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HERTFORD

UNITED REFORMED CHURCH


347th Anniversary year
 

 

JULY & AUGUST 2019

 

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             This is currently vacant.

                                     

                               

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.

                              

HOT POTATO LUNCH

12 Noon - 2.00pm  Monthly lunch on 3rd Thursday for alll - encouraging visitors.

 

             Please contact your Elder for urgent pastoral needs.

The diary is at the end of this magazine

 

Taking time just to be

Jesus says ‘come to me all you who are weary and I will give you rest’.

God is just as happy for us to enjoy being in His love as busying ourselves ‘doing’ love. The 4th century church father, Augustine, wrote about experiencing God’s embrace when he was feeling troubled and stressed. He said he was a burden to himself but God ‘caressed his head, closed his eyes and lulled him to sleep’ from which he awoke to discover himself calmed and healed.

Sometimes we have to give ourselves permission to accept God’s invitation to rest in the Lord. It takes effort. But it proves to be enjoyable and worthwhile. And it allows us to let God into our lives, which is exactly where God wants to be.

Here is a suggestion if you are out and about this summer.

Find a historic church, maybe just a local parish church, that is open. Go in and sit quietly on a pew. Look around at the architecture of the church. It’s designed to open your eyes to God. For example, the windows are symbolic of God’s light, full of truth and knowledge. Some windows may portray Biblical stories, or events, in stained glass. Decorative features in a church are often meant to symbolise the richness of heaven – look closely at the floor, ceiling and doors. Elaborate choir stalls enable singers to be set apart as they send God’s praises heavenwards. The altar and communion table represent the community of God, a coming together of believers - past, present and future.

As you sit and look around, reflect on the people that have worshipped in that church over the years, maybe over centuries, keeping the faith in that place. Listen for any sounds, perhaps music, voices, footsteps. Perhaps silence. Reflect on your place in the great cycle of praise and worship that continues unabated around the world and know that you belong. And in the stillness enjoy God’s presence. Just be.

Of course, that is only a suggestion. You can rest in the Lord in all sorts of places, indoors and outdoors. The important thing is to allow ourselves time for being with God without distraction or interruption. And the long days of summer are just right when you want to just be.

    

Jill Nugent

 

 

 

 

Phyllis Christine Mary Yorke

Sadly  passed away suddenly, but peacefully, 28th May 2019, aged 93 years.

Phyllis, Harold and family arrived in Hertford in 1964 and so became members of Hertford Congregational Church as it was then. Phyllis enthusiastically took part in Church life,  joining the choir, Ladies Circle, Actively retired group later, as well as playing badminton, preparing the Communion rota, hosting a Home group and joining in various other social and fund raising activities. All three of her children were married in the Church and at least five of her grandchildren were christened here. Phyllis worshipped at Hertford for over half a century and even had her special high backed chair in the past year or so, as without support her neck was painful.

Her family would like to say a huge thank you to you all, for the love and support shown in so many little and big ways, that made Mum feel part of your Church's family, especially after Harold passed away.  Also for the many cards, thoughts and prayers received by the Family.

This is written before her funeral and Celebration of her Life on 25th June, but thank you in advance to all who will have  helped to make this day so special a memory.

Mum wanted family flowers only so donations in her memory are to Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North who supported Mum for the past 3 years even going into Willowthorpe Home to take her out for the morning.

Bless you all.

Mary, Martin, Amanda and families x

 

HERTFORD UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

2019 DATES

 

CHURCH MEETINGS – SUNDAYS

14th July, 13th October

 

ELDERS’ MEETINGS – THURSDAYS

 

 

 

 

HERTFORD & DISTRICT FOODBANK REPORT

JUNE 2019 - A brief update

MAY 2019 figures

Number of people fed 165 – against 116 last year

Food issued 1629 kg

Food donated 1037 kg

40% more clients attending during the month compared to last year is presenting us with the challenge of providing enough core range items to our clients particularly during a period when food donations to us fall off during the summer months.  We are having to buy stocks of food items in regularly at the moment.”

As reported in our last update this follows on from the increases we experienced at the beginning of the year when there was a 68% increase in January and February. These increases are mainly due to Universal Credit being introduced and the closure of the Salvation Army Foodbank in Ware and the.

WARE Foodstore

There is another meeting of the Ware Churches Foodbank Steering Committee in mid-June, so no further news at present. The problem has been finding suitable accommodation for the store.

Visit of Mark Prisk MP - 14 June

Our local MP will be visiting the Hertford Foodbank on Friday 14th June at our request.

ASDA Grant

A Grant for £25,000.00 has been applied for to resource an electric van to transport donations from all the Ware and Hertford supermarkets to the Hertford Store and eventually stocking the planned store in Ware. There are also trips to our Hoddesdon warehouse and sometimes the need to exchange stock with other local Foodbanks. This amount will pay for the initial outlay but we will need to maintain the van in future.

There will be a “Food Drive” at the Ware ASDA store in the week 8 – 13 July.

TIN CAN COOK BOOK We have been able to obtain 50 copies which will be a useful resource for our clients.

As you can see we are extremely busy especially keeping up with the demands of working with Trussell Trust and all the expectations that are required on our volunteers. We ask for your prayerful support and for your continued generosity in donating food.

Fran Spence

 

Hot Potato Lunch

(3rd Thursday every month)

Our Hot Potato Lunches continue to be a great success with all who attend, church members and our regular visitors.

Come and join us for this great outreach to the town every third Thursday in the month.

Our next lunch is on the Thursday 18th July from 12 noon to 1.30 pm in the Church Vestibule.

 

Update on Herts Welcomes Syrian Families - the movie!

I first proposed a short film for HWSF in 2017. I was in my first year as a graduate student of media sound and music at UH, so I had access to facilities. HWSF were enthusiastic, so I discussed the plan with Catherine Henderson, who mentioned that there is a refugee here who is very keen to bear witness to the nature of the Syrian regime by making his own story known.

As it happened, my research had been focusing on the particular qualities in sound that can bring out first-person perspectives in film. I had got really interested in animation alongside creative use of sound in this way to tell a personal story with a focus on how it feels to live it, rather than a more objective, factual account.

After some nagging from my academic supervisor (!), I set this into motion last summer.  I felt the film needed to be drawn sensitively and with a slightly more ‘arty’ feel, so I began the crowd funding campaign to pay for an emerging animator to work with. 

I didn’t know how the crowd fund would work out; I set an arbitrary goal of £1000, but had no sense of how close that was to our reach. As it happened, we hit the target almost dead on, so thank you so, so much to everyone who contributed - many were Hertford and/or St Andrew's people!

We collected the story in the autumn of 2018, with our indispensable volunteer interpreter, Hady Bayoumi. I fashioned the results into a script and I've been working with a voice artist, Karim Kronfli (funded by Peter Ruffles - thank you!), to get the story-telling perfect – we want it to feel like the original speaker could be talking. We will be fading in and out snippets of the Arabic original.

The story is harrowing and powerful and makes the point very clearly about why resettlement is a necessity.  But it stands best alone, with no other story alongside it. So instead of telling the HWSF tale, we will be using a piece of writing from Catherine Henderson, originally published in the Quaker magazine The Friend, about refugees and empathy. This draws out some of the themes that emerge from the story and represents the voice of people of HWSF in the background. It's read by another voice artist, Fiona Thraille, and interspersed with the story.

I hope we are able to do the importance of this story justice in the end. 

We've run out of money!

I'm exploring small Arts grants, community funds, etc, so if anyone has any bright ideas on that front please let me know!! Meanwhile, any further private donations would be so very welcome. Do approach me directly about that if you're interested.

You can learn more about  Herts Welcomes Syrian Families on www.hwsf.org.uk/ : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                                      

Katie Seaton, (St. Andrew’s Church)

 

Kiwoko Hospital

 

In early June Kim and Phil Coleman held a Fundraising dinner for Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda.

Kim went to a lot of hard work to provide a delicious meal in her house.

It is great to report that £210 - thank you Kim and Phil!

 

                                                   

Kiwoko Hospital

 

I just want to highlight an article I saw in the last Newsletter from Kiwoko which Megan kindly circulated.   If you are placing an order from Amazon UK, the hospital can get commission!! Visit www.kiwokohospital.org and on the bottom right there is a link, which if you click will take you to the usual Amazon website.   Anything you buy could earn up to 10% commissison!!

 

Fran                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

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.

 

 

 

Churches Together Forum Meeting, 6th June 2019

 

A brief report of the points raised

  • New secretary is required, any offers please contact Katey Earle
  • Lent Events : £2350.30 raised through the Lent Events given to the local Christian Aid at St. Albans, who were amazed at the gift; a letter has been received thanking all the Hertford Churches for this grand effort.
  • URC quiz popular request for it to happen again next year.
  • Good Friday Witness – very successful event which will be repeated next year with more organization going into the singing and a new & more modern lightweight cross to be researched.
  • Street Pastors – 7 pastors are going out twice a month, £2,500 was transferred from the old Charity to the Community Church Street Pastors Account
  • Foodbank – report is as printed in this magazine.
  • Christian Aid. No walk this year – house to house envelop collection raised £860.00
  • Faith in Print – two primary schools have had Bibles and books
  • Young Life – report given - Schools impressed with LZ7 events which were very successful.
  • Future Hope – report - 8 families followed parenting course very successful   Struggling with financial increases.
  • Churches Together – The new facilitator for Herts will be invited to speak at our next AGM.
  • Finances – are Good £1800 in hand next donations will be given out at AGM in October
  • Website – to be taken down as it is not kept up to date. This will restart if someone offers to do it.

 

Sunday 7 July 2017 at 3.pm

Hertford Quaker meeting House

 

This 65 minute performance is a result of extensive research into the dark world of state-sanctioned torture and its stark impact on victims perpetrators families who collude in the “process”

Feeding the Darkness    

both iterates the Quaker position on torture and encourages us to examine how the UN Convention Against Torture (1965) Article 1 is clearly being abused by UK and world-wide governments.

30th July Holy Trinity at St. Leonards Church

  Holy Trinity

 

 

Lenton remembers a momentous day for mankind.

 

Walking on the moon in July 1969

 

American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first people to walk on the surface of the Moon 50 years ago, on 21st July 1969.

There had been some dispute over who would step first on to the Moon’s surface, but Apollo 11 commander Armstrong was given the privilege partly for technical reasons. Lunar module pilot Aldrin followed him almost 20 minutes later.

Both men were Christians. Aldrin, who was an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church, Texas, had got special permission to take bread and wine with him to space and take Communion privately. He did this with Armstrong watching in silence.

Armstrong wrote later: “We had come to space in the name of all mankind – be they Christians, Jews, Muslims, animists, agnostics or atheists. But at the time I could think of no better way to acknowledge the Apollo 11 experience than by giving thanks to God.”

The two men spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining the command module Columbia in lunar orbit.

Armstrong’s first step onto the lunar surface was broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience. He described it as “one small step for a man – one giant leap for mankind”.

Tea Coffee at St Leonards Church

Canon David Winter considers the Americans as Independence Day approaches.

Our friends across the pond 

July 4th is a special day in the USA and has been for 343 years. It is Independence Day, when they celebrate the Second Continental Council which declared the 13 American colonies were free of English rule. They were later joined by others, eventually forming the nation we now know as the ‘United States of America.’

In those 343 years America has changed, of course, from a vast land sparsely inhabited, entirely dependent on agriculture for survival, to becoming the richest, most powerful nation in the world. Its economic enterprise and cultural dominance are universally recognised. The Americans kept the English language of their colonial founders and have used it to dominate the world-wide film industry, popular music and theatre.

Perhaps because of this British people tend to be ambivalent about the USA. Yes, they have been our closest allies, and comrades in arms in two world wars. But in that ‘special’ relationship there is often a touch of envy. We may sing ‘Britannia Rules the waves’ but it is actually America that calls the tune.

Perhaps on their national day we can be grateful for all the good and generous things that have come to us from the USA – the Marshall Plan that helped to rebuild Europe after World War II and all the pleasure we have had from great American films, singers and drama. Let’s recognise too how warm and positive individual Americans tend to be. Of course, we shall disagree with them from time to time, as friends often do. But in so many ways we need each other, especially when times are difficult – ‘God bless America!’

 

 

Hertford URC ‘s History

 

As David has mentioned in his opening letter of this edition of the magazine, we look forward to the launch of an historical booklet giving a brief overview of the amazing history of our church from its very beginnings in the seventeenth century.

 

This is available at the back of the Church, and to cover the printing costs we hope a donation of £2.00 could be made for each copy.  You will find it fascinating and inspiring to know how our church roots have been established not only by the leadership of ministers but by so many church members that have gone before us.

 

 

Prayer spaces in public places

Churches across the UK are to launch Hope Spaces in 2020.

The Talking Jesus research found that 41% of practising Christians say that a spiritual experience or an experience of the love of Jesus was a key influence in their coming to faith. The aim of Hope Spaces is to help people to experience God’s love and presence, so they can come to know Him for themselves.

In 2020, 24-7 Prayer and HOPE Together are inviting churches to unite in their village, town or city, to host a creative, public prayer space.

Rachel Jordan-Wolf, National Mission and Evangelism Advisor to the Church of England, and one of the team behind the projects says, “Invite your community to experience God through talking and listening to Him in prayer. Imagine, all over the country, people meeting the God of hope in schools, work places, high streets, gardens and unexpected public places. Will you offer your community a place they can meet God in prayer?”

HOPE Together and 24-7 Prayer are developing an information pack and resources to give churches everything they need to set up HOPE Spaces in an empty local shop, a gazebo in a park, a beach hut … wherever local people might feel welcome and comfortable to explore prayer for themselves.

To register your interest email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will be contacted by 24-7 Prayer and HOPE Together about the project as soon as the information pack is ready.

Our prayer garden is a start – perhaps we ought to register?

 

INSIDE – OUTSIDE

 AN INTER-CULTURAL – INTER-GENERATIONAL EVENT

To be held at

VINE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

Ilford, IG1 1JH

 

Saturday 26th October 10 am – 4 pm

 

Open to all churches in the North Thames Synod and neighbouring Synods.  The programme will include presentations, videos, and workshops including one run by young people in the Synod, A Gospel Choirs, and resource materials.

 

Organised by the planning group of the Thames North  Church & Society Network and Youth Executive members of the Synod and others

                          

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.

 

 

A Garden  Mystery

A garden is a mystery
It makes me question ‘why?’
The plants I nurture with such care
Just shrivel up and die?
While seeds that I don’t know about
All vigorously thrive
And grow like fabled beanstalks
From cracks within my drive!

 

By Nigel Beeton

 

 

Signs found outside churches

–  It is unlikely there’ll be a reduction in the wages of sin.

–  If you don’t like the way you were born, try being born again.

–  Looking at the way some people live, they ought to obtain

   eternal fire insurance soon.

  • This is a ch__ch What is missing? (U R)
  • Forbidden fruit creates many jams.
  • In the dark?  Follow the Son.
  • Running low on faith?  Stop in for a fill-up.

–  If you can’t sleep, don’t count sheep.  Talk to the Shepherd.

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CHURCH DIARY FOR 

 JULY & AUGUST 2019

        

 

                                          

 

    

     JULY

 

AND AUGUST 2019

Tues

2

10.40 am

Vacancy Committee - Broxbourne

Thurs

4

10.00 am

Open House in Vestibule with time of reflection and prayer at 11.00

Sat

6

9.00 am

Working Party to complete cycle rack

       

 

Sun

7

11.00 am

North Lea Valley Group Pastorate Joint Service at Cheshunt led by Rev. Ann Jack, Interim Moderator– see magazine for more details.

Thurs

10

10.00 am

Open House in Vestibule with time of reflection and prayer at 11.00

       

 

Sun

14

10.30 am

Morning Worship led by Marion Cowell-Ward with Holy Communion presided over by John Greenhill

Service followed by Church Meeting. Young Life Cake Sale

Thurs

18

10.00 am

12 – 1.30

Open House in Vestibule with time of reflection and prayer at 11.00. followed by Hot Potato Lunch in Vestibule   - all welcome

 

     

 

Sun

21

10.30 am

Morning Worship led by Martin Bird from All Saints Church

Thurs

25

10.00 am

Open House in Vestibule with time of reflection and prayer at 11.00 am

 

     

 

Sun

28

10.30 am

 

Morning Worship led by Christine Hall with the Induction of Elders.

Service followed by Fabric Committee

 

        

 

                                          

 

        

 

AUGUST

 

 

Thurs

1

10.00 am

Open House in Vestibule with time of reflection and prayer at 11.00

       

 

Sun

4

11.00 am

Morning Worship led by Charles Bancroft from Hertford Town Church to include Holy Communion

Thurs

8

10.00 am

Open House in Vestibule with time of reflection and prayer at 11.00

Sat

10

3.00 pm

Church Tea Party in Church Garden – guests welcome

       

 

Sun

11

10.30 am

Morning Worship led by Mrs. Janet Bird – All Saints Church

Thurs

15

10.00 am

12 – 1.30

Open House in Vestibule with time of reflection and prayer at 11.00. followed by Hot Potato Lunch in Vestibule   - all welcome

 

     

 

Sun

18

10.30 am

Morning Worship led by Margaret Colville

Thurs

22

10.00 am

Open House in Vestibule with time of reflection and prayer at 11.00 am

       

 

Sun

25

10.30 am

Morning Service led by Mark Johnson

Thurs

29

10.00 am

Open House in Vestibule with time of reflection and prayer at 11.00 am

 

 

 

 

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