Keeping in Touch
week ending 13th March 2021
from our minister Rev Helen Warmington
Project 21 Update: We have really exciting news on the Kitchen and downstairs hall refurbishment. You will be aware that we made grant applications to both the United Reformed and Methodist Churches. The good news is:
Southern Synod of the URC have granted us £60,000
The South East Methodist District have granted us £25,000 and the local Weald of Kent Circuit £40,000
Our own fundraising has also gained momentum and we now have sufficient funds to commission the detailed plans to move onto the next stage of gaining building regulations and obtaining tenders and so on. Hurray!
We have also been encouraged by the offer of “some manual labour” by the Pantiles Rotary Group when the time is right.
Our fundraising efforts have to continue however – we are currently about £7000 short of our ballpark target of £185,000. This figure is dependent on more accurate costings as we go into the next phase but did contain a contingency figure so hopefully will be close. So we have come a HUGE way, but still have those last laps to complete. So here are our plans for the next stage of fundraising.
- We have made applications to other grant making bodies
- Marmalade and Chutney is still available – contact Richard and Jenny for details
- Our fundraising emphasis in March is to eBay items – courtesy of Dave Holton who says “One of the ideas that came out of our kitchen fundraising team meeting recently was to sell any unwanted items or bric-a-brac on Ebay. I offered to do this as I have been selling on Ebay for years. We successfully managed to sell all of the old Vale Royal pews and had a moderate success with some of the older URC kitchen equipment. Given that we are still in lockdown and no charity shops or car boot sales are open, I thought it might be what they call a win-win situation. If any of you have old books preferably (but not exclusively) paperbacks, CDs, DVDs or any old vinyl. I would be willing to come and collect it from you and then attempt to sell on Ebay. Any money raised would edge us towards that final total required for the new kitchen. Other items that sell well are unopened toiletries (unwanted Xmas pressies!), unopened health supplements and new or nearly clothing. Dave Holton (firstname.lastname@example.org) 0784 6775053”
- In April there will be a cake sale thanks to a very kind offer from Heather. Bookings by 7th for delivery on 9th April – a treat to look forward to. More details to come but start thinking – Lemon Drizzle, Victoria Sponge or Fruit Cake? Or maybe one of each? Suggested donation £2.50 per slice
- In May we hope to have a plant sale so start sowing seeds or taking cuttings ready. The details of how this will be held depends on what the restrictions are at the time and whilst I earlier indicated April May will be a better month, but in terms of easing of restrictions plus ‘Ne’er cast a clout till May be out’.
- In late June we hope to hold a garden party at the manse – if restrictions eased and all safe to do so (we have a large garden so plenty of space)
- In July we hope to have a treasure hunt around the town NB we all feel more comfortable with planning outside activities for a while
- Also look out for T-Towels available soon
- Ian Beavis is working on a history of how we came together to form United Emmanuel – available later in the year
- And of course we are open to continuing donations!
Thank you so much everybody who has already donated. It is hugely appreciated.
Church Roof – alas the other side of the Church Roof started leaking in the bad weather and so we are very grateful to Doug et al for arranging for this to be fixed before it gets worse, and in time for reopening the Church, whenever that might be. When on the roof the roofers saw some other worrying things – so more news maybe to come.
Church Reopening – I am asked, almost daily, when do we think the Church may reopen for worship. The Trustees are mindful of all the current guidance and are keeping this under active consideration but the current denominational guidance is “not quite yet”. So please be patient. We will bring news when the time is right.
Sheila W –Sheila was a great friend to so many so we were saddened to hear of her death. However, her family reiterated just how well cared for she had been in her new home so that was lovely to hear. Sheila’s funeral and service of thanksgiving will take place 14.00 Wednesday 31st March 2021 at Hatfield Road Methodist Church, and followed by a committal 15.20 at West Herts Crematorium. We pray for her family at this time. May Sheila rest in peace and rise in glory.
We also pray for Anneke, Jane, David C., Bob and Kate, and many others.
A Still Moment: I found God in the morning, we just sat and talked. I kept him near me, everywhere I walked. I called on him at noontime, a heart filled with despair. I felt his quiet presence, I knew “He” was there. We met again at Sunset, the waning of the day; I had made Him happy, I had lived His way. Then when at bedtime I knelt, silently in prayer, Again His gentile presence I felt, Someone does care.
Bible Quiz – 1 &2 Corinthians
- We should not be deceived and think that wrongdoers will inherit this (1 Cor. 6:9)
- Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy or do this. (1 Cor. 13:4)
- Our bodies are to be like this for the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19)
- All people experience temptation. However, God will never let us be tempted beyond this. (1 Cor. 10:13)
- We should not allow unbelievers to hold us back in our faith. But we can be held back if we get in this situation with them. (2 Cor. 6:14)
- Jesus gave up all His riches and became poor so that we might receive this blessing (2 Cor. 8:9)
- We should not do good whilst rolling our eyes or having a bad attitude. Rather we should give in this way (2 Cor. 9:6)
Become spiritually rich, Generously, Boast, Living Sacrifices, What we can bear,
Unequally yoked, Kingdom of God,
Rev Helen March 2021
For further information about our Project 21