December 18 – January 19 Newsletter

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December 18 – January 19 Newsletter

We have an exciting December/January issue for you! From fundraising for Mission Aviation to making playdough creations, we’ve been very busy

Welcome to our December/January Newsletter.

How we commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice

On Sunday the 11th of November, the nation held a special remembrance service.  The memorial window in our church bears the names of the fallen in both WWI & WWII and was the focus of this year’s remembrance service.  John Leeming laid the wreath; took the salute; and was supported by many others from the membership in the delivery of the commemorative story.  The Service was led by Karen Garrattley with music appropriately chosen for the occasion. The service was based on the format agreed by all denominations of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales; with special addition material published this year by the URC in commemorating the centenary of the Armistice.

Following the service, lunch was served and then we were entertained by the Hale Light Orchestra under the leadership of Andy Bate and conducted by the Revd. Robert Clack.  The music was magnificent with special attention to popular pieces at the time of the Armistice.  The audience filled all the seats in the church and all were delighted.  In particular, the audience sang with the orchestra when they played Roses of Picardy by Hayden Wood.

By Alfred Joyce

Getting Cake Crazy for Mission Aviation

A grand total of £75 was raised at the Cake Sale in aid of Mission Aviation.  Many thanks to Kath Paxton, Zoe and Caroline Howarth, and all those who baked cakes.

Mission Aviation do wonderful work both in the missionary & medical fields. Recently, the PTA membership enjoyed watching a documentary on the history and development of the organisation which began just after WW2. Initially it was started by just two pilots from England, operating in Africa. The two men endured many setbacks in those early days, but today it is supported at an international level from many countries, and serves many places around the world where help is needed in remote locations.  The documentary was well produced, informative and inspirational; and now the organisation employs many pilots and workers at many levels. 

By Pat and Alf Joyce

Our Support for FOP Starts Here

Not many people have heard of the condition known as FOP.  All muscles and connective soft tissue become extra bones and the sufferer becomes trapped in their own body. At A-o-M, we intend to give support. You can read more below by downloading Oliver’s story.

Junior Church need your help this Christmas


Sunday School is after some help with their Christmas service. We are going to look at the history behind some of our favourite carols. If you have a carol you would like to know about, please add it to the list on the notice board at church and we will do our best to research as many as possible.

Thank you!

Caroline Howarth

The Train of Life – An Inspiring Poem

I found these beautiful words a while ago. I do not know the source of where they came from, but I think they have been distilled from the poem “Life is like a train ride” by John A Passaro.  My daughter, Victoria, read them at my brother, Neil’s, funeral on the 10th of October and I would like to share them with you.

At birth, we board the train and meet our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our sides.

As time goes by other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e.our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of our life.

However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.

Others will step down over time and leave a permanent vacuum.

Some, however will go so unnoticed that we don’t realise they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hello’s, goodbyes, and farewells.

Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery that prevails is that we do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.

Thus, we must try to travel along the track of life in the best possible way – loving, forgiving, giving, and sharing.

Article by Jenny Burgess

Messy Church’s “I am the Light”

Another fun and stimulating afternoon this month exploring the theme of Jesus as the ‘light of the world’. As always there were many exciting activities to choose from for our families.

Children had lots of fun using play dough to create different scenes and imaginary animals as we talked about what fun it is to make things; and how when we make things we reflect God who is always making things.

Children also had chance to make lanterns, hanging crystals, and sparkly stars with glitter and glue abounding. We talked about festivals of light around the world and how light is a powerful symbol for many religions and peoples. Children told us which festivals of light they knew.

Karen led us singing a really old favourite children’s hymn of ‘Jesus bids us shine with a pure clear light’. Valerie and Helen led the celebration part of the afternoon with a story about Jesus at a festival in Jerusalem and people having to light lamps at night to see. Jesus told his disciples that he was the brightest light to lead the way. We played with torches in the darkened church to help children see how having faith in Jesus will lead us as to the path we need to follow.

The next session is Saturday 5th January.  We would love to see you here and can assure you that you will be made most welcome. Messy church is for all ages, so come along and join us 3 till 5pm.

By Helen Priestman

Flower List for December/January

  • 2nd December – Gill Hunt
  • 9th December – Blank
  • 16th December – Pat and Alfred Joyce
  • 23rd December – Clare and Dave Farr
  • January to be advised

Pulpit Supply for December/January

Services start at 10:45am

  • 2nd December – Rev. Valerie Davies
  • 9th December – Rev. Brian Acty
  • 16th December – Junior Church Nativity
  • 16th December – 6:00pm: Mulled Wine and Mince Pies 6:30pm: Service
  • 23rd December – Rev. Brian Acty
  • 24th December – Christmas Eve Service (11:30pm-12:30am) Rev. Brian Acty
  • 25th December – Christmas Day Service (Joint Service at Sale URC), Rev. Brian Acty
  • 30th December – Rev. Brian Acty (Joint Service at Sale URC)
  • 6th January – Rev. Valerie Davies
  • 13th January – Rev. Brian Acty (Communion)
  • 20th January – Rev. Valerie Davies
  • 27th January – Rev. Brian Acty

Edited by Becky Garrattley


  1. Alfred Joyce 03/12/2018
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