News Sheet

NOTICES FOR WEEK COMMENCING 8TH MARCH 2021

 

WEDNESDAY 10TH MARCH 2021 - ST ANDREW’S LENT BIBLE STUDY (VIA ZOOM) – the Revd Terry is leading a Lent Bible Study Course (via Zoom of course) and the details are as follows:

Terry Keen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Lent 2021 Bible Study
Join Zoom Meeting

 

Lent 2021 – Meeting the Real Jesus

 

Session 2        Wednesday 10th March – Wrong motives

Session 3          Wednesday 17th March –        One step at a time

Session 4          Thursday 25th March –           What’s in a friend

Session 5          Wednesday 31st March –        A Servant King

The course will start at 7.30 p.m. and last until approximately 9.00 p.m. and will be held on the above evenings and we do hope that you will be able to join in these sessions during the Lenten period.  You should have received a copy of the accompanying course workbook for your reference.

 

CHURCHES TOGETHER 2021 LENT COURSE - Churches Together are running one course this year on a Tuesday evening when Lee Hill from St Jude’s will be showing excerpts from Les Miserables and introducing discussion. We started this last year but had to abandon it because of Covid, and we felt it would be worth trying again as it raises so many issues. The Good Friday service from Churches Together will be on YouTube, live from 12 noon but available to watch at any time after that – joining details for this Service will be notified later.

The third of the Lent meetings is taking place this coming Tuesday, 9th March at 7.00 p.m.

via Webex and can be accessed by following the link below

 

https://usabilit.my.webex.com/meet/stjude

If you click on the link it will take you straight into the group.

 

MRS ANN MOOR – it is with sadness that we must tell you that Ann died peacefully in Overgate Hospice, Elland on Monday 1st March 2021.  Most of us will have our special memories of Ann, she was a lovely lady, always with a smile on her face even though she has suffered for a long number of years from rheumatoid arthritis which meant she was in constant pain but she never complained.  In years gone by she relied on her faithful  motorised scooter and was often seen whizzing around King Cross doing her shopping, she had a scooter parking spot right outside the kitchen door at Church at King Cross.  Ann liked to share a joke and a laugh and we all remember well David(M) meeting her at the door on a Sunday morning to wheel her into Church from the Access Bus…happy memories indeed.  Please remember Ann and her family and friends at this very sad time for them all.  Funeral arrangements later.

 

PAMELA SETTLE – we continue to remember Pam with love following her death on Sunday 21st February 2021.  Pam’s Funeral Service will take place at Park Wood Crematorium this coming Thursday 11th March 2021 at 10.30 a.m.  We ask for your continued prayers for her daughter Amanda and the wider family at this very sad time for them all.  Below is the information you need to share in the Wesley Media Webcast Service:

Name

Pamela Settle

Location

Park Wood Crematorium, Elland, Halifax - Default Chapel

Date & Time

Thursday 11/03/2021 10:30

Event Number

913627 - please quote this on all correspondence and when calling

Requester

Michael Dalby - Amanda Dalby Funeral Directors

https://www.wesleymedia.co.uk/webcast-view

Login / Order ID: 81686
Password: wfczcgfs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MR FRANK SHEPHERD – we also continue to remember Frank with love following his death, also on Sunday 21st February 2021.  Frank’s Funeral Service will take place at Park Wood Crematorium next Saturday 13th March 2021 at 9.45 a.m.   We ask your continued prayers for Frank and his family and friends at this very sad time for them all.

 

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH WEEK-ENDSadly our visit to Grange-Over-Sands will not now be able to happen as the Thornleigh Hotel will not be open over the weekend of the 7th – 9th May 2021 which was when we should have been going - BUT please watch this space for what will be happening over this weekend in May.

 

CHURCH WEBSITE – will friends please note that Graham has ‘retired’ from looking after our Church website and we would like to thank him for the time and care that he has taken in keeping our website up to date on a weekly basis for quite some time now.  Technology plays a big part in presenting ourselves into the community and it is important that people can get in touch with us through this form of media.  We are very pleased to welcome and thank Jonathan who has very kindly agreed to take over the job of looking after our website in the future.  As a church family we are most grateful and thankful to both Graham and Jonathan for doing this for us.

 

‘SCRAPING THE LOCKDOWN BISCUIT BARREL’ – is the name of our Spring Quiz which has been prepared for us by Avril and we say – ‘Thank you very much Avril for doing this for us’. Copies available from O&A members or online from Sue W (sjamwright@talktalk.net) £1 a copy, closing date is 17th of April 2021.  Get your copy now and when you are struggling to find something to do to pass on a little bit of time, have a go at completing it with a cup of tea to hand and thinking of all the biscuits you could be enjoying with your tea…all proceeds for the Church Development Fund…Happy Quizzing!

 

THE GREEN PARK FELLOWSHIP GROUP will be meeting again via Zoom on Wednesday, March 24th 2021 at 7.30 p.m. They will be experimenting with discussing a download from BBC Sounds, ‘A History of the Bible’ by John Barton’    Zoom details or to find out more about the group get in touch with Sue at sjamwright@talktalk.net.

 

ST ANDREW’S LENT FUNDRAISING EVENT!  -  Fund-raising events are a bit difficult to arrange at the minute – sorry we can’t bring you afternoon tea or invite you to a barn dance – but we’d love you to help to fill a Smarties tube with coins. We have been told that you can drop £30 of the right kind of coins into a Smarties tube!  We don’t expect you all to do that but whatever you can do will be gratefully received.  This is all you have to do!  Eat the Smarties!  Then now and again during Lent drop a few coins in.  We know some people don’t use cash these days so this could be the chance to look in those change pots on your dressing table or sideboard!  Or check coat pockets and maybe in the car too!  At Easter let us know and we will collect your Smarties tube and add up all the donations.  We had intended to distribute Smartie tubes but can’t do that safely just now – so if you don’t have a Smarties tube we’d be just as happy if you could throw your coins in a jam jar or other container that you don’t need to get back afterwards.    The Fund-raising Group – Glenda, Lesley, Margaret C and Margaret FB.  SMARTIES UPDATE! We've had a couple of Smarties tubes returned - absolutely stuffed with pounds, 20 pence coins and other coins. Hope during Lent you are all able to throw some coins into a Smartie Tube or some other suitable container - to help swell the Church Redevelopment Project coffers! Every little helps - it all adds up!  If you have full tubes Margaret Barnes is happy to collect them from you. Just ring 0759 116 0084. Many thanks.

 

THE REVD CHRISTINE DRUMMOND(PERRY) – The Revd Colin Sherwood sends this message – ‘Dear Friends, it is with great personal sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of Reverend Christine Perry/Drummond on the 24th February at her home in Cambridgeshire.   Please remember her husband Andrew, her sons Tim and Daniel and their families in your prayers at this time.  An appropriate thanksgiving service (written by Christine herself) will be held later in the year.  May she rest in peace and rise in glory!’…Reverend Colin Sherwood.  For those who may want to share in the Service via Webcast the details are as follows:

Name

Rev Drummond

Location

Burnley Crematorium - Default Chapel

Date & Time

Friday 12/03/2021 15:15

Event Number

917417 - please quote this on all correspondence and when calling

Requester

J & C Warburton - J & C Warburton (Co-op Todmorden)

 

https://www.wesleymedia.co.uk/webcast-view
Login / Order ID: 83417  -  Password: bgcwjktk 

 

HALIFAX FOOD AND SUPPORT DROP-IN CENTRE – here is an updated report from their February Newsletter - As we are coming out of lockdown 3 we are feeling the impact of a year 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.  FOODBANK - Last weekend at Ebenezer Church, we handed out: Total Parcels : 184  - Adults in Families : 229  - Children in Families : 140 = Total Individuals : 369  Our Food Bank is open for clients on: Fridays : Family Food Bank (with 1 or more children) : 10am - 12pm
Saturday : Food Bank : 10am - 12pm -  We are open for food donations: Thursday and Fridays - 9am - 12pm.  – SHELTER - We opened The Gathering Place as a 24/7 Homeless Hub in March. We have gone from running a small Winter Shelter from 7pm - 9am to running a 24/7 COVID-19 Hub. We have two support workers on during operation and always have clients in.
Last week at The Gathering Place, we helped out: 2 clients with accommodion this week and 12 beds on average filled over the week. - FREE CAFÉ - At the Free Cafe, we are open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 12.30pm - 1.30pm - supplying hot food at the door.  Last week at The Gathering Place, we gave out: 58 meals from our door - 97 meals made for our Shelter residents request for much needed supplies - and plastic or cotton bags! - The immediate needs are for tinned meat, tinned meals, tuna, tea bags, coffee, sugar, toilet rolls, long-life milk, pasta pots, super noodles, sandwich spread and pasta sauce.

Monetary Donations :could be the simplest and quickest way for you to give to our Centre, 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  Please be assured of our earnest gratitude to everyone for the tremendous support we constantly receive. The Gathering Place  Email: pa@christianstogether.org.uk  

All the donations of goods and money were delivered to the Food and Support Drop-in at Ebenezer a few days ago.  They were really grateful and said to thank all the donors.  My car boot and back seat were full up of bags and boxes. We hope to do another collection and delivery before the end of March - more details later! Margaret FB - THANK YOU AS USUAL TO ALL FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND TO MARGARETFB FOR COLLECTING AND DELIVERING OUR DONATIONS.

 

 

UPDATE FROM THE ST AUGUSTINE’S CENTRE - Greetings from St. Augustine’s - They are still struggling to do all the things they want to do with a much reduced staff of only 5 people, but they are getting there.  They have given out most of the knitting they were given over Christmas and are urging people to keep on with the knitting.  I know that you are all still beavering away so a very big thank you for that.  It’s the usual stuff they need. Winter woollies of every description. When the time is right I shall be taking the knitting to the centre to replenish the cupboard, so if you have got anything for me to take I will be happy to take it for you.  Hope you are all getting vaccinated and are keeping warm….Tricia.

 

ST AUGUSTINES, THE GATHERING PLACE & THE DROP IN CENTRE AT EBENEZER – Please continue to keep all these groups in your prayers as we are once again into national lockdown meaning these centres will be a lifeline for many people at this difficult time.

 

MISSING OUR CHURCH FAMILY FRIENDS – it is now almost twelve months since the first lockdown began and during this time many of us have not been able to see in person many, if any of our church family friends and for us all this is really quite sad and a big deal as we each looked forward to the time that we were normally able to see, share a hug and catch up with each other’s news – sometimes good – sometimes not so good and during the time we have had to spend apart over the past months perhaps some of those family members have been temporarily out of our minds – so over the coming weeks will you spend some time during the day bringing to mind and remembering and praying for church friends we have not seen for what seems an age…this week we remember the following groups of people who are members of some of our weekly/monthly church fellowship groups or who play a big part in our weekly worship and church life groups – This week can we ask your prayers for David and members of the Music Group; members of our Junior Church and their teachers and for the Leaders and members of the Green Park Fellowship Group; the Seekers Fellowship Group the Monday Evening Fellowship Group and the Sunday morning Prayer Group.  In this instance names are not necessary as we just want to bring all the folks, young and old who so look forward to sharing in fellowship with other people during a normal weekly activity at St Andrew’s to the Lord in prayer…Thank you.

 

THIS IS FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT – so just a reminder to read again the information some of you may have and to say that if possible when you shop please do look out for ‘free trade’ goods and buy them if you can as this is such a big help to the farmers and food producers in overseas countries who are very often paid a good, reasonable price for the crops. Fairtrade Halifax have put together a 15 minute video that is aimed at helping younger people (and perhaps not so young) understand the importance of supporting Fairtrade and reminding them that Halifax is a Fairtrade Town.

 

 

 

 

CHURCH DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

From Lorna Frost - The Church Development Group is still meeting monthly by Zoom and progressing what we can in these difficult times.  The sale of the Abbey Walk house was completed in January and after paying estate agents fees etc the proceeds were £132,000.  The funds have to go through Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes (TMCP) we are confident we will in due course get this money back for our project.

 

The most recent fundraising position is as follows:

Church funds held for the project                         £140,500.00

Donations and fund raising                                 £113,750.00

Sale of Abbey Walk house                                  £100,000.00 (we expect to get this now)

Refund (to come in future from TMCP for above) £  32,000.00

Circuit grant (pledged)                                        £100,000.00

Yorkshire West District grant (pledged)                £  20,000.00

TOTAL £506, 250.00

So we should be encouraged that we are so close to the halfway point for meeting our £1,015,000.00 fundraising target.

We continue to apply for external grants as and when they become available. We are hopeful of a positive result from a recent submission to Methodist Insurance.  Once we get to £750, 000.00 this opens up many other grants that look for 75% raised before they will consider us.  So £750,000.00 is our “short-term” target.  We hope everyone can help to achieve that.

From Gregg Shillito  - The fact that our fundraising activities have had to be postponed means that we remain more reliant on donations. Many thanks to those who have contributed in many different ways (including the monthly contributions of two people I have never met).  Can we please ask that you continue to donate whatever you can, whether that be time, money and / or prayer.

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

If you have any queries you can contact Gregg on 07917 146320 or gregg.s@hotmail.co.uk...Thank you…Gregg.

ANOTHER REMINDER…

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 7.00 p.m. 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 7.00 p.m. we have a ‘Lighting 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 Stella and Patricia for doing this for us particularly during the cold, wintery weather we are experiencing at the moment and also for everything that is being done by members of the Church Family during this time in the name of the St Andrew’s Methodist Church community.

 

CIRCUIT OFFICE - Please remember that for the time being the Circuit Office IS 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 Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel, Ogden and for all who give of their time to support the Chapel.

 

 

 

 

 

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 so hard to keep the Church at the forefront of people’s minds during this present time.
  • All of our many friends who over many, many months have had to stay indoors or have had very limited contact with family and friends and for all the ‘Good Samaritan’s’ who during this time have helped and supported them and will continue to support them during this Coronavirus Pandemic and also through this latest national lockdown.
  • Please continue to thank God for the vast amount of on-going work being done behind the scenes by the Church Development Group in connection with the plans for our new Church building.   Please 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 the 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, it is likely that only the Lord may know the reason, and there are many reasons at the moment, we remember those who are not well, those in Hospital at this time, 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 we think especially of the families and friends of Ann(M); Pam (S) and Frank(S).  We continue to think and pray for all who have lost loved ones during the past twelve months due to Covid19 and other causes.  As a Church family we also remember all those known personally to each of us who need our prayers at this time, especially those of our friends who have been unable to share in the Zoom Services and we have not been able to ‘virtually see’ over the last nine months, WE CONTINUE TO MISS THEM A GREAT DEAL.    Please also pray for friends who are feeling the strain of being in lockdown again after such a long period of time due to Covid19.  Please say a thank you prayer for the Covid19 vaccination programme that is now in place and for all those who are involved in making sure that this is carried out successfully.  May the peace and love of God surround and support all our friends during this unusual time in all our lives.  Please also remember all school age children as they return to School over the next few days and weeks and also for all their teachers and school workers that they all stay well and safe as school life gets back onto an even keel.  Please do continually pray for the N.H.S. and all front-line people who are under extreme pressure again as well as people all over the world who have lost loved ones due to Coronavirus,  some may 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 abiding by the lockdown rules and taking up the offers of vaccination and that we all try as hard as possible to contain this awful virus in the coming weeks and months ahead.

 

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: