November 2018 Newsletter

Your Faithful; Fun; Family Church

November 2018 Newsletter

100 years since WW1; CAMEO help newborns; and an Orchestra is coming to town. We’ve got a busy November ahead.

Welcome to our November 2018 newsletter. 

The 100th Anniversary of WW1 – what it means to us

This year’s National Remembrance Service will be held at Ashton-on-Mersey URC on Sunday 11th November 2018 at 10.45am.  Poppies have always been used, as the poignancy of the colour red, in representing the blood that was shed by so many in those times of conflict.

At our church, special obligation has always been felt since WWI because the names of members of this congregation who lost their lives were so diligently recorded.  Indeed later, those church members who also lost their lives during WWII were added in the form of a plaque mounted below the window.

Our original church was opened on 25th September 1893 and was situated on the corner of Cross Street and Park Avenue, in Sale (next to the Volunteer Pub).  Following WWI, a memorial window was installed alongside the famous Caritas Window and the names of our members who died during WWI formed part of the window’s design.  When we had to move our church building to a new location in 1983, both the Caritas and Memorial windows were installed in the new construction.  The Memorial Window was set as shown:

As a special tribute to those members who lost their lives during both of those wars, their names are read aloud during the memorial service.

About a decade or so ago, the format of the Remembrance service was expanded to include thoughts about those who were not actually combatants but did lose their lives due to the conflicts or perhaps affected by family loss.  Later, conflicts around the world were also to be remembered like Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Falkland. Also, to be remembered were the civilians who gave their support to the armed services such as seamen, firemen, and other disciplines.  A new format was agreed inter-denominationally for England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales under this logo:

 It has always been deemed by this church that individual parts of the service are led by, or enacted by, various individuals who are current members.  Uniformed organisations tend to form a framework of the proceedings.  Medals/decorations are worn: Military medals on the left and civilian medals on the right.  Military medals awarded to members of a family present are also worn on the right.

Prayers and music are chosen to give appropriate support to the service and during the 2 minutes silence, Last Post and Reveille are both sounded.  The significance of being a century since the end of WWI is noted.

By Alfred Joyce

Hale Light Orchestra to entertain on special day

Following the Remembrance service on the above Sunday, soup and cake will be served at 12.15pm and then at 2pm we will be entertained by the Hale Light Orchestra. Please come along and support this event, you will be promised a superb programme of excellent music. The cost is £4 for lunch and £4 for the concert. Total £8.  You are welcome to attend just the concert without lunch.

Tickets available from Pat Joyce.

By Alfred Joyce

Messy Church’s October Creations

Another great afternoon this month celebrating ‘Creation’ with our regular families and some new ones attending too. As always there were many interesting activities to choose from.  Brian showed children how to make bubble snakes to the great amazement of those participating.

We definitely put the MESSY into the session with our ‘primordial’ slime making as we thought about the very beginning of life on our planet. Children also had the chance to make pipe-cleaner bugs, paper chain people, and decorate their own Manchester Bees.

The yummy fruit kebabs were made to think about the fruits of the world. These definitely counted towards our ‘5 a day’ with our tasty healthy tea.

By Helen Priestman

CAMEO knit bundle for babies

Below is a Facebook item from Early Essentials which shows all the knitting I took in 2 weeks ago. It was all made by the ladies of CAMEO and the ladies from Hale Church. If anyone would like to knit any items they would appreciate blankets, or first size baby cardigans (and the like) in neutral colours.

“A big shout out to all of our FABULOUS KNITTERS!! This is a tiny selection of all the beautiful blankets, cardigans, hats and mitts we’ve had recently. How nice to be able to put handmade things into every basket. Thank you so much to every one of you who lovingly does this for us, we and I’m sure the ladies receiving them really appreciate it”

Early Essentials

Well done everyone for all your hard work.

By Barbara Leeming

Flower List for November

  • 4th November – Sandra & Graham Monahan
  • 11th November – Blank
  • 18th November – Gillian Hunt
  • 25th November – Blank

Pulpit Supply for November

  • 4th November – Revd Valerie Davies
  • 11th November – Alfred Joyce/Karen Garrattley (Remembrance)
  • 18th November – Revd Valerie Davies
  • 25th November – Revd Brian Acty

Edited by Becky Garrattley