From the Vicarage,

I am writing the April 'From the Vicarage' in Perth, Australia, but by the time you read it we will be back in England for Easter. We are having  a busy, but relaxing and stimulating Sabbatical, experiencing worship in a number of churches, in both New Zealand and Australia. Hopefully, we will be ready for whatever ministry throws at us upon our return!

Easter is an uplifting season in the church year. It speaks of optimism and new beginnings, as the early church prepares to grow after the risen Christ ascends back to his Father. We don't know what the future holds for each one of us as individuals or for our church, but the sadness of Lent, especially Good Friday, is behind us and we can now look with optimism to what lies ahead.

Of course, that isn't to say there won't be difficult times; we know the early church had its setbacks. Nevertheless, we should try to be optimistic and like the early church move forward and grow.

Some of the churches we have visited in the antipodes have been healthy, some have been struggling; but the one thing that came over to us both was the sense of belonging and how warmly we were welcomed in them all. It made us realise how wonderful it is to be part of the worldwide Christian family, struggling together, but also celebrating success together. 

Sadly, a number of people we met didn't have a faith, and, indeed, were very negative about any form of religion. Sharing time with non-Christians is something we are not used to and it has made us realise how fortunate we are. It also reminded us that we need to take out the Easter message of hope and share it with all those we meet. 

May this Easter season be one of joy, peace and hope to you all.

God bless,     Tim and Norma


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1st Reading


Acts 10: 34-43


(Acts 4: 32-35)


Acts 3: 12-19


Acts 4:5-12


Acts 8: 26-end


Acts 10: 44-end

Gospel


John 20: 1-18


(John 20: 19-end)


Luke 24: 36b-48


John 10: 11-18


John 15: 1-8


John 15: 9-17

Morning


Tony Dewdney


John Russell


Rita Russell


Anthony Westnedge


Anne Brown


Tony Dewdney

Evening


Roy Waller


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Tony Dewdney


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David Plews


John Russell

Lesson Readers

If you are unavailable on your allocated date, please arrange to change with someone else.

Date


April 8



15



22



29



Mat 6


8.00 a.m.

Roger Hulme



Anne Potts



Roy Waller



Lynda Carter



Roger Hulme

11.00 a.m.


John Russell

Rita Russel


Tony Curzon

Carole Curzon


Frank Glynn

Christine Glynn


Peter Bullivent

Carolyn Bullivent


John Russell

Rita Russell

6.30 a.m.




Howard Hulme



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Colin Marlow



Howard Hulme

Sidesmen Rota

From the Registers

Baptism
25
th March    Jack Walsh Dalton


Funerals

12
th March    Harold   Massey

27th March    Laurie Smith


Internment of ashes

4
th  March   Ivy Smalley

Items for inclusion in the next month’s magazine should be

sent to Judith Dewdney by the 20th April.

30 Henbury Rise Henbury

Tel:-  01625 439753 email:- judith.torview@gmail.com


Pastoral Care

If you know of anyone who you think would benefit from a visit by one of our Pastoral Care Team, please contact Tim or Norma (425510), Carole (611477), Christine (511784) or Linda (424505).


MOTHERS’ UNION

It is now four years this month since I took over writing this article from Judith Dewdney and it does not get any easier.

Thanks must go to everyone who supported us at our Lenten Lunch.  It may seem a long time ago now but it was too late to report on it in the last edition of the magazine.  We managed to raise £253 which enabled us to purchase one each of the Make a Mother’s Day Gifts and two of the literacy one and two of the Britain and Ireland one.  We also received a donation which we are hoping to forward to an MU project helping the homeless in Manchester.  In case you are not aware, any money raised for MU projects goes directly to that project and nothing is deducted from it for administration or other such costs.

It was nice for MU to be asked to take part in the Mothering Sunday service and some of the MU resources were used in putting the service together.  Our cake stall following the service raised £62.60 so thanks again to those who baked and purchased from the stall.  

As some of you may know, I have recently moved an elderly relative of mine from Surrey to a Care Home in Alderley Edge.  I was very pleased one day when I went in to visit to see him with a Fiddle muff on his knee and on the inside was a label “Chester Diocese MU”.  It made me very proud to be a member of this organisation and if anyone feels like knitting some more of these or sewing the fiddle pinnies, the patterns can be found on the Chester MU website.  There does seem to be a growing need for them.

If any non-members, male or female, are interested in hearing our speaker this month please do come along.  You will be very welcome and under no obligation to join!

As I finish this article I have just come across a prayer posted on the MU York site on Facebook written by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.  It asks for us to join in the prayer today (14th March) but I think the words are appropriate for any time.

A prayer at a time of international uncertainty

Lord of the Nations,

Who loves us faithfully in all our troubles,

We pray for our leaders:

In their struggles give them wisdom,

In their ambitions give them moderation,

In their fears give them courage,

So the affairs of this world may be peaceful,

That justice may reign and Your Kingdom be seen,

Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

DIARY DATES APRIL 2018

Thursday, 12th April  – Monthly Meeting – Speaker Olivia Smedley on Cheshire’s Forgotten Suffragette (100 years)   Vote of Thanks – Di Waller

Please note that if you still have a Worldwide box please let Lynne have it as soon as possible.


HENBURY  W.I

At our March meeting after our President, Barbara Lomas had welcomed everyone we had the very exciting practice evacuation of the church hall in case of fire.  We all assembled on the car park and roll call was taken.

When we were all installed back in the warmth of the church hall we were entertained by Brian Morris (The Magic Lantern Man).  He came all dressed up in dark suit and top hat representing Victorian Life.

He had a magic lantern projector and he explained the history of photographic slides and then showed us various pictures depicting life in the Victorian era.

The competition for the evening was a Victorian item and this was won by Jill Jones.

We enjoyed some delicious refreshments followed by our business of the evening.

Next month we shall have a talk by John Stirling entitled

  “Toytown to Buckingham Palace”


All visitors are welcome                                                            Ann Cresswell