HERTFORD

UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

Hertford URC

 

344th Anniversary year

 

September 2017

 

MISSION STATEMENT

We aim to be an active Christian Church open to all, meeting together for worship, teaching and prayer and offering loving care and support to all.   We work alongside other Christian Churches reaching out into the community with love.

 

 

MINISTER             REV DAVID BRADBURN

                                      6 Tudor Rise

                               Broxbourne EN10 7HB      Tel: 01992 443218

SUNDAY WORSHIP

10.30 am                Family Worship, followed by coffee/tea

                               Communion is usually celebrated on the

                               First Sunday of the month

WEEKDAY WORSHIP

11.00 am                Thursday there is time of Reflection and Prayer during our "Open House" Coffee Morning

                                       runs from 10.00 - 12.00 noon.

                              

MONDAY MIXERS

2.00pm                   Alternative Bible Study and Social Afternoons Every Monday

                               see diary for details (not through summer holidays)

 

          The Minister’s day-off is Tuesday.   Please contact your Elder for urgent pastoral needs on that day

The diary is at the end of this magazine

 

Davids head

 

As our Minister, David, is away on holiday this following article opens our magazine for September.

from The Rev Paul Hardingham, “Parish Pump”

This month marks 20 years since the funeral of Princess Diana on 6th September 1997. Recently Prince William described how his mother’s death was like an earthquake, the shockwaves taking time to sink in. When we remember the days leading up to the funeral, the whole nation seemed touched by her death. Over 32 million people watched the funeral on television. As we look back to this event, what is its continuing significance?

As those made in the image of God, we are called to reach out to show love to others. ‘Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.’ (1 John 4:7). Princess Diana did this, especially the vulnerable in our society, remembering especially her work with AIDS sufferers and landmine victims. However, she was also a flawed individual, who fought various ‘demons’ in her own life and struggled with relationships. People identified with her humanity as one like us: fallible, weak yet more than good enough.

There is always something powerful about vulnerability in others; we can identify with them because, like us, they don’t have it all together. God uses flawed people in his purposes, as we clearly see in the pages of the Bible: Abraham, Moses, David and Paul, to mention just a few!

‘I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved.’ (Princess Diana).

 

   

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‘THANK YOU’ from Shirley Sloan

 

Thank you all for the money you raised at the Coffee Morning for Street Pastors recently, it will pay for a box and a half of flip flops and we use about 5 boxes of these a year.

Flip flops are just one of the items we carry - water, foil blankets, wet wipes, a basic first aid kit, tissues, disposable gloves and hand gel, are just a few off the others.

The great thing I have found over my time as a Street Pastor is that we are seen as caring for people and we are not there to condemn them for enjoying themselves.   It is said how many people see Christians as people who only find fault!!!!!   I know this is one of the barriers for people being open to God’s message and we have to remove this.

I understand we need £6000 a year for basic running cost such as insurance etc. just to keep going.  Only two churches in Hertford and Ware give a yearly donation.  At our AGM we were told we only had funds for 6 months and Rick is working hard to find more.

Please can I ask you all to remember us in your prayers.  We are sowing seeds for God to grow in his own time.

 

 

 

 

Sponsored Bike n Hike SATURDAY SEPTEMBER  9th 10 – 4pm

 

The sponsored Bike 'n Hike is an annual fundraising event organised by the Beds and Herts Historic churches Trust. The aim is to raise money both for the Trust and for the participating churches. Half of every cyclist’s and walker’s sponsor money goes to the Trust and half goes to the church of their choice. Consequently, the more cyclists or walkers who take part, then the greater the direct benefit to that church. 

As usual our church will be open to receive visitors and Cheryl Jackson will be organising help for this.  Also donations of cakes, fruit and biscuits will be welcome.  Cheryl would also like to have sponsors for her cycling efforts and if you would like to participate in any way, please contact Cheryl.

 

 

 

 

2017 DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

 

Church Meetings – Sunday lunch time: 

                                  17th September,  November to be confirmed.

 

Other dates

 

 1st October    Harvest Thanksgiving

 

Harvest - Decorating the Church

Saturday 31st August, 9.30 am – 11.00 pm

We shall be decorating the church before our Thanksgiving Service the following day.  We would be most grateful for donations of flowers and a few items of produce to decorate the Communion Table.

 

 

 

 

Church Garden Party

Sunday 20 August

 

Although the sun was out only briefly, our annual garden party enjoyed a warm and pleasant afternoon in our beautiful church prayer garden.  The flowers were at their best as approximately 30 of us gathered to sit and chat whilst eating copious amounts of sandwiches, scones and cakes.  Thank you to all who brought along a contribution. What an enjoyable time we had and it was great to use this lovely space for such an occasion.

 

Garden Party August 2017
 Garden Party 2017a  Garden Party 2017b
 Garden Party 2017c  Garden Party 2017d

 

                                                 

Church Gardens

I am sure you will all agree how beautiful the Church Gardens are now – our thanks to Sue, Mike and helpers Shirley and Phil for making them look so splendid.

 

 

 

 

Harvest Thanksgiving 2

 

 

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

 

Our Service this year will be held on Sunday 1st October and there will be a collection of non-perishable food for the Foodbank and an opportunity to donate towards the work of Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda. 

Following the Service a hot lunch will be prepared by Fehim and will be served in the church.

 

 

 

News from Hertford Baptist Church – We have been able to appoint Rev Andrew Clark to the post of Associate Pastor at Hertford Baptist Church. Andrew is currently the Assistant Minister at Homewood Road Church in St Albans. His induction service will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 9th September. We would love as many of those from other local churches as possible to join us that afternoon. Further details and formal invitations will follow in due course.

 

 

 

Deadline for cashing in your old £1             

coins                                      

Dig into the pockets of your coats, rummage down the backs of your chairs and couch, empty your piggy bank, look in your car – do whatever it takes, but FIND all those old £1 coins that may lurk around your house – before it is too late.  

For this autumn, the little round £1 we have known since 1983 will become worthless. The Treasury has just brought out a new 12-sided £1 coin. The change to the new silver and gold dodecagon is the largest to affect the UK’s currency since 1998, when the old 50p coin was abandoned for a smaller, shiner version.

The face side of the new £1 coin features the Queen, while the tail side features four emblems: the English rose, the leek for Wales, the Scottish thistle and the shamrock for Northern Ireland – all emerging from a single stem within a crown.

 

 

Prayer Request Book

 

 The Prayer Request Book is always available on the table at the back of the church for any prayers for people and situations you would like to be included in our Prayers of intercession.   Please ask a Steward if you are not sure where it is.

 

 

 

Time 4 Life

SATURDAY 23RDSEPTEMBER

10 - 12 noon

proceeds to

‘TIME FOR LIFE’

Cakes, books, bric-a-brac,

Produce & plants, please

AND YOU!

 

 

 

 

As always we are so grateful to Sue Lawrance for her dedication in keeping our church front gardens so attractive, through all weathers.  We look forward to seeing all the flowers again as they peep through the winter soil.  A welcome taste of Spring.

 

URC CHURCH AND SOCIETY NETWORK EVENT

SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2017 at

Palmers  Green URC

10.00 am – 1.30 pm (Lunch provided)

 

An opportunity to meet like-minded people to learn, share and inspire each other on many topics.  This year we cover

 

  • Mental Health
  • Disability and Discrimination,
  • Inclusion: ‘Who’s in and Who’s out
  • Culture, Religion and Bereavement

 

Learn, Discuss and Debate.  We hope to have a recorded 10 minute clip from David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, on Mental Health and the effects of recent events in London, especially on young people.

Publicity about this event is at the back of the Church.  Please try to come along.  A group will be going from Hertford and transport can be arranged either by car or rail depending on how many are going.  Please speak to Fran for more details.

 

 

 

‘Walk Cheerfully over the World’

Quaker testimonies in music and song

A concert at Hertford Quaker Meeting House

Sunday October 8th at 3 pm

 

Friends at Hertford Quaker Meeting are delighted that this very special concert is taking place in our Meeting House during Quaker Week 2017. The title of the concert ‘Walk Cheerfully over the World’ uses the words of the founder of the Religious Society of Friends, George Fox. They are taken from a letter written by George Fox from Launceston Prison in 1656 which ends with the words “walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one”. Fourteen years later Hertford Meeting House was completed, the oldest Meeting House in the world to have been in continuous use.

Peter Webb’s song cycle ‘Walk Cheerfully’ consists of six songs, five of which reflect our Quaker Testimonies of Simplicity, Justice, Truth, Equality and Peace, while the introduction is entitled ‘Walk Cheerfully’. Peter Webb, an Australian composer, was commissioned by Quakers in South Australia to write something for Australia’s 2010 yearly meeting. The first UK performance of ‘Walk Cheerfully’ took place at Jordans Meeting House in 2016. Peter Webb hopes to be with us in Hertford for the second UK performance.

Walk Cheerfully’ is written for soprano, oboe and string quartet and the rest of the programme is built around this ensemble.

 

The Performers

The Aylwin String Quartet

Richard Aylwin, Ruth Hudson, Peter Mallinson and Graham Bradshaw are members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra who also enjoy the more intimate framework of chamber music. As well as performing the mainstream classical quartet repertoire they also have a strong interest in contemporary music. The Quartet members have had an association with the orchestra at the University of Hertfordshire, ‘de Haviland Philharmonic’, for several years, acting as soloists, leader and principals. They have also participated as a quartet in various workshops involving student composers within the Music Department at the University of Hertfordshire.

 

Richard Simpson

Richard Simpson is Principal Oboe of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. It was his interest in Peter Webb’s composition that led to the performance at Jordans, which is part of Chilterns Area Meeting, and also one the oldest meeting houses in the country (1688). Richard is an attender at High Wycombe Meeting.

Lottie Greenhow

Lottie Greenhow is a soprano equally at home as a soloist and as a choral and ensemble singer and performs all over the UK and internationally. She held choral scholarships at Christ’s and Jesus Colleges in Cambridge and later studied acting at Thames Valley University and opera at the Associated Studios, Hammersmith. As a young person, she attended Jordans Quaker Meeting where her mother, Ingrid, remains a member. 

Katey Earle (Clerk of Hertford Local Meeting)

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China opens its arms to the Bible – with 30 years help from Bible Society

Just over 40 years ago, the Bible was a banned book in China. But today, in this largely atheist country, the Bible is a best seller. In China today, you will find churches so full that their congregants spill out on the pavement. Those in rural areas often walk for hours just to attend a service, while more and more city-dwellers can be found in churches – both underground and state-run – on a Sunday morning.

What’s more, copies of the Bible – once a banned book in China – are now within reach through local churches and specially-licensed bookshops. And those Bibles are desperately needed. As one Chinese Christian explains: 'The fire of revival has been burning in China for 30 years. But if we want it to keep burning, we need to feed it with God’s word.'

It’s a remarkable story. And over the last 30 years, the Bible Society has been at the heart of it. Over decades, through working with the registered Church, they have carved out a unique ministry in China. For it was back in 1987, in response to requests from Chinese church leaders, that Bible Society helped to establish the Amity Printing Company. In 2008, it moved to a larger, upgraded facility, the size of 12 football pitches and with the capacity to print 20 million Bibles a year. It’s now the world’s biggest Bible printing factory!

Bible Society is still hard at work, printing and distributing Bibles across the country, helping to strengthen the roots of the Chinese Church, and to help new believers grow into mature followers of Jesus.

Here are just some of the numbers that describe the Bible Society’s work in China:
68 million Chinese Bibles printed from its press since 1987.
55,000 local churches with whom it is connected.
77 distribution centres from which it bases itself.
48 Bible vans taking Bibles wherever they need to go

 

                          

Used Stamps

 Shirley Sloan is still collecting used stamps in the plastic container on the church desk in the Vestibule. Shirley now takes them to the Isobel Hospice Shop that will take all used stamps.

 

 

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CHURCH DIARY FOR 

SEPTEMBER 2017

 

             

SEPTEMBER 2017

Aug

Thurs

31

10.00 am

Open House in Vestibule with time of reflection and prayer

       

Sept

Sun

3

10.30 pm

Morning Worship with Holy Communion led by Ian Matthews with John Greenhill  officiating at Communion

Thurs 7

10.00 am

Open House in Vestibule with time for reflection and prayer
Sat 9

10 –

4 pm

Herts. & Beds. Sponsored Cycle/Walk – Church open for visitors

       

Sun

10

10.30 am

Morning Worship led by Margaret Colville

Thurs 14

10.00 am

  4.00 pm

Open House in Vestibule with time of Reflection and prayer

Elders’ Meeting in Vestibule

       

Sun

17

10.30 am

approx.

12.00 – 1.15 pm

Morning Worship led by Rev David Bradburn. 

After Coffee and biscuits the Service will be followed by a Church Meeting

Thurs

21

10.00 am

  4.00 pm

Open House in Vestibule with time of reflection and prayer

Foodbank Management Committee

Church Vestry

Sat 23

10.00 –

noon

Church Coffee Morning – in aid of “Time for Life”

       

Sun

24

10.30 am

Morning Service led by Janet Bird, All Saints Church

Thurs 28 10.00 am Open House in Vestibule with a time of Reflection and prayer
Sat 30 9.30 am

Decorate Church for Harvest

       

OCT

Sun

1

10.30 am

HARVEST - Morning Worship with Holy Communion led by Rev David Bradburn

Followed by a Cooked Fellowship Lunch in the Church prepared by Fehim

 

Hertford & District Foodbank is open every weekday from

4.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

For queries please contact 07851 708470 or Cheryl or Fran