The Channel Island Messenger
The United Reformed Church in the Channel Islands
What are your gifts?
How do you share them?
Sometimes we think our gifts are too humdrum to be much use to other people, but this is just not true.
Look again at these well-known verses from 1 Corinthians 12 in
“The Message” version:
“You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything. You’re familiar with some of the parts that God has formed in his church, which is his “body”:
Apostles, prophets, teachers, miracle workers, healers, helpers, organizers, those who pray in tongues.”
We are all somewhere on that list! We just need to “accept our part”.
And then comes the question: where are we called to play that part – in our community, in our local church, in the wider church?
The work of Wessex Synod relies on the many volunteers who generously play their part and share their gifts.
At the moment, we are in need of;
If there is an area of our work that interests you, please contact Sue Brown to find out more: email@example.com or 01329 232454
READINGS FOR AUGUST
NEWS FROM GUERNSEY
Birthday Greetings in August; Pam De La Mare (1st), David Knight (3rd), Jean Le Poidevin and Delma Le Tissier (both on 4th), Irene Domaille (5th), David Le Poidevin (9th), Alisha Gallienne (21st) and Brooke Carre (9 on 30th).
In September: Alisha Le Sauvage (2nd), Lloyd Le Poidevin (4th), Richard Veillard (13th), Julie Doggett (19th), Jeanne Gathercole (24th), Gary Doggett (27th) and Charlotte Leaman (30th.)
Wedding Anniversary Congratulations to Richard & Lindsey Veillard (2nd September) & Brian & Sue Veillard (25th).
As always our thoughts are with Vi Duquemin and Ruth Rich.
We also think of Irene Domaille, now at Summerland, Mount Durand, having been in hospital as a result of a fall; Janet Duquemin who has just returned from Southampton after a heart operation and Gary Doggett who has also been in hospital.
We also remember Jean le Poidevin and Delma Le Tissier who both have ongoing medical investigations.
Thankfully Joyce Anderson’s initial serious diagnosis now only requires a day patient operation.
And for any of you who are suffering with the heat, sorry but it’s summer or maybe just OLD AGE?!
Congratulations to Harry Bough, Sarah and Andrew’s son, who has just graduated with a 2:1 honours degree in English Literature and Film Studies at Bath University.
On the 1st July 2018 we at the Guernsey URC were blessed with a visit from the Rev. Clare Downing who is the Moderator of the Wessex Synod.
(The Wessex Synod stretches along the south coast from a few miles east of Portsmouth to the extreme west of Dorset, and ranges from Banbury in the north to us in the Channel Islands to the south. The area of the Wessex Synod includes the whole of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the Channel Islands, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, together with about half of Surrey and small parts of Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire. The Synod consists of 138 churches.)
Clare took the Sunday service and gave a challenging and encouraging address on the subject of inclusiveness. During coffee after the service, Clare was available to church members to chat informally or discuss the life and work of the church.
One of Clare’s priorities is to support and provide pastoral care of ministers and to encourage congregations, to enable both ministers and churches to fulfil their calling to a life of Christian work, worship and witness in local communities. Clare also represents the Synod at a regional (and national) level, particularly in ecumenical contexts where building relationships is key to a closer working together and a cooperation which strengthens our joint witness to Jesus Christ.
Following Clare’s visit, it has been announced at this year’s General Assembly of the United Reformed Church that Clare is to be the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church for 2020 to 2022.
The current Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church (2018 to 2020) is the Rev Nigel Uden, who is visiting the Guernsey Church in May next year. It is a very long time since a serving Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church has visited the Guernsey Church.
As way of background:
The General Assembly is the United Reformed Church’s decision-making body, bringing together commissioners drawn from every congregation every two years to make and refine church laws and policy.
The moderators of General Assembly are part of the denomination’s leadership team, acting as a point of unity but also using their wider perspective on the whole Church to inform discussions and make key decisions. The moderators act as ambassadors for the general assembly and represent the United Reformed Church both internally and within the wider world; chairing major meetings, visiting churches at home and abroad, and seeking to provide worship, teaching and pastoral care. In 2008, the General Assembly agreed to move from a single moderator appointed for one year to two moderators, a minister and an elder, serving for two years alongside one another. David
On the 31 March 2018 Lily Knight (daughter of Rev David and Nicola Knight) married Ben Le Marchant at the Guernsey URC.
The lovely, moving service was led by Lily’s Dad, who also walked her up the aisle. The beautiful flowers that adorned the church were supplied and arranged by Joan and Joyce Anderson for which both families are most grateful and give their sincere thanks. The organ was expertly played by Stephen Francis.
The reception was held in the delightful surroundings of the Farm House Hotel and they went on to Croatia for their honeymoon.
Ben and Lily had a wonderful day and want to thank all their friends and family for making it possible and for making the day so special.
The marriage of Ben and Maxine Gathercole took place in the church on Saturday 9 June. The couple sent this message to the church.
“We would just like to thank you for allowing us to get married in your lovely church. We had a fantastic day and Rev. Knight was wonderful.
Kind regards, Maxine and Ben”
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
Despite being unable to cover two of the rounds we managed to collect more than last year – a grand total of £1,106. A heartfelt thank you to our dedicated collectors; Jacob, Sarah and Andrew Bough; Jenny Richmond and Linda Laine and to all of you who gave so generously.
Christian Aid Week was followed a few weeks later by the visit of Dr Rowan Williams, (former Archbishop of Canterbury) chair of Christian Aid since 2013. I was unable to attend the vin d’honneur in the Town Church, but Sarah found it a very inspirational evening which led to more offers of desperately needed help for our local Guernsey branch.
GUERNSEY’S DIARY FOR
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Communion: Harvest – Lloyd (Joan & Sarah)
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NEWS FROM JERSEY
Happy Birthday in August: John Cudlipp (16th), while Off Island we send Greetings to Patrick and Andrew McManus (2nd), Khai Nicolle (11th) , Catherine Jones on 14th. and Bradley Nicolle (21st).
The following celebrate Wedding Anniversaries: Morag and Greig McDonald (1st), Helen and Tom Frost (14th), Sandra and Brian Nicolle (18th) and Jan and Mike Sheldrake (31st). Congratulations to you all.
September Birthdays include: Michael Le Cornu (6th), Richard Dupré (16th), Shirley Osborn (21st), and Helen Treby (23rd). Off Island greetings go to Nickey Nicolle (3rd).
Congratulations and best wishes to Holly Sheldrake and James Perchard on the occasion of their Wedding on Saturday 11th August at the Farmers Field, St. Martin. Mike Sheldrake will officiate.
Those who attended our last Church Meeting will recall that it was decided to distribute £8,000 to a selection of local charities.
The Elders have been considering likely recipients but would also welcome any thoughts or suggestions from members of the Congregation.
Due to lack of space there is no “Commitment for Life” this month but as usual a full report can be found on the Charity Fund Notice Board.
Harold was born in 1888 in Jersey. He was the second child of Henry and Louisa and in 1911 was living in Pierson Road with his wife Ella who he had married in 1909 and his daughter Doris who had been born in 1910. During the First World War he became a corporal with the 7th Royal Irish rifles. Whilst serving in France he became a father to a daughter Marjorie in 1915. In July 1916, the British government decided to launch their biggest battle against the Germans in the valley of the River Somme. In this battle which finally ended in November 1916, both sides suffered tremendous casualties. In fact on the first day
of the Somme, the British suffered their worst casualties in a
single day’s fighting of approximately 60,000 men. Harold was not involved in the early stage of the battle and he was probably held in reserve. However the Royal Irish rifles were ordered to attack the village of Guillemont in September 1916 and during this engagement Harold was killed. His body was never recovered but his name was added to the Thiepval monument which records 72,000 soldiers whose remains have not been identified.
He was 28 when he died and he left behind a young widow with two young children to bring up on her own. There is no evidence that she remarried though she was only 24 when she became a widow. During the German occupation she was living in Clearview Street. She passed away in 1987 over 60 years after her husband. Her youngest daughter Marjorie did marry in 1935 to Claude. I have been to the village of Guillemont since it is the location of the Jersey War Memorial commemorating the 863 Jersey men who died during the war. It consists as you can see below a large Jersey granite rock with an appropriate plaque. It has had a core removed and this will be part of the new memorial that will be constructed in the Parade thereby symbolically linking the two memorials.
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The Leprosy Mission ‘Focus on Nepal’ Lunch in association with Jersey Side by Side.
Guest Speaker: Pam Rhodes
Do join us and help to make up a table for 10.
Chaplain to the Bailiwick
Reverend David Knight
Guernsey: Mrs Sarah Bough
Tel: (01481) 267127
Jersey: Michael Ruskin
Route de L’Etacq,