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“Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you, all things are passing, God is unchanging. Patience gains all; nothing is lacking to those who have God, God alone is sufficient.” (St. Teresa of Avila)
NOTICES THIS WEEK:
14th July 2019
Coming Soon: Starting from October, the first Sunday of the month will be a ‘Family Service’. The service will still have the Eucharist at its heart but it will be a more relaxed and accessible service and all are welcome. We are hoping and praying that the Leaders and young ladies from the Uniformed Organisations will be joining us each month and in addition, please begin to think and pray NOW about who YOU can invite! Midlands Women’s Convention: This year’s event in Solihull is on 12th October. The cost is £18 and £14 for concessions, 14-17 year olds cost £10. Please complete a form if you wish to attend so that we can decide on suitable transport to the event. If we need to hire a minibus then there will be an extra cost. Forms are available from Lynn, Wendy or the back of church. Please return the form to Lynn Castillo as soon as possible. Can YOU help? Open the Book: Can you help with this wonderful school ministry in our parish? The Open the Book team are looking to recruit new members. Please speak to a member of the team if you would like to know more. Volunteers to clean the church: Can those of you who have volunteered to clean the church please meet in church on Saturday at 9 am. Thank y Did you know . . . We can do a floral arrangement in church with a suitable message if you wish to remember a loved one or celebrate a happy event. Small arrangements/bouquets cost around £5 with larger arrangements a little more expensive, depending on your choice of flowers. Please see Joyce in church or contact the administrator of this website, using Messenger (m.me/StBartsWednesbury). Don't forget: there is a box in the coffee area for any non-perishable food for the Food Bank. Toiletries are also needed. All items appreciated. Please see Linda or Joyce if you want suggestions of what you could bring or if would like more information.
Sea Sunday This year Sea Sunday is marked on 14 July 2019 but can be celebrated on any Sunday in the year. It is an opportunity to think and pray about the lives of seafarers, their families and those who support them and give thanks for their lives and work. Today our service centred around this theme and we sang songs to reflect this (‘I, the Lord of sea and sky’, ‘Amazing Grace’ etc). Father Mark’s sermon was based on ‘Fears’ in general but in particular fear relating to the sea mentioned in the Gospel reading for today (Mark 4: 35-41) when Jesus calmed the wind and sea and when he asked others in the boat why they were afraid and why they had no faith. Even today life at sea is a hidden life and in the more unpleasant corners of the world crews still all too frequently become victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation. Seafarers can be the victims of piracy or face unjust imprisonment. And life at sea remains a dangerous one. There is no better opportunity than Sea Sunday week to pause for thought, to remember the men and women who crew the ships that serve us all. And there is no better time to remember those many Mission teams around the world who work so hard to address their needs and share God’s love in so many different ways.
During today’s service (14th July) we sang that wonderful hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ written by John Newton. The words were written in 1772 by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton and it was published in 1779. Newton wrote the words from his personal experience; from a slave trader to a clergyman. John Newton lived from 1725 to 1807. His father was a Merchant Sea Captain and his mother died when he was just 7. After only 2 years of schooling he was sent to sea at the age of eleven; his early life by his own accounts was rebellious and immoral. It was Newton’s choice of words to describe himself as ‘a wretch’, a word implying a ‘conscienceless person’, that gives us some indication of his past. During his youth he was flogged for desertion from the Royal Navy and at the age of just 22 he was given command of his own ship; a ship involved in the slave trade. It was 3 years later during a violent storm that his life undertook a new direction. It was during this storm that Newton was terrified manning the pumps for 9 hours in an effort to keep his ship afloat. It was then he found himself crying out to God for protection. Once the storm had abated and from safety and distance he was convinced that the beginning of his conversion had happened on that deck amidst the storm and John Newton wrote these words: “On that day the Lord sent from on high and delivered me from deep waters.” - a line from the second verse of Amazing Grace and he recalls being “The hour I first believed.” Newton then went on to forsake the slave trade and his seafaring life. After training for 9 years he entered the Anglican Ministry in 1764. The opening words of ‘Amazing Grace’ express Newton’s belief that his prayers were indeed answered when he cried out that day amid the tempest. The lines “I once was lost, but now am found” are probably best thought of as a beautiful way in which Newton expresses both his saving and his coming to faith. This line may, for some, conjure up imagery similar to that discussed in the earlier work on Psalm 23, of a lost sheep being returned to the protection of the flock by the caring, loving shepherd. Just like Newton we are all, in a way, journeying and although our journey is upon the seas of life, we may not owe our own conversion to such tempestuous seas. We may rest assured, however, that should we ever find ourselves in need of help then, like Newton himself found, we shall be brought out of distress and the “waves of the seas shall be hushed”. 1. Amazing grace how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost, but now I'm found Was blind, but now I see. 2. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear And grace my fears relieved How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed. 3. The Lord has promised good to me His word my hope secures He will my shield and portion be As long as life endures. 4. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow The sun forbear to shine But God who called me here below Will be forever mine, will be forever mine You are forever mine.
It is with great pleasure we can share news that Leanne Carr became The Revd Leanne Carr on Saturday 29th June at Birmingham Cathedral. We offer Leanne our congratulations on being ordained Deacon and will, hopefully, will be ordained Priest in 2020. Her church is Holy Trinity in Sutton Coldfield. You can see the official photograph on the Cathedral’s website and Twitter. Meanwhile, attached are family photos: the first one shows Leanne with (from left to right) stepmom Liz, dad Derek and mum Jill and the second photo is of Leanne with her sisters (from left to right) Sarah and Melissa. Leanne and her sisters used to sing in our choir and her dad was the choirmaster and organist until he moved to Teignmouth. Mum Jill still attends St Bartholomew’s.
The Hiding Place On the evening of Sunday 30th June, Joyce Turner, Lynn and Mario Castillo and Wendy Bird attended Pelsall Evangelical Church to see a theatre production entitled ‘The Hiding Place’ by the Oddments Theatre Company. This was a true story about a Dutch lady called Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom and her family’s struggle to save the Jews from the Nazis and how their faith became light in the darkest places. Corrie was a Dutch watchmaker and later a writer who worked with her father, Casper ten Boom, her sister Betsie ten Boom, and other family members to help many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II by hiding them in her home. The invasion of Holland by Nazi Germany on 10th May 1940 began a devastating chain of events that wove them intrinsically into the history of the Second World War. On 15th May 1940, one day after the bombing of Rotterdam, the Dutch surrendered and the royal family escaped to London. The Resistance in the Netherlands took the form of small, decentralised and independent activities famous for its non-violence, hiding and sheltering of those persecuted by the Nazi regime. Over 300,000 men, women and children were protected by landlords and carers. Corrie and her sister Betsie were remanded in the notorious Ravensbrück concentration camp, near Berlin. Of some 130,000 female prisoners only 15,000 survived until liberation. (Betsie died there from illness on 16th December 1944.). After the war, Corrie returned to Holland and set up a rehabilitation centre in Bloemendaal housing both concentration camp survivors and Dutchmen who had worked with the Germans during the war and who were left unemployed and destitute. It was an excellent production. ---------- PREVIOUS QUOTES: QUOTE OF THE WEEK - 7th July 2019 The three most important virtues are humility, humility and humility. (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux) QUOTE OF THE WEEK - 30th June 2019 Whenever you begin any good work you should first of all make a most pressing appeal to Christ our Lord to bring it to perfection. (Saint Benedict) QUOTE OF THE WEEK - 23rd June 2019 A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. (Saint Francis of Assisi) QUOTE OF THE WEEK - 16th June 2019 All sorts of people are fond of repeating the Christian statement that “God is love”. But they seem not to notice that the words ‘God is love’ have no real meaning unless God contains at least two persons. Love is something that one person has for another person. If God was a single person, then before the world was made, God was not love. (C S Lewis) QUOTE OF THE WEEK - 9th June 2019 God has no need for our worship. It is we who need to show our gratitude for what we have received. (Saint Thomas Aquinas) QUOTE OF THE WEEK - 2nd June 2019 Remember that you are never alone; Christ is with you on your journey every day of your lives! He has called you and chosen you to live in the freedom of the children of God. Turn to him in prayer and in love. Ask him to grant you the courage and strength to live in this freedom always. Walk with him who is ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life!’ (Pope John Paul II) QUOTE OF THE WEEK - 26th May 2019 There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is curiosity. There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is vanity. There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is Love. (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux) QUOTE OF THE WEEK - 19th May 2019 All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well. (Julian of Norwich) QUOTE OF THE WEEK - 12th May 2019 Pray as if God will take care of all; act as if all is up to you. (Saint Ignatius of Loyola) QUOTE OF THE WEEK - 5th May 2019 Peace-making is a full-time vocation that includes each member of God’s people. (Henri Nouwen) QUOTE OF THE WEEK - 28th April 2019 Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. (Helen Keller) QUOTE OF THE WEEK - 14th April 2019 Have patience with all things - but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are a perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that. (Saint Francis de Sales)
Whilst researching facts for the 'Photo of the Week' on our Facebook page, I decided to publish the information on here for you all to see as I am aware some of you do not use social media.
This week I decided to use the image of a plaque we have in church. It took me a while to research but, using a number of websites including A History of Wednesbury, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Cemetery in France where he is buried, I have managed to find out some information about this young man who died aged 26, like many hundreds of men from our area, serving our country. If any of you reading this are members of the family and can tell me more please get in touch (by Messenger or via the Facebook page). I hope my facts are correct and that I have done Thomas justice in my account below.
According to my research, Second Lieutenant Thomas Joseph Barnsley Troman of the North Staffordshire Regiment was killed in action by a shell on 14th (?) July 1916 at the age of 26. (However, the plaque says 13th July and, as his mother and family erected this memorial to Thomas, I assume their date is correct). He was in command of a machine gun section and fell while leading his men. (MGC = Machine Gun Corps)
He was the second son of Henry Troman of Jesmond, Brunswick Park Road, Wednesbury, and was a talented organist (FRCO indicating that he was a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists). As the plaque indicates he was an organist here at St Bartholomew's Church. He was, also, the Wednesbury Borough Organist. Thomas had hoped to go into the church but, sadly, his life ended tragically whilst in France.
Below are photos of Thomas, the Memorial Plaque in church and an image showing the 6th memorial plaque in the Wednesbury War Memorial Garden in Walsall Street, acknowledging his name. Please click on the photos to see them fully, especially the one of Thomas.
Click here to go to a post on the Community Page of St Bartholomew's Facebook page to view a video of organist Paul Jones playing a March composed by Thomas Tromans on an organ that was originally in our church until it was moved to Christ Church in Coseley. in 1910.