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CHURCHYARD

Grateful thanks to all those who turned out last Saturday to help clear some of the weeds and overgrown bushes on gravestones.  a couple of dozen folk arrived and worked hard for a few hours, even through the rain.  thanks to the ladies who provided the refreshments to keep us all going.

CHURCHYARD TIDY UP

ST NICHOLAS CHURCHYARD TIDY UP.

15th July at 9am.  until 1.30pm.

breaking for coffee and crumpets in the hall at 11.oo

The grass is now being cut by the Parish Council contractor and is improving the look of the churchyard.

We had many offers of help with cutting the grass,  However we would now like to accept those offers and tidy the overgrown grave stones.

All are welcome to come along, to tidy their own family grave and / or lend a hand to tidy those no longer tended.

Please bring gloves and tools, and stay for a little or as long as you are able.

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THE CHURCHYARD LOOK GOOD AGAIN.

Summer Fete

SUMMER FETE

SATURDAY 20TH MAY @ ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH,  

12 noon til 4pm.

CHURCH, HALL & MEADOW – GREAT WAKERING 

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAYRE – GRAND RAFFLE 1st Prize £100.00 cash

2nd Prize – Luxury Hamper

Plus many more prizes

 Krazy Kitchen – Coconut Shie – Tin-Can-Alley – Face Painting

 Plants – Homemade Cakes & Jams – Tombola – water /wine

CHILDREN’S GAMES – Bouncy Castle

REFRESHMENTS; Cream Teas, BBQ, Pimms, Beer & Wine          Ice cream  and Candy Floss

CHURCH; Art Exhibition – Music

ADMISSION FREE

Floodlighting

If you would like to make a donation to sponsor the outside floodlighting of our Church at St Nicholas Great Wakering, either in memory of a loved one or as a celebration, please contact Theresa on 01702 294029.  Details will be printed in the Broomway Beagle.

How would you explain God?

This was written by an 8 year old, Danny Dutton for a homework assignment.

“One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grown-ups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn’t have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.

“God’s second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.

“God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere, which keeps him pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting his time by going over your Mum and Dad’s head asking him for something they said you couldn’t have.

“Atheists are people who don’t believe in God. I don’t think there are any in my town. At least there aren’t any who come to our church.

“Jesus is God’s Son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn’t want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his Father and he told his Father that they didn’t know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.

“His Dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn’t have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his Dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.

“You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there’s anybody you want to make happy, it’s God. Don’t skip church or do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn’t come out at the beach until noon anyway.”

“If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp or to school, but God can. It is good to know he’s around you when you’re scared in the dark or when you can’t swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.”

“But…you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases. And…that’s why I believe in God.”

Open Church

Each Wednesday following communion at 09:30 am the church will remain open until 12:00.

There will be someone on hand to chat to or if you prefer to come in and sit quietly you are more than welcome.

A Church for the 21st Century?

I would like you to consider with me unlocking the potential of our church building. How we might enhance our worship to increase the dynamic of what and how we do Sunday by Sunday. And what might be possible during the week with increased facilities.

For example:

·         In the porch replace the wooden door with a timber frame and glass door to increase the light and see in and suggest that we are an open and welcoming church.

·         Provide a kitchen and toilet within the footprint of the building – possibly on the left of the main door or add on to the left.

·         Re-site the children’s space to the left with a user-friendly area.

·         Use the current space to have a prayer cross and votive candle stand for use as a prayer aid.

·         Use the wall to contain a children’s board and one each for general use and one for Mission info.

·         Re-site the board of Vicar’s names elsewhere in the building – possibly on the South wall between the windows.

·         Replace the pews with chairs containing under seat place to put books etc and extend seating provision nearer the sanctuary.

·         Sand and varnish the floor or cover with decent carpet.

·         Improve the lighting in the Nave with uplighters to provide better light and make a feature of the internal roof.

·         Improve heating in Nave in particular and building generally.

·         Install Data projector and screen.

·         Redecorate where appropriate in church and Vestry.

·         Improve lighting and heating in Vestry.

·         Extend sanctuary dais a further two metres or so to bring the altar forward into the main body of the church and nearer the people. Provide removable rails for flexibility.

·         Consider removing the pulpit to improve sight lines.

·         Make Lady Chapel into a separate sound proofed meeting room with timber and glass enclosing it under existing arches. Put in sliding doors or some other appropriate mechanism to open out when necessary.

CONCLUSION

These are only suggestions and by no means exhaustive to get us thinking about what we use our building for and the potential within it.

We have an ancient building that has seen many changes over the centuries to meet the needs of its congregation and local community. It will probably be an ongoing development of the resources in our stewardship and requires careful thought and prayer to meet the needs of the 21st Century.

It is a challenge I believe we can aspire too with God’s blessing and further the mission of the Church and the Gospel in an ever changing environment.

I hope you will feel excited at what we can achieve in our ministry together and what God has in store for us.

To have faith is to move mountains … let us be bold and strong.

Please address further suggestions or comments on the above; in writing.