The Rector Writes

Dear Friends,

I would like to begin by thanking everybody for supporting the Berem Clinic Project in the Mampong region of Ghana.  A special thank you to David Williams for his wonderful concert on the 13th October.  With the proceeds of the Concert, the Quiz Night on the 22nd October and individual donations were have raised over £2000 which is a terrific effort, thank you all.

One of the things our link with Ghana does is remind us that we are part of a great family, a greater Church.  Classically the Church of God has been perceived as being in two states (or three if you are Roman Catholic) the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant.  The Church Militant is Christians alive today, serving as soldiers of Christ in the world.  The Church Triumphant are those who have passed through death and now rest in the peace of Christ.  In the Church this is the only distinction that is permitted, nationality, colour, gender is all completely meaningless.  This unity of the Church is something we celebrate on the 4th November when we celebrate God’s saints and commemorate the faithful departed.

I don’t know if it is irony or serendipity that the week after commemorating the unity of God’s Church we commemorate Remembrance Sunday, which in so many ways represents the things that separate and divide us.  Remembrance Sunday this year is of course even more poignant than most, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War and also Armistice Day.  On Remembrance Sunday I feel we often skirt around the edges, we commemorate the fallen, we celebrate the freedoms they gave us, we even commit ourselves to peace, but we also generally ignore the reason why they fought and died in the first place!  We ignore the brokenness of humanity, we turn a blind eye to the injustices we see in the world, we continue to seek our own selfish gain at the expense of others.

I will use Ghana for an example.  At the end of 2015 Ghana had debts of $18.8 billion, they paid $8.7 billion towards this debt but only in fact only $1.7 billion serviced the debt, $7 billion, or 80%, went towards interest payments.  As the Brazilian Archbishop Helder Camara once said, "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist."  Let our Remembrance be a spur to deeper, concerted action to address real injustice in the world today.

Yours in Christ,
Ian.

Remembrance Sunday 

As I am sure you all know this year’s Remembrance Sunday Commemoration has particular resonance recognising, as it does, the Centenary of the end of the First World War.  As it happens this year Remembrance Sunday also coincides with Armistice Day when hostilities ceased (pedants will point out that the war didn’t actually end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on the 28th June 1919).

We shan’t be making any major changes to our normal Remembrance Sunday service as we had a special commemoration on the 22nd September, that being said it is impossible to believe that there won’t be a particular poignancy to this years’ service.  We expect that there will be a large turn-out so recommend you arrive early to ensure a seat.

We will again welcome the children of Mobberley Primary School who will presenting their own tribute to the fallen.  At the conclusion of the service we shall make our way to the War Memorial on Church Lane for the formal Act of Remembrance complete with a 2-minute silence at 11.00 a.m.

Following the Act of Remembrance we shall be making our way to a Reception prepared by the Parish Council at the Victory Hall.  During this the poppies in the graveyard will be collected together and displayed around the soldier outside the hall where they will remain throughout November.

Finally, in the evening of Remembrance Sunday we shall be holding a contemplative Taizé style service at 6.30 p.m.

Remembrance Sunday Services
All-Age Remembrance Service 10.00 a.m.
Act of Remembrance 11.00 a.m.
Taizé Service 6.30 p.m.

St. Wilfrid's Church Fair

St. Wilfrid’s Church Fair
The Rajar, Town Lane
Mobberley

Saturday 17th November 2018
Between 10.00am and 2.00pm

An Opportunity to buy your Christmas Presents

 

Stalls include: homemade cakes, indoor bulbs, bric-a-brac, fashion jewellery, fancy goods, bath and body products, cards, artwork, tombola, and Fair Trade.

 

Admission by £1 raffle ticket; with the opportunity to win: £40 voucher for Cheshire Cat Pubs; bottle of Single Malt Whisky; Set of Silver jewellery + many other prizes.

 

Refreshments available including pork baps and

homemade cake. 

Berem Clinic Project

I want to say a massive big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported this project throughout October.  We have a terrific start at our Harvest Festival when over £400 was donated on that one day alone.  Our brilliant new organist, David, then performed a concert on the 13th October which netter another £800, and our charity Quiz at the Church Inn on the 22nd brought in a further £600.

In total our efforts throughout October have brought in £2000 which is a fantastic amount.  Thanks again to David, Jean and to everybody who contributed in whatever way.

Berem Clinic

It was great to welcome Bishop Cyril Ben-Smith, the Bishop of Mampong in Ghana, to worship with us on the 29th July.  Bishop Cyril brought with him the gratitude of the Diocese of Mampong for all the ways in which we have supported them over the last 4 years.  As well as our Christmas crib sponsoring Mampong Babies Home each year, through the generosity of individual members of the congregation we sent out a total of £9000 over the last 3 years to support the training of two young priests to the Diocese, Isaac and Joseph.  

Mampong Babies Home exists because St. Monica’s Maternity Hospital in Mampong is the only Maternity Hospital in that region.  With no antenatal care in the outlying areas pregnant mothers would have to struggle for days, usually in very late stages of pregnancy, to make it to the hospital often with disastrous results for mother, baby or both.

The most remote region is to the east of Mampong, a vast area of jungle populated by small villages of subsistence farmers and transient logging and mining camps.  This is an area of grinding poverty even by Ghanaian standards with no running water, no electricity, few schools and no medical care.  Bishop Cyril would like to set up a small mission clinic, of just two or three rooms, which would act as the base for a mobile medical centre that would be able to reach these small settlements providing preventative care for the elderly and, critically, antenatal care for pregnant women.  The area is huge and largely empty of any towns, the only named one in the immediate area being Berem, for that reason we are calling it Berem Clinic.

Throughout October there will be retiring collections for the clinic and there are also a couple of Fund Raising events planned.

Firstly, our Director of Music, David Williams, is holding an organ concert on the 13th October.  This will be a selection of popular music, sacred and secular, that should appeal to all tastes.  Tickets cost £10 for adults and children aged 15 and under are admitted for free.  The ticket price includes light refreshments.

Secondly, the Rector is hosting a Quiz Night on Monday 22nd October at the Church Inn.  The picture round will be available from 7.15 and the question rounds will begin at 8.00 p.m.  Tickets also cost £10.  All proceeds from both events will go towards Berem Clinic. 

Association of  Church Fellowships


What a lovely Autumn we are having.  Just driving to Tesco’s at Handforth Dean the trees along the bypass are spectacular, each week they’ve changed colour to the wonderful display now on show.  Which brings me back to our meeting on Wednesday the 10th.Oct. when we were entertained by Mr. Ian Morison talking about the Aroura Borealis, the eclipse of the sun and moon. 

He told us how people will travel thousands of miles to see these phenomena for just a few minutes, but they do take some wonderful pictures.  It was nice for some of the residents of Mobberley to see some of the pictures projected onto the wall.  They told us about the cruises they had been on and seen for themselves.  Another very interesting afternoon.

At our next meeting we are having another talk from Rev. Ian Blay, always interesting.  Doors open from 2pm.  Meeting starts at 2:30pm.

Next Meeting

 ‘More Christmas Customs’
Speaker:  Canon Ian Blay
Wednesday 10th November at 2:00pm
Rajar Building

Town Lane, Mobberley


Open the Book

Are you interested in doing a bit of drama? 

Would you like the opportunity to engage in bring the Bible to life for the children in school?

Open The Book began as a project in Bedford in 1999 using simple drama as a way of making the Bible come alive for youngest, particularly junior aged kids.  The concept spread and was eventually picked up by The Bible Society as another means of making God’s word live in people’s hearts and lives.

The Bible Society sponsors groups and provides initial support, equipment and scripts to begin local groups with the intention that with initial backing they can become self-supporting and self-sustaining.

With help from a group in Knutsford ‘Open The Book’ has begun at Mobberley Primary School where it has gone down very well and the Rev. Scott Manning and I would like to build upon that interest by growing an ‘Open The Book’ group here in Mobberley.

Are you interested in doing a bit of drama?  Would you like the opportunity to engage in bring the Bible to life for the children in school?  It is our long term hope that this group might develop into performing at different events such as our Rose Queen service and even resurrecting the Mobberley Mummers.  You don’t have to be a budding Al Pachino or Meryl Streep, just be up for having a bit of fun.

If you are interested then please join Scott and myself at Mobberley Methodist Church on Sunday 25th November at 3.00 p.m.

St. Wilfrid's Church Diary - November


Thu. 1st        Doorway                                                                  8.00 p.m.

Fri. 2nd         Choir Practice                                                         7.30 p.m.

Sat. 3rd        Church Open                                                           12.00 p.m.

Sun. 4th       All Saints & All Souls
                     Said Holy Communion (BCP)                                  8.30 a.m.
                     Sung Holy Communion (CW)                                  10.00 a.m.
                     Commemoration of the Faithful Departed                6.30 p.m.

Mon. 5th       Thanksgiving Service for Robert Mais                      2.00 p.m.
                     Monday Night Group                                                 8.00 p.m.

Wed. 7th      Communion at the Rajar                                           10.00 a.m.
                     Coffee Morning at the Rajar                                     10.30 a.m.

Thu. 8th        Doorway                                                                   8.00 p.m.

Fri. 9th          Choir Practice                                                           7.30 p.m.

Sat. 10th       Messy Church Preparation Meeting                         10.30 a.m.
                     Church Open                                                            12.00 p.m.

Sun. 11th     Remembrance Sunday
                     Said Holy Communion  (BCP)                                  8.30 a.m.                          
                     All-Age Remembrance Sunday Service                   10.00 a.m.
                     Act of Remembrance                                                11.00 a.m.
                     Reception                                                                  11.15 a.m.
                     Taizé Service                                                             6.30 p.m.
                     Prayer Group                                                             7.45 p.m.

Mon. 12th     Parish Lunch                                                             12.30 p.m.
                     Mobberley Trust Meeting                                          8.00 p.m.
                     Monday Night Group                                                8.00 p.m.

Tue. 13th      PCC Meeting                                                            7.30 p.m.

Wed. 14th    Holy Communion at the Rajar                                   10.00 a.m.
                    Coffee Morning at the Rajar                                      10.30 a.m.
                    Church Fellowship at the Rajar                                  2.00 p.m.

Thu. 15th     Deanery Synod at St. John’s Knutsford                     7.30 p.m.

Fri. 16th       Parish Fair Preparation                                              6.00 p.m.
                    Choir Practice                                                            7.30 p.m.

Sat. 17th     Parish Fair                                                                  10.00 a.m.
                   Church Open                                                              12.00 p.m.

Sun. 18th   The 2nd Sunday before Advent
                   Said Holy Communion (BCP)                                     8.30 a.m.
                   Sung Holy Communion (CW)                                     10.00 a.m.
                   Choral Evensong w. Healing                                      6.30 p.m.

Mon. 19th    Monday Night Group                                                 8.00 p.m.

Wed. 21st    Holy Communion at the Rajar                                   10.00 a.m.
                    Coffee Morning at the Rajar                                      10.30 a.m.

Thu. 22nd    Victory Hall TDC                                                        7.00 p.m.
                    Doorway                                                                     8.00 p.m.

Fri. 23rd       Choir Practice                                                           7.30 p.m.

Sat. 24th      Messy Church                                                          10.00 a.m.
                    Church Open                                                            12.00 p.m.

Sun. 25th    Christ the King
                    Said Holy Communion (BCP)                                   8.30 a.m.
                    Choral Matins (BCP)                                                 10.00 a.m.
                    Sung Holy Communion (BCP)                                  6.30 p.m.

Mon. 26th    Monday Night Group                                                8.00 p.m.

Wed. 28th   Communion at the Rajar                                           10.00 a.m.
                   Coffee Morning at the Rajar                                      10.30 a.m.

Thu. 29th    Doorway                                                                    8.00 p.m.

Fri. 30th      Choir Practice                                                            7.30 p.m.