Marion Reynolds, 20 Tudor Hollow, 01782 397073
Mrs Rowena Robinson, Fulford Dale Cottage, Tel 01782 397838
Mrs Shirley Rawlings, 14 Carters Croft, Tean, Tel 01538 724392
From the Vicar
Well, all the rhetoric, interpretations of “what is truth”, innuendo and, yes, downright lies are still dominating the news as the UK moves towards Brexit next year; and, some of us ask ourselves, why don’t they shut up and just get on with what was democratically voted for in the 2016 referendum. I am ashamed and angered at the amount of and sometimes abusive language I have heard over the last year from all sides; those who say “the result wasn’t what the country (in other words I) really wanted so there must be another referendum". Is that really what democracy in this country has descended into? Now is not the time for recriminations and “mud slinging”; it is the time for healing and reconciliation: those who voted “remain” need to learn how to accept and move on from their disappointment and those who voted “leave” have not to gloat and say “told you so”. As Charles E Weller said in his teaching drill when typewriters were first invented: “now is the time for All men to come to the aid of the party”; the party in this case being the UK and men being all its citizens.
Bitter disappointment and hurt are very real things, both physical and emotional. We wonder why; we wonder how; we wonder what will be the outcome. Jesus must have felt disappointment and hurt on many occasion as the disciples let him down time after time by their apparent inability to grasp what he was trying to teach them, not supporting him when he asked them to stay awake and pray with and for him, by deserting him when the going got altogether too tough. But did it all distract him? Did he give up on them? No, Jesus stood by those first, timid, wavering followers in the same way he stands by and with us today.
As the United Kingdom
deliberates and decides how it is moving forward, it might be well to remember
the words of Jesus as we all seek to get our priorities right, as we seek to be
reconciled to those of our friends and relatives who had opposing views and
convictions to ours in the referendum – seek ye first the kingdom of God and his
righteousness. Those words, set to music in a well-known chorus go on to add –
and all these things shall be added unto you. First and foremost we, as
Christians, are called to serve God, to seek his will for ourselves, our
families, our communities and our country. It’s not all about us but about the
way we try to further God’s kingdom here and now as we move forward. Forward to
what? In this world, who knows; in the world to come, life everlasting with
Services at St. Nicholas Church July & August 2018
July 1st 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
July 8th 9:30am Common Worship Holy Communion
July 15th 8:45am Said BCP Holy Communion
10am Family Worship
July 22nd 9:30am Common Worship Holy Communion
July 29th 11:15am Benefice Communion at Christ Church Hilderstone
August 5th 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
August 11th 1:00pm Holy Matrimony
August 12th 9:30am Common Worship Holy Communion
August 19th 8:45am Said BCP Holy Communion
10am Family Worship
August 26th 9:30am Common Worship Holy Communion
Sept 2nd 9:30am BCP Holy Communion
There is a box at the back of church for prayer requests.
Anyone is welcome to join us on a Wednesday morning at 10 am in the Annexe for prayers.
If you cannot get to church and would like a visit and/or Holy Communion, contact the Vicar (397303) or Shirley (01538 724392).
Short Study Course
Same but different! A brief look at the life of Jesus as given in the first 3 books of the New Testament
Hilderstone Village Hall 7:30pm Wednesday 8th, 15th and 22nd August 2018 (last session in the Annexe at St Nicholas Fulford)
All are welcome; please bring a Bible with you.
Tea Party & Quiz
Saturday, 21st July at 3pm at 8 Lancaster Ave, Fulford, the home of Ann Boulton. Do come along and join in an afternoon of good company, chat, tea and a lighthearted quiz. Please let Ann know if you are able to attend.
Confirmation shows a person’s commitment to the Christian faith and, as such, is not something to be taken lightly. The vicar is offering a course which will lead to confirmation (if wished) for anyone who wants to examine their faith further. Please contact Revd Marion (397073) if you are interested.
The parish profile for the Benefice of Fulford-in-Stone with Hilderstone (2017):
Contacts for other Churches
The Methodist Church (Blythe Bridge): Rev'd Ian Coates 01782 395370 The Roman Catholic Church (Meir & Cresswell): Fr Kazimierz Stefek 01782 313734; Rev Trevor Borthwick Fulford Residents
Contacts for other Churches
The Methodist Church (Blythe Bridge): Rev'd Ian Coates 01782 395370
The Roman Catholic Church (Meir & Cresswell): Fr Kazimierz Stefek 01782 313734; Rev Trevor Borthwick
Third Thursday 10 am at the Village Hall ~ All welcome
Coffee and a chat.