Funerals

The funeral of Betty Stojic will take place on Friday 8th September at 2.15 p.m. in church.

The funeral of Roy Broad will take place on Monday 11th September at 1.30 p.m. in church. 

The Rector Writes

Dear Friends,

In September we get a real sense of the church grinding up the gears as we head into our busiest period of the year, made more so by the start of Lifebeat this month. You should already be aware of Lifebeat through the magazine, website and/or Facebook and if you don’t there is even more about it in this magazine.

At an ordination service those who are being ordained are asked to take seriously their calling to preach ‘the gospel afresh in each generation’. This is a phrase that I rather like, particularly that word ‘afresh’. The Hebrews chapter 13 we read that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever “ and if we take that seriously we understand that the same must be true of the Gospel message, nothing can be taken from it nor can anything be added to it. It would therefore be inaccurate to say that we should preach the gospel ‘anew’ as that might suggest we are adding something different, something that wasn’t there before.

Afresh avoids that pitfall, afresh doesn’t imply anything new, anything different; it makes it clear, to me at least, that the emphasis is on the preaching, not on the gospel, it is the preaching, the proclamation which needs refreshing, that needs reenergising.

This is what Lifebeat is about, it isn’t preaching a different message, even less a new one. It isn’t saying something anything about Jesus who was, is and always shall be, our Lord and our God. What is different is the manner of the proclamation, it is a fresh expression of the same, centuries old, message of good news to all people.

It isn’t a bad thing to freshen things up a bit. That isn’t necessarily to change it, but it is to give it a new brightness, to give it new energy, to give it new life. Perhaps we should be thinking about our other patterns of worship here at St. Wilfrid’s, a pattern we have been following for many years. What are we doing that is getting a bit tired, a bit stale; what are we doing that could do with a bit of freshening up? When we look around us on a Sunday there are a lot of people we know, a lot of our friends and neighbours who are not here with us, what can we do afresh to proclaim to them the good news of Jesus Christ? 

Yours in Christ,
Ian.

Lifebeat

Something new,
something fun,
for the whole family
In Mobberley

Lifebeat is a Christian community where the whole family can explore the Christian faith together - Friendship, Fun, Family, Inspiring, Good Food.

• Catch-up and a meal together from 5.00-25.30 p.m.

• Ministry time is between 5.30-6.30 p.m. This will include -

Lively, modern songs
Thought-provoking teaching
Testimony
Prayer for our community and each other
Specialised breakaway groups for kids and teens

• Wind down and Fellowship from 6.30 p.m. with hot milk or chocolate and cookies and bedtime story for the kids.

Lifebeat will meet every first and third Sunday of the month from 5.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. at the Rajar, Town Lane.

Lifebeat is a joint venture between Mobberley Methodist Church and St. Wilfrid C of E.

Pet Service

Our annual Pet Service will take place at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 10th September. We consider the Pet Service as part of our Harvest celebrations, giving thanks to God for all good gifts around us, including the gifts of the animals which so enrich our lives.

In our prayers we pray not just for our own pets but for all animals, that they might be treated fairly and humanely and that all cruelty to them will cease. As well as giving thanks for our furry (and feathery) friends you are also invited to bring them forward to receive a blessing.

St. Wilfrid’s Pet Service
Sunday 10th September
10.00 a.m. 

New Headteacher

Mobberley Primary School restarts on the 5th September and as ever there will be a new Reception class, 30 little 4-year-olds who will be experiencing school for the very first time. However, there is another new face at the school as we welcome our new Headteacher, Mr. Damien Stenson.

Back in July we said farewell to Mrs. Carol Owen who retired after having been head for 10 years and a teacher there for 5 years prior to that. We now welcome Mr. Stenson who for the last few years has been working at St. Clare’s Higher Blackley and was appointed as our new head back in February, starting from this September.

Mr. Stenson is a practising and devout Christian heavily involved in the life of his church. At his interview he showed himself to be full of ideas and with the practical skills to put those ideas into effect and at the end of the interview process I was very excited by the prospect of Mr. Stenson joining us, a feeling I wasn’t really expecting to have.

It is always a difficult time moving up into the role of Headteacher particularly in a school and with a staff which is completely unfamiliar. On behalf of the PCC and everybody at St. Wilfrid’s we welcome Damien and assure him of our prayers that God will richly bless his work and his new ministry among us here in Mobberley.

Tom & Audrey Sharman

As many of you will be aware in July our organist Tom Sharman announced his decision to retire from being a full-time organist and therefore proffered his resignation which I reluctantly accepted.

Tom’s link with St. Wilfrid goes back 6 years when he stood in during our previous organist’s absences and following his departure Tom took on the organist role full time, ably supported of course by his wife Audrey who immediately joined the choir. In his 5 years here Tom has been an excellent organist, reliable and conscientious to a fault. We have enjoyed not just his playing on a Sunday, frequently receiving a round of applause following his closing voluntaries, but also the numerous recitals he has played, not least at our church gift day in October.

It goes without saying that we are very grateful for all that Tom has undertaken in his time with us and on behalf of everybody at St. Wilfrid’s I offer him our thanks and our prayers as he and Audrey settle into his retirement. This isn’t necessarily the last we will see of Tom as he has expressed a willingness to help out on occasions. Tom’s last services as church organist will be on Sunday 24th September.

In the meantime we are looking to appoint a new organist and have advertising in all the possible outlets that we can think of, however if there is anybody you know who might be interested please get them to contact me.

Harvest 2017

Our Harvest celebrations began back in July with the celebration of Lammas and have continued with our Stewardship Service and our Pet Service. Our celebrations draw to a conclusion from the end of this month. Give a little time to join with us in our various Harvest events and celebrations -

Church Decorating - Friday 29th September

The church will be decorated for Harvest on Friday 29th September from 9.30 a.m. We are asking people to please decorate with harvest colours of red, bronze and orange. There is a list in church for those who would like to help, or contact Liz Bridgford whose number is on the back page of this magazine. We will dismantle on Monday 9th October after the School Service at about 10 am

Harvest Supper - Friday 29th September.

Our Harvest Supper will take place at 7.30 p.m. at the Cricket Club. Following on from the supper of hot pot followed by apple crumble we shall be holding out annual Quiz. Tickets are now available and cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.

Gift Day - Saturday 30th September

The church will be open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for people to admire the decorations but also for people to make a Thank Offering. As we reflect on all the good things God has given us in the last year so we give to him of our riches. A thank offering might be in simple recognition of his daily blessings to us or specifically in thanks for a new child or grandchild, a marriage, a special anniversary, a new job, whatever we might want to give thanks for. The church will also be open to visitors on Sunday 25th from 1.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Harvest Festival - Sunday 1st October

At our Harvest services we ask people to bring flowers which will be distributed to the poorly, the housebound or the bereaved in Mobberley Parish. A list is in church for the names of those you would like to receive a harvest gift.

Our Harvest services will be Harvest Communion at 10 a.m. and Harvest Songs of Praise at 6.30 p.m. Do come and join us as we celebrate our Harvest Home and thank God for all good gifts around us.

Doorway & Monday Night Group

Both of our study groups restart in September. The Monday Night Group , which meets each Tuesday, no it doesn’t, which meets each Monday at 8.00 p.m. at 2 Warford Crescent and will be studying The Power of Simple Prayer.

Doorway, which meets each Thursday at 8.00 p.m. in the choir vestry will be looking at a bit of New Testament history and particularly at what happened when the Roman Empire and the State of Israel came face to face and how that shaped Jewish expectation and the life of the early Church.

Monday Night Group resumes
Monday 11th September
8.00 p.m.
2 Warford Crescent

Doorway resumes
Thursday 14th September
8.00 p.m.
Choir Vestry

The Association of Church Fellowships

I hope everyone had a nice holiday. Looking forward to our next meeting, promising to be a bit of fun. We shall be having our beetle drive followed by tea and Cake. Next meeting will be on Wednesday September 13th at 2:30pm. Rajar Building Town Lane Mobberley.

Next Meeting
Beetle Drive
Wednesday 13th September
2:30pm
Rajar 

Everyone made welcome
Pam Smith

Messy Church

Messy Church restarts on Saturday 30th September at the Rajar. At this meeting we will be thinking about the Holy Temple, not the one that stood in Jerusalem but the one into which God’s people are built, a living Temple with Jesus himself as our cornerstone. We will be playing jenga, building towers made of maltesers, making paper-chains and other activities.

We are in need of some new helpers so if you give us a bit of time every other month to share with the children and young families then lease speak to Ian of John Hennerley.

The PCC Report

At the July meeting, amongst other things, our PCC 

- received an update on Lifebeat, our new joint service we are holding with Mobberley Methodist Church.

- it was discussed whether to change the current Harvest Supper format so as to make it more child-friendly and enable families to take part.

- accepted the quote bfrom Ideal Driveways to replace the existing path to the west door of the church. Once this was in good repair this would become the ‘bad weather approach’ to the church until such time as the north path, particularly the flagged section, could be made safer.

- continued with our dispute with the National Trust regarding damage to the south wall of the graveyard which we believe to be caused by a holly bush on National Trust land. It was agreed to arrange a site visit to clarify the situation.

- agreed the purchase of a leather-bound Bible to present to Mrs Carol Owen as she retired as headteacher of Mobberley Primary School. The Bible to be presented to her at the school Leavers’ Service on the 20th July. 

- received the news that our organist, Tom Sharman, had taken the decision to retire and had therefore tended his resignation. Tom was thanked for all his hard work over the last 5 years.

The Rector Responds

Q.  Could the Patriarchs of old really have lived for up to a thousand years?

A. In the Book of Genesis we read that the Patriarchs of Israel often lived hugely long lives. Methuselah, we are told, lived to be 969 years old, Jared to 962, Noah to 950, Adam to 930 and there are many more who lived well past Abraham who died young at 175 years. These numbers far outstrip anything that we see, and can largely even believe, today. The only one who comes close to a modern timeframe is Moses who died aged 120, and even then complained in Psalm 90 about the brevity of life in the passage that is now a common idiom, ‘The days of our years are threescore years and ten’.

Considering the fact that Moses lived in the 13th century BC it is remarkable that the average human lifespan hasn’t actually altered that much, which might lead us to question all the more the remarkable ages of particularly the antediluvian Patriarchs. To that end many have suggested that an entirely different measurement of time was used, counting months instead of years for example. In some cases this initially works quite well, with Methuselah for example his 962 months equates to just over 80 years. It doesn’t work so well with Abraham whose 175 years, if months, equates to just 14 and a half years of life. There are other anomalies as well, Seth would have fathered a son aged just 9 years old!

There is an interesting parallel to the Hebrew Patriarchs in the Sumerian culture. Sumer was a region in modern day Iraq which had a long history that was well preserved. The Sumerian’s in a manner similar to the Jews kept a history of their kings, although the Sumerian king list predates the books of Kings and Chronicles. Interestingly the Sumerian’s in their history retained the story of the great flood and in another parallel the kings lists show that the antediluvian kings had vastly longer life spans than those post-flood. It should be noticed that although the pattern is similar the detail is completely different. Prior to the flood the Sumerian kings are recorded as reigning for tens of thousands of years and after the flood lived vastly shorter but still Patriarchal-type ages in the high hundreds.

So what are we to make of these great ages? They would seem to reflect a common thought within the region of the far greater longevity of those in the past, particularly before the turning point of the great flood. Attempts to suggest alternative methods of counting time may seem attractive but don’t bear full scrutiny. I suspect the real question is, why would you doubt it? There are a number of matters in the Bible that resist scientific explanation, not least the resurrection, and perhaps these great ages fit into that category. It might also be noted that as in Genesis Adam and Eve were created to be immortal then by comparison even Methuselah’s 962 years is, in reality, barely a flash in the pan. 

Ian.

St. Wilfrid's Church Diary - September

Fri. 1st            Choir Practice 7.30 p.m.

Sat. 2nd          Church Open 10.00 a.m.
                       Wedding (James Feakes-Doncaster & Emma Unwin) 2.00 p.m.

Sun. 3rd         The 12th Sunday after Trinity
                       Said Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30 a.m.
                       Sung Holy Communion (CW) 10.00 a.m.
                       Lifebeat at the Rajar 5.00 p.m. 
                       Choral Evensong (BCP) 6.30 p.m.

Mon. 4th         Faith & Worship group 7.45 p.m.

Wed. 6th        Communion at the Rajar 10.00 a.m.
                       Coffee Morning at the Rajar 10.30 a.m.

Fri. 8th           Funeral (Betty Stojic) 2.15 p.m.
                      Choir Practice 7.30 p.m.

Sat. 9th          Church Open 10.00 a.m.

Sun. 10th      The 13th Sunday after Trinity
                      Said Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30 a.m.
                      All-Age Pet Service 10.00 a.m. 
                      Choral Evensong (BCP) 6.30 p.m.

Mon. 11th      Funeral (Roy Broad) 1.00 p.m.
                      Monday Night Group 8.00 p.m.

Tue. 12th       PCC Building Committee 7.45 p.m.

Wed. 13th      Communion at the Rajar 10.00 a.m.
                      Coffee Morning at the Rajar 10.30 a.m.

Thu. 14th       Doorway 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 15th         Choir Practice 7.30 p.m.

Sat. 16th        Church Open 10.00 a.m.
                      Friends of St. Wilfrid’s 11.00 a.m.

Sun. 17th      The 14th Sunday after Trinity
                     Said Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30 a.m.
                     Sung Holy Communion 10.00 a.m.
                     Lifebeat at the Rajar 5.00 p.m.
                     Evensong with Prayers for Healing 6.30 p.m.

Mon. 18th     Monday Night Group 8.00 p.m.

Tue. 19th      PCC 7.45 p.m.

Wed. 20th     Communion at the Rajar 10.00 a.m.
                     Coffee Morning at the Rajar 10.30 a.m.

Thu. 21st      Matthew, apostle & evangelist
                     Said Holy Communion (BCP) 7.00 p.m.
                     Doorway 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 22nd       Choir Practice 7.30 p.m.

Sat. 23rd       Church Open 10.00 a.m.

Sun. 24th     The 15th Sunday after Trinity 
                     Said Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30 a.m.
                     Choral Matins (BCP) 10.00 a.m. 
                     Choral Evensong (BCP) 6.30 p.m.

Mon. 25th     Monday Night Group 8.00 p.m.

Wed. 27th     Said Holy Communion at the Rajar 10.00 a.m.
                     Coffee Morning at the Rajar 10.30 a.m.

Thu. 28th      Doorway 8.00 p.m.

Fri. 29th        Church Decorating for Harvest 9.00 a.m.
                     Harvest Supper 7.30 p.m.

Sat. 30th      Church Open Day 10.00 a.m.