If you need help with bereavement, mental health, advice on services for the blind, the Coronavirus support group, caring for carers (Sandwell Crossroads), etc, please go to the additional notices below these Weekly Notices – they are immediately after the prayer.
Weekly Notices (25th September-2nd October)
Please pass on any relevant information from the notices this week to people you know who will find it of some use. There are hyperlinks to the relevant website pages and Facebook pages to help you find them.
If you need to contact Fr Mark to ask for prayers for loved ones who are ill or have died, please use the form on the Contact Us page of the website. The form will be submitted to Fr Mark's email inbox. The page has a telephone number too. Alternatively, use the Message link on Facebook so that I can add names to the prayer list on the website and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/StBartsWednesbury/).
Each week Fr Mark prepares a Spiritual Communion Service sheet for those who are not able attend services which you can find on the Services page.
Queen Elizabeth II, Requiescat in pace, RIP. (Sourced from: https://www.royal.uk)
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
For a short while, the Book of Remembrance will remain in church. If you missed the opportunities to sign the book over the last few weeks, it will be available before and after the 10 am service on Sunday.
(Image sourced from the Bible Society)
'A Life of Grace' will provide a lasting opportunity to remember the late Queen Elizabeth II from a Christian perspective. The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and HOPE Together have joined with the Bible Society to produce this new book in commemoration of our late Queen’s long life and deep faith. Across 10 chapters it explores Elizabeth’s own answer to that question, highlighting how her dynamic Christian faith shaped her vision for her role, and empowered her to be the inspiring servant and example she was, and remains. The more books bought the cheaper they are (eg 1-9 books it's £7.00 per copy + P & P yet if 10-39 books are ordered, it's £3.00 per copy + P & P). When I am next in church I will put a notice at the back of church to add your names if you're interested in purchasing a copy. Alternatively, you can use the Message facility on the Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/StBartsWednesbury If you want to pre-order A Life of Grace yourself from HOPE Together, use this link.
The Bible Society has released articles and video tributes reflecting on the Queen's life and faith. (Use this link.)
There are 2 services on Sunday - 9 am and 10 am. Midweek services are shown in the image below. There is also a pdf version to download.
If you are unable to go to church, there are details of online services if you want to 'attend' a service during the week. These can be found on our Services page.
On Sunday 2nd October, we will have a Harvest Festival service. Could you bring with you some items and we will pass these on to the Food Bank, please? Check the image below for ideas of what they need. Please don't bring perishable items.
ADVANCE NOTICE: As part of the Wednesbury Literary Festival, there will be a talk by Ian Bott at 2 pm on Wednesday 5th October in St Bartholomew’s Church. (See the notice below these church notices.)
A very big THANK YOU to those who have worked so hard tidying up the church garden. It is such a pleasure to walk up our beautiful path now with no overgrown weeds and to see such pretty plants and shrubs. It’s made such a difference and we are very grateful. Autumn now past approaches.
The October newsletter is now available on the Newsletters page. You can use this link to downoad it. Thank you to Alison for compiling these newsletters each month. She has been doing these newsletters now for 5 years. Great work.
If you wish to donate any tinned/packet foods to help those who really need them, you can bring them to church or take them to the Food Bank in Wednesbury. Their opening times are Wednesday 10 am to 3 pm and Friday 1 pm to 7 pm. Joyce Turner is our contact if you require more information. Please see the list above for details of items and food needed. Thank you.
WEDNESBURY LITERARY FESTIVAL
As part of the Wednesbury Literary Festival, our well-known local historian Ian Bott will be giving a talk about the history of Wednesbury from Saxon times to the present day. There will be a slideshow with commentary of about 100 images. Below is a 'taster' of a few photos. Having spoken to Ian when he provided these photos for me to create a digital copy, it sounds like it will be a very interesting talk. It will held in St Bartholomew's Church on Wednesday 5th October at 2 pm. Do you recognise the young man in the first photo?
OPEN TABLE LUNCH CLUB
The next lunch will be on Saturday 8th October. To confirm your place, please contact Joyce Turner, if you haven't already done so. If you are unable to contact her, please use the Message service on our Facebook page and I will let her know. You can use the following link:www.facebook.com/StBartsWednesbury.
NEWS FROM THE CRAFT CLUB
The next meeting will be on Saturday 1st October. PLEASE NOTE: unfortunately, we will not be doing more work on the Macramé on that day because Pete will not be at craft club for the rest of this year but we hope to be able to continue with it some time in the New Year.
Here is a free pattern for all you cat lovers. USE THIS LINK TO DOWNLOAD IT. There are other free patterns on the page, too.
Can you help please? We want to decorate the church this year with some Christmas wreaths. Can you possibly make some items for the wreaths – knitted, crocheted, sewn, wooden, card, etc? Any form of material. We will sew them onto wreath rings. Or, perhaps you would like to make some mini wreaths. Perhaps some of you could make nativity figures or make a nativity wreath. Any sizes from mini to normal wreath size. If possible, we need these by the end of November (or earlier if you have any we can use). We will decorate the church around end November/early December. Thank you. I attach a few photos just to give you ideas but anything you can do will be gratefully accepted.
For previous news and photos, please go to the Craft Club page, using this link.
NEWS FROM THE BIBLE SOCIETY
Trusting the Bible podcast If you know your way around Scripture want to take your understanding even further, join Andrew Ollerton and his scholarly guests for the Trusting the Bible podcast. Series 1 explores the origins and authenticity of the New Testament. Series 2 takes on the challenges of the Old Testament. Use this link to listen to them.
Despite restrictions on Christian outreach, Jordanians are hearing the gospel and coming to Christ. Bible Society of Jordan is now 50 years old and full of life. Discover the amazing work they’re able to do with your support. To find out more, use this link.
God’s word changes lives, even in the worst circumstances. Backed by supporters of Bible Society, pastors like Prasad are ministering to migrant workers in the Gulf. Meet some of the believers who were recently encouraged by a prayer seminar at the newly established Sharon Church in Kuwait. Use this link to read more.
Dominic Dring was a social worker and ran a homelessness charity, but he’s seeing more people encounter Jesus in his new role as a prison chaplain. A prisoner will see a chaplain right at the start of their time in prison. Dominic says he often finds them broken, rejected and desperate for healing and love. You can read more about his story and the impact among prisoners, using this link. Help turn a life around -If you would like to make a donation to give a Bible to a prisoner, use this link.
Used stamps wanted: Did you know the Bible Society can raise money from used stamps? Please send your used stamps to Bible Society, Stamp Appeal, Post Room, Stonehill Green, Westlea, Swindon SN5 7DG.
Read about people’s reasons to believe in the power of the Bible. Use this link.
NEWS FROM SANDWELL
To find out what's on in Sandwell, generally, click on this link.
Alison Hartshorne, Neighbourhood Partnerships Officer (Wednesbury), has asked us to share this information with you. Riverside Housing are offering Loan Shark training on Wednesday 12th October from 11.00 am to 12.00 noon (see the poster below). If you cannot read the small print, there is a pdf version below for you to download. For further details, contact Denise Heginbotham: email: DeniseAnn.Heginbotham@riverside.org.uk telephone: 07870 809387
The following sessions are on Thursdays. Everyone is welcome:
CRAFTERNOON AT WEDNESBURY TOWN HALL:
SANDWELL'S NEIGHBOURHOOD PARTNERSHIPS:
DONATE YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE:
Sandwell Council and its waste partner Serco are asking residents to consider donating household furniture and electrical items when clearing out their homes. Sandwell Council and Serco are supporting Community Transport Furniture, an arm of the National Community Transport charity, which raises funds to provide door to door transport for the most vulnerable in our communities. The charity sells furniture, electricals and other household items that are still in a useable and working condition to help pay for their transportation charity work. You can arrange a free collection by Community Transport Furniture via email using this link or by phone on 0121 520 8168. You can drop off unwanted items to the Community Transport Furniture store in Kings Square, West Bromwich, B70 7NW or you can drop off unwanted items to the Community Transport Furniture van located at the Sandwell Council Household Recycling Centre (Tip) in Oldbury. (Donations include: sofas and suites; tables and chairs; beds and bedroom furniture; washing machines/dryers; cookers and small electrical items; desks; office chairs; bookcases; shelving and filing cabinets.) Donated items will need to comply with legal requirements, which includes any upholstered furniture having fire safety labels attached and should be in a reasonable, reusable condition.
Over half a million Bibles have been handed out in Ukraine, thanks to fundraising by the Bible Society. To read more, use this link.
To find out everything you need to know about Bible mission in Ukraine and how you can make a difference for refugees in this country, follow this link.
BIBLE SOCIETY’S PRAYER TREE FOR UKRAINE:
The Bible Society is praying for peace and for the safety of innocent people, including many children whose lives have been turned upside down by the war in Ukraine. Add your own prayer leaf by using this link. Or, you may just want to read the prayers of others.
PRAYERS FOR UKRAINE ON OUR PRAYERS PAGE: If you wish to pray for Ukraine, we have some prayers on our Prayers page. You can access them, using this link.
Suzie runs 2 sessions in church each Monday, 5 pm to 6 pm and 6 pm to 7 pm (the original poster above only indicated the earlier time but there ARE now 2 sessions). Having 2 sessions means she can accommodate people working different times in the week. If you are interested in joining the choir, you can attend either or both of those times for the same price. Please contact her for more information by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 07592 576053
To book a wedding or baptism, please use the form on the Contact Us page using this link. The message will go directly to Fr Mark's email inbox. There is a telephone number on that page too. You can find extra information about church weddings using this link and for baptisms use this link.
To book the church hall, please go to the Bookings page where you will find a form to complete to contact Linda Russell. You can use this link to go to that page.
Please contact Fr Mark if you wish to book for floodlighting the steeple. Use this link and complete the Contact Us form.
Any other queries, please go to the Facebook page and send a Message using the Message button. Wendy will advise you further.
WHAT'S ON IN THE CHURCH HALL?
We have a number of activities going on in the Church Hall. Occasionally, people go to the church thinking the hall is there but it is at the bottom of Church Hill and there is parking at the rear. See the image below - all of these activities take place in the hall. For further details and times about the activities, please use this link to go to the Church Hall page where you will find a pdf file or you can open the pdf file below.
WE ARE STILL COLLECTING SPECTACLES Lions Clubs throughout the UK collect unwanted and damaged spectacles. These are then sent to Chichester Lions Club which processes tens of thousands of recycled spectacles each year. All donations are examined by a team from Lions and other volunteers in the recycling workshop. Sorted pairs of glasses may then be sent for grading and distribution by Medico France in Le Havre. Glasses are also sent directly to contacts running eye clinics in Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Nigeria, and Nepal. In addition, volunteers from the ‘Unite for Sight’ charity are supplied with spectacles to take with them on missions to countries across the world. We have a box in church into which you can leave your old and unused spectacles. Thank you to Lynn Castillo for organising this.
ONLINE BULLYING AND ABUSE:
One of the negative impacts of the lock-downs and students spending so much time on their devices over the last 2 years, is that online and social media abuse has increased. If you are concerned about this, the NSPCC has some brilliant advice and resources, including how to report instances of online bullying and what to do to support your children. Please visit this site to find out more. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/online-abuse/
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS:
Random Acts of Kindness is a page for the people of Wednesbury. They carry out random acts of kindness in the community and support local businesses (posting job opportunities). In addition, if you have an item (in good condition) that you would like to donate, you can do so through their page. They share information on local charities that need support as well as sharing information about missing pets or people. In fact, they do anything to benefit the community. Page link https://www.facebook.com/RAOKW/ Group link https://www.facebook.com/groups/989374091593957/?ref=share
Did you know that you can post your unwanted goods to Shelter’s charity shops for free? They are asking us to have a clear out for a good cause. They accept any second-hand goods in excellent condition, but are especially in need of branded or designer clothes, shoes and accessories as well as jewellery. Their shops are a vital source of income in the fight against homelessness. By donating clothes, you can help protect the planet and raise funds to fight housing injustice.
You can use their ‘Sort and Send’ service in 3 steps:
Pack up your goods
Request a freepost label
Send off your parcel, then they will re-home your goods
Many of our congregation now give their regular offering using a standing order or bank transfer. (Please see the notice further down the page about this.) Alternatively, we now have a machine in church which you can use to pay your offering rather than handle cash. You can do this by using your normal bank debit card. However, if you don't use a card, it's still possible to put money on the plate when you enter or leave church if you prefer. With many banks having closed some of their branches (and this has happened in Wednesbury) more and more people are now using other methods of payment. It helps us, especially our Treasurer, to avoid contact with a lot of cash.
REGULAR GIVING - sorry, we hate to ask for money but ... All businesses have suffered financially since the start of the pandemic and we, as a church, are no exception. If you make your contribution electronically, thank you. It is very much appreciated. If you haven’t already done this, then please consider it as it helps us to ensure both our sustainability as a church and, importantly, to ensure its future also.
We might not be able to have large gatherings for worship and currently we have limited services but we still need to pay bills to maintain our beautiful church. Some of those bills are huge.
Therefore, please consider making your weekly or monthly contributions electronically. May we suggest 4 ways you can contribute to our finances: Set up a weekly or monthly standing order.* Do a weekly or monthly bank transfer.* Use the card machine in church. Set aside whatever sum you wish to give each week and bring to church services.
* If you choose to use Options (1) or (2) please send a private message through the Message facility on Facebook (www.facebook.com/StBartsWednesbury) and I will let you have the Bank details to enable you to set up a standing order or bank transfer. To enable our Treasurer to recognise regular giving, can you use the reference ‘Collection’ so that she can ensure money is accounted for correctly. If you would like to make a donation, then please use the reference 'Donation' as it will need to be accounted for differently. Thank you.
We pray that you stay safe. The Lord bless us and watch over us; The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us; The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen
DO YOU NEED HELP OR SUPPORT? PLEASE CHECK OUT WHAT IS AVAILABLE IN THE ITEMS BELOW:
ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH BEREAVEMENT?:A useful resource is available on the 'At a Loss' website. Use this link to find out more. It is a useful resource to direct grieving people who need support.
Don’t forget to look after yourself and reach out to friends and family who might need your support. Check out this blog using the link, which has 5 tips to support mental health. The "Parents' Toolkit" on BBC Bitesize has advice for parents. Use this link to have a look. Also, "BBC Own It" can help children manage their wellbeing online. Please use this link to check it out.
SERVICES FOR THOSE WHO ARE BLIND, PEOPLE WHO DO NOT USE THE INTERNET AND THOSE WHO ARE ANXIOUS:
Church of England’s Dial-in Worship Line: The Church of England launched a dial-in worship service at the end of April where you can access hymns, reflections and prayers. This is useful for anybody who doesn’t use a computer, is blind or for those who feel lonely and isolated. The telephone number is 0800 8048044 (don’t worry, this is a free number so it won’t cost you anything, no matter how long you are on the call). Please pass on this information to anybody you feel will find this useful. You can read about it on the website links, as follows:
BBC Radio 4 If you’re not already aware, Radio 4 is broadcasting each day a ‘Thought for the day’. So if you know somebody who does not have a computer or who is blind, please pass on this information. It’s a great way of connecting to faith. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00szxv6
CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT GROUP: There is a support group in Wednesbury to help those still self isolating or at high risk. They are local residents offering help such as walking dogs, running errands, phone calls, etc. You can contact them in 3 ways. Details are:
'Wednesbury Coronovirus Support Group' on Facebook - you can use this link to access it.
Call 07597 142161 or 07925 150323 between 9 am and 5 pm
THANK YOU - to Mario and Lynn Castillo for making this HOPE display for church. It's beautiful and is such a wonderful message to see as you enter church. The wording across the letters says: faith grace prayer truth forgiveness thankfulness generosity caring listening sharing harmony friendship kindness love peace.
MUSIC: Music can lift our spirits, especially when we are feeling low. If you have come across any uplifting or calming music please use the Messenger service to Contact the Administrator (m.me/StBartsWednesbury) in order that she can add it to this list for all to listen to. You can also send a message to her from our Facebook page using this link. In the meantime, the following music, which has been on this list since early 2020, is still very enjoyable to listen to.
Over 300 churches from Ireland recorded The Irish Blessing; singing a blessing over Ireland and beyond. Link
This link is from the Churches of Hawaii called The Hawaii Blessing. It was recorded during the first week of May this year by worship leaders from 25 churches across all 6 major islands of Hawaii. Link
The Tenors - How Great Thou Art (Official Video) Link
If you haven’t watched this YouTube video and heard people from 50 Covid affected countries singing ‘Amazing Grace’ (Abderval Vocal Group Avg), I recommend you click on this link and listen. Be prepared - it’s emotional but, also, uplifting. Link
Osinachi Joseph, known professionally as Sinach, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and senior worship leader at Loveworld. In this video she is performing ‘I Worship You’. Link(Acknowledgement: Sinach, Way Maker.)
CHURCH BLOOPERS A friend emailed these to me and Fr Mark has given his blessing for me to post them on our website and Facebook page. These sentences appeared in church bulletins in some churches or were announced at church services – not ours! (Thankfully, Wendy and Alison don’t make these types of errors in the church posts and Newsletters). Enjoy.
The Fasting and Prayer Conference includes meals. -------------------------- Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children. -------------------------- The sermon this morning:'Jesus Walks on the Water'.The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus'. -------------------------- Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands. -------------------------- Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help. (This is Fr Mark’s favourite one!) -------------------------- Miss Charlene Mason sang “I will not pass this way again,” giving obvious pleasure to the congregation. -------------------------- For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs. -------------------------- Next Thursday there will be try outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get. -------------------------- Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days. -------------------------- A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow. -------------------------- At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practising. -------------------------- Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones. -------------------------- Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered. -------------------------- The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility. -------------------------- Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 pm - prayer and medication to follow. -------------------------- The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon. -------------------------- This evening at 7 pm, there will be hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin. -------------------------- The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday. -------------------------- Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet on Thursday at 7 pm. Please use the back door. -------------------------- The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement on Friday at 7 pm. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy. -------------------------- Weight Watchers will meet at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use the large double door at the side entrance. -------------------------- And this one just about sums them all up:
The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.'
OTHER PREVIOUS NEWS can be found on the Events page or Photo of the Week page.
Read the poem on the left. Then re-read it but start on the bottom line and read up to the first line.
MOTHERING SUNDAY SERVICE: What a lovely Mothering Sunday service we had at 10 am on 27th March 2022. The uniformed organisations (Guides, Brownies and Rainbows) and their leaders joined us and the girls presented their flags to the altar. It’s been such a long time since they were able to do that.