Pie and Pea Supper
Another very enjoyable evening was held recently in the Presbytery. The occasion was extremely well supported, with a good sociable atmosphere.
As you can see from the photographs, not everyone was drinking tea, although it was there if required
Together with Bingo, Raffle, Quiz and not forgetting the Pie and Pea supper, I think it can be safely said that a good night was had by all!
We are all learning to live with computerised telephone ‘mailboxes’ whenever we ring large organisations. But have you wondered what it would be like if God decided to install such a system?
Imagine praying and hearing this:
“Thank-you for calling Our Father’s House. Please select one of the following options: for requests press 1, for giving press 2, for complaints press 3. We are sorry that all of our angels are busy helping other sinners at present. However, your prayer is important to us and will be answered in the order that it was received, so please stay on the line.... If you would like to hear King David sing a psalm whik you are on hold please press 4. For reservations please enter J-O-H-N followed by 3-16. For answers to nagging questions about how the universe began, the meaning of life and where Noah's Ark is, please wait until you arrive here...”
Perhaps we should thank God that His voicemail systems do not work quite like this, and that He does hear us when we pray! Still, it is a thought that too many people make little use of what is and always has been a free service, and some think that it is for emergencies only. Please, stay on the line ... your prayer is important!
With my prayers and good wishes.
(Thanks to Rev. John Walker)
Minutes of Parish General meeting October 3rd 2001
Peter Pennington opened the meeting with a Prayer. Twenty-two parishioners attended, and we proceeded to go through the agenda as follows.
Constitution. This meant the formation of a Parish Council, deciding upon parish matters, and taking reports from the various small committees. It was decided that the twenty two people present would form the Parish Council, and would hold meetings two or three times a year.
Pat Linley proposed Norman Grantham for the position of Chairperson, Sheila Bentham seconded this. Peter Pennington proposed Bridget Collier for the position of Secretary, seconded by David Matthews.
Reports. Various committee reports were made as follows,
Finance Pat Linley: Maintenance David Matthews: Social Bridget Collier: Communication Maria Stockton: Liturgy & Catechesis Peter Pennington.
Maintenance. David reported that one of their many priorities is the Church roof. The estimated cost being in the region of £16,000. The guttering is blocked, and as a result has overflowed, causing extensive damage to internal plasterwork. Once all this has been rectified, the Church will need redecorating. The Presbytery also needs a lot of work; with several new windows and doors having been ordered. The Church porch has already been decorated.
Liturgy & Catechesis. Peter reported that they had discussed Preparation for Confirmation, Readers, Bidding Prayers, who looks after the altar cloths and vessels, the ordering of wine and hosts, and the music.
A proposal was made that the weekly offering figures be published in the bulletin. This was put to the vote and was defeated, due to reasons of security.
It was generally agreed that we would have a November Dead List, Christmas flowers for the Church, and that the accumulated Friday offering fund would be divided between Sister Cecelia, Hallam Caring Service, S.V.P., Starving World Action Group, and Afghanistan.
Suggestions for future donations were St. Johns Hospice and Richard House.
It was noted that the former Hall site has been sold for £15,000.