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Notices for 12 October 2014

Posted by Pete Hardy

11am - Thu 9 Oct

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Advent meetings – Churches Together
Churches together are holding a series of meetings on Wednesday nights during Advent – with the aim of getting to know one another and consider Jesus’ coming from different perspectives. Details of meeting venues will be available soon.
There will also be a service at the Priory on Sunday 7 December @ 6.00pm

Bassetlaw Food bank
We urgently need a voluntary treasurer – details available from Morag.
As usual, our most needed items are: tinned meat, potatoes, rice pudding and fruit. We always need sugar, UHT milk, jam, shower gel and shampoo.
Thank you again for all of your support and God bless, Morag

Joseph and the Dreamcoat with puppets (please note changes!)
On Saturday 18th October at 17.30 there will be a performance of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ done by One Way Puppets, at The Crossing. Free with retiring collection. Seats on 1st come, 1st seated basis. Come early for the best seats! Timing is to make it easier to take children. Crossing Cafe will be open for light refreshments.

Caravan for sale (or otherwise)
We are replacing our current 2-berth touring caravan and so it is now available for someone else to have and to hold (i.e. and keep it!). It is a 1987 Ace Rallyman 2-berth 14 foot (internal length) with rear kitchen and toilet. Although it is 27 years old it is in good condition and in good working order (previous owners were very careful and we have done our best!). It comes with full Isabella awning, a Thetford Porta-potti (chemical toilet), gas cooker (2 ring hob, grill and oven), Electrolux fridge (gas or electric), Truma water pump and some bits and pieces (negotiable).
Richard and Anne Backhouse

Worksop Christmas tree Festival
Organisers: Lisa Tompkin (Little Wishes craft studio), Marion Prest (Poplars church), Fr. Spicer (The Priory) and Fr. Parker (The Priory).
This year there will be a Worksop Christmas Tree Festival at The Priory, from 3rd to 7th December inclusive – a spectacular display of 50 lit and decorated trees, submitted by lots of local groups such as Brownies, Fair Trade, schools, Men in Sheds etc. etc. Poplars will be submitting a tree, (ideas can be discussed with Rosie). More details nearer the time.

Christian Heritage
Following the success of the Christian Heritage evening we are organising the first Christian heritage guided tour on 25th October. We hope this is the first of many to come in which we can guide local Christians into an understanding of their local spiritual heritage.
For the first tour we have a limited number of spaces available and it would be great if we had a mix of people from different churches. So if you would like to come, or know anyone who would, please email Rick Berry or text/phone him at:
rickberry512@gmail.com 07791 625476
There is a cost of £15. This covers the whole day (9am to 5pm) with a hired minibus and driver, including a sandwich lunch – only drinks are extra.

If you are interested in watching “Heaven is for Real” DVD, Nathan and Ruth are planning to show it at their house, 17 Hawson way, Gateford , Worksop, please let them know. Date to be arranged later.
Link for trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6sCnXb3Njg&sns=em

Radcliffe-on-Trent Male voice choir at St Swithun’s Retford. With guest soloist Emma Rae (finalist in this year’s Notts Young Musician). At 7.30pm, tickets at £7 to include wine and nibbles. Proceeds to church restoration. (It is a lovely old church – worth a visit)

Riding Lights present “Fantastic Acts”. At St Francis of Assisi Chruch, Doncaster on 16/10 and at Christ Church, Pitsmoor, Sheffield, on 27/11. Trailer and more info here http://ridinglights.org/acts/

All welcome to “not a prayer meeting” – just a time for prayer. Each Wednesday evening 7.30 at the office. Different every week!

This letter about the Credit Union may be of interest:-

2 SHIRES CREDIT UNION – WORKING TO SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY
Though you may already know about Credit Unions, I will begin with a little background.
2 Shires Credit Union, originally called Worksop and District Credit Union was launched in the year 2000 though Credit Unions have now been around, in this country, for 50 years.
Credit Unions are not for profit financial cooperatives. Everyone who uses our services is a member and has a right to vote at the AGM. We charge a small, one off, joining fee of £2.00. We are regulated by both the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority. Our key products are savings and loans. All savings are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, in exactly the same way as savings deposited with the High Street banks.

Now, I hope you are asking; how does a Credit Union support the community? We are, in many respects, a small local bank and we all know who the Banks support, don’t we? We support the community by offering loans at interest rates vastly lower than those offered by the high interest lenders. Wonga’s current APR, for example is £5853%. Even the traditional door step lenders, such as Provident currently charge 399.7%. In addition, of course are the loan sharks with even higher interest rates and a reputation for an uncompromising response to anyone who fails to make a payment. The distress and despair that debt brings to members of our community who have, unfortunately fallen into their clutches is immeasurable. We help many people out of these situations by providing an affordable option.

With your help, it is our mission to help even more.
Our current 2 Shires Saver Loan rate for those who have savings accounts with us is 12.7%. Our Smart Loan rate, available to all, is 26.8%. Of course, we can only offer these rates if we have the funds and these mainly come from those who save with us.

On the 11th September 2013 David Morgan, the Arch Bishop of Wales said;
“If everyone put just £10 or £20 a month into a Credit Union the market for pay day loan companies would be stifled”

Speaking to the Credit Union Foundation, on the 12 June 2014, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury said of Credit Unions;
“The Church is trying to put its weight behind it (the Credit Union movement) because we see the importance- because of our people on the ground in every community-of why this matters so much”.

Of course you may not wish to save on a regular basis. Perhaps you are looking for somewhere to deposit a small capital amount. Well, for the past 4 years 2 Shires has paid its depositors 1.5% annual dividend on all savings. So, whilst helping others you might also be helping yourself a little. It’s not often you can do that is it?

Don’t forget that as a member you will also be able to apply for a loan yourself, helpful if one of those little emergencies pops up.
In this short article I have not had room to go into great detail but please visit our web site: 2shires.org.uk where you can actually join entirely on line, or call 01909 500575 or visit our main office, Queens Building (annex) Potter Street Worksop

Morning All 6th October 2014

Posted by Pete Hardy

2pm - Mon 6 Oct

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Morning all,
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit abide with you all.” (2 Corinthians, 13 v 14)
I hardly know where to start so let’s begin with this morning’s news and work back from there.
I spoke with someone this morning who declared “it’s a miracle!” I prayed for her holding hands across her desk some weeks ago. Her eyes were giving her such pain. They were “dry”, “painful” and obviously causing her great discomfort.
I asked her if she wanted me to pray. She said yes, and I held her hand and prayed in the name of Jesus. Today she told me that all of the symptoms left, she needed no more treatment – “miracle”.
This is the second encounter like this in just two weeks. The first involved cancer. Each time I was just so moved for the person concerned. There was no shouting and going on. There was simple hand-holding, declaration of healing in Jesus and a deep sense of compassion.
When I went to Canada it was to attend a conference on Miracles. The title was “Expect Miracles”. In some ways it would be easy to argue that I didn’t need to go. After all, we are seeing the truly miraculous regularly among us here (Jean Hanford drove herself to the meeting last Sunday having been to the brink of death with Legionnaire’s disease!) But go I did.
There was deep teaching on the nature and power of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sufficient to say that if everything comes to us by grace then we can swim in the river of God’s love and enjoy everything he wants us too in this abundant life. Step into the area of justice, fairness, self-righteousness and law and we simply step out of the river. The call of God is into Love which travels in this ship of grace.
Love? God loves us to distraction: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1John 4 v 10) Try as we might the strands of love and grace cannot be separated and yet they are clearly identifiable expressions of God, each in its own right.
But God hasn’t left us to struggle along trying to make sense of this. Rather, He has expressly promised to fill us with His Spirit. We are offered this amazing intimacy with Him as He lives in us and we no longer “know about” love and grace, but actually “know” love and grace.
The kingdom is in us “Luke 17 v 20&21) and for those we meet it is “at hand” (Matthew 10 v 7).
Which brings us to the miraculous. I was in a huge meeting in Toronto on a Saturday night. I think there was some power at work, but from deep inside me I could hear the words “Little flock.” Over and over I heard them. Into the night back at my hotel I heard them. Next day as I visited a church and spent some time with one of the leaders I heard them I spent more time with a terrific young man who I know is travelling this road of love grace and fellowship and still heard – and spoke them.
The result is, I think, quite astounding. There are tears, warmth, comfort, healing.
The “little flock” reference is from Luke 12, v 32: “Do not be afraid, little flock for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”
It is clear to me now, clearer than it has been in over 40 years of following the Lord, that it boils down to this: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and fellowship – which is the power – of the Holy Spirit.”
Ecclesiastes 4 v 12 says, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
This “threefold chord” of love grace and power cannot be broken since it is God Himself. Each – like the trinity – intertwines, supports the others in intimate conspiracy, and finds outlet in the grown up maturity of His children.
Be blessed.

Notices for 5th October 2014

Posted by Pete Hardy

11am - Thu 2 Oct

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Jean Hanford – coming home Friday 3 October and hoping to

be with us at the meeting on Sunday!  Praise the Lord!

Greetings from Maggie and Harry

We are here! It is Thurs 11.40a.m. and all is well. We had good flights, all went smoothly and we arrived at Harry’s sister’s about 2.30a.m. yesterday, although time at the moment feels strange. Dave, Anna’s husband, has let me use his E mail account because at the moment I can’t access mine. They have a lovely home with a verandah outside where we sit with our coffee and watch the variety of birds which they have here, including lorikeets, a small parrot. It feels like being on an exotic holiday. It was 26degrees yesterday but a bit cooler today, about 24 so we will visit one of the nearby bays this afternoon. At the moment we are still recovering from the long flights and adjusting to the time and climate. We feel so blessed to be here and want to let you know how much it meant to us to be prayed for before we left. We know that folk are praying for us and it’s like being held in some strong arms. I will try to send E mails as and when I can but for now, lots of love to you all from us xx

Advent meetings – Churches Together

Churches together are holding a series of meetings on Wednesday nights during Advent – with the aim of getting to know one another and consider Jesus’ coming from different perspectives.  Details of meeting venues will be available soon.

There will also be a service at the Priory on Sunday 7 December @ 6.00pm

Bassetlaw Food bank

We urgently need a voluntary treasurer – details available from Morag.

As usual, our most needed items are: tinned meat, potatoes, rice pudding and fruit. We always need sugar, UHT milk, jam, shower gel and shampoo.

Thank you again for all of your support and God bless, Morag

Shoes

I have a selection of shoes, sandals, and slippers – all men’s size 8 –some unworn.  If they are of any use to anyone please get in touch either by email or telephone or see me at Poplars.  Shirley Smith

Joseph and the Dreamcoat with puppets

On Saturday 18th October at 7.30 there will be a performance of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ done by One Way Puppets, at The Crossing.

Caravan for sale (or otherwise)

We are replacing our current 2-berth touring caravan and so it is now available for someone else to have and to hold (i.e. and keep it!). It is a 1987 Ace Rallyman 2-berth 14 foot (internal length) with rear kitchen and toilet. Although it is 27 years old it is in good condition and in good working order (previous owners were very careful and we have done our best!). It comes with full Isabella awning, a Thetford Porta-potti (chemical toilet), gas cooker (2 ring hob, grill and oven), Electrolux fridge (gas or electric), Truma water pump and some bits and pieces (negotiable).

Richard and Anne Backhouse

Worksop Christmas tree Festival 

Organisers: Lisa Tompkin (Little Wishes craft studio), Marion Prest (Poplars church), Fr. Spicer (The Priory) and Fr. Parker (The Priory).

This year there will be a Worksop Christmas Tree Festival at The Priory, from 3rd to 7th December inclusive – a spectacular display of 50 lit and decorated trees, submitted by lots of local groups such as Brownies, Fair Trade, schools, Men in Sheds etc. etc.  Poplars will be submitting a tree, (ideas can be discussed with Rosie).  More details nearer the time.

Christian Heritage

Following the success of the Christian Heritage evening we are organising the first Christian heritage guided tour on 25th October. We hope this is the first of many to come in which we can guide local Christians into an understanding of their local spiritual heritage.

For the first tour we have a limited number of spaces available and it would be great if we had a mix of people from different churches. So if you would like to come, or know anyone who would, please email Rick Berry or text/phone him at:

rickberry512@gmail.com    07791 625476

There is a cost of £15. This covers the whole day (9am to 5pm) with a hired minibus and driver, including a sandwich lunch – only drinks are extra.

Heaven is for real. 

Nathan and Ruth are getting the DVD of this film and planning to show it at home.  Let them know if you’d like to see it!

Dave Mander would be very grateful of any dark-coloured blankets or bedspreads for his allotment, in any condition.

All welcome to “not a prayer meeting” – just a time for prayer.  Each Wednesday evening 7.30 at the office.  Different every week!

morning all, 25th September 2014

Posted by Pete Hardy

10pm - Thu 25 Sep

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Morning all,
Isn’t it terrific to know that our faithful father will finish what he started in us in Christ Jesus?
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1 v 6)
I am in Toronto just now. I’ve been allowed this luxury of listening to some people talking about the power that is at work in us and through us. We are being encouraged in the expectation of the miraculous.
This is not new to many of us I know. Neither should we allow ourselves to become complacent if we sense that we have, in part, been here before. We most certainly have not “been here before”. We are not the man , the woman, the young person or child we were when we last visited this place. Oh no! We are in a different place in ourselves, and God has us now in a different place as he gets our attention.
We here in the community that is known as poplars are seeing the miraculous unfold in front of us almost daily. Cancer gone…hearts healed…physical brokenness mended…people being raised in a kind of resurrection life – life beyond life, (“abundant life” as Jesus would have it). Depression lifted…self-worthlessness being cut out of us as we recognise the lie of satan (who is the father of lies) and the beautiful truth of who we are in Christ.
We are not making extravagant claims, but we would be lying to ourselves if we didn’t own the wonderful things our Father is working amongst us.
I was reading in the newly released “Mirror Bible”, Hebrews 6 v 1: “a mind shift from attempts to impress God by your/our behaviour to faith righteousness in Christ is fundamental. There is no life left in the old system. It is dead and gone; you/we have to move on.”
Once we have joined ourselves to Jesus, we have already embarked on the greatest journey of our life in the here and now and the hereafter. Once embarked he calls us deeper, higher, further.
There have been times in the affairs of man when doors have been closed on account of sex, colour or any one of a multitude of other man-made regulations. Well, the good news is that the door has been torn down! This is the gospel, that the dividing wall has gone and we are truly free to own all that god intended for us.
Come on! Let’s go!

Notices for 21st September 2014

Posted by Pete Hardy

2pm - Thu 18 Sep

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Donation for Iraq

WorldShare were delighted by our ‘extremely generous donation’.

Proceeds from the Yard Sale will also be sent to the same cause via WorldShare for the next few months.

 

Haiti Hospital Appeal  At the moment any donations to this charity, which we supported for a while last year, will be match funded pound for pound. If you’d like to donate please speak to Mike Battersby.

 

 Bassetlaw Food bank

The official opening of Retford Distribution Centre is on Friday, October 3rd at 11am.  Unit 5 Buttermarket House,Exchange Street, Retford, DN22 6BP. John Mann has agreed to open it and there will be refreshments.

We urgently need a voluntary treasurer – details available from Morag.

As usual, our most needed items are: tinned meat, potatoes, rice pudding and fruit. We always need sugar, UHT milk, jam, shower gel and shampoo. We have a collection at Sainsbury’s Worksop on Thursday September 25th between 12 noon and 6pm. Be good to see you.

Thank you again for all of your support and God bless, Morag

 

Worksop Christmas tree Festival 

Organisers: Lisa Tompkin (Little Wishes craft studio), Marion Prest (Poplars church), Fr. Spicer (The Priory) and Fr. Parker (The Priory).

This year there will be a Worksop Christmas Tree Festival at The Priory, from 3rd to 7th December inclusive – a spectacular display of 50 lit and decorated trees, submitted by lots of local groups such as Brownies, Fair Trade, schools, Men in Sheds etc. etc.  Poplars will be submitting a tree, (ideas can be discussed with Rosie).  More details nearer the time.

 

Joseph and the Dreamcoat with puppets

On Saturday 18th October at 7.30 there will be a performance of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ done by One Way Puppets, at The Crossing.

 

 Not-a-prayer meeting at the office

It’s different every week!  Wednesdays, 7.30 – 8.30 at the office

 

Dave Mander would be very grateful of any dark-coloured blankets or bedspreads for his allotment, in any condition.

 

We made £58 from the jewellery stall, which has been transferred to Reeba and Fredrick Anthuraj for the sewing machine project in India. Thanks to God’s care and Poplars’ generosity I was able to send the whole amount, not just the proposed percentage. Flushed with success I have donated the remaining bracelets and earrings to Darcey, who is fundraising to go with the Girl Guides to Iceland next year (assuming there is some Iceland left!) Let’s see if her church stall can beat ours, in the Christian spirit of course! Love and blessings, Eunice.

 

Morning All 15th September 2014

Posted by Pete Hardy

1pm - Mon 15 Sep

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Morning All

It’s a good while since men in our town went underground like this guy to bring coal out of narrow seams a mile underground.

I was looking for something to put at the top of this post on praying and it seemed very appropriate.

We don’t advertise a prayer meeting but we do meet to pray – every wednesday evening, 7:30 – 8:30 at the office. It’s been so exciting this past year. We never know who will turn up but the Holy Spirit ensures that Jesus in us and amongst us is well and truly present! As I listen to folks talking it reveals the heart of a great, loving and amazing Father God.

Last week I took a few notes, so welcome to last wednesday’s  “not a prayer meeting”, more a meeting to pray. We began with Philippians 4 v 6&7:

“Let no anxiety about anything distract you! Rather translate moments into prayerful worship, and soak your requests in gratitude before God! And in this place of worship and gratitude you will witness how the peace of God within you echoes the awareness of your oneness in Christ Jesus beyond the reach of any thought that could possibly unsettle you. Just like the sentry guard secures a city, watching out in advance for the first signs of any possible threat, your heart’s deepest feelings and the tranquillity of your thoughts are fully guarded there.”

Then as we prayed, we had the following:

“I think that you are asking us to come in further with you”…”We are praying for resurrection life”…”We are speaking out a big amen!”…”I think Father that you are asking if we can cross this river, but at the same time you are saying that we already have the only qualification necessary through the death and resurrection of Jesus”…”Show us Jesus how to press on into your suffering”.

”I’ve been listening to Radio2 and every morning they are playing a song ‘I’m on the edge of glory’”…”It feels like you are asking us to cast our nets off the side of the boat – will you show us which side?”…”There’s a bond that’s getting deeper and it can’t be broken”…”Lord Jesus, I’ve been with you but I want to be swept away”.

”It is like we have only the germ of an idea from you Lord but I sense the hugeness of your heart and your generosity. We have been taken from being paupers. Your treasury is opened up. We aren’t beggars we are co-heirs. Your generosity beyond our imagination”…”I hear you saying that you have heard the cry of our heart and you will show us more and more than we can wish for”…

Philippians 1 v 3 – 6 “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.”

“We are being taken on adventures”…”This is the trip of a lifetime”…”Thank you for the miracles we are seeing. Can you do so many that people will still be scratching their heads over one when the next appears so that there is too much to explain away”…”Let us see angels”.

”Thank you Lord it feels like hidden treasure is being brought up to the surface”…”I am the Messiah…I am the “lean on Lord””…

Song of Solomon 2 v 11- 13 “See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”

“We couldn’t ask for a brillianter (sic) daddy”