The United Reformed Church in the Channel Islands
APRIL & MAY 2017
From Michael Ruskin, Secretary Jersey URC
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
READINGS FOR APRIL
READINGS FOR MAY
NEWS 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Communion Duty Elder – Sue Veillard
Communion Duty Elder – Jeanne Gathercole