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The Hearsall Messenger January-February 2020

The newsletter of Hearsall Baptist Church, Coventry. United Kingdom.

January and February 2020

Hearsall Baptist Church

Churches together in Earlsdon and Chapelfields

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Welcome to the 2020 January/February edition of The Messenger.

A note from your compiler…
I hope that you have had a peaceful Christmas
and I send love and best wishes for the year
ahead. This edition of The Messenger gives some insight into
the celebrations which took place at Hearsall over the festive
season; it has been a busy and joyful time with the candlelight
carol service, Open the Book Christmas assembly, the chil-
dren’s nativity, the watchnight Christmas Eve service, the Christmas Day service and the Epiphany party!
As well as reflecting on the delight and wonder of Christmas time, this edition also explores themes of
love, doubt and the importance of our natural world.
The musical recommendation on page 28 will provide a tranquil accompaniment if you have anytime to sit
and ponder the year to come.
With love and thanks,
Maria Peirce
P.S. Since the printing of the November/December (2019) edition of The Messenger I have been in DIRE
STRAITS over the misuse of an apostrophe in my opening welcome note. Please be assured that I am
usually competent in my use of apostrophes, and I do understand that they should not be used for plurals,
just for omissions and to show possession; this was a very annoying oversight! I, of course, meant
Brothers in Arms, when referring to the arrangement of Mark Knopfler’s powerful song. (Those of you
who receive a digital copy will have been spared this mishap, as I made sure I corrected it before it was
sent out!) My father-in-law has pointed out that it is experiences like these which keep us humble, so I can
no longer feel superior in my comprehension and execution of punctuation: a lesson learnt. Here’s to the
importance of proofreading! (although I’m sure it will happen again)

Contents

Welcome …………………………………………………………………………………………...….....….2
Minster’s Letter…….……………………………………………………………………………...…...…....3
Dates for your Diary…………………………………………………………………………………………4
The Monday Teapot …………………………………………………………………………………………6
Birthdays …………………………………………………………………………………………………….7
News of Friends ……………………………………………………………………………………………..8
Letter from Sarah and Lee Phillips ………………………………………………………………………...10
The Bible Society: Open the Book ………………………………………………………………………...11
Hearsall’s Nativity …………………………………………………………………………………………12
Epiphany …………………………………………………………………………………………………...13
The Turning of the Year …………………………………………………………………………………...14
I believe, help my unbelief ………………………………………………………………………………...15
Eco-Challenge: Eat Less Meat …………………………………………………………………………….16
A Time to Reconnect: Singing Nature Back to Life ………………………………………………………17
Where is Love? …………………………………………………………………………………………….18
A Prayer for the Third Age ………………………………………………………………………………...19
Smile Lines ………………………………………………………………………………………………...20
Quotes of the Month: January ……………………………………………………………………………..22
Bible Art Journal …………………………………………………………………………………………..23
A Prayer for Love ………………………………………………………………………………………….23
Puzzle Pages ……………………………………………………………………………………………….24
Coventry Winter Night Shelter …………………………………………………………………………….27
Ministry of Flowers ………………………………………………………………………………………..28
Musical Recommendation: The Lost Words ………………………………………………………………28

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Minister’s Letter

January 2020

It looks like an interesting year ahead... The church meeting on December 4th voted
unanimously to send a proposed scheme for our building redevelopment to the Council’s
pre-planning group. This step shows how seriously members are taking the need to move
forward, because we are investing time and money in taking it.

We have not made any final decisions yet, but the scheme on the table is to demolish all
our buildings and erect a two-story church and community centre on the site of our
current sanctuary, retaining our prominent corner position. Much of the finance for this
would come through the building of flats along Queensland Avenue.

We will have to consider carefully what comes back to us from pre-planning. Should we
decide to press ahead to commit ourselves to this proposed development, there will be
questions about finance, legalities, community profile, press releases, the temporary
accommodation of groups hiring our premises, a temporary base for Sunday worship, the
sorting out of all the stuff accumulated inside our buildings, environmental profile, and
much, much more.

How do we feel about this? Excited? Daunted? Hopeful? Anxious? All might be
understandable reactions. If we follow this path, often we will need to have our heads
down to the ground, attending to the many essential practical aspects involved. But we
will also need to keep on looking up with the eyes of faith. As the Bible puts it, faith is
‘confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.’

As God leads us into a new future may we catch an ever-clearer glimpse of a bright new
future ahead. And so may we be able to chart our course with confidence, hope and
assurance to a kind of promised land.

Your friend and minister

David

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Dates for your Diary

Sunday Morning Services

Sunday 5th January – led by Rev’d David Sutcliffe
Sunday 12th January – led by Rev’d David Sutcliffe
Sunday 19th January – Adult Communion – led by Rev’d Tulo Raistrick from St. Barbara’s – pulpit swap
for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Sunday 26th January – led by Rev’d David Sutcliffe
Sunday 2nd February – led by Rev’d David Sutcliffe
Sunday 9th February – led by Rev’d David Sutcliffe
Sunday 16th February – All Age Communion – led by Rev’d David Sutcliffe
Sunday 23rd February – led by Mr. Brian Chappell
Sunday 1st March – led by Rev’d David Sutcliffe

Sunday Evening Services:

Sunday 5th January – 6.00pm at Hearsall
Sunday 19th January – 6.30pm at Holyhead Road
Sunday 19th January – 6.30pm, CTEC United Service at St. Mary Magdalen (for the Week of Prayer for
Christian Unity)
Sunday 2nd February – 6.00pm at Earlsdon Park Village – led by Rev’d David Sutcliffe
Sunday 16th February – 6.30pm at Holyhead Road
Sunday 1st March – 6.00pm at Earlsdon Park Village

Monday Morning Prayers:

Monday 13th January – 10.00am in the Frank Hall Chapel
Monday 10th February – 10.00am in the Frank Hall Chapel
Monday 9th March – 10.00am in the Frank Hall Chapel

St. Andrew’s Home Services:

Sunday 12th January – 3.30pm – led by Rev’d David Sutcliffe

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Meetings

No Church Members’ Meeting in January
Wednesday 8th January 1.30pm - Ministers’ Meeting at Hearsall
Thursday 16th January 1.45pm – Pastoral Meeting in David’s room
Monday 20th January 7.45pm – CTEC Committee Meeting
Monday 27th January 7.00pm – Deacons’ Meeting in David’s room
Wednesday 5th February 7.30pm – Church Members’ Meeting in the lounge
Wednesday 19th February 7.30pm – Youth Leaders and Deacon’s Meeting in David’s room
Monday 24th February 7.00pm – Deacon’s Meeting in David’s Room
Monday 2nd March noon – Forward Planning Meeting at the City Arms Earlsdon
Wednesday 4th March 7.30pm – Church Member’s Meeting in the lounge

Coexist

Wednesday 22nd January 7.30pm at the Nursery Tavern, Lord Street
Wednesday 26th February 7.30pm at the Nursery Tavern, Lord Street

Explorers’ Course:

Sunday 2nd February 2.30pm at David’s house

Social

Friday 3rd January 3-5pm – Epiphany Party for children under 10 and their adult, for children connected
to the church
Thursday 13th February (details to be finalised) – Bowling – see Jan or Rob Wheway

Ruth’s Walk

David is planning a walk at Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire (where Ruth’s ashes were scattered), on
the 29th February. The plan is to leave Coventry at 9.00am and arrive about 11am to do the walk. Bring a
picnic and let David know if you are coming and
need a lift. This is a 4 or 5 mile walk, with some
climbing. There is an inn where refreshments may
be taken later.
The normal programme of walks will resume after
April. For those not free in the evening or on
Saturdays, David may lead a walk based around
the National Trust Properties of Packwood and
Baddesley Clinton on a Sunday afternoon, later in
the year.

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CTEC Events (Churches Together in Earlsdon and Chapelfields)

Saturday 4th January 8.00am – Prayer Breakfast at St. Mary Magdalen
Saturday 18th January 6.00 for 6.30pm – Fellowship Meal hosted by Hearsall
Sunday 19th January 6.30pm – United Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at St. Mary
Magdalen
Monday 20th January 7.45pm – Committee Meeting at St. Mary Magdalen’s
Saturday 1st February 8.00am – Prayer Breakfast at All Souls
Monday 10th February – lunch club providing a meal for the Coventry Winter Night Shelter
Tuesday 3rd March 12 noon – Lent Lunch at All Souls
Saturday 7th March 8.00am – Prayer Breakfast at Earlsdon Methodist Church

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There are many ways of sharing God’s love and the BMS Birthday Scheme is one of
them. With a gift to the Birthday Scheme, BMS will be able to provide life-saving med-
ical treatment and care to some of the poorest and most marginalised people around
the world.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains -
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121: 1-2

Congratulations to the following who celebrate their birthdays with a donation to Bap-
tist Missionary Society Birthday medical work…

January 2nd Julia Le Poidevin
January 3rd Joyce Handcock
January 19th Linda Wallace
January 21st Sandra Noel

February 10th Chris Peirce
February 15th Alan Pritchard
February 19th Cynthia Baker

The Luncheon Club would like to wish a Happy Birthday to…

January 3rd Joyce Handcock
January 19th Gerry McSorty
January 21st Sandra Noel

February 9th Ruth Pritchard
February 19th Cynthia Baker

God’s richest blessing on you all.

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News of Friends

January 2020
We have been given another year to show God’s love to others. We thank God for the
friends that he has given us and pray that He will guide us in the year ahead to befriend
others in his name.

Bereavement: Fanny France, a dearly loved member of our church,
died quite unexpectedly after a serious illness. We pray for her husband
Will and their three children, who are quite young. They will all miss her
dreadfully. May the love of family and friends support them now and in
the difficult time ahead. God bless you all.
Bereavement: Barbara Hunter has died after a short illness. Barbara
was a member of our Lunch Club and also a member of our congregation.
She had been introduced to Hearsall by her friends Barbara and Eric
Bremner. She was a friendly caring soul, concerned about the needs of
others. Sadly the diagnosis regarding problems with her eyes was ex-
tremely serious: a tumour growing at the base of her brain. Once in hospi-
tal, she died very quickly— a blessing for her, but also a shock for those
who loved her. We hold Barbara’s relatives and friends before God. May
they know his peace at this hard time.
Sarah Lewis has had a cataract removed from her eye. Her sight is now improving which is
a blessing for Sarah whose sight is not good anyway. We give thanks with Sarah for the ex-
pertise in medicine and all those whose skills improve the lives of others.
Sue Francis has had yet another operation: this time a hip replacement. She had the op a
few days before Christmas and we pray that she is now “on the mend”. May God bless you
and heal you Sue.
Alan Pritchard has not been well and has also had a fall. Alan works so hard helping others
in so many ways. We hold him in God’s love and pray for a complete recovery. God bless
you Alan.
Val Taylor, a welcome new comer to our Hearsall fellowship, is quite poorly in hospital
with pneumonia at present. We ask for God’s healing hand on her so that she will be able to
return home soon and be completely well again. Hold Val in your prayers.
Julia, Nick and Matthew Lepoidavin have recently moved house. We pray that they will
feel very happy and settled in their new abode. Every blessing to you all.

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Lee and Sarah Phillips and their family have completed their mission in Benin and are now
in Germany where Sarah’s parents live. Sarah has been quite poorly. She is pregnant,
expecting their fourth child and has suffered from several bouts of malaria. We hold the
whole family in our prayers and pray that God will hold them in his loving arms, bringing
them positive hope for the year ahead. (See overleaf for their most recent letter.)
Janet and Chris Lewis send their love to all who remember them. Their daughter Megan
and husband Simon have had a second child Catrin, a baby sister for Seren aged four. Tim
and Tara live very near and they have a two year old daughter too.
Chris and Janet belong to a very small church which only has six members. They are both
busy working in the local community, helping with the food bank etc. Chris is also chaplain
for the local bus company.
We remember Chris and Janet with love and hold them in God’s love as they show his love
to others in Swansea.
Continue to pray for Ted Schobert, Sheila Welch. John Wheway, Madeline Hately, and
Eric Decadt.
Sandra and Derek Noel have both been poorly over the Christmas period. It was lovely to
see Derek back with us last Sunday, and we hope to see Sandra very soon too. You’re both
in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for managing to share News of Friends for
this edition Sandra, we’re very grateful. Love to you both.

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A Letter from
Sarah and Lee

Phillips

Dear Hearsall Friends,

Thank you for your prayers and emails. We have felt very supported and moved by your care.

Sarah and the children left for Germany Saturday 16th November and are settling into a flat at the DMG
mission base. They're being well cared for and looked after by family and friends. They visited the kinder-
garten that Livia and Yves will start at next week. Livia and Yves can hardly wait! Rouven started school on
Monday 25th. There are only 10 other pupils in his class which is amazing for him as he’s used to being on
his own or just with Livia. We praise God that Rouven was very excited and positive about attending
school. He has enjoyed his first week greatly – long may that last.

Sarah has been doing better for the past few days. She’s seen a doctor and had a routine scan at the gy-
naecologist’s practice. All is well with the baby. We might not find out what exactly triggered her anxiety
as there were many variables. We are pleased that no-one has suffered any malaria these past weeks. Sa-
rah and the children will have a check-up at the tropical institute just to make sure they haven’t imported
any exotic bugs. Please continue to pray that Sarah would sleep well.

We have been very touched by your emails and know that you are praying. In Germany we’ve been
helped in very practical ways too; someone stocking up the kitchen prior to arrival, parcels of winter
clothes for the children and the support at the mission base. During the week Sarah and the children can
sign up for meals and eat with other staff and families on the mission base. The children are enjoying vari-
ous kids’ clubs at church and are keen to make friends. We are very grateful for their outgoing nature. Sa-
rah will have the mornings without the children from next week which is very unusual. Please pray for a
good balance of seeking rest and getting some jobs done.

I’ve been ‘home alone’ and it has been eerily quiet. I’ve been kept busy organising tasks in the office. We
have a good team in place so that’s made it easier. I'd say it has also focused our minds as we arrange
cover. Please remember my colleagues in your prayers; Sil as she deputises for the director and is the only
missionary in Parakou, and Nathalie, our accountant, as she is relatively new in her role.

I will leave Parakou on Monday morning and fly to Dubai on Tuesday to attend my
brother’s wedding next Saturday. I can’t wait to see Nathanael, his future wife,
Adee, and different members of my family! From there
I’ve changed my flights and I will fly to Germany on
11th December to join Sarah and children.

Peace to you all this Christmas time.
With our love

Lee, Sarah, Rouven, Livia and Yves

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The Bible Society: Open the Book

Open the Book is a project run by The Bible Society which offers
primary school children an opportunity to hear key Bible stories
from a team of Christians from local churches, who present the
stories during assemblies or acts of Collective Worship. Each
presentation takes around 10–15 minutes and can be incorporated
into a wider school assembly, or can stand alone. It is a three-year rolling programme with
an additional, but optional, year of material based on Christian Values for schools.
There is now an Open the Book team in 18% of primary schools, meaning that nearly
900,000 children are regularly hearing God’s word through acted out Bible stories. Open
the Book started 20 years ago and there are now 17,000 storytellers sharing the Christian
message.

Here we can see Hearsall’s very own
shepherds, Peter and Annie, taking part
in a recent Open the Book Christmas
Assembly at Earlsdon Primary School, as
part of the church’s outreach work in the
local community.
Annie explains, “Open the Book is run
by The Bible Society and runs a three
year rolling programme of Bible Story
themed, short, weekly assemblies. We
dress up and try to act! The children
really seem to enjoy it. Three different
churches contribute to the Earlsdon
Assembly on Thursday mornings.”

Encore!
**********************************

The Bible Society believes that we live in a world where too many people don’t engage
with the Bible. They recognise that in some parts of the world the Scriptures are difficult to
access or are simply unavailable, and although the Bible is readily available in this country,
it has lost its significance: its value is unrecognised by millions. The Bible Society is
working hard to change this. They take the Bible and find ways to translate and distribute it,
create digital formats, advocate for its place in society and help people relate to and make
sense of it in their everyday lives.
The Bible Society is driven by one conviction: when people engage with the Bible,
lives can change – for good.
To find out more about the work of The Bible Society, visit:
https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/about-us/ .

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Hearsall Baptist Church’s 2019

Nativity

A full cast presented the Christmas story, with heart-warming songs, uplifting dances,

convincing costumes and lots of Christmas cheer! The congregation was very supportive
and despite limited rehearsal time and all of the coughs, colds and tummy bugs going round,
it was a success, with some members of the congregation even going as far as to say, “the
best yet!”

Well done to everybody who took part, and extra special thanks go to script-writer and
director Jackie Pritchard, and choreographer and music-sourcer Frances Pritchard.

Roger Woodward’s hand jive from his seat in the congregation also deserves a mention:
well done Roger - excellent rhythm and coordination!

“Christmas counts for everyone,
Shout it out, across the earth!
Christmas counts for everyone,
Because of Jesus’ birth.”

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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6th January: Epiphany

On 6th January we celebrate Epiphany - the visit of the wise
men to the baby Jesus. But who were these wise men? No one
knows for sure. Matthew calls them ‘Magi’, and that was the
name of an ancient caste of a priestly kind from Persia. It
wasn’t until the third century that they were called kings - by a
church father, Tertullian.
Another church father, Origin, assumed there were three - to
correspond with the gifts given. Later Christian interpretation
came to understand gold as a symbol of wisdom and wealth,
incense as a symbol of worship and sacrifice, and myrrh as a
symbol of healing - and even embalming. Certainly Jesus
challenged and set aright the way in which the world handled all three of these things.
Since the 8th century, the magi have had the names Balthasar, Caspar and Melchior.

Source: https://www.parishpump.co.uk/resource/6-january-epiphany-2/ , last accessed: 1.1.2020

Hearsall’s Epiphany Party

Following the success of Hearsall’s Epiphany Party last year, there is much excitement
building over this year’s event, due to take place on Friday 3rd January 2020
(this edition of The Messenger might even be being printed as the frivolities are
commencing!).

The children will have the opportunity to take part in more singing and dancing, and
there will also be craft activities, stories, gifts, food and the appearance of one (or
possibly 3) mystery guests!

Unfortunately this is a bit of a non-article, as the party hasn’t taken place as yet.
However, if you bump into any children or grown-up party goers, you can check that
they were paying attention by casually quizzing them on facts about the desert, or seeing
how much them remember about Spanish Christmas Traditions and the role of the three
kings!

Fiesta de Los tres Reyes Mages

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The Turning of the Year

Day turns to night
Without much bother
The midnight chimes
Like any other;
But on this night
We sing and cheer,
And wish ourselves
“Happy New Year!”
And it is right
To mark the chimes
Looking back
To former times;
And making plans
With near and dear
And praying for
A good New Year.
By Nigel Beeton

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I believe, help my unbelief

By Tony Horsfall of Charis Training ( www.charistraining.co.uk )

The new year is often a time of self-reflection, and although typically seen as an
opportunity to look forward with optimism, making resolutions and thinking
about what the future may bring, for some it may be a time of uncertainty and
fear. How do Christians deal with these feelings of insecurity? What do we do
when we doubt our faith?

I was in a discussion recently as to whether or not a Christian can have doubts. The father in
Mark’s story (9:17-27) speaks for many people. He knew that Jesus could heal his son, but
just wasn’t quite sure if He would.
Doubt comes in many forms. It may be intellectual, a form of wrestling with the truth of
certain key Christian beliefs like the Virgin Birth or the inerrancy of the Bible. It may be
philosophical, a pondering of the problem of evil and why God allows bad things to happen
to good people. Sometimes it is spiritual, and doubting whether or not we are saved.
Occasionally it is emotional, wondering if we are loveable, if we have any worth or value in
God’s sight.
Such doubts are painful and debilitating, but true faith does not exclude the possibility of
doubt. Indeed, we could say that faith would not be faith if there was not an element of
doubt!
Often doubt is a way by which we discover the truth in a deeper way as we wrestle honestly
with the questions we have. For many it is a way by which faith grows and matures, leading
us to a greater understanding of the mystery of God and the reality that with our finite
minds we can never understand everything about God or the way in which He works.
Doubt is not the same as unbelief, which is a stubborn refusal to believe what the Bible says
to be true. Doubt is more a normal part of faith development and is not to be feared,
especially if we bring our questions to God.
The great Methodist minister Dr William Sangster was asked if he ever doubted. “Yes,” he
replied, “of course I have doubts. But I also doubt my doubts!”

Source: https://www.parishpump.co.uk/resource/i-believe-help-my-unbelief/ , last accessed: 1.1.2020

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Eco-Challenge: Eat Less Meat

Jan Wheway sets us an eco-challenge for the new year…

Meat is central to the lives of billions of people, it’s part of our history, culture and traditions. However, as
the world’s population increases the demand for meat is becoming unsustainable. It is estimated that across
the planet 65 billion animals are killed and eaten every year. Meat eating is now becoming a threat to our
planetary life support systems.
The USA is the world’s largest meat eater averaging 106 kg/year/person. Only factory farming can supply
this amount. These factory farms release vast amounts of methane, which is 30 times more powerful than
CO2 in warming the planet. It is estimated that the 1.5 billion cows on earth contribute more greenhouse
gases than all global transport put together.
Another by product of factory farming is the production of manure which leads to water pollution in rivers
and oceans by fertilising algal blooms which consume all the oxygen, killing wildlife and creating ‘dead
zones’.
The Amazon is described as the lungs of the earth as the trees store carbon keeping the planet cool. There
are more cattle in the Amazon than anywhere else and it is the main driver of deforestation as opposed to
logging. Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro is encouraging cattle farming in the Amazon as witnessed
recently by the increasing number of fires used to clear the forest for grazing. This in turn is affecting
global weather patterns, decreasing biodiversity and extinction of apex predators.
Another problem is that a third of the land we use for growing crops is used to grow food such as soya
beans and corn to give to animals. These monocultures, together with pesticide usage has had a devastating
effect especially on insect biodiversity. Insects are key components of ecosystems and keep the natural
world healthy.
It is a well-known fact that you can feed more people by growing plants on one hectare of land than using it
to graze livestock which are then eaten by us.
As a child I remember that we ate less meat than today. The Sunday joint would feed us for three days and
portion sizes were smaller. People are now disconnected from the process as they select the meat
attractively packaged in the supermarket. My Aunty had a small holding and I remember watching her
dispatch the chicken (after her egg laying years) quickly and compassionately for our meal.
Environmentalists recommend we eat less meat suggesting 100g / week which is about 1 -2 portions.
Perhaps just give up red meat? Make a conscious decision about where our meat comes from? No more
corned beef?
Are you up to this eco- challenge?

Watch ‘Meat – a threat to our
planet’ on BBC I Player

Visit Compassion in World Farming
website https://www.ciwf.org.uk/

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A Time to Reconnect: Singing Nature Back to Life

By Alex Gallacher

Before the author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris published their book The Lost Words in
2017, I can still recall the shock of reading that words like ‘acorn’ ‘bluebell’ and ‘buttercup’ were being
dropped in favour of words such as ‘broadband’ and ‘cut and paste’ in the Oxford Junior Dictionary. While
the publishers stood by their action, stating that the dictionary reflects words commonly used, I’m definitely
from the camp that dictionaries should also be about extending our knowledge. In an article from The
Guardian, Robert MacFarlane summed it up perfectly:
“We do not care for what we do not know, and on the whole, we do not know what we cannot name. Do we
want an alphabet for children that begins ‘A is for Acorn, B is for Buttercup, C is for Conker’; or one that
begins ‘A is for Attachment, B is for Block-Graph, C is for Chatroom’?”
This loss of language is continuing all the time, something that was brought home to me more than ever
when reading MacFarlane’s Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller Landmarks – a field guide to the literature of
nature, and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland and
Wales to describe land, nature and weather. Since reading it I’ve become more aware of how, as a society,
we’ve foolishly been led astray from our relationship with nature. I’ve always had a strong urge to connect
with nature – it led me to up my roots and move to the countryside of the South West to bring up a family –
I know I’m not alone. You only need to look at the bestsellers in your local bookshop to realise there is a

thirst for knowledge and connection to nature – writers such as
MacFarlane and John Lewis-Stempel adorn shelves (in fact, one
current bestseller is a book on pebble hunting from 1954 –
Clarence Ellis’s The Pebbles on the Beach).
If you’re looking for some inspiration then check Robert
Macfarlane’s twitter account as he is still very much carrying
the flag against word-extinction through his “word of the day”.
There are also a lot of artists from the folk world that continue to
take inspiration from nature to create music. Off the top of my
head, recent ones include – Kitty Macfarlane’s Namer of
Clouds, Karine Polwart’s A Pocket Full of Wind Resistance,
You Are Wolf’s KELD (an old word referring to “the deep,
still, smooth part of a river”) and Toby Hay’s debut album The
Gathering – Robert MacFarlane co-wrote the liner notes for the
latter.
With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that it is the
folk world that have chosen to turn The Lost Words into a
musical project.
Commissioned by Folk by the Oak, the songs bring together
eight remarkable musicians, whose music already engages
deeply with landscape and nature, to respond to the creatures, art
and language of The Lost Words. They are Karine Polwart, Ju-
lie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Kerry Andrew, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter and Jim Molyneux.
The Lost Words allows these acclaimed and diverse musicians to weave together elements of British folk
music, Senegalese folk traditions, experimental and classical music, and create an inspiring new body of
work. Listen for yourself: see page 28 for more details.

Find out more: https://www.thelostwords.org/, https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/13/oxford-junior-dictionary-
replacement-natural-words, last accessed: 2.1.2020; Macfarlane, Robert (2016), Landmarks, Penguin; Ellis, Clarence (2018), The
Pebbles on the Beach, Faber & Faber.
Source: Gallacher, Alex (2018), A Time to Reconnect: Singing Nature Back to Life, https://www.folkradio.co.uk/2018/12/the-2019
-lost-words-spell-songs/ , last accessed: 2.1.2020

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Where is love?

By Tony Horsfall

Tony Horsfall of Charis Training ( www.charistraining.co.uk ) considers every-
one’s need for love.

Looking ahead to February, when we celebrate St Valentine’s Day, this poignant question is
one many people will be asking, especially the young and hopeful. Perhaps you remember
these words from the beautiful song in Lionel Bart’s musical, Oliver? The young street boy
Oliver Twist sings plaintively of his longing to find ‘someone who I can mean something
to’.
The need to find love is a fundamental requirement of human flourishing, and it is there
within us all, young and old alike. But where do we find such love? The natural thing is to
assume that it can be found in another person, the person of our dreams. Romantic love
seems to offer the answer to our longing, but reality is often different. Once the shine has
worn off a relationship, we see the other person as they really are – another fragile human
being also searching for love. So, for many the search begins again, an endless looking for
the elusive partner who will love us without condition.
Oliver comes near to answering his own question when he sings, ‘Does it come from skies
above?’ The only love that can satisfy the deep longing of the human heart does in fact
come ‘from above’. It comes from heaven, and it comes to us from God in the form of a
person, Jesus Christ. He was the embodiment of the love of God, and through His life and
death demonstrated the enormity of the love that God has for each of us. Here is a love like
no other – reliable, sure, unchanging, healing, accepting.
Human love is a wonderful blessing, but divine love alone can meet our need. In God alone
we find the perfect Someone, the one who we can mean something to.

Source: https://www.parishpump.co.uk/resource/where-is-love/ , last accessed: 1.1.2020

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A Prayer for the Third Age

Lord, don’t let me become one of those old grumblers, always moaning and groaning,
criticising and running down everything, making themselves such a sorry spectacle,
unbearable to others.
Let me still keep my laughter and smiles, even if they do reveal that my teeth are missing!
Preserve my sense of humour, to keep things and people and myself in proper perspective.
Make me Lord, a generous old person who can share his good fortune, his time and the
flowers of his garden with those not so fortunate.
Don’t let me become someone living in the past, always talking about the good old days
when everything was marvellous, and despising modern times where everything is going to
the dogs.
Make me, Lord, an old man who never forgets his youth and who helps others to feel
younger too.
Lord, you have established the seasons of the year and the changing seasons of our lives:
let me be a man of all seasons.
I do not ask for happiness, but just that the late autumn of my life may be beautiful, and a
witness to your beauty.
L. I. Vickers
(As seen in the Church of St. Leonard,
Honfleur, France. Translated from the
French.)

Many thanks to Dorothy Cobb for this thought-provoking contribution.

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Smile Lines

What are angels like?

Try asking school children that question, and you’ll get some imaginative replies!
Like these….
Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your win-
dow and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go south for the winter. - Sara,
aged 6
Angels live in cloud houses made by God and His Son, who's a very good carpenter.
- Jared, aged 8

All angels are girls because they have to wear dresses and boys didn't go for it. - Anthony, aged 9

My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me while she was still
down here on earth. - Kate, aged 9

Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don't make the
animals get better, they help the kid get over it. - Vicky, aged 8
What I don't get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them. - Sarah, aged 7
**
Shout
Verger’s advice to visiting preacher: “You’ll ‘ave to shout very loud in this ‘ere church, Vicar. The
agnostics are somefink terrible!”
**
Off
Due to the present financial situation, the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off at weekends.
**
Church notices that didn’t quite get it right…!
The regular Monday night choir practise of this church will be held on Tuesday night instead of Friday
night.

Children are normally collected during the Offertory Hymn.

The talk for next Friday night will be ‘What is hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practise.

Tuesday at 4 pm there will be an ice cream social. Ladies giving milk should come early.
**
Teacher: How many zones does the earth have?
Student: Temperate zone, intemperate zone, no parking, and O-zone.
**

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Miscellaneous observations on daily life
If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will
achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings’.

No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is
eager to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

The most powerful force in the universe is gossip.

The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic
background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers.

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. It never
fails.)
**
Why Universities would never give God a job

1. He had only one major publication.
2. It was in Hebrew and Greek.
3. It had no references.
4. It wasn't published in a refereed journal.
5. Some even doubt He wrote it by Himself.
6. It may be true that He created the world, but what has He done since then?
7. The scientific community has had a hard time replicating His results.
8. He rarely came to class, just told students to read the book.
9. Some say He had His Son teach the class.
10. He expelled His first two students.
11. Although there were only 10 requirements, all of His students failed His test.
12. His office hours were infrequent and usually held on a mountain top.
**
Noah
When Noah sailed the waters blue,
He had his troubles same as you.
For 40 days he drove the Ark
Before he found a place to park…
**

Source: https://www.parishpump.co.uk/resource/smile-lines-all-for-february-2020/ , last accessed: 1.1.2020

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Quotes of the Month: January

With Resolutions for the New Year in mind…
It is a good rule never to look into the face of man in the morning until you have looked into the face of
God. - CH Spurgeon

God loves to be consulted. - Charles Bridges

The easiest person to deceive is one’s own self. - E Bulwer-Lytton

Observations on our Christian pilgrimage…
Conduct is an unspoken sermon. - Henri Amiel

No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep picking ourselves up each time. - CS Lewis

Though our feelings for (God) come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our
indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins,
at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him. - CS Lewis.
In helping others, we benefit ourselves; we heal our own wounds in binding up those of others. – Am-
brose

Don't talk about the cold hand of death. It is the hand of Christ. - Mary Slessor

Observations on daily life…
Experience is not always the kindest of teachers, but it is the best.

The greatest failure is the failure to try. - William A Ward

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. - Benjamin Franklin

Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted. - Anon
Laugh every day - it's like inner jogging. - Anon

Nothing is more powerful than hope. One little nibble will keep a person fishing all day. - H V
Prochnow

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Good judgement comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

A closed mouth gathers no feet.

Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.
Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully. - Phillips Brooks

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
Some days you are the bug; some days you are the windscreen.

Source: https://www.parishpump.co.uk/resource/quotes-all-for-january-2020/ , last accessed: 2.1.2020

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Bible Art Journal

Ephesians 3:17 - 19, New International Version (NIV)
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with
all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of
Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the
measure of all the fullness of God.

A prayer for Love
O Lord, you have brought all your faithful people into a single, universal family,
stretching across heaven and earth. Bind us together with a spiritual love which is
stronger than any human love, that in serving one another we may neither count the
cost nor seek reward, but think only of the common good.

From the Mozarabic Sacramentary, 3rd century

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Puzzles Crossword Answers for Nov/Dec Crossword :

Competition
Winner:

Congratulations to Sue Walker
for successfully completing the
Nov/Dec crossword! We had
three correct entries this time,
so the winner was drawn from

a straw hat.

Well done Sue!

Sue
Maze

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Crossword Competition

Answers will be published
in the March/April
edition. Hand in your
completed crossword grid
to Maria and a winner
will be drawn from a
trilby hat. There is a small
prize up for grabs, plus
the honour of getting a
mention in the next
edition.
Hooray!

Across
1 ‘Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a — began to crow’ (John 18:27) (4)
3 Fetters (Job 33:11) (8)
8 Perform on a musical instrument (1 Samuel 16:23) (4)
9 Paul describes it as ‘the third heaven’ (2 Corinthians 12:2–4) (8)
11 Loyally (Deuteronomy 11:13) (10)
14 Hens? Me? (anag.) (6)
15 Not visible (Matthew 6:6) (6)
17 Predicted site of the final great battle (Revelation 16:16) (10)
20 Jacob’s youngest son (Genesis 35:18) (8)
21 One of Zophar’s eleven sons (1 Chronicles 7:36) (4)
22 For example, London, Paris, Rome (8)
23 United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (1,1,1,1)
Down
1 Favourite church activity: Fellowship round a — — — (3,2,3)
2 Divinely bestowed powers or talents (8)
4 Pile together (1 Thessalonians 2:16) (4,2)
5 Commanded to justify (John 8:13) (10)
6 Timothy’s grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5) (4)
7 Killed (Psalm 78:34) (4)
10 One of Graham Kendrick’s best-known songs, — — King (3,7)
12 Indecency (Mark 7:22) (8)
13 Unceasing (Jeremiah 15:18) (8)
16 He prophesied ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ (Matthew 24:15) (6)
18 British Board of Film Classification (1,1,1,1)

19 Pans (anag.) (4)

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Coventry Winter Night Shelter

Hearsall has a collection box at the back of the church.
We are also collecting towards the meals that the Lunch Club team will cook.

Anne will take goods around to All Souls.

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Ministry of Flowers

Jan 5th Annie, in memory of Dad and Mum xx
Jan 12th Anne and Andy Thompson
Jan 19th Jennifer Baxi
Jan 26th Tina and John, in memory of Lynda
Feb 2nd Jayne 51
Feb 9th Sue, Maddie and Graham, in memory of
Feb 16th Dad
Dorothy Cobb, for Cyril
Annie and Nick, in memory of Annie’s
Mum and Dad xx

Musical Recommendation…

Singing nature back to life through the power of
poetry and art...

A musical companion piece to The Lost Words by
authors Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris...

“the art, the music, the sheer, ravishing beauty of the
language... one of the greatest concerts we've ever had
at Hay."- Peter Florence, Festival Director, Hay
International Literary Festival
“rapturously received” - BBC Music Magazine *****
“a work of vision and brilliance” - fRoots *****
“complex and beautiful and an absolute joy from start
to finish”- RnR *****
“exquisite musical reimaginings and settings … an
outstanding production and keepsake” - Songlines ****
“beguiling”- The Sunday Times****
“a delightful homage to nature” - The Times****
“A brave and magical creation” - The Observer

The Lost Words Blessing

The Lost Words album concludes with The Lost Words
Blessing. It is offered both in hope and light, and in grief for
the losses and dark times yet to come.

Visit www.thelostwords.org/ for a beautiful video of the
creative journey.

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Thank you for all of the contributions to this edition of The Messenger.
Please can items for the March/April edition be in by
Sunday 23rd February, either by hand or sent to…

marialouisepeirce@gmail.com (Please note: e before i when spelling Peirce!)
“The Messenger is a means of communication within the fellowship of Hearsall
Baptist Church. As an avenue of expression, all are welcome to contribute to its
content. However, it is recognised that articles within may not reflect the theology
of the church as a whole, as we value the free liberating expression of all in the
life of the church.” Deacons for the Members of HBC

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