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The Messenger

 

 

The Magazine

Of

The United Reformed Church in the Channel Islands





APRIL & MAY 2017  


 


 


From Michael Ruskin, Secretary Jersey URC


April 2017


 


Dear Friends,


 


As many of you are aware I have recently returned from my annual holiday in Fuerteventura where I had the usual restful and relaxing time with warm sunny weather, good food, plenty of reading material and that essential opportunity to recharge my batteries.


 


However, one memory stands out and that was seeing the lift doors open to reveal a small family with a little boy clinging to a man’s hand and shouting for all the world to hear “This is my daddy! This is my daddy!”   There was so much joy and excitement in his voice and I am guessing that in the normal course of events he was still in bed when dad went off to work and was asleep again by the time he came home, so to have several days in his special company was something wonderful and worthy to be shouted from the roof tops.


 


How fortunate we are that our God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is never far from us.  “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20) .Perhaps we take Him too much for granted as a result.   So surely Easter is a good time to proclaim our praise and acclamation to all who will listen. 


“Christ is risen.  He is risen indeed.”


 


A blessed Easter to you all


 


Michael


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READINGS FOR APRIL


 


  2nd

Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11;

John 11:1-45.

  9th

Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

16th

Acts 10. 34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24;

Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10.

23rd

 

Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9;

John 20:19-31.

30th

Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19;

1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35.


 


READINGS FOR MAY


 


7th

Acts 2: 42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25;

John 10:1-10.

14th

Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10;

John 14:1-14.

21st  

Acts 17;22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22;

John 14:15-21.

28th

Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10,32-35;

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11; John 17:1-11.


 


 


 


 


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Guernsey%20FlagNEWS FROM GUERNSEY


 


Happy Birthday Greetings for April to: Harry Bough (21 on 1st), Carol McIntyre (2nd), Marion Batiste (3rd), Pauline Falla (70 on 7th), Zoë Ferbrache (11th), Joyce Le Poidevin (13th) and Enid Batiste (16th).


 


Anniversary Greetings to: Frank and Winnie Keyho (10th), Barry and Rose Le Sauvage (14th), David and Nikki Knight (15th) and Lloyd and Joyce Le Poidevin (29th).


 


Then in May: Happy Birthday greetings to: Janet Duquemin (80 0n 1st), Ibby Knight, April De La Mare (21) and David Le Tissier – all on 3rd, Archie Carre (9) on 13th and Philip Le Poidevin (16th).


 


Anniversary wishes – congratulations to Karen and Peter Leaman for 10th and to Gary and Julie Doggett on 28th.


 


CARING


We send our heartfelt sympathy and love to José Day and her family on the sad passing of her dearly loved husband Chris.


We remember in our prayers those who are unwell, Marion Batiste in hospital, her sister Ruth, the Duquemin family, Rosemary Le Sauvage and Irene Domaille.


 


LENT LUNCH


Sincere thanks to all who helped in any way and those who attended. £135 was raised for the D. E. C. Famine Appeal in Africa.


Jeanne


 


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It was with great sadness that we learnt of the recent death of Chris Day.  I am not sure when Chris and his wife José started coming to services at Grande Rue but I cannot recall a year in which they did not appear.  We used Chris’s legal knowledge on several occasions and his wise counsel was greatly appreciated by Ministers and Elders let alone myself as Secretary.  His generosity in supporting our offertories was a mark of his appreciation of the welcome he was always accorded by the congregations over the years. My abiding memory is of his occasional participation many years ago in the Palm Sunday walks round the lanes with Patsy the donkey.  Our condolences and prayers are for his wife, José, and their children.


Brian Veillard


 


200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BUILDING OF THE CHAPEL AT GRANDE RUE, 1817


Sue Veillard has marked the anniversary of the building of the chapel in the most fitting way by her absorbing and beautifully presented book – “A History of the Chapel at Grande Rue, St Saviours”.


With extensive research she has taken us back in time and has brought the earlier years alive, particularly how the church was founded, when for 17 years the non-conformists held services in their own homes until the chapel was built in 1817.


Illustrated with many photos and with reminiscences from some of our older members, this is a fascinating record of our church’s history.


Copies are still available at £5.


For your diaries: To celebrate the anniversary there will be a flower festival by the Guernsey Flower Arrangement Society over the weekend of 17th / 18th June and a commemoration


 


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Service on the Sunday at 10.30am, which will be attended by the Bailiff.


We would love to see you at this special celebration. There will be more details in the next newsletter.


Jeanne Gathercole


 


GUERNSEY’S DIARY AND ROTAS FOR APRIL


 


Sunday

 

Tuesday

 2nd

 

 4th

10.30am

 

 3.45pm

 6.00pm

Morning Worship led by Mr Jeremy Sharratt                                         Coffee

Rainbows

Brownies  

Wednesday

 5th

10.00am

Mums and Toddlers

 

Thursday

 6th

10.00am

Coffee Morning

 

Friday

 7th

 

END OF TERM

 

Sunday

 9th

10.00am

 

10.30am

Palm Sunday walk round the lanes of St. Saviour’s.

Morning Worship led by Rev’d David Knight                                          Coffee   

Thursday

13th

10.00am

Coffee Morning

Sunday

16th

 9.00am

10.30am

Easter Breakfast

Easter Morning Worship led by Mrs Lindsey Veillard                          Coffee                                

Thursday

20th

10.00am

Coffee Morning

Sunday

23rd

10.30am

Morning Worship and Holy Communion led by Rev’d David Knight

                                                     Coffee

Tuesday

25th

 

3.45pm

  6.00pm

BACK TO SCHOOL

Rainbows

Brownies

Wednesday

26th

10.00am

Mums and Toddlers

Thursday

27th

10.00am

Coffee Morning

Sunday

30th

10.30am

Morning Worship led by Rev. Ruth Dillon from Fleet URC                Coffee


Communion Duty Elder – Sue Veillard


 


 


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Door Duty

Sunday Coffee

League of Love

   2nd

Winnie Keyho

Marion & Pam D

Karen Leaman

   9th

Jeanne Gathercole

Sarah

Brooke Carre

 16th

Sue Veillard

Jeanne & Pam F

EASTER

 23rd

Frank Keyho

Jean & David

Ruth Tulie

30th

Pam Fallaize

Joan

Pam Hicks


Thursday Coffee


  6th

Ray & Jean

13th

t.b.a.

20th

Rose and Jennice

27th

Lindsey & Sue


 


 


 


 


 


GUERNSEY’S DIARY AND ROTAS FOR MAY


Sunday

 7th

10.30am

Morning Worship led by Mrs Karen Harrison                                       Coffee

Tuesday

  9th

 

LIBERATION DAY

 

Wednesday

10th

10.00am

Mums and Toddlers

 

Thursday

11th

10.00am

Coffee Morning

 

Sunday

14th

10.30am

Morning Worship led by Rev. Mary Thomas                                         Coffee   

 

 

11.45am

CHURCH MEETING

Tuesday

 16th

 3.45pm

Rainbows

 

 

 6.00pm

Brownies

Wednesday

17th

10.00am

Mums and Toddlers

Thursday

18th

10.00am

Coffee Morning

Sunday

21st

10.30am

 

Family Service with Brownies and Rainbows led by Mrs Lindsey Veillard 

                                                     Coffee

 

 

 

Copy for June/July Messenger please

Tuesday

23rd

 3.45pm

 6.00pm

Rainbows

Brownies

Wednesday

24th

10.00am

Mums and Toddlers

Thursday

25th

10.00am

Coffee Morning

Sunday

28th

10.30am

Morning Worship and Holy Communion led by Rev’d David Knight

                                                   Coffee

                         29th – 2nd June     HALF TERM


Communion Duty Elder – Jeanne Gathercole


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Door Duty

Sunday Coffee

League of Love

  7th

Pam De La Mare

Sue

Joyce Scraton

 14th

Winnie Keyho

Lindsey

Carol McIntyre

 21st

Joyce Le Poidevin

Frank & Winnie

Enid Batiste

 28th

Joan Anderson

 

Marion & Pam D

Win Keyho


Thursday Coffee


  4th

Janet & Co

11th

Ray & Jean

18th

David & Jean

25th

Sue & Lindsey

 


 


 


 


 


 

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