THE PARISH OF ALL SAINTS, HEATH

& ST ALBANS, HOLMEWOOD

COMMUNITY CONTACT

November 2019

Page 1    Contents

Page 3/4 Letter from The Ministry Team

Page 5   The Two Minutes Silence

Page 6    High Days & Holy Days in November

Page 7    Operation Christmas Child

Page 8    Psalm 23

 

Page 9    Christmas Tree Festival

Page 10  Christmas Fayre

Page 11   In a fog

Page 12   Flowers in Church

Page 13   Advent Candles

Page 14   Parish Registers

Page 15   All you need is love

Page 16   Christine Aid

Page 17   All in the month of November

Page 18   Peace 

Page 19   I'm Just Me

Page 20   For All the Saints

Page 21   Book Reviews for November

Page 23   The Insomniac Owl

Page 24   Knit & Natter : Church Shop

Page 25   Smile Lines

Page 26   Safe Bonfire Night

Page 27   The Beatitudes

Page 28   Dates for your diary

Page 29   Heath Village Hall News

Page 30    Adverts

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Dear Friend,

Here we are in November. The dark evenings are upon us and the season of Advent, that special time of reflection for Christian believers, is fast approaching. It leads us into the Christmas season and, of course, the many special services we have to celebrate that first coming into our world of our Lord, Jesus Christ to provide us all with a way back into a meaningful relationship with God.

Loving relationships are important in our lives and they are important to God.

Good relationships are intended to extend beyond our family, loved ones and close friends, out into our local communities and from there, like ripples on a pond right across the world. The community where we live is a good place to start.

There are still people living locally who will remember the close neighbourliness and community spirit which existed when Holmewood was a mining village and Heath was mainly a farming community. The two villages held shared aspirations for deliverance and peace during wartime, interacting with empathy toward each other in times of hardship, sadness and anxiety. They celebrated and shared joy together at the turning of these events. They were separate in name only and they even shared a railway station offering them connection to other parts of the country. There was true expression of community spirit.

But much has changed in the past five decades or so with the loss of most of the farms in the community, closure of local mines, the railway station and the Great Central Railway line.

The pace of life has quickened and our lives are busier. Yet this is no excuse to accept the loss of shared community experiences and there is a great deal going on to reverse the effects of such enforced change and re-kindle that sense of belonging.

 

Jesus decreed that we should love our neighbour as ourselves. In the lead up to Christmas we are determined to play our part alongside other community groups in drawing the communities of our parish and others together to share expressions of God’s love for each one of us and in doing so to pass that love on to others who are less fortunate.

Our first event, running from Thursday 28th November to Monday 2nd December will also be our very first Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints Church in Heath.

All donations received will be shared by two local charities, Bluebell Wood Childrens’ Hospice and Helen’s Trust, a small organisation providing overnight care in our area for those receiving end of life care at home.

In collaboration with Heath Village Community Association we are also seeking to establish a further event in Heath to transform the village into a ‘living Christmas Card’ on a Saturday afternoon.

All are invited to attend and those who come along dressed in Victorian costume to add character to the event will be greatly appreciated.

We will provide more details on our church website: www.heath-holmewoodchurch.org in due course.

Please do tell your friends.

 

Our hope is that these events will be as popular as the Flower Festival and Well Dressing during summer. We look forward to seeing you there.

Love and Prayers,

Carolyn and Ivan

 

The Ministry Team

 

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The Two Minute Silence

 

Schoolgirls in 1918 were warned that they might never be married.

 

So many prospective husbands had been killed in World War 1, that their chances could be slim.  It’s hard for us to imagine the slaughter. The total number of both civilian and military casualties is estimated at around 37 million people, ending only when the Armistice took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.

 

The idea of a ‘Two Minute Silence’ originated in South Africa. The first minute was to be a time of thanksgiving for those who had returned alive, and the second minute was to remember the fallen. It was taken up by King George V, writing, “it is my desire and hope that at the hour when the Armistice came into force, there may be for the brief space of two minutes a complete suspension of all our normal activities.”

It had an immediate impact.  An observer wrote, “The whole World Stands to Attention. From the Indian jungles to Alaska, on the trains, on the ships at sea, in every part of the globe where a few British were gathered together, the Two-Minute pause was observed.”

 

The Great War was said to be ‘the war to end all wars’. But it wasn’t.  About three per cent of the world population were to die in World War 2.  Today’s 11th November commemoration, repeated on the nearest Sunday, now incorporates all wars.

 

The Royal British Legion describes the Act of Remembrance as a deeply personal act available to everyone, acknowledging the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces and their families, across all conflicts.

 

In keeping the Two Minute Silence, many will long for the day when, in the words of the prophet Isaiah, “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”

 

(Parish Pump)

 

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 High Days and Holy Days for November          (Parish Pump)

 1          All Saints Day

 

5             Guy Fawkes - an early terrorist

6             William Temple - Archbishop of Canterbury

    22       St Cecilla - Patron Saint of Musicians

    25       Catherine of Alexandria - Patron Saint of young girls and nurses

 

    30       Andrew - first disciple of Jesus

25th November:  Catherine of Alexandria – patron  saint of young girls and nurses

Catherine is thought to have been a noble girl who lived in the 4th century.  She was persecuted for her Christianity, and despised marriage with the Emperor because she was a ‘bride of Christ’.  According to the legend, Catherine was no push-over

intellectually, either:  she disputed successfully with 50 philosophers who were called in to convince her of the errors of Christianity.

Catherine protested against the persecution of Christians by Maxentius, and then she herself was tortured: broken on a wheel (later called Catherine wheel), but the machine then broke down itself, injuring bystanders.  Catherine was then beheaded.

 

This legend strongly appealed to the Middle Age imagination. Catherine became the patron of young girls, students, philosophers, nurses and craftsmen such as wheelwrights, spinners and millers.

In England 62 churches were dedicated to her, and 170 medieval bells still bear her name. ‘Lives’, poems, miracle plays, stained-glass windows, panels and paintings have all been done in Catherine’s honour.

 

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Operation Christmas Childtime to pack shoeboxes again.

Without your shoebox, there will be no Christmas presents for many children.  In the run up to Christmas this year, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country, from every community and all  walks of life, will be packing shoeboxes of gifts for needy children overseas.

Every box is a precious gift for a needy child overseas, wrought out of heartfelt desire to show compassion, to express love and to share something of God's love for us and his greatest gift to us: Jesus.

And here is what to do:

Cover a medium size Shoe Box and lid with Christmas paper Decide whether your gift is for a BOY or GIRL  and for what age - i.e. 2 – 4,  5 – 9,

or  10 – 14 yrs.

(Box labels are available from Church) Fill your shoe box with things from

this list:

 

A cuddly toy, toothbrush, bar of soap and flannel, notepad, colouring book, picture book,  pencils, pencil sharpener, pens and paper crayons or felt tip pens. Hat, cap, gloves, scarf, small ball, jigsaw.

Greetings card.

Boys – toy car, truck, passenger plane

Girls -  jewellery, make-up, hair accessories

PLEASE DON’T INCLUDE – Chocolate, sweets, Crisps, biscuits, tinned food or cake.   War related items, e.g. Toy guns,  soldiers, knives. Clothing  (other than listed above)  Medicines, Toothpaste, Novels, Glass containers, mirrors or fragile items.   Liquids of any type, e.g. Blow bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath etc. Marbles or sharp objects  Anything of a political, racialor religious nature.

Don’t wrap  items individually, just pack as you can into the box.

Please enclose £5.00 towards transport costs

Don’t seal the box – just put an elastic band around it  all the boxes are checked to ensure they meet Customs regulations.

Bring your box to our special services on

Sunday 17th November

 

    10.30 am  at St Albans        and      6.30 pm  at All Saints 

 

 

 

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 Psalm 23 Contemporary version

 

Thank you, my Lord, I have all that I need,

For You are my Father, my Shepherd, my Guide, As long as I walk in the shadow You cast, I will live in the knowledge I walk by Your side.

I thank You for times when my rest comes from You,

When the pastures are green and the waters are still, As long as I sleep in the shadow You cast, My soul is restored and I’m held in Your will.

When times of great trouble and heartache abound,

And even if death tries to steal me away, As long as I hide in the shadow You cast, The sun will arise turning night back to day.

Though enemies mock me and will me to fail, The favour You show will quieten their strife! As long as I stay in the shadow You cast, The oil of Your joy will pour over my life.

My days on this earth will be marked by Your love,

Your goodness and mercy will be my reward, As long as I’ve lived in the shadow You cast, I know I will dwell in the house of the Lord.

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Christmas Tree Festival

           in All Saints Church

Thursday 28 November -

Monday 2 December

(5 days)

Church open each day -

11 am  -  6.00 pm

 

Donations received

will be given to -

Bluebell Wood

 

Children’s Hospice

 

and

Helen’s Trust

 

 

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 CHRISTMAS FAYRE

 

 

will be held on

 

FRIDAY  29th NOVEMBER

 

FROM

 

 2.00 -  5.00 pm

 

IN

 

ST. ALBANS CENTRE

HOLMEWOOD

STALLS   -

 

 

            GRAND CHRISTMAS PRIZE DRAW                            REFRESHMENTS   etc.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF PLANS - CHRISTMAS FAYRE           NOW AT ST ALBANS ON FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER

 

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In a fog?                           By Tony Horsfall

November is the month that in my mind is forever associated with fog. Growing up in a mining village, where everyone had a coal fire and chimneys spouted dark smoke all day long, we used to get some real ‘pea-soupers’ in November. Sometimes it was so thick the buses would stop running and we would be sent home early from school. Thankfully with the introduction of smoke-free zones we don’t have so many thick fogs now, but I still miss a coal fire.

Sometimes in life it can feel as if we are in a bit of a fog.

Nothing seems straightforward anymore and we don’t know which way to turn. We lose our sense of clarity and our mind seems befuddled. We have decisions to make but we are uncertain and hesitant. It feels like driving in a fog.

We all experience such times, so what can we do?

My advice is to wait patiently for the fog to lift, which it will do in time. Don’t rush into making any decisions until you are clear, especially important ones.

Waiting requires not only patience, but trust.

Trust that God is still with you, even if you can’t feel His presence, or hear His voice. He will not leave you or abandon you, and is aware of your need.

The wise St Ignatius said that we should never doubt in the darkness what God had told us in the light.

When you are in a fog hold on to what God had already given you, to the truth of His word.

 

Eventually the fog will disperse, and a new day will dawn for you, when you can clearly see the way ahead.

 

 

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FLOWERS IN CHURCH

All Saints: Stuart Whitworth - Loving Memories - 21st October

 

 

St Albans: Glenda Hunt

                   Neil Smith from family and friends

 

 

 

 

Armistice Day

In November we remember those People who fought for Peace:

You are invited to a service of Remembrance with the children from Heath primary school on Friday 8th November at 10.30 am in All Saints church, Heath.

Wreaths will be laid at the War memorial in church, a bugle will sound and the Silence at 11 am will be held.

Kohima epitaph:       When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today.

                     P         for poppies we all wear with pride

                     E         for the enemy we need to forgive

                     A         for the anger we lay on one side

                     C         is for Christ in the place where we live

                     E         is for everyone learning to grow

               PEACE is the way God helps us to grow

 

 

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Buy your

 Advent Candle

from Hilary and David

£2.00  each

Proceeds to Church Funds

 

More than 32,000 of us struggle to change a light bulb

When it comes to DIY, some of us need more help than you might think. Last year Google was asked how to change a light bulb more than 30,000 times.

Other DIY jobs that drove people to Google were how to fix a dripping tap (422,000 times), and how to bleed a radiator (322,000 times).

 

Safestyle, the home improvement company that carried out the research, said the Google is the ‘go to’ for millions of us who are baffled by DIY tasks.

 

 

 

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In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between he crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead, short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foes:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders Fields.

 

John McCrae  (1872 - 1918)

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www.heath-holmewoodchurch.org

David Morris  -  Website Manager

Do check these web-sites:

Church website:    www.heath-holmewoodchurch.org

Church email address:   heath.church@btinternet.com

Diocesan website:     www.derby.anglican.org

Twitter: Follow the Diocese:  http://twitter.com/DioceseofDerby

Community Contact  -  e-mail address  -  please send    contributions for the  magazine as rich text files to      sandy.tye@uwclub.net            Many thanks,  Sandy

 

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All you need is love

Mother Teresa once observed: “We cannot do great deeds,      but we can do small deeds with great love.”

That’s something to remember in our daily life. What good are great public efforts if they are fuelled by personal ambition or a desire to rule?  If you are not personally kind, what good does it do you?

The Bible warns us that ‘If I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,

and have not love, I gain nothing.’

(1 Corinthians 13:2,3)

Who can you show some love to, today?

  

Put your garden nets away

Don’t leave netting out in your garden over the winter – it is killing our hedgehogs.  So warns the RSPCA, after reports of dozens of hedgehogs getting entangled in football, badminton and pond nets.

 

Evie Button, a wildlife scientific officer, warns: “Netting can be a particular hazard for wild animals, as they can easily become entangled. As they thrash around trying to escape, the netting can tighten round them and cause terrible suffering.”

 

 

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Instead of sending a card to other members of the church this year, how about signing the big card and popping the money saved in a Christian Aid envelope?

See  Anne Adlington and Jackie Allsopp

Gifts and Giving:

No doubt you have already done some Christmas shopping and exercised your mind greatly on the issue of what to give. Can the gifts you give reflect Christmas ideals?  It may be that some of your family and friends would far rather you spent money in a way that would do some long term good, than buy them something that they don’t really need and Christian Aid make it possible to give alternative gifts.

Present Aid     Gifts that keep giving

Present Aid is Christian Aid’s virtual gift shop offering a selection of fun and quirky gifts – perfect for Christmas

But what, I can hear you ask, is a virtual gift?   Okay, we’ll be completely honest with you. Your special person doesn’t  actually get a goat or tap.   What happens is that the money you spend goes towards supporting our work in the developing world – helping to put an end to poverty.

How?  Well, whatever present you buy, the money goes towards one of the project areas represented by your gift.  This year these range from antibiotics, emergency disaster kits, clean water, weaving looms,  a goat or a cow  etc.

Giving a Present Aid gift means giving someone else the chance to improve their life.  And the best part is Present Aid gifts keep on giving happiness long after they’ve been given.

                           Choose a gift, change a life

Please donate in lieu of cards in the Christian Aid Envelopes provided, by the end of November so that we can send the money off early in December.

                                     Thank you        Anne and Jackie

 

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All in the month of November it was:-

 200 years ago, on 22nd Nov 1819  George Eliot (pen name of Mary Anne Evans) was born.  This British novelist became one of the leading writers of the Victorian era, best known for Adam Bede,The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Middlemarch and Daniel Duronda.

 

150 years ago,on 17th Nov 1869 the Suez Canal was officially opened.

150 years ago, on 22nd Nov 1869 the British clipper ship Cutty Sark was launched in Scotland. It was one of the last tea clippers to be built, and it is now on permanent display at Greenwich in London.

100 years ago, on 11th Nov 1919 the first Armistice Day (now Remembrance Day) was marked in the UK, after King George V issued a proclamation calling for a two-minute silence at 11:00am on 11th November.  The event remembers the members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the line of duty.

60 years ago, on 1st Nov 1959 the first stretch of the M1 motorway opened in Britain.  The first motorway service station (Watford Gap) also opened.

50 years ago, on 16th Nov 1969 the first episode of the children’s TV series The Clangers was broadcast in the UK.  It ran for two series and was revived in 2015.

30 years ago, on 9th Nov 1989 the Berlin Wall fell.  East Germany reopened its border with West Germany, allowing its citizens to pass freely through the checkpoints.  Workers began demolishing the 28-year-old wall the next day.

30 years ago, on 21st Nov 1989 the televising of proceedings from Britain’s House of Commons began.

25 years ago, on 14th Nov 1994  the first fare-paying passengers travelled through the Channel Tunnel linking England and France.

25 years ago, on 19th Nov 1994 the first National Lottery draw was held in Britain.

 

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Peace

On the eleventh day of the eleventh month

The guns had ceased and peace had come,

Another war with so much lost

As brave men fought and victories won.

 

We honour those who gave their lives

And took up arms against foe,

Not knowing if they would return

But faithful to the call to go.

 

Battles rage throughout the earth,

It seems that wars will never cease

Until the day that Christ returns-

And only then will there be peace.

 

The Prince of Peace, Emmanuel

Will come to end thisnworld of strife

And as He brings His kingdom in

He'll usher in eternal life.

 

By Megan Carter

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I’m Just Me…..

So, I am Autistic, but what does it mean?

As its an invisible condition that can’t be seen

Although sometimes you hear it in the way I talk.

Sometimes it makes me clumsy when I run or walk.

So, I am Autistic, but what can I do?

Virtually everything the same as you.

Although sometimes I do it at a different speed.

I can read a book in a flash, but changing for P.E. Its extra time that I need.

So, I am Autistic, but what have you heard? That we are all weird or a bunch of nerds?

But look back through the books of history,

So many famous people and inventors - you will see!

So, I am Autistic, and they were too,

Albert Einstein, Mozart, Newton to name but a few,

Satoshi Tajiri, creator of Pokemon, Hans Christian Anderson,

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs,  the list goes on.

So, I am Autistic, what can you do?

To help me be happy like all of you,

Talk to me, include me, be my friend,

Accept who I am, I’m just Kenzi,   The End!

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FOR ALL THE SAINTS ..…..….….

 

For all the saints, who from their labours rest; who

Thee by faith before the world confessed, your name,

O Jesus, be for ever blessed: Alleluia, alleluia!

           

               You were their rock, their fortress, and their might;

               You, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight,

               and in the darkness their unfailing light.

               Alleluia, alleluia!

 

So may your soldiers, faithful, true and bold,

fight as the saints who nobly fought of old

and win with them the victor's crown of gold.

Alleluia, alleluia!

 

One blest communion, fellowship divine!

we feebly struggle, they in glory shine

Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.

Alleluia, alleluia!

 

And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,

faintly we hear the distant triumph-song;

and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.

Alleluia, alleluia!

 

The golden evening brightens in the west:

soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest,

the peaceful calm of paradise the blessed.

Alleluia, alleluia!

 

But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;

The saints triumphant rise in bright array

the king of glory passes on his way!

Alleluia, alleluia!

 

From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,

through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

Singing to Father, Son and Ghost.

Alleluia, alleluia!

 

William Walsham How (1823 - 1897)

 

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Book Reviews for November -

 (Parish Pump)

Image of the Invisible: daily Bible readings  from  Advent to Epiphany

 

By Amy Scott Robinson, BRF, £8.99

As we look towards celebrating the incarnation at Christmas, we consider how God chose to express Himself, in a moment in history, as a tiny baby. But what other images describe God in the Bible, and what can we learn about his character through them? How does an invisible God reveal Himself to us in scripture and in Jesus? Amy Scott Robinson, a poet and storyteller, answers this question with imagination and a close reading of the text.

The Man You’re Made to Be

By Martin Saunders, SPCK, £9.99

What makes a man?  The answer used to be easy. You chopped wood, you wrestled bears, and never showed an ounce of emotion. Today, thankfully, we’ve started leaving some of those ill-fitting gender stereotypes behind. But what replaces them? How do you make sense of masculinity in a world of mixed messages?

If you’re a young man growing up in this world, then you’re invited on an adventure (well, more of a ramble). We’ll explore the issues that confront us as guys – from conducting relationships and processing emotions, to handling money and behaving online. There may be footnotes.

Drawing on personal stories – mainly about the sorts of mistakes you don’t have to make – and pointing at a role model who provides a much better blueprint for growing up well as a man, this is an entertaining, easy-to-read way to ask the biggest questions: ‘who am I,’ and ‘why on earth am I here?’

Martin Saunders is Deputy CEO of Youthscape.

 

 

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The Insomniac Owl

We owls, we work at night

And sleep throughout the day,

Our sleep is only light

Because of others’ ways!

Our hearing is acute

We hear a mouse’s rustle

What really does not suit

                  Is all this rush and bustle.

The cars that roar and beep

The neighbour’s motor mower

We poor old owls can’t sleep   

It sounds like Krakatoa!

You’ll often hear us call

In our characteristic way, We don’t sound glad at all Especially at midday!

We know your lives are fraught

With all those roars and growls, But kindly spare a thought For us poor sleepless owls!

By Nigel Beeton

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Knit & Natter


love knitting or crafts?

love to natter?

join us at St Albans on Tuesdays (after lunches)

from 1.30 - 4.00 pm

for more information: Rose Hardwick 01246 854683

 

CHURCH SHOP

in St Albans

on

Mondays - 9.00 am - 12 noon

Tuesdays - 9.00 am - 12 noon

 

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  Smile Lines………………………                        (Parish Pump)

 

Thou shalt not…

A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, “Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbour’s wife.”

Lead us not…

I had been teaching my three-year old daughter the Lord’s Prayer. For several evenings at bedtime, she would repeat after me the lines from the prayer. Finally, she decided to go solo. I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer: “Lead us not into temptation,” she prayed, “but deliver us some e-mail. Amen”

Lot’s wife…

“When Lot’s wife looked back,” said the Sunday School teacher, “what happened to her?”  “She was transmuted into chloride of sodium,” replied the boy with the high IQ.

Hold on..

While out in the town, I saw an elderly couple holding hands while they were walking. As they approached, I commented on how romantic it was.

The man replied, “We have been holding hands when we go out in public for years. I have to. If I let go, she shops.”

Ketchup…

A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup to come out of the bottle.  During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her fouryear old daughter to answer it.  “It’s the minister, Mum,” the child said to her mother.    Then she told her caller: “Mummy can’t come to the phone right now.  She’s hitting the bottle.”

 

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Enjoy a SAFE Bonfire Night

Bonfire night is Tuesday November 5 and enjoying fireworks at home can be great fun, as long as they are used safely. But in the past five years hospitals have treated more than 350 preschool children, some only a year old, for firework injuries.

If you are putting on a home display, follow some simple steps to make sure that everyone has a good time – and no one gets hurt.

Keep children safe:- More than half of all firework injuries

are suffered by children, so make sure that all children are supervised. Explain to them the danger.

Sparkler safety:- Sparklers get FIVE times hotter than cooking oil.  They are not toys and should never be given to a child under five.

Where to buy:- Don’t cut corners to save money.

Always buy fireworks from a reputable shop and make sure they have BS7114 written on the box.   Beware shops that open for a short time just before Bonfire Night – these may not comply with British Standards.  Likewise beware buying any off the back of a van or a temporary, unlicensed market stall.

Setting them off:- Only one person should be in charge of setting off the fireworks.  If it is you, make sure you read the instructions in daylight and don’t drink any alcohol beforehand.

Make any preparations in advance and in daylight.

 

 

 

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The Beatitudes – Blessed are the persecuted

 

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ (Matthew 5:10).

 

Somebody once described a Christian as one who is ‘completely fearless, continually cheerful and constantly in trouble.’ Living the life that Jesus presents in the Beatitudes will not necessarily make us universally popular. We must be prepared for opposition, insults and ridicule or even worse. Of course, persecution is the daily experience for Christians in many parts of our world today.

Jesus didn’t tell us to seek persecution, but He did say that when it comes, we should regard it as a blessing:

Firstly, because we are identifying with Jesus: If we identify as fully as we can with Jesus, then we will experience suffering like Him. It is ‘because of me’ (v11) we are opposed or criticised.

Secondly, it shows our faith is genuine: To suffer for our faith is typical of God people, ‘for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.’ (v12).

Thirdly, because of our reward in heaven: we will not lose out in the future, as Jesus reminds us that ‘great is your reward in heaven’ (v12).

To what extent do we suffer for being a Christian at work, with our friends or family? Although we don’t seek it, Jesus describes suffering as authentic Christian experience.

We might like to ask these questions as we reflect on this: How many people with whom we have contact know that we are a Christian?

How far are we helping to give them a true picture of what Christianity is about?

How far do we demonstrate the presence of Jesus in our daily lives?

 

If we were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict us?

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Dates for your Diary……………….

All Saints Day services ……Sunday  3 November

10.30 am St Albans

6.30 pm All Saints

Armistice Day Service……     Friday 8 November

With British Legion & Heath Primary School children

10.30 am All Saints

Remembrance Day Services   Sun  10 November

10.30 am St Albans

10.50 am Observance in Memorial garden

6.30 pm All Saints - Memorial Service

Christmas Tree Festival 11 am - 6 pm

Thu 28 - Sat 30 November and  Sun 1 & Mon 2 December

             + Christmas Fayre on 29 November 2 - 5pm in St Albans

Times to be finalised

Advent Sunday………         Sunday   1 December

10.30 am St Albans  6.30 pm All Saints

Matt’s Music Concert…Wednesday 18 December

7.00 pm in All Saints

Carols by Candlelight……Sunday   22 December

6.30 pm All Saints

Crib Service.……………  Tuesday  24 December

4.00 pm in All Saints

Midnight Service…………Tuesday  24 December

11.30 pm in All Saints

 

 

 

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Heath Village Hall

 

Heath Village Hall has had a ZOLL automated DEFIBRILLATOR

Installed on the exterior wall. A step by step on how to use it can be Found on the village website. www.heathvillage.org.uk

 

      Coffee Mornings       10 am – 12.00 noon on Saturdays. 

                                          2nd November   7th December   4th January 2020

Heath Garden Society -

The Garden Society meets on the last Wednesday of each month.

Visitors are welcome to all  our  meetings.   7.30 - 9.30 pm.   £3.00 per session. For further information contact Chris Hasty on 850361

Meditation group - 

Fortnightly classes on alternate Tuesdays from 7.00 – 9.00 pm If you are interested in this group contact May McWilliams     may1@talktalk.net  or 01246 854216

 

Yoga - 

Wednesdays 5.00 to 6.30 pm. All abilities welcome.

Contact Rachel Armstrong at rachel@stretcharmstrongyoga.co.uk 

Pilates Class - 

Mondays 6 - 7 pm. and 7 - 8 pm Instructor Rachel Pettet. Cost  4 sessions for £8.50

Contact rachel@villagepilates.co.uk 07891090746

 

Mini Movers Dance  -

Parent and Toddler group meet Thursdays 10.30 - 11.15 am £4 per class

Contact Jo Hooper - email johooper@live.co.uk  or  mobile 07783081135

Fitsteps Fab -

A new fitness class on Wednesdays 10-11 am and Friday 7-8 pm

£5 per class or 10 classes for £40. A fun way to keep fit through old style dance steps. 

Contact Samantha Draper - 07891571488 or email - samanthadraper@live.com

Booking Heath Village Hall -               cost of hire £10 per hour

Bookings Manager  Peter George - hvhbookings@gmail.com  or telephone 07836382142

More details about the village and events can be found on village website www.heathvillage.org.uk

 

Lynda Oliver Tel: 853879 

                                        Email: hvca.secretary@gmail.com

 

 

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ST ALBANS  LUNCH CLUB

 

on Tuesdays  

Traditional lunch such as 

Shepherd’s Pie

Chicken Casserole

Sausage & Mash etc.

with fresh vegetables

followed by a variety of sweets and tea and coffee

£3.00

See the menu on the notice board and join us for a

lovely meal and time to chat with friends

 

 

 

Churchyard searches

If you are a friend or relation of someone buried in the churchyard and are looking for information regarding the  location of a grave or if you need a register search to be       undertaken Lynne Sargeant will do her best to help you and her contact details are:

lynniesar59@gmail.com  Tel: 01246 856280.

      When you make contact the first and most important question you will be asked is the name and date of the first person to be interred in the grave you are searching for, so please do your best to have to hand any information you can find.

           A charge may be made for undertaking the search

 

 

A Prayer Circle 'say one for me’ - yes we will How it  works

 

Any cause for concern can be brought to God in Prayer It may be you have a job interview, a hospital appointment, a crisis or emergency that needs prayer: in which case:   please contact either

 

Ivan Spenceley   07831428638  or   Ann Pratt    07812375420 either by text or by phone

 

Texting is easiest because it means the request can be passed efficiently around the prayer chain.

 

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