News Sheet

THURSDAY 25TH MARCH 2021 - ST ANDREW’S LENT BIBLE STUDY (VIA ZOOM) – the Revd Terry continues to lead our 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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89715767981?pwd=UkM0MnFGWjlYcnVVcHRUSzJFejUvdz09
Meeting ID: 897 1576 7981  :  Passcode: 398901

 

 

Lent 2021 – Meeting the Real Jesus

                                                           

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

Session 5   Wednesday 31st March –     A Servant King

All meetings will start at 7.30 p.m. and last until approximately 9.00 p.m. 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 fourth of the Lent meetings is taking place this coming Tuesday, 23rd 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.

 

EASTER SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP – we are delighted to tell you that on Easter Sunday morning St Andrew’s Church doors will be OPENED once more and those who are able to attend will be welcomed back into our Church building again (socially distanced of course)!  But nevertheless this is good news indeed!   All our other ‘Covid19 rules and regulations’ will be followed as they remain unchanged for the foreseeable future.  Please read them all again to refresh your memory of the procedures to be followed.  They are printed below.  As before all our Services will also be available on Zoom which will bring our Church Family together whichever way we are able to worship.

 

REMINDER OF ST ANDREW’S COVID19 PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW - .  as St Andrew’s Church building re-opens once more here is a reminder of our procedures  - For the foreseeable future our Services will be very different to before as Covid19 prevention guidance includes instruction that we may only have 30 persons present maximum, all who attend MUST wear face coverings throughout the Service and BE PREPARED TO FOLLOW THE BEHAVIOURS ASKED OF THEM, TO PROTECT OTHERS.  Places will continue to be pre-booked via telephone on a dedicated phone number 07716765168 - which will be activated on Wednesday 31st March and Thursday 1st April from 9.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m.  for our Easter Day Service on Sunday 4th April 2021PLEASE REMEMBER YOU HAVE TO RING EVERY WEEK TO PRE-BOOK YOUR PLACE - Those phoning will be reminded of the needs for attending and will be required to leave their name and contact number (with Hazel or Leah) to create the required Track and Trace Register of attendees.  This register of details will be kept for 21 days only, after any service.  As we know, details may change at very short notice and whilst we will aim to update all as soon as we are aware, please bear with us as we move to adapt to the needs of these unusual times. Your prayers for all involved with St Andrew’s - congregation and wider church links, are very much appreciated… Hazel & Leah.

REMEMBERING OUR LOVED - 23rd March 2020 was the day when the first person died in Calderdale from Covid-19. Sadly over 300 local people have now died of this disease.  A short film has been made to remember these people on this first sad anniversary.  We have had such a difficult year of Lockdown, illness and deaths.  The film will be broadcast on the 23rd of March by Calderdale Council working in partnership with Calderdale Interfaith.  It recognises the enormous struggle of the past 12 months and includes interviews with some of those people who have been the shining lights in the darkness. It is to be shown on Calderdale Council's YouTube Channel at 10.45am on 23rd March.   It will also be available to watch afterwards. The film is 15 minutes long and will be followed by 1 minute's silence at 11am. You are all encouraged to watch it.

MRS ANN MOOR – we continue to remember Ann and her family in our prayers following her death in Overgate Hospice, Elland on Monday 1st March 2021.  Most of us will have our special memories of Ann, she was a lovely, gentle lady, always with a smile on her face.  Ann liked to share a joke and a laugh and we all remember well David(M) meeting her at the door each Sunday morning to wheel her into Church from the Access Bus…happy memories!  Please remember Ann and her family and friends at this very sad time for them all.  Funeral arrangements later.

 

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH WEEK-END 2022 – just to remind you that our visit to Grange-Over-Sands planned to take place over the weekend of the 7th – 9th May this year has had to be cancelled due to Thornleigh Hotel being closed due to the Coronavirus restrictions over that weekend - BUT the good news is that plans have been put in place for us to go in 2022 – over the weekend of 18th - 20th March. Please make sure you put these dates into your diary for next year when hopefully we will be able get there.

 

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 this coming Wednesday, March 24th 2021 at 7.30 p.m. They are 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.

 

ST ANDREW’S CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE HALIFAX FOOD AND DROP IN CENTRE AT NEW EBENEZER – and here are our latest plans - Halifax Food and Support Drop-in still needs supplies - and plastic or cotton bags! - At Ebenezer last week they gave out 190 parcels, helping 382 people in total. That's a lot of food and a lot of plastic bags needed - every week! I know a lot of people make donations of money but if you want to donate food the immediate needs are tinned meat, tinned meals, tuna, tea bags, coffee, sugar, toilet rolls, long-life milk, pasta pots, super noodles, sandwich spread and pasta sauce. Any of these would be gratefully received - if you are buying things you don't need to buy small packets if big packets are relatively cheaper as the volunteer packers will divide the food into portions for the family/person.  Margaret Barnes is going to do a collection from people's houses on Thursday 25th March - you drop your donations into Margaret's car boot and she will drop them off at Ebenezer a couple of days later! If you are able to donate please let Margaret know by Tuesday 23rd at the latest so she can devise a route around all of you to pick things up. Tel no 07591160084. Text or WhatsApp messages preferred - with your name and address. But do ring if that's easier. Many thanks….P.S. The Food Bank would really love to be able to give Easter Eggs to all the children that are involved with the foodbank and would greatly appreciate your generosity towards this wish – Thank you!

 

HALIFAX FOOD AND SUPPORT DROP-IN CENTRE – here is an updated report from their March 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 - 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 last year. 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:•7 new clients into the Hub.•13 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: 73 meals from our door - 136 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  

 

ST AUGUSTINES, THE GATHERING PLACE & THE DROP IN CENTRE AT EBENEZER – Please continue to keep all these groups in your prayers struggling through national lockdown which means all these centres are a lifeline for many people at this difficult time.

 

MISSING OUR CHURCH FAMILY FRIENDS – it is now 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  can we ask again for your prayers for – Alice; Diane; Tim; Fliss; Jonathan; Eleanor, Tricia(A); Enid; Emma; Mary(B); Margaret(FB); Geoff; Sheila; Peter; Hazel; Marion(B), Ian(B); Briony; Ivy; Karen; Christine & Helen (B).

 

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.

WESLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - quite a few copies of the WHS journals available free to  good home! Interesting articles on Methodist topics. Contact Margaret Barnes on Hx 345582.

 

 

 

AT ST ANDREW’S 2021

SUNDAY 21ST MARCH : PALM SUNDAY SERVICE VIA ZOOM @ 10.30 a.m.

led by the Revd Terry Keen

TUESDAY 30TH MARCH : CHURCHES TOGETHER BIBLE STUDY VIA ZOOM @ 7.00 p.m.

led by Lee Hill from St Jude’s based on excepts from Les Miserables

WEDNESDAY 31ST MARCH : ST ANDREW’S BIBLE STUDY VIA ZOOM @ 7.30 p.m.

Meeting the Real Jesus : A Servant King led by the Revd Terry Keen

THURSDAY 1ST APRIL : MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE VIA ZOOM @ 7.30 p.m.

This is a joint Service with friends from all Saint’s Church led by members of both Churches

FRIDAY 2ND APRIL : GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE VIA ZOOM @ 10.30 a.m.

led by the Revd Terry Keen

This is a joint Service with friends from All Saint’s Church

AT 12 NOON A CHURCHES TOGETHER GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE WILL BE HELD VIA YOU TUBE

led by members of our local Churches Together Churches

SUNDAY 4TH APRIL – EASTER DAY WORSHIP AT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH AND VIA ZOOM @10.30 a.m.

led by Mr Tim Asquith

A cordial invitation is given to you to please share in these Services with us if you can -

Joining details for all the above Services will be given next week

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 Church Family at Bethesda Methodist Church, Elland and for the ministry of the Revd Colin Sherwood and also for all their Church leaders as they continue to work for our Lord during the present Covid19 situation.

 

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 the past year 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 and we think particularly of June and Pam(M) and also for 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 the moment 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 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: