church family news
as we begin to plan how we can meet
during these troubled times, 
we feel it's still necessary to have a forum
where we can share our joys and our sorrows. 
So, we'll continue to bring our weekly news      

                                              

In an attempt to make life a little easier, I'll leave recurring news at the TOP of this page which means I don't have to repaste it EVERY week(!)  and it'll be quicker for you to look something up. 

  •              If you need to get a message to anyone on this page please use the "Contact Us" page on this website. 
  •              If you have any items you'd like us to include again please tell Maureen Jeavons or Eileen Adams 
  •              Sadly, during this very strange year some very special people have died but know that they are NOT                                   forgotten.  Look for tributes and photos on the "Memories" page 

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CIRCUIT SERVICES

Our Service for each Sunday  is  available for you to watch . 

You''ll find it on our Website:  https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk/reflections.htm 

and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BHMC.U.K

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HELPING HANDS.


helping hands 

Message Eileen Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with.
If you need help with shopping orders, prescription collections, or anything else – maybe just a friendly voice,
message us. We really are

HAPPY TO HELP 

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action for children


Please contact John Smith  or Brenda Webb (via our "contact us" page) if you have an Action for Children (League of Light) home collecting box and would like it emptying.

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TEAMS 4U

TEAMS4U SHOEBOX 
APPEAL

 

Despite all the uncertainty brought about by the pandemic, 

poverty, injustice and suffering continues in many parts of our world. 

Teams4U remain committed to getting help to communities that are in desperate need,

in particular children and their families that have been devastated by coronavirus

As in previous years we can play our part by supporting the annual Shoebox Appeal

You surely know the routine by now, but you can check out the most up to date information via the website - https://teams4u.com/

We already have plenty of leaflets, posters and shoeboxes ready to be filled 

and can get them to anyone who is interested or you can pick one up from John’s porch.
If you could leave a donation of 30p in the box provided that will cover the cost of your flat pack box.

Please contact John Smith if you have any queries.


Boxes need to be with John Smith before November 27th please


Please could pastoral leaders pass this information on to those contacts who have no internet access



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                                             OCTOBER 19TH - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAULINE

                   we were able to take several bags of gifts and cards to Wychbury Care Home in time for
                                                       Pauline's 90th birthday
                              and judging by these pictures she has had a lovely day.
                Rather than send flowers we sent an "orchid" on behalf of the church family


                                                       pauline 1


pauline 2          pauline 3                   pauline 4

 


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                             HASBURY NEWS:    OCTOBER 18th
                                                     
                                             FAMILY NEWS

                                                     CONGRATULATIONS TO:
      


                                       
Pauline Apperley who will be 90 on October 19th

90th birthday

Pauline is in Wychbury Residential Home, 350 – 352 Hagley Road,  Pedmore, Stourbridge, DY9 OQY  


Happy Birthday Pauline.

 

Susan and Duncan Jeavons  

 silver Wedding

who celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary on October 14th

 

PRAYERS AND GOOD WISHES TO

praying

Hazel Parsons after a few weeks in hospital with pneumonia. 

She is back home and now needs rest and recovery time. 

Hazel, it’s good to know you are home and we hold you in our prayers

Barbara Tivey who is very unwell at present. 

Barbara we hold you in our prayers and hope you will feel much better soon

 

Prayers also for Sarah Shaw who has Covid 19. We hope you get well soon Sarah.

                                      
                                                     
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MORNING WORSHIP 
SUNDAY OCT 18TH 10.30 am

come to worship 

Worship will be led by Troy

Maggie Jones is lead steward and Emily Hemming is on tech duty

Worshippers will be welcomed from 10.15 a.m. to allow time for stewards to prepare.

Please ensure you wear a face covering and observe the guidelines.

                 (you might want to wear warm clothing as windows & doors are open for air flow)


"Come, NOW is the time to worship"



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prayer 2020

On Tuesday Oct 20th please take 20 minutes at 20.00 p.m. to pray.  

Here’s a prayer from the Methodist Prayer Handbook  which you may like to use in your prayer time.

A prayer for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Dear God,  the virus did not respect borders.  It spread from place to place and person to person.  It has brought grief, fear, hardship, suffering and isolation.

Dear God, Your love does not respect borders.  It flows from place to place and person to person.  It brings comfort, hope, justice, wholeness and community.

Dear God, we pray for all those around the world whose lives have been impacted by coronavirus.

We pray for our churches as we rediscover community and learn new ways of being.

We pray in the name of Jesus, our peace and our Saviour.  Amen

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2020/2021 is  A Year of Prayer for the Methodist Church

Districts, churches and individuals are invited to pray for the Methodist Church as we deepen our commitment to be a growing, evangelistic, inclusive, justice seeking Church of gospel people.

Simple guidance around different ways to pray is available at www.methodist.org.uk/yearofprayer as well as information for a weekly online Church-wide prayer meeting. This will draw on the rich diversity of Methodist traditions and leadership to help the whole Church journey deeper into prayer together.

You can join the All-Church Prayer Meeting each Tuesday at 12.45 pm

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A message from Joseph to pray for our brothers and sisters in the London District

 

The chairs of the London District encouraged churches to cease having services.

In our case we hope  that we will be able to continue with our services until it's no longer safe to do so.

We continue to uphold each other in prayer for such a time as thiis

 

                      From Thessalonians 5: 11                            

 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing

Be assured of my prayers. God bless you.  With much appreciation. 

Joseph Suray



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 hope logo     
and WHEELS

       christmas tree

Unfortunately we won’t be able to put up our H.O.P.E. Christmas tree this year. 

However we would love to be able to bless the WHEELS boys – and 3 GIRLS –
with a gift 
as we normally would. Altogether there are 40 students.

Because of the Covid pandemic we can’t ask anyone to shop for a gift or even to bring their gifts to church. After much discussion with the staff at Wheels and the responses from the H.O.P.E. team it’s been decided to make a gift bag for each one of the students.

In it we would like to include:

·         Warm hat, scarf, gloves

·         Warm socks

·         Deodorant and shower gel

·         School stationery (  to include pad of paper, pencils, sharpeners and gel pens.)

Realistically that would cost a minimum of £10 but probably nearer £15.
If you would be willing to contribute could you please place a monetary gift in an envelope marked “Wheels” and give to Eileen. Once we know how much we have to spend we’ll buy as much as we can.

If you know of anywhere where there’s a good deal on any of the items please can you let me know.

Please don’t worry if you aren’t able to contribute this year.
Nothing is in any way “normal” – except our desire to spread HOPE.

Every blessing, Eileen & the H.O.P.E. team

Note to Pastoral leaders
 please could you let your contacts know about this if they don’t have internet access

                                   
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ALPHA ON LINE

 alpha

The second session of the Alpha Course is now available on our Website at https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk/thealphacourse.htm to watch. 
If you have any questions in regards to the theology of the course you can contact me via email 
at methodistchurchresource@gmail.com   and I will be happy to help. 
Or if you feel that the Alpha course is something that you would like to run via Zoom,
or in groups in the future, I will be happy to help there too. 
  

Blessings, Troy

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                     God bless you all, Maureen                                

                                   
               Stay joyful
          

                                 Keep the faith

       sunshine smile                                                Do the little things


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 Tuesday 6th October  this month's CIRCUIT NEWSLETTER, check the ministerial team page.


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                            HASBURY NEWS:    OCTOBER 11th

MORNING WORSHIP 
SUNDAY OCT 4TH 10.30 am

come to worship 

Worship will be led by Mr Charles Ashworth

Dave Raxster is lead steward and John Austin is on tech duty

Worshippers will be welcomed from 10.15 a.m. to allow time for stewards to prepare.

Please ensure you wear a face covering and observe the guidelines.

                 (you might want to wear warm clothing as windows & doors are open for air flow)


"Come, NOW is the time to worship"

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                                                  GOOD NEWS!

                          Louisa and Zara Seal are now at home and re-united with proud daddy Tom.
                          Praying for all three of you. xxx


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PRAYER MEETING

WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP GROUP have a Prayer Meeting on Zoom 

on Wednesday October 14th at 7.30 pm.

If you’d like to join us let  Maureen Jeavons know and she’ll send you the link

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                                                    Margaret Bissell sends this poem…..

 

IS ANYONE HAPPIER BECAUSE YOU PASSED THIS WAY?

 

Does anyone remember that

you spoke to him today?

Were you selfish (pure and simple)

as you rushed along your way?

Or is someone mighty grateful

for a deed you did today?

Can you say tonight in parting

with the day that is slipping past,

that you helped a single brother

in the many that you passed?

Is a single heart rejoicing

over what you did and said?

Does a man whose hopes were fading

now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day or lose it?

Was it well or poorly spent?

Did you leave a trail of kindness

or a scar of discontent?

As  you close your eyes in slumber,

do you think that God would say

“You have earned one more tomorrow

for the work you did today”?

 
 

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 “Which is more important,”  asked Big Panda,“the journey or the destination ?”

 

“The company,” said Tiny Dragon


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BOTTLE TOPS We’re reluctantly suspending the collection of plastic tops at the moment. 

We have had one collection but “Go Green” are struggling to process their collections because of the social distancing measures they’ve had to take. If anyone has a large quantity stashed away they would collect that.        

Please let Roger Adams know. And PLEASE don’t leave them at church. (
We had three bags left hanging on the gates last week. )  

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alpha

The first session of the Alpha Course is now available on our Website at https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk/thealphacourse.htm to watch.  

If you have any questions in regards to the theology of the course you can contact me via email at methodistchurchresource@gmail.com   and I will be happy to help.  

Or if you feel that the Alpha course is something that you would like to run via Zoom, 

or in groups in the future, I will be happy to help there too.

 

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REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

H.O.P.E. We’d love to make an act of witness for this year’s Remembrance Sunday.
All parades have been cancelled because of the pandemic.
We’d love to decorate our Easter cross with poppies so if you want to start making poppies now
that would be good. 



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A WORD OF WARNING

 

Christmas is coming and Royal Mail and the Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam.

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 09066611911 ( ie a premium rate number) 

If you call the number and start to hear a recorded message you have already been billed £315 for the -phone call .If you do receive a card with those details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.

For more information, see the Crime Stoppers website www. crimestoppers-uk.org/crime-prevention/helping-to-prevent-crimestoppers/postal-delivery-scam.

Please be aware the premium rate number may change but nevertheless please do not call any of the numbers stated on the card from PDS 

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                 go to the "JUST FOR FUN PAGE"  for the answers to last week's quiz and a NEW QUIZ

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Stay Joyful

       Keep the Faith

              Do the little things

 

God bless  you all        smile please

Maureen x       


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HASBURY NEWS:    OCTOBER 4th


 To Brenda and Mike Webb                                                               50th anniversary

on your Golden Wedding Anniversary October 3rd

                                 May God bless you as you celebrate 50 years together

 

 Congratulations to Louisa and Tom Seal                                                            a baby girl

                                on the birth of your daughter Zara Anne, born on Sept 30th weighing 8lb.
                                                      What lovely news

To     Pauline Apperley who will be 90 on October 19th.             90th birthday

         Pauline is in  Wychbury Residential Home  350-352 Hagley Road,

         Pedmore, Stourbridge DY9 OQY



please note: the arrangements for Pam Cummings funeral on Friday are at the bottom of this weeks news.

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HARVEST TIME


DON'T FORGET: this is the weekend for our Harvest Thanksgiving

this is a picture of the gifts received at just ONE of our collecting points!

harvest 2020

Your gifts will be blessed during today's service

donations for the Black Country Foodbank are on-going and can be taken to :

Eileen & Roger Adams  

Dilys and Stephen Ward 

Maisie Newman 

Wendy Tether 

John & Maureen Jeavons 

 If you’d like letters to take to your neighbours to invite them to contribute, I can let you have those too.

Please let me know if you’d be happy to do any of this. 

PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT take your donations to church.

Every blessing to the THANKFUL people of Hasbury church family,

Eileen 


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MORNING WORSHIP 
SUNDAY OCT 4TH 10.30 am

come to worship 

Worship will be led by Rev. Peter Brown

Maureen Stanley is lead steward and Beth Rolinson is on tech duty

Worshippers will be welcomed from 10.15 a.m. to allow time for stewards to prepare.

Please ensure you wear a face covering and observe the guidelines.

"Come, NOW is the time to worship"

and let's remember that this is all about GOD

all about JESUS

nothing else matters....

Worship (When t


 I'm coming back to the heart of worship
and it's all about You, all about You, Jesus.

I'm sorry, Lord, for the thing I've made it
when it's all about You, all about You, Jesus

 

These words from Matt Redman’s song speaks to us as we return to worship this Sunday. 

Ok so we can’t sing and we can’t have long conversations with people we haven’t seen for ages over a cup of coffee but is that really what it’s all about?

We can come into God’s House and be in His presence alongside other likeminded people to worship with prayer and attention to scripture and to Be Still before our Lord and Saviour.

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When the music fades

All is stripped away

And I simply come

Longing just to bring

Something that's of worth

That will bless Your heart


I'll bring You more than a song, for a song in itself

Is not what You have required

You search much deeper within through the way things appear

You're looking into my heart


Chorus:

I'm coming back to the heart of worship

And it's all about You, all about You, Jesus

I'm sorry, Lord, for the thing I've made it

When it's all about You, all about You, Jesus


 King of endless worth

No one could express how much You deserve

Though I'm weak and poor

                                  All I have is Yours, ev'ry single breath                                         

            (
Matt Redman )                       

Psalm 84

 How lovely is your dwelling- place Lord Almighty!

My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out to the living God

 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.

 Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in You.

Psalm 150

 Praise the Lord, Praise Him In His sanctuary                              

                 Praise Him for His acts of power, praise him for His surpassing greatness.   

           

 See you on Sunday God Willing!   Joy Jones   

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MESSY CHURCH LOGO

                    

                                                   
                                                         
Today explores the theme of THANKSGIVING

                                                  Go to our circuit web page for the link. 

                               Blackheath and Halesowen Methodist Circuit  https://www.facebook.com/BHMC.U.K or the
                              B&H Family Hub https://www.facebook.com/BH-Family-Hub-112438643791937/ or on our                                                              Website 
https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk/familyworkerpage.htm

                                                                EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

                       


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ALPHA ON-LINE

 

 We would like to invite you to join us with an online Alpha. 

This will be an opportunity for you to take part in Alpha in your own space and time, 

and with whoever you choose to watch the course with at home 

(the videos will be available to watch in your own time once uploaded). 


The course will start from Friday 9th October and will run for 11 Weeks overall. 

There is one Weekend consisting of four sessions on the Holy Spirit, 

and the dates are the Weekend of the 21st and 22nd November. 

You can watch the videos, and access any resources from our Website 

at https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk/thealphacourse.htm 

If you have any questions along the way you can email them to methodistchurchresource@gmail.com  

 

                                    

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                                                                   FRIDAY OCT 9TH 1.00 p.m.  

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                           Funeral of Pam Cummings At Rowley Regis Crematorium.                                     

The funeral cortege will leave the house at 12.20 p.m.

If you wish stand somewhere along the path the cortege will take, here is the route:

From Portsdown Road turning right and then left into Bassnage Road

It will then turn into High Farm Road and continue to Hasbury Methodist Church

If you wish to stand on the grass in silent prayer outside the church please observe social distancing. 

Please stand on the grass so that the horseshoe driveway is left clear.

Leaving the church it will turn left into Wall Well and then left into Huntingtree Road

At the bottom of Huntingtree Road it will turn left onto Stourbridge Road
and then right into Belle Vale,
and then continue to Rowley Regis Crematorium

 

The service will be available live on-line on the day and afterwards from Friday 14th for a further 28 days. 

The link and password will be notified when received from the funeral director.

The Order of Service is on the website "Memory Page" if you should wish to follow it either live
or at a later date.


 Any donations which you may wish to make, in aid of The Mary Stevens Hospice, 

should be sent to the funeral director Marcus Adams, 21 Birley Grove, West Midlands, Halesowen, B63 1EP

We hold Alan and all of the family in our prayers

 

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                                  HASBURY NEWS , 
SEPTEMBER 26th  


  RED ROSE

 

 PAM CUMMINGS 

On behalf of our family I would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone for their cards, messages, prayers and kind thoughts in so many ways.  We have been overwhelmed by the amount of love shown at Pam's passing. She was much loved by all. 

Pam's funeral will be held at Rowley Regis Crematorium on

Friday 9th October at 1.00 p.m. 

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, numbers attending will be very limited and is, basically, family only.  The service will be available live on-line on the day and afterwards from Friday 14th for a further 28 days. The link and password will be notified when received from the funeral director.

The funeral cortege will leave from 7 Portsdown Road at 12.20 and pass Hasbury Methodist Church on the way to the Crematorium.  I understand that some people may wish to gather on the grass in front of the church. If so, please remember to observe social distancing.

The Order of Service will be attached to the weekly Church notices when finalised if you should wish to follow it either live or at a later date.

 Any donations which you may wish to make, in aid of The Mary Stevens Hospice, should be sent to the funeral director Marcus Adams, 21 Birley Grove, West Midlands, Halesowen, B63 1EP

 

Alan

 

If you wish stand somewhere along the path the cortege will take, here is the route:

From Portsdown Road turning right and then left into Bassnage Road

It will then turn into High Farm Road and continue to Hasbury Methodist Church

Leaving the church it will turn left into Wall Well and then left into Huntingtree Road

At the bottom of Huntingtree Road it will turn left onto Stourbridge Road and then right into Belle Vale, and then continue to Rowley Regis Crematorium

 

We hold Alan and all of the family in our prayers 


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 WE ALSO PRAY FOR...

Bill Austin is recovering from an operation. We pray for Bill and Marie and hope you will soon feel more comfortable Bill, and have a speedy recovery.

We continue to pray for Rebecca W. and family

And we  hold in prayer each of our church family who have difficulties just now, knowing that as we pray for them, God hears our prayers and holds each one in His loving care.

 

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action for children


Please contact John Smith or Brenda Webb
if you have an Action for Children (League of Light) home collecting box and would like it emptying.

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HASBURY METHODIST CHURCH   -  READY WHEN YOU ARE

 

 

Do you wonder what it will look like? - Well, here it is -

 

 

 OPENING THE CHURCH                             OPENING THE CHURCH 2

 Our service on Oct 4th will be led by Rev. Peter Brown and will start at 10.30 a.m.

Worshippers will be welcomed to arrive from 10.15 a.m. to allow time for stewards to prepare.

 

See OPENING THE CHURCH PAGE  for details

 

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messy church logog MESSY CHURCH HARVEST WEEKEND   OCT 4TH           harvest time

                                   

 Donations for Messy Church Harvest weekend (for the Black FountryFood Bank )

 may be taken to the following collection points:

Eileen & Roger Adams  

Dilys and Stephen Ward 

Maisie Newman 

Wendy Tether 

John & Maureen Jeavons 

 If you’d like letters to take to your neighbours to invite them to contribute, I can let you have those too.

Please let me know if you’d be happy to do any of this. 

PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT take your donations to church.

Every blessing to the THANKFUL people of Hasbury church family,

Eileen

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 shoe box

 

TEAMS4U SHOEBOX APPEAL

 

Despite all the uncertainty brought about by the pandemic, poverty, injustice and suffering continues in many parts of our world. Teams4U remain committed to getting help to communities that are in desperate need,

in particular children and their families that have been devastated by coronavirus

As in previous years we can play our part by supporting the annual Shoebox Appeal

You surely know the routine by now, but you can check out the most up to date information via the website - https://teams4u.com/

We already have plenty of leaflets, posters and shoeboxes ready to be filled and can get them to anyone who is interested

Please contact John Smith 

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THE ANSA-ADDO FAMILY

 

Many of us remember Rev. Dr. Sam Ansa-Addo who was Minister at United Church, Halesowen some years ago. We (the Jeavons family) have a special memory as he baptised our grandson Ben while we were worshipping at Lutley  School Community Centre during the big building project at Hasbury Methodist. Sam sadly died shortly after leaving the district. Jan Lear is in contact with his wife Mercy and sends us the following news of his family.....

 

Good News, Good News, do you remember Rev Dr Sam Ansa-Addo of the United Church, Halesowen? 
Those that do will rejoice in knowing about his son Ephraim who is working at the University of South Carolina as Assistant Professor Research Program Translational Therapeutics.  He is continuing his work on a cure for cancer.  Ephraim has had many papers published on his research and has accomplished new knowledge in this area of work.  If you would like to help in this work too, you can give any donation to the link below.  God Bless you Ephraim in your work.  How proud Mercy is of his hard work and determination to combat this disease.

https://www.pelotonia.org/ephrainmandaaddo

 

Victoria is now the mother of three children for those who remember Victoria will know of her wonderful singing voice. 

 

I have to let you know about Rev Dr Stephen Ansa-Addo who was ordained on 4th September 2020 into the Congregational Church, Reading.  Stephen and his wife will be delivering God’s word to the people of Reading.  I ask that you pray for Stephen and his wife as he takes up the challenge as minister.

 

Lucy is living at home with Mercy and working for the local Council.  She too has a beautiful voice and recorded a record.  Also, Lucy has written a book which is shortly to be published.

 

You may be thinking about Sam’s wife Mercy, still working in her local churchy using her cooking skills, her knowledge of plants and herbs to help those where conventional medicine appears not to have helped.  Mercy will pray with anyone, even using the phone if necessary. 

 

What an amazing family – Sam would be so proud of them all.

Jan Lear


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Last weeks quiz answers:

 1Who’s house at Corinth & Ephesus became the scene of a typical early house church? Aquila & Priscilla   (Acts 18:2, 19)

2.  Who was the brother of Mary and Martha? Lazarus  (John 11)

3.  Who climbed a tree to see Jesus?  Zacchaeus   ( Luke 19)

4.  Who made garments for the poor in Joppa?   Tabitha/Dorcas   (Acts 9)

5.  Who replaced John Mark as Paul’s travelling companion?   Timothy    (Acts 16)

6.  Which of Jesus’ brothers became a leader of the church in Jerusalem and is the author of a N. T. epistle?

                                                                                                                                                James

7.  Who was the young man who fell asleep during one of Paul’s sermons and fell out of a window? What     happened next? Eutychus died but was restored to life by Paul who then resumed his sermon   (Acts 20:9)

8.  Can you name someone to whom Jesus appeared on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection?

                                                                                                                                    Cleopas (Luke 24)

9.  Who was the mother of John the Baptist?   Elizabeth  (Luke 1)

10.Which governor of Judea presided over Paul’s trial in Caesarea?  Felix  (Acts 23)

 

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SONGS OF FELLOWSHIP – the following lines are in Songs of Fellowship – can you name the first line of them:

1. Nations are slipping in hopeless despair                     6. Father we love to sing your praise

2. Take my moments and my days                        7. Love indestructible in frailty appears

3. Resplendent power, eternal word, our rock     8. Different faces, different races, He made us one

4. In surrender I must give my every part              9. My soul is purchased with His blood

5. Mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness  10.He’ll wipe each tear-stained eye

 

 

 smiley sunflower

 

God bless you all

 

                                       Maureen x                                                    


                                                       
Stay joyful

                                                                       

                                                               Keep the Faith

 

                                                                                                  Do the little things                                                        



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                                                      September 19th  

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We send our love and prayers to Alan and the family from the church family in Christ.  

Pam will be so sadly missed by us all. 

We will always remember Pam as a true Christian lady,  always cheerful and always showing a great generosity of spirit, and facing her illness so bravely.  

Another light has gone out from us to lead the way. 

Rest in peace Pam and Rise in Glory.

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Tom Hadley has had a telephone appointment with the consultant at the QE Hospital following his scans, and the good news is that things have been caught early and he can have keyhole surgery as part of the treatment. Hopefully this will lead to a successful outcome. Thank you to everyone for your prayers and concern.

 

Prayers are asked for Rebecca who is recovering from a serious operation.
Please pray for Rebecca and her family.

 

We pray also for young people beginning their university studies in very strange circumstances

And we lift the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic to God and pray for all who have to make difficult decisions to contain it, and for all who are suffering with illness and uncertainty.

 

Veronica sends us this reminder: 

Prayer is a state of mind, where an amazing exchange happens!

                                      We hand over our worries to God and He hands over His blessings to us.


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CHURCH RE-OPENING

Hasbury Methodist is to re-open  for worship on Oct 4 th.

Paramount for this to happen is to have a team of volunteers, working on a rota basis,
to give directional instructions and to carry out other safety requirements on the day
e.g. making sure people write contact details in a register, directing people to seats,
and towards one way systems etc.

 It is necessary to have a team of 6 people on duty for each service  to ensure government guidelines are complied with and everyone is kept safe.

 Church Council have put out a request for volunteers, asking people to contact our senior steward Maureen Stanley if you are willing to help (volunteers under the age of 70 would be  good for obvious reasons !!) Obviously the more volunteers we get the less often we will be on duty.

At present we have 12 volunteers – mostly in the older (more vulnerable) age group. Please consider whether you are willing to help to enable the church to open weekly

 

Contact  Maureen Stanley 

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..............more information concerning the  re-opening Hasbury Methodist Church

 

Many aspects of our lives and ways of doing things changed following the arrival of the new coronavirus, Covid-19 in early 2020.  Particularly hard for some has been not being able to go to church and worship in ways we had become accustomed to. 

Following a request from Church Council, the church stewards and resources group have prayerfully been planning to re-open Hasbury Methodist Church on Sunday 4 October 2020 with a short (30-40 minutes) act of ‘worship’ led by Rev Peter Brown starting at 10.30am.

 If all goes well and we are still allowed to meet, the church intend to continue with ‘led worship’ each Sunday

 We have to comply with both government and local regulations & guidelines as well as follow advice issued by the Methodist Church nationally and at district & circuit level.  It will come as no surprise that keeping abreast of all this ‘advice’, which is constantly being updated or amended, is quite a challenge.

 A comprehensive risk assessment and checks of the building prior to re-opening have been undertaken.  These will of course have to be kept under review to ensure that Hasbury Methodist Church remains a safe and Covid free environment.

 The final phase in preparations to re-open will be a thorough deep clean and sterilisation, which is scheduled for Thursday 1st October.  After which the building will hopefully be certified as being ‘Covid-19 Secure’.  Without it, the church will not open.

 Once the church has re-opened, it is essential that everyone visiting the building play their part in keeping Hasbury Methodist Church a safe and Covid free environment; as well as ensuring that everyone else who visits remains safe too. 

Most importantly, we must stop the spread of Covid-19.

 An outline of what to expect and guidelines on what we can and cannot do has been prepared and will be circulated.  The reasoning for most of the measures will be self-evident however some may appear less obvious.  If you are unsure, please ask, we will be happy to explain the rationale.

 These are unforeseen and unprecedented circumstances; we may not get it exactly right, and things may not go smoothly first or even second time, but we will keep trying.  Therefore, the information provided, and requirements may need amending or be updated to reflect our experiences plus any more recent advice and guidance.

 

Maureen Stanley (Church Steward)

David Raxster (Property Steward)

John Smith (Resources Group)



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MESSY CHURCH HARVEST 

 

 HARVEST 2020 is going to be a bit different this year. It will happen -  but NOT at church!
 Messy Church will, on the first Sunday of October (4th) be learning how important it is to say “thank you”     and we’ll be encouraging those families to support our
Black Country Foodbank collection.
 So, we also invite our wider church family to do the same. 

 

HARVEST TIME

 

Gifts for the Harvest weekend can be taken to:

Eileen & Roger Adams  

Dilys and Stephen Ward 

Maisie Newman 

Wendy Tether 

John & Maureen Jeavons 


If anyone else would care to volunteer to be a collection point over this one weekend
             I will happily pick up from them.
         If you’d like letters to take to your neighbours to invite them to contribute, I can let you have those too.

Please let me know if you’d be happy to do any of this. 

PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT take your donations to church.

Every blessing to the THANKFUL people of Hasbury church family,

Eileen  (and the Messy Church team) 

                                       
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FOR SALE

tea set          beatrix potter


The above items which belonged to Barbara Bissell are for sale (proceeds for church funds)

The china tea service (6 cups, saucers and tea plates) design “Harvest” by Noritake is on offer for £10 or nearest offer

Beatrix Potter figures by Beswick – Hunco Munco sweeping, Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddleduck

are £10 each or nearest offer

All items are in excellent condition.

Contact Chris Hadley if you would like to make an offer.

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                                                 JUST FOR FUN


Last weeks quiz answers: -

1. Who was the father of Absalom?  David

2. Which prophet was a shepherd from Tekoa in Judah?  Amon

3. Who did Ruth marry after the deathof her 1st husband?  Boaz

4. Who was the prophet who succeeded Elijah?  Elisha

5. Who was the Jewish exile who was chosen by King Xerxes of Persia as his queen?  Esther

6. Who was the son of Hannah who was dedicated to the service of God with the priest Eli?  Samuel

7. Who led the Israelites across the Jordan after the death of Moses and renewed the covenant with God at Shechem?  Joshua

8. Who was the sister of moses and Aaron?  Miriam

9. Who was Abraham’s first wife?  Sarah

10.Whose death in battle was engineered by David so that David could have his wife?  Uriah

 

WHO’S WHO IN THE NEW TESTAMENT:

 

1.  Who’s house at Corinth became the scene of a typical early house church?

2.  Who was the brother of Mary and Martha?

3.  Who climbed a tree to see Jesus?

4.  Who made garments for the poor in Joppa?

5.  Who replaced John Mark as Paul’s travelling companion?

6.  Which of Jesus’ brothers became a leader of the church in Jerusalem and is the author of a N. T. epistle?

7.  Who was the young man who fell asleep during one of Paul’s sermons and fell out of a window? What     happened next?

8.  Can you name someone to whom Jesus appeared on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection?

9.  Who was the mother of John the Baptist?

10.Which governor of Judea presided over Paul’s trial in Caesarea?

 


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                                               September 12th  
 

CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

Pam Cummings is in Mary Stevens Hospice. She has settled in and is peaceful and comfortable

Ken Tivey is still having problems with his leg. Following a fall his leg is not healing as it should.

Eileen Scanlon twisted her knee and this is still painful. She also has phlebitis in the same leg which is taking some

time to clear up. However it does now seem to be clearing, thankfully.

Terry Green is very much better thanks to lots of TLC from Jill and family. He is talking and walking much more

confidently and still has his sense of humour. Many thanks for all the prayers and caring phone calls. Their daughter

Elizabeth and husband James are hopefully buying a house in Shatterford near Kidderminster which is lovely news

too as she will then only be half an hours drive away from her parents.

We hold you all in our prayers, and all of our church family who need prayer. We pray that you will know the present

of Jesus with you.


Since this was circulated earlier today we've heard the news that Pam Cummings died peacefully  at 12.20 today with Alan at her side. 

A beautiful day for a beautiful life to end. 

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the whole family .


 

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CHURCH RE-OPENING

 Church Council has now met and come to a decision to re-open the church for worship on Oct 4 th. Paramount for this to happen is to have a team of volunteers, working on a rota basis, to give directional instructions and to carry out other safety requirements on the day e.g. making sure people write contact details in a register, directing people to seats, and towards one way systems etc.

Church Council have put out a request for volunteers, asking people to contact our senior steward Maureen Stanley if you are willing to help (volunteers under the age of 70 would be good for obvious reasons !!) Obviously the more volunteers we get the less often we will be on duty.

Contact  Maureen Stanley

Heartfelt thanks to all who have looked after the church and gardens to keep them safe for when we re-open and  to all who have waded through all the government guidelines.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has posted the text below on social media following the Government announcement regarding social interactions:

"After contact with the Government we hear that there is no change to guidance on places of

worship. Worship is the work of God – not a social gathering – and gives the strength to love and

serve. The increase in COVID cases is very concerning. We must follow the guidance and take all

the necessary measures to keep people safe. And let’s keep praying for everyone who is affected –

those who are ill, or whose families are ill, those who are anxious, or struggling with cancelled

plans and isolation. We give grateful thanks to God for the NHS and all those who work tirelessly to

keep us safe."

The Archbishop of Canterbury"

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 CIRCUIT SERVICE

Our Service for Sunday 13th September 2020 is now available. The video and is on our

Website: https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk/reflections.htm and on our Facebook page

at https://www.facebook.com/BHMC.U.K

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PRAYER MEETING

 WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP GROUP have a Prayer Meeting on Zoom on Wednesday September 16th at 7.30 pm.

 If you’d like to join us let  Maureen Jeavons know  and she’ll send you the link

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As lockdown eases further for many of us, we are praying that God will open up fresh opportunities to make Jesus

known. Set aside time on Sunday 20th September for Prayer 2020 – praying for 20 minutes (or more) around 20:20 (8.20pm). Pray for friends, family members and colleagues. Pray for your church and your community. Pray for local, national and international leaders, that they will make wise decisions at this time. And pray that God’s love will overcome the fear that has taken root in many people’s hearts in this year.

Roy Crowne HOPE Together's Executive

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HELPING HANDS. Message Eileen Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we

can help with. If you need help with shopping orders, prescription collections, or anything else – maybe just a friendly voice, message :-


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More News.............

Check other pages on this website for more news and prayers

Also circuit website https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk Circuit services are under Reflections

If you have any news to share, items for the Web site, people you’d like us to pray for or anything else please contact

MaureenJeavons or Eileen Adams

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HALESOWEN IN BLOOM

We have heard from Halesowen in bloom. A message for those of you who have been making knitted or material chains to be put round Halesowen to symbolise that as a community we have got through it. None of us expected this to carry on as long as it has. The committee have thought it best if we keep the chains till next year. In that way they can be put up at beginning of the summer and keep much nicer than being out now and through the winter.
If you haven't knitted any then you have time.

Pattern is size 9 pins cast on 30 sts then garter stitch 8 or 9 rows cast off and join as you would paper chains. Any colours and oddments of wool as long as its DK

For your information the poppies are coming down to be washed and refreshed then they will be sewn onto a piece of net drape at war memorial area for remembrance. You will also be pleased to know the troughs in Halesowen are being filled for winter.

God bless to you all in our churches together in Halesowen. Could you please make sure your congregations have this information.

Love Susan Cresswell

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CANCELLATION

Please note that the Breast Cancer Coffee Morning which was planned for October 10th at Short Cross has been cancelled.

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JUST FOR A SMILE:

For all those who have been anxious this week as schools and colleges have been re-opening:

The telephone rings in the headmaster's study..........

Headmaster:  Good morning – how can I help you?

Parent:              I understand that if I’m worried about my son I can still keep him at home and he can do his lessons                                             from here

Headmaster:  Well, yes, that’s strictly true but we are trying to get everyone back in school as soon as possible.

Parent:               I do know that but I’m very concerned that he’ll get Covid and I really do want to keep him at home

Headmaster:   Well, if you’re sure that’s in his best interests...

Parent:                Yes I’m very worried about him.

Headmaster:    Very well. Can you please give me your son’s name?

 Parent:               Yes, it’s Richard West and he teaches Year 6 !

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God bless you all Maureen x

 

                          Stay Joyful

                                                 Keep the Faith

                                                                                    Do the Little Things


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                                            HASBURY NEWS
                                              September 5th 


Pam Cummings will be going into Mary Stevens Hospice on Monday (Sep 7th ).     

Pam sends her thanks to you all for your prayers and your caring.  

Pam we hold you in love and we wrap you in prayer always.

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We continue to hold in prayer all those in our church family who have a need just now.                                       
God hears our 
prayers and we pray that you feel His presence holding you.

                                                                                “STILLNESS”


                                                                                Prayer is so simple

It is like quietly opening a door

And slipping into the very presence of God

 

There in the stillness

To listen for his voice

Perhaps to petition

Or only to listen

It matters not:

Just to be there,

In his Presence,

Is prayer!”


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CIRCUIT SERVICE

Our Circuit Service for Sunday 6th September 2020 is now available. The video and a written service is on

our Website: https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk/reflections.htm and on our Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/BHMC.U.K  

MESSY CHURCH  

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You can find September Messy Church available on U Tube

https://youtu.be/0vHXKTv-wgI

Also on our circuit website

https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk/familyworkerpage.htm

or on one of our Facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/BHMC.U.K 

or https://www.facebook.com/BH-Family-Hub-112438643791937/  

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Message Eileen Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with.

If you need help with shopping orders, prescription collections, or anything else – maybe just a friendly voice 


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BOTTLE TOPS

There will be a collection for bottle tops, old specs and ink cartridges next Thursday - Sept 10th!
Please let Eileen or 
Roger  have them by Wednesday evening at the latest. 

If for any reason they should be out socialising (!) please leave them under the porch.
Go Green aren't yet sure if they'll have the personnel to continue 
the collections but do keep collecting for the time being. Thank you so much for your patience and support.

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New Climate Sunday resources available

Ahead of Creation Time, Climate Sunday has added a number of resources to its website to help churches plan a Climate Sunday service.

Climate Sunday, an initiative begun by Operation Noah and now supported by more than a dozen organisations, launches on 6 September 2020. Churches are encouraged to hold a service at any time during the 12 months following that date. During their local Climate Sunday, we invite each church to do one or more of three things:

• Climate service: Hold a climate-focused service, to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action.

Commit: Make a commitment as a local church community to taking long-term action to reduce its own greenhouse         gas emissions.

Call: Join with other churches and wider society by adding its name to a common call for the UK Government to take much bolder action on climate change in this country in advance of the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow in 2021, and to strengthen its credibility to lead the international community to adopt a step change in action at COP26.

Climate Sunday is being organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland with support from Operation Noah and other charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund and A Rocha UK.

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                                                                            from THE BIBLE

St Paul writes to the Ephesians: I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, the Father may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.

I pray that you may have the power 
to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus

                                                   ........and a PRAYER of THANKSGIVING (from the Prayer Handbook)

God of unimaginable love, we give you thanks and praise.                                                                                                     
For the love that
welcomes the unlovely,                                                                                                                                 
for the
love that pardons the unworthy,                                                                                                                                     
for the love that knows no limit, we give you thanks and 
praise.

As your love in us serves our neighbour,                                                                                                                                 
as your love tells its story through us,                                     

as your love calls us your people,
we give you thanks and praise. AMEN 

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God bless you all ,     Maureen x                                        

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Stay joyful.....................Keep the faith.........................Do the little things

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P.S. 

Check other pages on this website website for more news (and let Eileen know if anything needs to be up-dated) 

Also circuit website https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk Circuit services are under Reflections

If you have any news to share, items for the newsletter , people you’d like us to pray for or anything else

please contact MaureenJeavons or Eileen Adams


See the "from our ministerial team" page for the latest pastoral letter            which welcomes in the Methodist new year.

                            

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                              HASBURY NEWS AUGUST 29th


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Ben Jeavons will be 21 on September 1st. Congratulations on  your special birthday Ben

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Pam Cummings is now at home. Pam we hold you in our prayers  praying hands

Ken Tivey had a fall in the garden a few weeks ago, following which his leg wound is not healing as it should and is very painful. Ken we hold you in our prayers.

Ollie South has had his scan result and is clear – wonderful news.

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FROM VERONICA:-

Look at your palms, you will see some natural lines, can you erase them? Not at all.
So be assured that nothing can erase God's plan for you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
God's love is genuine, His promise is sure, He will always give you reasons to rejoice and celebrate.
He does not discriminate, His mercy is unceasing, He will give you pleasant surprise and outstanding victories.
Enjoy the Peace and Favour of God today and always. Shalom

 

OPEN DOOR

 Many of you miss our afternoons at Open Door. Unfortunately re-commencing our Tuesday afternoon meetings won’t be possible until the new year. We really miss meeting up with you and look forward to the time when we can meet face to face again.

Meetings with large groups of people  aren’t possible just now, and even restarting small groups will not be easy. It would be good to know if anyone is willing to help out when eventually we can begin in a small way, with any duties eg welcoming, sanitising etc

Perhaps you could let us know if you think you could help in some way.


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HELPING HANDS.      

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Message Eileen  Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with.      

If you need help with shopping orders, prescription collections, or anything else –

 maybe just a friendly voice, message :-

 

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More News………….


Check
     circuit website https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk  Circuit services are under Reflections

If you have any news to share,  items for the Web site, people you’d like us to pray for or anything else please contact

MaureenJeavons
  or Eileen Adams:       

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FOR SALE   (from Chris Hadley)

 

I would like to be able to sell some items from Auntie Barbara's house to raise money for Church funds. 

 

She had a beautiful Royal Worcester (Evesham design) dinner service comprising of 4 dinner plates, 4 tea places, 4 cups and saucers, 2 cereal bowls, 1 soup bowl and a quiche/flan dish  £30.00 

 

There are also three Beatrix Potter small figurines made by Beswick  - Jemima Puddleduck,Tom Kitten,  Hunco Munco Sweeping  £10 each or all three for £25.00 

 

Lastly there is a lovely china tea service, consisting of 6 cups and saucers and 6 tea places.  It is a design called Harvest by Noritake   £10.00 

 

All items are in excellent condition. 

If you are interested in any of the above, please give me a call 

Thank you 

Christine Hadley 

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For the times when you feel downhearted, here are some

wonderful encouraging words of scripture from the apostle Paul,

who experienced times of great pain, anguish and persecution.

 

Romans 8:31, 35. 37 – 39

 

If God is for us, who can be against us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 

 Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness 

or danger or sword?

In all things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus out Lord.




For the times when you feel downhearted, here are some

wonderful encouraging words of scripture from the apostle Paul,

who experienced times of great pain, anguish and persecution.



 

As ever,  

   God bless you all, Stay joyful, keep the faith, do the little things

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PAULINE APPERLEY sends her thanks for all the good wishes and prayers as she settles into Wychbury Care Home. Pauline we continue to hold you in our prayers.

We hold in our prayers all those of our church family who are now living in care homes.
We pray for their 
comfort and peace and new friendships with those around them.

We pray also for those who care for them and thank God for their dedication and care.

 

VERONICA sends us this message from Lagos:

    Today and every day, the Lord will strengthen your mind, body, spirit and soul in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

     Where you are weary may you be refreshed. Where you are worn out, may you be renewed.

     Where you are fearful, may you receive courage to face all odds.

    May you walk today in complete confidence, knowing that the Almighty God is with you.

    I wish you pleasant mornings, and peaceful days. Shalom!

    Thank you Veronica for your wonderful prayer. We hold you in our prayers until your return.
   
     May God 
bless you with His   peace and keep you safe.

JEAN DUNN – Jean’s Son in Law Harry Page has sent a reflection on Jean’s life, including her wartime protected occupation, which you can read on the Memory page of this website.


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CHURCH FINANCIAL REPORT

 

Overall, considering the effect of the COVID shutdown, like the Director of the Bank of England, I can say that the situation ‘is not as bad as it might have been’. But we must reserve further judgement depending on what happens in the future.

 

Main points are:

Our three main sources of variable income are Offerings -both weekly and by Standing Orders, donations and lettings income.

While the lettings income has been nil since April, the overall difference in the amount forecast last September and the total anticipated to the end of the current financial year (31 st August) for these 3 areas is, in fact, a reduction of only £800. This income does however include a large donation from the estate of the late Ruth Forbes which is obviously a non-recurring item.

One other large item of income is our Gift Aid tax refund (£9,791) but this claim was based on income during the year 6/4/2019 to 5/4/2020 so the Covid effect on this has been virtually negligible.

 While thanking all who have made identifiable donations since March – a total of £4,600 – I feel that I must mention that we have received some donations which have been paid in directly at TSB. If the donors wish to remain anonymous that is quite understandable. However, if you made a payment on either 3 rd July or 17 th

July and are willing to let me know – and if you are a taxpayer- then Hasbury will be able to reclaim an additional 25% of these donations through Gift Aid.

 With the virtual certainty of this situation continuing into the next Church Financial year we cannot afford to be complacent and will need to be very aware that we may be in a much different financial position by thistime next year.

 Further information regarding our overall expenditure - which currently exceeds our annual income, and details of the progress regarding the refurbishment project – roofing and flooring- will be given out over the coming weeks. Watch this space.

 Alan Cummings

 

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 Big thank you Alan for your careful stewardship

Don’t forget if you register for Easyfundraising you can raise money when you shop online without spending any extra money. Check under www.easyfundraising.org.uk to find out more. Currently 14 people are registered for donations to Hasbury Methodist. Money for old rope!!

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Contact  Eileen  Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with.     

 If you need help with shopping orders, prescription collections,or anything else – maybe just a friendly voice, :-

 

helping hands

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Last week's quiz answers

1. Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharoah listen to me? Moses (Ex 6: 30)

2. I do not know how to speak; I am only a child Jeremiah (Jer 1: 6)

3. Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve……… But as for me and my household, we

will serve the Lord. Joshua (Josh 24: 15)

4. Tell me the secret of your great strength Delilah (Judges 16: 6)

5. You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God Simon Peter (Matt 17: 16)

6. How can a man be born again when he is old? Nicodemus (John 3: 4)

7. Do you understand what you are reading? Philip (Acts 8: 30)

8. Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give to you Peter (Acts 3:6)

9. The rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will

be revealed. Isaiah (Is. 40: 4-5)

10. Why wasn’t this perfume sold and given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.

Judas Iscariot(Luke 12: 5)

Forgotten the stories – look them up. They’re amazing !!

 

Can you fill in the blanks to get the first lines of these hymns? First 5 are childrens hymns

1. J_ _ _ _ /F_ _ _ _ _/ O_/ L_ _ _ _ _ / C _ _ _ _ _ _ _

2. T_ _ _/ L_ _ _ _ _/ L_ _ _ _ / O_/ M_ _ _

3. A_ _/ T_ _ _ _ _/ B_ _ _ _ _/ A_ _/ B_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

4. G_ _ _ _ _/ J _ _ _ _/ M_ _ _/ A _ _/ M_ _ _

5. T_ _ _/ M_/ T_ _/ S_ _ _ _ _ _/ O_/ J_ _ _ _

6. I/ H_ _ _ _/ T_ _/ V_ _ _ _/ O_/ J_ _ _ _/ S _ _

7. T_ _ _ _/ I_/ A/ G_ _ _ _/ H_ _ _/ F_ _/ A_ _ _

8. G_ _ _ _ _ _ _/ T_ _ _ _ _/ O_/ T_ _ _/ A_ _/ S_ _ _ _ _

9. J_ _ _/ A_/ I/ A_ / W_ _ _ _ _ _/ O_ _/ P_ _ _

10. M_ _ _ _ _ _/ H_ _/ B_ _ _ _ _/ L_ _ _/T_ _/F_ _ _ _/ M_ _ _ _ _ _

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 As ever,  

   God bless you all, Stay joyful, keep the faith, do the little things

Maureen sunshine smile


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HASBURY NEWS AUGUST 1st


Please continue to pray for all those within our church family who are finding life difficult just now.




praying hands

If you have any news of special birthdays / celebrations please let me know.


If you want help with specific prayers,take a look at our Prayer page.



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Bereavement Support  see below for full details

                    

WHEN WILL CHURCH RE-OPEN                                  

Hasbury Church Council met last week via Zoom to discuss the possibility of reopening the church. A checklist for reopening, a very detailed risk assessment and also a survey of members’ opinions were looked at. After a lot of discussion, it was felt that the onus of responsibility on stewards and those who greet members would be too great; and that the risk to preachers and those attending who are over 70 and/or vulnerable would be too high. It was therefore agreed that the church would remain closed to worship and all other groups. The council will reconsider this at the beginning of September. Our sister churches in Blackheath have also come to this decision.

(Brenda Yau – Secretary to Church Council)                                                         THANK YOU WINDOW

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HOLIDAY CLUB  ON LINE has been very successful. Big THANK YOU to all those involved in organising it this year.         

holiday kids

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HELPING HANDS

Contact  Eileen  Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with.     
If you need help with shopping orders, prescription collections,or anything else –
maybe just a friendly voice, message :Eileen Adams or Sarah Shaw

         helping hands


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HOPE IN THIS CHANGING WORLD   Hymn from Singing the Faith

 

The world we thought we knew is changing fast,

and longingly we cling to what is past –

that settled life which made no great demand

Our foretaste of the hoped for promised land.


But as for you, dynamic, Pilgrim God,

you do not linger on the path well trod,

but ever lead your pilgrim people on

to risk an unknown future with your Son.


The challenge of diversity and change

will take us well beyond our former range.

Exposing us to things we do not know,

demanding all the love that we can show.


You take the stuff of chaos, fear and dread,

and make a path where we can safely tread; 

and if we fear the wildness of the wave,

we know your outstretched hand is there to save.


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DO YOU KNOW WHO SAID………………………. ?

 

1.      Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?

2.      I  do not know how to speak; I am only a child

3.      Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve……… But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

4.      Tell me the secret of your great strength

5.      You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God

6.      How can a man be born again when he is old?

7.      Do you understand what you are reading?

8.      Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give to you

9.      The rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.  And the glory of the Lord will be revealed.

10.  Why wasn’t this perfume sold and given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.

 

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               As ever,  

   God bless you all, Stay joyful, keep the faith, do the little things

Maureen 


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free to a good home (if you can collect)


piano keys

We've had a very kind offer from a lady named Kay who lives in Halesowen.
She has an upright piano which she would love to give away.
So, if you'd like to chance to learn something new during this lockdown,
send me a message via the "contact Us" page and I'll let her know.

Eileen 


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28.07.2020

LATEST NEWS ABOUT RE-OPENING OF THE CHURCH PREMISES...

Hasbury Church Council met last week via Zoom to discuss the possibility of reopening the church.
A checklist for reopening, a very detailed risk assessment and also a survey of members’ opinions were looked at.
After a lot of discussion, it was felt that the onus of responsibility on stewards and those who greet members would be too great;
and that the risk to preachers and those attending who are over 70 and/or vulnerable would be too high.
It was therefore agreed that the church would remain closed to worship and all other groups.

The council will reconsider this at the beginning of September.
Our sister churches in Blackheath have also come to this decision.

(Brenda Yau – Secretary to Church Council) 

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 hot off the press from Mary Stevens Hospice...

We are pleased to announce reopening of the Bereavement Hub at St Thomas’s Church, Market St, Stourbridge on
Wednesday 26th August and monthly thereafter.

Due to current guidelines around social distancing we are able to welcome 8 people on to the premises at this time.

We will pop another reminder on here closer to the time, but in the meantime if you do have and questions please do not hesitate to contact Marie Faux or Sarah Doyle at Mary Stevens Hospice on 01384 443010


 


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                                           SUNDAY 26th JULY  


These are confusing times and we wonder about the future. The first disciples too were confused and wondering about what would happen. They found their way, and we will too.

Thomas said “We do not know where You are going  how can we know the way?”                                                                     Jesus said “I am the way. the truth and the life”                 FINGERPOST


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FUNERAL SERVICE

Jean Dunn.
As well as attending worship regularly, Jean attended Open Door, Luncheon Club (Hasbury Christian Fellowship). U3A, Extend exercise (at Zion), and was happy to help with social fundraising. Jean’s funeral was held on July 21st and the order of service is on our Memory Page


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ROB’S RUN            walking figure

The final (?) amount donated for The Mary Stevens Hospice following Robert’s run in June is
£4,029.58 (EXCLUDING Gift Aid).                                                                                                
The ‘odd’ pence results from currency exchange rates following at least one donation from overseas.        
Our family are once again humbled by the loving messages, support and generosity of friends near and far.

 Thank you and God Bless you all

John Smith.

                                                                        Well Done Rob – Superb Effort

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WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP GROUP …..

 

Is having a Skype Bible study on July 29th at 7.00pm.  If you’d like to join us please let Maureen Jeavons or John Smith –  know and we’ll send you the study material.

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Calling all kids 4-11years  Holiday Club on Line !

                                                    holiday kids Hasbur

y

  

Holiday Club at Home goes out at 10am every morning Mon 27th July till Friday 31st 

via our circuit website www.bhmethodist.org.uk and circuit facebook  page                                              

Theme: Holiday Club @home - 'Jesus the...'                                                                                      

Please encourage all children,  grandchildren and anyone you know to join the fun on line                                              And please pray hard for the success of this venture.


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    Online Alpha Course

                    alpha course                          

We are currently investigating the Alpha Course material online and would like your feedback.
 Alpha has two courses for consideration.
One is the Adult Alpha Course, and the other is the Alpha Youth Course.
Please could you watch both Alpha trailers and feedback which one looks interesting to you.               
Check the circuit web site for the trailers and more information.                                                             
You can email your thoughts at this link:
Alpha-course-online-email-2020  (by August 1st please)


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hope logo


H.O.P.E  is developing new resources to help us to develop our personal mission as lockdown continues.  They suggest 5 ways to make new connections:  PRAYER, SPEAK, GIVE, INVITE and MAKE A NEW FRIEND.
New resources available soon.  But we can start now by praying and reaching out to our neighbours, our family, our friends.



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Dear Friends ……………………………………..a message from Joy Jones

Many of our congregation are very carrying heavy burdens at the moment for a variety of reasons and it is important for us to remember that as Christians we have a great source of comfort and strength in our Lord Jesus Christ. But sometimes when life gets hard and we don’t know how to carry on it can be very hard to pray!  We don’t always have the mental capacity, the time, or the words, or even know what we should be praying for! That’s why the following words of St Paul can be of such great comfort:

 “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for but the Spirit himself intercedes  for us through (our) wordless groans. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes  for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of all those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.”   Romans ch8 v 26-28

 The modern translation of those verses from The Message  goes like this

Meanwhile the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray it doesn’t matter. He does our praying for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows far better than we know ourselves….and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail of our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

 What a promise!! So, my friends, when life is hard and we can’t pray, never fear, our groans and sighs reach our loving heavenly Father and He knows what we need  and hears our unspoken prayers.  

Trust Him is all.

Every Blessing,  Joy Jones 


and.......


sunrise on snowdon

My hope returns when I remember this one thing.
The Lord’s unfailing love still continues,  

fresh as the morning sure as the sunrise.
The Lord is all I have so I will put my trust in Him.’
   

 Lamentations 3 v. 21-24

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(Maybe you have a photograph which beautifully illustrates a verse from the Bible. Can you send it to me for the newsletter.
It may be a favourite place, or a view from your window – just send it along with the Bible verse and I’ll put it in the newsletter. If you’re not on line and have a photograph I can collect it (Maureen)


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MARY STEVENS REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

 If you missed the Remembrance Service on Thursday it’s still accessible via Facebook or You tube on the hospice “Beacon of Hope” page. this blessing was used to close the service...


May they rest in peace.

May those closest to them

be given comfort and strength.

May we who are left not

grow weary in doing good.


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to make you             sunshine smile


during Covid!




  • HAPPY HOUR! is starting earlier and earlier. if this keeps up we'll be pouring wine on our cereals!

  • QUARANTINE has turned us all into dogs. We roam around the house looking for food.
            We're told "no" if we get too           close to strangers, and we get REALLY excited about car rides!

  • MESSAGE for 2019 "Stay away from negative people!"  MESSAGE for 2020 "Stay away from positive people!"

  • Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands?

  • I never thought the comment "I wouldn't touch him/ her with a six foot barge pole" would become
           NATIONAL      POLICY,  but here we are!

    smile






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    helping hands

    HELPING HANDS.


     Message Eileen  Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with.      

    If you need help with shopping orders, prescription collections,or anything else –

     maybe just a friendly voice, message :-

     Eileen Adams            Sarah Shaw

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    More News………….

    Check the church website for more news  https://www.hasburymethodist.org.uk

    Look under “Just for Fun” for a smile                             

     Also circuit website https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk  Circuit services are under Reflections

    If you have any news to share,  items for the Web site, people you’d like us to pray for or anything else please contact MaureenJeavons  or Eileen Adams 


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    As ever,  

    God bless you all, Stay joyful, keep the faith, do the little things

    thmbs up

                                               

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    SUNDAY  JULY  19th 


    We continue to pray for all those who need our prayers just now.  

    Please pray for the family of Jean Dunn as they say their farewells on Tuesday 21st. Jean’s wish was for donations in lieu of flowers to be given to Guide Dogs for the Blind. Donations may be sent to B. Ince, Funeral Directors, Bank House, Bewdley, DY12 2DX.(or Mary Welsby, and John Smith are  happy to take any donations along with them to the funeral)  


                   

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    This week has  seen the arrival of the new Methodist magazine "Connexion" In it was a Litany for us to use. (SEE SUGGESTION BELOW)
    It was so inspiring that we've created a separate page on this website for "Pandemic Prayers".
    Do have a look and use them often. And.. if you have any others you'd like us to include please do let us know.



    MONDAY 20TH JULY

    Please take 20 minutes at 20.00 p.m. to pray. Here is a prayer from the Methodist website which you may like to use to begin your prayer time.  

    PRAYER 2020


    How can we sing  the Lord’s song in a new land?

     

    We thought we knew how the world was meant to be.

    Day followed night, every week had a Sunday

    And that was the day for church.

    How can we sing the Lord’s song in a new land?

     

    We thought we knew how the world was meant to be.

    We made our plans, held our meetings,

    Kept the roof on the church and the show on the road.

    How can we sing the Lord’s song in a new land?

     

    We thought we knew how the world was meant to be.

    We would see colleagues, friends and loved ones again.

    We would embrace, laugh and share stories as we always have.

    How can we sing the Lord’s song in a new land?

     

    And now, we know something new.

    We know that the world is not ours to control,

    And that our plans are confounded by the smallest microbe.

    God is teaching us a new song, for a new land.

     

    And now we know something new.

    We know that church is not committees, agendas and buildings,

    It is us, in homes, in streets, hospitals throughout the world.

    God is teaching us a new song, for a new land.

     

    And now we know something new.

    We have only today with those we love, today is the day to say “I love you”,

    to mend an argument, to hold on tight.                                                                                                                                      God is teaching us a new song, for a new land.

     ALSO THIS WEEK

    WEDNESDAY 22nd JULY


    MARY STEVENS  HOSPICE REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

     Each summer the Hospice holds a service of remembrance for folk who have been bereaved.
     It’s usually a “quiet space” when people can take time to remember their loved ones.
    This year, because of Covid, the format has changed but hopefully will be accessible to a lot more people so here are the details: 

      (from the hospice Chaplain) our ‘Time to Remember’ video, which goes live via Facebook next Wednesday evening, 22nd July, at 7.00pm. It will also be available on our dedicated YouTube channel ‘Beacon of Hope’.

     

    The programme includes poems, music, quiet reflection and conversations with people whose loved ones were cared for by the hospice. We also hear from Sarah Doyle about bereavement support and Claire Towns explains what the CQC report meant to us.

     

    If you’d like a ‘taste’ of the video then click here to see a one-minute trailer: https://youtu.be/fAI_aIWNvrM The sound quality of the full video is better than the trailer, which may be a bit quiet when you play it. 



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                                                  COMING SOON....  

                                                   
                                                                Holiday Club at Home  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Calling all kids 4-11years  Holiday Club on Line ! 


                                                                               HOLIDAY KIDS          


           

                                                   goes out at 10am every morning Mon 27th July till Friday 31st  

                         via our circuit website www.bhmethodist.org.uk and circuit facebook                      page.https://www.facebook.com/107246030906637/videos/2740664689536143

     

    Theme: Holiday Club @home - 'Jesus the...'

     Please encourage all children,  grandchildren and anyone you know to join the fun on line

    And please pray hard for the success of this venture. 


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    JULY GARDENS

    As you can see the gardens at Hasbury are looking beautiful.
    A BIG THANK YOU to Madge and Roger for all their hard work and care.

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    Online Alpha Course

                                                  

    We are currently investigating the Alpha Course material online and would like your feedback.
    Alpha has two courses for consideration. One is the Adult Alpha Course, 
    and the other is the Alpha Youth Course. Please could you watch both Alpha trailers and feedback which one looks interesting to you.              
    Check the circuit web site for the trailers and more information.

    You can email your thoughts at this link: Alpha-course-online-email-2020  (by August 1st please)

    alpha


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    Information from  Methodist Church magazine “The Connexion”

    While heritage sites remain closed, you can still explore Methodist history with online virtual tours,
    including Epworth Old Rectory in Lincolnshire, the New Room Bristol and the Museum of Methodism in London.

    John & Charles Wesley grew up at Epworth Old Rectory - visit the house for a glimpse into their family life.

    https://epwortholdrectory.org.uk/epworth-old-rectory-old/visit/virtual-tour

     Travelling south-west to Bristol, virtually enter the oldest Methodist building in the world, the New Room, with its museum illustrating the social issues that faced the Wesleys as Methodism took root

    www.newroombristol.org.uk/museum/explore-the-museum/

     In London tour Wesley’s Chapel, built by John;  view his house where he lived and died: and learn more of Methodism in the museum

    www.wesleysheritage.org.uk/your-visit/virtual-tour/

     Children and young people (aged 4-18 are invited to write, draw, paint, or get creatively busy with their camera to enter the fantastic Get Creative! Competition. Responding to the theme of “What is God saying?” whether to entrants, or the Church, or to the world, submissions can be in the form of a poem or spoken word piece, a picture of a photograph or photo collage.

    There are 10 activities for children or young people to explore for listening to God and then for inspiring their creativity.

    Full details of how to enter are on the website:  www.methodist.org.uk/Getcreative

    Entries by July 31st


    As ever,  God bless you all, Stay joyful,    keep the faith , do the little things

                                               

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                                               SUNDAY 12th JULY   

    Jean Dunn passed peacefully away on Tuesday 7th July at age 96. Jean had been moved into Astley Hall Nursing Home due to her failing health. She was there for only a short time before she passed away. Jean had a keen mind and independent spirit. Well into her 90’s, she continued to join the Extend exercise group at Zion for as long as she was able. Rest in peace Jean, you are sadly missed.

    Jean’s funeral will be at Wyre Forest Crematorium on Tues. July 21st at 12.30 pm.
    Due to current restrictions attendance is by invitation only.
    Jean’s wish was for donations in lieu of flowers to be given to  Guide Dogs for the Blind .
    Donations may be sent to B. Ince, Funeral Directors, Bank House, Bewdley, DY12 2DX.
    or Mary Welsby and John Smith are  happy to take any donations along with them to the funeral)                      

     We hold Jean’s family in our prayers and we continue to pray for all those who need our prayers

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                                                    Online Alpha Course


    We are currently investigating the Alpha Course material online and would like your feedback.

     Alpha has two courses for consideration. 

    One is the Adult Alpha Course, and the other is the Alpha Youth Course. 

    Please could you watch both Alpha trailers and feedback which one looks interesting to you. 

    Check the circuit web site for the trailers and more information.


    alpha

    You can email your thoughts at this link: Alpha-course-online-email-2020

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    PRAYER IS POWERFUL 

    If you would like prayers for someone, please let us know.

    PRAYING HANDS

    Names can be added to the Hasbury News, 

    or if you would prefer not to have them named here, 

    there is a prayer group within the circuit who will pray for your concerns privately. 

    Hasbury people you can contact are :

    Maureen Jeavons, Dave Raxster, Dilys Ward, Eileen Scanlon, Cathy Grimmitt. 

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    HELPING HANDS.        

    Message Eileen  Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with.       

    If you need help with shopping orders, prescription collections,or anything else –maybe just a friendly voice.

            helping hands

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    More News………….

    Check the church website for more news  https://www.hasburymethodist.org.uk

    Look under “Just for Fun” for a smile                             

    Also circuit website https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk  Circuit services are under Reflections

    f you have any news to share,  items for the Web site, people you’d like us to pray for or anything else  

    please contact MaureenJeavons  or Eileen Adams  


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                                                SUNDAY 5th JULY                            


                                      HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR NHS

                     Celebrations from some of our "Messy church" family.


              we love the nhsyates nhs party


                                                SATURDAY 4th JULY




    CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

    Jean Dunn has moved into a nursing home – Astley Hall Nursing Home, Church Lane, Stourport DY3 ORW.
    We pray for Jean that she will be comfortable and settle in there and we continue to hold in prayer all of our church family who are now in residential homes, Pauline Apperley, Mary Jones, Janice Ledbury, and Kathleen Cruchley.

    We continue to hold in prayer all those of our church family who have special need for prayer at this time: 
    Terry & Jill – Terry is making slow progress -  and Roy & Margaret  Parton - Roy also has great difficulty with mobility.

    ROBERT’S RUN

    A very sincere thank you to everyone who supported and encouraged Robert Smith on his running one mile every hour for 24 hours.
    Over 150 people have together sponsored (donated) over £3,500 which is going to Mary Stevens Hospice.
    We will let you know the final amount raised when all the donations are in.
    Thank you again from Robert and all of the family.

    LOCKDOWN AT HASBURY 

    Although some of the ‘lockdown’ restrictions are being eased and the government has recently announced that places of worship can re-open for ‘led worship’, the processes and arrangements for doing so are quite complex.
    How and when Hasbury could re-open is being explored; in the meantime, other than for essential maintenance, our church building must remain closed.
    For the safety of everyone please do not go into the building.

    If there is something you need from inside the building, please contact
    David Raxster 
    or John Smith                                                                                                                                                                          

    HELPING HANDS.       Message Eileen  Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with.    
     If you need help with shopping orders, prescription collections,or anything else – maybe just a friendly voice


                                                                      -
    helping hands

     


    THANKYOUTOGETHER – SUNDAY 5 JULY AT 5PM  (tomorrow!!!!)

    On Sunday 5 July, the day the NHS was founded, the whole country is invited to come together at 5pm to applaud all those who have been helping us through the pandemic and recognise the vital community connections that continue to support us all.

    We are invited to place a candle in the window on Saturday evening (4th July) to remember all those who have died as a result of the coronavirus.


    MESSY CHURCH THIS WEEK! 

    Go take a look at what our Messy Church families (and some of the " older" members) have done for  our church to say "thank you" to all who care for us!. Take a look at this month's Messy Church on-line and enjoy!

    THANK YOU WINDOW

    https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FSkx6XSzqVT0%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2PGWu6HAz_eEROowwBxEeS1y4JDDZYtqHgSSuhKw0gnxgT0TI5VJRYICc&h=AT3SbY_sXGLTu-a8ayPAkv6a4_hpg8bn2QqykY8eFP3u5tWqQGWbaNxzUpcYCXeH4yfzAkmrjyAK88wOWiKYyTYkP9U2l4rGMTQdGDo8tKcIvOIahg6rBMAQM5_TRItu7yM

     

    FROM EILEEN AND THE HOPE TEAM

    From Eileen and the H.O.P.E. team

    We’ve spoken this week to the Emily Jordan Trust (the organisation which has our bottle tops, ink cartridges and specs for re-cycling). They are open again but not able to have any of their young people on the premises just yet. So they’re asking us to hold on to our bottle tops for another 4 or 5 weeks at least. What they are still doing (and it’s where they started many moons ago) is repairing bikes and making them roadworthy so that families can go out together. So (and I hope I won’t live to regret this!) if you have an unwanted, unloved or unused bicycle that you could donate, please let me know.

     And… because we are clearing the Foyer at church I’ve removed all the “twiddlemuffs.” Should you know anyone who would benefit from having one please ask me. They’re particularly useful for people with dementia who sometimes develop a habit of fiddling with their hair, their clothes and sometimes medical equipment. We happily donate them to people in need. (And please keep empty cotton reels, broken jewellery, ribbon, large buttons or anything else we can sew on for folk to “twiddle”)

    Black country Foodbank collection points are still open  at the homes of Maisie, Wendy, Stephen &  Dilys , Roger and Eileen. The response has been wonderful. The need is only likely to increase in the coming months ans more and more people face job losses. Please do support whenever you are able. Should you want to invite friends and neighbours to join in I can let you have leaflets and posters.

    From Joy Jones…….             THE LEPROSY MISSION

    I received a quarterly magazine from The Leprosy Mission (TLM) earlier this week and was interested to read the article about Used Stamps. The following is an extract….

     

    “In 2019  £43,683 was raised for The Leprosy Mission from the sale of donated stamps and collectables!  In fact over the past 30 years more than £1 million has been raised to help people affected by leprosy. (Leprosy has been entirely curable since the early 1980s but the social stigma is still strong and there are still millions of people living with untreated leprosy)

    It takes seconds to rescue a used stamp from a letter destined for the recycling bin. But, by doing so, healthcare and opportunities can be given to those who need them the very most. We would be so grateful if you would collect any of the following items –

    Stamps of all descriptions, UK and overseas: Postcards: Coins & bank notes - any country: Cigarette cards.

    When you have enough for a small parcel please send to The Leprosy Mission,

     Goldhay Way, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, PE2 5GZ.”

     

    We have been collecting stamps and postcards at Hasbury MC for several years now so It’s good to know that our efforts are so valuable to TLM……. So please keep collecting folks!

    Incidentally if you want a good read while we’re still in partial lockdown I can recommend ….  ‘The Island’ by Victoria Hislop’  It’s a lovely story of hope amidst the scourge of Leprosy and is based on true events from the  Island of Spinalonga off the coast of Crete. The island became a leper colony in 1904 and the last leper left the island in 1957.                                                                                               


    More News………….

    Check the church website for more news  https://www.hasburymethodist.org.uk

    Look under “Just for Fun” for a smile                             

     Also circuit website https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk  Circuit services are under Reflections

     If you have any news to share,  items for the Web site, people you’d like us to pray for or anything else please contact MaureenJeavons  or Eileen Adams 

    Stay joyful     keep the faith    do the little things

                            God bless you all

                                                      Maureen x thumbs up


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                                               SATURDAY 27th JUNE 


    CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

    We continue to pray for Terry and Jill, for Jean (who will have her plaster removed on Tuesday)  and for all others in our church family who are struggling at this time.

    Tom's tumours on both his pancreas and kidney have both been found early and are quite small. He has been referred to the QE for both areas for appropriate treatment to be decided. We pray that his treatment will begin as soon as possible, and we continue to hold Tom and his family in our prayers.

    Pam Cummings has been hospitalised  for a new stent to be fitted. She is back home, feeling a lot better, and able to eat more (relatively) We hold Pam and Alan in prayer and pray that she will continue to feel more comfortable.

    Veronica is still in Lagos, Nigeria and she has sent us this reminder of God’s promises

                              god's promises


    FOODBANK NEWS from Eileen Adams

    FOODBANK  is going strong! Wendy and Maisie collected so much they had to take it to Brierley Hill, Eileen ( a late starter!) has had 6 carrier-bags full within the first 4 days AND an offer from the Spa Shop in Hagley to set up a collecting point there( because one of my neighbours asked them!) how good is that? I’ve been in touch with the foodbank again and have a number of posters that we can print off. Let me know if you’d like them and I’ll forward the email. And… if you’d like to give it a go, it’s not too late to join in. and here’s a “Most wanted” list if you want to take items to Dilys, Maisie or Wendy – or me!

    TOP TEN FOOD SHORTAGES · 1L CARTONS OF UHT MILK · 1L CARTONS OF FRUIT JUICE (FROM CONCENTRATE) · SMALL JARS OF COFFEE · TINNED FISH · TINNED MEAT (HAM/CORNED BEEF) · JARS OF COOKING SAUCE · TINNED FRUIT · DESSERTS – TINNED RICE PUDDING OR CUSTARD · JAM/MARMALADE · PACKETS OF BISCUITS

    THANK YOU so much for your support.

    CAN YOU HELP ?.................

    Message from Teresa  - Does anyone have a garage or storage available to rent for around 12months for my son to store furniture and boxes while he renovating his house. 

    Please contact Teresa Upcott on  if are able to help. 

     

    WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP GROUP              …..

    Is having a Skype meeting on Wednesday July 1st at 7.00 pm.
    If any of you would like to join us in this meeting please contact John Smith  or Maureen Jeavons. This will be an informal chat to keep in touch and to pray for any concerns you may have.                    

     CHURCH FINANCES

    Thank you to all who have made much needed donations to the church finances - a total of £ 2,650 has been donated to date.   

    (bank details for payments are attached to this email)

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    HELPING HANDS.       Message Eileen  Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with.      If you need help with shopping orders, prescription collections,or anything else –

     maybe just a friendly voice, message :-helping hands

     

     

    More News………….

    Check the church website for more news  https://www.hasburymethodist.org.uk                             

     Also circuit website https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk  Circuit services are under Reflections

    f you have any news to share,  items for the Web site, people you’d like us to pray for or anything else please contact MaureenJeavons 

    ………………………………..

    As lockdown gradually eases stay joyful, keep the faith, do the little things

    (but don’t rush off to the beach at Bournemouth!!!)

    God bless    Maureen sunshine smile


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                                              SATURDAY 20th JUNE  


     CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

    Terry Green continues to make slow progress with mobility and is awaiting appointments for further tests. 
    Elder son Richard has been supporting Jill this week and David is coming again next week.
    We continue to hold them all in our Love and Prayers.

    We continue to pray for all in our church family who need our prayers just now, especially for Tom and his family.
    We hold in our prayers all who are self isolating and shielding during the pandemic.
    We hold Pam and Alan and all of you who are waiting in isolation for this time to pass.
    As restrictions are slowly lifted we know it will be an anxious time for you.

    Barbara Tivey is struggling with her back and hip

    Please pray also for Michael whose mind is very troubled.

    Praying for others is a beautiful gift that is priceless.

    Praying for our families and friends is so important. 
    Sometimes they fight battles they never talk to you about. 
    Cover your friends in prayer

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    ROB SMITH’S SPONSORED RUN  in aid of Mary Stevens Hospice is happening today.walking figure

    If you’d like to sponsor him the Justgiving link is

    http://www.justgiving.com/Robert-Smith167?utm_id=124

    or contact Rob on mobile 07890370312 or John Smith 132 Mendip Road, B63 1JH

    (But please don’t hinder his schedule – he’ll be running a mile every hour on the hour for 24 hours with his last mile starting at 7am on Sunday morning.)   

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    WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP GROUP…………….    Is venturing on line !!!!

    We are currently working on it                    muddled  but knowing that faith can move mountains we are planning to have a “chat and pray” meeting                 on July 1st probably in the evening. If any of you would like to join in with us can you let us know either Maureen Jeavons or  John Smith 

    Don’t worry if you think you’ll get a bit muddled – join the club

     

    HELPING HANDS. Message Eileen  Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with.      If you need help with shopping orders, prescription collections,or anything else –

     maybe just a friendly voice, message Eileen adams or Sarah Shaw

     helping hands

     

     

     

    More News………….

    Check the church website for more news  https://www.hasburymethodist.org.uk                             

     Also circuit website https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk  Circuit services are under Reflections

     If you have any news to share,  items for the Web site, people you’d like us to pray for or anything else please contact

    MaureenJeavons 

    From Dave and Margaret Raxster  …….

    A glimpse of our lovely Hasbury for those of you who are homesick……………………


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    From Dave and Margaret Raxster  …….

    A glimpse of our lovely Hasbury for those of you who are homesick……………………..

     

    hmc1                             hmc3

     


                                                                     hmc3    


    Still lovingly cared for until we can all meet again face to face


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    turtle                                                     THE TURTLE


    “I waited patiently for the lord; He turned to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40: 1 – 5


    Every autumn, when the painted turtle senses the winter coming, she dives to the bottom of her pond,
    burying herself in the muck and mud.
    She pulls into her shell and goes still: her heart rate slows, almost stopping.
    Her body temperature drops, staying just above freezing.
    She stops breathing, and she waits.
    For six months, she stays buried, and her body releases calcium from her bones into her bloodstream, so that she slowly begins even to lose her shape.

    But when the pond thaws, she will float up and breathe again.
    Her bones will reform, and she will feel the warmth of the sun on her shell.


    As we wait for the coronavirus pandemic to recede, for deliverance from this ever-present danger and for a “new normal”  life to emerge, both the turtle and the psalmist we are here to remind us to trust in God:
    He hears, and He will deliver.
    A PRAYER… God, it’s sometimes hard to wait.
    But we trust in you and in your deliverance.
    Please give us patience, and allow your greatness and glory to be evident in our lives. Amen.


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    Love to all of you

    Stay joyful,   keep the faith,   do the little things

    Maureen x

                                                                   sunshine smile



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                                                      SATURDAY 13th JUNE   


    Please continue to pray for those in our church family who need our prayers.

    • Terry Green continues to make slow progress.
    • Jean Halston is finding life very difficult with a broken right wrist.
    • Fred Walker and Roy Parton live with very limited mobility.
    • Tom has been referred to a specialist at the Q.E. Hospital – we pray for him and his family.
      It’s so difficult when we can’t physically be with those of our family who need us just now. 
                                                                                   
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    Sunday 14th June is Methodist Homes Sunday – we pray for residents and staff of our Methodist Homes,
    and indeed for all care home residents and staff.
    We remember in our prayers those of our church family who are in care homes, Mary Jones, Pauline Apperley, Janice Ledbury, Kathleen Cruchley, Sheila Brookes, and pray that they will stay safe.

    May all of these people feel God’s care and strength and His healing touch in their lives.

     

    Those of you living alone are able to bubble with another family from this weekend (provided you are not in the very vulnerable category) – so happy bubbling all of you. We are bubbling with Mary Hackett. (let us know if your bubble is empty!)



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                                                               ROBERT SMITH’S SPONSORED RUN                                                                       

     

    I will start my run at 8am next Saturday (20th) and will run a mile every hour on the hour for 24 hours with my last mile starting at 7am on Sunday morning.

    I will be starting my runs from either my home address 4 Polden Close, B63 1JD or my dads 132 Mendip Road, B63 1JH.

    I am more than happy for people to join me on my run but we will need to observe social distancing rules. If those that want to join me can either contact me with their preference as to when they want to join me I can draw up a schedule.  Whilst I plan to run most of the miles I will be happy to walk a couple of them.

    With regards to sponsorship, thank you to everyone who has sponsored me, we have raised more than £1700 for Mary Stevens Hospice! If anyone else wants to sponsor me please find the JustGiving link below.

    http://www.justgiving.com/Robert-Smith167?utm_id=124

    If anyone has any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.                   walking figure

    Thank you for your support. ……….. Rob

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                    FOOD BANK

    GOOD NEWS! We now have two collecting points for the food bank. Dilys and Stephen Ward  and  a neighbour in Windsor Road (Maureen Jeavons can direct you to this one!)have set up collection points. If anyone else is ready to give it a go please let me know and be aware that the opening times at Life Central have changed . They are now open between 9.am and 1.pm Monday to Friday to receive food donations

    Cash donations to the Food Bank may be made to  www.justgiving.org.uk/blackcountryfoodbank

    Sending blessings to you all Eileen x

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                                                                   HELPING HANDS
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    Message Eileen  Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with. If you need help with shopping orders, prescription collections,or anything else – maybe just a friendly voice, message Eileen or Sarah

    helping hands

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                           prayer2020


    Next Saturday will be 20th June 2020. Prayer 20/20 is a call to pray for 20 minutes on the 20th day of each month in 2020    2020 logo

    2020 logo Pray for God’s Kingdom to come here on earth.
               Pray for all the ongoing problems of the world – coronavirus, racial tensions, financial struggles.
               Can you get it all into 20 mins??
               And give to God your struggles, your anxieties, your fears. 
               Give Him also your joys and your hopes and needs. Praise Him.                       
               And thank Him for just being alongside us in all our circumstances.

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    More News….

    Check the church website for more news  https://www.hasburymethodist.org.uk                             

     Also circuit website https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk  Circuit services are under Reflections

     

     If you have any news to share,  items for the Web site, people you’d like us to pray for or anything else please contact

      MaureenJeavons  or  Eileen Adams 


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    and NOW! some FUN stuff! 

    JILL AND JOY’S WALK           (a poetic true tale by Mo Stanley)

                                                                                                        

    walking figurewalking figure

    One day J and J went off for a walk,

    They needed some time to wander and talk,

    They left nearby streets and ventured a while 

    Along country lanes and over a stile

    They strolled near a golf course 

    And watched out for balls 

    They enjoyed every moment 

    And listened for calls 

    Until they began to think 

    Time to go home 

    But then were unsure 

    Of which way to roam 

    But as they stood pondering 

    A nice man appears 

    He saw their distress 

    So helped out the (old ) sweet dears 

    He rode on a scooter

    An official was he 

    But the sort of a chap 

    You’d invite round to tea

    He soon helped out 

    And advised them to care 

    When venturing by places 

                                   Where balls fly in the air !                              

    He lead them both safely 

    And spoke merrily

    So soon they were home 

    For a nice cup of tea


    By Mo Stanley ( in lock down)

     

     

    Last weeks quiz answers – Choruses

    1.    We have an anchor  (Will your anchor hold)

    2.    Onward Christian soldiers (Onward Christian soldiers

    3.    Al good gifts around us (We plough the fields and scatter)

    4.    Gracious God to Thee we raise (For the beauty of the earth)

    5.    Lift up your heart, lift up your voice (Rejoice the Lord is King)

    6.    Up from the grave He arose (Low in the grave He lay)

    7.    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord (To God be the glory)

    8.    I am coming Lord, coming now to Thee (I hear the welcome voice)

    9.    Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story (I will sing the wondrous story)

    10. This is my story, this is my song (Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine)

    11. I need Thee, O I need Thee (I need Thee every hour)

    12. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way (When we walk with the Lord, in the light of His word)

    13. O happy day, O happy day when Jesus washed my sins away (O happy day that fixed my choice)

    14. For His mercies aye endure (Let us with a gladsome mind praise the Lord for He is kind)

    15. Crown Him Lord of all (All hail the power of Jesus’ name)

     

    Here’s another one to try ………………………….

    NEW TESTAMENT WHO'S WHO  (in no particular order)

     1   Who did Luke address the Acts of the Apostles to?

     2   Who was the blind beggar healed by Jesus ?

     3   Who ordered the beheading of John The Baptist as a gift to a dancer?

     4   Who was the man sent to Straight Street help Paul after his Damascus road experience?

     5   Who hid in a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus?

     6   Who was the brother of Mary and Martha?

     7   Who was stoned to death for his faith watched by Saul?

     8   Who was a dealer in purple cloth  that  Paul met near Philippi?

     9   Who gave his tomb for Jesus body?

    10  Which of Paul's travelling companions had an argument with him in Antioch and left for Cyprus with                                                                                                                                                     Mark ?

    11  Who was John the Baptist's mother, and a cousin to Mary mother of Jesus?

    12  Who was the first person to encounter Jesus after his resurrection? 

    13  Who received a vision of Heaven on the island of Patmos?

    14  Who received a letter from Paul seeking pardon for a slave named Onesimus ?

    15  Who was the criminal released by Pilate at the feast of Pentecost at the demand of the crowd?

    16  Who sat in a carriage with an Ethiopian Official and explained the scriptures to him?

    17  Who was the tax collector called by Jesus to be His disciple?

    18  Who was chosen to replace Judas as one of the twelve disciples?

    19  Who was ordered by the Roman soldiers to carry Jesus' cross through the streets of Jerusalem?

    20  Who was the High Priest at of the Trial of Jesus? 

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    Hope you are enjoying the quizzes – Good luck

    Stay joyful, keep the faith, do the little things

    God Bless                                                                                          

    Maureen x

                                                                    



                       

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                                                SATURDAY 7th JUNE

    We continue to hold Terry and Jill Green, Roy and Margaret Parton, Jean Halston and Tom and family in our prayers. Please pray also for Marianne and for Luke.

    We also hold in our prayers John and all of Sylvia’s family and all those who are dealing with sadness and pain just now. We pray they will feel the touch of God’s Grace and Hope in their lives as they move forward.

     

    THY KINGDOM COME

    Words of encouragement  if you’ve been praying for friends / family during the days between Ascension and Pentecost

    He is patient .. not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:8)

    No matter how far away your loved one may be, God’s grace and mercy can still reach them,  so keep praying for them. Don’t give up.

    Maybe your prayer could be for someone to cross your loved one’s path who will point them in the right direction and journey with them. Above all, don’t get discouraged, don’t doubt.  Remember that it is GOD’S WILL to save them.  When we pray in accordance with God’s will we can approach Him with confidence.  Know for certain that He hears our prayers.

     

    MESSY CHURCH news from Eileen Adams

    Messy Church will be appearing on our Facebook page and circuit website – See link below.

     

    In July, we plan to cover the front of the church (windows) with art work to say Thank You to the people who care for us.  A book of Lockdown Heroes (which is a book of pictures for us to colour ) has been ordered. So all you artists in our church family (or those who are just plain bored!) please can you colour one for us. Contact Eileen if you are interested and we’ll arrange delivery of a picture (or pictures)

    More News….

    Check the church website for more news  https://www.hasburymethodist.org.uk                                    
    Under GOOD NEWS you can see a photo of Cathy Grimmitt’s beautiful  new granddaughter Susannah  
    Also circuit website https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk  Circuit services are under Reflections

    HELPING HANDS.                                                                                                                                    
    Message Eileen Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with  shopping l a prescription collected,       
    just a friendly voice or
    anything else please contact us.

     

    If you have any news to share,  items for the Web site, people you’d like us to pray for or anything else please contact

    Maureen Jeavons or Eileen Adams    

     

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    HALLELUJAH


    new floor 2


    new floor

     Please remember that Hasbury Methodist Church building is STILL  closed!

     There has been no change to the emergency legislation that require ALL PLACES OF WORSHIP to be closed; this may remain the case for the foreseeable future!

     Certain designated activities (not worship) are allowed, but none of these apply to Hasbury, or any of its church based groups or external users

    Now that work on the floor has been completed, the only permitted access into the building at Hasbury is for routine maintenance and safety / security checks, all of which are being undertaken by Dave Raxster or specific person(s) assisting him

    The Methodist Church has issued comprehensive advice which is regularly updated, particularly after government announcements or media interest / speculation.  These include various documents, produced to assist local Methodist churches look ahead to such time as restrictions are eased, in order to try and identify what steps may be required, prior to re-opening and produce risk assessments for all planned activities

    Part of this process, and to ensure compliance with guidelines (including ‘track & trace’) a register has been placed in the front lobby, to record everyone entering the building, times (however brief) and the purpose of their visit.  It is suggested that they are encouraged to bring their own pens

    Hand sanitisers will also be fixed in both the front and side lobbies.
    Further adaptions, notices and guidance will be provided when and where necessary

    Whilst it is great that the floor is finally done, the overriding priority must remain to stay alert and prevent    any further spread of the coronavirus, and save lives

    Many thanks to Dave Raxster who has practically moved in to Hasbury
    while the work has been ongoing and also to
    Margaret who has put up with his frequent absence from home



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     BUT………..

    GOOD NEWS……………..  John Smith had a visit from the Jam Fairy

    He has  some jars of Damson Jam and a few jars of Blackberry & Apple Jam

    Please contact John for click and collect or home delivery 

    Proceeds for Action for Childrenjam fairy


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    CHURCH FINANCES

    RAISE MONEY FOR HASBURY WHEN YOU SHOP ON-LINE

     Are you wondering about the church finances? Well, here’s an easy way to raise some money without pain.Many of us are buying some things on line at present and if you register with easyfundraising each time you shop  on line you can raise funds for a cause/charity of your choice

    Use this link to get you started

    https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/blog/how-does-easyfundraising-work-a-guide-for-shoppers/

     Donations from easyfundraising will normally be between 0.5% and 10% which is quite a small amount, but if quite a number of us do it, it will be a reasonable amount altogether, and it won’t cost you anything.

    Simply sign up, select your chosen cause/charity and then put in a search for the company you are shopping with.  Easy fundraising will then take you to that company and you carry on shopping as normal. Easy Peasy ! Money for Old Rope!! A small number of people are already doing this and currently the church gets an average amount of £20 - £25 per quarter – the more people who join in, the higher the amount will be.

     Alan Cummings (who is our church treasurer – just thought I’d put that in in case any of you don’t know!!) would like to say a big Thank You to those who have made much needed extra donations. They are greatly  appreciated. Alan is missing a name for one contributor – would you like to give him a call, just for his records and a thank you (not essential if you’d rather not).


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    ANSWERS TO LAST WEEKS QUIZ 

    1.      Ham, Shem, Japheth                                                    11. Moses

    2.      Samuel                                                                         12. Samson

    3.      Isaac and Ishmael                                                        13. Methuselah

    4.      Joseph                                                                         14. David

    5.      Esther                                                                          15.Joshua

    6.      Leah                                                                            16. Jonah

    7.      Ruth and Orpah                                                                       17. Goliath

    8.      Cain and Abel                                                              18. Naaman

    9.      Jacob and Esau                                                                        19. Hosea

    10.  Elijah                                                                           20. Rachel

     

     

     

     

    HERE’S ANOTHER QUIZ FOR YOU –    CHORUSES  All the hymns are in the 1933 version of  Methodist Hymn Book

    Work Out the first line of the choruses AND the hymn it belongs to: For example

    O/_o_ e/_e_/u_/a_o_e/_i_                 O, come let us adore him     (O come all ye faithful)

    1.     _e / _a _e / a_ / a_ _ _o_

    2.     O_ _a_ _ / _ _ _i_ _ ia _ / _o_ _ ie _ _

    3.     A_ _/_ oo _ /_i _ _ _ /a _ ou _ _ / u _

    4.     _ _ a _iou _ / _o _ / _ o  / _ _ ee / _e / _ ai _ e

    5.     _i_ _ / u _ / _ou _ / _ ea _ _ / _ i _ _ / u _ / _ ou _ / _ oi _ e

    6.     U _ / _ _ o _ / _ _ e / ­­_ _ a _ e /_ e / a _ o _ e  

    7.     _ _ ai _ e / _ _ e / _ o _ _ /_ _ ai _ e / _ _ e / _ o _ _

    8.     I / a _/ _ o _ i _ _ / _ o _ _ / _ o _ i _ _ / _ o _  / _ o / _ _ ee

    9.     _ e _ /I _ _ / _ i _ _ / _ _ e / _ o _ _ _ ou _ / _ _ o _ _

    10.                          _ _ i _ /i _ / _ _ /_ _ o _ _ / _ _ i _ /i _ /_ _ / _ o _ _

    11.                         I / _ ee _ /_ _ ee / O / I / _ ee   _ / _ _ ee

    12.                         _ _ u _ _ / a _ _ /  o _ e _ / _ o_ / _ _ e _ e _/_o / o _ _ e _ / _a _

    13.                         O  / _ a _ _ _ / _ a _ / O  / _ a _ _ _ /_ a _/ _ _ e _ / _ e _ u _ /

     _ a _ _ e _ / _ _ / _ i _ _ / a_ a _

    14.                         _ o _/ _ i _ / _ e _ _ ie _ / a _ e / e _ _ u _ e / e _ e _ / _ ai _ _ _ u _ /

     e _ e _ / _ u _ e

    15.                          _ _ o _ _ / _ i_ / _ o _ _ / o _ / a _ _                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

    Hope you are enjoying the quizzes – good brain exercise !!! Also a good reminder of some of the old hymns and the Old Testament stories.  Maybe re-read some of them – did you know that Methuselah was Noah’s Grandad?

    God bless you all

    Stay joyful, keep the faith, do the little things                  

    Maureen x

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     Jean Halston has had a fall in the garden and has broken her right wrist. As she is right handed this has made life difficult for her.

    Terry Green continues to make slow progress and awaits various tests at this difficult time of Lockdown. Liz and James will be with Jill for the next two weeks as David returns to Colwyn Bay.

    Roy Parton and Fred Walker are also making slow progress with mobility.

    We hold these members of our church family and their families, together with Tom and family in our prayers. Dealing with illness is particularly difficult in lockdown – we pray for all those in such circumstances and for all of you who are self isolating, and finding life particularly difficult just now. We lift you all into God’s care.

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    From John Smith…..

    SYLVIA

    Sylvia and myself always knew that we had many wonderful friends and enjoyed great fellowship not only through Hasbury Methodist Church but across a much wider Christian network.  How good it is to be part of a loving church family has definitely been made clear to us over recent months

     The prayers, messages and support, which started last October when Sylvia became unwell, and which continue after her death, were and remain a great blessing and comfort for all our family

     Sylvia’s commitment to serve God; thinking of and caring for others, remained as strong as ever until her passing.  Following her death, there have been many tributes and personal reflections, making reference to Sylvia’s strong faith.  It was undoubtedly this faith that enabled her not to fear dying


    Alongside the tributes there have been many donations for The Mary Stevens Hospice and Action for Children, all very generously given in memory of Sylvia.  The family have so far received £2,852 but we also aware that a number of people made their donations direct to these two worthy causes so the actual total will be excess of £3,000 

    However, it doesn’t end there!

    As many of you will be aware, our son Robert is a more than a little obsessed with running marathons, so much so that Sylvia regularly told him that his “knees will suffer when he gets older!

    Well, while restrictions in place because of the pandemic have curtailed organised marathons, Robert has found a ‘virtual event’ that allows runners to use tracking technology to log their participation over a 24 hour period where the aim is to run one mile every hour

    Starting at 8am Saturday 20 June, Robert will go out for a one mile run around Hayley Green and Hasbury, each and every hour ending at 8am on Sunday 21 June.  Indeed, he hopes that some people will join him on some of these jaunts, which can be made more sedate (i.e. hopefully more child and dad friendly)

    There will of course be a chance to sponsor Robert, who wants to do this to raise funds for The Mary Stevens Hospice.  He has also committed to another sponsored event to raise funds for Action for Children in the future (knees and age permitting)

    Thank you once again for all your love and care 

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    Raymond and Marjorie Gaul

    Brenda Yau has passed on this news of Raymond and Marjorie, who left Hasbury and moved to Scotland a few years ago to be closer to their son. Many will remember them. Especially as during the 2 years before they moved to Scotland they served us as a rather uniquely styled BOGOF church warden! They are well, with a few health issues. Marjorie tells me that they are blessed to be supported by their family, a very caring church and local community and, as Raymond was for many years in the RAF, by their local RAFA. Raymond and Marjorie would like to pass on their good wishes to everyone at Hasbury and also this poem which they found.

    HEAVEN’S GROCERY STORE

    Walking down Life’s highway, in the days of yore,

    I saw a sign that read, “Heaven’s grocery store”

    I got a little closer; the door was open wide,

    Suddenly I found myself, standing right inside,

    I saw a host of angels, they were everywhere,

    One handed me a basket, saying, “Go and shop with care,

    there’s everything a Christian needs inside this store,

    and, if you cannot carry it all, do come back, next day, for more”,

    First, I got some Patience, Love, too, was in that row,

    further down was Understanding, I need that, everywhere I go,

    I got a box of Wisdom, and a bag of Faith,

    I couldn’t miss the Holy Ghost, ‘‘twas all around the place.

    I got some Strength and Courage, to help me run life’s race,

    by now my basket’s getting full, but I need a little Grace,

    I must not forget Salvation; I see that it is free,

    I think I’ll take enough of it, to save both you and me.

    Then up to the counter, to pay my bill,

    for I thought that I had everything, to do my Master’s Will.

    Then I saw a little Prayer, (I had to put that in),

    for I knew that when I get outside, I’ll bump right into Sin,

    Peace and Joy are plentiful, stacked up on the shelf,

    Songs of Praise were hanging there, so I just helped myself,

    I said unto the Angel, “now – how much do I owe?”

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    HELPING HANDS.                                                                                                       
    Message Eileen Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with.
    Eileen has been a long-time on-line grocery shopper with Sainsbury’s so is managing to get a delivery most weeks.
    Others aren’t so fortunate. So, if you want her to, she’ll add YOUR shopping list to hers and will get it delivered to you. She has done that already for someone so it’s not a problem  but you WILL have to cook it yourself!
    Or maybe you need a prescription collected, or just a friendly voice contact us

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    If you have any news to share,  items for the Web site, people you’d like us to pray for or anything else please contact

    MaureenJeavons or Eileen Adams 


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    PARENT TALK   A PARENTING COURSE FOR THE EARLY YEARS

     Hello to all Parents.

    We wanted to run this course sometime back at Church. However due to the Covid19 this has not been possible. However, with permission from Care for the Family we are looking forward to running this course online for you via our Website starting on June 8th. The idea is that you will be able to watch the Video any time of the week when it suits you. You will be able to email any of the leaders with any comments or questions that you might have, and on the opening week you will also be able to access the parents notes that go along with this series.

    Although this will lack the personal face to face benefits of a group meeting it will enable us to reach out to more people. It also has the advantage of enabling both parents to take part when this might not have been convenient with a group meeting. So wherever possible we would encourage both parents to participate to get the maximum benefit from the course.

    We pray that what we learn through the series will help us all with parenting our little ones.

     Blessings Troy and Joy

    Please hold this venture in your prayers


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      WE WILL RETURN...

    Like so  many  people I've been praying and thinking lots about when we will all be able to return to church to worship, physically TOGETHER .  It is in the Lord's hands ....

    maggies covid painting

     

    We all know that in order for this to happen, masses of preparation needs to take place. There will be lots of i's to dot and t's to cross.   I am aware that behind the scenes Dave R and  the property team  and so many others are working very hard and tirelessly towards this time  to ensure that our fellowship  will return in safety and comfort.  You all know who you are, so a huge THANK YOU. to each one of you.  
    The time is not right yet, vigilance is still of the uttermost importance so that when the time comes we will return and get it right! 

    So let's raise it to the Lord in our prayers.

     

    Maggie 


    COMMENT: Maggie that is such an inspirational piece of work.
    Thank you so much for reminding us that we "will meet again."

    We’ll be hanging Maggie’s picture in church sometime in the future. 

    But this is a preview – a reminder that as we raise our hands in prayer, our future is secure in God’s hands.

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     Answers to last weeks quiz – First lines of hymns:

    1.    What a friend we have in Jesus                             9. The King of love my Shepherd is      

    2.    Rejoice the Lord is King                                         10. All hail the power of Jesus name

    3.    Christ whose glory fills the skies                          11. Breathe on me breath of God

    4.    O for a thousand tongues to sing                         12. Take my life and let it be

    5.      Fight the good fight with all your might               13. O love that wilt not let me go

    6.      Lead kindly light amid the (en)circling gloom     14. Christ the Lord is risen today

    7.      Hills of the North rejoice                                         15. Crown Him with many crowns

      .    Immortal invisible God only wise

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             Here’s another quiz for you to try from Joy Jones:- 
          WHO’S WHO IN THE BIBLE?                       
         OLD TESTAMENT CHARACTERS   -    IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

    1   Who were Noah’s three sons?                                                                                   

    2    Which child heard God calling him in the night?                                                   

     3   Who were Abraham’s two sons?                                                                          

    4    Who was sold into slavery by his brothers?                                                        

    5    Which Queen saved her people (The Jews) from extinction in exile?            

    6   Who was Jacob tricked into marrying?                                                                        

    7   Who were Naomi’s two Daughters in Law?                                                              

     8 Two brothers, one worked the soil, the other kept flocks?                                   

    9   Name Rebecca and Isaac’s twin sons?                                                                         

    10 Which prophet’s life was threatened by Queen Jezebel?                              

    11 What was the name of Miriam’s baby brother?                                                     

    12 Whose strength was diminished when his hair was cut?                                      

    13   Who is the oldest person mentioned in the Bible?                                                 

    14   Who wrote many of the psalms?                                                                             

    15   Who succeeded Moses as leader of the Israelites?                                                

    16   Who was swallowed by a large fish?                                                                        

    17   Which Philistine warrior was killed by a sling and stone?                                      

    1    1 8   Which Leper was told to wash in the river Jordan seven t
    19   Which prophet married an unfaithful wife?                                                            

    20 Who was Joseph’s mother?                                                                                         

    Answers next week

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    and, finally,


    From the Prayer Journal of Thy Kingdom Come

    Silence has always been a big part of spiritual practice, but many have never tried it!

    Solitude and silence can help us hear from God, because we can easily lose sensitivity to that still, small voice in all the noise and activity of our lives.  In silence, you realise how little you hear that voice at other times.

    Silence can be hard. Life is busy and finding a space and time for silence can be difficult.  You have a thousand thoughts, like “what’s for dinner?” but the beauty of silence is that it’s not God speaking rhrough someone else, such as in a sermon or a Christian book, but God speaking directly to you.

    For those of  you who are usually very busy – Lockdown has given us this gift.

    God bless you all

    Stay joyful, keep the faith, do the little things     






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                                              SATURDAY 23rd MAY


    EXCITING NEWS......from Cathy Grimmitt

    My beautiful little granddaughter arrived on 16th May just before midnight. She's called Susannah Mary and weighed 5lbs 8ozs. Mary is Jeff's mum's name and my middle name.

     Ros (Cathy's daughter) and Jeff are taking her home today. She had to stay in a little longer as she's small and the feeding needed to be settled.

     We're all just over the moon. God has blessed us with this wonderful new life. It's such a shame I won't get a cuddle for a while but at least there's technology.

    Love from Cathy xxx

     p.s. Eileen is so excited she's set up a GOOD NEWS PAGE on this website. 
    So, have a look for  a beautiful photo! (and yes, I have permission for the new mummy and daddy!)


    Fred Walker is out of hospital and back home. He is recovering slowly

     

    Terry Green is also back home and making slow but steady progress.

     

    We hold Fred, Terry  and Tom , and also their families in our prayers.
    And we pray for all in our church family who have had very difficult times during the past weeks.
    May God touch each of them with His love, hold them in His strength and fill them with His hope.

     

    ……………………………………

    AIR AMBULANCE

     

    Maisie has received further donations for the Air Ambulance, and the total raised is now £410.
    Big Thank You to all who have helped raise this amount.

    ………………………………….

     

    “The anthem 'The UK Blessing,' which features singers from 65 different UK churches, has been viewed over 2.7million times on YouTube since its release on Sunday 3 May.

    It’s a powerful blessing, and if you haven’t seen it yet, click this link.

     https://youtu.be/PUtll3mNj5U 

     

    Also beautiful to watch and listen to is The Blessing (Kids) Recorded in 5 days during 'lockdown' in May 2020, and featuring children from the UK, USA, NZ, AUS, SA and many other nations , 'The Blessing (Kids)' unites the voices of children to sing these powerful words of scripture over friends, family, cities and our world.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiWZXLsdE9w

     

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    HELPING HANDS.                                                                                                             

     Message Eileen Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with.

    Eileen has been a long-time on-line grocery shopper with Sainsbury’s so is managingto get a delivery most weeks. Others aren’t so fortunate. So, if you want her to, she’ll add YOUR shopping list to hers and will get it delivered to you. She has done that already for someone so it’s not a problem  but you WILL have to cook it yourself!
    Or maybe you need a prescription collected, a letter posted or just a friendly voice.


     

    HASBURY METHODIST WEBSITE

    Check the church website for more news  https://www.hasburymethodist.org.uk

    Also circuit website https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk

    And finally …I read that if you were to wear glasses which turned the entire world upside down , it’s a remarkable fact that your brain would adapt to this new viewpoint within as little as five days.  Everything would then appear right-side-up! But don’t try this at home – it caused one psychologist to go mad when later removed!

    I suspect that we all feel a bit like this at present – a bit topsy-turvey.

    The first disciples fell like it after Jesus’ crucifixion. But then came His resurrection and His ascension He was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it (Mark 16: 19-20)

    Stay joyful, keep the faith, do the little things

    God bless you all   

    Maureen  x                             


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    THIS is a busy week for prayer.......


    WEDNESDAY 20th MAY

    20/20 prayer

    TONIGHT pray for 20 minutes at 20.20 for the revival of god's church worldwide


    Thursday 21st May

    "Thy Kingdom come"

    is a global call to prayer between 

    Ascension Day on Thursday 21st May for nine days until Pentecost.

    Details to be found on the "prayer" page of this website

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    HASBURY NEWS MAY 16th

    FAMILY NEWS

    Following a fall at home, Fred Walker is in hospital .He’s had a CT scan and they are keeping him in for a few days. Please hold Fred in your prayers.

    Terry Green is back home recovering from his hernia operation. A care package is in place to help. It will help Jill if phone calls are limited. If you need to get in touch you can do so via Joy Jones 0121 550 6372. We hold Jill and Terry in our prayers.

     We continue to pray for Tom and family

     John  (Jeavons) had his 80th birthday on 14th. We couldn’t go out for a meal so we got a meal deal from M & S – next best thing !! He sends a thank you for all the birthday wishes.

     Duncan & Susan bought him an Alexa for his birthday, so we spent last night setting it up. In the Jeavons household in lockdown this involved a desktop, 2 mobile phones and 2 patient grandchildren (remotely). At the end of the evening it was set up but not speaking to us so we gave up and turned it off to await lockdown permission for family visiting. BUT  later Duncan phoned with an idea, so John turned Alexa on again and Behold!! She was up and running and speaking without even trying the new idea!!! Amazing.

                                                                                                   

    If you have a special event or birthday coming up – please let us know –phone or email Maureen Jeavons 

    Also if there is someone you would like us to pray for

     

    AIR AMBULANCE

    Maisie sends a big thank you to all who supported the plant sale. The plants sold very quickly, and many of you gave a donation, which she found very humbling. A total of £345 has been raised for the Air Ambulance.

     

    HELPING HANDS.                                                                                                             

     Message Eileen Adams or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with.

    Eileen has been a long-time on-line grocery shopper with Sainsbury’s so is managing to get a delivery most weeks. Others aren’t so fortunate. So, if you want her to, she’ll add YOUR shopping list to hers and will get it delivered to you. She has done that already for someone so it’s not a problem  but you WILL have to cook it yourself!


     

    HASBURY METHODIST WEBSITE

    Check the church website for more news  https://www.hasburymethodist.org.uk

    Also circuit website https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk

     

    20/20 PRAYER

    Wednesday will be 20th. Please try to set aside 20 min. at 20.20 pm to pray for our world and its people, for the churches in our circuit, and for all who need our prayers just now.

    Here’s a prayer from the Methodist church website

    God of all hope we call on you today.
    We pray for those who are living in fear:
    Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
    May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

    We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
    For those people who are worried about attending worship.
    For those needing to make decisions in order to care for others
    For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
    Grant us your wisdom.

    Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
    Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
    Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.                                                           Amen

    THY KINGDOM COME

    Thy Kingdom Come is a world wide prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost. Since its launch by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016, Christians from 172 countries and 65 denominations have taken part in praying for friends and family to come to Faith in Jesus Christ.  The Methodist Church in Britain has been a key ecumenical partner in Thy Kingdom Come since 2017.

    The days between Ascension and Pentecost have always been full of expectation and anticipation.  As the Lord Jesus ascended, He promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to enable the disciples to be witnesses.  As they waited for the promise to be fulfilled they devoted themselves constantly to prayer (Acts 1: 14).so, the renewed call across the Chruch is to set these days apart to pray, and each individual to pray for for 5 people to come to know the love of Jesus Christ.

    Write down the names of 5 people you will be praying for throughout Thy Kingdom Come from Ascension to Pentectost (May 21st – 31st)                       2020 logo2020 logo

                

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    WHAT THIEF ?                                                                   A poem by Maureen Stanley

     

    What thief is this -
    That it should choose to
    pluck and crush us to our knees ?

    What thief is this -
    That it should make our Nation fall and lives to freeze ?
    What thief is this -
    Devouring lives - both old and young

    What thief is this -
    That it decides to do us so much wrong?
    What thief is this -
    That baffles those who dare to try and win?

    What thief is this -
    That’s robs us of our loved ones, friends and kin?
    What thief indeed -
    That puts such fear into our life?

    What thief exists -
    That now rules us in our strife?

    What thief is this-
    That keeps us prisoners within four walls ?
    And takes such satisfaction from our falls ?

    What thief is this -
    That pushes us to all fight back like hell?
    What thief you ask -
    That only time will tell ?

     

    What thief is this –

    That takes all dignity away?                                                                                  

    Until at last , we live to see the day          
    To venture out triumphant in our land
    Embracing all we meet with shake of hand!!

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Stay joyful, keep the faith,  do the little things

    Text Box: God bless you all     Stay safe and well

    Maureen        x             


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    Sunday 10th May

    see the "from our minister"page for a pastoral letter from Joseph, Peter and Troy

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    a little nudge......
    are you still lighting a candle in a window at 7.00on Sunday evenings
    to pray for your neighbours?
      
    you'll be surprised at the response you get if you do.
    I've done it most nights through this lockdown and I'm amazed how many of my neighbours have asked for prayer.
     I wasn't sure they remembered what I'm doing but one lady told me yesterday that before she goes to bed she always checks to see if my candle is still alight. I was really moved by that.

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    Saturday May 9th

    Hasbury Weekly News

    From Chris Hadley

    A big thank you from me and our family to everyone who has very kindly given donations in memory of Barbara which have amounted to £445.00.  These will be sent off to Action for Children next week.

    A tribute for Barbara is now on the memories page of the Hasbury website https://www.hasburymethodist.org.uk/welcome.htm

     

    Sheila Baynham

    Sheila, who came to our Tuesday Open Door meetings, passed peacefully away at home on April 10th at the age of 90. Rest in Peace Sheila.

    We remember Sheila’s family in our prayers.

     

    PRAYERS

     

    We pray for the staff and residents of Lapal House where there is an outbreak of corona virus. We pray for Kathleen Cruchley and Sheila Brookes, both of whom are residents there. Both are ok at present, though Kathleen is very confused and doesn’t fully understand that Ernest has died. We pray for them and for all care homes that residents and staff may be kept safe from this devastating situation.

     

    We pray also for Tom and all his family who are waiting for an appointment to investigate very troubling symptoms. We pray that the appointment will be given soon and treatment started.

     

    Terry Green had his hernia operation yesterday (Friday), and we pray for a good recovery for Terry.

     

    If you would like us to pray for someone who needs our prayers, please let us know.

     
    HELPING HANDS has been working well.  Prescriptions, shopping, scrubs bags for nurses have all been collected and delivered and we’re really grateful to everyone who’s been involved. We also had our first take up on the “phone buddy” idea.  Message me or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with. I’ve been a long-time on-line grocery shopper with Sainsbury’s so I’m managing to get a delivery most weeks. I know others aren’t so fortunate. So, if you want me to,  I’ll add YOUR shopping list to mine and I’ll get it delivered to you. I’ve done that twice already for someone so it’s not a problem  but you WILL have to cook it yourself!


     

    H.O.P.E.                                                From Eileen……………..

     

    Hello Everyone. I had this communication from H.O.P.E. this week and thought you might be interested and/or inspired by the projects they’re supporting. I’d love to hear what you think and if there is any way we can serve our community during this time of lockdown. I know a lot of us are having to self-isolate but I don’t believe that word is synonymous with hibernate! My little cul-de-sac is becoming a very caring little community and this week we’re planning a street party for VE day! I’m really excited about that. I do hope you are all safe and well. Every blessing, Eileen

    ‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland’ (Isaiah 43:19)

    Back in 2019 as we dreamed what 2020 would look like we wrote: ‘Imagine your church at the heart of your community as a beacon of hope for the least, the lost and the lonely. Imagine your neighbourhood transformed as the network of people connected with members of your church discover fresh hope as they come to know Jesus’ love for themselves….Many individuals and ministries are sensing that 2020 is a significant year in which we will see the church in the UK grow.’

    We had no idea how God would work in this year. Now we see many people looking in on virtual church services and searching online for ‘How to Pray’ and ‘Peace with God’. We are committed to supporting the local church through this season, helping churches to make Jesus known with words and action together. We are developing new online resources and praying that churches will seize the opportunities of this new day, to help people find the hope they are looking for – hope found in Jesus.

    Roy Crowne HOPE Together's Executive Director  Check out Hope Together .org.uk 

     V.E. DAY CELEBRATIONS

    One of the lovely things about V.E. Day was that we did our own thing. In Windsor Road we had tea on the drive, and music. And I met neighbours I didn’t know as people (mostly) social distanced and chatted over drives and walls. There weren’t many cars passing up and down, and drivers of those that were waved and smiled and it was just lovely. In lockdown we’ve had time to get to know our neighbours

    These are words from Psalm 43 These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude leading the procession to the house of God with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng. I guess we’ve been remembering those joyous times with some sadness.  But the psalm continues Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God.

    God is indeed doing a new thing.      Stay joyful, keep the faith , do the little things

    God bless you all                    Stay safe and well

    Maureen         

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    I have today added a tribute to Barbara Bissell to the "Memories" page. Sorry it's taken a while but it's been hard for the family to "meet" to put it together. Thanks to Chris Hadley for a lovely tribute. 


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                                                                     Tuesday May 5th

    looking forward to FRIDAY! V.E.day celebrations! some ideas for your neighbours...

              11.00            
    observe 2 mins silence on your doorstep
                3.00            Churchill's speech will be broadcast on the B.B.C.
                 4.00           grab a chair or picnic rug and head for your front  garden                             
                                     to join your neighbours tea, coffee, scones and cakes!                                                                     (maintaining social distancing please)

                 6.00 (ish)  raise a glass with your meal to toast your neighbours
                 9.00            H.M. The Queen will address the nation before we all join
                                      in a sing-along  (oh yes we will!)

                                                                      ENJOY THE DAY!


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                                                                  Monday May 4th

                                                         News of Kathleen Cruchley

                                                                Message from Joy Jones

    Dear Friends, 

    I have just received a message from Anne West regarding Kathleen and I know you will all have been wondering how she is coping, as we have, so I am sharing this update it with you.

    Her son confirms that Lapal House does have Corona Virus and all residents are in isolation in their rooms!

    Kathleen is in good safe hands and being well looked after, however it is very frightening for her as the staff are all wearing full PPE and she cannot grasp whats going on!

    Her son is in touch by phone and is reassuring her that all is well and trying to help her understand, but they long to be able to visit and comfort her of course. She still has not fully grasped that Ernest has died which must be deeply distressing for everyone concerned. Her son has to keep gently telling her that it is true.

    I know that we will all be continuing to hold Kathleen and the family in our prayers and give thanks for the excellent care she is getting at Lapal House, where the staff are doing all they can.

    What difficult times we are going through..... but God is good !!

    I hope everyone is keeping well.

    Every Blessing

    Joy

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                                                                Sunday May 3rd

                                         WHO would like to hear some GOOD NEWS? 

    Many of you will know Gill Williams from Short Cross. This year her family has been battling with a very serious health problem. Their daughter Rebecca (Bocca) was diagnosed with cancer. yesterday she sent me this wonderful email and has given me permission to share it with you. Eileen

    Hello to you all, my dear friends

    I hope that you are all staying well and safe in these difficult times we are facing. It's been a while since my last update about Rebecca's health.

    She has been going through chemotherapy since December. A lot of ups and downs along the way, many down moments and many many tears. A very emotional time for us as a family. Fortunately her final session went ahead despite the lockdown. We pay tribute to our fantastic NHS.

     Yesterday her consultant appointment was by telephone.

     I am delighted to bring you the wonderful news that REBECCA HAS BEEN GIVEN THE ALL-CLEAR....SHE IS CANCER FREE!!!!

    Such wonderful wonderful news. We had to share it all with her via FaceTime so the family celebrations cannot happen just now but oh, what a celebration it will be when we can meet up for lots of hugs!!

    Rebecca was also told that her immune system is back to normal so leaving the house on a regular basis is now not such a scary option.

    She will have five years of regular scans and blood tests but this is just routine monitoring.

    It has been a long journey (almost a year!) and I am so very grateful to all of you who have given our family so much support with your kind encouraging words and your prayers.

     I have held on to two bible passages in particular - Psalm 23....

    particularly verse 4 "Even though I go through the deepest darkness, I

     will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me." (GNT)


    Jeremiah 29:11... "For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". (NIV)

    The first one gave me strength even though my faith has been tested many times over the last year; the second gave me the trust that God has Rebecca's life safely in His hands.

    Many things happen in our daily lives, events that do not make any sense to us, but we have a faith and a trust in God that He always knows the bigger picture, and on that alone we know we can depend.

    So please celebrate with me.

    Celebrate that Rebecca and Dylan have become a stronger team and can move forward in confidence with the rest of their lives together. Celebrate that we, as a family can, never forget what's happened, but can move on with a happier future together. And celebrate that we have a wonderful God who is taking care of us all.

    Keep well and stay safe, my friends.... see you all as soon as it is safe to meet together once more.


    God Bless

    Gill xx


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                                                                    Saturday May 2nd

    From Joy Jones…………………..Hello everyone 

    I hope you are all well and in good spirits. I know however that many in our church family will be carrying heavy burdens emotionally at this time so I wanted to share some comforting words I read yesterday with you.  

    A quiet time of meditation .....

    Set yourself aside for about 10 minutes with your bible open at Matthew 11v 25-28. and be still before God. 

    In  this reading  Jesus says 'Come to me all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." 

    What burdens are you carrying at the moment? Let God know...…..Are you weary?...… …..are you carrying tension in your body?...…….. let Jesus look at you comfort and heal you...….. Do you need rest from all that is going on?........share this with Him...……..... Read the passage from Matthew again. How is Jesus speaking these words to you?...….... Hear his invitation to you personally. How is Jesus wanting to help you carry your burdens today? Trust Him. Thank Him." 

    Adapted from pray-as-you-go-.org    Wed 29th April 

    I found that so helpful I hope you will too. 

    Every Blessing 

    LECIO365 

    Several people say they are having trouble with finding Lecio365 daily online devotional. 

    So.…. go to Google search bar, type in 'lecio365'  hit search button and a  page will come up with an install button. Click this and wait for it to download. You should then find a turquoise Icon on you desktop. Hope this works. Keep trying! 

    Joy  

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    HELPING HANDS has been working well this last week. 

    Prescriptions, shopping, scrubs bags for nurses have all been collected and delivered and we’re really grateful to everyone who’s been involved. We also had our first take up on the “phone buddy” idea.
    I’m  a bit concerned that some folk are being tempted to go shopping rather than “bother” someone else. Well the “someone elses” are ready and willing to help so let’s continue to stay safe. Message me or Sarah Shaw if there’s anything at all we can help with. I got back from my walk today to find a bag of wool in my porch so I can keep knitting twiddlemuffs! How good was that.
    I’ve been a long-time on-line grocery shopper with Sainsbury’s so I’m managing to get a delivery most weeks. I know others aren’t so fortunate. So, if you want me to,  I’ll add YOUR shopping list to mine and I’ll get it delivered to you. I’ve done that twice already for someone so it’s not a problem  but you WILL have to cook it yourself! 


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    MESSY CHURCH 

    After I was given a nudge by our full-time, front-line NHS powerhouse nurse, Michelle Mills,  it was decided to prepare for the May Messy Church as “normal”. We chose the theme of God’s Promises ( rainbow theme!) so Michelle prepared the craft activities and recorded a treasure hunt and prayer on her phone ( she’d lost me by then).
    I prepared a “script” and powerpoint and then we had to fathom how to put it on-line.

    So we phoned TROY!!!!!! He’s now second only to Captain Tom as our number one hero (with his wife our number one heroine because she recorded all the talky bits)!
    May Messy church is now on Facebook and accessible via our Circuit web site https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk/familyworkerpage.htm   
    Since then we’ve had enquiries from folk who used to come to MC, others who have never come and our  usual “gang”. Michelle has produced and delivered (with partner Tim helping too) craft bags for all the children. If you know of any bored primary age kids, point them to the Messy church facebook page and PRAY that we can draw them into the Jesus family.    Eileen.

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    CIRCUIT NEWSLETTER

    You can read a circuit newsletter from Central at

     the Website at  https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk/newsletter.htm Or on our Facebook page Blackheath and Halesowen Methodist Circuit fb.me/BHMC.U.K Blessings Troy

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    AND DON’T FORGET

     …… May 9th, on which date Maisie was thinking of doing a coffee morning for the Air Ambulance. Her neighbour has been growing 100 fuschias.  Well, they won’t fit into his garden!! So he’s going to put them on Maisie’s drive  with a donation box and if you’d like to pass by between 10.00 am – 1.00pm on that date, (maintaining social distance of course) you can buy a fuschia or two for the Air Ambulance

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                                                                Friday May 1st 

    Hello everyone

    This week has been a week of sadness as we said our farewell to our Sylvia. We stood alongside her on her journey and now we are confident that she is with her Lord in peace and joy.

    We hold John and all of the family in our hearts and prayers as we move forward on an unknown road.

    God bless you all

    Maureen x


    There's a lovely letter  from our superintendent minister, Joseph Suray paying tribute to Sylvia, on the "from our minister " page

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                                                                  WEDNESDAY 29th APRIL

    A MESSAGE from MAUREEN JEAVONS

     The order of service for Sylvia's funeral is on the Memories Page of the Hasbury website and the Circuit website so that we can share in the service wherever we are.

    I know some of you are hoping to stand at various places along the route that the funeral cortege will pass, and some outside the church.

    John requests that we stand in silent prayer at whatever point we choose and allow Sylvia and the family the silent and calm dignity that she and they would wish.

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                                                                       SATURDAY 25th  APRIL

                                                       try praying...a message from Joy Jones

    A plastic see through box containing some Try Praying Booklets  has been left outside the church near to the path for people to help themselves to a copy. Please can we join our prayers together asking God that passers-by who are anxious or frightened at this time and need God’s  help will take a copy, use it and be blessed by it.  

    It appears that the number of internet searches for ‘How to pray’ has gone through the roof over the last few weeks. God is doing a new thing at this time in history. Praise be!

     

    Also can anyone encourage me by letting me know if they have looked at the on line  lecio 365 Daily Devotional which I mentioned last week. I think it’s a really helpful resource for personal meditation and prayer and would love to know what others think. ( just google lecio365 and download the app)

     


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                                                                     FRIDAY 24th  APRIL

     

     From Chris Hadley:-

     

    Dear Friends

        We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has sent their love and support to our family after the death of Barbara.  The funeral on Monday was incredibly moving and even though there were only fourof us in the crematorium, it felt like so many more people were there with us in spirit from our church family. We really felt that we were surrounded by your love and prayers. We know some of you followed the service and we would like to give special thanks to Peter for a truly beautiful and personal service. We would also like to thank people for the donations that have been received to date in Barbara's memory.....

     these will be sent to Action for Children in the next few weeks. 


    Love from

    Christine x

     

     

    SYLVIA

    Sylvia’s funeral will be held on April 30th at 3.30 pm at Stourbridge Crematorium. I will sent the Order of Service nearer the time so that we can share with the family from wherever we are.  We continue to hold John and the family in our hearts and prayers.  

    CIRCUIT SERVICES…..

    Are on the Circuit Web Page - https://www.bhmethodist.org.uk/welcome Reflections

     

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    WEDNESDAY 22nd APRIL

    SPRING HARVEST

    IS STILL ACCESSIBLE ON YOUTUBE UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH

    Today I watched the  second Daily  devotional with Pete Grieg.
    He talks  about "courage in a time of containment"
    Danger, he says, brings with it opportunity and he encourages us to find creative ways
    to share HOPE and LOVE with our neighbours. 
    Do have a look. It only lasts 15 minutes and is comforting as well as challenging.
    Isaiah 41:10 "Do not fear. I AM WITH YOU"

    The words most often used in the Bible he says are "Do not be afraid."

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    TUESDAY 21st APRIL

    sent by a friend this made me smile....

    ...in order to lighten up the mood a little, people in Australia have been dressing up when they take out their bins... Superman costumes, Wonderwoman, animals,nursery rhyme characters (one woman thought dressing as the grim reaper was funny but I'm not sure about that!) It's a fact that 2020 will be remembered as the year when our bins went out more often than we did! The newspaper article which shared the trend with us  suggests that we might adopt the same habit here(well we do all go out and clap  so why not dress up?) Biggest problems for me are a)remembering which day the bins go out  AND b)  what day is it today?

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    MONDAY 20th APRIL

    yes, it's the 20th already!

    TIME TO PRAY


    Prayer 2020

    Join with us praying for 20 minutes at 20:20 (8.20pm) on the 20th of each month throughout 2020 – asking God to open hearts to respond to Jesus’ love. 

    We believe the year 2020 will be an unprecedented year of harvest from the gospel seeds sown over the past decade and more. We are not the only ministry to be sensing this. Denominations and ministries across the UK are preparing for 2020 and opportunities to invite people to respond to Jesus’ offer of life in all its fullness

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    I have recently discovered a new online daily prayer and devotional called.  lecio365. It takes around 10 minutes and is really worth looking at. Today's was based on 2 Chronicles 7 v14 and was very special. 

     

    "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

     

    It appears that people around the world are entering their prayers on these verses this week. Could we be encouraged to raise our voices and join with these prayers maybe starting tonight the 20th April 2020 at 8. 20pm! 

    Joy Jones

     

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    FRIDAY 17th APRIL

    Lots of people are "doing their bit" to support the NHS - and one another - through this period of self isolation. 

    I feel sure you'll have seen the reports about  Capt Tom Moore (£18,000,000.00 AND COUNTING!) 

    if you'd like to thank him by sending him a 100TH  birthday card on April 30th  his address is..c/o P.O. Ltd 67 Bedford rd, Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire MK 43 0LA


    So I thought I'd share some news about what WE'RE doing...

    • Alison Price is collecting tubes of hand cream to send to nurses whose hands are so sore. She'll be happy to accept cash donations to purchase more

    HANDCREAM

    •  and talking about sore, we've been told that doctors and nurses are getting sore ears from constantly wearing masks so, if you're able to crochet could you make some of these, please

    sore ears   Sore-Ear Saver Mask Holder

    Chain 7 (10, 13)

    Row 1: Sc in 1st ch from hook, hdc in next 4 (7, 10) sts, sc in last st. 6 (9, 12) sts

    Row 2: Ch1, sc in first st, hdc in next 4 (7, 10) sts, sc in last st.

    Fasten off. Tuck ends.

    Sew buttons to each end of the ear saver. don't worry if you don't have buttons. I have LOTS.

    • "pump bags" for nurses to put their uniforms in each day and take home to be washed are still needed. Lost track of how many we've made. a HUGE thank you to everyone who's contributed. If you can't make them but have unwanted cotton (or poly cotton) fabric please contact Alison Price or Michelle Mills. 
    • HELPING HANDS  already has LOTS of volunteers and have already collected and delivered groceries, pump bags and a prescription. If you need a helping hand please ASK! email Eileen Adams or use the CONTACT US page on this website. and if you know anyone who is feeling lonely and would like a "phone buddy" tell them to contact us too. 


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    WEDNESDAY 15th APRIL

    news from Maureen Jeavons

    Hello Everyone

     

    Our thoughts and prayers at this time are very much with John and the family. We long so much to be able to be with them to support them, and in these very strange times, we aren’t able to do that.

    I will make sure that  John has all your responses to the news of Sylvia’s passing, so he can feel something of the love we wrap around him and the family just now.

    John wants you to know that he and the family feel heartened and draw strength from the messages of love and our prayers .

    Sylvia’s funeral will be held on April 30th at 3.30 pm at Stourbridge Crematorium.
    Peter will conduct the service and there will be family flowers only. I’ll pass on any other information when it’s available, but John did say that when all the Coronavirus disruption is passed, there will, in accordance with Sylvia’s wishes, 
    be “a bit of a do”. Can’t you just hear her saying that !!

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    The funeral for Ernest Cruchley will be on Friday 17th April at 10.45. Please hold Ernest’s family in your prayers at this time

    If you would like to make a donation in memory of Ernest, donations will be accepted for The Welcome Group -  which offers friendship and support for refugees and their families.

    Cheques should be made out to The Welcome Group Halesowen and sent to Elizabeth Lacon 

    Or you can make a payment to TSB bank

    Sort code 30-93-75 Account no. 01248428 (please state in memory of Ernest Cruchley)

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    Also our prayers will be with Barbara Bissell's  family who will be saying their Goodbye’s on Monday 20th April.

    An order of service is available in the "MEMORIES"section of the website. for Barbara’s funeral which is at 1.30pm, so we can share that with them even though we can’t be there physically. .

    If you would like to make a donation in memory of Barbara, donations will be accepted for Action for Children

    Please make cheques payable to Action for Children, and write Barbara Bissell on the back of the cheque. Send the cheques to Marcus Adams, 21 Birley Grove, Halesowen, B63 1EP

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    A Message of HOPE from Pam Cummings 

    These are certainly 'different' times.  Good positive things as well as sad things.
    Saw this poem in a little book from HOPE that came from the Mary Stevens Hospice this week
    (they are so kind and ring me every Monday for a chat) and I felt that sometimes when you can't seem to find God he is still there watching over you.  Just thought I would like to share it with you   -  God bless . Pam

     

    WHEN MORNING COMES:

     

    An old African tribal custom was that when a boy was thirteen he became a man.

    However, to prove that he was now a man, he would be blindfolded and taken into the jungle to spend the night.

    If he stayed,  then it proved that he was ready to be a great warrior. 
    So, the boy was taken and left.

     

    He heard sounds that frightened him. He imagined so many things that would happen to him. 

    Perhaps animals would pick up his scent and kill him?  The darkness seemed as though it would never end.

     

    But morning did come and the chief came to take off the blindfold and welcomed him as a man.

     

    As the boy's eyes got used to the light, the first thing he saw was his father sitting a short distance from him. 

    He had been there all night watching over his son.

     

    When our days seem long and dark, and we lose sight of God, 

    morning comes and faith shows us that he was there all the time.

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    MEMORIES

    When we’re all self-isolating and numbers at funerals are restricted it’s hard for us not to be able to “show our respects” and this seemed to offer an opportunity to share with one another. We will however, only include people on this page if the family is in agreement. 

    It would be lovely if folk would send items, memories or messages which I could post on these pages. The family of each person could then read all the messages in one place. Send them either to Eileen or Maureen with the word “memories” in the subject box   

    to look at the Memories page click on the heading. On the right hand side you'll see   a number (his will change as we add more names). Click on this and you'll find a list of names. Select the one you wish to view and click again.  Or names should appear in the  subject bar a t the top of the page.                                                                                                                                          ***************************************************************************************************************************  

    HELPING HANDS” is an informal group of folk within the church family who are willing to help out at this time.
    Some will collect groceries or prescriptions, others phone anyone who needs to hear a friendly voice, another can do simple “odd jobs” and another can supply craft packs for families with young children.
    Please send offers of help to Eileen (or use the contact us page)  with a mobile phone number if possible.
    Sarah Shaw will be posting requests for help on a WhatsApp account.
    Whilst we’ve heard wonderful support from neighbours I know there are one or two folk who are “slipping through the 
    net.” 

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    LOOKING FORWARD

    …to May 9th, on which date Maisie was thinking of doing a coffee morning for the Air Ambulance. Her neighbour has been growing 100 fuschias.  Well, they won’t fit into his garden!! So he’s going to put them on Maisie’s drive with a donation box and if you’d like to pass by between 10.00 am – 1.00pm on that date, (maintaining social distance of course) you can buy a fuschia or two for the Air Ambulance


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    and, finally, news from our church PROPERTY STEWARD

    CHURCH SECURITY

    Dave Raxster has been going up to the church several times a week.
    Each time he sanitises the important areas of the church and ties a piece of thread across the entrance doors.
    It seems that someone has gone into the church premises in between his visits.
    This raises concern for the safety of his health and he then has to re-sanitise when he enters, and again when he leaves. It’s really important for Dave that NO-ONE goes in and out of the church without telling him – and arranges to re-sanitise everything they touch.

    CHURCH FLOOR

    GOOD NEWS !!!!! (April 15th )

    At lunch time today (Kilrot) have certified the floor as sound and we can can go ahead and organise the vinyl. Which I will begin as soon as I have the certificate in my hands, and Ken Holmes has confirmed we are good to go. So 9 months later we can begin phase 2. So maybe I’ll be able to get some sleep.

    With much relief        David.

    Many thanks Dave from all of us for all your dedication and hard work

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    TUESDAY 14th APRIL

                                   I received this from some special friends in Australia 

    and felt it was worth  sharing 

    Eileen x

    easter

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    and Jenny Willetts posted this picture of her Easter Cross. 

    She's taken the Hasbury tradition from here to Papua new Guinea 

    and now to Melbourne!


    JENNYS CROSS

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    and there's more!...... 

    • Jill Green printed a photo and sent a copy to all her neighbours, 
    • Maureen Jeavons shared the Hasbury photo with Al-anon                                                        (and had to explain to someone keen to go and take a look that it was a picture from LAST year!) and 
    • I made one for my neighbours and was very moved to find that they'd added flowers to it by the evening. So, with our beautiful cross  we're spreading HOPE this Easter.

           and......how about, when all this mayhem is over, 

           we put our cross outside our  church to express our joy?

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    EASTER MONDAY APRIL 13TH 

                                            This morning we woke up to some very sad news.                                                  This message came to many of us from Maureen Jeavons


         With deep sadness, I have to tell you that I have heard from John that Sylvia has lost her battle                     for life, and passed away very peacefully at 5.35 this morning at Mary Stevens Hospice.

           I'm writing this through the tears and I feel that a light has gone out for us,                                                       but I know that's not really so, because the love and light that was Sylvia will always be with us

           And as deep as our grief is, the welcome rejoicing that she has in Heaven                                                       as she joins her Lord will be so much greater.

          Thank you Sylvia for being a part of our lives.

          John and all the family, we hold you in our prayers and we wrap our love around you.                                             If you need us to do anything, just shout.

                      Maureen xx (and the whole church family)


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      a message from our Minister  


      Dear Friends,

     It is with great sadness and heaviness of heart that we receive the news that Sylvia has gone to be with the Lord.
    I know that for the Church Family at Hasbury, the wider Circuit, and especially John and his family, 
    this is a devastating loss. Sylvia's life, faith, and witness was an inspiration to many. Her energy was irrepressible; her zeal unabated; her hospitality full of grace; 
    her compassion and industry on behalf of the vulnerable unstinting;             
    and her love for family and friends beyond measure.   

    She had a smile that was matchless - which shone from a heart that loved Jesus  and was dedicated to serving others and his kingdom. 

     The church family has lost a great friend who was a confidant and care-giver to so many.                                                     
     In our sadness, let us remember that Sylvia had an Easter faith.                                                     Her risen Saviour welcomed her home with joy, a faithful servant and inspiration
    to the very end, even though this may be hard for us to bear.                                                                                                                                     
    She will always be missed, but her legacy will inspire our faith and commitment to God          and our love and encouragement for each other.

    Rest in peace my dear sister as you behold and walk in the presence of our risen Saviour.

     

            Peter & Carole

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     POST SCRIPT  in view of the fact that already three people we have loved have died                                     
     and we've   been unable to "pay our respects" as we would like to,                                                                 we've decided to set up a "memorial"page on this website. 

     Please send your messages to either Maureen Jeavons or Eileen Adams   or via the "contact us" page                 (with "memories" in the subject box so they don't get lost) and we'll add them as often as necessary.                   We'll only include photographs with the permission of their families.

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      SUNDAY APRIL 12th


    Today we Celebrate the RISEN LORD JESUS

    HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

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     Thursday April 9th

    •      A message from John Smith

              “Sylvia and John continue to be greatly blessed by all the prayers, messages, support and the wonderful love that is                                            continually being given
               Sylvia continues to ‘battle on’ however, coping with the effects of chemotherapy is challenging; she was transferred from                                home to Mary Steven’s Hospice on Tuesday in order that she can receive appropriate respite care
                We will keep you informed on her progress”

                We send Sylvia and John all our love and prayers

    • Message from Eileen Adams 
    • Have just heard that apparently the Dr overseeing the PM’s care is Chief Consultant in Critical Care at St Thomas’s hospital. He is a godly believer and attends Spurgeons Tabernacle. He has asked for prayer that the Lord will be with him in the conversations he has with Boris about his faith. Please share this so as many as possible can be praying.

      It comes from a member at Craft group who is a Christian and she’s had this message from her granddaughter 

    • GOOD FRIDAY

       

      We can’t be together for our Lent Lunch this Good Friday, but we can still share.

      We can follow the Lent Liturgy for this Easter Weekend. 

      And then we can all have lunch at 1.00pm – soup, bread and cheese, and be together in spirit.

      We usually give a donation to Christian Aid, so you might like to make a donation on line,                                            or save your donation until we are able to meet again and bring it along then.

      Sarah Shaw is trying to get some music onto Facebook with Troy’s help, and possibly the Website. 

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        Monday April 6th     

       GOOD NEWS! a message from Tom & Louisa SealImage may contain: ultrasound

    we are so.... thrilled for you both. MANY congratulations...xxx

         WEEKLY NEWS from Maureen Jeavons...

              Hello everyone

    •  After I sent the last newsletter, I found out that the lovely daffodils in the church garden had been donated and planted by            Matthew Parkes (Jackie and John’s son). Thank you so much Matthew. They are a real sign of hope in these dark days.
    •  Maureen Stanley is in touch with Veronica in Lagos, Nigeria, and has sent her the prayers, news and services that we have                     circulated and messaged her saying that we were thinking of her .

             She received the following message and prayer from Veronica

             Thanks very much for all your wonderful prayers and concerns ,love - my regards to all the family’s of God in the church .                    I love you all and please stay safe In The Name Our Lord Jesus Christ amen ��thanks xxxxxxxxxx .

              In this month of April, I wish you and your loved ones :-                                         

                                  A  Accelerated promotion  with

                                  P- Preservation & Prosperity. 

                                  R- Restoration &Renewal. 

                                   I- Immunity against Calamities. 

                                   L- Long life with good health and sound mind in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.   


              Others may say April Fool but we say that our lives shall be full with joy and contentment, miracles and endless blessings. 

              The anointing for excellence shall be divinely granted upon your life and you will Excel in every aspect. 

              You will soar high and higher in Jesus name. 

              Do have a good morning, a  better Wednesday and the very best of this month. Shalom!

     

    • FUNERAL OF ERNEST CRUCHLEY

               The funeral of The Revd Ernest Cruchley will take place at Rowley Regis Crematorium     
               on 17th April at 10.45am. Please hold Kathleen and the family in your prayers at this difficult time.

               There is a video link but we are strictly asked by the family NOT TO WATCH IT AT THE TIME.                                                              They fear that if too many people go on, Peter (his son) who is in Singapore may not be able                                                           to take part. It was always Ernest's wish that Peter should take his funeral service                                                                                  Also there will be many family members who will not be able to attend                                                                                                        because of the Corona Virus restrictions and they will want to take part in this way.

                The link will be available for 28 days after the funeral and I will send you this link after the service.                                               Please keep strictly to this request.

                                   Anne West ( friend and member of St Margaret’s Church)  RIP Ernest missing you already

     

    • CHURCH FLOOR

           Good morning folks, today (April 3rd)                                                                                                                                                         

            Today Margaret and I have been and refreshed the church and stera wiped all the important places.                                                                  While I was there I tap tested the the floor and I only found 3 small voids which I think are insignificant                                                           (hallelujah praise the Lord).
              I have contacted Vagdia Holmes and Kilrot to invite them over to confirm my finding.

            Thank you for your patience I think we are getting there

                              In Gods service. David.

    Thank you Dave for your hard work and words of hope !

    ....and there's more!

    • LOCKDOWN

     

                            Read Brian’s story which Brenda Yau sent to us. Her daughter Emily works with a lad named Ashley, and Brian is his                            father. Several of you have responded that this is inspirational.                                                                                                                    It certainly makes us realise that “This too will pass”, and we have lots of resources which Brian didn’t have.

                            EDITOR: I've created a separate page for Brian's story for those of you who haven't had the opportunity to read it.


                                                                                   ....and there's even more!


            Ken Tivey sent an email from the Gideons with a prayer

    • Extracted from a daily reading book by Billy Graham (in italics)

      Psalm 108:13 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.

      There are two ways of getting out of a trial. One is to simply try to get rid of the trial, and be thankful when it’s over. The other is to recognise the trial as a challenge from God to claim a larger blessing then we have ever had.

      Sometimes God removes our trials, and it isn’t necessarily wrong to ask Him to do that. But often the trials remain, and when they do, we should accept them and ask God to teach us from them.

      As Peter Marshall once put it, “God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.”

      It is through the suffering, the tests and trials of life that we can draw near to God. A B Simpson once heard a man say something he never forgot: “When God tests you, it’s a good time to test Him by putting His promises to the proof, and claiming from Him just as much as your trials have rendered necessary.”

      Someone has calculated that there are 7487 promises by God to man. Here are just a few from Isaiah and a famous one from Joshua:

      Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

      Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

      Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

      Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

      Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

      Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

      Father God, we come to You at this troubling time, thanking You that You are not only our God, but our Father. We thank You that we are united as Your servants, as well as brothers and sisters in Christ.

      We pray for each other, that we will be kept safe and well. You know our individual circumstances, which vary from person to person, especially our health, but we pray that You will help us to take on board Your promises.

      We pray for members of Gideon branches across the UK and overseas. Especially we uphold the HQ staff, currently working from home. May each one of them know your presence in a very real way, and Your guidance for coming days.

      We are reminded in Your Word to pray for those in authority. What difficult decisions they are having to make. May they seek that wisdom that comes from above.

      We particularly pray for all involved in the NHS. Their dedication to their tasks is outstanding. Preserve them, Oh Lord, especially those who are known personally to us.

      May Your Word and our fellowship, though apart, strengthen us now and in the days 


                                                                   ....and there's even  more!


    •  Thoughts from Maggie and Jon Jones

     

                             
     Thank you for all the messages of hope that everyone is sharing.
      Thought I’d share this. Like many I followed Andrew’s service on Circuit website this morning. Palm Sunday has always                         been important to me, marking the beginning of that very special journey into Holy Week. This year I started thinking                           about Palm Sunday earlier than usual.
    We were in Agra,India. Due to make the obligatory visit to the Taj Mahal.  Having been before we knew that this is a truly                    beautiful place ( it really does take your breath away). But this year we went to another beautiful place in Agra....                                  

    St George’s Cathedral. But It wasn’t the building that made this beautiful, it was an eight year old girl who was helping her  father doing some preparation for a service that would be held the next day. She welcomed us into the church with joyous enthusiasm, she was desperate for us to write in the visitors book  and watched eagerly as we each wrote our messages and then proudly read them out to her father.

     I started talking to her and she told me that she loved singing hymns and particularly at Christmas when the church would be               decorated. When I asked her if they had special services at Easter time. She started to tell me the Palm Sunday story, we ended up actually sharing the description of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  She was thrilled that I knew what she was talking about  and I was equally thrilled to experience yet again the fellowship   that the wider Church can share. 

     So today I have been thinking and praying for her, her family and the many, so many wonderful people we met in India  just a few weeks ago. This afternoon I received messages from a young couple who had shared our holiday but  had had different flight arrangements home. They have actually been stuck in Delhi ever since. They have finally heard that they should be on a flight on 11th or 12th. They are following lock down rules but have been well looked after by positive  people. 
    My thoughts go out to the whole world at this time but that’s almost too huge to get ones head round.                                                     
    So right now my thoughts and prayers go out to each of you. 

     Keep safe and keep looking after each other. x Maggie


                                                        ....and there's even  more! just for your amusement

    Musings on Plugs

    Our wash basin taps had a widget

    A lever secured at the rear,

    To push in the plug and then lift it

    Smart – so we fitted it here.

     

    But… after time we found it was leaking,

    And water began dripping  down.

    Under the basin this seeping

    Made a damp patch (we found with a frown)

     

    Well, you don’t want a damp patch down under,

    So we bought some new leverless taps.

    These new ones were pop-ups – such wonder

    We smiled and gave happy claps.

     

    But now… some weeks have passed,

    And problems have just reared their head.

    As the taps that we thought would last

    Have been doomed to failure instead.

     

    Now our high spirits are dropping.

    See our frowns, hear our sighs of despair,

    For the plug is not up and downing,

    But just hovers about in mid-air.

     

                                                                    And now I have dreams of a new goal –                                                            

    The answer is strikingly plain !!

    I long for a standard old plug hole.

    With a plug that’s attached to a chain.

     

     

     

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    Tuesday March 31st March


              This is a copy if a  message  just received from Veronica in Lagos :

              Thanks very much for all your wonderful prayers and cousins,love my regards to all the family’s of God in the church ⛪️.                   I love you all and pls stay save In The Name Our Lord Jesus Christ amen �� thanks 

       HASBURY NEWS from Maureen Jeavons 

          Hello everyone

           News of the church family:

            Please remember in your prayers those of our church family who are in care homes:

            Pauline Apperley                     Mary Jones                              Janice Ledbury

            Jean Dunn is in sheltered accommodation

             Audrey and Peter are staying with their daughter Joy

             Fred Walker has a granddad flat with Duncan and Susan

             Veronica is in Nigeria where she is visiting family (see latest message above)

              We continue to pray for Sylvia and John,  Pam and Alan

             We hold these loved ones in our prayers, and all of our church family who live alone and so are especially isolated just now.

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………                                                     NEWS OF THE CHURCH BUILDING:

    The holes in the floor have now been filled in. This has been an ongoing problem which has now (hopefully) been resolved.                   
    A solution has been spread over the floor and this is now dry.

    This is the second time this solution has been laid. After the first time, holes were found to be underneath the floor  and the contractors hoped to avoid a second solution application as the material has to come from Germany, so it’s a very expensive procedure. (The cost of this is covered by the contractors).

    Dave Raxster will tap check the floor on Friday (with a big stick !) to check for any more possible holes

                             

     

               As you can see from Dave’s photos (sorry site editor can't fathom how to include these atm) ,                                                             the floor is marked with grids to make sure it is all checked.

               If all is well and the floor is completely dry, it will then be ready for the vinyl floor covering to be laid.

               Dave goes to the church  several times a week to check the building, make sure all surfaces are sterile (the                               contractors were there during the last week) and generally check security.

                Dave has practically lived at the church whilst all the flooring work has been carried out                                                                   and we owe him a BIG debt of gratitude for all that he does (often unnoticed).                                                                                          I know he would be really glad of any offers of help with the general maintenance which he does.

                BIG thank you also to his long suffering wife Margaret

                 Lots of love to you both xxx

     

     

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    Sunday March 29th. 

                                                                      Thanks to Jackie Parkes for this lovely photo of our church.                                                                                                                                                  Daffodils are such a joy.                                                                                                            Spring     really is coming. Easter too!

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          Saturday 28th March

    • Jean Dunn's    96th birthday! Nearly time for a telegram! many Happy return
    •  Barbara Bissell's funeral will be on April 20th at 1.30 at Stourbridge Crematorium.                                           Obviously only very immediate family will be able to go,                                                                               but can you make a note of the date and time and we can all pray for the family at that time

          Friday  27th March 

    •                        Quick news flash:

                                    John Smith has asked to let you know that Sylvia is showing some signs of improvement.                                                                 She has managed to eat a (very) small amount. (Sorry you're not into the fish n chips yet Sylvia !!).                                                 We all hope and pray that you continue to improve, little by little, and send you lots of love xxx

    •                        Roy Parton is back home. Well done Roy - you escaped !                                                                                                                           Lots of love - hope all goes well for you now healthwise xxx
    •                         Jean Dunn will be 96 tomorrow.  Jean is in sheltered housing in Kidderminster.                                                                            She is quite lonely there as she has lost all her contacts from round here.                                                                                         It would be lovely if some of you who know Jean well could phone her and wish her a                                                                Happy Birthday. Her phone no. is 01562 66850.                                                                                                                                              I'm sure it would help her to know she's not forgotten.                                                                                                                               She doesn't hear too well so please be patient

             Tuesday 24th March 

    •                         because of problems with self-isolation within the family we're asked not to contact                                                                  Kath at the moment. She doesn't yet know of Ernest's death so it wouldn't be appropriate                                                      to send cards or messages at this time
    •                         I spoke to Audrey Beasley on the phone yesterday. She and Peter are doing well


               Monday 23rd March 2020

                                    We heard more sad news yesterday. Ernest Cruchley has died in hospital                                                                                                 and Kath continues to be cared for at Lapal House. 

    • Sunday 22nd March 2020
      •                      sadly our first item is to inform you of the sudden death of Barbara Bissell. 

                                     we have no further information at this time but will update this page as soon as we do.

      •                       up-date on Roy Parton. He's still in the QE hospital and frustratingly unable to have visitors -                                                the hospital policy at the moment is for NO visitors.                                                                                                                                    The hope is that he'll come home in the early part of this coming  week.
      •                       Peter & Audrey Beasley are staying with their daughter in Kinver
      •                        Veronica is at present in Nigeria where they also have the virus
      •                        Ernest Cruchley is also in the QE hospital and Kath is being cared for at Lapal House
       well.


                                    Please keep all these dear people and their families in your prayers


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