email contact Sue on 01422 354736 and one will be delivered.  Payment may be put through Sue’s letterbox at any time, details on the quiz sheet.  Obviously this is more complicated than in the past but we hope it will be a good money raiser nonetheless.  A BIG thank you to Avril for setting this Quiz for us.

 

2021 CHURCH WEEKEND – our 2021 Church Weekend has been changed from March 2021 to May 7th - 9th 2021. The cost will be £150 + transport. Please put this date in your diary. More details available from Glenda.

 

THE REVD RICHARD TEAL, PRESIDENT OF THE METHODIST CONFERENCE  will be visiting the District on 24th and 25th October 2020.  To accommodate the current restrictions, much of his work with us will be via Zoom.  On Saturday 24th October Richard will be leading two sessions of particular interest to those involved in rural life and mission:

Saturday 24th October:

10.00 – 12.00: Workshop led by Richard on Rural Context and Rural Mission (Zoom)

13.00 – 14.00: Opportunity for Richard to meet with those engaged in farming and rural life (Zoom)

If you are interested in joining these Zoom meetings please contact the District Office to book a place on either/both of the sessions.  District Office admin@ywmethodist.org.uk

ANOTHER REMINDER…

FACEMASKS - NOW COMPULSORY IN SHOPS and SOME SCHOOLS – HAVE YOU GOT YOURS??    Thanks to everyone who has bought facemasks over the last few months!   £565 has been added to the Church Development Fund already and when you add on Gift Aid it takes the amount from the sales to over £700 which is really great.  New stock available now - plain brown or patterned yellow. Anyone need any for going back to school?  Or maybe a spare one to have in the car or for when your first one is being washed?  Ring Margaret B on 07591160084

 

ST AUGUSTINE’S CENTRE -  Please keep on knitting for St Augustine’s in preparation for the cold Winter months, they need, Cardigans, jumpers, gloves, mittens, scarves and hats., but anything you can make for them would be welcomed.   If you want to knit squares to make a blanket, they have a couple of ladies who are willing to sew them all together.  I do hope that you will continue to support the centre and I thank you all for all the things you have already made and are making.  Please continue to keep any spare wool you have, it can always be used.  Stay safe, Thank you.  Tricia.  (Hx. 351324).

FINANCE UPDATE -  Firstly a big thankyou to the many of you who have contributed to the general funds during lockdown. We seem to have found every way possible to ensure your money gets into the account, from banking cash and cheques to internet and telephone banking. Unfortunately this has not been without issues, and I know some of you have struggled to transfer money.  I believe this is partly down to increased security by the banks, who are trying to ensure the recipient (i.e. the church bank account) matches the details you give.  Despite spending 30 minutes at our branch, there doesn’t appear to be a simple solution.

The details below are the full account titles, but some banks only require the recipient name – St Andrews Methodist Church – not the full account name. Please do not let this deter you if you are trying to transfer money, but be aware there might be a bit of trial and error involved. As stated above, we are happy to accept cash and cheques, and between a few volunteers we will get this banked.

If you would like to contribute but cannot transfer money, please contact me either by email gregg.s@hotmail.co.uk or by telephone 07917 146320.

Bank Account details

General Church Funds

St Andrews Methodist Church Finance A/c, Account no. 90773395 Sort Code 20-35-84

Church Development Account

St Andrews Methodist Church Business Premium A/c, Account no. 40512729 Sort Code 20-35-84

WOODEN GARDEN PLANTERS – Peter (B) is still constructing wooden garden planters with all donations going to the Church Development Fund towards the cost of the construction of our church building, he would love to hear from you if you would like one (or two) making.  All he needs to know is the size you would like him to make.  (Can assure you that they look really good when finished!).  Orders via Hazel please 07799663106.

 

BRIGHOUSE CHARITY JIGSAW EVENT - as with many charity events, the Brighouse Charity Jigsaw Festival held annually at St Martin's Church has been cancelled this year due to the pandemic.  HOWEVER!  Rather than allow over 1,000 jigsaws assembled by volunteers from the local community gather dust, the organisers have converted the  event into  what is arguably the very first Jigsaw Festival Online Shop!  Since its inception in 2012 the Charity Jigsaw Festival has attracted over 5,000 visitors, sold over 5,000 jigsaws, engaged over 100 people from church and community each year and, most importantly, raised over £86,500 to support Together for Looked-After Children, Yorkshire Children's Trust, Turning Point Counselling Service and St. Martin's mission to children in the community Your publicity would help in making a significant and ongoing contribution to the work of the Festival's  chosen charities and would be very much appreciated. Gibson’s Games are, once again,  sponsoring  the festival but in it's new online format at:-  jigsaws.brighouse.org.uk  Customers will find a fantastic selection of jigsaws without the need to queue, socially distance or wear a face covering. There are puzzles for all tastes - children's puzzles, traditional country scenes, double-sided, panoramic, crossword, impossipuzzles, wasgij, unique and unusual pieces, mirror image and more, and select by piece count, theme, or manufacturer.  All the jigsaws intended for Charity Jigsaw Festival 2020 and many more are available on a click and deliver basis. Delivery to selected Postcodes in West Yorkshire is by our own Courier service, to the rest of the UK by Royal Mail and to selected countries in Europe by International Courier.

 

AS INDIVIDUALS we do hope that as many of us as possible are still continuing to light a candle and put it in our windows at 8.00 pm (note change of time) on a Sunday Evening to show solidarity with our communities, and especially for us, care for all the people at the hospital. Even if the light cannot be seen by many or anyone else this small action will bring the St Andrew’s Church Family closer together at this time on a Sunday Evening.  Just a reminder that also on a Sunday evening at around 8.00 p.m. (again note change of time) we have a ‘Lighted Candle Ceremony and Sunday Evening Liturgy read by Stella with Patricia in charge of the Video, taking place on the steps leading up to the Church entrance, which as you can imagine, can often be interrupted by the noisy transport travelling along Huddersfield Road at this time.  This has been called our ‘Light out into the Community’ event and we are very grateful to all concerned for doing this for us and also for everything that is being done during this time in the name of the St Andrew’s Methodist Church family.

 

CIRCUIT OFFICE - Please note that for the time being the Circuit Office IS NOW CLOSED with Janet and Lynne both working from home and can be contacted on the following numbers: Janet – 07989 801365 on Monday to Wednesday -  Lynne – 07922 173789 on Wednesday to Friday.

 

THIS WEEK we join with other members of the Calderdale Circuit as collectively we pray for the work of the New Ebenezer Centre and thank God for all the very hard work that they have been involved in over the past months within the local Calderdale community.

 

DON’T FORGET TO REFER TO THE ‘LOCKDOWN LEAFLET’ YOU HAVE IF YOU REQUIRE ANY HELP OR INFORMATION.

 

IN YOUR PRAYER TIMES THIS WEEK please pray for:

  • The Revd Terry Keen our Minister and Linda, his wife. Mrs Stella Christie our Pastoral Lay Worker and all those who are working hard to keep the Church at the forefront of people’s minds during this present time.
  • Mrs Stella Christie as she prepares to lead our Worship on Sunday 4th October 2020.
  • All of our many friends who have been staying indoors to self-isolate and now find themselves back in isolation once more and for all the ‘Good Samaritan’s’ who have helped and supported them during this Coronavirus Pandemic. 
  • Please continue to thank God for the on-going work being done behind the scenes by the Church Development Group in connection with the plans for our new Church building.   Please when praying do ponder on the difficulties we are facing regarding opening of our Methodist Churches please also pray that the right decisions will be made and that no lives are endangered through our eagerness to try and get back to normality.  Continue to pray that our loving Lord Jesus will be at the heart of any decisions that are made and that he will continue to guide us in the right direction for the good of all our church families and friends.  In the mean-time please do continue to pray for each other and for our continued presence of St Andrew’s Methodist Church on Huddersfield Road.
  • Please pray for members of the St Andrew’s Church Family who need our prayers at this time, only the Lord may know the reason, we remember those who are not well, those who may be going into hospital or recovering at home after being in hospital and for those who are awaiting tests/test results and also for others who have family members or friends unwell at this time and for those who are mourning the loss of a beloved friend or family member and for friends who are beginning to feel the strain of being in lockdown for such a long period of time due to Covid19.   May the peace and love of God surround and support all our friends during this unusual time in all our lives.
  • Please do continually pray for the N.H.S. and all front-line people as well as people of the world who have lost loved ones due to Coronavirus,  some have been known to us but others not at all but during this time of isolation and as we know this has meant that many people have not been able to be comforted by anyone else at such a sad time in their lives and we do feel most desperately sorry for all the people who have been affected in this way.  Please pray that people will be sensible in their approach to the stepping up of the lockdown rules again and that we all try as hard as possible to contain this awful virus in the coming days.

 

IMPORTANT -   If you have any Items for the News Sheet – please send by MONDAY of each week to Enid via email to j.turner302@btinternet.com or by phone (362654). Our Church website address is

www.standrewsmethodisthalifax.org.uk and the Circuit website is www.calderdalemethodistcircuit.org.uk                   

 REMEMBER – KEEP PRAYING, KEEP SAFE AND KEEP SMILING:

 

 

LOCKDOWN LEAFLET

 

                                                                                   HOW TO TO KEEP CONNECTED TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY

OF ST ANDREW’S METHODIST CHURCH, HALIFAX

 

ST ANDREW’S NEWSLETTER  -  recently we were told that it will possibly  be a few more weeks or even months before things regarding Church Services will begin again due to the COVID-19 virus but as a Church Family we will still continue to do all within our power to help friends in any way we can – see below for the plans already in place which will continue:

•     The Prayer Vine as it is, is continuing as normal, and may be very widely used.  Just let Stella know who you want put onto it.

•     Glenda, Leah and Stella are acting as co-ordinators of what needs to be done, so please get in touch with one of them about anything that is needed.

•     Pastoral Visitors are checking on ‘their’ folk each week by phone and offering help.  Requests for help will then be forwarded to a team of volunteers that we have.  Glenda, Leah and Stella are keeping that list.   They are also hoping that we can fulfil any requests that are made to them (shopping, collection of items etc). 

•     The church notices are being used as a means of communication to all, and we have a team of volunteers to put them through the letter boxes of those who do not receive the electronic version.  WE ARE POSTING COPIES TO THOSE WHO LIVE FURTHER AWAY FROM CHURCH.  Take Care and do try to keep the required distance away from anyone you may meet whilst outside.

 

HERE IS AN UPDATE OF WHAT IS CURRENTLY HAPPENING AT ST ANDREWS 

‘St Andrew's are still alive but just not in our building’ has been our slogan for the last few weeks the next slogan is ‘Still Alive but not here in’.

 This is how our groups are staying connected at the moment.

Sunday morning worship has recommmenced on 13th September under Covid Secure measures and on on Zoom at 10.30am. THe weekly News Sheet and the order of service is available online and is being sent out to those who are not on line.

      ⛪Candles of Hope at 8pm each Sunday evening in our homes, and outside the church by our lay worker, Stella who also shares a Sunday Evening Liturgy and prayer with those passing the church building either on foot or in cars.

During the week zoom fellowship on WhatsApp Coffee & Chat Meetings 11.00 a.m. Tuesday – Friday. 

There are 2 WhatsApp groups - one is called Worship and Notices (that's where you get information about Sunday morning services via Zoom (and where you get two lovely hymns played by David Whiteley every day around 5.00 p.m.) and one is called Fellowship (that's the chat one!). You can join just one or both.

If you want to join send your mobile phone number to David Grundy on 07503047797 or Margaret Barnes 07591160084 by text or by email and we'll try to get you set up soon!

St Andrew's Parent and toddlers are sharing weekly crafts on Facebook.

Messy Church St Andrews are sharing colouring and craft activities.

Our Scouts are holding WhatsApp meetings every Thursday, Cubs and Beavers also welcome.

Little Monkeys at St Andrews have returned on a smaller scale until the summer.

Letters and phone calls are going out to Monday Kitchen guests and volunteers.

Our Tuesday Knit & Natter Group are sharing via Facebook Messenger and via phone.

Pastoral visitor’s and friends are ringing members and friends to keep them in touch.

  • We also have access to St Andrew’s Website - www.standrewsmethodisthalifax.org.uk

and

  • St Andrew’s Facebook – See the link over the page to some instructions of how to join facebook:

https://www.digitalunite.com/technology-guides/social-networking-blogs/facebook/how-join-facebook

Once there you can find the “St Andrews Halifax”. If there is more than one, click the photo of our church and then click on the thumb picture to like us.  After this St Andrew’s news will appear on your facebook newsfeed. 

  • We are also on twitter where it is a little easier to follow people/places passively.

Top tip: anything you comment directly onto facebook and twitter can be seen by others even if they don’t also follow the same page…Jane.

 

AS INDIVIDUALS we do hope that as many of us as possible are continuing to light a candle and put it in our windows at 8.00 pm on a Sunday Evening to show solidarity with our communities, and especially for us, care for all the people at the hospital. Even if the light cannot be seen by many or anyone else this small action will bring the St Andrew’s Church Family closer together at this time on a Sunday Evening.

 

Also on Sunday Evenings at 8.00 p.m.  Stella is going to Church to light a Candle outside the front entrance doors and say a Sunday Evening Liturgy – this has become ‘Our weekly light out into the Community’.  You will remember or may have seen that, we along with others, have turned BLUE to celebrate the NHS and even though the Clap for Carers has now drawn to a close we still continue to thank the Lord for all NHS and other front-line workers who are still working so hard to look after us all.  It is very important that we continue to let others know that the Church at St Andrew’s is still very much alive and taking part in all that is around us during these rather stressful times.  Our slogan on the Church door this week reads ‘Still Alive but not here in’ and this is a very important statement to make to the world around us as the present time.

 

ALSO AT THIS TIME EACH ONE OF US has to be mindful of ourselves, our neighbours and our community, but that starts with being mindful of God.  God’s love desperately needs to be seen and it is up to us to demonstrate it.

ZOOM BIBLE STUDY GROUP MEETING – During a recent daily zoom coffee and chat meeting Terry asked if people would like to do a weekly afternoon Bible Study.  The notes would be sent out with the newsletter and a discussion held on the afternoon of the meeting.   If you are interested in getting notes with the newsletter please let either Terry or Enid know – Thank you.

 

ACCESS TO A TELEPHONE MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY – just a reminder that if you do not have access to the Internet but have access to a telephone here is a free phone number 0800 804 8044 which puts you through to a twenty minute programme which includes a short message from the Archbishop of Canterbury, chance to join in with the singing of a hymn, find out a little about the hymn writer and then listen to the hymn again.  This programme lasts for approximately 20 minutes and can be accessed any time throughout the day – give it a try, our friend Ruth Needham is really enjoying being able to share in these phone call sing-a-longs.

 

SADLY WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO REMIND YOU THAT DURING THESE DIFFICULT AND UNCERTAIN TIMES all the causes dear to our hearts are struggling with cash flow, as are the many UK and World-wide Charities including the ones the St Andrew’s Church Family are supporting at this time – they are our own

 

 

CHURCH FINANCES – Gregg writes ‘During these uncertain times, it feels like certain aspects of life have been put on hold. Unfortunately, finance isn’t one of them.  Utilities, insurances, assessments and other bills still need to be paid, and of course we are trying to raise money for the new building project. As the building is closed we are not receiving any lettings income, there are no collections during the service and much-needed fundraising events are having to be postponed. With this in mind, can I thank all of you who are giving directly to the church bank accounts, and encourage those of you who feel able, to use this method to contribute to the church.  If you use telephone or online banking please find details of the main accounts below.  If you would like to contribute but cannot use these methods, please contact me either by email gregg.s@hotmail.co.uk or by telephone 07917 146320.’

Bank Account details

General Church Funds

St Andrews Methodist Church Finance A/c, Account no. 90773395 Sort Code 20-35-84

Church Development Account

St Andrews Methodist Church Business Premium A/c, Account no. 40512729 Sort Code 20-35-84…GREGG WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY RESPONDED TO THE ABOVE.

 

HERE IS AN UPTO DATE MESSAGE FROM THE EBENEZER DROP IN CENTRE  - Firstly, thank you for your wonderful support to our charity!  At the moment, we are feeling the impact of COVID-19 at The Gathering Place. We have always been there for the most vulnerable but now, more people suddenly fall into that category and need our help. In May, we averaged handing out 151 individual food parcels and 73 family food parcels.  We have continued our Shelter, so we can house and support the homeless during this uncertain and testing time. As you can all imagine, it is very busy and we need support.  Food Parcels Donations:  The things we are particularly short of are; •Tinned - hot dogs - corned beef - meat in gravy - ham - chilli - ravioli - curry - macaroni cheese - beans & sausages – spaghetti - tomatoes – puddings - pies - Packets - pasta & sauce - mugshots - super noodles - microwave rice - microwave pasta - instant mashed potato - jars of pasta sauce -  Food donations are taken on two days during the week : Thursdays and Fridays 10-11am.  At: New Ebenezer Church, St James Road, Halifax HX1 1YS.  (There is clear drop off points and social distancing rules apply)

Amazon Donations : If you would like to order via Amazon to deliver straight to us, please see our wish list (Anything from the list above, would be great for you to send us too!) : https://amzn.to/3dEnhSU

Monetary Donations :The simplest and quickest way to give to our church, this means we can do the shopping for you and put it towards our food shopping and costs.  Simply click on the link below and you'll be walked through the process. It's easy on all devices. You can give a one time gift or set up regular monthly giving here: https://bit.ly/2ATfzFX  We hope you are all staying safe and well. We find it is impossible to thank every person, church, school, company, organisation, community group, etc. personally please be assured of our earnest gratitude to everyone for the tremendous support we constantly receive.  Wishing you health, kindness and happiness.  Kind regards  Becky Maslen  The Gathering Place  Email: pa@christianstogether.org.uk 

ST AUGUSTINE’S CENTRE – as we can no longer collect goods to take to St Augustine’s people may wish to continue to support them in their work by making cash donations.  It is possible to make these through their website – just search for ‘St Augustine’s Halifax) – Thank you!   - PLEASE KEEP ALL THESE CONCERNS IN YOUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS –

CIRCUIT OFFICE - Please note that for the time being the Circuit Office IS NOW CLOSED with Janet and Lynne both working from home and can be contacted on the following numbers: Janet – 07989 801365 on Monday to Wednesday -  Lynne – 07922 173789 on Wednesday to F