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Parish of Amblecote

Holy Trinity Church

PARISH MAGAZINE

September 2009 30p


WEEKLY WORSHIP
SUNDAYS
8am Low Mass
10am SOLEMN MASS (inc Baptisms 3rd Sunday of the month)
(2nd Sunday of the month – PARADE MASS)
12noon Holy Baptism (1st and 3rd Sundays of the month)
5.15 alt.worship Mass on last Sunday of the month
6.30 Solemn Evensong
(Fourth Sunday of the month includes Benediction)

WEEKDAYS
Monday Morning Prayer 7.30, Mass 10.15am, Evening Prayer 6pm
Tuesday Morning Prayer 7.30, Evening Prayer 6pm
Wednesday Morning Prayer 7.30, Mass 9.30, Evening Prayer 6pm
Thursday Morning Prayer 9.00*, Evening Prayer 6pm
Fridays Varies (Vicar’s Day Off)
Saturdays Morning Prayer 7.30, Evening prayer privately

OTHERS
2nd and 4thTuesdays at 10.15 Mass in Amblecote House NH
2nd Tuesdays at 11.15 Mass in Comberton NH
2nd and 4thThursdays at 10.10 Mass in Brettell Lane Day Centre.
3rd Tuesdays at 11am Mass in The Brambles NH
3rd Tuesdays at 2.15pm Service in Hollybush House NH

MAJOR FEAST DAYS


Solemn Mass at 7.45pm followed by Buffet Reception.

* S Thomas’, S Mary, Holy Trinity in turn

REGULAR EVENTS
Walsingham Cell 3rd Monday in the month at 3.00pm in Church
Choir and Bell Ringing Friday 7.30pm.
Trinity Toddlers Thursdays in term time 1.30pm in the Hall.
Mothers Union 2nd Tuesday in the month at 7.30 p.m.
Amblecote Ladies Club 1st Wednesday in the month at 7:45pm in the Hall.
Kneeler Group 2nd Monday of the month at 2.00pm.
See notice in Church for whereabouts.
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LETTER FROM THE VICAR

Those of us who are fortunate to have been able to get away on holiday
somewhere nice (or someplace wet, as the case may be) are now back
and ready for the weeks ahead. Long after the aches and pains of
camping have finally gone, we will be in the swing of another academic
year – the schools are back, the youth groups are meeting, plans will be
being made for Christmas – yes, I know. And there is a lament later in
the magazine. The schools will be looking for assemblies and visits – we
will have the concerts to look forward to. Governors will start to meet,
and soon the learning will be in full swing.

Before long, however, we have three exciting events in the life of our
church: the first being Harvest Thanksgiving, which is always a great
opportunity to ponder on God‟s creation and what God gives for our
use. This year the Scout and Guide groups will be joining us as we are
holding the Festival earlier than we have recently.

Then we have Back to Church Sunday at the end of the month. Please
read my short article about this later in the magazine.

And on Saturday 10th October we will hold our Amblecote Community


Day. Again, there is an explanation of this later in the mag.

Events such as these are a binding force, not only for us as


congregations, but also for the community as a whole. When we thank
God for the Harvest, we are doing so also for those who are not in
church, any church, at worship. That is our primary purpose: to worship
God, and do the work of the church which is to pray for ALL God‟s
people, and to make prayers on their behalf.

Let our prayers be that all our community finds satisfaction in what they
do, and grow through being alongside others.

Fr Alan
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SAINT PETER CLAVER
Feast Day: 9th September
b: 1580 d: 1654

S Peter Claver was born at Verdu, Catalonia, Spain, in 1580, of


impoverished parents descended from ancient and distinguished families.
He studied at the Jesuit college of Barcelona, entered the Jesuit novitiate
at Tarragona in 1602 and took his final vows on August 8th, 1604. While
studying philosophy at Majorca, the young religious was influenced by S
Alphonsus Rodriguez to go to the Indies and save "millions of perishing
souls."
In 1610, he landed at Cartagena (modern Colombia), the
principle slave market of the New World, where a thousand slaves were
landed every month. After his ordination in 1616, he dedicated himself
by special vow to the service of the Negro slaves-a work that was to last
for thirty-three years. He laboured unceasingly for the salvation of the
African slaves and the abolition of the Negro slave trade, and the love he
lavished on them was something that transcended the natural order.
Boarding the slave ships as they entered the harbour, he would
hurry to the revolting inferno of the hold, and offer whatever poor
refreshments he could afford; he would care for the sick and dying, and
instruct the slaves through Negro catechists before administering the
Sacraments. Through his efforts three hundred thousand souls entered
the Church. Furthermore, he did not lose sight of his converts when
they left the ships, but followed them to the plantations to which they
were sent, encouraged them to live as Christians, and prevailed on their
masters to treat them humanely. He died in 1654.

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sun 6 Sep Patronal Festival of the BVM 10.00am
Sat 12 Sep Harvest Supper and Quiz Night 7.30pm
Bring and Share
Sun 13 Sep Harvest Thanksgiving 10.00am
Sun 27 Sep BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY
Sat 10 Oct Amblecote Community Day
Sun 1 Nov All Saints‟ Day 8am and 10am
All Souls‟ Requiem 6.30pm
Sun 8 Nov Remembrance Sunday 9.45am

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING


FRIDAY 25th SEPTEMBER

10.30am until 12.30pm


in Church

Coffee and cakes


Bring and Buy, Raffle.

Every day 822 people in the U.K. are told they have cancer. Macmillan‟s
ambition is to help every one of these people by providing the medical,
emotional, practical and financial support they need.

Last year, more than 45,000 people held coffee mornings and £7.5
million was raised.

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AS ANOTHER AUTUMN GETS UNDERWAY....

It‟s September already, and the nights are fast drawing in. 2009 is
speeding by – and soon retailers will begin their annoying Christmas
countdown (“September 16 – only 100 shopping days left!”)
September heralds the return to the „rat-race‟. Many of us
expect work to be very busy over the coming months. Some of us
dread even returning to work. Others of us struggle to cope with on-
going family problems, or with mounting debt.
Whatever lies ahead of you this autumn, here is what the Bible
says about trusting in God:
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land,
and you shall be fed. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he shall give you
the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in
him, and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37: 3 – 5
The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever puts his trust in the
Lord shall be safe. Proverbs 29.25

NUMBERS FOR 150 CLUB DRAW FOR JULY


First Prize. £20.00 Number29
Second Prize £10.00 Number 1
Third Prize. £ 5.00 Number 42

Numbers are posted on the notice board on the second Sunday of each
month.

SONGS OF PRAISE

Many thanks to Liz Walker and organist, Dr Michael Grimmitt, Choir


and Congregation for a most wonderful songs of praise on Sunday 25th
August 2009, very much enjoyed by everyone.

Thank you.

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SERMON NOTEBOOK
A Prophet for our Time - Isaiah 43: 1-13

In this chapter God comforts his people suffering exile in


Babylon. However, he challenges them about what they really believe
about him and his care for their lives. The real problem for them and
ourselves is often not our circumstances but how we respond to them.
Here God gives three reasons for his people not to be afraid.

You belong to the LORD


What made God‟s relationship with Israel so unique? He created
them and rescued (ie ‘redeemed’) them from slavery in Egypt. This is
because they were precious and honoured in his eyes, the ones he loved
(1,3,4). It is this special relationship with God that Christians enter into
through faith in Christ.
What does it mean for you to say, ‘God calls me by name, I belong to him’?

The LORD cares for you


How does God uniquely care for his people? The promise of this
passage is that he is with us to protect us, so that we shall not be
overwhelmed when we go through the waters nor burned when we
walk through the fire (2,5). This assumes that even though we belong to
God we will still face afflictions.
How have you experienced God‟s presence in difficult times?

There is no one like God


Using the image of the court room (8-13), God invites all the
nations to come and present their case for the worship of false gods. In
answer, God makes the point that no one is like him; he alone is able to
declare the future, fulfill it, and proclaim what he has done (v 12).
What is the object of our trust in difficult times?
We are reminded here that it is suffering not prosperity that
strengthens our trust in God and peels off the masks we didn‟t even
know we were wearing.

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AMBLECOTE COMMUNITY DAY

On Saturday 10 October from 10.30 till 4.30, aspects of Amblecote


community life will be coming together to offer displays of their work
and information about their endeavours. We will be able to see what
some of the groups who use our hall get up to: Karen Yates Dancers,
the wargamers, the history society and others. The wargamers are going
to run some demonstration games, and the young dancers will show us
their skills.

We will also have some displays by the Three Villages Medical Practice
and I‟m told we can look forward to having a couple of the doctor‟s with
us among others; there will be the Patients‟ Forum, the Caparo Action
Group and more. We will have our local councillors with us, and maybe
our local MP, Lynda Waltho.

The Scouts and Guides will pitch their tents and have information about
what they do, and Amblecote Primary are going to run an display of
their work, and some of the children will be with us.

Colin Hill and the bell-ringing team will offer demonstrations up bell
tower, and we are hoping for an occasional musical recital in church.

It is all coming together. So pray for the success of the day, and come
and see what it is all about. Most importantly though, please help us to
publicise it. There will be flyers and posters in church. When they are
there please take some, or get and in touch and ask for some.

Thank you.
Fr Alan

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BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY
27 September

This has been a national initiative of the churches for the past few years,
and gives us an opportunity to invite to church those who perhaps have
not been for a while for whatever reason, those who have had some
contact with us, or people who we think might benefit from coming
along.

Each member of the congregation is encouraged to invite specifically one


other new person to come along to the 10am service. Families who have
been involved with us through baptism, marriage or funeral will also be
invited.

When else do we get the chance to invite people to church? I suppose


we can do it all the time, but I guess we don‟t, or else we would be
doing it already. I reckon we also don‟t enjoy the times when we do
invite a neighbour or a friend (and when we‟re feeling particularly bold, a
member of the family) to join us on a Sunday, and all that we get back is
a whole stream of excuses including much criticism of the institutional
church.

The institution is always ripe for criticism. It is peopled by humans and


many of them are imperfect. Back to Church Sunday gives us a way in
the promote the Church of God, rather than the structures, so that we
can start to reassure of friends in this Parish that God is Good and we
shouldn‟t let stuff blind us to this fact.

We won‟t do anything on that Sunday that is too unusual. We might


drop a reading and a Psalm. The hymns might be familiar but upbeat. The
most important thing we will do, however, is to extend the warmest
welcome to any who accept our invitation.

If they choose to come back again, excellent. If they only come to that
service, praise God. This is why it‟s important to show them God‟s wide
open arms to them.
Fr Alan
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ALT.WORSHIP MASS

If you have noticed this on the Notice sheet you might be wondering
what it is all about. There was one comment passed on to me via a third
party which suggested that the other person was somewhat miffed that
it was an event they felt excluded from. NOT SO.

Alt.worship simply means alternative worship, and those of us there


celebrate the Mass in a more relaxed way, without losing our identity as
Anglican Christians in the Catholic tradition. It‟s a place for people who
might prefer sometimes not to have the ritual and formality that we
have at the 10am Mass.

It is a service to which everyone is invited. Come along. We


meet at 5.15pm on the last Sunday of each month.

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AND YET...

Jesus had no servants, yet they called him Master.


Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher.
Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer.
Had no army, yet kings feared him.
He won no military battles, yet he conquered the world.
He committed no crime, yet they crucified him.
He was buried in a tomb, yet he lives today.

THE POSTAL WATCH

She sits quietly at the window in the early light of day,


Waiting for a friendly face to come and pass her way,
She watches quite intently, each day an anxious wait,
In the hope the local postman lifts the latch upon her gate.

For this frail and lonely lady, whose hair is silver grey,
A letter is a precious link with loved ones far away,
A simple act of thoughtfulness that brings such welcome cheer,
A token of remembrance by those whom she holds dear.

And when a letter does arrive it raises a broad smile,


And fills her with a feeling that her wait was all worthwhile,
For as she thumbs the pages, it strengthens ties that bind,
To know that though she‟s out of sight, she is not out of mind.

By Colin Hammacott

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HARVEST SUPPER

When the church council asked for a report on how the Harvest Supper
had gone, the church secretary was at least succinct: “More was
prepared than was served. More was served than was eaten. More was
eaten than was necessary.”

SIGNS & SYMBOLS – THE PALL

Last month we looked at the Corporal and Purificator cloths


used at the altar during a Communion service. We noted that they
were both folded in three in both directions – making nine „squares‟ in
total on each cloth. Why should this be?
In the Bible, numbers are often used symbolically rather than
literally, e.g. „forty‟ meant „a very long time‟ as well as „probation, testing,
closing in victory or judgment‟.
Three refers to the „Godhead‟, the Trinity of God - Father, Son
and Holy Spirit - and many priests will say a prayer to the Trinity as they
unfold or refold the corporal.
The other linen cloth that is used at a Communion service is
very different, both from the previously discussed cloths and in different
churches. This is the „Pall‟ – not to be confused with a very different
cloth of the same name sometimes used to cover a coffin (another time
we‟ll consider that type).
In many churches a plain white or simply decorated cloth is laid
over all the bread and wine to protect it from impurities or flies settling.
In Anglican churches, the Pall is a stiff 6 inches (15 cms) square piece of
linen, used to cover the Chalice to prevent impurities from falling into it.
It‟s made like a flat cushion with a piece of card or plastic in the
middle to keep it rigid. If it is embroidered or has one side made of silk,
the side touching the Chalice should still be made of linen. Before and
after the Communion itself, the Pall is arranged so that the coloured
cloth lies upon it; and it is the strength of the Pall that gives the shape
and structure.
Rev Dr Jo White

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QUIZ NIGHT & HARVEST SUPPER
Bring and Share Supper

You are warmly invited to join us for our Harvest Supper on


Saturday 12th September 2009 at 7.00pm. This will include a
quiz night – the entry fee is £5.00 per team of four.

Bring along some food to share, and your own drinks and
glasses.

REFLECTIONS

Gothic arch and window blessed


Rainbow rays on Sanctuary rest
Eastern light shines from above
Icons bright, of comfort love.

Portraits seen from leaded pane


Image Immortal, forever remain
Robes worn of brilliant hue
Story told of gospel true.

Manger birth to final betrayal


Shaft of light on thorn and nail
Resplendent glowing, ne'er to falter
Bathe in glory cross and altar.
Harold Taylor

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FROM THE REGISTERS

Holy Baptism

3rd May James POOLE


Kai CUTLER

17th May Layla Jasmine PARSONS


Miller DICKENS

7th June Lilly May CADMAN


Sophie EVESON
Libby NEWMAN
Charlotte CHANCE

21st June Georgina PAIGE


Lisa WILLIAMS
Euan FOLEY

12th July Lilly Yasmin GREEN

26th July Alfie Mikael KRNETA

2nd August Matthew PARSONS


Brooklyn EVANS

WHERE NOW?

A teacher was finishing up a lesson on the joys of discovery and the


importance of curiosity. "Where would we be today," she asked, "if no
one had ever been curious?"

One child quietly spoke up from the back of the room. "In the garden of
Eden?"

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YOUR LIFE, YOUR CHOICE:
HURRY SICKNESS

Every day we are pressured to cram more and more activities


into fewer and fewer hours. This has been described as „hurry sickness‟
and it‟s something we can all identify with. For example, when did you
last attempt to join the slowest checkout queue at the supermarket?
Hurry is an enemy of our spiritual life, as most things connected with the
kingdom of God cannot be done in a hurry!
We should draw a distinction between being busy and being
hurried. Busyness has to do with our outward condition, while hurry is
all about the state of our souls. It arises from having too many
competing priorities at any given moment. Jesus was often busy but
never hurried! We can train ourselves to be less hurried in the following
ways, which will help to be more in tune with God‟s priorities.
Slowing Down:- To break the hold of a frantic pace of life why
not deliberately slow down eg walk more slowly or stand at the longest
check-out queue in the supermarket?
Saying No:- How do our decisions help or hinder our ability to
love God and others? Looking at your diary, what do I need to do
differently?
Balancing Rest and Work:- Although we complain about working
long hours, many of us secretly love it! We associate busyness with
importance and too much free time indicates that we are not needed.
What is a helpful rhythm of work and rest in our lives? How can we take
seriously the Sabbath principle of having one day a week to rest and not
work? We might do something we don‟t usually give time for eg taking a
long walk or having an unhurried conversation with a friend, as well as
avoiding more regular activities eg checking emails!
De-cluttering: - The more stuff we accumulate, the more time
and energy are required to maintain it. What could we live without in
order to live more simply? Go through your wardrobe, loft or garage
and give away what you don‟t use.
Using Leisure Time Creatively:- When we actually take a break we
often end up simply watching TV, surfing the net, shopping when we
don‟t need anything or eating when we are not hungry! Why not choose

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leisure activities that really refresh you. It‟s not a case of more leisure
time, but using the time we have more creatively. by Paul Hardingham.

ANNIVERSARIES OF THE DEPARTED


IN SEPTEMBER

1st Marion Daniels Bill Bowen


2nd Thomas Worrall Win Watkins Clifford Brookes
3rd Dennis Charnock
5th Tom Harding Jan Colebourn Ann Coy
6th Albert Hill
8th Theo Harper Kath Nation
9th Ethel Williams
11th Denis Smart
12th Mark Jonsson Dora Hewins
13th Mary Forrest James Worton
14th Ivy Coleman
16th George Furness Rose Powell Bernard Wilkinson
17th Joseph Woodall
18th Ann Smith Clary McLean Moira Parkes
Eirlys Jenkins Hazel Norton
19th Syd Taylor Eric Taylor Paul Johnson
20th Alice Mullet Doris Rock
21st Eunice Cope Sybil Walters
24th William Schofield Alf Withers Dorothy Tolley
26th Ena Daulman
28th Joseph Woodhall
29th Rod Skidmore Evelyn Kendrick
30th Mavis Tranter
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THE COMPANY OF SERVERS

There was much discussion at a clergy conference that I attended last


year about encouraging the setting up of a supportive and non-party
organisation for those who serve at our altars. The Guild of Servants of
the Sanctuary (GSS) seems to have got itself entrenched into opposing
the ministry of women and making it very difficult for its members to
serve at the altar with any integrity of their priest is a woman.

We were very conscious however, that whatever was organised should


not be seen as anti-GSS, or as set up in opposition to it. So it was
proposed to develop a grouping of servers of all ages, in communion
with their diocesan bishop, who would serve whoever was at the altar. It
will be a society which promotes good practice, and teaches good
server-craft. Any Office which develops as a basis of prayer for the
Company will be in modern language, and based on Morning or Evening
Prayer.

All will be done to make this organisation accessible to children as well


as adults, with an equal vote being given to any member whatever their
age. And yes, that does mean there could be a 12-year old Diocesan
Chairperson.

Initially, the Society of Catholic Priests, of which I am Diocesan


Secretary, will provide the Chaplain for the diocesan branch. Sometime
very soon, forces will be mobilised to get something organised in
Worcester Diocese. So, if you serve at the altar in any way, do join us,
or express your interest in doing so.

No priests are allowed to join as it is entirely lay-led! Now, if that


doesn‟t attract you, I don‟t know what will.

Fr Alan

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READINGS FOR SEPTEMBER

6 September The Blessed Virgin Mary


Mass at 8am and 10am
Micah 5.2-4 / From Judith 16 / Romans 8.28-30 / Matthew 1.1-23

Solemn Evensong
Psalm 119.41-56 / Exodus 14.5-end / Matthew 6.1-18

13 September Harvest Thanksgiving


Low Mass at 8am
Joel 2.21-27 / Psalm 126 / 1Timothy 2.1-7 / Matthew 6.25-33

Parade Mass at 10am


1Timothy 2.1-7 / Matthew 6.25-33

Solemn Evensong
Psalm 66 / Isaiah 52.13 - end of 53 / Ephesians 2.11-end

20 September The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity


Mass at 8am and 10am
Jeremiah 11.18-20 / Psalm 54 / James 3.13 - 4.3,7,8a / Mark 9.30-37

Solemn Evensong
Psalm 119.137-152 / Exodus 19.10-end / Matthew 8.23-end

27 September Back to Church Sunday / Michaelmass


Mass at 8am and 10am
Revelation 12.7-12 / Psalm 103.19-end / Hebrews1.5-end / John 1.47-end

Solemn Evensong and Benediction


Psalms 120, 121 / Joshua 3.7-end / Matthew 10.1-22

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PARISH CONTACTS
PARISH PRIEST 01384…
Fr Alan Williams, The Vicarage, 4 The Holloway, DY8 4DL 394057

CHURCH WARDENS
Lyndon Viney, 12 Walker Ave, Quarry Bank, DY5 2LZ 891978
Barbara Banner, 113a High Street, Amblecote, DY8 4HG 374979

LICENSED READER
Liz Walker, 40 Vicarage Road, Wollaston, DY8 4NP 831469

READER Emerita
Lyn Jenkins, 37 Oakhill Drive, Brierley Hill DY5 3PP 423101

TREASURER
Michael Fisher, 91 Trinity Road, Amblecote, DY8 4LZ 374634

PCC SECRETARY
Barbara Banner, 113a High Street, Amblecote, DY8 4HG 374979

HEAD SERVER & GIFT AID SECRETARY


Michael Walker, 40 Vicarage Road, Wollaston, DY8 4NP 831469

ORGANIST
Michael Grimmitt, 381 Stourbridge Road, Catshill, B61 9LG

MOTHERS’ UNION
Barbara Hipkiss, 19 Clee Road, Amblecote, DY8 4LW 378902

BELL TOWER
Captain Colin Hill, 130 Stamford Road, Brierley Hill, DY5 2PZ 423270
Keeper Andrew Latham, 162 Stamford Road, DY5 2QD 423583

CHURCH HALL
Lyndon Viney, 12 Walker Ave, Quarry Bank, DY5 2LZ 891978

To make arrangements for Baptisms, Banns or Weddings please


phone the Vicar.

WEBSITE www.holytrinityamblecote.org.uk

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