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The Channel Island Messenger

The Messenger

 

The Magazine

of

The United Reformed Church in the Channel Islands

 

(Summer evenings)

 

 

 

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 

 

“Synod calling”                   

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;

  • Someone with legal and accounting skills to serve as a Trustee.

  • People willing to take minutes at some of our Committee meetings.

  • People interested in social justice issues to serve our Church and Society group.

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    But the needs are constantly changing. Why not find out more about the work we do by looking at the Synod website http://wessexsynodurc.org.uk/

     

If there is an area of our work that interests you, please contact Sue Brown to find out more: clerk@urcwessex.org.uk or 01329 232454

 


READINGS FOR AUGUST

5th

Exodus 16.2-4, 9-15; Psalm78 .23-29; Ephesians 4. 1-16; John 6.24-35.

 12th

 1 Kings 19.4-8; Psalm 34.1-8; Ephesians 4.25-5.2;

 John 6.35, 41-51.

19th

Proverbs 9.1-6; Psalm 34. 9-14; Ephesians 5.15-20;

John 6.51-58.

26th

Joshua 24.1-2a, 14-18; Psalm 34. 15-22;

Ephesians 6.10-20; John 6. 56-69.                        




AND SEPTEMBER

2nd

Deuteronomy 4.1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15; James 1.17-27;

Mark 7. 1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

 9th

  Isaiah 35. 4-7a; Psalm 146; James 2. 1-17; Mark 7.24-37.

16th

 Isaiah 50.4-9a; Psalm 116.1-9; James 3.1-12;

 Mark 8.27-38.

23rd

 

Jeremiah 11. 18-20; Psalm 54; James 3. 13-4.3,7-8a;

Mark 9.30-37.

30th

Numbers 11. 4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19. 7-14;

James 5. 13-20; Mark 9. 38-50.




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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).

 

CARING

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?!

Marion

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.

 

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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.

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 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

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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.

 

WEDDING

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”

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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.

Jeanne Gathercole

 

GUERNSEY’S DIARY FOR AUGUST

 

Thursday

 2nd

10.00am

Coffee Morning

 

Sunday

  5th

10.30am

Morning Worship led by

Karen Harrison

 

Coffee

Thursday

 9th

10.00am

Coffee Morning

 

Sunday

12th

10.30am

 

Morning Worship led by

Mr. Brian Mizon

 

Coffee

Thursday

16th

10.00am

Coffee Morning

 

Sunday

19th

10.30am

Morning Worship led by Mr. Brian Mizon

 

Coffee

Thursday

23rd

10.00am

Coffee Morning

 

Sunday

26th

10.30am

Morning Worship led by Mr. Jeremy Sharratt

Coffee

Retiring Collection for Guernsey Alzheimers Association

Thursday

31st

10.00am

Coffee Morning

 

 

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GUERNSEY’S ROTAS FOR AUGUST

 

 

Door Duty

Sunday Coffee

League of Love

 5th

Jeanne

Lindsey

Pam Fallaize

12th

Pam D

Frank & Winnie

Lloyd Le Poidevin

19th

Frank & Winnie

Jeanne

Winnie Keyho

26th

Jeanne

Joan & Pam F

Archie Carre

           

GUERNSEY’S DIARY FOR SEPTEMBER

Sunday

 2nd

10.30am

Morning Worship led by

 Mrs Karen Harrison         Coffee                   

Wednesday

 5th

 

Back to School

 

 

 

10.00am

Mums and Toddlers

 

Thursday

 6th

10.00am

Coffee Morning

 

Sunday

 9th

10.30am

 

11.45am

Morning Worship led by

 Rev David Knight            Coffee                                           

CHURCH MEETING

Tuesday

11th

 3.45pm

Rainbows

 

 

 6.00pm

Brownies

Wednesday

12th

10.00am

Mums and Toddlers

Thursday

13th

10.00am

Coffee Morning

Sunday

16th

10.30am

 

Family Service led by

Mrs Lindsey Veillard         Coffee                                                                                                                                                                     

Tuesday

18th

 3.45pm

Rainbows

 

 

 6.00pm

Brownies

Wednesday

19th

10.00am

Mums and Toddlers

Thursday

20th

10.00am

Coffee Morning

Sunday

 

23rd

10.30am

 

Morning Worship led by Mr Andrew Hyde                      Coffee

Copy for Oct/Nov “Messenger”

Tuesday

25th

 3.45pm

 6.00pm

Rainbows

Brownies

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Wednesday

26th

10.00am

Mums and Toddlers

Thursday

27th

10.00am

Coffee Morning

Sunday

30th

10.30am

Harvest Festival with Holy Communion led by Rev’d David Knight.                               Coffee       

Retiring Collection for Guernsey Alzheimers Association

Communion: Harvest – Lloyd (Joan & Sarah)

 

GUERNSEY’S ROTAS FOR SEPTEMBER

 

 

Door Duty

Sunday Coffee

League of Love

 2nd

Pam F

Pam D & Phyllis

David Le Poidevin

 9th

Jeanne

Frank & Winnie

Ruth Rich

16th

Sarah

Sue

Joyce Anderson

23rd

Pam D

Jeanne

Brian Veillard

30th

Sue

Lindsey

HARVEST

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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.

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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.

 

CHARITY FUND

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 Carver

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

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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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JERSEY’S DIARY FOR AUGUST


Sunday

 5th

10.30am

Morning Worship and Holy Communion led Rev. Debbie Poole

Charity Fund: Les Amis.          Coffee

Sunday

12th

10.30am

 

Morning Worship led by

Rev. Dr. David Prothero

 

       Coffee

Sunday

19th

10.30am

Morning Worship led by

Mr Michael Ruskin                   Coffee

Sunday

27th

10.30am

Morning Worship led by

 Mr Brian Nicolle                     Coffee                 

 

 

 

 


JERSEY’S ROTAS FOR AUGUST


 

Elder

Welcome

Reader

Flowers

 5th

 

Sandra & Brian

Laura & Margaret W

Edith

Sandra

12th

Michael R

Bill & Iris

Christine

Tammy

19th

Sue Wheeler

Ron & Margaret W

Iris

Michael  R

26th

Margaret W

Michael R & ?

Margaret P

Joan Le B


 


JERSEY’S ROTAS FOR SEPTEMBER


 

Elder

Welcome

Reader

Flowers

 2nd

 

Mike R &Sue

Bill & Marilyn

Catherine

Sue

 9th

Mike R

Richard D & Graham L

Laura

Margaret P

16th

Ron W

Catherine & Edith

Richard

HARVEST

23rd

Sandra  N

Sue & Rosemary

Brian

Catherine

30th

Brian N

Mike R & ?

Graham

Beryl


 


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JERSEY’S DIARY FOR SEPTEMBER

Sunday

 2nd

10.30am

Morning Worship and Holy Communion led by Rev. Dr. David Prothero                                    Coffee

Charity Fund: Commitment for Life

Tuesday

 4th

 

New Term begins

 

Sunday

 9th

10.30am

 

Morning Worship led by

Rev Tony Morling

 

Coffee

Saturday

15th

 

Decorating the Church for Harvest

Sunday

16th

10.30am

Harvest Thanksgiving led by Rev’d Dr. David Prothero

 

 

                           12.00       Harvest Lunch in the Church

Tuesday

18th

 6.30pm

S. E. Area Gathering at Totton URC.

Sunday

23rd

10.30am

Morning Worship led by

Mr Mike Sheldrake

 

Coffee

 

 

 1.15pm

The Leprosy Mission ‘Focus on Nepal’ Lunch at Hotel de France  (see below)

 

                         Copy for October/November ‘Messenger’

Sunday

30th

10.30am

Morning Worship led by

Rev. Dr. David Prothero

Coffee

 

The Leprosy Mission ‘Focus on Nepal’ Lunch in association with Jersey Side by Side.

 

Guest Speaker: Pam Rhodes

Cost: £25

 

Do join us and help to make up a table for 10.

 

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Guernsey

Chaplain to the Bailiwick

Reverend David Knight

Glencoe,

La Passee,

St Sampsons,

Guernsey,

GY2 4TJ

(01481) 255440

Dave.knight@gov.gg

 

Church Secretaries

 

Guernsey: Mrs Sarah Bough

Ch'lisier

Grande Rue

St Saviours

Guernsey

GY7 9PP

Tel:  (01481) 267127

ansafaff@yahoo.co.uk

 

Jersey: Michael Ruskin

Ocean View,

 Route de L’Etacq,

St. Ouen,

Jersey

 JE3 2FB

(01534) 482366

ruskin.oceanview@gmail.com

 

Magazine Editor

Michael Ruskin

As above

 

Website: www.urc.org.je